cornflake dreams.

8.31.2015

weekend good things.

There's nothing like a four-day weekend! H took Thursday and Friday off from work so he could spend more time with his dad who was visiting from Chicago. With grandpa babysitting we managed to get a LOT done around the house. My father-in-law helped us paint our master walk-in-closet and hang up some removeable wallpaper. I'm really impressed with how everything turned out. Now I just have to put all my clothes away :) We also moved Violet into her nursery. We've been waiting to move her because her nursery is on the second floor and we're on the first floor (insert first time parent fears here!!) I'm hoping that having her out of our room will let everyone sleep a little better. I won't lie though, H and I were both sad about moving her and the first night we were glued to her video monitor. But it was fun to finally see all of her things together in one space -- it's my favorite room in our house! I'll post some before/after pics of both spaces soon.

I did a few other things I normally don't have time for: I napped, organized Violet's clothes, painted my toes, read a magazine, bought a new plant for our kitchen, and picked up Chipotle (this forced me to practice my parallel parking skills downtown). I also finished reading The Luckiest Girl Alive. It was pretty disturbing but I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out. I went to a friend's baby shower -- I am excited Violet will have another little friend in a few weeks. And we tried a new restaurant in James Island. I was really disappointed with the greasy bar food, so I won't be returning. Despite the restaurant fail, it was a great weekend and I'm so happy Violet got to spend some quality time with her grandpa.

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian

8.27.2015

pink chicken charleston.

Full Disclosure: Thank you to Pink Chicken for sponsoring this post.

One of the things I love about shopping in downtown Charleston is that along with the big name stores Anthropologie, Gap, Pottery Barn, and West Elm, there are smaller boutiques that carry unique brands. Last week I stopped by Pink Chicken on King Street. The stylish shop sells clothing for baby, kids, tween girls, and women and a variety of adorable gifts. And btw for all of you boy mom's out there: Pink Chicken is introducing a new line -- Blue Rooster -- for boys up to age 6, starting February 2016! The Blue Rooster line will be sold in all Pink Chicken stores. They have locations in New York, L.A., and Charleston.

The Pink Chicken shop on King Street is the perfect location, it's next to the old Riviera Theater and just a block away from the Historic Charleston City Market. It's a cute little boutique full of whimsical accessories and gifts, and fun, patterned clothes. I found a great stripe and floral dress and navy leggings for Violet -- they will be perfect for Fall. I also noticed they have a line of 18" doll clothes that are designed to match your child's outfit! I couldn't resist the Pink Chicken printed tunic for her future American Girl Doll (I have my old Samantha doll ready and waiting for her!)
I am sure I'll visit Pink Chicken again soon to pick up some gifts for the holidays (like the cute Mini Melissa "cat" Mary Jane shoes I can't stop thinking about!).

-xo-
Jillian

psst: Pink Chicken's summer sale is going on right now (in stores and online) and everything is now all half off!

8.25.2015

fall etsy favorites.

Yes, I realize it's still August but I'm really over the heat and humidity. So let's just pretend Fall and cooler temps are around the corner. I fell down the Etsy rabbit hole the other night and I found lots of really cute Fall decorations for our house. We have a fireplace in our living room with a nice mantle, and I am excited to finally be that girl who decorates every season #justcallmemartha

Do you decorate your house for every season?
Do you have any favorite Etsy shops that I should know about?!
-xo-
Jillian

psst: not ready for Fall yet? Here's my picks for Spring + Summer :)

8.20.2015

affordable + adorable baby clothes.

Full Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

Growing up I had really great memories of going back to school shopping with my mom and brothers. It was so exciting to pick out new clothes for a new school year. I am excited to continue that tradition with Violet. It'll be a few years until she starts school (I know when that day arrives I'll be a proud mama/emotional mess), but that didn't stop me from picking up a few things for her for Fall. 

Carter's is one of my favorite stores to shop for cute and affordable baby clothes. I love to take advantage of their special Doorbuster deals and offers -- they have a Count Me In Preschool Sale (Up to 50% Off) sale going on right now. The sale includes: Doorbuster 2 or more: $6 leggings, long sleeve tees, boys terry pants & slogans (ends 8/31) and Single Doorbuster: $8 fleece pants, $10 moto jegging, $12 boys hoodies (ends 8/19).

I visited my local Carter's store and found the cutest little dress for Violet. I love the colorful pattern and it's perfect for Fall in the south (which runs a little bit warmer than the Midwest!) 
While I was at the store I also found an adorable raccoon fleece zipper onesie for my sister-in-law and friend (they are both expecting their first baby boy in a few months). New mama tip: zipper onesies are the best for newborns and late-night changes! They are sooo much easier than fumbling around with a ton of snap buttons in the middle of the night. 

I also picked up a few things for Vi for winter -- I couldn't resist that soft teddy bear suit!!
I have never been disappointed with the quality of clothes I've purchased at Carter's. And I'm am sure I'll continue shopping there for years to come -- especially now that they offer clothing up to Size 8 and shoes up to 3y.

You can use the coupon below for your next online or in store purchase:

-xo-
Jillian

8.19.2015

summer shopping hits and misses.

It's that time again... I've been busy shopping online and much to my husband's disapproval the packages keep on coming. I've returned some things too it evens out ;)

HITS:
Remember the big Nordstrom anniversary sale? 
Thankfully that wasn't a total disaster and I kept quite a few things:
Nike Gym Vintage Zip Front Hoodie - this hoodie is really cute and I'm sure it'll be on repeat this Fall.

Halogen Relaxed Slub Knit U Neck Tee in black and white stripes - I read the reviews and ordered a size down (xs instead of my usual small). The tee is flattering and lightweight, and you can't go wrong with stripes.

BP. V-Neck Tee these are super soft, easy "mom-uniform" tees -- per the reviews I went up a size (medium) but I'd recommend going up two sizes if you want a more relaxed fit. 

Vigoss Tomboy distressed Skinny Jeans Bay Wash - these are my new favorite jeans! I can't wait to wear these with booties this fall. 
PSA: Gap Factory has an online shop! How did I miss this?! I didn't realize it until I bought a few things at the outlet mall and then tried to look them up online. Score. I promptly purchased another striped tee + swing sweater for Fall. The swing sweater reminds me of J.crew's swing sweater, but not quite as flowy and way cheaper. 


Heathered Stripe Tank - I randomly stopped by LOFT last week and tried on this tank, it's super comfortable, flowy, and only $15.

and the MISSES:
Express 2 inch Pom Pom Shorts - these are adorable but they sooooo short (even for me and I'm only 5'4). The two inch inseam wouldn't be that bad, but when you combine that with a side tulip hem it makes them really short. For some reason I thought they would be long enough to wear outside -- not so much. I ripped off the tag before I tried them on and I'm honestly too lazy to drive to the mall to try to return them. I kept them and I wear them around the house and to bed.

Halogen Relaxed Slub Knit U Neck Tee in beige rainy day aka off white. Unfortunately this color was see-through and I hate having to wear a tank top under my t-shirts -- it's way too hot to do that in the summertime. 

Vigoss Flap Pocket Skinny Jeans (Black) - I had high hopes for these jeans because I loved the denim pair, but these were not as stretchy or comfortable. 

BP Stripe V-Neck Pullover - Eh not a fan. The fit was off and I wasn't impressed with the quality of the sweater (not too surprising since it was only $24). 

Jessica Simpson Joline Riding Boots - Sometimes you get what you pay for and these $37 boots looked reallllly cheap in person. Too bad because I really wanted to check that off my shopping list. 
-xo-
Jillian

8.18.2015

life lately.

Loving: Our house -- it's really starting to come together! I'm excited we finally picked out a new table and chairs for our kitchen. We currently only have two kitchen chairs so it makes having guests over a little difficult. After a lot of debate we went with the Shayne drop-leaf kitchen table (in white) from Pottery Barn with a set of metal Delta Chairs from Crate and Barrel. My mom has the Shayne table and I've loved it for years but I didn't think the matching Isabella Chairs went with the rest of our furniture. Finding chairs that H and I both liked proved to be a major headache, so I'm praying that these work out.

Loathing: Summer in the South...I'm soooo over the crazy humidity and mosquitos. On the bright side -- it's the worst season here so I guess I shouldn't complain too much.
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Looking forward to: FALL is right around the corner and I am looking forward to cooler temps and I won't even mind when Winter arrives. H takes his last big test in mid-October, so I know he'll be happy not to spend his weekends studying. We have some visitors coming in town over the next few weeks so I'm excited to go with them to the beach, a plantation, and local parks and gardens.

Working on: Our master closet. yep...still. We're going to paint it when my father-in-law visits next weekend so he can watch Violet while we work. Hopefully I'll have a before/after post soon!

Watching: Fixer Upper and wishing Chip and Joanna would come over and redo our kitchen. #allwhiteeverything
Shopping: Aside from our big purchase for the kitchen I've had some hits and big misses in the online shopping dept. (more on that later this week). But I currently have a few adorable dresses in my shopping cart over at Zulily! They are going to be perfect for next summer and I can't resist the $16.99 price tags.
Baby update: Violet turned 5-months old last Friday! I can't believe it, she is growing up too fast. I'm LOVING the time we spend together! She is so much fun and she is all smiles and laughs lately. She loves to roll around, play with her toys, and listen to me read to her. She isn't crawling yet but I think she really wants to (which is okay..mama needs some time to babyproof the house!) 

-xo-
Jillian

8.14.2015

friday five.

It's Friday, you know the drill...I'm linking up with April today to share a few things on my mind: 
ONE: Our friends are coming into town from Greenville this weekend, so we're getting together for brats + s'mores! hoooooray for actually making s'mores on a real fire instead of in the microwave :)
TWO: I can't believe Summer it's almost over! How did that happen?! I looked back on my summer bucket list and there are a few things I would still like to do before Fall arrives. Decorate Violet's nursery (yikes! still working on that one) - Plant an herb garden - Visit the James Island Farmers Market - Find a baby seat for my bike and start riding again (I might wait until Vi is a year old...seems like a safe option) - Visit the Cypress Gardens (this is going to be a Fall thing -- it's way too hot right now). 
THREE: I would love to buy a new hairdryer -- mine is pretty close to biting it. Do you have any favorite brands or models? I have pretty straight, thin hair so I don't need anything too crazy powerful.
FOUR: Ok so I realize that Halloween is a few months away but I'm pretty excited to dress Violet up in something cute. And I absolutely loveee the costume options over at Pottery Barn Baby
FIVE: I started reading The Luckiest Girl Alive the other night and so far it's pretty entertaining. I want to read All the Light We Cannot See and The Girl on The Train next. 

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian