Savannah Smiled

1.30.2015

A Ribbon-Loving Game Changer

Last week, my friends at Celebrate Colorfully shared this amazing article from A Practical Wedding. Seriously, this is a decorating game-changer! It's all about getting that beautiful ribbon effect (that I so wanted for my big day) on the cheap-cheap-cheap. So, what's the big secret?



FLAGGING TAPE. I've always known flagging tape as markers for cross-country meets and denoting which trees to keep or cut down. Not as anything beautiful or awesome! I've seen yellow and orange before, but that's about it. You guys - there are patterns and colors galore!

Once I was brought into the light, I immediately bought a few from tapebrothers.com. Just 3 days later (I didn't buy any speedy shipping) there were 4 rolls of the tape in my mailbox. I was as excited as Buddy the Elf when he hears about Santa. (Also, Montrell doesn't totally understand my enthusiasm about things like tape, but he lets me have my moments anyway. That's love, y'all). 

I put together a Valentine's Day backdrop super fast with the flagging tape I got: stripes, polka dots, neon red and neon pink. Look how great they look all together! I can't wait to buy more. I actually have no upcoming reasons to have backdrops or party decorations, but I'm a hoarder-of-fun-things, so it may just happen. Flagging tape for days!

I mentioned "cheap," right? The four rolls I got were just about $2 each. Shipping from Florida to Texas was $6. All in all, for this very large backdrop, I spent $15. If you've ever tried to put one of these together with ribbon or fabric, you'll know it gets rather pricey rather fast! Next time I'll save more money by buying a lot more rolls of tape at once, which will cut off some future shipping. 

Anybody leaving my blog now to go order some? Don't lie!
Happy flagging!

1.29.2015

Gran in the Big City

My Gran came up to the big city for a visit this past weekend. Besides our wedding, I don't think she's been up to Dallas in a very very very long time! Mom, Dad and my sister Bethany were coming to visit Montrell and I anyway and Gran decided to come along too. She got to tour our apartment and then we took her out for some lunch and entertainment. 

Our first stop was to Klyde Warren Park for some food truck food. Most of us went for Abe's Flavor Flave tacos and the rest of us got The Butcher's Son (including nutter-butter tots, which were great!). 

After plenty of laughs and people-watching, we went to visit the Dallas Museum of Art. Gran has always been a talented painter herself, so she really enjoyed looking at the some of the pieces. 

After a failed attempt at visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (we arrived about 15 minutes before it closed), we headed over to Sprinkles Ice Cream for the first time for my parents and Gran. My sister and I got our usual (mini sprinkles sundae), dad got sorbet (which proved to be a tiny bit tart) and Gran got the tiniest little cone you've ever seen. 

I loved spending time with Gran here in my city.
She'll have to come back soon because we have plenty more to see!

1.28.2015

Jamberry Nails Giveaway

My friend Jaclynn, a Jamberry Independent Consultant, offered to let me try out some Jamberry Nails in exchange for my blog review. I have seen a few Jamberry parties going on across social media land lately, but I was so anxious to check them out for myself! She sent me these lovely patterned teal ones called Lotus. Love!

Another reason I was so excited to get to use these is my nails are actually long right now! I'm a chronic nail-biter (not for nerves or any other reason than just "because") and I usually have very tiny nub-nails. For some reason over the past couple of weeks I've been very good about keeping my nails away from my mouth (probably the fear of flu)! Perfect timing. 

I didn't want to mess anything up, so I carefully read the Jamberry directions a couple of times before getting started. Finally, I got things going and cut, blow dried and filed down. This process takes a while for all your nails (especially when I started using my left hand!), but because the vinyl lasts a lot longer than most polishes, it's time well spent. There's a lot of tutorials you can find on Pinterest, if you want extra tips and tricks for perfecting your nails. 

For now, I'm leaving one nail on each hand with some of my regular polish so I can compare the longevity of the two. We'll just see who chips first (and since vinyl doesn't chip, I'm pretty sure I can guess this outcome). 


I'm loving my nails! The very best part about Jamberry is knowing that I would never be able to draw on a cute pattern with polish. Because of these, you'll never have to again! There's a pattern for every single occasion and you can even personalize them (like, you can get your kids/pets/lovers pictures on your nails)!

I've put together some of my everyday favorites, below. Nails for every day, work or play. I think I'm going to have to get them all! Obviously, flowers may be my favorite. 


I've also picked out a few of my favorite styles for the upcoming holiday: Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day if you're having a fun ladies night...whichever you prefer)!


Speaking of February 14, Jaclynn wants to spread the love this Valentine's Day and will send one lucky winner a Jamberry set of their own, just in time for the holiday! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. A winner will be chosen February 6, 2015. Good luck!

1.27.2015

GE Lighting Giveaway

You may remember last year when I gave our closet a makeover. New hangers, new bins and (best of all) new lighting. My white clothes actually seemed white (instead of dingy yellow) and the other colors were as brilliant as ever. To celebrate the New Year, GE Lighting is offering a giveaway for a home lighting makeover experience! This is a great opportunity to switch out your old dingy lighting with beautiful lighting options from GE Lighting’s soft white, LED, or reveal® bulb line.



Choosing the right bulb for your home is easy if you remember these four steps: 

ONE: pick the right fit. 
TWO: choose the right brightness. 
THREE: select energy savings 
FOUR: pick the right color/effect.

For me, white lighting is so important to have in my home. It can totally change a mood! Now that we're in the thick of winter and I get home from work after it's already dark, I still want to feel like that beautiful natural light is in my home....even the darkest places, like my closets! My reveal® bulbs totally make that happen!

See how others use lighting in their own lives:


Thanks to GE, you get the chance to win one of three great GE Lighting Home Makeover packages by entering below on Rafflecopter. Contest is open to U.S. residents only.

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A Modern Dining Room

When we moved into our current apartment, we gave up our dining room for an office...so, I'm still only daydreaming about that future space. I'd love a very modern/clean-lined room with plenty of black and white and color pops. Here's some inspiration I'm loving from IKEA:

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