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A Little House Progress


Let me start this post off by saying I'm really trying to get back to least 1 post per week! I've let my posting fall so far behind ever since everything with the move started to ramp up last fall. Most of September-December was spent trying to find a house and a job at the same time. On top of planning a wedding and the regular holiday things. Then I moved in January, started work early February, and am finally starting to feel settled. So I thought it would be fun to share some of the progress on the house! It has been a lot of fun, and has kind of taken my attention entirely away from posting about outfits. So, sorry about that on the content end. I also haven't figured out a photographer in Georgia yet. So for now, I will probably be doing some more posts like this as we get further along with decorating!

Painted the living room
We still need a few major things in this room, so for now here's a corner to show the paint color. The entire house was painted gray before it was sold. This room was previously a dining room. It was painted the same shade of light gray above the moulding and a darker taupe gray below it. So we brightened it up painted it Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue, and a classic white. We like the gray for the most part though. We plan on maybe painting 2 more rooms in different colors. 

Made pillows for the family room
I had a few weeks in between leaving Charlotte and starting work in Atlanta, which I spent at my parent's house. We get so much wedding stuff done in that time, and my mom showed me how to make pillow covers. I had found this fabric for a great deal at an antique store, and it was a lot of fun to make them together.

Decorating the guest bedroom
The guest room is basically most of what was in my apartment in Charlotte, and it will be my office area. So there isn't a whole lot to do in here. There was a desk left in the basement from the previous homeowners that I'm still in the process of painting blue. I also had a coat rack/shelf unit in my apartment that I'll be painting white. I ordered some toile curtains, just got a full length mirror in, and a Greek key rug as a Christmas present. I really just need to put some things on the walls, and I should be all set with that room! 

Found a kitchen table
The previous homeowners left a very large island size table that I just didn't think fit the space very well. Plus it is counter height, and I would just rather have standard height for a table we are going to use so often. So when TJ and I found this classic round solid wood table at an estate sale, I managed to convince him that we needed it. We weren't planning on buying furniture that day, so it was an adventure getting it in the car. But we got it for just $100, when we've found similar tables from the same manufacturer selling for over $2,000. So I think it was worth it! My parents also gave us their old kitchen table chairs, so my next project is to paint them. I'll wait to share how it all looks in the space until the chairs are done.

Not much else was needed in the kitchen
I would have picked just about everything that the previous homeowners did with the kitchen renovation. So I've just been having some fun decorating it!

Basement
We have a basement that is separated into 2 rooms, one is finished and the other is not. So we are using the finished room as TJ's office and a second TV area, and the unfinished room as a gym area. Within the last week, TJ has had some work done in that area. There was only 1 electrical outlet, so he had a few more installed, and had the HVAC brought over from the main unit into the finished room. Now he's working on furnishing the rest of it.

We have quite a few upcoming projects for other rooms, and some might be done much quicker than others. But I think this will be a fun series to document it along the way!


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Valentine's and President's Day Sales


Who's up for some end of season shopping?! This round of sales is always one of my favorites, that I don't think gets enough hype. Maybe it also just gets me excited for spring? I'm also just excited for the weekend with both Valentine's Day and having President's Day off of work. Either way, I have sort of shifted what I'm looking for in clothing/accessories to housewares. So just like my After Christmas Sales post, I've added a few of those retailers as well. I also might be updating on Saturday with more sales as I see them around!

Ann Taylor- 40% off
Athleta- up to 50% off
Anthropologie- extra 50% off sale
Banana Republic- up to 40% off
Boutique Rugs- up to 60% off
Carbon38- up to 75% off
Draper James- extra 30% off sale
Kate Spade- $50 off $150+, $150 off $350+, $250 off $550+
J. Crew- 30% off
J. Crew Factory- 40-60% off and extra 60% off clearance
Joss & Main- up to 40% off
Loft- 30-50% off
Modcloth- extra 30% off sale
Old Navy- up to 50% off
Sarah Flint- up to 65% off
Stuart Weitzman Outlet- extra 25% off
Trina Turk- 30% off
Vineyard Vines- up to 60% off

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

Fitness Friday 28


Well, some time has definitely gotten away from me. I'm picking the Fitness Friday series back up from my last one in September! Whoops, life has just been way too crazy with leaving Charlotte, getting settled in Atlanta, job searching, and wedding planning all at the same time. Between all of the previously mentioned things going on, and studios still being limited, I wasn't working out as much as usual at the end of the year. But I was able to pick it back up in January. I started streaming with my Charlotte favorite Fit Atelier, did some of the Blogilates 21 Day Tone challenge, and some workouts with my mom and her trainer at their country club. Plus, now that I have a full kitchen to cook in, have been trying some great new recipes! 

Workouts
Week of 1/4-1/10
3 days with 2 videos each from the Blogilates 21 Day Tone
Ballet Fit Theory at Fit Atelier (still outdoors, and for the last time)
305 Fitness Zoom (with Janay)

Week of 1/11-1/17
Moving took up about 3 days of this week
Ballet Fit Theory on Fit Atelier streaming
Jabs Choreo x Cardio (they give you a free class to use within 2 weeks of your birthday!)

Week of 1/18-1/24
Toned upper body on Fit Atelier streaming and Blogilates lower body
Trainer workout at parent's country club
Ballet Fit Theory on Fit Atelier streaming

Week of 1/25-1/31
Blogilates arms, abs, glutes
Trainer workout at parent's country club
Toned lower body and Blogilates upper body

Food
  1. I might have found all 3 of these recipes from Tiktok. The first one being the 2 ingredient bagels, made with flour and Greek yogurt. I've made them 3 times in the last few months and I was surprised how easy they are to make. I had been meaning to try dairy free cream cheese, which I would also really liked with these bagels.
  2. I know these turkey meatballs are going to become a staple dinner option. I served them exactly how the video did, and I loved them! My parents and TJ did as well.
  3. I most recently made the feta tomato pasta that is causing grocery stores to sell out of a feta cheese. It is essentially fancy mac and cheese, and I think it lives up to the hype!

Activewear
Sneakers | Light blue crop top | Light blue leggings | Pink top | Gray crop top | Gray biker shorts | Navy star top | Navy star leggings

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27


Gal Meets Glam "Jolie" coat (similar here) | Similar sequin dress | Sarah Flint heels c/o (use code "SARAHFLINT-BACARAB for $50 off)

Today, I am 27! That sounds kinda old, but I'm very excited for what this year has in store. My birthday being so close to the new year always lets me group together hopes and goals for the calendar new year and age at the same time. I am moving out of the apartment I have spent all of my time in Charlotte (over 4 years) in next week. I probably mention this every year, but my dad's birthday was yesterday (I arrived at almost 5am following his 29th), so my parents are coming down for one last weekend in Charlotte to celebrate both days. As sad as it is to leave, I'm very excited to get to Atlanta. I think the pandemic restrictions have made it easier to go, since we haven't really been able to enjoy much of what we love about living in Charlotte for almost a year now. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can start exploring Atlanta. Either way, I can't wait to get married in June and create a home with TJ! Even if there isn't much progress and we have to cut the guest list. I have a good feeling about 27, and 2021.

                                                                                  


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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale 2021 Picks


Start the new year off with a Lilly Pulitzer sale! Apologies I did not get my usual pre-sale post up this round, some house stuff got in the way. But the big bi-annual sale is back today and tomorrow! I actually will not be shopping this time around, as my focus is mostly on the house at the moment. But there's plenty of great deals and I'm linking a few of my favorites below. The items on the bottom row I own in different colors or prints and I highly recommend any of them!


Thanks for reading and happy shopping!