Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Condo Improvements

Phew..I am exchausted and we have barely scratched the surface. I am so excited to see the finished product next week but we are tackling some major tasks in a short period of time. Thank goodness my parents are super handy or I wouldn't be able to make any improvements on my new home!

First task was getting rid of that horrible piece in my bathroom. My Mom and I went out to run some errands yesterday and it was out by the time we got back.

The new vanity arrived this afternoon. It was so heavy so the delivery man and my Dad finagled it into the bathroom. We had to get the door off in a hurry so it would fit. The marble completely matches the color in my bathroom, very glad it looks good. The mirror they sent wasn't the one I bought but was a good alternative. The delivery guy kept saying "very beautiful, very nice..." I don't think he wanted to have to take it back. So, it is a nice mirror and it getting hung up tomorrow!

We propped it up with some books to see how it would look.

These are the kitchen lights I found...simple but cute.

This weekend, I ordered this headboard from Target! I have been looking at one from Ballard Design that is similar but this one had the right price, so it is on the way...

So tomorrow, these are getting painted white and will have pretty glass knobs and serve as my new bedside tables. Add two blue and whtie chinese lamps from the Plantation Shop, and my new bedroom will be perfect.

More pics to come!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Award Season

In the midst of all the Hollywood awards, I just received a Stylish Blogger Award from my good friend and fellow blogger Cecilia Slesnick from Dubonics. I am supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and then pass it on...

1. I am a closet shopaholic that has been under wraps for the past few years. I get my shopping frustration out in the bead stores. After I have a successful trunk show, I usually run straight to the Gap for a fix.

2. I am 4 years behind on my photo albums. My entire hall closet is filled with boxes of photos and invitations ready to go in albums.

3. A recent computer virus scare made me clean out my email address book. I started thinking what if I got a horrible virus that started emailing my people. I have old boyfriends, old crushes, etc.. in there-how embarrassing!!! Delete!

4. I have a big birthday coming up but thankfully I do not look my age. I met one of my new neighbors yesterday who thought I was in my 20s..she is already a favorite!

5. In 2008, when I was packing to go to Newport for the whole summer, I packed a big box and started putting things in but didn't pay attention to what I was dropping in there. That first box was one of the ones that went missing and to this day, I am still figuring out what was in there....favorite sandals, clothes, shower curtain, etc...

6. In college, I used to make Tollhouse cookies once a week. They came out so perfect, they could have been on the cover of the chocolate chip bag. After college when I moved home, they never came out perfect again. I keep blaming it on my oven, but in about 5 days, I will have a new oven and I am hopeful my cookie baking skills will return.
7. I think blogging is one of the most fun things I have ever done. Hours spent being creative and putting together posts-it's like free therapy and makes it possible to meet fabulous friends. I just met up with the Grove Gals in Atlanta..friends I met online through blogging. It's kind of bizarre but so fun. I am dying to meet so many blog girls, especially Hopsy, Alice from Summer is a Verb and BLC from The Company She Keeps.

I am tagging some favorite stylish bloggers:

The Company She Keeps
Grove Gals
Summer is a Verb
Monograms and Manicures
Queen Bee Swain
Life of Style

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine Cards from the Paper Menu

One of my favorite vendors, the Paper Menu, just announced a new collection of darling personalized Valentines cards. If you order by February 5th, you will have delivery by February 12th. They are super cute..

All are available on my website here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

First Condo Project

Well, it has started..the sprucing up of my new condo. Right now and for 10 more days, I live three floors directly above, so I have been up and down in the elevator a million times already. The painters started on Friday and they should be done on I am at a stand still until then.

The building I live in is 40 years old which is good and bad. Good because the units are huge and have large closets. Bad because my new kitchen is 40 years old with a few newer appliances and a tile counter top instead of the formica one that was the standard.

Before Pictures

I was dying to rip off the cabinet knobs because they made my kitchen look every bit of 40 years, but was hesitant to spend the money since I am planning on re-doing my kitchen soon.

Close up of the difference

One trip to IKEA later, I got home and changed out all the knobs to simple chrome ones and scrubbed the 40 year old metal residue on the cabinets with Softscrub.

One project down, many more to go. My very helpful and generous parents are arriving on Monday, so things will really pick up then. I will keep you posted!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Promise Me

Today, I was very lucky to be invited to a Commonwealth Institute luncheon at the Four Seasons to hear Nancy Brinker, sister of Susan G. Komen and the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, speak.

She just finished a memoir titled Promise Me that tells the story of her sister Suzy and her fight with breast cancer that ended her life at age 36. Nancy is a such a dynamic speaker and her story is so compelling, she talked about how she started Susan G. Komen for the Cure in a time when not only were there no computers around but the word breast couldn't even be printed in the newspaper!! Overcoming all obstacles, she created what is now the biggest breast cancer organization in the world and has made her sister's name synonymous with the the fight to cure this horrible disease.

She spoke of mentors in her life, one of which was her husband. One of his bits of wisdom that I loved was to get out of the way of really smart people. She laughed when she said it but she said she had a habit of micromanaging people and it is good to be able to recognize when people know what they are doing and just let them do their job.

After the the lunch, she signed books and was so lovely. What an impressive lady...I left there in awe of all that she has accomplished. Will read her book soon and report back!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I am officially a homeowner!!!! The closing was this afternoon and I am still in disbelief. Lots of pictures to come..I will have major before and after pics of my sprucing up. So excited!!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globe Favorites

Loved so many of the dresses from last night's Golden Globes.

Eva Longoria in Zac Posen

Jennifer Lopez is consistently perfect looking..make up, hair in and especially pretty in her Zuhair Murad dress.

Loving Diana Agron from Glee in J. Mendel

A true movie star, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Monique Lhuillier. When her husband got a standing ovation..I couldn't help but tear up!

Anne Hathawy in Armani Prive. She is this year's Oscar host...she should be great!

Carrie Underwood has the absolute best stylist. She always looks amazing.

Julia Stiles looking stunning in Romona Keveza.

My favorite..Claire Danes in Calvin Klein.
She is so beautiful and classic.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golden Globes

After zipping through the Atlanta Gift Show in record time, I succumbed to the $50 Delta change fee to get home earlier so I can see the Golden Globes live. I must have been in a fog when I booked my ticket-originally getting me home after 10pm! I haven't seen all the movies but I did see The King's Speech and absolutely loved it. My fingers are crossed for Colin Firth, Jeremy Renner from the Town, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife and anyone from Glee!
Fashion recap tomorrow!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gwyneth and Katie

This weekend is going to be chock full of fun. Saturday morning, I am flying to Atlanta to peruse AmericasMart for website goodies. I am looking for jewelry and gifts to add to my assortment. My trip is just for one night..I am staying with my friend Laura and her family. I might start yawning at around 11:29 so I can retreat to my room to watch Gwyneth on SNL. She is hosting with Cee Lo and it should be awesome. I have listened to her song with Tim McGraw "Me and Tennessee" about a thousand times since last weekend. It is my current fav.

And...I guess we have to wait a little longer to see the juicy Kennedys mini-series since The History Channel is refusing to air it. The story online the scenes is that Caroline Kennedy put the kibosh on it. I am sure it will be bought by another channel soon, it looks great in the trailer. You can see Katie Holmes meanwhile in the new Ann Taylor campaign. I have such a soft spot for Ann Taylor, my first credit card. In high school and college, my closet was packed with Ann Taylor clothes. Still a huge fan..

Photos courtesy of Just Jared

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Enough Snow!

All this wild weather better move out of the South asap. I am flying to Atlanta on Saturday for the gift show and will be very upset if weather affects my travel plans! I have so much going on, I haven't had much time to think about the show, but I love roaming the halls of AmericasMart! There is a list on my iPad of the lines I know I want to pick up and am always looking for new and interesting things. One of these days, I will be back as an exhibitor, but I have a lot of planning to do before that happens again.

Today is the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. I hope the coverage will remind people that there is still much work to do there and will be for years to come. Pray for Haiti!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

IKEA Kitchen

So many decisions to is overwhelming. The one big project I have ahead of me in my new place is updating the kitchen. I have an original kitchen and it needs help! A lot of people in this building have had the cabinets refaced because the insides are made great.

My first estimate the other day was much as an entirely new kitchen. More researching and found someone to do it for less than $2,000. I have an appointment next week with that company.

In the meanwhile, I started thinking maybe an IKEA kitchen would be the way to go. The pictures on the website are amazing. A few local friends have completely new IKEA kitchens and they look fabulous for a fraction of the price.

Once you download the kitchen planner, you can choose your cabinets and where you want everything to go...

Not sure which way I am would be nice to have a brand new kitchen!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Vanity Found

This is the vanity I found after searching for days and days!!! Trying to find a cream sink and/or top to match my bathroom was not so easy. The ones I saw in person were horrible and then I found this online. When I went to see it, there were so many to choose from but this is the largest single sink vanity they had. So excited to get it and the matching mirror. My closing date for my condo might be as soon as next week, so I have so much to do!! I really can't believe this is all happening but can't wait to paint and move and be all finished before my birthday weekend in NYC!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend. I am planning on seeing Country Strong for sure. Even if every review was HORRENDOUS, I would probably still go see it just to stare at Gwyneth for a couple of hours. It amazes me how many people really do not like her..just don't understand!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Upgrade Needed ASAP

This is me circa 1977 holding a purse that my parents brought me back from the Bahamas. It served its purpose and then I moved onto bigger and better things....

I am itching to upgrade my purse again. Having rotated for months through my purse closet, I am finally sick of everything in there. There are so many purses that I like but I am loving the idea of mixing someone else's intitals or logo with my own. On my quick trip to the LV store last weekend, I got a peek at this exact bag in the back of the store. You can choose the colors of the monogram. I loved this sample with hot pink inside. The price tag...$1050.

Have been dreaming about this amazing blue Goyard tote for quite some time. Seeing GP walking around with it and her 4 initials only heightened my attraction to this pricey bag. My trip to NYC next month might afford some investigation time at the huge display of Goyard at Barneys. Will keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mash Up of Posts

In the spirit of GLEE, I am doing a mash-up of posts that didn't quite make the blog these last few months... not wanting to close out 2010 completely until I got them up.

A while back, Amy and I went to an amazing party at Bal Harbour. One of the stores hired this photographer who took pictures and then put them up on a huge screen, all the while printing them out for you in a handy little portable printer. They came out so clear and professional for on-the-spot pics. At first, I was like "no way" and then I saw how good them came out, so I relented. Amy is my constant party partner, so she gets me out and about..thank you Amy. xo

The pictures came out great...

Before we left Bal Harbour, I was cracking myself up looking down this hallway. This is the side entrance that was next to Tiffany & Co. When you work in the morning, you have to be there at a specific time to get let in due to security. If you are one minute late, you miss the door and have to wait until the store opens and have your co-workers hate you until at least lunch time. I am laughing because this little hallway is where the bulk of the running/exercise of my life has taken place..screeching my car in the parking lot illegally and racing to make the door and the 60 second window it was open. I am neglecting to mention that I lived at least 50 minutes away from the mall so you can imagine the stress in the morning. Hard to believe that I worked there for 4 years!!!!! The discount was worth it.

I was lucky enough to get invited to the Make A Wish ball this year. Paula Abdul was one of the hosts and I pushed my way through the crowd to get this picture with her. She was so nice and gracious..and so tiny. I look like a giant next to her. Love her!

I just got these cute shoes at Dillards. I love the sparkles and the price tag, around $65! They look more expensive than that, so it was my little secret until I decided to spill the beans here...

These beauties were a gift from my Mom, who has been telling me that Aerosoles are the way to go for work and I wouldn't even look at them forever..then she got me in the store, I tried these on and I have to tell you...they are like pillows surrounding my feet! These are on the Aerosoles website.

Pic of me, my Mom and Dad on Thankgsiving..

Me and all the Sayfie sisters at Soho House over the holidays..

BFF Cynthia had her beautiful baby girl Brooke last night. I went to see her this morning and I am in love already! Congratulation Cynthia and Matt!!! xo

Monday, January 3, 2011

Design Challenge

The condo I am purchasing was most definitely inhabited by a man because all the marble and stonework is very masculine..but I have no doubt I can fix that all up. The only real challenge I have is my bathroom. This condo is the exact layout as the apartment I am renting three floors up, but mine has original cabinetry and can imagine that I am ready for an upgrade.

My bathroom now has a long counter with the sink and then a tower with two huge cabinets separating the sink and the toilet and shower. I use every inch of those cabinets to store toiletries, towels and my collection of makeup bags since junior high.

This new bathroom has a large piece of furniture that hold the sink all the way to the right. It is not in good condition and is a huge waste of space for such a large bathroom. It looks like a Mexican side board that someone left outside. I can't wait to get rid of it.

The challenge:
the tub, toilet and sink are all cream (obviously I am replacing the toilet seat). I started looking for a new vanity to replace this piece but they are all with white sinks! On my trip to Home Depot, the vanities there did not look great in person, so I looked online but could not find one with a cream sink.

One thought is to replace the sink that is there with a cream pedestal sink and hang a mirrored medicine carbine above. Then, on the left side of the room, get a piece of furniture-a dresser or armoire to hold everything else. If I find a dresser that is the right height, I could use it put my makeup on even though most times I put it on in the car!

Any ideas?????