Our two month anniversary of living in our new house is tomorrow and it has been a long while since I posted my last home update. I thought today would be a great day to have an informal post about what has been happening over here at the #futureparlettresidence and share a two moth home update post! Speaking of which, we need a new hashtag because we are officially living in the future Parlett residence, so I’m think we need something new! I first want to start by saying just how thankful I am for our new home. It has been such a blessing and I have settled into my new home so well, which I am incredibly thankful for. We are still working on so many things, it’s almost embarrassing to say. However, I have had so many people tell me “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” and all I have to say to that is “Amen!”
Building our first home, and having our wedding, all in the same year was such an experience and one that left our bank accounts pretty dry. I’m not one who wants to decorate my whole house in day, but it is nice to have a sofa or bar stools. Thank goodness we have some amazing family supporting us and letting us borrow a few things, until we get completely settled. By now, you probably know after reading my blog that I am extremely picky and particular, especially when it comes to my home. I truly believe that the beauty lies in the details. So much so, that sometimes most of the time, I struggle with landing on the perfect choice, because I am just too darn picky! With that said, I do have my eyes on a couple of pieces of furniture, a few rugs and cabinet hardware, that I will be pulling the trigger on in the next few months. I mentioned on Snapchat that I picked up these mirrors for my master bath and truthfully they just didn’t work, no matter how much I wanted them too. I am currently moving them around, to see where I can put them, because I really love them and want them to live somewhere in my home!
The other day Jay, and I, sat down and began a conversation about some of the things we learned from building our home. We are still working on our list, which will be up on the blog soon, but in the mean time I wanted to share some initial thoughts, experiences and kinks we are still working out, after living in our home for 2 months!
TWO MONTH HOME UPDATE
Paper Towel: Target
We have officially been living in our home for almost two months and we have learned so much during that time. Having a new home, moving or just living on your own for the first time, all have such a learning curve and there is so much to keep up on!
We still haven’t purchased hardware for our cabinets, which was something that was high on my list before moving in. I figured once we moved in, it would slip our mind and our cabinetry would begin to get dirty, from opening it without handles. Sure enough, two months later I still haven’t decided on our hardware and the cabinets are getting dirty! This is definitely priority at this point and I am really loving these options from Studio McGee.
I feel like the scuff marks and touchups are unavoidable. The painters are coming today to do some miscellaneous work around the house. We have to have our corbels painted, our back columns painted, the window seat and a couple of other scratches and things! I’m excited for everything to be fully painted. It seems that the few things that aren’t painted, always catch my eye.
Cable & Internet
This is a big one. We have lived in our house for almost tow months now without cable OR internet. You heard that right. That has seriously been a struggling in itself. Being without some of my favorite tv shows is difficult, but having to use my iPhone hotspot for internet, or go to the local coffee shop hasn’t been easy either. I’m literally over it. If Cox Cable wasn’t the only company around with decent internet, I would have already switched. It’s literally ridiculous, but thats a story for another day.
Cleaning, Lot’s of Cleaning
Who knew a brand new house is so dirty? I sure didn’t, but I do now! I still keep finding mound of dust hidden around the house on window panes, in upstairs cabinets and everywhere in between. The mart thing to do would have been to hire a lecture straight off, and I know that is what we will resort to soon, but man oh man! It’s never ending.
My shopping list is also something else that is never ending. Everything from cleaning supplies to storage containers, trying to keep a new house organized is difficult! Especially if you haven’t ever lived on your own before. It’s a little exhausting but I keep telling myself to just do a little each week, even though I just wish I could snap my fingers and have everything be done! We still need a lot of furniture but that is just expensive and will take time. Patience, I must have patience!
Relief & Comfort
There is no other word to describe the process other than blessed. Although it has been struggle and is still just as challenging now that we have moved in, I am just so thankful to have had this opportunity. I think that in difficulties we grow so much and learn at such a fast pace. Building our first home was such a huge step and looking back, I wonder what was I thinking? How did I know we could do it? Honestly, when we decided that we want to build, the question of whether or not we could do it, never crossed my mind. I never once doubted our abilities or thought that it would be too difficult. It was just a part of me, I knew that we could do it. Half way through, I wondered if we would ever make it to the end, but look here we are. We did it! There is so much to be said for building a house, it truly is a huge obstacle, but one I have grown to love. I have become obsessed with the building process, the design aspect and taking a drawing and turning it into a home. Isn’t that just amazing?
I feel so much comfort sitting in our home, I honestly hate to leave it! It makes me so proud that Jay and I did this together and that all of our plans, although some changed along the way, are still being fulfilled. It truly just reminds me just how much I have to be thankful for. Although our sweet home may be empty for the moment, and there is still so much work ahead, it is ours and it is beyond anything more than what we dreamed of!
Lastly, but certainly not least, we have yet to install cabinets in our master closet. Which basically means our clothes are a disaster. We picked up some metal racking at Lowes, cute right? It’s doing the job, but it isn’t doing it so well. I feel like there is some sort of fashion handbook somewhere that says “One shall not store Christian Louboutin pumps and Chanel handbags on metal racking!” But, that’s just where we are right now. Hopefully, the closet will also be coming soon too, but for now we are just doing our best, with everything!
I feel like this post was a bit all over the place, but I hope that it gave you a honest view into our everyday life and some of the struggles we are obstacles as new homeowners! If you like these informal, and desperately honest posts, please let me know and I will do more! As I mentioned at the beginning, there will be a post coming up within the next month about the things we learned from building, but for now I hope you enjoy this post. If you have any questions, please let me know.
TOP: Club Monaco | PANTS: J.Brand | PUMPS: Christian Louboutin
BAG: Saint Laurent
All I can say is that my love for a beautiful rose pink continues, but this time with this fabulous ruffled cashmere sweater, with bell sleeves! This sweater was a gift from Jay for Christmas, because as soon as I laid eyes on it in Club Monaco, it was love at first sight. The soft blush shade makes it classic and feminine, while the bell sleeves, and ruffled details, make this cashmere sweater stand apart from all others.
For this look, I decided to keep things neutral (you could have guessed that!) I paired the cashmere sweater with my favorite black denim from J. Brand and some simple black pumps. In my opinion, the denim and the structured bag bring a more edgy vibe, which balances out the feminine feel of the sweater, making this look a step up from your everyday attire. You can also pair this amazing sweater, with lighter colors to bring out is lady like touch, and highlight your feminine side. I seriously think this cashmere sweater is a closet staple!
What do you think?
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If you follow me on Snapchat or watch my Instagram stories you would know about the series of unfortunate internet, and cable, events! I wish I could be more optimistic, but my emotions have been taken for quite the ride and blogging with no internet is a real struggle. Actually in the year 2017 life, with no internet is a real struggle. haha
However, to bring things into a more positive note, it would be the perfect time to share my goals and resolutions for 2017! I decided to break these up into Personal Resolutions and Business Goals. I did the same thing last year and so I just thought I would continue with the same trend, on my journey of attempting to integrate and still separate these two aspects of my life!
2017 GOALS + RESOLUTIONS
2016 was a huge year for me on a personal level. Jay and I got married, built our first home, and I graduated college all in the same year, Phew! I’m glad we got that out of our system. I owe a lot of thanks and credibility to 2016, because it taught me so much about myself and about my husband. We both grew individually and as a couple, which I truly feel is great for our relationship entering a new marriage. After reflecting on 2016, which you should totally do too, I am left with some personal goals to tackle in 2017!
Over the years I have really learned to enjoy reading. It relaxes me, and clears my mind, so well. I just recently mentioned in this post, that I love to read at night before bed! It does wonders for distracting my mind and puts me right to sleep. As for self-help book/business books, I generally save those for day time reading. I will pick them up during the afternoon or sometimes in the morning, with my coffee, to get my mind motivated for the day. I just ordered these three books:1,2,3 and I can’t wait to start reading them!
Holy moly, I sure am terrible at this! I like to think that I am getting better, because in 2015 I was just became flat out bad at responding in efficient timing. I had this as a goal for last year, but I’m tacking it onto this year too, because I still need improvement in this area of my life. I am usually pretty good about responding to emails. It is mostly just texts and phone calls that I am bad at returning.
Spend Less Time on Social Media
I could be mistaken, but I think that we could all use a little improvement in this area. Social media is taking over everything and we are often more consumed in our Instagram, or Facebook, account than we are our actual lives. For me, taking more time to be present and not glued to my cell phone is high on my list of things to change in 2017.
Along with an amazing year in 2016, came lot of money spent. In 2017 I want to take the time to budget out for things, think about what I really do need to purchase, and what I really don’t need to purchase. Some things can wait and some things can’t. Taking the time to recognize the difference, is truly important. I would like to rebuild my bank accounts and try to really focus on saving more money.
Moderate, Simplify and Celebrate Everyday Life
In this category, I am basically combining my need for a healthier lifestyle in 2017. I worked a lot on this in 2016, but there is always more work to be done in the area of a healthy lifestyle. For this my goal is to exercise in moderation. Don’t take things to extremes, instead find something I enjoy doing, and do it often. For me, that looks like trying new workouts, walking with my pup, exploring a new area with Jay, going to the beach or going for a bike ride. I want to simply and moderate my budget and our home. My goal is to really evaluate what we do and do not need, in attempts of not cluttering up our new home. I have realized that the clutter comes quickly and you have to stay on top of it at all times! I just started reading this book and I think it is really going to help with that. With simplicity and a clean slate, I find myself more organized and therefore more inspired, and motivated! Lastly, I want to celebrate everyday, imperfect life. We are given this beautiful life, with endless possibilities, why not take advantage of them? Why sit indoors of Facebook, when you can walk amongst nature outdoors? Why call your family on the phone, when you can get in the car and go visit them? Why hide our pride, and feel indebted to people, when we can be honest with them and value our real relationship? It think deep down we all want more clarity, and the ability to be honest with one another. Whether you feel that you need time to rest, and feel bad about saying not to going out with them, or you just need to talk about something and are afraid to bring it up. No matter the circumstances, I truly think that everyone respects and deserves honesty. Celebrate the good and the bad, the tough and the easy, and the pretty and the ugly of life. That’s true life and true relationships. I want more of that in my life in 2017.
Business Goals + Resolutions
As you know, I do truly love blogging, however a lot of hard work gets poured into this site, with very little left at the end of the day for me. When I started Timeless Taste, I was just a girl making YouTube videos who bought way too much makeup! These days, I am a married woman with dreams, goals and real life bills! When you work so hard on something, and get so little of what you are working for, discourage, fear and anxiety begin to creep in. In 2017, I hope to reach new levels in this little business of mine and expand in different ways. Over the pat year I realized just how much I love interior design, the home building process and so much more. I have always dreamed of owning my own store, or business, and I want 2017 the year that I finally start taking actionable steps to make that dream a reality. That is terrifying for me. Not only with a small income, and large fear of failure, taking the plunge into entrepreneurship is scary (not mention dangerous). but, admitting to others what you dream of and what you are afraid of failing at, is horrific for me!! I can’t believe I just published that on the internet! So what do you think? How often do you shop for home décor and furniture online? I would love to know if there is an interest out there? In order to make my dreams a reality, I have to set specific and actually obtainable goals. At this point I am starting small with the hopes to reevaluate this list in 6 months, or so.
What is your goal, or dream, for 2017 that you are terrified to tell anyone about?! Tell me. Leave me a comment, or send me an email, and let’s do this thing together!
Obtain a Business License + Open a Business Bank Account
In order to get the ball rolling on improving, and moving forward with, my business, and whatever that may included down the road, I need to actually become official. At this point, Timeless Taste is beginning to become profitable enough to become a business and therefore I need to obtain my business license and open a business bank account! I am excited for both, but especially the business bank account, as I know it will help me separate my personal money from business money.
Expand My Media Platforms (Podcast/YouTube)
As you probably already know, I started my whole “blogging” career on YouTube, when I was in high school. When I made the decision to take my blog more seriously, with hopes of turning it into something profitable, I let my YouTube channel take the backseat. I stopped posting on it, and just truly lost all interest. Lately, I have made the decision to become more active on Youtube again. My heart truly remains with making videos for my channel. I have also realized that I get a lot more traction and interaction, with my channel, than what I get with my blog. It is more profitable and my audience seems to prefer it more! My goal for 2017 is to really step up my YouTube channel and see where that will go. I love listening to podcasts, so I have toyed with the idea of starting my own, but I’m just not sure about that yet. Do you listen to podcasts frequently?
Work with 5 New Companies + Work With More Local Companies
Working with brands that I believe in, or that I am excited to try out, is something that I love doing. Being a smaller blog, I don’t always get the opportunity to work with larger brands, however 2016 was such a great year for working with new brands. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies, that I truly love. In 2017 I would like to work with 5 new brands, and hopefully some home design and décor brands that I love! I would also like to start working with local business, based in my area of Virginia! I would love to support local small business in my area and share their story here on the blog, with hopes of reaching a large clientele for them. If you are a local business, I would love to collaborate with you!
Prepare Content for Future Purposes
Often times, I find myself in a rut of creating content that is unplanned and don’t properly refer to it later. It’s so important for me to link prior posts that are helpful, and relevant, to new content in that new post. I also want to create content hat can be useful in the future, whether it is a draft of a podcast episode, a new blog series, video content, or maybe it could even be complied into an eBook, or something of that nature! Either way, I want my writing to have purpose and be a reference source for people that need it.
Simplify + Strategize
When building our home, one of my goals was to create a bright, fresh, and open space. I wanted our home feel light and airy, but still comfortable and relaxing. I think that so far I have done that, so I really want to continue that theme into all areas of my life. My goal is to strategically plan and organized everything. I know that seems a little extreme, but since moving out onto my own, I have realized just how well I preform when things are organized and clean. I love with things are simple, chic and functional. I want to unclutter and simplify everything from my blog, to my inbox, all the way down to my pantry and utensils drawer (boy does that get out of hand fast!) I think that simplifying my business structure and the content product for my blog, will really help me to reach my resolutions in 2017. I also want to strategically posts, as I previous mentioned, and create content that will serve a purpose in them sure of Timeless Taste, or whatever this business may become!
What are your goals and resolutions for 2017? What are the dreams your heart desires, that you are scared to admit to anyone else? It’s ok, we all have those goals that we are truly afraid to talk about, because we are afraid at not behind successful in them. Whether you reach your goals or not, admitting that you have them is the first step in making them happen. I am so thankful that you are a reader of Timeless Taste and participate in the journey with on making things happen in my life. I would love for you to sign up for my newsletter and to fill out my Timeless Taste reader survey, if you have already done so here. Thank you again!
Happy Friday Friends!
I know that Taco Tuesday is a thing, and today is Wednesday, so obviously I’m a little bit off. However, I hope you that after making this Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken Taco recipe you will forgive me and love me! I basically live for Mexican food, tacos and anything of that sort, but sometimes I like to switch things up a bit. Trader Joes Salsa Verde is the perfect way to kick things up, without making your tacos too spicy. This Salsa Verde Chicken Taco recipe is quick and an easy meal that I can just throw together, but is still hearty and delicious! This recipe only requires 3-4 ingredients, can be served a number of different ways and is the only Salsa Verde Chicken Taco recipe you need!
After trying a few different salsa verde chicken taco recipes, I found what I liked from each and what I didn’t like from each. I was then able to create the perfect recipe for me. I am going to make the disclaimer straight off that this recipe probably isn’t the healthiest, but it is by far the easiest, creamiest and tastiest. So let’s just say it passes my test! I also wanted to mention that this recipe is very versatile and there is definitely a healthy alternative (opt for less or no cream cheese), but be sure to see the notes on the recipe card below!
Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos
Place chicken breasts into pot (or crockpot) and cover with entire jar of Trader Joes salsa verde
Cube up the cream cheese into smaller chunks, so that way it will melt evenly, and add in with chicken and salsa
Sprinkle the package of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning over top of everything and give it a stir to mix things together
Remove tender chicken from the pot and shred with two forks. This should be easy. If the chicken doesn’t want to shred, it needs to cook a little longer until shredding is easy.
Return the shredded chicken to the pot and allow it cook for an additional 15-20 minutes to soak in all of the flavor.
Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 916
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 27g
Total Carbohydrates 11g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- 1 jar Trader Joes Salsa Verde
- 1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese (8 ounces)
- 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning
- Place chicken breasts into pot (or crockpot) and cover with entire jar of salsa
- Cube up the cream cheese into smaller chunks, so that way it will melt evenly, and add in with chicken and salsa
- Sprinkle the package of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning over top of everything and give it a stir to mix things together
- Cover and cook on low to medium low heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes until the chicken is tender (If using a crockpot cook on low setting for 4 hours)
- Remove tender chicken from the pot and shred with two forks. This should be easy. If the chicken doesn’t want to shred, it needs to cook a little longer until shredding is easy
- Return the shredded chicken to the pot and allow it cook for an additional 15-20 minutes to soak in all of the flavor
- This chicken recipe can be served in a taco, on a salad or even over a bowl of rice! To make this recipe a little healthier, cut the amount of cream cheese in half and only add in a half of a package. You can also leave of both the cream cheese and the ranch seasoning, for a real healthy option. The salsa is so great with the chicken on its own!
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Picking your fragrance, or perfume, can be a daunting challenge. A fragrance often alters itself based on each individuals body chemistry, or maybe it just sweetens up over the hours in the day. With the beginning of the year, we often set new goals for ourselves and decide to change our daily routines to become healthier and “fresher,” per se, in the new year. I think one aspect of this trend that is often overlooked is selecting a new fragrance for the upcoming year. So, today I wanted to discuss with you 5 Fragrances to Try in 2017, in hopes of inspiring you to think about your current fragrance option, and think if it could use a little updating!
If your anything like me, you generally stick to one fragrance and use it until the bottle is completely empty, which is not a bad thing. I think it’s important to stick to a few fragrances and not wear something completely different every single day. However, with the changing of seasons and a variety of environments we experience in throughout each year, sometimes we need to have a few different fragrances handy to ensure that we are always scented for the appropriate occasion. Something for the correct season, nothing too light or too heavy, something for work, something for date night, and well… you get the idea! Here are 5 Fragrances to Try in 2017:
Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum
This new Giorgio Armani fragrance is sweet and powerful. Something that stands out as a significant, and bold, scent but is still soft and feminine. This one reminds me quite a bit of YSL Black Opium but is a bit more classier. It is transitional in the way that it would be appropriate for work, but is still sexy enough for date night. I love this one!
“Si, the new fragrance by Giorgio Armani, is a luxurious scent for the modern woman who’s strong yet feminine, sophisticated yet charismatic. It’s a modern chypre, reinvented with deep blackcurrant nectar, airy florals and musky blond wood.”
Chloé Love Story
This Chloé scent is fresh, lights and feminine. Very chic and perfect for those who don’t love a heavy scent. It’s notes of… provide youthful fragrance. Perfect for anyone trying to revive their everyday life! One of my favorites!
“What it is: A feminine, captivating and natural fragrance.
Fragrance story: This floral fragrance opens with orange blossom, the identity of Love Story, while additional notes of precious primofiore lemon and original yuzu add a touch of sparkle to the start, followed by a delicate touch of nashi. Passion flower comes to spread its audacious and playful femininity, and is enhanced by a sensual and enveloping complex of cedar, amber and musks. The emblematic lock flacon, a real icon of the Chloé fashion house, is adorned with a new hand-tied ribbon twisted into a sensual blush-pink shade, inspired by the house’s fashion collection. The bottle is detailed with an engraved gold metal plate and features pleated glass at the back of the bottle that shows off the new, blush-pink juice.
– Top: orange blossom, primofiore lemon, yuzu, nashi.
– Middle: passion flower, heliotrope.
– Base: cedarwood, amber, musk.”
Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette
Gucci Guilty is timeless and classic. A stronger fragrance that represents a strong, and fearless, woman that is still in touch with her true self while still participating in trends over the years.
“What it is: Experience Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette with this three-piece set.
Fragrance story: Gucci Guilty is about breaking social conventions and the feeling that you can attain whatever you want. It is about pushing your personal boundaries and experiencing the thrill of the forbidden, so you feel free and invincible. Without any compromise, Gucci Guilty is a statement about who you are. Guilty embodies the richness of amber and the fresh femininity of lilac. The fragrance speaks to the bold, trendy but always authentic Gucci character. It awakens the senses with a daring edge of sexiness and sensuality that is Gucci.
Style: Oriental, floral.
Notes: mandarin, pepper, geranium, lilac, peach, patchouli, amber.”
Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf
Flowerbomb creates a luxurious mix of spicy, and floral, this fragrances is loved by so many and is the winner of several beauty awards.
“What it is: Viktor & Rolf’s acclaimed first feminine fragrance, Flowerbomb is a floral explosion that makes everything more positive.
Fragrance story: Flowerbomb is an explosion of the most luxurious and alluring flowers, with the power to transform the negative into positive. Thousands of flowers give rise to an ultrafeminine, sensual and addictive fragrance. A bouquet of cattleya orchids, sambac jasmine, freesia and rose petals is enriched by the addictive patchouli and vanilla. With just one touch, the power is unleashed, whisking you into a secret garden where your dreams become the new reality. This fragrance comes in a pink diamond grenade-shaped bottle.
Style: Feminine, fresh, floral.
– Top: bergamot, mandarin.
– Middle: sambac jasmine, freesia, centifolia rose, osmanthus.
– Base: patchouli, vanilla, praline, amber, woody.
Mood: intoxicating, sensual, dreamy.”
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne
This Jo Malone fragrance is fruity, and crisp, scent gives ways to sweet warmth when applied. Very different than the 4 other fragrances and something new to try!
“What it is: Inspired by a walk in an orchard secluded within a walled garden, English Pear & Freesia is an evocative fragrance of delicate contrasts.
Fragrance story: The crisp skin of the pear is contrasted with the succulent juiciness beneath and the clarity of the season’s first mists, meeting and melding with the warmth of golden, dappled sunshine. It wraps the freshness of sweet pears in a bouquet of white freesias with a subtle background of scrambling wild roses and skin-warming amber, patchouli and woods.
– Top: King William pear.
– Middle: freesia.
– Base: patchouli.”
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