Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thrifty Tuesday [Stripes]

If you read my post yesterday then you saw the striped Madewell shirt that I posted. I have to say, I'm obsessed with it right now! I have been loving some stripes lately so this week's Thrifty Tuesday post is dedicated to stripes!
Stripes are everywhere and there are a few different styles that have been catching my eye recently. Of course I love a classic striped boat neck shirt, but I also love a good striped
t-shirt to pair with jeans and a sweater or your favorite shorts in the summer. To be honest, I've never been the type to pull a striped shirt out of my closet to get dressed up.
BUT, I will have to say, with recent styles I might end up doing that more often come this Spring & Summer!

Here are a few striped shirt options to keep you in style, as well as inside of your budget!
[All under $25]
What styles are you loving lately? I hate to admit it, but I am really getting pumped for spring styles!

P.s. How do you like my new Thrifty Tuesday image?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lust List [Madewell]

Alright ladies, I have to share something with you. I am not feeling like my usual, thrifty self these last few days. No-siree! I have been drooling over this new [to me] brand-Madewell. Everything they carry would fit perfectly into my fantasy closet!
I know I can't be the only one lusting after things I can't allow myself to spend $$ on!
What have you had your eye on lately??

[Sweet] Weekend

This weekend, like most, flew right by. Come Sunday night we found ourselves wondering where it had gone. And while I wish it had stayed around longer, I did have a great time this weekend!

I'm linking up with Jenni over at Story of My Life for a little instagram fun to recap our weekend!

My hair is getting longer everyday and I'm curling it more often!
We went on a tour of the new-ish Corsair Distillery. Read about them here!
Thank for the passes Jess!
The first beer of the day-from a Chatanooga brewery!
The sweet lights along the brick wall <3
The awesome floors in the old Marathon Motor Works building.
The distillery is located in the historic Marathon Motor Works building!
One of the awesome signs inside.
The awesome sign on the outside. Love the look of the building!
Also located in the Marathon Motor Works village-Antique Archaeology
While most of their stuff wasn't for sale, it was fun to see it all.
Does anyone else watch the show? Remember when they picked this??
Carnival game figurines!
Awesome lights!
Fun display around the front door.
Sunday was very laid back and started off with yummy
pancakes (as big as your head)!
Sunday was also full of crafting and creating for the Etsy shop.
I also made (with Ry's mom's help) a kindle sleeve.  Love it!
Saturday was a ton of fun with going to the distillery, Jack's BBQ, and East Nashville (to check out some cute stores)...we wrapped up the day with a funny movie, Take Me Home Tonight (it's funny-watch it!). Sunday was calm and productive. I caught up on some Etsy work, helped Ryan's mom make an awesome Kindle sleeve (I'm making the next one!), and even worked on a website a little. I was happy to have some down time this weekend, but I wish it was still Sunday! Hopefully this week won't be toooo crazy.

What did you do this weekend? Anything new and exciting?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hodge Podge Link Love

I had a chance to catch up on a lot of blogs over this past week, and I found some great stuff while I was at it! I thought I would share my favorites and give you a little hodge podge to check out over the weekend : )
How cute/amazing/fun does this wedding look?

Big dreams take big efforts!

Super cute, super free 2012 calendars.

Some blogging tips, from all different angles.

How awesome is this closet?

Wouldn't all of these look good in your closet?

I have been obsessing over this type of print. I need a pair before this spring!

This will make you laugh...unless you already have one.

Some DIY fun (with jewelry).

More fun with colors, some super chic business cards.

Essentials for picking wine.

Have you heard about Jason Wu and Target teaming up?

This outfit, from here, makes me want to go on vacation. Stat.

This is the new background image on my iPhone. Here's another option.

One more cute wedding : )

Friday's Fancies-Blog Swap!

Today marks the end of the work week and the beginning of the weekend! Yup, Friday has arrived : ) This week's Friday's Fancies post is all about swapping. {AV} decided that this week's theme would be an outfit blog swap. We were each paired up with a fellow Friday's Fancies lover to get to know each other and create an outfit for one another. I was paired with the lovely Amanda from Pretty Little Things.

Here's Amanda's guest post and the outfit that she created for me!
[You can see the outfit that I created for her here!]
Happy Friday, The Sweet Life readers!
I’m so happy to be here to grace Ashley’s sweet blog.
(See what I did there?)

Anyway, I’m Amanda.
 I blog over at Pretty Little Things about fashion, d├ęcor, trends, and little things from my life.
I guess you could call me a lifestyle blogger. Kinda exactly like Ashley! I mean we did pin the exact same mani and we both love Ryan Gosling, so basically we should be BFFs. Sound good, Ash? Can I call you Ash? Lol…

So thanks to miss {av}, we’ve been paired up for this week’s Friday’s Fancies blogswap. I took some time to get to know Ash’s little slice of the blogworld and create a little FF’s for her.
Sweater – Topshop, $76.00
Shirt – J. Crew, $29.50
Pants – Asos, $80.57
Necklace – Bauble Bar, $40
Earrings – Bauble Bar, $36
Boots – Charles David, $345
Clutch – Lauren Merkin, $495

Hope you like this look Ash! When I saw those hunter green skinnies and the leopard clutch,
I knew I wanted to use them in your outfit.

Well, thanks for giving me the chance to share my look! If you like what I pulled together, you can check out my other outfits here.

Isn't she sweet?? I love the outfit and would wear it in a heartbeat (and man do I want to get my hands on those skinnies)! Thanks Amanda! I can't wait to link up again in the future : )

Be sure to go check out her blog and show her some love!

P.s. Check out the rest of the Friday's Fancies posts here and join in if you're feeling fancy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friday, is that you?

I feel like it should be Friday. Is anyone with me? (I've felt like that since Monday....)

To help me make it through the rest of the week, Ryan and I are having friends over tonight. Last week we all got together on a Thursday, so it felt like we started the weekend a little early. But this week, well, I just can't wait until Thursday night! I need to enjoy a few drinks, laugh a little, and unwind with our friends. Since we're hosting at our place, we decided to make a few snacks for everyone to enjoy. Nothing special, but crowd pleasers nonetheless :)
Chicken Tenders. Photo via.
Chips, salsa, and queso! Photo via.
Pigs and a blanket. Photo via.
I'll also be introducing our friends to this game and I can't wait...they're going to love it!

What are you doing tonight? The usual? Or are you changing it up a bit?

P.s. We're open to buying some new board games. Any suggestions? What are your favorites?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thrifty Tuesday-Price Comparison

Welcome back to our normally programmed show post! I'm so excited to be getting back to the normal Thrifty Tuesday post. Heaven knows how much I love to shop, and doing these posts helps me because it lets me exercise my inner-shopper : )

This week's Thrifty Tuesday post is all about comparing. I always, always, always compare prices before I purchase. Unless it's seriously on sale or clearance priced, then I'm definitely whipping my phone out to price compare.

Today I'm comparing prices on a few popular purse trends. As I've mentioned before, I usually don't spend tons of money on trends because they're just that, trends. They change all the time and I am usually over them pretty quickly. Because I know that I'm like that, it makes it easy for me to spend less money and opt for a cheaper version of the trend. Also, I usually get tired of purses pretty quickly (other than my few good quality, classic ones), so I would hate to spend lots of money on an item that I would give or put away after only a few months.

So, here are a few popular options [splurge and deal versions] for you to drool over ; )
Left: Michael Kors Large Hamilton Frosted Jelly Tote [$268] vs.
Right: JosephM Ladies Nude Padlock Frame Bag [$44]

Top: Miu Miu Suede and leather shoulder bag [$865] vs.
Bottom: H&M Matt Bag [$47]

 Left: Marc Jacobs Paradise Bag [$835] vs. Right: Warehouse Stud Trim Slouch Bag [$36]

Left: Fossil Vintage Reissue Crossbody Bag [$166] vs.
Right: Cesca 'Divine' Faux Leather Crossbody Bag [$38]

Top: Dorthy Perkins Oversized Quilted Clutch [$35] vs.
Bottom: Marc Jacobs Ginger Quilted Bag  [$440]

 Left: H&M Envelope Clutch [$23] vs. Right: Marni Envelope Clutch [$278]

Top: Lulu Turnlock Wristlet [$6.90] vs. Bottom: Tory Burch Wristlet [$155]

What purse trends are you loving lately? Do you opt to buy cheaper versions of the newest trends, or do you buy the more expensive purse and carry it until it's worn out? I'd love to hear what your shopping habits are!

See other Thrifty Tuesday posts here!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekend Recap

Monday, is that you? Already? Am I the only one that thought this past weekend just flew by?! I feel like the weekend officially started on Thursday night when we met up with some of our friends at another friend's house. We ate, drank, and were merry, and played funny games until we laughed so hard we cried!
Naturally, a fun night involves some of this yummy stuff!
I wasn't sure I would make it a full day in the office on Friday (it had been a loooong week). Thankfully the rest of the sales team felt the same, so we enjoyed a small group lunch at our favorite local spot-right across the street! We had a good time and it helped us ease into the weekend!
Ryan took over the kitchen on Friday and made a yummy dinner. He continued to spoil me by agreeing to go on a little browsing/shopping trip to Target, Best Buy, and World Market. It was fun to catch up on all of the fun new clothing at Target (while Ryan was in Best Buy...I hadn't browsed unsupervised in a while Hah!). I picked up a cute pair of black flats (these) while I was there. They are pretty comfy and are a nice step up from my normal flats (they also have cute nude and sassy animal print ones too).
New shoes, new jeans, and new sweater. Feeling good today :)
I never realized how many spices World Market had until this weekend!
On Saturday I had a few hours to myself, so naturally I went thrifting! I found some great items on the cheap (will share later this week!).
While I was shopping I found this vintage Lilly shirt. I had no idea that the
brand had been around that long! Read about it here. No, I didn't buy it..
After getting together at our friend's house on Thursday, I realized
that I was in need of a set of large wine glasses. For obvious reasons!
On Saturday night we meet up with a bunch of friends at Dave & Buster's. Have you ever been? I hadn't until Saturday. It's awesome! The local one recently opened so it definitely looks great and was really fun! We had drinks, dinner, played games and even bowled while we were there. It's a really great place to get a bunch of friends together for a fun evening.
Saturday night, before going out. One of my thrifted shirts!
Watching the UofL game at the bar. We won!
Ryan playing Skee-ball.
One more drink before heading home. It was a long night!
On Sunday the boy and I slept waaaay in and caught up on housework and the dreaded laundry. We had dinner with his parents and then ended the day with a few episodes of Breaking Bad. That show is soooo good!

What did you do this weekend? Did you try any new restaurants or go anywhere new?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday's Fancies~Inspired Outfit!

Happy Happy Friday! You know what today is, right? It's the best day of the week of course : ) For more reasons than one, but the main one (on this blog) being that it's Friday's Fancies time! This week the theme is Inspired Outfit! It was actually really nice to be able to grab some inspiration from a source like Pinterest instead of my 'want' list. I am an avid Pinterest user, so of course I went straight to my Fashion Passion board to pick out a favorite!

I've had this outfit pinned for a few weeks and it makes me daydream every time I see it! I love the color combo, and it definitely gets me in the mood for spring. Pastels, mixing textures and styles, not having to layer for warmth alone--what's not to love about spring?

So, I picked out a few items that were similar to the inspiration outfit and that mimic MY style!

Linea Weekend Shirt, Maison Scotch Blazer, J Brand Bright Jeans, Casadei Suede Platform Pump,
Paul Morelli Confetti Ring, Crislu Pearl Lustre Ring, Bony Levy Diamond Earrings,
Zagliani Python Tomodachi Bag, Butter London 3 Free Polish, Butter London 3 Free Polish

Do you have a favorite outfit that has been inspiring you lately? Check out the rest of the inspired outfits here! And be sure to join in if you're feeling fancy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Photo Update + Recipe

Last week I came to the sad/crazy realization that I have really been slacking when it comes to taking pictures. While I didn't break out the traditional camera this past weekend, I did make an effort to actually take photos of what we did with my iPhone. 
I'm finally jumping into something that I've wanted to do for a while now!
I also took the plunge and bought a Kindle Fire. I SO love it!
On the topic of taking photos...I took one of myself and
played around with a photo app. This is my new Twitter pic :)
I LOVE how long my hair has gotten. Here's to hoping I figure out a good haircut soon : )

On Sunday night I made Chicken & Dumplins for Ryan's family.
Everyone loved them! P.s. C&D is one of my all time favorite meals!
Hanging out in front of the fire...
Making smores!
New glasses. Thoughts?
It's casual Thursday (in my head), so I look rough. Don't judge, ok?
Also, does anyone else feel like they need to wear extra makeup when they wear glasses? I feel like I don't look like I have much on, even though I'm wearing the normal amount. Hmm.

I had to upgrade from a normal size coffee cup to this extra
large one....hopefully this will keep me going today!

We're really tired of chicken around our house, so I started looking for a few new non-chicken recipes. Last night I tried out a new one, Taco Pizza. It was pretty yummy and I think we'll definitely have it again.

Here's the recipe the way that I made it. Click the link above to see the original recipe!
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain. Mix taco seasoning according to the package directions and then add to the ground beef .
  3. Unroll crescent rolls into rectangles. Place on ungreased 11 1/2 inch x 16 1/2 inch cookie sheet (I used two, to make a medium pizza and a small pizza). Press dough over the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust (I didn't do this, as I used two cookie sheets).  Bake at 375 oven for 11 to 13 minutes or just until golden brown.
  4. Microwave beans in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.  Carefully spread beans over warm crust creating a thin layer.
  5. Top with cooked beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese followed by tomatoes, and hot sauce.  Return to oven for 3-6 more minutes until cheese is melted.  Top with lettuce and more cheese after removing from oven and serve with sour cream on the side.
What are some new recipes you've tried lately?

P.s. Has anyone tried to make their own crepes before? I'm itching to try this recipe!