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

Crazy Sale

So I hardly ever visit JC Penney's website but an email came through today saying extra 25% off clearance so I took a look . . . and WOW check out some of these deals!!!! and hurry if you love something because it ends Jan 31st (furniture section here)

This huge Jonathan Adler mirror (40x50) is only $199 (here)

Great faux crocodile x-base stool (comes in black or white) only $110 (here)

What a great little end table or nightstand!  Brass legs with linen-wrapped top . . . $142 (here)

and if you are planning on doing the Elf on the Shelf next year . . . get him now for $5 instead of $30 (here)

Some great pillows for your little ones rooms . . . 

 This sweet little owl pillow comes in blue too and is $10.40 (here)

This cute 16 x 16 for $10.40 (here)

Great "Design by Conran" 18x18 knitted pillow (here) for $15.99

I am loving this pom-pom rug (here) . . . it comes in three different sizes and 5 colors.  Prices range from $7.99 - $31.99

This awesome cobalt blue chair for "Design by Conran" is only $135!!!!!! (here) . . . what a great accent piece for any room

Seriously spend some time on the site . . . there are some great table lamps, floor lamps, curtains and more great furniture pieces!

Take a seat

Happy Monday peeps . . . Hope you all had a fantastic weekend; we had a pretty laid back one which was nice!

A few months back I got two of these Threshold tufted benches from Target on sale for $60 each with an extra 15% off!!! I bought them in hopes of having a king bed to put them at the bottom off! So now that I do I've decided I need to change them up a little bit!

This is the photo from Target's website.  While I love their Threshold line I am not a fan of the gold they use on their furniture.  Its not really gold its a dull browny-bronze color . . . so you can bet I will be giving them a coat of my favorite gold spray paint (here) 

and since all my linens are white and I love a clean stark-white look the oatmeal linen fabric that is on the benches looks really dull & dirty next to the bed soooooooo my fabulous mum is going to help me cover them and I really want to go with a handwoven hmong indigo fabric so I am looking at this one on ebay!  I love elephants & so do my girls!  My inspiration?  I love how Amber from Amber Interiors incorporates all her stunning indigo pillows and throws into her rooms with white linens and walls.

Take a look at Ambers gorgeousness in these homes she has done . . . all images via here

Shoe Porn

So I don't usually buy myself big-ticket items but when we passed by Madison last week on our lunch break and saw the sale they were having we popped in for a looky-look.  When I saw these Aquazzura babies, that I have secretly loved for months, I fell . . . and I fell pretty hard!  I have seen them on so many people; and the nude are by far the most popular (hence never on sale) . . . 

The pair in Madison were RED; I don't have a pair of red shoes and my, oh my, aren't these a sexy pair of red shoes to have . . . best part? They are amazingly comfortable (like a glove on your foot) AND they were on final clearance so they were silly cheap for an originally priced $600 shoe! (you can buy them full price here and here) . . . . ummmm Happy Valentines Day to me!

Happy skin

I have been using this facial oil and eye cream for the past few weeks and I have to say I am really loving it.  Not only do I see a difference in my puffy eyes and dark circles but my skin feels insanely soft and supple.  It also has one of the most relaxing & beautiful scents to fall asleep with; it has primrose oil and essential lavender oils in it (buy them here and here)

She has arrived!

So our new fame and mattress arrived over the weekend and it was instant love!

We got this mattress (here); they had great customer service and delivered to California, from Salt Lake City, next day!

and this beautiful frame (here) from West Elm

So here is the before photo with our old faithful queen bed from Z Gallerie before we moved it our (Lucy Sue is curled up in her usual spot on our pillows!)

And here is our new baby . . . It feels so HUGE since we have always had a Queen mattress . . . like Mr. Hotpants is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO far away from me!!

So we all know how the snowball effect works right!?!? So now here is what I want to do . . . 
  • Find new nightstands (these are my mums old ones that I painted) 
  • New lamps
  • Move our living room rug into our bedroom (here
  • Upholster the Target benches with a vintage kilim 
  • Buy larger white linen duvet cover (here)

Great Kids gift

My awesome-sauce sister-in-law bought these fantastic nightlights for all the kiddos Christmas gift (here)!  My girls love love love them! They are so cool and the colors are wonderful, especially on a white wall!  You can set it so that it stays on until you manually turn it off or set it so that it automatically turns off after 10minutes (we do this because it is perfect for them to fall asleep with).  Great gift for a birthday party, Valentines or Easter surprise for the kiddos or just a great addition to their bedroom

a little trip

We bought annual passes for the San Diego Wild Animal Safari Park & the SD Zoo over the Christmas break and took a little 3 day holiday with the girls!   San Diego has lots of things to do for families: Safari park, Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld, beautiful beaches, kayaking, and more!  I have spent quite a bit of time in SD as my dad lived there for many years.  My favorite area is Del Mar by far . . . a little slice of heaven; Le Auberge Del Mar Hotel is  amazing (here).

Since we wanted to be close to some fun activities for the girls we headed a little further south and stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (here).

 We had drinks up at the very top of that left tower; at the Top of the World. The girls had their first "Shirley Temples"

this is the huge lobby 

View from the Top of the World

When we travel with the girls we always get suites so that we can put them to bed and still enjoy having a drink, watching a movie or sitting on the balcony and their "conference suites" are amazing! Dinner table to sit 8 people, full bar area, sectional sofa, floor-to-ceiling windows . . . they are HUGE! Worth the extra money especially if you are traveling with another family

 Their favorite thing to do once they check in to a hotel? - Check out the bed
We decided to visit the the USS Midway while we were down there and it was truly magnificent (here) . . . Mr. Hotpants and I loved it because we are history nerds like that  . . .  the girls were sort of impressed for the first 20 minutes then they wanted to leave.  Looking back now I would probably wait until they were a little older to go on it (although little boys would probably have an insane time and enjoy it for a little longer)

 They loved the flight deck!

The girls did love Seaport Village (here); which is right where the USS Midway is docked.  It has great little shops, restaurants, ice cream places, outdoor patios and a fantastic balloon man (the girls got a hello kitty and a pink panther made out of balloons!!)

The next day we crossed the bridge and headed into Coronado (here).  We didn't visit the famous Hotel Del  this time (here) as we wanted to have a more relaxed non-touristy afternoon so we headed to the other side of the island to a great little spot by the Ferry landing.  We had an awesome lunch at the Coronado Brewing Company (here) and then rented one of those 4-people bikes and cruised the boardwalk stopping on the beach to collect shells.  

I would definitely recommend this, especially those who are close to SD.  So easy to get to, a nice change, great weather, lots to do and fun new experiences!  Heres to more of these little adventures in 2015.


Gifts I love

I got some great gifts this Christmas that I though I would share . . . It was a very girlie Christmas

I got this beautiful Giles & Brother hammered bib necklace from Mr. Hotpants and it feels amazing on! (here)

he also got me this fun and quirky Alexander McQueen dog-tag necklace; great for an everyday edgy piece (here)

I had asked for some new beautiful bras and undies and I was fabulously showered with lots of them (I don't think it takes much when a lady asks her man for sexy under-thangs!!). . . (here) and (here)

I also was in dire need of some pretty PJ's (not sweats and old t-shirts) so I was so happy when I got this great set from Splendid (here)

and don't forget my trusty face butter . . . La Mer (here)

The King

So it has been a long time coming (two years to be exact) but we finally ordered our K I N G bed that can fit us plus those little "night-wandering-into-our-bed" people we have living with us!

I ordered it on New Years Eve (I got a gift card from Santa for part of it) from West Elm.  It is their Tabitha Poster Bed and is still on sale (here).  It arrives this Sunday and I am so excited to actually have something to start decorating with. 

Until now we have done nothing with the Master bedroom except paint it the perfect shade of moody peacock blue (Benjamin Moore -New York State of Mind)  

My plans are to keep the linens all white with some splashes of color in throw pillows.  I have this linen duvet cover from H&M home (here) and I love it (it gets softer with every wash).  I liked it so much that I got a twin one for Emersons room and will be ordering one for Harpers big girl bed once we decide on that!

and my mum made me some euro shams with this fabric, which goes great with the blue walls and white linens.

I already have these curtains hung high above the window fame; I think the black Greek key border will look great with the black bed frame.

Now I just need a few sheet sets in King size as everything we have is Queen, new nightstands and a king mattress!  And since I love the photo above with the bed and that rug, I am thinking of moving our living room rug into our room . . . this is the one we have (here)

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