I wake up and I can’t move. My neck is stuck in place, and I feel like I haven’t rested at all.

We’ve all been there right? When you have a bad mattress, you know it. It’s the worst and affects your daily life, because we all value our sleep! Well, rewind eight months ago and that was me every morning. It was not good. Thankfully I was able to fix that problem pretty quickly by the few quick clicks of a button at the Casper website. A week later a box showed up at my door and one swift flick of the wrist with a razor and out sprang (literally!) a mattress. With 100 days to test it out and send it back no questions asked, it was a zero risk purchase. Thankfully, I’m still sleeping like a baby eight months later, and am so happy with the purchase.

Now, that’s the basis of my bed, my Casper mattress, but it’s not what people see. It’s the pretty pillows, covers, and headboard that make a bed. Let me tell you, making those decisions has been so much more challenging than the actual mattress buying process! Who would have thought.

Sometimes you know what you want and sometimes it takes trial and error. Well my bed process has been both of those.

My next step in building my perfect bed, after the mattress, was picking a headboard. I have built headboards before but I had a very specific image in my head. Also, I was okay paying for exactly what I wanted and not compromising. I wanted a tufted, velvet, wing back headboard.

I scoured website after website looking for the perfect headboard. There was one I kept coming back to, but I kept dismissing it. Could I really commit to a navy headboard? Spoiler alert: the answer was yes. After months of looking at headboards online, I knew I had to go with my gut: the navy headboard. I found it on Target’s website. I also knew from the months of stalking it, that it would come on sale. So I waited it out and grabbed it on sale.

I got it in the apartment and it was perfect. PERFECT! I knew it was right, and I was so happy I spent a little more and followed my heart.

My Furnished Studio Apartment | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now it was time for a new duvet cover. The current duvet was at least seven years old, the style didn’t fit anymore, and it was getting stained.

My Furnished Studio Apartment | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I asked for a new one for my birthday, after months of stalking. And it was wrong, all wrong. I put it on and then immediately took it off and returned it. I put the old one back on and lived with it for five months.

It wasn’t until I was in a West Elm store with my mom that I found the perfect white patterned duvet cover. It was perfect! It had a subtle pattern, a clean look, and I knew I could make it fun with pillows. My mom got it for me for Christmas, but we opened it at Thanksgiving when she was visiting me in Roanoke.

However, once it went on, I wasn’t thrilled. I knew I liked the duvet but the bed wasn’t there yet. It was time to pillow shop. Mom and I hopped online and actually found some amazing ones at….Wal-Mart for about $30 total (faux suede pillow and Greek key foil pillows). Then I scored the matching Euro pillow covers on Cyber Monday on a crazy sale West Elm rarely has.

Finally, I did some bed composition research and took inspiration from Emily Henderson’s formula. When I stepped back, I had found it. It was PERFECT!

My Bed Composition | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Bed Composition | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Bed Composition | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Bed Composition | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Bed Composition | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now every day I look at my bed and grin, actually grin! My bed looks beautiful, elegant, fun, and true to me! It has style and personality. People even call it a “Gucci bed”. I’ll take it! I couldn’t be happier! It took some trial and error and almost a year, but finally, my bed is everything I want it to be!

  • I love your new headboard and bedding! I know that every time you walk into your bedroom it all makes you very happy.ReplyCancel

It’s fashion show time! Even though I don’t do Stitch Fix as much as I used to, I still love the odd month when I treat myself to a box full of clothes for me! Gah, I love fashion and clothes. I love the way you can endlessly piece items together to get different looks and feels.

This time around I requested a box full of sweaters for winter. I was feeling like I needed to inject a little more style into my winter wardrobe. I did a great job this summer upping my fashion game so I needed my winter wardrobe to step up too.

Before I jump to the reveal, here is a quick reminder about what Stitch Fix is all about.  stitch fix is a personal stylist company that hand picks 5 items based on your style and size. You get assigned your own stylist, and she gets to know your style based on your pinterest fashion board, style profile, and feedback you leave on your previous fixes. In turn she hand picks out pieces she think will make you look – and feel – great and sends them to you along with styling advice and a personal note. Love that part so much!

41Hawthorn Halifax Colorblock Pullover

41 Hawthorn Halifax Colorblock Pullover | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

41 Hawthorn Halifax Colorblock Pullover | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I pulled this sweater out and immediately knew that it was something I would love. It is green and blue and those are my colors. Plus it was super soft. I put it on and fell in love. Sold, sold, sold!!

Kept

Market & Spruce Evrett Mixed Stitch Pullover 

Market & Spruce Evrett Mixed Stitch Pullover | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

When I pulled this one out of the box I was really excited. Give me anything teal, and I will probably fall in love with it. However, I didn’t love the texture of this one. I know myself and to wear anything in the winter it has to be super soft or it’s just going to sit in my closet. I also didn’t love the holes in this. I’m a cold natured person who definitely doesn’t need a breezy sweater. I was disappointed this one didn’t work out.

Returned

Daniel Rainn Darcie Lace Detail Peplum Knit Top

Daniel Rainn Darsie Lace Detail Peplum Knit Top

When I first saw this one, I knew this wasn’t going to be a winner. First, the purple color is not my favorite. Second, I love a good peplum top but this one wasn’t it for me. It’s just not my style. It’s a little too boho for my taste.

Returned

Briton Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse 

Brixon Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse

I love bright colors so when I saw this one I got pretty excited. I wasn’t sure if this shade of purple would work with my skin tone but was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. I love the shade! I also wasn’t sure if it was going to be too flowy for my taste since I generally like more fitted items. However, this shirt was so bright, fun, and soft that I couldn’t pass it up.

Kept

Loveapella Gearan Mock Neck Knit Top 

Loveapella Gearan Mock Neck Knit Top

Welcome to the 70’s! Hahaha! That’s how I felt with this top. It was just wrong, all wrong for me. I know that the styles are going a little more retro, and I love a mock turtle neck with the best of them, but everything was wrong with this top for me. I felt like I had gone back in time. Plus, it fit very tight and the stripes were not doing me any favors.

Returned

So there is it, another Stitch Fix for you! I don’t do them as much now but they sure are a fun treat every now and then. Plus, I went on a shopping trip the other day and man, was I dragging my feet throughout the mall. I just do not have shopping stamina anymore!

Also, if you’re interested in trying it out, click through to schedule your first Fix (this is an affiliate link).

Want to see more? Check out my other reviews!

my february 2015 stitch fix review

my march 2015 stitch fix review

my april 2015 stitch fix review

my may 2015 stitch fix review

my june 2015 stitch fix review

my july 2015 stitch fix review

my august 2015 stitch fix review

  • An all sweater / tops fix is a fun idea. The two that you kept were definitely my favorites and I’ll bet that you’ve already enjoyed wearing them.ReplyCancel

    • I’ve definitely work them a ton! Actually, I’m wearing the blue and green sweater right now! 🙂ReplyCancel

Guys, I am so excited to share this post with you today. It is something that is a little out of the ordinary for this blog, but it is something very close to me that touches my heart. Today, I am talking about children’s books. Specifically, a children’s book written by a friend; yet this is a friend I have never met in person. Okay, that’s a lot. Let me back up a little.

First, children’s books are like golden tickets of joy in my family. I grew up being read to constantly and then reading on my own incessantly. Almost every memory in my childhood includes a book. I feel so lucky being brought up this way, and I hope to one day bring my own children up this way. What is even more special is that my mom saved her thoughtfully curated children’s book collection for my future family. I’ve actually been toting around boxes and boxes of children’s books throughout the years….and my mom still has more in storage for me up where she lives!

So you know how important children’s books are to me, if I’ve moved these books three times. You’re welcome future children. 🙂

Okay, now here comes a fun twist years later. As you know, I’ve worked with Minted throughout the years, making curtains to hanging artwork (lots of it!). Through it all Cheryl Koning was my contact there. She initially reached out to me to partner with Minted and just through email and my blog we became friends. That’s how cool this blogging world is; you become friends with people you’ve never met, whether they are sponsors or other bloggers.

Cheryl left Minted a while back to be able to help her Gram more (don’t you already love her?!). We promised to keep in touch and we did. I received an email from her recently talking about my blog, greyhounds, and most excitedly a children’s book she and her husband had written and published!

The book is called The Story of Santa’s Birds, and she asked if it would be something I would be interested in sharing on my blog. I said a big ole “HECK YES” and three days later the book showed up at my doorstep.  I had such a fun time reading the book!! I can’t wait to read it to my children one day in the future. It will always have a special place in my heart.

I thought I would let Cheryl explain a little more about the book and the special place the story came from…

“Our book is based on a story that Kyle’s mother would reference at key moments to tip his behavior and that of his siblings (and later his nephews and niece) closer to nice than naughty. At any given time she could point out the window and say, “Oh, I think Santa’s Birds are watching you!” and cries would cease, fighting would stop, and good, sweet children would reappear.

In 2012 we moved from Chicago to San Luis Obispo, where we spent Christmas away from our families for the first time. While on a dog walk with our dear Leonberger, London, Kyle started a rhyming verse and recorded it on his phone. After finishing the walk we reviewed that first draft and went from there.
We actually let that first draft sit for nearly a year before returning to it and working through the rest of the words while sitting on our front steps, again with London. A little while later we moved to San Francisco and Kyle started sketching out a visual storyboard (it was absolutely dreadful). We found a veteran illustrator, Fanny Liem and she turned our rough sketches into magical works of art (including a cute likeness of London). After a LOT of formatting and some edits by our friends, we launched an e-book, then a hardcover and paperback about a year later. From start to finish the process took four years and hundreds of dog treats for London.
We dedicated the story to our parents, Bruno, Louise, Andrew, and Rosemary (whose tales of birds inspired our own) who provided us with great books and great places to read them.”
Gah, does that story just not tug at your heartstrings?! I love it! Plus, the book and its illustrations really are SO charming. I love, love, love it. I’m so proud of you Cheryl and am so excited to share your book with my readers!
If you want this book for yourself this Christmas, make sure you grab a copy on Amazon (affiliate link).
As a last minute gift to one of you this Christmas, Cheryl is doing a giveaway of an autographed copy of her book! Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite book from your childhood. The giveaway will close at midnight on December 18th.
  • Candy Walsh

    This sounds like a wonderful teaching experience book!! I didn’t have a favorite children’s book growing up, my parents weren’t big readers to us kids. But when I had my two, I think I started reading to them while they were still in the womb, lol. My daughter is now 26 and my son is 21 and they each had a special book that I read to them every single night. For my daughter it was, “I Love You the Purplest”, which i still tell her quite a bit and her and I are the only ones who know what it means. And for my son, it was “The Kissing Hand”, he was quite the momma’s boy and didn’t like to be away from me and this book helped make it a little easier for him. I still have both of those books packed away.
    My daughter is also an avid book reader and a big reason she became a teacher. She gave me the gift of my first grandchild on December 30 of last year (cutest little peanut ever!) and I gave her her baby shower and on her invitations I requested instead of bringing a card, to bring a book, even if it were an old used book, so my grandson could have a plentiful library waiting for him when he was born. It was a big hit!!
    Your book would be an awesome addition to his collection and thank you for the chance to win one!
    Happy Holidays to ya’ll!!ReplyCancel

    • Oh my goodness I love this story so much! How amazing to have a special book for each child. I also love the idea of asking for books at baby showers! This would be a great addition to the collection for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Underwood

    I have always loved to read, growing up I was always reading. I loved reading The Babysitters Club books, I had a ton of them and would read and reread them.ReplyCancel

    • Oh I haven’t thought about The Babysitters Club books in a long time. I LOVED those!!ReplyCancel

Gold. Bling. Sparkles. Shiny. Metallic.

These are all words that come up frequently in my vocabulary – and even more frequently in my wardrobe and apartment decorating. I can’t get enough of all things shiny and sparkly. Even when I was a small child, my parents say I was always drawn to all that sparkled.

So when I can infuse a little sparkle and shine into my life, I do it!

This time around, I partnered with Oriental Trading to do a little golden decorating, because they have so much more than one might initially think! They have party supplies, home decor, craft supplies, and lots of golden things. Plus, adding gold around the holiday season just makes things even more festive!

I had my eye on two walls in my apartment. Two walls that are concrete, not drywall, so I have not put any artwork on them. I did not want to deal with concrete anchors for hanging things since this is just a rental. But things that do not have to have holes put in the wall were definitely fair game!

I started with the column wall in the living area. It’s actually a transitional wall so you can see it from my bedroom and living room.

I took the metallic gold circle hanging banners and deconstructed them (meaning I just cut out the fishing line that tied them all together) and made a gold confetti wall. I just used washi tape on the back to hang them and they stick there easily!

Then I took the amazing white and gold patterned hanging paper lanterns (I LOVE these!!!) and piled them in the basket beside the wall. I might end up hanging them later but I am liking them here just fine!

I also got this beautiful neutral tassel garland that I ended up adorning my mirror with, and I just love it so much! It’s such a simple thing that really adds a fun, feminine, golden touch.

Finally, I had the wall between my bedroom windows that I had excitedly chosen for one of my favorite framed photography pieces, only to be disappointed it was concrete. These gold chevron hanging fans though are so pretty in a formation here! I kind of want to get more and make it an even bigger statement!

I also ended up getting some gold glitter paper peanut banners that I’m still playing around with. They might end up strung on my front door…or I might bring them to the office and hang them in my cubicle for a fun festive flair! I will post a picture on my Facebook and Snapchat (@megaubrey01) account when I decide! Follow me there to see where they end up!

See, it’s always fun to think outside the box when decorating. You never know where you will find the perfect decorations for your home! Make sure to check out all of Oriental Trading’s Christmas decorations and Christmas party decorations (the categories most of these items came from!).

Thank you so much to Oriental Trading for partnering with me for this post. I did receive these products in exchange for this post, but all words and opinions are my own!

Christmas season is upon us! It seems like once November 1st hits, it’s all Christmas all the time. Generally, I try to keep the season until after Thanksgiving, as Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year (the wholesome family time, the peace of it, the sense of gratitude and love), but there are definitely some things that you can do before Thanksgiving to help make your whole holiday season a lot calmer and stress free.

One of those things is designing and ordering your Christmas cards early so you can get them in the mail right after Thanksgiving. So where else do you turn for the best, most beautiful, and well priced custom cards around? Minted of course! I’ve talked about them before, and I will talk about them again because I love the beautiful variety of cards (for all occasions) as well as their home decor and artwork choices. Heck, I think my whole apartment is mainly decked out with Minted prints, and I constantly get compliments on them!

I thought I would share some of my favorite designs from Minted with you today. Plus, they have really awesome services like free address printing on envelopes and custom stamps to go with your cards.

So you know I have to start where my heart is….and that is with all that shimmers and shines. If you open a card from me without something glittery or sparkly, send help, something is very wrong with me. I mean, just look at this collection right here. The shimmer adds to the holiday feeling without it being too over the top Christmas or cheesy.

This one in rose gold is probably my favorite of all of them. I love it!

I am also really digging moodier colors these days. When paired with the right lightness, it makes a room warm and inviting without feeling cavelike. I think the same goes for those colors on a card. When the black is paired with green and white it feels like the perfect wintery, holiday card.

Then there is always the classic black and white, which I am drawn to more and more (in cards, decorating, my wardrobe). It is a timeless feel and gives you the option of adding a pop of color here and there that really adds that extra oomph.

Also, here are some examples of how Minted will address your envelopes for you. It takes the hassle out of it and looks so beautiful too. Plus those matching envelopes are so nice! It really brings it all together.

Finally, maybe some of my favorite items that you can personalize from Minted are their thank you cards. I was brought up in a family where after every birthday, holiday, and random present giving event, you immediately sat down and wrote thank you cards. I think that is one of the most valuable things I have carried over into adulthood. Both my sister and I religiously write thank you cards, even to our parents (which I think they found kind of weird in the beginning, since they told us we didn’t have to. But my response was, “You taught us to! How can be not?!”). So having my own personalized thank you stationery makes me a giddier than probably normal. In my world the day after Christmas I sit down and write these, so I get excited to send out beautiful thank you cards!

I think this beautiful gold and sapphire one is my pick for this year’s thank you cards….I think. So many choices!

I would love to hear from you about your favorites! Any that are catching your eye just in time to send out for Christmas!? You can view all the holiday cards here and the thank you cards here. Just trying to make it a little easier for you this holiday season!

Now let’s all take a moment of peace and sit back and just breathe in the beautiful world that surrounds us and be thankful for our life. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and here’s to kicking off this holiday season right!!

Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.

  • My Christmas cards from Minted came yesterday and they are gorgeous! Email or text your address to me so that I can send you one. 🙂

    I need to check out their thank you cards because I am completely out of them and like you, I was taught to always send a thank you note.ReplyCancel

    • Ooo I can’t wait to see them! I texted you my address. 🙂 You should definitely check out the thank you cards. I need to go place my order for them now!ReplyCancel