Monday, June 22, 2015

Just a few things...

Everything is moving right along with the house. Sheetrock starts next week! Hooray! Because of this, I've been super busy with the credit card and checking account. Here are a few goodies I've recently purchased for the house. I'm not spilling where things are going yet (although you might have a clue for a few things), you must wait for the big reveal!






MORRIS LARGE LANTERN



Maison Canopy Bed




Pentimento Chandelier







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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Random Bits

It's been a while since I've done one of these. Warning: this post is totally random.

Two, wait three, new skincare items I have to tell you about. The first isn't skincare but makeup. And it's really, really good stuff. I wear it alone most of the time, but you can also use a powder on top for more coverage. There's a reason Sephora was sold out of it forrreevvveeerrrr.

Complexion Rescue 

Does anybody else love a clay mask as much as I do? I've tried a lot. Most of them are eeehhh. I got a sample of this in my Birchbox and loved it. Really loved it. It's not a thick clay, it's almost like a cream, but it dries like a clay. And it cleans your face and pores like a boss. 

Clay Mask
Marcelle Clay Mask

And the heavy hitter. As I have reached my mid-thirties (!!!!!!!) it has become abundantly clear that I need some heavy-duty skincare happening on my face. I caved and bought these. 

Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads
And yes, it's working. I've been using them for almost 2 weeks. My skin is soft all the time. Like, I touch it constantly. Which is terrible and I should stop. I haven't had to do my 80 step exfoliating/moisturizing procedure since I started using these pads. I just wash my face and swipe away. My pores are smaller. My complexion is brighter. The wrinkle thing I'll get back to you on. I don't see a huge difference, but I don't think this product is what I need for that. My next item to get is the eye cream or the youth serum. Yes, this stuff is pricey. But good anti-aging skincare should be. 


I'm obsessed with this show. I binge watched the first 8 episodes, and seeing as how there are only 16 in the first season, I need to slow down. Holy crap it's good.


I have been busy planning a vacation to….


Disney World. Am I excited? Scared? Both?


A few new things I've added to my closet for the summer…
PERFORATED GLADIATOR WEDGE
Tory Burch wedge
J. Crew slide


Kaftan 
Katie Statement Earrings in White Iridescent
Kendra Scott

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New House Files: Construction Update

 Framing is finished! We had such great weather the past few weeks and it just sort of steadily moved along with no issues or hiccups. Hallelujah. 

It's realllyyy hard to try and show photos of a house in framing stage because you just can't get a grasp on the spaces without physically being in them…but I'll try. A lot more has actually been done since I took these photos.


The front. Obviously. 


Kitchen. You are going to have to have imagination from here on out. Those windows are on either side of the range. The wall on the left will house the fridge and a wall of cabinets. That doorway on the right is for the butlers pantry. The exterior door you see leads to the back patio from the butlers pantry. Pipes sticking up from the floor is where the island will sit.



Same area of the house. The kitchen/butler pantry is on the left and here you can see the keeping room with the fireplace. Where I am standing to take this photo is where the breakfast room will be. 

Dining room. Yeah it's big. But I have dreams of everyone in the family sitting around a 12 person table. The wall on the left will be a huge wall of built-in bookcases and a built-in buffet. Front door and entry is on the right. French doors will open to the front patio. Because I also have dreams that I live in France. 


Formal living. You can't tell in these photos, but this ceiling is 13 feet. There is a fireplace on the left and those french doors lead to the backyard. My search for a 12 foot artificial Christmas tree is underway. To the left behind the fireplace wall is the master bedroom.

That's all I got for now. I'll post again when we have walls and things are starting to take shape. It's all super exciting and I can't wait to see it come together! 





Monday, April 20, 2015

Lily's Closet

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year to shop for my daughter. It's her favorite too because it's all  dresses, all the time. They are all she ever wants to wear. Shopping for a girl in 2015 can be an interesting experience. Everything seems to be super short or cropped or glittered or bedazzled. I don't want my four year old wearing rhinestone short shorts. Just, no. I saw a shirt yesterday that said "No Text On the First Date". Um, excuse me? It was in a store aimed for tweens/teens. What. The. Hell. That being said, I have my go to brands that never fail.

Mini Boden
I love Mini Boden. I love that everything is extremely well-made and lasts wash after wash without fading or coming apart. I love that it's well-priced and adorable. I love it. Well played Britain, well played.


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Pink Chicken
The cutest dresses ever. Pricey, yes...but I usually get 1 or 2 for the summer. They wash really well and in the fall she wears them with leggings and boots.
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J. Crew
Oh J. Crew. Thank you for keeping my young girl looking like a young girl. Yes, you can be pricey too and sometimes I laugh at you and your ideas of what a t shirt should cost. But I always know a coupon code is in my inbox and all is right with the world.


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Lilly Pulitzer
Because, duh.


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Gap
I hesitated putting Gap on the list because it can be so hit or miss. Sometimes their girls items look like they should be dressing like boring pre-school librarians. These dresses are super cute though and I could see Lily in any of them. Especially that white one. Love it.


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And because she is still only (almost) five and runs and jumps and climbs, I stock up on these at the beginning of the summer. She wears them under all her dresses and skirts, because while she is awesome at climbing trees and doing cartwheels, she is still a lady.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday/Shoesday

Get em while they're hot.





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If you buy anything this spring/summer, make sure it is tasseled. I couldn't resist those silver flats. Also, mules are back? But I suppose when they look like that Vince pair, I'm down.

Monday, March 30, 2015

New House Files: The Kitchen

Progress! It's happening! The slab foundation is being poured tomorrow (!!) and then framing can commence. Still have fingers crossed for a September/October move-in date. I've been finalizing a lot of decisions, one of those being the kitchen. It's white. It's classic. It will never (hopefully) go out of style.

I went back and forth and back and forth on marble countertops. And while I looooove how they look, I don't looooove how they patina and need to be handled with care. Some folks don't mind the occasional stain or scratch or chip..."character" and all that jazz...but it would drive me insane. I decided to go with quartz. It's as hard as granite, doesn't stain, and it comes in a myriad of colors. Also, just for clarification, the island will be quartz and the counter behind that where the range will be, will be butcher block.

I've had this kitchen pinned for years. During the planning process I kept coming back to it. It's pretty much the layout of the new kitchen…large island, back wall with windows, range in the middle. I just love it.

Contemporary white kitchen but with mahogany floors and antique fittings (lights, taps, windows)


Can we discuss that range?! I just CANNOT wait to get that bad boy installed. And I can't seem to part with my beloved subway tile. Though she will be getting a fancy herringbone pattern this time around. And finally, brass hardware for the win!



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Can We Talk About Banana Republic?

They have hired a new creative director. Who is BRINGING IT. I haven't thought about BR in probably 5 years (because, let's face it, it sucked). It was all silky tank tops, cardigans, and business lady skirts. And not in the good way. I want boss lady skirts. Remember what happened to J. Crew when Jenna Lyons came on board and resurrected it from the brink of death? And made it awesome? It's happening again. I had that black popover dress in my cart in 5 seconds. I can't wait to see what's in store.




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