Thursday, March 20, 2014

First Day of Spring

As of noon today it will be the first day of Spring.
There have been some major changes in my life lately, and with the change of seasons it seemed only fitting that our lives would bring about change as well. One in particular is that my husband and I now work together. In fact, I am his personal assistant. 
I've received many mixed reactions about this change in our life, understandably so, but both of us know that this is exactly what was supposed to happen and where we are supposed to be.
Another change is that I am now the big 2-6; my birthday was on March 2nd. How did I already make it to my mid-twenties? I swear I was just celebrating my 19th birthday. 
I came to realize that I am closer to 30 than I am 20 and for some reason that hit me hard. How in the world did these past few years fly by?

At the same time that Adam began working at our firm and I turned 26, our home got a complete makeover. My cousin, who is a decorator and furniture refinisher, came in from South Alabama to fully redo our home. {Happy Birthday to me!}  If you are interested in having a custom item made, check out her site, Becca!

 It has been so nice to fall in love with where we live and the pieces we have had. From custom made pillows and shower curtains to a newly redone desk, china cabinet and TV cabinet- our house is now a home.
Well let’s get real, we are renters and in a condo, but it feels like a home. It finally feels comfortable.

Okay friends, I hope that you are doing well and that you are celebrating this first day of spring with something special.

I’ll talk to you soon!
xoxo
BD

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Beauty


Truth be told I didn't have my first Valentine until I was 20 years old. Luckily my very first Valentine is the man I married. At the time we lived 3 hours away from each other so I traveled to see him for the weekend and he took me to the most quaint sushi restaurant in Memphis, Do. It was located in the Cooper-Young area of Midtown and had such a sweet setting inside. I will never forget how perfect that evening felt. 

Leading up to my trip I talked with my roommates about what I should wear, how my hair should look and what kind of make up to use. I thought long and hard about how perfect I was going to look for this date. I packed a pink floral cupcake dress that my roomie let me borrow and brought 6 inch heels so I could stun the man. I was ready to look hot! Funnily enough, after all of the stress and worry, he preferred the cream sweater dress and flats that I was already wearing. From that night on and throughout our marriage I have come to realize that Adam prefers me to look more like me. He doesn't want lots of makeup or high to the heavens hair sprayed locks- he loves when I am cute and girly and simple.

There is something to be said about big eyelashes and six inch heels, but the approach I want to share is the most classic of Valentines Day looks. 

H a i r: One of the best compliments I receive from my husband is when he holds me tightly and says how nice my hair smells. You want your hair to be soft and un-fussy. Redken's All Soft Shampoo will revive the most damaged hair.  Trust me. For extra softness, use a great hair mask to follow up your shampoo like the miracle worker by Macadamia.

M a k e u p: I believe every guy prefers to see your face, so apply the blush lightly and only a little lipgloss will do. You want to kiss him, don't you? I prefer palettes that have colors which are combined to compliment each other and soft neutrals look the most natural. The above palette by Laura Mercier is a total winner. The lipgloss by Nyx is creamy and gives a "my lips but better" hue.

S k i n: Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and make sure to moisturize after your bath. It is great to choose a lotion or body butter that has a light scent so even if you're not into spritzing perfume, you will smell lovely from head to toe. Check out The Body Shop's nicely scented Body Butter in Grapefruit.

N a i l s: Being that you are keeping with a natural, ladylike beauty look, I suggest a clean and simple manicure. A guy will most likely not know what to do with Stiletto Nails and frankly might be a little scared. Again, go natural and treat yourself to a mani pedi with a beautiful light pink polish. So girly!

Enjoy your night out -or in- and treat yourself! 
xoxo bd

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Pretty In Pink


With Valentines Day just around the corner I have noticed everyone posting lovely photos of the varying shades of pink and here I am following the crowd. 

Growing up my favorite color was never pink, I was the girliest of little girls but would rather have a yellow room or a yellow dress, not pink. As I have gotten older I realized that I am more and more drawn to pink from my ipad case to the camel and pink color blocked purse I am currently carrying. *Honorable mention goes to my pink shower loofah*



I hope you're enjoying your weekend! I'll talk to you soon...
xoxo bd


Friday, January 24, 2014

Florals





With Spring approaching, I am finding myself seeking out and coming across florals of every distinction.

Truth be told there is nothing more typical than flowers at Springtime. You may recall a quote from Devil Wears Prada sarcastically noted by Miranda Priestly, “Florals in Spring, Groundbreaking.”. 

I understand that its not groundbreaking (even though it is in a flower’s nature to break the ground) as a spring trend, but flowers brighten the world. They remind us that there is beauty after a cold, grey winter. (Uh, hello, Polar Vortex anyone?)

A resolution I made this year was to bring more flowers into our home and look at me now- bringing flowers into my blogging home as well! 

I hope the images above bring you a little inspiration as well.
xoxo bd





Monday, January 13, 2014

The Perfect LBO

With the start of a brand new week I have found that I start off two different ways:
1. With a bang of enthusiasm or 2. Rushed and sloppy

An outfit can make or break your day and can aid in feeling put together. If you look great, you feel great.  When unsure about what to wear, a perfect little black outfit is always my go to choice,like the one above. From the office to drinks with friends, the perfect LBO is always appropriate. 

Take some more inspiration from these lovely ladies below:




I hope you're week is off to a great start. Happy Monday, lovelies!

xoxo bd

Perfect LBO Outfit Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4//




Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Nailed It // Mani of the Moment: Olivia Palermo


Today I wanted to spotlight one of my personal style icons, Olivia Palermo. There are a few  countless photos of her outfits that I have meticulously looked times for inspiration. I just love how she combines a classic aesthetic with fun and energetic accessories.  There is one accessory that she wears that couldn't be more classic, a red manicure. 
Truth be told,  I think we could all agree that the most iconic color for nail polish would be a great fire engine red.
You'll be pressed to find a street photo or even an ad that she has been in without that signature mani. From what I have read,her color of choice is Essie's Lollipop which I just so happen to be wearing on both my fingers and toes currently. In fact I owned that polish before having read that article...so basically we are twins and didn't even realize it. 

With that said, I think it's high time you sit down with a glass of wine (or coffee or water), put on a chic flick and give yourself an at home mani.

Talk to you soon...
xoxo bd







Saturday, January 4, 2014

Catching Up


Phew!We are now back from our week in East Tennessee for a trip with our family. It was so refreshing to wake up without an alarm and stay in cozy clothes until noon. My heart and body needed a rest from our usual busy schedule.

We got back in last night and lazed around, ate dinner and finished the first season of Dexter. We decided it was a good idea to "binge watch" the majority of the show the weekend before with a friend and have gotten sucked in. Its oddly addicting. 

Today we are back to getting chores taken care of like the necessary laundry and groceries. Oh lawd we were in need of groceries; there's not much you can do with natural peanut butter and rice milk egg nog. Really and truly, I tried.

I made an effort last night to grab my planner and utilize all of those pinned recipes that I tend to forget about. I've learned that if I take the time to plan our meals and write out all of the ingredients we will need for the week, we won't be left with the inevitable, "What do you want for dinner tonight?". It happens far too often than we would like. 

On another note: Recently I have been in talks with my cousin (whom I absolutely love) who has a new company that I will expand on in the near future. As she lives about 6 hours away we have ended up having FaceTime and texting sessions all about home decor. Her goal is to whip our little home into shape and she is oh so qualified for the job! She has impeccable taste. We are slowly beginning the process of working on each room. I think its about time I fall in love with where we live.

Time to close up shop and head out to a family dinner. Have a lovely Saturday, friends!
Talk to you soon,

xoxo bd