Friday, November 18, 2011

Thoughts For Friday

Happy Friday. This has felt like the longest week ever!! So glad it is finally the weekend!

This bedroom that I saw on Pinterest has stayed in my mind all week. I love the mirrored furniture, Zebra rug, and Leontine Monogrammed linens. Really love this look!

The new JCREW Baby line has me really wanting another nugget to dress in these adorable clothes. I am so glad JCREW finally did a baby line! Although I will say some of the cashmere pieces are a bit pricey for a baby. I mean they are just going to spit up and poop on that pretty cashmere- but if someone wants to give me one as a gift I most certainly would not complain.

Cashmere Blanket, Romper, Booties, Stripped Onesie

I am not gonna lie I am kind of sad today is Regis's last day on Live. I know it was time for him to move on and retire at the ripe old age of 80 but still I am sad! I have watched this show for so many years and he is quite a talented man. I may even shed a tear this morning during his final episode. I am however excited to see who they choose as his Replacement with Kelly.

Has anyone read Unbroken? I keep hearing such amazing things about it. Normally it is not the type of book I would read, but after hearing so many people rave about it, I am intrigued. Wondering if it should be my next read.

I watched Crazy Stupid Love last night and loved it!! If you have not see this movie please rent it, it's so good!

I have two wine recommendations for my wine lovers.
Little Black Dress Pinot Noir
This wine retails for $9.99 and is delish. It is medium bodied red with great flavor. The perfect red for fall. I think the bottle makes it a super cute gift to bring to a girlfriend too!

FoxGlove Chardonnay. My new favorite white wine. I just had my local wine shop order me several bottles because I can never find it anywhere! If you can find it scarf it up. Retails for around $14. Food and Wine named it one of the Top Chardonnays under $20.

I have a slight DVF Obsession. I mean really, I want every piece from every collection she puts out. Here is my latest find.
DVF Florane Printed Blouse

Is that enough Random Thoughts for your Friday. Have a great weekend. We have a wedding for some dear friends this weekend. I will try and post some pics next week!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gold is a Girl's Best Friend

In the form of furniture that is (well and maybe jewelry too). Lately I have really been drawn to gold furniture for the home, especially coffee tables. I think it has a vintage yet modern feel at the same time. I love the glamorous look it adds to a room. These are the images that sparked my Gold Love affair. So, yes please to some extra Gold in my life!

All images via Pinterest

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

I think I am going to dub myself the Queen of Dips, because I am totally obsessed with them. But does that make me conceited like PDiddy, naming myself? Hopefully not because this love affair with dips is not going away anytime soon. Now let's get back to my latest dip adventure.

This dip has been haunting me since I saw it on Pinterest. Well, I finally got around to making it this weekend for my parents and it did not disappoint. Oddly enough there are no potatoes in the dip but it really tastes like a loaded potato. It was a cinch to whip up and everyone loved it. The recipe recommendeds you serve the dip with waffle fries. I ended up serving it with waffle fries and Ruffles and everyone really preferred the Ruffles. We all agreed we liked the crunch of the Ruffles and the chips were not quite as filling as the fries. The Waffle fries are difficult to keep out and serve because once they get cold they really are not that tasty. But try whatever you like, the dip is good just eaten with a spoon! Enjoy!


1 (2.1-oz.) package fully cooked bacon slices
1 (16-oz.) container sour cream
2 cups (8 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup sliced fresh chives
2 teaspoons hot sauce
Garnishes: cooked, crumbled bacon; sliced fresh chives; freshly cracked pepper
Serve with: waffle fries (Or Ruffles)

Microwave bacon according to package directions until crisp; drain on paper towels. Cool 10 minutes; crumble. Stir together bacon and next 4 ingredients. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours before serving. Garnish, if desired. Serve with crispy, warm waffle fries. Store leftovers in refrigerator up to 7 days.

Print Recipe HERE

Top Photo via Southern Living

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Obsessions: Book Edition

I thought this week for my obsessions list I would do it a little differently and just pick one category to focus on. This week it is Books!! I will be honest I am a bit of a book worm at heart. I love collecting gorgeous coffee table books and cookbooks. I own more than I like to admit, but I am always wanting new ones to add to my growing collection! Here are a few I am lusting after.

I have wanted this book forever! I mean who doesn't love Tom Ford? I am obsessed with the simple black cover of this book. The perfect eye candy for my coffee table! The fashion images in here are gorgeous and Tom Ford is also pretty easy on the eyes!


If you aren't familiar with Allegra Hicks, she is a well known interior designer out of London. Her work is really innovative with pops of color and pattern which really draws me in. I love the cover of this book as much as the pictures inside in it. Jen at Made by Girl gave it a raving review here. Which makes me want it even more!

I would love to add this set to my book collection! The quilted Chanel bag is the next purse I want to add to my collection and I would devour these pretties! The set comes with 3 books : Chanel, Chanel Vintage Jewelry and Chanel Perfume. You know Rachel Zoe owns this set!

It is no secret I am huge Mary McDonald fan. My love grew for her even more after Million Dollar Decoraters. I feel like if I had to choose one decorator to come re-do my house I would pick Mary because our styles are similar and she's just fabulous! I am dying to get this book for Christmas!

I read a raving review about this cookbook in House Beautiful and have wanted to get my hands on it ever since. Greek food is one of my favorite types of food. I mean hello, I ate a Greek Salad for lunch everyday for months! This book is filled with amazing recipes and I have not read one bad thing about it! And bonus the cover is gorgeous. A cookbook I would be proud to display.

This book is on my Christmas wishlist because I am in the process of starting to plan Sterling's big boy room. It is filled with fabulous ideas for children's rooms. An area I always seem to have a hard time envisioning. Best part Kelly Wearstler contributed to this book so you know it has some crazy good ideas in it!

As much as I enjoy cooking healthy meals I love me some Southern food. I am a Southerner born and raised so fried okra, biscuits, and pimento cheese are some of my favorite foods. I own so many cookbooks, but the funny thing is I don't own one Paula Deen cookbook. Every single recipe of hers I have ever made has always been delicious (ie. her French Onion Soup and Oyster Stuffing which we will be making again next week for Thanksgiving). I heard this is her best cookbook to date so count me in. A little butter never hurt anyone, right?

Those are my top picks for books I want to add to my expanding collection!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Twinkle, Twinkle!

So, most of you voted for the Parker Sequined Dress.

I haven't bit the bullet and bought it yet because I am having a hard time justifying spending $350 on a dress I know I will probably only wear a handful of times. But, that being said, I still want it really bad. I love it and think about it everyday. If only I had some fab New Years plans with a place to wear it! It got me thinking about other ways to add some sparkle to my closet for less than $300. Sparkle that might be more versatile and get more wear than a dressy dress. Here is what I found....

I feel like this a sequin piece you could wear all the time. The color is gorgeous. It would be great with jeans and super cute with a dress like it's pictured. (Btw what is up with this models face? She looks drugged out!)

How cute is this sequined headband? A great way to spice up an otherwise boring outfit.

I have been eyeing this blouse forever. Piperlime is always sold out of my size but I keep hoping they will get it back in stock. I like that it just has a hint of sequins. I would wear this blouse all the time.

Great casual tee, even better price.

I wear ballet flats daily because I am so tall. These would add the perfect sparkle to any outfit. Side note- I love me some Banana Republic shoes. For the price they hold up well and are so comfortable.

These are so adorable to me. The bow is perfect for the Holidays.

Since I have been on such a scarf kick lately this scarf really appealed to me. A great way to accessorize with sparkle!

I love this top so much. I picture it with skinny jeans for a night out!

I started drooling when I saw this blouse. I love the art deco embellishments of the sequins. Such a unique blouse. This might be one the sequined item I add to my closet!

I have to include one lust item out of the price range. I have stalked this dress forever since I saw Nicole Ritchie wearing it. It is the perfect, color, shape, everything in my book. If it ever goes on sale it's mine!

Anyone know of any other great sparkle items? Send them my way!