Thursday, January 31, 2013

Getting Glitzy with It!

Happy Thursday ladies!  We're almost to Friday.  I can't wait!  I'm looking forward to getting caught up on all my schoolwork, hitting the gym, going to a Memphis Tigers basketball game and then hopefully Superbowling it up with my family (and hopefully my sweet nephews!)  Missed them since I was out of commission all last weekend.  


After being sick with the stomach virus last weekend, I was so ready to finally get out of the bed, actually take a shower and put on some cute clothes other than my boxers and Shane's t-shirts, so this is what I wore this Monday to work.  I got this gorgeous dress from Lendperk, and you'll hear more about them next Monday and have a chance to win a free month's rental of any of their dresses of your choice!  I work in a corporate environment and didn't want to get too crazy sparkly for work, so I threw on my favorite blazer and lots of beautiful bracelets.  Yall know I have a serious love of sequins and anything sparkly, so I'm always looking for ways to transition them from day to night without the people at work thinking I have crazy fashion sense.  This dress was just the perfect piece to get me through a Monday, and we ended up having gorgeous 70 degree weather so it was just perfect, and I easily could have worn it without the blazer that night to go out.  Wouldn't this be such a great dress for Valentine's Day too?  How do you like to incorporate a little glitz in your wardrobe?  Do you have your Valentine's Day outfit picked out yet?
Don't forget to enter both of my giveaways for a beautiful bracelet here and here.




Lauren Conrad Red Blazer.  $31.49 with code NEW1390.
Anthropologie Sequined Jacquard Dress via Lendperk.  You'll have a chance to win a free rental of any dress of your choice next Monday, so check back.
Happy Wrist Red Heart Bracelet.  $25, but win one free here.






Spike is a camera hog.  = )  He get it from his momma.



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Emerald + Pave Giveaway!

Giveaway CLOSED
Happy Hump Day!!  Well it's tornado season, so of course we have had some incredibly warm weather the last few days, but it will turn much colder later this week.  It was in the mid 70's yesterday - love it!  When I got home from work, the first thing trade out my pencil skirt for a pair of shorts.  Remember these shorts here from my January Wish List?  They are regularly $105, but I found them on eBay for $25 and used my eBay bucks to get them for free!  They were a size too big, but that's nothing that my handy dandy tailor can't fix for about $5, score.  It ended up being crazy windy later last night, but you better believe that didn't stop me from wearing my new shorts for the first time!!  Is it just me, or is that A LOT of green in the pictures below.  Yeah, we definitely didn't plan it out when we bought 4 green chairs after we already had our chaise, bench and umbrella in green.  Oops, live and learn I guess.  At least my top is a different color green - emerald.  This is probably my favorite color this year.  I have green eyes, so I always try to look for something in emerald green if I can to match my eyes.  I used to be so, so jealous of all those gorgeous blue-eyed people (and I still am a little bit), but I've learned to love my green eyes that I got from my mom.  She was probably getting sick of hearing me gripe about how I didn't get my dad's pretty blue eyes.  = )  Back to emerald green - did you know it is Pantone's color of the year for 2013?  So go ahead and stock up on some when you see it, because it will definitely be here to stay for a while.  I am picked out my Operation Red Emerald Bikini from J. Crew for this summer!  Don't forget to enter my Monday Giveaway here and pretty please enter my SIL's giveaway here, and let her know I sent you.  Please and thank you.  = )  And last but not least, don't forget to keep reading to enter for the new Pave Bracelet Giveaway today!
 
 


Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt.  On sale for $68.
Stylestalker Faux Leather Shorts.  $89.25 with code NOWWASTED.
Nixon Timeteller Black Tortoise Watch.  $150.  Last seen here.  This is my absolute favorite watch, worth every penny, I promise!!
Apple of My Eye Pave Bracelet.  $40.  Sold out, but check out their other styles here until they get this one back in stock.






After I got dressed in my summer gear, we headed over to Sekisui Midtown.  This is one of my favorite restaurants in Memphis!  Janessa, we need another date there pronto!  They have the best sushi in Memphis in my opinion.  I've been going there for about 11 years.  All of the Sekisui locations in Memphis are awesome, but this location is probably my favorite because I love the midtown area.  I wasn't too hungry so I started off with some clear soup.  It is mainly a broth with with scallions and mushrooms in it.  The best clear soup in Memphis though.  They're miso is pretty good too, but I prefer Blue Fin's - their sister restaurant. 



 
 
 
For my appetizer, I got sauteed shitake mushrooms.  I haven't had these in years, and they didn't disappoint.  So good.  They have a great buttery taste to them from sauteeing them in it.  They're a pretty decent size too.
 
 
 
For my entree, I got the Deluxe House Salad.  It is like their regular house salad, but much bigger and it has lump crab meat on it.  The ginger dressing is awesome too.  Shane ate lots of sushi; I was jealous but trying to lay off the rice.  If you come to Memphis and love Japanese food, I definitely recommend Sekisui.


 
Now for the giveaway!!!  This gorgeous pave bracelet is the most coveted bracelet this year.  J. Crew has them for $125, and they have sold out multiple times, but why spend $125 for one when there are other ones out there that are even bigger and prettier...and only $40?!  I happened to stumble upon Apple of My Eye Jewelry recently.  Nathalie Spicker is the owner of this Etsy shop, and she is seriously the best.  Please take a minute to follow her on Instagram here and let her know I sent you.  I am partnering with her today to bring you this fabulous giveaway.  You ladies will just love her and her beautiful jewelry.  Have you seen her beautiful Bauble Pendant Necklace on clearance for $3.99, what?!?!
 
To enter the giveaway:
1.  Make sure you are following me on GFC.  Click the Join this Site button on the right.
2.  Leave me a comment telling me you're entering for the giveaway! 
 
Though it's not required, it would be really cool of you if you'd follow Nathalie Spicker with Apple of my Eye Jewelry here on Instagram and let her know I sent you.  You can also add her Etsy shop to your favorites here.  = )  The contest will end this Saturday at 7:00pm CST so get crackin'! 
 
 
 



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Little Blue House Part 3


Happy Tuesday ladies!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway here by this Friday.  I'm doubling up on the giveaways these next few weeks to thank all my awesome readers, so make sure you check back tomorrow for another giveaway.  I have been overwhelmed at how many new followers I have, and it really means a lot to me.  If you don't believe me, just ask my husband.  The poor thing has had to listen to me tell him every time I have a new follower, and I'm pretty sure I'm driving him nuts by now.  While you're blog surfing, please check out my SIL's giveaway too!  She hit 100 followers a few days ago and is doing another giveaway too, yay!
 
 
 
 
 
I know I really dragged this out, but this is the final part of my Little Blue House Tour.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed it.  The first picture is...you guessed it my little blue house!  It's honestly the perfect size for Shane, me, Spike and Lola.  Spike and Lola are my yorkies; I promised I won't name a child Spike.  We've only lived here about 5 months, so there are still some things we want to do, but for now we couldn't be happier with it...unless it was on the beach that is.  It is right across the street from the Mississippi River though.  I'll get out this weekend and get some good shots from across the street by the river and the surrounding neighborhood and share those next week. 





 
 
 
This is the living room which is open to the dining room and kitchen also.  The front door leads straight into here.  My othe SIL Lindsey painted the beautiful painting above the fireplace for me.  It is huge - 4ft x 5ft I believe.  
Pottery Barn Green Vases.  Old, but they have some similar ones here.
The branches are from the centerpieces at our wedding, but I spraypainted them white.
Pottery Barn Armchair.  Old, but similar style here and here. 
West Elm Sliding Top Coffee Table.  Old.
West Elm Amethyst Vases.  Old.
Rugs USA Shaggy White Rug.  $349.05, but sign up for their email list and they constantly send out coupon codes.  We got ours for 65% off at $122.17.
 
 
 
I love these front floor to ceiling windows.  Our street is near the main road and has a lot of runners, clyclists and people walking their dogs going by constantly, so it's great for people watching.  Doesn't everyone people stalk watch?  The screened in patio is great for this too, and not to mention it's my absolute favorite room!



Pottery Barn Eagan Large Multipanel Mirror.  $699.  This is hands down my favorite mirror ever!  Pottery Barn even has a small version now that I've been trying to find a place for to justify buying it.  = )  Over a bar area would be gorgeous!



See that painting to the right?  It is my absolute favorite one that my other SIL Lindsey has ever done!
Pottery Barn Pillow Covers and Inserts.  Old.
West Elm White Egg Vase.  Old, but similar one here.


 
This is the view from the front door looking into the living room and the dining room.



 
This is the view looking into the dining room and bar.  We got the coffee table and chairs from Sears years ago.  We were looking for something a dark espresso color, and at that time it was pretty hard to find in a decent price range, but now you can find them most anywhere. 
Bottle Vases.  Bought at Marshalls.







 
Most all of the vases were bought from Pottery Barn and West Elm.  If you're in the Memphis area or have an outlet near you, definitely check out the Pottery Barn and West Elm Outlet first.  There are similar blue vases here and a beautiful mercury vase here.  Check out this gorgeous emerald colored vase here, and I love these vases here and here too.







A friend at work did this awesome yorkie painting for me.
The white lazy susan was made by a friend on Etsy.  
Small Nut Bowl.  Old, but there are some really cute ones here
 


Paintings done by my other SIL Lindsey.



Heart Shaped Bowl made by my other SIL Lindsey.



Tag Owl Dish Towl.  Old, but other styles here.
Joseph & Joseph Y Salt & Pepper Grinder.  $31.79.  The best salt and pepper grinder I've ever had!  It's two in one.



Pottery Barn Glass Montana Footed Bowl.  Other version here.
Blue Lamp.  $24.99



Pottery Barn Classic Bath Rug.  On sale for $27.  These rugs are reversible.  I've had them in almost every color over the years; they're definitely my favorite.




 
 
 
Beautiful piece of locally made stained glass that my MIL bought.



Pottery Barn Metropolitan Mirror.  $179.  I love this mirror.  I've been wanting it for years, and finally gave in when I found it at the Pottery Barn Outlet for about $60.  It has a ledge underneath the mirror to store items.
West Elm Gallery Frame.  On sale for $15.






My other SIL Lindsey painted this Eiffel Tower painting too.  
 
 
 
There you have it.  I hope you've enjoyed the home tour and stalking.  Sorry for all the pictures.  I'm kind of a picture junky, and it will only get worse when I get my new camera soon, yay!  See yall tomorrow with this gorgeous giveaway!
Limited Time Sale: JCREW inspired Pave Rhinestone Link Bracelet
 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fifty Shades of Red + Giveaway!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We had some beautiful weather on Sunday, so I was finally able to get outdoors and enjoy some sunshine and 60 degree weather.  I bought a pair of burgundy leggings a couple of weeks ago after being told that they are the perfect fitting leggings, and I can happily say they were absolutely right.  They are the perfect burgundy red color, are high-waisted and have just the perfect amount of stretch to them.  They aren't see-through at all either.  Believe me, they really suck you in too, and at only $20 they're well worth the money.  Keep reading below to enter the giveaway!   


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Windsor High Waisted Burgundy Leggings.  $20.61 after you sign up for email.
Now I'm dying to try their black high-waisted leggings too!
Diane von Furstenberg Tunisa Top.  Old.  Last seen here.
Nine West Hot in Here Pump.  $62.99.  Last seen here.
J. Crew Petal Bracelet.  Sold out.  Last seen here.


 





 
I told yall here that I've never cared much for wearing red, but I have been buying it like crazy lately.  I've even gotten Shane in on the trend, and he's never been a fan of red.  Maybe it's because of the big oxblood trend this fall and winter, but I eventually had to give in.  These are just a few of the different red items I've gotten this month.  Don't worry; you'll see me style them soon.  = )  What are your favorite red pieces you've added to your wardrobe?


 
Ily Coture Oh My Chic Sweatshirt. $55, but I got mine from Poshmark.  The most comfortable (and chic) sweatshirt I've ever owned!
 
 
 
Anthropologie Sequined Jacquard Dress.  $228.  Sold out, but you will have the chance to rent this dress for a month for free from Lendperk next week.  More on that next Monday.
 
 
 
J Crew Silk Blythe Blouse. $36 with code GET40.  A great classic you can wear year-round!
 
 
 
Ann Taylor Envelope Clutch. $48. If you have a student i.d. you'll save 20% off your full price purchase.  Is this not perfect for Valentine's Day?!



Madewell Silk Boyshirt in Checker.  A plaid shirt...in silk...for under $50?  Sign me up!  Sold out.




Nine West Ivorie Pump. On sale for $29.99

 
And now to everyone's favorite part - the giveaway!  I just got these gorgeous bracelets in from Happy Wrist this week, and I can tell you they are just perfect!!  With Valentine's Day right around the corner, how could you not want one of these beauties?  You voted last week, and the majority chose red as the one I would be giving away this week.  To make it easy, all you need to do is 
1.  Make sure you're following me via GFC.
2.  Leave me a comment on this post.
I will randomly pick a winner and announce it next Monday.  To stick with the current Valentine's day theme, I'll be doing Valentine's giveaways every Monday and Wednesday for the next couple of weeks, so make sure you check back.  = ) 
 
   
 







Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pay It Forward + Giveaway Winner!

I've joined the 2013 Creative Pay It Forward!

The details: The first 5 people to comment with their email and blog address will receive from me, sometime in this calendar year, a gift - perhaps a book, a baked good, jewelry, music - a surprise in the mail! There will likely be no warning, and it will happen when the mood strikes me.

The catch: Those five people must make the same offer on their blog.


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Welcome new readers and thanks to everyone who gave me well wishes yesterday! The stomach virus is now offically gone. Still feeling a little weak (though not too weak to go shopping today), but much, much better. I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments, so thanks for keeping me entertained while I spent the last 30 hours in bed. : )

I feel bad for not doing much of a post yesterday, so I decided to do another quick post today. 2 short posts equal 1 long one, right?!

I've told y'all that I'm having some awesome giveaways over the next few weeks. This beauty is coming up this Monday, and I thought I would let you pick the gorgeous prize. So which one would you prefer for the giveaway on Monday - red or green?



I want to announce the winner of the Adel Amor Cosmetics Face Cream giveaway. And the winner is...
Paige!!!  Congratulations and please email me for details!






My sweet honey who took care of me yesterday. : ) Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Little Blue House Part 2 + Lora's Ginormous Giveaway!

Happy Friday ladies! I'm going to apologize right now, but I've been up for 4 hours straight sick. I think I have food poisoning and am in the bed sick. Luckily I already had all these pictures ready to go. I'm sorry that I won't be writing much more than this since I'm doing it all from my iPhone, and I won't be giving all the details on these pictures, but they include the master bedroom, master bathroom and our backyard (concrete.) I also threw in a few pictures from this week. If you want to see more of my house, you can check out my Little Blue House Part 1 post. Also I'm linking up with Ashlee and Andrea. Please enter Lora's big giveaway that I'm participating in! I hope everyone has a great day, and check back because I will have some great giveaways next Monday and Wedneaday that you won't want to miss. Hopefully I'll be feeling better next time and will have more to say. : )


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