Friday, September 28, 2012

Thoughts For Friday

Word. Its Friday and that makes me happy. I love the weekends.  My rents are here this weekend which makes me even happier. Tonight we are doing an art/wine stroll and I can't wait!

Can we talk about this entryway?  Pink + Leopard + That Chandy = a girl's dream.  I must incorporate some aspects of this into my house.

I just saw these pictures of Kristen Cavallari six weeks post baby.  She looks amazing.  I think I was seriously still in maternity jeans 6 weeks out.  I hope she shares her tips.  I am going to blame it on the fact that she is younger than me and bounced back quickly!  But man she looks incredible!   It is still kind of weird to me that she has a baby, but not as weird as Snooki having a baby!

J Crew is having a sale right now where you get 25 % and free shipping on orders of $150+, use code STYLE25.   Here are a few goodies I have my eye on.

Ever since Natasha posted this recipe for Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas from Maria's gorgeous blog Yummy Mummy, I have been dreaming about them.  How delicious do they look and sound??   I plan to make to them next week, problem is the hubs is funny about meatless meals.  Maybe I will just cook a side steak to go with his:)

Have ya'll heard of Pose?  It is a new App where you can take pictures of your outfits and let friends view and "like" them.  It also will provide links if you want to buy what someone is wearing.  Pure genius I tell you.   It is just like Instagram but for fashion!  It is my latest obsession.  The app is free- you can follow me at nataliemason24.

Speaking of fashion- new favorite fall color combo= orange and burgundy.  Love it.

For all you locals this Sauvignon Blanc is on sale at the Pig right now for $4.99- yep you read that right.  Normally retails for $9.99 and it is now $4.99 so go on and stock up.  Its good.  Matt claims it tastes as good as the expensive stuff.  Stock up for hostess gifts or parties.  Heck I am stocking up for weekly wine drinking.

I picked up Sterling's Halloween Costume this week.  He told me he wanted to be Spider Man so I figured I better snag a costume before they were all sold out.  He is obsessed with it.  He napped in it and then insisted on wearing it to the park it.  It was tripping me out.  But at least he is getting more than one wear out of it, right?

This quote really spoke to me this week.   Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Favorite Jeans

I have gotten several emails from readers asking me my favorite jeans.  I have tried on many, many jeans.  I know what I like and I know exactly how I want my jeans to fit. 

A few musts for me:  I prefer a darker wash, it is always more slimming in my opinion.  I also prefer higher waisted jeans.  After a baby the higher waist really just helps suck things in, so you have no over hang if you know what I mean.  I am also a huge fan of skinny jeans.  They are all I wear.  I think they are the most versatile because they work with boots over them, with ballet flats or with heels.  I also like my jeans to have a touch of stretch, not too much and not too little- it has to be the perfect amount.  Not too much to ask for in a pair of jeans, right?

The four jeans below are my tried and true favorites.  I own them all and I promise they are flattering.  I know jeans are not cheap and I take jean buying very seriously.  I wear mine for years before I buy new ones.  These all wash and wear well.

I am not going to lie, I own two pairs of these because I am terrified one pair will be dirty and I will have nothing to wear.  That is how much these rock.  I bought one pair before I had Sterling and then after I picked up another pair to have a back-up.  I get compliments everytime I wear these.

I also have "The Skinny Jeans" in black as well.  As you can see they sit higher up on the waist and look super slimming.  I high;y recommend the black and blue in this jean.

I used to be very loyal to my 7 jeans til my friend Katie introduced me to these.  They are seriously the best fitting jeans.  I swear they suck you in and make you look 5 lbs thinner easily.  They are a dark Navy color but could almost pass for black.  These are an everyday staple of mine.

I blogged about these a few weeks ago and trust me they are the best colored jeans you will find.  They suck you in and slim you in like no others!  I swear these feel like they have Spanx built in them.   Plus all the colors are pretty fabulous.

I own these in Nude and love them.  They sit high up and never really stretch out too much!  The pockets on the front are sewn shut too which creates a sleeker and slimmer look.

They just came out in these two new colors for Fall and I really want the light green pair.

So there you have it, all my favorites jeans!  So tell me am I missing out on any fabulous jeans?  What are your favorites?  Any must haves I need to add to my Fall Wardrobe?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spicy Thai White Bean Dip

Alright, lets dish.  Do you get in a recipe rut?  Always cooking the same things?  Well that was true for me in the appetizers department.  I had gotten pretty comfortable with my cheese and hummus tray.  Always a hit but I was eager to spice things up and try something new.  My girlfriend Erin recommended this recipe to me.  I made it last weekend with a few tweaks, because I am always tweaking recipes (it's what I do, plus I always like things spicier than they are- hello Sirachia).  It turned out great, such a fun new appetizer with crazy good flavors.  I did find that it was better after it sat overnight and had time for the flavors to really set in, so keep that in mind. 

The three main ingredients are below.  Bad part is you have to hit up two different grocery stores for the ingredients.  The Thai Peanut Sauce is from Harris Teeter and the chopped veggies are from Trader Joes.  Worth the trip though, just buy them and have them on hand for next time you need an easy app.   Try this recipe next time you are in an appetizer rut.  It is a refreshing change.  Plus if you love Thai food this will be a huge hit in your house!


- 1 Can Cannelini Beans, Drained and Rinsed
- 1 bottle Harris Teeter Thai Peanut Sauce
-Trader Joes Healthy Chopped Veggie Mix
- 1-2 small scallions sliced
-Handful of Cilantro finely chopped
- Several dashes of Siracha and Texas Pete
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Tostidos

Mix all ingredients together and let sit several hours or overnight.  Serve with Tositidos.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


My parents had some of this sparkling soda from Traders Joes and we drank it at my mom's birthday lunch over the weekend and it was fabulous.  Not too sweet and the perfect amount of bubbly.  I would image this would be killer with vodka added in!  It is fabulous to have on hand for parties.  My mom and sister also love the Pomegranite flavor.

I went on a little necklace buying hiatus but now I am back.  Love this one from Baublebar for fall.  It is delicate yet makes a statement.

This little snack was a result of me grocery shopping starving.  I of course added so many unnecessary things in my buggy because I was ravished.  These were such an unexpected treat and amazing.  I bought the Parmesan Cheese and Herb flavor and it was so good.   Can't wait to try the other flavors.

Love the metallic shades these Pumpkins are painted.  Fall is my favorite season and this is one project I just might have to take on!

I am beyond obsessed with this dress.  I want it in every color.  It is the perfect plain dress to jazz up with statement necklaces, cute jackets,  and killer shoes.  The back is my favorite part.  Such a great dress you could wear so many ways!

It also comes in this nude version which I equally love.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Get Your Butt to Madewell (Or just shop online)...

Remember my post a few weeks ago, about me finding the perfect Chambray Shirt at Madewell?? 

Here she is if you forgot:
Love it and seriously wear it all the time.

Sadly, we don't have a Madewell store in Charleston, which is ok because I am no stranger to online shopping- I sometimes prefer it because I love the excitement of getting packages delivered to my house.   Seriously seeing the UPS/FedEx truck makes me so excited- does that make me weird?
 However I do love to shop in person at stores when possible.  Since I was in Charlotte this past week,  I knew I must hit up the Madewell store while I was in town.   True story, I had never even set foot  in a Madewell store until about a year ago.  Now I am hooked, I really love the store and so far all my items of clothing from there have held up super well.  It is not crazy expensive and the clothes are good quality.  My trip there last week was no exception, the store was stocked full of goodies.  These three items stole my heart and quickly became my favorites.   Lets see if you can guess which one came home with me?

I first spied this dress in the Madewell fall catalog they sent me and truth be told it was the main reason I stopped in there.  It did not disappoint.  

It also comes in this gray color which I loved as well- forgot to snap a photo in the gray version.  Ignore what the model is wearing with hers.  The knee high socks and scarf make it look frumpy and stupid.
It was way cuter on than it looked on her.

My next love was this leopard dress because, Duh, I love anything and everything leopard.  It fit great, plus it is onsale online right now:)  I think it was cute for now and would also look great with black tights when the weather gets cooler.

Again what is up with the model's shoes?  Who is styling these Madewell shoots?

My third find was this Paisley Blouse.  The colors were even better in person.

Two things I wanted to try on but they did not have in the Charlotte store were:

Love the easy feel and look of this.  Plus navy and green is always a good combo.

The color of this dress is just perfect, plus I love the idea of it paired with leopard booties/heels.
I may have to bite the bullet and order these two to try on at home!  
So can you guess which piece came home with me????

If you guessed the Silk Gatehouse dress you were right!  I wore it Saturday night to a party.   Lucky for me my mom bought the Paisley Blouse so we can trade!  Moral of the story, Madewell rocks and you should be shopping there!  Right now online they have free shipping on orders over $100 and extra 25 % off all sale items with code YIPEE.  So, go on and get your shop on, I promise you will love whatever you find there.

Don't you just love Sterling in this picture??  My parents tried to get him to smile but he would not put the sippy cup down.  He does this on purpose when he knows you are trying to take a picture.  Typical man. 
Happy Monday.
**Btw Madewell did not ask me nor pay me to write this post, I just truly love the store and wanted to share some fab finds.**


Friday, September 21, 2012

Thoughts For Friday

I am pretty much a stalker when it comes to Gwyneth Paltrow.  She always has and always will be my number one girl crush.   Love everything she does.  First she kills it with this casual outfit.  Now I am convinced I need red booties too.  

Then on Goop she modeled some amazing outfits from JCrew and of course now I want to recreate all these as well.   She has such amazing style.

Remember our new Hutch in our dining room?  Well I think I found a color a want to paint it, this dark gray and I think I may style it similarly as this bar.  Problem is Matt says I can't paint it.  He says he grew up with it the color it is and it reminds him of his childhood (lame).  How do you persuade stubborn husbands that your vision is the right thing to do??  Or should I just ignore him and paint it anyways- ha!

I am still struggling to shed the 5lbs I put on this summer.  I work out and I eat fairly healthy so I am not sure what gives.  Might help if I cut out alcohol but that's a joke.  Not happening.  So awhile back I read that Fergie drinks Apple Cider Vinegar 3x a day.  Then I saw on Jenny's blog that she does too and it helped her shed her extra baby weight.  I am home visiting the family this week and my mom has been drinking it too,  so now I am on the bandwagon.  3 tablespoons 3x a day in 8 oz of water.  It is said to speed up your metabolism and help with digestive issues. I will report back with details and results.  This is the kind you need to buy.

Can we talk about Blake Lively's wedding ring??  First she gets sexy Ryan and then this amazing ring?  Plus you know her closet is fabulous.  Can a girl be any luckier??

Latest obsession for my little man= High Top Chuck Taylors.  Found these at Marshalls.  Sterling loves them already.  His outfit of choice to sport with his new shoes, Elmo PJs.   My man is very opionated about what he wears!

Had a great girls night out Monday with my gals Caycee, Chassity, and Amy.  Here is what I wore:  A.P.C Leopard Dress.  Love this dress and really anything by A.P.C, it is one of my favorite brands.

My particular dress is sold out, but they have a fab turtleneck version for fall that I am pretty sure I need!

This pretty much sums it up.  Happy Weekend.

I am also guesting posting today over at Alex's blog, Things That Sparkle sharing one of my favorite end of summer recipes.  Be sure to check it out HERE. Alex is getting married this weekend so send her lots of best wishes!  I know her wedding will be perfectly planned and gorgeous just like her!
have a great weekend! xoxo