11.28.2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Welcome to The Shabby Nest
 I'm so excited to have you here for this year's Christmas House Tour!

For the past several years, I have been honored to take part in the Holiday House Walk hosted by my talented friend, Jennifer Rizzo.



There are always so many insanely beautiful homes that share holiday inspiration during this tour, it is an honor to be included.

If you haven't had a chance already, please make sure you visit the house just before mine on the tour...




My children and I have been living in Hydeaway Cottage since 2014.  It is our own little haven from the hustle, bustle, and worry of the world.  And I especially love to see our little home all dressed up in her Christmas finery.

Each year, my challenge is to create a different holiday feeling using primarily the decor I already have. I add a little here and there, but what I really love, is pulling out cherished ornaments and decorations and finding a way to make them feel new and fresh.

I hope you enjoy this year's tour of Hydeaway Cottage...



THE DINING ROOM



10.02.2017

Motivation Monday: Getting Stuck in Planning Mode

Hello Lovelies,

Are you a goal setter?

As I have been working on goals for my "Year of Transformation", I've noticed something.

There is an insidious little behavior that tricks us into thinking that we are working on achieving our goals, when in fact, we are really not making progress toward them at all.
It seems to be worthwhile, because it is actually part of how we get started working on our goals, but if we aren't careful, it can take over and lull us into a false sense of accomplishment.




So what is this insidious behavior that is robbing us of our progress?

Planning.

But not just planning...it's a bit more complicated than that.  Rather,  it's what I like to refer to as 

Perpetual Planning.

9.20.2017

What I Wore Wednesday


Hello Lovelies!

I'm back with another edition of What I Wore Wednesday.

Fall is finally making an appearance around these parts and I couldn't be more excited!

Fall and Winter clothing have always been favorites of mine and I'm so ready to pull out the cozy sweaters and the boots.

I have a couple of outfits to share with you today.

First, one of my very favorite ways to transition between summer and fall...

I love this sleeveless dress from Old Navy and have worn it many times throughout the summer.  Transitioning to fall is very easy for a dress like this one...simply add tights, a cardi and cute ankle boots and you've got a great look that will last all Autumn long.

Cardigan:  Old Navy    Boots: Breckelle's



9.06.2017

What I Wore

Hello Lovelies,

This is the last week of my self-wardrobe evaluation mirror selfies.   Lol!  

And I actually forgot to document a couple of my outfits...but here are the remaining four for last week.


First up,  Striped Tunic:  JCrew Factory,   Jeans:  Old Navy,   Shoes:  Gap Factory





Top:  Brass & Roe from Called To Surf,   Jeans:  Old Navy,   Shoes:  GroopDealz,   
Bracelet:  Hope Ave.

9.04.2017

Motivation Monday

Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to follow up on my 30 day challenge.  

In a nutshell, for those of you who don't want to click through and read the post (although I would totally recommend it)  I shared a bit about my weight loss journey which began just over a year ago.  

My success has leveled off and in an attempt to jump start it again, I decided that I would issue a challenge to myself (and anyone out there who might want to join me) to exercise every day for 30 days.

So how did I do?

I failed.  Miserably.  (Face Palm)

I exercised.  But sporadically.  I wasn't diligent about what I was eating.  In short, I really didn't put in the effort...and I didn't lose any weight.  Big shock, right?

This is a before and after taken right before I started losing weight and roughly 3 months into my weight loss

8.30.2017

What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's edition of What I Wore Wednesday!

As I mentioned in last week's post, I'm in the middle of doing an "inventory" of my wardrobe.
To accomplish this, I've been snapping selfies of my daily outfits.

This last week, I was sick a couple of days, so I only have a few outfits to share with you.  But I hope that you enjoy...


This dress is a new favorite!  It's a maxi dress that I purchased from Piper and Scoot.  The empire waist is flattering on my "rectangle" figure, and the black floral will be wonderful all through fall and winter.



This outfit is bright and fun!  The tunic is from Gap Factory (last summer) and the jeans are from Old Navy.  (Yes, I buy a lot of Old Navy jeans...their mid-rise jeans fit me perfectly...and I love the Rock Star and Super Skinny styles).




This was my Saturday outfit...the same Old Navy jeans as in the previous photo (yep!  twice in one week.) and a boyfriend tee also from Old Navy which I always front tuck to give me a little bit of definition at the waist.  My watch is from Target and my Monogram bracelet was a GroopDealz purchase.



My final outfit includes a blouse gifted to me by my sister paired with a cardigan from Gap Factory (last season).  My jeans are from - you guessed it - Old Navy.   And my necklace is from J Crew.  Apparently this is the week of the brown lace-up shoes which I purchased last year from GroopDealz.   Also, for those that are curious, my phone case is from Rifle Paper Co.



xoxo
Wendy