Monday, July 18, 2011

Party Time

I don't actually have plans to throw a party anytime soon, but all these amazing party ideas I keep coming across are giving me the itch to entertain. I am thinking maybe I need to throw an end of summer party, so I can put some of these fabulous ideas to use!

Individual champagnes, love this!!

Margarita jello shooters- this would be so cute for a cinco de mayo party. And yes I do still like jello shots:)

Popsicles in champagne= delicious

Tequila poured over lime sorbet. I am a true tequila lover so this is right up my alley.

Trix on stick, def using for Sterling's next party.

Veggies in tiny bread bowls, adorable.

Watermelon punch bowl, love this. Wish I had seen it to use for the 4th of July.

The most gorgeous veggie spread I have ever seen.

Pizza muffins, seriously get in my belly!
Any other great party ideas, send them my way!
All ideas via

Friday, July 15, 2011

Trip Home

I have been home this week visiting my parents and it has been lovely. I was able to get a mani/pedi which was a real luxury since I never really have time to get one these days. I did my nails in OPI Bubble Bath one of my all time favorite neutral colors.

I did my toe nails in OPI My Chiuaua Bites. A great reddish coral for the summer.

While I was home we enjoyed a delicious bottle of red wine, Midsummer Cellars Cabernet. It was one of the best bottles of red wine I have tried lately. My mom found it on special at Harris Teeter for $34.99 but it had originally been $50. I highly recommend this wine, if you find it somewhere you should def pick up a bottle.

My mom and I did some shopping and hit up Marshalls, one of our favorite bargain shopping spots. I am really regretting not buying this patterned blouse and yellow silk jacket. Don't you hate when you have buyers remorse? Now I am back in Charleston so I can't even go back and try to find them. Guess it wasn't meant to be!

When I got back home and was unpacking my little man got his hands on a pen and pretty much colored on everything white in our house. My pillows, my vanity stool, and white leather desk chair. I guess that now that I have a kid the white furniture needs to go. My poor vanity stool:(

I am thinking about making either this Loaded Baked Potato Dip or 7 Layer Greek Dip this weekend. Has anyone made either before? I found both recipes on Pinterest. They both make my mouth water so I am having a hard time deciding!

BTW does anyone think it is funny that Kate Hudson had a boy after the whole time she was pregnant she kept saying she was certain it was a girl. Goes to show you mother's intuition is not always right. Trust me I know because I too was convinced I was having a girl. What about the name they chose, The little guy's name is Bingham "Bing" Hawn Bellamy. It reminds me of Chandler Bing, but I think it is kind of cute and I love that she used her mom's last name. Congrats to them and Ryder for becoming a big brother!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! xoxo

I am also guest posting today over at Lisa's fabulous blog, Stilettos and Diaper Bags, doing what I do best and sharing my obsessions! Check out the post here!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Aged to Perfection

I think I am not alone in worrying about aging. I frequently think about wrinkles, crows feet, and saggy boobs. After turning 30 last year and having a baby I can already tell a difference in my body. I have to workout harder to maintain my same weight and I religiously wash and moisturize my face. My mom looks amazing for her age, so I can only hope I will age as well as her! These celebs give me great inspiration too. They are all moms pushing 40 or older and I think they look the best they ever have!

My numero uno girl crush looks amazing for 38. She has two kids and still rocks a bikini and has an envious figure (thank you Tracy Anderson and why don't I look like that after your videos?)

Courtney is 47 and looks better than ever. Her skin is flawless. I know she swears by Kinerase skin products. I have never tried them but probably should if it would make my skin look like hers!

Is another celeb that has aged fabulously. Granted she was a supermodel so maybe it is in her genes, but for 45 she looks about 25 years old. She has her own beauty and skincare line called Meaningful Beauty that obviously works!

At 57 years Christie is a true bombshell. She may not be lucky in love but man does she look stunning for someone pushing 60.

She just turned 40 last year and I think she looks better than ever. She is a workout machine, running 4-5 miles daily and swearing by Physique 57 and spinning classes. For having 3 kids she has an amazing body. She honestly looks like a 20 year old in these pictures.

Granted all these celebs have personal trainers and chefs, but here is too hoping with some good skincare, diet and exercise regimes we can look this good past 40 too! Which means I probably shouldn't have skipped my workout this morning and should reconsider eating tacos tonight....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chopped Greek Salad

Alot of you asked me to share my daily lunch recipe for my chopped Greek Salad. I have been making small tweaks weekly but this is currently what I think is the perfect combo. I use spinach as my lettuce because I love it and dark greens are so good for you. I have tried it with Romain and it is good as well, so use whatever lettuce you have/like. I have also used white beans if I am out of chickpeas, so make substitutions with what you have. I love the addition of the crumbled pita chips it gives the salad a great crunch.

I added the ingredients of this salad in my "Lose It" app on my iPhone to calculate the calories and it came in right over 400 calories which I think is perfect for a lunch. Trust me I always make a huge salad, so you can eat alot for 400 calories. This is a healthy lunch you don't have to feel guilty eating because you are getting so many fresh vegetables in one serving. Enjoy!

-spinach julienne sliced
-handful chickpeas rinsed
-1 small tomato diced
-diced cucumber
-diced red onion
-diced yellow bell pepper (I usually quarter it so I can use it for 4 salads)
-diced kalamata olives (I always use 7)
-crumbled feta cheese (I think it makes such a difference to buy fresh good feta. I use the kind that comes in water.)
-handful of crumbled pita chips (I prefer Stacy's whole wheat pita chips)

Mix all ingredients together and toss with red wine vinegar dressing. I usually let my salad sit for a minute or two so the dressing gets absorbed and covers everything.

-about 1 tablespoon olive oil
-about 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar
-dash of salt and pepper
Whisk all together. Add more red wine vinegar if needed. I occasionally add in a bit of fresh lemon juice if I have a lemon. I sometimes also add a little chopped fresh dill or parsley to the dressing. Just taste as you make it, I love the red wine vinegar flavor so I use alot of it, but you can definitely do less.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I can not believe July is almost half over already!! Where is the summer going? Here are my weekly obsessions, I should probably add dreaming about cooler weather to the list!

Lately I have been loving stripes. I love to wear them and to decorate with them. I am seriously considering doing stripes when I do Sterling's big boy room.

{via pinterest and marcus design}

We love this stuff in our household. I make pizzas on it at least once a week. It is so easy to saute some veggies, add pizza sauce and fresh mozzarella, bake for a few minutes and you have a delish healthy pizza. It is also tasty heated with olive oil, salt and pepper dipped in hummus. I buy mine at Harris Teeter because they have the wheat kind but Costco sells big packs of the regular Naan.

Ever since seeing Kelly wear this dress last week on Live with Regis and Kelly I have been obsessed. Love it, sadly it is pretty much sold out every where. I did see this shorter version at Shopbop but I think I love the long version more!

I bought a bunch of this wine for my supper club last week and had quite a bit leftover that I have been enjoying. I forgot how tasty this wine is. For the price you can't go wrong. It is $8.99 at the grocery store but at Costco it is only $7.50. I love both the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. They are the perfect summer wine.

Ever since Monda (from the Daily Stroll) emailed me the link to these gorgeous earrings, I have been dreaming about them! Problem is I can't decide what color to order them in, they are all gorgeous. I am thinking turquoise or salmon. Her website has fabulous jewelry and if you enter your email address you get 20% off your entire purchase.

I just recently found this tea and love it. I have been drinking it at night to curb my desire to eat dessert. Milk thistle is supposed to be so good for your liver and mine can use all the help it can get.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Eye Candy

I thought it was time to share some Monday eye candy again. All these pretties are images I found on Pinterest, my new obsession besides blogging. You can follow all my pins HERE

Awesome Light fixture and chair

Pink Office perfection

The ideal home bar

Alex's amazing bathroom re-do. Dying over the chevron walls. via

This Starfish mirror is so gorgeous and unique. Would love it in a bathroom.

Painted floors= amazeballs

The perfect wavy hair.

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies. Need I say more? Eat your heart out little Debbie.
You can find the recipe HERE. Happy Monday Lovelies!