Aubin Wills wool sweater
$200 – net-a-porter.com

Ted Baker wrap coat

CIMARRON slim jeans
$99 – placedestendances.com

Frye high heels

Rolex gold jewelry

Jigsaw oversized scarve
$46 – jigsaw-online.com

Sisley lipstick
$51 – harrods.com

Stila eyeshadow


diy drum shade

Not much going on here, new computer, sister got in to college, hurricane Isaac; you know the usual. Since school has been closed until Thursday I seem to have a little time on my hands. Finally! So I can tell y’all about my new favorite project.

I have been meaning to fix up the lighting fixtures in our house since we moved in.  So thanks to the wonderful pinterest I found some inspiration right before I had a bunch of people over.  A diy drum shade that you can place right over the fixture itself. I got tons of compliments. What do you think:


It was actually really easy to do and only took about an hour for both. All I needed was fabric, two wooden embroidery hoops, hot glue, poster board, and  eye screws.

I found the tutorial here . But I did a few things different. First off I didn’t use ribbon or make a diffuser. I just glued the fabric to the inside of the embroidery hoop and for the diffuser I just glued a thin muslin over the other embroidery hoop. You may want to use the diffuser if you plan on using the fixture a lot. We don’t use ours too much.  Here is the other one in the kitchen:



I also hand painted some wooden letters from hobby lobby to match the chevron shade in the kitchen. Another really easy project. Just buy some thin wooden letters, paint (maybe to match your very own drum shade) and a chevron stencil (I just printed a chevron pattern and cut it out). Enjoy!



I have a couple super cute DIY s to share. It’s been a little busy around here with Joshua’s birthday and school about to start. I’ll try to post in a couple days. Here’s a hint: chevron is involved! Stay tuned…


My “Getting Stuff Done” Chart

So I am a big fan of lists. I especially love lists in chart form aka check-off-charts. With my last year of college right around the corner I decided to make one of my check-off-charts. When school starts life gets hectic and lots of stuff gets put on the back burner or forgotten completely. That’s why hopefully with this check-off-chart I’ll remember those little things that are easy to forget.


Ok so these are the things that I forget to do when things get busy. My goal is to do everyone of these things at least once a week. The chart is laid out to where the first row underneath the tasks can be used for that very satisfying check. The second is for any notes you might have. For example, say you tried a new recipe and checked off under the “Cook” box, but you had to chose between 2 recipes that night and didn’t have anytime for the rest of the week to cook the other one. You can use the second row to write in that recipe to remind you for next week. Some things could and should be done more than once like love and relax. While some only need to be done once a week like backing up your computer. So here’s the break down:

First there’s blogging. For you fellow bloggers out there we have all done it. Gone a few weeks or even months without blogging because we get too busy. I love blogging. I find it really relaxes me and gets me thinking creatively. So my goal is to blog at least once a week.

Next is relax. We all do it. We go and go and go all week long and by the end of it we are tired and grumpy. Even if you can just take 15 or 30 minuets out of a not so busy day and just take a relaxing bath, it could make a world of difference for the rest of your day. Taking those little breaks helps you recharge and feel more positive about all the stuff you have to get done. So goal number two is to relax more.

Learn. I’m kind of a geek. I was the kid who liked to go to school and learn stuff. I love learning new things. If its teaching myself to do a new thing like crochet or knit, or just learning about a new place or thing. Making sure you learn something new each week keeps you sharp and on your feet. For example, maybe I should learn a little more about politics/political current events so I have some input during some of our family discussions.

Make. I love crafting! I’m a poor college student so when it comes to buying designer stuff or that already put together $200 chair, I normally have to make do with what I’ve already got. So sewing my own version of the super cute alice and olivia skirt saves me a lot of money. Or learning how to reupholster that $20 goodwill/craigslist find really saves me money. Making sure that I craft makes me feel accomplished, happy, gives me something to blog, and can give me a break from a super hectic week.

Cook. Cooking is another thing that calms me. I love making and trying new recipes. It spices up a dull boring week and makes more than just me happy. Joshua loves when I cook and try new recipes. We also use cooking as a way to just spend time together. It’s also not hard to do. There are tons of really great websites out there that have tons of easy, cheap, fun recipes you could do even during a busy week.

Love. This one is really important. Whether you have a husband, boyfriend, partner, kids, friends, pets… everyone needs to take time and remind that special someone that they care. This can be really hard when you are going and going. So a really big goal for me is to show Joshua that I care, because I’ll admit it when we get back to school we both fall into a rut. It becomes more important to study and work so we forget to take time to just be together without all the interruption. Take time at the very least to do one special little or big thing for that significant other.

Organize/Clean. Organizing and cleaning are both also oddly calming to me. There is nothing like a really neat desk or super clean fridge to make you feel really accomplished. It also helps keep stress down. How frustrating is it when you need to find something and it takes you 20 minuets to find it? Even if you just need to file away some bills or respond to some emails try to organize or clean at least once a week.

Last but not least, backing up my computer. This may only apply to me, but between school work, important documents, pictures, and my fun stuff the contents of my computer are really important. I’m always really paranoid something will happen to my computer and I’ll lose everything. So I try to back it up once a week. There are some pretty good sites that can do it for you but honestly I love my external hard drive. Those sites can get pretty expensive, and backing up on most hard drives is really easy, just a couple clicks and your done.

Well that’s my check-off-chart for those little things that need to get done during the week that we forget about. Here is the link for google docs. I have it saved as a publisher so you can edit it if you need to. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the chart or let me know if you have any problems with the link. Also, a little tip put your chart in a protective sleeve and put it in your home management binder or hang it up on the wall. You can use wipe off markers or even permanent markers (and then use nail polish remover and a cotton ball to remove the permanent marker from the sleeve) and it will cut down on paper so you don’t have to keep printing it off.

Hope y’all enjoy!


some changes…

southern serendipity is seeing some changes! thanks to her new leaf i have been sprucing up the old blog. so far i have learned how to add: flags, buttons, and signatures; and i’m still learning. her site (click the above link or see the new button further down the page) is perfect for new bloggers or old bloggers looking to learn some new tricks. stay tuned to see what else i learn!

so what do ya’ll think about the new signature?


ready for fall

ready for fall

Mango floral skirt
$44 – mango.com

Tory burch boots

Vintage handbag

Clarins lip stick

Prada perfume
$93 – harveynichols.com

a day in the park

a day in the park

Floral dress
$24 – desireclothing.co.uk

Bruuns Bazaar flat sandals
$99 – musthaves.dk

In God We Trust gold jewelry
$49 – farfetch.com

Bow earrings

Jigsaw linen scarve
$38 – johnlewis.com

Coach fragrance

a day at the office

a day at the office

Wal G peplum dress
$47 – topshop.com

Boyfriend blazer

Christian louboutin shoes

Chanel handbag

Lip stick

Christian dior perfume
$77 – johnlewis.com

back to school

back to school

American Retro peach top
$110 – the-dressingroom.com

Satchel handbag

Layered necklace

Gucci fragrance
$65 – escentual.com