Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks.

Tomorrow, I will take a break from blogging to celebrate this special time of year where I will give thanks for...

The Texan.  The coffee cup cliche rings true - World's Best Husband.  World's Best Dad. 

The Bug.  How can you not be thankful for that sweet face?

My mother.  It wouldn't be a holiday meal without her famous relish tray and for that, I am thankful.  Plus, she's bringing the wine!

My in-laws.  My mother in law, especially.  She is Henry's namesake and this year has been a challenging one for her.  I am beyond thankful she is healthy and happy. 

Happy Thanksgiving, readers!  What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Brighthouse Baubles.

A few weeks back, my friends over at Style Spies introduced me to Brighthouse Baubles, an online fashion boutique specialized in "baubles" - necklaces, earrings, bracelets.  I started following them on Facebook only to discover that each Monday night they host an auction via their Facebook page.

Basically, they post pictures of the items they are selling and you buy it by commenting "sold" on the photo.  Even better than a little friendly competition amongst Facebook strangers it that they usually discount their pieces about 25% for that night's auction.

Last Monday, I hit the jackpot.

I have had my eye on this necklace ever since I saw it (multiple times) on Kris Kardashian's assistant.

I was super excited when it popped up in the Auction last week, so I snatched it up for $30.  (Normally, $40 in their store.)

Then a few pictures later, this pretty jade inspired necklace popped up and I decided I needed that too.  I had my eye on something similar from my favorite retailer which was more than double the price!  This might be the necklace I wear to serve Thanksgiving dinner in.  I got this one for $22 (instead of $30). 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@sharrison1028) to see how I style my new baubles.  And check out Brighthouse Baubles auction every Monday night!  It's a great way to kick off your week.

Anyone else like Facebook auctions?

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Dino Party.

My little baby is no longer.  I officially have a 5 year old and we celebrated a few weeks ago with a party of his choosing - dinosaur theme. 

The afternoon was filled with crafts, a dinosaur egg hunt and excavation and of course a candy-filled pinata.

As usual, I relied heavily on the creativity of others to create the party.  First, thanks to The Texan for building the wooden dinosaurs that were supposed to be easy enough for a 9 year old to complete.  Also, to Fabulously Homemade for the amazing paper garland (the picture does not do it justice), Pinwheel Lane for once again creating most of the paper goods.  (You may remember they helped with last year's Bookworm Party.)  And, my friend Nicole Clifford for the photography. 

But most importantly, happy birthday to my little guy.  May you always be as happy, hopeful and hilarious as you are now. XOXO!

Friday, November 16, 2012


I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving.  I am hosting and will do a turkey, The Texan will make his famous mashed potatoes and I will rely on my go-to gal, Ina, for a Pumpkin Tart.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

I have been in organization mode getting ready for a houseful of guests and the beginning of party season. 

A shot of my new rug (which I love) - Celebrating my husband's 39th birthday at Gram & Dun - already playing with my Thanksgiving tabletop - a new sparkly dress for an upcoming party

Tonight, it's the first (of many) holiday dinners with friends and colleagues.  What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Horned Jewelry Stand.

While waiting for an appointment this week at my hair salon and spa, I came across these adorable jewelry holders.  Wouldn't they make the perfect gift for the Holidays?

Jewelry stands are something no one ever buys for them self, but everyone needs.  I love how whimsical they are, but also pretty functional.  This would be darling sitting on a nightstand or dresser. 

Surprisingly enough, Bijin had quite a collection of great gifts...from these stands to jewelry, beautiful pens, an assortment of body lotions and salts, even cute party supplies like sparklers and poppers.  Who knew?  Next time you are in the Village, stop by!

The IMM Living Porcelain Jewelry Holder can be found at Bijin Salon & Spa or online.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Henry's Haul.

A few weeks ago, we celebrated The Bug's birthday.  And despite the fact that the child has a zillion toys, he was of course gifted with a zillion more.  Here are the ones that were big (huge) hits in our household.

Turbo Twister Stunt Car.  This thing moves fast, has wheels that flip and flop and lights up.  We've had lots of fun playing with this in Nan's dark basement and also outside thanks to the early darkness.  (If you follow me on Instagram - @sharrison1028 - you would have seen this gem already.)

LCR Dice Game.  This has been a fun post-dinner game.  It's quick, easy to learn and teaches him his left from right.  I've heard that it's even more fun to play with dollars instead of chips.  But I can't raid his piggy bank, can I??

Turbo 2000 Glider.  Old school gift from the neighbors.  We quickly assembled the Styrofoam plane and got to flying.  I throw it, The Bug chases it.  Over and over again.  So simple, but so fun. 

Magformers Rainbow Set.  This is been the surprise hit and I even enjoy building with these.  Yes, slightly more expensive, but they have been pretty loved around here.  Simply, they are magnetic building shapes that snap together to form different objects.  They include instructions that The Bug has no problem following.  The catch with these is that they are addicting and you want more and more sets so you can build bigger and better objects!

What are your kids loving?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sheepskin in the Study.

You may remember that more than a year ago, we finished up our Study.  Just off the front door, it's where I blog, sit and drink wine and play games with the family.  The last piece that was needed was something for the floor.  I blogged about the hunt for a perfect rug, but something large and square just wasn't working in the space. 

I discovered these oddly shaped sheepskin rugs and immediately fell in love.  I ordered this one from Overstock and it's scheduled to arrive Wednesday.  Can't wait to see if it fits the space.  And I'm excited to have something soft and fluffy underfoot. 

Anyone else have sheepskin in their home?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Daily Uniform.

I'm back!  October always seems to get the best of me...lots of birthdays (including The Bug's), family picture time (post to come) and of course Halloween.  It's safe to say that I have already eaten my weight in chocolate so my workout routine is back in high gear. 

Since it's been so nutty around here, I've been turning to my new favorite fall pieces to get me through the days. 

Anthropologie's Pilcro Stet Slim Ankle jean in Twilight wash.  I can get several days of wear from these, they tuck into boots, look great with booties, etc.  I also love the rinse.  They don't look super cute in this picture, but I love them. 

Madewell's Honeycomb sweater in gray.  So cozy and easy to throw on.  I've layered it over shirts and under my furry vest.  I am considering getting another color I love it so much!

I finally caved and picked up the Gorjana Taner Bar necklace when they had their 20% off sale.  I have several friends that own and recommended it so I knew I would love it.  It is the perfect every day piece and sits nicely in that little crook of your neck.  Highly recommend!

So, if you see me running around town, chances are, I will be wearing the above outfit!

What are you wearing a lot of these days?