Friday, November 30, 2012

It's Friday...

and pay day. I am planning on getting a manicure and spray tan (there is a first time for everything).

Then I am going Christmas shopping at Furbish. 20% off holler! The main goal is to get out without buying myself anything.

Happy happy weekend!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Really random Friday

I need some magnolia garland in my house. Also, that hair is really good.

This would be the perfect Christmas present for about 99% of my friends. 

How about this adorable dress? I am really regretting not ordering it. Hot pink and holidays. Duh. 

 Our poor little bedroom needs some attention. I do not know where to even start. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My life.

Guest Post: A New Found Treasure

Good morning party people! I am over at A New Found Treasure sharing my to-do-list. Make sure you check it out and tell Anna "Hello" while you are over there.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Entryway Makeover + Dresser Reveal

Welcome back! I had a super relaxing weekend with my family. I came back to Raleigh and had one of most productive days of my adult life. I knocked out TWO projects on Saturday (with the help of my husband).

Five months later...


Project #2- 
I am over do it yourselfing anything. Sand, prime, sand, prime...
I thought at this point in my life I would be able to pay someone. Not the case. 

I was able to finish this piece in probably 4 hours. The priming, sanding, waiting, painting can take days. Honestly, I did not sand at all. 

I have found that the Rustoleum Professional spray paint is by far the BEST! I feel like I have tried everything. Spray paint goes on smoother and it is less time consuming.  The trick is you need to get the good stuff. This stuff is kind of pricey- around $6. It took about 2 cans of primer and 3 of the paint to cover the dresser. My other obsession is the Comfort Grip. All in all, if you are lazy this is the way to go. It is quick and looks decent. 

**i do realize this looks like a product plug. no one pays me anything. i truly believe buying expensive rustoleum will save you lots of time. **

Also, I spruced up the blog. I added some new blogs to the blog roll and added a page for our home tour.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks

 Heading home to see my frannns and family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Question and Answer

I hope I was able to get back to most of your emails/comments. I have a pet peeve when bloggers do not reply to their readers questions. Let me know if I am missing anything. 

Where did you find the pillows on your bed?
The shams are from Pottery Barn Teen. I got them monogrammed at a local store, Monograms Inc.

What are your counter tops?
 Caesarstone Quartz. The color is Raven. 

Wow, your house is girly.
I do have a husband and he wants you to know my entire house is not pink. 

Where is the colorful table linen from?
 The table linen is actually a tapestry from Urban Outfitters. It is sold out :(

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Hank and I just wanted to THANK YOU for your sweet comments yesterday on The Everygirl feature. That was a big deal for my little corner of the blog world.  I promise to answer source questions on Monday. 

 I am heading to Charleston for the weekend to celebrate some good friends who recently got engaged. 

Until then, here are some things to keep you busy-
-Thinking about updating your bathroom. You need to read THIS. Sometimes the truth hurts.
- Pretty table for Thanksgiving inspiration. Next week, really?
- My favorite gift guides. It is never too early to get started on your holiday shopping. 
-I could spend hours looking through this Tumblr

House Tour on The Everygirl Today!

I am so excited  to share some pictures from a recent photo shoot at our house!
Go check out the The Everygirl!

 Cyn Kain, thanks for taking amazing pictures and making it look sunny when it is raining!
Hyla Dewitt, thanks for styling me and making fun cocktails. You are the best!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Put Your Party Pants On...

Cafe Capri Windowpane/Jacquard Dot Capri/Purple Tie Silk Capri/Green Tie Silk Capri

I am trying to avoid a holiday meltdown. It happens every year. Twenty minutes before we are walking out the door to a Christmas party. I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR (even though I have a closet full of clothes). Translation: "I feel pale, I should have been working out the past couple months and I probably should have said no to the box of Snickerdoodles."
I am making more of an effort this year to plan some holiday outfits, starting with some sassy pants.

“While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence — which, I believe, does make the woman."

Mary Kay Ash

Promise me you will come back and visit tomorrow! I have something exciting to share.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dream Home: Mark D. Sikes

Hands down my favorite house ever. Check out Mike D. Sikes in House Beautiful.  And then there is the November issue of Lonny. Check it! I could stare at the pictures 100x's and never get tired of them. 

I happened to get super lucky and found this coffee table in my hometown sitting in a lonely warehouse. More on that later...

Weekend Recap & The Best Hair Dryer Ever

Today was a hot mess. I had the day off, yay! I unfortunately had no Internet or television.  There is not
much of a weekend recap because I spent the whole weekend cleaning and organizing. Boooring.

Now to the important stuff. Woman to woman I have an important secret to share with you.
My friend Caitlin comes to stay with me sometimes and I happened to pick up her hair dryer. Never have I ever been so in love. Yes, with a hair dryer. Some people dream of winning the lottery and buying a Range Rover, I dream of winning and having someone dry my hair everyday. I hate it.  Well lucky for me, my hair dryer died this weekend, RIP.

 Meet the Rusk Speed Freak. It is a game changer and it is on sale at Ulta.

**No one paid me for this post but if you want to feel free**

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Randoms

Just a few favorites from my week...

One of my favorite bloggers has opened a new home goods store called Biscuit. The online shop launched this week. The Biscuit ladies are offering 20% off until Sunday with the code "butter".

My goal this weekend is to get this sucker primed and painted. I have not decided if I am going to keep it or not.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Women be shoppin'

In the words of Summer Santana ...
Women be shoppin'.

Is it too much to ask for something sparkly to get me through holiday season, a fun top on sale and a bag under $50?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chinoiserie Holiday Table

With the holidays coming up there is nothing more fun to me than setting the table. Instead of going with a traditional table setting, I tend to work with with what I have got and stick with a pink and blue color scheme.  

Most of my stuff is circa 2009. The black and white china is Kate Spade (discontinued), blue china is vintage and gold flatware is vintage. 

Favorite places for affordable linens:
Home Goods

Monday, November 5, 2012

Weekend Recap

This weekend was super low key. I feel like I still needed time to recover from Italy. A mix of jet lag and pure exhaustion left me feeling a little under the weather. Nothing like Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter and Spiced Cider to make you feel better. 
Sunday night we had a little dinner party to thank my in-laws for watching Roy while we were away. We had a fancy schmancy set up and drank some wine we brought back from Italy.
I have a slight obsession with setting the table. One of my favorite things to collect is vintage china from estate sales to mix and match with my wedding china. I recently picked up an old school set of faux bamboo flatware.  I stopped in Furbish on Saturday and picked up some pretty place cards that matched some napkins I already had. 
Hank judging.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Italy Recap: Cinque Terre

The last leg of our trip was spent in Cinque Terre. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Unfortunately, a couple days before we arrived there was mud slide so the hiking trails were closed. We were able to take a ferry to explore the cities. 

Check out Lindsay's blog for more pictures.