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Friday, July 10, 2020

My Blue and White Table Setting

And it is Friday Ladies,

I hope everyone is well. I want to jump right into my post today. Most of you have probably already seen my photos on Instagram of my blue and white table setting but I just absolutely had to share this on the blog. I loved it so much!

I put this together early in the morning last Friday. I had just had my breakfast and was watching a Youtube video of Theodore Leaf's blue and white table setting. 

I then thought to myself, "could I do this"? I began looking around my home and realized that I had a ton of blue and white! 

Yes, I could absolutely remake this table with my own spin. 

The placemats and napkins are from HomeGoods and are Ralph Lauren. I paid only $14.99 for the set of placemats and only $9.99 for the set of napkins. Goodness, I just love Homegoods!

The ginger jars are from HomeGoods as well. My blue and white plates are from TJ. Maxx and my local antique store. My teacups are from eBay.

The green goblets are from my mother in law and the napkin rings are from Sur La Table.

This was such a fun little project for me. I just smiled once it was finished. 

All of the floral arrangements are faux and are from HomeGoods and Joann Fabrics.

This little project gave me such joy. I have NEVER attempted anything like this. I loved every minute of it. Once I was finished I told my daughter, we need to film this and put it on Youtube. She agreed. My video is below in case you missed it. 

Thanks again to everyone who reads my blog and watches my channel. I will be on vacation next week. I will share what we did and if there are any new finds. Everyone have a wonderful week! 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

My Purse Essentials During Covid

Good Morning,

The Covid saga continues. With numbers rises it makes you wonder if we will have a second quarantine. I hope not. I try to make sure that I do my part but you can't control people (nor do I think we should) or their actions. 

I just wanted to share what I have in my purse while I run errands around my city. 

Here lately I have been carrying my quilted handbag (sorry it's no longer available) around to run errands. It is still so chic.

I managed to get everything I need inside and it works quite well. 

Right now these are the contents of my handbag. I have my clutch which carries, my makeup, lip care, brush, mirror, hand sanitizer spray,  body spray, my wallet, sunglasses, and this Coach drawstring dust bag.

The Coach drawstring dust bag carries all my Covid essentials. This dust bag came with my wallet when I purchased it. I have about 6 of these. I always keep them. 

I have my rubber gloves, my face masks, and french lavender hand sanitizer spray in my dust bag. 

I adore this hand sanitizer spray from Bath and Body Works. It doesn't dry out my hands, it smells marvelous, and I can use it to spray my shopping cart when I feel sort of squeamish. 

My husband even loves my hand sanitizer spray. He goes on and on about how good it smells. They have other scents if you are interested. 

I hope this post gave you some simple ideas about how to carry your items with you. I never thought in a million years that I would be carrying a face mask in my purse. It's amazing how the world changes so fast. 

Enjoy your day. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Rose ~ Soft Lip Cream

Good Morning,

I hope everyone had a great holiday. We kept things simple. We grilled some steaks, corn, hotdogs, and hamburgers. I cut up a watermelon, made baked beans, chips and we had ice cream. A very simple day. It was so hot this weekend and we are not expected to get any rain for days now. 

I hate the summer but I try to make the most of it. I also went through my house and took note of things that need to be done. I went through my closet again and donated lots of clothes to the Goodwill. 

It's always nice to have an orderly closet. I also made a few purchases this week which I plan on sharing soon. The first is this lovely rose lip cream from Fresh.

I have been "stalking" this on Instagram for quite some time now. It just looked so beautiful and I love anything to do with roses. 

I ordered my lip cream from Instagram and got free shipping!

It comes in a beautiful blush container and it is quite a large size! I was so pleased when I opened the box. 

It is a wonderful cream and I have been wearing it for a week. I love it! The scent is very light so you won't be overwhelmed with roses. 

The Fresh Company always has great products and I have never been disappointed by one. I hope you can grab a container to try. It is quite elegant. 


(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, July 3, 2020

An Office Find ~ A Vintage Table

Good Morning Everyone,

I am off today, YES! I am so happy. I have quite a few errands to run today. I have to pick up my dress from the seamstress, grocery shop, and pay a visit to HomeGoods.

I purchased a new vintage table for my office last week. The one I had was too small (see my Youtube office tour below). The table served me well but I needed more room. 

I saw this table at the antique store last week. I thought it would be perfect for my office but I was not quite sure. Now that I have moved it in here it looks good! 

I have more surface room which was a must!

Underneath the tablecloth is an old vintage table that was green. The previous owner then painted it white which looks much better I think. 

And there is a shelf for my vases! I must admit that is what sold me. I needed more room for my vases and had no other place in my office for them. It's great!

You will notice in my Youtube video that I got rid of the previous chairs. For one they belong to the office and for two they were too small. Our rears could barely fit in those. Talk about a shot to your ego. Those chairs seriously made you consider diet and exercise all the time. Also, I didn't need two chairs. I hardly have more than one visitor so I thought I could free up some room by getting rid of both of those chairs and bringing in one of mine that I loved. 

I think it turned out great. Now I am on the hunt for a new lamp and mirror. I like the gold one but it doesn't "sing" to me. 

I hope you all enjoy your holiday and your weekend!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Pending Plans

Blog da Andrea Rudge

Good Morning,

Sighing..... I have become antsy these last several weeks. Being quarantine has not been fun but I know it has been necessary and with Covid still spreading I feel like wanting to leave my state is a crime. 

At first, my husband and I decided that we were not going to go anywhere for vacation. He does not want to wear a mask and I don't want to worry. But then I remember how our daughter has never been to an amusement park. 

We took her to Disney in 2013 but she has never been to Kings Island or Kentucky Kingdom. She has never been on a roller coaster and has been craving to experience one for a while now. 

So we began making plans to take her to Kings Island. We planned on arriving early, spending the day there, and then getting a room for the night at a nearby hotel. In the morning we were going to get up and head to the nearby outlet mall.

Cincinnati Premium Outlets | Monroe, Ohio

Now I do not intend on riding any roller coasters. Been there done that, no interest. It's about Lauren getting her experience. I hate roller coasters!

That was going to be the extent of our trip. Well, then my step-son mentioned the Biltmore. He really enjoyed it and wanted to revisit! Shocker to me! I would have never thought he would have liked that place. Too old and stuffy, quite not. Since he is starting his second year in college and is studying architecture he has become enamored with structures. 

Chihuly exhibition at Biltmore 

So here we are adding the Biltmore to our trip! We went to the Biltmore in 2016, see herehere, and here. I loved it and certainly didn't think we would be back so soon. 

Also, I also planned on visiting this place again for antiquing. I absolutely loved it. 

Looking Glass Falls | Pisgah national forest, Scenic waterfall ...

This place has been added to our list. It's called Looking Glass Falls. It's a huge waterfall that you can walk up to and swim in. I don't plan on swimming but hope to find a rock nearby and just take in the scenery. 

Apparently, North Carolina has about 60 waterfalls around. That's quite a bit. I also looked into taking a tour in a hot air balloon! But after seeing those prices..... no thanks.

Well, these are our plans so far. We will see how things go. I don't know if the world is going to fall apart again so I am being very open to that. I hope a second quarantine doesn't happen but you never know. 

Enjoy your day! Also, let me know if you have any summer plans. 

(photos via Pinterest)

Monday, June 29, 2020

June Favorites ~ 2020

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I ran a lot of errands on Saturday. My cousin texted me about a new antique shop that she found. The photo that she sent had tons of blue and white in it. I had to go and visit but they were closed!

I don't understand why so I am hoping that they will reopen soon. All right let's get into my favorites for the month of June. 

I know everyone may get tired of seeing this but I just love my April Cornell blue and white tea set from Victoria Magazine. I use it every day! It's hard not to. 

My second favorite are my new customized cell cases from Etsy. 

I did order a second one. 

They are lovely. My third favorite was and of course PEONIES!!!

I have enjoyed them this year despite the limited amounts I was able to buy. They were dreadfully expensive this year!

A fourth favorite was outlet mall shopping. We did a little as soon as some of the stores were allowed to open. It was quite nice having only a few people allowed at a time. It felt like you had more of the store to yourself and were able to look around more. 

I purchased this beautiful Coach wallet and Coach scarf. 

And last was my comfy and feminine milkmaid dress from Walmart.  I LOVE this dress! I have worn it several times already. I can't help it. It's so beautiful and lightweight. It has been perfect for these hot humid days now.  

I seriously think I need to purchase a second one. I hope you all enjoyed my favorites for the month. I know here soon I will be taking some time off. I do enjoy taking time away from work and the blog. Don't get me wrong I do love my blog but sometimes finding inspiration can be quite burdensome. 

Especially with all of the upsetting things in the news. Have a great Monday everyone!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, June 26, 2020

A Little Antiquing....

Gosh, it's Friday already. This week went by really fast. Today I have to go into the office for a bit and then I have a hair appointment with my daughter. I am just getting a trim. I haven't had one since January of this year so I am due. 

I really don't have anything planned this weekend. With Covid still lurking around, I am still a little nervous about going places. I have been on the Tubi app on my t.v. trying to find "good" movies to watch. It's been really hard but I have been watching a lot of movies from the '80s and early '90s. 

I posted on my Instagram page last weekend the beautiful treasures that I picked up at a local antique store. I only paid about $22 for everything. I love antiquing. It gives me such peace and allows me to step back in time. 

I managed to find this beautiful picture of a flower, love the gold frame, this beautiful bust, and this gold cup which I didn't realize at the time that it had someone's name on it. 

It says "Pete" but it is so faint no one will notice it. I plan on using the cup as a holder for pens on my desk and the picture will go in our bathroom. 

The beautiful bust has found her way into my office. 

She looks quite comfy and chic on my table with family photos. I love adding pearls to a bust. I think it's so fun and unexpected. Plus who doesn't look good in pearls? 

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and if you want to let me know what your plans are below. I have been wanting to take a picnic for months now. Has anyone done that yet?

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)