Friday, November 28, 2014

2014 Christmas Sneak Peek

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food, love and laughter!

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw a little teaser about my tree this year. It is my very favorite so far and I was thrilled to find so many great ornaments that matched my inspiration look.

Here's the overall look at the tree. Sadly ,one section of lights decided to burn out the night before I took these photos. But you get the idea.


I just love the mix of mercury glass with silver, burlap and white.

This is one of my favorite new ornaments. I wish I could say I made it (and frankly I may get crafty and do something similar) but I found it at my favorite shop called Dwell.

I also found the burlap at Dwell. The white "pinecone" ornaments came from TJ Maxx Home Goods. The silver keys I found last year when we shopped downtown Littleton with Brent's parents. They were on sale after Christmas.


For the mantel, I like to keep it simple. I just add a few sprigs of greenery and some silver bells.


In the front room I added a few things and I have more to go! I love this silver reindeer alongside a basket of pine cones with small silver bells and some greenery.


Right when you walk in our front door, you see our closet door with this simple wreath. I also put a fun banner on the stair rail.

I still have a bit more to do. I need to set up my newly painted village (thanks, MOM!) and work on the outside decorations.

I'll do that this weekend---after turkey and pie.

Happy Holiday Season!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stitch Fix #7

It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Colorado. The snow flakes are just starting to fly, the Broncos are on the TV and I've got my Christmas decorations 90% up.

Earlier this week I got a Stitch Fix box. I hadn't ordered one for almost a year! I love getting these fun boxes of clothes and accessories. If you want to know more about what I'm talking about check out my introduction post.

I requested a few versatile tops that could be dressed or down and a vest. Like usual, the folks at Stitch Fix did a great job and even threw in a surprise for me :)

The first thing I saw was this black and white striped dress. I could tell just by holding it up that it ran small. When I tried it on, it was too tight on my bust and it was too short. I obviously sent this one back.


The next thing I tried on was this cute vest. The material is like a jersey stretch but it almost looks like denim. The interior is lined with a furry gray material. I love all the zippers and the fact that its asymmetrical. I kept this piece!


When I pulled this next top out of the box I immediately knew I'd love it. It was soft and cozy. The back is cut longer than the front, which I love. I kept this top and I've already worn it twice. What a great find!


When I saw this pop of bright blue in the box, I was thrilled. I love tops like this! Unfortunately, this top was also too tight across my bust and the buttons where gaping. I had to send this back.


The final item, I dreaded trying on. They'd never sent me bottoms and I just knew it would be a wasted effort. These skinny ankle jeans are a very dark navy, almost black. To my absolute delight and surprise, these fit like a glove and I LOVE them. I'm keeping these babies! Way to go Stitch Fix!

So I kept three of the five items this time. I consider that a win!! I also had a friend try Stitch Fix for the first time and she loved two of the items in her first box. What fun!

I also wanted to show you the style card they send with each box. They give you two examples of how to wear each item. Just in case you need a little inspiration when you pull the pieces out of the box.

If you have any questions about how Stitch Fix works, let me know. And if you decide to give it a try, feel free to use my referral link. I love hearing other people's experience.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Pacific Northwest Vacation

In October we all took a vacation together! It was a wonderful week full of new places and sites.

Karli built the itinerary well in advance and booked hotels along the way. Once we arrived we explored and stopped when and where we wanted. It was lovely!

We flew into Seattle and stopped at Pike Place Market, Chateau St. Michelle and a whiskey distillery.

Then we made our way north to Anacortes for two nights. We rode the ferry over to San Juan Island and spent one day exploring the lavender farm, winery and beaches.


We then made our way south into Oregon where we visited Seaside, Portland, Tillamook, Depoe Bay and more.


We spent a lot of time in the car during this vacation, but that meant we got to cover a lot of ground and see so many beautiful views!


It rained the majority of the week, but that didn't dampen our spirits. We all had a wonderful time!

We hope you all have time to relax and refresh as the holidays approach.

Kandy and Karli

Friday, November 14, 2014

Visions of Sugarplums...

Let's be honest. I'm ready to start decorating for Christmas.

There is snow outside and its really, really cold here in Denver. So why not crank up the holiday tunes tomorrow and knock this out?
I am hosting my annual Cookie Exchange on December 6th and November is flying by, so I have the perfect excuse. The pic below is from 2012 during the party, so you can see what my tree has looked like for the last few years. (Mostly lime green and some silver)

I am having visions something more subdued for my tree this year. I am loving white, silver and a touch of black.

Here's some inspiration:

I love the bold banner wrapped on this tree.


This is mostly white with lots of texture (pine cones, silver ornaments, ribbon, sequins, cardboard and burlap). YUM!

 I especially love the very over-sized ornaments on this tree. What fun!

Source unknown, found on Pinterest

Finally, I know I'll be making some of my own special pieces from old music books. I just love the whimsy and simplicity of something like this. The touch of silver glitter on the edges is perfect!


I'll be sure to actually post a picture or two of my house decorated for Christmas this year. :)

Stay warm!

Monday, November 3, 2014

We're Going to Have a Master Bath!

It's  not like we didn't already have a master bath, it's just that it was in serious disrepair (beyond just being laid out in a completely odd way that wasted space.)

I knew from the day we saw this house that I wanted to reconfigure this space into a dreamy master bathroom. And those dreams are finally coming true!

We get to tear out that wall where the sink is, move plumbing, and install all new fixtures to boot. We already started the demo, so there's no turning back now.

Here is a sneak peek at our fixtures.

We started with tiles that we loved. The gray is the floor tile, the faux marble is going to be the shower walls and the surround for the tub area. The hex (which I seriously drool over!) will be a vertical accent stripe in the shower.


From there, we found a double vanity with a marble top on sale at Restoration Hardware. It has already been delivered so its just sitting in our bedroom, taking up space. :)

Finally, we just decided on our slipper tub!! I'm getting a slipper tub!!! Pinch me! We'll get this with black feet and polished nickel faucets.

Then its on to the little stuff that makes the space special. We'll hang this chandelier from Lowe's over the tub. Ahh, I can almost taste the relaxation.

And these mirrors from Pottery Barn were affordable and just the right size for what I want to do over the vanity.

I'll share progress with you as we kick into high gear. Right now, the last piece I need to find are the sconces. I know I'll find just the perfect thing soon!

Happy November!