With Style and a Little Grace: January 2017

January Favorites + A Few House Updates

January was pretty dreary if I am being honest. I always start it with such grandiose plans and by the end I am just so ready to start February. We haven't really had much going on and I have had the hardest time pushing myself to start a new healthy routine. I finally got back into it last week and although I am sore all over - I have more energy than I had all month. Henry and I are so excited to kick off the Mardi Gras season this weekend and I think we are both looking forward to having some fun upcoming events on the calendar. Although my January was dreary, I did find some great new favorites.

Laura Mercier Body Creme - I am OBSESSED with every single one of these scents and I have been using them sparingly to make them last. My Aunt gave me a pack of the miniatures for Christmas and the creme is so rich and the smells are amazing. I think I have decided on getting the large Creme Brûlée one but I want them all. 

Loreal Elnett Hairspray Strong Hold - I have never really cared that much about hairspray - looking back probably because I have never used one that actually worked. This stuff actually makes my hair stay most of the day. 

Pureology Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist - This one was a recommendation from my hair stylist - oh yeah by the way I chopped my hair again. I spray it on my hair wet and I see a noticeable difference to the volume of my hair. 

Maybelline Brow Drama in Soft Brown - This one is so good for easy brows during the week. I just literally swipe it on and go. Great when you are in a hurry and not looking for a super dramatic brow.

Josie Maran Argan Oil - This one is an old favorite I am revisiting. I was reading an interview Mandy Moore did (because I am obsessed with This Is Us + her skin is amazing) and she says she uses it every single night. I was missing it in my skincare routine so I purchased the 50 mL bottle. My skin feels amazing and I literally use it all over my face before bed. 

Sally Hansen All Fired Up - This one was inspired by Stassi's current nail color in the last few episodes of Vanderpump. This is the most perfect Orange/Red and I think it is a great pop of color for February/March. Also can we just talk about how great the formula is for these polishes. 

Forever 21 Hooded Parka - I bought this jacket as a test run. I really want to get a Barbour jacket this year and thought it would be a great idea to get something somewhat similar ( for a lot less $$) and see how often I wear it. I have worn this adorable jacket almost daily. It is the perfect amount of jacket for the weather in Mobile. I am 100% sold on purchasing a Barbour Beadnell now. 

UGG Dakota Slipper - Henry gave me these as a Christmas gift and I have worn them every single day. It is like walking on clouds and I will never buy any other house shoe/slipper again. UGG's are hands down the most comfortable shoes on the planet. I really want these short booties next. 

A Little Peak at the Kitchen - We are hoping to paint the cabinets soon/change all hardware. We will also be changing out the granite and backsplash. 

A Corner in our Living Room - found this watercolor at Goodwill for $5 and feel like it was a major win. I may reframe it down the line. 

Constantly working on styling these shelves. 

What Did I Read this Month: In A Dark Dark Wood - highly recommend this book and this author. I couldn't put it down-super easy and creepy read. I just started The Woman in Cabin 10 by the same author. 

What Am I Watching: Vanderpump, Summer House - honestly can't get enough of those two, just finished The Crown, This is Us, New Girl, Ladies Of London, and HGTV

Most Recent Purchase: This top for Spring that I can't wait to wear. 

On My Radar: I think I want a pair of the mom jeans that everyone is sporting - anyone else? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone and thank you so much for reading! 

Winter Reading List

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you are enjoying a nice long weekend. Our's consisted of date night out and a viewing of Bridget Jones Baby, which I really loved. We worked on the house - which I am finding is a constant work in progress. I want to do photos, but there are so many things we need before I feel like we are ready for that yet. Hopefully I will be able to do a home update soon. 

One of my 2017 goals is to read consistently again. I definitely get sucked into my tv shows and there are so many good books that I want to read. I have rounded up my current winter reading list. I would love to get through all of these before March - that is my goal. I plan on reading at night and not scrolling through my phone or watching You-Tube which has become a nightly routine. The first book on my list is In a Dark Dark Wood which I started last night. I will do updates on all of them and let you know what I liked and didn't like.

Left to Right - 1/2/3/4/5/

Thank you for reading! 


Well..... we are 10 days in and I am already behind on my resolutions..... not good guys not good at all. I have been looking everywhere for my drive to blog again and haven't quite found it yet, I am almost positive it is hiding behind my work-out clothing and tennis shoes that I have been threatening to pull out for 10 days now. I know - we put so much pressure on ourselves ( or at least I do ) to change things drastically right after the indulgent holidays and it is a little hard. I really did put pen to paper in my adorable Kate Spade notebook with all my goals on the first, now to write them here visible to the world and where I can hopefully hold myself accountable. 

(1.) Budget and Save - I know that this one is a common theme but I really want to learn to budget regularly and put money away and pay off all debt. I love the Dave Ramsey method and will probably be using this again. I would love to know your tips for saving and for budgeting. This is a huge goal for our family in 2017. 

(2.) Get Fit as a Family/Cook  More Often - Henry and I really want to shape up this year. We both want to lose a few pounds and get into a much more frequent work-out routine. This winter has really put us into hibernation mode. One of the big goals for this and for the budget is meal planning. I try so hard at this and then get utterly stumped when I go into the grocery store - even with a list and find myself distractedly wondering around the frozen food aisle - anyone else? It just becomes really daunting sometimes for me. We did really well this week but I want to get a food routine going. 

(3.) BLOG - Work on my content and grow - I want to really base my content this year on what I am interested in focusing on and less about what all the bloggers I follow are doing. I really want to hone in on my favorite topics and make unique content for this spot. I want to make it something I am really really proud of and that you find interesting to read. 

(4.) Furnish and Photograph our Home - By the end of 2017 I would really like to furnish our home and photograph it room by room for the blog. I know it is not going to be exactly where I want it but I definitely want to be able to look back and see my progress. 

(5.) Purchase Thoughtfully - Before I buy anything I want to make sure it is something that I really want/need. I want to save the money to buy the things I really want and not spend lots on small little things that I will end up throwing out at the end of the year. 

(6.) Go Somewhere We Have Never Been - Take a trip somewhere new with Henry and have an adventure together. 

(7.) Don't Sweat The Small Stuff - Don't allow myself to think the worst or freak out over something that hasn't even happened yet and probably will not happen over small little things that I will forget about the next day. This one is something that I deal with on the daily and I know it is mostly all in my head. 

What are your resolutions?

Thanks for reading!