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Carters Mountain

September 28, 2016

I went apple picking yesterday on Carters Mountain in Charlottesville with Wells' class.  The rain held off thankfully and we ended up with the most perfect overcast day!  It's such a gorgeous spot with lots of history!  You can see Monticello from the top of the mountain.  I imagine this place is crazy on the weekends but it was really pleasant on a weekday morning.  Not really crowded at all.  I want to go back again soon!

Anyone have any good apple pie recipes they want to share?  I now have two big bags full that I need to do something with in the next few days!

I absolutely love the mountains of Virginia in the fall.  So gorgeous!

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Five Good Outfits For Early Fall

September 26, 2016

Happy Happy Monday, friends!  Let's all be excited over the cooler weather and a fresh new week!  I'm always rounding up pretty things on here but not as many actual outfits where I put it all together.  I make that same mistake a lot in my closet as well.  You know the feeling, a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.  I'm going to try to do a better job of doing some outfit planning on here as well to hopefully give you some ideas when you're getting ready.

Five Good Outfits For Early Fall

|| relaxed fit striped top // also love the whisper cotton v-neck tee) || cream stretch corduroy jeans || navy stretch corduroy jeans || soft peony tie front silk blouse || navy tie front top || rag & bone the skinny jeans || lilac plaid pop-over top || suede d'orsay kitten heels // suede pointy toe heels || Rag & Bone suede booties // look for less here, here, and here || Ugg leopard pull on sneakers || Martie Red pants || Gal Strappy lace up sandal || faux leather leggings || ruffle collar blouse || riley lace up heels // larsa lace up sandal || Tory Burch Britten Clutch // Tory Burch ivy cross body // Tory Burch Ivy Tote (All Tory Burch on sale with code: Fall16) || kendra scott station necklace || Plaid scarf || pinata tassel earrings || Kate Spade pink stud earrings || Rise and shine stud earrings || dazzling daisies bracelet || sparkling champagne s'well water bottle || burberry umbrella || gold stripe thermal mug || leopard fold-over clutch ||


Tory Burch // 30% off orders over $250 with code: FALL16

J.Crew // 30% off fall shirts & tops plus extra 30-50% off final sale styles with code:MONDAY

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Friday Formals

September 23, 2016

We have another family wedding coming up this fall in Pittsburgh and I'm starting to keep my eye out for something pretty to wear.  I'm loving all the lace overlays and sequins.  I'm actually tempted to wear this dress again because I love it so much.  It's a rich navy in person and fits like a glove but I also love a good excuse to get something new!

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Loving Lately

September 22, 2016

This Is Us
Y'all.  I wasn't sure I was going to like this one.  They kept saying it was the next Parenthood and I had my doubts that anything could be that good, but, after one episode, I'm sold.  It was amazing.  Heart-wrenching and raw and even had a twisty ending.  Cannot wait until next week! Did you watch it?

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I have loved every book this author writes and I've just started her latest.  So far I like it but it's gotten majorly mixed reviews so I'll keep you posted on my final thoughts when I finish it!

Jacquard sweater dress || black fit & flare sweater dress
I can't get over these dresses!  So pretty and ladylike and would that a-line is so flattering!

Pear, Prosciutto, and gorgonzola pizza || Rosemary Gin Fizz

Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer
I literally never leave home without this.  It's the best tinted moisturizer I've ever found and perfect for easy day application to look polished but not overly made-up.  It's been my favorite for 5 years now.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner 
I got my first Simplified Planner this time last year and have been obsessed ever since.  It's sturdy and pretty and I like the layout.  There is enough room for keeping tabs on all that I have going on with extra spots for meals or to-do lists or accomplishments.  I also like the hour by hour lines to keep track of my day.  I got this pretty floral planner for 2017.

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Pretty Sweaters + Wednesday Randoms

September 21, 2016

It's Wednesday.  It's raining...again.  Wells is sick.  I've got two work meetings to reschedule today.  I missed posting yesterday and I don't want to skip again so let's just be really random with today's post!

1. I want every single one of these sweaters in my closet now!!!  So pretty and so comfortable.  Y'all know I'm a big fan of looking relaxed yet polished.  These are the perfect combo of style and ease.

Cold shoulder sweater || Open Back Sweater || turtleneck sweater || lace back sweater || pleated hem sweater || relaxed long sleeve sweater || ruffle hem sweater || layered split hem sweater

2. Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken.  This looks amazing and I'm making it for dinner tonight.  I'll keep you posted how it turns out.  I used to make something really similar without the ricotta but I think this will be even better.  Recipe found here.

3. Who's watching the JonBenet Ramsey special on CBS?  I am completely obsessed. I'm fascinated by the specialists and the science available now.  It's also crazy to me how obvious it was that someone in that house killed that child yet there was never a trial.  My theory is that it was the brother.  The mother was the first to attempt a cover up and the father eventually found the body (during the hour and a half he was missing that morning with police there in the home!) and realized his daughter was dead, his wife and son were now both guilty, and he chose to help the cover up.  He then led the charge to botch the investigation and keep them all out of jail.  There is also a Dr. Phil special with Burke that I want to see but it's been taken down from youtube.  Dangit.

4. Angelina files for divorce from Brad.  Did we see this coming?  I'm a bit surprised myself.  Did y'all read the reports about the cheating and the drugs?  Apparently he was sleeping with more than just costar Marion Cottiliard.  Angie also thinks he's too unstable to care for the kids.  Obviously, I'm sad for the kids.  I'm not undermining the absolute sadness that comes from the breakup of a family.  But let's keep it light here, okay?

5. Let's flip the switch to the feel good's.  I'm so proud of my friend Elizabeth for her recent work product.  She's using her marketing genius and position of influence to remind us all that we're doing so much better than we give ourselves credit for each day.  Why are we such harsh critics of ourselves?

I'm not endorsing the product, to be honest, I've never used it.  So this isn't a paid ad for the company but rather an unsolicited applause to them for producing a good message to women that becoming a mother doesn't have to be the end of anything, it can be the beginning of everything.

It’s definitely not a spot about (or for) working moms exclusively. The point is that most all moms struggle with being the mom they want to be and everything else (the wife, the sister, the friend, the professional, the community member - fill in the blank with whichever roles are most significant to you). And most moms I know spend so much time focusing on the things they don't accomplish that they don't recognize all that they do.  Me included.  (insert hand raised emoji here)

“Here’s the problem girls: we’ve been sold a bill of goods. Back in the day women didn’t run themselves ragged trying to achieve some impressively developed life in 8 different categories. No one constructed fairytale childhoods for their spawn, developed an innate set of personal talents, fostered a stimulating and world-changing career, created stunning homes and yardscapes, provided homemade food for every mean (locally sourced, of course), kept all marriage fires burning, sustained meaningful relationships in various environments, carved out plenty of time for 'self care,’ and served neighbors, church, world. You can’t balance that job description. No one can pull that off."  

— For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World with Impossible Standards

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Master Bathroom Renovation Plans

September 19, 2016

Happy Monday everyone!  I'm sharing the before pictures of our master bathroom along with what I've planned for the renovation.  You may have gotten a sneak peak over the weekend when I showed my sweet husband gutting the space on Saturday night.  That's my kind of romantic date night :)

48" gray vanity with carrara marble top (We are also very strongly considering this vanity in white which you can find here) || 43" antique gold round mirror || 48" white vanity with carrara marble top || mirror || 48" Beverly white vanity || herringbone marble tile || bone inlay mirror || lorena wall sconce || 2light wall sconce || marble tile || marble soap dish ||

And of course, what plan would be complete without some pretty before pictures?  I love that we have a double sink now but the space is so small it's been nearly impossible to find a double sink vanity that will fit the 53" space.  Almost everything is larger than that.  It's such a small bathroom that no one is using it at the same time comfortably anyway so I'm okay with losing the extra sink.

I can't wait to have some good after's for you.  Anything will be an improvement on this space!

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A Few Fall Favorites

September 18, 2016

Oh my goodness, where did the weekend go?  I wanted to get this post up yesterday morning and here we are already to Sunday evening!

Let's chat, J.Crew for Nordstrom.  What do y'all think about this collaboration?  While I found it a little weird at first but I guess it's really no different than Lilly or Vineyard Vines being sold through Nordstrom or any of the other brands and designers with stand alone stores.  And I can't way I'm mad at being able to get some J.Crew style with Nordstrom's free shipping and returns policy!

color block poncho || navy pants || lilac ruffle top || black + white stripe ruffle shirt || frenchie stripe dress || lace crochet dress || pink wool pants || lace fit & flare dress || navy off the shoulder dress || bell sleeve knit top || lace shift dress || pink crepe shift dress || crochet lace cotton shift dress || split back pullover || cross front tee || sunshine lace flats || sydney pumps || Tory Burch gigi block heels ||

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Cubicle Makeover Plans

September 16, 2016

I'm sure y'all have all been on the absolute edge of your seats wondering what's been keeping me away lately.  All things fabulous, of course.  Just kidding.  While I have managed to run a few kid-free errands and squeeze in a much needed coffee date or two with friends (or in my case a matcha latte date) most of my time has been spent at the office.  In a cubicle.

I'll be completely honest, my larger goal is to upgrade from the cube to an actual bonafide office but that takes time to earn it through good old fashion hard work, dedication, and sales transactions.  But who says you can't make a cubicle pretty?  I'm pretty sure that can only help motivate me to spend more time here and work harder!

Don't be too impressed, this is all via the magic of photoshop.  My cubicle actually looks like the photo below at this point.

Lovely, right?  I mean, I know I always talk about how I love my neutrals but this area needs some work.  I see a blank slate and I'm dreaming up a few ways to freshen this little cubicle up to make it feel a bit more comfortable.  People do that, right?

But thanks to the magic of photoshop and the power of internet shopping, y'all can envision along with me what this space could be like soon! I mean how much better is this?  Who says a cubicle can't be amazing?  I might just become a work-a-holic if I got to hang out here kid free all the time!  Did I mention this space comes with no kids interrupting?

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Back to Work Clothes

September 12, 2016

Back to school in our house also means back to work.  I'm a realtor and a real estate social media + marketing consultant so I get the flexibility to work from home during the summer.  While almost all of what I do could be done from my family room it's really imperative that I show my face around the office as much as possible during the school year.  This year that means five days a week of working at least part-time in my office.  So I thought it was only fitting to round-up some pretty work outfits around here as well the cute back to school clothes for kids.

Work dresses under $100

Of course these don't just have to be for work.  They could all work well for Church, baptisms, dinner with the in-laws or any other time that you need to be a bit more conservative but don't want to look frumpy!

Black & white dress || Crepe a-line dress (40% off and comes in 8 colors) || Navy bow dress || Seamed a-line dress (50% off and comes in 10 colors) || floral print wrap dress || Floral print lace shift dress (this one might be a bit too short for me for the office but I love it for other occasions!) || flutter sleeve dress || tie dye print dress || ruffle hem stretch dress || floral print midi dress || stretch a-line dress || sweater knit sheath dress || Black Tory Burch Tote Bag || stacked heel with a pointy toe (a stacked heel is a good way to update your shoe but still elongate the leg.  And of course I'm always a fan of the kitten heel pointy toe in black and nude as a must have staple.  On major sale here) || earrings || shoes (love these in the black suede and the nude as well) || earrings || Tory Burch Tote Bag (get the look for less here)

And a few of my favorite splurge dresses as well.  I'm seriously crazy in love with the first dress!

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Mad for Plaid

September 9, 2016

Tagg and I have school orientation this morning.  He's going to be in the same Junior Kindergarten program that Wells was in last year.  I'm so excited for him and he's feeling really big and special to be top dog on the playground.  I love it.  I'm going to miss my little cuddle bug and hope he doesn't grow up too much right away :)

How are y'all feeling about the plaid dress?  At first glance I was a little hesitant because all I could picture was Angela Chase. But the more I check them out the more I love them.  I think they could be really cute and still feel fresh when paired with the right accessories.  I like adding in a vest for a cute layered look and it's flattering and gives you pockets and takes it a bit more to the preppy side.

1. plaid two-pocket shirt dress
2. green plaid dress
3. cozy day plaid dress (perfect for Carolina fans!)
4. cozy day plaid dress
5. Ella Plaid belted shirt dress
6. Verona Plaid shirtdress

 Barbour quilted vest || Excursion vest 25% off with code: SHOPSALE || Jack Rogers Booties || Sam Edelman Booties 50% off || Jack Rogers Chloe rain boots || leopard flats || Ugg slip on sneakers thank you lord for making these slip on non-slippers. I can't even handle how many carpool lines will be full of these!

We get a nice fall here but it's still pretty warm during the day here so jeans paired with tall boots and sweaters and other cute fall outfits can get a little hot.  These are perfect for tailgating, apple picking, fall festivals, and the pumpkin patch.  I feel like they should all come with a free gift card for a pumpkin spice latte.

Quilted vest 6+ colors on sale no code needed || Navy Gingham puffer vest || black herringbone || navy polk dot

AG 'the legging' jeans were $245 now $164 || Plaid top || Plaid tunic || short sleeve plaid shirt || lace up flats || ankle strap flats || lace up cheetah flats || tory burch cross body bag

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Updated Kitchen Plans

September 7, 2016

It's Monday, right?  It feels like a Monday.  My girl missed school on Friday and a 4-day weekend got me all turned around. So Wednesday.  A Wednesday that feels like Monday.  Hmm.  And no, she wasn't sick, just exhausted.  Totally and completely exhausted.  Those are such long days for little ones.

You may have noticed on instagram that our kitchen is getting a little facelift!  Whoohoo!!!!  Y'all know how excited I am about this.  We bought the prettiest Carrara Greecian herringbone tile last week to use as the backsplash and now the whole project is moving forward!  I'm excited about having more counterspace and better layout.  The kitchen has three windows and three doors so while that let's in a lot of light and keeps it feeling really open (well open for a non open floor plan) it also majorly limits the counter space and storage space.  We're tried out a few layouts with the island and nothing really felt just right until now.  I think moving the fridge has made the biggest difference!

What we've already done:

1. Moved the fridge to the opposite wall next to the opening to the dining room and the ovens.  Love how you can now grab a drink from the family room or the dining room without getting in the way of someone cooking or doing the dishes.

2. Moved the cabinet base that was on that wall (and has been pretending to be an island for the past 6 months) to the spot where the fridge used to be on the wall with the sink and dishwasher.

3. purchased backsplash tile.

4. Brought in a piece of furniture to transform into a center island.  It's long and narrow which now works perfectly with the new layout.

What we plan to do:

1. Reface cabinet doors adding new trim and fresh paint and hardware.

2. New piece of stone for the center island.  We're planning on using a buffet we already own as the base.  It's the perfect size and came from Matthew's childhood home.  I'd love to go with something contrasting to what we choose for the countertops.  Love a good contrast.  We're also contemplating painting it a charcoal gray.

3.  New countertops. As good as they look they're actually 20+ year old black formica and we'd like to upgrade to a solid stone surface.  Most likely we'll go with a light granite.  I love the look of marble but it's not a practical choice for us and I'm not sure it's worth it to us to splurge on a quartzite or other pricier marble alternative.  We've already priced out some options at Home Depot and we plan to check out some local options as well so I'll keep you posted on that process.

4. New cooktop + range hood (new dishwasher and new ovens will come but not right away)

5. New floors.....maybe.  My husband really wants tile and I don't so that one is still up for debate betweenI'll probably win but we'll see. ;)

6. New light fixture above the island.  I want something in french gold or antique brass and a bit larger than the lantern we have in there now.

7.  Continue the backsplash tile up the wall space where the fridge used to be and add a floating shelf.  Either in wood or stainless steel.  This is my new mom station.  Coffee + Wine

8. New art.

9. Replace flourescent light above the sink with a new fixture

10.  Replace double sink with a single basin undermount and move it over to center it under the double window.

11. Box in the fridge so it's more built-in and not just floating on the wall.  Hopefully we can carve out a little tiny broom closet on at least one side of the fridge.

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