Thursday, October 23, 2014

what's better than a four letter word?

My favorite four letter word is...
wait for it...
Are you surprised?
I thought not.
In case you thought it couldn't get any better than that
my favorite phrase
{keeping it clean here}
is sale on sale.
Case in point
this jacket I've been stalking from Loft...
It doesn't get very cold in Houston
so I think this will be my go to jacket this winter.
I've been watching it for a while.
It was marked at $168 originally.
Then the other day I noticed it was marked down to $99.88.
Probably because it got some negative reviews
for a weird smell,
most likely the navy dye they used.
But most of the reviewers said they hung it up
for a few days and the smell dissipated.
I could live it I thought.
So I went online.
My size was sold out.
I kept thinking about it.
But I persisted and checked the site every day.
Then Monday it was marked 40% off.
Sale on sale baby.
My favorite words to see in an email.
My size was back in stock.
Probably a return.
Who cares.
I snagged it even with the caveat of it now being final sale.
I rolled the dice.
Living on the edge here in Houston :)
I was shocked that it arrived the next day
even though I paid for regular shipping.
I held my breath and took it out of the packaging.
No smell.
Of course yesterday it went on sale for 50% off
using the code
but its now limited sizes.
Good news is that everything online at Loft
is on sale at 50% off.
Online and in stores through today!
Run don't walk ladies to the Loft.
Let me know what you get :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

house in the 'hood

Hope your week is off to a great start.
The weather is finally feeling a bit like fall here in H-town.
Still not sweater weather but I'll take it. :)
Its my favorite time of the year.
How about you?
Speaking of favorite things
here's a new build in the neighborhood.
Its still available
preppy empty nester so show your husband...
maybe he'll bring you back to Texas :)
Then we can chill and go to homegoods together :)

again, this one had me at the reclaimed hardwood floors.

Not a fan of the stair case but I could live with it.

I would just sit in the dining room
with my back to it and stare at those glorious doors.

or just head inside to the office.
Again with those floors.
And let's talk about the ceiling in the family room.

Yes please.
Herringbone in the fireplace brick.
Check. :)

The light over the breakfast area is a modern twist.

 I'm an even bigger fan of the lanterns over the island.

Make that just a fan of the whole kitchen.
Marble countertops and backsplash,
Wolf appliances.
Very nice choices.
Even the stainless steel sink.

The builder knows this is what sells a house.
In my opinion any way.

The butlers pantry off the kitchen
leading into the dining room...

I like that they continued with the marble throughout...
even in the wet bar area across from the dining room.


In the master bedroom...

I would have put up a lovely chandelier but that's just me.
What I do love is the walk in closet.

And the outdoor fireplace on the balcony.

I love love love the brick under foot.
Reminds me of Savannah.
Back inside let's look at the master bath...
Is it just me or does it bother you
to have a huge window in front of the tub?
Game room any one?

Secondary bathroom...

Notice how this builder framed out the mirror.
Very simple but finished.
Thank you.
What's not finished here is the ceiling.

Back down stairs is another nice patio.
Couldn't you see us out here on a fall evening
sipping wine from the bar area?
Me too.

The kids could play out here while we lounge around :)

Surely one of our husbands could fire up the grill for us...

 Who's in?
all images via

Thursday, October 16, 2014

IKEA rocks

You know those sea fans I've been hoarding?
Well, I managed to finally frame two of them.
I painted one white, the other gold...
I'm still playing around with background colors.
But I think I'm getting the hang of it.
It took me a while to find a frame big enough
and deep enough to hold the sea fans without breaking it.
I've seen the Ribba frame before but
thanks to Sherri and this post I saw last month
I knew when I saw her pictures
that this was the frame for me.
Best part is the price...
under $20 for this size
{20.5 x 20.5}
They come in other colors too...
just not sure they are all this deep.
While I was at IKEA picking up these frames
I saw this...
a take on my favorite octopus...
and while looking for the octo link
I found these as well...
This set of three is only $9.
Yes, nine. dollars. for. three.
And how fun would these be in a kids' room?
Three for $12.
And finally my favorite IKEA find...
their newest sofa,
the Stocksund.
for $599.
In three colorways.
Thinking this may be perfect for
our old guest room soon to be boys' game room.
I think I'm in love with this sofa.
And if that's wrong I don't want to be right.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Round Top part duex

 Hope your Friday so far is swell.
I'm gearing up for my birthday weekend.
Not much planned but I did order a yummy cake.
Cant wait to dive into that on Sunday. :)
Before I forget to post these
here are some pictures from our Round Top trip last week
that I took after we left Warrenton
and headed back towards Houston...

I tried to get a good shot of the state flag but
the wind direction was not cooperating...
 We sailed past this place
since you have to pay like $20 to park.
Now some people rave about this place.
but if you keep your ear on the ground
you'll hear vendors in other places
tell stories of how early in the show
certain vendors will shop around in Warrenton
and surrounding shows
then drag their finds here
where they then mark the prices up.
Perfect for those in a time crunch
and with bottomless pocketbooks
but me...I like to shop around. 
If you're in the market for an old wagon shop no further.
I'm not talking Radio Flyer either...

They even had an old covered wagon for sale...

At Gasoline Hill you can buy guess what...

yep, old gasoline signs...
big and small.


We sailed through Round Top proper this year.

If this gives you any sense of where Round Top is

its in the middle of Texas farm country

I spy a long horn...

and friends...

This one looks like a painting doesn't it?

 Pretty good for a shaky shot don't you think?
There was a bit of traffic but lots of goodness
out the window to keep me occupied.
We kept driving because we were on a mission
to get to Blue Hills before closing.
Its one of my top three go-to's around Round Top.
Look at this feast of eye candy...


All day I'd been looking for double happiness.
I'm sure I gasped out loud when I came upon these...

It doesn't get better than DOUBLE double happiness.

Look at my beautiful model friend Lisa photobombing :)

Yes my friends.
They had these marked at $495.
But they didn't fool me.
These were the same pots I scored years ago from Wisteria,
back when they were reasonably priced at $99.
This vendor tried to age them but rubbing probably tea or coffee on them.
And then marking up the price tag.
He did have nice things though.
For a hefty price.

Taking pictures was free thankfully.
These little double happiness pots were $125.

I just scored two of these size for under $40 each
so I walked on by.
But I did circle a couple of times I'll admit.

In the end I passed.
But I did ask him about them being vintage
and he admitted he had aged them.
Maybe my eyes aren't as bad as I thought.
The next case kind of proves that.

See this guy...

The one in the dark gray t-shirt?

So my friend Lisa and I are walking around
and we walk into a tent.
I turn around and all of a sudden I am eye to eye
with Anderson Cooper of CNN.
I don't really watch him on CNN
but rather when he does late night talk shows.
He's pretty funny.
So of course I turn into a teenager
and turn around to Lisa
and mouth
And she's like no way. Its not him.
And this little old lady next to us goes
"Uh, yes it is him."
And I'm like "Lisa, I love him.
I want to meet him."
And Lisa is like "Nancy, no way. Step away from Anderson Cooper."
She's right I thought.
You're a grown woman.
Leave him alone.
And he walked away with his friends.
But we secretly tried to follow him to get a better picture.
So classy I know.
But we also continued to look around.
Old Post Office window anyone?

Kicking myself that I didn't snap up one of these old printers drawers.
Next time these are mine.

Swooning over these...

They had something for everyone...
if you're in the mood for ten foot deer...

or a flying pig...

AC again...

Looks like he bought a book...

How many pictures of the back of someone's head can one person take?

Too many.
That's how many.


Hope you had fun Anderson Cooper.
I know I did.
After Blue Hills we drove to Leftovers
for our annual wine and cheese party in the parking lot
before we went inside for more retail therapy.
These little napkins were hysterical...


and a good deal.
Perfect for little gifts for the wine lovers in your life.
I couldn't take enough pictures of their styling...




and my phone battery ran out.
Perfect timing though.
I captured one last shot as we headed home...

I'm already making my list for the spring.
Thanks to my peeps for another glorious day of shopping and mayhem.
Hope you all have a glorious Friday!