Sunday, July 20, 2014

Choosing Paint for the Dining Room - Sherwin Williams Sea Salt ??


How many samples of paint does it take to find the right color for a dining room?  Apparently, at least eight.  I've been to the paint store three times in the past three days to continue testing paint samples, and I'm not even sure I have a winner yet!  I'm determined to decide today though because Sherwin Williams is having their 40% off sale and I want to take advantage of it! (It ends Monday).


I fell in love with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt after seeing it on Life on Virginia Street, in Sarah's master bedroom.  In her room, SEA SALT looked like a very soothing grayish-green.  I thought that would go well with my dining room drapes and the rest of the house.  I'm looking for something soft  that will brighten my room from the duller ACCESSIBLE BEIGE and look good when I change out the accessories in the room throughout the year.  I like the Accessible Beige pretty well in the rest of our first floor, and I hesitated to change the dining room because I want a cohesive look, but I figured I can find a paint that goes well with the rest of the downstairs since this room is pretty much off on it's own.  I'm not necessarily looking to match the drapes; rather, I'd prefer a complimentary color.

SEA SALT is pretty, but it looks way more blue than green and a little dull in my room.  Still a contender though.  Will be so funny (not really) if I end up with this one after painting all the other colors on my walls. It's the first one I put up.

WATERY was too bright.  Looked so gorgeous on the swatch.

DEWY is nice, close to the color of the lamps I have in the now, but it's pretty white against the creamy wainscoting.

FLEETING GREEN is just a tad darker than DEWY.

RAINWASHED is too blue and bright.

But, it's difficult to judge paint colors by a photograph online, or heck, even on a swatch.  I swear the Sea Salt that's on the swatch looks much more green than it does on the wall, where it reads blue.  

Also, I was painting the colors on top of our existing wall color, not primed walls. 

Our trim is a creamy white (DIVINE WHITE), so some of the blueish colors would probably look better against a crisp, white trim.

Colors look different at different times of the day.  The three pictures below were taken in the afternoon. 




Then, I went back for three more.  These pictures were taken in the evening.

COMFORT GREY - hard to tell in the picture, but this is a pretty pale olive/greenish color.  It's a contender.  I looks good as you peek though to the breakfast room and see the drapes there.

SLOW GREEN - pretty white.

WATERSCAPE - too bright/aqua.


Now my walls are all crazy with these paint swatches everywhere!  I'm going to look again in the morning light- the last three swatches I photographed while still wet.  I don't want to do a bold, bright color in here because that wouldn't flow with the rest of the house, so I'm trying to find the best color that will brighten up the room, but still be soothing.  What do you think??

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals // Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

If you're looking to do some shopping this weekend, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to the public from now until August 3 and features their best deals on all their Fall clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, and more.  I typically order online from Nordstrom because their site is so easy to shop and shipping and returns are free, but I went to the store yesterday because I wanted to try on their fall boots!  Having not been inside the store in awhile, I almost forgot how helpful and professional their salespeople are.  I remember that's one of the things I like best about shopping there.  Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale has great deals, but the prices go up on August 4.  I found two super cute pair of boots, and brought one home, but the other pair I had to order because they were out of my size in the color I wanted.
                          women's boots/shoes

The boots that made it home with me are the Vince Camuto Vala Bootie (a Nordstrom exclusive).  They look so good on because of the deeper cut on the side.  And they are a high heel, but not too high.  I'm sure these will get a lot of wear with jeans and skirts alike this Fall. 


Vince CAmuto Vala Bootie $89.90, $138.95

The pair I had to order are the Michael Kors Blake Mid-Calf Boot.  These will be my running-around-in flat boot this Fall.  They are the perfect mid-calf length for me!  I'm always a fan of the gorgeous brown color that Michael Kors uses for his shoes and bags. 



I saw some other great boots too, especially the Enzo Angiolini Eero leather boot in a black and tan combo.  So nice to have both colors in one boot.



I found a lot of other great deals too online, but I need to edit down my shopping cart! Pictured below are the things I'm leaning toward purchasing.

tops


Hinge Mixed Pattern Knit Sweater $44.90, $68 (also comes in a pretty soft blue)



scarves & accessories


Nordstrom Animalia Ripple Wool Scarf $38.90, $59 What a cool mix of prints.  This will add some interest to my mostly neutral wardrobe. 

Kendra Scott Elle Drop Earrings $33.90, $52 I already wear my Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace all the time, so I think I'd get a lot of wear out of these earrings.



kid's shoes

For my son, I picked up the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Street OX in grey with yellow laces. They were originally $39.95, but I got them for $34.95.  He's 4 and wears a size 8 in these. They are so cute on him.  I know you aren't all boy moms, so I included some adorable girl's shoes for ya too! ;)



It's so hard to get a good photograph of a toddler; as soon as I turn the camera on mine, he starts doing this!


Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday - Stitch Fix Review

I'm so excited to share a fun and new (to me) clothing find- Stitch Fix!  One of my favorite mom's at my son's school told me about it a few months ago.  I signed up, but wanted to see how it went before sharing it here with y'all in case I didn't like it.  I've been a member for awhile now and I'm pretty hooked on it!  

With Stitch Fix, you fill out a personal style profile, including info about your size (height, weight, bra size, how you like things to fit, etc.), and then they send you five pieces of clothing to try on in the privacy of your own home as often as you want (I get mine once a month, but you can get them every 2-3 weeks or every other month).  You can keep everything or return it all if you don't like it.  I've found the prices are pretty reasonable too (in the $30 - $80 dollar range).  

Have y'all heard of Stitch Fix or tried it?  I swear, I must be living under a rock sometimes . . .   If you try it out now and use my referral link, I'll get $25 in Stitch Fix credit.  You'll get a referral link to share if you sign up too.  I'm so curious to see what other people get in their fixes.  Please feel free to share with me!

Here are some of my Stitch Fix items I've received in the last few months.  This dress is something I might have passed up in the store- I wasn't sure how the colors would look on me, but I liked the pattern.  As soon as I tried it on, I knew I was keeping it.  The fit was so good and it's made of a lightweight cotton material that is perfect for this time of year.  It's hard to tell in this picture, but it zips in the back.


I'm wearing the dress with my Sam Edelman Alva sandals (they sold out at Nordstrom, but are currently on sale at Zappos).  One of the things I like about Stitch Fix is that, when they send you your box of items, they include a wardrobe card that gives you several outfit options using the things they sent you.  This gives you lots of ideas for how to get the most mileage out of your clothes.  I don't think they suggested pairing this dress with a denim vest from Marshall's, but I threw it on and I like how it looks!  


This lace top from Stitch Fix is awesome!  Again, I was a little iffy about how it would look on, but it ended up fitting perfectly.  The cut is great and it has two small slits in the back that give it more charm.  I wore it in Dallas at the Haven conference and would also wear it out to dinner or to church and brunch.  It came with a white stretchy tank top to wear underneath too.   The necklace is the Stella & Dot Avalon- one of my go-to's.


The jeans are Stitch Fix too.  They are slightly distressed (not too much) and really comfortable.  I love it when I don't have to alter jeans!  This same outfit would look good with boots and a scarf when the weather gets a little cooler.  And add a blazer.  Nice, new outfit!


Here's another Stitch Fix top (navy and white stripes) that I wore in Dallas recently.  It's so easy to wear and would also look great with denim or white jeans.  I like the way it's cut in the back too.  The strawberry necklace was a gift from one of my close friends years ago.  The shorts are Express and I've worn those Nine West wedges forever! 


This Stitch Fix drapey light-coral top is so good!  It's really soft and the blousy nature of it is pretty forgiving in the waist.  I probably would have passed this up in the store because it doesn't look so good on the hanger.  And that's the Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant necklace- super popular.  The white jeans are old from Express.  


It's pretty fun to get a surprise package in the mail and see what's inside. My first "fix" I kept two of the five things, and returned the other three.  (They give you a return envelope with pre-paid shipping for you to drop off at any USPS location within three days of receiving the package).

One of the things I returned was a heavy sweater and on the feedback you can provide, I made sure to tell them that I live in Houston and it's hot here, so no sweater necessary right now (was a couple months ago).  Had it been Fall, I would've kept it because it was really cute (rust colored asymmetrical with a zipper).  I also returned a black and gold cuff bracelet in a chevron pattern because I figured I have enough accessories.  And it was $35.  I figured I could probably find something similar cheaper.   

The two items I kept were a black and white striped lightweight long-sleeve top and the pair of jeans above.  The top has become one of my favorite things in my closet.  It has a bit of a frayed edge seam at the neck and cuff.  Those small details are part of what I like with the Stitch Fix clothes.


When my friend was initially telling me about Stitch Fix, we were excited about it because we both find it difficult to get to a store to try things on and sometimes we just want someone to suggest things for us!  I shop mostly online and often order two sizes, in case one doesn't fit.  Most everything I've gotten from Stitch Fix fits, I just have to determine if I like the item enough to keep it and if the price is right.  

When you fill out your style profile, they try to get a read on what kinds of things you like by asking if you you like/don't like/love a specific type of look and how often you're dressing for work, casual, cocktails, etc.  But, you can provide feedback and I pointed them to my Fashion Pinterest board too. 





Have y'all heard of Stitch Fix or tried it?  I swear, I must be living under a rock sometimes . . . My next fix is scheduled to arrive on Friday, July 18!  I'll Instagram what's inside so you can see how the shipments come and what I keep/return!  

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