10 Jul

Treat Yo Self: Beaded Clutch

Last week I was out shopping with my sister and on our way out of Nordstroms we got sidetracked by an accessories section. We spotted a beautiful beaded clutch, but at $200 it seemed like way too much for a bag that will only come out for special events like a wedding. We continued on and then found a clutch made by the same designer that was even more stunning and was only $139. Now I know $139 is still a good amount for a small evening bag, but it was oh so pretty and seemed like a bargain after the $200 on.

I helped talk my sister into buying it and told her that she needed to treat herself.

natasha couture "confetti" clutch
{Natasha Couture Confetti Minaudiere in Neon}

It was easy to convince her, because she had already thought it would be a bag that she would keep forever and eventually one of her future granddaughters would want the bag her kooky grandmother had. For all that $139 seemed like a bargain. ;)

All this seemed completely rational and we promptly headed to the registers. Sometimes it’s nice to just treat yo self!  I can’t wait to borrow this beauty!

It’s no longer available online at Nordstrom, but this is a similiar looking bag.

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09 Jul

Bathroom Re-vamp Reveal

The main bathroom in our house is teeny tiny. It’s only a 4 ft by 9ft space and while I wish it was larger it’s small size does make it easy to re-vamp it on a whim. Years ago I hopped on the black walls trend and painted it black. I loved it, but then black walls started to get really popular and I got the itch to switch things up. So, a while ago (2 years!) I shared a little mock up of what I wanted to do to switch things up. I did all of the changes rather quickly, but then I never got around to posting a reveal. Bad blogger, I know.

It’s totally overdue, but here is a look at the re-vamp:

Goodbye black walls and hello Rainwater by Martha Stewart paints:
{DIY steps for ampersand artwork here.}

rainwater by martha stewart

rainwater by martha stewart

A small space made me get creative with storage. This elephant planter from Anthropologie (no longer available) became a corral for my hair brushes, hair dryer and curling irons.

vintage elephant hook
{Elephant hook available here.}

black and white mosaic tile mirror

Of course now that I have shared this all with you I have decided an additional re-vamp is needed. I will be keeping the rainwater paint color on the walls and all of the main fixtures, but I’m going to switch things up a bit.

Stay tuned…

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08 Jul

All the fish in the sea

How adorable are these nautical pillows from etsy shop, Cathy Picone?

I’m smitten now I just need my own beach house to use them in. :)

{Striped Aqua Fish Pillow}

{Striped Green Fish Pillow}

{Striped Navy Fish Pillow}

{Striped Red Pillow}

{Stripe Yellow Fish Pillow}

I’m a stripes girl so these were my favorite, but there are so many other fabric options available in the shop.All of them are available for only $22!

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07 Jul

Scenes from my weekend…

Oh Monday how quickly you sneak up on us.

Here are a couple of peeks from our holiday weekend.

We hosted a little get together on the 4th and had all intentions to eat outdoors, but mother nature had other plans.

{I was playing around with tablescapes the day before, but alas we weren’t able to use it due to rain.}

I didn’t want to stress out hosting on the 4th so we kept things simple. We had help from both sets of parents with one bringing appitizers and the other set providing beverages so that was super helpful. My sister bought over desserts and we cooked up some kebobs on the grill. I couldn’t resist picking up some glazed donuts for dessert as well, because it just seemed so all American and lets face it I have a huge sweet tooth. My sister set up the dessert table and I love how she dressed up my plain glazed donuts with sprinkles!

{Don’t my $2.99 for a dozen donuts look so fancy all dressed up with sprinkles?}


On Saturday we headed out east bright and early for a get together and fun was had by all. I even put away my iphone for most of the day, which was surprisingly nice.

Since we were celebrating the 4th on the 5th I decided to wear a little red (ok so it was really orange), white and blue.


The best part of our day out east was getting to see Hudson hang out with his cousins. He loves little friends so it was great to see him play.

{Here is Hudson with some of the girls watching a little Sofia the first.}

We got home on the late side Saturday night, but try telling that to Hudson and Asher who were up bright and early. For some reason in my sleep deprived state I decided it was the perfect time to clean up this mess of a closet:

{Yes that is still my wedding dress from almost 8 years ago hanging at the back of my closet door covered by massive collection of scarves. Whoops!}

I would love to post an after shot, but even after a handful of hours cleaning it the end results don’t love that photo worthy. Everything is more organzied though and I discarded bags of clothes/shoes/handbags that I didn’t wear anymore so, it’s a win.

We then spent the afternoon with my side of the family at my parents house in their newly re-vamped patio.


The long weekend ended with all of us at home watching Finding Nemo before bed and this momma had her hands full with lots of love and affection for my little guys.


Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend!
I finished up

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03 Jul

Happy 4th of July!

happy 4th of july

I know I’m a day early, but since I’m all caught up on work I’ve decided to start the holiday weekend early!

I’m off today for a blissful manicure/pedicure and hope lots of time in the sand is in my very near future.

Enjoy the holiday!

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02 Jul

Effortless: Smores Ice Cream Sandwiches

Smores Ice Cream Sandwich

With all of the upcoming 4th of July holiday get togethers I wanted to share this effortless dessert you can make for guests.

The thought of turning on my oven in this heat and baking a cake or cookies was not appealing. So, when I was thinking of dessert my mind immediately went to ice cream.

Of course I can’t make it just ice cream I need to dress it up a bit. Typically ice cream sandwiches have chocolate based sandwich pieces and vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Since I’m a huge smores lover I decided to switch things up and go with smores ice cream sandwiches.

smores ice cream sandwich

Here is what you’ll need to tackle it yourself:
-Graham crackers
-Rocky Road ice cream
-Wax paper
-Red twine

The night before your party simply sandwich your rocky road ice cream in between two graham cracker pieces and let them set in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Afterwards wrap each sandwich in wax paper and tie it off with a piece of twine.

smores ice cream sandwich

Effortless and perfect for the summer!





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01 Jul

Grab & Go Menu

Since our backyard re-vamp is shaping up so nicely (still waiting on the outdoor sectional for the big reveal) I have been thinking about hosting outdoor parties! The last big outdoor bash we hosted was my baby shower when I was pregnant with Hudson.

After talking it over with Jon we decided to plan Asher’s baptism in the summer. Doing it in the summer was the perfect fit. This way we get to do the Baptism in a timely manner (Hudson was the oldest baby during his!), we get to have everyone enjoy our backyard with us and food wise it should be more budget friendly.

Of course hosting a party at your home means running around during meal time to make sure everything is running smoothly.

I just love this idea from Aesthetic Nest:


They decided to do a dine & go menu so guests were invited to picnic with them by going up to the food station and picking up a basket and filling it with whatever goodies they desired. The host was able to package everything up the day before and simply enjoy the party!

Love, love, love this idea!

Want to tackle it yourself? Here are some shops that sell chic take out containers.

-The OCD lover in me adores everything at Garnish.
-Creative Juice Cafe has everything your little heart desires. From standard kraft trays to white french fry boxes.
-Sweetest Elle has the best mix of baking paper goods. I have never seen such a massive supply of sprinkles.
-For containers that are full of color and pattern I always head to Shop Sweet Lulu.
-There website might not be the prettiest but Paper Mart has a good mix of kraft and white containers.

Let the party planning begin!


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30 Jun

Scenes from my weekend…

Our weekend started out with a little work. We were all out the door by 9:30 to head to a clients house and snap some photos for my portfolio.

Here is a little peek:


Afterwards we headed to a nearby park where Hudson got to get some energy out, Ash got his bottle and Jon and I enjoyed a groovy treat.

{Ah so yummy! Remind me of this photo when I complain to Jon yet again that I have yet to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Apparently my body likes to hold on to weight while I breastfeed not have it melt off of me. Boo!}

Since everyone was in good spirits we continued with some work errands I needed to do and I took a trip to the Duralee Outlet.I came armed with fabric samples I was using in clients rooms and was happy to come out with so many coordinating fabrics that work in the spaces.






I left a happy lady. Since we are using a good amount of high end fabrics it’s nice to score some deals at the Duralee outlet and know it’s still high quality fabric.

Afterwards I popped over to Christmas Tree Shops to pick some curtain panels I spied for a client. I normally like to do custom curtain panels, but since this client will be moving soon we didn’t want to spend money on them, but still needed them in order to make an impact in the room.

Was happy to see they had what I needed in stock and that they were actually really nice for only $10 per panel.


We finished off our day with our first drive on the beach as a family of 4!


Hudson had a blast.


Asher wasn’t too impressed.


You don’t want to know how many shots it took to get this shot and this was as good as it gets.


On Sunday we ran an errand in the morning to pick up supplies for a chair re-vamp I’m working on. The chair started out green and then went to this lovely orange creamsicle like color.


The rest of the day was spent at home just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

Snack time is now on the deck.


Asher enjoys to wear a bit more clothes. He is always chilly!


We ended our evening enjoying a little BBQ and testing out some spicesJon got for Father’s Day.

Plus a little cake, which as you can see Hudson enjoyed.


A sweet end to a very sweet weekend.

Yay for a short work week! Happy Monday!


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27 Jun

Friday Finds…

{Enjoying a little midnight snack. Only 70 calories per cone.}

This week:

-We delayed bedtime one night in order to go out and pick up some ice cream. Such a fun thing to do during the summer and it’s even better now that Hudson actually enjoys ice cream and gets really excited to pick some up. He is going to love the mini ice cream cones I picked up at Traders Joes.

-I was randomly in Sears and spied these super cute scalloped hemmed shorts for less than $20! A coral pair came home with me.

-Spied these super cute earrings that scream Camila!

-All bloggers probably need to pick up this print and plaster it all over our offices.

-I really need to step up my water intake. What would be a better incentive than this chic tumbler with a bold pattern and metallic monogram? Nothing, that’s what.


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26 Jun

Treat Yo Self: Mexican Fabric


{Image via Absolutely Beautiful Things}

What a colorful mix of color and textiles! I love the work of Australian based interior designer, Anna Spiro from Black & Spiro.She has a love for color and pattern and adds a touch of whimsy to every space she touches. Truth be told seeing her work made me realize I needed to go into the interior design field.

Often times Anna uses unusual fabrics for her accent pillows. Instead of just hitting the traditional fabric showrooms she looks beyond and uses vintage pieces, light weight rugs, t-shirts, etc to place one of a kind pillows in her clients home.

I hit the motherload of beautiful and colorful textiles the other day on etsy when I found Mexican Fabric Supplies.  So many goodies available to give you home a dose of color.

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mexican fabrics
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I’m already envisioning pillows and tableclothes and perhaps even a scarf or two in these fabrics.

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