Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide: Deck The Halls.

We’ve done it. We’ve reached the last page of the Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide, and just in time. There are only two weeks left until Christmas, so time to finish up your shopping! And even if the season snuck up on you like it did me, there is still time to deck the halls and spread a little holiday cheer. Happy holidays everyone! Thanks for putting up with the gift-giving-frenzy! Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking hereHappy girly gifting!

 Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide: Deck The Halls. #girlygiftguide #gifts #giftguide #girlyobsessions #holiday #deckthehalls #decor

1. Wildfox Glowing Lights Pullover, 108. 2. Terrain Stargazer Lights, 38. 3. Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Gift Set, 40. 4. Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Trees, 15-69. 5. Pottery Barn Cable Knit Candles, 20. 6. Primitives Hoopla Here Ornament, 5. 7. Pottery Barn Pomegranate Framed Print, 59-199. 8. Terrain Antique Bloom Wreath, 128. 9. West Elm Peacock Ornament, 6. 10. West Elm Owl Candle, 14. 11. Swarovski Annual Ornament, 75. 12. Crate & Barrel Snowflake Glass Mug, 3.95 13. Williams-Sonoma Holiday Striped Oven Mitt, 12.95

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Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide: Domestic Goddess.

Here are a few essentials for making any girl a domestic goddess. This is one of the hardest pages to create in Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide – there are just so00 many cute things! By the way, if you have any old furniture that needs a revamp, I highly recommend the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Easy to use and can seriously transform your furniture. Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking hereHappy girly gifting!

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1. Nespresso De’longhi Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine, 399. 2. West Elm Rose Gold Salad Serving Set, 39. 3. Pottery Barn Crowns S&P Shakers, 39.50 4. C.Wonder Polka Dot Cake Stand, 48. 5. What’s A Hostess To Do? Susan Spungen, 18. 6. Terrain Milk Glass Bowls, 88. 7. Terrain Marble & Wood Cheese Board, 78. 8. West Elm Mirror Tray, 89.  9. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax  10. L’Econome Kitchen Knife Set, 48. 11. Anthropologie Made With Love Cookie Stamp, 8. 12. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box, 34.95

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Outside Obsessions: Patio Upgrade, Part 2.

In my last post, I came up with a mood board for my patio. It’s about 90% complete. Here is how it looks right now:

Patio Makeover (Mostly) Finished Product! #girlyobsessions

Fresh flowers always give an inviting look to any outdoor space. I purchased a new outdoor/indoor rug from Overstock. This one brightens up the space SO much more than the previous rug. I found some cute accessories for the walls and on top of the coffee table at Home Goods and Kirkland’s.

I reserved some space in the patio for our daughter. She loves the new table but isn’t quite tall enough to get in the chair by herself. A basket was added to hold all of her outdoor toys.  I also purchased a galvanized tub to hold drinks but when we aren’t having a party, I’m using it to hold pool supplies – swim diapers, extra bathing suit and pool toys. (Please excuse the clock; I need to get a stronger 3M hook for it.)

I am not a gardener at all. Frankly, I am surprising my potted plants survived enough to have photographic evidence that we ever had them. But I decided to try my hand at growing herbs. We have basil, parsley and rosemary. The potted plants you see outside of the patio are tomato plants that Charlotte grew in daycare. My wonderful in-laws re-potted them and informed us they only need to be watered every 10 days. Please hope they survive…

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Outside Obsessions: Patio Upgrade, Part 1

In my quick introduction for this blog, I mentioned that we purchased and completely renovated my childhood home. The outside of the house was a bit neglected during the initial four years of home renovations as we upgraded bathrooms, kitchens, hardwood floors, etc. (Maybe in future posts I will chronicle our journey in this house.)

Last year, our big renovation was the backyard patio. We had the old deck demolished, added new stamped concrete and a new screen porch. It has become my favorite place in the house. And I can finally decorate it! As far as home decor, I tend to gravitate towards earth tones, but with the patio I want to get creative.

A few months ago, unbeknownst to my husband, I went shopping at one of my favorite stores, Kohl’s. It was the last day of the coveted 30% off coupon. You ladies know what I am talking about…you just can’t waste those! I ended up coming home with a brand new wicker patio set. Who could resist that rocker? I had been eyeing it up for weeks, and since they were sold out online, I had to purchase the floor model. But it’s heavenly and just needs some fun accessories. Here’s what I’m thinking:

Patio Makeover Moodboard #girlyobsessions

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Obsessed with H&M Home!

Hey everyone! I’m back from the blogging dead. That sounds a bit morbid, but I have survived a few seriously intense weeks at work, with a lack of sleep I haven’t experienced since college. (I’m too old for that shit now, so it does seem like survival.) Weeks that left literally zero time for blogging, or anything personal for that matter. But I’m super excited to get back to the blog! Although a little less excited about the insanely long post to-do list I’ve accumulated. But I gotta start somewhere, and even though this is a few weeks late, I wanted to share some of the items that I’m loving from H&M’s Home collection. As I’m sure you know by now, H&M finally launched their US e-commerce site, and I am coveting so. many. things. And with the insanely affordable prices (watch out, IKEA) and abundance of skull-themed pieces, combined with my overall lack of shopping lately, I feel like my online cart will be overflowing! It was so hard to narrow down the hundreds of fab items into this small list, but here are some of my faves. What are yours? 

Obsessed with the H&M Home collection! #girlyobsessions

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Decoration Obsessions: Fourth of July.

Happy (almost) Independence Day!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays…from the patriotism and the camaraderie to the sparklers and fireworks. It’s just a feel good day as we celebrate the birth of our country with our loved ones. As a tradition, I take my dad and daughter to our local pancake breakfast with my best friend and her family. Later, we host family and friends at our home for a cookout and a swim (yep, we have an outdoor swimming pool). Since we work full-time, the pool does not get utilized as much as we would like. But this is definitely a holiday where it comes in handy. This year, I am really getting in the spirit and I want to decorate. Here are some of my favorite décor ideas that I might have to recreate:

Decoration Obsessions: Fourth of July. #girlyobsessions

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Clean Slate: utility made beautiful.

Have you guys heard about Clean Slate by Crate&Barrel? It’s a new collection of beautifully designed home utility products for laundry, cleaning, storage and organization. I have a small obsession with cleaning supplies, even though I hate cleaning. Well, that’s not true. I love the outcome of cleaning but it’s just never how I want to spend my time. And laundry is the one chore I truly despise. Probably because I’m not sure that our ancient washer and dryer actually clean our clothes. Maybe if I had one of these super cool laundry bins I’d enjoy it more? Probably not, but I still want it. Either way, I’m totally loving all the products in the Clean Slate collection. They have everything from vacuums, dusters and trash cans to laundry bins, soaps and step ladders. All beautiful. All practical. Here are some of my faves:

Clean Slate by Crate & Barrel. Cleaning, laundry, storage, organization and utility

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Girly Gift Guide: Cheers!

First, I just wanted to wish a very happy birthday to my cousin who is more like the sister I never had, Jill! Show her some love and check out her blog, Jillian’s Kitchen. Today is also my parent’s anniversary and the anniversary of our engagement, so a celebratory day all around! And what better way to celebrate than with a toast! Check out the next page of the Holiday 2012 Girly Gift Guide, which is a collection devoted to one of my fave things: cocktails! You can see the full guide below the collection, or by clicking hereHappy girly gifting!

Girly Gift Guide: Cheers! champagne kate spade
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Girly Gift Guide: Domestic Goddess.

OK, I lied, this might be my favorite page of Holiday 2012 Girly Gift Guide. I know appliances aren’t the most romantic gifts, but my KitchenAid and my Nespresso are like two of my most favorite things. Ever. And by the way, that IKEA cart is like the only product they don’t seem to have in stock at my local store. What’s up with that? You can see the full guide below the collection, or by clicking hereHappy girly gifting!

Girly Gift Guide: Domestic Goddess.
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Cute and creative office supplies from Top Hat, for Madewell.

I mentioned this before in my Poppin post, but when I was in school, shopping for supplies was my FAVORITE! And even though my back to school days are over, I still love office supplies. Especially cute and girly ones! So while looking through my Madewell catalog this weekend, I was thrilled to come across a curated collection of creative desk accessories from Top Hat.

TopHat Creative Desk Supplies for Madewell

Top Hat is a gift shop in SoHo that sells goods from around the world (found by owner Nina Allen), and is the retail counterpart to the online wholesale company, Sweet Bella. Here are some of my faves from their collection for Madewell:

delfonics® for top hat rollbahn large notebooklife stationery™ for top hat small notebooko-check for top hat small pattern notebook polka dots
Take Note:
delfonics for top hat rollbahn large notebook $13
life stationery for top hat small notebook $20
o-check for top hat small pattern notebook $8

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