Thursday, February 9, 2017

Life Update

As I'm sure some of you noticed, things have changed around here a bit. I've always thought of this blog as a way to share my life and interests, and they are constantly changing, which means I'm pretty much all over the place. Hang in there 😝

Let me get you caught up!

We moved to our new house back in September and have been busy making it our own (hence all of the house pictures on Instagram).

Then, in October we got a puppy. Her name is Lucy aka Lucy Goosie aka Princess Luciphus of Sheree aka Lucy Sheree Jakonaes. She's a real treat.

The Holidays came and for the first time ever, I had a mantle to decorate for Christmas. Here she is in her rookie year...

Grace had her birthday party shortly after and I was pretty proud of her for helping me make all of the goodie bags for her friends (it took way too long, but she kept knocking them out!)...

Cheers to 2017!
Be sure to hang around, we have a lot planned this year!

Here's to living life with people you love! 💜

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kitchen Update

Hey, guys! Long time, no see. Let me warn you, this post of kind of lengthy, but stick around because I'm listing all of the sources at the end.

For the past three months, my life has been consumed with family, our puppy, and home projects.

I love the process of changing a space and watching it come to life. My husband on the other hand DOES NOT! I'm pretty sure it was the worst three months of his life (kidding, but mostly serious) G didn't even notice...Uhhh why am I doing this again?

I somehow convinced Cody it would be a good idea to build a fireplace surround (more on that later) and update our kitchen.

Here are some pictures from the previous listing of our new home...

It wasn't horrible before, but it wasn't great - there was a lot of space and a lot of potential. Our home was built in 2012, so I reaaaaally didn't want to rip out the cabinets. I looked into refacing them, but the price tag seriously shocked me (it's pretty much the same price as ALL new cabinetry). No, thanks.

Our wants (sources linked):
Quartz Countertops
Brass Hardware - okay so we argued over brass and nickel (BRASS WON 😇)
New flooring - Stay tuned

Wood floors are coming...sometime. We're both a little hesitant with Lucy (our puppy) and the mess she makes when it rains and when she drinks. Just look at that face though 💜

Let's get started.

After living in the house all of a week I came home and decided to start ripping out the half wall on the back of the island - there's no going back now!

FYI: I literally ripped out the entire thing on my own and it felt so BA...but of course the only picture I have is of Cody vacuuming the floor. LAME.

We moved the island back to create some more room while opening the fridge. It left some gaps in the flooring, but we filled them in with some linoleum that was left in the basement #worthit

We're constantly in the kitchen or living room (right next to the kitchen), so I wanted an island we could eat all at (plus one more whenever that day comes 👶). We built out the back side of the island to create a space big enough for four stools. The back of the cabinet wasn't finished so we used a hardboard panel, cut it down to size and secured it with 2x2's to the back of the cabinet (doesn't matter that it doesn't match because #paint). We originally wanted to have a cabinet company build and install the island, but after the $3k quote, we decided we could do it on our own.

Don't ask me why we thought that. We had never built anything in our lives, let alone used a table saw! There was no tutorial for this, so we needed a lot of help from my Dad (just being honest) - thing had to be level! $250 and three days later, we had the exact same island we would've spent $3,000 for! I can dig it.

Also pictured: New pendants and pot lights

Of course I had to obsessively check Pinterest and discover ceiling height cabinets (words of my husband), so we got to work removing the old, puny molding and building those suckers up! Since we were painting the cabinets white, we used MDF (it paints so, so nice). Don't worry about the tops reaching the ceiling, the crown will cover that up. It made such a huge impact and the ceilings feel taller IMO. If you're interested, we followed this tutorial here.

Our house is a cookie cutter home, which means NONE of the windows have molding.

It was another first for us. I wanted chunky molding, but the space was kind of tight...we made it work and used this tutorial. TRIM ALL THE THINGS!

I'm also on a time out from using the miter saw because I may or may not have had close call trying to cut a piece of trim for the fireplace. Something about making sure the blade is at full speed before you try to cut a 2 inch piece of wood, but what do I know? Slowly gaining trust 😁

Next, we moved to the crown molding. Of course I wanted the most difficult crown molding in the entire world (again, Cody's words - I don't know what sources he's citing 😜). I chose the triple crown molding for two reasons: 1. It was thick and 2. It apparently helps hide the unlevel ceiling.

So we got started...folks...why did I think we could do this?!

It took a lot of missed cuts, a lot of curse words, a lot of youtubing and a lot of biting my nails. But he started to get the hang of it and we were on a roll! That corner cabinet was tricky, though.

I don't any tutorials for this because I feel like we read/watched 75483905783927548293 of them and combined techniques from numerous sources.

We hired out the painting and backsplash - because honestly we were both working full time, coming home and working more/hanging out with G and Lucy/going insane. And I will say this, it's the BEST MONEY WE'VE EVER SPENT! I painted the cabinets in our last home and it is no joke.

While Cody was delirious one night, I asked if I could paint the pantry door pink. YOU. GUYS. He said he didn't care! Uhhh, okay, running to the store for paint NOW! So then I painted it the lightest shade of pink approximately 15 minutes later and we now have a pink pantry door 😌

So here's what she looks like now...


Countertops: Cambria Brittanica | Tile: Home Depot | Cabinet Pulls: Lew's Hardware | FaucetDelta Trinsic (Flange & DisposalPendants: Schoolhouse Electric | Counter Stools: Wayfair Ceramic Bowls & Jars: Bloomingville (here and here| Rug: Vintage (similar hereCheeseboards: TJ Maxx (similar here and here| Hand Towel: Target | Utensil Holder: Target | Succulent: Target (similar here) | Paper Towel Holder: Target | Candle Holder: Target (similar here


Monday, April 4, 2016

Pom Pom Tote

 I feel like I skipped Spring and should be heading to the beach.
Seriously...poms, tassels, lace up sandals and an off the shoulder dress?
I. die.

I'm most excited about this tote bag I scored at TJ Maxx.
Summer perfection. 

& it was $25.
Budget perfection.

This bright pink lipstick has quickly become one of my favorites. 
Not only because of the bold color, but it's so long lasting.
I'm talking hours and hours.

I'm digging this warm weather and can't wait to take G to the pool.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Dress: ASOS (Similar here| SandalsForever 21 | Earrings: BP. (Similar here| Tote: TJ Maxx (similar hereBracelets: Baublebar | Necklace: Charming Charlie (Similar here| Lipstick: Stila

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Dress

I don't even know where to start.
I have been MIA for sooooo long.
With the warmer weather here, it is much easier to shoot outfits for blog posts.
...I feel like I have a lot to catch up on!

First, I hope you all had a Happy Easter!

I know I'm a couple of days late, but this was my Easter dress.
 I was drawn to the shape and the different colors in the tweed material.
It's CeCe by Cynthia Steffe - I absolutely adore her shift dresses.
They're perfect for more than one, it's on sale right now!

& my shoes.
Every. Girl. Needs. A. Pair.
So comfortable and one can never have to many neutrals.


Dress: Cece by Cynthia Steffe | Sandals: Hinge | Earrings: Kendra Scott PurseTory Burch Bracelet: BP.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Spring Favorites

It's been a hot minute since I've last blogged. 
We are in the midst of a few home projects and I've been a bit overwhelmed.
I know...excuses, excuses.

Thought I'd get back in the game by sharing some of my favorites for Spring!
Our temps almost reached 70 degrees last February.
What is this?!?!!

Blush is where it's at this Spring.
All blush errryyyything.

And my husband got me this awesome trench coat for Valentine's Day.
The. Best. Thing. Ever.

I finally decided to purchase my first pair of Hunter boots and I can't wait to wear them.
So don't judge me if it's sunny, because this girl #dontcare


Umbrella: Urban Outfitters | Boots: Hunter | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Sandals: Dolce Vita |
Purse: Henri Bendel | Dress: Eliza J | Trench Coat: J.Crew | Phone Case: Kate Spade

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Scarf Duplicates!

If enjoying a good scarf is wrong, then I don't wanna be right.

I was doing some online shopping earlier and decided I wanted too many scarves to drop $29+ on each one.

A good friend of mine told me that she previously scored a scarf on Amazon, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
& I hit the jackpot!

Dupes of my favorite scarves...all the heart eyes!

Some of their estimated delivery dates aren't until after Christmas, but I'm okay with waiting.
#patienceisavirtue #fingerscrossed


Row #1
 Scarf: Asos Scarf: Nordstrom | Scarf: Nordstrom Scarf: Madewell

Row #2
Scarf: Amazon Scarf: Amazon | Scarf: Amazon Scarf: Amazon

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Family Christmas Pictures 2015

Christmas card time!

Our family + pictures = hot mess. 
Every time.

G seriously is the hardest little human to get focused and be 'for real' about taking pictures.
We took around 500 pictures and I'm using 10.
But the outtakes...priceless!

This was a super last minute sesh, so shout out to my sister for making this happen!
We braved the 30 degree weather and I am so, so glad we did.

We're doing two different cards this year. 
Basically because I ordered the cards on the right first (for $6 HOLLA) and the cards on the left were free (minus shipping costs).
Because I'm tryna give gifts over here!

Check out last year's Christmas pictures here.


Sweater: H&M | Scarf: ASOS (similar here and here| Jeans: STS Blue | Boots: Sperry (similar here

 Sweater: Polo Ralph Lauren (similar hereJeans: American Eagle (similar here) | Shoes: Sperry 

Sweater: Gap Jeans: DKNY (similar here) | Boots: Gap (similar here)

Blanket: Target