cornflake dreams.

9.04.2015

friday five.

Happy Friday! I'm back linking up with April to share a few things on my mind: 
ONE: Humans of New York just finished visiting Iran! H's parents grew up in Tehran and his dad visits every year. I love seeing his photos and videos of family, and this series was a nice way to explore more Iranian cities and "meet" different people. The  stories are the best -- especially this one and this one :)

TWO: I did yoga four times this week (!!!) that's a huge accomplishment because I haven't had the energy to work out in a long time. I figured out a time that works for Violet where she's happy playing in her bouncer while she watches me attempt cobra :) When she gets antsy (usually after 20 mins) I put her on a mat next to me and workout for another 10 mins. It's not the longest workout, but I'm just happy to be practicing again. I need to try some of these moves.

THREE: I ordered a set of Jo Jo Moyes books the other week (thanks to a promo I saw on the Today Show). The set included Me Before You, The Last Letter From Your Lover (two favorites) and two that I haven't read yet: Silver Bay and The Ship of BridesOh and if you haven't heard -- the sequel to Me Before You -- After You comes out at the end of the month! I can't wait to read it.
FOUR: My dessert of choice lately? Break and bake cookies! This isn't earth-shattering news but freshly baked, warm cookies are sooo much better than the prepackaged stuff.  I also love that I can just make one or two instead of having a dozen sitting in the kitchen begging me to eat them! I bought classic chocolate chip this week -- white chocolate macadamia nut and chocolate chip peanut butter deluxe are up next :)

FIVE: It's Labor Day Weekend that means there are a lot of sales going on! Here are my favorite picks:

Gap // 40% off everything - I have this stripe tee in burgundy... now I want to buy every other color. It runs a little big -- I sized down and bought an XS. I have my eye on these leopard workout shorts.

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything (Ends 9/7) - I still want this striped boatneck tee and I love this black and white embroidered tee

J.Crew // 30% off your order of $125+ - Code: GETSHOPPING (Ends 9/9) I know it's too early to be talking about wool coats but isn't this one pretty? I'll take one in mint or gray!! And this stripe shirt is perfect... (yes, I realize I have a problem). 

Madewell // take 30% off fall essentials and an extra 30% off all sale styles (Ends 9/7) I tried this top on in the store and it's gorgeous! I totally regret not buying it (especially now that I can't find the plum color). 

Nordstrom // save up to 40% on sale items (Ends 9/13) I love these strappy sandals (under $35!), patterned romper, and plaid shirtdress for Fall. 

Old Navy // up to 60% off everything - I want this Halloween onesie and buffalo plaid dress for Violet + a stripe dress for me.


Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

9.03.2015

master closet makeover with chasing paper.

Thank you to Chasing Paper for providing us with removable wallpaper for this post. All opinions are my own.

When we moved into our home a few months ago it needed a lot of work. The walls were worn with scribbles, holes that needed to be patched up, peeling paint, and scuffs -- pretty much the normal wear and tear you would expect from a family of five. And if that wasn't enough the kids rooms were hot pink and lime green (!!!) and every room had popcorn ceilings. So we decided to leave it to the professionals and have them paint every room in the house and remove the popcorn ceilings. After we wrote them a big fat check we decided to tackle the master closet on our own. 

Our master walk-in closet is the stuff of dreams -- it has a pocket door, 8 built-in drawers, 8 huge shelves, and spacious his/her areas for hanging up clothes. But the closet was in rough shape and it needed some love. It took us a few weekends to putty the holes, caulk the corners, sand, and clean. My father-in-law helped us with three coats of white paint last weekend, and we installed the finishing touches -- new knobs, hooks, and patterned wallpaper! 

Chasing Paper is a line of stylish removable wallpaper. They have a ton of different patterns and colors to choose from and the paper will stick to nearly any surface. It's also really easy to install. Of course I'm a big fan of all of the blue patterns:
After a lot of debate I chose the black Speckle pattern (aka dalmation print). The print is really popular with a lot of style bloggers and I thought it would look great in our closet. But when I received the paper it just wasn't "me" -- H wasn't a fan either. So I exchanged it for the light blue Dot + Line pattern. The paper is gorgeous and perfect for our space. It was also easy to install -- just peel, stick, and trim with a X-ACTO knife. We finished off the wall with some silver hooks for my jewelry and now we have a finished master closet we can be proud of!
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Have you ever tried to use removable wallpaper? 
Which pattern is your favorite?
-xo-
Jillian

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