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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What to Wear to a Concert #iHeartRadio

In case you didn’t see my excitement on Twitter and Facebook, I have some BIG news! I won a trip to the #iHeartRadio Music Festival, in LAS VEGAS!!! OMG, right?

It happened last month  when I was listening to Johnny’s House on the radio (the morning show) on XL 106.7. It was a nationwide contest, and I texted the keyword to be randomly selected as the winner!

The text that won me a trip to the #iheartradio Music Festival in Las Vegas! Everyone who texted in received this response that I won!

It was like winning the lottery! The Hubby and I love Vegas to begin with, and this was going to be such a huge, iconic concert already sold out to the public. I couldn’t believe it! You can actually hear my voice in this promo sound clip created by #iheartradio! I’m in there twice. Did you hear it? Kinda a fun game. On top of that, Johnny’s House interviewed me on the radio about winning, which was an awesome experience!

 The concert was last weekend (Sept. 21st and 22nd), and was held at the MGM Grand hotel. My prize included a trip for two (yay, Hubby got to go) with airfare, transportation to the hotel, 2 nights at the MGM Grand, and 2 tickets to the festival for each night.

When we got to Vegas, there was a person holding a sign for the winners to get to their bus. The bus took us to our hotel VIP style! 🙂

Is it obvious that’s normally not “how I roll”? I started a frenzy of photos with other winners after this. Poor guy holding the sign!

They specially wrapped the bus for us! So cool!

The MGM Grand is an awesome hotel on the Vegas strip, and it was exceptionally great because I could just get ready, then head downstairs and not worry about taxis. Here’s a pic of the room…

After a 5 hour 6 am flight, I celebrated by doing a running belly flop onto the giant bed in our room. It had to be done.

So now I was tasked with what the heck to wear to this concert! I learned that we had actual seats, so to me that translated into being able to wear heels because I wouldn’t have to stand the whole time. Otherwise, I would have planned my entire outfit around wearing flat shoes.  That’s definitely something for you to consider when going to a concert, because the worst thing is being uncomfortable and not being able to enjoy the show!

First night my inspiration was “Glam meet Rock.”

NIGHT 1: Glam Meets Rock

I tried to take a creative shot with the city in the background!

Glam meets Rock!

To achieve this look, simply mix really delicate, feminine motifs (i.e. lace, ribbons, sheer, sparkle, shine) with harsher, masculine motifs (i.e. boots, studs, spikes, denim).

My second look was more girly. I was going for “Jenny from Forrest Gump in the 70’s” in a modern way. LOL, I know. In this case I found the shirt as initial inspiration, which led me to that vision.

Night 2: Modern 70’s Disco Queen

Modern 70’s Disco Look

I love how the sequins on this top are really small and not chunky.

To do this, I found my one key piece that screamed modern 70’s, the sequined gold top, then worked around that. The picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I got a lot of compliments and felt pretty in this outfit. Also, my brown smokey eye went perfect with both looks!

And of course I couldn’t leave you without some awesome pics of the concert! My highlights of the concert were the No Doubt/Pink duet of “Just a Girl,” Pink flying over the crowd while flipping and singing, Greenday freaking out and smashing their guitars, the surprise visit from Prince, Taylor Swift being adorable with her banjo, Aerosmith singing “Cryin’,” and surprise presenters Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Ryan Seacrest. And that’s just some of the highlights! Honestly, it just kept getting better and better as there were a TON of surprises.

The iheartradio 2012 Lineup!

ALL of Vegas was decked out in iHeartRadio promotions, especially the MGM Grand!

Getting ready to head into the concert the first night!

Counting down to the start of the show!

Gwen Stefani and Pink’s duet to “Just a Girl.”

Everyone got glow bracelets. They automatically lit up to the music beats!

Enrique Iglesias performance at the iHeartRadio music festival.

The arena looked AWESOME for DeadMau5!

Taylor Swift being adorbs.

Pink literally flew over the audience and did flips. You’ve gotta see this!

Bon Jovi “It’s My Life” performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Before Billie Joe Armstrong’s rant at the iHeartRadio music festival.

Shortly after this pic, we snuck into the lower level! Shhh! 🙂

You can see more and professional iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 pictures here. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime, and I’m so thankful I got that opportunity!

Sad you missed it? Don’t worry! You can catch the premier of the concert airing on TV (CW network) Monday, October 1st from  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

So I’ll leave you with this….

What do you like to wear to concerts? Which of my looks do you like the best?


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