What I Did Last Week

Well folks, it’s officially summer over here in agriculture teacher land.  I have spent the last week and weekend running around (literally)!  To excuse myself for my lack of blogging, I will fill you in on what I have been doing!

Last Monday: UNPACKING (yuck!)

Last Tuesday-Thursday: North Carolina CTE Summer Conference (more like family reunion!)

Last Thursday-Friday: Classes and finishing touches on Plan of Study for Graduate School (I graduate in May, y’all!)

Saturday: Ran a 5k in support of Durham Habitat for Humanity!

Sunday: Visited my sweet, sweet grandmother (or Gma, as we all call her)

Today: Made it to the gym, ran errands, watched Pitch Perfect for the millionth time, and loved on this sweet pooch!

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This week I am heading to White Lake, North Carolina to meet my new students, and bond with old friends!  

Pinky promise I will fill you in on all the details of my new home and the lovely pieces I have added to my collection!

xo,

A

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Fab FIVEday!

Here are the things I am obsessed with, right now!

1) Sam Edelman Gigi sandals in Saddle

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These babies are so comfortable, and they go with nearly everything in my closet!

2) Southern Tide Ladies Chino Shorts- the Leah fit

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These shorts are awesome for casual days.  They have a flattering 3″ inseam, and just enough stretch to fit all my curves perfectly.  I own three pairs: True Navy, Resort White and Red Coral.

3) Arbonne Cosmetics Makeup Primer

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This makeup primer is the BEST I have ever used.  It leaves my skin feeling silky and smooth, a perfect canvas for makeup.  It smooths out all the imperfections, and is packed with vitamins!

4) Satin Care with a Touch of Olay Shave Gel

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In the heat of summer, nothing is more uncomfortable than stubble or dry legs.  This awesome formula is a fix-all for both problems!  I have very sensitive, dry skin, and this is the only shave gel that has served me well.  I am typically rather inconsistent with my product-purchasing, but I have remained loyal!

5) Essie Nail Polish in California Coral

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Another tride-and-true: my red-coral toenails.  I rarely paint ’em any other color, and Essie products are fantastic.  There are so many color options, any style can be accommodated!

Wedding Wednesday!

Well, y’all, I have officially planned nothing since school got out in June.  Nada. Zilch. Zip.  Okay, maybe not really.  I have accomplished some (with the help of my fab MOH.)  We are under 300 days until the wedding, and I just know that it will be here before we know it!  In fact, between now and then, we have at least two weddings to attend as guests!  Whew!  An update on my (lengthy, getting-longer) wedding to do list:

Book Venue

Book DJ/Lighting Service

Book Photographer

Take Engagement Portraits

Book Videographer

Book Caterer

Decide Menu (Cocktail Hour/Dinner)

Decide Alcohol Choices

Book Baker (halfway there)

Decide Cake Flavors

Book Cake Tree

Book Table/Chair Rentals (we’ve got the cocktail tables and all of the linens, but have yet to secure banquet tables)

Book Lounge Area Rentals

Book Linen/China Rentals

Book Officiant

Marriage Counseling

Purchase Wedding Gown

Wedding Gown Fittings

Purchase Veil and Accessories

Pick Bridesmaids Dresses (we are going to look on August 10th!)

Pick Flower Girl Dress (also on August 10th)

Pick MOG Dress (yes, on August 10th)

Pick Tuxedos

Organize Tuxedo Rentals

Choose Flowers/Arrangements

Order Flowers

Organize Block of Hotel Rooms (One of three has been reserved!)

Book Hotel Rooms

Book Honeymoon

Book Honeymoon Flights

Purchase MOG/FOG Gifts

Purchase BM Gifts

Purchase FG/JrBM Gifts

Hire Makeup/Hair Artist (halfway there, also!)

Choose Stationer

Choose Invitation Design

Order Invitations

Order Save The Dates

Send Save The Dates

Choose Program Design

Order Programs

Hire Calligrapher

Choose Dates for Bridal Luncheon, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Party, etc.

Organize Rehearsal Dinner

Purchase Bride Wedding Band

Purchase Groom Wedding Band

Purchase My Wedding Band

Purchase Ceremony Gust Book Bible

Purchase Cake Knife

Figure Out Altar

Order Koozies

Order Sparklers

Finalize Ceremony Music

Finalize Reception Music

Photographer Must-Have-Photo List

Make Wedding-Day Timeline

Make Seating Chart

Collect Pictures of Family Members

Purchase Bathroom Essentials

So….I’ve done a lot, right?  In my defense, I am moving and starting a new job very, very soon.  I’d like to think that after we get settled in by the river, I will get quite a bit done!

xo,

A

What I Wore: The Job Interview

As many of you know, I interviewed for a new position this past Tuesday.  Some have asked what I wore, and here it is!

 

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I wore a nude pencil skirt (mine was from Target), a crochet tank (J Crew), a white cardigan (another Target find), pewter-colored skinny belt and nude heels.  To accessorize, I carried a brown, leather portfolio and pearl earrings.  

They say, when it comes to meeting people, it’s all about the “first twelve”…as in the first twelve inches, first twelve words and first twelve steps.  The first twelve inches refer to your appearance.  Are your pearly whites pearly white?  Is your makeup flattering and tasteful?  Is your hair styled in a polished way?  Many people say not to judge a book by it’s cover, but of course, your first impression is always based on appearance.  When interviewing, it is imperative that your appearance show your confidence and that it mirrors your ability to do the job well.  The first twelve words you speak are equally as important.  Being confident in your ability to speak is vital to your success in the interview room.  Shake hands, smile and speak clearly.  The easiest way to show nerves is with a wavering voice.  Lastly, are the first twelve steps.  When you walk into an office, boardroom or coffee shop for an interview, make sure that you do so with poise.  Not into wearing heels?  Don’t try it for the big day.  Practice standing tall and taking confident strides.  Few things are less approachable than a person dragging their feet, as they walk into a room.  

 

For those of you who are wondering, I did, in fact, get the job!  This fall, I will be working alongside some excellent staff at Northside High School.

 

xo,

A

Moving? Time to redecorate!

I am looking forward to the changes that are coming our way, one of them being a B-I-G move. While its a little scary, what better time to review our current home design, and update some things! I am looking forward to having a real dining room, hardwood floors and (drumroll, please) a much-needed walk in closet! Most of you know that I am obsessed with well-designed home interiors, so here is a glimpse into what looks I am going for. Check back later for real pictures of our real home!

For the Dining Room

The floors in our new dining room are a dark hardwood.  The walls are a peachy-tan color.  I really like pedestal tables, and this one will fit perfectly with the smaller design of the home.  Additionally, a calming area rug will break up the monotony of colors, and will lighten the room (rug can be found at Lowes).  I am a huge fan of fresh flowers, which will be maintained as a constant centerpiece.  Simple artwork is also a necessity.  Vertical pieces can add height to a smaller space.  Since I do photography on the side, I will probably incorporate some of my black and white prints.  Finally, sheer curtains add tranquility, and tie the whole space together.

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For the Living Room

The living room in our new home is very different than the one in the home where we currently reside.  My new den is equipped with light hardwood floors, a fireplace, built-ins and cathedral ceilings.  While I am not necessarily a huge fan of over-the-fireplace televisions, it seems that it was designed to be placed as such.  For our new living room, I plan to invest in a tasteful sofa/loveseat set.  Additionally, I would like to invest in a really comfortable chair (or pair of chairs) to add a little more dimension to the room.  Another calm area rug will make the larger room a bit more cozy.  I intend to continue the use of sheer curtains in the living room (I really like sheer curtains, for whatever reason!)  Finally, if space allows, I would like to have a bar area in the living room.  All that’s needed is some great styling and a buffet!

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For the Master Bedroom

I absolutely love my bed, and I love the quilt that dons it.  In my new master bedroom, I hope to incorporate more of the style elements that I love.  Maintaining the light, airy feel of the dining and living rooms is important.  I hate, hate, hate carpeted floors, so I will have to invest in yet another area rug, to make the space more design-friendly.  Next, two  mirrors will be purchased and installed behind each respective nightstand.  A new set of chic lamps will be purchased for the nightstands.  Additionally, I am going to buy a new dresser and mirror for the master bedroom.   Last but not least, black and white prints of our engagement (and eventually wedding) pictures will don the walls over the bed.

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I am so much looking forward to having a home that really feels like….home.  Some of the quirky things that are welcome, now, will journey into our new place, but many will be tossed.  We simply do not have the space (nor do I have the desire) to take some of these things across the state with me.  What are your ideas for cleaning house?  Any stories of redesign you’d like to share?

Check back for a post dedicated to the new outdoor living space we are going to have, soon!

xo,

A

Wreaths in All Their Glory

As I promised, I’m about to show you something AWESOME. I’m talkin’ wreaths, y’all! Wreaths are a simple, sometimes subtle way of celebrating a holiday, season, etc. My goal for the remainder of 2013 is to make a different wreath for each month of the year! Here are the twelve beauties I am hoping to make!

January: Simple Bow and Gemstone Wreath

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What I like most about this wreath is its simplicity.  I plan to substitute the plastic-y bow for a real one, preferably silver wired ribbon.  I love this!

February: Bouquet Wreath

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Everyone loves getting roses, tulips or other flowers on Valentine’s Day!  Your front door will appreciate the sweet gesture.  I will use faux flowers in the mauve, coral and peach families.

March: Herb Wreath

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Again- all about the simplicity!  I love the lavender, here, but may opt for other succulents, instead.  The dusty pastel hues are gorgeous, and serve as a real tribute to the slightly more comfortable weather in NC!

April: Opening Day Wreath

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Cole and I are pretty big baseball fans (go Nationals!)  so what better way to honor America’s pastime than with a wreath?!  This one is great!  “Dirty” baseballs and a bow in your teams’ colors.

May:  Springtime Monogram Wreath

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Southern girls LOVE monograms, and I LOVE this!  The rustic feel is great, and it combines the freshness of spring with the casualness of home.

June:  Hydrangea Wreath

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I also LOVE hydrangeas!  This would be incredibly easy to make, and you could use any color hydrangea to match your home exterior.  We have a sweet, sweet friend who made us a wreath using hydrangeas as a wedding gift.  It also has a ‘W’ on it, which will be my last initial in June of next year, so I can’t wait to hang it up!

July:  Americana Wreath

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I love Independence Day.  It is arguably one of my top two favorite holidays (second only to Christmas!)  When I make this wreath, I will probably go with more jewel-toned colors…think darker red, ivory white and navy blue!  I love the aged wooden stars, but will probably skip the burlap rosettes on the right side.

August:  Collegiate Wreath

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There are various routes you could follow for this baby.  Your undergraduate alma mater, current school, favorite football team…the possibilities are endless!  I haven’t decided if I will make this in green and white, for Mount Olive College, or red and black, for UGA/NCSU.  I may even use National Blue and Corn Gold ribbons, to tie into our careers as agriculture teachers/FFA advisors.  Decisions, decisions…

September:  Cotton Boll Wreath

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Cotton is a major cash crop for North Carolina.  As a tribute to agriculture and the Old North State, this gorgeous wreath will don my front door.  The burlap ties it together (no pun intended), and the crisp white of the cotton boll is gorgeous.

October:  Burlap Rosette Wreath

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I am not the biggest fan of Halloween, and probably will only decorate to appease my children, when I have some.  I prefer the beauty of autumn over witches and monsters, any day.  This is a perfect reflection of what fall looks like to me!  Warm colors, cozy fabrics and layers.

November: Shotgun Shell Wreath

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This novelty wreath is precious, I think!  Cole is an avid outdoorsman, and would appreciate this on our front door!  Since November is smack-dab in the middle of deer season and the beginning of duck season, Cole should have plenty of shells lying around!

December:  Winter Wonderland Wreath

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My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is by using lots of greenery, metallic colors and other dainty, pretty things!  I have never really been interested in cartoon renditions of Santa or Frosty…I love the classic rusticness of evergreen twigs, plaid and wood.  I love that this wreath uses pale twigs, greenery, and pinecones.  I will probably also tie in the Bruce tartan.

 

I love the classicness of a wreath.  It is so easy to change the entire feel of your home with just one simple switch!  I can’t wait to get started on some of these!  Which is your favorite?  Do you have any other ideas?

xo,

A