Hi Friends! I’m Natalie Mason. I live in Charleston, SC and I am mom to Sterling 12 , Frances Moon 8 and our mini golden doodle Dolly.



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May 28, 2013


I tried on the shirt version of this over the weekend and loved it.  I almost bought it but decided I wanted to hold out for the dress version.  It is gorgeous.


I picked these up over the weekend at the Nordstrom sale.  They are 40% right now and such a steal.  I love them, they look cute with everything. I wore them all weekend!   My mom got the black version and they are equally as cute.  Mom paired hers with skinny jeans and I wore mine with a maxi dress very versatile.


In my search for a few cute pairs of maternity shorts, I found most are heinous.  What pregnant woman wants to wear knee length shorts??  So unflattering.  I wanted shorts that looked like regular shorts not maternity ones.  I am not a big Old Navy shopper but my sister raved about their skinny jeans so I figured I would give the shorts a shot.  They were $25 and worth every penny.  They look like expensive versions I tried on and so comfortable.  They do run on the small size so order up a size.


I finally bought some new perfume.  I swear I only buy new perfume every 3 years!  I debate forever like it is such a huge commitment.  This is the best perfume I have smelled in a long time.  It is floral and so fresh.  Obsessed with it.  Makes me happy everytime I spray it on!


Love the easy loose fit of this dress.  The pink color is amazing but the black is so classic.  Ending today you can get 20% your purchase with code TAKE20.


I have wanted these booties for 2 years now.  I have stalked them waiting for them to go on sale.  Rag and Bone shoes rarely go on sale.  I debated long and hard between the gray or black but my mom talked me into the gray- she ordered them too:)   It also sealed the deal that Gwyneth had the gray version as well.  It may seem weird to buy booties in the summer but that is the time to stock up for Fall while they are on sale.  The black version is onsale HERE– I really like them too.



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Aug 28, 2012


This dress reminds me a little of the popular Heidi Merrick Dress from last season that I never got my hands on.  Love the navy/pink combo.  Would be super versatile and it is less than the HM version.


Sterling’s Minnetonkas that we ordered for fall just came and I could not be more obsessed.   I mean how freaking cute are these for little boys?  They also have a cute girls selection and they are affordable compared to other kids shoes. I found mine here🙂


Thanks to my friend Katie I demolished half a bag of this yesterday while shopping at TJ.  She recommended I try it and I loved it (so did Sterling).  It is full of flavor and a great snack!

Best part is a bag is only $1.99.


Adore this tile.


We have really been working with Sterling trying to teach him to say his prayers at night before bed and before we eat.  Love this sweet simple prayer for before meals.

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Feb 28, 2012

I am so excited I won this beauty by Sarah Swanson over at Eileen’s blog this week. If you have not checked out Sarah’s Etsy site you must. All her abstract paintings are only $10. Such a steal for beautiful artwork. I love the idea of grouping several of these together on a wall to make a statement. I am going to order a few more now that I own one to hang over my desk. Hard part will be narrowing down which other ones I want!

Man do I love Phillip Lim. This dress is perfection in my book. The perfect color and fit. I need this baby for summer.

I would never think to pair these 3 colors together but I am digging it in a major way.

I was shocked when I saw these bathing suits were from Old Navy. Normally I never have luck at Old Navy but these swim suits are so cute and the prices are even better! A tript to Old Navy may be in my future!

I admit it, I am a true tequila lover. I know most of you are cringing picturing yourself taking a shot of rank cheap tequila and wanting to vomit right now. But trust me, if you buy good tequila you will love it too. This is the best tequila I have ever had, hands down. It is so smooth with no after taste or burn. I tried it first during a trip to NYC a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. Sadly, they don’t sell this tasty gem in North or South Carolina. My sister just traveled to PA last week for work and brought down a bottle this weekend that we enjoyed. Reminded me how good the stuff is. Good tequila is made to be served room temperature straight up and sipped slowly. If you ever come across this tequila I highly recommend you buy some, it is amazing.

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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!!