Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Mixed Bag

I've been juicing with my Big Boss Juicer every morning this week.  I thought I could drink a juice in lieu of eating breakfast, but I am just too hungry for that.  So, I'll have a fresh juice first thing and a breakfast "snack" about two hours later.  My juices this week have all had the same common ingredients, but I've tried to switch things up a little each day. 
 My favorite combination has been one green apple, 1/4 cucumber, a handful of baby carrots, a handful of spinach/kale mix, and a sliver of ginger.  Pretty darn good, but looks gross.
 
I don't know if it's my frantic facial masks and peels that I've done this past week or if it's the juice, or maybe both... but I have noticed that my skin is looking much more clear, even, and balanced.  Another thing that could have influenced this change is that I switched up my evening moisturizer and am now using Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.
 
Here's what the website says:
It's a new era in anti-aging. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer contains Accelerated Retinol SA, the fastest retinol formula available. Accelerated Retinol SA combines the highest concentration of Neutrogena's Retinol SA with glucose complex, an exclusive booster that delivers pure stabilized retinol into the skin's surface quickly and effectively, leaving skin feeling smoother and younger-looking. Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night is so effective, 100% of women had noticeable results in just one week. It's clinically proven to help fade the look of stubborn deep wrinkles, including crow's feet, forehead, and cheek wrinkles; brighten skin's tone; and smooth fine lines and texture.
 
After a facial at Urban Nirvana, my esthetician recommended I start using a retinol cream.  I just couldn't justify $100 for the cream she wanted me to purchase, so I did some research and found that this Neutrogena product has received much applause for it's retinol properties.  I've only been using this for three nights, so I'll keep you updated.
 
Last weekend, my mom and I went to a little antique store that was going out of business.  I scored these gorgeous chairs and am in the works of recovering the cushions and putting a thin layer of stain on them.
I also got three of these little trinket bowls from the same store.  The store owner gave me the chairs and the bowls for $50!  The fourth bowl -the pink one on the bottom right- belonged to my great great grandmother.  I plan on using these in my vanity to store lipsticks and maybe some pieces of jewelry.
 
Ok, one last thing.  I rarely post about recipes and food I make on here, but I made a chicken recipe the other night that was so good.  I hesitated putting up a picture of my meal because I am not a food photographer by any means, but here it is.  Cheesy potatoes au gratin, roasted broccoli, and jalepeno popper chicken.
Brandon and I love jalapenos, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to try it.  Oh, and it's easy.
 
...and wait for it, this is how it's SUPPOSED to look:
For the recipe, click here.  Trust me, you want to make this.  Side note, I didn't exactly follow the recipe very well.  Instead of putting 2 tsp of taco seasoning in the panko crust mixture, I put the whole packet of seasoning in.  Oops!  It turned out awesome though and when I make this again, I will put the whole packet in again for the extra flavor it provided.
 
oh, ps!  My Stella and Dot Trunk Show did NOT end yesterday.  Oops again. 
Here's the link.  Place an order by tonight for your chance at winning a Julep Bangle.  They have some amazing spring/summer items that are brand new. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wedding Wednesday -Lots of Updates!

We are officially inside the three month window!  Here are a few updates...
 
Loving this cake.  I already had finalized plans for ours, but these lace accents are really getting me.
 
I ordered my rehearsal dinner dress!  Thanks MOM!  Surprisingly enough... it's not white, but black! 
 
Brandon and I have lots of fun parties coming up...  his cousins are hosting an oyster roast "Lawn and Garden Couples Shower" for us.  I've also got a couple bridal showers in February and March, too.  This is all too exciting... gives me butterflies to think about the festivities!
 
The invitations have been ordered and our calligrapher is assuming the position... it's time to get these babies on the assembly line to be mailed out by the beginning of March.  I was going to show a sneak peek of our design, but decided to wait until the guests receive them. 
 
Rentals are really close to being finalized.  I just can't stop thinking of new things to add to our proposal.  This has got to stop!  Shopping around the Ooh Events! warehouse was too much fun.  Rows and rows of unique rentals.
 
 
 
 
The flower girl dress has been picked out and will be ordered today!  Mom and I took Riley (my cousin & FG) shopping last weekend.  Of course, she loved all the pink dresses and couldn't understand why I just couldn't let her wear the "princess pink dress."
This is not the dress we chose, but I have to share how sweet she is.
 
 
Oh, and the tuxedos have been picked out!  Brandon and his groomsmen will be dapper gentlemen in Vera Wang.  This is the exact tux, but they will not have a vest ...cummerbund instead.
 
Ok, guess I can't give everything away, but there's a good dose of wedding plans to fill you in.  Figured I owed it to you for being MIA the past few days.
 
Oh, and if you're recently engaged and looking for a great place to get married in Charleston, check out this new venue, Palmetto Landing.
  
 
This gorgeous backyard venue belongs to my Aunt and Uncle.  They live along the Wando River and have decided to open up their grounds for weddings!  It's only 15 minutes from downtown Charleston.  Seriously, if you're looking for oak trees, spanish moss, and a waterside sunset... this is for you!
 
 Oh, today is the last day of my Stella and Dot Trunk Show! Anyone who orders is automatically entered for a chance to win this Julep Bangle.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stella & Dot Trunk Show

Hi pretties.  I think it's safe to say we all love some Stella & Dot and now is a great time to purchase anything you might have on your wish list.  S&D stylist, Tori Johnson, contacted me to start a trunk show and I was more than happy to do so.  This is such a fun jewelry line and the new items for spring are on point.
 
Anyone who places an order using this trunk show link will be automatically entered to win one of the Julep Bangles.  I'm obsessed with the emerald green color (also comes in ivory, blue, and pink --perfect for stacking!).
 
Not to mention, the first two people to place orders will receive 50% off one item in the future!
 
Here are some of my favorites...
 
The Serenity Drop Earrings (I have these in green and get compliments ALL the time.)
 ...the Mary-Margaret Stone Ring
 ...the Fiona Bib Necklace
 ...and the Gilded Arrow Bangle.
So get to shopping for your chance to win the Julep Bangle!
...and remember that the first TWO PEOPLE to place an order will get 50% one item in the future.
 
Happy shopping!! 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Five

{1}
The sweetest bowls you ever did see ...just in time for Valentine's day.

{2}
Dinner with my MOH last night at Al Di La
Y'all, it was amazing, which left me wondering what has taken me so long to eat there.
It is Avondale Restaurant Week, so we were each able to choose three courses for $20.  I chose the Bruschetta, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad for an appetizer, the Strangozzi Spoletina - Housemade Sausage, Pancetta, Cream, Nutmeg and Lemon Zest for my entree, and Tiramisu with Toasted Hazelnuts for dessert.



{3}
How pretty is this tablescape? 
I've really been loving ginger jars lately and think this styling is perfection.

{4}
The coziest of blankets.  The middle one is calling my name.
Chunky Tassel Throw

{5}
So true.
TGIF!!
Xo.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

loves of the week

Missiko sent me a 1.5 inch Babyliss Pro Ceramic Spring Curling Iron and I'm officially obsessed.  It makes me want to curl my hair everyday.  I've been playing with it a lot recently and love the curls it gives my hair.  It heats up super quickly and is very easy to use.  It has ceramic and tourmaline properties, so that helps to protect your hair and keep it's natural moisture sealed in.  Summary... it doesn't fry your hair!  This is what makes a professional curling iron different than the one you can buy at a drugstore.
 
 
I spotted a pair of these chairs on sale in Elizabeth Stuart Designs and fell head over heels.  I wish I could blink my eyes and have them in my living room.  Someone in Charleston, please go buy them.
 
 
 I'm also loving last night.  I cleaned and did laundry, then cuddled with Winston on the couch and watched Newlyweds. 

 
Rembrandt was so sweet to send over a kit full of "girls night" essentials -games, Essie nail polish, Neutrogena skincare, drink mixes, and many other fun products.  One product that really stood out to me is the Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Corrector.  It's kind of amazing.
It has maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid, so by putting this on a blemish, it reduces size and redness within hours.  This will be in my beauty arsenal for a long, long time.
 
That's all for today.  Happy, Happy Thursday! 
 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

having a moment

I'm having a serious moment in the world of calm, earthy, simple, slightly rustic-meets-coastal interiors.  I might attribute it to my latest trips to Ooh! Events (my wedding coordinator/florist/rental company) and Elizabeth Stuart Design.  Everything in those places is just... right.  I'm loving the mix of simplicity with little trinkets and cozy touches.  Lots of candles, natural elements and great textures.  Soothing colors like white, gray, and ash-toned creams.    

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