9.30.2014

hello + horchow mega sale + what i love

I've been busy building an ark in Charleston. Not really, but I probably should. It has rained and rained. And yes, we are still having 14 hour work + commute days between Beaufort and Charleston. Our home closing is still set for October 15th and I literally could not be more excited to not have my days spread so thin. Oh, and excited about the house, but that's a given. It's so funny how you pin and pin and pin home design ideas, but when it comes time to actually put those ideas to action, you completely lose sight of any decision-making bone in your body. At least that's how I feel right now.

Can't even decide on paint colors. I love white and super light gray walls, but I'm also majorly crushing on richer, earthy grays. I think I just need to get in the house before I will be able to make any decisions whatsoever.

One thing I do know is that Horchow is having an amazing sale and I'd hate for any of you decor-obsessed ladies to miss out on the deals. Horchow is one of my favorite places to shop online for home decor. This company is owned by Neiman Marcus, so you'll see a lot of the same products at both stores. They are having an amazing sale right now where you can save 20-40% off certain items. I, of course, went straight to the items that are 40% off and this is what I found.... (note, most of these items are sold at Neiman Marcus for full price right now, so grab them on sale while you can!).

This beautiful lamp is 40% off (Discount ends tonight!). Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty penny. But it makes such a statement and would be a great investment. I'm obsessed with the blue + gold and the texture.
This pendant is so beautiful.

This roll arm sofa... yep, also 40% off. These deals, y'all. So, so good.

Ah! And this white + gold abstract. I would love to put this behind my dining room sideboard.

Here are a few more of my absolute favorites, but you should go ahead and shop the entire 40% off sale here. Don't forget, it ends at midnight!

9.26.2014

beachin' it


Heading to Edisto for a girls weekend! Time to celebrate one of my best friend's bachelorette party.
See you Monday!

9.25.2014

current favorites

1. Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad in "Baby Universe": This is by far the most beautiful set of eye shadows I own. The colors are incredibly unique (I don't have anything else like it.) and would flatter any skin tone. What I love most about this set is the lighter colors are perfect for day, but it's easy to turn any eye look into a more dramatic one with the two darker colors included in the palette. The pigments are rich and the texture of these shadows is unreal! Saying they are "silky" just doesn't do it justice. I also love the quad in "Silver Eclipse" if you like cooler tones. Side note: The beautiful compact case is sold separately.

2. This myrtle wreath is perfect. I don't know the source, but I may take a stab at a DIY version.

3. Horchow Geometric Pendant Light: I don't own this, but I've been eyeing it like crazy. Love the mix of metal and fabric and I bet it creates the most beautiful glow on walls.

4. Want to know about the best curling rod ever? Seriously ever. The Sultra The Bombshell 1" Curling Rod.

5. Brandon and I switched to silk pillowcases because of the many benefits they offer. We each have a restoreSILK pillow case in "Whisper White." Now he wants silk sheets, I kid you not. We'll stick with cotton sheets, but this pillow case is amazing. It's made of 100% mulberry silk and I absolutely cannot wait to lay my head on it every night.

6. This leather moto jacket is gorgeous. Enough said. The reviews are stellar and the price isn't half bad considering it's real leather.

Holy City Chic is coming.... soon! Sorry for the delay. I'm apparently not as tech-savvy as I thought. The website will be holycitychic.com.

9.23.2014

spotted: fall styles

I randomly stumbled into Old Navy last weekend looking for a utility vest and became distracted by some great pieces. They didn't end up having the vest, so I hurried home in hopes that it would be available online (wasn't. ugh!). Thought I'd share some of the great items I spotted in the store. If you're looking for fall styles at inexpensive prices, I'd highly recommend starting with these!

 






Oh, and I've got to give honorable mention to these loafers!

9.22.2014

trolling craigslist

This post might be more valuable for people here in the SC lowcountry, but you all might find it interesting? Since we are under contract for our home, my wheels have been spinning nonstop for design ideas and new furniture we'll need. This is so fun. Craigslist is such a great place to find interesting pieces at great price points (but please, if you use Craigslist, be smart, always have someone with you, and stick to cash transactions). Here are some awesome things I found on the 'list over the weekend that I would love to own.. Quite a few need some TLC, but that's what makes it your own.

I actually don't mind the dusty rose velour seats, but can imagine these with great printed fabric and a fun paint color. I love chairs. It's a bad obsession. I think I would have a home full of chairs if Brandon didn't stop me.
 
Sorry for the small photos, but how great is this piece? It's originally from Celadon, so you know it's good quality and extremely unique. I'd love to have those drawers (great storage for little things!) and would love to stack those shelves with beautiful books. I love the color, too.

 Well, you can't beat that price. I saw a similar mirror in a store in Beaufort for $200. I'd love to whitewash this and prop it up behind a dresser.

Swoon. Recently recovered with new fabric. Talk about great condition.

So it looks like this guy needs a good sanding and a new coat or so of stain,  but for $350, I'll take it! I know Brandon could make this table for me in a weekend, but honestly, when you can find one for this price, I'd much rather pay for one that's already made then have him spend all that time.

Ah! I just love this. The claw feet, antique pull, and gorgeous wood are show stoppers. Such character. I would love to have this to put shoes in it. Yes, shoes. I mean ...or china.

Brandon and I have a Drexel Heritage king bed and I've been eyeing this daybed! It would be perfect to set up in a nursery or in a home office so that it could be used for seating or for guests to spend the night. Love.

Have you found any treasures on Craigslist recently?

9.19.2014

my picks | bloomingdale's sale

Bloomingdale's is having a sale event where you can save up to $100 off, making it a great time to stock up on fall pieces. All you have to do is become a "loyalist," if you aren't already, which is easy and free to sign up for. Take $25 off $100 or more, $50 off $250 or more, $100 off $500 or more, and $250 off $1,000 or more. No code required, you just need to enter your loyalist ID.

Now to the important part! A great Barbour jacket never goes out of style. This one has a feminine cut and could even be worn over a dress with tights and boots. And as for this twill jacket with leather sleeves... it's perfect for day or night. Oh, and these sateen skinnies are just the best color. 

I can see myself wearing this skirt with so much, right through spring. What a great silhouette. And this sweater and this one, tooso perfect for the changing seasons. As for jackets, please tell me what's more classic than a Burberry trench? The buttons and color are perfect. Also, I marked a few tops that are wonderful for layering or worn alonethis one, this one, and this one

Oh, you bet there are a few bag obsessions... a couple crossbody ones (here and here [drool!]) and this great pouch. Finally, on the shoes front... a perfect pair of loafers, a stunning set of tall boots, and these (I think I could live in them.).

Here are all of those options, plus more that I've picked out!

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9.16.2014

coffee talk


Hello! I decided to skip the scheduled post today and just chat. It's a rainy day and coffee is in hand. There's a lot to catch up on! Since I missed the weekly roundup last week, let's go for it.

Brandon and I have been commuting to Charleston every day for work for the past month. Waking up at 5:15am and getting home from our commute at 9pm, while starting a new job is starting to wear on me. That's why posts have been a little scattered in the last week or so. I'm tired. But it's worth it! We've looked at probably 30 homes in the past 30 days (wish I was exaggerating). We found a few we liked, but they needed some TLC that we weren't sure we were willing to give ...and then we found a home we loved. I hesitate typing this because I sure would hate to jinx anything, but we're being real here and I'm really excited so I'll just say it ...we have a signed contract on it!

These booties are great. I could see myself wearing them everyday once it cools off some. Sam Edelman's shoes just work.

A lot of you were asking what sizes I ordered in the ASOS items I talked about last week. As a rule of thumb, I always look at what size the model is wearing and then order one size up (that info is in the product details). Of course, we are all built differently, but that's what I do!

Don't forget about Holy City Chic! It's coming... soon (-ish). 


This photo has been pinned on my account for the longest time, but ahh! I keep coming back to it.

I'll likely be picking out paint colors soon to have ready for the house. Name your top interior paint color choices....ready, go! I really like BM Coastal Fog, BM Sterling, BM Horizon, and of course the old standbys Revere Pewter and Classic Gray.

Season 4 of Revenge starts Sunday, Sept 28th and I'm pumped. If y'all haven't watched it, get your free trial of Hulu and binge watch it. Three seasons should only take you a week or so, if you're like me. How sad is that?

If you're in Charleston, there's something you need to know about. Mosaic, a SC-based upscale contemporary women’s boutique, is having a fall trunk show on Sunday, September 21st. Expect brands like 10 Crosby Derek Lam, by Malene Birger, Rachel Pally, Elizabeth and James, and much more. I'm wearing pieces from Mosaic here and here. Here's more information about the trunk show below.

9.15.2014

weekend wear



shirt  |  shorts  |  sandals  |  bag  |  sunglasses (similar: here and here)  |  watch  |  bracelets

To me, this is the perfect weekend uniform. A blend of comfort and style, high end and low, and neutrals with a pop of bright sunny day.


9.10.2014

current fashion favorites

Lots of new favorites on the clothing front and what fun would it be if I didn't share, right? Ok, so first up to bat is the J. Crew Regent Blazer. It's a new style this year and I'm seriously digging it. The high color is such a classic look and the overall fit is slimming. This is an ultimate closet staple for me... my favorite blazer to date. I have it in black, but I'm showing it in "warm camel" because it shows the detail better. Plan on wearing it with a simple white t-shirt, skinny jeans, my transport tote, and my new favorite ankle wedge boots (we're getting to that next!).

I am a size 2 in this blazer, for reference. Gah, the warm camel color is awesome, too.

These MacAlister Wedge Boots have been around for quite a while, but I just finally bit the bullet. They aren't going out of style anytime soon. I needed a new pair of ankle boots and really love the relaxed style of these. The quality of J. Crew shoes is spot on, so I knew they were worth the investment (ditto for the blazer!). For sizing reference, I am usually an 8.5 (sometimes a 9 depending on brand) and I went with a 9 in these.

This orange romper will be perfect for the next Clemson game. I plan on wearing it with a denim jacket throughout fall. It's in the petite section, but a size 6 worked perfect for me (Remember ASOS sizing runs small!).

Loving this metallic tank for layering under blazers (like the one coming up next!).

This blazer is my new jam. I ordered a size 6, but am almost thinking I could have taken a 4 in it. The color is great for any season and it can be dressed up or down. Super versatile.

I'm absolutely crazy over this woven t-shirt with sheer overlay. It's better in person and looks like it's worth way more than the price. Going to wear it with a chunky gold chain statement necklace, black denim, and ankle booties. I might have to go back for the nude color.

Now this one is a must. This textured top comes in a bunch of different colors, but I chose cream. It's feminine and trendy at the same time. Obsessed.


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9.08.2014

blue

This dress is one of the most beautiful shades of blue I've ever seen. It reminds me of the Caribbean. Not that I get these experiences very often, but you know when you're flying in an airplane and you finally get to that point during your trip where you can spot the crystal clear, Caribbean water? It's that color.
It's the A.L.C. "Miki" Knit Dress and it's all kinds of wonderful. It's sporty, yet refined. Even though it's knit, the material is thicker, which I love. That, paired with it's prominent seams, keeps it structured.
 
I bought mine from Nordstrom, which is where I've done most of my recent shopping. The selection is just so spot on and I can always count on finding new styles that I don't see in other stores. Plus, the free shipping and returns are my best friend since we don't have an actual store anywhere in SC.
I paired the dress with a Rag & Bone Blazer. The blazer makes this look office official. By removing it, I'm ready for a wedding, church, or a nice event. Super versatile. 
 
To accessorize, this outfit didn't need much. I decided to wear a chunky chain to keep the look contemporary. Added a few bangles and that was pretty much it.

By the way, because I'm sure you're wondering...ha! I got my hair done late last week, just after these pictures were taken. Hallelujah! I thought I'd try out the natural, grown out look. But that's just not me. Short, blonde hair now.

dress  |  blazer  |  bag (in select stores)  |  pumps (similar)  |  sunglasses  |  necklace (similar) |  bracelets




Sending a big thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

9.05.2014

weekly roundup


You've probably noticed that the transition to Holy City Chic did not happen this week. Had the best intentions and was overly optimistic, but looks like we need a little bit more time. Stay tuned...

We are heading up to Clemson today for the first home game! I seriously wouldn't hate it if a freak cold front came through tomorrow. The first few games are always so miserably hot, but it will be worth it when we're in Death Valley. Any readers heading to Clemson, too? 

I'm going to get back in the habit of doing weekly roundups. They're just fun and it's nice to have a little chat with y'all. Perfect cap to the work week... and the "blog week."

This kitchen is near us. It's in the 2014 Palmetto Bluff Idea House and I'm completely obsessed with every inch of it.

This quote.

Tried these heels on in Dillard's and I'm all too obsessed with them. They remind me of a very high end brand in regards to quality and they are almost kind of bouncy when you walk in them. Super comfortable and way better in person. They might replace those BCBG wedges I wear literally everywhere.

The new arrivals at Gap are pretty spot on.

The new neutral lip? I like it!

I've been back in the gym this week and last. It feels so good to be a member of a great gym again. I've been missing it! So, I'm busy pinning little workouts. These you can do at home: how to lose the pooch and how to tighten inner thighs.

This is the cutest little girl's dress. I love pom pom everything.

Loved these cleaning tips.


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9.04.2014

wear | where

Hello! I'm still on my summer-to-fall transition kick. My mind is constantly spinning and trying to come up with new, fresh ways to look fall appropriate, while being comfortable in scorching temperatures. Ah, ok! So this look. This floral chiffon jacket had me at... well, floral chiffon. Throw it over a neutral tank and a pair of relaxed, distressed denim shorts and you're instantly going to look pulled together. Depending on the weather, you may opt for a pair of sandals, but these booties are just screaming my name. They're a classic and sure to last you season after season. 

With an outfit so neutral, it's always fun to add a pop of color by pairing it with a colorful bag. And what says "carefree" more than a mini crossbody bag? (If you don't like poppy red, try a bag in ink blue since that color is huge for fall!) To finish off the look, I don't think you can go wrong with a delicate set of earrings that still are able to make a statement, like these rose gold drop earrings. Oh yes, cat eye sunnies. They are always in my bag and these are fantastic.

These are all investment items that will stay in your closet for years to come, but you can definitely pair one or two of these items with less expensive things. Mixing and matching high and low is pretty much the name of the game in my closet.




 
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