Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Nursery Of My Dreams

Happy Thursday Loves. This week is flying by, Sterling is in vacation Bible School at our church all week which has been so nice. I have been cleaning out and purging. Our little three bedroom house is filled to the brim and we need to make room for baby number two. Speaking of I had a doc appointment yesterday, everyday looked well, fast heartbeat of 145 and technically they could tell us the sex now but alas we have to wait for 5 more weeks for our next big ultrasound. So we continue to play the waiting game. 

 In meantime I am already dreaming about decorating the nursery.  Truthfully I want a pretty gender neutral nursery no matter what the sex.  I don't like things too pink and girly or too boy and blue.  I like a modern neutral nursery.  I came across Erin Williamson's nursery and lets' just say I am obsessed,  this is exactly what I am dreaming of for my little one.

All pictures via

Freaking gorgeous right??  Erin has a little boy, Luke and he is one lucky dude to have this nursery.  If I had a girl I would make a few tweaks but overall the vibe of her room is what I am going for.  We basically have the same crib (The Oeuf Sparrow) and I have a white dresser that I plan to order some new brass hardware for.  I have a white rocking chair from Sterling's nursery (and by white I mean it is yellow now- white rocking chairs in a boy's nursery is never a good idea) that I plan to recover in a similar fabric to the chair above if I can find one that is affordable.  I googled the Togo fabric above but can't find it anywhere if you know someone that carries it shoot me an email.  I am hoping to enlist my sweet Dad to help me paint, he is the master painter.  He can paint a room perfectly without taping it off and so quickly!

Luckily I don't really have to buy any new furniture just a few accessories to spruce things up here is what I am hoping to buy accessory wise. 

Neutral Nursery

Lastly while browsing for nursery stuff I had to look for my little man too and I found him the cutest Hanna Anderson PJ's at Serena and Lily.  They are some of my favorite PJ's yet, I highly recommend them.  And how about the bed head on my little man?  He has the best head of hair that he certainly did not get from me (Thank you Matt for your thick hair).

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

This is a dish my mom and I whipped together last time I was home.  It was super easy and so fresh.  You could really add any veggies in here and it would be amazing.  I found it was best served at room temperature.  We made this after my grandfather passed away and were cooking for alot of people so you can edit the recipe and just use less of everything to make a smaller batch or have lots of leftovers!  The perfect light Summer Pasta!

:: A N G E L  H A I R  P A S T A  W I T H   S H R I M P ::
- 1 box angel hair pasta
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
- 1-2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup sliced green olives
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
- 1/4 cup fresh sliced basil
- Annies Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dressing
- Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

Sautee Shrimp in olive oil about 4-5 minutes til pink and cooked thru.  Add in spinach and cherry tomatoes and cook til wilted.  Remove from heat and stir in sun-dried tomatoes and olives.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook angel hair according to package.  Drain and toss in bowl with Annies dressings- use as much or as little as you like.  Stir in shrimp and veggie mixture.  Add fresh Basil and lots of Parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Obsessions + In My Closet

Joie is one of my favorite lines and this dress proves why.  It is just perfect.  I have really been into tie dye lately and I am smitten with this maxi.

This top is only $34, enough said!  So darn cute.  Looks great with jeans or shorts and I think it could be worn well into the Fall.

This is quite possibly the best salsa ever.  It tastes just like the restaurant kind.  Thank you Patti for the recommendation I just went back today and bought three jars and it is under $2.00!

Love the boho look of this top.  I could see myself rocking this daily with cut off jean shorts.

This is such a cute dress and I love that it is Jersey.  It would be so easy to wear all the day because jersery is so comfy!  It comes in black too but I really like the red.

Been loving these forever.  They are gonna need to make an appearance in Baby Mason's nursery.

This dress is the most gorgeous color.  I am all about nudes and blushes.  They look so good with a tan.

Lastly I am also over at Gaby's fabulous blog The Vault Files participating in her "In my Closet Series."  Check out my post HERE!

Monday, June 10, 2013

La Senorita Jolie

I am so excited to introduce you girls to a fabulous super affordable line called La Senorita Jolie, that I just found out about.    If you love James Perse, Splendid, Ella Moss, and Vince then you will be smitten with this line like I am.  The line is designed by North Carolina native Jennifer Dixon- who also created the line Hunter Dixon. One of my friends from college works as rep for the line and emailed me about the company and sent me a few pieces to try out and I was blown away.  This line is so comparable to the expensive lines but most all of it is under $50. Such a steal!  It is all cotton/knit wear which I love because that is what I live in on a day to day basis. Everything is super soft and well made.

These are a few of my favorites but you can check out the whole line and shop online HERE.
Side note for any of you who are pregnant these clothes are great for before and after, I have been rocking both the dresses lately.  They have some stretch in them which is really flattering and forgiving.

They also have two different men's tees that would make great Fathers Day or Birthday Gifts for the men in your lives!

 This is probably my favorite dress, I wear it all the time.  Perfect for running errands or to throw over your bathing suit and head to pool!  I swear it looks identical to a $200 dress I looked at recently and this is only $55.  Their clothes do run true to size, I ordered smalls in everything and it fit accordingly.

 A few other things of note about the line:
1) Receive free ground shipping, anywhere in the USA
2) Receive one of our Eco-Totes ($5 retail) with purchase of $99 and over
3) Receive one of our lip glosses ($19 retail) with purchase of $199 and over; make sure to include the lip gloss color choice in the "comment" section during checkout
**In order to receive these offers, simply enter LSJ-CBP-FS in the "discount code" section at the very end of checkout. You will be prompted to enter a code.**

The line is not carried in stores only online and through pop up shops.  Additionally, we are looking for the perfect Charleston "Pop-Up Stylist" and hostesses; please contact Christy Pope for more information and details about hosting or styling. Email:

You must check out the line HERE!  I promise you won't be disappointed, you will want to live in these comfy chic clothes!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fridays Randoms

TGIF Friends. I am so ready for the weekend. I know what I will be doing, watching Downtown Abbey.  Matt and I finally started it this week and we are hooked. I have to admit when I heard all the hype about it,  I thought PBS and a period show no thank you.  I don't really like TV shows with accents or set in the past.  I really had no interest in. However after watching episode one Matt and I were both pleasantly surprised and engrossed.   Can't wait to get sucked into more of the drama.  Still not as good as Breaking Bad, the best show ever.

Remember my favorite BB Dakota Dress from last Fall- the Noland Dress??  It sold out in like a day before,  but right now you can preorder it for Fall in the new colors black or hunter green.  Plus Social Dress Shop is graciously offering 20% all full priced purchases with code DRESS.  That brings the dress to $63,  such a steal.  I lived in my red one and now I preordered a Hunter Green one for Fall:)
You can preorder HERE.

Anyone as big of a fan as the book (and movie) The Devil Wears Prada as me?  Well Lauren Weisberger just came out with a sequel to the book called Revenge Wears Prada The Devil Returns.  I downloaded for my kindle Tuesday (the day it was released, I am such a book worm) and I have been flying thru it.  It is such a good and entertaining read so far!

While at dinner the other night, Jess from Bare Beauty Blog was raving about Coconut Oil and how great it is for your skin and removing eye make-up.  I usually just use olive oil but now I am going to go pick up some Coconut Oil to try out.  Anyone else use Coconut Oil for other purposes, supposedly it is a great hair mask too!

I need some input on strollers, that is really the only thing new I am going to buy for this baby.  We had the Bugaboo with Sterling which I liked- but we bought the floor model and it is just not in great condition, I would not want to put a newborn in it.  Plus as much as I liked it, I didn't love it. It was not easy to fold down and then put back together.  It is great for now, as I leave it assembled on our front porch and use to stroll Sterling around the block but not ideal for newborn use.  I am not going the double stroller route, I think Sterling is old enough to walk in places now and I will use it for excerise while he is in school.
 I am thinking about the Uppa Baby, The Bob, or the City Select.   I want one I can exercise with (mainly walk but lightly jog), and one that is easy to snap together and put an infant seat in.  Any advice or other strollers I should check out?


I have said it before but I am a repeat offender when it comes to outfits.  If I am seeing different people I frequently wear the same outfit two days in a row.  It is easy I just lay it from the night before and can get dressed quickly.  This is my repeat outfit this week that I wore three days in a row:)
[ Rebecca Taylor Misty Gardens Blouse | Old Navy White Cut-Off Maternity Shorts ]

Now that I am not really drinking alcohol I have really gotten into lemonade.  Its funny I never really drank it not pregnant but now I can't get enough of it.  I like the fresh kind with bits of lemon pulp and not too sweet.  I came across this recipe and can't wait to make it especially since peaches are in season and so good right now! 

Have a great weekend!  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Gift of Siblings

Now that I am pregnant the most frequent question I get is are you going to find out the sex of the baby?  Immediately followed by what would rather you a girl or a boy? 

I am most definitely going to find out the sex, I am a type A planner and I want to know what is going to come out of me in 5 months.   I like to decorate and shop way too much not to know.  I have no idea how people can wait nine months to find out!
As for the second question if I am being honest, all I want is a healthy baby, I could care less if it is a boy or a girl.  Most people say to me " I bet you are hoping for a girl, since you already have a boy."  It got me thinking did any of you have a preference what you wanted your second child to be?  Same sex or one of each?

Truthfully when I was pregnant with Sterling, I was secretly hoping for a girl.  I was actually convinced it was a girl and was shocked when we went for the ultrasound and they said "look there is the penis".  I was like what???  It took me a few days to accept the fact that I was indeed about to have a boy.  I am such a girly girl and I am so close with my mom and my sister I wished for a girl for that reason.  I wanted to have that same bond.  I had the girl stuff down, I love to dress up, paint my nails, shop, read fashion magazines,  all things I pictured doing with my daughter.   I was young and clueless about the world of babies.  I had no idea how much I could or would love having a little boy.

Then Sterling was born and he changed my life.  I never for a second looked back and wished that he had been a girl.  The moment I laid eyes on him for the first time my heart melted and I fell in love instantly.  There is just something so sweet about boys.  Being the mom of a little boy is the best thing ever.  Yes everything they say about boys is true, they are dirty,  sneaky,  pee everywhere, spill food everywhere, track dirt all through you house, bring bugs inside, snore, and are loud and smelly- all typical boy stuff.  But it is also true they also love their Moms more than anything.  Sterling is 100% percent a Mama's boy and I love it.  He always wants to hug and kiss me and cuddle and it just warms my heart.  There is nothing better than being a mom to boy.  I have fully embraced spiderman, batman, dinosaurs, cars, and sports plus I am pro at shopping for boy clothes now.  I adore having a boy and all the things that come with it. 

As for our next baby, I promise all I want is a healthy baby because that is the biggest blessing of all.  I see pluses to either sex.  I want a boy because I would love Sterling to have a brother.  I sometimes feel like same sex siblings are closer.  A boy would also be easier, I have so much boy stuff already and I have this boy thing down, plus I would be the only woman of the house.  Sterling insists there is a boy in my belly and whenever we ask him if wishes it were a boy or girl he says boy.   But I want a girl for the same reason I wanted a girl with Sterling.  As they say a daughter is a daughter for life and a son until he meets his wife.  Girls are so much better about calling their moms and staying in touch.  Plus not gonna lie I love all the little girl clothes it would be fun to shop for girl stuff.   This time around I feel like it a win win no matter what I have.  I am just so thankful for this pregnancy and can't wait to have another baby boy or girl.

Here is one thing that scares me with the next baby- I wonder how in the world I will ever love it as much as Sterling.  Will Sterling always be my favorite?  I just can't understand how I will love another child like him.  Your firstborn is just so special.

We should find out in about 3-4 weeks what we are having so humor me and take a guess do you think we are having a boy or girl?

Also if you have not read the article in the NY Times "The Gift of Siblings"  floating around, please do, it is so true and an excellent read.  I am so blessed to have my brother and sister and no matter what sex this baby is I am so excited to give Sterling a sibling,  because lets be real the main reason I am having another child is for him.  I want him to grow up having a sibling, because Siblings are the best!   The bond I have with my brother and sister is for life!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Leopard vs Stripes

 I found two dresses I am obsessed with!  I obviously can't buy both so I need your help.  Take a vote and tell me which one is the best option.  They are both comparable in price.  I love different things about each of them and hoping I can wear both pregnant and not pregnant. So tell me leopard or stripes?