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Thoughts for Thursday

Sep 11, 2014

 So we are still dealing with the hole in our ceiling turns we need to replace the whole main AC pipe in our house, le sigh things are never as they seem.  It’s not just a hole it is a whole other problem.  But since we are already having work done and the ceilings are rotten and need to be repaired and repainted I have decided I want to knock down the cabinet between our kitchen and dining room.  

 In our small house it will really open things up.  I plan to hang two of these pendants where the cabinets used to be.  It will be a cheap fix that will really open up our space.  

  I just can’t decide between the milk finish and the clear finish.

|| West Elm Pendants ||

The Neiman Marcus Beauty event is going on right now.  

If you spend $125 you get a cute tote filled with samples and if you spend $350 you get a leather cosmetic case as well.  I have been wanting to try Tata Harper Products forever thanks to my girl Jess’s Blog, Bare Beauty, so I am finally ordering them to try!!  I decided on the Regenerating Cleanser and Resurfacing Mask and already placed my order.

Regenerating Cleanser | Resurfacing Mask

and best part if you spend $175 on Tata Harper Products you get to try these three products for free!

This Summer I have been all about rose and white wines but I am finally starting to get back in the mood for some reds.  This red wine is called the Riddler and is excellent.  It is a blend and really delicious.

and don’t laugh but that was my dinner Tuesday night- when Matt works late I don’t cook.  The okra and wine were a pretty good combo.  If you liked roasted okra I used the New York Times recipe and it was great.

Let’s chat about Britney Spears new lingerie line.  The pieces actually are kind of pretty.  I heard she is back in the studio making a new album and that makes me very happy.  I want my girl to get back where she used to be.

I am so ready for Fall weather.  This looks like the perfect cozy cardigan that would go with everything.  Love both the colors.  I really considering it to add to my closet.  I picture it with leggings, jeans, dresses anything!

|| 525 America Cardigan

 This jacket blew my mind and the fact that it is from Banana Republic.  They are stepping up their game for Fall.  I love the style and color and if you use the code BRYAY40 you can get 40% off any purchase.  I am ordering the jacket to try and will report back!  It is online only not in stores, shop all the other new Fall stuff here.

|| Wool Drape Jacket

I know I am way ahead if the game but when I saw this Strawberry Costume at TJmaxx I knew I needed it for Frances.  Luckily it fit her and she was just as excited about it.  Tell me that is not the cutest Strawberry you have ever seen??

Halloween is Sterling’s favorite holiday and while it is not mine I am learning to embrace it.  I love these star pumpkins.  I want two for my front porch.

|| Star Pumpkins ||

I normally just use the plastic pumpkin bins for Sterling but I am thinking about investing in some cute ones this year for he and Frances, these are only $11 right now and I love that you can personalize them.

|| Pumpkin Basket

and some eye candy for your Thursday. 

Why do I love Zac Efron so much??  

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  1. Nat says:

    Frances looks too cute!! That picture of Zack is killing me, so hot. So sorry to hear about the A/C situation…ugh. Our house is always full of never ending repairs. One of the joys of homeownership

  2. caycee says:

    You can't go wrong with either of those pendants, I was going to go with the gold before I got shot down by my contractor about knocking down that wall haha! Get the pumpkins I have those for Taylor and Carson and they hold up so well!! xoxo

  3. Jillian says:

    im sooo ready for fall! i love those sweaters and that jacket! i cant wait to hear how you like it! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  4. iopcatg says:

    I love the clear! It seems cleaner to me! I've actually seen the milky "yellow" if it's in direct sunlight!

    Great post!


  5. Deirdre says:

    where are those wine glasses from? i know I've seen them before but can't remember where? Love everything about your blog! One of the first sites I check each morning!

  6. Love the white lights! Also a huge fan of bare beauty blog and everything she shares!

  7. Heather says:

    She is the CUTEST strawberry! Sorry about the house stuff. Good luck with everything.

  8. In love with those pendants! And please, Frances looks like straight out from a catalog šŸ˜‰

  9. E Hayes says:

    Because who isn't obsessed with Zac Efron?! Seriously I remember watching him on Summerland when he was just a little kid and seriously thought he was just a kid until like a year or two ago and whoa… if I still had a locker, his picture would be plastered all over for sure šŸ˜‰

  10. KatiePerk says:

    Pretty star pumpkins! That is the cutest strawberry ever.

  11. Melissa W. says:

    I'll be honest with you. I have that clear glass globe from WE. It is sitting in a box at home. I wish I had the white "milk glass" one. Something abt seeing the lightbulb bothers me. Almost like it bothers my eyes? So, if u wanna borrow the glass one, let me know! It will give u the idea! Also-I have the shoes!

  12. Melissa W. says:

    Email me if u still need soccer shoes.

  13. Meredith says:

    Good luck with the house!!!
    That Joan quote is a personal fav šŸ™‚

  14. Frances is so stinkin' cute!! And don't you love being a homeowner?! There is always something to fix…I love those pendants. The milk glass will have a more subtle light vs. the clear which will be a lot brighter. So just depending on what you are looking for in the space…

  15. Poppy says:

    I love the zac efron pic…. swoon

  16. Well we already have fall weather! I wish I were joking but it's 50 here today and I have on a leather jacket and I'm freezing.

    I LOVE Halloween. I know some people hate it though. šŸ™‚

    I like the clear pendants the best.

  17. Wow, you sure packed a lot into that post and after every single thing I was like, "Yup.Totally agree." or "OMG! I want that, too!" Haha! I also bought my daughter's Halloween costume. These past few years she has waited until the last minute and then picked things that were complicated or super expensive so when the Chasing Fireflies book came and she saw a costume she liked that was I jumped at the opportunity to check it off my list. Your daughter looks so cute in the strawberry outfit!

  18. That will make the biggest difference Nat!!!! Your house will feel double the size!!!

  19. Charity says:

    Love the star pumpkins! I went to Hobby Lobby and they have something called Funkins that are carvable and 40% off now. Could easily copycat those PB Kids ones.

  20. Christina says:

    The 40% off code doesn't work for that BR Coat. Must be excluded. =(

  21. %100 get the clear pendant. I have been there done that and if you have a small space- go clear. šŸ™‚

  22. Julia says:

    Go with the clear lamps – so chic!

    Tartan & Sequins

  23. A Manolescu says:

    Yes, definitely the cutest strawberry ever! I vote for the opaque glass ones, the clear aren't bad, just kind of…office-y? industrial? I guess it depends on your kitchen and what fits in best, ultimately.


  24. I love the pendants! I like the brass on the milk, but I kind of prefer the clear otherwise… Let's see the "before" šŸ™‚ I cannot wait to wear chunky knits. Those are perfection. And seriously? Frances Moon in that costume is the cutest thing I've ever seen!!!

  25. Ashley says:

    I have the clear west elm pendants in our kitchen above our island. Love them!

  26. I personally love the frosted ones! FM is so darling in that costume! And Zac Efron, I agree he is so yummy!

  27. Yes, she is the cutest strawberry – what a great photo!!

  28. Junkshow says:

    Sweet Frances was made for that strawberry costume. What a doll!