Cody and I have been working so hard on our kitchen and downstairs bathroom remodel…and by ‘Cody and I’, I really mean Cody. Haha! Our kitchen and bathroom are almost done (the backsplash is going up today), so now we are focusing on decorating the living room that’s open to the kitchen. Our new Read More
For our 7-year wedding anniversary at the beginning of this month, Cody got me this gorgeous Kate Spade bag. It’s my first designer bag, and I love it so much! Of course, I knew I would because I picked it out and told him to get it for me. Ha! 😉 Are we surprised I picked out black? Probably not because we all know black is my favorite color to wear. Since getting this new purse, I’ve vowed to keep it a little more organized and a lot less messy. Usually I have a pile of receipts at the bottom of my bag, but I’m trying really hard to throw away the trash and only keep the necessities. Here is a list of what’s in my bag 🙂
Wallet: The zipper on my old wallet broke, so when I was at Target the other day, I picked up this “Only Good Vibes” wallet. It’s the perfect size to hold my driver’s license, debit cards, gift cards (these suckers are burning a hole in my wallet and must be spent soon!), and money. It can even fit my iPhone 6!
Tampax Pocket Pearl: These are a girl’s best friend! While I was wondering through the aisles of Target the other day (the same day I found my wallet), I spotted these cute little Tampax Pocket Pearl tampons on the shelf and knew they’d be perfect to keep in my purse. The smaller size allows them to easily fit into any purse (even my clutches), but they still provide the same protection as the bigger size. Plus, the print of the wrapper Read More
You guy’s, Father’s Day totally snuck up on me this year. My friend is getting married on Saturday and I’m in the wedding, so my mind has been on that and I completely forgot that Father’s Day is on Sunday (shhh! Don’t tell my dad!) Now, I’m frantically trying to figure out what to get him. He was a banker for 30 years so our go-to present was always a neck tie. Now that he’s not in banking, it’s a lot harder to think of what to buy him. Haha! It doesn’t help that whenever he wants something, he buys it for himself without giving any of us a chance to buy it for him as a gift. But we still love him even though he’s difficult to shop for 🙂
Honestly, my dad is so amazing and I am so thankful that he’s my dad. Even though he never changed one diaper on me as a baby because he has the weakest stomach ever and would throw up, he’s always been there for me. I’ve Read More
Seriously, I can’t get over how much I love this little girl! She’s 10 months old and learned to walk last month. Now she walks all over the place, but all I want to do it is hold her and cuddle her and give her kisses. She puts up with me well 🙂
We had a cool evening (high 60’s) with some thunder storms last week so I busted out my jeans and sweater. Of course, the very next day it was 100 degrees again so I think me jeans will remain in my closet for a while now.
Since moving into our new house, I have had decorating on my mind. This house has more rooms than our last two homes, so we don’t have nearly enough furniture for it. Plus, a lot of the furniture/decor we do have, I don’t really like any more. Most of it is at least seven years old and our style has changed a lot in the past seven years. Our coffee table is an ottoman I’ve had since high school that I got Read More
Cody and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary (and 10 years together) over the weekend, and each year for our anniversary we go to Capitola, CA (it’s right next to Santa Cruz). And guess what just so happens to be on the same weekend as our anniversary? The annual Capitola Car Show. Cody’s hobby is fixing up old cars so this is like his dream vacation. Of course when I look at them, all I see is pretty colors. Haha! My favorite car was by far the sand car. Isn’t that thing so cool?! Someone has some magical sand Read More
Can you believe the official start of summer is just a couple weeks away?! To me, it might as well already be summer because we’ve had 100 degree days! Way too hot! These are the items I rely on to get me through the hot summer days. I forgot to include my favorite make-up setting spray…this stuff is the best at keeping your makeup from melting off your face. Oh and I also forgot Read More
Hey! Hey! I thought it might be fun to get a little more personal and share what I’ve been watching, reading, using, etc.
Watching:Vikings. Cody got me hooked on this show. He watched the first episode of season 3 and then told me we needed to get it on Netflix so we could see it from the beginning. We’ve been binge watching the first two seasons and just finished them the other day. Now I’m Read More
I have been working on styling our coffee table since we bought our house almost a year ago and it’s finally complete…that is until I find something new to add to it. My best friend is Nate Berkus (ok, I’ve never actually met him in real life but I loved him on Oprah and when he had his own show, I watched every single episode so that practically makes us besties in my world) and Nate would always says that a space should feel collected over time, so I didn’t want to rush the process of decorating our coffee table. Below are my tips for creating the perfect coffee table that will work for any style.
1. Layers: Just like with clothes, layers add interest. A stack of books give your guests something to read and a tray is perfect for organizing items. Scents is another great way to add layers. Like my good ol’ pal Nate Berkus says “Layer scent throughout your home with the new Unstopables collection. It will add so much elegance”
2. A Personal Touch: Your home should be a reflection of you. (Another tip I’ve heard from my main squeeze Nate). Our coffee table book was the guest book at our wedding. It brings back great memories every time I see it. I recently got the Polaroid camera for Valentine’s day and immediately added it to our coffee table. I can’t wait to see all the pictures our guests snap. I’m pretty sure that when my mom, sister, and niece come over next week, we will be taking a ton of pictures of our little Stevie Rae 🙂
4. Candles: Candles add ambiance to the space. The candle that is currently on my coffee table is the Unstoppable candle in Fresh. I’m obsessed with that smell but you can also layer your scents “with the new Unstopables collection. You can add individual scents or mix and match candles, room sprays, in-wash scent boosters, scented oil warmers and fabric refreshers to create a home fragrance that’s truely you.” Thanks Nate Berkus for that tip because I would have never thought of doing that.
5. Add A Throw Blanket: I LOVE throw blankets! They make the space feel so cozy. Don’t be afraid to drape one over the coffee table. It adds texture and warmth to the table (no pun intended). And you guys, my blankets have never smelled so good! I’ve been washing them with the Unstoppables in-wash scent boosters and omigod, they’re amazing! I just want to snuggle up in my blankets 24/7.
I hope you enjoyed taking a glimpse into my living room and found these tips useful. And can I just say that the Unstoppables collection really is the bombdigity! I normally clean my house on Thursdays but I didn’t have time to do a good cleaning this week so I just used the Unstoppables fabric spray and Unstoppables air freshener, both in the scent ‘fresh’, throughout the house and my house smells so clean! Sometimes I feel like air freshener type sprays can be too overwhelming and give me a headache but these have a light airy-ness to them that makes them smell so natural and not too strong at all.
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Before we talk about the amazing auction (below), I have to tell you my exciting news….my sister had her baby yesterday!!! Meet the little girl who has stolen my heart, Stevie Rae Statz. I’m so in love! I’ll be sharing some more photos of her on the blog soon because well, there’s no way I’m not forcing that baby to model with me in some photos 🙂
One of my best blogger friends, Lauren from Style Elixir (we were roomies at LuckyFabb), is the founder of Bloggers Closet and has an exciting celebrity charity fashion auction event that just started… Bloggers Closet has partnered with actress, producer and The Real talk show host, Tamera Mowry-Housley! (I’m a huge fan of Sister Sister so this is like pretty awesome if you ask me!)
From now through August 12, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to shop Tamera’s personal closet – she is auctioning some seriously gorgeous designer fashion! All proceeds will be donated to I Have A Dream Foundation, a
n amazing national organization that helps children in low-income communities pursue and achieve their career dreams. They provide guaranteed tuition support, as well as personal coaching from elementary school through first year college. Bloggers Closet will also be donating 10% of all sales site-wide during the next week – so it’s a perfect time to shop for a cause! I’ve also listed items for sale from my closet too, you’ll find them here.
Below is a preview of just some of the pieces that you can shop from Tamera’s closet… Rachel Zoe, BCBG, French Connection, Michael Kors and Karen Millen to name but a few. View all her items and make a bid here, you’ll look gorgeous and feel great knowing you helped a very worthy cause! Happy bidding!