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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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

He Liked It So He Put A Ring On It

No, I'M not engaged yet, but one of my best friends is, and it's certainly worth celebrating. And celebrate we did! My friends Adair and Philip had their engagement party a week and a half ago, and it was such a blast. It got me so excited and so ready for wedding season!...especially for their wedding in September :) 

Philip's birthday was a few days before the party, so that had to be acknowledged too, right? 

With everyone's schedules as crazy as they are, our friends are hardly ever all in one place, so it was so so so wonderful having everyone back together again.

And as if no time had passed at all, we were back to our usual antics and shenanigans...

The boys were really patient.

And the girls were really snuggly....

I love these people like crazy, and it's occasions like these that make me so extra thankful that we have such fantastic friends to celebrate with :)

Now...what can we celebrate next????

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