I'm so looking forward to the new year! 2014 was great so I'm sad its over, but I always get excited for a fresh start. Dave and I will be staying in tonight like we typically do- we just don't love going out for NYE! We have before, but always regret it around 12:30 when we are trying to get home. 

Here are some of my personal goals for 2015:

-keep the house cleaner (I'd love to be able to have people stop by and not be embarrassed by the way things look!)
-do laundry more often so it doesn't pile up (I have to admit Dave does the majority of our laundry these days)
-cook more new recipes from my new cookbooks 
-stay on budget--watch my unnecessary spending. Which I have gotten better about I think!
-eat less carbs
-join a church: This was on our goal list for 2014 and we still haven't decided between two. 

(I hear Dave & my sister laughing at these...!)

Lets hope I can work on some of these, if not all of them!


happy birthday to me!

I can't believe I'm turning 29! One more in my thirties to get all those things on my "before 30 bucket list" done. Whoops! 

Here are a few that things I HAVE accomplished in my 20s.

1) became an aunt (4 times total!)
2) studied abroad in Australia
3) traveled to 14 countries in Europe with my cousin Jennie
4) graduated college
5) got a full time job 
6) bought my own condo
7) adopted Poppy
8) went on my first cruise
9) married Dave
10) traveled to Thailand & Japan with Dave
11) bought a house with Dave
12) started my own business
...and I'm sure other things I'm forgetting! But I feel really good about it all and excited to be 29!

Merry Christmas Eve y'all!!


poppy style featured

A big thanks to Stephanie over at Newlyweds:North for featuring Poppy Style in her small shop love blog post! I read her blog daily and adore it! It seriously always brightens my day, she is so funny and such a great writer.

Click here to read her post on small shops she loves!



I started writing this post Monday, but never finished! So....here we go!

Monday was my sweet hubby's birthday! I threw Dave a surprise 35th birthday party this past Saturday.  Well it was supposed to be a surprise. He had a work Christmas party that we originally thought was just a drop in for appetizers and drinks. But before he left he said he would be home around 10 (not 8!) because it was a dinner. So I had to tell him why he HAD to be home! I was still excited and we still had a great time! I made sure to have his favorite foods- wings from DD Peckers and rice krispy treats and bourbon. Lots of bourbon. We had 4 types of bourbon so everyone could try the different types.  I think they all loved that! :) 

Monday night we cooked at home. I made bourbon glazed salmon from The Fresh Market (my fav!) and truffled orzo with asparagus- my sister's recipe. It was amazing! It was easier than I thought it would be to make and we both loved it. Will definitely make it again!

Poppy Style also had a holiday show over the weekend. It went so well and appreciate everyone that came AND everyone who brought donations for the Charlotte Humane Society.

This Friday is the LAST DAY for any orders before Christmas. I will be taking a little break once all holiday orders are out so I can enjoy the holidays myself and relax! 

Hope everyone is having a great week! Happy HUMP Day!


holiday gift guide: for the hostess

I love to entertain people at our house- especially now that our kitchen is done. I'm always looking for fun little items to enhance my entertaining environment :) 

Here are a few things that would make perfect holiday hostess gifts or a great gift for any friends or family that love to entertain!

gifts for the hostess

1. Tortoise Wine Bucket ($45)

2. Gold Glitter Cheese Spreaders ($22)

3. Gold Stemless Wine Glasses ($19)

4. Acrylic Cocktail Napkin Holder ($24)..this is on my personal wish list too!

5. Be Jolly Party Props ($17)

6. Fun Matches ($5-$10)

7. Gold Geo Wine Stoppers ($39 for 4, or you can by individually)

8. Enchanted Animal Bottle Opener ($20)

(click above images for links!)


holiday gift guide: gifts under $100

Here are a few gifts that could be great for lots of different people on your list! From moms, dads, siblings, cousins, friends, etc....these gifts could suit just about anyone!

gift ideas under $100

Obviously some are a bit more girly, so they aren't all gender neutral!

1) Tiger Print by Megan Carn $35
2) Nixon Watch $95
6) Python Tray $40
7) The Bar Book $20
8) Candle $24-$36
10) FitBit $99
11) Bluetooth Speaker $100

                                       [Cheers Y'all | A. Liz Adventures | Miss Dixie | Southern Style]


holiday gift guide: stocking stuffers

I love buying stocking stuffers! I like to do a mixture of practical and silly.

stocking stuffers

1) Bojangles Seasoning $8.95 for 4 (easy to split up!)
2) Travel Dressing Container $3.99 
3) #TheSelfie $14.99
4) Get Sauced Cocktail Spoons $6.99 for two
5) Travel Mug $17.98 (set of 2, another item you can split up!)
6) Wine Topper $5.99
7) Business Card Holder $14
8) Matches $6
9) Bangle $28
10) Bling Wipes $12

Typically I'll buy one "larger" item, then a few smaller ones and then fill with candy. Really the only stockings I fill are Dave's, my own (in case Dave doesn't :) ) and my sister's, sometimes some other family members, just depends! Other items I've done for Dave's stocking before are a Tervis tumbler, socks, phone charger, earbuds.


weekend review

Friday we celebrated a friend's birthday at Cajun Queen- I forget how much I love that place. If you are in Charlotte and love Cajun, you must try it!

Saturday I baked my very first apple pie!! My friend Elizabeth had me over early Saturday so she could show me how to do it. Then I took it my brother in law's for his birthday lunch! It was pretty good for my first attempt. There were no leftovers so everyone must have loved it too! I'm glad I did a trial run before I make it for Thanksgiving.


Sunday was spent working and running errands. So much to make for holiday orders, I'll be working as much as possible until Christmas! Speaking of that- save the date for a holiday show December 5-7, more details to come.  

Sunday night my dad took Dave & I to Dogwood, a new restaurant in Charlotte right near his place. I got the sirloin and loved it- the steak sauce was incredible! 

I can't believe I'm hosting 19 people at my house for Thanksgiving! We started prepping this weekend. I still need to work on my tables for Thursday. And start preparing for the food I'm making (appetizers, green bean casserole & apple pie).  

working on place settings

Its going to be a busy 3 days! But the MOST EXCITING part of this week is that my cousin Jennie returns from 11 month long mission trip!!!! I am so excited I can hardly stand it!!! She gets in late Wednesday night, just in time for Thanksgiving with all of us! 


living room

Beth stopped by the other day so we could finalize some details on the kitchen and discuss the living room.  I just get so excited to hear her ideas!

This is the collage she sent me, but it may not make sense to everyone because it is parts of both rooms and includes some existing pieces.

Here are some changes we are making:
1) Get two round end tables instead of the mismatched ones I have now
2) New lamps
3) Add a rug
4) Add some artwork (this piece is top of my list- on sale at OKL)
5) Switch the placement of the two chests
6) Find a tall bookcase
7) Make a little cozy nook

Now for some before pics!

 that chest will move and we will hopefully put a tall bookcase there, that cream accent chair and art will also change

the chest in the first photo will go here

the couch, chairs, ottoman and curtains will stay

the wall on the left of the doorway is gone now! the wall to the right will get the wooden chest and a piece of art

Not photographed is the space where I plan to do the cozy nook! It will just be a chair and little table in a corner. I'm so excited to make these changes and really pull the room together. I love that Beth has similar style to me, but also that she can really put together things I never could. I really love that she gets that I am on a budget. She isn't sending me $500 pillows or $1000 lamps! Can't wait to share after photos!!


3 years!

Today Dave and I are celebrating 3 perfect (ha!) wonderful (yes!) years of marriage!! Its corny, but I fall more in love with him each day. We've hit our stride and our marriage is constantly growing. We are always learning from each other. I wish I could put into words how much he has taught me and how much he has made my life better.  Dave, if you happen to read this, I love you so much and am so thankful for you! Poppy and I are lucky girls to have you take care of us. :)


I love seeing how much he loves our nieces and nephews...

So sweet--helping me with work

fun in the past year!



dear santa...here are a few of my favorite things!

Every Christmas my family writes letters to Santa. Dad included! We still do it and I don't think we'll ever stop, it is too fun!

This year I don't have anything that I really really want or need. I am feeling very blessed to have just had my kitchen redone and to be working on redoing my living room.  BUT I can always think of things I like that I wouldn't mind having. :) I like to think I'm easy to shop for- I love anything gold, anything for entertaining or for the home. I always love new perfumes, candles, PJs, blankets, etc. Really- I just think its the thought that counts.

Here are a few things that I would like, but that I also think most any girl would like!

christmas list

Gold Leopard Dish- I love animal print and gold...put them together and I think its perfect.

Nest Candle- my sister got this and I think I need it too!

C. Wonder Cosmetic Bag- I have an addiction to cosmetic bags, pouches, etc. Again, I love the leopard pring! (30% off until 11/25)

Gold Ring- I always struggle to find rings I like or that I know I'll wear often. I only ever wear my engagement ring and wedding band. I would love to wear this ring on my other hand.

Buffalo Check Blanket- I would love this on my couch for the holidays OR to snuggle up outside by the fire with.

Acrylic Cocktail Napkin Holder- This would look great on my bar cart or on our bar area :)

PJ Leggings- I think the price is a little high, but they are so cute. I like PJ pants that don't look too much like PJ pants so I can wear them around the house and if people come by I feel like I'm just in lounge wear.

Nixon Watch- I have been wanting a new watch and love that this one isn't as pricey as the Michael Kors one I liked.

Swell Water Bottle- The color is sparkling champagne, need I say more?

linking up with Katie & April today!