Home Updates, Paris Fashion Week, Christmas, and more!!


I have a lot to share today! LOTS of pictures! 

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House Updates – Choosing a Fireplace Mantel

Earlier in the year I wrote about how I am going to have a freestanding fireplace in my house with floor-to-ceiling rock work.  

I have been working hard to pick a fireplace mantel because apparently the builder needs to know for framing design and stuff.

Initially I thought I wanted a plain French fireplace like the classic Provence-type fireplace, below:

 But then I thought, this is the centerpiece of the room and I really do like French fufu, so maybe I’ll go just a *little* more fufu because I like it.  Not like Versailles Marble & Gold fufu.

The fireplaces are all limestone (either cast/carved or a mixture). 

So these are what I have been considering…  The dimensions though of the one below are a little wonky for my fireplace so I don’t think it will end up working.

 This one below is a major contender. 

 I also like this one below too. But the shelf on top is nearly 2″ wide which I think is a little big. 

 This one I don’t have the dimensions for, but I think it is nice.


I like this one below too.

Which one do you all like BEST? Leave me a comment!!

Christmas & Bloomingdale’s SALE!

Bloomingdales is having a 25% off Friends and Family Sale right now and I thought I would get a start on my Christmas shopping. 

Here is some Christmas decor that caught my eye that *never* (and I mean never) goes on sale!! (Please don’t feel pressured to buy anything here, I am simply sharing some things that I like that don’t go on sale!)

Juliska Reindeer Games Mug 

Juliska Winter Frolic Ruby Tree Platter 

Christopher Radko Haute Houndstooth Muffy Ornament 

Juliska Winter Frolic Under the Mistletoe Ruby Trivet

 Michael Aram Snowman Globe Christmas Ornament 

Swarovski 2016 Annual Star Ornament 

I have several of these Pendleton Wool Throws in different colors and I LOVE THEM!! 

Pendleton Wool Throw in Red

Pendleton Glacier Park wool throw

Shop the Bloomingdale’s 25% off sale here!! Enter the Promo Code FRIENDS at checkout!! The sale is their whole website, including clothes, shoes, and more so be sure to check it out!!

Let’s Talk about Tartan

All of this Christmas talk has me dreaming about tartan!  So, last year, I bought these Red Tartan Chargers  from Williams Sonoma but they sold out and I went all over town looking for them and *finally* got a set of 12.  If you are thinking of buying these this year, now is the time! (Again, don’t feel pressured, these just sold out super fast last year and took me waiting for people to return them to get some of my own!)

White Tartan Mugs, Set of 4 

I bought this Red Tartan Bedding Set last year and I LOVE it.  If you are thinking about buying it, you need to do it quickly as it sold out super fast last year!

It also come in the white color way: White Tartan Bedding 

or this pretty Blue Isle Tartan Bedding

 This Le Creuset Tartan Cast Iron pan is pretty cute, too!

It was Paris Fashion Week this past week! I love looking at all of the pretty outfits every season that the designers make! I like to pretend that I am shopping and always pick out an outfit I would wear from each show!  If you had an unlimited budget, what outfit would you choose to wear? 

#1 Valentino

#2 Chloé

#3 Chloé

 #4 Chanel

#5 Chanel

#6 Chanel

#7 Alexander McQueen

 I love the handmade details on this dress!

#8 Alexander McQueen

 #9 Alexander McQueen

#10 Dior

I think I would wear #3 Chloe. Although #2 is perfect for a cruise! In reality I would probably wear the athleisure suit from Dior (#10) the most! 

ANDDD also, Louis Vuitton debuted an iPhone case that looks like one of their trunks! I am wanting one, however don’t know how insane they will cost!

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  1. October 7, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    All of those mantels are just gorgeous. I would probably go with the first since it is such a permanent decision. It is a classic and would be so easy to style around. I'm biased because I wish the builder had not chosen one with big columns (sort of Tuscan) for our home. They seem so dated to me now.

    • October 10, 2016 / 12:25 am

      Thanks for the input! I am still trying to decide! whats hard is that what we think is stylish today may not be tomorrow, ya know! I have considered an antique one but I think they are out of my price range!

  2. October 7, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Found you from the link up! I love the plain French fireplace you featured. It's such a classic! I also love all things plaid and tartan and you featured some great finds.

  3. October 8, 2016 / 5:09 am

    The fireplace does depend on the look you are trying to achieve. I think both designs are tastefully done. The first two are more formal and smaller in scale. Great job narrowing the field down. Check out 1st Dibs too!

  4. October 9, 2016 / 1:56 am

    Those mantels are just gorgeous — every single one of them! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  5. October 10, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Oh my – all those Christmas finds and the tartan.. i'm obsessed!! Thanks for the heads up on the sale!