You guys, I had the most INSANE time ever exploring the Martha Stewart offices in NYC during my last trip. My boss works in the same building as Martha, so a few of us got a private tour. It was everything you wanted it to be and more! There were people decorating cookies for Valentine’s Day and placing individual sprinkles on cake! There were hundreds of props including platters, chairs, and silverware. It was an unbelievable experience.
I got this cute black dress from Nordstrom Rack and have gotten SO many compliments on it. Paired with my favorite loafers, it was the perfect NYC outfit. Q asked me if I forgot how to put my jacket on, HAHA, men! Happy Shopping!
Dress: Iro / Jacket: J. Crew / Loafers: Halogen
It is hard to believe that Q and I moved to Tennessee over a year ago! We bought our home knowing it wouldn’t be as big of a project as our Georgia house was (hello kitchen reno), but that we would make some small changes that would make a difference. Here are two tiny ones that made a HUGE difference.
1 Removing carpet from the stairs and the upstairs. Old carpet is yucky. Taking up carpet is easy. Taking up the nails is not. We decided to stain the tread on the stairs with a black stain and paint the riser with glossy white paint. The verdict is still out on whether we are going to put a glossy finish on the black stain or not as we don’t want to make the stairs slippery. The entry way is now lighter (from the white walls too),
2. Replacing an ugly fireplace mantle with wood. This fireplace was always an eyesore in our TV room. It was gold, had an outdated mantle, and an odd perch on top of it for fake flowers? (I think). We had leftover wood flooring from when we changed the flooring upstairs from carpet to wood and decided to use those panels to create the wall. We also removed the weird mantle and painted the fireplace all black. We used large gray tiles to replace the bright red tiles on the floor in front of the fireplace. The photos don’t even do the wood and the wall justice. It takes up such a huge presence in our room and makes the room look so much more modern. (More photos to come).
We are also couch shopping, which is very difficult when one of you is currently in another country and cannot see or sit on any of the sofas! But the strong willed woman I am chose what I think will be a perfect choice for our family (not this one, but something similar in a lighter color)!
I got the cutest (faux) leather jacket from Nordstrom’s last week and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!
I had been eyeing this Madewell one for awhile now, but it is a serious investment ($500). I kept going back to Nordstrom’s trying it on and debating if I wanted it. Then this past week, I stopped by the mall for my weekly try-on, grabbed the Madewell jacket and then randomly grabbed this super reasonably priced TopShop one to try too. Much to my surprise, the Topshop jacket fit even better than the expensive one and is beyond reasonably priced ($60!!). I’ve already worn it three times in a week and gotten compliments each time. It looks and feels much more expensive than it is. I highly recommend it! And here is a super embarrassing picture of me trying to pick out an airplane outfit with only one shoe on (because yes, I am a dork), but at least you get the idea! SO cute, comfortable and a steal for that price!
Dress: Katie Kime / Jacket: J. Crew / Clutch: Kate Spade / Shoes: Steve Madden
I recently stumbled across this ADORABLE (and very Southern) line and immediately fell in love. The prints are so cute and unique. The fit is classic, and the sizing is right on. I wore mine to a summer BBQ and got a ton of compliments. I love all of her fun prints and styles like these (click on the image for the link):