• decking the {dining room} halls

    shop my overalls here, my color is sold out but they have tons of other darling colors! , and my top is here
    First of all, can I just point out when they say "the camera adds ten pounds" that it truly looks like it added ten pounds to myself here?! Ooooor like 20? HA. It's freaking me out how pregnant I'm beginning to look, especially in *perfectly angled* photographs like these. I guess I need to stop being in denial about that spaghetti squash sized kid that's cookin' in my belly. He's real! He's there! I should prrrrobably start looking at strollers and cribs?! I'm almost six months now, it still doesn't feel real!
    Another day, another tablescape ;)
    This time, Christmas edition! This year, my family will all be separated at in-laws & other families homes, so we are having our traditional Christmas a week early. Some of these traditions include our Christmas Eve mexican enchilada dinner following a nativity play & home video watching - Christmas morning, we have a breakfast feast consisting of soufflé, cheese grits {my absolute favorite, i'm pretty sure my mom only makes these for me haha!}, cinnamon rolls and other breakfast goodies and of course gift opening gathered in my parent's cozy living room - Christmas night, as if our bellies hadn't had enough, we have a huge steak dinner {i'm the only one who doesn't devour steak as i rarely ever eat meat.. so more mashed potato sides for me!} - and we top the evening off with baking my mom's famous sugar cookie recipe that's delicious and amazing for decorating! Ironically enough, the boy's decorated cookies get very creative and more thought out than the girls' ;)
    That's just to name a few.. traditions are so important and huge in my big southern family, so I will love passing things like this down with my own family. 
    {I re-read over this paragraph and laughed at myself on how serious I take myself on things like this. THE DINNER TABLE IS IMPORTANT, Y'ALL. SO... LONG HAIR DON'T CARE lol} On to the table... I wanted to go the extremely minimalistic/simple route.. think: fresh greens, clear whites, lots of lit candles, raw wood. And even though my mom style would probably choose something a little different, she was totally on board. Making tablescapes with her is the best because she kind of just gives me the reigns and is my little sidekick, even though we are decorating her table.. I'm thinking it's half because she trusts my judgement and half because she's exhausted from doing it all by herself for the first 20 years of my life, hah! Her home is kind of like a Hobby Lobby and Magnolia factory all in one, so I just go into her storage room and point at the things I like and then we just mesh it together! These tiny little ceramic candle holder houses were my favorite part and of course they are from the Magnolia section in Target. Go grab one, or like eighteen of them now!! Fresh flowers are a religious must for us, of course. And we used the sliced tree stumps my lumberjack dad cut down last Christmas for the chargers. The darling 12 days of Christmas plates are my absolute favorite - am I the only one who's a huge sucker for things like this?! Mom's had these gold dipped forks and knives that were passed down to her forever ago, so of course we only use them for special occasions! And we couldn't leave out sprinkling little bottle brush trees, twinkling lights, and little garlands everywhere, of course. If this were in my own home, I'm sure it would've been pieced together a little differently, but I think we were pleased with the turnout ;)
    Merry Christmas, y'all! I hope you have loved ones you can gather around during this lovely Holiday Season, it's truly the most wonderful time of all.
    xo celo
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    happy shopping, friends! i know my bank account is hurtin' from this weekend, but my eyeballs won't be ;) all links are numbered and listed below each image! xoxo

  • month of thanks

    It's starting to freak me out how quick the holidays are flying by. I think being busy with triple the amount of work than normal might have something to do with it, but i always say the busier the better!

    despite the time flying, i truly love thanksgiving and the entire month of it. this is partly why the holiday season is so magical - everyone is a little more aware of each other, families gathering more than normal, cooking really freakin' good food, service... y'all know the list can go on. since i've barely kept my head above water in the work world, i finally took a second to take in the true meaning of thanksgiving, breathe and remember to count my blessings. i am more than grateful for my loving husband who deals with my crazy, messy self and fully embraces every corner of me. i'm not a diva, but i'm pretty headstrong and stubborn at times. so thank goodness for the human being who chose me for eternity and completed my soul. and with that, i'm thankful for family. i was raised in a quiet, country neighborhood with loving parents and siblings - and now, as i start to grow my own family and hope to engrave the same thoughtful characteristics my parent's taught me as a young girl. there is a lot of bad in this world, but there is far more good when you think to remember these small blessings. anyways... enough sap for now ;) 

    as we all know, table scapes are a huge part of my family traditions each year. as i've gotten older, i've become more apart of creating these decorations and realizing how much work go into them! every one in my family loves to create artistically in some sort of way, so this type of work is way more fun to me {and my southern belle mama} than it might sound to you. my husband could not care less about things like this, so he just kicks back, let's me do my thang and enjoys the pie. the best kind of husband there could be :) haha! and speaking of pie, i have two of my mom's famous chocolate pie to make for tomorrow's feast - time to get back to work!

    happiest thanksgiving to you and yours. i hope everyone gathers around their loved ones this week and stays away from all the scary business going on at the malls on black friday... bless your soul for whoever decides to brave those crowds! 




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    I am - borderline - in denial it's officially almost Halloween day. I feel like I blinked and October came and went! Am I the only crazy one who feels this way? I know one thing, my skin tone begs to differ... all of those hours at the pool working for that sun kissed skin all summer is a long lost memory now. R.I.P tan skin. 
    It's also that time of year where Texas weather absolutely goes AWOL. It was a toasty 90 last weekend and yesterday morning I walked outside to a crisp 35 (!!!) and SLEET. I think living in Utah for so long made me forget the bipolar weather Dallas has to offer during these in-between seasons. Still can't decide if I hate it or love it? But I can say I was a little too excited to throw on my softy turtleneck and fuzzy socks. My attitude towards the weather is just as bipolar as the Texas forecast, haha. So let's see how much I love the cold when we visit Utah in December ..... nottttt.
    TO THE IMPORTANT STUFF! Happy Halloween y'all! Despite the time flying and experiencing new things that comes along with pregnancy, I am fully embracing this lovely autumn. Usually I like to go all-out for mine and Andrew's costumes each year and most of the time Andrew surprisingly has a very stiff opinion on what we are, and I'm just like "can you just shut your beautiful mouth and do what I say?!", but ya know, marriage is about the compromises and sacrifices. Or he just eventually gives in and agrees to whatever I think of... kind of like this year :) This costume was super last minute and maybe like a year late but WHATEVER I DON'T CARE because it involves Beyonce. AKA wifey. If you have absolutely no idea why we look the way we look, do yourself a favor and listen & watch Bey be an angel in this her Hold Up music video. I think it was pretty impressive given we just used what we already had!
    I think I've officially become a grandma from the excitement I get thinking about the trick or treaters we will have this year. I grew up on a Texas farm my entire life and then lived up in the mountains in Utah, so I've never experienced giving out candy before. It's the little things, y'all.
    Oh! And a little pregnancy fun from this week - First, I sneezed.... then peed. That's a first and I don't think I'll ever want to get used to that. Haha. Second, the teenager and pregnant lady in me literally sobbed at the end of a season of Vampire Diaries. Who am I? Watching shows about vampires and then ugly crying to it?! This is who I've become, take it or leave it people.
    Have a spooky 31st, y'all :) xo