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!


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?


  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!

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

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

  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 !!!

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

  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!

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

  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!

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

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

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


  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)!

  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! :)

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

  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! :)

  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!).


  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

  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

  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-

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

  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

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

  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!

  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

  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!!

  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

  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!!

  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.

  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 :)

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

  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!

  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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