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Jun 28, 2011

You would think I would start to run out of obsessions each week, but that is not the case. There is always something new I am loving!

Braided Hair
Lately I have been wearing my hair in a side braid. It is great way to deal with dirty hair, because lets face it I don’t wash my hair everyday. My hubby loves it probably because I look like a 16 year old but I don’t care its the perfect do for the summer! My inspiration, the gorgeous Rebecca Romain.

my take on it

Mary McDonald
Is anybody else obsessed with Million Decorators? It is my favorite show on TV right now. I really love every single decorator on the show, but I especially love Mary. She is fabulous and her designs are always something I would want in my house.

A few of my favorite Mary designs

I don’t own one of these beauties yet but I am hoping to get one during a summer sale. I love the effortless look of them. They are great for a beach cover-up or to wear out running errands.

Tibi and Raquel Allegra Caftans

Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisps
These wafer bars are so tasty. They are the perfect sweet treat after a meal. They only have 110 calories so you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating them. I love the PB flavor.

Titos Vodka
If I am not drinking wine, I am usually drinking vodka. I like my vodka straight up with lemon and maybe a splash of seltzer. Since I really don’t like mixers in my vodka, I prefer good quality vodka. I used to be a Grey Goose kind of girl until I heard about Titos. We did a blind taste test with Titos and Grey Goose and we all choose Titos. It is the smoothest vodka ever. A half gallon is only $29.95, so it is cheaper than Gray Goose and Ketel One too. I highly recommend this if you like vodka.



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  1. Love the sidebraid, its my go-to in the summer for dirty hair! Mary is my favorite too. Shes kind of an idiot on the show, but her designs are insane. Like amazingly perfect and dreamy. And definitely trying that vodka, its a lot cheaper than my usual picks!

  2. Tess says:

    I am totally feeling your obsessions this week. I kid you not, when I saw your hair in the side braid, I had to switch up my morning do!

    Also, I am absolutley obsessed with Million Dollar Decorators. Is Andy Cohen the genuis behind this series? It's just to die for, and I'm already fearing the day when the season ends!

  3. Jill says:

    Ok where do I start… I have been doing the side braid too, I love it!! oh yes for million dollar decorators, the caftans are fabulous, skinny cow is what I eat when I have a sweet tooth, and for me, it is usually either wine or vodka, I need to try the tito's

    separated at birth!!

  4. im loving everything! (as usual)! your side braid is perfection for summer! xx.

  5. Kyle says:

    Perfect list! I love Million Dollar Decorators. My friend gave me Mary McDonald's book. It is really inspiring and looks great on the coffee table.

  6. Christina says:

    i WISH i could do the braided! it's so cute on you. i heard about those skinny cow bars, but haven't had one yet. i'll check out the peanut butter. unless i'm having a tequila shot, my liquor of choice is vodka too. i'm a fan of svedka bc it's inexpensive but very smooth. maybe i will check out that one too! have you had svedka? just wondering how it compares…also, i'd love to know who colors your hair.

  7. Jen Watts says:

    I love the side braid and it's soooooooo cute on you! You do look about 16. must try that vodka and those crisps!

  8. Becca says:

    I'll definitely give Titos a try because I'm a grey goose kind of girl too! And Skinny Cows are the best!


  9. I love Tito's vodka! The first time I had it was in a Bloody Mary at East West Bistro in Athens, GA – delish! Also try Svedka vodka. I've done a blind taste test between that and Grey Goose and Svedka was better!

  10. I've probably worn my hair in a side braid at least 3 times a week lately. It's so easy and cute!

    I love vodka (hee hee). I will try that one!

  11. I have been into the side braids, too…and for the same reason (c: And I have totally been watching every episode of MDD…I honestly have not changed my opinion about the actual personalities of the decorators (which are pretty much horrid…) but I have definitely found it thoroughly entertaining! I mean, how can you not love great interior design??? And it doesn't get more fabulous than the founder of Jimmy Choo…droooool…

  12. YES!! My husband is obsessed with Tito's…it is really really good! He also recommends Dripping Springs but says you can't find it outside of Austin (where we had it). Also love that second Caftan…yes please! Love this series…always so fun! 🙂

  13. Love the side braid! You would look good in the Caftans esp the long one!

  14. I second the Tito's! We used to always drink Grey Goose until we found Tito's.

    Love the side braid too 🙂

  15. Michaela says:

    Girl. I'm obsessed with Million Dollar Decorators. I'm kinda embarrassed for our industry though sometimes. (With them being late, rude, stuck up etc…) But Mary is my fave, too!! Clearly I love braids, also. It's an everyday thing for me (:

  16. I'm a vodka water girl with a slice of lemon, so I'll have to remember Titos. And that side braid is FABulous on you!

  17. LOVE that braid! It is also one of my go to looks. I hatttte drying my hair which equals it not getting washed very often!

    I love anything Skinny Cow but havent tried the wafers yet…adding them to my grocery list!

  18. LOVE Million Dollar Decorators – addicted!! And diggin in the side braid!

  19. I'm loving your obsessions this week! I too can be seen rocking a braid is some shape or form several days a week. Those Skinny Cow crisps are amazing, the peanut butter is my favorite.

  20. Megan says:

    Um, skinny cow crisps? Where have a been?! Love your weekly obsessions!

  21. Val says:

    Great obsessions. Love the side braid…I do that look a lot during the Summer. Million Dollar Decorators is my current Fave. I'm beyond addicted to Bravo shows. It's a sickness. I'm counting down the days until Flipping out is on. =)

  22. Ashley says:

    girlfriend we are apparently obsessing over thesame things…oh wait, are you in love with ryan reynolds too!

    LOVE your braid! and your shorts!!

  23. emily says:

    I am going to have to try those crisps! And Tito's is my favorite too. We did a blind taste test too with it, GG, and Ketel 1 — both me and my husband liked the Tito's! It's made in Austin (not too far from home)! And I can't believe how reasonably priced it is!

  24. Ivana says:

    I´m definitely with you on those obsessions! Your picks are beyond gorgeous! Me too, I´m obsessed with something new every day, and it seems now that I´m on my way to become obsessed with your blog 🙂 I´m your newest follower 🙂

    xx Ivana

    Hope you´ll have some time to check out my lifestyle blog

  25. Natalie says:

    My boss gave me a bottle of Tito's last week and I've yet to try it. Your post just made me both excited and slightly upset I left the bottle at my boyfriend's house.

  26. Laura says:

    I'm loving the side braid too, and love it with a fedora too, so cute for summer. I'm kinda obsessed with Million Dollar Decorators too…such a fun show…love Bravo!!