Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful

Good morning y'all! I hope everyone is getting their stretchiest pants and over-sized sweaters ready for a day dedicated to celebrate God's goodness and all we have to be Thankful for as we share in fellowship around the table and football around the couch.
A few things I am thankful for...

Friends to celebrate (and get me through) the holidays!
Bubble baths with extra bubbles please.
Ben. 
Marriage, and it being so much more amazing than I imagined.

Christmas cards. Save the Dates. Baby announcements.
Happy mail in general. 

A family that is almost too much in each other's business for our own good.
Loved ones sending care packages upon care packages for B and all the guys he's deployed with.

Candles that smell like pine for Christmas. Pumpkin Spice for autumn. Lemon and Lavender for spring. Beachwalk for summer.
Twinkle lights.
The spin of my Kitchen Aid Mixer and cookies shortly after, baking in the oven.

Sweet friends that so graciously allow me to destroy their Netflix recommendations and replace them with overly cheesy Christmas movies.
The military community.


Clean water to drink, cook with, shower with, and wash with. Can you imagine what life would be like without it? A lot of people do.
A full belly.
Scarves.
Laughter.
A Mantle (a faux mantle, but a mantle nevertheless) to decorate. 

The opportunity to live in California and experience life outside of my comfort zone.
Exciting changes to come in the New Year and knowing no matter what, He is carrying us through it all.


Friendsgiving last this past Sunday!
And as if I didn't know already, after this post, realizing just how blessed we are to be surrounded by so many people that love us and how grateful I am to God for giving me this life and those who I share it with.

What are you thankful for this year?

Monday, November 24, 2014

pampered

This past weekend we celebrated Tiffany's birthday with a trip to Sweet Cheeks Beauty Bar in Carlsbad. It was amazing.
Massages, body scrub, facial, snacks, mimosas, and best friends, Oh my!

I don't do pamper myself very often because spa days are more of a luxury and less of a necessity in my eyes, but every time I go to one I always feel so refreshed and rejuvenated that I can't help but think I may be wrong. Maybe I should reevaluate our budget to include treatments every few months for B and I..

Friday, November 21, 2014

going in circles

A couple of weekends ago, a girlfriend and I went to see The Best of Me. This is one of the few Nicolas Sparks books that I hadn't read so it made the movie that much more emotional for me. For a Nicolas Sparks book/movie, I always expecting to cry, but this one had me boo-hooing from the beginning and until the very end...

Throughout the movie, I couldn't help but drool over the wardrobe they chose for Amanda. I was particularly drawn to a delicate pair of circle studs Amanda wore on several scenes in the movie.
I instantly started keeping my eye out for a look-alike pair for myself. 
Last weekend, I spotted this set as I was walking out of Forever 21
For just $5, I figured it was worth purchasing the set, even though the other two pair weren't my style, I shared them with a friend. Although studs, these minimal circles are a statement that I have found myself perfectly pairing with everything.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

tree trimming

I never feel like I get enough time with my Christmas decor, so I decided last weekend it was time to switch out my gourds for pines and all things merry and bright. This year however, I am still up in the air as to whether or not I want to don my tree with our ornaments or not. My husband and I usually go through them together, talking about the stories of each ornament as we hang them up. This year though, I am not sure if I am feeling up to it - maybe because I think of having to take them all back down. On Friday after I strung the white lights and wrapped around my burlap garland, I couldn't help but stand back in admiring how simply stunning the tree was, even without all of it's ornaments.
Speaking of trees, I picked up these little mini trees to add to my Christmas collection, they fit perfectly in my home and compliment each other nicely, don'tcha think?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Copycat

So I used to watch "America's Next Top Model" (is that show still on?), and a piece of advice that I remember Tyra handing out was to if you are going to look like you're laughing in photos, you need to laugh out loud. And I do. But my problem is my laugh it big and and I ended up looking like an overly cheesy hyena.
[Top: Alloy, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Piperlime]

I wore this outfit to a girlfriends birthday dinner last night after browsing Pinterest for some outfit inspiration and came across this so I decided to copycat. 


The original:

OR 

more ironically....

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Birthday...

...to the one that has witty humor  always keeps my toes warm  takes the scenic road home  favors a dirty martini on the rocks with 2 blue cheese stuffed olives •  always hugs me just before I start crying in a movie  shows no mercy during a game of scrabble • never misses the opportunity to kiss my flushed cheeks after a couple glasses of red wine • the life of the party and the favorite boss  

You are the whole package...
... and I cherish every single second with you.

Side by side forever baby.
Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby White is HERE!

Sorry I have been MIA the past few days, but one of my best friends just had a baby!!!!

Kim is one of my first close friends that I've had the privilege watching her pregnancy journey (and you too, sort of - gender reveal - baby shower) from day one.  Like the night we joked how exciting it will be when she gets pregnant - and she was even though none of us knew it!

Here is the first moment I held the little one and it was pure bliss. I started crying the second she was placed in my arms, her little fingers and toes, her sweet expressions, I could stare at her all day, she is absolutely perfect in every way. I have visted in the hospital, probably too many times allotted acceptable for non-family to visit, but I just couldn't help myself.
During her stay, they have had her wrapped her up in this pink blanket homemade from my momma, and a few Ace (our family dog) hairs. It was so sweet seeing her laying in her baby bin, so teeny tiny, wrapped up in this fluffy pink blanket like a little pink burrito.
Mom and Dad are both doing incredibly well, but after all the excitement, every one is a little tired.
Congrats to the new parents!!!