Life + Style

June 29, 2012

Sesame Linguini Recipe

Yum, right.
So I'm starting to get into this whole cooking thing.
Last night I made sesame linguini with teriyaki chicken.  Steamed broccoli on the side.  
I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe for the sesame noodles and baked the chicken in a store bought teriyaki glaze and added that in seperate.  Better directions to follow, I've got a hungry baby right now!
It was amazing and so easy!

June 28, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Mexican Casserole

Y'all know I've been on a health food kick lately.  Well, consider yourself warned, this is not even remotely healthy.  Quite the opposite really.  It's ooey gooey cheesey mexican goodness.
Yes, you heard me.  Go make it.  Tonight.

Cheesy Mexican Casserole
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cap of cream of cheddar soup
1 cup of sour cream
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 can of fiesta corn (drained)
1 can of tomatoes with chili peppers (drained)
1 cup of chopped red onion (I like it raw, my husband commented that he'd prefer I cook it next time)
1 package of boneless skinless chicken cooked and shredded
(I pulled a really large piece out of the freezer and baked in the oven with olive oil and salt uncovered for 40 minutes at 350')
-combine the above ingredients in a bowl and mix-
-spray a baking dish with pam and layer in soft taco shells to fill the bottom of the dish like you would noodles for lasagna-
(I used both large burrito size flour tortillas and small taco size because it's what we already had)
-spoon the mixture over the tortillas-
-top with a cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese-
-place a second layer of tortillas to cover the entire spread-
-sprinkle with another cup of cheese-
-bake 30 minutes at 350'-
-top with fresh salsa and serve with tortilla chips-

It's pretty much a recipe for fat.
Guaranteed to please.

June 27, 2012

One Room Challenge {office design} WEEK ONE

Happy hump day my friends!
So here I am committing myself to another six weeks of room design.  In this heat.  With the two babies in tow.
But the awesome news is that one wall in my house will hopefully look like this soon.

Yes, basically I will be showing the progress I'm making on my office every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I don't have my final ideas together yet for the actual desk wall or the bookshelves so I'll be sharing those mood boards as I come up with them.
Y'all know I've been talking about it a lot but never showed any pictures.  Yes, well, ahem.  That's because it's an embarrassment.
But I'm hoping to slowly change that with the whole blog world holding me accountable.
There are no fairy designers hiding in the wings or big budget allowances here so y'all bear with me.
I feel like I'm airing my dirty laundry here. And then linking that smelly socks to some really awesome bloggers who are probably doubting my participation in this challenge.
But like any good blogger, I'm here to share with you my before and you'll have to wait six weeks to see the final after.

This is where we leave off.

Just for clarification, this used to be our extra large formal dining room.  We never used it.
So I broke this space in half right down the middle allocating the far half to my kids for a play room and claiming the first half for myself as an office.

Okay, so not terrible.  Just not my style.  And not big enough.  The console table turned desk is too shallow and doesn't offer any worktop space.  The bookshelves also need some styling to say the least.
  This is a really before picture when I was thinking about having this room function as an office/dining room.  That quickly proved useless because we still never sat down at the table to eat.
Here is the wall opposite my desk which I like to think of as the cocktail corner.
I have big things in store for this wall.  Big.  Think gallery wall.  Think color.
This is where I'm going to start.

Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix & Chic
Danylle - Nana Moon
Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Emily - Rue de Emily
Lindsay - Sadie + Stella

June 26, 2012

Outfit to Room {Pink Nursery}

Well it's no secret here that I'm equally obsessed with fashion and interiors.  But to be honest, I have a much easier time selecting outfits that are just my style and often use that to help me translate a room.  Here is one of my favorite outfits, all shades of pinks, of course, translated into a sophisticated pink nursery!  And can we talk about this zebra print I found?  Yes ma'am.  I think that might need to live in my playroom asap!
***No, don't worry, I'm not pregnant.  Just helping an e-design client get some initial inspiration for her baby girl's nursery.  


June 25, 2012

One Meal Two Ways: PASTA

So it's Monday lovelies.
This means I've got chores and cooking dinner on the agenda.
I'm pretty big on finding ways to cook once, eat twice.  I've noticed there are lots of yummy dishes that just beg to be eaten again as leftovers.  Take this delicious warm penne pasta served hot with warm french bread on the first night and cold over a bed of mixed greens the next night.  The chicken is technically leftover already from a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store so you really get three nights out of it.
1 package of penne pasta cooked al dente
1 package of frozen peas (thawed)
boneless skinless cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
1 red onion sliced
half & half
parmesan cheese 
1 large can of italian style tomatoes
white wine 

glaze a saute pan with olive oil and sweat the onion
Deglaze the pan with white wine
Add chicken, tomatoes, and peas and allow to simmer until warm.
Slowly stir in half & half and add in a 1 tbsp of butter
Slowly add in a cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste

take the above leftover pasta and re-heat on the stovetop adding more white wine if neccesary
serve over a bed of mixed greens
add fresh sliced red onion and fresh chopped tomato


June 23, 2012

Weekend Outfit Inspiration

Just wanted to check in with a quick little weekend outfit post!  I've got on my weekend staple of cut-off jean shorts and a top knot.  Loving the casual look.  Perfect for lazy saturdays like today that start of with a walk to Starbucks and end up with Matthew and I playing with the babes outdoors all day.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
one | two | three | four | five | six

June 22, 2012

weekly cleaning chart

So as of right now, I'm cleaning my own house.  I'll be honest, I hope to change that soon.  I've been given the green light by Matthew to hire someone to help out twice a month which is a luxury we're willing to sacrifice to have.  With two kids under two I realize there will still be daily chores in order to keep our house from falling over the edge.  I swear our house always looks like a daycare no matter what I do.  We don't have an extra room designated as a playroom with doors that can be shut so ultimately the whole house is a play space despite my efforts to corral toys to one location.  And I honestly can't keep the cheerios and gold fish contained to the kitchen while maintaining my sanity.  And I'm totally guilty of crashing on the couch (or even bed) right after I get those two babes to sleep.   But when I look around at my view from the couch it's hard to relax knowing I should be doing something productive.  I realized I needed a chart to keep me organized and accountable.  Otherwise, it's just not going to happen.  I actually put some real thought into what will be done on which days based on practicality.  You can find a lot of other charts on pinterest  that might suit your own house or needs better but here is what is working for me.  Anyone else have any tips or tricks for housekeeping you'd like to share?  We can all use the advice.  
Anyone blowing off chores for the weekend?  I know I sure am.  Aside form the dailies, there is a reason this is a Monday-Friday chart.


June 21, 2012

Wear This | Drink That

Hey loves!

I know it's only Thursday morning but seriously, who's ready for happy hour? 
I want to put on a pretty dress and sip on something sweet.
Lucky for me today is Matthew's Birthday and I plan to make us both some yummy spirits this evening.  I will most certainly be wearing a summery dress for the occasion!
What's your favorite cocktail?


June 20, 2012

staying cool & giveaway winners

Sorry for the late postings on the winners from the two giveaways last week.  I've been super busy trying to stay cool. 


Allison said...
I would love to have a black one piece!

Queen of the Tailgate:

Leslie said...
That's such a cool idea! I love those earrings. My husband lives and dies for VA Tech.


Pulled Pork BBQ & Strawberry Shortcake

I'm so obsessed with barbecue and this is one of my favorite recipes.  I cheated and had Matthew make it since I'm pretty sure I would have found a way to mess it up.
Pulled Pork Barbecue:
Pork shoulder

  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon franks red hot
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • *adjust the amount of sauce to suit your taste and the amount of meat you have*

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Put the pork in a roasting pan and roast it for about 6 hours. An instant-read thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the pork should register 170 degrees F, but basically, what you want to do is to roast it until it's falling apart.

While the pork is roasting, make the barbecue sauce.
When the pork is done, take it out of the oven and put it on a large platter. Allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes. While it's resting, deglaze the pan over medium heat with 3/4 cup water, scraping with a wooden spoon to pick up all of the browned bits. Reduce by about half. Pour that into the saucepan with the sauce and cook 5 minutes.
While the pork is still warm, you want to "pull" the meat: Grab 2 forks. Using 1 to steady the meat, use the other to "pull" shreds of meat off the roast. Put the shredded pork in a bowl and pour half of the sauce over. Stir it all up well so that the pork is coated with the sauce.
Blue Cheese Coleslaw:
package of shredded coleslaw mix
1 tub of crumbled blue cheese
4oz sour cream
3 heavy scoops of Duke's Mayo
combine into a bowl and let stand in the fridge for several hours if possible

And Strawberry shortcake for dessert?  
Yes, please!
Just pile on the layers of whip cream and chopped fresh strawberries.


June 19, 2012

Mommy & Me sketch

I'm seriously so excited about a project I'm working on for a client.  She asked me to customize a digital illustration based on one of our photo shoots for her to use for thank you cards.  Whoa!   I have no clue what I'm doing, but, the idea intrigued me enough that I immediately sat down and tried to learn.  Here is the first one I did in illustrator.  It's based off of a picture of  Wells and I.  I actually like the way this one turned out and I'm going to have it printed to hang in Wells' room.  The second attempt was done in photoshop and while significantly easier to create, I like the look of the first one better.  The lines are cleaner.  I really need to learn to be more proficient in illustrator.  It scares me.  And hands.  I think I'm going to make all my illustrated people fingerless from now on.
I can't wait to get started on individuals of Wells and Tagg to have printed up for their own personalized calling cards.  Yes, I'm serious.


June 18, 2012

House Updates

I honestly don't know if my style is evolving or just my ability to asses it better.
Either way, I made a few changes to my entryway this weekend and I love how it's shaping up!
I added in a few chinoiserie pieces and a new blue ikat painting I just finished and I think the blue and pink is the jam.  I also swapped out the old rug and for the two black and white kilim like runners I had draped over the slipper chairs.  
Much fresher!
What do you think?
You can see more evolution pictures of the space here, herehere, and, here.  
Now it's on to get the rest of the house under control!

Especially the living room.
Remember this space is really part of our living room so I need to keep it cohesive.  I tend to get so swayed by impulse purchases that don't go with anything else I have and are just plain wrong for the style of the room and I end up with unfinished spaces that just don't feel right.  I decided to make myself an inspiration board to use as a roadmap along the way.  
Matthew has made it clear he's not repainting and I'm not buying new furniture until my children learn to wipe their sticky fingers on paper towels.
Which means I'm using all my existing pieces rather than dream items because in reality this is what I'm working with.  So this isn't my dream living room, just a realistic plan to have one I really really like by adding in a few new colors and accessories!


June 17, 2012

Father's Day

I couldn't be more excited to be celebrating you today with our two beautiful babies.  You have shown Wells more unconditional love and Fatherly support in less than two years than some women see in a lifetime.  I could not ask for a better role model to show my daughter how a woman should be treated.
Tagg is only five months old and already completely adores you, you're clearly his favorite.  I can't wait to watch you teach him how to navigate the world with the same perseverance, strength, and laughter that you put forth each day.  Seeing so much of you in our children, both their looks and personalities, gives me the greatest joy that I can imagine. 
I am so glad I chose you to be my babies' daddy.

Matthew and I are both incredibly fortunate to have two AMAZING father's who continue to love and guide us each and every day.  Without them we would not be who we are today (literally, ha!).  

Happy Father's Day to my incredible Dad and awesome father-in-law Rick! 

If anyone would like a copy of this printable without the PIP watermark, please let me know and I'll try to email you right back!

June 16, 2012

Farmers Market Outfit

Now that I'm in charge of cooking in our household (for those of y'all who are new, this is a very new task for me) I'm even more excited for summer Farmer's Market!
It doesn't help that I've got two under two who like to wake up at 6:15 recently so by 7:30 I'm itching to  get out of the house. 
I've got my outfit and list to share with y'all this morning!
Who else is headed to a Farmers Market this morning?
What are your Farmers Market staples?
I easily find something I like and can cook and stick with it.  I put myself in a food rut so I'm always looking to try new things.

June 15, 2012

master bedroom progress

Remember when I mentioned that I ordered these two black ikat pillows from etsy?
It's okay if you skimmed over that part, so did my husband who acted surprised when fedex pulled up.
Well they arrived last weekend and I am smitten!
I've been making good on my promise to make the bed every morning and I'm proud to say I haven't missed a day. 
It's funny that something simple like making the bed has inspired a whole new overhaul.
I moved our drapes up from the living room.  I had originally made them for this room anyway.  And the gold & python bench now resides at the foot of the bed.  I adore it and Wells is pretty pleased that she now has access on and off our bed. 
I also created some His and Hers art to go above our bedside tables.
I'm really liking how this is turing out so far and I try to keep in mind that it's going to be a work in progress like the rest of my house for a while.
After looking at these pictures I'm thinking I need to add "iron linens onto that list
This room still needs sooooo much work:
new bedside tables
new wall color 
(either much darker with less green/brown undertones or much lighter like classic gray)
new sheets
area rug 
(maybe a rich persian to add some old school charm)
trim for the window panels
(I'm thinking greek key to add a classic touch)
find or create art for the other walls
hang large mirror
hang existing art 
(I wouldn't mind it resting on the tables if they were large enough)
replace closet doors 
(or just get a second one to replace the missing one)
mount tv 
(yes we have a tv in our room.  Judge away, I'll be too busy watching RHNY under my cozy down duvet to care)
Anyone else been working on a new resolution lately (like making the bed) or added anything pretty to your bedroom you want to share (with links, of course so I can copy)?


June 14, 2012

Grilled Barbecue Chicken Salad

Okay, so this morning I showed y'all what Wells has been eating so I figured it was only fair to share what I've been eating too.
I do a lot of baked chicken recipes at our house recently and am always trying to find simple ways to eat the same thing in a new way.  My current favorite is barbecue chicken salad.  It's really yummy grilled, but I actually baked it last night because I had the extra time but not the extra hands to sit by a hot stovetop or grill.  I placed it on a bed of fresh mixed greens and added cherry tomatoes and tortilla strips topped off with blue cheese dressing.  I would highly suggest adding shredded colby jack cheese but y'all know I'm trying to cut back on my dairy so that's why it's not pictured below.   I used store bought dressing but much prefer to make my own.  It has so much more flavor so I in turn use less.  I'll share the recipe soon!
Who else is obsessed with salads in summer?
What are you piling on top?

Healthy Kids Snacks

Toddlers and their eating habits!
And I thought feeding a baby was tough work!

Wells has gotten really into looking in the fridge and choosing her own snacks. 
I'm totally okay with this. 
We all eat healthier now that our little bug is watching and mimicking, so there is no food that's off limits in our house to her.
{except mommy's special "tea" aka wine}
I make sure all of her choices are already washed and cut up in Tupperware just waiting for her to eat them.
This only takes an extra five or ten minutes when I unpack groceries and saves so much time and sanity for days to come.
The downfall is that this creates problems when we're on the go and she decides she doesn't like the particular snack I've brought.
So I recently started making my own homemade little "luncheable" style snack packs full of healthy choices.  So far she doesn't mind that everything is touching and this way she can still choose when we're at the park or out running errands.  I just pass her the whole box and she makes her selection.  I no longer need to lug around six different Tupperware containers every time we leave the house.
Problem solved!
Obviously the contents of the snack packs change with our groceries but grapes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, cheese and yogurt are staples that are always available.
Anyone else have any snack or meal tricks they'd like to pass along?
This doesn't have to just be for kids you know!
I seriously find myself filling these with a little more than Wells can eat alone so I know I always have a quick healthy bite on the go too.


June 13, 2012

SwimSpot Giveaway

It's June and summer is in full swing.  
I love it!
I am obsessed with taking Wells to the pool.  Well, I'm obsessed with how great she sleeps at night after I chase her around the pool.  Tagg prefers to rock his swimsuit from the comfort of his stroller.
Anyway, have y'all heard of swimspot, and online shop for women and kids swimwear? 
Me neither, until they contacted me about hosting a giveaway for a $50.00 Swimspot gift card.
I decide to check out their website to see if this was something I, and y'all, would be interested in.
Gorgeous swimsuits and cover-ups?  I think so.
They have fit specialists, videos, and various categories based on body type to help you find your perfect designer swimsuit.  They also have a build your own bikini section which is fab.
And I love that you can buy online and try on in the comfort of your own home, with no overhead lighting and after a glass of wine.  Not to mention, no toddler screaming "hi Mommy's pink panties" to the entire dressing room.
Below are my favorites.
Go to their website and come back and let me know which ones you love!


Please leave one comment per entry
1. Leave a comment saying whether you rock a one-piece or two-piece and your color of choice (mine is black)
2. Like Pawleys Island Posh on Facebook
3. Like SwimSpot on Facebook
4. Tweet about the giveaway
5.  Talk about the giveaway on facebook or your blog with a link back to this postwww

This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday June 17th and a winner announced on the blog on Monday morning.


June 12, 2012

Queen of the Tailgate GIVEAWAY

So I know summer has barely started but let's take a vote, who's ready for football season?
Or tailgate season, as I like to call it.
Pretty dresses, appetizers and friends galore, daytime drinking.  What's not to love?
WhenStephanie from Queen of the Tailgate contacted me about hosting a giveaway I immediately said yes.  
I actually know Stephanie in real life and I can assure this girl knows how to tailgate.
She's created an entire one-stop-shop for all your tailgating attire needs.
Need a maroon shirt? Check
Black and gold earrings? Check
Orange and purple dress? Check
This is freaking brilliant people!

Queen of the Tailgate has graciously offered to give away a pair of earrings of the winner's choice.
What would you choose?

this giveaway closes on Friday at midnight and a winner will be revealed Saturday morning along with my favorite tailgate treat

1.  Go visit Queen of the Tailgate and tell us what your favorite team is and which item is your favorite
2. Like Queen of the Tailgate on Facebook
3.  tweet about the giveaway 
Like Pawleys Island Posh on Facebook
See something else you must own, please use discount code PIP to enjoy 10% off your order

June 11, 2012

Art Sale 2

Hey friends!
Who had a good weekend?
We did absolutely nothing of note, yet it still flew by way too fast.

On another fun note I'm back with a second art sale!

I am still floored by how supportive y'all are of my work.
I tried to incorporate a few new colors this time as requested.
Hope you likey!

Y'all are seriously the most awesome readers ever and as a thank you I'm going to include the frames with the art for this sale as well.  They're all shown in black but you can choose white if you prefer.
Just send me an email if you're interested!

All paintings are 9x12 original acrylic & oil pastel on heavy weight acid free paper. 
(17x14 black or white and matted to 8x10)
$75 each
 # 10
# 11
#12 SOLD
# 13
# 14 SOLD
# 15
 #16 SOLD
 #17 SOLD
 #19 SOLD
#20 SOLD
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