Thursday, July 2, 2015

Weekend + Links

Hi friends!

I'm calling today my Friday and signing off until next Tuesday.  Nick has a really long weekend so I want to totally enjoy that with him and it'll be nice to re-charge a bit on the blogging front.  Anyone else feel like their motivation is lacking in the summer or is that just me?  I'd rather be outside than sitting in front of my computer!

Anyway, we finally have our plans set for the weekend and they're good ones.  Nick's parents will be coming over for a BBQ on Friday, the 4th will be a beach day since the weather is supposed to be gorgeous and then Sunday we're heading to Chicago for the night.  SO excited to be back - it's been since November and that is way, way too long.  

Along with all of this, we will be dog-sitting Remy, a lab mix and our friend from puppy class until Sunday!  We're going to have two 10 month old puppies running wild... I think that will keep us busy, for sure.  We'll also be celebrating Nick's 29th birthday which is on Tuesday so lots of good stuff is in store.

Before I go, here are a few favorite links from around the webs...

+ An easy and seriously delicious looking iced coffee recipe - with one special ingredient!
+ How to perfect the cat-eye look.  I've had a lot of luck using this eyeliner.
+ Little Blonde Book is one of my newest favorite bloggers.  From style to beauty, Taylor is on point.
+ 8 websites to find affordable and adorable art work.
+ These stackable turquoise rings... all the heart eyes.
+ I'm making Nick's birthday cake and this chocolate cake recipe claims to be the best (ever).  We will see!

Enjoy your weekends and be safe!!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White & Blue

Three days until one of my favorite holidays of the year... 4th of July!  I'm not sure how we will be celebrating yet - we did have a few plans but they've fallen through so we'll be sticking around town now - however I DO know what I'll be wearing!  White and blue are easily two of the most popular colors in my closet so that's easy and then add in my red crossbody bag and I'm good to go for whatever we decide to do.  Here are a few more fun ideas to help get in the spirit of celebrating our beautiful country!

What are your plans for the 4th?

Pictured above: Shorts (on sale!) // Aviators // Tunic tank // Crossbody bag (love it in red, too) // Nail polish //
Striped skirt // Romper // Embroidered dress // Swimsuit top and bottom

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weekending: Bridal Shower Fun

A weekend of good food and good friends = all the thumbs up in my book.

Things started off on a high note when Nick surprised me with CHICK-FIL-A for dinner!!!!  He drove almost 4 hours home with it and I was in chicken sandwich and waffle fry heaven.  Oh, how much do I miss that place.  I'm about to start some sort of petition for them to come to Michigan.  Or maybe I'll just open one myself.

On Friday, it was cool and cloudy so we just grabbed dinner, watched a few episodes of Sons of Anarchy on Netflix (anyone else watching?) and had an at home spa night - well maybe that part was just me.

Saturday, I was up bright and early to head to the east side of Michigan for a bridal shower.  It was such a fun day celebrating our friend, Alex and her husband-to-be Mark, and we are so excited for the wedding next month!

Don't mind my crooked dress....

After the shower, we hung out at Alex's parents house for the rest of the night playing beer pong and eating pizza - keeping things very classy, of course.

Grandma's first selfie stick picture!

Before heading back home on Sunday, we had to stop at Ann Arbors famous Zingerman's Deli - so so so good - and grab these breakfast sandwiches.  I'm drooling just remembering them.

It was a gorgeous day so Nick and I worked on some landscaping (with Brady supervising) and later, wrapped up the night at our next door neighbors house with a camp-fire and a few beverages.  Another perfect summer weekend in the books!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday's Five 6/26

I know I say this all the time, but it is INSANE that this is the last Friday of June!  This summer is already going way, way too fast and giving me slight anxiety.  We've only checked one thing off our summer bucket list (getting ice cream, multiple times now) and so this week, I wrote it out and stuck it on the fridge for a daily reminder/kick in the butt that we need to be doing fun stuff! 
But anyways, other than my summer panic... here are 5 things from this week:

ONE | Maxi Dress
Remember this dress I mentioned last week?  It came in and it's awesome!  I ordered the XS and it fits very true to size.  The pleats are great and don't wrinkle easily and the dress is just high quality all around.  I kind of want to order it in white, too... I have a thing for white dresses.

TWO | Snapchat
I'm jumping on the Snapchat bandwagon!  Add me @ kavanderploeg (my maiden name - I can't figure out how to change my username, that makes me feel old).

THREE | Amazon + Beauty
I ran out of my eye cream this week but I don't really feel like shelling out the big bucks at the dermatologist when it's half of the price on Amazon.  Do you guys buy skincare/beauty stuff from Amazon?  For some reason I always have this fear that it's going to be expired or a knock off or something.  I like the prices though.

FOUR | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale quickly approaching!!  July 9th for cardholders.  And yes, I did get a card last summer just to get early access ;)  The catalog came in the mail this week and I think I circled only 15 things I want.  So much good stuff.  

FIVE | Pineapple Lamp
Want. Need. Will get.  It's adorable and I definitely think all of my Charleston friends need one, too!

Happy Friday!  I'll be heading out of town again for a girls weekend to celebrate a friends wedding shower.  Don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat :)  

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Linking up with KarliJennieRebecca and April

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Reads

Reading was one of my 2015 goals and I'm happy to report that I've been going strong with it!  It's probably the goal I've done the best at so far actually, ha.  At this moment, I'm about half way through Me Before You and I am LOVING it.  So, so, so good and I now want to read all of the Jojo Moyes books.  Highly recommend.  One I wouldn't recommend?  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  I really enjoyed Gone Girl but I just could not get into this one.  The story was slow to unroll and it was overall pretty dark and depressing.  Now I understand why it was on sale when I bought it ;)

One book a month has been my goal so far this year but being that summer is officially here and the days are longer and a bit more relaxing, I'm hoping to get a bit more reading in than normal.  There are so many great books out there that I want to get to! 

Here's what I've got on the agenda...

**Big thank you to Amanda for introducing me to Befunky - an amazing photo editing software that is FREE!

Where'd You Go BernadetteIt all begins with a promise: If eighth-grader Bee Fox earns a picture perfect report card, she and her family will depart on a cruise to Antarctica. The prospect of the trip is exciting; too exciting, it soon becomes apparent, for Bee's brilliant, severely agoraphobic architect mom, who, just a day before the scheduled departure, simply disappears. Taking the loss of her mother to heart, Bee begins a feverish, yet systematic search for her, thus piecing together in the process the dynamics of an unforgettable family.

What Alice ForgotAlice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.  So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. 

Someday, Someday, MaybeIt’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club.  Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet.  Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

The RumorMadeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.  As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it. 

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.  Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

All the Light We Cannot SeeMarie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

I'll make sure to report back with reviews later this summer!  What's on your 'to read' list?

Related: See my 6 Must Read books here
Linking up with AnnieNatalieMeagan and Joey


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Our Guest Bedroom Decor Inspiration + Kate Spade GIVEAWAY!

Home decor/reveal posts have been few and far between here for one reason: I have no clue what I'm doing when it comes to decorating.  I was buying things but nothing was really going together, I was just picking paint colors off the top of my head... I had no real "direction" for any room.  It has been kind of frustrating (first world problems, I know) having all rooms about 50% finished.  

Until I came upon this blog post that changed everything.  Apparently I was doing things all wrong - no surprise there.  Instead of picking paint colors first, you're supposed to pick one fabric and build the room around that.  Well, I tried that with my guest bedroom and I have to say it really does work.  I was wanting to repaint the room but didn't know what color and then I stumbled upon these pillows in TJ Maxx (can't find anywhere online, boo) and it all just came together.  I picked a beautiful, clean white - Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace - for the walls so the focus could be on the accessories and chose other accent pieces to tie in with the colors in the pillows.  While I haven't bought much for the room yet, I at least finally know where I'm going with it and am super excited.  Here's what I'm thinking...

We inherited a matching black headboard (similar) and dresser from my family and will be keeping that.  I went with white bedding as I love how clean and crisp it is and provides a neutral backdrop for the room.  The rest I still have to buy.

I've been obsessed with this Marrakesh Shag rug (75% off right now!!!) for as long as I can remember and am so happy to finally have a room to use it in.  These Wisteria nightstands are the perfect size for the room but I think I'll change out the knob to black ones to tie into the other black furniture.  

This gold gilded mirror is seriously gorgeous and will sit on the dresser.  The infamous Lulu & Georgia Audrey lamps will be on the nightstands. And while these aren't the exact pillows we have in our room, you can never go wrong with anything by Caitlin Wilson (flowers // spotted).  I also hope to pick up this chair for one of the corners and some other decor.
Ps.  What programs do you guys use to build collages like this?  I've always used Pic Monkey but it is. so. flippin. slow.  It takes me a good two hours to build one of these and most of the time, it crashes before I finish and have to start over.  I'm in desperate need of a better solution but have no idea what!

And finally, I'm excited to bring you a fun Kate Spade giveaway with some of my favorite blogger friends!  The giveaway will run until next Tuesday, June 30th -- all you have to do for me is follow on Instagram or Bloglovin' -- easy enough :)  Happy hump day!
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The New Mrs. // Katie Elizabeth // Life on Myers // Girl Meets Bow
 Champagne & Suburbs // Meet at the Barre // Sequins & Seabreezes 
Sell Eat Love // Home of Malones // Davis Duo // Playdates & Prescriptions

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