a glimmer into the life of a mum who loves fashion, decor and prosecco

My iPhone's perspective

 The start to my Saturday's & Sunday's - coffee with organic 1/2 & 1/2, a tsp organic coconut oil, and a little organic agave.

 Got this baby home and I love it more than I thought I would! It fits the spot perfectly! . . . of course I had to throw anything on it to semi-style it! Now the fun part is actually shopping for the accessories to sit on this beauty! A lamp? Two big black and white prints of my girls? A mirror? . . . . oh and new hardware for sure.

 My Friday uniform for work; who doesn't want a little animal print in their life?

 Home Depot did not disappoint this weekend! I love hydrangea's

 Saturday errands . . . stripes on stripes

 Found these little babies at Target . . . gorgeous for a summer table

He reads, he listens, he loves . . .

My Mr. Hotpants is absolutely wonderful.  I couldn't imagine this journey without him . . . Pookie, thank you for being you and for loving me.


Sorry for the MIA week . . . it just got away from me! It was my Birthday week but that was not really the reason; it was just go, go, go this week!  I had a work seminar to attend on Tuesday night (my actual Birthday!) but it was not bad considering it was in the beautiful Downtown Ritz and this happened thanks to my werk-BFF . . . prosecco and warm cookies! Don't mind if I do!

It also didn't suck to work on my birthday considering I got showered with gifts, funny cards and Georgetown Cupcakes! (their vegan Apple Cinnamon is insane!)

When I got home I walked in to 2 little girlies super excited (& the wonderful Mr. Hotpants), singing Happy Birthday, with Nothing Bundt Cupcakes and tons of candles!!!!   I got shoes, candles, and a beautiful glass vase from my littles because "those are what mummy loves!"

I took Thursday off because little Ms. E asked me if I could take her to school on her Show & Tell day and go to her ballet/tap class . . . ummmmm hellz yeah!!!! So I had a great day with the girlies; so fun in fact I didn't even take pic's!

But we did stop into HomeGoods and I stumbled upon this beauty . . . I have been looking for a credenza-type piece for a while now.  It needed to be long and tall and not too deep.  I searched all the normal websites, checked out eBay and Craigslist but couldn't find anything I loved that was the right price point.  I did find myself falling for mid-century inspired pieces so when I walked into HomeGoods (for another project I will tell you about later) and ran straight into this baby it was kind of love at first sight.  It is the perfect dimensions, great tiger wood veining, absolutely solid and an awesome price . . . S O L D . . . now I just have to get it home!!

This weekend is kinda busy too - It's my first "soccer team snack-mum" gig and I have the two girlies by myself as Mr. Hotpants is at school Saturday mornings; ought to be interesting carrying one babe and hauling a cooler.  Then we have little Ms. E's Annual Art Festival at her school and some finishing touches to put on the project I mentioned above that needs to be ready for Sunday morning!

I plan on making these delicious looking, more importantly "no-bake," energy balls with the girls . . .

And I am thinking of a little craft project that I can do with the girls that includes Terra-cotta pots, fun paint colors, and some succulents & cacti . . .

Have a fabulous weekend peeps . . . 

As a mother . . .

It is so hard to read the news, watch the news or even hear about the horrible things that go on in this world.  Before I had my girls and I would hear these horrific news stories it would bother me, I would feel sad and angry and get upset but it wasn't until after having my girls I understood the depth of the anguish that people were facing.  Now when I hear a story I have an almost visceral response; my head starts spinning with "what if's?" "what if that were my babies on that ferry, that airplane, at that marathon finish line?" "what if I were there with them; would I have been able to get them to safety?" "Would I have listened to my gut?" My stomach starts wrenching and most every time I feel like throwing up.  My heart and lungs go in to panic mode; I hyperventilate and my heart races and races . . . . these stories panic my being down to every cell in my body.

After I had my girls, my world changed in every way possible.  Now when I see anyone hurting, or in some unfortunate circumstances, all I can think is that is someones child . . .  someone who cradled their baby in their arms every night as I do, who kissed their booboo's when they were hurt like I do . . . I had no idea the depth of love a parent carries.  My girls are me and I am them; my love is like an involuntary muscle in my body, it just happens without me telling it to or making it . . . the love is literally pulsating though my body.  

The recent tragedies that are happening all around is a little too much to digest.   There have been two sad sad events that have been so close to home recently and with all the rest going on in the world . . . it seems a little insurmountable.  I am grieving for those families, those mother's, those fathers, those children who have lost someone.  Right now someones child is lost, is hurting, is sad, needs help, needs their mummy . . . and I just can't . . . I can't. 

who is the fairest of them all?

Since the earthquake a few weeks ago that sent paintings, mirrors and vases flying off our walls and shelves I have been looking for a new mirror to hang in our entryway.  The one we have is great but it weighs a ton and kinda scared me with it's "heff" during the earthquake! I want to get something a little lighter . . .  check out some of the beauties I stumbled upon (I wish they were all within my budget though!)

This gorgeous Jonathan Adler lucite & gold one is stunning (but $$$$)

Orange and bamboo!!!!! YES please (via)

Great affordable bamboo option (here)

I love this unexpected green! (here)


She loves me yeah, yeah, yeah . . .

Over the weekend my mum celebrated her 65th birthday with an amazing birthday bash at their house.  First of all the house looked absolutely stunning! Like a scene out of a Vanity Fair party . . . . . . G O R G E O U S.  Secondly my mum looked radiant! She does not look 65 at all and she had so much fun and was so relaxed; it was just awesome to see her enjoy the party!

Mum is a die-hard Beatles fan so it was only appropriate that she got a Beatles cover-band for the party entertainment and they were so good . . . black suits, skinny ties, wigs and all! 

I danced ALL NIGHT LONG!  I love dancing and to live music!!! even better.  And all those Beatles songs just brought back so many great memories of growing up. . . the Beatles were always playing in our house!

I bought two dresses for the party and decided on the more fun one . . . both were super cheap (one was $39 and the other $19)

This is the first one that looks amazing on - it's a BodyCon Topshop dress (Nordstroms Rack) and fits like a glove . . . but I felt it was a little too conservative and not the best dancing dress . . . 

And this is the second dress that I ended up wearing . . . It was the last in the store and a size medium so I had to get it altered (great tailor for OC if you need one) . . . it fit so amazing and was the perfect length.  It has a tulle underskirt which gives it great volume!

And here are some pic's of my mum and stepdad's amazing backyard all set up! 

Here are some daytime pic's I took while I was over visiting with the girlies a few weekends ago . . . . . . S T U N N I N G 

and the all-important "sister selfie" at the start of the night . . . there is no need to post the end-of-the-night selfies as the Prosecco was flowing . . . and I may have jumped in and sang a duet with Paul . . . "cringe" #sorrynotsorry

One year

Thinking of everyone that was affected by last years Boston marathon bombing today . . . my heart goes out to all the families, loved ones, and emergency workers who were part of this awful tragedy.  Still so unbelievable it happened. 

Take a moment to remember . . .  

Let's Pay less

We stopped by Payless over the weekend to pick up ballet and tap shoes for both the girls . . . such a better price than a real dance store especially when their feet grow exponentially every other month and their choice in what activities they like to do also!

But I digress (as I have habit to do) and the reason I'm here is to share these beauties we picked up for little Ms. E while we were there (she picked them out) . . .  only $15 each and they are super comfy with a padded footbed . . . (I am tempted to get the white ones in my size (yes I can wear kids sizes!))  I also want to note that Payless kids shoes have lasted longer than any Target or Old Navy shoes in my house!

 get them here

the color choices of these are so fun!

they are gold, they are gold

I finally got around to spraying my Craigslist chairs with my favorite gold spray paint! 

Why, yes! I spray in socks with a margarita in hand . . . don't you?

I absolutely love how they turned out . . . but now the difficult part - picking fabric! A pattern? or a fun-colored solid? What are your thoughts?

my littles

So I have been thinking a lot about hanging some artwork in the littles rooms . . . I haven't really done much until now because I was looking for the perfect pieces, that were also affordable, as I know in 3-5yrs time they will want something different.

Enter Society6 . . . they have the most amazing array of choices and are so affordable.  You can have the images as a giclee, a canvas, ipad cover, iphone cover, you name it they will put it on  it  . . even rugs! 

I have large prints (28 x 20) of these two babies coming to me . . .

 This one is for little Ms. E's room; her favorite animal (and mine) is an elephant . . . kindred spirits I say

And this cutest little pineapple is for little Ms. H's room . . . I absolutely adore this and for some reason the moment I set eyes on it, it screamed "Harper" . . . so that was that!

Instant marble

Since I didn't get to my DIY last weekend I decided to tackle it a few nights ago after work.  Probably not the best idea to start it when I was home alone with 2 kiddos who were at the 6pm witching cray-cray hour and a dog, who for some reason, stood at the pantry door for about an hour barking for some treats.  It was a lot of "put those scissors down", "stop spraying that cleaner", "No! don't pull on that paper", "come back with the scraper!", and "no, you can't use the exacto knife" . . . slightly more frustrating and time consuming that it should have been . . .

But I love the result! Such a quick & easy way to spruce a nook up for $40! (sorry for the dark and dull iphone pic's; it was at night so no natural light!)

I bought the marble paper here and it arrived and looked beautiful; not too dark, too grey or too veiny . . . exactly what I wanted

 I started by cleaning the surface and sanding any rough patches

 These are the linen cabinets in our hallway leading to the bedrooms . . it is not that deep but is quite long and was painted white along with the cabinets when we moved in.

 The paper came with this little scraper (you could also use a credit card) to push out any air bubbles and creases out . . . it was not hard and very much like lining your drawers with contact paper although a little stickier. 

 At the end I just took a cloth and firmly swept it over the top a  few times.

It has a beveled edge and originally I was not going to cover it but then it looked kind of weird and unfinished so I took it over the edge and under.  The paper did great (they said if you need help with corners to heat with a hair dryer but I didn't need to)

one last pretty

Oh! and how did I forget this beauty for my birthday wishlist , Mr. Hotpants?


I headed over to F21 on my lunch break the other day and the whole store just looked so light & pretty . . . full of floral patterns and bright colors and lots of fringe!!!

 The had tons of cute little pouches

Pretty sure I am going back for a pair of those gladiator sandals and this faux-leather tote looks so good in person!

they had so many little dolphin shorts in major cute patterns!

I picked up a few things . . . 

 A few little bralettes . . so many colors to choose from 

These bikini bottoms and this little stud earring set

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