11.24.2014

Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bag Giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I was given complimentary products from Stephanie Johnson to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

I've raved about Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags before -- but they are so good I couldn't resist posting about them again. Stephanie Johnson designs fashionable and functional cosmetic cases and travel accessories, designed for the frequent traveler in mind. I love all the pretty new holiday designs -- especially the festive gold and black patterns. These cosmetic bags would make awesome gifts (or I wouldn't blame you if you want to keep them for yourself!)
I received a Jenny Train Case in the Concord pattern -- a diamond ikat design in ivory, black, and beige with a bright orchard interior liner. The interior and exterior of the case is covered in a sturdy glossy laminate which protects it from any spills or stains. The Jenny Train Case is 10" x 6.5", which gives me more than enough room for all of my makeup and toiletries. I also received the Large Flat Pouch in the Bollywood Beige Basic pattern. The pouch is perfect for storing jewelry and other delicate items for travel. The 9" x 7" large pouch is made out of a soft faux suede fabric and is pretty enough to use as an going-out clutch. The two cases look great together, and they are perfect for travel or to keep things organized in a diaper bag.
Love these cosmetic bags? Stephanie Johnson is generously giving away a set: (1) Jenny Train Case and (1) Large Flat Pouch to a lucky reader! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.  A winner will be emailed on Monday, December 1, 2014. U.S. entries only please. 
Good Luck! 
-xo-
Jillian
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11.21.2014

five on friday.

Happy Friday and helloooo weekend! I'm linking up with Christina, April, Natasha, and Darci today:
ONE: I can't get enough hummus these days -- especially the pine nut flavor from Harris Teeter. I really want to make avocado, roasted red pepper, and cilantro jalapeno hummus, (this 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus chart is fun too!) What are your favorite ingredients to mix into hummus?
TWO: I was included in Lovely Life Styling's Blog Tour list. Lindsay is super sweet and expecting her first baby any day! Now it's my time to nominate three more of my favorite bloggers. I'm going with my blogger-friends-turned-IRL-Charleston-friends: Shelby from Recent Somethings, Ally from Life as I know it, and Caitlyn from Home Sweet Ruby.
THREE: I'm seeing Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 tonight -- that's right three movies in less than three months! Just trying to do all those things that I know will be difficult to do after the baby arrives.
FOUR: We're going on another culinary tour this weekend! This time we are exploring upper King street and I really hope we visit Sugar Bakeshop. #preppingforThanksgiving
FIVE: There's a few days left to enter the Mama Mio Giveaway -- enter for yourself or for a friend!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

11.20.2014

a nursery for baby cornflake.

I hit the 23-week mark yesterday and I think the nesting thing finally kicked in. I vacuumed the whole house (including the couch and fridge -- I know, I'm a weirdo), changed the sheets, and reorganized the baby's clothes (again) by size. Sooo I'm sure you can imagine that it makes my nesting/control-freak-self sad that I can't actually decorate a nursery before the baby gets here. Baby M will be taking over our living room until we move out of our rental -- which is about 3+ months after the baby arrives. But that doesn't mean I can't start planning or shopping...

I want our nursery to be a warm and inviting room, with white furniture, grey accents, and pops of pink. I hope it all comes together in the end and I have already stocked up on a few things:


The modern Honest 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and our vintage changing table (my great-grandmother's refinished dresser) will be the main pieces of furniture in the nursery. I want to keep things neutral for the bedding with a mix of gray sheets (I love the super soft Mini Dot and Grey Elephant patterns). And I couldn't resist the sweet Pink Swan pattern sheets! 

For wall decor I bought a few prints on Etsy over a year ago (yeeep...wishful thinking), thankfully I still love the illustrations - Jungle Nursery Alphabet art printA Jolly Read PrintRoyal Elephant art print -- from the Trafalgar's Square shop (they are currently having a sale -- receive 25% off orders over $20 with code FALL25 at checkout). I recently purchased a pretty Rifle Botanicals Garland for a personalized accent.

My mom has generously offered to buy us our rocker and I have my eye on the Toby Modern Upholstered Glider and Ottoman (both in Talbot Cement Fabric). I saw the glider when I was in Chicago and it is gorgeous!

Nursery Wish List:
I think a colorful rug would tie the whole room together. I love this Pakistani Pink and Black Wool Rug, but I'd actually love to get a pink Persian rug to celebrate her Persian/German-Irish-Hungarian culture.

I want to frame all of the prints in simple White Gallery Frames and add a Map print to the room to inspire Baby M to travel :) You can't beat the $5 price tag of this one.

For some finishing touches I want a few Nesting Floor Baskets for easy toy and blanket storage, a pretty Throw Pillow for the glider, and one more set of gray patterned sheets.

-xo-
Jillian

11.19.2014

my christmas wish list.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! I am sooo behind on my holiday shopping this year... ugh. I've rounded up a few $50 and under gift picks on Pinterest but I need to get moving. Til then I am linking up with AprilEliseKatie, and Zelle and sharing a Few of My Favorite Things:

-"I don't really need any more jewelry," (said no one ever).... I am loving the star details on this Elizabeth and James bracelet

-I use Urban Decay eyeshadow almost every day, so it'd be fun to experiment with more colors from the Urban Decay Naked3 Palate

-A girl can't have too many Zooey Deschanel classic pj's

-Now that I live somewhere that isn't crazy cold, I'd love a pair of super soft Cashmere Gloves and cozy slippers (this less expensive pair is cute too). 

-I love my new floral iphone cover but a girl needs options... this scallops iPhone 5c case is cute too!

and It's totally normal to put something for your baby on your christmas wish list...right? :) ok good because I can totally picture our little girl running around in these rufflebutt bloomers. (haha isn't that the perfect name?!) And I'd love to add these dreamy star print crib sheets and wool felt night sky mobile to her nursery.

What's on your Christmas wish list?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Shopping for a mama-to-be? Enter my Mama Mio giveaway!
And stop by East Coast Chic today for a tour of my favorite room in our house.

11.18.2014

Mama Mio Skincare Review + Giveaway.

Full Disclosure: I was provided with products from Mama Mio to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

I'm excited to introduce to you Mama Mio, the pregnancy experts on fit skin. When I found out I was pregnant I knew it was important for me to start taking better care of my skin. I came across a number of stretch creams before I found Mama Mio. I happy to discover that Mama Mio's products are safe to use during pregnancy and nursing and specifically designed to address pregnant skin concerns.

The first Mama Mio product I ever tried was the Tummy Rub Butter. I'm obsessed. I use the super thick lotion every night on my stomach, hips, and boobs. It smells great and the Shea Butter base leaves my skin super hydrated. It works great on dry hands too :)

Mama Mio generously sent over a few other products for me to try: the Gorgeous Glow Facial Swipes -- these are super convenient for travel (or if you're a lazy girl like me and prefer to wash your face every day with them!) And Your Pregnancy Essentials Kit which includes: The Tummy Rub Butter -- 
Award-winning stretch mark protection and my personal favorite. Gorgeous Glow -- Balancing Facial Wash. Pregnancy Boob Tube -- Bust Protection Cream to stop sagging. Lucky Legs -- A mini spa treatment to relieve swollen legs and feet
. I'm sure this will come in handy in my third trimester. The Pregnancy Essentials Kit is award winning and the perfect size for travel! 

Mama Mio is treating one lucky reader to the Gorgeous Glow Facial Swipes AND Your Pregnancy Essentials Kit. Together the pair makes a great gift for a mama-to-be (or treat yo self and keep them for an at home spa day!) Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 25. Good Luck! 
-xo-
Jillian

11.17.2014

weekend good things.

Happy Monday! I had a great weekend and it started with a celebration, my younger brother's wife had their baby on Friday! She is adorable and I am so happy for them.

Friday night H and I went to the gym and then watched a few episodes of House of Cards (#partyanimals). The next day we made it to the gym again (whoohoo!), ran some errands, and then lounged around for the rest of the afternoon. Later that night we met up with friends (Caitlyn, Ally, Shelby and their husbands) at EVO for some wood-fired Neapolitan pizza AND my first slice of pumpkin pie this year (sooo good!) The pizza was pretty tasty-- I loved all of the unique and fresh ingredients (even the huge hunks of roasted garlic).

It was rainy in Charleston on Sunday, so I caught up on some magazines and got organized with my new May Designs meal planner notebook (thank you Caroline!!). H and I went shopping for some Christmas gifts. I treated myself to a mini spa treatment with some Mama Mio products (more on that tomorrow + a giveaway). I spent the rest of the night baking date-nut bread and we watched Batman (the original one from the 90's) it was pretty hilarious and cheesier than I remembered :)

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. There's only one day left to enter the Gerard Yosca Jewelry Giveaway!

11.14.2014

five on friday.

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with ChristinaAprilNatasha, and Darci today for Five on Friday, so let's get to it!
ONE: This weekend we're going out EVO pizza with some friends. It's on my restaurant wish list and I'm excited to see if it lives up to the hype.
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TWO: I really liked this article about money + happiness. It makes me want to save money in the future for more trips and experiences instead of more things.


THREE: We cut our cable a few weeks (there were a ton of channels we weren't watching and I needed to break my Bravo addiction). Well it hasn't been too bad, especially with the addition of Hulu. But we tried two antennas and they were both terrible -- we could only got 2 local channels and the connection was pretty shaky. So we crawled back to comcast (uggh) for another cable box. We went with the super basic package so we're still saving about 1/2 from our orginal our cable bill. I'm just happy I can watch the morning news again AND I'll have PBS for the return of Downton Abbey.
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FOUR: There are less than TWO weeks until Thanksgiving! It's one of my favorite holidays and I'm craving pumpkin pie, turkey, and mashed potatoes like crazy. We're traveling to Chicago for the holiday and I want to bring something Southern for dinner. I'm thinking Pimento Cheese + Callie's Buttermilk Biscuits (you can buy biscuit mix online or in the Charleston store). Do you have any favorite sides or desserts that are easy to travel with?
FIVE: There's a few days left to enter the Gerard Yosca giveaway. Enter HERE to win a gorgeous handmade necklace and bracelet!



Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian