Chris and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last weekend. He surprised me with dinner at Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, NC and an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast in nearby New Bern. It felt like a miniature vacation, which was absolutely blissful. I gave him a print by his favorite local artist in Knoxville. Continue reading “year one, done”→
Now that we’ve officially entered the month of May, summer (and vacation!) feels so much closer. I’m ready to add some fun new items to my wardrobe, refresh the house and amp up my health and skincare routines. In this new, seasonal post series, I’m sharing a few things I’ve been eyeing lately that promise to delight. Continue reading “summer wish list”→
If there were ever a time to BRING IT, sartorially speaking, the Met Gala red carpet was it. This is not the event to play it safe with a simple slip dress or traditional gown.
Every year, the Met Gala, hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, has a theme and each attendant is expected to don a LEWK inspired by said theme. This year’s theme, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” called for ensembles inspired by the relationship between handmade and machine-made garments.
Now that you have a little background behind the event, take a look at my favorite looks from the night. (I “judge” based on how well attendees follow the theme. Why wouldn’t you have fun with fashion, especially on a night when the wild and wacky are celebrated?!)
Awards season is over, making this my last red carpet fashion post (sadly.) But what better way to end the season than with a stellar red carpet at the Oscars?! Trust me when I say, the ladies BROUGHT IT this year. Rooney Mara in Givenchy and Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein were my favorite looks of the night. I picked more of my favorites below.
It seems like every month a new restaurant or bar opens up in Knoxville. No doubt, the surge in breweries and casual-upscale eateries brings lots of foot traffic into downtown Knox. At the risk of sounding too political, these new businesses are great for our city and local economy.
I was a little disappointed in the fashion this year. Cut-outs ruled the carpet, as did black dresses. And apparently, showing as much skin as possible without exposing, ahem, lady parts, is a thing now? No surprise there, though.
In other news, I am officially a 20-something grandma. (See above statements for evidence.)
Taylor Swift received all of the attention for her waist-high skirt slit, shorter ‘do and, of course, 1989. Lady Gaga brought the drama with her David Bowie-inspired look. And Florence Welch stuck to her lovely, whimsical, bohemian ways in a pale pink Gucci number. So, in other words, it was a typical Grammy awards show.
As promised, here is a step-by-step guide to painting windsor chairs black. This project took us about two weeks to complete, but only because we did not work on it daily. Transforming these chairs was truly a labor of love. Continue reading “how to paint windsor chairs black”→