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SHEARLING MJ BAG

Nordstrom is my go to for all things fall fashion. Mules, knits, and classic flares. What is the cherry on top? This shearling tote from Marc Jacobs.

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PUFFER VEST in beige sz 4 // HOODIE in XL // LEGGINGS in sz 6 // BELT BAG //

Probably the most exciting thing I’ve added to my wardrobe lately is this vest in beige. I LOVE the color and it just screams fall, which is my favorite season. lululemon has the cutest styles for activewear, athleisure, and let’s be honest school drop off. I love to wear their clothes just lounging around the house. Their fabric is quality and stands the test of time. Hence the reminder to add to cart, because these pieces are already bestsellers that are selling out fast. I sized up because the hoodies kept selling out.

Happy Shopping!

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Welcome to my new kitchen!!

I’m overjoyed to show you more of the post renovation. It was been a dusty journey of endless paper plates, washing dishes in the basement and lots of patience in between.

What do you think?

While we still have plumbing and backsplash behind the stove to do, I thought it would be fun to show some sneak peeks of our kitchen using some new Walmart home finds. Like these wood pieces, faux magnolia flowers, pasta bowls and ADORABLE soup bowls! Now, If I could only replicate Grandma’s tomato soup!

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Faux flowers // Glass Jug // Pasta bowl // Soup bowls // Wood Pedestal Cake Stand // Denim shirt 

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This week has been kitchen install so I’m exhausted but excited for two things: the kitchen to be done and Fall layers!!

Walmart has some of the cutest looks! I’m loving their white jean flares, brown sweater cardigan, and a red lip to finish it off. How cute does brown and red look together?

Sweater cardigan (I went up a size) // Jeans wearing a size 4 // Red earrings

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Shot on location at Alys Beach, FL

Fresh from Paris

by Shalice Noel

Happy Fall!

We recently made some new changes in our home. We needed some organizational help in our newly painted pantry and rocking chair. Both we found at Walmart! I also found an adorable faux cow hide rug. You will find so many gems at Walmart home. Which is your favorite?

Here are 5 tips to organizing your pantry:

1 Start with a clean slate, i.e. a fresh coat of paint. We used White Dove by BM.

2. Make a list, and check it twice. Atalie took inventory of what containers we needed and how many. We listed our pantry staples, for example, we have 4 varieties of flours!!

3. Place like things together. My organizational friend in CA, Sabrina, always said place like things together! It’s so much easier to find things once you do this.

4. Place the food into bins. I like these clear bins from Walmart. You can see everything and it is sealed shut!

5. Use a label maker to label each and every bin so every member of the house knows where everything is.

ROCKING CHAIR // COW HIDE RUG // ORGANIZATIONAL CONTAINERS // LABEL MAKER // MY SWEATER // CHEWED HEM JEANS

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Happy Friday! How are these weeks flying by? See the top 7 of my week below:


Just discovered these silk pjs. I’m wearing them as I write this.

Dog food that comes to your door, use code SHALICE

Kamut Flour that’s good for you. I think I lose weight eating it because it fills me up! (it also has extra protein)

My favorite collagen (lean body system, Lemon is my fave) is on sale plus you get collagen foam and a gold spoon FREE.

This crop tee looks KILLER with flares.

Your room just may be missing an olive tree. Here’s a dupe of the one I have.

Read Levi’s birth story here. I can’t believe he will be 3 years old in a couple weeks.

Coco Chanel said,

“In order to be irreplaceable, one most always be different.

There’s many ways to style a peasant top for fall, but this is my favorite way: denim. Shorts or jeans! Here’s the flares I’m wearing and shorts. If you live in a cooler climate, I’d recommend adding a camel coatigan. Which is your favorite?

Peasant top worn here in Small use code NEWSLETTER10 // Jeans -flares in 26 // Fendi Large Flip Bag similar // Boots // Cardigan // Sunglasses

Fall is my favorite season to dress for, hands down. Do you have a favorite fall item to style? I’ll take a good buttery suede trench ANYDAY. In need of styling ideas? I got you. I was thinking about what looks best with flares and it is a tissue turtleneck. Or any turtleneck. Flares look their best with turtlenecks.

Suede trench Talbots, and this one almost identical // Similar budget trench // Jeans with a slight flare // Tissue turtleneck and similar // Rothy’s flats

Kitchen Reno

by Shalice Noel

Kitchen Surface: Neolith Calcutta Luxe // Goodman lights with brass interior // Brass knobs //

Kitchen renovations are becoming our specialty. I love giving life to tired kitchens and putting our design stamp on
it. It is a creative expression just like fashion and cooking. Here is a link to our previous kitchen renovation at the
A-Frame and California houses. We are now onto our 4th kitchen makeover (first was in Chicago before blog) and
each time we learn more. One thing that makes our kitchen renovations special is that we do practice frugality.
Uhhh. That sounds boring, but it’s actually an avenue for more creativity.

fru·gal·i·ty
/fro͞oˈɡalədē/
noun

  1. The quality of being economical with money or food; thriftiness.
    Here’s what I mean. This relates to fashion as well. Everything has a life cycle. A good stylist/designer accepts the
    challenge of extending the life of that item as long as possible.
    That is why you see me style clothes so many
    different ways. I want to get the longest life out of the piece as I can. The same is true for our kitchen remodels.
    For example, in California we chose to resurface the cabinets vs. gutting the kitchen. This allowed us to keep the
    design integrity of the mid-century house while saving cabinets boxes from the landfill.
    Our current home was built in 2005 and everything is still in great condition. Again, we hate to throw away
    something that has a lot of life in it. However, there are aspects to our kitchen I don’t like. Thus, the design
    challenge. Make it work! I love that this kitchen has open space, plenty of storage and functions well. I don’t like
    having the bar height island. I don’t like two islands. I don’t like the scale of the range hood. Here is our design
    strategy to solve these issues while trying to conserve as much of our existing kitchen as possible. I hope this helps
    with your future remodels and any decision making you have.
    As I stated, our kitchen has two islands. We don’t like it. It’s like ring around the rosy. Removing the second island
    will also help make our great room look more spacious. I’m planning to add a big farm table where the island used
    to be and make the existing eating area a reading nook. We will be painting all the walls and trim white to
    brighten the space as well. With the second island gone, we have two focal points in the kitchen and therefore we
    come to our primary design decision. A kitchen design should only have one iconic feature. Do we want the hood
    to be the focal point or the island? This helps drive our design decisions. I appreciate a beautiful island and
    therefore prefer the island to be the icon of the kitchen. To make the island stand out we need to boost the drama
    by having waterfall sides. Make sure to request a miter cut when doing a waterfall. You do not want a butt joint.
    Also, choose a material that is seamless. If you have veins, be able to book match the veins as they continue over
    the counter edge. Find a really good fabricator.

  2. Keep in mind. Cost. Commodity. Sustainability. Natural marble is expensive. If you choose to use it, use it wisely.
    There are also brand-new countertop materials on the market that look like marble but have the durability of
    granite.

    To bring the massive scale of our range hood down, we decided to paint it white to match the cabinets. We will be raising the bottom of the upper cabinets to align with the moldings of the hood. Therefore, we still have storage
    we need and the hood and cabinets will appear as a unit rather than the church alter.
    Reid has completed a sketch-up model to visualize the renovations as we’ve made decisions. Producing a
    computer model really does help you know what design decisions to make. I recommend using Sketch-up if you
    are able. Or hire Reid to help….. I’ve created a collage showing our material pallet and some accessory pieces that
    will make this kitchen happy again.

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