well wrapped….

I never have gift wrap on hand and I always take the last-minute route of buying a gift bag and a few pieces of tissue paper. Recently on a trip to the Dollar Store I came across plain brown paper, for that’s right, you guessed it, a $1! I purchased the paper with no intention of doing anything with it. Until one day I decided to get out the paint and brushes and create a little chevron and polka-dot pattern. Nothing better than handmade wrapping paper! Also, this would be perfect paper for a photo backdrop for your next party!

P.S. There a far more pros about living in Southern Louisiana then cons, however one of the cons we have to deal with is hurricanes. Activity on lucky girl finds this week may be a little less than usual, however if I still have power and internet I will keep on posting!

friday finds {purchased}

{Oscar de la Renta $2,150}

{Old Navy $24.94}

 

I can’t help myself lately, I’ve been all about polka dots and stripes. I have been eyeing several polka dot sweaters for the fall and recently came across this gem from Old Navy {ordered it today actually} and at a price much less than the ones I have been seeing!

 

the sweetest of them all

Keeping with the cooking theme of yesterdays post {here}, I have to share this recipe I recently came across. “Vanilla Bean, Cheesecake, Fudge Brownies, with Salted Caramel” Well if that isn’t all my favorite sweets wrapped up in one, I don’t know what is! I have to give you a disclaimer, this is hands down the most decadent dessert I have yet to make. I substituted regular brownie mix with gluten-free brownie mix, and used vanilla extract, instead of the bean, but besides that I followed the recipe exactly. I think next time, I will pour the caramel after the brownie is sliced, it was super rich and soaked in caramel sauce. Looking for a super sweet treat? This is an easy recipe to try!

colorful kitchen

I actually enjoy shopping for kitchen items, from bakeware to bowls and everything in between. Whenever I am shopping for something to add to my kitchen collection, I always think about how it would look if it gets left out on the counter. After all, there is no need to hide everything behind cabinet doors. Over the years I have created quite the colorful collection. Next time you are picking up items for your kitchen skip those boring plastic measuring cups, and go for something a little brighter, and more bold! Here are a few of my favorite kitchen items. {need a house-warming gift? these would be perfect!}

 

measuring cups, bakeware, cookie jar, oven mits, cake stands

shoe love

Shoes… again, I know! I do write about them a lot, however what I love about shoes is that no matter your size or shape a new pair can really make you feel good about yourself! Last Call, By Neiman Marcus {as previously written about here} has been my go to shopping site lately when I am looking for that lucky find. I came across these boots yesterday and I have really been considering investing in them! They are the perfect mix of leather and suede, which happens to be right on trend for the upcoming season. They are more than I would typically spend on a pair of shoes, however I think they will be in rotation quite a bit. (sign up for the email updates to get notified first on sales, they do sale-wide sites often!)

Gray, Tan, Black

friday finds {cool collars}

One of my favorite trends finding its way into my closet is the embellished collar. I absolutely love the idea of losing the necklace and accessorizing with an adorned collar. How cute are these tops?

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN

the loafer

Another fall must have on my list is the loafer. Always a classic look perfect for everything from colored skinnies to coated denim. I absolutely love all of these from the Gap, and you can’t go wrong with the price! No need to wait till the weather cools down these are great to wear now as well!

*All loafers found here 

last minute plans

I went to Houston this past weekend for a very last-minute trip, and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! We did so much in the short time we were there and I discovered two new places I absolutely love  {Spec’s for the most amazing liquor and wine selection, and Tiny Boxwood’s, the cutest, most delicious brunch place ever}. Not to mention I came home with a super cute new pair of shoes and my first succulent!

{TIP: Add a shirt over your maxi dresses, for a different look}

 


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