Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Last Days

Don't be so glum, I'm not talking about the last days of life - just the last days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  


The sale ends August 2nd which is right around the corner.  And just so you know, it's not all about me and what I would buy for myself.  Today, you get to see some of my cutest pics for the littles in your life.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Master Peace

We are slowly getting our master bedroom together.  We purchased our side tables from Pottery Barn, and now we are looking for a bed/headboard, lamps and some classic and comfortable linens.  However, being in Texas in the summer calls for some edits to our bedroom space as we plan on having peaceful nights of slumber.  I don't want to buy too much now and create a heavy space that literally feels too warm. 

In the summer, I remove our duvet cover and let the duvet go commando.  We have a very light weight down comforter so without a heavier duvet cover, it's really the perfect amount and cozy coverage for summer nights.  I still need new linens that will complement my stark white comforter.  I came across some gorgeous linens at Parachute Home and am intrigued by the possibility of getting linens from Italy.  That's the elitist snob in me, y'all!  

Photo via Parachute Home
I read on the Parachute Blog that in Europe, the use of a top sheet is quite uncommon.  This blew my American mind.  But think about it.  Why do you need a top sheet, especially in the summer?  I can't come up with a reason.  And one less thing to buy - my budget likes that!  

I think this set of pillow cases and a fitted sheet in crisp, white cotton percale would be perfect for our room for summer and beyond.      
Photo via Parachute Home
What do you do to get your bedroom ready for summer nights?  Do you sleep with a top sheet or without?


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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Decision

So everyone knows that once you have your first child, the folks start immediately asking, "When are you going to have another one?"  For the longest time, we weren't sure if we wanted to have another one.  Meaning, I wasn't sure if I wanted another one.  I prayed so hard for Dax and he's here.  He's really enough so I just wasn't sure I wanted to rock the boat, aka my life, our life, with another child.  It is a decision I have thought and stressed about for a good year (or more) now.  Weighing the pros and cons, mulling over being Advanced Maternal Age (such a disgusting term to me) and doubly high-risk, wanting a girl, trying save money in case... and finally, I decided I wanted to try for another one.  So that meant I needed to share my feelings and my decision with my husband to see if he was on board.  Surprisingly, it was one of the easiest conversations we've had.  Not that I thought he'd flat out say no but I thought I'd meet some resistance or the obligatory, it's not the right time.  But alas, my baby daddy is ready to sail these uncharted waters. 

It may not happen, and that's ok but we are ready to give it to God and see.  If it doesn't happen naturally, then it just won't happen.  I'm not stressing and how unusual is that!  I've also come to terms with the fact that I could have another boy and you know what, that would be great too.  I would hardly need anything new thanks to Big Bro Dax and my unwillingness to part from anything of his.  Seriously, whatever happens will be fine but at least we've finally made the decision to try.  The relief of not stressing over this anymore has lifted an anchor from my shoulders.  And now, we're off. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

This Is Big!

It's time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and here's your chance for Early Access!  Nordstrom Rewards Members earn double points now through July 16‏.  Sweet.  I'm supposed to be on a budget but I may have to scramble up some ends from somewhere.  This is too good to miss!
http://rstyle.me/ad/27x8hnj7e

Here are some of my picks:






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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Peach

My husband recently told me he thinks I look pretty in peach so of course, I am all about it now (I didn't look too shabby here either).  Thought I would share my window shopping with you.  These are so affordable!  Do you like peach as a wearable color?  Which top is your favorite?


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lay It Down

My styling class is over and I passed!  I received a 90 on my final project so I'll take it.  We could either do a styled shoot with a photog, model, makeup artist, etc. or a laydown shoot (clothing is styled flat).  I really couldn't get everyone together to assist me in a live shoot so I chose to do a laydown.  I did a total of three looks and below are my two favorite ones.

Strapless Maxi (old): similar here and here; Infinity scarf - DIY: similar here; Earrings - Kirkland's: similar here; Metallic blue bangles - Forever 21 (old): similar here; gold lame clutch - vintage: similar here and here; gold thong sandals - Victoria's Secret (sold out): try these


Ikat Hi-Lo Maxi - Frenchrum Emporium; Belt - Frenchrum Emporium (sold out); Gold hoops - Mark (Avon): similar here; Bamboo link bracelet - Dillards (old): also cute here; Coral Quatrefoil Long Necklace - via Bella Salon: these are cute; Bag - Foley + Corinna Jet Set Satchel; Shoes - Yves Saint Laurent Fatale (old): similar here and these are so cute!

So what do you think?  My project is titled Future Romance and here is my mood board:

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=161364459

 I may do more outfit posts like these laydowns.  It's easy, fun and let's face it, I'm not as secure taking pictures of myself these days so laydowns solve that issue.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Into That Ikat

Look at this cute easy, breezy dress we just added to the boutique.  I love it (bought one for myself, of course).  I'm still really into ikat and I love the little pop of coral at the straps.

http://frenchrumemporium.com/collections/frontpage/products/hi-low-ikat-maxi-dress

New items added weekly so make sure to check the store often.  We have lots of items on sale too.  Happy Shopping!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Not Feeling Very FIT

I have spread myself a bit thin these days by taking an online course at FIT New York - Intro to Fashion Styling.  I absolutely love it.  I can't wait to share my final project with you - it's not due until May 24 so stay tuned.  But I just wanted to share how busy I've been and of course my little blog has suffered.  I was going to continue on with the classes in pursuit of an online Image Consulting Certificate.  Now, I'm rethinking.  Working full-time with a toddler is not my idea of a good life (for me - you do what you want).  I think I have to re-evaluate some work choices before I continue with my education.  I'm so tired and grumpy these days (more than usual, ok) and I know my poor husband is trying to help me as best he can.  Unfortunately, he can't help me feel fulfilled in my career life and that's what I'm trying to work on.  

Family - great.  Friends - fantastic.  Work/Career... wah wah.  I've got a lot to plan out and sort out but I have some big changes coming up.  Everyday I ask God for strength and he's giving it to me but man, when I think about all the time I'm away from my Dax everyday, it makes me sad.  It's too much.  I want to be present in his life way more than I am now and especially if I have another little one.  Don't get your hopes up - no plans have been made to pop out another little yet!

What does your ideal work-life balance look like?  For me, it's way more family time and time for myself than working for someone else.  I wish it was easier!

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