Swim Season

Marysia Swim Kelp Palm Springs

The annual swimwear assessment is upon us. It's almost Memorial Day, which is the semi-official start to bathing suit season. It's the time of year to assess how those #beachbod goals are actually going and which suits are going to "cover your needs" currently. This is my latest acquisition from my perma-fave Marysia. Here's what I want you to know about this line: 

1. Yes, it's expensive. If you are looking for more affordable try thisthis or this. But Marysia is worth the investment.
2. Their signature fabric is the most forgiving swim material I've ever encountered.
3. Yes, figuring out the right size or style can be tricky, but once you do you'll be forever loyal.

Here's what I'd say about the sizing - generally speaking it all runs kinda small. I get M or L in everything. Some styles are definitely skimpier and less supportive than others, but there are some fabulous options if you're looking for more coverage. I'll highlight some styles below for different tastes/body shapes, and I've got my seasonal faves in the little gallery below the post. 


1. Pallisades Ruffle Maillot - the ruffle is perfect for a little added camo, and you get good bahonkus coverage, but the lower neckline and crossback straps add some jazz. Totally wearable for medium activity. Be aware that the lighter colors will not give you as much privacy! Works with both boobs or no boobs.

2. Palm Springs Maillot - one of their classic shapes, it's made in the amazing fabric I mentioned earlier which gives you a little structure and compression without digging into any of your softer spots. Great coverage, and a good option for active peoples - like moms chasing kids. Works with both boobs or no boobs.

3. Venice Maillot - I love this style because it makes you feel like you're wrapped up like a present. It is good for sunbathing/lounging/pool sitting but not heavy activity. There is very little support, but it does give good coverage and it's adorable. Same advice as above on the lighter colors - I think the terracotta would be fine. I'd recommend for small or medium boobs. There's also a bikini version which is adorbs.


1. Antibes Top - classic, cute, only recommend for smaller boobs. No support so don't go jogging!

2. Palm Springs Top - great coverage, a bit more supportive than the others since the back is more substantial. You can move around well in this one. Recommend for any bust, but it's a great option for bigger boobs!

3. Mott Bikini Top - This is another one that's good for all boobs. Good coverage and relative support. 

4. Antibes Bottom - same as the top, cute and classic. It's a skimpy bottom, but like I said before, the amazing material and the way they stitch the seams mean that it won't cut into your squishy bits. Take note - the Broadway bottom is similar coverage but it has a solid seam at the waist ( so no scalloping ) which means that it's slightly less forgiving. But similar look. 

5. Santa Monica Bottom - much more coverage and super comfy if you're active or self-conscious. Love the high waist look. A classic. If you want something in between Antibes and Santa Monica try the Spring bottom. It's a nice blend of the two. 

6. Piana Peplum - cute peplum bottom and lots of coverage, so it's very forgiving. Nice high waist too! 

As always, shoot me an email if you have any fit or color questions! Don't forget to sign up for the Marysia emails - they send you a 10% off code!


Breakfast Nooking

If you saw my recent post you'll know we've moved into a new home and I'm in the process of getting our sh*! together - and trying to do as much of the design work as I'm able on my own. So our living and breakfast rooms open into each other which I like, I'm ok with a little bit of open floor plan but I'm not about that full on open floor plan life. We've got a little separation (and we do have a separate dining room which I really wanted) but the spaces still need to have cohesion, so I'm pulling from some of the green notes in the living room into the breakfast nook. The crown jewel of this whole space is the painting by Raven Roxanne Wilson, titled "Silence After The Rain" - it's not the exact one in this image but it's similar. I felt like I won the lottery when we snagged this piece, I'd been a fan of her work for years but her Bird series spoke to me so deeply that I was moved to get aggressive about getting one. (Her releases sell out in a blink so I had to be on top of things!) It's dictating a lot of the accents etc. An amazing el cheapo find I've been using as a temporary solution for dining chairs are THESE bad boys. You will not believe what a big bang for the buck you'll get out of these, and they're super versatile. When we finally pull the trigger on these chairs I'll be keeping the folding chairs for entertaining etc. Everyone - including the hubs - loves the barstools, they're beautiful, obvi, but they're also super comfortable. The vinyl upholstery cleans off super easily. There are several color and finish combos in this chair (and they come in a dining chair height too). In other news, our couch should be here next week which I think will be life changing, and I've got some accent pillows in the works. I'll have pics once everything is perfecto-ish, I'm also planning on posting about our bedroom which I'm OBSESSED with now that it's like 85% done. As always email me with any sources questions!

Run Like The Wind

Nike Cortez ALC Running Shoes

So what started out as a search for new fitness shoes inevitably turned into fashun shoes. I found these sick Nike + A.L.C. sneakers and just gave up on the fitness thing. These are Nike's classic Cortez style with some tricked out details like gold tipped laces and snake skin accents. They're super comfy and great for adding a little extra to a basic look. Shop them here + check out the gallery below for some other faves!

Nike Cortez ALC Running Shoes

Nike Cortez ALC Running Shoes

Nike Cortez ALC Suede Running Shoes

Nike Cortez ALC Suede Running Shoes

Nike Cortez ALC Suede Running Shoes


Manis + Margs!

Hey guys! One of the fun things about owning a nail salon is that you occasionally have a built-in theme for nail design! Cinco De Mayo is an excellent opportunity to let our nail stylists show off their talent - and it's a good excuse to invite some friends over and fire up the blender. We are celebrating this festive day with some Manis + Margs (and tacos)! 

I want to share my very favorite margarita recipe - it's super easy and EXTREMELY crowd-pleasing!

Party Margs:

1 Can Minute Maid frozen Limeade
1 can or bottle of (light) Mexican beer
Tequila of your choice
(we use Patrรณn or Casamigos)
Ice Ice Baby
Grand Marnier

In the blender:
1 can of Limeade
1 bottle of light Mexican beer
fill empty Limeade can at least halfway with tequila, add to mix
fill with ice

add a splash of Grand Marnier right before serving for added deliciousness!

The Patron Mini Margs are a bit of work (I mean obvi worth it, but def plan on the struggle being real). If you want pointers feel free to shoot me an email!

All of our manis + nail designs are c/o PAINTBASE North Hills
with work by Anna, Cameron, Deja and Nelci

Tablecloth // Margarita Glasses // Serving Tray // Pitcher (similar) or this // Cobalt Dress (same style)


New Views

After many years in a little ranch my hubs bought before we got married, we finally decided it was time to make a move and to our great surprise we ended up in a new home. I fully expected us to be in an older house with lots of DIYs but we both fell in love with our new home and neighborhood sooo here we are! We have more space so we are committed to having lots of bare rooms for a while lol, but I've been working diligently to get the living room and breakfast room off of the kitchen finished. We had a big yard sale before moving so we're really starting fresh with these rooms. I tend to gravitate towards blues, but I've moved a bit more towards green lately. I even added this duvet to our bedroom which was almost exclusively blue before. I am currently waiting on our new couch which I picked because of the arm-shape detail. Until that gets here we're on the struggle bus for seating, the green chairs pictured above are really similar to these or these (but also holy cow this) but are on their way to being reupholstered so that leaves us with our old chairs like these. Seriously someone buy those and recover them that price is insanity. I love the delicate little side tables, which I think are a great look for the price - and they come in multiple finishes. Also that store runs a lot of promos, and I'm pretty sure they have an email sign up discount! Our house was built with a ceiling fan installed but I really wanted something eyecatching in that room so I'll be switching it out with something like this. I've actually found one I like (for a much better price) here that I may tweak a little (they'll customize) and use instead. I used Bell's here in Raleigh for my sisal which I love (and the dog has already barfed on); I've used Bell's twice now and have had a very good experience. I'm obsessed with the burlwood coffee table. It got here before we got the rug down and I was a little worried about All. Of. The. Wood. but as soon as the rug came in it was all glitter and unicorns. I love it. There is a lighter finish as well that I think is lovely. One of my favorite finds in the room is THIS LAMP. The price! The look! The quality! It's all there! I can't recommend it enough. I'll be sharing the design scheme for the breakfast room soon, and hopefully some pics once we get everything all settled. Feel free to email me with any sourcing or quality questions! I'm happy to help! 


Mochi Mochi Mochi

All Things Mochi Tassa Dress Kendra Scott David Yurman Raleigh NC

I am obsessed with All Things Mochi >> the line is globally-inspired and based in Dubai. Lots of amazing embroidery and tassels + boho, flowy shapes. All of which I love. This dress spoke to me on all of the levels. It even inspired my accent nails (see below) by Cameron at PAINTBASE North Hills >> book online here! Shop the links below and you can shop some other Mochi faves by hopping over to Like To Know It. 

<< 1. Mochi Tassa Dress (I also adore this one) / 2. Coral Necklace / 3. Ring here, like this version too (while we're on DY I'm obsessed with these / Shoes - similar here and here >>

Images c/o Morton Photography

All Things Mochi Tassa Tassel and Embroidery Dress Summer 2017 Southern Arrond

All Things Mochi Tassa Dress Kendra Scott David Yurman Raleigh NC

All Things Mochi Tassa Dress David Yurman Southern Arrond

All Things Mochi Tassa Dress Southern Arrond

All Things Mochi Tassa Dress David Yurman Southern Arrondissement Blog

All Things Mochi Tassa Dress David Yurman Southern Arrondissement Blog


Millennial Pink: Gazelle Edition

 Millennial Pink ADIDAS Gazelles
After pinning the image below a few months ago I've been dreaming of pink Gazelles. They remind me of high school (lol), but the color is obviously what hooked me. I'd looked around the interwebs a bit at the time and couldn't find them anywhere; fortunately the Millennial Pink thirst is strong enough that they've resurfaced! I got mine at Nordstrom and they sold out, but they're also available here. I agree with some of the reviews, they're a tad big; I ordered a half-size down and they're perf.

 Millennial Pink ADIDAS Gazelles


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