Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A few of my favorite things...

Since my last blog was all about my all time favorite projects, I thought I'd follow it up with a blog about my favorite things right now.  That's always fun, right?!

Lately I've decided I really like white and gold.

I've been wanting white pillows with gold polka dots for over a year and I finally splurged and got them for myself and gave them to my husband to have my kids give them to me for Christmas.  Ha!

Mine are from Anthropologie, (I snagged them when they were having a 20% off sale) but I just saw some very similar ones on sale at Pottery Barn.  I'm also still loving those faux fur pillows (behind the polka dot pillows) that I got last year from Restoration Hardware. They happen to be on sale now too!

Since I'm on a white/gold kick, I recently got these two new coffee cups.

The one on the left is from Target (in the Valentine's Day section) and the one on the right is from World Market.  Love them both!

When I'm at home, I usually like to wear slippers around the house.  My favorite slippers that I've had forever were falling apart and so sadly I started the hunt for new slippers.  I've ordered and returned a few different pairs (because I'm a tad picky) until I finally found these from Abercrombie & Fitch.  It looks like they're out of this color, but they still have some in red plaid, which are cute too! So cozy, warm, and comfortable.

While we're on the subject of cozy and comfortable, these leggings from Gap are amazing.  I have 3 pair because I love them so much.  They are the perfect lounge pants for Saturdays and Sundays.  Since they're fitted, they're cute instead of slouchy like most lounge/sleeping pants.  I've also found that they retain their shape well and don't get all stretched out and saggy easily. 

We've had our faux sheepskin throw from Pottery Barn for a few years now and it's still a favorite for snuggling on the couch and staying warm!

Another favorite from Gap, is this vest  that I wore on GMA (pictured below) is a favorite of mine right now.  And here's a lesson… never buy anything from Gap not on sale because it will eventually go on sale.  Also, wait for promo codes (and Gap Rewards) to use on top of the sale price. Anyway, I love vests and I wear them all the time.  They're a fun and an easy way to add an extra layer to your outfit.

Also, these Sperry Duck Boots that I'm wearing in the above picture are a favorite. When I found out I was going to be on GMA, naturally, I went to the mall to shop for something to wear.  I texted my sister-in-law, Ashley to help me decide on the shoes.  I didn't know if I wanted tall boots, short boots, or what style of boots.  I needed help! So we texted pictures back and forth until we decided on these.  I love them because they're so versatile.  They're cute, but super warm, and also comfortable. I walked all over NYC in these things and my feet did not ache or have blisters at the end of the day.  The sad thing was that nobody saw my cute boots on t.v. because I was standing behind a table the entire time.  haha! 

Here's a close up.  

And lastly, another pair of boots I just love are my hunter boots.  When I bought them a few years ago, I wasn't sure how much I would actually wear them.  But I find myself wearing them regularly…. they're great in the rain and in the snow or even just out working in the yard.

Last September, I got them out to clean them up and get them ready to wear in the Fall.  I had read on Pinterest that Goo Gone would work great, so I sprayed my boots and wiped them down, but I didn't really notice a difference.  They didn't look cleaner or shinier.  So Tim said that he had something much better that would work.  He got out his engine degreaser (for cars) and sprayed it all over my boots.  Then when he started scrubbing them, the rubber started rubbing off!!  I was horrified!  They looked like this afterwards.

Awful. Awful.  I was so sad.  Several times, I almost bought new boots, but I hated to spend the money for the exact same pair that I already had.  I tried a few different things (like olive oil) to bring back the shine, but nothing worked.  I thought they were doomed.  And then one day, (I had actually been praying about it.  Yes, that is how much I love these boots.) and it hit me to use Tim's car tire shine.  It shines rubber tires, so maybe it would shine rubber boots!  At this point, it couldn't hurt, right?  So I tried it.  And y'all!  It worked!!

I was ecstatic.  I love these boots!  There are so many colors to choose from, it's hard to decide, but I love that mine are a neutral color because they go with so many different outfits.

Okay, what about you.  Do you have any favorite things that I need to know about?


  1. I loved reading your favorite things! And I'm so glad to see your boots are restored to a good shine! (I love that you prayed about it! We are so alike! This whole situation just sounded like it could've happened to my husband and me.) You asked what are some of our favorite things... Lately I've been rereading a favorite author by the name of Julie Klassen. She's from Minneapolis, which is about 3 hours from me, so I like to think she's local, but she has the best Christian regency era fiction books. I love to sit down with a candle and some Tazo tea (usually Zen) at night and read her books in the winter. I love my Nordstrom gray robe. I searched high and low for a good robe that was cute, warm and flattering. I went with the Nordstrom brand, quilted with a belt and pockets in the front. It's cotton and nothing flashy but I think it's cute. Lastly another favorite thing of mine is my "JOY" sign I got from Between You and Me signs a few years ago (before it was the rage) and I got it on an after Christmas sale. I still love it around Christmas and will hang it in my basement after Christmas. Blessings my IG friend & sister in Christ! - Amber D.

    1. Thanks for sharing Amber! That Nordstrom robe sounds amazing!

  2. Love all of your favorite things, especially the boots! You can always pull off outfits that don't flatter me because I am shorter. Love the above post about the Nordstrom robe. I need one and happen to have a gift card from my company for $1,000!!!! My favorite things right now are my new Silhouette Cameo that I got for Christmas...but have not yet tackled a shirt for the girls. I still LOVE my Pottery Barn blanket that I requested for Christmas last year (remember that debacle?) I won't let anyone touch it but me so that it won't get little fibers stuck all in the material. I also have a favorite coffee cup with an M on it from my cousin. It holds just the right amount of coffee plus creamer for me. :)

    1. I do remember your PB blanket debacle! Glad you got it and love it!! :)