I’m Pretty Proud of Myself Right Now

I know that I just got a new phone case, but this is pretty cool and I really want one.

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Photo from @bagather on Instagram.

I had seen a few photos of lettered phone cases like this before, but I hadn’t been able to nail down where they were coming from until the other day.

@bagather on Instagram issued a list of Valentines day gift ideas and the phone case made the list. Upon seeing her post, I investigated immediately and played with color options for my own initials.

It’s so hard to choose just one! I want all of the color options!
I swear there are differences between the two pinks and purples, but it is subtle.

So here’s why I’m proud of myself. Instead of buying a new $80.00 phone case, I just printed out my initials and slipped it into my existing phone case! Just put a little DIY into it and I think it looks pretty fantastic.

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Here’s how I did it:
1. I took a screen shot of the mock up I wanted. | 2. I pasted that screen shot selection into Word and sized the image to 5.5 inches to fit my iPhone 7/8 case. | 3. I cut out the case with scissors and slipped it into the back of my $14.00 phone case. | 4. I didn’t use any adhesives. I just stuck my phone right in on top of the slip of paper and VOILA!

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I had to borrow someone’s phone and text a picture of the final product to myself.
It looks pretty darn good for a cheapo hack! I will probably splurge on the real thing when my current case craps out, but for now I’m really happy with the way this turned out and it gives me the flexibility to try all of the colors!

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The Real Real: You win some, you lose some.

My sister got engaged in the Spring of 2017 so as you can imagine, we have been wrapped up in the plans for the big event.

During our recent trip to Raleigh, my mom picked out a dress to wear to the rehearsal dinner from Charlotte’s. Because the perfect dress requires the perfect shoes, we had been trolling for just the right shoe and I thought I had found it.

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It is pretty universally known that Manolo Blahnik makes an exquisite and comfortable shoe. Since my mom doesn’t feel very comfortable in heels, I figured she could use the brand name to entice her to wear heels and why not pick a pair from the god of shoes himself.

I found these beautiful suede heeled mules on The Real Real and was confident they would be perfect with her dress. The shoes arrived over the weekend and they were stunning in person. There was just one problem. THEY WERE TOO SMALL!

Luckily The Real Real accepts returns and these beautiful shoes are on their way back to find a new home. [They are size 39.5 if you want to snag them once they are back in TRR’s system.] By returning the shoes, I freed up the funds to put towards a dress for my sister’s bridesmaid’s brunch.

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This dress by Tanya Taylor was only $75.00 with 15% off. There is a small pull at the front (tape marks the spot), but who cares! It’s in excellent shape and I can’t wait to wear it. This is the first thing I have bought for the wedding other than my bridesmaid’s dress.

Now it’s my turn to find the perfect shoes to go with my new dress.
Stay tuned!

 

Daily Harvest Week 1

Last Wednesday I received my first batch from Daily Harvest and as I mentioned in a previous post, I had planned to try every item on their menu.

The box was small and light, which surprised me, but it was all there and packed on top of dry ice.

D6874499-0CA7-4B37-ADA4-E24F5FBD53701. Blueberry + Hemp: I was so hoping this would be good. Blueberries seemed safe and sounded nice and I’m sure they would have been if there weren’t so many contaminants that made this smoothie taste like garbage. The drink was a pleasant blue when it came out of the blender, but I looked into the cup after a few minutes and it had turned dark green. So not only did it taste like wet grass clippings, it looked like wet grass clippings too. Needless to say, I will not be ordering this one again.

FBF84F59-7EA2-4297-AB7F-4CECDA32FCC62. Chai + Coconut: I like chai and I like coconut, but I did not like this smoothie. The taste made it tough to swallow but I still made it half way through before switching to eat a hamburger instead. Here’s where things get interesting… I forgot to throw the rest of the smoothie away until a few hours later and when I looked in the cup, it had risen and taken on an oatmeal consistency. It looked like a science project gone wrong. I won’t be ordering this one again either.

2294C1B7-D4B1-461E-B112-06E58179130D3. Chocolate + Blueberry: YUM! Finally a smoothie that doesn’t taste like garbage! Chocolate and Blueberry is a winning combo. It tastes more like a milkshake than a smoothie. After the first two were so disappointing I was actually afraid Daily Harvest would ruin blueberries and chocolate for me, but I’m very relieved that it tastes great. This one is going on my list to get again. Thumbs up.

fullsizeoutput_18b24. Buckwheat + Chimichurri: I think I may like the bowls better than the smoothies. I really liked this bowl. It wasn’t as filling as the smoothies, but it was full of flavor and I liked how easy it was to heat up. This one is definitely going on my list of ones to order again.

fullsizeoutput_18c25. Cacao + Avocado: This one was ok. It looked really weird, but ultimately it tasted like a funky chocolate milkshake. My main issue with this one is that it was not at all filling and was no substitute for any meal. This was a snack at most. I became very weak a few hours after eating it because it just wasn’t substantial enough.

6. Who the heck cares.
Yes, that went down hill quickly. I’m done.
I’ll eat the 6th one eventually, but I can’t stand this s*** anymore.

DON’T TRY DAILY HARVEST.
It tastes like garbage, it looks like garbage and it’s not filling at all. Ah hour after you eat this for breakfast you will be eating Doritos out of a vending machine just trying to make it to lunch. You can’t eat it for lunch because you will be inhaling goldfish just trying to stop hunger pains. I broke down last night and ate 1/2 of a medium Dominos pizza because I was too weak to so anything but lay down. I’m fed up with being hungry and miserable. No more hunger tears, just pizza.

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Oops! A Sale

I haven’t been buying much to line my closet with lately, but that dry streak ended today when I visited Monkees of Lake Norman. They were in the midst of a major winter sale and I scored a couple of pretty major items.

The first thing I saw when I walked in was a beautiful black Tory Burch handbag. I haven’t bought a new handbag since I visited the Coach outlet last year and I haven’t bought a new black back since I lived in Raleigh and I gave that black back to my mom this fall. The bag was originally $398.00 and I bought it for $239.00. I hate that I spent that much on it, but I haven’t seen a bag I really liked in so long that I didn’t want to pass on it and then wish I had bought it. I will use and joy this bag for years to come so I don’t regret the purchase.

I also found a really great White + Warren cashmere sweater. It was originally $310.00 and I bought it for $189.00. Unfortunately I overpaid. This sweater is only $149.00 on White + Warren’s website. That’s a bummer, but I’m still very happy with the sweater. I loved it so much that I put it on instead of what I was wearing as soon as I left the store. It’s wonderfully soft and I love the length. If you are looking for quality cashmere, check out White + Warren’s sale items on their website.

I love what I walked away with, but I am sorry for spending so much money.
At least these are items I know I will have a long time. I’ll be wearing and carrying them until I get my money’s worth.

Lincoln’s Haberdashery

If you live in Charlotte, North Carolina and you aren’t following The Charlotte Agenda, you need to be. They have their finger on the pulse of what’s new and interesting in Charlotte and I’m taking notes.

A couple weekends ago I decided that when I visit my parents in Gastonia, just outside of Charlotte, I’m going to pick a new place in Charlotte and just go. That weekend I went to Moo & Brew with my mom and we enjoyed yummy hand burgers and beer. Our absolute favorite item on their menu was the truffle fries. We were so into what we were eating that I completely forgot to take photos! Now that we have had those fries, there’s no keeping us away from that place so next time I’m there, I’ll post pics.

This weekend we brunched at Lincoln’s Haberdashery.

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This place is pretty trendy and looks like something you would find in Asheville. Even the people who work there look like they blew in from Asheville. I was beginning to think this place was all hype… and then our order came up.

SO. DANG. GOOD.

I ordered Avocado Toast (left – obviously) and my mom ordered Take It To The Bridge (right) and both plates knocked our socks off. The avocado toast was far more substantial than I had expected. It had great flavor and there was a mini arugula salad between the slices that was lightly seasoned and went so well with the toast. Mom’s salmon toast was so good she didn’t even bother to offer me a bite. I didn’t offer her a bite from my plate either. We ate at a communal table and took our time, enjoying our meal. As we were leaving we both said this was somewhere we would definitely go again.

Check out their menu here.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I failed to mention that something pretty cool happened at the end of 2017.
I WON A GIVEAWAY ON INSTAGRAM!
After a perfectly shitty year, I won a prize.

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I won a selection of Oprah’s favorite things… and it got lost in the mail.
I kid you not. I won something and it never arrived. I’m convinced that someone put a curse on me that lasted all of 2017.

The giveaway featured the following brands: My Tag Alongs, Violet & Brooks, Neely & Chloe, Brouk & Co, and Peepers.

The marketing team who put the giveaway together has been super helpful and each vendor sent replacements individually. It was actually pretty fun to get everything in pieces. It was like Christmas every day for a while. I don’t think I would have examined and appreciated it all as much if it had come all in one box. I probably would have been overwhelmed.

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The Peepers arrived first and I thought it would just be one pair. No. They sent 9 pairs of sunglasses. NINE PAIRS OF SUNGLASSES! I have 1 (one) face. That’s a lot of sunglasses. They are all really cool and I love that they are polarized.

Because no one human should have 9 pairs of sunglasses, I have enjoyed sharing them with coworkers, friends and family. I have had fun watching them all be tried on and how happy it makes everyone to get a new little something special.

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Next came this incredibly beautiful laquered jewelry box from Brouke & Co.

I already had a great jewelry box from the Container Store that I purchased earlier in the year, but this one has become is my favorite.

I’m totally going to be giving these jewelry boxes as gifts to friends for birthdays and special occasions. AWESOME GIFT!

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I was overwhelmed again when the jewelry from Violet & Brooks arrived. Again, I didn’t realize I would get everything that was in the giveaway picture. I thought it would just be one piece. They sent a Necklace, 3 sets of statement earrings, and a darling cushion full of stud pairs.

I love how light weight they all are.
So cute!

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About a week passed before the next package arrived filled with items from My Tag Alongs. I’m pretty OCD so of course I am in love with the cord pouches. Two thumbs way up!

I particularly love the rose gold tone of the items. It’s different and really cool.

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The last item to arrive was Neely & Chloe’s market tote. It arrived about two months after I won the drawing and it was well worth the wait. It’s beautiful! It’s also big enough to hold a file folder and my computer so it has now officially taken over duty as my work bag.
The color is better than it appears in the photo. It will really go with anything and everything. The straps are long enough to really grab your shoulder, but not too long to be annoying. It’s really a great bag and I’m absolutely in love with it.

Oprah really knows what’s up. I don’t think I have ever been given or purchased anything from her lists before so this was really cool. I’ll certainly be paying more attention to her annual lists moving forward.

I feel so blessed (I really mean it) that these brands would send a stranger so much for free… twice (Thanks US Postal Service). After going through so much last year, I can’t tell you how much it picked me up to know that I had won something. It was inexplicably empowering. In true southern form, thank you notes have been sent to all.

In closing…
#Oprah2020

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