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Thoughts For Friday

Mar 9, 2012

First of all, thank you so much for all the feedback and kind words yesterday. You ladies made me feel so loved and made my day! I am so happy so many of you enjoy reading my blog everyday!! I am getting ready to work on some more day to day posts and my question and answer post so stay tuned! I am glad you like what I putting out there, makes me so happy!

This week Matt and I ate lunch at a place called the Tattooed Moose. We saw it on Diners, Drive-in and Dives (told you we love that show) and knew we had to go. It is a little off the beaten path downtown on Morrison but worth the drive. The food was amazing. They have a great beer selection as well which we plan to go back on the weekend and enjoy. I had the Duck Confit Club which they touted as their favorite sandwich on the show. It did not disappoint it was mouth watering good. Filled with fresh duck, bacon, cheddar cheese and garlic aoli. They also cook their fries in duck fat (yep, I am serious and they are divine). Locals go here soon. For real I am still dreaming out our food.

Anybody catch GCB on Sunday night? I recorded it and watched it this week and loved it. New favorite Sunday night show. I love Lesile Bibb and Kristen Chenowenth. I think the cast is hilarious. Totally cheesy but I love it.

I really want this DVF dress. I found it on sale on Shopbop for 30 percent off but I wish it was more like 50% off. Somebody let me know if you see it for less than $200!

I headed home this week to visit my rents. I have been in a funk and sometimes getting out of town is just the thing I need to clear my head and cheer up. Totally worked, feeling so refreshed after some quality time with my mom! We hit up Marshalls while I was home and found some great stuff. My mom got these gorgeous Prada shoes (they didn’t have my size- boo).

and I found these Paige brown skinny jeans and the perfect white Michael Stars Tank. I have a feeling a will be wearing both of these staples often! Oh, how I love Marshalls, you gotta dig thru some junk but you can find some great deals!

Two things I tried on and didn’t pick up, for you Charlotte Readers- a stripped French Connection Dress and white silk Vince Blouse. Great buys. Somebody go buy them!

I am obsessed with the band The Head and The Heart. Look them up on ITunes and buy some songs, I promise you will love them!

Drank some delicious wine this week, Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel. For real this is one of the best reds I have had in a long time and I am not even a huge Zinfandel fan (although side note this is actually a Meritage) but this wine is excellent. A little out of my price range for nightly drinking at $30 a bottle but when I am at my parents I love to drink it up. Perfect for a special night!

And I got my first real pedicure since last summer! It is so hard to ever find time to get my nails done with a little one. I went with OPI You’re a Pisa Work. The perfect transition color between Spring and Summer.

Have a great weekend friends! Thank you again for all the sweet words about my blog you know how to make a lady feel loved!! xoxo



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  1. Love your week and your finds! As always, you are the most adorable! Hope you enjoyed your week.

  2. Melissa says:

    What Marshall's do you go to? The one at Cotswold? I rarely find great stuff at the one at Metropolitan. I hope you have a fab weekend in Charlotte!

  3. Alicia xoxxo says:

    That sandwich looks divine! Yummy!!!
    I watched GCB too and loved it!!! Huge Kristen Chenoweth fan!
    I saw that DVF dress on the site a couple weeks ago and actually thought of you! I knew you would love it!!! Happy Friday Natalie!

  4. Yes, please tell us which Charlotte Marshalls you are finding those brands in…I meant to also comment on your other post about your blog…please give us a post about your favorite Charlotte and Charleston shopping haunts! I live in a Charlotte burb & also visit Charleston quite a bit, and some shopping spots beyond the obvious would be great!

  5. Prada at Marshalls?!?! WTH! I live in the wrong city. šŸ™

  6. Britton says:

    I love the paige skinnies and MS tank!! You got some great finds!! I wish I had Marshall's closer to where I live!!

  7. Such great Marhsalls finds! And I am seriously obsessed with DDD too! Its on sooo often! I love it

  8. megan says:

    You always find such great stuff at that Marshall's when you go home! Cameron and I definitely need to check out the Tattooed Moose! That sandwich sounds amazing! Have a great weekend!

  9. Pris says:

    That DVF dress is TDF! Great Marshalls finds, too! It's a great day when you find gems at Marshalls! Have a great weekend!

  10. Carly says:

    That duck club is incredible! I had it for the first time about a month ago and dream of it often. Might have to make a trip back to Tattooed Moose tonight…

  11. Jen Watts says:

    Meant to comment yesterday! Love your blog and love that its not defined into a few topics. I think your recipes and fashion sense are equally great! šŸ™‚ You also reside in my favorite city so I like the glimpse into your personal life also.

    Look at you rockin those skinny jeans!!

  12. lcason says:

    To piggyback on other comments-which Marshall's do you go to in CLT? You have the best luck finding some pretty little gems.

  13. I can never find anything good at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, or maybe I just lose patience sorting through all the junk! Great finds! That striped dress looked so cute on you too! DVR'd GCB and looking forward to watching it tonight! Have a great weekend!

  14. Hannah says:

    We really are sisters at heart. I would love to eat what you guys at the other night. Looks amazing! I saw that striped dress the other day and debated trying it on, then decided not to. Stupid decision. My sister is having a friend visit her this weekend just so the two of them can see The Head and The Heart! Thanks for the note back about the juicer. That is the one I have decided to get, just haven't gotten around to going to BBB this week. Have a great weekend!

  15. I'm thinking about doing the gettin' outta town thing, too! It really does help to switch up the routine every once in a while! But that doesn't count for blogs…I adore yours and hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! (c: Have a great weekend, Natalie girl!

  16. I must try the tatooted moosed. My hubby has been obsessed with duck recently. Love your buys, shopping in Charlotte is the best!

  17. Ooo love your pedi and your Haviannas! So ready for the warmer weather!

  18. LOVE the White Vince top – have to have it! that Marshall's is seriously the best, I was just talking to my GF about it the other day! French Connection must be popping up at Marshall's as another blogger gal found a great blazer by FC. Have a good weekend!

  19. how how on Earth do you come out with such great finds at Marshalls? I can never find anything! so jealous!

  20. I drank the Dry Creek SB last weekend and it was so good. I will have to try the Zin!

    I love Marshalls too. Unfortunately the one in Chicago is so picked over. I have the best luck when I'm in Phoenix, AZ and go to that one!

  21. You def. need the DVF dress. I got a very similar one last year and wore it to death.

  22. Andrea says:

    I haven't been to Marshalls in so long. I need to check mine out again! Hope you had a good week at home! I think it always seems to help when you need to get away!


  23. Alright, I need to check out Tattooed Moose. Maybe this weekend. So glad you had a great time in Charlotte. Love your new pants!

  24. I loved GCB, too. Leslie Bibb is insanely gorgeous. Have a great weekend!

  25. I am loving those jeans! I always love reading about your finds! Great style!

  26. I NEVER go to Marshalls even though there's one right down my street- I can't stand the clutter and lack of organization. But after seeing what you and your mom snagged I might have to venture in again! šŸ™‚

  27. Marshall's is the best, well sort of (I hate digging but I love finding!) I tried that same dress in navy at Marshall's but it was size 10, really considered getting it, but it was just too big šŸ™

  28. Hi just found your blog via Ten June – LOVE IT! New follower here!

  29. Taylor says:

    I absolutely loved GCB!!! So great – can't wait to see tonights episode!!! great marshalls finds too!!! xo

  30. I love that white blouse – it is so pretty on you! Cute pedicure too – yay for Spring!

  31. Bud and Leo says:

    love that nail color! and I have heard a lot about GCB – I need to dvr it!