Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

I love Halloween and am so excited about tonight. I already have dinner ready (I made BBQ last night in the crockpot) and have the biggest bowl of candy you have ever seen ready for all of our trick-or-treaters. It is mass chaos in our neighborhood on Halloween and everyone sits on their porches and gives out candy while the kids zig zag from house to house. A few houses down even has a graveyard set up and a live bagpipe player. Pretty impressive huh?

In other news, I'm totally in love with this art work on Zulily today. They have all of the states and even different countries.  If you aren't a member and want to be, just email me and I'll send you an invitation! 

Hope ya'll have a great Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Can I just tell ya'll how much your comments made my day yesterday. Sometimes when I post things like that, I'm worried that there may be some disappointment or judgement, but no, ya'll just gave me encouragement and it's exactly what I needed, so thank you!

Does anyone have great plans this weekend?
Tonight, the husband and I are going to a Halloween party at the Club with some sweet friends of ours that just had a little girl. I'm excited to see how Grayson is around all of the babies. We are less than one month away! 

Here are some favorite post of mine around the blog world:

A fabric website that is fabulous. I could redo my entire house off this website.

If you like Rachel Zoe, you should check this out

Tory's ex husband has a new line. What do you think?

Speaking of Tory, she features Peter Callahan on her blog. He is a killer caterer.

I hope ya'll have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Glow

Becoming a new mom comes with excitement and joy, but to be honest, these past few weeks I have been totally freaked out. I wish I could fast forward and just see what it's going to be like a year from now, just to make sure that we are still OK. Do other soon to be moms feel the same way? Selfishly, I don't want to loose myself, and although so many people have told me how incredible it is, I am still a bit scared.  I know that all of the sacrifices are worth it, but sometimes I just can't help to think about all of the changes that are coming our way. 

I stumbled upon The Glow late last night and to say the least, it was just what I needed. It showcases moms that have inspiring careers. I'm not sure what the future for me will look like, but this sure does put my mind at ease a little. 

The Glow is a glimpse into the world of inspiring and fashionable moms.

Here you’ll find their styling ideas, go-to gear, multitasking secrets, and enviable decor.

Before creating her own brand-building empire, The Terminal Presents, Jenne Lombardo masterminded Fashion Week’s brilliant partnership between M.A.C. & Milk (which she still oversees). Known for her fierce style—leather pants, six-inch platforms, and heavy-metal jewelry—this super-organized mother of three gracefully switches from reading bedtime stories to walking red carpets, while managing to make it all look easy.

"I’m proud of them every minute of everyday. I’m so grateful that these beautiful little soul-babies are mine—they are my soulmates."

In a minimalist-meets-luxe apartment high above Central Park, Laura and Diego Garcia are the picture of familial bliss. The French-Brazilian designer gained instant success in 2004 with her ready-to-wear line Abaeté. The collection was scooped up by Bergdorf Goodman and Intermix, and eventually turned into a lucrative collaboration with Payless. After becoming a mom, Garcia shifted her focus to the world of interiors and now works with the artist Bernard Figueroa to create cast bronze lighting pieces. Together with her musician husband, she raises their trilingual baby in an elegant space sprinkled with art, books stacked floor-to-ceiling, and family photos. When they’re not on tour with Diego, mother and child explore the city together—frequenting the very same spots that Laura, who grew up just a few blocks away, treasured as a kid.

Before landing at True Religion, Jeanann Williams worked her magic on brands like Alexander Wang and Victoria’s Secret while at powerhouse agency KCD. With her laid-back style and effortless approach to motherhood, Williams embodies the understated charm inherent in the east end town she calls home. Beach chic meets cool sophistication at the Montauk house she shares with photographer Ben Watts. The couple has passed their easy-going sensibility onto to their daughter; already a world-traveler, Ruby’s eclectic wardrobe reflects her globetrotting upbringing—France, Ibiza, and Australia all before her second birthday.

When I had Ruby, my former boss from Sigerson Morrison told me, ‘here’s the secret: buy kids’ clothes in Paris.’ She’s been my mom mentor. Now I always shop for her when I’m there for the shows. I find all of these great, affordable pieces in muted colors and classic styles at Monoprix. Here, there’s so much pink and blue with Winnie the Pooh on it."

See more stylish moms at The Glow

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Love a Monogram

Recently, I purchased these beauties for chairs that flank our bar. I couldn't find quite what I was looking for, so I headed to Etsy and asked Stephanie if she could create something custom for me. She was great and found a fabric that worked perfectly and was super fast. You can check out all kinds of goodies at her shop right here. 

Luxury Monograms is a chic little company that does monograms in a current way. I love the fonts that they use and their colors. Take a look at some of their newest designs.

I'm dying to have a monogram on the back of our dining chairs. 

A monogrammed chevron case keeps you organized. Perfect hostess or bridesmaids gift.

Luxury Monograms pop-up shop in NYC

Monogramed napkins. I love the striped chair cushions and all of the gold accents!

What is your favorite item to monogram?

New Blog Love

I saw this new blog over at I Suwanee (who else is DYING to go to the new Furbish?) and knew that I had to share the love. This momma, interior designer, and blogger has got some serious style. Take a look at and let me know what you think! She was also just featured on the Glitter Guide, an awesome site full of inspiration!

Take a look at her fab home and her inspiration here. 


Stripes are my very favorite pattern, and it is very apparant throughout my home and my closet. I don't NEED five black and white striped shirts, but I always gravitate towards those in the morning when I'm rushed to get ready. Here are some of my favorite striped walls and floors. 

This horizontal stripe gives a lot of style to an otherwise boring room. 

For such a tiny kitchen, a striped floor gives it big design

Striped window treatments are great as well. You can find inexpensive striped fabric here.

One of my favorites! Taking stripes to the ceiling makes this almost like a circus tent!

Ticking stripe wallpaper gives this room a manly feel

I LOVE this powder room! This would be so much fun to get ready in for a night out on the town!

Tonal horitzontal stripes are perfect for a little boy's room. 

Horizontal stripes for a hallway

Horizontal striped walls and window treatments give a great layered effect

I LOVE this striped entryway, especially how they took the stripes onto the ceiling!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

This is precious

Guest Post from Design Shuffle

A few weeks ago, Design Shuffle contacted me to see if I would be interested in a guest post. One look at their site and I knew it was a great fit! They have amazing features that haven't been seen anywhere else and their bloggers and writers are super nice. I hope you enjoy! Check out Design Shuffle here for more inspiration!

Hi, I'm Susi, a writer for Design Shuffle, a wonderful social media site for designers around the world to showcase their projects and design ideas.  I'm so happy to be visiting Fifi Cheek today and writing about must have nursery accessories.  I've been following Tilley-Gray's impending arrival (Congratulations!) so I know nursery decorating ideas are a hot topic.  Here are my eight must have accessories for the nursery. Are your favorites here? If not, please share! Enjoy!

Mobile Nursery Decor

When thinking about must have accessories for the nursery, don't forget to look up!  Mobiles and colorful accessories hung from the ceiling will entertain baby when she's on her back getting changed or in her crib.

Soft Handmade Toy

Soft toys that are safe for little hands and mouths make great accessories.  Handmade is even better. Like this sweet owl made from socks!

Mirror Nursery Accent

A mirror is a must have nursery accessory.  Babies love to look at themselves and can be entertained for ages in a mirror.  Make sure the mirror is secured well to the wall.

Nursery Art Design

Another must have accessory for the nursery is art.  Nursery art can be super simple, like these different colored circles, or more sophisticated depending on your taste and interior design style.

Lamp Nursery Accent

Charming lamps, perfect for low light for feeding or changing in the middle of the night, are a must have accessory for the stylish nursery.  Combine with an overhead light like a chandelier or pendant for a well lit nursery.

Nursery Pillow Design

Charming pillows create a comfortable seat for mom or dad as well as add extra cushion on the floor for little ones who are rolling.  Love this cushion from Michelle Mason.

Pouf Nursery Design

A pouf is one of the big must have accessories for a nursery right now. Seat, foot stool, soft place to climb... poufs are so versatile for a baby's bedroom design.

Storage Nursery Design

Colorful bins and baskets, boxes and bowls can all make for charming accessories for the nursery for all those bits-&-bobs.  Fabric bins and baskets are soft enough to have on the floor for little hands too.

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These design inspirations are just the beginning! †Head on over to Design Shuffle to see the latest in design trends including talented work from San Francisco interior designers, Boston interior designers and more!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Birthday Weekend

I hope ya'll had a great weekend! Mine was jam packed full of birthday festivities, a yard sale, a wedding, and an early Halloween party. 

My birthday started out with breakfast in bed from my sweet husband. We lounged around the house with the dogs and took our time with the morning. We packed up the dogs and took them to the loop at Wrightsville Beach and then ventured out onto the beach. Polly and Cooper LOVE running and swimming on the beach so we took them down to the far end so they could do so. 

I'm feeling extra large these days with just 5 weeks to go. I don't think I'm eating any more than usual, but I watch in amazement as my body and belly continue to grow bigger and bigger! Grayson suggested that we go to lunch at the Oceanic so we could enjoy the gorgeous weather and sit on the pier. We had the best time at our late lunch and sat outside for a few hours just enjoying the scenery. 

Standing outside of the Oceanic

Grayson enjoying the view

Grayson had a beer with lunch and at the bottom of his glass was a tiny anchor. I love it!

 When we got back to the house, Grayson gave me these beauties as a birthday gift. I told him not to buy me a thing, especially after I accidentally purchased a major piece of art work last week, but he couldn't resist. I saw these a few weeks ago on Rachel Roy and stroked out over them. I think they will be so cute with skinny jeans (once I can get back in those skinny jeans) and even dresses come spring. 
PS: They are unbelievably comfortable

That night, Grayson had another surprise in store, dinner at my favorite French restaurant, Caprice. We always go there for special occasions and sit at the same table every time. We had an 8:30pm dinner reservation which made it the latest I had been in non-pajamas in a long time!

The next day was a whirlwind. We woke up at 6:30am and had a yard sale. Those yard sale people mean business and the serious ones where there at 7am. It was a successful sale and we were able to get rid of a lot of old furniture, lighting, and accessories that we haven't used in a long time. We packed up what didn't sell and were off to an afternoon wedding in downtown Wilmington. After staying for a little while at the reception, we slipped away and went to a annual Halloween party at the Reed's House. 

This year's theme was "Night on the High Sea." Grayson wanted to be an Old Salt, I think more to smoke his pipe than anything. I didn't have a lot of choices because I can't fit into anything these days, so I was a puffer fish. We took a t-shirt, duct taped the back of it and then poked golf tees through the tape and the shirt so I would have spikes like a puffer fish. What do you think? It was a hit at the party!

On Sunday, we recovered for most of the day after such a busy Saturday and then that evening, Grayson invited our neighbors over for Smores around our new fire pit. It was a fabulous, full weekend. I hope yours was as well!