Minor House Renovations

by Koko on September 27, 2016

in Christel Springs House, Clarksville

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.

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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),

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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 It was gold, had an outdated mantle, and an odd perch on top of it for fake flowers?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).

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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)!

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Splurge Vs. Steal

by Koko on September 19, 2016

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

I got the cutest (faux) leather jacket from Nordstrom’s last week and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!

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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!

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Katie Kime

by Koko on September 2, 2016

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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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):

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Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Classpass Love

by Koko on August 24, 2016 · 2 comments

in Exercise, Uncategorized

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As of this morning, I have done 182 classes in 12 months of belonging to Classpass. That number includes a month I didn’t use it all while I was in TN and the 9 months I spent flying back and forth, so on average I would say I take 15-20 Classpass classes a month. And I still LOVE Classpass. I have a pretty good routine going now that I’ve been doing it for so long, here’s what it looks like:

Monday: Barry’s Bootcamp. This is easily the hardest workout I do all week. It switches between 8-10 minute runs on the treadmill and free weights on the floor. This is the perfect class for a Monday to start off the week.

Tuesday: Usually Body By Simone or Cycle House. Body by Simone is a mix of dance, cardio and light weights. It’s a nice easier workout day, and super fun to learn dance moves and show off how uncoordinated I am. Cycle House is a fast paced spin class that I love for an early morning start. Great music, exceptional teachers, and it is next to Alfred Coffee which is awesome for a post-spin latte.

Wednesday: Sweat Garage. Another bootcamp type workout that involves treadmill intervals and weights on the floor. I’ve been going here for over 4 years and love the setup. They constantly change their workouts and I’m never bored. I particularly love their partner days where you have to run a certain distance before tapping out your neighbor.

Thursday: Burn 60 or Aura Cycle. Burn 60 is intervals on the treadmill and weights on the floor (see a theme here). And Aura Cycle is a fun spin studio with lights that correlate with the music.

Friday: Orange Theory. My favorite class of the week and unfortunately the only one NOT on Classpass. But I love it so much I pay for a monthly class package and have yet to regret it. The class is built around wearing a heart rate monitor and the concept behind Orange Theory is that if you spend 12-20 minutes in the Orange Zone (85%-100% of your heart rate) then you have an “after-burn” of 300 calories for the next 24-36 hours. Your heart rate and colored zone are put up on a monitor for you to watch while you work out, which is fun. You jump between the treadmill, the rower and free weights for the hourlong class, watching your zones as you go.

Saturday: Phoenix EffectA partner style bootcamp where you and a team of fellow members work out together switching between various stations and running around the block. This is a fun one to go to with friends.

Sunday: Orange Theory or rest day 

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Some other favorites: 

Y7: A hot yoga studio that plays hip hop music. I’ve never been super into yoga, but I LOVE going to this class each week. No mirrors, all candle lit and the instructors let you do your own thing with just enough guidance.

Fitmix The Mashup: Half of the class is treadmill intervals and the other class is pilates on the reformer. A great mix of cardio and some deep pilates moves.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOOOOOVE my Classpass membership and even with the price hike to $175 a month it is well worth it to me. I am never bored, always get into the classes I want and am constantly challenged.

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