Sunday, May 24, 2015

FTB Styled: Mary Mack Top

I actually picked up these shorts at our last clothing swap! They are satin and actually super comfortable. I can't wait to get more wear out of them this summer.

This top is from our Vintage stock and it's the Mary Mack Top, available in the shop here. It has the cutest buttons on the back. I love when clothes have unexpected pretty details!

I hope you have a great holiday weekend! We had our annual block party last night and tomorrow we're celebrating Eden's first birthday.. so it's a very special weekend for us. Can't wait to share more about her birthday party next week!

PS... We're offering 20% off today and tomorrow with coupon code HAPPYMEMORIALDAY - happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Vegetarian Fiesta Baked Nachos

It all started when we were checking out the new Mustard Seed Cafe in Highland Square - they had a healthy version of nachos on the menu that sounded so good! It gave me the biggest craving for nachos. I wanted to try my hand at making a "healthy-ish" baked version. 

It was a success! 

I used a flour tortilla to make the "chips". If we would have had whole wheat tortillas on hand I would have used those to really play up the healthy side of things. I cut the tortilla into triangles and baked those at 400 degrees for about 5-7 minutes.. checking on them often and flipping them once. 

While they were baking, I opened a can of re-fried beans and heated a bowl of them up in the microwave. This helped minimize the bake time once the toppings were added. I didn't want the tortilla to get too crispy so waned to minimize the bake time once the toppings were added. 

When the tortillas were perfectly crispy and chip-like, I added a spoonful of beans and spread them out over each one. We had some leftover tomato and corn salsa, so I added that on top of the beans. I topped all of that with cheese and baked for a few minutes at 375 until the cheese was melted.

While that was baking, I whipped up some guacamole. I served the nachos (to myself) with the guacamole and a dollop of plain greek yogurt (we use that as sour cream). It was perfect for my nacho craving! Can't wait to make these again.

Have a great Wednesday,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show 2015

Last week, I had the opportunity to be a model for Jessica's collection for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion show again this year. In 2013, I styled a collection (stripes & florals, here) and last year, I was a very, very pregnant model, here. I loved both experiences and was excited when Jessica asked me to model a look for her collection again! 

The theme of Jessica's collection this year was "In Print". All of her pieces had some sort of print - some bold and some underplayed. A few months ago, AbbyJessica and I went shopping for the collection at Goodwill. I got to witness Jessica finding most of these fantastic pieces, so seeing them come together on the runway was very cool. 

 I absolutely loved my outfit and Anna's outfit. The striped dress with the casual plaid is surprisingly amazing together. I don't think I would have ever paired those together, but I love how it looks effortlessly cool and put-together. 

The coral skirt and polka dot top we found for me were made to go together. We all fell in love with the color of the skirt - it's so perfectly springy and fun. Such a good find and it was only $4! 

Thanks Jessica, for asking me to model again (and letting me keep the outfit). :)

Hope you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Thrifted Polka Dot Dress

Last weekend, I found this adorable polka dot dress at the Salvation Army for $2.99! It's actually from Target (not sure when), but a few people asked me if it was Vintage when I wore it. It has the cutest pockets on the chest, pleated skirt and sheer sleeves. I can't believe it was only $2.99 (I would have paid a lot more for it!).

You can't see it very well in these pictures, but this necklace was one of my birthday presents from Reed and I love it. A few times, he has (very sweetly) gotten me expensive jewelry from places like Jared. While this is very thoughtful, I had to kindly tell him that I would like "everyday, inexpensive" jewelry just as much and get more wear out of it. (And that we should spend the money he would have spent on good food!) This necklace is part of Lauren Conrad's collection from Kohl's and it's adorable.

I hope you have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Last year at this time, Eden still had about two weeks to bake.. so this is my first official Mother's day. It's different being on "this side" of mother's day and not just the "showing our appreciation" side. It's a good day to reflect on motherhood and all the changes, joy and trials it brings. Giving birth was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done (with snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and breastfeeding in a close second).

It took us a few years of "trying" to become parents, so having Eden here, healthy and happy is more than I could ever ask for. Before I go any further, I want to remember how much I love being a mom on this very day.

Being a mom has been such a great learning and growing experience. I never realized what a control freak I am. I have my own plans and routines and really dislike when they get thrown off! Reed has always been very laid back and accommodating of this.. but Eden? Eden is not always as patient. And really, she's right. There's really no reason that I have to do a load of laundry, blog post, etc. at certain times.. but I've had many, many years of doing things when I want to do them, on my own time schedule. So I've (selfishly) had a hard time with that.

For the most part, I am proud of myself for staying active with my "non-mom" interests.. but sometimes I think about how much easier it would be if I could be totally fulfilled by caring for Eden and our home. I'm sure I would still be happy (I think?), but I love working part time, blogging and doing blogger activities, working on the Vintage shop and showing my face at the gym a few times a week. I can't imagine not doing those things!

We've found a good balance and are always working on improving. We also have a great babysitter who helps make my "non-mom" interests possible. It's also wonderful that Reed is fantastic with the baby, and when he's with her it's as good as having mom there (if not better).

All that being said, she is still my #1 priority and I am with her the majority of the time. She's my little sidekick and I can't imagine not having her around. Even if it would mean that my time was still my own :)


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Record Cabinet Update

For the past several years, I've been looking for the perfect record cabinet for our dining room (as I talked about here). I was determined to find a legit, retro one at an antique market or thrift store. Well, the years passed and I never found the perfect one. I finally bit the bullet and decided to just order one from Urban Outfitters. It wasn't even about the money, but luckily it happens to be on sale (here). 

I had been eyeing the Draper Media Console, but decided on the smaller cabinet with doors that close on both sides. That decision was made based on having tiny hands around that like to pull things out of their place :)

I also went ahead and ordered the copper banner (here) to fill some of the empty space on the wall. I really love how this little corner turned out! 

I hope you have a great Wednesday,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FTB Styled: Fuchsia Skirt

All photos by Carrie of Open N Shut Photo

When I was at Carrie's house the other day, we decided it would be fun to snap a few "style" pictures with pieces from our Etsy Collection. We both can't get enough of this fuchsia color! It's so fun and don't you love how it pops against her trees? She really has a beautiful yard. It was perfect for shooting our launch party and this style session. 

I paired the skirt with neutral cream lace and a brown hat and boots, figuring I should keep the rest of the outfit neutral to let the skirt speak for itself.

Can't wait to show you more from our "style session"! Hope you have a great Sunday!