Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brighten Up with Chairish

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1. Vintage Yellow Tufted Sofa / 2. 1970s Modern Octagonal Brass Mirror / 3. Mid-Century White Vinyl Footstool / 4. Mid-Century Modern Armless Settee / 5. Hunter Green Abrash floral Turkish Rug / 6. Lucite Coffee Table / 7. Ralph Lauren Cape Lodge Rattan Side Table / 8. 1970s Matisse Needlepoint - La Danseuse Creole / 9. Rattan Asymmetrical Magazine Stand / 10. Staffordshire-Style Dog Bookends / 11. Large Brass Mid-Century Peacock Figurine / 12. Vintage Turquoise Ceramic Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp / 13. 1950s Faux Bamboo Bar Cart / 14. Mid-Century Campaign End Tables

A few weeks ago, I was asked by the team at Chairish to create a style board using pieces from their amazing site. Their site, if you're not familiar with it, is an online marketplace for vintage and used furniture. And trust me when I say, they have a great selection of vintage and used furniture. I could spend hours on their site just perusing their fabulous items. As you can imagine, it didn't take me long to find a ton of items to use in my style board. In fact, I used that gorgeously green over dyed rug as my starting point to create this colorful living room and found coordinating pieces to go with it pretty easily. They've got a fantastic collection of rugs, so I suggest you check it out!

I have always wanted a velvet sofa and to find it in a cheery canary yellow, well it was just perfect for this alternate dream living room of mine. I tried to keep the other main pieces somewhat neutral, but after finding that armless settee, it was game over. Had to add that baby in too. This style board has got a little bit Palm Beach, a little Mid-Century Modern, and just a touch of the '70s. Pretty much my dream combo. But if you're more traditional, or French, or whatever other style that floats your boat, I can guarantee that Chairish has something for you.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Recap // Georgetown Girls Day and Piperlime Sale

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TGIF! It feels like I've been constantly sick this winter or dealing with sickness somehow, so you can bet that I am doubly happy that it's Friday and that I am on the mend from the flu that I got earlier this week. Yes, I somehow caught the flu that's been plaguing the country this winter even after all of my attempts at antibacterializing everything in sight. Thankfully, Steve has been amazing and has kept me resting in bed while he tends to Cora and the rest of the house so that I can make a full recovery as quickly as possible. So far so good! I feel like a completely different person than how I felt on Monday night and it's all thanks to him and Tamiflu. That stuff really works!

I've been contagion-free (or is it contagious-free?) since 10pm last night and it feels so good to be able to give my little Cora hugs and kisses. I was pretty much quarantined from her and Steve so that neither of them get sick. Goodness knows how awful it is to see your child sick with a cold, but I can't even imagine seeing them sick with the flu. So Steve and I made sure she stayed far away from me as possible while I get back on the mend.

Anywho, enough of this flu business. It's not good for anyone's health. Before I got sick, I had the best weekend! It was a weekend full of great food (we kicked it off at Vin 909 on Friday night, and ended it with cupcakes from Baked and Wired, total yum!), fabulous shopping (Georgetown, anyone?), and some much needed girl time with my bff. Here are a few snaps of our Georgetown girls day of shopping and eating.

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Such a tailored yet fun office space at the new Kate Spade store. Well, not really new but we hadn't been in it since they opened in August and we love the new space. It's so much more spacious and it's decor is spot on.

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After all of that shopping, we kind of needed to refuel with some Baked and Wired cupcakes.

And speaking of shopping, Piperlime is having an amazing 30% off sale right now on their shoes, handbags, and accessories using code HITREFRESH til the end of today. You better believe I took advantage of this and snagged the Travi booties. And since this sale doesn't end til tonight, I still have some time to do more damage to my bank account...

My Picks from the Piperlime Sale

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recipes and Meal Planning

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Just baked these yummy from scratch Blueberry Muffins this morning and boy are they tasty!

Morning loves! As promised on Instagram, I'm sharing the recipe for the Easy One Pot Lasagna I made last night (see photo below). I've been trying to meal plan our dinners as much as possible and this week is the first week where I have a meal (with ingredients) all ready to go for each day. Well, with the exception of this evening since we'll be dining at Steve's mom's house for dinner (yay for a break!).

So far, I've made Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (go easy on the herbs if you've got a sensitive palate like me, no thanks to being pregnant), and I plan on making this Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder tomorrow night. I cheated with the Pot Roast I made the other day using a sauce pouch. Lesson learned from that is to make Pot Roast the old fashioned way and just make it from scratch. Even though the sauce pouch was from The Fresh Market, which I think is a great grocery store, it just didn't cut it for us.

Because my taste buds have been uber sensitive during this pregnancy so far, I've had to really watch what I eat. Heartburn and acid reflux have been my #1 enemy and so it forces me to choose wisely as to what I intake, or else I'll be paying for it later. Which is where all of this meal planning comes into play. It has helped me so much knowing that what I'll be eating won't cause me pain, and it takes the stress out of figuring out what we're having for dinner. Because we all know when 4/5pm rolls around, we're all too tired/hungry/cranky to figure out what to make for dinner. I'm constantly pinning recipes for meal planning, so follow along if you want some inspiration!

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Most tomato-based pasta dishes do cause me some level of heartburn, but I just couldn't resist this Easy One Pot Lasagna. And I am so glad I caved for it! My only comment about it is that the next time I make it, I'll be lessening the amount of ricotta cheese that you dollop on top. I know, sacrilege! But the amount in the recipe was just a tad too much for me and the hubby's liking.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wish List // Until Spring

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Falabella Embellished Crossbody Bag / Carlisa Coat / Anoushka Cat Eye Sunglasses / Massive Glasses Pattern Shirt / Raygan Flats / Northern Star Open Star Ring / Report Travi Booties / Mini Chain Tassel Bracelet / Opal Snake Chain Drops

Who else is wishing for warmer weather like right now? I always feel this way every.single.year. I start dreaming of having a place in some tropical locale, at least just the winter months on the east coast so we can escape for the three months that it's freezing here. But enough about the cold weather, let's get on with the fun pieces I've rounded up until Spring gets here. We've got a whiles to go, so that's why I've got that gorgeous Carlisa coat up there. Along with those perfectly wearable Report Travi booties. Anyone want to get both for me? Pretty pleeeaasse. I could really use both right about now.

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