Friday, June 19, 2015

Home Updates // A New Dresser and Re-decorating the Entryway

And this is why I love Craigslist. At $80, this is probably one of the best Craigslist finds of mine.

TGIF! We've been making some slow progress around here with updating the house before Baby #2 arrives. Like I mentioned a few days ago, we picked up an Art Deco dresser through Craigslist and I am absolutely in love with it. I knew the minute I saw it, it was the one for Cora's big girl room. It needs a new coat of paint but other than that, it's perfect and I can't wait to fill it up with her clothes and style it in her room. Fingers crossed we'll have it in her room by the end of this weekend.

Another space that's been in need of a refresh is our entryway. Because we're an interior town home, there is no natural light source in our entryway. It drives me crazy to no end, but what can you do? I really loved the pieces we had in there (the black Nate Berkus lamps, upholstered console table, and the stools), but it just made the space too dark. Plus, I wasn't really into the wall color but we left that alone since originally the entryway was one big room along with my husband's office space. A little over a year ago, we had a wall and french doors put in so that he would have his own office space, but didn't repaint either rooms. Now, we're both itching to repaint both spaces and figure now is a good a time as any. Scroll down to see a 'Before' shot of what was in there and to see what it looks like now. We just need to repaint the space and put the rug down as soon as it gets here. But so far we are loving the functionality and aesthetic of the room.

The details on this dresser completely sold me. I've never seen anything like it before.

There are hidden casters underneath!

A 'Before' of the entryway.

It's getting lighter and brighter which is our end goal. Now we just gotta paint!

We're also thinking of getting a new front door that has windows at the top so that we get some natural light down there. We just need to run it by the HOA and get it approved. Wish us luck!

Another piece we added to the space is this storage bench. We don't wear shoes in the house just to make it easier to keep clean but what ends up happening is the shoes just pile up right by the front door and it drives us crazy to see the clutter. The hubby figured that we could house the shoes underneath and inside the storage bench and so far it's worked out great. I'll be adding some pillows on top, just need to find the right ones.


Just waiting on this beauty to add to the entryway. Since we're keeping everything either white or a very pale gray, we're thinking the pop of pink on the floor will be the perfect amount of color needed in the entryway.

Wish us luck with updating these spaces! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Style // LBD for Date Night

Old Navy Maternity Dress (similar) / Dolce Vita Ocana Sandals / Shop Proper Hunt vintage clutch (similar) / Vintage Gold Cuff / old Anthropologie earrings (similar here & here) / Prada Cat Eye Sunglasses / Julie Vos Versailles Stacking Bangle / Shop Proper Hunt Interlocking Circles Ring

Guys, can you believe I'm already at 38 weeks?? Sometimes I can't believe it and yet I can. It's felt like a really long pregnancy for me but now that we're in the home stretch, I'm starting to feel like I've got a gazillion things to do with so little time. We just picked up a Craigslist find last night and need to repaint it before the baby gets here! And we decided last weekend that we are going to redecorate our entryway, including repainting it! Are we nuts or what? I'm actually headed to the paint store this afternoon to get the paint we need for the entryway. The sooner we get it done, the better I will feel about Baby #2's arrival.

With the countdown to my due date, the hubby and I have been trying to squeeze in as much time as possible. It's been a bit difficult since we've both been so busy, but we've been able to have our usual lunch dates and happy hour dates these past couple of weeks. What we haven't done in a while is go on a date night. With my belly getting bigger and bigger, the evenings have been a little harder for me since that's when I'm ready to just lounge on the couch and relax. This past weekend, Cora went to my parents' house for a sleepover so Steve and I could get her big girl room ready. We were planning on going out for dinner afterwards, but in the end it just didn't happen. We were both exhausted after cleaning out and reorganizing Cora's new room that the thought of getting all gussied up and going out was just too much. All we wanted to do was have Indian takeout and onDemand a movie, and that's exactly what we did. BUT, if we had gone out, this LBD along with those Dolce Vita Ocana Sandals would definitely have been my #ootn for our date.

I'm seriously obsessed with these sandals! They're surprisingly comfortable (coming from this preggo lady, you gotta believe me!) and ridiculously affordable at $50! And to have added that Vintage Gold Cuff to my shop was one of the hardest things ever because I really want to keep it for myself.







This Vintage Gold Cuff is in the shop now! Get it while you can!


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wish List // The Warm Tones of Summer

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Sometimes when Cora's napping, I'll find myself dozing on the couch, but right before I do I'm usually surfing the web. Whenever I do this, I almost always find something new that I like/want/need, surprise surprise. And usually there is a theme to the items that I'm wishing for. This time around, I've clearly leaned towards a certain color palette, eh? The warm tones of Summer (with the exception of the white top and black sunglasses) are what I'm craving right now. Nothing like wearing warm tones against tan skin to really look like a golden goddess, right? And aren't we all wanting to be golden goddesses during Summer? I know I am...

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekend Recap // False Alarms, Artwork, Day Dates, & the Shop

The newest piece of art for the dining room. Well, really the only piece of artwork in the dining room. Found it for a steal at Homegoods, framed and all, for $50!

What a weekend! Mine started out on Friday with a happy hour date with the hubby. We ate a ton of food and enjoyed dining al fresco before picking up Cora from daycare. It's usually what we do on Fridays when Steve isn't too busy with work. We wanted to get some alone time in because he was heading to Boston on a night train that evening. Then around 2:30am, I woke up to use the bathroom (gotta love the AM bathroom breaks) and started having some painful contractions. I wasn't 100% sure if I was in labor or about to be in labor, but I started panicking because Steve wasn't there and I felt like we were unprepared if this baby girl came this weekend. I mean, I hadn't even packed a hospital bag (not a big deal but still, I like to check things off the list) or washed her new clothes, or just really gotten anything done for her arrival.

Anywho, my mother-in-law came over to keep me company (and calm I might add), I called the OB, and we just waited to see if things would progress. Luckily, it was a false alarm, and despite the fact that I really want to meet my baby girl, I am so glad she did not arrive this past weekend. If anything, this false alarm scare really got me (and Steve) motivated to get some things ready for her ASAP. You're probably wondering, what about those painful contractions? What were those about? Well, I'm embarrassed to say that it was all indigestion due to what I ate at my happy hour date with the hubby. He was feeling it too but in the form of heart burn. But I pinky promise that it really felt like contractions and they were coming in regular intervals too! So confusing but I think I'll have a better handle of it if/when I go into active labor. I hope!

The rest of the weekend was spent chilling with Cora and doing a few things around the house. I did wash baby #2's clothes so they're all ready to go now! We also went on a little shopping date yesterday. I had seen some really cute clothes from H&M for Cora and baby #2, plus I wanted to check out some of their kimono jackets for me, hehe. Cora was being such a good shopper that I figured a cookie break was in order. Truth be told, I really wanted an M&M cookie and aren't the weekends all about indulging?

I'll stop talking now and you can check out a few snaps from the weekend below! You'll definitely want to scroll down because I'm showing two of the newest pieces of Shop Proper Hunt. How was everyone else's weekend?

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With my due date fast approaching, the hubby and I have been trying to go on as many day dates as possible. Night dates have become a bit more difficult since that's when I'm most uncomfortable from the weight of my belly. One of our favorite spots is Vin 909 in Eastport. This warm mozzarella salad was the bomb diggity.

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This stunning gold tone cuff bracelet is one of the newest pieces added to Shop Proper Hunt.

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Another new piece to the shop is this statement-making green cabochon necklace. I'm obsessed with it and it really elevates whatever you're wearing.

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Steve was gone this weekend for a conference in Boston so it was just me and this cutie pie. We had a mother-daughter date of shopping and eating cookies yesterday. I'm trying to get my fill of alone time with her before her baby sister arrives.

Sometimes when I browse the explore section of Instagram, I discover new products or images that really inspire me and this was one of them. I fell in love with this piece of artwork by Kayce Hughes. I'm trying to convince Steve that we need this piece in our house. What do you guys think?

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