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What I'm Wearing

I'm getting in the football spirit with my outfit today.  Jon and I will be heading up to Tuscaloosa for the Bama game this weekend, so I decided to start channeling my team spirit on my errand run this morning.  Plus, I wanted to try out my new comfy flats I got for my New York trip!  Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I had difficulty getting the whole outfit with my SLR.
Top-Urban Outfitters (one of my favotie go-to tops)/ Jeans-Target/ Shoes-Anne Klein iflex via TJ Maxx/ Purse-TJ Maxx/ Necklace-Danielle Stevens/ Ring-David Yurman/ Watch-Michael Kors

Here are the items (or a close match) on a board so you can get a better look.  Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Four Years

Four years ago on this day, I met my husband for the very first time.  And as the old adage goes, "the rest was history."  Jon and I married a year and a half later and have been on a fun, crazy ride ever since.  So in honor of the day we said "I do" and the recent Emmy's, let's do a little dress comparison, shall we?  
When I first saw Julie Bowen's dress, and her whole look really, I was wowed.  The styling, color and design were right up my alley.  So much so, that her dress reminded me of my own wedding dress (the design, not the color).  
Here is Julie looking stunning on the red carpet at the Emmy's. (Side note:  If you don't watch Modern Family, you're really missing out.)
And here are a few side-by-side comparisons of my Watters wedding gown and her Monique Lhuillier gown.  I know the price tag doesn't even begin to compare, but the silhouette definitely reminded me of my own.  Obviously, I have more junk in the trunk than Julie…

Au Lait

This past weekend I went into TJMaxx looking for a new bed pillow.  But let's not kid ourselves; I knew that I would probably walk out with more than just a pillow.  Who can go into TJMaxx and only come out with one thing?  If that's you, I applaud you, but this girl has never accomplished such a feat.

So true to form, I did leave with a more few things, some of which I will be sharing with you today.
Feast your eyes upon these beauts.

Now before you start thinking "Really, Mallory?  Soap?!" let me explain.

Listen, I love the yummy smelling scents from Bath & Body Works as much as the next girl.   When they have a sale, who can really resist picking up some Warm Vanilla Sugar or Sweet Pea?  BUT as good as their soaps may smell and as long as they may last (longer than the cheaper Dial version I may add), their looks just don't cut it for me.

I hate to walk into a beautifully done bathroom only to see some cheap plastic bottle with bright colored stickers tot…

Small Kitchen Solution

My mom's kitchen is a typical 1970's alley kitchen with a short, narrow footprint and dark cabinets.  Since this photo (below) was taken, new wood floors have been put down but the rest of the space is still living in its dull, brown glory.  The plan is to remove the wood valance above the sink, replace the existing cabinets with new door fronts and paint, put in under cabinet lighting and install a new countertop.  Since it is a small space and no walls can be moved, creating a light and airy feel is vital to adding more visual square footage.  
This is my solution to the problem... white cabinetry with glass fronts to extend the visual space and dark stone countertops for dimension and durability.  New hardware in a timeless nickel finish is also a must.  And I've always envisioned putting in schoolhouse lighting (like shown here above the sink) to compliment the rest of the traditional pieces in her home.  Outdated fluorescent lighting and beautiful antiques just don&#…

Five Things-Game Day Treats

Being a girl raised in the South, I've grown up loving college football...and of course all of the eats and treats that come along with it.  Here are a few new favorites to share with you guys.  Enjoy, and Roll Tide!
{Pretzel rolls with beer cheese sauce.  What could be more appropriate?}

{Collegiate Martini.  Love this idea from Snappy Gourmet.  Pick a drink to match your team's colors and use pineapple or apple slices to cut out a floating logo.}

{Football shaped foods.  The possibilities are endless...Check Pinterest for even more ideas.}

{Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Puffs.  A mini pizza party in your mouth.  Yes, please.}
{Buffalo Chicken Appetizer Cupcakes.  A yummy alternative to buffalo wings.}

Family Rules Free Print

I recently worked on a print for my friend Mindy, and I loved the words so much, I thought I'd share it with you guys.
You can download it for yourself here.  Enjoy!


Five Things

{Wow.  Hanging floral halos and crisp white tables.}
{Dipped treats with bows--simple and cute.}
{Everything about this space is amazing.}
{Tickle Me Francey by OPI...my new go-to fall color.}
{Speaking of fall...it has arrived at our house!...well, at least indoors :) }
Happy Friday!  

The Latest in the Online Mags

Several issues of online magazines that I subscribe to have arrived in my email this week.  And I have to say, I've been very inspired by many of the designs featured.  Let me share...
Images via House of Fifty... {Designed by Amanda Swanlund} 
{Designed by Rachel Riordan} 
{Designed by Mayme Baker} 
Images via Lonny Mag...
{Designed by Ariane Goldman} 
{Designed by Lilly Bunn Weekes} 
{Designed by Lilly Bunn Weekes} 
{Designed by Lucas Studio, Inc.}

We Shall Never Forget

Because of our five-year age difference, my hubby and I have always had a running joke about where we were during 9/11.  I first asked him this question in one of our late night phone calls after we'd just started dating.  As so many of us vividly remember exactly what we were doing when the towers fell, so too did he.

He told me he was in his first year of flight school after college and that the base immediately grounded all of the planes.  After telling a little more about the day, he asked me the same question.  My response was a little different than his, "I was in my first period government and economics class."

We couldn't help but laugh in thinking how different of places we were in our lives at that time--me still in high school and him having completed college and starting his career as an aviator.  Obviously we both got older and ended up meeting at a time when our worlds weren't so different, but we love thinking on times when that wasn't the ca…

California Part 5-All Good Things Must Come to an End

We started out our last full day with breakfast at the Boon Fly Cafe at the Carneros Inn.  This was actually our second time to eat breakfast there (we also ate there the second day of our stay).  It was an easy walk from our cottage to the cafe and a great way to take in the cool morning air.  Aside from the cafe's laid back atmosphere, I also loved the presentation of their water, butter and mini jellies.  Presentation is big with this girl, and I left wanting to go home and make my own signature water bottle.
After breakfast we walked over to the market, which is right by FARM (where we dined the first night), and the bocce ball courts.

Another shot of FARM.  The open area porch has fire pits and couches under it that you can sit around and enjoy at night while you sip on a cocktail.

We made our stop into the Market at the Carneros to see what they had to offer and to purchase a t-shirt to remember our travels.  I loved the tin ceiling and light fixtures in there.  The Market…