dottie magazine

I'm overcome with joy to share with you that over the last few months I've been working on a secret project as the Home Editor for Dottie Magazine, and I can say the magazine is officially live! 

Dottie is a digital magazine women’s fashion and lifestyle magazine that teaches you ways to live fashionably at an affordable price. The magazine is the brainchild of my college classmate, Rachael Sigsbee, and I'm tickled to be a part of this awesome & growing team!

Here's a bit more about the magazine from Rachael herself, and your look at the first issue of Dottie Magazine! I hope that you enjoy!

Click the image below to be taken directly to the pages of the first issue of Dottie!

the open concept

I love our kitchen. It's the heart beat of our house. My office is right there with its beautiful glass door for privacy, there's a sitting area for guests to relax in, a peninsula island where we we eat. What I don't like are the cabinets. It's a bit of a oversized galley kitchen, and the two walls lined with cabinets floor to ceiling are so blah. Sure they're lovely and perfectly white, which I adore, but the space needs more pizzaz.

Mr. S and I worked over the weekend on our "wish list" for the house for 2014. We were pretty lazy in 2013, feeling like we needed to get settled after running around for the last 5 years from place to place. So we'll let the lack of innovation and change at our house slide.

I've been browsing lately for some inspiration for ripping out a cabinet or two in our kitchen this year to make way for some open shelving. No need to get rid of them all, I like to have places to dump a mess of tupperware or my gaggle of casserole dishes. I need just enough open space to make the kitchen feel a bit more open and polished.

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2013 has gone, and it's on to 2014. Before jumping headfirst into the new year and new adventures, I took some time to reflect with Mr. S last night. We spent time looking at pictures from this past year, remembering the highs and the lows, and everything in between. And here it all is in a video of pictures I made using Flipagram.

It may be 10 minutes long, but it's all there, all 12 months of special moments.

PS - thanks for sticking with me as I took some personal time over the holidays...I'm back in action now...I swear!

jojo loves you blow-out sale

I've featured my blog partner, JoJo Loves You before here. But I must say this great partner has really outdone themselves this time. Today- Sunday, December 15th they're having a massive blowout sale on their Blings earrings. And seriously, mixing and matching styles shapes for everyone on your list is the best!

For one lucky simplesurber reader they're giving away a lovely pair of Limited Edition: Navy Oval Blings.

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To enter to win, leave a comment below with where you would wear this pair of blings this holiday season for a chance to win!

I'll announce the winner on Monday, so be sure to check back!

wise words for wednesday

In honor of all of the snow we've had here this week, we are all like a snowflake


Okay, so now I can explain why last week was so chaotic. My best friend in the world, my former roommate, my soul-mate, my confidant and my biggest cheerleader, Ms. Parker, got engaged this weekend to Mr. Harris!!!!!!!!!

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Mr. S and I were in on the surprise of the weekend, and were honored to be witnesses their very special proposal. I documented the day with over 600 pictures, while Mr. S video recorded it.

We all cried like babies, we laughed, we squealed with excitement, we sighed of relief at not having to hide this AWESOME secret any longer, and of course we celebrated with all of their family on Saturday night!

They are over the moon, and I'm gushing with excitement for the Future Mr. and Mrs. Harris!

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Yesterday, we got a BIG ole snow storm around here, and we arrived back in Winchester, with our Christmas tree in tow, to over 6" inches of snow at our house. It's so very beautiful, but between the ice and more snow headed this way tomorrow, it's a frigid mess out there.

But ahh...I'm still on Cloud 9 from this weekend, so who cares!!

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December Beauty Buys

So I had big plans for this post, but some weekend plans got in my way and I had to clean my house like a mofo last night, finish laundry (there was TONS!), and pack to leave town this afternoon.

Phew...anyhow, here are my most recent beauty finds that I can't recommend more highly as stocking stuffers for the favorite lady on your shopping list.

Be sure to get your booty back here on Monday, it's going to be a WONDERFUL weekend and an awesome post on Monday!! Have a great weekend!

December Beauty Buys

OoLaLa for the Holidays

I love giving meaningful gifts during the holidays. It's too easy to pick up any old sweater or some new gadget, but something that has special meaning to you and person you're giving the gift to creates a memory. That's something you can't buy, and  that's what today's feature is all about. 

OoLaLa Jewelry is the creation of Midge McHugh. Her new Etsy shop is stocked with beautiful, handmade pieces that each hold a special meaning to the giver and recipient of her jewelry. The best part - not only does Midge hand make each piece of jewelry in her shop, but each piece is made with quality materials like sterling silver, swarovski crystals, pearls, hand blown glass beads and gold filled! 

The 3 Wish bracelets are by far my favorite, especially the sister bracelet! With three meaningful words, and a small poem that comes with each bracelet - there are a total of 13 different combinations in all! And for less than $100 at just $88, you not only get a beautiful piece of jewelry, but you're giving a gift that you know will last longer than some funky new gadget. and mean something for years to come. That's a win-win!

Have a friend getting who is getting engaged this holiday season? What a perfect gift to celebrate her engagement with the Wedding Bracelet! It's delicate, made with pearls, crystals and sterling silver, and five words that will remind her of you and the joy of her engagement this year!

If you have a meaningful gift in mind this holiday, I highly recommend checking out OoLaLa's Etsy Shop to get your friends, mothers or grandmothers a 3 Wishes Bracelet or even reach out to Midge to create a custom piece just for you! 

OoLaLa is offering all simple surber readers a $10 off coupon good until December 31st. Use this coupon code at check-out: oolala3wish

OoLaLa for the Holidays