Friday, July 8, 2011


In the words of Usher "These are my Confessions." I thought it might be fun this Friday to share a few confessions.

I get Redbook in the mail (still have no idea how or why I got a subscription to this magazine) and kind of love it. I am not gonna lie I just read the Brooke Burke issue and it kept me entertained. I always thought of it as an old lady magazine but it totally is not. It had decent fashion, beauty, and recipe stuff in it.

I watch an obscene amount of Reality TV. I mean like really any reality TV show on Bravo I watch it. Thank you Andy Cohen for making me a reality TV whore.

I eat the same thing for lunch everyday unless I am going out to lunch. I make a chopped Greek salad with homemade dressing and crumbled pita chips. I am even known to order a Greek salad when out to lunch too.

My current job obsession is wanting to be a wine rep. I mean what a fabulous job to get to sample wines all day. You all know I love my wine.

I have a thing for blouses. I wear them daily. In the summer with jean shorts, in the fall with skinny jeans. Matt calls it my daily uniform. My blouse collection is out of control but also quite impressive I must say:) A peek of all the blouses in my closet and one of my daily uniform's this week. Anna Sui Blouse and Jbrand shorts.

I go to the grocery store everyday. Seriously, the people that work at Harris Teeter and the Piggly Wiggly here all know me and Sterling. I am such a bad meal planner, I wish I planned my meals out for the week. Instead I decide what I want for that day and hit up the grocery store.

When I was pregnant, I really wanted a girl. I am so girly I didn't know how I would handle all the boy stuff. Now I absolutely love all the boy stuff. I hope I have another boy because now I can't imagine having a girl! I love this little nugget so much and want him to have a brother. I never thought I would say I want two boys but it is true!

So, what are your confessions? I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Hello my name is Natalie and I am addicted to virtual shopping. You know, where you fill up your online shopping cart with all the items you want to buy and then debate and debate and never buy them. I love to online shop but now that I am not working and staying at home with my little angel we are on a tight budget (I never liked budgets). I am trying to be responsible which is not fun especially when you love clothes as much as I do. So, it is virtual shopping for me most of the time. Here are a few things that have been sitting in my carts unpurchased.

From Shopbop:




From Saks


From Net a Porter


Please tell I am not the only one that does this! For some reason it makes me feel like the item is mine even though I don't order it. I have found it is better to think on purchases for a few days to determine if you really love the item. Half the time I put the stuff in my cart and go back and say wow, I didn't love that anyways. BTW can you tell I love online shopping for blouses and dresses? They are my two favorite things to buy.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sausage, Bean and Spinach Dip

I am totally a dip lover, I could easily eat it everyday. I am always excited when I find a new tasty one. I made this dip for the 4th of July and it knocked my socks off. It was so darn good. There were only 4 of us and we seriously almost ate the whole dish. I had saved this recipe out of one of my old Southern Living Magazines. I swear Southern Living never disappoints with their recipes. My picture isn't quite as pretty as Southern Living's but I can assure you it tasted fabulous.

Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip

1 sweet onion diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1 (1-lb.) package hot ground pork sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (6-oz.) package fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (15-oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
Serve with: Corn chip scoops, red bell pepper strips, pretzel rods

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook diced onion and next 2 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid has almost completely evaporated.
2. Add cream cheese, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until cream cheese is melted. Stir in spinach and salt, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Gently stir in beans. Pour mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
3. Bake at 375° for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with corn chip scoops, bell pepper strips, and pretzel rods.

Print Recipe HERE

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Hope you all had a nice and relaxing 4th of July weekend. We took the boat out, went to a pool party, grilled out with some friends and watched the fireworks, it was a perfect long weekend.

I am really loving this color combination for interiors which is funny because I am not a huge purple lover. But I love it mixed with subtle gray.

I have a new chef crush thanks to Bravo. I had heard of Rocco before but didn't know too much about him. I am now hooked on his TV show, Rocco's Dinner Party. He can be kind of an arrogant dick but that makes me like him even more. I think he is so sexy. I have a soft spot for men that know their way around a kitchen.

I have a slight obsession with candles. These are my new favorite candles. They have a sleek modern look and smell amazing! They are made with an Eco wood burning wick instead of a regular wick, so they last longer. I have been loving the Yasmin and Tuberose scents.

Milly makes some of my favorite bikinis. I am partial to a strapless bikini because I hate a strap tan line. I bought my first Milly bikini 4 years ago right before our honeymoon and I have been hooked ever since. They fit perfectly and look cute. Here is my new favorite.

I have had the hardest time finding an eyeliner that I like. One that is not too thick and goes on smooth. I have tried gel, the flat liner kind you wet, you name it I have tried them all. Oddly enough my new favorite is a good ole black pencil by Nars. It goes on perfectly smooth. Their bronzer is also amaze, it is the perfect color without being too orange.

Enough said, I am making these this week, even though I am supposed to be on a diet after my binge filled weekend. I can't resist. I love a Reese's Cup and I imagine these are scrumptious.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Proud to be an American

On this 4th of July there are so many things I am thankful for. I am beyond grateful to our troops over seas fighting so hard for our freedom and this free nation we live in. They risk their lives daily for us. For that I am forever proud and thankful for the future they are giving my son. We are so incredibly blessed and lucky to live in this wonderful country. I heart the USA.

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I hope you all have a Blessed and Happy 4th of July today!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Suppa Time

Last night I hosted our monthly girls supper club at my house and I thought I would share a few details!
The beginning of the night, me and my favorite ladies.

I am so grateful to have these ladies in my life. We all have kids around the same age and have playgroups together all the time. They have really helped me navigate this crazy world of motherhood!
My Outfit:

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Dress and Stella and Dot Necklace

On the menu last night:

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and of course lots of wine!

Dessert, these cupcakes came from my favorite local bakery, Sugar. For my local readers they are located downtown on Cannon Street. They also have delish cookies and homemade Popsicles for the summer!

A few other details
Ivory roses, my favorite.

My Black Crocodile Plate Chargers, a fabulous TJMaxx find from a few years ago!

With my Vera Wang Wedding China, God Bless her for making dishwasher safe china!

The Table

The end of the night, You can tell we enjoyed our wine:)

We all had a fabulous time and I stayed up way too late and I am definately feeling it today! I hope you all have a great 4th of July Weekend!

P.S sorry about the weird spacing blogger and I are not getting along this morning.