Thursday, December 21, 2017


Just a friendly reminder (because things around here are nutty AF) that Max and I will be staying with my parents until we close on our house in mid-February. I'm not entirely sure what life is going to look like during this time and how long it will take us to get settled in Delaware, but I've packed my computer with me and hope to find a blogging rhythm while we're living out of our suitcases in DC. Thanks for being so patient with me and for stopping by this little space when you get the chance. It means so much to me! 

Let's make a pact to catch up in 2018, shall we?! Have a fabulous holiday season!!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017



The day has arrived and it's sayonara Swell Rio for the Fines! We've been going nonstop for the past four weeks trying to get everything together for this move and my mind is absolutely zapped. It's not often that I struggle to express what I'm feeling in writing, but when words fail me as they do right now, I'm so incredibly grateful for the photos we had taken a few weeks ago by the talented Eva Marie Smith. We'll treasure these images forever—as they're a precious reminder of our Texas adventure.

P.S. I was hesitant to get these taken and include Beesly because I always envisioned our "first family photo" would include Tripp too. If we were going to get pictures taken that symbolized our time here, it needed to include everyone. While we never got around to it and quite literally put it off until the final week (Oops!), I wanted to point out that the photos were taken at the same location where we spread Tripp's ashes and threw tennis balls in his honor this past February. It feels like we were all together in the end anyway.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Happy Tuesday, sweet readers! Catching up at this point seems a little pointless. My sincerest apologies for being absent from this colorful corner. It wasn't necessarily part of my master plan, but moving always forces you to flex as needed. So much has happened since we last touched base, but I won't submit you to that. There were times when we thought we were never going to make it out of Swell Rio (we seriously got Flyboy's orders the afternoon BEFORE he left for Oklahoma last Wednesday), but this Christmas miracle is FINALLY happening. In fact, the packers come to pick up all the boxes today and we'll bid this border town adieu tomorrow morning. Those of you that have been here for the long haul know that this farewell will be bittersweet. There were days when we cursed this snooze town and counted the days until we could get out of Dodge, but it's also the longest I've ever lived in one spot (7 out of my 32 years have been spent here) and a lot of growth has taken place while we've called Laughlin AFB home. Lucky for us, we get to take the sweetest souvenir from Swell Rio with us (Hey, Max!) and a piece of West Texas will stick with us forever.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017



*We swear by the Bruder line of trucks (the quality is SUPERB!), but they can be on the spendy side. 
Check your local TJ Maxx or Marshall's for bargains. I've scored several Bruder trucks over the past year that were $30 or less.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Happy Wednesday, m' dears! This week has been a little hectic with painting and Turkey Day prep (Who's reading blogs right now anyway?! Presence over presents, right??), but I just HAAAAAAADDDD to pop in for a hot second and share this gem of a shop with you. Are you familiar with Cabbages and Kings?! If not, you better jump on it. I'm talking about some SERIOUSLY cute accessories for kids—the kind that will leave you feeling mopey they don't make it in your size. Womp womp! And can we talk about those pom-poms? Who in their right mind could deny these knitted knots of cheer? The adorable details are practically perfect in every way.

All pom-related threats aside, have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 
I'll be back next week with Gift Guide mania. Are you ready for it? 

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Friday, November 17, 2017


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

  • Pumpkin Pie Slice Ornament // I've never been big on pumpkin pie, but this ornament has me thinking otherwise.
  • Hand-Knit Scarf // I've hit the jackpot this year in terms of finding cute scarves and gloves. How to choose?! 
  • Magic Flag // I like to think this is the sort of thing that might hang in Roald Dahl's writing hut. Perfect, isn't it?!
  • Velvet Faux-Fur Pom-Pom Slippers // Get that Boden look for a quarter of the price. Seven dollars?! Seriously.
  • City-Themed Glasses Case // This chartreuse case has me thinking I need to get to Miami and stat. Isn't it adorable?
  • Art Canvas Travel Pouch // LEIF is one of my go-to online shops for gift giving. This pouch would be a slam dunk.
  • Havana Lounge Chair // I've decided we're going to need something in bright yellow velvet at our next house. Swoon!
  • Cherry Red Square // Inspired by Matisse, Mick Jagger, and a dusty old book store—Ann Howell Bullard has done it again!
  • V-Neck Boyfriend Sweater // Anytime J.Crew offers an item in Neon Fuchsia anything, you know I'm SOLD!
  • 2018 Unsolicited Advice // When you want to get your sh!t together, but you also want to feel supported by a planner with serious personality. Artist Adam J. Kurtz has got us covered with his simple, cheeky, no-nonsense planner. I'm in.
  • High Heel Ankle Boots // Something about these jumbo sequins remind me of mermaids. Wear these and be a mermaid.
  • Dusk Throw // We're going to start painting this weekend. Argh! I want to wrap up in this and watch Bravo instead. 
  • Robert Motherwell: Early Paintings // How insanely great do you think the essays are? I'm giddy just thinking about it.
  • Reset Button Sheet Mask // I'm going to need a dozen of these draped over my body after all that "Macadamia" madness.
  • Everything Wallet // You guys! Ric-Rac details are one of my weaknesses, but you already knew that. C'mon!
  • Art by Dustin Williams // This week's source of inspo comes from a visual artist based out of KCMO. Holla!

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

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