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Thoughts For Friday

Aug 26, 2016

Happy Friday Friends!  We survived week two back to school and are finally getting back into a good schedule/routine.  Sterling has his first spelling test today,  I can’t believe all this is starting in first grade.  I helped him study last night and I think he is gonna do great- thank goodness he is a better speller than me:)

Wednesday I went out to dinner with a few of my best girlfriends to celebrate the first week of school.  We tried out Little Jack’s Tavern.  I had heard rave reviews so I was excited to try it out and it did not disappoint.  Between the 4 of us we had the Chopped Salad, Artichoke Gratin, Roasted Veggie Salad, Tavern Burger and Crudites with Avocado Mouse.  The Crudites were so simple but so amazing.  They were drizzled with olive oil and thick sea salt.  Dipped in the avocado sauce it was the perfect combo.  I can’t wait to try and make this at home.

I wore my new Mara Dress.  I just love the pastel colors.  I am wearing a size small it runs TTS.

Dress  also here in Turquoise | Purse | Sunglasses | Sandals

I love this picture of me and my friend Krystine.  We were clearly excited for a night out.

All of us ladies.

Two new favorite accesories for Fall.

Cross body (in  5 colors) | Necklace

I am so excited because I just heard Narcos is coming out with season 2.  We just finished up Bloodline so this is perfect timing! 

My friend Jess who writes the blog Bare Beauty Blog just had her eco friendly home featured on My Domaine.  She did a wonderful job with the space using sustainable materials yet still keeping the historic charm of the house.  Speaking of how gorgeous is Jess?  If you don’t follow her blog you should!  She has such great tips on clean beauty products and clean living.

I am currently working on Frances Moon’s big girl room.  She is so ready for her big girl bed and keeps asking me when she gets to sleep in it.  She has even been napping in Sterling’s bed while he is at school,  so I know she is ready!   I will be sad to take down her crib but I am happy because my sister in law is pregnant and she is going to use it!   I ordered a few things so far and this adorable unicorn lamp just arrived today.  

Unicorn Lamp (15% off right now)

Frances is unicorn obsessed these days.  My sister in law gave her this unicorn purse and I think it may be her favorite accessory yet!  

My favorite McGuire Jeans are now out in a new gray distressed wash that is amazing.   I love the fit of these jeans and this color is so fresh for Fall.

Newton Skinny

I just started this book and it has immediately sucked me in.  I read almost 100 pages last night.  Download it if you want to read something inspiring and moving.  Glennon’s  stories about motherhood, marriage and life in general are so funny and relatable. 

Have a fabulous weekend!  I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun Saturday shopping deals! 

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Thoughts For Friday

Jul 26, 2013

Thanks for all your input yesterday on the fabric, one was the clear winner but I have to be honest I still have not stopped thinking about option two, but at least it is narrowed down from 3 to 2 options!   May reconsider doing the chairs first too.

I am so honored to be a part of The EveryGirl’s Feature “Lesson’s in Motherhood.”  13 blogger moms are featured and we all share our advice on Motherhood!  It is a great read check it out HERE!  Seriously some amazing advice on what products are useful and not useful and some real honesty about the trials and triumphs of being a Mom.

I feel like lately my mind is going in a million directions, I can’t just focus on just one project.  In addition to the den I am already envisioning and planning out baby girl’s nursery.  I have at least narrowed down fabric selections for her nursery and that is half the battle.  You will have to wait and see how I use these- and not all of them made the cut.

I was totally sold on a light gray/purple nursery but after talking with my friend Katie I am now considering one pink option- Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground.  It is more of a fleshy light pink and I really dig that.  So the nursery will either be a pale purple/gray or Pink Ground.

This is Pink Ground in a Living Room, so subtle it really is gorgeous.

I plan to test out the paints next week and make a decision!

I am loving my Marc Jacobs Smash Dress.  The colors I ordered are sold out but it is available in this other color palette that I equally love for 50%, you can’t beat that for a Marc Jacobs Dress!

{Marc Jacobs Smash Dress}

I am thinking about snagging this Splendid Dress for the rest of my pregnancy and after.  I mean it is only $57.  It comes in 3 different colors, all are neutral and I love that because they can be worn anytime of the year!   Now that I have a full on bump I am into wearing tighter fitting dresses to show off my bump.  I love the idea of this not pregnant too with my Rag and Bone Booties or flats for casual wear.

{Splendid Tank Dress}

We have had an abundance of Zucchini lately, these are two recipes I can’t wait to try out:  Zucchini and Carrot Bars with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and Zucchini Chips.

I feel like there is nothing on TV to watch this Summer (two weeks til Breaking Bad starts back thank goodness).  I have however started watching Devious Maids on Lifetime and love it.  It is produced by Eva Longoria and pretty darn entertaining.  Kind of like a soap opera and juicy! Anything else on that I should be watching?

 Saturday is my handsome Hubby’s Birthday.   We have alot to celebrate this year as he just started his own law firm this month.  I am so incredibly proud of him and if you need an attorney please contact Matt!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

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  1. Congrats on his law firm! I'll keep him in mind if I or someone I know ever needs a lawyer. I love your pregnancy style. If and when I ever get pregnant I'm totally going to copy it. That Marc Jacobs dress is too cute and I can't believe the price!

  2. Marche' says:

    That's awesome about the law firm! I know how much hard work it can be šŸ™‚ I like that pink color for baby girl's walls! Blush is one of my faves to decorate with and wear! The fabrics could match either one too!

  3. Dina says:

    Wow congrats to you and your husband, that is so exciting! And I love the very pale pink option-girly without being overboard and a color you won't tire of. I forgot to comment yesterday but I vote for doing the chairs first too, in a nice neutral!

  4. Hickory says:

    Love your blog! Wanted to tell you about an upholstery man in the Charlotte area….my sister in Charleston took her couches to him and they are AMAZING! I am mailing him my slipcovers from MD to make me a new set in some fab fabric – $70 each. He is CRAZY cheap, however, the drawback is that he is booked till January. Word spreads fast….haha! Let me know if you are interested. hhall@dennissales.com
    Take care and congrats on your new little munchkin growing!

  5. caycee says:

    Love that pink room and that dress on you! Thanks for hooking me on damn show šŸ˜‰

    PS So proud of Matt!

  6. Congrats Matt! Thats amazing! And featured on the everygirl, big week for the Mason family!!!
    I really vote for option 2 on the ottoman, just commented on the post with why šŸ™‚ If you love it go for it!!

  7. Congrats to your hubby, so exciting! Can't wait to see what you do with the little nursery

  8. That's got to be the best pale pink paint color I've ever seen! I have a slight obsession with pale pink and gold for a baby girl's nursery… And congrats on the hubs law firm!

  9. megan says:

    Congrats to Matt on his own law firm! That's exciting! Loved your baby mama feature and it made me feel better that I am probably going to be atleast 31 before I have my first kid.

  10. Totally taking that artwork to heart. You look adorable in that dress. Congrats on Everygirl and congrats to Matt. Very exciting.

  11. Wow! You have a lot going on! The dress is awesome – it looks great on you! I'm sure the nursery will be stunning. And how awesome for your husband! What a huge step! If he ever needs a CPA firm for damage calculations/valuation work, Dixon Hughes Goodman is great (and my husband works there – although not the Charleston office).

  12. Meredith says:

    So much to celebrate it right! Congrats to Matt, what an amazing accomplishment. Have a great weekend and continue to rock that bump!

  13. I'm dying to use Pink Ground somewhere! Can't wait to see what you do! Congrats to your husband! My husband is in the same line of work. It's a great thing to be able to go out on your own!

  14. Lili says:

    great feature on the everygirl! & happy birthday to your man! congrats to him!

  15. Kris L. says:

    Congrats to your husband! Would you mind sharing the sources/manufacturers of the fabrics for your ottomans? LOVE the first two and think they would also be perfect for a project in my home. Thanks! -Kris

  16. Love the Everygirl article and your adorable pregnancy style. Looking forward to what you decide to do in your little girls nursery. Have fun with it! And congrats to your husband.

  17. I may totally copy that pink for my 4 yr old's big girl room. I wanted a subtle pink. Love it!

  18. Congrats on your Everyday Girl feature! Seriously loving all those fabrics, can't wait to see what you do for the nursery šŸ˜‰

  19. So honored to be a part of that group with you on the EG yesterday!! And congrats to Matt! I would have NEVER in a million years guess he was a accident and personal injury attorney! My dad started his own law firm {though his area is water} two years ago and it's been hugely successful for him. Very exciting!!

  20. Congrats to you on the feature and to Matt on the law firm!

    If you are still really loving fabric #2, why don't you use that one for pillows for your chairs that you want to recover in a solid? It is gorgeous fabric!

  21. Amy says:

    I'm loving the show Misstresses and the whole families likes American Ninja WArrior.

  22. Megan says:

    That Marc Jacobs dress would be so cute hemmed short too! Congrats to your hubs, exciting times for your family šŸ™‚

    http://hellonewlywedlife.blogspot.com/

  23. Congrats on your hubby's achievement! Very exciting. I am really liking Mistresses on ABC after the Bachelorette. It's a good summer filler.

  24. Aw I can't wait to go see your feature. And yay Matt!!

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    We also have lots of zucchini from our garden and the zucchini chips look delicious, I want to try those out as well.

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