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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Details of Estee Lauder's Bedroom

Last month I purchased Aerin Lauder's book Beauty at Home and it has been absolutely stupendous! I have really enjoyed reading about the history of the Lauder Family and Estee's home. On page 191 of the book Aerin explains in detail Estee's room. These details were so profound to me I just had to copy it from the book and share it....

Estee's devotion to blue and white was clear in everything she touched, from the design of a jar of face cream right down to the Porthault linens on her bed.......

She preferred twin beds- both of the original bedrooms had them- and these are French, made of white-painted wood.

On the bedside table she would always have a pad of paper with matching pen, a vase of flowers, family photographs, and a white porcelain lamp- the more ornate, the better.....

But my favorite thing in the room is Estee's Louis XVI-style dressing table. When Eric and I first came here to stay and I opened the drawers, her hairbrushes and combs, her lipsticks and sunglasses were still there- as if she had never left. On top of the table was an array of perfumes. She felt every woman should have a wardrobe of fragrances- one floral, one spicy, one sporty, one black-tie formal. A silver tray held a selection of compacts-golden, enameled, sometimes set with semiprecious stones. She was a genius at packaging and she knew how alluring a pretty compact could be. Some, shaped like Faberge eggs, held solid perfume. 

The book to me, is a must have for those of us who love beauty and the details that come in making it.

Estee's dresser

The beautiful details

Some of Aerin's decor products

The master bedroom in Estee's home. Adore....

(all photos & text via Beauty at Home)

Friday, March 20, 2015

On Vacation ~ South Carolina 2015

Well today is Friday and in 2 days my family and I will be heading to South Carolina! I am excited! Since I was promoted I have to attend a paralegal course for the United States Government. Once my class is over we will be heading to Myrtle Beach for a few days. I will not be blogging this upcoming week but will share my adventures once I return! Thanks for reading! See ya soon!

Columbia, South Carolina

(photo via Google)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Garbage Disposal Refresher

I think this is a simple and great idea! I normally use lemons but oranges sound even better. I saw this on the Style Me Pretty Living website. The article is called "How to Clean your Whole Kitchen with 10 Basic Ingredients".  You should definitely read it if you have the time.

Put a few citrus peels into a muffin tin or ice cube tray and fill with vinegar. Freeze until solid and transfer to lidded container. To use, put a cube down the disposal and run it. The ice actually helps to sharpen the disposal blade, and your smelly kitchen will be replaced with a super yum citrus scent!

photo via Style me Pretty

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Studded BCBG Heels

These shoes have been on the scene for awhile now. I must admit I got sucked into them too. But they are just too fabulous to ignore. The Valentino Rockstud Pump turns heads wherever it is!!! But honestly and truly not many of us can afford the $995 price tag!

I have been on the hunt for a "cheaper version" for sometime now. I found maybe two pair that were close but not close enough. But this weekend I stumbled on a pair that are so close to the original Valentino pair I just could not pass them up.

I found the BCBGeneration Darron Pump at DSW this pass weekend!! I posted them on my facebook page and got a lot of comments! They are well liked by all. If you love the Valentino Rockstud pump as much as I do but don't want to pay the $995 price tag these could be your next best option. See below and enjoy!!!!

They look great and are super comfortable!!

(photos via Google and Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, March 16, 2015

2014 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Showhouse Tour

I LOVE home tours. While I was on my treadmill walking before work I was watching this video on Youtube. It is a great home tour of the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Showhouse. Just wonderful.... enjoy!

To watch this video on your mobile click here.

(photos via Google)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Egg Batter Fried Chicken

When I was in high school my mother taught me this recipe. She would season her chicken, dip it in egg batter then flour it. She would then place it in the frying pan and oh my goodness! The most delicious and crispy chicken would come out!

I made this for my family recently! It was a big hit!!

Egg Batter Fried Chicken

1 pack of split breast chicken or chicken with the skin on it

Season salt

Salt & pepper

Medium bowl of flour

4 eggs

1 bottle of vegetable oil (I know this is bad. That's why we don't eat it all the time)

Season your chicken they way you prefer it. I use season salt and I sprinkle that all over the chicken. I also sprinkle some salt and pepper all over the chicken. Once the chicken is seasoned I mix the four eggs in a bowl and dip the chicken in the egg batter.  Then I take the chicken and dip it into the bowl of flour.

I have my pot heated with the vegetable oil and then I just place the chicken in the hot vegetable oil to fry. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Comes out so beautiful and crispy!!

My egg batter fried chicken. Wonderful!!!

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Table Skirts

I recently read an article called "The Skirted Table". It was in the House Beautiful 2015 Issue. I had a skirted table about 10 years ago but I must admit it was not a chic as these tables are!

I love the idea and may have to "revisit" that with a more updated and fresh look. I think a skirted table would look great in my home and would add more storage and beauty. Looks like I maybe visiting my local Homegoods store and maybe Pier One

(all photos via Google)

Friday, March 6, 2015

My Daughter's Flower Arranging Birthday Party

My daughter turned 10 recently!!! I can't believe it myself. It still shocks me to know that I have a 10 year old! Well, her birthday parties have become a full time job and I have to always come up with ideas for her and her friends to have fun.

I saw this idea on Style Me Pretty last year. I thought "how cute is that, a flower arranging party for girls". Yes!!! It was so simple and the girls loved it!! See below....

I purchased some mason jars from our local Michaels store. They were on sale for .88!

I then went to my local grocery store and picked up some flowers.
They were really inexpensive and pretty!

I purchased some spring stickers from the craft store and the
girls placed them on their jars.

They were having a lot of fun!!!

The snacks for the girls!

I love these!! I purchased them about 5 years ago from the Christmas Tree Shop.
They are great! I have used them for several parties!!

Of course I had to get an arrangement out of this myself!

Thanks for reading!!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Matching Hangers

I was standing in my closet recently trying to figure out ways to make it look more orderly when the idea popped into my head about matching all my hangers! I thought, "let's get all black hangers and see if that will help it look more orderly". Well, I went and purchased some at the store and Voila!

I think it makes my closet look much better. What do you think?

My closet "before".

My closet "after".

Looks so much better!!!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Fossil Watch

I have been wanting an excellent time piece for a while now. But finding the watch that I want has not been easy. I love the color of the rose gold watches but I didn't want the "face" of the watch to be huge! So when I found this watch I thought it was an excellent balance. It has just enough "bling", it is rose gold and the "face" wasn't too big. I love it!

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)