Thursday, January 23, 2014

Closet Cleanout 2014

Quick post to get going on listing some of my closet clean out items right away.
See something you like? Make me an offer. I'm ready to let go.
Paypal only.
(Side note: I resigned my position at work, and will be back at home more, so more blogging! I have many thoughts, and am excited about some changes to the atmosphere around here. Thoughts? Email me!)
Lili's Closet Ihrin Shirt Dress, Anthropologie
Size 4
I replaced the hidden faulty snaps in the closure, so they are secure. Fits true to size. Worn once. Carefully cleaned once.

Floreat Cold Climate Dress, Anthropologie
Size 6
Dry Cleaned and worn once.

Maeve Gathered Together Dress, Anthropologie
Size 4
Good condition. Worn several times.

More coming soon....

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Could It Be Possible?

It's already time to start planning for Christmas?

I don't know about you, but I'm desperately trying to stay on top of how quickly Christmas rushes upon us. From holiday decor to Christmas cards, I've already been planning for new ideas and color schemes.
Every year since we got married, Jay and I have had a blue and silver Christmas tree. The look has evolved over time, but essentially remained the same. When we lived in Virginia Beach, we had room for three trees in our house, so we had my blue and silver tree, a tree with all the kids ornaments, and a hunting/fishing themed tree for all of Jay's ornaments. Since moving to Kansas, we really only have room for two trees, so Jay's ornaments have been sitting in boxes a few years.
Nevermind the children in the way of the tree....
This year I've been inspired by the beautiful shape and color of the antler sheds Jay has been bringing home from hunt trips, so I am going to incorporate that into our Christmas decorations, and pull out his box of decorations instead of my own. To that end, I've been scouring the internet for a way to pull out my style along with his. Of course, my first go-to is Anthropologie.
Woodland Stocking Holder
Night Owl Lights
And in the entertaining department:

I die. This takes all of my loves and puts them in to a neatly tied package. Birthday discount?

I missed out on last years horn collection because I dragged my feet on it. I am determined not to let that happen again. I love the entire collection. Probably a better use of my discount than a $300 tray set.

No Christmas would be complete without an apron that looks like a gorgeous dress!

But back to the decor. I hoping to pull off a more traditional and nostalgic feeling this year.
Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest 
As for Christmas cards, I am trending toward the same traditional color scheme. So far, I have ordered these for myself:

I plan to pair together with skinny jeans and either high heels in black, or my tobacco colored boots. Jay will wear a flannel and jeans with boots.
For my kids, I'm doing a variety of flannels and sweaters in this scheme:

I plan to pair all these with simple jeans on bottom.
Here is my photo inspiration:
Source: Pinterest
I'm hoping we have some snow or frost on the ground when it's time to take the photo's. Getting 6 independent people together at the same time is the biggest challenge, so it might be tough to get the weather to cooperate.

Well, I've emptied my brain of my thoughts so far. What about you? Are you planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas yet?

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Rest of the Story...

So I hinted at something interesting happening during the rest of the trip I recently took to New Orleans. Well, the week before we went, I mentioned to Jay that we should make a pit-stop in Dallas for the Giants/Cowboys game. We did a little digging, and discovered that it was a mere $100 to make the change, so we did it! We flew from New Orleans to Dallas Sunday morning, then went straight to the 6th Floor Museum, the place where Kennedy was shot. As a student/nerd of American history, more specifically Presidential history, this was a dream of mine.
Looking down from the 6th floor window on Dealey Plaza.

The upper, right window you see just above the tree line is the window where Oswald stood.
I'm standing near the spot of the fatal shot. The trees were small in the 60's, but the plaza
remains largely unchanged.

X's mark the street, designating shot points.
The museum is thoughtful, and easy to navigate. I especially loved the audio tour, which comes free with the museum entry fee. It's an app on an iPod, and allows the tourist to decide what information they'd like to know more about. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to visit a place that holds such history.
Sunday night, we attended the game!
The incomparable George Strait tossed the coin to start the game!

Great seats!

Can you tell which of us was happiest?

Our photo preview from the Cowboys photographer.
Monday morning, we visited Southern Methodist University, site of the brand-new George W. Bush Library. And here is where I had the most exciting excitement I could be excited about! Everyone who knows me, knows I love President Bush. (I've been known to warn my husband that I might run away with him.) I joked to Jay that it would be funny if Bush were there while we were visiting....
Beautiful front entrance.

Being a Scottish Terrier owner, I loved this portrait.

"W" with Dad.
 And here comes the amazing part. We decided to eat in the lovely restaurant on-site called 43. Once we sat down, I looked to my left, and noticed a striking lady who looked JUST like Condoleeza Rice. I took a double take, and sure enough it WAS her! I was thrilled to be able to see her in person, so I snuck a photo.
 While still reeling from the excitement of seeing someone I admire very much (I'm reading her book "No Higher Honor" right now, I looked to might right and noticed Laura Bush sitting at a different table! Can you believe this?

We had a fun weekend, and I can't wait to get back to my beloved Dallas again!