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Console Table Styling

February 23, 2018

I'm such a sucker for a pretty vignette.  Probably because it can have such a big impact on a space, like a an entryway or blank corner of your family room, for not much of an investment.  And it's such an easy update.  It's also a great way to get on board with current trends or festive up your house for the holidays; show off those succulents and Easter Bunnies!

"dream peachy" art print || wood console || blue and gold candle || Blue Marbled Ginger Jar || Blue "tidal" art print || faux potted succulent || tressle console || decorative wood prayer beads || python tray || faux fiddle fig tree || glass gold rim vase || large glass vase || "within the chaos" art print || wood console || set of three blue marbled planters || white console || white lamp

Obviously the first thing you need is a table.  You probably already have one at home you can use but here are a few really affordable console tables I love.  Many of them are under $200 and can go a long way to freshen up a room.

Of course the next thing you want is a statement piece of art.  Minted has the lockdown on affordable art prints.  I almost always prefer a simple white mat and frame for a clean look.  And I'm definitely having a moment with abstract art.  It's also a fantastic way to create a color scheme or tie in colors from other parts of your house.

I'm also completely obsessed with Vintage Turkish Oushak rugs.  Like reaaaaaal obsessed.  I am a major fan of the vintage rug paired with modern art.  They're pricey so my best bet for a more affordable option is to either layer a small size rug over a room sized sisal.  In fact, that's one of my favorite looks!  Another great option is to get one of the newly made rugs that are basically a knock off of the originals but do the trick.  This is an especially good idea if you have small children and/or pets.  I've rounded up some great rugs for you below but you can also check out Etsy or ebay as well.

Of course you'll need accessories!  Something green like succulents, an orchid, or Osage oranges are my go picks.  After that figure out how you'll use the space or think about where it is in the room.  Do you need a mirror?  If it's in a front hall I'd say yes and then layer the art on the table and be sure to add in a tray.  In a family room you're more likely to want to stack some books with a doo-dad on top.  Maybe a candle or a pretty picture frame.

What are some of your go-to styling ideas for console tables?

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Dressing Room Diaries

February 22, 2018


I rounded up all my favorites for you at Nordstrom the other day and I'm sharing my top picks!

If you're looking for just one new dress to take you from work to Church to shopping to lunch to dinner to a shower to a day date at a vineyard....look no further.  This dress is as comfy as it is cute!

The soft grey cotton material is a little bit thicker and sturdy, more like a light weight sweatshirt, so it's extremely forgiving!  And the blue and white stripe detail on the cuffs and hem add such a pretty feminine touch to a shirt dress.

For something fancier, how freaking gorgeous is this lilac lace dress?!  This is a mama left the kids at home dress.  It's super straight so if you're in between sizes or curvy I'd size up.  I ended up ordering the next size up because the lace was pulling across my thighs and behind.  #storyofmylife.

This color of this pink dress is so good, y'all!  I am so pale right now but this dark magenta color always seems to give my skin a boost.  The one shoulder bow detail is a really fun way to rock the one shoulder trend without actually giving up a bra strap.  Our store pretty much only carries petites in smaller sizes so this one is a tad small for me.  I'd say it runs TTS as I'm 5'8 and the petite is a hair short on me.

Another classic.  The quilted pattern and fit & flare style are so perfect.  Plus its pink and navy which is always a fun choice.  Another petite in this dress so I'm going to need to order the same size but in the regular to gain some length.  This would be a gorgeous choice for Easter.

Can't beat a detailed tunic dress.  This one has the prettiest embroidery!

Okay, this patterened midi dress was a surprise favorite.  I almost didn't try it on but I'm so glad I did.  I love the long sleeves and the tea length.  It's hard to see, but the pattern is so pretty in person.  It would be another great Easter option for those of us who still get a chilly Spring.


HERE we go to the END END END

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Blue Maxi Dresses

February 19, 2018

Y'all.  This blue maxi dress is a winner.  The top half of the skirt is lined for full coverage and it has pockets!  It's made of silky crepe scarf material and I love how it looks like a polished two piece outfit. so comfortable and easy!  The top is a thicker stretchy cotton that reminds me of a rachel pally or susan monaco type of material.  I'm wearing it off the shoulders like on the model but you can just as easily pull them up a bit for a more modest look.  I can't get over how pretty this would be for a beach wedding or a spring shower.

Here are a few more I love!

I'm wearing the petite here and I'm 5'8 so take the length into consideration when ordering.  Otherwise I'd say it's completely true to size. I prefer it short enough that I can wear flats with it but if you're taller and want to wear heels you'll be all set with the regular.

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Pink Sneakers and A Cute Casual Look

January 28, 2018

Several of y'all asked about my pink new balance shoes from my instaStories.  I am in love with them and get so many compliments.  I pretty much live in athleisure-wear these days so it feels nice to still have a bit of style going.

New Balance athletic shoes (solar pink/beeswax) | black leggings | slouchy tee | sunnies | pink hat | fleece pullover  | Beautycounter No. 2 Plumping Face Spray** | Slightly South of Southern 

*I usually wear a S in Patagonia but I wear a M in this style so you may want to size up too.

** I'm a consultant with Beautycounter so after you click on the link it may ask if you are shopping with me before you continue.  I'd love to chat with you more about what might be the best for your skin.  My skin is super dry so I need all the plumping hydration I can get but if that's not your need we have some amazing things for other skin types too!
A few other awesome kicks!  These would all be super cute with jeans, leggings, or shorts.

J.Crew final sale items EXTRA 50% with code: SAVENOW so those pink leggings and these navy stripes are like $25!

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tops to wear with jeans now

October 19, 2017

We're getting chilly mornings and evenings around here, finally!  Of course, it's hot as can be during the afternoon so dressing the kids for school is interesting.  How can I teach them about utilizing layers? ha!  I've been transitioning back into jeans and found a few cute new tops!

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Sales + Random Friday Favorites

September 21, 2017

Let's start with the fun sale finds for the week!

50% off was $59 now $29.50

dang, they're sold out in my size---I would have been all over this dress---hurry and check for your size!  Here's to hoping they restock it!

I love the back---so flattering!



And how delicious do these two pastas look?!  I'm trying to get creative with Wells' lunches and pasta salad is my new go-to and it's fun to have lots of variation. Both recipes can be found here.


My favorite room of the week is actually an outdoor space.  With temperatures starting to dip, I'm craving evenings outside.  A fire-pit is nice but a big outdoor chimney would be amazing!
If we had this outdoor area I might never come inside.


My desktop, my phone, and my camera lens all blacked out on me on the same day so during my extended online break I've been reading a ton.  A few of my favorites are The girl in cabin 10, The art forger, and Along the infinite sea.


I've also been watching a lot of BBC lately.  I just finished Upstairs Downstairs and Victoria and I need a new show to binge.  Any recs?

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Lounge Outfits + Jeans and Tees

September 20, 2017

Always love a good reason to throw on lounge wear.  In addition to actual athletic clothes, I can't get enough of casual easy looks like jeans and a tee shirt.  Are y'all liking mules with your jeans?  I love it.  It's a little bit dressier than my typical bootie but still not a fancy dress shoe.  I'm a fan!

ruffle sleeve top || jeans (look for less)

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We're selling our house!

Y'all, we are selling our house!!!  We'd love for someone we or our neighbors know to purchase it before we list on MLS in a few weeks.

We have loved this home and our incredible neighborhood so much but we are also really excited for the next chapter in our lives.  A lot of the details of our next move are still up in the air; there are a lot of moving parts!  Change can be so scary but it can also be awesome and I'm ready for the ride!

Check out the details at 205sweetbriar.com and share with your friends in the Richmond area!

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