stool crazy

February 2, 2016

Hi everyone - so I'm still on the hunt for my perfect barstools and I came across these two affordable options today . . . what do you think?

Swivel stool (here) $130/each

And this simple one comes in great color choices with gold! (here)  $140/each.  There is also a white with gold but the photo didn't show good.

Major Steals

January 7, 2016

Super excited - The Outnet is doing an EXTRA 40% of all their outerwear and boots right now (here) and I just ordered this gorgeous faux-leather & twill trench coat for $65 (reg. $250). . . O M G I am so excited to get it!

I have loved Alexander Wangs Prisma tote for a while now but at $800 I just couldn't pull the trigger because truthfully I'd rather have stuff for the house right now.  But I just ordered this little beauty (very gently pre-loved) for 1/4 the price!!! And I love the tan color for spring/summer; I have too many black bags and was in need of a neutral . . . it also doesn't hurt that the hardware is rose gold!!!! 

Kate Bosworth rocking the Prisma Tote in tan 


Happy New Year

January 6, 2016

Well HELLO 2016!!  I feel like I am finally coming up for some air.  The holidays are so wonderful and magical but boy do I feel like we have been planning, entertaining, and decorating since Halloween!!!  There is just no time to relax and lay low between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!  It's just go, go, go, try to be present and enjoy, go, go, go, breath, go, go, go . . . 

So phew . . . I am thankful to be back to an un-decorated, simplified home with my white candles, white flowers and minimal stuff on the credenza, mantles, and console tables.  To be back at work and the girls at school where we all have a routine and schedule!!! 

It's always this time of year where we make resolutions and goals and usually I always have "get in shape, lose weight, tone or diet" on the top of the list but this year I am actually less concerned with that.  Part and parcel because I have been following an eating plan and exercise plan for the past 2yrs that works for me and that I love (Piyo) and I feel like my body is the strongest it's been and I am just enjoying the journey.  P.S. If you haven't tried Piyo, you need to find a LIVE class and go to it - you will become addicted! 

So this year when I thought about resolutions/goals I spooked and decided not to have any!! Why did I spook you might ask? Well because my "real" list was too "real" . . . it was too introspective, too "work on myself", too hard . . . but then I decided I just needed to put it all down on paper and WORK ON IT.  I don't need to fix it, solve it, or have it all figured out and perfect . . . no, I just need to put it down on paper and actively start to work on it.  So here goes; not sure any of it will make sense but . . . 

Determine my honest strengths/weaknesses
then figure out my passion(s)
then create/build/invent a career/life around that passion
commit to this endeavor 

Figure out my sanity/patience levels 
see a doctor if I need help regulating hormones
practice daily meditation/yoga to help with patience
be "present" in each aspect of my life 

Stand up for myself in a constructive way
dedicate some time and space (in our home) for "ME"

There I said it, I put it our there and now it's a tangible thing for me to work on.  Not just something that swirls around in my head and then I put on the back-burner.  I have more to do with this beautiful life I was given I just haven't found my calling.  A business entrepreneur once said in a podcast that I watched "ask the people closest to you and around you what they believe you are good at? your weaknesses? So for those that know me what do you think my strengths/weaknesses are? What do I seem passionate about? 

My Santa List

December 4, 2015

Each year my Santa list fluctuates between more fashion/beauty wishes and more decor/home-goods wishes . . . this year my lists is more on the decor/home side!

I'm thinking barstools, chandeliers & pendant lights oh my!

Barstools . . . 

West Elm (here

CB2 here . . . 


Room & Board (here)
Wisteria (here)

Chandelier . . . I'm in love with this new one - here (I need two for our living room!!)

And pendant lights (I need three for our entry) . . . (here)

and here

And from Ballard Designs (here)


A Gorgeous Home

November 27, 2015

The home of Olivia Babarczy, an Australian-based designer, was featured here on the Grace Tales the other day; her newly-renovated Spanish-style home is stunning! I am in love with the airy-openness of it all.  

I love the arches and the metal-framed windows and doors!  And that dining table . . . so wonderful for big family dinners.  What do you think?

Oufit Inspiration

November 25, 2015

We are hosting Thanksgiving again this year and it is supposed to be in the 60's here during the day and 40's at night; which is cold considering we have had many days this November in the high 80/90's!!!  

I am excited to be able to wear something semi-cozy! I am leaning towards this type of a look . . . faux leather leggings, boots or heels and a cozy sweater

Clearly Olivia Palermo has this look nailed!

A few new Christmas Traditions

November 19, 2015

We have been doing "Elf on the Shelf" (our elf in Maxx) since Emerson was 3yrs old and we love it . . . we don't get terribly crazy with it (just look up on Pinterest "Elf on the shelf!!) but it is something fun to wake up and get excited about with the girls leading up to Christmas day (buy here).

This year I am starting this tradition and I am so excited about it! You wrap up twenty-five children's books (they don't have to be new books). Put them under the Christmas tree with a special blanket next to them. Before bed each evening, let your child choose one book to open and read together...until Christmas!!!! How wonderful is this! You get to make memories, start a tradition and build you child's imagination, mind, and library!!! I want to do it as a family as many nights a week as we can!  I already ordered my first 8 books from Amazon to get us started

Lastly we normally just get the good old-fashioned cardboard advent calendars with the chocolates in it because it makes me think of my Christmas' in Scotland; that is what we had!  But this year, in addition to that, I bought this gift-box advent tree from the Target Threshold line, (here) their holiday stuff is amazing, so that I can personalize it with little crafts, a daily message or "kind thing to do" and make it our new tradition.

Oh and because they are too cute not to share, I got new stockings made for the girls this year because the old ones were not good quality and Harper's was not even personalized (ahem can we say 2nd child) . . . so I got these and the girls love them (they are so pillowy-soft!) (buy here)

What are some of your Holiday traditions!