Today’s Inspiration: As you wish

fashion; velvet, gray, tulle, blush, pink, coffee

Sometimes, I just want what I want … when I want it. I just want to have someone respond to my every request and whim, with “as you wish!” And right now, I’m having a major blush, blue and gray moment. And, everyday is a coffee moment. I’m working on a longer post with several Valentine’s Day/Night outfit ideas for you. Until then, enjoy this dose of Inspiration.     Links to Sources: Tulle midi skirt from Zulily – $20 |  Blush wide ankle strap heels from Topshop – $75 Silk peony flowers on Etsy – $11 | As You Wish […]

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Winter Skincare: Philosophy’s Falling in Love Line

skingcare; body cream; lotion; exfoliation; dry skin;

Winter has arrived! And, with it comes my annual quest for moisture and better skincare. I live in the south, so there aren’t too many days in the year where I’m fully covered up. With the exception of a few really cold days (oddly, like the ones we’ve been having in Atlanta here lately), I typically have toes peeping out of a bootie, skin peeking through a ripped jean, a shoulder being gently hugged by an off-the-shoulder top,or legs freely baring themselves under a skirt. So, skin is always in where I live. That said, I have incredibly sensitive, red, […]

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Control Your Calendar in 2018

Hey friends! It’s the end of the first week of January. How’s your calendar looking? If you’re like me, you are probably juggling a million different commitments, to-dos and trying to squeeze in some ‘me time’ all while responding to emails that piled up over the holidays. Does it always seem time is moving too quickly and you are always running right behind it screaming, “wait for me! Wait for me!” In my teens and 20s, I was constantly chasing time, and I was almost always late. A lot of factors played into that, but it was something I knew […]

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What’s The Plan? Top Planner Picks for 2018

Hey Friends! It’s almost 2018, which means I’ve had my planner for several weeks and I’ve been waiting to fill in my appointments, important dates and plans (my husband calls this act, where I spread out all my planner materials, my “pageantry”). Yes, I’m someone who still likes a paper planner. I like having a book to stick notes in. I like writing and doodling, and I love organizing my planner. About two years ago, I embarked on what seemed to be a never-ending journey to find the perfect planner. I joined Facebook Groups, solicited opinions and even printed my […]

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Move Over Goal Setting! Intentions are in the Driver’s Seat in 2018

It’s that time of year – the holidays are quickly coming to an end. I should be fully focused on the merriment of time with friends and family, and I should be relaxing and enjoying my time off from work. But, I’m an incredibly driven, goal-seeking person. So, here I am reviewing my 2017 resolutions (which, in my opinion is just a fancy word for goals). And, I’ve spent a disproportionate amount time celebrating my wins vs. beating myself up over the goals I didn’t hit <- Why do we do that to ourselves? Here’s the thing: just about any […]

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Anatomy of a Hutch – Holiday Edition

Yesterday, I shared four holiday hutches with you, and I referenced some tried and true rules I tend to follow when styling a hutch (pro tip: these rules also work great for bookshelves). As promised, Here’s those rules for your reference! Happy styling. Visually Divide Your Space Think of the hutch as several smaller spaces in which you can design vignettes. My hutch is split down the middle, so that gives me six easy vignettes to consider. Add … Then Edit, Edit, Edit This is very similar to the fashion rule that you should always remove the last accessory you […]

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The Hot Cocoa That Nearly Shut Down My Christmas Party

Whew, it has been a cold start to winter here in Atlanta! So, what better time to share my hot cocoa recipe? But, first, let me tell you about the near riot this caused when I debuted it at my Christmas party a few years ago. I was standing at the slow cooker stirring the next batch (yes – this is one of those easy slow cooker recipes!) When a group of children and adults came charging in with cups in hands and chocolate on faces (I’ll let you decide whether it was the children or adults with chocolate on […]

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4 Ways to Design a Holiday Hutch

This week was a busy one. I live in Atlanta and work in D.C., so you can imagine I spend a lot of time on planes. On the flight home Friday night, my mind began to drift to the hutch in my kitchen. There is a lot of decorating real estate on that hutch that I have yet to take full advantage of for the holidays, so I decided (somewhere over North Carolina) that I simply couldn’t get two full days into December without switching over to a holiday hutch. After stripping my hutch of its usual decor, I layered […]

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Drop-in Gifts for Everyone

Hey Y’all! Can you believe we are already into the holiday season? It seems like 2017 has flown by. But, the older I get, the faster time feels like it is moving double speed – probably because my body is moving at half speed. One thing that always gives me anxiety this time of year is getting caught without a gift for someone. Let’s be honest, there is always some well-meaning, lovely person who throws the game off with her extension of a kind token of holiday cheer. How DARE her for being so dang kind! Or, I’ll be heads […]

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Milk, Red Wine and Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I’ve just started a two-day detox. No joke – I literally need to hit the reset button and try to salvage what’s left of my gastrointestinal tract. So, what better day than today to think about cookies. Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I ate cookies last night, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them today. As I was pouring my milk last night, my eyes shifted to the bottle of Pinot on the counter and I had a moment where I had to decide if it were a […]

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