Five Favorites of the Week

Happy last week of January! We are officially one month closer to Spring, and that makes me ecstatic. The month has flown by and I’m ready to see what February brings. Not to mention, there’s one less month until the return of my husband which will basically be the best day ever. It can’t come soon enough! I’ve been trying to keep myself busy and positive in hopes the days pass by even quicker. Here’s what has made me happy this week:


Favorite Day Trip: Tubbs Hill, Couer D’Alene, Idaho

If you follow me on Instagram (you know you want to do it), you know that I took Gia out to Tubbs Hill (funniest name ever) to go on a little hike in Idaho on Tuesday. I love exploring places I haven’t been, and it made me so happy to be surrounded by the beautiful scenery. A much needed pick-me-up. Also, I will live here one day.


Favorite Home Obsession: Kardiel Leather Sectional

Everything about this makes me happy from the black leather to the tufts to the clean design. It would look great in our future living room. Just saying. Jeff isn’t sold yet.



I have tried this and I looked like an idiot.

Favorite Song: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

We’ve all heard it, and I bet you were dancing to it. I bet you were embarrassingly grooving in ways you didn’t know your body could bend, and I bet you were trying to unsuccessfully mimic Bruno’s super fly moves. Just me? Fine. I love this song just like I love all upbeat funky jams, and I could listen to it a million times over. Infinity times over. Infinity times a million times over.


Favorite SAG Awards look: Emmy Rossum

Because I want to look like a sparkly fairy princess, too. If only I could have had this as my wedding dress. Jeff, can we get married again so I have a reason to wear this dress? Prom anyone? Please?



Favorite Team to win the Super Bowl: Seahawks

I know I already explained this last year, but now as a Washington State resident I feel like I have to be rooting even harder for the ‘hawks. I also really enjoy Marshawn Lynch and painting my nails green, blue and silver.

What’s made you happy this week?

Linking up with Amanda @ Meet at the Barre

Cozy Sweater Syndrome

0129_10129_90129_80129_40129_50129_60129_100129_30129_7Sweater / Shirt / Jeans (similar) / Shoes / Sunnies (similar) / Earrings (similar) / Necklace (similar) / Bracelet / Lips / Nails

Dear Northeastern-ers,

I don’t mean to rub it in, but the Northwest is having some great weather. It’s sunny, snowless, and warm enough to get along in just a sweater. This winter I have found myself hoarding oversized sweaters like they’re going out of style (are they? I hope not), and I was psyched to find this blanket with arms at Old Navy. I always see bloggers post the cutest Old Navy outfits, and I thought it was time to explore what the store had to offer (plus they were having a sale, and I am a sucker for sales). This particular sweater was on the sale rack and surprisingly a size XS. Vanity sizing is real, people. I will probably be wearing this sweater/blanket every day for the rest of the winter season. Don’t judge me.

On another note, if you are ever in the mood for some comedic action, try watching me take selfies in the woods with a tripod and remote control shutter for the first time ever. The woods = no witnesses. I apologize for my “I am going to kill you” expression, but I was about to kill my camera. So there’s that. It all worked out in the end.

What’s your go to cold weather staple? Are you a fan of oversized sweaters?


Black and White Home Decor


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

You know what I’m good at? Finding beautiful things and becoming obsessed with them… forever. For the past few months (years, really) I have been gathering ideas for the future Casa de Smith. It’s hard not to, right? I love to decorate, and I’m so excited we have a space to do just that.

If there’s one thing Jeff and I love it’s Scandinavian decor. Something about the clean, crisp, fresh, bright, simple, cozy look really does it for us. Or maybe we just really enjoyed living in Denmark. Regardless, our conversations these days seem to revolve around all things home related. The items above are a mix of things I fell in love with overseas (1,3,5) and other gorgeous things that make me happy. How could you not want a statue of a Gia-esque dog? I just love the crispness of black and white with a copper accent. The candles and sheepskin add just the right amount of hygge. Is there anything more perfect?

Are you a fan of black and white decor or do you like some color in your life?

Wine Awesomeness Review


A few weeks ago I signed up for Wine Awesomeness, an online wine club that delivers 3 bottles to your house a month. Their offer to try their service was this: 3 free bottles of wine for just a $15 shipping fee. Yes, I said, and handed over $15.

How it works: Wine Awesomeness is as simple as I just explained. You go to the website, sign up, and order your first box. Unlike some other wine clubs, you don’t select personal preferences – they are all preselected for you, and each subscriber receives similar items. Within a month the wine is delivered to your door.

Cost: $45 a month for 3 bottles. To try the service like I did you can get 3 bottles free with just a $15 shipping charge by clicking here.

What you get: 3 bottles of wine, a guide to the wines, and recipes for suggested food pairings.

The Review:



2013 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: Paso Robles, California

Thoughts: I always things of Sauv Blac as the perfect summer wine, and it is. The Vina Robles was crisp and fruity and exactly what you’d expect. I think this one would be easily enjoyed by many.


2013 Upside Remedy Red Blend

Origin: Central coast, California

Thoughts: A mix of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Counoise. I found this one to be a touch dry at first, but after a few sips I was along for the ride. The consensus was that is was a very tasty and easy to drink.



2013 Vinum Pinot Noir

Origin: Montery County, California

Verdict: I love Pinot Noirs, and I thought the Vinum was okay. It was a little too fruity for me, but still very easy to drink. I think this pinot would appeal to people who generally don’t drink red wines, but want to give them a try.

Overall I thought the  wines I received were good picks. They are definitely wines that appeal to a wide audience – nothing too different, but just enough pizzaz for the seasoned sipper. I’ll probably give Wine Awesomeness another go to see what they come up with next. I just hope they have some bottles with corks… where are my corks!?

Related: See my review of Club W here.