Friday, November 15, 2013

Baby Girl's Nursery Reveal!!

I am excited to finally show you guys the nursery today!  After months of planning and putting ideas and thoughts in my mind to reality the nursery is completed and I could not be happier.  I am pretty darn smitten with this space for my little lady.  I kind of wish it were my room.
I really tried to stay on a pretty tight budget for this room and luckily I did not have to buy any furniture I just used what was from Sterling's nursery.  Most of the accessories in the room came from TJMaxx and Homegoods so that saved money.   Recovering the Rocking Chair was our biggest expense but worth it!  It is so special to me that it was my Great Grandmothers, same as the changing table,  it belonged to my Grandfather.  This room makes me so happy,  now I just need a sweet little baby to live in it now! 

One of my favorite parts of the room is the star decals on the ceiling.  It looks like Osbourne and Little Star Wallpaper right?  The stars are from a company called Urban Walls and they were so easy to install (thanks to my Dad).  I highly recommend them.  They come in so many different patterns but I was especially fond of the gold stars for a nursery.

I have to thank Lulu and Georgia for my two other favorite pieces in the room, the rug and light fixture.  I feel like the two together really made the room stand out!  They are excellent quality.  I could even see myself moving that rug to our den one day I love it so much!

My dear friend Katie did two of the pieces of artwork in the nursery and they are so special to me because she painted them.  Gotta love having talented friends.  You can view her gallery of work HERE.

She and I will share a closet (the joys of a small house) so I just included a picture of her half of the closet because I am sure some of you wanted to see her wardrobe.  I still have a bit of organizing to do in the closet but for now it works.  She is going to be one well dressed little lady that is for sure, I have been gifted with and bought some adorable outfits.

I have to give my friend Brook Bertschy big props for helping me out and taking pictures of the nursery.  If you need a photographer in Charleston you should contact her- she always does my pictures of Sterling too.  She is great with kids. Contact Info HERE!

I present to you the elusive nursery.

Sterling and I are pretty happy with the room! 

I have included links if the products are still available!  Email me if you have questions about anything I forgot or left off!
Wall Color- Pratt and Lambert Quartz Moon (I halved the strength to make it lighter)
-  Large Abstract Painting- Estate Sale Find
- Changing Table/Dresser- Vintage belonged to my Grandfather
- Round Mirror- TJMaxx
- White Lamp- TJMaxx
- Boon Dragonfly Mobile
-Rocking Chair- Vintage my Great Grand Mothers recovered in Waverly's Seeing Spots Noir
- Ikea Expedit Bookshelves
-White Elephant Head- TJMaxx
- White Dresser- Homegoods
- White Owl- HomeGoods
- Moon Picture- Gift my Parents

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thoughts For Thursday

Tonight my friend WayWay is hosting her first art show at Novel. She is super talented.  I can promise you, you will love her artwork.  Her Dad is also displaying some of his nude works as well.  Locals you should stop by and if you can't make it, her artwork will be up thru the end of November!

Lately I feel like a ticking time bomb.  It is crazy not knowing when this baby will make her arrival.  I was so excited for the cooler temps here this week.  I finally busted out my BB Dakota Jacket and love it!!  Unfortunately it is sold out but there is an almost identical version HERE.  I paired it with my Missoni Infinity Scarf another favorite.

I have two new favorite food Obsessions:  Haagen Dazs Peanut Butter Pie Ice Cream and Sabra Jalapeno Hummus.  Both are amazing,  try them I promise you will love them!

Please tell me I am not the only fan of Sam Champion on Good Morning America.  I adore him and he is one of the main reasons I watch GMA- that and the fact I can't stand Matt Lauer- so no more Today show for me.  Anyways some pictures were released from his honeymoon and who knew he was hiding such a ripped body under his suits!!

 I am not sure I am a loafer gal but part of me wants to try them out they look so comfy and would be so cute for weekend wear.  I would never spend alot on pair since I am not 100% sold on them but how amazing are these two pairs and they are only $25!!

Do your kids love the small grocery carts at the store?  I hate that they even make them it makes my grocery shopping take so much longer. Sterling never wants to ride in a cart any more- I can't even lure him with the rocket ship one.  This is him yesterday with his cart filled with junk food and ready to pay with his credit card:)  Plus we always end up with random stuff he throws in his cart like the crazy straws below.

Normally for Thanksgiving Matt cooks the turkey and I do all the sides.  I love cooking and trying out new sides.  This year since I will either have a super newborn or if she is late possibly be in the hospital over Thanksgiving I decided to delegate dishes to our families to make and I am just making a salad.  I think I am going to try out this Chopped Kale and Collard Greens Salad. 

I really want this gold flatware from West Elm.  I have seen it styled on so many tables and it looks gorgeous!  Right now it is on sale too.....
|| Gold Flatware ||

Ok that is all I have for today!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Homemade Big Macs

I figured some of you might be getting sick of my vegetarian recipes and want one with some meat.   Ask and you shall receive.  I posted this picture on Instagram and got an overwhelming response of people wanting the recipe.  This recipe is so easy- well it was easy for me because Matt did all the prep work and cooking.  These burgers were magical, maybe because I hadn't had red meat in two weeks but either way they were good.

A few notes we were lazy and used 1000 Island Dressing instead of making our own Special Sauce. We decided at about 5 that night to make the Big Macs and that didn't give us enough time to let the Special Sauce sit for hours.   It was good with 1000 Island but I imagine it is even better with the homemade sauce, I included the recipe below.   We tried to cut and recreate everything else just like McDonalds.  Finely diced onion and Shredded Iceberg lettuce are key.  As for pickles we found all the pre-sliced jarred kinds tasted processed and funny so we bought the Boars Head Pickle Halves and then sliced them ourselves as thinly as we could, they worked out perfectly.

Take a close look at the picture below that is my stomach poking over the counter:)

|| H O M E M A D E  B I G  M A C S ||

1-2 Pounds Ground Beef (80/20)
1/2 white onion diced
sliced pickles (we used Boars Head Pickle Halves and thinly sliced them)
shredded iceberg lettuce
American Cheese
Sesame Seed Buns
1000 Island Dressing or Special Sauce (recipe below)

Shape meat into balls then flatten into thin flat patties- 2 patties per burger.  Salt and pepper each side of the patties.  Try not to mess too much with the patties while you flatten them it will make them tough.   Lay them on parchment paper after shaping so they are easy to remove and get to grill.  Heat grill cook burgers about 10 minutes 5 on each side or until cooked thru.  Take off grill and top each patty with a slice of American Cheese.  Layer special sauce. lettuce, onions and pickles and first burger patty on bun.  Place middle bun on and repeat layer process.  Add next patty and top bun.

|| S P E C I A L   S A U C E ||
1/2  cup mayo
2 tablespoons French Dressing
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon finely minced onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon pepper

combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine,  Place in a covered container and refrigerate overnight or at least a few hours for flavors to combine.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I am a huge fan of Tieks, I have lusted after their flats for awhile now.  So I was super excited when they sent me a pair of their ballet flats to try out.  They are so comfortable I am smitten with them.  I chose a snakeskin pair because duh, I love anything animal print,  but they have tons of solid options as well, check out the whole selection here.  I highly recommend these!  I chose the mocha snakeskin but I actually love the copperhead version as well.  The shipping was super fast and they came packaged in the cutest box with a tote for your shoes.  They are real leather and flexible which I love. A++ ballet flats!

I am dying for a Clover Canyon Dress.  Every time I see someone in one they look stunning, always such a good fit and love the designs.  Might bite the bullet and treat myself to one while Piperlime is offering 25% off all dresses with code DRESS!

Thru Friday JCrew is having 25% off if you spend $100 or more.  I tried this necklace on in the store and fell in love with it!   Really love the art deco vintage feel.
Use code GOSHOP.

I just busted out my Nest Holiday Candles this week and I forgot how amazing they smell.  My favorite Holiday candle by far!!

These Vince Tees are my favorite.  They are so soft and the perfect tee to throw on with anything from leggings to jeans.  On sale now at Bloomingdales, plus with code BFAM you can get an additional 20% all purchases at Bloomingdales thru Friday!

Totally a dream item for me but I am trying to talk my mom into buying this Charriol bracelet while it is part of the Nordstrom sale.   That way I can borrow it, smart, right?  It is hard to find these on sale!  This one is so gorgeous!  It would look amazing stacked with a few other bracelets.  Shop the rest of the Nordstrom sale HERE.

I have a wooden platter that I use all the time for cheese and crackers.  I just love the rustic look.  This one would be perfect with a sliced baguette or crackers served along side a dip for entertaining.  A great Christmas gift for someone you know who loves to entertain plus it is 40% off right now part of the Nordstrom sale.

This classic shift dress is too cute from the Gap.  The Red would be awesome for the holidays paired with a fun necklace and booties.   You can get an additional 35% off your order with GAPFRIENDS thru tonight at midnight.

also I kind of dig the leopard version as well.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mom's Snakeskin Blouse

I received several requests for the source of my Mom's blouse from the picture I posted this morning.  My mom is one stylish lady isn't she?? She is way more petite than me but luckily I can still share some of her blouses and this one is one of my favorites!  

 The Blouse is Joie and it is on sale right now.

Here are a few similar options as well.  Snakeskin is always a good choice!