October Beauty Buys

October 29, 2014

Recently I've really been trying to cut costs, but sometimes I just can't help but buy a new beauty product.  Here is what I bought this past month that I totally love and highly recommend!

NARS Lip Gloss in Sixties Fan.  This looks really dark but has a nice, deep wine color to it.  Perfect for fall.

DERMAdoctor KP Duty Moisturizing Cream.  I hate to admit it because it's kind of gross, but I get little white keratosis pilaris bumps on the back of my upper arms.  (Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs in the hair follicles.)  It's not all that bad, but it's bad enough to make me try to squeeze them out when I get bored.  (Sorry, I know that's gross...)  I've been applying this to the back of my arms this past month and the bumps are definitely getting smaller and look like they are going away.  Hurray!

NARS Lipstick in Funny Face.  I wore this for my wedding!  I love a bold lip, and this was definitely bold but not over the top.  It's a beautiful bright pink that is sure to make you feel beautiful and a little bit sassy :)

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy.  My lips seem to be chapped all the time now that it's getting colder outside.  I didn't want rough lips for the wedding, so I started using this lip serum before the wedding and it helped heal them.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Grandest Grape.  I love lip color that has some moisture to it.  This stuff is nice and creamy and feels like lipgloss, but adds lots of pigmented color.

What beauty products did you buy this past month?

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Treasure Hunting at Lucketts Store

October 27, 2014

As I'm sure you've gathered by now, I love to hunt for treasures at flea markets, thrift stores, and antique markets.  The thrill of the hunt is really exciting to me, because you never know when you're going to stumble upon some amazing treasure!  

A while back I mentioned this gem of a place that I recently discovered, called Lucketts Store.  It's in Leesburg, VA, which is over an hour from where I live, but it is absolutely worth the trip.  I recently went back for my second visit, and the selection blew me away just as it did the first time.  This time, Tom tagged along with my camera so that we could capture the experience.  

I have to add a little bit of fashion into this post, so here is what I wore :)

I'm pretty obsessed with this striped snood with tassels right now.

Leopard print loafers.  You've gotta have comfy feet when browsing for antiques!

Searching for diamonds in the rough at the flea market.



Smelling the pumpkin pie soap.



This is my happy place!


I saw so many neat vintage bar carts while I was there.  All at very affordable prices!

A coat rack made with deer hooves.  Intriguing in an odd way...

This is my favorite find from the trip.  A brass antelope head for just $74!

Here are some of the other items I purchased: brass and lucite candle stick, antlers, a framed sketch of an eye, and a metal deer ornament.  I also bought a little bistro set for our deck.

I can't wait to decorate with this guy!  Stay tuned to see how I use it...

As you can see, with three multi-level buildings, and dozens of tents with individual merchants set up outside, you've GOT to check this place out if you get the chance.  Are there any places like this in your area?  Please share, because I'm always looking for a neat new antique store to visit when I'm on the road!

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On My Mind...Lately

October 24, 2014
Wow, what an amazing week it has been!  Lots and lots of excitement this past week, and so much to look forward to in the coming week as well (yay for honeymoons!).  Here is what has been on my mind this past week!


1.  My Dream Wedding!  Tom and I got married on Sunday in Beaufort, SC, and now we are settling into life as a married couple!  I haven't seen the photos from the wedding yet, but I did get bridal portraits taken earlier this summer so I can finally share those on the blog.  My portraits were taken by Christina Valentine, and she was so fun to work with and did an amazing job.  I'll share all of the photos from that shoot and the wedding in the next few weeks, but here is a sneak peek (which I already shared on Instagram but here it is again).  I had this photo printed on canvas, and it was framed and on display at the wedding reception.  A cousin of mine did this for her wedding a few years back, and I just thought it was the neatest idea!

Image via Julia's Album

2.   Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes.  Now that fall is here I'm craving hearty and rich dishes.  I honestly don't think there is anything better than a rich, cheesy, pasta dish...which is why I'm dying to make this chicken mozzarella pasta with sun-dried tomatoes from Julia's Album.  Doesn't it look delicious?


3.  Elements of Style.  I'm gonna jump on the blogger bandwagon here and sing the praises of blogger and designer Erin Gates.  Her book, Elements of Style, was recently released, and the content is just as beautiful as the lovely exterior.  I mean, how can you not love a black and white striped book spine?  It's perfect for reading and for decorating!!   

Image via Dine and Dish

4.  Hard Cider Pumpkin Float.  Fall calls for pumpkin coffee, pumpkin desserts, and all sorts of other pumpkiny things, so why shouldn't our booze have a little pumpkin in it too?  This hard cider pumpkin float from Dine and Dish looks amazing!

Image via The Creativity Exchange

5.  Rifle Paper Company Wall Calendar Art.  On a recent visit to Anthropologie I bought a beautiful "travel the world" 2015 wall calendar by Rifle Paper Company.  I love the artwork so much that I'm planning on framing a few (if not all) of the pages once I'm finished with the calendar.  Looks like my idea wasn't all that original, because Cindy from The Creativity Exchange, had the exact same idea and she executed it beautifully.  How lovely is this gallery wall in her daughter's room?  All of the prints are taken from the calendar! 
Thanks for following along this week!  We are heading to Hawaii for our honeymoon on Sunday, so if you want to see some pretty pictures of our favorite spots on Oahu, please follow along on Instagram!  I'm also over on Pinterest, Bloglovin', Facebook and Twitter, and I'd love for you to join me there too!  Have a happy weekend everyone :)

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DIY Sheepskin Stool

October 22, 2014


Have y'all noticed that fluffy sheepskin stools and ottomans keep popping up all over the place?  Society Social, Target, Anthropologie, and all sorts of other awesome stores carry them right now, and they all cost a pretty penny (especially the dreamy Society Social ottoman).

Image via Society Social
Image via Coco and Kelly
Image via Target
Image via Society Social
Image via Cote de Texas

I recently found a little stool for $17 while bargain hunting with my grandmother at Finders Keepers in Decatur, GA.  I knew exactly what I would do with it once I saw it...I'd create my own (much cheaper) version of the oh-so-fabulous sheepskin stool!  I already had an old sheepskin from Ikea (such a great bargain at $29.99, although the faux version is even cheaper at $9.99), so all I had to do was grab my scissors and staple gun and go to town!  

The stool before the makeover.

Ikea sheepskin rug.  (I like to drape these over the backs of chairs, which is why I had a few laying around.)

Honestly, this project could not have been any simpler.  (Although all the trimming down to size I had to do made my living room floor look like I sheared a sheep.)  Luckily sheepskin is very forgiving when used as upholstery due to all the fluffy wool.

All you need: sheepskin, stool, scissors and a staple gun. 

First I laid the sheepskin over the stool to make sure it would fit (don't worry about removing old upholstery, there really is no need to do so).  Then I just "eyeballed it" and trimmed the sheepskin so that it lined up with the edge of the current upholstery.  Then I simply stapled all the way around, ensuring that I spread the wool apart so that the it would stay nice and fluffy, and so that I could hide the staples.



The whole project took about 15 minutes (including wool clean up at the end), and doesn't it look great?  I just love how it turned out!  Tom said it looks like we have an animal standing very still in our apartment.  I guess I'll take that as a compliment!?

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A Whimsical Bunch: 15 Under $75 at Lulu & Georgia

October 20, 2014
Alright y'all, it's time for another round of 15 under $75!  This time I'm sharing my favorite affordable items from Lulu & Georgia.  This online boutique is great for unique and fun decorative items, and I could easily decorate my entire house in the pieces they sell.  Here are my 15 favorites, but be sure to check out the site yourself to see all sorts of other goodies!


1 Agate Coasters / 2 Macaron Print / 3 Mirror / 4 Kate Spade Notebook / 5 Oyster Print / 6 Vase / 7 Palm Pillow / 8 Candle Holder / 9 Striped Pillow / 10 White Vases / 11 Pineapple Print / 12 Gold Urchins / 13 Gold Rhino / 14 Flamingo Print / 15 Sheepskin Rug

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A Whimsical Bridal Shower

October 15, 2014



















Recently some dear family friends threw me an amazing bridal shower.  When I found out that these ladies wanted to throw the party I got really excited, not because of the whole gift thing, but because the hosts are some of the most creative and imaginative women I know, and the party was sure to be fabulous.  In my mind I knew that the party (and the home it was hosted in) would be beautiful and whimsical, but my imagination did not even compare to how wonderful it was in reality.  It was elegant, fun, full of Southern charm, and more than I had ever dreamed of.  Plus I got to be surrounded by lots of amazing friends and family for the first time in a while, so it was a day that I’ll always remember.  Thanks to my friends Morgan Corbett (of Art Actually and Morgan Corbett Photography), as well as Kady Rodriguez-Hoffmaster (of Kady Rodriguez Health and Fitness) for taking these wonderful photos!

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