19 Jun

Friday Finds…

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{Project & Photo via LOVELY INDEED}

-How adorable is this DIY embroidered picnic blanket?! I think it’s a must for the summer!

-While I don’t have a trip planned to the South of France this summer I intend to pick up a pair of these sandals and pretend I’m there when I wear them. So, I pretty much won’t be taking them off this summer.

-I think the boys need these wooden plates for their meals. Love all of the animals, but of course the elephant is my favorite.

-Love these monogrammed clutches that are handmade from refugee women out vintage materials. So you get a pretty bag for a pretty cause.

-In love with artist Kerri Rosenthal’s drippy heart paintings.How amazing does it look in Sue’s foyer!!!

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18 Jun

Treat Yo Self: Go For Gold

I use to love going out to get a mani/pedi. When I was pregnant I always made it a priority because I loved the foot massage I use to get at my salon. Lately though with the two boys and my work load the trips to get my nails done are few and far between. Over the weekend I looked down while getting ready for the Baptism I realized my nails looked horrible. Between getting the house ready and us ready I never had time to get my nails done.

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I quickly grabbed my Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Go For Gold and it worked wonders. The gold had amazing coverage and I only needed one coat. The name of the polish was actually right and it really did dry within a min. I was shocked! I quickly polished my nails and then did my hair and nothing got messed up! Win, win! I’m going to pick up another couple of shades to test out.

 

go for gold I didn’t even have time to remove my old chipped nailpolish and the gold really helped cover up all of the uneven imperfections on my nails.

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Painted nails always make me feel more put together. Hurry out and treat yo self to a bottle or better yet sneak out of the house and get a real mani/pedi.

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17 Jun

Coco + Ollie

Have you seen the new brain child of branding guru Christine from Deluxe Modern Design? I have always loved her sense of style and have wanted to work with her, but the timing has never worked out for me. She books up quickly! Now though I can get a little dose of Christine’s style in my home with her latest venture, Coco + Ollie. Coco + Ollie is an art shop full of goodies that would be a welcomed addition to any gallery wall.

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They currently have 8 collections that are categorized by theme like The Pretty Collection:

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You can purchase a collection for $120 and it includes five 11″x14″ prints. Voila! Instant mini gallery wall!

You can also purchase individual prints for $28.

Here are some of my favorites:

Yellow Box:

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Kitten Heels:

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Pretty Gift Boxes:

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So many pretties! Best part? Custom prints! As a designer it can be frustrating to know what you want, but not be able to find it. Coco + Ollie is able to work with designers/decorators and help them produce custom pieces of art for clients. Woo-hoo!

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16 Jun

Asher’s Baptism

This past Sunday we celebrated Asher’s baptism. I decided to go with a bit of a Southern theme and we hosted a backyard BBQ afterwards for all of our guests.

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I got Asher the sweetest outfit for his big day and went with a monogrammed bubble.

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The mass was really nice and the deacon made sure to include Hudson in everything which worked out great. He loves helping!

asherbaptismHere we are with the lucky godparents:

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Afterwards we headed to our house for the BBQ. We switch up the outdoor sectional and used the second set of cushion covers and then also reversed the outdoor rug.
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The dining tables were dressed up in these preppy plaid tableclothes.

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The centerpieces were colorful floral arrangements in orange beach pails complete with bandanas. I used a mix of coral peonies, blue hydrangeas, magenta carnations and orange spray roses.

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Close up of flowers:

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I ordered in BBQ goodies and lunch consisted of BBQ ribs, brisket, mac and cheese, potato salad and corn bread. The biggest hit though was my chip bar. I purchased large glass jars and filled them with original, bbq and pita chips complete with mini paper bags and scoops.

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I also tired to be as eco friendly as I could and reduce waste by using melamine plates and wooden utensils.

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Fun was had by all. Hudson had a blast with all of his friends and I barely saw him. He didn’t want to be with mom when there were kids around. Asher spent most of his party in the pool and then passed out for the remaining party.

asherpoolA big thanks to my friend Liz from Elizabeth Kristin Photographyfor taking photos of the BBQ bash for me. We love you, Lizzie!

 

 

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15 Jun

Southern Belle

*Yesterday we hosted Asher’s baptism and I’m still going through all of the photos. So, my weekend recap will have to wait till tomorrow. I went with a bit of a Southern theme for the event so thought it would be fitting to talk about my favorite Southern belle today.*

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In another life I think I was meant to be Southern. I love everything about the South from the food and culture to let’s face it the acceptable use of monograms on everything. One of my favorite Southern belle’s is Reese Witherspoon. A couple of months ago I started to follow her on instagram and it just makes you love her even more. It really makes you feel like she is a normal girl and not just a movie star. She reads the same books as me, loves on her kids like me, adores a good monogram like me and then also includes photos of her from the Oscars which is let’s face it totally not like me, but a girl can pretend for a bit.

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Reese recently came out with a new online shop called, Draper James named after her grandparents Dorethea Draper and William James Witherspoon. The shop is filled with timesless Southern accessories that honors everything the South is all about.

Magnolias, stationary and monogrammed items are sprinkled throughout the site. I love this Nashville collection that contains a top, shorts and pants version.

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I think one of my favorite items from the shop is this beautiful cover up:

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Here is a peek at a luncheon Reese hosted for the launch of Draper James. We shall how my little luncheon compared to it tomorrow…

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12 Jun

Friday Finds

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-How amazing do these edible sprinkle bowls look! What an amazing idea. I can’t wait to try this out.

-A must have John Robshaw beach towel complete with a tassel hem. Not a need at all, but a total want!

-I’m on a big romper kick lately and this floral number looks like perfection for a summer date night. Best part? It’s less than $20!

-You know I love a good polka dot. Sort of obsessed with this big dot pattern. Must find a place for it in my home.

-Amazing pool float round up. Now I just need a pool.

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11 Jun

Treat Yo Self: The Super Sizer!

Last week I got some new CoverGirl make up sent to me. I don’t remember ordering anything so I’m assuming it was from a PR company. Regardless I decided to give it a whirl since I have always liked and used their products in the past.

One of the items was mascara and I must say I was a bit weary about it since I have become really loyal to Benefits They’re Real and most recently Roller Lash.

The other day I was doing my make-up and Asher had confiscated my mascara so I decided to try out the Super Sizer by Lash Blast.

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The wand is different than most I have seen. It’s almost like a swallow spoon base.

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Here is my before:

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Applying:

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After:

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After:
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I’m obsessed. It’s worked perfectly and gave me super long lashes. I loved the brush it really helped separate my lashes. I will be adding it to my rotation. Make sure you go treat yo self!

 

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10 Jun

Seeing Spots

You all know that I have a very hard time saying no to an animal print. What can I say they are my neutrals. A couple of weeks ago I fell in love with a totally different animal print. This beauty designed by Emily McCarthy and produced by Cotton & Quil.

I spied it in fabric form on Society Social’s instagram:

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Then again in wallpaper form via Society Social’s instagram. What can I say Roxy is my spirit animal. We love the same things!

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I’m itching to try out this pattern in my own home. Perhaps pillow for my living room? It is also available in a couple different colorways:

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Are you seeing spots like me?

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09 Jun

Ebay Spotlight: Oushak Carpet

I love picking up vintage rugs on ebay, but I must say that sometimes it’s really daunting. One new keywork I have been using to find rugs is Oushak. Oushak rugs are Turkish rugs that use a particular set of designs/patterns and they are named after the city of Usak, Turkey. They are perfectly faded and sometimes have the prettiest pops of pink or lavender. They are my latest obsession, but can be pricey. My most recent search for them lead me to ebay store, Oushak Carpet.

Here are some of my favorites auction items that are ending soon:

Number 1:
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Number 2:
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Number 3:
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Number 4:
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Number 5:
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Number 6:
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┬áIf you had ask me 10 years ago if I would have wanted someone’s old faded rug I would have looked at you like you were nuts, but now I just love the history to them and how perfectly the work with so many design styles. It’s all about the mix.

Now let’s flex our fingers and get ready to bid!

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08 Jun

Scenes From My Weekend…

You know it’s a good weekend when you have a glow on your skin. Ok so really I just forgot my sunblock this weekend and got a little sun kissed. We were full of outdoor activities this past weekend.

On Saturday we headed to our typical soccer class and then we were back at home to get ready for a wedding! Jon’s cousin was getting married and it was an afternoon wedding so the boys were invited as well.

The photo from soccer! Come on. Adorable, right? I need Real Madrid to scout him. :)

soccerMy dapper date:

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The reception was at a Beer Garden and it had a very rustic/backyard vibe to it. There were chalkboard signs throughout, picnic tables, burlap accents and board games sprinkled throughout the tables so guests could just relax, eat, talk and play a game or two while listening to the swing band in the background.

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Look guys we finally got Hudson to look at the camera and smile! Ok so we promised him an Iron Man toy if he did it. So big smiles from him. Look at Ash. Ah! You can’t win.

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The new Mr. and Mrs. who were just in bliss. So sweet.

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Peonies everywhere especially in the bridal bouquet!

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The beautiful cake that actually tasted amazing! I never like wedding cake, but this one was so good! Totally regretting not picking up an extra slice!

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On Sunday we enjoyed some festivities from the night before. Love when the bride tells me to take home a centerpiece. Don’t mind if I do! Everyone’s favorite part of the night? Taking photos with the Instax Mini. I want one!

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Then we headed out to a local festival where we ate some yummy food. They had bacon and cheese stuffed pretzels!

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Hudson went on all the bouncy items what felt like a million and one times.

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Even Ash got into the action.

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The day and our weekend ended on a sweet note.

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Hope this week is a good one for everyone!

 

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