5.23.2011

Weekend Perfection

Happy Monday to everyone!!  Aside from summer thunderstorms (which I love) it appears the rain is gone for a  while--yippee!

I was going to stay in Cville for the weekend, but ended up deciding to go home to Richmond instead and am so glad I did.  This weekend was pretty much perfect.

I got in Friday afternoon and relaxed for a bit.  That night we headed to one of our favorites, The Grapevine for a family dinner.  After dinner that night we watched Black Swan.  I had seen it in theaters and actually think I liked it better the second time around.

Saturday, one of my best friends, ALG came over for some quality time.  She just graduated from Furman University, and I had not seen her since Spring Break.  We laid by the pool for a bit then checked out two of our favorite boutiques:  The French Boutique and Monkee's.  We ended the day with delicious smoothies!  It was so good to catch up with her and I am SO excited that she will be in Richmond with me this summer and beyond (she's going to VCU's Physical Therapy School)!

this is actually a picture of us by the pool 2 summers ago!

Saturday night I made an Italian Sausage and Wild Mushroom Risotto for dinner, which turned out wonderfully, if I do say so myself!  I will post the recipe and pictures later this week.

And now for the big excitement of this post!  Sunday, I was in the mood to do a little shopping at one of my favorites, Marshall's.  In case you haven't noticed, I love to find a good deal, and our Marshall's carries the best stuff!  I scored big this weekend!

My first stop was the home section.

I didn't buy this, but I had to snap a picture to tell you a funny tidbit-- my college mind first thought these were shot glasses!  I then realized they're candle holders!

After checking out the home section, I spotted something on the way towards the clothes.  I have been wanting a straw clutch/purse for quite some time, but have never been able to decide on one--the $16.99 price tag on this one made my decision!

Find #1!

My next stop was clothes.  They usually place the biggest name brands towards the front so I started there.  I lucked out so much in the front section I didn't even look anywhere else!

I tried on a BCBG cardigan, Velvet Cardigan, Free People tunic, Testament tank, 2 styles of Paige white jeans, and a dress by a random designer.

Testament Tank ($39.99) and Paige Jeans ($39.99)
I got both of these, but got one size up in the jeans.

Dress by random designer ($19.99)--also got this!

I LOVED the braided detailing on the pockets of these jeans, but this cut was not as flattering as the other cut (pictured above) so sadly, I didn't get them!

my total loot--all for $122.18!!

When I got home, we had a visitor in our yard-- a SNAKE!

UGH!

I do NOT like snakes one bit, even these "harmless" snakes.  My dad shooed him back into the woods--I would have preferred him DEAD!

Daddy shooing the snake back to his home.

What did you do this weekend?

32 comments:

  1. My mom and sister both love Marshalls as well. I really need to check out the store more often bcause your finds are adorable...especially that tunic!

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  2. Sounds like an amazing weekend! :] I'm glad you found so many great things at Marshalls. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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  3. Wow you got some awesome deals. May have to go check out Marshalls today at lunch!

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  4. Sounds like a fabulous week-end!!! Family time, friends, shopping .. and great weather!!!
    We worked on the gardens on the our property ... ahppy MOnday.. xo HHL
    P.S.congrats on winning the giveaway at FF&P !!!

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful Virginia weekend! Love your great purchases :)

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  6. I love it when just a random, ordinary weekend ends up being the best thing in the world (c: Any day when you can scoop up great deals with friends is paradise in my book (c: Happy Monday, my dear!

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  7. Now that's a great weekend! Except for the snake ~ yuck!! Love your Marshalls finds, very cute! I love summer t'storms too! :)

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  8. You got some great things at Marshalls!! I love TJ Maxx as well and am always scouring different locations for great deals! And that is too funny about the shot glasses, I probably would have thought the same thing!

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  9. LOoove the find!! Thought you wrote "daddy shooTing the snake" hahaha Did you not get the first dress? So cute! Happy Monday! VIrginia

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  10. I've never been to a marshalls before, but you definitely scored some great deals! Gotta love that :)

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  11. Sounds like an amazing weekend and I am loving your new clothing finds!

    xo

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  12. I love going to Marshall's! I always find great stuff there! I'm seriously loving the braided pocket on the white jeans--so sad they weren't flattering! I thought the candle holder was a shot glass holder, too--haha, oops!

    I didn't do anything too exciting this weekend! I organized and stored most of my college stuff away in an extra room in my house, babysat, and finished 1/2 of Firefly Lane (so good)!

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  13. You got some great deals! I love love love that straw clutch you bought - and you can't beat that price. Sounds like you had a really fun weekend! :)

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  14. Awesome purchases! Love them all! DO NOT LOVE the snake though! Yikes! I would have freaked out!

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  15. I also LOVE summer thunderstorms!!

    I love how you chronicled your Marshall's shopping trip! Very cute purchases and awesome prices. I love Marshall's, too. We finally got one in Cincinnati. I only used to ever go there when I was in Chicago. Such a fun store to explore! :)

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  16. Looks like you had SO much fun - thanks for taking us along on your expedition :O)

    Allie, I hope you get a chance to pop over to enter our "Pick Your Summer Pillow" giveaway this week (retail value up to $200!).

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  17. Eek I hate snakes too! My brother was in Eugene this weekend and we went on a run and we see a VULTURE. I never see vultures. And it's like in the running pathway and below it is a giant dead snake. Eww! It was eating it. So gross. On another note, love your clothing picks! haha

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  18. What a great weekend! I love Tj maxx and Marshall's <3 Love the bag you go such an awesome find. Their little sundresses for 19.99 are always nice to thrown on too! xoxo

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  19. Sounds like you had a great weekend!

    I hate snakes, gahhhhhh ughhhh hate hate hate:)

    That recipe sounds great, link it up Friday for my recipe swap-
    Xo

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  20. Uh, I'm brining you to Marshalls with me..I never have that good of luck! Lucky you!

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  21. Great finds, I need to hunt me down a pair of white jeans. Sound like such a fun weekend. I spent mine with the S.O's family, it was nice. I agree with you about snakes *shiver* just another reason I want to move to Ireland (no snakes!)

    Happy Monday,
    Julie. littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

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  22. I love Marshalls as well! They have so many great things! And that snake would have creeped me out too!

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  23. I graduated from Furman (2010). I don't recognize your friend though. OH and I would love a meet up once I get to UVA. It makes me happy to know I'll have a blog friend up there!

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  24. Sounds like the perfect weekend!! I used to love Monkees when I lived in Charlotte...always had cute shoes and bags.

    I'm a fan of risotto, so can't wait for your recipe!

    Way to score some adorable summer clothes at a really great price!
    Hope your week is off to a great start...you should be wrapping up school soon!

    xo Elizabeth

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  25. Sounds like a great weekend! I guess I'll be living thru you this summer as you talk about all of the wonderful things/places in Richmond!! We talk often about moving back!!

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  26. Fab finds, sweetie! I was visiting a girlfriend in SC this weekend and did some serious shopping at Monkee's... I fell in love with this boutique as soon as we walked through the door. We MUST get one of these shops in New England! XO

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  27. so jealous of your weekend and the fact that the rain is gone in your area! Its suppose to rain for basically the next 2 weeks where i live :(

    those Paige Jeans are such a good find!! They are one of my favorite brand of denim. I usually get mine at Bergdorfs but looks like ill have to check Marshalls!!

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  28. What great finds! I love the story about the candles. so funny. I went into our Marshalls the other day, and bought Paige White denim, too. Mine are skinny jeans though.

    Looks like you had a great weekend.

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  29. You definitely scored big at Marshalls. Cute stuff! I would definitely trade places with you-you can have our summer thunderstorms-they seem neverending, and they scare me :)

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  30. i totally thought they were shot glasses, too!! so funny!

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  31. I think my heart is still in college because I thought they were shot glasses too! :) Love your loot, good job! In regards to your last post...I always feel pulled in a million directions, but I don't think life would be the same without it. It's all about priorities. Hope all is well!

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  32. hey lady! I've been MIA for a bit! I love your finds, I LOVE Marshalls! I almost went to Cville this weekend, hopefully in the next few weeks I'll get there :) hope you've been well! xoxo

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