September 29, 2012

Shop With Me Saturday: World Market Love

Have you visited World Market lately?  I've been stalking their site in a major way, and I'm so impressed with their affordable home decor choices.  A capiz pendant for $69?  Sign me up.

They're also having an awesome rug sale right now, which I'm planning to take full advantage of.  Now, if only they would open a store in Oklahoma City.  I'll keep hoping!

September 28, 2012

Weekend Wear: maternity clothes!

Liz Lange for Target top (similar here)  //  J.Crew denim jacket (latest version here)  //  Forever 21 skirt (similar here)  //  Target leopard belt 

That was too easy.  Did I get you?  No, I'm not pregnant.  But I do have a secret.
Sometimes I wear maternity clothes.
Have you ever shopped the Liz Lange section at Target?  Well you should.  Many of the items pass as non-pregnant lady clothes.  Like the sequined top above for instance.  It's one of the most versatile items in my closet and you would never know it's maternity.  I also like that most of the basic tops are extra long and great for layering.  Sneak a peek next time you're in Target, you might be surprised!

Guess what?  I have another secret.  I totally stole this cute girl's look:

When I saw this watercolor sketch by Jennifer Vallez on The Vault Files this week, my mind instantly went to my new green flats and my old-but-loved F21 striped skirt.  I love that a sweet little art print could provide such inspiration.  There's much more where that came from on Sophie & Lili, Vallez's website.  I want every single one!

Have a marvelous weekend everyone, and don't forget to enter our Stella & Dot giveaway!

**Linking up with Friday's Fancies

September 27, 2012

What's Changing?

1 // 2 // 3 
Join me at Lowlife Couture today as I share all the things I'm anticipating for fall.
Becca has recently made some changes to her blog design (which I love!) so head over for a peek, or just to get your fill of yummy fall goodness, which there will be plenty of for sure!

September 26, 2012

Thoughtful Design

Today I'm taking part in the thoughtful design series on White + Gold.

Marianne has the thoughtful design process down perfectly, so I was flattered that she asked me to participate.  I'm sharing my favorite items from my dining room and the meanings behind my choices.
I hope you'll stop by because I'm a HUGE fan of the idea behind thoughtful design.  I truly believe it's the things that have the most meaning to us that make our homes special and unique.
Agreed?  See you there!


I'm so excited to announce the newest giveaway here on Recently...check it out!

I've been hoping to bring my lovely readers a fab giveaway for a while now, to say thank you and to show my love.  Luckily for us, Rachelle Tucker, independent stylist for Stella & Dot, is teaming up with Recently to give away a $50 gift card to her site.

I'm having a heyday over all the stackable bracelets and yummy baubles they're offering right now.  Have you seen?  They also have a ton of options under $50, so you'll have plenty to choose from if you win.

Here's how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced next Thursday. Good luck everyone!


PS- I'm excited to say that I'm finally on Twitter!  It's about time, I know.

September 25, 2012

Color Buds

image one: Melanie Acevedo for Veranda Magazine, design by Nick Olsen
image two: Angus Fergusson for  House & Home, design by Tommy Smythe

I never would have imagined myself being drawn to either of these rooms,
but I am, and it's marvelous.  Those pops of deep berry red are fahhh-rocious, 
and did you notice the ceiling in the first pic?
Poetry.  Sheer poetry.

September 24, 2012

loved it...

How was your weekend?
Ours was great, considering a few unfortunate events, like my Sooners losing at home and my allergies keeping me in bed with a wonky eye all day yesterday. (I'm better now thank goodness!)

Josh and I had a date night and watched the OU game at a restaurant down the road.  Nothing fancy, but we had a blast despite the loss.

I got two (read it, TWO) new pairs of shoes in the mail for the grand price of 40 bucks.  Remember these Steve Madden flats I blogged about last week?  Well, I decided to keep looking and found these on Ebay instead.  Considering the price, they're pretty fabulous.  I'm not sure how long they'll hold up, but I'm willing to take my chances since I'm on a self inflicted tight budget at the moment.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE Ebay?

I dragged Josh to Cafe Evoke, a new coffee shop in our neighborhood.  My latte was the greatest ever, and we had s'mores right there at our table!  Awesomness. 

Finally, I know I mentioned it Friday, but I wanted everyone to see my niece's pretty face.  She looks lovely in her homecoming crown doesn't she? :)

Here's to a wonderful week everyone! 

PS: I'm always sharing my finds on Instagram.  If you want to follow along, I'm @recently.

September 21, 2012

Weekend Wear

blazer: too old to remember! // gray tee: target // bubble necklace: similar here // jeans: seven for all mankind 
 black converse // essie stylenomics  // birchbox

Ahhhh, finally another weekend!  I'm so ready to take the next few days to rest up, rejuvenate and relax.  Obviously, I'll be fitting in some shopping as well (duh!), and there's nothing better for easy weekend browsing than a well-worn pair of jeans and Converse.  No other jean fits me better than my Sevens, and this is my favorite broken in pair.  No doubts I'll have these jeans forever!  

On another note, I'm all giddy today after watching my beautiful niece be crowned homecoming queen last night.  One thing is for sure of that one...she's the epitome of class and grace, and I'm so proud to be her aunt!  Congrats Shelby, I love you!
P.S. I posted her gorgeous mug here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

September 19, 2012

My Favorite Room and DIY Candle Sleeves

Hey everyone! Today I'm stopping by the fabulous Sadie + Stella to share my favorite room.
It's one I've never shared before, so I can't wait for all of you to see!  Here's a peek... 

Head over to Sadie + Stella to see the rest, and tell Lindsay I sent ya!

 Speaking of my favorite room... as I was sprucing things up for my guest post, I decided to try my hand at making DIY chandelier candle sleeves. 

This might possibly be the easiest do-it-yourself project known to man,
so listen up 'cause you know you wanna try it!

I love the character of the chandelier in my dining room, but the candle sleeves looked a little too formal for my taste.  I picked this festive Michael Miller fabric to loosen up that stuffy feeling and add a little more interest.
I probably could have used the covers that were already in place for my project, but I hated to mess with anything that couldn't be changed.  I found simple white plastic covers at Lowe's for $1 a piece, and they ended up being the perfect solution.
Of course we can't forget the all powerful queen of DIY, Mod Podge.  Oh, Mod, you've got it all sister! 

First, if you're using store bought covers, they'll need to be trimmed to the correct size.  I used a miter saw, but I'm sure strong scissors would also do the trick.  (Just be careful!!)

Make sure your fabric is also trimmed to size, and add one layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the plastic sleeve.  While the Mod Podge is still wet, apply your fabric gradually, smoothing out any bubbles or creases as you go.

Finally, apply two to three coats of Mod Podge to the outside and edges of the fabric.

**NOTE: I made sure that no fabric was peaking over the edge of the plastic, for fear of a fire hazard.
I also double checked that Mod Podge is not flammable, but please be cautious when making things that will be that close to a light bulb.  Safety first! (Says Mom.) **

Aaaand, you're finished!

There's no need to limit yourself to just fabric with this project.  Use scrapbook paper, paint, or anything else that makes you happy.  Go crazy!  Oh, and feel free to tell me about it if you do, 'cause crazy loves company! :)

Have a great one my friends!

September 17, 2012

The Big 0-2

My baby boy is about to turn 2, and I'm still a in a bit of disbelief about it.  How did the last two years fly by so quickly???  Isn't it bittersweet, seeing our babies grow?  I want him to stay my munchkin forever, and yet I can't help but love the magic of watching him discover life, and  I'll never tire of how his sweet little face lights up over cupcakes and balloons.

We had a small family party for him yesterday, with lots of balloons of course, and, since he loves the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, I made sure to have plenty of cupcakes as well.  He also loves music of all sorts, and will sing and dance to all of it, so we decided to set up a Just Dance competition on the Wii.
I don't think we could have picked anything better.
He got dowwwwn, that sweetie pie of mine, and had the BEST time.

He also got a new bike (this one that we've heard awesome things about) and helmet, and was so happy to be like his big brother that he wouldn't let us take his helmet off! 

Today we're taking some time to recover from our sugar hangovers and probably do a lot of bike riding.  Hope your weekend was wonderful and your Monday is even better!

September 15, 2012

Shop With Me Saturday: This or That

I have shoe fever right now, and the shoes above aren't helping matters.  What's a girl on a budget to do?  I'm wishing for both, but at the moment I'll only be able to chose one.  So which will it be, the leopard flats that would elevate even my saddest mama gear, or the berry red heels that would, without a doubt make me feel like one HOT mama?  

By the way, I'm dying over Sole Society right now!!
There should be a law against that many cute shoes in one place.

*I'm not affiliated with Sole Society, but I do get credits in my account if you buy shoes.  Not that I'm telling you to buy shoes, I just wanted to share for full disclosure. :) *

September 14, 2012

Weekend Wear: Out on the Town

 Go Shopping:
J.Crew jean jacket // Charles David heels // Target leopard belt // Asos black skinny jeans 
Essie Russian Roulette // Revlon balm stain (my fave!)

I wish I could say I'll be wearing this ensemble as I paint the town red tonight, but, my butt will probably be on the couch watching the Katy Perry movie and drinking wine.  Luckily, I have a medium that allows me to assemble outfits for no reason but that I'm simply wishing for a night of fun.

It also gives me an excuse to finally break out my J.Crew jean jacket (thanks for the reminder Michelle!) that I bought probably 12 years ago.  That's what I love about the good today as it was then.

I don't doubt some of you have big plans for your weekend, so think of me when you're dancing the night away will you??  Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

September 12, 2012

Take Notes: Patterned Jeans

Image 1: Stockholm Street Style // Image 2: Kelly Stuart for // Image 3: Fab Sugar 
Image 4: Cheetah is the New Black

I'm still all about the patterned jeans trend, and thank goodness they'll continue to be ultra wearable this fall.  Of course, I always need a little guidance in the styling department, and I'm thinking the quartet of cuties above will lead me in the right direction.  Do you approve?

And for a super-extra-because-I-love-you bonus, I rounded up a few options for your shopping pleasure...

LOW: Warehouse peplum top $42 // Gap skinnies $35 // Asos leather clutch $120
Christian Siriano for Payless pumps $55
HIGH: 3.1 Phillip Lim peplum top $550 // Current/ Elliott the Floral jeans $198
Anya Hindmarch Ebenezer bag $1045 // Rebecca Minkoff Selina pumps $295

Oh, hi there Christian Siriano for Payless black pumps.  Won't you be mine?

You all know I love a good bargain, but I would totally break from bargaining for a shot at that 3.1 Phillip Lim peplum top.  Oh my gorgeous!

Now I'm off to finish the one billion things on my list for today.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

September 11, 2012

A Thank You and a Guest Post

Merci to:

I couldn't go another day without thanking the awesome bloggers who mentioned my table makeover last week.  Really, I don't think it can get any cooler than some of the gaaah-reatest bloggers out there sharing my labor of love with all of you.
I said it before, but I want to reiterate how flipping AWESOME it is that I can blab to and with all of you about silly stuff like covering a table in snakeskin.  And then, you all get as excited about it as I do, and it's like one big giant party and I LOVE it.  Adore it.  Can't get enough.  So thank you.

Now, for the other fun part of this post, I'm sharing what's Next for me on A Newfound Treasure today.  Find out what one of my next DIY projects is and which magical part of the world is calling to me for a visit.  

As if you didn't know already, Anna is truly fantastic, so be sure to tell her hello!

Hope your Tuesday is wonderful!

September 10, 2012

Recently Loving...

There's lots of love going on around here lately, can you tell?  I've been thrifting and antique shopping up a storm, and have to say I've found some amazing deals.  Those gold rimmed dishes you see above?  I found them at one of my fave thrift stores for a steal.  A ten-bucks-for-the-set kind of steal.

I'm also loving the fact that my hair finally grew long enough for a real life top knot.  I'll be wearing that trend out for sure now.  Josh says he loves my hair up, but I wonder if he'll love it in a top knot every day for the next three years?  Awwww, he hearts me.

I'm hoping you all have been doing some loving lately as well, and that your weekend was wonderful.
PS: I'm @recently on Instagram if you want to follow along!

September 7, 2012

Weekend Wear and a Guest Post

target mossimo tee // j.crew chambray top // current elliott leopard jeans // similar boots 
similar anthropologie necklace // essie bordeaux
I'll go ahead and tell you that this outfit would be entirely inappropriate for me to wear this weekend. Why?  Because it's still freakishly hot here.  But that doesn't mean I can't wish and hope for a chill in the air that allows for layers like these.
And how fun is it to dress up a plain white tee with bits o' gold??  I love these pocket tees from Target that come in tons of colors and have such a flattering fit.  I think I have one in every color!

In other news, I'm so excited to be filling in for my favorite gal Gaby today on the Vault Files.

I'm sharing some more Styling Notes there, so check it out!

Have a great weekend everyone!

September 5, 2012

Wish and Tell: Holly of West Pear Avenue

Have you met Holly of West Pear Avenue yet?  If not, you need to remedy that situation quickly and head on over.  Holly and I have been blog buds for a while now, and she never ceases to amaze me with her knack for mixing patterns and prints.  The gals gifted, and also one of the kindest, down-to-earth bloggers I know.  I'm so happy she's here to Wish and Tell today!

Holly, your blogging wisdom is spot on and so true.  And oh the magic of scents!  Isn't it amazing how a specific scent can transport you?  Ahhhh, love it.  Speaking of scents, I think I smell french fries.  How good do those Chickie's and Pete's fries look???  I want some!

Holly, thank you so SO much for being here.
Head on over to West Pear Avenue to see more of why I heart this gal!

September 3, 2012

Color Buds

Image 1 via: Park and Cube // Image 2 via: Sincerati

Hi everyone and happy Labor Day!
I thought I'd give you some color to enjoy today, from two of my recent favorite Pinterest images.
Oh my good. ness. I love these colors together!  They're both relaxing and feminine at the same time, and just what I need on a day like today.  Relax me pink doors and Peonies...relax me.

Hope all of you are enjoying a relaxing day as well!

September 1, 2012

Shop With Me Saturday: Rule the Roost

Well aren't you just the cutest thing?
J.Crew puts it's decidedly fresh spin on the animal sweater sensation with the chicest little chick this side of the hen house, the French Hen Sweater.
I mean, seriously...a pink beret?  Cuteness.  Overload.
 This one is sooo on my list!
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