High Five for Friday

Happy Friday, all!

How was your week? Mine was a rather productive one, so as always, I hope to carry that momentum into the weekend. We’re also hoping to get out and see a few of the Oscar-nominated films this weekend – American Sniper is at the top of our list, along with Boyhood, which is available at Redbox.

Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a great weekend! Here’s a quick recap of the past week.

1. Bethany and I finished collaborating on a mood board for my new blog design, and this is what we’ve come up with. I am ridiculously excited to see the first proof!

2. Is anybody else watching The Bachelor? If so, what did you think of this week’s episode? I’m starting to wonder if Chris is a bit of a dope … I mean, how in the world did he keep that mental Ashley girl another week? Oh well – I purely watch it for entertainment and for the fact that they shot a few episodes this season in my prior city of Des Moines, Iowa.

3. I scored this Vince Camuto gray tweed and faux black leather coat on clearance at TJMaxx recently, and I cannot get enough of it. It’s a super versatile coat in that it can be worn dressy or casual. I’m sure you will be seeing this jacket in a few upcoming style posts!

4. Our master bedroom is close to being decorated and finished! If you saw yesterday’s post, I purchased the Vittsjo shelf from IKEA when I was there last weekend, so I’m hoping to get it decorated and functional this weekend. Then, besides blinds, curtains and a few wall decor pieces, our first home reno project should be complete!

5. Speaking of home renovations, we took the first steps in updating the downstairs – a new eat-in kitchen and chairs! The table is from IKEA and the chairs from Pier 1. I can’t even explain just how comfortable those chairs are and how well the set fits in our kitchen. Now, we just need a new light fixture, new flooring, paint, and so on and so forth. πŸ™‚

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  1. 2.2.15
    Ashley T said:

    That coat looks fabulous on you lady!! Also can't wait to see your new design. It's going to look amazing with that mood board!

  2. 1.23.15
    Tif Fannin said:

    I love the coat and the new dining table! Also, I can't wait to see your redesign!!! Thanks for linking up with us!

  3. 1.21.15

    The mood board is awesome!!! It will make such a pretty blog design, I'm sure. And love all the new decor choices. Thank you so much for linking up with us at H54F!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  4. 1.20.15

    I love the mood board and cant wait to see the final product! And that jacket is beautiful! πŸ™‚

    Love Always,



  5. 1.19.15
    Lisa said:

    I think the producers had to be the one to talk Chris into giving Ashley a rose… I mean there's no other explanation for that one! Personally, I love her and could watch an entire episode of her just talking to people – so funny!

    Lisa | Two Martinis

  6. 1.18.15

    Love love love your mood board! The new design is going to look so great. Also, yes. What in the world was Chris thinking by giving Ashley a rose? I'm going to really hope that he was talked into that by a producer. Hope you're having a good weekend!

  7. 1.18.15

    Thanks, Amanda! Hope you had a good weekend!

  8. 1.18.15

    I love those roundtables with all the actors/actresses – they are so interesting! I want to see all the movies that you listed, too. We saw Into the Woods this weekend, and it was great! I can't get the music out of my head.

  9. 1.18.15

    Right?! If he's seriously into some of these girls, he's really not the guy I thought he was. Glad you'll be following along!

  10. 1.18.15

    Thank you! I'm pretty much in love with the new table and chairs. We are in full-blown renovation mode over here.

  11. 1.18.15

    You are so sweet, thank you!

  12. 1.18.15

    Thanks, mom!

  13. 1.18.15

    I'll have to start checking out your recaps – this season has been so dramatical already!

  14. 1.18.15

    Right?! TJMaxx never disappoints. And, you're soooo right about bachelor Chris. I don't think he's the brightest bulb in the box.

  15. 1.18.15

    Hi, Carly! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚ TJMaxx has had a lot of great stuff lately!

  16. 1.18.15

    I agree with you! I went to school/lived in Des Moines for six years, so I definitely know Iowa isn't all cornfields and lonely farmers. Ha!

  17. 1.18.15

    I'm so anxious for the new blog design, too – Bethany is doing a great job. Hope you had a good weekend!

  18. 1.18.15

    Thank you!

  19. 1.18.15

    Thank you, lady! Hope you had safe travels to Florida – enjoy your time with your family!

  20. 1.18.15

    Hahaha, that girl is a complete nut!

  21. 1.18.15

    TJMaxx has had some great things on clearance, so you definitely should check it out. Hope you had a great weekend!

  22. 1.18.15

    Yeah!! I guess I technically don't live right outside Milwaukee anymore since we now live in Fond du Lac … I probably should update that. πŸ™‚

  23. 1.18.15

    Thanks, girl! Happy Sunday!

  24. 1.18.15

    Thanks, girl! Bethany is doing a great job so far. πŸ™‚ I'm anxious to hear everybody's review of American Sniper – we opted to see Into the Woods instead.

  25. 1.18.15

    OMG – that girl that attached him while kissing him was SO gross! I felt very uncomfortable watching it, lol! Hope you had a great weekend, girl – happy Sunday!

  26. 1.18.15

    I agree with you about the Bachelor – my theory is the producers are pushing him to keep her around for ratings, which to me, is still wrong. Hope you had a good weekend!

  27. 1.18.15

    You are so sweet, thank you! Hope you had a good weekend!

  28. 1.17.15
    Amanda said:

    I cannot wait to see the new blog design. I love the inspiration behind it. Your new jacket is so dang cute and I cannot wait to see how you incorporate it in your outfits. I hope you have a good and productive weekend!

  29. 1.17.15
    Nadia said:

    What a beautiful mood board, I can't wait to see what you two come up with! I really really want to see Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and Wild – I watched a roundtable with all the nominated actresses and hearing them talk about their roles in the movies/hollywood and it was really interesting!

  30. 1.16.15

    I love that coat!! It's fabulous! I agree, the more I watch the Bachelor the less I am liking Chris – some of the girls he's keeping around are crazy!! I am excited to start following your blog!

  31. 1.16.15

    I love your new jacket, and I'm so excited to see the new design, I love the color scheme you picked out. It sounds like stuff with the new house is moving along well- the new table & chairs look great!

  32. 1.16.15
    Ashley Angle said:

    Love The Bachelor. I post my thoughts/reacap on Wednesdays. I LOVE your mood board. Esp the dancers! Have a great weekend!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  33. 1.16.15

    Ohhhh I can't wait to see the new design!!!! I always thought Chris was sweet but pretty and not too smart πŸ˜‰ That coat is fabulous!!!! TJMaxx for the win always!

  34. 1.16.15
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I love the mood board for your new blog design, really captures your spirit. That coat was a real find and it looks great on you! Really like what you're doing with the house so far, but let me tell you – it never ends! As for Chris the Bachelor, we'll keep watching because we just can't help ourselves, right?! Have a great weekend, I'm sure we'll be checking out an Oscar movie or two ourselves.

  35. 1.16.15
    Carly said:

    Hi! I just found your blog through the link up. That coat is awesome, makes me want to take a TJMaxx trip this weekend…

  36. 1.16.15
    Emily Kay said:

    I'm with you on the Bachelor stuff – I am from Des Moines and live in Iowa City, so I was really looking forward to an Iowa boy. However, he makes Iowa look a little silly and I am just not loving the "all there is in Iowa are fields and fields of corn and no people to date" theme they have going on. Oh well. Still going to watch! Have a happy weekend!

  37. 1.16.15

    Love the mood board and can't wait to see how it turns out. Love that coat too, what a fabulous find!! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  38. 1.16.15
    jillian said:

    i love that coat!! so cute. xo jillian – stop by! I'm hosting a starbucks giveaway on cornflake dreams

  39. 1.16.15
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    Great score on that coat, love it! Love your new table too πŸ™‚ Your blog design is going to be gorgeous, I can't wait to see! Happy weekend friend XO

  40. 1.16.15
    Jessi Otey said:

    Oh my word your blog design is going to be so perfect and dreamy! Girl, Bachelor is my guilty pleasure and that wack job was downright scary (which is probably why he kept her so he wouldn't be stabbed in his sleep- and of course for entertainment value hahaha) Happy weekend! xo

  41. 1.16.15

    That coat is awesome! It's been way to long since I've been in a TJ Maxx or Marshalls! Can't wait to see whats to come with your blog, that mood board looks amazing. So excited to see your master bedroom reveal, love the new furniture for your eat in kitchen. Have a great weekend!

  42. 1.16.15
    Jessica M said:

    Two SUPER important things πŸ˜‰ 1. I also live right outside of Milwaukee – small world! and 2. that jacket is absolutely adorable.

  43. 1.16.15

    Love the inspiration board!! Can't wait to see the new design! Love that coat. Nice find!

  44. 1.16.15

    Your mood board is so pretty! I bet the finished design will look great! I'm also hoping to see American Sniper this weekend – looks so good!

  45. 1.16.15
    Biana Perez said:

    Absolutely LOVE your new coat – what a find!! I can't wait to see what your blog design looks like because the mood board is amazing!!! Also, the bachelor is just insane – not only did he keep the crazy girl, but the girl who almost attacked him while kissing him…crazy!! Happy friday!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  46. 1.16.15
    Jenn said:

    I'm with you on the Bachelor–I have no idea how he kept her, other than the producers may have made him do it. If he did it on his own, I have lots of questions. Your coat looks fab and I can't wait to see the blog design!! Have a great Friday!

  47. 1.16.15
    Pamela said:

    Umm check you out in that cute Vince coat! Love it! What a great TJ find! I think I need to start hitting up TJ Maxx more often! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes