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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Coffee Table Reads

I have a mild obsession with coffee table books! It started with a deeply discounted, albeit very loved one (The French Dog) I found at Anthropologie.  There's something nostalgic and inspiring about holding a book with beautiful pictures! They also provide a perfect addition to home decor! I always find myself setting a picture frame or decorative object on top of a few books to add some needed height. Below, I've listed my favorites (though my list continues to grow) which are all available on Amazon! Don't forget to check the sale section of your favorite stores or local thrift stores! ;) What are some of your favorite coffee table books? Let me know!



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Modern tablescape with a vintage spin

One of the first furniture purchases Jonathan and I made after we were married, was a table. I might add, that this purchase was made one year after we were married. We were carefree and table-less newlyweds with our careers and travel on our minds; it suited us just fine to have our meals on the couch. However, after we settled in from our move closer to where we grew up, I was ready to break out the wedding china! China needs a table, so like civil adults, we purchased one. This began my love for tablescapes; ones that were not only aesthetically pleasing, but also welcoming.

When we were registering for our wedding china, we decided to pick a style that we knew we could use at ease on a day-to-day basis. Our Lenox set in white French Perle has proven to be the perfect set for us. It mixes so effortlessly with various patterns both formal and casual. Here, I've paired it with vintage Homer Laughlin pieces I stumbled upon on eBay. A quick search on eBay and you should be able to find some vintage pieces similar, if not the same, to these pictured. I'll link some vintage finds, but just keep in mind that due to the uniqueness of the items, their availability from the same source might be limited. If you'd like help choosing pieces, don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to help!

Fun side note: Our china cabinet was my Great Grandmothers! It houses my Grandmothers Lenox china and other family heirlooms, as well as some treasured pieces from our wedding and travels! 

Copper pitcher found at HomeGoods. Similar here
Vintage China here and here 


Monday, August 12, 2019

Everyday Skincare Splurge Vs. Save

Skincare products and treatments have always been near and dear to my heart! While I was in college, I worked as a receptionist for a local spa; because of that experience, I learned so much about skincare! It was there that I first learned about Dermalogica and Obagi products; which, are two of my favorite go-to brands. When it comes to purchasing drugstore vs high end skincare lines, I think my preference falls somewhere in the middle. I usually splurge a little more on skincare correctives (e.g. serums and retinoids) while keeping most of my basic items (e.g. cleansers and moisturizers) budget friendly. I especially try to avoid buying hyped-up luxury items that leave me with buyers remorse! Some of my favorite places to shop for skincare products are Amazon, Dermstore, Target, and my local Walgreens (does anyone else get really excited about drugstore shopping?!)
My skin type: I have combination skin that is very sensitive! My main concern is with redness in the cheek area due to rosacea. I still get the occasional breakout, too. 

Now that you know a little about my skin I'm going to talk about products that work for me! If there are products you love and think I should try, please comment below! I always love discovering new products!
Cleansers: My favorite cleansers are just very basic ones. I want it to remove everything from the day without over-drying my skin. I typically prefer gel or foaming cleansers because I have found that they are more effective at breaking up my makeup! If I’m being completely honest, cleansers are one thing that I don’t believe have to be a higher-end brand. I really love Dermalogica special cleansing gel, but even so I find myself getting a more budget friendly option so I can invest in products that really treat my skin!
Splurge: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel Save: EltaMD Foaming Face Wash
Save: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Gel

Micellar water: I like to use this after I wash my face to make sure no residue is left behind. I will occasionally use this in the am in lieu of face wash if I’m in a hurry. Both of these brands are very budget friendly! I’m currently using the Bioderma and before that I was using the Garnier Fructis. I love them both and will typically be using whichever I found on sale!
Splurge: Bioderma Micellar Water Save: Ganier Fructis Micellar Water

Vitamin C serum: This is the first thing that goes on my skin each morning after cleansing. I’ve been using Vitamin C serum for about 6 months and have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin. My skin tone seems to be a lot more even and glowier in general. It’s a win win!
Splurge: Obagi Vitamin C Serum Save: Timeless Vitamin C Serum

Daily moisturizer: This is another item that I personally have not found necessary to splurge on. I am currently using CeraVe PM moisturizing lotion (I use this AM and PM) and have found I love it just as much as my Dermalogica.
Splurge: Dermalogica Active Moist Save: CeraVe

Daily sunscreen: With age comes wisdom and with wisdom comes sunscreen! :) I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been an SPF slacker in the past. Since turning 30, I have made a diligent effort to use it EVERY DAY on my face, neck, and chest. Elta MD is hands down my favorite! I'm currently using UV-clear tinted which also doubles as my everyday foundation since it’s tinted. A more budget friendly option is Neutrogenas healthy defense daily moisturizer with SPF 50. It's lightweight and has never caused any irritation with my skin. This can also be mixed with a small drop of foundation to make it tinted.  
That’s it! My skincare routine isn’t too complicated, but it has certainly made a difference! Cleanse, treat, moisturize, and always use an SPF for your morning routine! 

Ways to SAVE on mentioned products 
  1. Sign up for Dermstore’s email list and receive a 15% off code. They frequently have sales including 25% off of Obagi! Their next sale is their 20th Anniversary event. It's August 16-25 and you can save up to 25% on products! Use code CELEBRATE. 
  2. CeraVe offers a $2.00 printable coupon through their website. The coupon can be used on any CerVe product. 
  3. A bit more complicated, but Target offers 5% back on all purchases made with their debit or credit cards! You can sign up online or in store. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Unique baby shower gifts

Prior to becoming a mom, hunting down a unique baby shower gift was a difficult task for me! It’s always great to gift off of a registry because you know it’s something the parents-to-be will need! However, every now and then it’s fun to find a unique gift the mommy-to-be isn't expecting! I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite unique baby items that are sure to be a hit!

1. Munch Mitt
We found this at Target a couple of weeks ago and have LOVED it. It comes in lots of fun prints with some great gender neutral options as well. Pair it with Wellements teething oil for the perfect gift set!
2. Bannor Toys State Rattle
Hands down a FAVORITE! They are handmade in the USA from natural wood. You can customize the bead colors and add a name and birth stats. If you purchase now, you can always ship it back to them, and they will add the birth information!

3. Parker Baby Diaper Caddy
This is perfect for storing all the needed essentials! We enjoy carrying it from room to room and having all of our diaper changing necessities handy! Pair this with diapers, wipes, and diaper cream and you’ve got a perfect gift “basket.”
4. Boon Grass and Twig Drying Rack
Babies come with bottles. Lots and lots of bottles! We’ve loved having a designated space for drying all things bottles and baby things in general! The twig accessory is great for drying bottle parts and paci’s. An added bonus is that it’s cute so it doesn't bother me sitting out! I think this is a great stand alone gift, but you could always pair it with the boon bottle brush!
5. Guess How Much I Love You Milestone Gift Set
Mommy’s and Daddy’s want to document EVERYthing. We’ve certainly enjoyed taking Harrison’s monthly “birthday” picture and recording all of his first’s. This gift set has 24 milestone cards parents can fill out and the matching board book!
 6. Feltman Brothers outfit
I don’t have enough wonderful things to say about Feltman Brothers. They've remained classic through the years making any pick a timeless keepsake!
7. Something just for the mommy-to-be
Growing a baby (or more for some) is HARD WORK. Labor and delivery is HARD WORK. Being a new momma, whether your 1st or 5th, is HARD WORK. A forever favorite baby shower gift idea is something just for mom! A gift basket with bubble bath, lotion, and a cozy robe. A gift card for a manicure and pedicure. The ideas are endless and one that won’t be forgotten!

Munch Mitt: here and here  State Rattle: here  Diaper caddy: here and here
Boon drying rack: here  Guess How Much I Love You set: here  Feltman Brothers: here
Pajama set: here Robe: here Bubble bath: here Candle: here

I hope this gift guide was helpful in helping you choose something unique for your upcoming baby shower(s)! Comment below and tell me what your favorite baby shower gifts are!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

30 things about me

30 things about me in honor of my 30th trip around the sun

  1. I am a lover of all things skincare
  2. I have an infinite love for family heirlooms
  3. In theory I like the beach, but I'm a mountains kind of girl
  4. I wear driving gloves to keep the sun off of my hands 
  5. I love traveling but hate flying 
  6. I love photography, but have yet to dive into that creative outlet
  7. I love making fresh flower arrangements and want to find a local workshop
  8. I still drive my car from college  
  9. Jonathan and I weren't house hunting when we found ours  
  10. I had open heart surgery when I was 3
  11. I am horrible with directions 
  12. I've never broken a bone
  13. I am an introvert
  14. I learned to ride horses in highschool and fell in love with it
  15. I am an old soul 
  16. I have never seen Friends and should probably be ashamed of it
  17. Instagram > Facebook
  18. My thumbprint radio on Pandora goes from Enya to 90's R&B on the regular 
  19. I love quotes and sayings. I just love beautiful words in general
  20. The older I've gotten, the more intentional I've become about what I fill my home with 
  21. My first job was at a small shop called String Beads where I learned to hand make jewelry. I still make pieces from time to time.
  22. I have over 30,000 things pinned on pinterest
  23. I took a trip with Jonathan's family where we spent 3 nights camping in and rafting down the Grand Canyon
  24. Savannah, Ga is one of my favorite southern cities. In fact, I lived there for 2 years while Jonathan and I were dating.
  25. I'm the youngest of 6 siblings. 2 brothers and 3 sisters
  26. I'm a true coffee addict. I like mine with almond milk
  27. I've seen every Jane Austen movie several times and still can't get enough 
  28. Since seeing Memoirs of a Geisha I've had Japan on my travel bucket list
  29. Jonathan likes to tell people Harrison was named after Harrison Ford... he was not :)
  30. It took me almost 3 days to come up with 30 somewhat interesting facts about myself     

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Harrison's nursery reveal

Little Boys Should Never Be Sent to Bed They Always Wake up a Day Older
-Peter Pan

One of the most exciting things about finding out I was pregnant was decorating our sweet baby's nursery! When Jonathan and I decided to start trying to conceive, we lived in a comfortably-sized, two bedroom apartment. Truthfully, we had no intent of rushing to find a house just because we were growing by one. However, when our cozy little cottage landed in our lap, we couldn't resist. So here we are, 9 months and a precious boy later, living in our 2 bedroom/2 bath home. Given the size of our home, Harrison's nursery also doubles as our guest bedroom. This never presented itself as a problem when designing his room because our home was built with two master suites so we had plenty of space to work with.

The inspiration for his nursery came from a Beatrix Potter print I found at Goodwill before Jonathan and I were even engaged! I fell in love with it and hung onto it hoping one day I would get to use it. One of the things my mom taught me, is to purchase things that speak to you, and leave the ones that don't! So, with my Goodwill find in hand as inspiration, I started dreaming up a whimsical, organic nursery fit for a prince. I'm a neutral lover at heart, so I wanted to break that mold somewhat, while still staying in my comfort zone. So, for the walls I chose Sherwin Williams Daphne. It was a perfect play on the blue that comes to mind when I think of Peter Rabbit! From there, I focused on finding a crib, bookcase, and side table that were understated enough to satisfy my need for neutral without lacking the fun that a nursery craves. One of my favorite finds was a skirted side table from Ballard Designs with a tan and cream buffalo check skirt! This acts as nightstand on the nursery side of the room! I filled a simple white bookshelf with whimsy treasures old and new- including mine and Jonathan's childhood books, my baby rattle, and my favorite, a petite glass treasure box to house his hospital bracelet once we brought him home. The understated crib design was brought to life with bedding from Fireflies and Fairytales. I can't praise them enough! Each piece is handmade and prayed over prior to shipping out! A gallery wall of 6 Beatrix Potter prints (including the original inspiration print) framed in simple gold frames completed our nursery. It quickly became and still is, one of our favorite spaces to be in!

Crib  White bookcase Giraffe wicker basket
 Bunny mobile Gold frames  Crib bedding


Monday, June 19, 2017

Pacific NorthWest Part 2

My favorite road trip while visiting Washington was to Leavenworth, a small town modeled after a Bavarian village. We rented a convertible for the 3 hour drive from Seattle. The route was scenic, and the weather for our little getaway was perfect! Jonathan and I spent 3 days exploring downtown, trying German foods, and soaking up the views of the snow capped mountains. The inn where we stayed was laid back, cozy, and perfect for relaxing after a busy day of exploring!

Where to stay:

Alpen Rose Inn (where we stayed) We loved our stay here! Our room was cozy, the breakfast was delicious, and they served dessert every night!

Enzian Inn  We heard a lot of wonderful things about this Inn, but they were booked for the weekend Jonathan and I planned to go. It is located within walking distance from downtown so it's very conveniently located.

Where to eat:

Muchen Haus This Bavarian grill was my FAVORITE! It's located downtown and offers a super casual environment!

South A spin on your traditional taco Tuesday! They have a salsa bar to try different salsas until you find the perfect one!

Andreas Keller Restaurant Here you can try traditional German food in a cozy environment. Everyone dresses the part which makes it unique!

What to do:

Shopping Downtown has a lot of fun gift shops including Christmas shops that are open all year! Because Leavenworth is a smaller town, the downtown area is easy to navigate and you don't have to worry about blistered feet!

Nutcracker Museum This was an interesting experience, but worth visiting! It was very inexpensive and gave Jonathan and I a few good laughs! Who knew there were so many nutcrackers out there?

Lake Wenatchee This was easily our favorite part of the trip! The scenic drive and the views at the lake were stunning! If you only do one thing, you MUST do this! You won't regret it!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pacific NorthWest Part 1

The mountains are calling and I know I must go.
For those of you who don't know, my husband Jonathan started his consulting career in August 2016. What this means is that he travels...A LOT! Before we were married, he flew from Savannah, Georgia to Seattle, Washington (over 3000 miles) and back EVERY WEEK! Our time together was on the weekends. To some, this may seem impossible, and though not always ideal, it has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to travel together! After we were married, we made the decision for me to temporarily resign from working and to travel together!

Throughout our journey, I have learned three things about myself:
1. I absolutely LOVE the Pacific Northwest and will leave a piece of my heart here
2. For me, home is not necessarily a place, it's a person
3. Roots. We all need roots. The place we come from and the place we will always call home

Pike Place Market & Downtown Seattle
Pike Place Market is a historical farmers market in the heart of downtown Seattle. It is brimming with energy from both local vendors and curious tourist like myself. I immediately fell in love with its energy and atmosphere! This was my first real taste of Seattle and the people that call it home. We spent most of our first Saturday in Seattle roaming around the market and exploring all the shops and booths within. The market has everything from book stores, locally grown foods and flowers, cafes, and local artists selling everything from art to pottery. Washington is known for their apples, so it's no surprise I had some of the BEST apple cider there. In fact, before our journey came to an end, I had to go back for another cup. Just across the street from Pike Place is the FIRST Starbucks! Naturally, Jonathan and I braved the long line for the experience. I mean, how many times do you get to visit the THE Starbucks that started it all!

The Space Needle is one of Seattle's more famous landmarks. As tourists, it was our right of passage to visit the famed attraction. 520 feet up (insert my husbands mortified expression here) and a 360 degree view was definitely an exciting way to begin our evening and to see the city. After we marveled at the views the observation deck had to offer, we headed to dinner at the Sky City restaurant where we enjoyed Seattle from 500 feet. The restaurant rotates around the top so you never miss a view! Keep this in mind before you set anything on the window sill! I turned away to look at the menu, and my clutch had left my side on an adventure all the way around the restaurant! Jonathan and I still laugh about this today!

Chihuly Garden & Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a glass art museum located in downtown Seattle. Most of the museums attractions were indoors making this the perfect choice for a typical rainy day in Seattle. The museum features glass art in ways you've never seen! My favorite exhibition was the glass house. It's a 4,500 square foot, light filled space with glass art nesting right above the glass ceiling!

I hope you enjoyed following along with Jonathan and I as we navigated Seattle! After visiting Seattle for three months, I now consider myself somewhat of a local rather than a tourist! We ventured outside of Seattle several times for weekend road trips, and I want to share that with you too! Check back soon for part two!