Friday, May 19, 2017


We made it to Friday guys and I'm excited to show you two of favorite things. High waist skinnies and off the shoulder tops.  As a mom of two, you will rarely find me this dressed up and put together. I am usually in some form of athleisure running around with the kids.  We actually went out dancing last week and I got to strut this outfit. Feels good to be in heels and not have to worry about the littles spilling food on my outfit. Right before stepping out of the door.  Never fails...

I am pretty petite so finding jeans that actually fit me and don't stretch two extra sizes is a major win. I love these skinnies because they're the right ankle length and inseam for a shorty like me.  Also, they don't stretch. Like, at all.  Some may find that uncomfortable, I think it's perfect (no-one like a saggy booty).  I love them so much, I got them in white too.

I'm in love with this off the shoulder top at an unbelievable price point.  It's a bodysuit too so you know it will never untuck, one of my major pet peeves. Check out these gorgeous earrings from Bauble Bar.  Put these on plus a red lip and you're ready to hit the town.

Top: From Nordstrom (only $35) but no longer available.  
This J Crew one is similar and comes in three colors (I want it)! 

Jeans: Top Shop 

Sunnies: Prada

Earrings:  Bauble Bar but not available,  these are just as good though.

Purse: Zara but longer available. I just got this one for Mother's Day in putty and I'm loving it.  Good for dressing up or down.

Shoes: Steve Madden

Hope you have a fantastic weekend and get out and dance!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Patio Update

Hi all.  Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by?  Since Kev's birthday party in April, feels like I blinked and May is almost over.  We did a lot of hustling before his party to have the patio looking half decent but haven't done much since.  I'm hoping June gives us some down time to get a few things done around the house.  I'm working on a house tour for you as well, along with a nice long list of the projects I have in mind.  Imagine how excited the hubby is about that?  I know he secretly wishes Pinterest would just go away and stop polluting my mind.  Keep dreamin' baby.  

Here's the patio in its current state, desperately begging for a paint job.  So far we've given it two coats of primer and two coats of paint.  It's crazy how much paint the wood soaked up.  I'm thinking it needs two more coats to look completed.  Another thing my husband is thrilled about {insert sarcasm font here}, 2 more coats.  

We prematurely installed two fans so our guests wouldn't melt during Kevin's party.  We'll have to take them down to finalize the painting but they were needed.  We had a hard time finding fans for this space because the roof is only about 7ft.  Not many white/modern/not-ridiculously-tacky fans come with the flush capability.  Amazon to the rescue.

You're probably wondering what that weird, rectangular planter looking thing is right?  Well unfortunately, we have the gas and electricity meter attached to this side of the house.  Hindsight, we could've moved the gas before we laid the cement, but too late.  So, my very creative father built a planter to cover the meters.  It can be removed if needed but for now, it covers those ugly things.  We will eventually paint it white as well and switch out the plants for different ones. Not really feeling the current red ones.

I really can't wait to wrap this up so we can get to the fun part - decorating.  I'm actually having a really hard time planning for this space.  One, it's an exterior space which is not my forte.  Two, I'm trying to be practical about the flooring choice but I am dying over all the tile options these days.  I know that if I choose a patterned colorful tile, I will likely get over it quickly.  I like to change things up and that type of flooring will just limit my options.  But guys, soooooo many beautiful choices every time I browse online and so on trend!  Here are some of my favorites, and I even had a hard time choosing just six.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm obsessed with black and white lately.  However, I don't feel like it would work for my space {or my home}.  If I do end up choosing one of these, it's definitely going to be in the blue family.  Another option, and back to that annoying practicality I mentioned, is to pick a neutral tile or polished concrete and spice it up with an outdoor rug. I was playing around with a few different ideas and came up with this mood board.  I think the dark gray color of the house with the blue tile and pops of yellow will look spectacular.

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Traditional vs. Trendy - oh the decisions I'm forced to make.  Which would you choose?