Monday, March 27, 2017

monday musings: week 12

Welcome to Monday Musings. Each Monday I share a different "get to know me" style Q&A. I invite you to join in so I can get to know you as well!

Q: What are 10 small things that make you happy?

A: It's hard to just pick 10, but here's a few of my favorite things:
  1. big toddler hugs - seriously the best
  2. staring a new book
  3. a fresh bouquet of flowers
  4. getting a package in the mail
  5. hot chocolate with mini mashmallows
  6. sleeping in
  7. holding my husband's hand
  8. HOT showers
  9. checking things off my to-do list
  10. beach sunsets
It's your turn, what are a few small things that make you happy? Let me know in the comments below. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 3.26.17

strappy sandal weather:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:

  • what I'm reading: I just finished "My (not so) Perfect Life" by Sophie Kinsella and it was so, so good. It's a novel about obsession with having the perfect life - or at least showing the perfect version of our lives - and learning how to embrace life as it really it, flaws and all. It's part love story, part workplace drama and all around wonderful. I highly recommend!
  • what I'm watching: I just watched Illumination's latest animated movie "Sing" - for the kiddo of course - but I ended up really, really liking it. 
  • what I'm listening to: a friend and I went see the Avett Brothers in concert last night, and it was awesome. The weather was perfect for an outdoor concert, and the Avett Brother gave a great live performance.  
  • what I'm crushing on: I'm kinda of obsessed with the idea of a pretty pink blazer at the moment with my favorites being this knit blush two button blazer, this adorable pink gingham blazer and J. Crew Factory's linen-cotton schoolboy blazer in seaside coral
  • what I'm looking forward to: being done with packing! We sure have amassed a ton of stuff in eight years and it's taking forever to sort through it, pack or donate it. Whew!

Friday, March 24, 2017

home tour: living room

I'm excited to show off my favorite room in our home - the living room. It's evolved a lot in the last eight years. Picture builder's grade white walls, beige carpet and a gold velour sofa and you have a pretty good idea of what this space looked like.

The living room circa March 2008.

photo by: Christina Shults Photography

floors: Dynamic X  |  sofa: Laura Ashley (very similar)  |  bar stools: Target (exact)  |  mirrored bookcase: World Market (similar)  |  Audrey painting: painted by my husband (similar)  |  rattan cubes: Ikea (exact)  |  ceiling fan: Lowes (exact)  |  wooden storage bin: Target (exact)  |  curtains: Walmart (similar)  |  rug: Ikea (similar)  |  ottoman: World Market (exact)  |  peony arrangement: Target (exact)

The floors are probably my favorite thing about this room (followed by the amazing aqua walls). Replacing the floor was more of an accident, than a desire to upgrade. The day before the kiddo's first birthday party, my husband knocked over a lit candle directly in the middle of the floor creating a huge singed black hole in the carpet. Not attractive. Thankfully, we found this gorgeous laminate flooring, which was originally intended for a retail space but the buyer decided it was too light, at cost. I think it turned out perfectly in our beachy home. My husband installed it all himself - a definite benefit to being married to a handyman. :) And I love the how it really upgraded the space. 

My husband painted me this lovely Audrey Hepburn painting as a present for our first Christmas together. 

Random side story: I originally wanted the living room to be green and went through at least 10 different green paint samples before throwing in the towel and painting the walls Bher Embellished Blue. I didn't even get a sample, just bought two gallons of aqua and went it with. I think it was a good decision, since I can't even imagine the space green now.

Audrey painting: painted by my husband (similar) |  silver velvet pillow: Pier 1 (exact)  |  striped pillow: H&M (exact)  |  diamond pattern pillow: H&M (exact)  |  throw: JoAnn's (similar)  |  peony arrangement: Target (exact)

I took these black and white architectural photos in St. Augustine during my honeymoon. The top print is of the staircase inside the St. Augustine Lighthouse and the I believe the second is of a stained glass window inside Flagler College.  The matted frames are from Walmart, so it was a cheap and easy DIY!

chair: Pier 1 (cute alternative)  |  pillow: H&M (exact)

This cute little chair lives next to the TV/entertainment center. It's perfect for when we have company a need an extra seat.

The most recent home living room editions are the plethora of pillows, gorgeous teal ottoman and peony centerpiece. The little frog is an Avon antique perfume bottle from the 1970s and I like the way he looks next to the pretty flowers and an aqua candle. The silver tray is old - I actually forgot I had it until we put a bunch of stuff in storage - but it works perfectly to hold a few knickknacks or drinks.

photo by: Christina Shults Photography

via Instagram

Looking for more home tours? Check out the curb appeal edition of the home tour here and tune in next Friday for a tour of the kitchen and bathrooms. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

lace peplum top

Not exactly one of my most inspired outfits. But it was comfy - I mean, how could it not be with sandals, stretchy pants and a flowy pelpum top perfect for disguising food babies? And after a humongous Mexican lunch, there was plenty of food baby pooches to go around.

Though I wore this outfit to work, it's definitely on the casual side of business casual. To dress it up, I'd swap the cardigan for a blazer - maybe my seersucker which J. Crew Factory has again this year! - and my sandals for my beloved bow flats. Easy peasy. that I've planned it out in my head, I think I'll have to try out in real-life in the near future!

Speaking of sandals, I'm kind of excited sandal weather is back. As much as I love my scarves, cardigan and layers, I equally love bare toes. If I could figure out a way to go barefoot all the time I'd do it. Too bad that's not quite work appropriate. :)

top: Target (exact)  |  pants: J. Crew (exact)  last worn here  |  cardigan: Loft (similar)  |  sandals: Loft (almost exact) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact three pearl, exact six pearl)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)

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Monday, March 20, 2017

monday musings: week 10 & 11

Welcome to Monday Musings. Each Monday I share a different "get to know me" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well!

Q1: In honor of the first day of spring, what is your favorite spring activity/tradition?

A1: It's not really an activity or tradition, but one of my favorite things about spring is flipflop/sandal weather. I love my winter layers - give me all the scarves, jackets and sweaters - but free toes come in as a close second.

Q2: What was one of your favorite family vacations?

A2: Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, vacations in Gatlinburg were a pretty common thing. As in, we went so many times growing up that it lost it's excitement/allure. But then I moved away, and before you know it, it had been 10+ years without a visit. So, October two years ago my parents, sister, brother and our families decided to go on a family trip to the Smoky Mountains. We had so much fun, we decided to make a tradition out of it. We went again last October and did a bunch of touristy things - including Dollywood, the chairlift and went trick-or-treating through downtown Gatlinburg. I'm already looking forward to this year's trip, especially since it's the only time this Florida girl gets to experience fall. Hello fall leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything! Is it sad that I'm jonesing for fall in March? Oh, well...

It's your turn. What's your favorite thing about spring and what was one of your favorite family vacations? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

kelly green puffer

when: Tuesday  |  where:  work  |  weather: 53 and overcast

Mother nature decided to throw us a curve ball last week with some of the coldest weather we've had all winter. Though technically I suppose it's spring now, right? Either way, the cooler temps gave me a chance to wear this fun kelly green puffer vest just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Though to be honest, I felt kind of wrong to wear riding boots in March. Though the high was in the 50s, most of the day hoovered in the 40s, which in my neck of the woods is COLD. Anything below 60s (and for some folks 70s means it's time to break out the winter clothes). Ridiculous, but that's how we roll in Florida. I was feeling a bit overdressed in my boots and layers until I went to pick up my daughter from daycare, and another mom had on a wool pea coat and thick wooly scarf. So I guess I'm doing alright...

puffer vest: J. Crew (exact in other colors)  |  shirt: Target (similar)  |  pants: Loft (similar) last worn here  |  scarf: Ann Taylor (cute alternative)  |  boots: Arturo Chiang (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (exact)  |  earrings: Kate Spade (exact)

While I don't wear a lot of green, I did find a few green outfits in honor of St. Paddy's Day (#3's my favorite):

one  |  two  |  three

It's one of the busiest work weeks of the year, so I'm pushing back the next installment of my home tour until next Friday. I apologize for the delay!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

lace trim kimono

when: last Friday  |  where: work  |  weather: 60 and sunny

I want to say a great big thank you to everyone who commented and sent words of encouragement related to my Pinterest woes. Your support really means the world to me. After taking a day to think about things, I've decided I don't want to stop blogging, but I do want to take some precautions in the future about what kind of information I share on here. I did speak to a local police officer who handles cyber crime and he suggested I no longer show my face in my photos, but I hesitate to do that because I think I'd lose an importance sense of connection. From my experience, I feel like I know people in the blogs that I read. I celebrate their triumphs and mourn their setbacks. Even though I don't really know them, I feel like I do because I read about their daily lives. I see them, I see pictures of their lives and their families. I see their face. I feel like hiding myself like that and filtering too much will ruin that. I've been blogging for more than two years, my face is everywhere if you look for it. Is there really a point to hiding it now?

But, on to the outfit. 

Most of the time I'm a pretty conservative/borderline preppy dresser - think blazers, lots of cardigans and fancy flats, but sometimes the lure of the bohemian calls to me, like with this gorgeous lace trim navy kimono from Pink Blush.  I love the soft flow and drape and the lace really adds a fun - and pretty element - to the piece. I think it's going to be a good transition piece from spring to summer. If navy's not your color, it also comes in several lovely shades - including a soft peach that I'm drooling over and my favorite signature teal color. This is actually a maternity top, but I don't get a maternity vibe from it at all, it fits just like a normal kimono. For reference, mine's a 1X. 

To finish off the look, I added a white tee (though a cream/wheat color top would also look great), skinny jeans and booties. As I mentioned last week, we've been having a few gloriously cool days, but I've been trying to take every opportunity to wear my boots before it's full-on sandal weather. 

kimono: PinkBlush (exact, exact plus)  |  shirt: Target (similar) last worn here  |  jeans: Loft (similar)  |   boots: Vince Camuto (exact) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact three pearl, exact six pearl)  |  earrings: Stella and Dot (similar)

As a side note, as you may have noticed something it going on with my photos links through Photobucket as they are currently not showing up on my blog. Are any of you bloggers using blogger running into this issue? I've been so frustrated with Photobucket lately, I'm seriously considering switching to a different photo hosting site. I know some folks use Flickr, any other suggestions? 

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