Monthly Archives: June 2016


Life Lately: An Update On Our 2nd Big Move in a Year

In case you haven’t seen the news here on the blog (We sold our Raleigh house in ONE weekend! Here’s how.). And although we found the perfect house in Durham, we’re not closing until next week, so for the past few weeks we’ve been living in a temporary rental. Nothing makes you miss your “stuff” like cramming into a one-bedroom apartment with only the essentials. (I’d say 95% of our stuff is currently in storage and has been since May.) But truth be told, nothing makes you realize how little you really need when living out of a few suitcases. Meanwhile, hubby has been working long hours at the hospital so it’s mostly been Scarlett and I. It’s been so nice here this summer and we’ve already gone to museums, malls, farmer’s markets, and more.

So why the 2nd big move just one year into our new adventure in North Carolina? 

We moved to Raleigh in a whirlwind last summer after hubby matched for residency at Duke. (I still can’t believe I get to write those words – residency at Duke; proud doesn’t even begin to describe it! And we have been together a LONG time, so I’ve been along for this ride since we were kids. In case you’re curious: our love story and our wedding.) Unfortunately, once you’ve matched for residency, you have a matter of weeks to arrange a move, pick a place to live on a map in a city you probably know nothing about, say goodbye to all of your family and friends, move into said place, start a job, and essentially leap. Of the Research Triangle – the three cities that surround Duke – Raleigh was by far the biggest city. We’re city kids through and through, so we went for it. Raleigh is a fantastic city, and even in the few short weeks that we’ve since moved to Durham, we keep visiting.

But Durham is where Duke is, and the commute to and from Raleigh and Durham day-in and day-out, combined with the long, exhausting hours a resident works, had taken their toll. Truth is, hubby is a trooper and kept insisting it wasn’t so bad; but a handful of late nights, after working “night shifts,” hubby made exhausted phone calls to me in the middle of the night just to help him stay awake and it took all of my willpower not to cry right there on the phone. I am his wife, the mother of our beautiful little girl; we made this HUGE move to a place we knew no one, for his career, and all I could think was, What are we doing? Why are we adding the pressure and stress of a 40+ minute drive to and from the hospital, when he is already giving so much to his patients? One particularly bad drive home and I put my foot down. Hubby never fought me on my decision, and within a week we had called our Realtor.

And you know what? This has been such an INCREDIBLE decision. I worried myself into pieces for months over what to do, even though the answer was sitting right there in front of me. I wondered what people would think? Who sells a house only a year into living somewhere? And although the process hasn’t been smooth (It never is!), we’re so close to the finish line. Durham is adorable and the support we’ve found with other families has been so welcoming. I hadn’t realized how disconnected I’d felt, until we finally made our way over to Durham and I started to reach out to other families in our situation. I’m also really trying to put myself out there. I think it’s about time I find myself a mom tribe. (I’ll let you know how that goes!)

Life Lately - An Update on Our Second Big Move

Our New House:

If all goes according to plan, next week we’ll be closing on the sweetest little house in Durham. It’s just 12 minutes from the hospital for hubby and it’s at the center of so much life and activity here in Durham (a huge nature trail and the mall are both just a few minutes away!) The closing and move should be quite a fiasco since hubby can’t make it to either. We actually had to get a POA (Power of Attorney) just so I could sign the closing forms on his behalf. I’m actually more terrified about orchestrating a move into the house with 8 movers, hundreds of boxes, and a whole lot of furniture with just the baby and me. These are the moments I’ll admit remind me of how much this residency journey can suck.

As for the new house, it admittedly needs some TLC (Two words: popcorn ceilings), but hubby and I love a good DIY project. The house really is perfectly charming and feels so much like us. The backyard is also beautiful; there’s a creek! It’s crazy how you just get that “feeling” once you’ve finally stepped into the home you know is meant to be yours. (Follow along on snapchat → glitterinclexi over the next week to see plenty of behind-the-scenes as we do the walk-through on Sunday and get our keys next Wednesday!) The hardest part is deciding what projects to do first and to take things one step at a time. We’re the type who could easily go in and start tearing down and re-doing everything, but that can get expensive and a little overwhelming.

Aaaaand of course, in true crazy Lexi fashion (Because I can never, ever just relax! What’s that?), I’ve also tacked on a great big styled birthday party shoot at the end of July. (Remember Scarlett’s first birthday party? It was featured on Style Me Pretty!) As in, somehow we have to get moved in, unpacked, decorated, and then ready and set-up for a photo-ready birthday party/housewarming all in three weeks. I wonder if I could enlist a two year old to unpack dishes? Yeah, probably not.

Anyway, there you have it: a little update on the madness that is our life lately. Send positive vibes!

Photo by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi

12 Must-Read Books for 2016: Summer Reading

I’ve challenged myself to dive back into reading this summer. The beauty of a personal challenge is that if I fail miserably and find myself reading the same Ladybug Girl Says Goodnight book over and over again by popular toddler request rather than reading a book I might actually enjoy (given that I’ll have likely only read it once), the only person I can blame is myself. And lately, I’ve taken to giving myself a whole lot of grace.

Good news is, there are a slew of incredible-looking novels out this summer that I can’t wait to dig my teeth into, and they may just be the motivation this mama needs to get back to the books. So if you’re on the hunt for the best books of 2016, with a few cheeky beach reads you can plow through in one sitting mixed in, check out these 12 must-read books for 2016. (Get your wishlists ready!)

12 Must-Read Books for 2016: Summer Reading. These must-read books of 2016 will definitely make you want to get back to the books. (Get your wishlists ready!)

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The After Party: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani
Penned by the bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (totally on my list as well!), this new novel tells the story of 1950s Texas socialites. (And really, they had me at “Texas socialites.”) It’s a charming historical fiction read full of garden clubs and glittering balls.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Written by the author of last summer’s hit, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers is the story of three college bandmates who have grown-up and had families of their own and is getting rave reviews. Per The Skimm, “It’s ‘Friends’ meets ‘Almost Famous’ meets the beach read you’ll be recommending all summer.” Sold.

Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler
Described as a novel of the senses and a coming-of-age tale, following a small-town girl into the electrifying world of New York City and the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. This book is for the foodies out there, with a hipster love triangle for good measure.

A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel by Yvonne Georgina Puig
Although this one isn’t out until August, I’ve already wishlisted it. In a nutshell, it’s the hilarious tale of 30-year-old Vivienne Cally who is scheming for a rich husband “among Houston’s high-powered, oil-money elite.”

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
This one actually came out in 2015, but I keep hearing that it’s a great book, so on the list it goes. The gist: Husband writes a letter, to be opened after his death. The letter contains his deepest, darkest secret with major repercussions. Wife stumbles across that letter while husband is still very much alive.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
A New York Times Bestseller, this novel is rumored to be a delightful, humorous tale of Upper East Side wealth, gossip, and family dysfunction. This is the kind of book you devour in one sitting; a.k.a., a perfect summer read.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
After discovering his wife’s charm bracelet on the one-year anniversary of her death, a charming widower takes off on a life-changing journey to London, Paris, and India. I teared up just reading the Amazon reviews.

Rich and Pretty by Rumaam Alam
This widely hyped story of two life-long best friends, Sarah and Lauren, takes an honest look at modern female friendship and how it evolves as we grow up.

One True Loves: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
Described as You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities. This one sounds too adorable not too read, and bonus points for that cover art.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
I read and loved Curtis Sittenfeld’s breakout hit, Prep, and Eligible is being dubbed a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice; in other words, sign me up.

The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
This highly anticipated debut novel takes place in 1960’s California and follows a young woman as she gets wrapped up in a Charles Manson-like cult. Admittedly, this one might be just a bit too creepy for me, but I can’t say that I’m not intrigued. Everyone is raving about it.


What’s on your summer reading list? I’ll take all the recommendations I can get!


And if you’re looking for even more amazing books (or just want to join the club and save a dozen more to your wishlist that you may or may not get to someday), check out last year’s 12 Must-Read Books for 2015.


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Lexi

What to Wear This Fourth of July

The fourth of July is right around the corner and I can’t help but celebrate. Summer is just so much fun, and I think an adorable July 4th look is in order. What to wear this Fourth of July? A bit of red, white, and blue with a bit of modern chic style thrown in. If you have big plans to throw a backyard barbecue or are headed to friend or family shindig, gather up your recipes, throw on a cute outfit, and channel a little bit of classic Americana.

What to Wear This Fourth of July: July 4th Americana Summer Barbecue Look

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Little Love Notes

White Kitchen Corner with Copper and Wood Details

Happy weekend, everyone! We’ve been living in a temporary apartment for a few weeks now, waiting for our new home, and I’m definitely starting to miss our space, our stuff (95% is in storage!), and a backyard. You don’t realize how great a backyard is until you, your toddler, and dog, are trapped in a one-bedroom apartment at the start of summer. In the meantime, I’m planning Scarlett’s second birthday party (How did that get here so soon?) and all of the fun decorating I’m going to do in the new house. This weekend is mostly a working weekend, with a little brunch mixed in, and we may try to venture out on Sunday for a family adventure if the rain stays away. How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear everyone, did you catch the story about the British grandma who includes “please” and “thank you” in Google searches? Google thanked her for her politeness!

Dear summer wanderlust, America’s best little beach towns.

Dear design lovers, one incredible small bathroom makeover.

Dear throwback vibes, this lariat choker might be the perfect excuse to jump (back) on the retro trend.

Dear end of week gigglesfamous novels retitled like episodes of Friends.

Dear brides, the most popular songs played at weddings.

Dear DIY’s to try, the loveliest floral curtains you can make this weekend.

Dear home inspiration, take a look inside designer Ulla Johnson’s light and layered bohemian home.

Dear go-getters, how one New York Times writer launched a food empire.

Dear weekend baking, summer strawberry cake.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image via Remodelista

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Lexi

Does Your Closet Need a Refresh? 7 Summer Trends (On Sale!)

Does your closet need a bit of a refresh this summer? If you’re a sale lover (And really, who isn’t?), it’s officially time to stock up on the latest summer trend fashion favorites, because right now, there’s one very BIG Shopbop sale happening. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m a huge Shopbop fan. (Free and fast shipping, free return shipping, a huge selection of everything awesome, amazing customer service.) This Shopbop Sale is extra special because they’re taking 25% off all sale items (that’s a major discount on designer goods!) Just use code 25EXTRA at checkout until June 24th to save 25% off of your entire sale purchase.

7 Summer Trends to Try Now (Like these adorable wrap sandals!)
Joie Bailee Sandals (30% off, plus an extra 25% during sale)

Breezy Dresses: Because the last thing I want in this crazy heat is a dress that sticks to me. (I’m completely smitten with this chambray and lace dress and this delicate midi sundress.)

 

Distressed Denim: Denim that breathes? Perfect for summer days. (This may just be the most wearable pair of distressed boyfriend jeans.)

 

Adorable Shorts: Beat the heat in the cutest shorts of the season. (Feminine pairs like these lace gauze ruched shorts and Free People’s Blue Bonnet shorts are topping my list, but you can’t beat a pair of denim rolled shorts.)

 

Off-the-Shoulder: The off-the-shoulder trend is still going strong, and you’ll be amazed at how flattering the look is. I’m a big fan of the 70s vibe and loose silhouettes. (This sweet dress is already in my cart.)

 

Lace and Eyelet: Lace is super feminine, offers up delicate details, and was just meant for summer. (This lace swing dress, this breezy lace sleeved top, and this lace and eyelet crop top are all calling my name.)

 

Perfect Accessories: Even on the hottest of days, a great pair of sunglasses and an awesome bag will get you through and keep you looking stylish. Accessories are key. (These earrings, those sunglasses, I’m in love.)

 

Lace-up Sandals: I’ve given into lace-up flat sandals this summer, and I’m not sure I ever want to let go (as evidenced by my Instagram and Snapchat shares.) Next on my list: tassels.

 

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The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes

Felt letter boards and black light boxes are currently experiencing a bit of a renaissance in the design world. But don’t call it a comeback; restaurants, schools, churches, and storefronts have been hip with the trend all along. Even mugshots and class photos of yesteryear got the felt letter board treatment. Yep, the coolest customizable art has been hiding in plain sight all along.

Felt letter boards have a distinctly retro feel (with those classic Helvetica letters, and all!), but I’m also seriously digging the old school cinematic light boxes. The customization is what’s really selling them. Everyone loves a memorable piece of personalized statement art in their home. And this kind of artwork has an edgy throwback feel and generally comes in at under $100. Spell out little love notes and messages, song lyrics, menus, greetings, grocery lists, hilarious quotes, the options are endless. Play with words and letters and negative space to make something truly artistic. You know you want one.

WHERE TO BUY LETTER BOARDS AND LIGHT BOXES:

You can buy light boxes at Cotton On, by Heidi Swapp, My Cinema Lightbox, Chi-buy, and Locomocean. (You can also try your hand at making your own DIY light box!)

As for felt letter boards, they come in so many shapes and sizes and you can find letter boards by Balt Essentials, Aarco (for wood-framed felt letter boards and aluminum-framed boards), Ghent (for white-framed letter boards), Alphabet Signs, and at Letterfolk (for great size options and plenty of Instagram inspiration!)

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (You are the Peanut to my Butter Kitchen Sign)

Love of My Life Felt Letter Board via @jessica_kesti

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Babe You Got This Black Light Box in the Kitchen)

Babe Light Box via @honeyandfizz

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Flower Felt Letterboard Sign)

Flower Felt Letter Board via @makelmg

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Less House, More Home Felt Letter Board)

Less House, More Home Felt Letter Board via @whiteshantydesign

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Birthday Felt Letterboard Sign)

Birthday Felt Letter Board via @honeyandfizz

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Be Yourself Letterboard Felt Sign)

Be Yourself Felt Letter Board via @seejanphotograph

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Dream Big Lightbox)

Dream Big Light Box via Kenay Home

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Today's Menu - Take it Or leave It - Kitchen Sign)

Take it Or Leave It Felt Letter Board via @jessica_kesti

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (You Are My Sunshine DIY Light Box)

You Are My Sunshine DIY Light Box via I Spy DIY

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (My Spirit Animal is a Sloth Felt Letterboard Sign)

My Spirit Animal is a Sloth Felt Letter Board via @ourgrowingstorey

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Embrace the Glorious Mess Felt Letterboard Sign)

The Glorious Mess Small Felt Letter Board via @kindredconfetti

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Life Lemonades Felt Letterboard Sign in the Kitchen)

Lemonade Felt Letter Board via @laurahelmick

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (We Lose Ourselves Felt Letterboard Sign)

We Lose Ourselves Felt Letter Board via @notetosarah

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Friday I'm in Love Light Box Sign in the Kitchen)

Friday I’m in Love Light Box via Honey and Fizz

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (If Friday Were a Food, It Would be Pizza Felt Letterboard Sign)

If Friday Were a Food, It Would be Pizza Felt Letter Board via @letterfolkco

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (You Are the Rock to My Roll Lightbox Sign)

You Are the Rock to My Roll Light Box via Factory Chic

The Coolest Customizable Art: Felt Letter Boards and Black Light Boxes, plus where to buy them. (Friends Felt Letterboard Sign)

Friends Felt Letter Board via @simplegoodssupply

So tell me: are you loving the trend as much as I am?

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Lexi