Friday, September 23, 2016

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Kate Spade Cuteness // It's been awhile since I've seen something at Kate Spade that I adore. Okay, let me take that back, it's been a few months. Ha! After helplessly wandering over to the website this week to check out the latest loot, I've decided I'm smitten with the following pieces: the All Fine On Paper Notebook Set (because of course...), the Striped Travel Umbrella (no-brainer!), the Deco-Dot 12-Month Agenda (obvi), and these Striped Accent Plates (that green tho).
  • Illustrations by Kate Pugsley // Need a colorful escape? I've got you covered. Check out Kate's portfolio. Wowsers!
  • Soap-Dispensing Brush // This gets me Danny Tanner excited. You have NO idea! Consider yourself WISH-LISTED.
  • Yellow Citrus and Honey Splash Mask // My mom sent me an article about splash masks this week and I'm so intrigued. Are you in?! This one sounds like a refreshing way to start the day. Not to mention, it saves oodles of time! 
  • Celosia Peridot Green Sofa // This velvet sofa from Article has got me weak in the knees. The price point is impressive. 
  • Airplane Ride-On // I'm still trying to figure out what to get Max for his birthday. Of course this is a front-runner.
  • Flamenco Earrings // These would make anyone break into a happy dance. Can we talk about those jazzy threads?
  • Chic Flats // I got these for my sister last year for Christmas and they were so stinking cute (comfy to boot)! By the time I was in the market for a replacement myself, Nordstrom sold out of my size and I was afraid they would never bring them back. On a whim I checked the website this week, and lucky for me they're baaaaaaaaaaaaack!
  • Rhodes Pant in Italian Wool // As if that Wild Flamingo hue wasn't sweet enough, I'm a total sucker for a polished cuff.
  • Edie Top in Shirting Stripe // I got this shirt and I love it, but I'm still afraid that when I don it in Swell Rio I might be mistaken as a member of a mariachi band. Oy! Only time will tell, I guess—but you can bet I'll keep you posted. Ha!

Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


IRIS ILLUSTRATION VIA JORDAN ANDREW CARTER

THINKING ABOUT: Until this last week I'd only ever printed photos from my phone with Social Print Studio. I had no reason to stray—I've been very pleased with the price point, quality, variety of printing options, and their user-friendly app—but I will admit that my most recent order wasn't up to snuff. Argh! It's almost as though something was wrong with their equipment because the coloring on a handful of photos was inconsistent and the print job was second-rate. Lucky for me, I ended up receiving a random email from Artifact Uprising with an offer for 25 free prints earlier this week. I went ahead and jumped at the opportunity, and I'm eager to see how their prints compare. Tell me, where do you prefer to have your Instagram photos and phone images printed?

THANKFUL FOR: Since Flyboy's birthday fell on a Monday this year (snooooooze), you better believe we signed Max up for this month's "Give Parents A Break" night at the base daycare center. Yahoo! Did somebody say DATE NIGHT?! We still haven't decided where we'll dine in this buzzing metropolis, but we do have plans to see the movie Sully afterward. It's safe to say, we're stoked.

WATCHING: Where are my Parenthood fans? Word on the street is that NBC's latest series, This Is Us, is kind of like the adorable cousin to our beloved Braverman brood. Eek! I'm eager to watch the pilot (hopefully that will happen tonight since Flipping Out is over...). Have any of you watched it yet?! I've been warned that the first episode may result in some ugly crying, but I'm down.

EATING: After indulging this week in more cake than I care to admit (my jeans don't lie), I probably shouldn't be pinning such dangerous delectables, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to share the cutest dessert ever on m' blog. You guys, I'm talking about PureWow's Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies. Squee! Who knew a staple like apple pie could be SO flipping adorable??

LISTENING TO:  Since I'm a glutton for punishment and feeling ALL the feels with Max's impending birthday, I can't stop listening to Rachel Platten's Better Place without sobbing profusely. Yep, I told you I wasn't joking about the ugly cry! I remember when Flyboy and I first heard the tune en route to the San Antonio airport last month. We both listened along quietly only to confess to one another minutes later that it totally made us think of Max. If you're not familiar with the song, I urge you to take a moment and listen. I guarantee there's someone in your life that makes you feel this way. Grab a tissue and bring on the warm and fuzzies!

READING: Because Max has become such a fun (and extremely active) subject for me to photograph, I'm toying around with the idea of buying a new lens for my camera. I've noticed a lot of the photos I take aren't as sharp as I'd like and I think that's because I'm trying to offset the drab lighting in our house with an ISO greater than 1600??? As a shutterbug novice, I clearly have A LOT to learn, but I've been researching what options are available online and all of the photography forums and product reviews have left me incredibly overwhelmed! Sigh. I feel like I'm in over my head. Most of my "picture-taking skills" are the result of trial and error, YouTube tutorials, and one online class. I just wish I knew someone that could give me a simple answer. I'll take any help I can get!

LOVING: I had a few West Elm Design Dollars burning a hole in my pocket and sprung for this Curvillinear Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp. Somehow I let our last reward expire, so I was determined to not let that happen again. Tisk, tisk! If the product image does the lamp justice, I'll be pleased as punch with my decision. Helllllllooooo, you brass babe! Come hither. And for those of you worried about my recent retail recklessness, let me assure you that no future Design Dollars will be wasted. Game on!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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


We celebrated Flyboy's birthday on Monday, and while I spent the better part of the afternoon gluing pom-poms to party hats and zhuzhing bows on wrapped gifts, I didn't realize that all of the festive busy-ness served as a perfect distraction. You see, the season of birthdays is upon our family, but it's evident from some of our recent commentary that Flyboy and I are on the same page—yet again. Over the past few weeks, we've each made note of the fact that Max is no longer a baby, but instead a little boy. Why this is such a tough pill to swallow, I'm still not sure, but the closer we get to his second birthday on October 8th, the more I can see the two of us clinging to small moments with our son. While I find myself getting down on the ground with a box of Legos or whipping out the crayons and paints with Max, Flyboy looks forward to evening cruises around base with his pint-size passenger. Deep down, we are both aware that so much goodness lies ahead, but the notion of slowing down and cherishing the mundane moments has been such a gift lately. In fact, I think I've stared at that last photo off and on for the past 24 hours and my heart swells with every glance. I still don't know how I got so lucky to be his wife and his mom, but I know I'll spend the rest of my days celebrating such an honor and feeling so very grateful I get to call them my very own.

OMGoooooodness, you guys! All sappiness aside, here are a few lighter details from today's post...
  • WHY is it still hotter than Hades in Swell Rio? I'm starting to think 80-degree temps would feel chilly right about now.
  • You know you're desperate for fall when you dust off your Tippi sweaters and style them with ALL the necklaces.
  • Additionally, could I trade in all of the desert landscape (I'm looking at you, cacti!) for Mums and pumpkins instead?
  • Yellow cake and chocolate frosting FOREVER! I might not fit in my pants by the end of the week, but it will be #worthit.
  • Sometimes you go to Walmart and insist your stuffed sloth is the most stylin' one in the bunch. Isn't that right, Max?!
  • Remember that one time I went looking for the mysterious juicery? Well, they have a brick-and-mortar business now!
  • Oh, and sorry about the delayed start to the blog week my friends! Sometimes party hats, colorful ribbon, and festoons of balloons are a priority—I can't say I mind one bit. I know there are a handful of you that feel me on this one.


Enough about me. How the heck are you? I'm dying to know


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Friday, September 16, 2016

LURVE LOAVE LUFF



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

  • Heirloom Blanket // Good grief! I can't wait to have a legitimate reason to cuddle under a colorful throw. Buh-bye heat!
  • Yellow Airplane Overhead // I simply ADORE Leslee Mitchell's work, so is it any coincidence she released this print recently? Squee! It was meant to be. A photograph from her Matchbox Series is going to have to come live with me.
  • Tacolicious Graphic Tee // I can't stop dreaming about all of the cute clothes for Max's Autumn wardrobe! Two years ago I never would have admitted this, but boys are actually gobs of fun to dress. Now if the weather would cooperate...
  • Illustrations by Neryl Walker // I kind of want to jump into Walker's drawings. Did you say you can see me seated on this Mid-Century Sofa and mixing drinks with a bottle of Hendrick's Gin? So weird. I was thinking the SAME thing...
  • NARS Lipstick in Schiap // Think pink! The cult favorite has offered this pout of mine a nonstop pick-me-up.
  • Polka-Dot Tulle-Trimmed Striped Top // You guys. I'm dead. This shirt is everything I love and MORE. I can't even.
  • Short Water Repellant Trench Coat // I tried this on and I'm thinking it would be a great coat for Texas winters.
  • Leopard-Printed Calf-Hair Belt // I have a skinny leopard belt, but I'm thinking I need something fatter. This will do!
  • Velvet Loafers // Listen up, ladies! These bad boys are under $30 and they're even more precious in person. Trust me!
  • Beaded Tassel Earrings // Confession: I have really wimpy ear lobes that go limp whenever I wear dangling earrings. Ugh, it's the worst! Is there something I can do to remedy this?? I reeeeeeeeeeealllly want to wear these.
  • MDS Mini Scarf // I knew I was going to love this scarf when I bought it, but I underestimated how often I'd use it. I typically have it tied around the handle of my mom bag, but opted to wrap it around my wrist this week as a bracelet.
  • Apple Green Notebooks // I've got nothing but heart eyes for the Japanese shop. Gimme ALL the notebooks.
  • Throw Pillows // Unison does it again with a beautiful assortment of punchy pillows. This persimmon is perfection.

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

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

ILLUSTRATION VIA MARC JOHNS

THINKING ABOUT: It never fails. Moments after I bust out the vacuum or steam mop in the afternoon, Tripp will head to the kitchen to hydrate leaving a puddle of drool and water all over my newly cleaned floors. I realize my dear pup needs his H2O, but WHY does he insist on doing it at this exact moment when he hasn't left his spot in the living room for almost six straight hours??

THANKFUL FOR: Last Saturday I had a hair appointment and Flyboy arranged a play date at the park with some of his coworkers and their kids. Internet, my boys were gone for FIVE straight hours. What the what?! Their hunt for a bike carrier led to a pit stop at Starbucks, an adventure at the park, and then a late lunch at Chick-fil-A. Gasp! This meant I had enough time to leisurely get ready, have my roots covered by m' girl Janie, AND I got the opportunity to clean the house. Alone. Is this heaven??

EATING: When I visited my parents, my mom and I popped into Whole Foods one evening to pick up a few pints of ice cream for dessert. Two weeks have passed and I still can't stop thinking about both flavors. Sigh. Please, promise me, if you have access to Jeni's you've GOT to try Brambleberry Crisp and STAT! I was seriously about ready to deem this delicious mix as my favorite flavor EVER, but then we tried Talenti's Peanut Butter Pretzel Gelato the next evening and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Even now, I still can't decide which is my preferred pint, which I find ridiculous because I ALWAYS choose chocolate and peanut butter. Hmm... I realize this tasty predicament isn't much of a problem at all, but I think Flyboy is ready to put the issue to rest because I seriously can't stop talking about the ice cream. Have any of you tried either? Back me up on this one.

WATCHING: One afternoon before we left for DC, there was a tornado warning on base. Conveniently it occurred DURING nap time. Because of course... After the base got the all clear, it wasn't long before I realized the remainder of our peaceful afternoon would be a total bust. I opted to throw in the towel and see if Max would join me in bed for a little snuggle sesh and quiet time. In a desperate attempt to woo him with snacks and cartoons, I began choosing random animated movies on Netflix to see if he'd bite. Up until this point, Max never showed interest in anything but Sesame Street and Seinfeld reruns, so you can imagine my relief when he became entranced with the Minions. That was, of course, until I realized these gibberish-speaking creatures' sole purpose is to serve the most terrible of villains. Oops! Leave it to my wily tot to gravitate toward the most mischievous movie. Lucky for me his obsession with the yellow henchmen is still going strong. Grrrrrrrrrreat! In fact, when Max watched the movie with my dad a few weeks ago, my sweet father couldn't help but notice that whenever Scarlet (the female supervillain) would come on the screen, Max liked to point and say "Mama." Well, if that is any indication how our mother-son relationship is going...

LISTENING TO: Last Friday morning was particularly rough after Max had another toddleriffic performance at the store. You'd think I'd be used to it by now, right?! Anyway, I wanted NOTHING to do with my child, so I turned up the volume on our ride home and let my playlist work its magic. I tried my best to ignore Max as we made our way back to the base, but I lost that battle when Get Me Bodied started blaring in The Rig and this kid's dance moves sucked me right in. You guys, he kind of killed it. Hashtag PROUD MOMMY. Hehe! Maybe this was his way of communicating that he'd done the "uh-oh" at Wally World?? Yep, that was DEFINITELY it.

READING: I read Carry On Warrior several years ago and I've been a Glennon convert ever since. If you read m' blog often, I've shared countless posts and quotes from G's blog, Momastery—I can't recommend it highly enough! And if you're my poor mom or sister, I've probably forced you to read excerpts of her work because I believe in the honest, humorous, and raw nature of her writing. For this very reason, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was when my mom sent me a copy of Melton's latest memoir, Love Warrior, which chronicles Glennon's journey of self-discovery and resilience after struggling in some of her darkest times. Because last Saturday and Sunday were a bit hectic with appointments and errands, I didn't get a chance to dive into my copy yet, but it's my primary goal this weekend. If Love Warrior is anything like Glennon's first book, I know I'm going to need to be able to devote an entire day or two to the book because her writing is impossible to put down once you begin reading it.

LOVING: For years I've sung Doublewear's praises. But despite my ongoing love for Estee Lauder's fan-favorite matte formula, I kept on searching—just in case I found something better! I'll be honest, my skin is far from perfect. Acne scars and discoloration often make me feel self-conscious. I don't want to look like I'm wearing a mask, but I also can't stand my skin's uneven texture and dark spots. Doublewear seemed to do the trick, but many times felt too heavy for everyday wear. I want to love lightweight formulas like tinted moisturizers and BB creams, but more often than not they leave me unimpressed and end up in my basket of product flops. I thought I'd found a great option in Beautycounter's Tint Skin, especially for the summer months, until my mom let me try her It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. You guys, I think I've finally discovered my HG foundation and I'm elated! For the first time in a decade (not even kidding!) it feels as though I'm not just settling, which is really nice. Hooray! From my experience, setting the CC Cream with this powder is key for the longevity of the product's daily wear. This will be the first time since I began wearing Doublewear that I plan on repurchasing the product. I think that's a good sign!


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