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Thoughts For Thursday

Dec 1, 2011

I am home visiting my parents this week since I didn’t get to see them for Thanksgiving. I always love coming home because normally I am the one taking care of everybody but when I am home my parents pamper me and take care of me. It is lovely. Here is what we have been up.

We took Sterling to see Santa for the first time. This did not go over so well….

But how priceless is this picture? I can’t wait to bust this out when he is older!

We did some Christmas shopping and my mom picked this fabulous leopard dress up for me at JCrew. I absolutely love it! Leopard print is my favorite! I can’t wait to wear this gorgeous number, I think it may be my NYE dress. Versatile enough to wear many times over!

It also comes in a blouse version which is equally as fabulous but I went with the dress since I have so many blouses already.

We enjoyed sushi from The Cowfish and ladies if you live in Charlotte you have to eat there! They have burguish which is hamburger sushi, truly amazing. They will do the rolls in brown rice per request which is always an added bonus in my book. We had the Marks Roll, The Surf and Turf Roll and the Blackened Tuna Roll. DELISH!

Does anybody ever feel like this? Sometimes I look in my full closet and still can’t find anything to wear!

I get to pick up my first original abstract by Sally King Benedict on Monday! I am in love, I am pretty sure this beauty is going in Sterling’s room! I am so excited to own a piece of her artwork!

She was just featured in Elle Decor this month- how cool is that? Her painting is in the home of Ashley Stark and it is truly gorgeous!

That’s all I have for today. I am off for a lunch playdate with a dear friend and to visit my grandfather! xoxo



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  1. Laur says:

    1. that dress looks so much better on you! I tried it on and could not pull it off…booo!
    2. I need that quote…just perfect.
    3. that picture of Sterling is PRICELESS!!! Love it!

  2. Priceless picture of Sterling! I can't wait to see how Wells does with Santa, I'm sure there will be tears! That dress is killer girl!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE going home to my parents without my husband! You never really get a break from being "mommy" but it is nice to be the daughter for a few days and not the wife.

  4. LOVE the dress!! Great NYE pick up. And that picture of Sterling is so fabulous. Too funny.

  5. I have that dress!!! Love it!

  6. 1. That picture of Sterling is amazing!!!! hahahaha

    2. I love that dress I completely agree perfect for NYE

  7. Absolutely love your new dress and your new piece of art! Both gorgeous. And that picture of Sterling is incredible. Should probably be your holiday card!

  8. Love the new dress! And just think it's great you get to go to your parents and have them pamper you! 🙂

  9. Awesome dress! That Santa pic is priceless!!!

  10. Kyle says:

    Natalie- That picture with Santa is priceless! Oh my. The expression on his face says it all!! LOVE your leopard dress. Just got a fun leopard top from Forever 21. Really into the print, too.

  11. Awww, that pic of Sterling is too cute!!!

  12. Bud and Leo says:

    Sterling is so precious and I'm still not over those adorbs shoes!!! They are SO cute on him! Love your dress- it's a classic and will be perfect for NYE. And that artwork is beautiful!!! I need one!

  13. love the dress! I hated santa as a baby too-such a funny picture!

  14. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Oh poor little Sterling! It will make for a great story someday when he is older though! He is so adorable! Love your dress! You look amazing in it!
    We are taking Owen Saturday to meet Santa. I am curious to see how he will react!
    Enjoy your time home with your parents!

  15. Amber H. says:

    Ha! I work right across the street from Cowfish in the same building as Diamonds Direct. We eat there all the time and its deelish! 🙂

  16. LOOOOOOOOVE the dress! Definite yes for NYE…and I remember that darling pic from last year, I love it! Definitely one for when his first girlfriend shows up at the house! (c:

  17. megan says:

    I have a similar pic with Ronald McDonald when I was a babe. I was not a fan. That dress and blouse look similar to the J.Crew blouse I just scored off of Ebay (tags still on!). Love it.

  18. Hahaha can't believe that first pic, so funny!
    I'm in love with that dress, great choice!

  19. ~Kristen~ says:

    That Santa picture is too funny! I love Sterling's outfit!

    I just found your blog through Pawley's Island Posh … we have a lot in common! I went to College of Charleston and lived in Charleston for several years before we moved to Florida. My husband and I were also married there. My son was born in July 2010, so he's just a bit younger than Sterling. 🙂 New reader here!

  20. Poor Sterling, he looks so scared! He'll definitely get a kick out of that picture some day.
    It took everything in my power not to buy that dress at JCrew during my black Friday shopping. it looks great on you and will be perfect for NYE.

  21. Michaela says:

    Ah…you're always sooo stylish I can't stand it! It looks FAB on you!

  22. Annamarie says:

    Love that dress! So cute! I also need to try that restaurant next time I'm up there. We go to Charleston quite often so I plan on adding that to my list!! Thanks!

  23. Melanie says:

    oh Sterling!!! That one is a keeper, he will die when he sees that one day! And also, I work at J.crew part time and that leopard dress is fab…you will wear that for years.

  24. ha ha..that picture is priceless 🙂 love the dress. my husband says that quote was written for me! the artwork is amazing 🙂