Monday, October 31, 2011



Tonight my hubby and I are enjoying some cupcakes and Halloween movies. This is one of my favorites. It's called, Monster House. It's so cute. It reminds me of when I was a kid. It has a 1970s/1980s feel to it. It's really cute if you are looking for a fun movie on Halloween. 

Have a safe holiday!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Martha and Hair Tips

Oh my goodness!!! I'm so excited. Martha Stewart released her new entertaining book today. It's called, "Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations." It's suppose to weigh near 6 lbs!!! That's a lot of amazing recipes, decorating, and entertaining tips. I can't wait to get my paws on it.

Ok, so this has nothing to do with my excitement regarding the book release. I just found an amazing stylist about a four weeks ago. However, the salon I visited prior to finding him totally messed up my hair. I told the girl to trim my hair and not to chop it. When she turned the chair around I was horrified. I couldn't believe what she had done to my hair. I literally cried for two days. My husband actually asked around at school and brought home the card of my current stylist. He too, was horrified what she had done. He had to to cut my hair shorter to correct the mistakes. Now my hair is in a weird stage and I don't really know how to style it. I've been trying to wear handbands and clips. Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Bedroom

I'm finally starting to post some pictures of the house. Sorry it took so long. Things have been pretty hectic ever since my husband started law school. However, we are both in disbelief that this first semester is coming to an end so quickly. We still have until the first few weeks of December left but it'll be here before we know it. Thank goodness!!!

My husband just completed his mid term exams two weeks ago. They hold mid term exams on Saturdays to not interrupt the class time during the week. For 3 Saturdays in a row he had to get up early in the morning and drive down to the school. Not to mention all the homework he had on top of studying for the exams. Poor guy has a brief he's working on at the moment. However, we did get out this past Friday. One of his buddy's from school is in a blues band. We drove down on Friday night and hung out with a group from school to watch them play. They are really fun. The band is called, "Blind Dog Otis." If y'all are ever in Jackson, Mississippi you should look them up. They play often at the local venues.

With hubby up to his eyeballs in text books and writing papers, that leaves me running pretty much everything else.  My cup has runneth over. I've been trying to organize the house, run errands, attend social functions, exercise, and help with our business. I still haven't joined the ladies group to play tennis yet. I feel horrible everytime they send me a text to ask if I'm ready to join. Honestly, my days have been flying by and before I know it it's time for bed (and the cycle repeats itself the following day). Do y'all ever feel like this too? I need a vacation just to unplug from the world and collect my thoughts.

At least we have a relaxing bedroom. I finally put the finishing touches and thought I'd post some pictures. I know a few of you asked me to post some pictures when the house was finally put together. I am a bit late in posting but better than never, right?

My husband picked out this bed himself. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but now that we've had it for a bit I must say it has grown on me. It's extremely comfy and I love California Kings. We use to have a small queen size bed back in our tiny San Francisco apartment . My husband is a big guy 6"1 around 230 lbs. He's not fat but has a muscular build like a football player. He use to play Rugby in college. Can you imagine sharing a qeen size bed with him? I hardly had a place to sleep, Ha!

This is an antique lamp I purchased at an estate sale back in Houston, Texas. I just fell in love with it and had to buy it. It reminds me of our trip to Rome. I had to replace the lamp shade that originally came with it. It was hideous. I found two fabulous shades at Tuesday Mornings. Does anyone else love that store? It's one of my favorites. I don't think I've ever shopped there and left empty handed.

I love to use old antique books as accessories when decorating. We have a ton of them and instead of just collecting dust on the bookshelves I try to incorporate them so they are seen. It gives the room an old world feel that I love. I also used a hand painted Italian plate that I picked up at an estate sale. Also, in Houston, Texas.

Nothing brightens up a room and makes it cheerful than fresh flowers. If it was up to me I'd fill every room in the house with fresh floral arrangements.

This is our fireplace in the bedroom. My husband would prefer a flat screen television above it but I try to keep electronics out of the bedroom. If not, we'd stay up past our bedtime watching our favorite programs. I purchased the mirror at an antique shop in Austin, Texas.

This is my favorite accent of the fireplace. My fire screen. I found it at a little shop oin Westheimer (Houston, Texas). It caught my eye but I didn't have a place for it. Then we purchased the bedroom set and I knew I had to have it. However, at the time we didn't have a fireplace in our bedroom suite. I was beyond thrilled when we moved into this house to have a designated place for it.

My husband was sold on this bookcase. It matches our bedroom set perfectly. And now he has a place to store all of his law books. He often reads in bed so it really works out. I'm not sure if you can see the Eiffel Tower clock located on the top shelf. That was a wedding gift from a friend. My husband and I got engaged in Paris and a month before our wedding she had traveled to Paris. It's a lovely clock but honestly I never know where to put it. Does anyone have an item like that? You like it, it has a special meaning, but you don't have a place for it? I'm always moving that thing around.

I adore my miniature portraits. I would love to collect more but only have three at the moment. When I tell people that I love to collect them they often think I'm speaking of miniatures. Not the same thing! Miniature portraits are hand painted portriats from the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. Most commonly found in Europe. The one in the middle is a portrait of Napoleon. The frame is damaged so I'm assuming that's how I got it at such a great price. The other two came from London. My husband gave them to me for Christmas. Hopefully, this Christmas I'll find another under the tree. What sort of things do you wish to start collecting?

Thank you for touring my bedroom. I hope that you like it. Not very grand but it's cozy enough.

Wishing y'all a fantastic week ahead.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Fall Y'all

This week I've been switching out my summer flowers for fall flowers. The mums finally arrived at our local nursery. I used mums and pansys on the porch. I also brought out my Fall wreath and scarecrows.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Product I Love

I love products. I'm constantly reading about them, asking about them, researching about them, and trying them. Recently these are the products that I'm currently passionate over.

ESTEE LAUDER IDEALIST PORE MINIMIZING SKIN REFINISHER ~ I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product. This is truly magic in a little bottle. I was skeptical when I first purchased and tried this serum. However, I've been delighted with the results. I have seen quite a big difference in my skin. And I love how silky smooth it makes my face prior to applying my makeup.

JURLIQUE SOOTHING DAY CARE LOTION ~ This is my favorite facial cleanser as the moment. It's all in the name "soothing". It truly hydrates nicely and smells awesome. It's one of my favorite things to put on right after my Estee Lauder Idealist serum.
EMINENCE COCONUT MILK CLEANSER FACIAL WASH ~ Awesome facial cleanser. This has been a fabulous find. I treat it as liquid gold in my cabinet. I try to not to waste a drop. This cleanser softens, cleans and fights bacteria, and has antioxidants to nourish your skin.

EMINENCE MANGO NIGHT CREAM ~ Eminence has such a great skin care product line. So far I haven't found a product that they make that I haven't liked. My aesthetician recommended this night cream. It's layers on like a mango frosting. However, it really hydrates but doesn't leave a oily residue. It makes your skin feel clean afterwards. And I love the hint of mango over my face when I climb into bed.

PAUL MITCHELL KERATIN AWAPUHL ~ My stylist is from L.A.. He's the salon owner and use to work at one of the most exclusive salons on the West Coast with high profile celebrity clients.  A couple of weeks ago I went in for a color/cut and afterwards my hair felt fantastic. I actually came back the next day to ask what product he had used. I was shocked when he pulled Paul Mitchell off the shelf.  However, I purchased the entire set on the spot.  Loving it. It also was featured on reality show, TOP MODEL.

VICTORIA'S SECRET VANILLA LACE BODY LOTION ~ You really can't go wrong with any of the Victoria's Secret fragrances. Right now I'm using the Vanilla Lace scent. It smells so great with my perfume. And I've had strangers stop me on the street to ask what fragrance I'm wearing. It's a steal when you can buy 6 bottles for $30.00!!!

What are some of your favorite products?
I would love to hear all about them and why love them so.

Monday, October 3, 2011