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Thoughts For Friday

Feb 3, 2012

I have been home this week visiting my parents and it has been lovely. We have been running around like crazy shopping and working on stuff for little man’s birthday.

I found these great coffee table books at The Habitat store for $4! And I finally got my brass sea urchin I have been eyeing for months! I can’t wait to get home and set them all up on my coffee table.

We cooked the most delish dish for dinner last night. Quinoa with Greens and White Beans topped with Roasted Salmon. So darn good! Check out the Recipe HERE. We just added salmon to ours and roasted the tomatos per WayWay’s suggestion.

I highly recommend this Pinot Noir to any red wine lovers. It was so good and I believe it cost less than $15. We tasted the Cab as well but everyone preferred the Pinot.

Guess what I finally got? After thinking about this blouse since Monday I finally bit the bullet and bought her. They had 3 blouses left in the Charlotte store and one happened to be my size, I like to think that was fate!

I stopped in West Elm, why in the world don’t we have a West Elm in Charleston? That store is filled with so many cute things! I originally went to get this front door mat for our house.

But instead I picked up this mat. It was a touch bigger and the chevron rug was more gray in person and I needed black for our front porch.

I also got these adorable owl measuring cups in the light blue. I plan to use them as bowls when entertaining as well.

I can’t wait to get home and read my new Bazaar with Gwyneth on the cover. I am beyond excited to read her interview, love her!

I came across this quote and love it. It is so true. Something important for us all to remember.

Have a great weekend! xoxo



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  1. Yay for the sea urchin, love it!! And another yay for the blouse, I really need to get one, you really have me obsessing over it!
    Love the quote and jealous for the latest Bazaar (no mags here!)

  2. caycee says:

    I miss my girl for-real! Loving that sea urchin where did you find it?? Also love that rug!!! xoxo!!

  3. Loving all of your new finds! I have the urchin and love it, you will love it everywhere, I am constantly moving mine around! And your new top is adorable.

  4. I wish we had a West Elm in Charleston too. I asked the store manager in Charlotee about it and she said that Charleston was in the "3 year plan" and then had gone to look at real estate in December. I'm hoping they speed the plan up a bit!

  5. Oh fun! I want to go to Charlotte and go shopping!!! And why DON'T we have a West Elm?? Love that place and glad to see you found "the" shirt-LOVE!

  6. Jill says:

    I want a sea urchin too!!

    Have a "beautiful" weekend

  7. Sarah says:

    Ha- I just blogged about that Gwynnie article today. As expected, her body is insane. Our West Elm closed…so sad.

  8. Hannah says:

    I have never been in a West Elm, but recently I've gotten on their website a few times. I almost got those owl measuring cups for my sister for Christmas! They are super cute. Pretty exciting about your table and sea urchin. šŸ˜‰ And I would say that for sure you needed to get the top. If I don't get something and keep thinking about it for at least a week or so I usually go back to get it. Have a great weekend!

  9. sampenner says:

    Ok I love that sea urchin! And wow- $4 coffee table books?! What finds! I know your son's bday party will be just as adorable as you! šŸ˜‰



  10. Oh yay for the urchin! And I adore that blouse..great buy! Happy Friday N! šŸ™‚

  11. i am obsessed with that pink book and the sea urchin on top!

  12. Nuha says:

    where to start?! i want that brass urchin bad and that salmon recipe looks SO yummy! oh, and i'm a tad bit more jealous of gwenyth after looking at that cover..whoa

  13. Natalie says:

    LOVE the sea urchin! I've been on the hunt for one, so chic. An I just bought the same blouse at J. Crew, but I'm on the fence about it for some reason! Maybe seeing how you wear it will inspire me to keep it. Have a great weekend, Natalie!

  14. I love that quote, it actually reminds me of one of my favorites: "You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy." -Garth Brooks

  15. Sara Mueller says:

    love the urchin! I have been eyeing them as well. And love your new buys!

  16. Taylor says:

    love those coffee table books + urchin – can't believe how inexpensive!?! looks amazing. happy friday!

  17. Pris says:

    Love the J.Crew blouse! So adorable! Have a great weekend!

  18. You made a very yummy dish, and so healthy too.


  19. Jenna says:

    Love those coffee table books with the urchin šŸ™‚

    Good luck preparing for your little guy's birthday!


  20. I adore that sea urchin, I think I need one for my coffee table now. And I really wish I could find some beautiful books for $4, that is amazing!!

  21. Mae says:

    where's your sea urchin from? I love it!
    I'm going to check my TJMaxx for those shoes…they're fabulous!
    hope you had a lovely weekend!

  22. Beverly says:

    absolutely love the owl measuring cups!! how can you not smile while cooking with those bad boys?!