Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the holiday

What's your favorite Christmas movie? 
Mine, without a doubt, is 'The Holiday.' Such a  great movie and I've watched it every year to usher in the Christmas season for a long time. It means "Christmas is here" to me. I started my love affair with the movie when Riley and I were studying abroad in Italy, whenever we missed our families we would think about Christmas and seeing them, and started watching this movie in approximately October. I think we watched it about 15 times! 
If you haven't seen it, go rent it RIGHT NOW!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa came early

and brought me a Nikon! Thanks Santa, it's exactly what I wanted, how did you know?


Our Thanksgiving was perfect. Lots of fun times with family eating, shopping and just hanging out. We spent lots of time with my brother Bradley before he leaves again for deployment this week and  had a family jam sesh that included Britney Spears classic Hit me baby. I won't say that Bradley had a solo during that song but he might have.
Black Friday was so much fun, we didnt get up super early but still found lots of deals. People were crazy this year, did you hear about the pepper spray incident in Cali? And in my parents little town of Anderson, some man trampled this women and broke her shoulder!!! 

We attempted to get together and take some pictures, let the fun commence....
me and Bonnie
 my sweet hubs
My mom wanted a pic of my siblings and me and Luke, and this is what she got. 
 I don't think Bradley can take a normal pic
 This is my fav shot from the week!  Me, my little sis and my cousin
p.s I know she's going to kill me for posting this... haha
How was your thanksgiving? Did you score any great deals on Black Friday??

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wherever you are

whoever you are with, whatever you do, I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with fun times and wonderful friends and family!

We heading out of town this afternoon to be with family, eat lots of food and SHOP on Black Friday. Thats right, I'm on of those, just like that Target lady in the commercials. Are you a black friday shopper??

 Thanksgiving with friends....


Congrats to designwali (precious blog by the way) for winning our Lona de Anna giveaway!! I'll be emailing you to let you know you won :-) Thanks again to Anna for sponsoring this giveaway, I was so honored to collaborate with her on this, it made my week!!! Lots of love going your way Anna :-)
(Winner was chosen at random via

And if anyone is keeping track- I'll take anything from this etsy shop for Christmas. Pls and thank you. Aren't they stunning?? 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

$2 chair redo and a few other things

*Warning, Random post.... I'm writing this during the AMA's so I'm keeping one eye on Nicki Minaj (who else is obsessed with her??)*
Anna and I went thrifting a couple of weeks ago and she spotted this chair for me. I always drag her (read: beg her to come) along with me cause she has an awesome eye for this kind of stuff.
It had really damaged caning in the back but it was only $2.00. SOLD. This weekend we cut the caning out and painted it black using Jenny's recommendation for oil based paint (Sidemark: I LOVE oil based paints and use them whenever I can, the finish always beats any latex I've seen) 
I've had my eye on this fabric for a while and this was the perfect place for it. Every house needs a little dalmatian print, right??

 We had one of those weekends that make life worth living. Plenty of relaxing and a breakfast date at the Gourmet shop that included the perfect latte...
And its the LAST DAY to enter our giveaway... go here to WIN!

And I need ya'lls advice. I REALLY REALLY need a new camera. bad. see pics above of the chair.... grainy. Drives me crazy. So Santa is bringing me one for Christmas but I dont know which one to get. I don't want a crazy expensive one but I do want a nice one. Do any of ya'll have ones that you love? Pls share :-)
(I warned you this was a random post)
How was ya'lls weekends??

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lets mix things up... Friday's Fancies

Don't forget to enter the giveaway from the etsy shop Lona de Anna!

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry I've been a little scarce this week, I've been hanging with my brother and fam enjoying him being back from deployment :-)
I'm linking up again with av's friday's fancies. I'm loving this series, its so much fun to pull together a look and not ever look at the $$$! We can all dream right?? This week was about mixing prints and patterns, which is hard to do without looking like you got dressed with your eyes closed, so head on over to Long Distance Loving for some inspiration about how to do it right!

P.S Would you wear my outfit??

mixing prints

mixing prints

Elizabeth and James sleeved dress
$365 -

Matthew Williamson shearling vest
£750 -

Gucci high heel pumps
$695 -

House of Harlow 1960 crystal jewelry
$100 -

Christopher Kane blue scarve
€375 -

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


 Don't forget to enter our GIVEAWAY for your choice of any print from etsy shop Lona de Anna!!

A lot of you already know this, but for those of you who don't, my brother is in the airforce and has been deployed for the past year. I'm so proud of him fighting for our country and serving in the biggest way possible. Of course its been hard for us back home, I stopped watching the news b/c I would start freaking out everytime they talked about anything, afraid for him. He's LOVING the airforce and tells me to chill out he's fine everytime I would call him worried. He and I have always been really close, we are only 2 years apart so we were besties growing up, and I haven't seen him in a year! Well, we picked him up from the airport last night for his 2 week leave. I can't believe it, I might just start crying writing this!! I'm was THAT person in the airport, loud and crying and everything, its so awesome to have him home. Today we are all just going to hang out and enjoy being together on this rainy day. happy wednesday!!

My brother is in the fourth plane, isn't he  a bad a???

Friday, November 11, 2011

Giveaway from Lona de Anna

Lovelies, I'm getting ready to make your day. We've got an awesome giveaway for you all from Anna of Lona de Anna!
If you follow Danielle of Danielle Oakely Interiors (one of my fav blogs!) you probably saw the etsy roundup she did last week for Kristen of 6th Street Design School. Well you may have noticed this gorgeous Ikat print she featured. I certainly did, so much so that I immediately emailed Anna to see if she would consider doing a giveaway of one of her stunning prints for you all. She was so sweet to offer one of you YOUR CHOICE OF ANY A3 PRINT! Here are just a few of the beauties you would get to pick from...

So here is how you win!
(Leave a separate comment for each thing you do below, so you get multiple entry's and a better chance to win!!! AND leave your email so I can get in touch with you if you do WIN!)

1} Be a follower of  LonadeAnna and/or A Creative Day (mandatory)

2} Blog, Facebook or Tweet about this giveaway and tell us that you did!
Make sure you go and visit Anna's shop on Etsy, everything is 25% off right now (Just for three days, ending the 16th), so scoop something up now!
Open to all national and international followers. Giveaway closes 21 November 2011
Go On and Get entering!

Friday's Fancies

Its the 50th week of av's Friday's Fancies, wahhooo!! Congrats girl! You make Friday's way more fun :-) Today I'm wishing I had somewhere to wear this... ohhh well I'll just settle for one of my best friends in the world coming to visit me, yay!! HAPPY FRIDAY!!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Storm Paintings

I am loving these mini paintings from Stormscape Studies on etsy. They are only 6"x6", and would be such a fun addition to a gallery wall, or propped up in a bookcase. Aren't they just precious?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wishlist Wednesday

Today I'm linking up with Anna's Wishlist Wednesday series, and my wish is pretty simple...

Leopard Print oxfords. Need I say more?? (Which I would love with one of the capes that Anna just blogged about!)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Snatch it up

I am snatching up some of these pretties. On sale at Crate and Barrel for $5.95 for the 8.5" plate and $11.95 for the cute little salt and pepper shakers. Merry early Christmas to me :-) here

Monday, November 7, 2011


Ok peeps, lets take a vote. Awesome or too much?? I think I'm voting awesome :-) 

Have a great Monday! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday's Fancies... LILY PULITZER!

Today I'm linking up with Long Distance Loving's Friday's Fancies. Its a pretty great day because Long Distance Loving is offering a giveaway that will knock your socks off. Seriously! Featuring the new Lily Pulizter resort collection 2011- Lily is giving away $750 worth of gorgeousness!  I was seriously drooling on my computer at all the fun new things! 
When I started creating my outfit- I decided I couldn't wait until next spring to wear it, so I created an outfit to wear to all the holiday soiree's coming up. I picked the new Jeanette dress, (im obsessed, seriously. go here to see the back of the dress, its amazing!) and the coral siesta necklace. Its stunning.  I want to wear this right now.

Make sure you head over to Long Distance Loving to see all the other link up's and enter the giveaway. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Look for Less: JCREW booties

 So I've been wanting these booties from JCREW since they appeared on their website, but at the price of $198, I thought I would prob have to wait to put them on my christmas list for Santa to bring me :-)

But I was at Target yesterday and spotted these... and for $29.99, I think they might be a good substitute and I don't have to wait till Christmas... what do you think??

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