From The Runway To Your Living Room Spring 2014

From The Runway To Your Living Room Spring 2014

Being trendy is a tough work and it’s really expensive.  One of the hardest places to stay on trend is your home.  Let’s be honest you aren’t running out and buying a new sofa every few months.  You aren’t even buying a new sofa after you spill a glass of red wine on it.  You’re flipping that cushion and hoping that no one will notice.  Havertys makes being on trend, and living wine stain free not only look easy.  

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Less Is Best

Less Is Best

Way back when I did my own Glamorous Gadabout profile I talked about how I hate the phrase “Less Is More”.  I hate when people say it, it’s just not true.  Less isn’t more, but sometimes Less Is Best.  When it comes to my desk and workspace Less Is Best.  I love when people post their workspaces on Instagram.  Everyone seems to have the perfectly styled desk filled with little trinkets and gorgeous office supplies.  My desk and I’m not ashamed to say this, is no different.  I love having my favorite office supplies right at arms length.  But over the past year I realized I was so focused on my desk looking pretty that I wasn’t really getting anything done.  Productivity isn’t pretty, it’s ugly and sometimes messy.  

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Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Worksheet

Thanksgiving is only 10 days away.  Let me say that again Thanksgiving is only 10 days away.  If you are hosting Thanksgiving you have a lot of work ahead of you.  Below is a breakdown of what you need to do, for Thanksgiving Day survival.  

Recipe Box Figure out which recipes you want to make.  Look for recipes with similar cook temperatures and times.  It will make the oven shuffle that much easier.

Test Bake If it’s something you’ve never tried before and you are worried about how it will turn out, do a test bake.  If you don’t have the time to do a test bake, make sure you have a backup plan ready.  Example: If you are trying to make rolls for the first time, have a store bought option in the freezer just in case things don’t go as planned.

Read Over: Even if it something you’ve made a thousand times before, stop and read the recipe again.  See if there is anything you can do in advance and add all items needed to the grocery list.

Talk Turkey If you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner it’s time to talk turkey.  Spend the next few days getting your head count for dinner locked down.  Once you have a good idea of who is coming do a little Turkey Math and place your order.  Hint: 1.5 pounds of uncooked turkey for each person coming to dinner.  Don’t worry you will have plenty of leftovers.

Order Your Turkey Ordering a turkey from the grocery store is great, because those are often not frozen.  It will save you space since you won’t be slowly defrosting a turkey for days on end in your refrigerator.   Hint: If you are buying a large bird, make sure it fits in your stove and fridge.  If not opt for two smaller birds.

Take an inventory  Make sure you have enough  dishes, silverware, bake ware, and serving items for the big day.  If you don’t see if you can borrow from guests that are eating at your place.  If you don’t have enough check out stores like Ikea.  They often let you buy individual items instead of having to get a large set.

Make Multiple Shopping Lists Certain stores have certain things, which means you might need to hit up a few places to get everything you need for Thanksgiving.  So, start with one long list, and break it into sections based on store.  This way you don’t have to spend one day running around the city, you can do the shopping in stages.

*Bonus Tip  For those of you who just realized hosting duties means you might need to upgrade your dining room check out Havertys.  My personal favorite dining room set its the Whitney.  The Whitney features a balance of white marble, mahogany in an espresso finish and dark brown upholstery sets a flawless scene. Felt–lined drawers and wine bottle storage make the server or bar a convenient addition to any dining room. Drawers are constructed with English dovetails.  The Whitney collection even features a Bar, so you can drink your way through the awkward family moments.  

Now that you have your to do list print a out copy of the Thanksgiving Survival Cheat Sheet get to work.   If you’re looking for our original Holiday Prep Worksheet print out your copy here.  For those of you who want to add a little fun to Thanksgiving Dinner check out Home For The Holiday Days Thanksgiving Edition of Survivor.  

Whether you are looking for the perfect couch or an accent piece to tie the whole room together, Havertys has everything you need to prepare your home for guests this holiday season!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

Home for the Holidays: Houseguest 101 #Freixenet

Home for the Holidays: Houseguest 101 #Freixenet

Traveling can really take a lot out of you.  From the long lines, the uncomfortable seats, and all that cabin pressure, your guest may be wound pretty tight when they arrive to your house.  Before you give them the run down of your house, celebrate their safe arrival, pop some bubbly and have a little snack on hand. Think of it as a mini welcome party.  Popcorn is my go to snack, since everyone I know loves popcorn.  Instead of going with the basic kernels and butter, I like to sweeten the deal with white chocolate and sprinkles.  Nothing says festive like sprinkles. Holiday Popcorn is super simple to make plus, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  So, you can use this for unexpected guests as well.  

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Home For The Holidays: Take Grandma Out For A Spin

Thanksgiving is a mere sixteen days away and for a lot of you it means time to get together with the family.  That is if you haven't figured out a way to get out of it.  Navigating the Holidays is really tricky, I suggest you pick a partner and stick with them.  They've got your back and you've got theirs.  Today I will show you how to team up and bond with Nana.

Just because Nana, Granny or whatever you call her is getting a little old and shriveled, doesn't mean her Bad Girl has done the same.  She is going to be thrilled, delighted and overjoyed that you are reaching out to her.  Let's be honest you don't call her enough.

Get ready to spend your Thanksgiving Weekend with Nana.  Special note before trying anything to bad with Nana check with her doctor or medicine cabinet.  You don't want to be the girl who kills Nana right before Thanksgiving.  Now for the Bad Girl Bonding with Nana.  

  • Swap Dirty/Inappropriate Jokes - you might be amazed to find that the direst mouth in your family belong to Nana.

  • Get The Scoop On Her Inner Desires - who knows you and her may have a lot more in common than you think.  

  • Join Her Bridge Game - This is a great place to swap pick up lines, stories, tips and techniques.  

  • Sneak Her A Little Contraband - Chances are Nana has been without bourbon, her favorite hard candy, and cigarettes for way too long. *Again check with her doctors before going wild.

  • Take Her To A Sex Store - Just because she's getting older doesn't mean she doesn't have desires.  And don't forget the batteries.  

  • Get The Dirt On Your Parents - While your parents may seem like put together grown adults they were once in their 20’s and lacking any real direction just like you.  Get plenty of gossip to arm yourself with, for when the conversation turns to your lack of having a real job and/or boyfriend.

Now, this is a list just to get you started.  Feel free to branch out and customize for your Nana.  If your dear sweet Nana is no longer with you don't feel left out; there are plenty of amazing women that would love a visitor for the holidays, just check with your local Assisted Living and Nursing Homes for more information.