7.24.2014

Thoughts for Thursday & A Winner!

Happy weekend chicas!

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know it's not the weekend for all of y'all, but, for me, it is and it's the start of a very exciting weekend!

Today, I am heading to Charleston for Caroline's bachelorette!  I can't wait to celebrate with her all weekend and can't believe her big day is just over a week away.  Be sure to stay tuned on Instagram to see all the fun festivities throughout the weekend!

Here we are celebrating her engagement last summer!

In other news, I thought I would link up with Annie and Natalie today for Thoughts for Thursday.  

Thoughts for Thursday

I've had all sorts of random things to share with y'all lately and thought today would be the perfect day to link up.

First up, I met my good friend, Bobbie Lou, for Endless Cheese & Chocolate at the Melting Pot last night and had so much fun!  For just $20 you get all the cheese and chocolate you can eat!  It's a great deal!

This s'mores chocolate fondue was amazing!

They also feature half priced cocktails and The Yin & Yang is my fave!

Many of you liked my outfit last night on Instagram, so I have listed the details below:

In other news, I am beyond excited to see Bryce on Sunday.  He has been gone since LAST Monday, on multiple, back-to-back business trips.  He's coming home today, however, our paths will not cross, because I will have already  left for the bachelorette by the time he gets home.  Two weeks is way too long to be apart.  Bryce does a really good job of sending sweet little texts and finding time to call me while he travels, though.  Those of you who follow along on Instagram saw this text that he sent me yesterday.  

He later told me the little doll was wearing a white eyelet dress with her hair pefectly combed, however she also had a playful side, shooting her straw wrapper at her grandpa!  Hopefully a cute little girl like that will be in our future someday!

While he's been gone I've been watching lots of girlie movies on Netflix:  The Importance of Being Earnest, Jane Eyre, and Mansfield Park.  The Importance of Being Earnest was so cute and my favorite of the three.


I recently came across this article "How not to say the wrong thing" and thought it's advice was really valuable.  The idea is that when dealing with some sort of crisis or tragic situation, you only say comforting things to those closer to the center of the issue, negative is only allowed to those further from the center.


Meredith, Bryce's cousin, recently shared her wedding photos with us, and  I can't get over how gorgeous this shot is:

See my post on this picture perfect wedding here.

And finally, I am excited to announce that the winner of my giveaway is Kristen, otherwise known as the Playground Prepster!  I hope she will love her necklace and bracelet as much as I am loving mine. Thanks to everyone who entered!

I've especially been loving my bracelet stacked with my Bourbon & Boweties bangles!

What random thoughts have been going through your head lately?  

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Have a great day!

7.22.2014

Gender Neutral Nursery

Happy Tuesday babes!

I hope your week is off to a great start!  

Today I am excited to share an initial inspiration board for a gender neutral nursery!  

One of my good friends is expecting, but is not finding out the sex of the baby ahead of time.  When she asked me for help with the nursery I was flattered and also giddy with excitement!  Y'all know I'm a wannabe interior designer, so having the chance to actually play decorator start to finish in a space is a huge deal to me!

The mama to be came over last night and I shared this board with her.  I'm delighted to share that she loves it, and we had so much fun planning and discussing for hours.

To give you a bit of background...

I'm not a big fan of nurseries that scream baby; rather I prefer spaces that can grow with baby into childhood.  

From the start, I knew I wanted a pale lime for the walls.  I also knew I wanted to incorporate a good mix of colors and patterns.  

After that, the biggest piece of inspiration came when I found that fun zebra head at none other than the Serena & Lily.  Y'all know about my love for zebra in all things decor (see here), but you may not realize that I also am a proponent of using black and white accents to ground a space that is filled with lots of other colors, textures, and patterns.  That being said, the zebra head was a no-brainer as a focal point for my design. From there, the board kind of evolved on its own.  Turquoise and lime is one of my favorite color combinations and I thought orange was a good gender neutral accent color.  If designing the space for a girl, I would have made bright pink the accent.

Finally, I wanted to be sure to incorporate pieces that could later be adapted to other spaces within the home:  A baby is only going to need a nursery for 2-3 years, so spending lots of money on pieces for that short time frame isn't ideal.  For example, rather than going for a traditional changing table, I felt a dresser was the more logical choice.  That gorgeous regency style dresser can stay in the room for years to come, but would be equally fabulous styled in an entryway.  
Well, what do you think?

What is your nursery style?

I can't wait to continue to update you over the next several months on the nursery's progress!

Finally, if you haven't yet entered my giveaway, be sure to here!

Have a great day!

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7.18.2014

Loving...

TGIF friends!

Was it just me or did this week fly by?

It's been quite some time since I've done a Loving... post so I thought it would be fun to share some things that are currently on my radar.

Wow, I am really LOVING this romper I first saw on Erin's blog. I might have to go to Urban Outfitters this afternoon to try it on!

Speaking of Erin...I am LOVING that she has just launched her new blog.  Go check her out!

I am LOVING this Mara Hoffman bikini I scored on major sale from Punch Boutique.  They still have very limited sizes available, but to shop other Mara Hoffman sale suits click here.

I am LOVING Tart Deco on my nails: It is the perfect summer color!

I LOVED this book that came highly recommended by multiple friends!  I read it in 3 days and found myself staying up late into the night because I couldn't put it down!

I am LOVING these iridescent earrings and am thinking they would add just the right amount of sparkle to any outfit!

I am LOVING that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today...shop my picks below!

And finally I always have to end with an eCard...I am LOVING this!  I think I'll wear pants that are both smarty and fancy!

What have you been LOVING lately?

Are you going to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale today?

I may pick up some basics, but overall am trying and avoid it...

We'll see how that goes!

Also, have you entered my Versona Giveaway yet?  If not, click here to enter to win a Versona Accessories statement necklace and coordinating bracelet!

Have a great weekend!

7.16.2014

BLT Bites

Happy Hump Day, my sweets!

I hope you are all having fabulous weeks!

I had another post planned for today, but after making these yummy BLT Bites last night I couldn't resist sharing them!

As I've mentioned before, a big group of girls gathers at Erin's house every week to watch The Bachelorette.  We compete on teams, earning points for words like "love", "amazing"and "connection" as well as for actions such as a make out sesh, helicopter ride, or voiceover.  Teams also take turns bringing snacks.  Last night was my team's turn for snacks.  When I got home from nannying I had a bad migraine that put me on the couch for about an hour and a half.  After that I had little time to prepare my snack, so I had to come up with something fast based on ingredients I had on hand.  I quickly checked Pinterest for inspiration and found these BLT Gourgeres.  They looked delicious, but they didn't fit my timetable. They DID, however, provide ample inspiration!

I present you with BLT Bites!


Honestly, I feel silly even referring to this as a recipe, because it's so simple and easy!  But here goes!

Ingredients:
  • B:  Bacon (chewy is better, crunchy tends to crumble when pulled apart)
  • L:  Lettuce (in my case, arugula)
  • T:  Tomato, (cherry or grape tomatoes are best for this bite sized treat, sliced in half)
  • Basil Aioli
  • Ritz Crackers



Directions:
Place a small piece of bacon onto the cracker, top with basil aioli, arugula, and tomato half! Then...enjoy!


What are your go to recipes when you're in a time pinch?

Are you a fan of BLTs?

Have you entered my Versona Giveaway yet?  If not, click here to enter to win a Versona Accessories statement necklace and coordinating bracelet!

Have a great day!

7.14.2014

Versona Giveaway

Happy Monday readers!

Did y'all have a good weekend?

Ours was great!  It included a trips to the rivah and farmer's market, as well as puppy sitting for this guy:

Meet Jake!

While puppy sitting, we decided to kill two birds with one stone and I got Bryce to take pictures for my Versona Accessories giveaway today.  If y'all remember from this post,  fellow blogger and friend Eloquently Emily and I went to their Grand Opening together.  Versona was kind enough to send two gift cards to us each, one to treat ourselves and the other to treat our readers to a giveaway.  Today I am excited to share what I bought not only for myself, but also to giveaway to y'all!

The winner of this giveaway will get both a beaded necklace and coordinating bracelet!

 
The jewels proved to be the perfect dog walking accessory!

I love the easy feel of the necklace with wooden beads and grosgrain.

The frogs on the bracelet I'm giving away are adorable and were the perfect addition to my stack!

Close up:  I am giving away the frog bracelet, seen to the far left!

The giveaway will last for 10 days and the winner will be announced on Thursday, July 24.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

Good luck!


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