Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review

2013 has been a year for the books. I think it might have even been my favorite year yet. Corey and I are hosting a New Year's Eve party tonight in our new home to celebrate the past year and welcome the next. 2014 has big shoes to fill.

Corey and I rang in the new year with dinner at our favorite Cuban restaurant and drinks with friends.

Corey and I celebrated Valentine's Day with dinner at The Dining Room at Anthony David's, which had been on our Hoboken restaurant list for a long time.

We started to discuss moving away from the city to somewhere a little more suburban. At the time we thought it would be Morristown, New Jersey.

I visited the Museum of Natural History. It was on my NYC bucket list for some time and was totally amazing.
Riley turned three years old.  

I opened my Teachers Pay Teachers store, which has been a great creative outlet for me - and also provided me with a little extra money to spend on shoes.

Corey and I escaped the cold New Jersey weather to visit his parents in Naples, Florida.


Corey was offered a new job in Charlotte and he decided to accept it. We said good by to some dear friends in Hoboken and our first home together. 

I said goodbye to my sweet third graders and with a heavy heart resigned my position for the coming year.

We moved to Charlotte. Riley was not so sure about that whole idea at first. 

I was offered a new job to teach 5th grade gifted and talented.
I attended my first Charlotte Social blogger meet-up at NoDa Brewery.

We hosted a group of friends in our new apartment for the 4th of July and spent some time out on the boat.

I attended the first annual Charlotte Blogger Cookout at Classic Annie's home and met some wonderful ladies in person. 

We experienced our first Restaurant Week in Charlotte.
We decided to purchase our new home!

Corey and I celebrated our first anniversary. I can't believe we've been married over a year!

I started my new job.

We spent many weekends watching Clemson football with friends.

Life with Elizabeth became A Carolina Mrs.

We headed to Greenville for Fall for Greenville's food festival and a fun weekend with friends.

Corey's mom and I headed to our builder's design center to choose all the finishings for our new home.

We celebrated Corey's 29th birthday.

We celebrated my 26th birthday and Corey surprised me with the Burberry jacket I've been dying for for almost three winters.
He also sent me flowers at school to make my birthday a little extra special.

We hosted our first Thanksgiving.

I attended what felt like a million Christmas parties (including the Charlotte Social ornament exchange) and was so thankful for time spent with friends.

We closed on our new home!

And then immediately traveled to New Jersey for Christmas.

And then back to Charlotte again to prepare to host a New Year's Eve party tonight.

I can't wait to see what 2014 holds. Happy New Year's, friends!

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year's Party: Modcloth Style

New Year's Party: Modcloth Style

New Year's Party: Modcloth Style by carolinamrs featuring a teal purse

Happy Monday, friends! I cannot even believe New Year's Eve is tomorrow. What a year 2013 has been! We'll be doing a little recap around these parts soon but first I'd like to share a cute NYE outfit for those of you still looking for a little inspiration. We're hosting a New Year's Eve party at our new home, which is finally unpacked, tomorrow and I am just dying to wear my new dress. Modcloth invited me to participate in a fun little contest on Polyvore featuring their Committee Celebration Dress. This is such a fun take on the LBD and I am so in love with the teal belt. This particular dress comes in both standard and plus sizes and is such a classic cut that you could wear it over and over again. I tried to go with kind of a "vintage glam" look. I think this outfit would be so fun for a New Year's Eve party tomorrow night - or any other celebration this winter as well. You can find all the items in this look from Modcloth or by clicking below. 

Black dress



Head wrap headband

Monday, December 16, 2013

Closing Day!

Today, Corey and I (and Riley, of course) close on our new home. We are beyond excited! It has been many months since we first started the building process and it has been so fun to watch the house come together piece by piece. I am so looking forward to making this house a home with our little family. Of course, I can't wait to decorate it. I've already gotten a little bit of a head start but there will be posts to come on that soon enough.

Riley is most excited for his new backyard. Big thanks to our friend, Jeff, for taking these sweet pictures.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lately (and giveaway winner!)

You may have noticed I disappeared after Thanksgiving. If you have any teacher friends, I'm sure they'll agree that this time of the year is just totally completely crazy. Add on the whole buying a house and moving just three days before we leave to go on vacation and planning a New Year's Eve party for right after we get back....well you get the idea!

Since the last time I posted, Corey and I hosted Thanksgiving in our apartment. We made all kinds of delciousness. I tried a new macaroni and cheese recipe that I am now obsessed with. It will be my go-to any time I make this - which luckily is only a couple times a year since it has a ton of heavy cream and cheese.

The turkey was also successful but grossed me out no less than ten times. Luckily my mom came over to help me with this. I wanted turkey lessons so I could make a turkey like the one I always grew up with. I am not so sure I want to be responsible for the turkey anymore, though. It was delicious but the whole preparing it process was just no fun. 

My sweet grandmother, who is about to turn 94, was in attendance. Three generations. 

After we finished hosting for Thanksgiving dinner, we listed our living room furniture on Craigslist and were able to sell it. This is great since we'd already purchased new furniture but also terrible in that we have no couch. What a sad, sad living room. I'll be watching TV in bed until further notice. 

Our house is really coming together. Our final walk through is today and then we close next Monday. Here's a couple pictures from last week when we stopped by to meet with a company about building our patio.
I love this little hallway. 

The tile fiasco has been fixed! Above are the tiles we chose. Loving this much better.

We have appliances! Right now our apartment refrigerator is miniature. It is the smallest refrigerator I have every seen. I cannot even tell you how excited I am to start using this one.

Last but not leave, the winner of my $50 Blue Nile jewelry giftcard giveaway was Stafanie of the House Spouse. Thank you to all who participated!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blue Nile Jewelry Giftcard Giveaway

Happy Thursday ladies! Don't forget to enter my Blue Nile giveaway (previous post) for a chance to win a $50 giftcard to spend on any of their gorgeous pieces. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blue Nile Holiday favorites + a $50 giveaway!

Happy Sunday, lovelies. I hope you've enjoyed a nice long weekend with family and are getting all prepped for Cyber Monday tomorrow. That is how I prefer to do my holiday shopping. You will absolutely never see me fighting crowds at the mall on Black Friday, when I can have the perfect gifts delivered to my doorstep hassell-free a few days later.

If you missed yesterday's post, I have partnered with Blue Nile for a little Holiday promotion. Blue Nile is the country's largest online jeweler and they have some beautiful pieces that would make perfect Christmas gifts this year. Here a few of my favorites:

Blue Nile has launched Leave Nothing to Chance, an application on their website that analyzes your (or a friend's) personality and style to help you choose the perfect Holiday gifts. This app creates an infographic and makes gift recommendations from Blue Nile's website. I found these to be pretty spot on when trying it out myself. The goal of this application is to eliminate that element of "chance" when purchasing jewelry for someone else and to ensure that the gift you give will be something the recipient with absolutely love. You can even share your results through social media to give those who might be purchasing for you a little hint.  Everyone who gives the application a try is entered to win a three carat diamond tennis bracelet, valued at $4,500. Could you imagine opening that up on Christmas morning?

Blue Nile is also giving away a $50 online giftcard to one very special A Carolina Mrs. reader. Use the rafflecopter widgit below to enter between now and midnight on Friday, December 6.

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

See something you absolutely adore while browsing the Blue Nile website? Now through December 31, Blue Nile is offering 10% off to all of my lovely readers with the code BNAPP2013.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Leave Nothing to Chance

I've been a lover of jewelry for as long as I could remember. Even as a child, I looked forward to heading to Claire's to pick out a necklace or earrings that would define my elementary-school style. Later, when I was in high school, I worked as a sales associate at a local jewelry store and developed an appreciation for finer jewelry. Today, while I do love my statement necklaces, the pieces I treasure the most are higher quality pieces that I received as gifts from my loved ones. Isn't there something magical about unwrapping a tiny jewelry store box and seeing the perfect necklace or pair of earrings inside?

With that being said, it is really difficult to buy jewelry for other people. Fine jewelry is such a personal thing and it can be really tricky to choose an item that you can be sure will make the recipient happy. Purchasing jewelry for someone else can sometimes leave a lot to chance.

Blue Nile recently contacted me regarding their new application for the Holidays, Leave Nothing to Chance, and I have to admit it is pretty genius. If you are unfamiliar with Blue Nile, they are the world's largest online jeweler. This year, Blue Nile has developed an application that analyzes people's personalities and style to create an infographic and jewelry recommendations.

I created my own infographic this morning and it was pretty spot-on.
I was asked several tongue-in-cheek lifestyle and fashion questions and at the end was determined to be a "queen bee." The jewelry recommendations were definitely my style - elegant yet classic. The best part about this is you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to give a subtle hint of what you'd like for Christmas so that you "leave nothing to chance."

Here's a closer look at the beauties Blue Nile picked out for me. I would be so very happy if one of them ended up in my stocking.

Visit Blue Nile and have a little fun with the Leave Nothing to Chance app. Anyone who participates is entered to win a three carat diamond tennis bracelet, valued at $4,500. Could you imagine finding that under the tree on Christmas morning?

See something you like while you're on the Blue Nile website? Blue Nile is offering all A Carolina Mrs. readers a special 10% off discount code now through December 31. Just enter code BNAPP2013 in the reference code at checkout. Stay tuned over the next few days to see my favorite Blue Nile picks as well as a special giveaway.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lust List - Holiday Cards

With Thanksgiving just days away, I find myself already thinking ahead to Christmas and the holidays that are now right around the corner. Corey and I have never sent out Holiday cards. We intended to do something cute with a clever play on the words “merry/marry” last year for our first married Christmas, however things ended up being pretty hectic in our community as we recovered from Hurricane Sandy. This year, though, I am bound and determined to send out a Holiday card to all our friends and family.

It has been an exciting year with the move back to the Carolinas, both of us starting new jobs, and purchasing our first home. I cannot wait to share all of the fun we’ve been up to with our loved ones. Deciding to send out a card was only half the battle – then we had to go about choosing one.

I recently received an email from TinyPrints and was inspired to check out a few of their Holiday card designs. TinyPrints is a division of Shutterfly that specializes in high quality paper goods. If you are unfamiliar with this darling company, you need to hop on over to their site this instant to take a look. They have everything from invitations and thank you cards to personalized stationary and moving announcements {which Corey and I will be ordering so very soon.}

Of course this time of year I was immediately drawn to the section of their website featuring Holiday cards and there are a number of designs that I am totally in lust with. 

 There are so many cute designs that I am having a tough time narrowing it down to just one! When I do make my decision, I can be sure that they'll go out in time, though because one of the best things about TinyPrints is that they offer two day rush shipping for procrastinators like me.  

Are you sending out Holiday cards this year?