October 30, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 5!

Welp, here we are at Week FIVE of the One Room Challenge. I was feeling really good about the whole she-bang...until this week....and now I feel like I might drown. There are SO many things left on the punch list (along with a jam packed week ahead) and I literally feel as though I might need a caffeine IV to get through it. The huge accomplishment this week was hanging my beautiful paper from Wallternatives.

Catch up on the other weeks here: Week One // Week Two // Week 3 // Week 4

** please excuse the lackluster photos...I am working in a room that gets ZERO natural light and I also had to take down the sconces that were the only light source in the room...so working with a fluorescent spotlight it is. 
You guys loved this one on Instagram!

So, to be completely honest, I had never hung wallpaper before. It scares me. But for some reason the thought of working with such a high quality removable paper did not intimidate me at all. Once I made sure the wall was clean...I went for it. The wallpaper is made of a premium polyester material and can literally be used over and over again. While the pattern looks hard, the matches were perfect and went together flawlessly. I was even able to line it up and focus on the center, while not having to trim the outer edges until it was positioned perfectly. This was a HUGE help, as it allowed me to focus on the matching and level-ness of the paper instead of the edging. The material does not peel, rip or wrinkle, and even if the adhesive side folds on itself it can be pulled apart with ease (and yes, this is true...it happened to me multiple times....and sure enough it pulled right apart! I was shocked).

On a side note, we had out first encounter with removing a sink and caulking (below), that was interesting...but surprisingly easy. #nowwehavetoputitbackon 

Overall my 9ft wall took 4 full sheets and 2 small sections of other sheets. Look how beautifully it lined up.

Below you are able to see how I hung it without getting the exact edges trimmed before hanging. This way I was able to get the measurements perfect and trim the edges with a razor.

It even folded right into a corner....making for a very clean edge.


These puppies should be here by Friday....amazing, right?! I'm dying to get my paws on them. Sarah, from Lucent Lightshop has been incredible to work with!

I also picked up the hand towels from the monogrammer...yay! I'll post a sneak of those on Insta today. On the other hand, I need major help with art...which I am incredibly before on :(

So just for giggles, here's the punch list:
-re-install and re-caulk sink
-re-install towel bars (my vintage was sold when I went back...tear)
-replace switch place. Remember these how yummy?! can't wait
-put a second coat of paint on and hang mirror
-install lights
-hang art work

....are you laughing yet? I sure am as I type. Wish us luck! Now be sure to head over to the Linking Party to check out everyone's progress!


October 28, 2014

What We Wore: A Collaboration With Dress Your Guests (+ our minis!)

I met Kate a few months back here in Charlotte. We met for wine and I knew right away we'd be fast friends. She left behind a career in buying to move here for her husbands job, all the while having sweet Isabella amongst it all. As if she wasn't busy enough, she came up with the coolest concept and brought it to life through Dress Your Guests. DYG is an online "dressing room" for you and your party guests where you can chat about the event and outfit plans, solving the age old question of "what are you wearing?" Genius, right?!

After our first meeting, we knew that collaborating on something was a great fit and since we have to adorable little gals, we thought that sharing some "mom style" with you and incorporating the girls would be so much fun. Isabella (who turns one this week) was such a doll baby and reminded me of how sweet Landry used to be. LK on the other hand, was having no part of the shoot, which make the photos realistic to me. Being a mom is hard work, but having your makeup done and taking the day on with a cute outfit and a smile always make it easier in my book.

Shop the looks:

Boots: Myste by Nordstrom (still on sale!)
Tassel Infinity Scarf: Nordstrom ($20!)
Turquoise Ring: Vintage // Similar 
Dress: Boutique Find // Similar and Simliar 

Landry Kate:
Chambray top: Carters // Similar 
Faux Fur Vest: Target 
Legging Cords: Baby Gap (on sale!) 
Fringe Booties: Minnetonka (seriously obsessed with these and they are so reasonable!)

Shorts: Luxe Version Here // Less Version Here
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Scarf: BP Nordstrom 
Necklace: Nordstrom

Headband: Nordstrom 
Shirt: Gymboree 
Leggings: Gymboree 
Cat Booties: Gymboree

Aren't they the cutest?! Make sure to check out Dress Your Guests ...and wish Kate good luck as she's running the NYC Marathon this Sunday!!! 


October 24, 2014

Tory Burch Private Sale!!!!

Okay you guys this is serious business and Tory Burch is offering some serious discounts on some of my favorite stuff right in time to start thinking about Holiday gifting! If you're not already on her email list, click HERE and enter your email address to start shopping! I just sent my little elves a few Christmas hints (specifically this and these) and took it upon myself to upgrade my current Tory wallet (that has been used every single day for 3 years now!) to this tri-fold beauty that was under $150! Seriously great prices you guys and the perfect time to get a jump start on your Christmas list (ahem, might want to send this to the hubs, too)...but don't snooze because it ends on Monday and sizes are already selling fast!

Happy Shopping, friends!!!