Pink Spring {Faux} Suede

I go back and forth between feeling like it's time to dress for spring, and figuring out what is seasonally appropriate for the randomly cool and/or damp day. While out of my "normal" style box, this pink faux suede Tobi moto jacket is a great transitional piece for spring! It's super soft and comfortable, warm without being hot, and adds a really cool vibe to the most casual of outfits {I mean, what's more casual than a white t-shirt and ripped jeans?!}

I can't wait to pair it with a breezy sundress for church on Sunday. But in the meantime, I'm loving the rocker feel from that jacket that compliments my cross body bag, featuring a fun zipper and chain element. This awesome jacket is available in two other neutral colors, and is currently on major sale under $60 {with free shipping!}. Visit to shop, or click the link above to order your own! My wedges are super affordable dupes for an extremely pricey Chloe wedge; while they're currently out of stock, there is a black version available, and you can get on the email list for the taupe!

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Mid-March Recap

It's amazing to me how fast time flies as an adult. I remember being little, and counting down the days to whatever event {okay, maybe not so little. Maybe like, 16...} because time just moved so slowly. Now, I am feeling like I need just two, three, four, more hours in the day to get it all done!

But here we are, and we've lived in our new house and town for just a little over a month. And what a month it's been! During that time we've gone through two rounds of living room paint, too few boxes, and wayyy too many trips to Home Depot. We've had our first weekend guests, made an eight our round trip to pick up dining room furniture, and have crafted spaces and unique pieces to fill our home. And we've had a lot of fun!

A few of my favorite highlights of the last month:

I took a photography class with the amazing Frank Fortune {longtime Georgia Southern photographer, etc.} in the two weeks I had off between jobs. It was so educational, and has really helped me understand my camera much better. I love seeing an instant improvement in my shots, and look forward to learning even more and refining my hobby even further.

I experienced my first Dublin St. Patrick's season. 52 official events span the end of February to the end of March, but the pinnacle event is definitely Super Saturday and the St. Patrick's Parade followed by an Arts & Crafts  Festival. We had a float for work, and it was really cool to work on that together and then walk the parade route through town. So many people! I kept hearing how huge of an event it was, but until you actually see it, its hard to believe.

I'm looking forward to heading to North Georgia for the weekend to see all my sweet little friends who were in our wedding, and watching the new Beauty & the Beast movie with them. Happy weekend, friend!

Springtime Sweets | Italian Lemon Pound Cake

Spring, where'd ya go? 

It was beautiful last week--warm and sunny almost every day. Yesterday we saw temps in the upper 40's with a steady drizzle. Probably the perfect daylight savings time kind of weather, which allowed for like, three naps throughout the cloudy afternoon. 

This week is going to be busy with all of the St. Patrick's festivities coming up, but I'm looking forward to it, especially after a really great first week at my new job. But of course last Sunday, I had a few little butterflies in my tummy with those "night before nerves."

Baking is quite a good stress reliever for me, and is something I really haven't done a lot of in the last year or so, as I didn't consistently have people who would help me eat the creations! But last Sunday we were heading to a small dinner party, and CJM was working all afternoon, so I browsed through Pinterest for a springy dessert to bake that would compliment an Italian/seafood meal.

This Italian Lemon Pound Cake was a breeze to mix up, baked perfectly, and tasted delicious. It was definitely one of those things that gets better as the days go on, so I'd recommend this as a "make ahead" recipe! Its a dense yet moist cake, with the most amazing tart and tangy icing. Also, the pinch of ginger added in really takes the cake! I may be whipping this one up again for Easter...try it, and let me know what you think.

St. Patrick's Day Home Decor

St. Patrick's Day is kind of a big deal here in Dublin.

I've heard this over and over again, but am finally getting to experience the festivities for myself. After Valentine's Day, I started thinking about switching out my decor, and even went ahead and put our mossy green "M" door hanger from our wedding on the front door. I also whipped out the precious St. Pats garden flag gifted to me at my holiday celebration themed bridal shower last year. But one day while driving around town, I realized that all of a sudden, everyone had green bows on their mailboxes. And light posts. And columns. Green bows were everywhere!

Even though it wasn't March, the town was essentially out of green ribbon that wasn't just solid green, so I had to make a trip of Hobby Lobby in Statesboro for something a little unique. I have a few more SPD decor pieces, but they're all packed away somewhere in the box maze that is my garage! At least I can prepare better for next year, and start collecting things early!

Mud Pie dishtowel wrack 

Swoozie's Moss Initial 

Flag from Luella Floral & Farm 

First Day on the Job

Beautiful blooms from my bestie when I found out I got the job!

Today was my first day at my new job! I am so excited to announce that I am the new Marketing Coordinator for Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Ga. 

It was a long day of orientation, which the learner in me loved. There is so much to know when working in healthcare, and I'm excited to tackle this new challenging environment! I'm also looking forward to meeting more people as I'm working. So far, we've truly felt welcomed into Dublin with open arms. Everyone has been so warm and friendly, and we are definitely starting to feel a little more settled! 

Thanks to everyone who helped calm my nerves and celebrated this exciting day with me!

Chalk Spray Paint Review | Before & After

First of all, I have absolutely loved my week and a half break in between jobs. I feel like I've been super productive, gotten more familiar with the lay of the land, and have just had a lot of fun.

Secondly, I love our house! It's beautiful, feels so much like home, and just inspires me. The fresh, bright light, clean new paint, and the open layout has made it my absolute favorite place to be.

One of my first projects to help bring everything together was painting some furniture for the master bedroom. We moved from having built-ins and three closets, to one amazing walk-in closet, and zero drawers! Luckily, I found some huge three drawer chests for a steal in Statesboro a few weeks ago, and we were able to inherit a large dresser from CJM's childhood.

As much as a I like the idea of projects and painting furniture, I also like instant results. Not the best combination, but when I saw chalk spray paint at Lowe's, I thought that this might be the perfect time to give it a try! My favorite thing about chalk paint is that it requires essentially no prep work. I painted some of my great grandmother's furniture almost four years ago with homemade chalk paint, and they still look amazing today {with the exception of a few chips from the many moves they've been through!}.

Lowe's has Valspar chalk spray paint. I chose the white color because our master bedroom is a pretty gray color, and our bedding has navy, gray, and white in it. I also love how clean and cheery the white pieces look! The Valspar spray paint covered the large chests extremely well. It was a very thick spray, and I never had any issues with any runs. Each chest required about a can and a half of chalk spray paint to cover. The only real downside about this product was that it was almost $10 a can, and when you're buying more than one can per piece, it gets a little pricey!

Before & After 

I started the dresser with the same product, but ended up running out. We don't have a Lowe's in our new town, so I ran to Home Depot {for my daily visit...#newhomeownerprobs} where they had a chalk spray paint of a different brand for about $4 less...score! Unfortunately, this white paint was a slightly different color, didn't cover quite as well, and ran really easily. I had to go over the Valspar spray painted drawers with the new color to make them match, which was fine, but had to re-spray along the sides and bottom multiple times to try and blend the running paint. Annoying!

Before & After

To finish the pieces off, I sprayed the hardware with a metallic silver paint. Easy, and looks great, especially with drawer pulls can get expensive quickly! I used Minwax Finishing Wax on all of the furniture to seal in the paint and prevent any color damage or water rings from cups. I've used this on all of my chalk paint products, and it really makes such a difference in the life and luster of the paint.

Once in the room, you can't tell that the colors are slightly different, and the pieces really bring the whole room together. We need to add one more chest in a corner by the closet because we have too many t-shirts, but then our bedroom will be ready for some real decorating.