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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Waterford Crystal

I first learned about Waterford Crystal from Martha Stewart. I then heard about it from my favorite Youtuber Trina Leavers.

Trina has a beautiful crystal vase in her dining room. She said that it survived a roof falling on it! I thought WOW! Really, is it that durable? So while I was in my favorite store Von Maur I checked our their Waterford Crystal vases.

All I can say is WOW! They are incredibly heavy and beautiful. I thought about it and I have decided to purchase one in the near future. I always have fresh flowers in my home and a Waterford vase would be a nice addition to my antiques.

The Waterford vases at Von Maur

This is the vase I have my eye on.
It's the Waterford Grant Vase
Gorgeous isn't it?

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Art in the Closet

I love decorating!! I will decorate any room in my home including my closet!! I have been putting small decor items in it for the last year. I recently just hung this picture in it. I love it. Beauty should be everywhere you are.

photo via Mrs. Shockley

Friday, April 24, 2015

Secret Details

I know I have shared tons of "chic tips" from author Jennifer L. Scott but I just can't get enough of them. I love her tip called "Secret Details". I believe in this tip so much. Especially, in regards to making an effort to enjoy being woman.

"Enjoy the secret details of dressing every day. Don't wear your granny panties and hole-y socks (in fact, throw them away). Pick out a beautiful matching bra and panty set to wear today. Yes, today! Even though you don't have a hot date. Even though no one will see them. You will know you are wearing them, and that is enough. Wear your nice lingerie and spritz yourself with your favorite fragrance. Then put your clothes on. Enjoy these secret details. You'll have a decided spring in your step throughout your hectic day".

My nightgown and favorite body spritz. I spray it on every night before bed.

Amazing secret details

(photos via my own and Google)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pomegranate Peony

I love walking around Anthropologie. They have some of the best home decor, scents, dishes, everything!  While walking around I went to each section smelling the different perfumes. I found this one. I love it! It's called Pomegranate Peony. It's a very small bottle. I wish they would make it bigger but I love it!

I smell just like a flower and I have had tons of compliments on it already!! I plan on buying two more bottles soon.

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Little Shopping in South Carolina

 We visited a few places in South Carolina. We went to the Market Common for some outdoor shopping and the mall located in Columbia. These are some of the items that I looked at while shopping in South Carolina.

I found these gorgeous swan candles at Anthropologie
They were only $5! I didn't like the scent of the candle 
so I cleaned them out and I will use them for storage. 

I took a peek inside this book. It has beautiful photos and wonderful recipes!

Beautiful grasshopper plates

I love these teacups!

I visited this little boutique-hair salon in Myrtle Beach. 

The earrings in the middle are the ones I purchased from Salon Edge. 
They have gorgeous jewelry and decor. 

all photos via Mrs. Shockley

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pink Grapefruit at Williams & Sonoma

We visited the William~Sonoma store in South Carolina. I love looking around this store. Everything is so pristine and lovely. I was in the home scents section and spotted the pink grapefruit line. It smells so good!! I love the candle and lotion. I purchased the lotion and I have it on my desk at work. So fresh and feminine...

photos via Mrs. Shockley

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Beauty Day at Von Maur

A few weeks ago I was in the mall at my favorite store Von Maur and stopped by the Estee Lauder counter. I wanted to get some more of the lip gloss they had. The representative told me that if I spent $45 I would get the entire Estee Lauder gift bag set for free because it was beauty week at Von Maur!! Well sign me up!! You would not believe the free items I received from Estee Lauder. So fantastic...

For purchasing the two lip glosses I received this beautiful Estee Lauder
makeup pouch and all these items!!

I got two free lipsticks (my choice of color) and this eye shadow compact. 

The Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean facial wash is so fantastic and smells wonderful!
I also received the Estee Lauder Daywar cream with SPF 15 & the Advanced Night Repair serum.

Here is a photo of the Estee Lauder Daywear Cream.

Here are the two lip glosses that I purchased. 

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Charming Charlie in South Carolina

This is a really cute store! We have a few here in Indy but I was curious about the one in South Carolina. They had the same items we did but the store was much bigger. So, of course I wanted to peruse around. See my photos below thanks for reading!!!

Walking into the store. Love the chandeliers of course!!

Cute starfish bracelet!

Oh my the clutches!!! 

They sell clothes!! Animal print is such a neutral. I love it!

This was a great statement piece. 

These are the earrings that I purchased. The top pair is from Charming Charlie.
See here if you wish to purchase them. 

all photos via Mrs. Shockley

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Madame

I did quite a bit of shopping while in South Carolina. One place we visited while walking on Main Street in Myrtle Beach was The Wildflower. It is a vintage boutique that carries lots of different things. The owner is a "picker" and goes to a lot of estate sales.

The one thing that caught my eye was the statue below. I have wanted one of these for sometime now. I saw one of my favorite designers Tobi Fairley with something like this in her living room and she put her Chanel pearls on it and I thought that was just fantastic!

Below are some of the items I saw and the statue that I purchased. I call her "The Madame". I also posted the decorating video from Tobi Fairly and P. Allen Smith that gave me this idea. Have a great weekend!

My statue called "The Madame". I only paid $20 for her.
I put my Chanel pearls on her too!!

She had beautiful seashells. I loved this one. 
It reminded me of the seashells that Aerin Lauder has in her home.

She had loads and loads of vintage earrings. 
Of course I purchased a pair. 

The last pair with the blue is the pair I purchased from her. 

To watch this on your mobile phone click here.

(photos by Mrs. Shockley and video from Youtube)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Small Goodwill finds in South Carolina

Whenever we travel I always find a Goodwill store wherever we go. I love going to Goodwill stores in different states! I figured each state will have different items for sale and that is a great opportunity to get some lovely pieces in my home. I visited one in South Carolina, of course. I didn't find any clothes but I found the picture and floral arrangements below.

My husband always gives me a hard time about faux flower arrangements but when we got in line to pay for my items a few ladies were "eyeballing" my arrangements. One lady even spoke up and said, "Well, I didn't see those back there". I just smiled and looked at my husband. I love my pieces and will enjoy having them in my home. If you missed my Goodwill shopping in New York post read it here.

My Andre Meyer picture and peony arrangements that I purchased at the Goodwill.
I paid $10 for the picture and $3.75 for each arrangement. 

Here is a better photo of the picture. I love it!
Do you see the villa in the back?

I hung it in my upstairs hallway. Now I am just waiting on my husband to paint the walls.
Hint, hint!

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Our Stay in South Carolina

Well, we are back home and back into the swing of things! Our vacation in South Carolina was wonderful! The weather was nice and warm and the flowers were already starting to bloom. We always stay at the Inn at USC when we visit Columbia. It is a wonderful hotel! It is so clean and I love the breakfast offered every morning!

Our room is always clean and I love using the gym facility. My daughter loves the hotel and that to me speaks volumes. I didn't take any photos of our room because they came out too dark but here is a glimpse inside the hotel.

The lobby inside the hotel

I love the vase.

My husband and I outside the hotel. We were sitting in the rocking chairs.

We ate dinner at the Blue Marlin. This was the teriyaki salmon with yukon potatoes
and collard greens. 

Outdoor dining at the Blue Marlin

This was my dinner at Hoskins Restaurant
I had fried chicken, a baked potato and cabbage. 

My dessert... this was a caramel, pecan brownie cake.

This was the second hotel we stayed at. It was called Ocean Dive Beach and Golf Resort.
It was a great stay!

This was our view from the hotel we stayed in at North Myrtle Beach.

(all photos by Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Tasteful Swimsuits 2015

It's getting near the warm season and we are already starting to see the swimsuits come in. Last year I wrote a post about Talbots swimwear. See here if you missed it. Below are some new swimsuits at Talbots that I just love and photos of the swimsuits that I just purchased.

If you don't like the large price tag then there are more affordable solutions. I found this swimsuit at Walmart!!! Shocking!!! It was only $16!!! And yes I did buy it. It looked great!!

I found this one at T.J. Maxx a few years ago. I only paid $25!

Thanks for reading!!!

(photos via Talbots and my own)