Decor

House Updates

05/17/2017

Life has been a bit crazy since the beginning of the year. I’ve been super busy at work and a huge install starts next week and will last through September. I’m savoring the calm before the storm, but in the mean time, here are some progress reports from around the McClelland household…

I’ve finished painting the trim and the stairwell/hallway on our second floor. After much debate and one coat of white paint, I ended up going back to my tried and true Revere Pewter for the spaces. It keeps the look consistent and flows with the first floor.

We also had our backsplash removed and updated to subway tile! This was definitely not a DIY project on our end and we hired it out.  I’m so happy with the outcome and how much it brightens up the space. The picture below is before he grouted the backsplash. I then took it upon myself to switch out all the almond color outlets to white (I watched a few You Tube videos to educate myself as an ‘amateur’ electrician). I’ve never felt so empowered then after I completed that project!

Last, but not least, we finally had a fence installed. Lola can run free or simply snooze on the patio without having to be tethered to the deck. It’s such a great feeling to finally be able to utilize our backyard without fear of her running into a busy street! We still need to stain both the deck (love this stain color that Jessica Garvin used) and the fence, but right now we are just enjoying its functionality!

Upcoming projects (because, there’s always a list), would be painting the trim in our guest bedroom and master bedroom, and eventually tackling the trim and cabinets in the upstairs bathrooms. Trim, now that I’ve mostly completed the first floor, my office, and the upstairs hallway and stairwell, I’ve learned is a pretty easy project but just takes a time commitment.

I have a huge San Francisco round up I’m working on, just need to find time to edit some photos and then I will get that posted for you guys! So, that’s what has been keeping me busy at home! To follow more day-to-day, make sure to follow along on Instagram/Insta-Stories!

 

Life / Sponsored

Clean Eating…Not Just for Humans

05/08/2017

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO sponsored series for Socialstars™.

Over the past few months I have been trying to create positive habits in my personal life. From trying to create a better work/life balance (leaving work at 5pm), working out (going to yoga class at least once a week), to eating healthier (I quit eating fast food in December…trying to eat less artificial sugar). I’m definitely not perfect in my execution of the aforementioned goals, but my life is a constant work-in-progress with room for improvement.

For me, it’s about doing the little things that can help me reach my goals. Little things like making it to yoga twice a week, but not beating myself up if I don’t make it because something else comes up, or simply switching to air-popped popcorn instead of microwave popcorn (trust me, popcorn is a food group in my diet), or simply turning my work e-mail ‘off’ on my phone to help reduce my anxiety of always being available.

When evaluating my daily habits, I realized there was no point in just stopping with me but to evaluate the decisions we were making for the well being of our dog, Lola! Cody always jokes with me that I treat her like my child, and I don’t deny it. She’s my baby girl and I want what is best for her. We adopted Lola three years ago from a rescue in Nashville. We had her for a trial period, but I knew the moment Cody brought her home, she was never leaving.

So first things first, I started with the food we were feeding her. Admittedly, I was previously buying food off the shelf without doing any research. As a first time pet owner (Cody has had dogs before; Lola is my first pet, ever), I don’t have any notes or previously knowledge to best compare brands and what’s best for her.  I can spend hours going down an internet black hole researching skincare products for myself, however; I realized I needed to be spending the same time investing in products that keep my girl strong, healthy, and around for a very long time! This is where NUTRO™ came into our life.

In the food we cook for ourselves, we try to utilize all natural, non-GMO ingredients and thankfully NUTRO™ does too. I slowly introduced Lola to their new dry food product, NUTRO™ Limited Ingredient Diet Small Bites Adult Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe Dog Food a few weeks ago and to say she enjoyed it was an understatement. Made with no more than 10 ingredients, the food not only offers high-quality protein, but also provides nutrients to promote healthy skin. We have struggled from time to time with Lola’s allergies and skin sensitivity, so anything to help her keep her coat soft and shiny, I’m willing to try! I’m sure Lola would agree, as she loves to look her best when she’s modeling for The Brunette One (exhibit ABC, and D). Prime example below, I can’t even with her guilty eyes after knocking over the bag of food, it’s safe to say we have a NUTRO™ enthusiast.

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Fashion

Shopbop’s Event of the Season

04/12/2017

I’d like to think in honor of turning 29 this week (I mean…I can’t be the only one that celebrates for at least an entire week, right?!), Shopbop is hosting their EVENT of the season. For 3 days only, get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders $500 or more! Simply use EVENT17 at check-out!

Need ideas shopping ideas for spring? Shop some of my favorite trends below!

The Mini Backpack

I treated myself to a new mini backpack from Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack before I left for San Francisco last week and not only was it a great addition to my handbag collection, it completely eliminated my need for a carry-on while traveling! It held my kindle, sunglasses, wallet, and small travel beauty products on the plane, and while touring the city, it even held my DSLR and a mini umbrella! It was seriously one of my better purchases to date and really paid for itself!

 

The “It-Shoe” of the Season 

I have an obsession with slides this spring season and it all stemmed from these Sam Edelman mules I picked up a few months ago. I’m anxious to add to my shoe collection, especially these Dolce Vita Espadrille Mules!

The Straw Bag

I’ve been seeing straw bags pop up everywhere lately on social media. They aren’t just meant for the beach anymore! How fun is this Mar Y Sol cross body bag?!

Gingham Print

I recently snagged this English Factory Gingham tank/t-shirt combo (and it’s currently on sale for under $40!) and currently have my eye on this purple off-the-shoulder Glamorous dress – how adorable would this be for a spring wedding?!