Holiday Style and Tassel Earrings

December 5, 2016





It's #MommyMonday on the blog again and today I'm excited to share this fun holiday look and these amazing tassel earrings with you!  This season it's all about mixing patterns so I paired a festive plaid button-down (with the cutest ruffle details) with a white striped skirt.  The skirt is an old one from Ann Taylor but here is a great striped option that is currently available and I think this sequined skirt would be adorable too!  As always, I threw on my go-to black pumps from J.Crew (they're old but these and these are two cute current options that are very similar).  The finishing touch was this adorable pair of olive green tassel earrings from Hello Dobson.  Hello Dobson is an emerging online lifestyle brand that offers these earrings in a whole bunch of pretty colors (check my Instagram later today for a giveaway!) as well as fun home decor items and beautiful handmade clothing.  Everything is colorful and preppy and right up my alley.  These earrings would make the perfect Christmas present for your girlfriends because they're lightweight, on-trend, and only $30.  You've got to check Hello Dobson out! 

Also be sure to check out my favorite blogging mommas to see how they style their Hello Dobson tassel earrings on this #MommyMonday:

Mireille at City Peach
Nina at the HHS Feed
Ali at Inspired By 
Tiffany at Tiffany Style Blog


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Note: Thanks to Hello Dobson for providing me with these tassel earrings.  I only work with brands I love that I think that you will love too!  If you're interested in collaborating with me please email me at katie@lifewithadashofwhimsy.com.


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Jack's New Nursery

November 28, 2016












We moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas back in July and I'm excited to finally share Jack's full nursery tour with you!  You'll recognize almost everything from his nursery back in Maryland (see the tutorial for his drift wood mobile here and the rehab project of his vintage campaign dresser and hutch here), but the arrangement of art and furniture is very different and we've added some amazing pieces too!  


I teamed up with Carousel Designs recently and used their Nursery Designer tool to design a crib sheet, a rail guard, a crib comforter and curtains and I am so happy with how everything turned out!  You seriously can customize every aspect and it's so much fun to use.  The Nursery Designer tool lets you choose from their fantastic selection of fabrics and completely visualize your design.  I decided to stay rather neutral when it came to pattern and color because the rest of the room is pretty colorful, but Carousel Design's fabric selection is extremely large and was so much fun to look through.  There really is something to fit every aesthetic.  I went with Gray Madrid on the blackout curtains,  White and Gray Waves on the sheet, quilt and rail guard with Solid Navy and Solid White details.  One of my favorite parts of the whole room is the personalized sheet with Jack's name on it!  Such a cute little detail, don't you think?  As for the rail guard, I never even thought about needing one until Jack started pulling up in his crib.  He would then bounce up and down with his mouth on the rail and he'd end up hurting his gums when they'd hit the rail.  Now he has a nice little cushion on top that helps keep him from hurting himself.  It's reversible too!


If you've never heard of Carousel Designs before let me tell you a little more about them.  They're veteran owned (the co-owners and marketing director are all fellow West Point grads!), the products are all made in America (their plant is in Douglasville, GA), and the quality of their products is amazing!  They are also one of the main sponsors of the non-profit organization Operation Shower, which helps throw baby showers for expecting military families.  

They're offering 25% off plus free shipping right now (until November 29th) with code TURKEY25 so if you've been on the lookout for beautifully designed custom baby bedding and decor then you've got to check out Carousel Designs today!

Sources

Crib: Babyletto | Bedding & Curtains: Carousel Designs (c/o) | Recliner: World Market | White Faux Animal Heads: Z Gallerie | Rug: TJ Maxx (similar) | Picture Ledges: IKEA | Teepee: Target | Lumber Jack Stuffed Fox: Cuddle + Kind | Personalized Pillow: Etsy | Felt Balls: Hello Maypole | "Adventure Awaits" & "Oh the Places You'll Go" Map: Galenation | Changing Table: IKEA | Striped Bins: The Container Store

Thanks to Carousel Designs for providing me with this amazing baby bedding and beautiful curtains.  I only work with companies I truly love that I think my readers will enjoy too!


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Our Thanksgiving Table and Mantel

November 18, 2016









Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?  The weather has been so weird here in Kansas that it's hard to tell what time of year it is!

My parents are driving up from Georgia to spend the whole week with us and I'm really excited for them to get here.  Most of the house is a mess right now (I'd better get cleaning!), but the dining room is Thanksgiving ready!

I think I'll use my gold chargers, simple white plates and vintage gold flatware for Thanksgiving dinner, but I didn't get it out for this shoot.  I'm super excited about the centerpiece though!  This past weekend I found a large antique bread bowl at a vintage market.  As soon as I saw it I know how I would use it.  I placed it in the middle of my dining table, placed a few sprigs of silver dollar eucalyptus on it, then loaded it up with the pumpkins I had leftover from decorating for Halloween.  I also included some mini Indian corn, pomegranates and a few gold tea light holders.  Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam shared her Thanksgiving table a few days ago and it's gorgeous, so she inspired me a little for mine.  I couldn't use a runner like she did because Jack would pull that right off, and I added a few more elements to make it uniquely mine.  It's always fun to see how others decorate for the holidays, don't you think? 

As for the mantel, I moved all of the candlesticks up there that I used to have on the dining table.  These are a mixture of glass CB2 candle holders, vintage brass candles holders, and even some vintage lucite and brass pieces.  I'm always a fan of mixing finishes and eras, and my candle holders are no exception.  I added some eucalyptus to an old Crate and Barrel hurricane to even out the other side.  Finally, I hung some Target "Give Thanks" garland under the mantel.  It's made of leather and gold metal and I think it's a nice finishing touch.

A few years ago I shared my Thanksgiving preparation tips and I'll certainly be referencing it to help get me ready for cooking the big meal.  The photos aren't great (I've learned so much since I started blogging!), but if you're looking for a few simple then feel free to check it out!


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Blue and White Plate Gallery Wall

November 14, 2016


This 115 year old house of ours is full of character, and when it came to the big blank wall in the dining room I knew it needed something special.  One large piece of art would have worked, but I didn't have one and I didn't want to buy one so that option was quickly thrown out the window.  A typical gallery wall could have worked too, but I had already used most of our art in other rooms of the house and gallery walls are a little overplayed.  After staring at a blank wall for nearly 3 months it finally came to me: use all the blue and white plates I own to create something amazing!  I'm not into the typical use of plates on a wall...it's a little too country and kitschy for me, but I decided that if I hung them more as a free-formed gallery wall then it could definitely be the "pop" that this room needed.

I searched Pinterest for some design inspiration and came across this photo of the Viceroy Hotel.

Photo via decorpad.

While I knew I wasn't going to go for a symmetrical look, it was a great source of inspiration for how I wanted mine to turn out.

Here is the process I used:

First, I pulled out every blue and white plate that I own.  Some I collected over the years from thrift or antique stores, some are family heirlooms (my grandparents' wedding china, the gold-rimmed plates that my great-great-aunt painted, blue and white West Point plates from 1930), and a few are just simple plates that are from Williams-Sonoma or made by Fiestaware.  Like I said, I pulled out anything that would work with this color scheme!

Next, I went to an antique mall.  I bought a few more affordable plates that I pulled from all sorts of different booths. 

Next, I measured all of my plates and bought plate hangers.  I just used the simple gold hangers with the springs on the back.  I chose the ones with clear plastic around the prongs so that they don't damage the plates.

I laid all of the plates out on our dining table and played around with the layout for a while.  I didn't want the white plates to be too close together, and I tried to keep the Blue Willow patterned plates separated a bit.  I made sure to take a photo once I had the layout that I wanted so that I had something to reference once I started hanging the plates.  This is what my original plan looked like:


As always, things kind of evolved as I was working.  Partially because I accidentally didn't hang the plates at the exact same angles that I had originally planned, and partially because I did a little flip-flopping.  Also, I was drinking prosecco while working...so there's that :)  The key is to be flexible and to have lots of options to play with.  I made sure to start hanging from the bottom so that I could easily move upwards without having to work around plates.  Here are a few pictures of the process (they're bad iPhone photos, sorry!):




As you can see, the arrangement that ended up on the wall is very different from the original plan.  And it's even better than I could have imagined!



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Feminine Shift Dress with Peter Pan Collar

November 7, 2016
 








dress: BURU White Label (c/o) | pumps: J.Crew (old, similar) | clutch: Banana Republic (old, similar)

Have you ever worn a top or dress with a Peter Pan collar before?  There is something about them that makes you feel feminine and sassy and pulled together all at the same time.  This dress from the BURU White Label is seriously what dreams are made of.  Washable, nursing friendly (you can wear it backwards so that the buttons are in the front!) and it's pregnancy friendly too due to all the extra flowy fabric on the sides.  I'm obsessed!  

The BURU White Label is all about elevating "mom style" to the next level, and all of their amazing clothing does just that.  While the collection is a bit edgier than I typically go, there really are pieces for every momma in every phase of motherhood.  The $60-$175 price point doesn't hurt either.  

BURU has also offered a discount code for you to use!  Use the code MOMMYMONDAY10 to get 10% off the entire site.

Be sure to check out my favorite blogging mommas to see how they style their favorite BURU White Label pieces on this #MommyMonday:

Mireille at City Peach
Nina at the HHS Feed
Ali at Inspired By 
Tiffany at Tiffany Style Blog

Note: Thanks to BURU for providing me with this dress.  I only work with brands I love that I think that you will love too!  If you're interested in collaborating with me please email me at katie@lifewithadashofwhimsy.com.
 

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