Tuesday, September 21, 2021

SNAPSHOTS FROM NASHVILLE




At the beginning of August, my family met in Nashville to celebrate my dad’s birthday a little early. In fact, he actually turns SIXTY today (Happy Birthday, Dad!), so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite snapshots from our time together. 

It was our first time visiting this incredible city and we had a blast!! We spent a few days enjoying slow mornings with the kids at the VRBO house my parents rented. We made trips downtown to sightsee and shop. In true Richardson fashion, our priority was mostly food driven, so there was hot chicken, pizza, and BBQ — just a few of my dad’s favorite things. We made silly matching t-shirts and wore my dad’s signature Wayfarer sunglasses to celebrate the momentous occasion and proudly sported them around the city so everyone knew who exactly we were celebrating. The icing on the cake? Taking my dad downtown to AJ’s Good Time Bar while my mom watched the kids so we could whoop it up with The Man. After seven G&Ts and a shot of Fireball, I don’t remember a lot about that night, but I do remember these three details that will stay tucked inside my heart forever:

  1. Paying $20 to request the band to play “Much Too Young” by Garth Brooks for my dad and watch/singalong with a crowd of strangers. PRICELESS. I held back happy tears and smiled. I could have gone home then and left a happy daughter, but those drinks kept multiplying…
  2. We made our way up to the karaoke floor of the bar and I told anyone who would listen that “It’s my dad’s birthday!!!!”
  3. Seeing my dad stand on stage with spotlights shining down on him in all his glory as he crushed “Friends In Low Places.” A sea of women from bachelorette parties were chanting “BIRTHDAY DAD!!!” The rest is history.

This trip reminded me how important it is to celebrate your people and how grateful I feel every time we get to spend time together and make memories. I also remembered what happens when I go a decade without really whooping it up. 





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Friday, September 17, 2021

LURVE LOAVE LUFF


 Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

  • Domino Mag x Crate & Kids // Oh, hello! Let's talk about the kiddie collaboration of my dreams. Some of my favorite pieces from the collection include this Large Blue Flushmount Light, the Speedway Shapes Sham, these Drawer Knobs, and especially this Dresser and Cart. Kate Berry and crew knocked this out of the park.
  • Stripe Flag // A hand-painted nod to bold stripes you'd find on vintage board shorts? Sign me up!
  • Helle Mardahl // This Danish designer's glass art looks like candy. I could eat them, they're so beautiful.
  • Yellow Vase Light Wall Art // I was browsing Anthropologie, saw this and thought "That looks like Kate Roebuck's work!" I proceeded to check the product details and wouldn't you know, your girl was correct.
  • Hot Sloth Sauce // If I ever consider adding a bottle of hot sauce to my handbag a la Bey, it will be this one.
  • Crystal Headband // All aboard the headband train! They come in clutch when I don't feel like styling my hair.
  • Lego Box // My mom got Max a few sets of these and the building/storage opportunities are endless!
  • Demi Boot Crop Jean // It's been awhile since I've found a pair of jeans I REALLY love. These are perfection!
  • Cashmere Oversized T-Shirt // I'm interested to see how this fits. I'm a sucker for J.Crew's cashmere tees. 
  • Cotton Cashmere Cardigan // This crisp chartreuse color is scrumptious. You know I believe it's a neutral!
  • Honeycomb Shades // These remind me of a pair from Frances Valentine, but for a fraction of the cost.
  • Monique Buckle Clog // I'm impressed with the comfort level of Madewell's shoes. Minimal break-in time.
  • Flame Lipstick // With a shade name like that, you know it's bound to be good! Thoughts on the formula?
  • I Love Me Pillow // This is the kind of adorable that happens when People I've Loved and Oeuf unite.
  • Smeg Espresso Machine // Oh, you're searching for a ridiculously cute espresso machine? Look no further.
  • Dinosaur Earrings // Move over, Ms. Frizzle! This accessory is a playful pop of color and kid-approved.
  • Pineapple Dragonfruit Daily Gummies // The soft gels make me sleep like a baby, but I do LOVE a gummy.
  • MoMA Rawiri Strom Bowls // A minimalist piece inspired by Danish artist Vilmelm Lundstrøm's still lifes. 
  • R&Co Bleu Line // I have no clue if the products actually do anything, but the packaging is superb. Wowzers!

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.


 

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Friday, July 30, 2021

LURVE LOAVE LUFF


 Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

  • Jambi Palm Placemat Set // I'm a sucker for a scallop trim, but you already know this about me by now.
  • Brass Plate Hook // Love everything about the items curated at Erin & Co. There's something for everyone!
  • Striped Sofa // This upholstered beauty makes me want to hop on a flight to Utrecht and never return.
  • Mirror No. 5 // Imagine applying your makeup or washing your face while 3-D polka dots adorn your mirror.
  • Factory Wall Clock // I'm currently in search of a clock to replace the one I broke on our kitchen shelf.
  • Swell Sticky Tabs // I must admit, I'm excited about school starting, and it's not just because of the supplies.
  • Larissa Crystal Cuff // All that's Glitter and Gold! Keep it sweet and simple, or stack several pieces together. 
  • Ruffleneck Shirt in Mixed Dots // I'm going to go ahead and pre-order this puppy. This top is a classic!
  • The Balconette in Sun // Have you ordered anything from Cuup? Instagram keeps taunting me with ads.
  • Jeni's Orange Freeze // Jeni's released a bunch of seasonal flavors and I'm itching to get my hands on a pint.
  • Tip Top Cocktails // How adorable are these? They're like the Pokémon of beverages. Gotta catch 'em all.
  • Kid Sister Rosé // The next time I'm in DC, I have every intention of visiting Foxtrot and getting a bottle.
  • Art by Martha Clippinger // Her use of color is absolutely intoxicating! Gloomy day? Click here and voila!
  • Brushstrokes Cobalt // I'm smitten with Carrie and Morgan's latest collection of wall art at Ampersand.
  • Florence Sunglasses // I can't stop thinking of these. Might need to hop into a store and try them on!
  • Elsie Earrings // As if I needed anymore proof, Emeldo reminds me that Australia is where it's at.
  • Grid Sticky Memos // Okay, I guess I'm going to miss Max when he goes to 1st grade, but only a little. ;)
  • Bubblegum Ring Pop // Light catching and exuberant? Are they describing me or their selection of rings??
  • Le Citron // Another print I adore from the aforementioned KC creatives. The cherries are sweet too!
  • SJP Rampling in Poppy and Candy // My mom has these pumps and I can't wait to see them in person. Hubba!

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.


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Friday, June 11, 2021

SNAPSHOTS FROM NYC



I'll let the photos do most of the talking today, because there are A LOT of them. Who reads blogs anymore anyway? Ha! Since it was the guys first time in NYC and they were up for pretty much anything, we hung out in SoHo mostly, where we stayed at Arlo Hotel. We spent two days visiting cute shops and eating/drinking our way around the area. It felt like such a treat to indulge and relax together, while marking off places we all wanted to visit while we were in town. Eating at Jack's Wife Freda, The Dutch, Jeffrey's Grocery, and Joe's Pizza didn't disappoint. Neither did visits to the 9/11 Memorial, the Comedy Cellar, the Little Island, Greenwich Village, The Color Factory, and Tribeca. Life felt pretty normal for the first time in over a year and it was delightfully refreshing! While it was fun to hop around the city sans kids, it made me eager to return again with Max next time. I know he'd be enchanted by all of the sights and sounds.

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