Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Links I Loved This Week

Hooray for Friday!  This week flew by {seriously, is today really Friday?!?},  and I'm ready for a nice relaxing weekend with my man :)  Hoping that whatever you have planned for the next couple of days is filled with a little R&R, and lotsa love!

Here's a few links that I loved this week:



Leave it to Martha to provide us with the absolute cutest hanging bat tutorial, complete with a free printable bat template!



Hi Sugarplum showed us how to pack for 10 days of travel in 1 carry-on.  Talk about serious skills!



The peeps at Harpers Bazaar showcased the 10 Best Drugstore Lipstick buys.



On Domaine Home, they featured 23 Totally Chic Ways To Decorate Your Pumpkins.  Love this!



And lastly, over on Cookie + Kate {my new favorite vegetarian blog that I recently discovered}, Kate shares this delicious Healthy No Noodle Pad Thai recipe using raw vegetable noodles in place of traditional noodles.  Hoping to make this over the weekend!



Thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a beautiful weekend! xx

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Favorite Spaces Around The House

I have received SO many requests to post pictures of our new home and I wanted to give you all a little new casa update.  We moved into our new place just over a month ago, and I still feel like there is SO much to do!  We have furniture that has yet to arrive, and I haven't hung a single picture or piece of art on any walls {waiting to see how the furniture looks in the rooms once it arrives before working on wall art}.  I've been trying not to rush this process, and only purchase furniture/ home decor that I truly love, rather than purchasing stuff to simply fill up empty spaces.  

Decorating a new house is definitely a labor of love, and while I'm not yet ready to showcase it on the blog via a home tour just yet, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite spaces around here.

Hope you enjoy!



I've been so paranoid about ruining my marble countertops that I purchased a couple of huge butcher block cutting boards and placed them around the kitchen as little work stations.  I love how this one turned out!




A few of my favorite cookbooks displayed with some fresh pomegranates & pears.




I love the look of mixing rustic serving boards against the marble.





My bookshelf is basically complete {full post on how I styled it will come later}.  This was such a fun project for me to work on.




I love the character & untold stories found in antiques.  I found this French terracotta pot that dates back to the 1800's, and love the patina that it has developed over the years.



And the small clay jar that is sitting on top of the Cars book was found underwater in an area of China that was destroyed by a flood.  I love objects that have a history :)



I ended up switching out the console behind our couch to this one which features reclaimed wood, and placed two large baskets underneath which I filled with throw blankets & pillows.




A little fall decor around the house.




I filled this basket weave tray with travel related books for our guest bedroom.




Pretty bedside table vignette in the guest bedroom.




Our hallway is SO long, so instead of having one long runner made, I ordered 2 of the same runners and added a little space between them.  This added a bit of visual appeal to the space and draws the eye to the gap between the two which seems to break up the hallway.




Cheery flowers on our entryway console table.




I took old books, tore out the pages and created fake scrolls.  Kinda fun :)





I like to collect books of matches from hotels that we have traveled to.  I love this look of the matches in a small wooden bowl we picked up in Zambia combined with one of my favorite Diptyque candles under a cloche.  Glass cloches make just about anything seem more interesting! 





Thanks so much to everyone who has reached out to me requesting pictures & home updates.  I am beyond flattered that anyone is even the least bit interested in what goes on around here :)  You guys are amazing!  Thanks for reading! xx

Friday, October 17, 2014

Whats Inside My Shower

Happy Friday!  Hope you all had a great week!  My brother & his girlfriend are visiting, so we've been playing host + city tour guide all week!  This brother {I have 2 younger brothers} has only visited me 1 time since I moved to Miami, so it's really nice to have him here with us :)

I always love to read about what products other gals are using & loving, so today I thought I'd fill you in on what essentials I'm using everyday in my shower.  Let's get started...





Shampoo & Conditioner

I've been using Pureology products for years, and the Nano Works shampoo & conditioner seem to really work best for my hair.  When I was really trying to grow my hair out, using a non sulfate shampoo was essential for me, and I accredit the Nano Works line for helping me get my hair to where it is today.  I now purchase the bulk sizes from Ulta because it really is a better value than purchasing the smaller bottles.

I've also been using It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask regularly for the past couple of years as a once weekly deep conditioner and love it!  The smaller blue bottle, Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths is a newer purchase {about 2 months ago} and I'm almost finished with this bottle.  This is a new line from Pureology, and is formulated for long hair, helping to treat & prevent breakage.  I really like this conditioner, and will definitely repurchase.




Cleansers & Treatments

Back in this post I talked about the Ahava Time To Clear Purifying Mud Mask, and also the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser a little more in depth.  Well, I'm still not loving the Neutrogena, it tends to be a little drying, so it has since been moved to the shower where I generally don't really use it {I typically wash my face more at nighttime, not really in the shower}.  The Ahava mud mask on the other hand,  I LOVE!  I use it about once a week, and it leaves my face glowing and feeling completely refreshed.  I have also recently purchased Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, and it's just alright.  It does the job, but irritates my eyes, and doesn't really wow me.  Not sure if I will repurchase this.




Body Products

Without getting too in depth about my "hoohaw", I use Summers Eve cleansing wash because I get those dreaded infections that no girl ever wants to get really easily if I use regular soap down there {I'm apparently a sensitive kinda gal}, so I switched a few years back to this wash that is PH balanced, and I've never had an issue since. Problem solved!  I've even gotten some of my girlfriends to switch {the things us girls talk about!}, and they are now converts as well :)  Ok, moving on.....

I found this pure coconut oil soap from Whole Foods and I really like it!  It's really refreshing because it has peppermint oil in it.  Would definitely recommend. 

Lately, I've also been using Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Exfoliator.  I received a sample of it when we were in Israel earlier this year and liked it so much that I purchased the full size bottle from Nordies.  I use this about once per week, generally before I apply self tanner or bronzer.  I really, really like this exfoliator and intend on repurchasing once I run out.  All of the Ahava products that I've tested out have been great - definitely recommend you girls checking out that line.

Lastly, my razor.  I use a mens razor because I think they do the best job.  My hubby converted me to his razor, a Gillette Fusion, years ago and I've never used a girly razor ever since.  I just think they get a much closer shave....personal opinion.




Boy Stuff

The hubs is a pretty simple guy.  We share shampoo {Pureology Nano Works}, and for everyday use he's used Dial Magnetic for as long as I can remember.  For special occasions & date nights, he uses Tom Ford Oud Wood Shower Gel.  Oud Wood is his favorite Tom Ford scent, so I purchased this shower gel for him as one of his small birthday presents this year and he LOVES it!  This makes for a great little luxury present for your guy for birthdays, Christmas, stocking stuffer, etc.  Highly recommend it.  



Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my shower products that I'm currently using, and please, fill me in, chicas.  Any products that you're loving & want to share?  Leave a comment below, and tell us about it :)

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sale Alert - Shopbop Sale!!



Hey chicas!  Today marks the first day of the Shopbop friends & family sale!  Shopbop is definitely up there on my list of favorite websites, and although the majority of their items can be on the pricier side, the friends & family event that they have a few times per year is a great opportunity to stock up on designer denim, luxe Vince knits, perfectly fitted Eqipment blouses, and killer dresses all for 25% off.  

If there is one thing I've learned about shopping this sale it's that if you're on the fence about a certain item, buy it!  Most of the good items sell out lightening fast, and with Shopbop's free shipping/ free returns policy it's basically risk free to test drive anything out. 

Below I've featured my top picks for the sale.  Click on any image to be view product info, or to be directed to the Shopbop website.  Happy shopping!







Friday, October 10, 2014

Typical Domestic Pinspiration

It's Friday!!  Hope you all had a great week, and have fun plans for the weekend ahead.  Today I wanted to share a few pins that have either caught my eye or given me some form of inspiration over on Pinterest lately.




If your weekend plans have you doing any form of fall baking, this guide from Williams-Sonoma shows which varieties of apples are best for baking.




I am loving plaid scarves for fall.  Especially this one, this one, and this one.




This recipe for cauliflower tortillas grabbed my attention.  Need to try these soon!  Recipe can be found here.




Pretty fall nails.




Chunky, over sized knits are so perfect for the chilly months to come.  Loving this black & cream version.




Try wrapping wire, or twine around your pumpkins to create interesting texture in your fall decor.




And speaking of pumpkin, this healthy spiced pumpkin, yogurt, and granola parfait sounds delish!  Recipe via Cookin' Canuck.




More plaid.  Loving the black tights, wedge boots, and chunky knit turtleneck.




Prayin' to be this kind of person.





To follow along and see more of what I'm pinning, click here. 


Thanks so much for reading!  Have a great weekend xx




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Splurge Vs. Save

We have a trip to central Europe for New Years in the works, which naturally sent me on a quest to find a great new pair of boots.  During my online obsessing browsing for said boots, I came across these two extremely similar leo print booties.




Oh how I love these splurge vs. save editions!  It serves as such a great reminder that even if your budget doesn't allow for high end purchases, there are so many alternatives out there to the pricey versions.

A leopard print bootie will always be on trend for the fall season, but is also a timeless, classic purchase that you can wear for years to come.

The Tabitha Simmons version features calf hair in a snow leopard print, and a comfortable 2 inch heel.  Penny Loves Kenny comes in pretty darn close in a 1 1/4" heel, and while it can't quite compare in terms of craftsmanship {synthetic upper lining}, it is the $826 price difference that makes up for it in my eyes! 

The question that I have for you gals is would you rather splurge or save in this instance?  

Friday, October 3, 2014

September In Pictures

Hi babes!  Yay for Friday!  September was a big month for us.  Halfway through the month, we said goodbye to our condo and moved into our beautiful new home.  It's taken some adjusting, but I feel like we're starting to really get settled in and as each day passes it is starting to feel like "home".  One issue that I was not mentally prepared for: BUGS.... particularly gigantic cockroaches.  I have been pretty spoiled since I moved to Miami, and have only lived in luxury high rises in which you don't really see all the creepy crawlers that south Florida is notorious for.  Well, no pest control had been performed on our house for 9 months prior to us moving in, and let me tell you firsthand that roaches {which are very common down here} are the most disgusting insects in existence.  I'm not talking about teeny tiny little guys.  These ones are full blown 3-4 inchers.  We sprayed immediately after moving in, but literally every 2 to 3 days I wake up to a new one dead somewhere in my house.  It's almost turned into a game; lets see where one is going to be today!  In my bathroom drawer on top of my hairbrush?  Nope, that was last week.  In the kitchen on top of our new cooktop?  No, that was yesterday.  Maybe in my closet.  You get the idea.  #Barf.  I'm hoping that eventually this disgusting issue will take care of itself, but until then I'll just be over here living in Roachville.

Another issue that I did not expect was to lose my little daytime cuddle partner, Ace.  He no longer follows me from room to room throughout the day, quite honestly he doesn't give two craps about me anymore.  All that he wants to do from sun up to sun down is chase lizards outside.  Adam & I have dubbed him the "lizard cowboy' :)  He literally stalks his lizards all.day.long.  If it's raining outside, and he has to come in he'll sit against the window and watch the lizards from inside.  I know that I should be happy about this because he's finally getting an opportunity to be a real dog outside, but I miss my snuggle buddy.  In the meantime, I still have little Lulu {who could care less about being outside}.

Just thought I'd share how life is going in the new casa {the good and the bad!}.  I haven't done a picture overload in quite a while so here was my September in pics....


At the beginning of the month, we hopped on a plane for a quick getaway to Playa del Carmen.  I had never realized that the Cancun area is only a 1.5 hour flight from Miami!  The resort we stayed at Rosewood Mayakoba was stunning, and I think we found our new spot!




I finally paid a visit to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens here in Miami.  The gardens are gorgeous - exactly like what you would see in Italy.


We said ciao to this view. :(


Wearing J.Crew sweater {old}, Rory Beca shorts {here}, and ChloƩ ballet flats {available here}.


Their new favorite nap spot is right on top of the pillows to our new couch :)  {pillows can be found here & here}.


Wearing Helmut Lang sweatshirt/jacket {sold out in white, but available in black here}, Paige Denim {old, but similar here}, and Isabel Marant Tacy boots {last season}.


Blackout shades have been installed {this is the guest bedroom}, but I'm still waiting on the fabric for the drapes which we had imported from Turkey.  As much as I want everything to be 100% completed asap, I've quickly learned that you're at the mercy of contractors who run on their own time.


Breaking out the fall decor around the house.  

Wearing my favorite black leggings {found here}, oversized sweater {old}, Saint Laurent handbag, and my favie affordable wool hat {here}.


Girls, this is my new jam!  Banana, peanut butter Greek frozen yogurt.  So, so good.


A few beauty purchases from Nordies.


Out to my hubbies birthday dinner wearing Helmut Lang blazer {old}, Elizabeth and James dress {available here}, and Aquazzura sandals {here}.


This little muffin helping me decorate the front porch.


Pretty new shoes!  {available here}


Flannel & messy braid kind of day.  {Flannel can be found here}.




Hope you all had a great month as well.  Have a great weekend loves! xx
 

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