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Monday, February 19, 2018

South Carolina ~ 2018





Well, once again I must travel for work this week. I will not be blogging but I hope to return back the following week.






I don't know if I will be able to have or go on any adventures but I will enjoy myself. Traveling for work has truly been a great perk for me. I do enjoy the training opportunities and the networking. 






I hope you have a great week and see you soon!






(photos via Pinterest)





Friday, February 16, 2018

A Closet Update





This past week my husband was working with a client on a closet renovation. She was having her closet re-done and was getting rid of some of her cabinets.





Can you believe that she was throwing these away? I couldn't believe it and neither could my husband. So he gathered them up and brought them home. 




I was not expecting this so it was a pleasant surprise. These are my original shoe shelves in my walk-in closet.







My shoes were piled high on these shelves. 




This is what it looked liked after removing my shelves and adding the cabinets. 
I still can't believe that she was going to throw these away!! It's incredible! 














I love all the drawers. I can add jewelry.






Or my silk scarves! I actually love the way this looks and will be leaving these in there. 





I found this cute little blue and white ginger jar at Homegoods this weekend!






I put some blue and white pieces at the top also. I do adore the way it looks and I am so grateful to my husband and his hard work and the gracious client who gave them to me.  Thank you!






(photos via Mrs. Shockley)









Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Inslee Calendar




Oh my goodness!!! I have been an Inslee fan for a few years now! I first saw her work on another blogger's page. I just admire her artwork. It is truly beautiful.

I signed up for her emails so I get notices about sales. Well she recently had a sale on her 2018 calendars. I had to order one.




It arrived in this wonderful box. It is very sturdy and chic!









Opening up the package....









Beautiful illustrations and the easel comes with it!








I have to say this one is my favorite! I am headed to D.C. again next month for work. Fingers crossed that I get to see the cherry blossom trees! I certainly hope I do!







I noticed her little Chanel inspired pumps in the illustration and realized that I have the same pair! Well isn't that chic? Please visit Inslee's website and view her work. You can also Google some of her paintings and illustrations. They are truly exquisite! 





(photos via Mrs. Shockley)









Monday, February 12, 2018

Monique Lhullier Collection




This has been one of the most beautiful collections that I have seen so far in 2018. I follow Pottery Barn on Youtube and watched their video of Monique Lhullier's lastest botanical collection. I WILL be going to our local Pottery Barn to see this in person!










Beautiful, isn't it?













It is only $48 for a set of four dinnerware plates!!
How fabulous is that?









Even the table linens are lovely.











She has added bed linens to the collection also. I can't wait to see this in person. 
I think I may have to buy some of those plates and some tea towels. 






Here is the video, enjoy!!!!






(photos via Pottery Barn.com)






Friday, February 9, 2018

My Denim Shirt





Denim, denim. I have never been a fan really but I recently saw this beauty on the New York and Company website.

It is called the Ruffled Denim Jacket. It is really chic and I really like it!





I wore it to work on a casual Friday and it worked really well. It was comfortable and still classic. I was very happy with this purchase. 







Of course everyone around me was saying, "oh goodness, you're in denim"!!! It was a shock to many but I was still able to keep my normal attire and I made it work for me. I added the brooch and a gold bracelet. It was great! 

I hope that you enjoy this jacket. It is the ONLY denim item in my wardrobe. If they keep making chic pieces like this I might be able to add more. 



(photos via Mrs. Shockley)





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Faux Pas to Avoid at Work





Here is another great list of etiquette rules from expert Myka Meier. In this list she discusses office etiquette. Myka says, "Having good etiquette at work mostly simply means to be considerate and respectful of everyone around you".

If you have a door, close it if you take personal calls. If you don’t have a door or are in an open plan space, keep private calls short by saying you’ll call the person back on your next break, or walk to an area that is more conducive to personal calls like a lounge area or even outside. If you work in an open office space and professional phone calls distract you, remember that it’s probably not the person’s intention to bother you. Try to be understanding of the situation and keep a good pair of headphones nearby.
Keep your computer and phone muted or on silent, so that every time you get an email or message it does not alert everyone on your floor.
Do not use a conference room to take long personal calls or treat it as your personal office. Squatting is for the gym—not the workplace.
In addition to doing your part to keep the bathroom clean, do not use the restroom to socialize, whether you need to call your mom or catch up on the latest office news. It’s called water cooler chat for a reason.



If you’re in a meeting, give your undivided attention to the person speaking. If you must send off a quick note or check something on your phone or computer, keep it short and sweet.
Unless everyone is in on the joke, keep loud conversation to a minimum. There might be a distraction but you don’t want to become one.
While eating lunch away from our desks is a luxury these days, remember those sitting around you. Try to avoid foods that splatter or slurp or have a lingering smell in a shared office space. As much as you may love steamed fish, the rest of your team will probably won’t.


You might love your gardenia-bomb perfume, but the office is a place to keep scent subtle. If you choose to put on fragrance, remember it’s meant to go on pulse points only and not clothing—it can permeate the whole room.
(I have to be so careful with this, I love a wallflower in my office but I can't leave it in. Not everyone will appreciate smelling apple all day). 
To read the rest of Myka's list visit the website here. I also wrote about office faux's. You may visit them here and here. Enjoy!!!!




(photos via Pinterest)



Monday, February 5, 2018

Etiquette Lessons Every Child Should Know





I thought that this was an interesting article. Etiquette expert Myka Meier shares her tips with Town and Country on 20 etiquette lesson that every child should know. I wanted to share those tips with you and my daughter.




1. The true meaning of etiquette is always to show respect and kindness to everyone around you. 

2. Use please, thank you and excuse me everyday.  (I wish more parents taught this, it's incredible how rude teenagers are!) 

3. How to hold your silverware correctly. 




4. How to properly use a napkin to wipe your mouth. (No sleeves!)







5. How to chew with your mouth closed.






6. No elbows on the table......ever!

7. Never interrupt an adult when they are speaking to someone else. (some adults should know this!)

8. Never comment on someone's appearance unless it's to say something nice.

9. How to give a compliment to someone else.

10. How to write a thank you letter. 




I hope that you enjoyed these tips from Myka. If you wish to read the original article and see the rest of the list you may see it here. I love having these tips. It's a great review even for yourself. 




(photos via Pinterest)