Friday, October 15, 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.


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


 

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

A FINE FURRY WELCOME...



She's here and she's fabulous!
Real talk: the mind has a tricky way of making you forget the reality that comes with babies and puppies. 
Just sayin'...
But Max is beyond obsessed, so that makes the sleepless nights worth it right now.
He's giddy and grateful, and I can tell this is the beginning of a beautiful bond between a little boy and his new dog.
Stay tuned for more stories and snapshots.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

HUMP DAY HUES


It's been awhile since I've shared a new-to-me artist on the blog, and I must say Megan Carty's abstract injection of color sure hits the spot this week. Wouldn't you agree?! We're deep into puppy training around here and when the coffee proves ineffective, it's bright hues to the rescue!! If you, too, need a mid-week pick-me-up, then I strongly encourage you to pop over to Megan's website and take a gander at her scrumptious portfolio.

Browsing Carty's artwork? Be sure to let me know which one is your favorite! I'm partial to this one!









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Friday, October 1, 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.

  • Rancher Fedora Hat // Hats off for Fall weather! My sister has a chapeau like this and it's gorgeous. 
  • Stacking Rings // Add a hint of sparkle with one of these thin gold bands. No one does it better than Emily.
  • Green Glass Candle Holder // Have you seen Jordan Ferney's collection of tapers and candlesticks? Enviable.
  • Initial Medallion Necklace // Zara is absolutely KILLING it this season with their budget-friendly bling.
  • Bow Mules // I still kick myself for not purchasing these! They'd be perfect for this in-between weather.
  • Interaction of Bright Pink and Red // In a slump? Head over to Liz Roache's website. Her art will hit the spot.
  • Earrings // Colorful AND festive. Is there anything better? Well, I guess the fact that they're lightweight too.
  • Ruffleneck Bobble Sweater // Anyone feel like hitting the snooze button on J.Crew lately? What gives? And that palette. Yikes! I'm so desperate I find myself looking at Crewcuts for some Fall options. Send help. 
  • Faux Mohair Chair // Caleb Zipperer is the designer behind this silhouette. I want to learn more about him.
  • Charlotte Spider Brooch // The most elegant and adorable arachnid accessory you ever did see. Wowzers!
  • Striped Cushion // HKLiving is a Dutch interior brand that makes me want to sell everything and live abroad.
  • Peloton Water Bottle // Yes, I still talk about Peloton. Probably too much. But seriously y'all, it's the best!
  • Jewel Hair Clips // See what I mean about Zara? This pack of four clips is absolute perfection.
  • Gemstone Rings // Oh, while we're still on the topic of reasonably priced accessories, take a look at these!
  • Dopamine Greeting // Send one of these letterpress cards to your person and remind them love is the drug.
  • Sugar Paper 2022 Planner // When I learned Gen Sohr would be teaming up with Sugar Paper, I squealed.
  • Field Notes Notebook // I might get a set of these for Max for his birthday. He is obsessed with notebooks.
  • Elizabeth Graeber Art // When I'm feeling down or blue, I hop on to Graeber's site for a pick-me-up.
  • Leather Crossbody // Yes, I know, I saw the price tag. But in my defense, this bag is a work of art, people!!
  • Upcycled Denim Bed // We got a few new items for Moira including this cute bed from The Foggy Dog.
  • Tie One On Natural Bracelet // This week Leigh Standley reminded us that magic requires some mess.
  • La Banane // A bright and playful bag fob in the shape of a banana. You will NEVER lose it, that's for sure!
  • Wrap Bracelet and Mesh Classic Red Bracelet // I can't get enough of these Holst and Lee bracelets!!
  • Madrid Blue-Light Glasses // Flyboy likes to make fun of me when I'm sporting these. Must be jelly!

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


 

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


"It's funny to think about the things in your life that can make you cry just knowing that they existed, can then become the same thing that makes you cry knowing that they're now gone. I think those things come into our lives to help us get from one place to a better one." —Ted Lasso

This Saturday we'll go pick up our new puppy, a Newfoundland named Moira, from Pennsylvania after Max's soccer game. I guess I felt the need to share this nugget of info with you all because I never really discussed Beesly's passing last November on my blog. Even now, almost eleven months later, it's hard to type that sentence. I still struggle with the reality that she's gone, and I can't come up with adequate words to describe the role she played in our family's story. I miss her. Dearly. To some, it's just a dog, but for me she was a childhood dream that came to life. How amazing is that? To have one of your dreams come to life. The twelve years we spent together were far sweeter than I could have ever imagined. She changed each of us for the better. That girl was everything to this family. She was with us from the beginning—a newly married couple embarking on an Air Force adventure, and then on to the ultimate challenge of parenthood where she acted as Maxwell's furry nanny. During times of loneliness when Flyboy was away and the countless unknowns that come with the military lifestyle, she brought pure joy, comfort, and consistency to my day. While attempting to navigate motherhood in Swell Rio with a colicky baby and a husband working long days, it was Beesly who would come looking for me when I'd go hide in my closet. Even after we moved from Texas to Delaware, she may have slowed down, but she never stopped looking for me, and I think that's what I miss the most. We'd secretly convene, just the two of us girls, and take a moment to breathe and just be. She reminded me to slow down and count my blessings. She made everything feel alright. My dearest BMD, you will always be a BFD to me.

As excited as I am to welcome this new puppy, I still miss my best friend. Not a day goes by where I don't think of her and tear up a little. I know there's no replacing her; nothing ever will, but I do believe it's time to open my heart and welcome this new adventure. We could use a little mess and a whole lot of magic around here. Beesly would want that. As silly as it sounds, I like to think of it as though Queen Bee is passing the baton to Moira, probably prepping her with puppy cliff-notes about cheese puffs and Legos. I sure hope this Newf is ready because the Fines are eager to call her family. There's a lot of love to be shared and life to be lived. There's also a place in my closet to snuggle if she's willing.



P.S. I'm REALLY sorry for another post with a crazy number of photos. I tried to show some restraint, but with a specimen this adorable, how could you?! I have thousands of photos of Beesly and editing it down to this number was hard enough. She was something SPECIAL! As always, thank you for being so supportive. We're excited to share more of Moira very soon.

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