BIG NEWS, BIG MOVE

This is a photo of Eleanor and myself looking for home inspiration because we are moving! I have been holding this in for months! My husband did not want me talking about this but after months of pleading I can finally share the news!

What a process and turn of events this has been. For years we always wanted to buy the lot next to our current home and either expand our home or build a new one. Two years ago our neighbor put her house on the market and we jumped at the opportunity to make our dreams a reality. The area we currently live has completely changed in the last 10 years. It was an up-and-coming neighborhood that is now established. The housing values have skyrocketed making it a safe investment, so we decided to start building our dream house. We completed the plans for our new home and started interviewing builders. However, after Eleanor was born, things changed.

My husband works in real-estate and is completely comfortable with the entire process. Me, I felt 100,000% overwhelmed before we even decided on a builder. I felt like I was drowning in anxiety over all the decisions that were to be made. I hated the process and quickly realized it wasn’t for me. So this feeling coupled withe urge for a change of scenery made us decided to stop the building process and look at what was available on the market.

There are only two areas in Dallas I was open to moving to. After touring homes in both areas, we were starting to feel defeated. Either the home needed SO much work or the lot had zero backyard (something very important to use). We weren’t finding the right fit and it was becoming really frustrating. However, I kept telling myself the right home will come. And it did! Brice happened to be on an app at the exact moment this one house popped up. We were obsessed! It had everything we wanted: location, 4 bedrooms, updated, natural light, big windows, separate rooms, a huge backyard, a pool and a game room. And come to find out the house was posted by accident and wasn’t supposed to go live for another two months. We felt like it was meant to be!

We asked to see the house regardless, knowing we couldn’t move in for almost 5 months. We toured it, fell in love, and went under contract. However, this all happened months ago! We now have a few more months to go and I can not wait! This house will be perfect for our family and I can’t wait to make lots of memories!

I have hired a designer to do the interiors and I am so excited to show you everything we have come up with!  Home interiors are my secret passion in life so I am super excited to take you along on this process!!!

The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, TX

at home • The Placemat

I recently went to a lunch at a beautiful home in Punta Cana. The table was set to perfection, which had me realizing I needed to up my placemat game! These Deborah Rhodes placemats were the same we ate on that day (except in green). I purchased the natural color immediately and am now wanting the pale pink! They are GORGEOUS! buy them here

• The Three Swimsuits I Love

Searching for a swimsuit is daunting, especially post baby. For my recent trip I purchased so many options that did not work. It was so discouraging. I finally found three that I really liked and are worthy of sharing! You can check out the swimsuits and read the post by clicking here.

Vintage Hermes Scarf Love

It doesn’t matter if it is winter or spring my go-to for dressing up an outfit: a silk scarf. You can be wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a simple t-shirt dress and the silk scarf instantly elevates the look. I am not making this up, I wear my simple Zara dress with my Mother-in-Laws vintage Hermes silk scarf and I get stopped all the time from people telling me they love my outfit. However, when I just wear the simple Zara dress, not a thing. Is that proof enough that the scarf can elevate any look?

Here are my favorite vintage Hermes scarves from around the web:
Click the photo to shop the scarf

Outfits • $14 Statement Earring

All of a sudden I have such a love for statement earrings. Since I dress pretty minimal I have found that it can add the pop my outfits often need. I absolutely love these sparkly earrings from Bauble Bar. They look like they are $50 but are on sale for $14! shop them here

Outfits • The Kids Sweater

I bought this for Eleanor a few months ago and received so many questions. But what I really want to know, does it come in my size? It is the sweetest little kids sweater and I can’t wait to dress Eleanor in it. It would also make for the perfect gift! shop it here

at home • The Vintage Chocolate

Thinking of the perfect gift to bring over to a hostess is sometimes difficult. However, receiving this box of chocolates in this gorgeous vintage tin would make any hostess happy! I am going to buy these and have a few on hand when I need the perfect little gift! shop it here 

Post Baby Swimsuit Search

Before leaving for Punta Cana I had the HARDEST time finding a bathing suit. I ordered around 12, at all different price points, and not one worked. Post-baby bodies are different and can be a challenge to dress, especially in a swimsuit. Before leaving I put up on my Insastory that I was desperate to find a swimsuit. I received a lot of feedback. Most people recommended Everything But Water, Mircalesuit, Marysia, the J.Crew ruched one-piece, and Eberjey. I ended up buying the J.Crew ruched one piece and also this random swimsuit by Anna Cole I found on Amazon. I did have people recommend buying high-waisted bottom and bikini top. Let’s just say I gave it my best shot and it was a hard NO.

I have high expectations when it comes to how a on-piece should fit. I blame it on buying Karla Colletto swimsuits over the past few years. Her suits are thick and extremely flattering. I have two and have almost completely worn them out. I LOVE them. The one-shoulder suit I have linked in this post is easy to also wear strapless which is nice for when you wear a cover-up. However, they are a bit pricey, which I don’t think matters since I feel so good in them, but I did want a back-up suit that was a little more affordable.

I have to say I loved the J.Crew suit. It is super soft and extremely comfortable, however, it is a very full coverage bottom and I am just not ready to go there yet. I did wear it a lot more than I expected on my trip, mainly because it was so comfortable and easy to throw on. My favorite inexpensive suit has to be the Amazon purchase. It has a similar fit to the J.Crew suit but is a little thicker material so I felt like it really held me in. The bottoms of the Anna Cole are also a little higher cut so it isn’t as full coverage, which I liked. What I love most about all of these suits

If you are wondering about sizing on these suits here is what I recommend:
Karla Colletto –  True to size
J.Crew – I found that you needed to size up
Anne Cole – Size up one size

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