Monday, September 25, 2017

MONDAY MOODBOARD




I've got a fun collaboration in the works (stay tuned!). As a result, I was asked to create a moodboard to present to the designer in an effort to help her create a piece unique to yours truly. Squee! Here's hoping all this quirk and color get the week off to a bright start!





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Friday, September 22, 2017

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • The Juliette Oxford // Borrowed from the boys, the Brogue has been one of m' fave shoes since middle school.
  • Telegram Postcards and Pencil Set // Just when I thought Mr. Boddington couldn't create anything more adorable. Et VOILA! I think I need a set of each. Oh, and if you're not following the mister on Insta, you're missing out! Color lovers will be obsessed with his hue-naming series. I dream about entering the contest and winning for my quirky color title.
  • Illustrations by Charlotte Trounce // This week's whimsical muse can be attributed to the lovely Charlotte Trounce. 
  • Bonita Drop Earrings // Fridays were made for frills and fringe. This playful POC is shouting HELLO, WEEKEND!!
  • Hold It! Magnetic Keepers // What's better than organization whose aesthetic is both bold and cheeky?! Not much.
  • RMS Lip2Cheek // The ideal rosy red to make you feel put-together, no matter how much the day gets away from you.
  • Striped Smile Sweatshirt // A pint-sized Breton that's hard to beat. Something tells me Max is going to need one.
  • Amour Sweatshirt // This supersoft layer was made with The Love List in mind.  You're welcome for the inspo, J.Crew.
  • Birthday Decisions // We're still a month out from my b-day, but it's never too early for this bag lady to start considering her options. On one hand, it's hard to deny the Mimi Tote by Parker Thatch—such a practical and fun staple . Then again, how fabulous is this sunny Clare V. Foldover Clutch? This could be the prettiest predicament I've faced in awhile!
  • On-The-Dot Clipboard // I don't think I'll ever tire of KSNY's microdot. It's chic, simple, and never goes out of style.
  • Mateo Hardwood Bench // I'm constantly impressed with the fabulous selection at CB2. They're kind of killing it!
  • Pink Large Scarf // Humidity and triple-digits be damned, I simply can't wait to don a scarf this Fall and Winter. Woo Hoo!

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. 
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA WASTED RITA

THINKING ABOUT: In case you were interested, our latest potty training effort was a bust. Max is currently avoiding underwear like the plague and says "No, thank you!" whenever I encourage him to go sit on his toilet. Sigh. If anything came out of our last attempt, it's that Max has added the word "accident" to his vocabulary. To some of you, this might sound like a good thing; however, he uses it as an excuse even when he does things on purpose. It's the worst! I try explaining the difference between doing something on purpose and doing something on accident, but I'd have better luck getting through to Beesly at this point. Argh, this life is never dull.

FEELINGToday is my dad's birthday. Well, if you asked him, he'd probably tell you he took the day off from work in observance of Bill Murray's birthday, but today is HIS special day too! Ha Ha! Over the years September has become especially meaningful to me because some of my favorite guys were born within days of each another. It won't be long until we're celebrating the sweetest godson a girl could ask for and then dear Max will turn three. This sort of perfect timing is far from a coincidence!

THANKFUL FOR: Last Saturday morning was rough. Flyboy and I were walking on eggshells with one another and it felt like neither of us had the right thing to say about searching and potentially purchasing a home in Delaware. Our ability to communicate was off. I guess the stress of it all was getting to us—which we've learned over the past nine years can also mean we're growing as a couple as we push outside our comfort zone—but the uncertainty of change is never a rational reason to turn on one another. We're Team Fine, dammit! Going into last weekend, we had a rough idea of how the weeks leading up to FB's departure for training might go, so the idea of visiting Dover for permissive leave seemed impossible. With his work deadlines and our lengthy to-do lists, I personally ruled it out, but FB got the notion to see what tickets would run in the event he got his project done at work and could request that last week off. Would you believe me if I told you he was able to get THREE tickets for $700?? It honestly felt like a gift from God telling us to go and check out the area. While I was initially hesitant to jump on board (it's going to be nutty around here for a bit), there was no way I could say no. Once we hit the purchase button, everything felt lighter and the most stressful thing we had to worry about was where we'd order pizza later and what toppings we'd choose. Ha Ha! You guys, I can't even begin to express what a blessing this trip will be. Once again I'm reminded that it's best to plan NOT to plan when you're in PCS mode. Things will work out.

LISTENING TO: Yesterday on our morning walk, I somehow managed to get through an ENTIRE podcast without Max going ape. Is it time to buy a lottery ticket? Anywho, as he rode his bike on the sidewalk and stopped frequently to play with his backhoe, I obsessively nodded along to the sweet sound of Glennon Doyle in her latest interview with Jen Hatmaker. It's SOOOOOO good, I guarantee you'll open up the notes app on your phone (as I did!) or grab a pad of paper to jot down a quote or two. 

WATCHING: By the time this post goes live, we should know who won Big Brother. Let's discuss in the comments, shall we?! Also, Flyboy and I started watching Game of Thrones this past weekend and I still don't know what to think. He's wanted to watch the series for years, so I'm on the fence whether it's up my alley or not. If I opt out, he has no qualms about binge-watching without me when he's in Oklahoma. Ha Ha! In the event I punch out by Saturday (there's a good chance!), you can guarantee Jerry Before Seinfeld on Netflix will be our top priority. My goodness, our social calendar is really starting to fill up and fast! Whatever will we do?

EATING: Kate Spade New York plasters sayings like "Live Colorfully" and "Eat Cake For Breakfast" on any piece of merch they can manage. While I appreciate both of these chipper reminders and the adorable totes or napkins they're printed on, I take issue with the latter. Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting older and my stomach can't handle the sweetness (because I've totally indulged in a fat slice of cake first thing in the morn before), but the piece I devoured around 5:30 AM yesterday haunted me for hours. HOURS, I tell you. It was a big mistake! HUGE. Unfortunately, I'm too stubborn to swear off doing this again entirely, so get ready to say "I told you so!"

READING: Max gave a copy of Frank Viva's Along A Long Road to Flyboy for his birthday. I figured it would be something they might both enjoy reading together as the main character sets out on an eventful bicycle ride that ventures into town, by the sea, and through the country with a rhythmic prose and the most charming vintage-looking illustrations to boot. Quite frankly, watching the two of them read it together on Tuesday evening might have been more of a gift for me, but they don't need to know that. Shh!

LOVING: The trip to Delaware in early October is fantastic for gobs of reasons (namely the area recon part), but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't REALLY excited to wear sweaters for an entire week and NOT sweat while doing so. Woo hoo! I'm especially elated to whip out this striped number. The grosgrain trim and big nautical buttons make this Breton hard to beat.


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

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

Happy Wednesday, sweet readers! I'm going to keep today's post short and sweet because the priority this week has been celebrating Flyboy's 32nd birthday. Woop woop! The confetti and cake have been a colorful escape from all the adulting and planning that's become our norm over the past month or so. Max honestly believes the festivities are a surprise for his dad and watching him instruct me to "Be quiet!" about the streamers and banner (strewn around the dining room a day prior to FB's actual birthday) has been rather comical. You got it, kid. Your dad has NO clue September 19th is his birthday. I promise to keep this one hush-hush. Ha!

So while we're recovering from a cake coma and another case of toddler tyranny, please tell me how YOUR week is going?!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

LURVE LOAVE LUFF




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

  • Cold-Pressed Gin and Juice Cocktails // This elixir has got to be healthy, am I right?? Also, does this count as a cleanse?
  • Bonjour Chenille Patch // Here's a punchy dose of French flair that says "Hey, I'm super friendly AND I parlez vous!" Kinda. 
  • Reese Witherspoon // I searched high and low for a copy of Glamour's latest so I could read about m' favorite cover girl.
  • Fine and Candy Graphite Pencils // Have you seen a sweeter selection of pencils?? Stripes and polka dots, y'all. I'm dead.
  • Mila Wristlet // I've got to be honest, the selection of leather goodness at Matine just keeps getting BETTER and BETTER.
  • J.Crew New Arrivals // Dearly beloved is having a stock-up event (up to 30% off with code MOREPLEASE) and I swear I heard Taylor Swift singing "Ready For It?" in my ears. Despite today's triple-digit temp, I have this strong urge to hoard cardigans (I'm talking OVERSIZED in Golden Sun) and throw in a few more accessories for good measure (Three Words: Beaded Pom-Poms. Also, Bright Plum Pouch.). Baby, let the games begin. Let the games begin. I'm SO ready for Fall.
  • Matisse in the Barnes Foundation // Perhaps $315 for a set of books is a wee bit steep, but this trio is a work of art.
  • Snaggle Baggle Dinosaur // The folks at Jellycat ALWAYS deliver and this is perfect for the pint-sized paleontologist.
  • Moon and Lola X Thimblepress // Have you seen this happy collaboration? These earrings and this print top my list.
  • Blue Check Wool Cloak // Want to know what makes this even ten times more adorable than it already is? It's for a child!
  • Sunglasses Enamel Pin // It's hard to resist anything from Rifle Paper Co. Their new enamel pins are flipping fabulous!
  • Modernism Print // Because EVERY salon wall should be filled with little quips with a vivacious tone that lift the soul.
  • Polka-Dot Pillow Cover // Playful accents are my LURVE language. And if that happens to be a lovely linen cushion from Serena and Lilly—SIGN ME UP! Can you tell I'm ready for a home refresh?? Like I really need an excuse for more dots...
  • Nicky Sandal // I'm clearly spending a lot of pretend money in today's post. Make-believe shopping is the best. NOT!
  • Untitled (Orange) // Stress got the best of me this week; I cried every day. But then I found myself looking for the bright spots to cheer me up and that's typically accomplished by poring over stunning artwork. Laurie's pieces are usually my go-to for inspiration. There's just something about the happiest color (Frank Sinatra's claim) that soothes the soul.


Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. 

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