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Monday, August 3, 2015

our new house - house #6

Hey friends!  Sorry for the radio silence!  The past few weeks have been crazy busy.  We finally moved into our new home here in Charleston, SC (house number six).  (Yes, we sold our fifth house  - read all about it here.)  Unfortunately our stuff (as in our beds!) hasn't arrived yet.  The movers say they should be here today or fingers crossed they deliver soon!  I'm kind of over sleeping on an air mattress.  #firstworldproblems  At least we now have wifi.  :)  

Today I thought I'd give you a peek at the new digs exterior.  I had planned to do a full empty house tour for the blog, but my camera battery died and my charger is packed.........and I've yet to find a store that sells a battery charger for my camera.  Which is weird right?   It's funny how you start out with an organized game plan and inevitably something unexpected throws you completely off your game.  Oh well, that's what iPhones are for right?  ;)   

I'm still pinching myself that this dream of one day living in Charleston has actually become a reality!  SO even with all the bumps we've encountered along the road I'm completely over the moon about our sixth house! 

charleston green

I fell in love with the double front porch right from the start, and then the backyard (which I can't wait to show you! - I gave a sneak peek over on instagram) and the layout of the house sealed the deal for me.  I wasn't initially crazy about the green color.  There's a lot of green going on out front, but I'm thinking of painting the front door........or maybe even painting the house.........I don't know......still undecided.  But I'm super excited to start the design process!  I've got all kinds of ideas swirling around in my head, and I've already been to Lowe's and Sherwin Williams a couple of times.  :)  The plan is to get the kiddos rooms done first, and if you follow me on instagram you know I've already painted my boy's room.  I can't wait to share more with you all!   It feels good to be back to blogging (and doing house projects!) after such a long time away!  I've missed you all! 

I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by.  Today I'm off to get my kids registered at their new schools.  How can it already be that time of year again?!  Hope you have a fantastic Monday!  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

saturday style mix - black, white & tassels

Happy Saturday friends!  Today's style mix is all about that black and white.  Without a doubt my favorite combo of all time is black and white with gold accessories...........both in interiors and fashion.  It's just a classic combination that is always in style.  I love the way black and white looks so effortlessly chic, even when you're sporting a basic tee and summer skirt. 

black, white and tassels

While I definitely love me a classic white tee, I'm equally crazy for a well fitted basic black.  I'm not a huge brand specific girl, but these tees are my absolute favorites (perfect fit and they wash/wear great)!

I've been bananas for tassels as of late and basically had to have this fun tassel skirt (which is currently 40% off with code SUMMERSALE and also comes in a dark grey, though I'm partial to the white)!

white embroidered skirt with tassels

These heart sunnies have been a summer staple for me over the past couple of years.  I think they're super fun with a casual vibe.  Just as with interiors it's fun to add a bit of the unexpected.

heart shaped sunnies
This necklace was a gift, but I LOVE this one and this one for a similar look. 

Sarah and I had a blast shooting at Keeneland last Saturday evening.  It was the perfect end to my last day as a Lexington resident.

casual summer outfit  - black & white with gold accessories
tee, skirt, tote, sandals, necklace (similar), watch, bracelet cuff (similar), sunnies

Standing between numbers 5 and 6 just seems like the perfect metaphor for my life right now as that's exactly where I am at the between house number 5 and house number 6.  Who knows maybe there will be a 7 and an 8 down the line.  ;)

casual summer outfit  - black & white with gold accessories

This straw tote has been in heavy rotation all summer long (and it's currently on sale!).  I love the big bold stripes and the leather tassel embellishment, plus it's large enough to hold my wallet, my sunglasses, my make-up bag and my current reading book!

casual summer outfit  - black & white with gold accessories

I just don't think I'll ever tire of a good black and white mix.  I love that while this skirt definitely reads "summer" it could easily transition to fall with a denim jacket or a military vest, these booties and this fringed cross body bag.  

black tee & white tassel skirt with gold accessories

Friday, July 24, 2015

our bh&g refresh magazine article

Since the new issue of Better Homes and Gardens Refresh Magazine just hit stands, I figured it would be okay to share our entire article from the Summer issue with you all here on the blog.  It still blows my mind that our fifth house was featured in a magazine!  Hands down this was one of the biggest pinch me moments I've experienced since starting this little blog.   It was an amazing experience getting to see what goes on behind the scenes of a magazine shoot from seeing a professional stylist work her magic to marveling at the photography equipment, and what was even more special was reading the article Sarah Egge wrote as she truly captured the essence of what this blog is all about.  This isn't a blog about "how to decorate"; I don't claim to be expert.  This blog is about inspiring you to find your style.....your own inner style freak flag......and encouraging you to fly it as high as possible.  All in all it was such a joy to see it in glossy print, and without a doubt it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for all of you amazing, encouraging readers!  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for coming along the journey........for the comments, the emails......each word you've shared with me over the years has been treasured......and I very much appreciate your kindness and your encouragement!  

Since as you know we recently sold our fifth house and will be starting a new house adventure (house number 6) in Charleston, SC in a few short days, sharing this article here feels even more special.  It's the perfect end to an amazing five year journey.  And I look forward to the beginning of a new one!  

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article
Guess I shouldn't have made any promises.  ;) 

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

our fifth house - better homes & gardens refresh magazine article

And now, on to new house adventures!  

Cheers to the weekend friends! 
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