Thursday, May 31, 2012

Living Room Switcheroo- HELP!

Am I the only one who moves their furniture and accessories all over the house?  I do it a lot.  Originally, my living room looked like this then this.  

Here's what I got goin on now.....

excuse my little munchkin that crashed the pic....

I love my pops of turquiose but its all too much.....I think some editing is in order.....HELP!!!  I just moved all of this around on a whim yesterday so excuse the poor styling.....

Also, I need help with my mantle....thoughts?

Sometimes I feel like I can do other people's homes easily, and when it comes to my own I get stuck!  HELP!!  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

All In A Day's Work At The Beach!

Dancin' at the Corolla Surf Shack for lunch....

headin' to the water to jump waves and play in the sand....

struttin' my stuff down to the water's edge.....

All in a day's work at the beach!
This was our last day, so we were sad to leave.....
back to reality!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Last Day Of Paradise

This little beach baby is not ready to go home!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Corolla, NC

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Prep!!

Hi everyone, it's Shannon from Wine Taste Girl for my last day of guest blogging for Shelli while she's out getting some must needed R&R.  I don't know about you all, but I'm super excited to have a three day weekend and I have a ton of things planned.  First off, my sister is getting married on Sunday!  Yeah! We are also having a huge family cookout since we'll all be together for the wedding, and I think there is nothing more fun than getting together with family and friends in the summer at a picnic or barbecue.   So for today's post, I wanted to share with you all my idea of the perfect ensemble for any outdoor activity you may be participating in this weekend.

Summer BBQ Outfit Ideas

Summer BBQ Outfit Ideas by winetastegirl 

And this is what I want my cookout to look like!  Have you ever seen a more organized table?

This is one side I will be making!
  • 4 ears fresh corn on the cob, husks removed
  •       1/4        cup Crisco vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  •       1/4        teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small red pepper, finely chopped (about 1/3 cups)
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves or parsley
  1. Rub the corn with 2 tablespoons oil.  Beat the remaining oil, lime juice, maple syrup and black pepper in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.
  2. Lightly oil the grill rack and heat the  grill to medium. Grill the corn for 5 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides. Remove the corn from the grill. Cut the corn kernels from the cob with a sharp knife.
  3. Stir the corn, red pepper, green onions and cilantro in a medium bowl.  Add the dressing and toss to coat.
So what will you be doing this weekend?
Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this amazing blog, Shelli!  It was fun! fashion link up....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lemonade And Watermelon Color Love!

Hi A La Mode Maven readers, it's Shannon from Wine Taste Girl, and I'm back for my second day of my guest blogging series while Shelli is out on a well deserved break.  I know you all are treated daily to all of Shelli's amazing design skills so I thought I would incorporate a little design into my fashion theme today.  Spring and Summer are full of bright colors that seem to pop off the rich green backgrounds and one combo I've been inspired by is the Lemonade and Watermelon color palettes.  Bright pinks paired with yellows are eye catching and seem to fit so well into the season, so I've found a few design and fashion ideas channeling this color combo I just can't seem to resist.

 And this post wouldn't be complete without a Watermelon Lemonade drink recipe!
Watermelon Lemonade
Yields: 12 servings

Sugar Syrup:
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups ice cubes
2 cups diced watermelon
Mixed diced fruit of your choice (such as apples, pears or strawberries)
1 orange, preferably organic, sliced into rounds
1 lemon, preferably organic, sliced into rounds
1 lime, preferably organic, sliced into rounds
To make sugar syrup: Combine the water and sugar in a medium  saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high and boil for 10 minutes. If you  are planning to make the lemonade immediately, place 2 cups of the sugar  water in the freezer or refrigerator while you do the rest of the prep.  (The recipe makes about 2 cups syrup. When stored in a tightly sealed  glass jar, sugar syrup keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator).
To make the lemonade: Mix 2 cups of sugar syrup, watermelon, lemon  juice, and lime juice in a big bowl or pitcher. Add the ice cubes, diced  watermelon and other fruit. Add the orange, lemon, and lime rounds.  Stir well and chill until icy cold.

So where do you find color inspirations this season?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Trending Fashion: Peter Pan Collars

Hi everyone!  My name is Shannon from Wine Taste Girl, and I'm guest blogging this week for my dear friend Shelli while she's out getting some much needed R&R.  My blog, Wine Taste Girl, is geared towards finding boutique and designer fashions on line and in stores, all for less than $100.  I'm so excited to be joining you this week and I hope you all will enjoy a little fashion flair interjected into the a' la mode design theme.  You may find a few new items for your summer wardrobe you just can't live without!

Being the mom of two very well dressed little boys, I have bought my fair share of juvenile peter pan collared shirts.  They are precious and remind me of Little Lord Fauntleroy.  Who's that you say?
Well it's a really old movie with a little English lord who wore a lot of these somewhat girly collared shirts. (Don't judge, I didn't have a baby girl until a year ago!)  Well these days, it's perfectly acceptable for grown women to wear the peter pan collar look, and I must confess, I'm really into it.  Here are some really fabulous, spot on trend worthy tops I'm currently obsessing over.





So what's your take on this trend?  Will you channel Little Lord Fauntleroy?

Also, please join me starting next week in a Summer Trend Fashion Link up.  Starting on Tues, May 29th, I'll showcase a summer trend a day for the following ten days, and you all have a chance to show your take on that trend.  If you blog, write your post that day on the trend, then link your post back here on Wine Taste Girl where my readers have a chance to hop over and read your post.  If you don't blog, don't worry, take your best picture of you wearing the trend, it doesn't have to be a professional shot... it can even be a picture of you standing in front of the mirror.  Then post it to your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account and leave the link here on Wine Taste Girl that day so we can all check it out.  It's easy, and a fun way for us to get ideas on how to wear these pieces.  So here's the rundown of the trends and dates I'll be featuring them...

I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Heel Booties For Flip Flop Feet....

This is a weird post, but I love these darn things and I thought with summer and flip flop season upon us, I would share.
Just my tootsies hangin out on the screened in porch in my newest obsession for flip flop feet heel booties.
Yeah, that's right, gel lined heel booties!

I put lotion on my heels and then these little suckers and then I have the softest heels (because sometimes the Texan in me comes out and I go barefoot around the house and in the yard).  I also LIVE in flip flops.  

I now wear these around the house some but mostly to bed at night.  

Here's what the package looks like if you wanna look at Walmart or Target.....any brand will do I bet....

I bought them here.

After a quick change in beach destinations, we are finally headed out today!  My friend Shannon volunteered to pop in with a few guest posts for you- hers are always good so you won't wanna miss them =)  Thanks Shan!

Friday, May 18, 2012

More Fun For K's Big Girl Room!

So, this girl is HomeGoods happy once again.  
How cute is this wire basket?
(I really wish I had another one too)
$24.99?  Yes please!

Remember the shadow boxes?
This little guy is hung right underneath for k's books!
It is just her height and she loves it.
Miss independence you know....

K likes to pick out her shoes, so this is her shoe tray...
for her favorites I guess.....
(yeah, I don't know what a shoe tray is either, 
she just likes to put her shoes here, ha)

Ya'll know I put wheels on everything right?
It just makes everything more fun!

I'm taking a break next week for some rest, reading and sun!
Love you laters!

*If you missed K's Big Girl Room Design, here is her 
inspiration board

*I'm still waiting on the duvet, sham, curtains and carousel print

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cutest $10 Necklaces! Day Old Tee

Um, how cute are these upcycled tee shirt necklaces???
They are $10!  

My friend Mandi showed up yesterday wearing one and I instantly wanted to steal it. 
Mandi's looked like this

So, to save our friendship and avoid jail time, I bought two of my own.  Ha.

I bought these two shown above.

I also want this one

and this one.  *sigh*

Mandi had hers on with a black knit casual dress and it looked so cute!  Its a fun way to fancy up a casual outfit for summer.  Love!
You can buy them on etsy here

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shadow Boxes For A Steal!

I found these cute shadowboxes at Homegoods for $19.99 each and decided they were perfect for k's big girl room...

I filled them with her little bloomers and sun hat (that don't fit any longer, boo) from when she was a baby.  They are from Rikshaw Design and you knooooow how much I love me some Rikshaw ( see here and here)!!  

You likey?
I think they will look great in here (I hope, ha)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Chic Toddler Beds

While searching ebay for a client, I came across these pics of Restoration Hardware toddler beds for sale in NYC.  I just thought the photos were really cool and I wanted to share them! 

How fun are the initial prints on the footboard?  
And the botanicals on the window sill?
Oh, and the cool buildings as the view?

This is def NOT a sight we would see here in Tennessee,
fun for NYC right?
*You can buy the Restoration Hardware Tate Toddler Bed

Cutest Custom Wooden Bookends!

How cute are these little elephant bookends?
I had them made for K's big girl room.....
You can check out the custom shop here

He can make anything!   In custom colors too!
The name of the shop is Professor Finley and all of his work is super duper cute.....

I think they will go nicely on k's dresser in her new room

ps- thank you for the prayers and patience, you have no idea how much it means to me....

Monday, May 7, 2012

Restoration Hardware Baby And Child-- Storyteller Rug

Happy Monday Morning!!!
K's rug showed up on Friday!  I LOVE it!  She loves it too and has been talking about the elephants. It is super plush and a nice neutral combo.  Just thought you might like a sneak peak =)  You can find it here

Here is the mood board in case you missed it......

Thursday, May 3, 2012

K's Big Girl Room Progress- Furniture Delivery!

So guess what arrived yesterday......K's big girl bed and dresser!  She is so excited that she won't get out of the new, and the mattress isn't being delivered until today!  HA!  She has been so bummed the last 2 nights that she has had to actually sleep in her crib.  Oh, I think we are in for some interesting nights coming up......

In case you are new to the is the mood board...

warning: crappy iphone pics ahead
K has been putting her changing table pad on the wooden slats, lying down and saying "KK bed."  So cute.

Here is her new dresser (that is doubling as a changing table as we are not potty trained yet). I am in love with the little hutch top, it is a separate piece that attaches.  

But if you know know I am MOST proud of my new side table from Homegoods for $69.99!  The color, shape and scale are just perfect for her room!  Homegoods to the rescue again....
ps- shannon said the company received a huge shipment of the $40 necklaces so if you still want one, leave a comment on the original post 

tidbit:  this necklace is on the main page of Lauren Conrad's Style Blog