Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving, sweet readers! 
Thank you for making this little space so dear to me. 
It's been a great reminder to start each day with a grateful heart.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015



Happy Tuesday, m' dears! My father-in-law is in town for Thanksgiving and while we're busy prepping for this week's festivities, I thought I'd pop in and share a few snapshots from Sunday's spouse taxi. As you can tell from the photos, "take your wife to work day" was a riot! I was a bundle of nerves as we spent the morning listening to briefings and practicing how to egress from a T-6 in the event of an emergency. The odds of this happening were comical as we never actually left the runway (we got up to 70 knots and then taxied back to the plane's parking spot), but safety first, right?? I guess when dealing with a four-million-dollar aircraft, I couldn't help but worry about pushing the wrong button. Trust me, I tend to do REALLY embarrassing things when I get nervous. Aside from messing up a few radio calls (Oops!), I managed to successfully complete the taxi without breaking anything while also offering Flyboy a few good laughs at my expense. What else is new? The opportunity to suit up and strap into the jet was definitely a memory I'll never forget, and the afternoon gave me a better appreciation for what Flyboy does on a daily basis.

For those of you who are wondering, I opted NOT to break out my sparkly sneakers. Sigh! I just worried about Flyboy suffering the consequences when he returned to work on Monday. I can only assume it would go something like this... "Did you hear about Fine's wife and how she FOD out the jet with her glitter shoes??" For my husband's sake, I stuck with my trusty Tretorns instead. #selfless

Enough about me. How the heck are you?? Also, who's ready for Thursday??

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Friday, November 20, 2015


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

  • Annabelle Bracelet // Earlier this month, Design Sponge featured artist and sculptor Orly Genger in this post (a must read!). Her installations look incredible! The use of color and texture will make you weak in the knees. If you fall hard for Genger's work just as I have, you'll be excited to learn that she recently collaborated with jewelry designer Jaclyn Meyer by creating a collection inspired by her work. See the full collection here. It's fantastic!
  • J.Crew's Coat Fabrics // I love when J.Crew features behind-the-scenes blog posts. The footage from the Italian mills where the fabric is made were almost more than I could handle. Seeing bins of colorful swatches took my breath away. 
  • Collar Cape Blouse // Can we just take a moment and applaud that darling neckline? The chartreuse-yellow may have just sent me over the edge. It's freaking adorable!! Could I get this number in my size, por favor?!
  • Tangerine Stripe Vase // Flyboy stopped in San Antonio and picked up ALL of my favorite flowers at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Of course that meant I had to get out ALL of the vases and vessels to scatter the blooms around our house—not a bad problem to have!! This piece by Jill Rosenwald should probably come join us. It would feel right at home.
  • Polka Dot Shopper // Because one can NEVER have enough bags, this polka dot delight is an absolute MUST!
  • Bracelet Flask // Y'all, this bangle is grin inducing. At such a reasonable price point, it would make the BEST gift!
  • Painting Today // What a stunner! I can already envision it stacked on top of my collection. The cover is a design dream.
  • Chic3 Flats // I'm in the market for new leopard flats—a task I don't take lightly. The might just fit the bill!
  • Buffalo Check Phone Case // I was excited to learn that Caitlin Wilson has expanded her line to include these cute cases.
  • Chambray Headwrap // Ever since I found out I was pregnant with Max, I've had the urge to buy cute baby headwraps. Unfortunately, everyone I know is having boys. Would someone please just have a baby girl so I can get my fix?? 
  • Tipsy Cocktail Napkins // A nod to the great state of Texas, these longhorn clad cocktail napkins are a no-brainer.
  • The Pocket Dial by Jimmy Fallon // A collaboration dream come true. Created by Jimmy Fallon with the help of J.Crew, we now have an iPhone case AND pocket square all in one. The best part?? One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust—a Kenya based charity that protects elephants from ivory poaching and extinction.
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Bang // This bold orangey-red screams BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS, and I lurve it!
  • Rotary Phone Decorative Pillow // I wonder if I could convince Max to add this to his Christmas list. Cuteness OVERLOAD!

Cheers to a snazzy weekend, m' dears! Make it count. 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


THINKING ABOUT: On Tuesday morning, I went to greet Max in his room and was surprised to find a big red welt/rash on his left cheek. I couldn't help but wonder if it was just rosy after laying on it overnight; however, thirty minutes later the redness remained inflamed. After a brief consultation with Lady Google and a quick call to the hospital, we ended up at the base clinic for two hours and returned home with a bag of antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection. We're still not entirely sure WHEN or HOW it even happened, but it appears to be improving. Phew! In an attempt to monitor the size of the rash/welt, the doc whipped out a purple skin marker and drew a circle (kind of?) around the infected area. Yep, it's about as adorable as you can imagine! And in the event the purple marker fades before Friday's follow-up appointment, I'm supposed to whip out a Sharpie!?! WTF?? As a result of this wacky skin irritation, we've made it a point to lay low in Swell Rio until Max is seen again tomorrow. The purple smear paired with the rosy swelling and people are bound to ask what happened. While it's not contagious, I highly doubt people at the grocery store want to hear me talking about my kid's bacterial infection. Until it heals, I say stay home wig and order takeout instead!

THANKFUL FOR: I try to keep this corner of the Internet fairly light-hearted, but with all of the newsworthy events that have occurred these past few weeks, I can't help but have a heavy heart. Max's world currently consists of Nibbly Fingers and wooden blocks and for that I'm so very grateful! Amid the horrendous headlines, I get the chance to see life through his eyes—where things are simple and pure. I warmly welcome this break from reality, but that doesn't mean I don't think about how I'll explain complex matters like these as he gets older. And just when I become overwhelmed at the idea of such an important task, I see a clip on the evening news of a French father explaining terrorism to his son and reassuring him in the sweetest way possible. "They might have guns, but we have flowers." Gulp. I don't think I'll EVER forget that poignant moment. His explanation not only helped his son make sense of the vicious attacks on Paris, but I believe it had the same effect on millions of viewers like myself. Humanity prevails.

FEELING: Around three months Max began sleeping through the night and he's continued to be a good little sleeper ever since (knock on wood). Aside from the occasional teething episode, we rarely have to get up in the middle of the night to console him. Hallelujah! Unfortunately, we were reminded of the tired feeling that comes with the newborn stage this last week since we have to administer his antibiotics at 1:00 AM. Thankfully, this will only last for ten days, but I'm over it already.

EATING: I tried Pirate's Booty on a whim this week (treat yo self!), and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. You can't really go wrong with a crunchy white-cheddar treat, but the texture and consistency threw me for a loop. It's somewhere between a rice cake, popcorn, and those Styrofoam packing peanuts. Something tells me I should probably buy another bag to form an official opinion.

LISTENING TO: Max started walking last weekend. Squeeeeee! We thought it would NEVER happen, but after weeks of boycotting he finally took off. When it comes to moving around quickly, crawling is still his preferred mode of transportation, but with each day his walking becomes a little more coordinated and a little less drunk looking. Because this way of getting around is still such a novelty to him, he makes the most giddy and high-pitched sounds with each step he takes. You can tell it's such a rush for him. I love it!

WATCHING: I saw this video (Company is Coming) circulating on social media and I'm so glad I took the time to watch it. You guys, I don't think I've laughed so hard in ages!!! I watched it three times in a row with tears streaming down my face, only taking a break in between viewings to text a link to my mom and sister. My sides still hurt from all the giggling. It's SO good! I can't help but contemplate whether or not I should share the hilarious spoof with Flyboy because I think he might find it more traumatic than funny. Gayle might act this way when visitors are en route, but this is Type-Ashley 24/7/365.

READING: On the last page of Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl includes "A message to children who've read the book—When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: a stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY." Parenthood certainly brings out both a stodgy and sparky side to any personality. On days when I feel like I say the word "no" on repeat, constantly redirect my dear babe AWAY from any mischief, and I feel like the meanest mom in the world, I cross my fingers Max can recall my sparky (and sparkly) side.

LOVING: Who doesn't adore Naomi (of Love Taza fame) and her sweet little family?!? They're precious beyond words. I mean, have you ever seen a family so ridiculously good looking?? It's incredible and slightly unfair! Anyone out there agree?? If you're like me and you've followed her blog for years, you know Naomi is effortlessly beautiful. When I'm not drooling over her dreamy ensembles, I'm probably staring at her choice of lipstick. While reading a recent post, I was excited to learn about the everyday lip color she uses from Maybelline called Pink Me Up. I was expecting the shade to be some YSL tube that would set me back about forty bucks, so this came as total surprise! On Wednesday I found the lipstick at the grocery store and I'm obsessed. It's natural looking with just the perfect pop of pink. I wish it had the staying power of my trusty NARS lipstick, but for five dollars I'm more than happy to reapply.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!

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