Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloweenie and a look at my iPhone

Hey hey ghouls and witches! Happy Halloween. Do you celebrate? Are you dressing up? I didn't plan on it since my mother in law will be in town this weekend, but my work decided to go all out, so now I am not only decorating my office, but myself! Make sure you follow along on @amy_cbandbp to see what I am going to be today/tonight!

Anyway, today I thought I'd share some photos from my iPhone. Some I've shared and you've had questions, others are just for fun!

 ::Boots / Cardigan / Dress similar::
 ::Boots similar / jeans / sweater::
::Shirt similar  / Boots similar / Jeans::
Wine and Cheese Engagement party for beloved friends. 

 Brunching at the Carolina Inn ::Poncho::
 A little fun with friends at the pumpkin patch, can you tell who I am?

Have a great weekend friends. Be safe!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leopard Loafers: 3 Ways

::Look 1: Loafers (here), Jeans Madewell (here), Sweater J.Crew (here), Necklace c/o Bauble Bar / c/o T.Audrey initial necklace / Sunglasses Kate Spade (here), Vest Altar'd State (Forever21 here and here), Sweater J.Crew (here, size up for bagginess), Bag Olivia and Joy c/o (similar here)::

::Look 2: Loafers (here), Dress (old, Target, similar here). Bag c/o Mimic Design (here and other similar here), splurge here), Bracelet J.Crew, Hat Nordstrom (here), Earrings and Necklace BaubleBar (here and here)::

Look 3: Loafers (here), Vest J.Crew (here), Shirt J.Crew (here), Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here), Bracelets c/o Visible Interest / David Yurman / J.Crew (similar here), Sunnies Kate Spade (here):: 

While I love a good bootie or boot, it's not quite cold enough in NC to put my other shoe groups away. I know I usually struggle with my footwear this time of year and I think a lot of people do. We all think we should be wearing boots, but we forget about the other great fall shoes out there such as the loafer. I've been wearing these DSW loafers consistently. Not only was the $59.00 price point amazing, but they are comfortable and my favorite print, leopard. 

Today I wanted to show you three ways I'm wearing my loafers for fall. If you don't already have a leopard flat, I suggest adding one ASAP. They are so versatile and can be dressed up or down instantly. I tried to show some different dress points above. The first look is something I might wear out to dinner with Aaron, the second a work look (minus the hat) and third, a casual run around town look. 

What are your thoughts on the loafer? Do you own Leopard shoes? If you're afraid to take the leap of faith (even though you wont regret it), make sure to check out DSW's affordable prices on designer names. It is always one of my go-to's for shoes!

Have a good day! Thank you for reading!

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opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Roasted Chickpeas 2 Ways

I think I've told you all before what a big snacker I am- but I always try to munch on snacks that are somewhat healthy. I am a big fan of chick peas and while we often have them as a side for dinner, I also enjoy roasted chick peas for easy snack popping. I had been roasting them plain, but recently started to mix up some ingredients in them which has made them even that much more enjoyable. 

  1. All you have to do is rinse/drain the Chick Peas (I recommend allowing them to drain for 30 minutes or more). 
  2. Next, toss in ingredients. 
  3. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes at 400 degrees until crunchy
  4. Store in air tight container and enjoy!
Soy and Sesame
  1. Soy sauce
  2. Sesame seeds
  3. A dash of Worcestershire 
Rosemary and Garlic
  1. Fresh Rosemary
  2. Minced Garlic
  3. Parm cheese

What do you snack on throughout the day? I'd love some more ideas!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fuzzy Wuzzy

 ::Top Chicwish c/o (here, love this one too!), Boots DSW c/o (here), Jeans Articles of Society c/o (here), Top J.Crew (here), cuff Forever21 (old), Earrings Anthropologie (here), Necklace Madewell, Sunglasses Kate Spade (here), Bag Olivia and Joy (here), rings Stella and Dot / David Yurman / Pradman Jewels::

Hey y'all! Sorry I was MIA yesterday, busy Sunday spent with friends. This week I'm teaming up with some other ladies to show you our #5daysofAOS. These jeans are high rise and extremely comfortable and did I mention they are only around $50.00 each. SCORE! #ShowYourAOS

Also, can I mention how much I love this shag coat from Chicwish? It's not only soft and fuzzy, but perfect for a laid back look with some pizzazz. I must admit, I am impressed with Chicwish's quality of items for the price point. If you've been on the fence ordering from them, don't be. I find everything true to size, great quality and adorable!

Does everyone have their Halloween costumes? I would love to hear what you're being in the comments!

Have a good one friends!

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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