Friday, October 2, 2015


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

  • Balloons // Much like confetti and glitter, I don't t think I'll ever get tired of mylar balloons. They're a party MUST!
  • Wardrobe Updates // Max is growing like a weed. Not much of his 12-month clothing fits anymore, which is slightly problematic when most stores are selling sweaters and pants and the Swell Rio temps are still in the mid-90s. Thank goodness for cute tees (like this one from Kid + Kind) and cotton leggings. A new set of colorful moccasins (OOOH, ELECTRIC BLUE!) wouldn't hurt either. Hey kid, STOP growing so fast! Mmmkay?! Great. Thanks.
  • Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush // When Kelly featured this on her blog this past week, I immediately got excited! Her beauty recommendations are some of the very best. She never steers me wrong, and that's precisely the reason I'm eager to give this blush a shot! A natural glow with staying power?! That almost sounds too good to be true.
  • Deck-Striped T-Shirt // Let's face it, most J.Crew customers don't sugarcoat their reviews these days. Naturally, I couldn't help but take notice when I saw the consistent positive feedback for this tee. It gets close to FIVE stars, my friends!! The bright blue hue makes me think I could totally justify it as different from the others. Who's with me??
  • MŌGLEA New Arrivals // You guys, you MUST check out the latest additions to Meg Gleason's shop. They are in-freaking-credible! Letterpressed goodness is a giant understatement. It's better. I want it ALL!
  • Tassel Gift Tags // I think I just died and went to heaven. The tags would be a gift on their own. Gimme.
  • Marais AC Chair // Holy swoon!! I can't help but LOVE this colorful take on the traditional French bistro classic.
  • Desktop Calendar // I was ecstatic to see Sugar Paper updated their FREE desktop downloads with the best month ever.
  • Favorite Sweater Candle // I wonder if lighting this adorable scented candle in our house would feel the same as finally getting to wear my favorite sweaters? If it doesn't cool off here soon, it might just have to do.
  • Salted Caramel Brownies // Do you think I could talk Max into these brownies in lieu of a birthday cake?! Just kidding. I wouldn't do that, but you can bet I'll make them in the not-so-distant future. They have my name written ALL over them.

Cheers to a snazzy weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015



THINKING ABOUT: When Flyboy called me on Monday afternoon to discuss the possibility of a spouse taxi this Wednesday, two things immediately came to mind. For those of you who may not know what this is, it's essentially an opportunity for spouses to dress up in flight suits, get fitted for a helmet, and taxi down the runway in whatever aircraft your spouse flies. Yep, I'm talking about the danger zone. NOT! While you don't actually take off, it's typically a fun way to get a better appreciation of the plane and your spouse's job. I probably should have been excited, but my first thought was Max and childcare. When Flyboy said this part would be taken care of, I freaked out because he hasn't actually been watched by anyone but family. I have NO qualms about taking him somewhere, it's just that he's SO close to walking. I suddenly had visions of him taking his first steps in front of a stranger and I got a little queasy. I haven't given this child every ounce of my being only to miss a HUGE milestone. And since life has a wicked sense of humor, I just knew it was bound to happen. Gulp! The other silly detail that made me a tiny bit anxious dealt with the uniform of the day. We'd be required to wear our husband's flight suits and close-toed shoes (ballet flats and top-siders don't count). I was fully prepared to be swimming in Flyboy's uniform like the rest of the wives, but I really hate when I'm told I HAVE to wear tennis shoes. Any rebels out there feel me?! I finally decided I'd show up in my glittery Keds and snazzify the situation, but the last-minute spouse taxi was canceled. For the record, Max has yet to take his first steps and I no longer have to worry about whether the glitter from my sneakers would be considered FOD (foreign object debris) on the runway. Crisis averted!

THANKFUL FOR: The idea of my parents arriving this weekend brings me so much relief. I can't wait to pass Max off and take a little staycation from my problems. With the love nugget's first birthday quickly approaching (NEXT Thursday!), it will be nice to sit back and absorb what's happened in the last year. It's easy to get caught up in the monotony of the day-to-day, so taking some time to reminisce about the past twelve months and reflect on all this change will be good for my soul. And just in case I revert to the ugly cry (that's a given), I'll be surrounded by the people who've been there with me before.

FEELINGWith all of the Pope Francis buzz these past few weeks, I couldn't help but notice an uncanny resemblance between the pontiff and Dr. Terry Dubrow. What else did you expect from this Bravo-holic?? Ha Ha! I was slightly hesitant to share my shallow observation with anyone, but finally worked up the nerve to discuss the similarities with a very selective audience—Flyboy and my sister, of course. Little did I know, the topic would be discussed a week later on WWHL and I feel very vindicated.  

EATING: My dear friend Jen, of Lemon Drop Love fame, recommended this recipe (Zucchini Spaghetti, Crispy Prosciutto, and Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parmesan Sauce) and I'm eager to give it a whirl this evening. It looks insanely delicious, but please don't ask me to rattle off the name of the meal again. When Flyboy asked me what's for dinner tonight, I responded with a blank stare. Umm...

LISTENING TO: Sometimes I like to shoot my sister a text with the hopes it will make her laugh or smile. In my ongoing mission to lift her spirits, I messaged Aubrey last Friday and told her that I feel pretty confident in my ability to "Hit the Quan." I knew she'd get a kick out of it, but I didn't think my snarky text would result in me agreeing to show her my moves when I see her at Christmas. Yikes! Suddenly I'm having visions of Will Smith and Kevin James in the movie Hitch. I'll go ahead and let you decide which one I resemble. With two months to go and two left feet, I pray she forgets about this little promise. And just in case she doesn't, I better pack a pair of pants that allow for lots of movement and a tall glass of liquid courage. I said get down low and swing your arm...

WATCHING: As I pen today's post, I feel like I'm living in a Windex commercial. Three Grackles have plowed into our living room windows over the course of the last five hours. No exaggeration. Does this mean I should I buy a lottery ticket?? I guess Max's fingerprints aren't the only smudges I'll be cleaning this afternoon. Yowzah!

READING: My college roommate works alongside books editor and author Elizabeth Egan at Glamour magazine. When he raved about Egan's debut novel, A Window Opens, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. With my parents' upcoming visit, I think I might actually get some free time to read and I couldn't be more excited to dive into this literary cocktail. It's been described by Gretchen Rubin as Where'd You Go Bernadette meets Bridget Jones's Diary. What's not to love about that?!

LOVING: You could say I'm besotted with Ashley Orlovich's artwork. Based out of Raleigh, NC, the artist uses metallic leafing and acrylics to create abstract modern and pop-art paintings. Based on some of the works featured at LEIF, it's clear Orlovich speaks my love language with her appreciation of color and texture. I think the original, Ginger, is my favorite from the collection.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


If I'm being completely honest, I just REALLY wanted to drink a pink cocktail. Is that too much to ask?! And since I couldn't get my hands on any dragon fruit in the local area (to whip up this stunner), I settled on a summery concoction instead. Because even though it's technically fall, the 95-degree weather says otherwise. A sizzling September day in Swell Rio leaves this Fine parched...

Recipe from A Subtle Revelry
(Serves 2—or in my case one gin enthusiast)


  1. Turn on some dance music. Steps two through five are going to be a real (boozy) doozy.
  2. Combine top six ingredients in a shaker and shake with delight.
  3. Strain into a mason jar glass that's filled with ice.
  4. Top with berries and a couple sprigs of fresh basil.
  5. Keep dancing. Your moves will improve with each sip, or at least that's what my family tells me! They never lie.

Cheers, m' dears!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015



Someone is fighting the urge to nap while I'm supposed to blog, so it's best if we get straight to the details. Mmmkay?!
  • The series of black and white photos in today's post are Swell Rio scenes that occur all too often. If I sit down or look away for one second while Max is on the move, I can expect the three phases of curiosity to commence. Part one entails "Ooh, what's this?! Gold. Mine." Part two means that Max is gonna go for it and he's pleased as punch with his newest discovery. "What's this button do??" Part three means that his buzzkill mom arrives to the fun party and says that "NO!" word. Sometimes I like to watch the wheels turn in his cute little brain as these situations unfold—hence the reason I opted to photograph Max in the act before redirecting him away from my trusty desktop planner. Ha Ha!
  • Yesterday I brought Gemma (my sunny yellow flats, of course) to Wally World. I figured it was time she get acquainted with the most happening spot in Swell Rio, but I get the feeling she was slightly underwhelmed with our outing. Le sigh.
  • Do the lovely folks at J.Crew know more about my kid than I do? Perhaps this is what you'd call foreshadowing?? I'm talking about Max the Monster—the terrifyingly cute little guy behind the googly eyes that's popping up in the Crewcuts section. He's described as incredibly curious with BIG eyes, which sounds and looks awfully familiar. Hmmm...
  • We got this set of alphabet blocks for Max, but they're SO tricky to get back into the little storage box. Flyboy and I are constantly stumped whenever we attempt to put the set back together. Occasionally we like to time ourselves (because we're crazy like that), but our slow speed makes us question if we would ever stand a chance in the Big Brother house.
  • I found these nifty cardboard letters at Walmart yesterday, which will come in handy for a little project I've got up my sleeve. Stay tuned. While I wait for the glue and paint to dry, I think I'll just sit and play with the letter A some more.
  • I made another loaf of banana bread (recipe mentioned here) for Max and he scarfed it down AGAIN. Try it. You won't regret it! Unfortunately, the pretty line didn't break in the middle of the bread because of the baking soda. Why? I'm still not entirely sure. Science is sneaky, but it definitely tasted delish. Better luck next time—and there will be a next time.
  • Last Friday crafternoon was spent working on fun odds and ends for Max's first birthday. I promise to share more details from the party boxes soon. I'm giddy about the final product. They're a real hoot!

Alright, enough of my rambling. What are YOU up to? Happy Tuesday, m' dears!!

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Friday, September 25, 2015


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

  • RANARP Floor/Reading Lamp // Um, this IKEA gem is amaze balls, my friends! Can you ever have too many lamps??
  • BONOBONOHRI Illustrations // I often find myself killing time on Behance in search of new-to-me artists. I'm in awe of all the adorable illustrations out there, especially this chair and this perfectly wrapped present featured in this Korean artist's portfolio. Something tells me we can expect more from them on the blog in an upcoming post. So. Good.
  • Cashmere Sweater-Knit Stole // What?! It's fun to dream... Especially in shades of neon pink. Who's with me?
  • Yes Please Ballet Flats // Keep it pretty please with a pair of precious and polite ballet flats. Can you say a-dorable?!
  • Mint Fountain Pen // The loveliest little workhorse I ever did see. I would use the heck outta you! That's a fact.
  • All the Feels Note Card // From Belle and Union's Modern Americanisms collection featuring words and phrases we all love and love to hate. Better yet, the card comes complete with a translation just in case you're not down with the lingo.
  • Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur // Alyssa of Glitter and Grey fame messaged me over the weekend to tell me about an enchantingly scrumptious gin that's available in the UK. You guys, it's dusted with REAL silver pieces!!! Blimey!!! You're essentially guzzling gin glitter. What could be better than that?! Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to get my hands on a bottle. Who will ship to Swell Rio? I need this magical brew to come mingle on my bar cart.
  • Max's Birthday // Aside from a cardboard paper towel roll, what do you even get a child for their first birthday? I wonder how he might feel about more stripes (perhaps this sweater?) and a few toys that make noise (hello, xylophone!)
  • Metallic Paper Straws // Oh my gold! I thought I died and went to heaven when I found gingham straws at Target this past spring. Who knew?! Sipping from something shiny would be equally delightful. What will they think of next?
  • Sparkle Quote // I couldn't help but adore this quote from fashion illustrator, Jenny Walton. SO my kinda girl!
  • Sand Art Party Cake // A Subtle Revelry does it again with this nifty party idea. It's such a sweet way to brighten a table.
  • Blood Orange Bourbon Smash // It's been awhile since I've tried a new gin cocktail (What up, New Year's resolution!?). This one doesn't feature my spirit of choice, but it sure is pretty. Let's see what I can whip up! I'll be sure to report back.
  • Collection Mesh-Eyelet Skirt // I'm not sure how I missed this gorgeous number from the summer collection, but Jenna's feature in The Coveteur suddenly has me scouring the Interwebs for a canary yellow skirt.

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

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