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Friday Favorites

I haven’t done a Friday Favorites (this title seems more appropriate than “Friday Finds” now) post in a while, but I’ve been mentally taking notes of some awesome stuff lately, especially over Christmas.  Let’s get started, shall we?

1. CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish 

CND Vinylux  Weekly Polish in Decadence CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Powder My Nose

My sister gave me these two polishes, Creative Nail Design Vinylux Nail Lacquer, Decadence
and Creative Nail Design Vinylux Nail Lacquer, Powder My Nose,
plus the Creative Nail Design Vinylux Nail Lacquer, Weekly Top Coat (<– affiliate links)
for Christmas.  I know I have preached about Seche Vite topcoat on here before, and I still think it’s amazing stuff, but so is this!  I really painted my nails a week ago, and they are just now starting to peel off.  That’s really saying something, as much as I cook/wash my hands/etc.  This is my new favorite beauty product.  For spring, I would love to get some brighter colors, too.

2. Pam Cooking Spray, Baking

Favorite Non-Stick Spray Pam for Baking  Oysters & Pearls

This is the best baking spray I’ve found (<– affiliate links).  Random thing to be a favorite, I know.  But seriously, it doesn’t leave nearly as much residue on your dishes, nothing will stick to it.  It really bugs me when baking spray leaves residue on my casserole dishes, and then it’s basically IMPOSSIBLE to get off of there.  This one doesn’t do that, and I <3 it.

3. Oysters as Fan Pulls

Oyster Ornament Fan Pull | Oysters & Pearls

Fair warning: this is a (fairly) shameless plug.

Remember how I made those pretty Oyster Ornaments?  Well, I kept a few for myself, and after I took them off the Christmas tree, I decided they made perfectly lovely fan pulls.  So removed the standard fan pull hardware that came with our fans and replaced them with oyster ornaments!  I still have a few left from before Christmas, and will be making some more here in a bit that I think are going to be really pretty, too.  You can order them over on the Shop page!

4. Madewell Pull-on Booties

Madewell Pull-on Boots | Oysters & Pearls

I will go ahead and preface this with a disclaimer.  I am not a fashion blogger.  My husband is not a fashion photographer.  However, I am attempting to make an exception today because there are some things I want to tell you about.  I love my tall boots, but sometimes they eat my jeans (can anyone else relate?) and it drives me crazy.  Sometimes I just want to not have to worry about hiking them up all the time, but I don’t want ballet flats or my booties with heels.  Times such as these call for booties like these.  They are sort of manly and ugly, made of fine leather that is going to require a significant amount of breaking in – but the kind that you can tell will be well worth it.  I love them.

5. Plum Classy Plaid Monogrammed Scarf

Plum Classy Monogrammed Scarf | Oysters & Pearls

Plum Classy Monogrammed Scarf (℅), Barbour and Liberty of London for J.Crew Beadnell Jacket (no longer available, but similar here), Gap distressed boyfriend jeans.

I’m always obsessed with my Barbour jacket, but I’m really loving this new scarf.  I mentioned it before, but wanted to share a picture.  I love that it’s a brown and black plaid.  And I didn’t manage to get the monogram in the picture (oops) but it’s a perfectly bright cream color.  I am a big fan of black + brown, so this fits the bill perfectly.

6. Dainty Necklaces

Dainty Handmade Smoky Topaz Necklace | Oysters & Pearls

No link for ya here.  Once upon a time, in a far away place (Tallahassee) I used to make jewelry and sell it (mainly on Etsy at Frankly, My Dear Jewelry)  I haven’t had time to make it for sale in years, but sometimes I make some for myself and for gifts and for fun.  Every now and then I think about getting back into making some for sale.  Ya know, because I have so much free time on my hands.  Anywho, I made this dainty little smoky topaz necklace for myself the other day, and a sweet little pale pink topaz one for Nancy for her birthday.  I am working on some other ideas I have floating around in my head, too.  I think dainty gemstone necklaces are going to come back hard and strong.  At least, they are for me!

7. Anthropologie Emile Sweater

Anthropologie Emile Sweater

I posted about this sweater before on a Friday Finds post.  I have been dying to have it ever since I first saw it in a magazine.  I tore it out and tacked it up on my bulletin board in my office (I should probably call it my “inspiration board” if I want to be a good blogger).  I have constantly and continually checked to see if it would go on sale, and IT FINALLY DID.  And it is already in my possession.  And it’s just as warm and snuggly and soft as I imagined.  It’s a warm winter sweater dream.

And on a personal, New Year’s resolution note, one of my resolutions is to be much more careful about what I purchase.  One of my favorite blogs, Feather Factor, recently did yet another post on her Wardrobe Resolutions.   She limits herself to 30 purchases per year.  Just 30!  She tracks them and the prices, and it keeps her accountable.  It also helps her keep track of what she purchases from year to year and if she is still wearing that item, makes sure she doesn’t purchase duplicates, etc.  Granted, she is purchasing Hermes and I’m shopping at J.Crew and Anthropologie, but it’s still a smart concept no matter your budget.  It also encourages you to really think about what you want and what you actually purchase, and she advocates a quality over quantity mentality when adding to your wardrobe.  I am going to attempt to do the same.  Thirty purchases for my wardrobe in 2014.  Saving up for high quality items that will last, rather than purchasing something just because I find it on sale.  I won’t lie, it’s going to be difficult.  I mean, I’ve already made two of those thirty purchases!  But hopefully making an excel spreadsheet and putting my goal out there for the world to see will hold me accountable, too.  Wish me luck!

And that, my friends, will be enough fashion blogging for me for a while, I do believe.  Wheat was giggling like a school girl taking those pictures for me in the parking lot at his office.  But if y’all enjoy this kind of post, I’ll try to work more of them in on occasion.

Enjoy your weekend.  Cheers!

Until Next Time

Friday Finds


But seriously.  TGIF.

It’s been another long week, amiright?

This Friday Finds isn’t nearly as cool as last week’s post, but it’ll do pig.  It’ll do.

Here’s what I’m obsessing over this week.

This entire outfit from Anthropologie.


I am obsessed with everything in this picture. Even her hair. I *will* have that fabulous red bag lady sweater at some point in the very near future, if I have anything to do with it.
And I do.

However, I don’t see myself purchasing very expensive jeans in the near future, so I made a substitution.

These deconstructed Gap jeans.

Gap Deconstructed Real Straight JeansGap Deconstructed Real Straight Jeans

I was in Tallahassee last weekend for a hair appointment, and hopped over to the mall and tried these on.  I got them in short length, because I’m short, but also so that I could wear them more like the ones in the Anthro picture above with my own bag lady sweaters (until I purchase that red one, of course).


Bag lady sweaters are the BEST.  Mary Kate and Ashley exemplify the perfect bag lady chic vibe I like to go for in the fall.


Right? Ultimate bag lady chic.

Another thing I’m loving lately is my new favorite Food Network Show, Heartland Table


She isn’t Southern, per se, but she appeals to a Southern viewer, which I find refreshing amongst the “Southern” Food Network crowd.  There are no airs about this gal.  No cane syrup-sweet accent she’s laying on too thick.  She uses a normal human amount of butter in her recipes.  She doesn’t break into uncomfortable song at the end of every episode. But she grows her own food, visits and talks with farmers, and is really laid back and almost suspiciously normal-acting in front of the camera.  Like, I could be friends with this girl.  I could be this girl.
Except, by no fault of my own, I would have a cane-syrup-thick accent.

Anyway, I love her show.  She makes pie dough from scratch, grows her own lettuce, and doesn’t  annoy the shiz out of me.  I highly suggest you check her show out!  I’ve got all of them DVR’d, if you want to come over and marathon it with me.

Bobbi Brown Makeup


I haven’t been loving my makeup for the past year or two.  I feel like my skin has changed a lot (#midtwenties), and I just couldn’t figure out what worked for me.  I saw this feature on Bobbi Brown on CBS Sunday Morning (my FAVE!) and loved her natural aesthetic.  Then I started seeing Katie Holmes around in her Bobbi Brown, and she’s looking better than she ever has, IMHO.  So Saturday after my hair appointment, I went and got a full makeover at the Bobbi Brown counter in Dillard’s.  It was awesome.  I wish I could have bought everything they used on me, but alas, I still have to save up for those J.Crew boots, Madewell boots, and red bag lady sweater from Anthro.  I did purchase the liquid foundation pictured above, as well as the undereye corrector and concealer.  I am LOVING it all.  If you’re interested in the CBS Sunday Morning feature on her, {click here}.  I love how she puts her philosophy: “All women are beautiful.  What beauty is to me, is not looking like a super model, not looking like a Barbie doll.  It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and knowing how to use makeup to make you look better and enhance who you are.”
Isn’t that what we all want out of our makeup?

Speaking of all things girlie, I’m also loving my borrowed curling iron from Charity.

Ion Titanium Pro Curling Iron

I am just now learning to use these girl tools, and I really didn’t know how to use a curling iron. But Charity let me borrow this curling iron, and after a quick text tutorial from Rachel, I am feeling fairly confident at actually doing things to my hair.  Thanks Charity and Rachel! As proof of my new-found hair potential, please enjoy this awkward bathroom selfie.


I can be quite the awkward turtle, I’m well aware.  I’ve just been blowing it out straight, which takes surprisingly little time, then run a flat iron through it, then a curling iron.  Or just the curling iron.  I don’t really know, I’ve only been doing it for a few days and I am really new at actually doing things to my hair.  Update: here’s one from this morning after using the curling iron – I’m getting better!

Any product or curling iron suggestions for me?

So that’s what I’m loving in my world right now.  What are you loving?

Happy Fall Friday!  Go forth and soak up all the glorious Fall weather we’re having!