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Sunday, April 10, 2016

MoS Offering Styling Services!

Hello, friends! It's been a while...  I have been busy with three young children, styling for designers and photographers, and running my online vintage shops here and here, but I have missed blogging!  While I am not returning to a regular blogging schedule at the moment, I am popping in to say that I am thrilled to be offering styling services for folks in Charlotte.  

As a vintage shop owner, styling is something that I have truly grown to love- it's creative and fulfilling, and I have access to a tremendous vintage inventory that's always changing.  

Good styling makes a huge impact in a space. It adds depth to a room, with accessories reflecting travels, collections, colors, and  interests. Whether we work on bookshelves, cabinets, or table surfaces, making each accessory deliberate and meaningful adds impact and warmth.

I will be blogging periodically to share some favorite styling projects with you! Charlotte friends, please email me at for more info about styling services.  I would love to help you with bookshelves, cabinets, table surfaces, or any other areas that may need styling.  I charge $75 an hour and can typically work with your existing pieces while adding in accessories and books from my inventory for a collected, comfortable look.

Photos courtesy of Traci Zeller Designs 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Looking Again at Land's End

When I was at my parents' house last week, a Land's End catalog caught my eye.  The prices were so good that I decided to order a few items. 

This black watch plaid tunic is a flattering update to the traditional oxford shirt.  It looks so cute with leggings, and I love that I don't have to worry about gapping buttons when I sit down!

This black plaid flannel tunic is my favorite that I ordered.  It is SO soft and cozy.  It feels like pajamas but looks great.

Land's End carries puffy vests in a myriad of colors.  I ordered this green puffy vest, but I am returning since it was too big.  Definitely size down.

These haircalf loafers look great in the pictures, but they are not comfortable at all.  In about 10 seconds of trying them on, I knew they would be nothing but blisters.  No amount of chic makes hurting feet worthwhile.

While we're on the topic of Land's End, I can't believe I am saying this, but I actually prefer the Land's End Canvas totes to LL Bean's Boat and Totes.  They are a little softer and just feel better.  Blasphemy, I know.

If you are on the hunt for some classic, casual pieces, check out Land's End!  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Life, Losing Weight, and Lulu Love

Having three babies close together has its pros and cons.  On the pro side, the siblings are in roughly the same peer group (particularly as they get older), so it's instant playmates, all the time.  My oldest two are close now, and I hope they will always be close.  Also on the pro side, we are handing the baby/toddler/diaper/tantrum/etc stages at roughly the same time for all three children.  No getting comfortable with "reasonable" children and then reverting back to the tantrum stages.

On the con side, sometimes I feel like I have three babies.  Sometimes they are all three crying simultaneously for different reasons.  And, also on the con side, while this is ENTIRELY my own fault, I didn't lose all the weight between each pregnancy, and it really crept up on me by the time baby M was born.  I didn't exercise like I should have throughout my three pregnancies, and I ate way too much Chick Fil A.  When I went for a physical in July, I knew my weight wasn't where it should be, and my doctor confirmed it.  Hearing it from my doctor really made me step back and stop making excuses.  It doesn't matter that I just had a baby or just had three babies or am still breastfeeding or whatever excuses I always offered myself as I reached for that ice cream at 10pm after everyone was in bed.  I needed to lose weight and needed to exercise.

In July, a couple of my friends finally convinced me to try Flywheel.  

Flywheel Stadium Cycling

It's a boutique spin gym- Flywheel offers barre classes as well.  For the first time in my life, I actually ENJOY exercising.  This is coming from someone who would rather get a filling at the dentist than go for a run.  I played sports growing up and through college, but I hate to exercise.  Until Flywheel.  The music is loud, the room is really dark so no one can see me almost dying sweating, and for me, it is such a good stress relief.  I forget about the chaos in my life for that 45-minute ride, and I leave a happier person.  It also burns a ton of calories, which is what I needed most.  A month ago, I started adding barre classes to my routine, and I can tell a noticeable difference in muscle tone.

If you are like me and hate to exercise but know you need to be doing something, I encourage you to try Flywheel. Your first class is free (you can tell them I referred you if you want- I think I get some sort of credit!).  

So the results...  I have lost almost 20 pounds since I started in July.  I changed my diet some too, but mainly it is a result of Flywheel and Flybarre.  While I am still not where I want to be weight-wise, I decided to join the rest of the workout world by venturing into Lululemon at the mall. 

lululemon athletica

I had read that Huffington Post article that we've all seen, and since I am not a size 2, I was admittedly a little nervous to shop at Lululemon.  Boy, were my preconceived notions wrong.  My experience could not have been better.  The Lululemon associates were SO nice and helpful.  They played with baby M while I looked around.  I took a stack of clothes to the dressing room praying something would fit (do you know that feeling?), and lo and behold, my normal size was even too big!!  As I tried on clothes, I was telling the manager about babies, Flywheel and being motivated, losing weight, etc, and she was so encouraging.  

I walked out of the dressing room on Cloud 9 that the pants were a smaller size than usual.  She said to me, "I don't know if you are planning to buy anything or not, but your story has been so encouraging and inspiring.  We are giving you a pair of pants."  I get tears in my eyes just writing it.  I was speechless.  Lululemon GAVE me pants.  For free!  Can you believe it?  It was so so nice and unnecessary and unexpected.  Lulu has a new loyal customer.  I hope you'll try it, too! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More Coolness at West Elm

West Elm has definitely stepped up the style this season with their designer collaborations.  Because I'm so immersed in the vintage accessories market, I rarely see new accessories (other than lighting) that I love.  But when I saw these hand-blown glass knots, I came very close to clicking "order!" 

St. Jude® Glass Knot Paperweight

To make the deal even sweeter, $5 from the sale of each knot goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The $19-$39 pricetag makes them a much more affordable holiday gift!

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