Friday, February 17, 2017

DIMPLE WORTHY DELIGHTS: SHIRTS AND BLOUSES


I have a new category of posts I'll be sharing from time to time... Dimple Worthy Delights!  These will be some of my favorite things that I want to share with you.  They bring a smile to my face, and I hope they will to yours as well!  We'll kick things off today with a fashion spin, my current favorite blouses.

I own all of these exact blouses so I can highly recommend each one annnnd, they're all ON SALE right now!!  I basically wear these year round.  I layer them with sweaters or jackets in the winter, and cuff the sleeves up in the summer.  They are all classic, staple pieces in my wardrobe and I have really received a bang for my buck with them.

My Hi-Lo shirt is in a different color, but I love it so much I want to get this white one also.  Love wearing it with leggings, boots, and a long sweater right now, and it will be perfect with white skinnies and wedges when it warms up.  It's the shirt I wore when we visited The Mercantile!  I also plan to wear this as a cover-up at the pool this summer.


Hi-Lo Striped Shirt


This popover is super versatile, and easy to wear alone or mix and match with almost any type of layer on top.  It would be super cute with a pencil skirt for church, too.  I wore it when I visited Pam last summer.



I got this blouse at the end of last Fall, so I've only worn it a few times through the Winter but I get tons of compliments on it every time I wear it, and I'm looking forward to it being a workhorse this Spring and Summer.  I believe that this scale of gingham fabric was discontinued, but it is available in the same pattern that's a slightly larger scale now, as well as several other colors as well.  

Black and White Gingham Carolina Top
(red purse ||  earrings  ||  booties ($32!)  ||  pants no longer available)


I just wore this shirt yesterday layered with a tunic sweater, and it looks great with the super popular field jacket, too (good ones here or here).  I wish I had one in every color!  (It's navy but hard to tell in the photo.)



I wear this shirt at least once a week, if not more.  Love it with white jeans, shorts, black jeans, a pencil skirt, or knotted at the waist over a full skirt.  




Here are a few blouses that I have my eye on to add into the mix.  If anyone has one of these I'd love to know what you think about it in the comments!

The ruffled bell sleeves on this top make me smile, and it buttons up the back!! SO cute!



I would have to try this ruffled hem t-shirt on to see if the hem length works for me, but it's a darling possiblity.  There are several different colors available as well.  It would be cute with distressed or white denim, shorts and sandals, or even with a fitted pencil skirt. (THESE white jeans are awesome... thick with the perfect amount of stretch... and yes, order down one size.)




I'm pretty sure I would wear this popover tunic at least once a week, too!



This little cutie would be great all summer long.


(Are you noticing a theme that I like a variety of denim shirts in an assortment of styles?)

I've been waiting for it to go on sale, and I just ordered this long sleeve tee in a few different colors earlier this week.  At this amazing price, I hope I love it as much when it arrives (but you've gotta love the free shipping and free returns just in case!).



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

TIMELESS DESIGN: CLASSIC SOUTHERN LIVING


I shared some good estate sale finds that I came across last month with you recently.  One thing that I didn't mention was this decorating book from Southern Living, copyright dated 1990.  I picked it up because I'm always looking for larger size books to fill my shelves, and it's a bonus if it's a decorating book!


Many of the features in this book are every bit as beautiful and in-style today as they were when it came out, and I thought you might want to take a peek at it's pages with me.

Let's start with a couple of exteriors from the book.  This front exterior is just as perfect today as it was almost 30 years ago when this book was published.  I would just add two boxwood topiaries flanking the door and ooh la la!!


Some day I WILL have a front door with a lion's head door knocker on it!  Love the brass kickplates too.  We desperately need a new front door and these two are heavily inspiring me. How I would love to work in a double door!


The ferns in the chippendale planters (I have the exact ones in black), the chippendale style furniture and the big hanging lantern would be right at home today on any chic porch or patio.


Moving on to some interiors in the book, beginning with living areas.  This mantel graces the cover of the book, and I was struck at how easily I could recreate it with things I already have.  I'm keeping this one as inspiration for this Fall.


Can you guess what caught my eye in this living room?  Lots of blue and white!  It's so light and bright, and the eclectic mix of furniture with the contrast of the wood table is nice.  Now that I look closer, I think that's natural wood planking on the wall, too!  Too bad it's not horizontal, it would be shiplap before it's time!  ;)  Not really, I guess shiplap has been around for ages, but there's definitely a resurgence in it's popularity. #thanksfixerupper


The mom and daughter are completely cracking me up, but those beautiful accent chairs and the vintage rug make this space special.  I also like the classic wing chairs, which appear to be slipcovered, flanking the fireplace.


More blue and white (and I spot gingham, too)!  I also have a soft spot for the antlers, which I have in my own home.  I've heard debate recently that antlers are out... but I think they definitely fit in the timeless category.


For some reason, the first thought that came into my head when I saw this space was that it looked like a room that Emily Henderson would decorate.  It's eclectic and funky just like her designs, and I wish it was my vacation home in the mountains.  And honestly, if I didn't know better, I think it could be in a decorating magazine on the rack in the grocery store today!


I've admitted that I'm a sucker for an ornate gold frame... always, always in style, even if you put a chalkboard in it!  And again, the wing backs flanking the fireplace... love.


Other than maybe a new fabric on the sofa and new drapes, I don't see much I would change about this gorgeous library today.  Did you spot the crystal chandelier and peacock fireplace screen?  I'm a fan.  


This dining room is SO pretty.  Wallpaper and murals are back in a big way.  The furniture is gorgeous, although I would probably relocate a piece or two to break up the matchy-matchy.


This antique display cabinet and a peek of an oriental rug?  Gorgeous.


I would not change one thing in this space, I'm mesmerized by the pink walls, white trim, and blue and white combo!


I will say that the kitchens and bathrooms in the book were pretty dated compared to today's standards, but that's not too surprising.

So, in my opinion, the design elements that are clearly timeless according to these photos are:

*Blue and White Porcelain (yay!)
*Oriental Rugs
*Crystal Chandeliers
*Antique Furniture
*Furniture with classic lines and pairs of chairs
*Brass (yay again!)
*Color (triple yay!)

If you'd like to see more, I found the exact book here if you want to add it to your collection.



And, here are several current Southern Living decorating books that I'd love to get my hands on to pore over as well.  I wonder how many of these pages will stand the test of time in 30 years!

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Vintage Peacock Fireplace Screens here



What elements do you think are timeless in design?



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Saturday, February 11, 2017

SWEET SATURDAY #12 (VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION)


Happy Saturday, friends!  We're enjoying a quick getaway with friends and a few days on the slopes (follow along on Instagram), but I've seen so many cute Valentine's Day projects lately I wanted to share them with you today.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend!


Get this free oversized 24x36" printable printed for around $5.



These DIY personalized map hearts with treats inside are perfect for unique treats.



This romantic Sweetheart Table is just dreamy, and even prettier at night.



Make this sweet felt heart garland in a jiffy!



Such a cute teacher gift idea with printable gift tag.



 These DIY gold letter vases would be fun to use in so many different ways, imagine all of the possible words you could make.



This Valentine's Day Bark would be a perfect treat to make with the kids.


How sweet is this Cupid Cocoa for the big day?  




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