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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Friday Five

It's Friday...Holla!! Another week has flown by! I just realized we move exactly two weeks from today (ready or not!)...the pangs are starting to hit me, and I get a lump in my throat when I think about leaving this place. It's easy to be distracted from the emotionality of it all when I'm focused on the tasks behind the move, but the tears are inevitable. Let's change topic before I start blubbering on my keyboard!

1) We had a kooky week that started with sunny, warm days, and ended with freezing rain and snow flurries. I like to counter the dreariness with bright colors...who says pinks and corals are for Spring and Summer only?! I just balance them with Winter basics like boots, jeans, and leather bags to make them more season appropriate.

I usually create these boards with items similar to what I own, to give myself more outfit ideas. I was going to layer the tee and scarf with my favorite kitten-cardi in 'coral spice', but this one caught my eye instead. It's similar to the wrap cardi, but less material gathered across the front...so the booby girls may prefer it. And you can't beat the $25 price tag! I've been saving this scarf for Spring, but styling it like this means I don't have to wait! Oh, and you know I layer a striped tee with just about any outfit...I want this one in all the colors!

Comfy Cool



2) One of the things on our Kitchen Reno list is to add pendant lighting over the breakfast bar...to define the space, and add some visual bang to the room. I've long been a fan of the pendant lantern...but always considered the Ballard and Restoration Hardware versions too overpriced. #cheapskate Imagine my glee when I found this one at World Market for $99! And if you use code MEMBERPASS, they are an additional 15% off, for a whopping $75!! Now that's a good Look-for-Less! Mine arrived this week and I'm chomping at the bit to get them hung!

Hi Sugarplum | Look for Less Lantern Pendants



3) My friend Shay has been in the adoption process for almost two years, and this month she and her family were finally united with their little girl. Shay's been blogging the journey of their trip to China to bring her home, including seeing their daughter for the first time, giving her the first bath of her life, and watching her other two kids fall in love with their new sister. I've been hanging on every word, and am so happy for them, and this precious girl. Watching this family come together is heart-warming, and so worth the read...make sure you start with Day 1!




4) Okay, now back to home decor. Of course the kids are using this new house business to get new room designs. Well, at first, my daughter wanted me to recreate her new room exactly like her old one...not one thing different. That's since changed, and she and big brother have their sights set on makeovers.

We're not exactly sure the direction, but we got some pretty good ideas after falling for some of these Urban Outfitter rugs...all currently 25% off! In fact, this rug became the jumping off point for his room. If you're in the market for rugs...West Elm is also having 20% off, and be sure to check out this post for another favorite source.

Hi Sugarplum | Urban Outfitters Rug Sale
a.  //  b.  //  c.  //  d.  //  e.  //  f.  //  g.  //  h.



5) And finally, I don't know if I should thank or curse my friend, Laura. Last week she posted about this woman's water challenge, and her dramatic transformation by simply drinking a gallon of water every day for a month. I was so motivated, I've been guzzling water non-stop. I think even my eyeballs are floating, and I can't venture far from a bathroom! But if I can lose my under-eye bags like her, then all those trips to the potty are worth it!



Have you heard of this water challenge? It hasn't been too hard to actually drink that amount of water, but I do have a hard time remembering to drink it...or to take water with me when I'm out. I'm on Day 5, but since I forgot to take a Before pic, who knows if anything's changed.

Last thing, darling Claire, of Claire Brody Designs, asked me to weigh in with my Blogging Tips for Beginners, and she wrote a really comprehensive post that new bloggers definitely need to check out.

And that concludes this random round-up...go forth in your cute cardigans and scarves, and drink lots of water! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

22 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I was not expecting that! I was about to comment on how ridiculously excited I am about your new house and then bam, you get me all emotional with such sweet sentiments about my family. Thank you Cassie. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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    1. Love you, sweet friend! You are so inspiring!! xo

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  2. Now I'm going to cry about you leaving your old house and about Ashby! Chris will tell you I did have a bit of a breakdown when our old house was empty. But the sadness is fleeting! I can't wait to see how you put your spin on your new house!!!!

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    1. I have a feeling the ugly-cry will be involved.

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  3. ohh i love those pendant lights! looks like you have a lot of great options. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Funny story...
    I ordered the elephant bag charm because, well, I LOVE IT! I went to track the package because I couldn't wait to get it. Come to find out, Furbish Studio is in Raleigh and, shock, I am in Raleigh, too! So even though I paid shipping from one side of town to the other, I now know that I can go to the actual studio whenever I want. Nice surprise!

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  5. Cassie, I haven't read the "water challenge" post and it could very well address this issue ... as an estimating method to determine how much water an individual needs I've heard take your weight / 2 = # of ounces per day. A gallon has 128 ounces which would be in the range for a 256 lb person, which isn't you. Just as drinking too little water can cause health issues so can consuming too much water; dilution of electrolytes is one concern. And time duration factors in there too; a couple of days may not be that much impact but 30 days ... don't know. You're a smart cookie and I know you'll listen to what your body tells ya' if it becomes too much but I know if I drank that much water I'd never have a moment outside the bathroom so no one would ever be able to notice any facial changes! If its not one thing, its another ;) Take good care.

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    1. Agreed with Robin!! I was just going to say the same thing. My Mom is 80 years old and very healthy. The doctor told her if she's going to drink just water, which is her main beverage besides one cup of coffee in the morning, he said for her to drink Smart Water or add a Nuun tablet because her electrolytes have been way down.

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  6. Since the original cognac tote never seemed to arrive in the right shade, I think I am going to finally order the one you show above. Lots of good reviews, so it can't hurt to give it a try ;)
    Love those light fixtures! We actually hung an outdoor porch light over our dining room table. I couldn't find what I wanted anywhere else. I love it! Reading the story of the Shull family and the adoption of Ashby has been amazing! Nothing but love for that family and I have never met them! lol! And I think I need to give that water challenge a try! Thanks for sharing Cassie!

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  7. Nice!

    Http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com/collections/tops

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  8. Your World Market lighting is perfect. Don't you just love finding a good deal? And I've learned a lot following along with Shay's adoption process. I would love to adopt one day so following along with her story is really fun! Happy weekend, hope you get lots done! xoxo

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  9. Such a great roundup!! Thanks for the shout-out and thank you for being a part of the post! xoxo, Claire

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  10. For real...all this dang eye cream I've been using and all I need to do is drink more water?!! I'm a terrible water drinker but this is pretty darn convincing. And oh my goodness...I have shopped West Elm for my bedding but have such a hard time choosing rugs...but today...I think I found the perfect one!!!

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  11. I guess I really should start drinking more water!!

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  12. after reading this i grabbed the largest bottle of water I could find. Water challenge, here I come!

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  13. Shay's little girl is adorable!! Such a heart warming story and I am so happy for their family and for their precious new little girl. I like your new pendant lights Cassie! Can't wait to see them in their new space. OK, I drink a ton of water....guess I better increase it to a couple tons!! Have a happy weekend!

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  14. I saw this same water photo a couple of weeks ago. I jumped on the water wagon too! Hoping for a dramatic transformation as well!!!
    http://fourandknowmore.blogspot.com

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  15. I love the lights your found for your kitchen! I may need to go check those out for my kitchen too! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Lynn T.

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  16. I'm with your kids...who could pass up on a bedroom makeover? (Also) I wish all the best for Shay and her family-what an exciting time in their lives! Happy Sunday :)
    www.lovecompassionatelee.com

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  17. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado.
    Te animo a hacer una ojeada en el post de esta semana y seguro que veras algunas ideas realmente interesantes.Deseo que te guste y si es así me alegraria que te hicieras seguidora. gracias por visitarme.
    Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  18. I just bought a jug at Big Lots that is 64 ounces and it has markings for every 8 ounces that you drink. It was 1.80 and I love it! Also, a gallon of water is way too much to drink, 64 ounces is the recommended amount, people make themselves sick drinking too much water.

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  19. I saw that water story a few weeks ago. It is inspiring! I try and remember to always take water with me in the car, I tend to drink more of it in there. Love that lamp, you really got a deal! I'll have to check out your friend's adoption blog, I'm sure tears will be flowing! Happy ones of course!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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