Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bower House Book Club

I finally sat down and read this book, and WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?! 

OMG. I FLEW through this book, promptly bought the second book, flew through that, and have the 3rd in the trilogy on pre-order. 

Trust me when I say this is good. It's GOOD. It is a quick read, very funny, and very endearing. I want to visit Singapore right quick. 

This book, the final in the trilogy, comes out next month.

And, then today I just saw that it is being made into a movie! Yes, Yes, Yes!!

If it's not clear by now, I fully recommend that you read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's all in the details..Crystal knobs

When I first started this job, I was given a tip. 

"The devil is in the details" 

It did not take me long to figure out what that meant, and some hard lessons were learned on what questions to ask, what to never assume, and how to carefully think out each design step. 

The details have now become my favorite part of the home. For this custom house, we went with Emtek crystal knobs with decorative back plates in a combination of finishes and shapes. The crystal knobs coordinated well with the crystal cabinet hardware and the light fixture in the owners suite bedroom. 

I think the details make all the difference and can really elevate a home design to the next level. 

What are your favorite details?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Catching Up - It's Already April!!

It has been a whirlwind around here. Work is picking up as spring has sprung, and we've had some changes at home too. I've been busy, busy, busy!

First, we got a new car! It's a new to us, 2013 Toyota Highlander. We knew we were in the market for a new vehicle for me to drive this year, and after some mechanical issues on my Equinox, we sped up our search and decision. It's only been a few days, but I am happy to be back in a Toyota. I've had good luck with them before and am hoping that continues with this one as well. 

Avery and I ran a bunch of errands Saturday and had a great time shopping. 

Friday night, I celebrated a friend's birthday at a newer restaurant in downtown DSM called Magnolia Wine Kitchen. We split a few plates between the 3 of us, and it was fantastic! 

As you can see, the interior design is just as good as the food. I will be back. {Oh, and the have Prosecco on tap! Tap!}

I've been working on rearranging a few things in our home too, so in typical Danielle fashion, our house is a disaster as I make my way through it! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fab Fit Fun!

Fab Fit Fun is my new Birchbox and Ipsy. I cancelled my subscription to the smaller monthly boxes, and switched to the Fab Fit Fun that comes each season. I get full size items, and after my 3rd box, I can say that I am really happy with the switch. I have gotten some really great items, and this spring box was fantastic!

I love this brand of skin care. I have gotten some nice samples from Birchbox, and this is a product I really love. Retail price for this full size is $79, so that easily is a fantastic deal when the box itself is $50 for everything!

The boho roundie is such a cute accessory to take to the beach, pool, picnic, or to lay across your sofa or bed. 

These vitamins taste amazing!

The lip color is fantastic.

This bracelet !

SLAY ALL DAY tote from Milly. I'm in love. 

Try this link to sign up {I'll get a small credit towards my next box, and you should too!}

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things...KATE SPADE Edition

I always get asked about my wallet. I had been hunting it down for almost a year when I saw it on the Kate Spade Surprise sale. It was marked down to less than half the cost and I have not regretted it once.  Mine is Kelly Green, but this is the same style in different colors. 

I love that I can fit all my cards, rewards cards, gift cards, receipts, etc. It opens up flat, and I can also use it as a clutch. I love it. 

I don't really need a new purse, but I would love this one. The color is classic, yet light for spring, and the structured shape and interior organization would help me keep my purse and it's contents under control, or at least the illusion of it under control. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ladies Cyclone Gear

How cute are these Tailgate brand items from American Eagle? Tailgate is an Iowa based brand of collegiate gear that is vintage inspired. It checks all the boxes for me to love it. 

 I don't think I can have too much Cyclone Gear, can I?

Go HERE  to see the full line. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Big 12 Basketball - Tourney in KC

After watching the Cyclones' first game on Thursday over my lunch, and then seeing that Kansas lost {cheaper tickets for fans when they lose...} Tony and I decided to make the trip to KC earlier than planned to watch the second game vs. TCU on Friday night. 

We put the StubHub app on my phone and got ourselves some tickets. We also arranged for 2 nights in our hotel instead of 1, and we were set. 

We were in the 3rd row of the balcony, and loved our seats. They were affordable, and we had a great view and could spread out a bit. It was easily 75% Cyclone crowd for this game.  About halfway through the second half, and past the point of worrying about the jinx, we pulled up the StubHub app again and bought tickets for the championship game. We stayed for the next one as well to see who the Cyclones would play in the championship. WV in the last 10 seconds!

We hit the Power & Light District after the game for a drink and snack. It was crowded with happy Cyclone fans having a great time!

Saturday night, after a stop at Kelly's Westport Inn {THE Cyclone bar in KC}, we picked up our tickets at a swanky hotel for the StubHub booth. 

Our seats were a little higher, as was the percentage of Cyclone fans in the Sprint Center. It was easily 90/10 in favor of Iowa State!


Power & Light after the game!