My Beautiful Rustic Outdoor Baby Shower

Hello Everyone

This feels weird i haven’t been on here in FOREVER!! A lot has happened since my last blog post.  For one i had a baby girl, Avery Elle the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I thought i would flash back and share with you all my stunning baby shower that was hosted by my Mother, sisters and best friends.

The day began with me frantically checking the weather network to make sure there was going to be no rain.  I knew that my shower would be outdoors and prayed for a beautiful sunny day.  The day was gorgeous and HOT!  It was more than i could ever have asked for, from harvest tables to a stunning white tent and drapery.  It truly was the perfect baby shower.  I will cherish this day always.

Here are some photos.

Paper Details ( Quoted Fans & Thank You Tags)- The Paper Shoppe 

Tent, Tables & Chairs- Guelph Tent Rental 

Full Decor- Couture Weddings by Melanie

Pink Delight- My Baby Girl’s Nursery

Hello Everyone,

 

Well this feels weird i haven’t been on my blog in almost a year!  A lot has happened since my last posting.  For one i had a baby, a beautiful baby angel of joy Avery Elle.  Everyone always tells you how much a baby will change your life.  You really don’t know until you actually have them in your lives.   My life has changed drastically, for the better.

Yes i don’t get any sleep anymore, i can’t just have a lazy Sunday of watching movies and eating junk food with no worries in the world.  My Sunday’s and every day now consist of Morning sing a long time, Excersaucers, covered in baby drool, hair in constant bun, bushy eyebrows and lucky if i get to fit a shower in there.  I however wouldn’t change it for the world.  This baby girl has brought me so much joy, truly a whole new meaning to life now.

I thought i would share with you all her girly little pink delight nursery.  We still have a few accessories we are on the hunt for, we just haven’t found the perfect pieces.  So for now teddy’s take their spot.

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Paint: Pure Pink by DULUX

Star Wall Decals – @urbanwalls

Floral piece- DIY

Bedding- RH Baby & Child

Window Coverings- RH Baby & Child

Crib & Dresser- IKEA

Pink Rug- Rugs USA

Light Fixture- IKEA

Rocking Chair- Snuggle Bugz

Accessories- Homesense

Cottage on the Lake!

Hey Everyone,

It has been too long since my last posting.  I finally was able to get some photos of my last decorating project.  With my pregnancy brain I forgot to bring my memory card for my NIKON, oops.  So the photos had to be taken with a phone, nothing makes me sadder than this.  However they did turn out better then I thought.  This families cottage was located directly on the lake in Port Severn area.  This was such a fun project for me, as I was able to do whatever I thought would be appropriate for this family.  Having total control and my own visions come alive was great.  All that this family wanted was for it to feel rustic, cozy, and inviting.

We Renovated everything even the exterior elevations of the cottage.

Here are the before photos so you have an idea what I started off with.  There was great structure and bones to commence this project.

The Exterior this is the part of the cottage that faces the water.  To begin with I actually really liked the color, it suited the atmosphere.  This family wanted a refreshed look.  So I decided to keep some of the original color for some accenting and added stone around the foundation.

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Moving on to the interior, to begin with this cottage had oak everywhere and I mean everywhere! Trim, Baseboards, window casements and entire kitchen cabinets.  A simple paint job can go a long way!  I decided to paint out all of the trim an off white tint and walls a light neutral grey.  The Kitchen Cabinetry we painted out and switched out the hardware, this made a world of difference.  We ripped out the laminate countertops and installed a light multi tone quartz counter.  I re worked the layout of the kitchen to make more sense and become more functional.  To begin with the stove was in another room entirely next to the kitchen.  I moved the dishwasher next to the main sink and relocated the stove where the dishwasher used to be and installed a range.  For flooring, vinyl floors were ripped out and a Laminate Rustic Floor was installed throughout the cottage.

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I Kept the fridge in its original location and just off the kitchen was the laundry room.  To close off that area we had a barn door made that slides nicely beside the fridge.  All new appliances were purchased.

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When you move into the dining area, I knew we had to keep this light fixture.  This piece was so interesting and screamed cottage, I loved it! We changed out the bulbs to decorative globe bulbs.  Window treatments were custom roman shades which this family would only keep closed at night.  With the view of the lake who would want to hide that!  We purchased all new furniture from a mixture of locations which I will list at the end of the blog post.  I decided to make the end wall a feature wall done in chalk board, this contrast completed this space and made it a little fun for the kids to be able to draw on a rainy day.

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The Master was also painted out.  With the one wall being entirely windows.  I decided to keep the wall and trim color the same to allow your eye to flow out to the peaceful lake view while laying in bed.  For privacy a flat panel roman shade in a light grey was installed. An accent wall behind the bed of old barn board was installed which added just enough texture.  The master isn’t quite 100% complete, we still have some DIY work to do with the dressers and end tables and accessories/rugs.  Summer projects for the family is how I see it, and the kids are excited for that.  The En-suite has new flooring, a slate tile that resembles hardwood.  We painted out the existing vanity and installed new counters and faucets.

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For the Entry custom shelves were made out of extra barn board along with barn doors to hide the clutter of jackets and shoes if need be.  The Front Door was also painted out for a more refreshed look.

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The Living Area was very closed off with the sofa having its back towards the dining.  I wasn’t a fan of how the furniture was positioned.  It closed off the dining area and wasn’t the best use of space.  Re working the layout and proper space planning made this room seem a lot larger, conversation can flow now throughout the dining to living.  New furniture was purchased, however we did keep some original items with a few DIY touches! The fireplace was not to code so we enlarged the apron with some stone.  I wanted to have firewood displayed also making it easy to access in those cold winter months. This I think contributed well to the design of the room.  The same window treatments as the dining area were used except for the sliding door.  Here I thought a sleek grommet style drape would finish off the look.  Details of the furniture listed at the end of the post.  My favorite pieces, the oversized fur bean bag chairs, the kids and adults love them!

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This was such a fun project for me, I really enjoyed it.  I hope you enjoyed the transformation as much as I did creating it!

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design

DETAILS

Kitchen

Lighting– Restoration Hardware  Cabinets- Drifting Snow 10BB83/014 Counters- Caeserstone 6600 Nougat Classico

Dining

Table– Cornerstone Interiors   Chairs- Cornerstone Interiors   Rug- Homesense  Wall Unit– Homesense    Accessories- Homesense & Urban Barn   Window Coverings- Home Depot

Master

Barn Board Wall– Local Farm   Accessories- Homesense    Table Lamps- Urban Barn

Living Room

Bean Bag Chairs- Restoration Hardware  Ceiling Light Fixture- The Lighting Shoppe   Sofas- Urban Barn   Rug & Accessories- Homesense  Canoe Art- Urban Barn  Long Horn Wall Art- Willow House

Hopeless Property into Income Property!

Hello Everyone, sorry again for my absence life has just gotten to be really busy and I cant seem to keep up.  However one of my projects has wrapped up.  A house that desperately needed a face lift.  This house was on the market for a while and just could not sell!  It finally did but the buyer who purchased it asked for my help on what we could do to this property without spending a fortune.

The layout of this house was really awkward, it didn’t really have a front door or back door more of like two side doors.  So with my new ipad in hand and ipad software Floor plans* that Jillian Harris uses from Love it or List it Vancouver, I was ready to rework this layout!

I drew out the floor plan of the house and added walls in, splitting it into two units to turn this awkward home into a proper functioning space and perhaps an income property!  By adding walls, tearing down walls and shifting things around I created a duplex floor plan.  Having two separate entrances for this home made perfect sense.

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Here are the before photos.

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Framing stage.. getting this house split into two for a duplex.  It was great seeing my drawings come to life!

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And the After’s… Fresh exterior paint and some basic landscaping.  Brand new tile and two kitchens for each unit and the second floor split with two nicely sized washrooms and bedrooms.

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Although this wasn’t really focusing on the decorating aspect of things.  This was really great experience for me and I truly enjoyed every stage from rough sketch to drawing the plans on my software.  Selecting finishes and materials that were low in cost yet still appealing to raise the value of this property.

Hope you enjoyed this transformation!

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design

 

10 Most chicest Pumpkins!

Every fall the most incredible pumpkin designs arrive in my PINTEREST feed. And this year is no different.   Why not chic up your pumpkins for exterior or indoor décor.  Here is some inspiration to help you get into the Pumpkin Halloween spirit.

Pretty Pumpkins using buttons and ribbon

Better Homes & Gardens - Halloween Tricks & Treats 2011

Paint and GOLD Glittered Pumpkins

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Gold Doily Pumpkins

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Turning pumpkins into a function piece- a vase! This is my favorite!

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Black and White trend, Part cobweb, part creeping vine love the effect of black lace on white painted pumpkin.

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Mini Pumpkins covered in Gold Foil!

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A touch of rocker edge by using simple silver tacks

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Confetti Pumpkins

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Shabby chic pumpkins

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Painted pumpkins to work with your home décor color schemes.

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I don’t know about you but I am about to go buy some pumpkins and get my crafts on. Hope you Enjoyed 🙂 Lilly Cordeiro

Top 5 Favs of The Week! ASOS Edition

Happy Friday Everyone, I am so sorry I have been MIA.  Life has gotten to be a little busy, with working Full Time, a new semester beginning, and juggling two Reno’s & Revamps my blog has unfortunately come last on the list.  I finally just said enough with the excuses and just get to it already.  So I thought I would catch you up with my top 5 fav’s of the week.  Fall is definitely here and so are the infinity scarves, cozy sweaters, boots, hats and the list goes on.  Being so busy who has time to go into boutiques and stores to shop?  Online shopping is my best friend, some great finds for the season are just a few clicks away!  Asos.com is definitely my style and one of my favorite online stores if you haven’t been over to their site you must check it out!

Along with maxi shirts these long cardigans are great and can take place of a fall coat nicely.  I love the look of this waterfall cardigan knit, the different lengths and lots of layers! asos.com

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Oversized, blue and fluffy??! Just Perfect, anything oversized I am 100% in! Scarf can be found at asos.com

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Hats are huge for this season I’ve always been a huge hat girl so this has to be one of my favorite trends for fall.  This Green Velvet Checkered print can also be found at asos.com

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Not everything has to be glamorous and dressed up.  Casual it down a bit with this fleece funnel neck Nike sweatshirt, the piping detail and cut of that neck is to die for.  Love how this is styled with again an unexpected twist, black and white fur coat- Asos.com

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Asos jumper dress with roll neck and sheer inserts, this is cozy and so fashion forward.  I am really tempted to order this one!  How can I get away with this addition to my closet without the babes finding out?

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That wraps it up for this Fashion Fridays Post of my Top 5 Fav’s of the Week!
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂
Lilly Cordeiro
elle cee design

Staging the Condo..Before & After’s.

The past two – three weeks have been so busy for me, I have barely had any down time to just relax.  One of the reasons I have been so busy was moving furniture into my boyfriends condo.  As you all know we are in the process of building our future home together so we have been trying to sell his condo with not very much luck so far.  One of the reasons could very well of been because it was too much of a ‘bachelor pad’.  Sadly the Labatt beer art and larger scale furniture had to be moved out.  His once man cave would soon be transformed into a functional ‘ homey’ space that potential buyers could imagine themselves living in.

Thanks to a few of his friends everything was managed to be moved out and right in within a few hours.  So how do you stage without spending a dime? In this case we used furniture I had in my house that wasn’t really being used, I cleaned out my room and downstairs living area of pillows and accessories and smaller scale furniture.

Using the basic space planning rules it all came together and we didn’t spend one cent.  De clutter and take down personal family photos, make the space inviting and I think a sale could be right at your footsteps!

Cliff Rego Team was great and re took photos for us to re list, after I staged it.

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The condo is stunning from in-floor heating, to its 13′ high ceilings, exposed piping, concrete wall and an original wooden structural beam.

Here are the before photos, beautiful but very minimalistic.

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And the After’s….

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Hope you Enjoyed!

Happy Monday 🙂

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design

Transformed Foyer! Before and After

Hello Everyone I have been slacking with the update of Casa C Facelift.

Here you can see some of the before photos, It was really dark and gloomy.  The paint alone was just to dark for this area with not much natural light coming in. I knew we needed to lighten the walls up first and go from there with the rest of the design.

 

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Going along with the traditional, classic theme of the living room design, I decided to add some texture with some wall paper.  We purchased the wall paper from Benjamin Moore.  I loved all the details that went into these wall coverings.  Covering the tan paint with this light fresh classical wallpaper really changed the entire look of this foyer.  Floral prints with hues of sparkle helped transform this entry from gloomy to bright and airy.

An updated console table with golden/brass trim we found from Bombay in Cambridge, which is now closing!!  Even though that store isn’t my personal style it had great selection for the more traditional, classic home owner.  The mirror was a great find and deal from Home sense we had originally placed this over the fireplace however playing around with it i knew it was meant for the foyer.  Layering of a few books with the statue sculpture contributes to the classic feel of the design.  Simple symmetry comes into play, I love the clean look that symmetrical styling can do to a space.

We replaced the dated chandelier with a smaller scale brighter piece and filled the vases with a touch of floral.  I chose my mother’s wedding flower which ads that much more of a special touch to the design of her home.

Here is the after…

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What do you think?  A lot more welcoming, fresh and airy.

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design

 

Blog Podium 2014!

Hello everyone, what a fantastic weekend.  Saturday morning waking up at 530 AM was totally worth the event i had been counting down for.  I had read reviews and blog post about this blogging conference from last year but never would have imagined how informative it really would be.  Urbanmomdesign and i didnt know what to expect we were so nervous but really excited at the same time!  Upon our arrival we were given these pretty little packages with a name tag, notbook, pen and some candies. a greenery wall was set up with mini clothes pins for everyone to hang up their buisness cards it was adorable and I felt so welcomed and was ready for the day!

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The first speaker of the day was Donna Williams from FunkyJunkInteriors.  Her story was beyond motivational, she turned picking up junk from the side of the road into a successful business which I truly admire.  I learned from her that you need to brand yourself and take risks, nothing will come easy and that you have to work hard to get to where you want to be.  What stuck with me the most from her speaking was to stay original, focus on yourself and your content and above it all stay authentic.  Thank you so much Donna for telling us all your story, it was very touching and will only remind me that no matter how down i am feeling that it will get easier and i can get where i want to be!

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It was so awesome being in a room full of people who understand you and are trying to do the same things as you are.  It was the first time i didnt feel like everyone was looking at me for taking photos of everything and anything.  I am thankful for having my friend Thelma with @urbanmomdesign by my side through this great day however we met some great bloggers.   Thank you to DesignsByDima, KatieSpinks and BethanyThisLittleEstate you were all so friendly and really helped make the day that much better!  How great is our Etsy Booth Photo 🙂

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There were booths set up throughout the space a PARA PAINTS booth where you could take a professional head shot for your blog and record a quick little clip explaining what PARA PAINT color was your favorite and why.  At the Delta Faucets booth i had to snap a pic since my new kitchen faucet was showcased 🙂 Champagne Bronze Trinsic Model

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There were different interactive contests you could participate in by completing and Instagraming a photo.  I entered the Urban Barn Table Setting competition and of course the get a free ghost chair with Structube booth.

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There was unlimited coffee and sweets served along with a delicious lunch.

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I met some pretty amazing people my absolute favorite blogger MonikaHibbs formally from TheDoctorsCloset, who was just as nice as I imagined she would be.  She left her job as a Doctor and fulfilled her dream of lifestyle blogging and now also has her own online store SHOPbymonika, if that’s not motivation I don’t know what is.  Mr Scott Mcgilvery from HGTV’s Income Property, owning 25 properties by the age of 25 was pretty impressive.  Let alone now owning 100, a huge inspiration and it was great to here some of his wise words.  He actually really reminded me of my dad, who is also in real-estate and owns multiple properties.  I learned from Scott to always set goals for your business, set the bars high and get used to delayed gratification nothing comes easy and right away. Brian Bauemler was also there from HGTV’s Leave it to Brian.

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I learned tons and came home with a notbook full of notes and inspiration. Motivated to get started with everything I obsorbed and start making my dream goals possible.  Blogging is something that I am still not 100% comfortable with, I am no writer but I have passion and think with that I can get to where I want to be.  Thank you Jennifer Flores of RamblingRenovators for putting this amazing conference together you are also an inspiration and did such an amazing job organizing the day.

Liebstar Awards!

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What a surprise I got this afternoon when I was nominated for my first blogging award with a notification on twitter.  How amazing is it that we start off not knowing anyone to only keep creating new relationships with other fellow bloggers.  We are all such a loving community who are all ready to help each other out, thank you to everyone who follows me and reads my posts.  I would like to send a BIG thank you to Sabrina Smelko from Morning Dear for the generous nomination!

The Liebster Award is passed around the blogging community to those who have fewer than 1000 followers as a simple way of getting to know one another and support each-others blogs.

The Liebster Award rules:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 8 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 1000 followers.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

My nominees for The Liebster Award are the following:

  1. Thelma Chaves from – http://urbanmomdesign.com
  2. Maggie Cordeiro from – http://www.choosingmontessori.blogspot.ca
  3. Brittany Stager from – http://www.mydailyrandomness.com
  4. Ashley, Fernanda and Victoria from http://www.thepartygirl.ca
  5. Lesley Metcalfe from – http://www.lesleymetcalfe.com
  6. Gemma Bonham Carter from http://thesweetestdigs.com
  7. Vanessa from http://www.theshimmer.ca/
  8. Melissa from http://thesweetescape.ca/


Questions for New Nominees!
To those I’ve nominated, here’s the 11 questions you must answer in your nomination blog post. I’d love to read them, so please tag me when you post!

1. What do you want to achieve from blogging?

2. Who do you look up to most?

3. What would be your dream dinner-party guest list.

4. What’s the story behind your blog name?

5. Name 3 things you would like to accomplish in the next few years?

6. Describe your dream house?

7. Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

8. What blogs do you enjoy following?

9. What is your dream career?

10.  If you had to choose one meal to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

11. What’s your guilty pleasure?



Here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. I’m a Décor Consultant for a Home builder In Cambridge Ontario.
  2. My goal in life is to be a successful blogger/interior designer and one day own and open my own furniture/clothing store.
  3. I am a new homeowner (possession coming soon -December 2014)
  4. I have a little bit of a clothing/shoe addiction
  5. My family is full of entrepreneurs
  6. My closet is color coordinated and organized by Seasons.
  7. I love candy- any kind! Bulk Barn is my second home.
  8. I am happiest when I am with my other half Nicolis Kaytar, Friends and of course my family.
  9. I drop my phone at least once a day- I guess you can say I am clumsy.
  10. My name was going to be Carole, Lilly was a last minute decision.
  11. I am Sushi obsessed.

Answers to the 11 Questions posed by my nominator:

1. What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give your younger self?

Not to worry about that first heart break, your world does not end!

School is very important giving 110% everyday is much cooler than skipping class!

2. Who do you look up to most?

I would say my father, for someone who has never paid a mortgage payment in his life how could I not look up to him?  The smartest business man I know.

3. What would be your dream dinner-party guest list.

Ooo this is a fun question. 

A) Beyoncé- for a splash of diva-ness and entertainment

B)  Kevin O’Leary to rack his brain on becoming such a success

C) Karl Lagerfeld-  Huge Fashion House Legend, need I say more

D) Christian Grey 😉 the way I picture him.

4. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

Well I wanted something that had to do with me and my name yet still fresh and edgy.  I started off with LC Designs which was basically just my initials, I wasn’t happy with this choice.  After digging deeper I came up with something that still had my name in it just with that extra something, something.  That is how ELLE CEE DESIGN was born 🙂

5.  What are your favourite blogs?

@Montessorispot– this is my little sister she is a Montessori directress.  She fascinates me every day with the information she knows about toddlers and how to maximize every sense at such a young age.

@monikahibbs– I love every sense of her style of design

@jillianharrisdesign– I loved her when she was the bachelorette and love her even more as a designer.

@urbanmomdesign She is a friend, mom to two gorgeous girls and an amazingly talented designer with so much ahead for her 🙂

6. Describe your dream house.

Kourtney Kardashians last home! 100% If only I could gain the courage to use that much color and boldness in my home design!! Photos were in @instylemagazine  Link above ( Kourtney Kardashians last home)

7.  Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Cambridge Ontario, a smaller city just 1 hour away from Toronto, Ontario.  I grew up in the same house for 27 years, a bungalow in a quiet neighborhood just outside.

8.  What’s your morning routine?

I usually shower in the evenings, I have to admit I love my extra sleep in the AM’s.  My work day usually begins at 8am at Sunlight Heritage Homes.  I wake up, brush my teeth, apply my makeup, get dressed for the day and throw my hair up in a sock bun!  The best invention ever.  I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I simply don’t have an appetite that early I grab a coffee and im off to start my day.

9. What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

Friday night= relaxing night in with my man.

Saturday= Laying out by the pool and a date night out to a fabulous resto! Easy Pour Wine Bar is one of my favs.

Sunday= Family lunch gathering followed by Antique day shopping.

10. What makes you laugh more than anything?

My boyfriend, he makes me laugh everyday.

11. What’s your guilty pleasure?

RED WINE 🙂

Thanks again to Sabrina for nominating me for this award.  It’s a privilege to be noticed by other bloggers.  Be sure to check out her blog, too! http://morningdear.com/