Monday, April 21, 2014

On My Radar

I hope everyone had a happy Easter weekend!

I went to church with my fam, had a little fam time at lunch, and then went for a super long drive with of our very favorite things to do. It was a relaxing and lovely Easter Sunday.

There are so many little tidbits buzzing around in my head that I want to talk about, so I'm just going to word vomit them all into one post. Deal?

Here's what's currently on my radar:

1. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon

Some of you may know this already, but I lost my sense of smell when I was 8 years old, and it didn't return until fall 2013. For those of you keeping track, that's 17 years without smelling anything. To be honest, the first few things I smelled were so overwhelming and distracting that I had to remove myself from the area. I just wasn't used to it. Now that I've grown more accustomed to being able to smell things almost like a normal person, I've become obsessed with all the smell good things. My candle-buying habits especially have gotten a tad out of control. Whoops! Let's call it smell rehab. That's justifiable, right?

One of my other new obsessions is buying perfume since I can smell it now! I never wore it before because I couldn't smell it, and frankly, I didn't trust anyone enough to buy me perfume. Is that bad? So when Saks offered me the newest scent by Viktor & Rolf to try, I obviously jumped right on board. Bonbon, above in the adorable pink bow bottle, is their newest fragrance, and it's quickly become my go-to spring scent. It's super sweet and feminine with strong caramel notes, but it's also floral and fruity, so it balances out the sweetness of the caramel. Look at me talking about scents! But really...don't take it from me. Go smell it for yourself with your more experienced nose and let me know what you think! Whatever it is, I think it smells fabulous, and I absolutely love it!

2. Disney's Bears

I went through a phase during college when I desperately wanted a bear cub as a pet like a complete weirdo. I got over it, but after seeing "Bears" last night, that desire has returned full force. It is such a beautifully done film, and the story is told extremely John C. Reilly, might I add. It's the real life journey of a mother bear and her two cubs through a whole year between Alaskan winters as they struggle to find food and avoid danger. I just want to cuddle their little faces! The cinematography is gorgeous and the storytelling is done in such a way that you feel like you actually know the bears. I would definitely recommend going to see it! If nothing more than to see real life teddy bears frolicking on the beach and getting their claws stuck in clam shells :)

3. 2048

I can't with this game.

Wanna know something? I absolutely hate games. I never have them on my phone because I really just can't stand playing them. They're annoying and I get bored with them so very quickly.

But then Eric introduced me to the devil game 2048, and if you haven't played it yet 1. where have you been, and 2. go download it now...or save your sanity and don't.

I can't get enough of it.

I said I was going to delete it after I beat it...but then I beat it on day 2 and still couldn't stop. And you wanna know why?

Because of that pesky and far-too-tempting "Keep Going" button.

If that didn't exist, I would be cured. But am I? No. Because I'm weirdly competitive and obsess over things.

And then things like this happen and I kick myself for not reaching 4096.

I'm sick. I have a problem. Find help.

And please tell me if you have this overwhelming obsession too so we can commiserate!

4. Gold Flatware

Several months ago, I was at Furbish and fell in love with some matte gold flatware. I've never in my life obsessed over flatware. It's one of those things that's just sort of there to me...that is, until that beautiful set of gold knives, forks, and spoons I decided right then and there that I had to have. Ever since then, I've been on the lookout for perfect gold flatware because I figure one of these days I'll get married and have to register and wouldn't it make sense to register wherever the perfect gold flatware is? #neurotic

But look how pretty!

5. These Adorable Loafers

My affinity for C Wonder shoes is slightly out of hand, I'll admit. They're crazy comfy (which is rare for me and my ultra-high arches) and unbearably cute, so it's close to impossible for me to stay away from them. A sad reality for my bank account...

Case in point, these new spring smoking slippers that are all just begging to come home with me!

But which ones should I get??? I'm leaning towards the flamingos. They're 25% off I have to, right?

6. Scandal Season Finale

I have no words about this. It was amazing. And awful. And shocking. And perfect. I don't know that I have the strength to wait for the next season...

That's all for now! I hope you all have a great week, and don't forget to enter my giveaway with Noelle from Sunshine & Pearls!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunshine & Pearls Giveaway

Happy Saturday, and happy Easter weekend!

I have a special treat for you all today. Well, actually, Noelle from Sunshine & Pearls has a surprise for you.

Do you remember when she came over here offer Mason Like The Jar readers a giveaway back around the holidays? Well, she's back! And the things she's giving away are just as fabulous!

If you aren't reading her blog yet, you should hop over there now and check it out, because this girl is the absolute sweetest, and her fiance who she lovingly refers to as "Dino Boy" (might ring some bells to those of you who read my blog back in college...but I promise it's a different guy!) is super adorable!

And because she's the sweetest, she's giving away some pretty awesome springy things to one of you!

"What kinds of awesome things?!!!" you ask. Well, I'll tell you...

Noelle is giving one of you a Lilly Pulitzer bangle in "Pop Print," some super cute chevron earrings from BaubleBar, and this adorable, springy bow!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below, and be sure to go say hi to Noelle on her blog!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

TOPSHOP x Nordstrom

So remember two days ago when I gushed so hard about my crazy excitement over TOPSHOP's arrival at Nordstrom in Durham? Well, last night, I had my styling event with the fabulous ladies over there, and it was such a blast!

The people at TOPSHOP were so amazing and hospitable and fabulous, and I loved chatting with them, especially Kathryn who was the wonderful lady who invited me for the event. I made Eric go with me (and he came because he's a very patient blogger boyfriend), and we both had a blast shopping around and chatting with Kathryn.
See? Look how adorable and patient he is. Bless him.
And can we talk about how the 90s have returned with a vengeance? There was a whole rack of scrunchies. But I don't mind. I'm all about some 90s nostalgia.
The new TOPSHOP setup at Nordstrom is completely fabulous. Their first shipment was amazing, and I personally believe that it is the perfect representation of the brand. A few of my friends came out for the event, and we are all so completely different from each other, especially when it comes to fashion (think Sex And The City), so I will be the first to say that there was really something perfectly suited for each of us. My friend Molly even came sporting her Union Jack style and Harry Styles shirt to support the UK brand. Festive.
My perfectly adorable friend Jessi came out, too, and she is in the process of starting a new fashion blog! But more on that later :) In the meantime, be sure to go check out and follow her new blog Instagram @PoshOfCourse!
My friends and I all had a good laugh during this picture. We have all been friends since high school (but I've known Molly and Megan, the two on the left since elementary, and we realized mid-photo that we were all dressed in our exact styles. Like...if you thought of each of us individually...this would be what you would picture us wearing. Couldn't be more fitting. Or least in our opinion :)
Speaking of unique styles...Adair fell in love with this TOPSHOP ensemble. And I mean, I think she rocks it. She's the only person I know who could pull off this jumpsuit and kill it
I had an absolute ball at the new TOPSHOP, and if you were unable to make it out for the styling event, be sure to check it out on your next trip to Southpoint!

Happy Friday and happy Easter Weekend!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Gold Animals

It's no secret that just about anything gold makes me swoon. My house pretty much looks like my last guest was King Midas and he just had to touch everything. There's just something about gold decor that adds the perfect touch of glam to a living space, and I'm obsessed.

The problem is though that my bank account isn't too thrilled about the sheer volume of gold-plated purchases I've been making since I moved in...even though most of those purchases have been from Target or World Market. A $40 mirror here and a $60 side table there might not seem like going overboard, but by golly that ish adds up!

Wanna know what does make my bank account happy?

This baby. Right here. Gold spray paint.

I know it's not exactly revolutionary to attack things with metallic gold spray paint, but I must say, it has been such a fun and easy way to spruce up my living space for very few dollars.

My latest spray painting extravaganza has been these little guys:

I have been seeing these little DIY gold animals floating through blogs and Pinterest for probably over a year now, and I've wanted to do them myself since the first time I saw them, but I just hadn't gotten around to it. Well, now I have, and I'm obsessed! I found these little plastic animal toys for $1 each at Walmart. And the spray paint was $3.99. I'd say that's a pretty solid little craft for only $10. 

Here's how they turned out :)

The little giraffe on my bar cart is my favorite. I think he is the perfect piece to pull everything together. I especially love him on my mirrored tray.

So easy and so cute!

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