Ballard Designs Comes to Charlotte

I feel like I have walked straight through a catalog.

Last weekend, my mom and I went to Southpark Mall to see the new Ballard Designs store. We have taken their catalog for years and were excited to be able to see their products in person. We were not disappointed.

 Just look at that pink plaid sectional!
I really wish I had a sun room filled with white hydrangea to house that sectional.

I loved just about everything in the store and long for the day when I move and have a legitimate reason to redecorate in full. Maybe one day I will be able to take advantage of Ballard Design’s decorator services. A girl can wish right?

If you are in the Charlotte area, go take a peek and pick up a catalog in store. It’s worth the trip.



Right after finding two dresses at Madewell, we (My mom, grandmother and I) went across the aisle to J.Crew and had even more luck there!

Off of the sale rack I grabbed this linen shift dress and striped tweed dress. They were reduced already and then I believe there was an additional 40% off of sale items. I’m not sure that’s what the deal was, but it was something like that. I couldn’t believe my luck.


If that wasn’t great enough, I fell in love with this tiered fatigue shirtdress. It was full price, but totally worth it. The fit is fantastic. I might buy it in red also.

The total for these three dresses was $251.80!



Over the weekend I went to Southpark Mall for the first time since very early spring. That is a painfully long time to spend away from one of my favorite places on this earth.

The majority of the clothes in my closet are pretty worn out. Some of the things in my closet actually belonged to my sister from back when she was in high school. I have done a pretty poor job of replacing things as they wear out. There are only a few dresses in my closet that haven’t been pieced back together once or twice. I can sew pretty well, but eventually fabric falls apart and now many of my dresses are beyond repair.

This weekend I made major progress in dress replacement.

My first stop of the day was Madewell. I really didn’t expect to buy anything there, but went to show my mom a dress I wanted her to try on.


I darted back to the sale rack and pulled two dresses. To my surprise, they had my size! I got lucky and bought the Sundream Fringe Dress in white and the Embroidered Paradise Dress. First store of the day and I had already found two dresses that fit!

All in all my total for the two dresses was only $105.08!
It was a very good deal!


This is like Ugg boots all over again.

Back when Ugg boots were becoming popular, I decided I was going to hate them. I couldn’t stand the way they looked and couldn’t bear to see people wearing them. Fast forward a year and I finally put my foot in a pair. I totally got it and am now the proud owner of two pairs of Ugg boots.

Somewhere along the line, I similarly decided that I was going to hate Lululemon. I can offer no real reason for why I decided I wasn’t going to get behind this brand, but I have now done an about face. I am now the proud owner of one pair of Lululemon running pants and one pair of Lululemon running shorts.

What really won me over was the pockets. Lululemon is a master at hiding pockets. If you are on the fence about this brand, go check out their store in person. Their clerks are so helpful and put this first timer at ease.