Friday, October 24, 2014

A Peek Inside Our Foyer & a Fun Giveaway!

 Since we moved into our house back in April, I've slowly been sharing bits and pieces here and there. Here I shared our living room post and offered a "To-Do" List for it. I also shared my girly office space here. Today, I thought I would share our foyer area with y'all.

When we moved in, this area was an unfortunate yellowish color. However, adding a bit of greige (gray and beige) paint and some fun stripes with the help of two of my girlfriends, it really brightened up the space! We basically used all pieces we already had in this area and while I'm hoping to get a new table in there eventually, I am fairly happy with the way it turned out so far. We have a half bathroom off this little area and a coat closet behind the stairs, but I still wanted some immediate storage space when we come in through the front door. Enter the small little basket for shoes and Bella's toys and also the coat rack which was mine from high school that we simply spray painted to change from oak to oil rubbed bronze. Also in this room, I painted our builder grade banister a black finish to match our front door (it was oak before) and I really think it makes it pop against the striped wall and the white spindles. My biggest challenge? Getting the stair decor hung correctly! That was a tough one which required tons of patching of little holes! :) Sorry the photo of that is sideways, it's the only way I could get it all!

Just as I shared my "To-Do" for the other rooms, here is what I'd like to do in our entry way:
  • Get bulkier entry table with storage- something in a fun color. 
  • Find a way to hide alarm system? 
  • Get rug mat to keep rug down (this is easy)
  • Figure out how to keep palm alive.....or anything plant wise...
  • Get gold frame for table wedding photo instead of white
  • Re-do chalk board quote
  • Fun lamp shade?
Of course, I would love to add hardwood floor the stairs and a few other $$ things, but since this is just a temporary home for us until Aaron finishes residency, it wouldn't make sense to make that kind of investment for only 4 years. I'm trying to make this a home without going overboard! It's hard!


Most of the items for this room were purchased at HomeGoods or Target. I have linked some similar items, but if you see something particular and want to know where I found it, just leave a message in the comments and Ill respond. 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope y'all have an amazing fall weekend!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh Happy Day...



If you've been reading my blog for awhile you probable know besides Nordstrom, J.Crew is my favorite place to shop. They always have great sales and I know that when in a pinch to find the perfect item, it's a one stop shop destination! Now until Sunday, J.Crew is having 25% off with the code TGIFALL (and an extra 30% off sale items!). Make sure to grab your favorite new arrivals before it's too late! Above are some of the items I'm really loving! Those camo shoes? SWWOON. Click above on the item (or below) for item details. 

Happy shopping, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two-Minute Top Knot Tutorial





For years now I have attempted the perfect top knot that I so often see celebrities styling. Not the top bun (you can view that tutorial here), but a knot. I spun, twisted, etc and it never came out right. Something about the fall just makes me crave a good top knot. I think it's the perfect pairing with oversize turtleneck sweaters and skinny jeans. It is chic without looking too done- personally I think Olivia Palermo's are spot on always

The top knot is perfect for rushed mornings or lack of time, or in my case, the end of a perfect blowout run. However, it's important to not have your hair look messy and dirty. I am firm believer in not washing your hair everyday and so I typically only wash mine 1-2 times a week- but I don't want my hair to look like that- even my top knots (the trick is to make people think its always clean!)! About two months ago, I started washing more frequently because I felt like my hair was losing some of it's shine and softness, thus looking poor in top knots, pony tails and even down curled. However, a few weeks ago, I picked up the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Products and I am happy to report that my hair is definitely the shiniest and silkiest it's been in awhile. Within about 3 washed of using the conditioner, shampoo and oil I truly noticed a difference. Plus, the Pure Care Dry Oil is a fraction of the cost of what I typically pick up at the salon and the results are the same if not better: nourishing. An added bonus to the silk and shine is that my curls hold even longer than they did previously which means I can stretch my washing and style an adorable top knot at the end of the 3rd or 4th day.

Recently, I stumbled upon a way to make the perfect top knot every time and I have been sporting this style at least once weekly. I thought I'd take some time to share a brief tutorial with y'all!

 1. Start with a pony tail wherever you'd like your knot to be. You can pull some hair down around the face to frame it towards the end or during this stage. I like mine a little messy, so I don't pull too tight.
 2. Splitting the hair into two equal parts wrap one section of the hair around the pony tail loosely. Secure with 2-3 bobby pins.
 3. Taking the other section of hair, loop in the OPPOSITE direction of the first loop. This will create a little fold looking style. Secure with 2-3 bobby pins. You can not pull your bun to even out the sides and secure loose "fly aways" with bobby pins (or keep them out for a messier look).


Voila, cute, shiny (thanks to Dove) and EASY most of all!

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I would love for y'all to share some quick and easy hair styles you rock toward the end of your blow out!

Have a great day and as always, thanks for reading friends! I love y'all to pieces!

p.s. I've linked outfit deets in case you're curious!



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I know this isn't my typical kind of post, but today I wanted to take some time to share a cause with y'all that is near to my heart #PedigreeGives. Throughout life, I always like to try to give back what I can and the upcoming holiday season always makes me want to reach out and make a bigger impact where we are able. Whether to animals, food banks or even non profits, it feels good to know you're making a difference somewhere to not only yourself, but to the person, creature or cause you're giving back to. Halloween always seems like the start of the holiday season to me, so in addition of the upcoming causes we'll be supporting (i.e. Movember, Adopt a Family at Christmas, etc), I wanted to add one more cause to the mix and this one is easy because I don't have to do anything but purchase some Pedigree Dog Food at Sam's for my pup (which we do plenty of). For every Pedigree dog product purchased in the month of October (Pet Adoption Month), Pedigree will provide one bowl of dog food to a shelter dog. And seriously, who doesn't want to help a shelter dog? Have you seen those Sarah McLaughlin commercials---- tear jerkers. 

Our precious little Bella was a rehome and my in-laws are big supporters of adopting. A few months ago Aaron and I were approved to adopt a golden retriever, so now we are on the lookout for the right little guy to gal to join our family.  I love the idea of giving an animal a warm bed, belly rubs and lots of love. About five years ago when Aaron and I first started doing long distance at the start of Medical School, I became extremely depressed and just plain down in the dumps. I had a terrible job, a bad living situation and I missed my boyfriend (at the time). Enter Bella. While at first it was quite the adjustment to get used to having a furry friend around who completely relied on me, I soon realized how much joy and laughter she could bring into my life. I am so glad that I picked this unwanted pooch to join our family. She is the most amazing little monster and obviously from below you can see she is so pumped to kick off the holiday season and help other shelter dogs too by eating her Pedigree Dentastix

Anyway, thanks for letting me share this great cause with y'all as a little fashion/style break. Whether you're a shelter dog owner or a breeder dog owner it doesn't matter! We all know how much these little guys mean to us and our lives! Try to remember that during the month of October you can help a dog in need by purchasing Pedigree products and you can help give a shelter dog a little boost of energy and confidence to find his furrrever home too!

Note: While I am working with Pedigree on this post, all opinions are 100% my own. Bella truly was an unwanted dog who has brought so much joy into our lives. We often say we wouldn't trade her for one million dollars! I truly believe in the Pedigree product and also in their mission to help shelter dogs in need. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Y'all

::Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here), Boots old, similar (here and great priced here), Blouse Equipment (similar here), Poncho Anthropologie (here), Skirt J.Crew old, similar (here on sale!), Sunnies Kate Spade (similar)::

This past weekend, fall finally stopped in NC. Aaron and I woke up Sunday morning and had a lovely brunch in Chapel Hill at the Carolina Inn. It was such a beautiful place and we're already planning our next visit. We sat for a bit before ordering and just chatted while we drank coffee which was a nice change from rushing through meals like we usually do. After, we spent the next hour walking around UNC campus chatting about college memories and the weather. The leaves are finally changing here and I couldn't be more excited. It's one of the things I miss most about Ohio. It happens so late here, but once it does, it's really beautiful. It was a great little Sunday and I would be lying if I wasn't sad to see Monday come. 
 



On another note, this poncho from Anthro was a bit of a splurge for me, but I know Ill be wearing it non stop this season as I also plan to double it as a coat! It's one size so extra big and comfy, plus warm! I am already planning to pair it with jeans and a comfy cotton tee!

Thank you for reading friends! You're amazing!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Topshop

 ::Dress Nordstrom (here, striped version here), Heels Jessica Simpson (here), Necklaces Mindy Mae's Market c/o (love this necklace), Bracelets David Yurman / Mindy Mae's Market c/o, Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here)::

I am a firm believer that a great dress should be two things: 1. comfortable 2. versatile. This Topshop dress is both of those things. Perfect for the office or an event, it's adorable print and flattering  fit make it timeless and visually appealing. I know Ill be getting tons of wear and my money's worth out of it. Topshop is always a life saver when I need a piece quickly, I know I can pop in and find something fabulous always!

On another note, how is it already Monday again?! The weekends go by much, much too fast my friends. Did y'all do anything fun? We pumpkin patched and carved which was great fun with friends. Now I just need to figure out how to keep out pumpkins alive for Halloween!
   
 
Enjoy today and as always, thank you all for reading, it means so much!

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