Monday, April 30, 2012

hollywood's calling...

Cali needs an agent, stat!

My girl flew out to California 3 weeks ago.
Small fry is riding with the windows down, taking walks on the beach and afternoon naps poolside.
She's got the life, let me tell you...

Cali's back in Cali!

And you know what that means for us -- We've been on the road for a few weeks now.
Every mile is a memory!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

family room

It took me months upon months to decide what I wanted to do with the large wall in my family room.

I've had the 3-dimensional iron world sitting in a closet for about 6 months - I wasn't sure if it belonged in a den/bonus room or if it could be the focal point of our family room. For most people it would look best in a den, but because of our extensive passion for travel it makes sense to use it as an artistic focal point in a main sitting room.

 We purchased the ladder back in January. I was very picky with what kind of ladder I wanted and waited until I found the right one. It's taken me all of this time to perfect the ladder and this space.

Photograph: my hometown of Mission Viejo, CA

Books: bought at a used book store in downtown San Diego while I was living there

Floor plant: I bought in college and my green thumb has kept it alive for over 10 years

The finished look provides a clean, comfortable and meaningfully decorated living space. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

color war

1.  My favorite color is   yellow! While most little girls favorite color is either pink or purple, mine was yellow. It was my wedding color and is my favorite color to wear. Yellow makes me happy!

2.   My home decor color palette includes  various shades of green, carmel, cream and a bit of aqua here and there. All in all, my home decor is a combination of land meets the beach -- earthy and neutral aka traditional. As much as I love yellow, I tend not to decorate with it. Our downstairs bathroom is my favorite room in the house... probably because it's the only room that's yellow!

3.  Other people always tell me I look good in   bright colors.

4. The color I detest   for home decor is hot pink. It always looks tacky and immature and gives the college dorm vibe. As does animal print. Unless done minimally (in a few accent pieces), it just looks cheap cheap cheap!

5. If you were to look in my closet most of the colors you'd see would be   white, cream or tan. As much as I wear color, I apparently own a lot of light neutrals.

6. A color that I simply cannot pull off no matter how hard I try is   heather gray! Totally washes me out and makes me look like I have the flu.

7.  The color of my favorite dress is   orange and khaki. I have only worn this dress once, Easter 2011, and I've been dying for an appropriate occasion to wear it to again! Maybe I should stop waiting for the right moment and wear it out to dinner one night. God, I love this dress...

Monday, April 23, 2012

jewelry wall

After posting about the custom closet that we had installed back in January, I received several inquiries about my jewelry wall and many questions about I bought my wall mount organizers. 

Honestly, last month Bryan surprised me with them when I came home from California.

After prying a bit, Bryan told me where he purchased these unusual and entirely practical jewelry wall mount organizers - ebay, of course! And that they were only $19.50/each.

Below are the best priced options I found.

2 rows
silver hooks
4 available

3 rows
black hooks
4 available

3 rows
silver hooks
4 available

2 rows
gold hooks
2 available

Mine have silver hooks and hold 3 rows worth of jewelry. When hanging long necklaces, 2 organizers take up the entire length of a wall, so make sure you have a tall or wide free wall before you purchase 2 of them. 

For more options, go to ebay and search "wall mount jewelry organizer."

Happy organizing!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

i'm on a boat

We live at the lake for a reason. And every chance we get, we are either dining on the lake, drinking at the lake, taking Cali to play in the lake or cruising on the lake. Our world revolves around the lake and since moving to North Carolina 2 years ago we have officially become "those" people, in the best of ways!


During my in-laws weeklong visit we decided to treat them to a day out on Lake Norman.
And what a nice day it was!

We take Cali once a week to a beach... she loves to swim around and fetch sticks in the lake!

Earlier this week our friends told us to meet them on a particular dock and they'd swing by and pick us up for an afternoon of speed racing, sun tanning and beer drinking!

I am in absolute awe of anyone who owns a house on the lake, 40% of which are mansions owned by professional athletes.

The house on the left is gigantic and the house on the right is 4 stories - standard for Lake Norman!

Michael Jordan's house hidden behind the trees and wall

Helicopter pad and mansion, owned by retired NASCAR driver and commentator, Rusty Wallace.

 And because every time I'm on a boat I can't get this song out of my mind, and even though I don't know many of the words, I attempt to sing it anyway!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

who's your doppelganger

A Mommas Desires and Pacifiers

No one ever tells me that I resemble a celebrity. 
Like ever.
Even when I ask, people can't seem to pin-point anyone.
Although about 6 months ago I had a random in Atlanta tell me that I looked like Celine Dion.

I kind of wish I didn't look like a 44 year old, but eh... she's skinny and has pretty hair. It could be worse. I'll take it!

So, I went to MyHeritage to check out what celebrities they'd match me up with.


Um, yeah.
Although no one has ever told me that I look like Katherine Heigl or Maria Menounos, I'm pretty sure I'm loving this site!
I used to get Mischa Barton when I was younger and thinner... and when The OC was on the air.
I'm pretty positive that the only connection I have to her is that I'm from "The OC."

I was curious what would happen if I used a different picture of myself.

I got Maria Monounos 83% and 86%... I don't resemble her what-so-ever. Like, her and I couldn't look more different from each other... but hey, I'll take a comparison to her any day!


Josh Groban? The Rock?? Hell no! I think Bryan resembles Scott Caan. Everyone that has ever met Bryan, including me, tells him he looks like Iceman.


Which celebrity do you think I resemble and which celebrity do you look like?

Go link up here. Thanks Raven!