Friday
Oct182013

Equestrian Magazine & Me

I may have had a little feature in Equestrian magazine this month! Too much fun. You can see more here... I am page 54 & 56-57. They are also did a write up on equestrian vaulting. Have you heard of such a thing? I was blown away. Can't wait to show Ellie!!!

And here are some outtakes from the day...

 

A few sources that I could find/recall:

chambray shirt | jeans | red wedges | black pants {own multiple pairs} | Ellie Dress | KJ pants and top

 

* ALSO a huge thank you to Amy for the kind words. Love coming across a new to me blog!

Thursday
Oct172013

Room on a Budget

Working on a budget doesn't always have to look the part. I think you can get a rather chic look with big box stores if boutiques and high end shops are just not realistic for you. They rarely are for me. Oh, and of course I know this is still a good amount of money, but comparative to boutique shopping it's a steal! The key is to not get it all in one place. One of my favorite stops for accessories is Home Goods, TJ Maxx, etsy, and even the thrift store if I have the time. The plus on big store purchases is that they go on sale often and normally for a rather good discount. Patience would be key here for the best prices. I think this little mock up would make for a great base for any room. It can be livened up with accessories and a fun pillow or two. As for the bedding I would use the stripe side duvet and mix in solid white euros and an accent bolster or lumbar in a complimentary color. 

bed | bedding | rug | lamps | Art

Wednesday
Oct162013

Little Black Dress

My right shoulder blade area has been giving be quite the fit. I have been quite confused why, but then as I edit away on weddings I come to realize this is my camera support arm. Ha. Its also the arm that does most the editing and well that puts me hours/days in front of the computer for each wedding and we do  A LOT of weddings. Next year we are cutting back on weddings in a big way. We are hoping to average one a month for the sake of our family time. It is the Mr's second job after all. Don't get me wrong we LOVE weddings!!! We adore our couples and being part of their most special day, but I think cutting back will help us love them even more and for the kids to love us more. We are in a new season of life where ballet, horseback, and baseball keep us busy and we just don't want life to pass us by and miss these sweet moments with our family. We even had to pass by a wedding for next year that I was hoping we would be asked to do due to a ballet recital. We missed last years and I could not do that to Ellie again, or me really,  even if the wedding would have been quite a dream to do.

Anyhow, the outfit above was quite the summer wedding uniform for me. The dress I found at a local consignment shop for a steal. It's by BCBG. It has pockets for my phone and lens caps. The only thing that changed was my shoe choice. Always comfortable, but was chosen for the days activities and location. The Mr and I always love to blend into weddings rather than looking like the help. The Mr's summer wedding attire is normally a pair of dress slacks and a seer sucker jacket with an array of ties. For black tie events the full on suit will make an appearance.

I could not find all the exact items due to the age of some of them, but I did choose a few that are similiar and a few items I like even more and that have made their way onto my wish list...

dress: similiar | dress: similar perfect for fall | dress: if I were hip | dress: similiar if I had extra cash | dress: similar if I were loaded |sandals: similar/like more | ballet flats: similar/like more | heels: same | stud earrings: same | bangle: similar/need

Friday
Oct112013

Black & White

Black & white will never be a color combo that I will tire of. It's forever chic and for some reason never bores me. It also makes mixing and matching my wardrobe quite easy. These are some black & white pieces and images that have me inspired.

clockwise:

chandelier - would love to see in a high ceiling entry way or over a dining table.

wallpaper - ever so fun without being too childish for a mud room or bath.

quote - The always brilliant Ann Voskamp

bath - DOMINO is back!

rug - can't go wrong with a black and white dhurrie. Well unless you have a white dog or cat. HA.

office - my office needs a good revamping/cleaning this space has me inspired!

pots - wouldn't mind seeing this bakeware hanging out on open shelving. Maybe they even have powers to make me a good cook!

so chic - I like to think I am this effortless. HA.

 

Thursday
Oct102013

West Elm Party {plus some creative peeps}

I really think Birmingham is becoming one of those places that people will come to shop. For years I went to Atlanta to do all my major shopping, but now I think I can just stay right at home. Go BIRMINGHAM! Last night I had the best time at the West Elm pre-grand opening party. It was one of those unexpected girls nights that I had no idea I needed so badly. Also I have found when you put 4 absolutely silly ladies in a smile booth we will manage to fall off the handle. HA. Compared to these three I am actually the old maiden, but that's okay. They inspire me greatly. They are genuine, creative, and have a knack to make life better. Joanna is one of the bloggers behind irrelephant. It is the most brillant blog. Inspires me to no end and makes me realize I need to step up my game. She is also gearing up to open a shop of hand crafted spoons. YES, she makes them herself!!! They are stunning. The branding of Joanna's shop, Felix Glen, was done by the next lady in the lineup Cana. She started off working for Jonathan Adler and now resides in Birmingham doing freelance work. Her portfolio is astounding to say the least. I want my life branded by her really. Then it's me and well, you know enough about her. HA. Ashley has been one of my besties for years, you have seen her face pop up a time or two here on the blog. She is one of my favorites and the most important thing you need to know about her currently is that they are in the process of adopting!!! I know you have heard it here before, but they still have some ways to raise all the money they need so if you any "extra" or looking for a good place to donate then I recommend giving to this life changing couple.

 

ladies you should know:

joanna

cana

ashley

top six favorite West Elm picks:

this chair is a must... perfect for the office AND it swivels! It's firm, but still comfortable. Also the back of the chair hits the spot in my back that is always sore from editting all day long. {I am 5'3 FYI}

this door mat is simple yet so fun.

these pillows would be great to switch out for fall and winter. It will add a little bit of shine for the holidays. I do love a good pillow rotaion! This one and this one are my top contenders. Which would you pick?

this task lamp had me at hello! The green one I saw in store and was contemplating a spot to put it, but then I found this black and brass one online and now I know I need it in my life!

This pie dish would make for such a sweet present for a new mama, housewarming, hostess, etc. I would bestow it with an actual pie and let them find the sweet surprise at the end.

This dipped tote is divine. Of course I may have a slight tote addiction, but this one would be a happy addition.