Archives for November 2012

Our New House!

So you may have heard by now that Hubby and I have some BIG NEWS. We bought our first house!

Now that we’ve been married for a year, our little 1 bedroom condo was more than outgrown. Milo, our long-haired chihuahua, would agree.

We had been scouring potential homes even months before our wedding, and landed on one that we both liked. I am the pickiest person ever, especially since one of my degrees is in interior design, yet I have a DIY personality! Here was our wishlist:

HOUSE WISHLIST

  1. 1 Story preferred (although I’d be fine if the perfect house were 2 stories depending on layout)
  2. High Ceilings
  3. Lots of natural light
  4. Open floorplan (especially kitchen area so we don’t feel disconnected)
  5. At least 2 full baths and 3 bedrooms minimum
  6. Move in ready so Hubby wouldn’t be overwhelmed – I’d be fine with gutting and tearing down walls, but maybe I just watch too much HGTV 🙂
  7. Not TOO move in ready for me. I still wanted small projects to make it our own, and didn’t want to pay for other people’s upgrades that may not be our style.
  8. Back yard for entertaining, but not too large because we wanted to maintain it ourselves
  9. Location – specific county for schools and resale value, plus we wanted to stay close to family
  10. Gated neighborhood with a good HOA (effective but not crazy expensive). We wanted a sense of community, a place to feel safe, and in a neighborhood where the neighbors don’t have a billion yard ornaments in front of their crazy bright purple house.
  11. A great bargain – I preferred it to be on the lower end of our budget range, because I thought it would be easier to transition from our condo in terms of bills. I also love a great deal, and in this housing market knew they were out there. We also didn’t want to be “house poor,” because we love going out and doing fun things, vacationing, and of course I love my shopping!
  12. Optional but preferred – a fireplace (I LOVE fireplaces), and perhaps a pool. We were actually kinda torn about a pool because it would be nice living in FL, but it’s also an added expense and responsibility we never had.
  13. Laundry room must be inside

The only problem with the house we found was that it was a short sale. That meant we were waiting for who-knew-how long, and wouldn’t be guaranteed to get it. We took a gamble, and after 7+ months, closed!

Isn’t she a beaut?

Front view of our new home! I love the little bay window and cool angles that make it unique.

Side view. We have a corner lot and cute palm trees. 🙂

Side/Back view. There’s a cute little screened porch that will be perfect for entertaining!

While it doesn’t have everything on the wishlist, it definitely covers most. You have to be realistic that no house will have everything on your list unless you’re building it from scratch, so it’s a matter of setting priorities. We’re really happy, and think this will be a great starter home where we plan to eventually have some kiddos. 🙂

I have to say a BIG thanks to my mom who was our realtor and made it happen. She’s so cute, for my birthday a few weeks later she got me a Pandora bracelet with a house charm to commemorate the event. Thanks Mom!

Hubby and I are really excited and still settling in. I have a long list of fun DIY projects, along with decorating and buying new furniture that I’ll be blogging about. After all, our house will have to have style!

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Outfit of the Day 2: Day to Night

This OOTD is kind of a 2-in-1 and has already received some great response on Style Trial’s Youtube channel! It’s a play on the “leather” trend (okay, I hate the word pleather) that’s so popular right now. Wearing the look of leather is tricky enough when incorporating it into a work appropriate outfit, but I don’t stop there. I also show how to take this sassy look from work casual to nighttime chic in a snap! I personally know it can be a challenge when working on a Friday, then having to look cute for going out directly after. This is a good example of how you can restyle an outfit to transition from day to night.

ST Outfit of the Day 2: Day to Night

  • Pleather pleated skirt – Forever 21
  • “Bonjour” Tank Top – H&M
  • Gray knit sweater – Express
  • Tory Burch Black Reva Ballet Flats with Gold Buckle
  • Stella & Dot Gold Stacking Bracelets
  • Suede black booties – Payless
  • Red Lipstick Tutorial
  • Necklace – White House Black Market
  • Hairstyle – Bun Tutorial

The key is pre-planning before you leave so you can effectively layer clothes (i.e. Bonjour tank top under work sweater), plus pack anything for the transition before you leave the house. As the video shows, I’d suggest these things so you can pack light and maybe even fit everything in your purse:

  1. Punchy lip color or eyeshadow (or any bolder makeup you want to apply after work
  2. Statement jewelry
  3. Shoes to dress it up or give the outfit a different feel
  4. *OPTIONAL* If the work purse just doesn’t fit with the night look, grab a small clutch too

Here’s a few full length shots:

Work Casual to begin with…

…easily mixed up for a night on the town!

Have you embraced the “look of leather,” or pleather (ek) look? What is your #1 must pack beauty or fashion item for transitioning a look from day to night?


Time to Primp and Prep!

This post brought to you by Hpnotiq. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I may be easily amused, but I always like to find little ways to make even simple tasks in life more fun. For example, instead of getting ready for a night out in a rush, set aside a few hours to really pamper yourself. What better way than to get a group of your closet friends together to Primp & Prep for a girl’s night out?

I love doing my friend’s makeup, borrowing each others clothes, and hosting pre-parties with great music and drinks. So I was excited when I checked out the new Hpnotiq site which is a one stop hub for all that goodness!

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They have a lot of style, fashion, and beauty tips as well, but my favorite features were the home cocktails and drink recipes. I’m not much of a bartender, so I need all the help I can get! And if you’re entertaining your girlfriends, you could earn major hosting points by surprising  them with a “specialty drink of the night.” Just give it a fun name, and garnish so it’s pretty like this.

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I also like how Pandora is integrated into the site, so you can listen to your favorite music while getting ready. Best part? It’s all bundled in one fun little site. I love the convenience!

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I’ve been a little stressed lately (okay, a lot), so all this talking is really getting me in the mood for a girl’s night out. But if you haven’t heard yet, I have some EXCITING news coming up! It may just have to be a girl’s night IN with hair down music up! 🙂

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