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Friday Five

Friday, January 23, 2015

I hope everyone had a nice week! I didn't have MLK off, but I'm sure it was nice for all of you that did! It was a busy week for me with lots of meetings and I'm looking forward to a restful Saturday and date night tomorrow night!'

Also - don't forget to check out my blog sale -- and household here.

I have the hardest time with work pants. They're either too short, too itchy, or too big in the waste. I've been wearing a pair from Loft for months that are just not flattering. I stumbled across the Minnie's from J.Crew and am thrilled I did. Not only are they cotton so they're not itchy, but they come in tall and are a perfect fit. As long as they don't stretch out, I'll be super happy. I ordered them in navy and black -- sadly the black are on backorder, but I'm loving my navy. They have a side zip, no pockets so they keep a nice line and don't make false hips and are super comfortable. 

This is my favorite new go-to recipe during the week. We've had this for two weeks in a row now and it is so good and simple. Especially after Christina's tip about being able to cook potatoes in the crockpot (on low for 10 hours), this takes no time at all. My only change to the recipe would be to double the spinach amount.

We are having so much fun with finishing touches on our new house. Everything is really starting to come together and it's feeling like home. I would love to add this pineapple to the mix. Not only is this one so cute and multi-functional, but pineapple's are also a sign of southern hospitality -- a definite must for every home!

One of my goals for 2015 was to add in fitness classes to my workout routine. This week I went to the ballet barre class that's offered at my gym (O2 Fitness at Seaboard - love it there!!) and I loved the class. I took a couple Pure Barre classes a few years ago and really enjoyed it, but wasn't ready to commit to a workout routine. The only down side is that our gym only offers this class once a week. I would love to be able to do it up to 3 times a week, but unfortunately, Pure Barre or Barre 3 aren't in the budget right now. Do y'all have any other classes that you take at your gym that you love? I'd love to hear about them!

This skirt is coming to live with me at some point in the coming months. I love every detail -- and that blue! Give me now. It's also a great price and you can normally get a good deal from Piperlime. I can't wait to pair with with my favorite black silk tank.

 

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Blog Sale - Household Items

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Here are the household things I'm also offering for sale. Everything is available to be shipped except for the Crate & Barrel jars and the cake stand. Raleigh or Greensboro area only for those, please. 

Please email me at southerninlove@gmail.com if you're interested in an item or would like to see more photos/a more detailed description.

Two Pottery Barn Audrey Curtain Panels (lined) - 54" x 95"
SOLD

Two Biscuit Home Katie Euro Sham in Black
Great Condition
Asking $60 for pair



Two Biscuit Home Katie Euro Sham in Red
Great Condition
Asking $60 for pair

Brand new - never framed/used
Asking $20

Two Silk Green 18" square pillows with white piping
There are some water spots on one side of the pillows
Asking $30 - INCLUDES inserts

Brand New - Never Used
20" Square 95% Feather, 5% Down Pillow Inserts - amazing quality
I ordered 4 of these for our living room pillows, but we ended up going with a larger size pillow cover for two of the pillows, so these are too small now.
Asking $30

18" Lavender Spotted Silk Pillows 
Currently for sale at Furbish for $45/pillow and does not include inserts

Crate & Barrel White Porcelain Canisters
Suction on lids creates a good seal
Perfect for flour, sugar, etc.
2 large and 4 small
Asking $50 for the set


SOLD

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Blog Sale!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm super jealous of those of you who have today off work! We had a really nice and productive weekend and finally got some things up on the walls. When we moved, I knew it would be the perfect time to clean out my closet. Since getting married and working full time, my fashion needs have changed so all of these things are still in great condition, I just don't have a need for them in my wardrobe. 

Everything is $40 or less (except for the watch)!!
Please email me at southerninlove@gmail.com if you're interested in an item or would like more photos or a more detailed description of the item!

I also have some household things (pillows, curtains, canisters) that I'm going to post tomorrow.

J.Crew Straight Leg Ankle Wool Herringbone Pants (LINED!!) - Size 2T - Black
Like new condition
Asking $30

J.Crew Floral Print Mini Skirt - Size 4
Great condition
Asking $15

J.Crew Deep Pink Skirt with Eyelet Trim - Size 4
Great condition
Asking $25

Sheridan French Ikat Print Shirt Dress with Green detailed elbow patch - Size 6
This is from one of Sheridan's last collections. She has since taken a break to be a full time mom to her 4 precious kids.
Great condition
Asking $40

Lilly Pulitzer Pink eyelet dress with scoop back and exposed gold zipper - Size 4
Great, like new condition - only worn once at my bridal shower 
Asking $40

Judith March Red Dress with black & white houndstooh bow - Size M
Great Condition (recently dry cleaned)
Asking $20

Black Cotton Peplum Dress - from Charlottes, Inc. - Size M
Great condition
Asking $30

Great condition, a few small scratches from general wear
SOLD

Rifle Paper Co iPhone 5S Case with Inlay (she doesn't make this style anymore)
I used this case for probably 2 days. Great condition - like new!
SOLD

J.Crew Patent Leather Black Belt - Size M
SOLD

K.Slademade Brown Leather Foldover Clutch
SOLD

K.Slademade Red Leather Foldover Clutch with tassle
SOLD

J.Crew Black Velvet Clutch (can tuck in handle)
Great condition
SOLD

Jack Rogers - Size 8m - Red with white
Good condition - aren't even fully broken in (leather is still very stiff)
SOLD

J.Crew Navy Swim Top with Underwire - Size 36D
Brand New - Never Worn
SOLD

J.Crew Navy Bottoms - Size Small
Brand New - Never Worn
SOLD

Lululemon Scoop Me Up Tank - Size 6 in Navy with Green Stripes
Great, like new condition
SOLD

Lululemon Free to be Tank - Size 6 in Red
Great, like new condition
SOLD

Lululemon Free to be Tank - Size 6 in Purple
Great, like new condition
SOLD

Lululemon Power Y Tank - Size 6 - Plum Peach
Great, like new condition 
SOLD

J.Crew White Peplum Top - Size S
Good Condition
SOLD

J.Crew Gray with White Lace Long Sleeve Peplum Top - Size Small
Like new - only worn once!
SOLD

Free People Shark Bite Shorts - Size 27
These rung large - would fit a regular jean size 28
I love these shorts, they're just too big - great condition
SOLD

J.Crew 3" Chinos - Size 2
SOLD


J.Crew Straight Leg Ankle Wool Herringbone Pants (LINED!!) - Size 2T - Pink
Like new condition
SOLD

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Friday Five

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's finally Friday! I'm looking forward to a sunny and warmer weekend watching some Wolfpack basketball and getting a few things done around the house. I can't wait to post a few updates when things are a little more put together!

One.  Shark Rotator Professional 3-in-1 Vacuum
I never thought I would be singing the praises of a vacuum, but here I am. We didn't have a vacuum in the old house because we had all hardwood/linoleum floors. In the new house we have a mix of everything including carpet in two of the bedrooms. This vacuum is amazing on all the different floor types. The attachment tools are amazing and I feel like the house is a million times cleaner because of this vacuum. I went around the edges/corner of every room with the attachment tool and was able to suck up so much dirt, dog hair, etc. The carpets were professionally cleaned before we moved in and this guy was able to get stuff the professionals didn't. 

Mom was actually the one who did the research on vacuums when she had to buy one for work and this was the one she decided on. I honestly don't know how a Dyson could get any better than this. The retail price for the Shark is half the price of a Dyson and you can use a 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond coupon making it the best deal ever. If you need a new vacuum or you hate yours, I could not recommend this one more.
My sweet in laws got me these flats for Christmas and they are my new favorites! They are so comfortable and I love how simple they are. The leather is so soft and it's nice to not have logos all over everything you wear. Next time they have another 25-30% off sale I might have to grab these in black or one of the other six cute colors they have!
Three. Threshold Tufted Bench
We decided that in our new entry a bench would be cuter and more practical than a table,  and we were so excited to get such a nice bench for such a great price!
This is our inspiration for the entry way: 
We have a random opening above where the bench sits that is awkwardly high. We'd either need a REALLY large photo/painting/etc. or we're going to get two different photos and frame them in these Ribba frames. In a budget-free, no money worries world, I would love to get this print by Thom Filicia, but as that's not the case, I'm on the lookout for two 12" x 12" prints/photos (suggestions welcome!!). I'm loving how it's all coming together and the bench looks really cute with our Lulu & Georgia painted dessert rug.

Four. Coffee Tank via Etsy
This tank pretty much sums up my life. It would be so cute to wear lounging around the house or running errands on the weekend!
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I made this salad for a side with my lunches this week and it was SO good. I'm pretty picky about kale and up until this salad, I've only ever liked the kale salad they have at A Southern Season. Even Brandon really likes it. My only 2 notes are that I used half an onion instead of a whole one and next time I think I'll use even less. I also highly recommend getting a bunch of kale instead of the individually bagged kind. You have to de-vein the kale and it would be much easier/quicker if it's in a long piece instead of a million tiny ones.

  

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We're Moved!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

...and I'm exhausted. We have gotten settled in pretty quickly and only have one room that is still in disarray plus nothing is hung on the walls. We painted on the 31st and 1st, rented a UHaul and got everything into the new house on the 2nd and spent the rest of the past weekend getting unpacked and organized. We still have to get the food out of the fridge at the old house and clean it before our final walk through on Thursday. 

More space definitely leads to us needing more furniture, but we are happy to slowly gather pieces (and find deals) over time instead of rushing out and making impulse purchases on non-quality items. The new house feels like it's double the size of the old one. We definitely have double the counter space in the kitchen, we went from one bathroom to 2 1/2 and have an additional bedroom. The living space is also much larger and open into the dining area which will be ideal for entertaining down the road. This house is the perfect situation for us as we work to pay off Brandon's student loans and we are excited about all the things that will happen while we are here.

In a week, we went from this:


To this:

We've ordered a rug for the living room to anchor the space and warm it up a little bit. I can't wait for it to get here! To the left is a large, open dining area that also leads back into the kitchen. I'm excited to start the search for a real dining room table and chairs. I found a great deal on Craigslist yesterday and almost made an impulse buy, but decided to be patient and wait until we can find exactly what we want.

I'm also loving the carport! No more scraping my windows in the morning! And don't worry -- a North Carolina flag has definitely been hung up since this photo to make it officially home.
 

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