Thursday, May 31, 2012

Every Day Needs Some Sparkle

If I am going to be casual, I am going to at least make sure that I sparkle!

I got these beauties for $5 at Urban Outfitters last year. Unfortunately 
they don't have them anymore but converse sells a similar pair.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tupelo Honey Cafe + My Fall

 Last weekend my husband & I took a quick trip to Asheville & while I was there I made sure that I made it a point to stop by Tupelo Honey Cafe! This is an award winning restaurant in downtown Asheville that has the BEST pimento & cheese sandwich you will ever eat. 
While we were in Asheville Barn had to be somewhere in the morning so I took myself on a date to Tupelo Honey.

 I started with this tastiness. Now let me tell you I am a bit of a hot chocolate snob & this one ranks in the top 5 on my list. It is called "Jen's Homemade Hot Chocolate" so make sure you order a cup!
Every person gets a big, fat homemade biscuit & homemade jam as a free starter.
The biscuit practically melts in your mouth. Maybe the best things in life are Free!
*I was technically working so can this breakfast with myself be a tax write-off?  :) *
 This is what I ordered, the sweet potato pancake. I asked what there staple breakfast option was & this is what I was pointed to. Let me tell you, it taste like fall in your mouth. The pancake & hot chocolate go perfect together.
 Yep... that's it! And that is only one pancake. I could only eat about 1/2 of it.
 Hungry yet?
 I arrived 10 minutes before it opened & this line was already formed (you don't ever see that at IHOP!), a line is always a good sign. I promise, the wait was definitely worth it!

So if you are going to Asheville soon make sure you make a stop here
But don't tell them that I sent you! Why?? Wouldn't I want credit? Well lets just
say I have a reputation there that I am not necessarily proud of...

The Fall...
After breakfast that day I was getting up to leave & I failed to realize that my foot had fallen asleep. So I get up & I fall flat on my face, take the chair down with me, my ipad slides across the restaurant & the worst part was I was by myself!!! No one was there to help & take the attention off of me. Oh it gets better - what made it even worse was that when I tried to get up to leave I couldn't because I couldn't stand because my foot was still asleep. So there I laid smack dab in the middle of the restaurant unable to move. The manager had to help me up & stand with me while I awkwardly shook my foot like crazy so that it would wake-up for what seemed like HOURS! 

Probably the most embarrassing moment in my life!
So please don't say I sent you because they'll remember me as the crazy lady 
who collapsed in the middle of the restaurant & laid there all by herself.
NOT My Proudest Moment.

Comfy in the Rain

Its a rainy day in Atlanta, so it calls for comfy jeans
 & one of my favorite sweaters!

 Color Ankle Crop Skinnies - Free People
Tank - Forever 21
Sweater - Free People (On Sale!)
Shoes - Urban Outfitters

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cheap Thursday

Cheap Thursday! My favorite finds at cheap prices. 
The best things in life aren't always free but they are usually on sale ;)

Shirt - Free People ($29.99)
Jeans - Nordstrom ($9.97 - previously seen here)
Necklace - Forever 21 ($3.99)
Shoes - Madden Girl via DSW ($38.95)
Total Outfit = $82.90

This isn't as cheap at the usual because of the shoes! Let me tell you, 
I live in those shoes because they are so so comfortable. Plus,  I had a gift card 
so I actually only paid $15.90. Thank you birthday gift card!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy 25th Birthday Peep!

I want to say HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the most outstanding people I know, my husband Barn. He is the best husband & friend I could ever ask for. He is silly, creative, passionate, generous, ambitious, diligent, easy-going & dependable. In ways we are alike but in many ways we are the exact opposite but that is what I love about him. He is strong in the areas I am weak, he is positive when I am negative, he is chill & steady when I am anxious & over-analyzing. He is a creature of habit & is an amazing provider of our little family. I love him dearly & I am so happy he is in my life! I wish him all of the happiness in the world & hope that this is his best year yet!!

A few fun facts about Barn & reasons why I love him:
- He loves creatures. He feels bad killing bugs, he captures them & then "releases them into the wild"
- He calls his teeth his "beaters", why? Not sure but its cute!
- He puts everything in the refrigerator... everything!
- He sings every morning in the shower & I don't think he realizes he is doing it
- If he plays with our kids as much & as he does with our pets, our kids will have the best childhood.
- His imagination is absolutely amazing, I'm jealous!
- His staple piece of clothing, his man punching a bear t-shirt. He is known by strangers for that shirt.
- He nicknames all of the family cars: the pig, the hamster & the armadillo (told you he loves animals)
- He loves museums! He would read almost every sign if you let him

Happy Birthday Barn! Love you so much

Brilliant Notepads & A Sale!

You may not know this about me, but I love office supplies! Notebooks, post-its, 
planners, sharpies... I collect them all. I am always on the hunt for the best planner/to-do-list and 
let me tell you, I finally found it! I am happy to share with you the Daily Page Notepad (photos #1 & #2) created by Dani from Life's A Journal . It is the best because it has on one page your to do list, 
cleaning list, grocery list, events for the day, exercise plans, meal plans & even a checklist for your 
water & vitamin intake. It truly has room for every aspect of my life on it! I am in love :)

 For all of my fellow bloggers out there Dani has taken it to the next level & has created a notepad
 just for us! It is fabulous because it gives you a central location to schedule out blog posts for every 
week & make notes on topic ideas or events to cover while also tracking your progress.
This is Brilliant! And we are all in luck because these blogger notepads (photos #3 & #4) just went 
on sale! You can visit Dani's blog (Life's A Journal) to learn more or you can just hop straight over 
to her store & buy you one! My friend Brittany over at Swell Studios bought her one yesterday after 
she saw mine because she thought it was so brilliant! (she is a design genius so that is quite a compliment). So go check these notepads out, I promise you will thank me for this.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Inspiration & 5 Not To Miss!

I want it all! Perfect color & pattern combo. By Late Afternoon 

  Classy Color-Blocking by My Style Pill

Modern day Breakfast at Tiffany's by This Time Tomorrow

I have major skirt envy! by See Jane

I want these jeans & these sandals! By the Blonde Salad

I love the mixture of the three different patterns by Atlantic-Pacific

Casual but Fashionable! By Sincerely, Jules

5 blog posts not to miss:
1 - Photography School #3 - Camille Styles
2 - Cake Batter Bark - Sugar & Cloth
3 - Lets Organize - Design Love Fest
5 - Bedroom Basics - Cupcakes & Cashmere

Friday, May 18, 2012

Babs - Good People & Great Food!

Looking for a great place for breakfast or brunch? 
Well let me introduce you to Babs

Babs is this ecelectic little breakfast spot that my husband & I found one morning as
we were desperately searching for a tasty breakfast but weren't up for an hour wait.
We were looking to Yelp to solve our hunger problems and stumbled upon this little
 diamond in the rough. It has all of the things you want in a great restaurant.
Personal Flair + Excellent Food + Entertaining Staff  = Restaurant Heaven

This is what I orderd, the breakfast risotto. I have never had anything like it before
The risotto was so soft & almost creamy, absolutely delicious!
 Welcome to Babs!
 Fun, eclectic mix-match of decor in every little nook & cranny.
 This was my favorite part, the snow globe wall. There are snow globes
from all over the world here that friends of the owner & guests of the 
restaurant bring in from their travels. There are many interesting & often funny
stories behind many of them, so don't hesitate to ask your waiter for some
back stories!
 Like I said earlier, they definitely have an entertaining staff.
This was our server Randy & he was absolutely hilarious.
If you are looking for a good time full of laughs, this is your man!
His food recommendations are excellent & spot on too.
Humor, personality & great taste... what more can you ask for!

This weekend if you are looking for a great new breakfast place to try, 
give Babs a go. Check out there set menu here & they always 
have excellent specials as well. 

AND if you still need more incentive, here is a coupon!

814 Juniper St NE # 3  
Atlanta, GA 30308

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shop: Free People White Provisions

If your on the westside this is definitely a must to stop at!
If you haven't noticed Free People is one of my favorite clothing companies
and their brand new White Provisions store is my favorite.
Big store with great selection & some of the nicest girls around!
 This is what my verison of what a jungle looks like... colorful strings & fun clothes
 Fabulous decor anyone?
 I may or may not have bought a few of those things :) 
You'll just have to wait and see!
 The Free People greeting committee
 My type of chandelier
 One of the sweetest girls around! I vote for her to be employee of the month.
 I want it all!!