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Christmas at the Lake

I’ve always been at my parent’s house for Christmas. Even when I was in college 8 hour away, I was always home for Christmas. This year, now that all 4 of us kids are older, we’re trying something different! We’re renting a house at a nearby lake for Christmas! I’m super excited & I think being in the mountains for the holidays is going to be so wonderful…now the weather just needs to cooperate so we can get some snow! :)

In the spirit of my woodland holiday, I thought I’d put together a little Friday Finds for a winter getaway! Enjoy!

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My L.L. Bean slippers are my absolute favorite! The Wicked Good Slippers are lined with genuine Australian lambswool. The BEST!

We would typically go skiing, but with this unseasonably warm weather this winter, we’ll probably be in the hottub!

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I love these high-neck bathing suits – so chic!

We’ll be spending lots of time in front of the fireplace & lounging around the house. Especially on Christmas morning, you need one of these robes!

waffle-weave-resort-robe-oI have this Waffle Weave Resort Robe from Pottery Barn & it’s incredibly comfy!

Of course, some sweet treats to bring along for the family!

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These are by Holly Fox – she does a great job with all styles & types of cute cookies!

And lastly, some fabulous PJs to hang around the house in! lo0003_hhn_frontThese cuties are from Draper James, which is Reese Witherspoon’s new project! LOVE!

Happy Holidays to you & yours!

-S

Halloween Half-Skull Makeup

So I know Halloween was over a month ago, but I wanted to show everyone a step-by-step of how I accomplished this super cool Half-Skull makeup look!

I found a YouTube video that detailed out exactly how to do this & then I added a few of my own touches!

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Here’s the look we’re aiming for :)image2

I went ahead and did my over-the-top regular makeup first to get it out of the way. I used a lot of eyeliner, dark eye shadow, contouring, and a red lip to make that side of my face “pop!” I wanted that side to be just as bold as the skull side. Then I went ahead and did 3 layers of white costume makeup all over (except around the eye).image3

Next, I used the black costume makeup to fill in the circle around the eye, even getting in around your tear duct. I filled in a nose-cavity, and created the initial jaw line for the mouth.

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Using a very light touch, I created teeth up and around the jaw & added a little shadowing around the crevices.

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Here’s a more detailed look at the skull side of my face!image6

Comparison with my glam make-up :)image7

I finished off by taking the white makeup all the way down my neck & onto my collarbone, to create the illusion of my rib cage.image8

And that’s it! I ran a few errands like this before I headed out to a Halloween party. So much fun!image9

This was one of my favorite Halloween outfits yet!

-S

DC Gallery Event

This is a catering launch that I helped out with in DC a few months ago!

I work in the event furniture & design industry, so check out a few of my favorite photos! This was at the Long View Gallery in DC.  image1

 

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How amazing is this whole set-up?! I love this raw space. I’ve done events here for a few years now. It gives us such a cool canvas to create a unique environment in!

-S

Lake House

About two months ago, my boyfriend and I were invited to a lake house in Georgia. The house sits on Lake Oconee, which to be honest, I had never heard of before! I was so excited to check out a new place & get a nice relaxing weekend before it started to get too cold out!

Unfortunately, it poured the majority of the weekend, but we still got to spend time with some great people & stay in this INCREDIBLE house! Check out some of my favorite photos of this amazing place!

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This house was out-of-this-world! So beautiful!

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I got a super quick snap of the front of the house as we were leaving. This photo doesn’t even do it justice, but look at the stone front & the big archway window!

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They had the coolest decor! LOVED these little gallery style plaques.

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The house had a wine cellar! By far my favorite aspect :)

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The outdoor areas were just as beautiful! This fireplace!

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The basement had a pool table, a bar, and all of this amazing wall decor. Autographed movie posters & memorabilia hung all over the walls.
Kenny Chesney is one of my personal faves!

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For a few hours, we were able to get out on the jet skis! It was a blast!

I would go back to Lake Oconee again in a heart beat! Maybe one day I’ll be able to have a lake house like this one (if only!)

-S

Happy Halloween!

The fall & winter holiday season really kicks off with Halloween! Aspen did a little Halloween posing for me! Check out the photos below!

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This pumpkin is SO big in real life! Probably 3 feet or so!

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Everywhere we go, I get told that Aspen looks like a fox! So I decided he would go as one for Halloween!

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Once, I actually was asked if he was a pet fox. So silly! :)

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Some Halloween themed flowers to help decorate the house!

I was a big procrastinator this year, so I’m doing a makeup-heavy costume! Here are my inspiration photos…I’ll be posting later to reveal how it all turned out!

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Have a fantastic Halloween! It’s supposed to be beautiful out!

-S

Sailing Lessons

Can I just say…my parents are amazing gift givers!
For Christmas last year, they got my boyfriend & I sailing lessons! We obviously waited until we had beautiful weather, and oh-my-gosh, was it worth the wait! We had so much fun & the weather was just amazing. These are all just photos from my iPhone, but the natural light was so incredible, I can’t get enough of them!image5

We sailed on a “sloop”! I learned lots of sailing terminology which I now can’t remember :)

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We each had so much time to sail the boat ourselves!

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The views were incredible! We were right off the coast of Downtown Annapolis.

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We were out on the water for a few hours & our teacher was great!

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It made me want to buy a boat & take up sailing! :)

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This natural light! AH!

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I would do this again in a heartbeat! Looking at these photos in the stormy weather today makes me long for summer!

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I would 100% recommend this opportunity to anyone! We went to the Annapolis Sailing School – they have lessons all the time, multiple times a day! Again, I highly recommend this as a fun date, gift, or even just a weekend activity.

My boyfriend went out & bought a sailors hat afterwards because he loved it so much :)

The views were incredible & the experience was so fun!

-S

Finally Fall!

I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since I’ve posted! The late summer & early fall have been crazy busy for me, not only with work, but with trips too! Since the end of August, we’ve been on quite a few excursions, all which I want to post about, so I won’t give too much away! I’m so excited to be planning out these next few posts & getting back into the swing of things as holiday seasons comes up! Here’s a couple of my favorite photos from the past few weeks, just as a sneak preview!

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Happy Friday!!
-S

The Yorkshire Soap Co.

One of my favorite spots in our day trip to York was The Yorkshire Soap Co. Just seeing it from the street, I knew it was going to be fabulous! Their use of decor is so unusual and fantastic, I couldn’t help but snap a ton of photos!

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001Disco ball, chandeliers, huge windows, and flowers. What more could you want?!

002THESE are soaps! You would think it was a bakery from first glance!

003LOVE! From the wood floors to the actual soaps themselves, what an amazing space.

004They even used bathtubs for the bath salts & terrariums for the natural soaps.

006This little back area was my favorite! That deer head draped with flowers. OBSESSED!

I could spend days in this place! Check them out here.

-S

Summer Travels!

The past month has been so busy with some exciting things! I’ll have some great decor posts in the upcoming weeks, but in the meantime, here are some fab shots from my trip to England!

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I hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer! Enjoy it!
-S

Stained Glass Window

My transom window is finally done! I’ve been so excited to go pick it up & I finally have it! Check it out below!

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The photo is a little dark – I had to put white paper behind it so that you can see the detail!

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The clear glass pieces all have different textures – there’s a “icy crackle” pattern, a “wave” pattern, and a snake-skin like pattern.


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This is my dream home-front! I still have a ways to go to get my house looking like this beauty, but I’m one step closer with my transom window!

The stained wooden door & gas lamps are next on my list :)

-S