Friday, July 25, 2014


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

  • Scallops Print by Note To Self // I've had my eye on this print for awhile, but I'm still not sure where I'd put it. Does this ever happen to you?! I've noticed that I keep using "Max's nursery" as my primary excuse to hoard cute artwork lately.
  • Dress Your Tech by Julie Song // Each Thursday, I look forward to DLF's Dress Your Tech series. This week, I couldn't help but be inspired by this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. It's incredibly important to be honest with yourself.
  • On the Dot Bangle // I have a feeling I'd wear this little guy on repeat. Does anyone do bangles better than Kate Spade?!
  • Bell White Flush Mount Lamp // Many of you keep asking for a house tour, and it kind of stresses me out. It's not that I don't want to show you what we've done with the place (because I'm super proud of how far it's come), but we live in base housing. Believe me when I say there's no magic filter to get rid of the grody linoleum flooring and popcorn ceilings. Ha Ha! While Lil' Puna had its a-mazing view, we were able to hide many of the rental's imperfections, but it took some time. I've found that swapping out little details like ugly fixtures can make a HUGE difference. This light fixture might be one of those small updates that makes an impact—or at least that's what I'm hoping... 
  • Harper Scalloped Suede Flats // Remember my Magic Pot Shoes? Let me jog your memory with this post. Aside from the silly story that's synonymous with my favorite skimmers, I absolutely LOVE these shoes. Of course, J.Crew had to up the ante and add a snazzy scallop detail. I honestly didn't think I could love them any more. Please don't tempt me. I might slap myself if I bought another pair of flats, but it would be totally worth it...  
  • Double End Crystal Cuff // This may be hard to believe, but it's been months since I've added a new piece to my bauble collection. This cuff is cordially invited to the arm party. Répondez s'il vous plaît.
  • Mrs. Godfrey Chair // When I came home from Iowa, Flyboy set up some of the pieces he picked up at Ikea. I'm incredibly smitten with the wingback chair we got for the nursery. As a result, I can't stop thinking about beautiful armchairs, especially colorful mid-century pieces. Some girls dream about diamonds and shoes, but I adore yummy upholstered chairs. If for some reason I fell into a pool of cash, you can bet I'd splurge on a few ridiculously amazing pieces.
  • Twist Scarf // This accessory has been on repeat this week. Why worry about washing your hair when you can throw it up with something this cute? Not to mention, it's just another stylish way to beat the summer heat.
  • Bye Felicia Tee // When my sister texts me with a link and a handful of emojis, I know it must be important. In fact, I almost fell off my spin bike when I reached for my phone to see what this link was all about. Just as I imagined, my little sister did NOT disappoint. Tees in the Trap is an a-mazing site with tons of cheeky tees. I've got my eye on Bye Felicia, Adorbs, and Girl, Bye. If only they made one that says "Bye, Ashy." That would just be too perfect!
  • Cardholder // As a card-carrying member of the Blair Ritchey fan club, I was ecstatic to see these added to her shop.

Cheers to a snazzy weekend, m' dears! Make it count. 
P.S. Thanks for your patience this week as I worked to get back into the bloggie groove. You're a peach!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Artwork by KT Smail
THANKFUL FOR: As the Swell Rio temps continue to rise and my belly continues to grow, I've found I have fewer wardrobe options than I'd prefer. Thankfully, a few trips to Target and Gap with my mom and sister restored my faith in getting dressed during the third trimester. Hallelujah! While I tried to find pieces locally at Marshalls and Ross, I always seemed to strike out. The stores here are so picked over, and I came awfully close to making some really bad choices out of desperation. For shame! I'm so grateful to have had them around for moral support and honest opinions in the dressing room. Phew! I think I came home with a handful of tops and dresses that will help me survive this Texas summer as stylishly as possible with a love goblin growing inside me.   

EATING: Remember the part in Tuesday's post where I mentioned I ate A LOT of really great food last week?! Well, bouncing back from eight days of overindulgence hasn't been easy. My aunt had so many tasty treats readily available, and each night since I returned home I've found myself standing at the pantry or refrigerator just praying one of those cookies or a slice of cake would magically reappear in Swell Rio. Le sigh. In an effort to keep my sweet tooth in check, I got a box of Tangerine and Carrot Popsicles. At 60 calories a bar, I satisfy my need for an evening treat and they remind me of my cousin's little girl, Lucy, who snacked on one of these "carrot bars" every night while we visited. After trying them, I can see why she's hooked—although, I still prefer a cookie...

WATCHING: I have a confession. I tuned in to the season finale of Real Housewives of New York City and I may have rewinded the part where Aviva slams her prosthetic leg on the table at least five or six times (watch clip here). I've been waiting for this moment all season. The expressions were priceless, especially Kristen's gasp. Andy Cohen, where do you find these people? Because I love it.  

FEELING: Back in April, my mom, sister, and I discussed our plans to visit Iowa this summer. I guess I knew the closer we got to our reunion in July, the closer we'd be to October and Max's impending arrival. For months I looked forward to seeing my family, but saying good-bye last week was especially hard because it meant the next time I saw them things would be different. So much of me is excited and curious about life with a little one; however, I still can't help but fear change. The night before I left Iowa, I laid in bed with my mom and I couldn't help but cry. It seems like every time we've parted over the past year, I've been anxious about something (moving, pregnancy, etc.). Just once I'd like to hug her good-bye and feel really confident about the direction in which my life is headed. Is that too much to ask? Ha Ha! If nothing else, couldn't I just try and fake it?? But I guess that's the thing about my mom, she has a way of exposing the most honest and vulnerable side of me. She gets me like no other.  

THINKING ABOUT: A little over a year ago, I bought this bright pink NARS blush. I couldn't get over the gorgeous color, but I knew if applied incorrectly it could be a disaster. Naturally, I turned to my makeup guru cousin for some tips. She suggested I apply the pigmented blush with this Yachiyo Kabuki Brush. I searched high and low for this fancy little tool and whenever I asked for help at Sephora or Nordstrom, I received nothing but looks of confusion. On a whim, I found it on my own and immediately added it to my brush collection. Now, a year later, I finally know how to use it properly. Ridiculous, isn't it?! While I was back in Iowa, I asked my cousin for some help and she broke it down into three simple steps: "Swirl. Tap. Bounce." It's been a week since I was enlightened and my mind is still blown. Swirl. Tap. Bounce. What's not to love about that?

LISTENING TO: Yesterday around 2:30 pm, I heard a door slam and Beesly started to bark. I was seated at my desk writing thank-you notes when I looked up to see Flyboy was home for a quick two-hour break in between flights. Say what?! This never happens. When he left Wednesday morning, I hadn't planned on seeing him again until around 9 o'clock that evening. Hooray for unexpected surprises! Some days can feel painfully long around here, so it was really nice to spend time together and break up the monotony.

READING: I wish I was sharing some fabulous article or quote with you this week; however, any free time I have right now is spent reading customer reviews. Mind you, it's not about fun stuff like snazzy matte lipstick or a miracle face wash. Nope. It's most likely a review about baby strollers or breast pumps. My goodness, why are there SO many options?! I think my brain might explode. Because I could use all the help I can get, feel free to weigh in with any bebe-related products that you prefer. It's greatly appreciated!

LOVING: For as long as I can remember, my dad has donned a pair of black Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses. These shades are synonymous with my father—they're classic Randy! One of the first gifts I opened at the baby shower was from my parents. I can only assume it was picked out by my mom; however, it was inspired by my pops. I looked inside the gift bag to find a baseball cap,
a navy polo, and a pair of miniature shades. I couldn't help but grin and sniffle at first sight. This little ensemble is the perfect ode to my dear dad. I can't wait to see Max and his Gampy in their matching outfits. Gah, it's going to be flipping a-dorable!

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Today's Need Read Greed, courtesy of the lovely Chelsea Tubbs of Chelsea and the City:

  • NEEDWe've had the same white Ikea couch since we got a place of our own four years ago, and I'm afraid it's on its last leg. While I'd love to lounge on this modern piece, Mr. Jackson has his heart set on a reclining Laz-E-Boy. Oh, the horror! 
  • READI love a good book, don't get me wrong, but this momma rarely has time to wash her hair these days (HA! Something to look forward to Ashley). A few minutes spent inside the pages of my favorite magazines can be a totally recharging experience. With a few editorial projects coming up, I'm pulling a ton of inspiration from Kinfolk lately.
  • GREEDI may not have anywhere to wear it, but this LBD is begging to come live in my closet! Dressed up with heels and dainty jewels, it would be such an easy breezy piece for the remainder of Summer. 

Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!! Your picks are just as fabulous as you are.
My mom and I were flipping through the latest West Elm catalog, and we're slightly obsessed with the Finn Sofa. Holy swoon!
P.S. Interested in sharing your Need Read Greed? Email me.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


For the love of Starbucks...
My sister and I did our best to capture a Gray Malin inspired photo. It wasn't easy.
Words can't express how much I love this little guy.
My nephew, Dupree, joined us in Iowa. // An afternoon at the Sioux City Art Center. // My precious Godson and his adorable little sister.
Fabulous chalkboard lettering at the baby shower courtesy of my über-talented cousin, Brianne.
Awkward Ashley doesn't disappoint in this "belly" photo with my sister (left) and cousin (right). Yikes!
We went antiquing in Mondamin, IA. Naturally, I was smitten with the bright color of this Model A Ford.
Howdy, m' dears! It's nice to get back to the ol' blah-blah-blahg. My time with family in Iowa was just perfect, and I'd be lying if I said the return to Swell Rio wasn't a tad bit hard. Of course I was eager to reunite with Flyboy, Tripp, and Beez, but I wasn't quite ready to say good-bye to my family. This past week, I was surrounded by oodles of love, and I was reminded yet again how truly blessed I am to have so many wonderful people in my life. Quality time was spent tuning into Bravo, and giggling about silly things like the variety of nipple creams available—absolutely insane, I tell you! Ha Ha! Any time I felt nervous or overwhelmed with doubt about my future as a "mom," I could share those fears with the people who know me best. More often than not, my silly concerns were met with a hug, joke, or an awkward belly rub. It's precisely the kind of support you hope to be surrounded by during times like these. Oh, and we ate an insane amount of comfort food (a preggo lady's dream). It was delightful and gluttonous, and I'm positive my spin bike won't be impressed this week. Oops! We even celebrated Max with a fabulous baby shower, which was organized by my cousin, Brianne, and my Aunt Candy. It was truly wonderful! We received so many generous and thoughtful gifts, I had to make a trip to Target to pick up an extra duffel bag to bring everything home. As I unpacked all of the goodies and organized the nursery yesterday, I found myself wishing I could rewind and experience last week all over again. It's not often that I get to be surrounded by so many family members all at once. I will cherish the memories we made forever. Last week was amazing.
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Friday, July 11, 2014


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

  • Chocolate-Covered Stroopwafels // Have you heard of Mouth? They have everything from craft gins to caramels. I'm in!
  • Petite Notes // Sugar Paper's latest batch of new arrivals made my heart skip a beat. No, I don't NEED another notebook, but gold foil gets me every time. Can't stop. Won't stop. It's a full-blown addiction.
  • NARS Lipstick in Schiap // I still need to work up the courage to try this lipstick favorite. As my preggo wardrobe is rather blah, this might just be the snazzy kick I need. Have you tried it?!
  • Sunglasses // A set of tortoiseshell sunnies for less than eight dollars. Are you stinkin' kidding me?
  • Panama Hat // I love the addition of the Peony colored ribbon to this chic and classic hat. Amaze balls!
  • Pom-Pom Scarf // The Love List is complete when there are pom-poms. You're welcome, sweet friends.
  • Leather Satchel // I've never been a neutral gal, but this shade of grey is delish. It pairs beautifully with any color.
  • Anchor Print // I'm thinking this giclee from Linda & Harriett might be a great addition to Max's gallery wall.
  • Molteni Baby Skinsuits // With the Tour de France in full swing, I started Googling cycling apparel for babies. Ridonkulous, I know! But you should have seen the way Flyboy's face lit up when I showed him some of my finds.
  • Double Cape Knot Bracelet // The perfect preppy-chic summer accessory. I love it! The price isn't too shabby, either.
  • Blair Ritchey Wallet // Because a pop of Chartreuse is necessary. You know I'll be toting my Lulu with me next week.
  • Haute in the Heat // In preparation for my trip next week, I'll need to slap on two coats of this Raspberry polish.

Cheers to a snazzy weekend! Make it count. 

P.S. I'll return to blogging on July 22nd. In the meantime, follow One Fine Day on Instagram.
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