Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Entryway Decor

Well, it seems like the only time I get blogging done these days, is when I am sick! This sickness just keeps hanging in there, but I finally realized its because I am not resting for long enough. So I was talked into taking time off to rest. I am feeling better, but this cough is still hanging in there!

Our home is slowly coming together. Little by little, I am figuring out where to hang and place things. It's still a mess, but each week it's a little bit less of a mess. 
I was very excited to finally get to hang up this cute welcome sign on our front door. It was a wedding gift from a dear college friend and roommate.
I finally got some things hung in the entry way.
The "Everett" picture was a wedding present from my cousin and his wife. The mirrored cabinet was a gift from my mom. I spray painted the E, it used to be about the same color as the walls, but metallic, so I decided we needed more contrast. The "grateful heart" sign I actually discovered on instagram. There is a local business called "The Missing Piece Rustic Decor", and it is a husband and wife team who make a variety of delightful wooden signs. I saw this one on instagram and found out they were selling at the Fussy Duck in Salem, and I was able to snag it!
I'm hoping to eventually get a console table to put under the E. It would be nice to be able to hide some extra shoes and keys and purses, and fill up that blank space!

I love this sign. It's something that I will keep up all year long, but it's especially appropriate to hang for the Thanksgiving season. I'm definitely grateful for all the blessings in my life! 

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fall Decor

I don't have many fall decorations, but I have made a point to hold off on decorating for Christmas and acknowledge the Fall season.
Here is my fall mantle.
I am hoping to, eventually, get a larger mirror to go above the fireplace, and take off the weird drywall bump out and get a custom fireplace mantle done.
Maybe a mirror like this one
And a fireplace mantle like this...
Or probably more realistically like this one...
I decorated our bar cart for Thanksgiving.

And I tried my hand at an idea I found on Pinterest...
My version didn't turn out quite as nice. I had some technical difficulties with the spray paint and the sharpie I used...just don't look at the writing too closely ;) 
While I am loving my fall decorations, there may or may not be a Christmas tree up in my bedroom right now...
Also, I may or may not be watching the Holiday Inn right now and getting ready to hang some ornaments on the tree...
Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Celebration

 Happy Fall everyone!
I'm home sick today so I thought I would update my blog!
Jumping back to last month when Joel and went to an annual "Fall Celebration" hosted by his brother and sister-in-law.
 As you know, I wear workout clothing everyday, and I'm not about to cake my face to teach elementary PE, so when I get a chance to dress normal, I relish it. It's nice to get to wear lipstick!
 I finally purchased a plaid flannel for fall and have discovered a way to wear sequins in a casual way :) 
 What I Wore: Plaid: Target // Sequin Tank: Old Navy // Leggings (Old) // Boots: Hopes
 I got Joel to snap some picture of me, and usually he is reluctant to, but on this day he turned and snapped a selfie of us all on his own. I love this picture in our matching plaids haha :) 
This was the table setting our the fall celebration. My sister-in-law is so resourceful. 
This elegant table setting was mostly pulled together from things she already had. You can see prettier pictures of the setting on her blog, The Everett Seven.
It was such a delightful occasion. Lovely parisian music was floating through the background, cozy lighting and smells of scented candles and delicious food. 
She even slaved away to make delicious french inspired beef bourguignon.
I love kicking off the fall season with Fall's almost like Christmas in October :)
I hope you are all staying healthy!
Happy Thursday :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween: DIY Mermaid Costume & More

This Halloween, I got to dress up on three different occasions.
 Every year at the dance studio I teach at, students & staff are supposed to wear a costume to class the week of Halloween. I took this opportunity to wear something different than my costume and pulled together a hippie outfit. PS one of my 9 year old students didn't know what a hippie was. This picture was with 2 of my middle school students. They are pretty amusing.
 I attend an aerobic dance class called "Diva Dance". They had a costume dress up night as well. So I had to wear a costume that matched the tone of the class. I ran into Walmart at the last minute to try to get cat ears, and they just so happened to have leopard ears & bow tie, which matched the top I was planning on wearing. I also ran into some other members getting last minute costumes as well ;)
We're missing a few people from the picture, because more came later. Pretty fun night!
 These leggings were the inspiration for my actual Halloween costume!
I am a makeup amateur, but I sure had fun creating a mermaid look! Finally getting to use some of those crazy colors in my eye shadow palettes! I think this is also the first time I have worn false eyelashes since the last time I actually dressed up for Halloween, like 6 years ago haha.
Finished product! I had to get a wig, because mermaids do not have short hair.
 Me & my pirate :)
 We were invited to a party hosted by a family that Joel coaches with, and they just so happen to live within walking distance from our new house! Of course, it was raining cats and dogs so, like the true princess I am, I made Joel drive ;)
End of the night with some of the party attendees.
I hope you had a Happy Halloween!
Now we can start listening to Christmas music!!!