October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites

Happy Saturday Friends!  I resisted the Tory Burch Sale so far because I'm trying to stock up on some wardrobe essentials instead.  J.Crew Factory is offering 25% off site wide right now wide code: EXTRA25.  J.Crew is also offering 25% off site wide + 30% final sale with code: TGIFALL.

I tend to gravitate more towards the factory store.  I think the pieces are a little more my style and a little bit more my price range.  I actually rounded up my dream purchase today.  I can't even believe what I a good mail day this would be if it were for real.  Minus the cream vest, I already have one that's similar.  Fall clothes are just my absolute favorite and I feel like I can totally justify every one of these items.  Ahh!!!  I need to step away from the computer. 



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October 24, 2014

Tory Burch Sale

I am so thankful it's Friday!  I'm headed to the pumpkin patch this morning.  I'm going to be totally basic with my boots and #psl and I don't even care.  There is nothing wrong with embracing the season!

I've got  few sales on  my radar this week and I'm going to have to decide which way to go.  I'm about to blow my clothing budget I just know it.  Either on a new wallet/clutch or some new fall clothes.  I'm really tempted to splurge and do both. 

Tory Burch Private Sale is on and it's really good for accessories this time.  I didn't see as many in shoes in my size but the wallets and bags are game on.  It's really a great price point for that nice gift for the moms or sisters in your life.


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October 23, 2014

Design Crush | Ashley Whittaker Design

It's no secret I've posted or pinned a few of these images before.  But last night I spent some time really looking at the details in all of the rooms in Ashley Whittaker Design's portfolio.  I fell in love and I think you will too.

Everything is so light and bright but still saturated with color and pattern.  This is the kind of color I would love to add into my own home.  What do you think?  Gorgeous!
              






October 22, 2014

Dining Room Design | Updated Traditional

If you saw my instagram yesterday then you already know I've been tweaking my dining room.  And it probably already goes without saying that I've really been embracing a traditional aesthetic lately.  I'm not sure if it's just my style maturing along with myself or if our new house is really begging me to embrace it's traditional colonial bones.  Either way, I'm loving it.

One thing that I'm having a really really really hard time with in general is meshing the family pieces that we have been so fortunate to accumulate with a style more in tune with our personalities.  We're in our young thirties with two small children and I want our home to reflect that.  Not that I don't appreciate the way both my mother and mother in law have decorated their homes, and other style savvy members of my family, but I want our home to have a bit more of a fresh feel from recreating their exact look.  Especially when many of the pieces in our home once lived in their homes.

You know what's not a big help?  Pinterest.  Or maybe I'm just having a hard time navigating exactly what I'm hoping to find.  It seems that everyone these days is throwing the traditional dining room out the window.  I'm so completely down for that.  Except I live in an old house.  Without an open eat-in kitchen.  And I own really nice dining room specific pieces that I like and don't want to paint or re-purpose as a media cabinet.  And I want a good looking, well styled, family friendly dining room!  That's right, call me crazy but I want a dining room!

So the hard part for me is finding accessories and modern ways to style the more traditional pieces that I have and love.  Are you drawn to traditional style?  Do you find working with the budget and things you have can really put a cramp in finishing a space?  That's probably my biggest challenge!


Lamps || Pink Scales Picture frame || Blue and white candle votive || Similar Starburst Mirror (I got mine at home depot in the store but can't find it online) || Blue and White Bowl || Talon Candlesticks || Striped Taper Candles || Pillow Covers || Sconces || Art || Buffet and Cane Chairs are antique pieces but you can find similar items all over craigslist and local antique stores

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October 20, 2014

Photo Book Brainstorming



My kids don't smile and look at the camera any more than yours do, I just take more pictures anyway.  And sometimes the out takes are my favorite part.

I've been slowly trying to organize the excessive number of pictures I have of the babes.  I am absolutely making it my goal for 2014 to get at least one family photo book finished and ordered. 

There are so many choices on the market and I'm sure that many do a wonderful finished product.  I want to do a hardback book with lots of layout freedom.  Something a little more custom than you find at the big box stores.  I also one to be able to add in text and overlays. 



And then there are the 100's of instagram photos like the one above that my cousin took of us at a family party over the weekend.  Some of them make the cut to be framed but many don't and they need to be directed somewhere besides my phone.  I know there are many companies that will print straight from your feed.  Have you done this before?

Have you turned your pictures into a photo book before?  Which company did you use?  Any insight would appreciated.