Monday, December 31, 2012

After Christmas Sales

Who doesn't love finding a good deal?  I did a little "After Christmas" shopping and came home with some great finds!  I shopped around a little in while in Pinehurst, Chattanooga, and Atlanta over the break.  Most stores were offering a discount on top of their already reduced sale price....who can pass that up?  Check out the new additions to my wardrobe.....
6. Forever 21 color block turtleneck $5.00
7. Gap navy polka dot pant

 While in Chattanooga I ventured into The Cosmetic Market in Warehouse Row shopping center.  The sales lady swore by this cleansing foam I purchased.  I'm not one for expensive skin care products, but the older I get, the more I think maybe I should start treating my skin.  So I treated myself and my face by purchasing this $70 bottle of cleansing foam (number 15 below)!  Here's to hoping it transforms my skin!  As you can see, I also purchased some other random products to try out.

10. Amanda Uprichard color block dress $84.80
11. Under Skies hi low cream top $49.00
12. Forever 21 gray rhinestone sweater $22.80
13. Forever 21 black cardigan $7.50
16. Zara cream knit peplum cardigan $69.99

 Santa was very good to me and brought me these items:
23. Nike Victoria shoes
24. J. Crew skirt
25. Gap boyfriend ruffle plaid shirt
26. Bric's blue weekender
27. YSL mascara
28. Nars Stella
29. Benfit Boiing concealer #2

Before Christmas I had an Art and Jewelry show at my home.  This piece by Ashley Terrell just looked too good in my dining room not to keep.   So I bought myself a little pre-Christmas gift as well!  As you can see from all my new additions I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all did as well!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Need some last minute stocking stuffer ideas?  Here are some small items that will go a long way!  If you want more ideas check out the stocking post from last year, here.

1. Power Mate Plus for J. Crew
3. Gift Certificate for manicure or spa treatment
4. Tory Burch iphone cover
5. Socks from GAP
6. Kate Spade usb ring
7. DIOR Show mascara

3. Power Mate Plus for J. Crew
5. Old Navy tech gloves
6. iTunes giftcard
7. The Gentlemen's Guide to Cocktails

Friday, December 14, 2012

Leah's Christmas Wish List

1. Tinted moisturizer: a great light alternative to base; a mixture of moisturizer and coverage all blended into one
2. Silverware: You can never have too much silverware.
3. Sweater: a good staple for my wardrobe
4. Glasses: Any collection of these glasses for entertaining and every day use
5. Wallet:  classic and I love it
6. Soma pjs: Cool nights collection are my fav!
7. Lululemon zip-up jacket: I still love me some Lulu!
8. Celine bag:  wishful thinking but maybe one day

We hope you found some gift ideas and enjoyed our Wish list series! Happy Holidays!
Love, Collect 5

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lindsay's Wishlist

Cairo Rocks Glasses- I love the short ones and would use them for wine glasses!
Madewell Boots- classic style and good quality- perfect combination!
Gorjana Pristine Circle Stud Earrings
DL 1961 Jeans- Anne Read swears by these skinny jeans and she was right! They are the perfect amount of structure and stretch. I need these!
Driving Moccasins- I love a good pair of flats and these would look so cute with jeans!
Marc by Marc Jacobs Satchel- this is a wishlist, right?
Anthropologie Bowls- I think everyone should have a set of these- love the classic white ones.
Miles Redd: Big Book of Chic- Atlanta's own, Miles Redd's latest book
Mor Black Currant Iris Hand Cream- seriously the best smelling hand cream I have ever found!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kate's Wish List

It's Christmas wish list week here at the blog.  Check back everyday to see what we want Santa to bring to us!

1. Plaid button up shirt I need a running around /casual top that I could slightly dress up when needed.  I love the rich plaid color combo on this one from Zara.
2. Tory Burch logo stud earring There are so many great stud earring options from Tory Burch right, you seriously cannot go wrong with any of them.
3. Bric's 22" weekend duffel  While on the hunt for the perfect weekender, I remembered Charlotte putting this on her list last year.  After seeing her bag in person, I knew I needed one for myself.
4. Gap black and white stripe popover shirt  Black and white stripes get me everytime, just a good basic to have in every wardrobe.
5. Zara leather riding boot  It's time to replace my old brown riding boots, I wore them smack out the past two years.  These look like the perfect replacement and I love the cognac color.
6. Rhapsody by Kelly Wearstler  If you have ever been to my house, you know I am a magazine and coffee table book junkie.  I do not own this one yet....but it's only a matter of time.
8.  Nike Free running shoes
9. ID script bracelet  My mother had a bracelet exactly like these from high school with my Dad's name on it.  I would love this with my name on it or even my son's name.
10. Gap printed canvas loafers  Can you believe I still have not bought myself a pair of animal print loafers yet?!?  I like these because they are cute and inexpensive!
11. J. Crew nightshirt  I LOVE J.Crew's sleepwear options right now, I think I have seen the 2 piece set on every blog, but hey, why not they are great looking!  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Dads & Brothers

Dads and brothers aren't exactly the easiest people to shop for. Hopefully, these selections will get you started. Happy gift giving!

1. J. Crew: a leather case for his new iPhone 5
2. The Big Bobber: for those long days on the lake
3. Timex: this vintage field army watch is always in style
4. Mark & Graham: a leather catchall for his keys, watch, and loose change...something every man needs but would never buy for himself
5. Patagonia: this down vest is a great alternative to a standard fleece
6. iShower: a Bluetooth-enabled, water resistant speaker for his shower
7. LLBean: replace his worn slippers with these comfy "wicked good" ones
8. Brook Farm General Store: he'll use these whiskey rocks instead of ice to keep his drink cold without it getting watered down
9. I Miss My College Tees: for the guy who wishes he was still in college (And since both William and my brother Carlisle fall into that category, I already bought William one of the "I Miss Tuscaloosa" tees and Carlisle one of the "I Miss Athens" ones...couldn't resist!)
10. Billy Reid: a leather dopp kit that was handmade in Tennessee

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Husband - Boyfriend

Good Morning!!!!  Do you think your husband / boyfriend has everything?  Is it always difficult to surprise him with something?  Well, here are some unique gifts  any man might like.  Merry Christmas!!!! And, Roll Tide!!!  :)

1. Billy Reid canvas duffle
2. Golf Cart rental gift card at your local club
3.  Shower head / radio speaker
4. James De Wulf pool table
5.  Chic lazer wood keyboard
6.  Bourbon marshmallow his beverage of choice
7.  Single cup french press
8. Keyless entry with you phone is possible with this
9.  Neon Sperry footwear
10.  Campus / stadium prints by City Prints

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Friends & Hostesses

Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or something cute to bring to the host of this year's holiday party?   Here are a few things that I think most anyone would enjoy receiving.
Happy shopping!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Moms and Sisters

Here is my gift giving guide for your mom, sisters or even girlfriends. I think the best gifts are the ones you wouldn't buy for yourself and all of these really fit into that category. I hope you enjoy!

1. West Elm Chunky Tassel Throw- I have been wanting one for myself for a while now. Doesn't it look so cozy? Throws are a great gift because everyone loves them and don't often think to buy them for themselves!  Order this one and get free shipping!

2. West Elm Square Lacquer Tray- Currently these are 20% off and you can get free monogramming! What a great personalized gift! For someone who is about to get married, they would love one with their new monogram!

3. Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2- If you haven't caught on to this phenomenon, you need to! Women of all ages (and men) love this show. Get the DVDs to get caught up before Season 3 premieres in January.

4. Kate Spade skinny mini bow bracelet- such a girly, classic and great for mom or sister!

5. Embosser- Make your mark with a custom Embosser. Any woman would love this gift!

6. Coffee Table Book: The New York Times 36 Hours/150 Weekends in the USA and Canada- pretty and fun to read!

7. J Crew Gingham Pajamas- I love matching pajamas and need more of them. These classic women's pajamas come in pink or navy.

8. To-Do List- I think this would be more of a stocking stuffer and love the craft paper look.

9. Colorcycle Tote-  Every woman loves a good tote bag and this one is just so pretty!

10. Homegrown Monogram Mugs- Get a set for your Mom with the family initial or a set with each family member's first initial. She will love the personalization!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Kids

In celebration of the holiday season, we are putting together a few gift guides this week. We have a variety of guides for everyone on your list! Check back each day for some gift-giving inspiration! We are starting with Kate's kid gift guide- enjoy!

Toys, toys, toys!  I love buying gifts for kids during the holiday season,  especially since I have one of my own now.  We are looking forward to Christmas morning this year, even though at 10 months old, our son will probably be more into the paper and boxes!  There are so many great gifts out there to choose from but these just happen to be a few of my favorites!  December is here and the Christmas countdown is on!
1. Wish I had this back in my day! The Playhouse tent from Land of Nod, comes in many color options.  I just love the style and shape of this one and the fabric is adorable.

2.  Wooden grocery cart from Pottery Barn kids-  I am always drawn towards the modern wooden toys. This one is nice with the canvas basket and chalkboard details.

3.  Musical play set from Giggle- Of course anything loud and musical is so annoying around the house, but always a favorite for the little ones!  Whatever keeps them happy, right?!

4.  White sherpa anywhere chair from Pottery Barn kids- It comes in many color options and monograms, but this white one just happens to be my favorite!

5.  Play tunnel from IKEA-  Looks like it is not available to purchase online but I picked one up in the store this week for only $14.99!  You cannot beat that IKEA price.

6.  Plush elephant rocker from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child- Comes in several other animal options but of course any Alabama fan needs the elephant one, right?  ROLL TIDE!

7.   Double seated red wagon by Radio Flyer- These wagons have come a long way from the flatbed metal ones we had.  Some come with seat backs, cup holders, and canopies...who doesn't love a little red wagon?

8.  Every little girl needs a dollhouse and this wooden Fold and Go Dollhouse set at Land of Nod is adorable.  

9.  And for little boys a....... Fold and Go Farm set.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas DIYs

All of this Christmas talk has me in the best mood! If I'm being totally honest, I've been listening to Michael Buble's holiday station on Pandora for weeks now, so I'm definitely full of the Christmas spirit.
Decorating for Christmas is always so nice. Lucky for William, I don't really put too much pressure on myself to overdo things. A nice tree, something on my mantel, and a wreath on my door is usually all I need.
I have come across a few easy (and cheap) DIYs for Christmas that sparked my interest. Today, I'm sharing three of my favorites.
Make a beautiful wreath that requires no wire or glue.
With these, you can the option to go big or go small. While I love the simplicity of the small arrangement, there's no denying the impact of the large one!
I love the idea of DIYing these using oyster shells (instead of these iridescent ones), foam cones, and a hot glue gun. Perfect for a coastal Christmas!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wrap it up

It seems we are in the season here at Collect 5 this week.  And,one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the wrapping of presents.  I always try to think of creative inexpensive ways to wrap presents, but with Pinterest around, it makes my thinking a little easier this year.  Below are great wrapping paper options (purchased or reused from around the house) and a DIY wrapping paper.  So wrap it up and put it under the tree!!!!!

The Conatiner Store if you want to go vintage.

Just a reuse a little newpaper

  Create your own Dip-Dye Wrapping Paper via Martha Stewart
 Use a music book to get creative for paper.
images not labeled via pinterest

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

'Tis the Season for Cocktails!

The holidays are here! I am really in the spirit this year, our decorations are already up. I think having a baby (even though he's only 5 months old) makes the holiday season so much more fun. I have been looking forward to Matthew's first Christmas since he was born. Anyway, since I'm in the spirit, how about some cocktails? Here are a few that look pretty good to me....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ready for the Holidays?

Are you all ready for Christmas? Well, the holidays are officially here since Thanksgiving has come and gone! To get into the holiday spirit, my mom and I made this yummy treat on Saturday. It is such a holiday staple and I highly recommend this recipe! I pinned it on Pinterest weeks ago and am so glad I finally got to try it! 
What are your holiday sweet treat go-to's?

Peppermint Bark

6 oz milk chocolate
12 oz white chocolate
3 tsp vegetable oil
1/3 crushed candy cane pieces

  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 9" x 9" square baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil, smoothing out any wrinkles.

  1. Melt the white chocolate and 2 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Immediately pour half of the melted chocolate into the prepared pan and tilt the pan so the chocolate makes an even layer. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.

  1. Melt the milk chocolate and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Immediately pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan and tilt the pan so the chocolate makes an even layer. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.

  1. Repeat with another layer of white chocolate with the remaining chocolate and tilt the pan for an even layer.

  1. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes evenly over the white chocolate. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.

  1. Remove the Peppermint Bark from the pan by lifting the edges of the aluminum foil. Peel back the foil and break the bark into small irregular pieces.

  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
To get smooth distinct layers of chocolate, shake the pan between each layer before putting it in the refrigerator to chill. And immediately sprinkle on the candy cane pieces or else the chocolate will start hardening up and the pieces will not adhere to the chocolate.

Peppermint bark is traditionally broken into chunks but if you want to make shapes with cookie cutters or cut into squares, dip your knife or cookie cutter in hot water.

Images via Pinterest and recipe from Here

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fa La La La La.....

One of my favorite things about the Holiday season....Christmas Songs!  Here are my favorites.  If you have some favorites please share, I can't get enough!  Cheers to the start of your Holidays!  

1. Bing Crosby
2. Michael Buble'
3. Mariah Carey
4. Frank Sinatra
5. Glee

DIY: Stair Runner

While browsing blogs or pinning I came across this staircase from designer, Eric Cohler.  Remember my post on him, here?  Well thanks to Mr. Cohler for providing the inspiration for the stairway in my house.  I love the floor to ceiling gallery wall and printed carpet.  Now to make it my own!  

To the left is the "before" photo.  The photo at right shows the stairway after a coat of paint and the start of my gallery wall.

Then came the project: installing carpet and a stair rod, do-it-yourself style.  It was actually a piece of cake.  All that was needed was the carpet, stair rods, a battery drill, and a staple gun.  Start at the top of the stairs and staple the carpet down right under the rise.  Then stretch the carpet over the stairs, making sure to keep it lined up.  Drill in screws for rods, then when you reach the bottom stair, staple again under the rise and you are DONE!  It is so easy.  Since the stair rods hold the carpet in position, there is need to staple all the way down.

I purchased the brass pyramid stair rods from  And the gray zebra carpet runner is from Hampton Interiors located in Fairhope, Alabama.  I plan on adding more gallery frames to cover the wall from floor to ceiling, but I'm doing it over time as I take more pictures and find more art.  The look is casual and warms up the space, not to mention that the carpet helps when tracking up and down the stairs.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll! 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! We hope each of you have a great holiday and take the time to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in your lives. We all have a lot to be thankful for!

all images via Pinterest

Friday, November 16, 2012

Anne Read's Chili

Some friends of mine just welcomed their first baby, so I offered to take them dinner last night. I usually have a hard time deciding what to cook for friends. The last thing I want is to take something like chicken tetrazzini, when they already have four in their freezer. 
Fall is the right time for chili, no doubt. And yesterday was so gloomy in Savannah that is was definitely the right kind of day for it. All in all, it ended up being an easy call.
I can rightfully call this "Anne Read's Chili" because I somewhat made it up. Well, I more like combined three different recipes.
1 lb ground chuck
1 lb ground sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can of whole tomatoes (28 oz)
1 small can of tomato paste
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
salt and pepper to taste
  • Saute ground beef, sausage, onion, green pepper, and garlic in a large pot until brown.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. I usually mash the tomatoes up a bit as it cooks.
  • Add additional water while cooking if the chili is looking too thick. This is usually only necessary if you have it heating in a crock pot for hours.
  • Top with shredded cheese and enjoy!
Obviously, ingredients may be added or taken away to your liking. Last night, I added pulled chicken, and it was so good! It was probably two cups of chicken that was cooked and picked apart with a fork. Definitely a great addition!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Friends at 30

Have you ever asked yourself, "Do I need more more friends?" I know I have and also thought to myself, "No not really. I am happy with the ones I got.". My reasoning behind this logic is the ones I have are hard to beat. So why even try to compare.

I recently ran across this article from The NY Times and had to read. It is on the topic of friendships and making them at the age of 30-40. Is it harder to make friends when we are older? I am not sure, but this article jumps into that thought and gives some insight as to how we socialize as our age rises. Click Here to read. Enjoy!

-posted by Leah Shea for Collect 5