Friday, December 13, 2019

LURVE LOAVE LUFF




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

  • Seal Tight Container // I absolutely adore this Porter line by W&P. I hope they continue to add new styles.
  • Sylvana Pleated Slingback // My only goal in 2020 is to own a pair of these lamé Loeffler Randall heels.
  • .018 Earrings // I got my mom a pair of earrings from Her New Tribe for Mother's Day and they're stunning.
  • Camelia Coin Clutch // You guys, this shade of pink is even more lovely in person. Color me fabulous!
  • Cherries by Lea Maupetit // This beauty brought me heaps of joy, so naturally, it makes it's way on the list.
  • Short Pom-Pom Box // If you were a basket, what would you look like? I think I'd take after this one. Obvi.
  • Blue Desk Clock // Playful, vibrant, and unique, this clock is modeled after Japanese origami. Swoon!
  • Pearl Hair Clips // My imaginary friend, who's also named Ashley, created the cutest hair clips. Gimme.
  • Bow-Back Fleece Sweatshirt // This is the SOFTEST sweatshirt ever, and it's fancy because it has a bow.
  • Emerald Mixed-Crystal Headband // I told you the obsession with Lele is very real. This is gorgeous, y'all!
  • Toblerone Cookies // You heard it here first. We will definitely be baking these bad boys for Christmas!
  • Pantone Color Trends for Spring 2020 // Articles like this get me jazzed, but that's probably no surprise.
  • Beaded Mini Crossbody // If we were attending some sort of holiday party, you better believe I'd need this!
  • Pattern Play Hand Cream // If this tube of lotion smells half as wonderful as it looks, I'll take four, please.
  • Posh Striped Cushion // You had me at pink and red, but then you had to add the fabulous piping. Sold!
  • Baby Booties // How darling are these booties? They come in a gold-and-pink combo as well. Gasp!
  • Modern Lucite Trees // My mom got me a set of these and they're displayed on the TV console. I'm in love!
  • Lips Keychain // Last-minute stocking stuffer, anyone? Clare V. nails it with another sweet shade of pink.
  • Kosas Color & Light Creme // Have you tried anything from the Kosas brand? I've heard GREAT things.
  • Toiletry Case // Kip & Co. can just go ahead and take all of my money already. The Aussies know style.
  • Neon Pink Velvet Santa Bag // There's no need to wrap anything when you have this velvet beauty. 

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

VIA PAPER & LIGHT PRESS

FEELING: I finally get all the hype surrounding Lele Sadoughi headbands. Sigh. When you wear one you instantly feel like Kate Middleton. I know, that sounds ridiculously dorky, but it's the absolute truth!! I got this petite style headband around my birthday and I've worn it almost every day since. They're unlike any other headband I've ever worn and now I want them all. Sometimes you get what you pay for and the obsession is very much real.   

THINKING ABOUT
I really wanted to send out Christmas cards this year, but I didn't get around to it as I'd hoped. As someone who LOVES sending and receiving mail (not to mention the excuse to buy stationery), I feel a bit guilty for not making it a priority. Oh well! Something had to give on this year's holiday to-do list and I'm learning that's okay. On the bright side, Max and I did make time for a little craft this week. We're sending them off to a small group of family and friends, and I think that's making me feel a little bit better about two years in a row without Christmas cards.

If any of you are in a similar situation and you're feeling holiday guilt, Ali Nelson offers a perfect reminder:

"this time of year can be brutal, with our “to do” lists growing and growing, all the while losing our PRESENCE in this season. 
slow down. we want YOU to show up… fully here, not at the grocery store or on amazon. no matter how many things are left undone, the best gift we can give to those we love is our own presence. 
i promise your kids and your family, your friends, and yes, even you, will value YOU showing up for the memories way more than they’ll remember if there was greenery on the table or if the sweet potatoes were better than last years. 
if something is taking up too much space in your life right now— let it go. surrender those expectations you feel you’ll never live up to, and instead invest in the small things. 
what was important to you as a kid? do these things, regardless if you’re a parent or not. traditions are not just for kids. they can help anchor us to memories, create meaning, allow us to marinate in the merriment.
so think about it. what do you want the holidays to be like in YOUR world?
 
the coolest part about being a grownup? we get to choose what will we keep from our pasts and bring into the future with us. so create some traditions or keep them up. make the moments special. go get a tree, or a bush, or a branch from outside. make it merry. listen to music that will be forever and iconically associated you the holidays together (hello, amy grant). do a couple holiday-ish things, even if it’s cold... so you can see the glow of parade lights on your kid's face. or dont, and stay inside and watch elf, or a christmas story, or sing some christmas carols. make cookies. or buy them at the store and heat them up. talk about the meaning of christmas and why we choose to spend a month (and a lot of money😬) celebrating. laugh. sing. dance. but mostly, be there. show up. for them, and for you. 
this season, let’s choose to surrender our striving and choose stillness. availability. purposeful presence." 
THANKFUL FOR: A few months ago, I saw my doctor to get my thyroid checked and the results came back normal. After taking Accutane in college for acne, my hair texture went from thick to fine. Over the years it's progressively become thinner and upon switching birth control earlier this year, I've experienced excessive shedding. From what I understand, a change in hormones can play a big role in hair loss. Grrrrreat. NOT! In July I started taking Nutrafol and I'm starting to see baby hairs, which is great, but I want to ensure I'm doing everything possible to be proactive about the issue. I currently wash my hair once or twice a week, and I try my best to avoid the overuse of heat styling tools (hence the heavy rotation of headbands). On the days that I do style my hair, I still get a little freaked out about the amount of hair left in my brush and on the bathroom floor. Yikes! After visiting with my doctor earlier this week regarding prescription renewals, we discussed my hair again and he's referred me to a dermatologist. Initially, I was nervous that he suggested it because that made me feel like it was pretty bad, but in reality, it's for the best. My mom and Flyboy tell me not to stress too much about it and they're probably right, so it will be nice to get a professional's opinion and put my mind at ease. I understand that hair growth takes time and either what I'm doing right now is working (slowly), or I need to pursue other options. Have you experienced something similar? What worked for you?

WATCHING: Over the Thanksgiving break, my family and I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The film's perspective was obviously different from the Mister Rogers documentary released a few years ago; however, it was just as precious in my opinion. Max opted to sleep during the entire movie, which sounds great and all, until you find out that he snored SO loud the people around us were looking back to see who was sawing logs. Oops!

READING: When we were at the library last week, Max chose Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton because of the bright red plane on the cover. To be honest, I wasn't really surprised when I saw him throw it in our basket. Planes! Right? Later that evening when we cozied up to read the book, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this woman's incredible story. Why had I never heard of "The First Lady of Firsts" before? She paved the way for women creating opportunities in aviation, auto racing, boat racing, and astronautics. You guys, Google her now.  

EATING: After visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, I stopped by Trader Joe's on our way back to Delaware. I exercised control and grabbed a few healthy-ish essentials (space was limited in the wagon), but then I saw a tower of stroopwafel tins near the checkout. Last minute, I threw one in my cart and within three days of returning home, they were gone. I immediately regretted buying one tin only. Now that they've been devoured, I can't stop thinking about them. These cookies remind me of my childhood. I don't think you've really lived unless you've had a fresh warm stroopwafel. I've tried lots of brands over the years, but the ones sold at TJ's taste like the cookie I remember.

LISTENING
: We were listening to Christmas music on our way to preschool this past Monday when Pentatonix began playing in the car. Max started to sing along and shared how much he loved their sound. Having listened to their jingle from Sesame Street on repeat for the first two years of his life, this really came as no surprise. I explained to him that the a capella group sings without the accompaniment of any instruments. His little mind was blown and then he proceeded to tell me that he also has some experience beatboxing. Oh, but of course you do, Maxwell!

LOVING: Last week two of my favorite people on the Internet (Tatiana of Flora & Fauna and Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo) shared an article I found extremely insightful. If you get a free moment, you might want to read The Love Experiment: One Question That Changes Everything as well. The concept is so simple, but it gets right to the point. What happens when we ask our closest family and friends the following: "Please tell me how I can love you better."


How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! The last time we touched base, we were riding a serious marathon and Halloween high. Then Flyboy left for six weeks of training, Thanksgiving happened, and suddenly we're in full-blown holiday mode. I mean, Christmas is just 14 days away!! How?? It seems as though the past few weeks have blown by, and for good reason, as we've kept busy by painting the spare bedroom (now Max's playroom), made a trip to Virginia—which included a visit to the Kennedy Center with Max to see Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical), along with ordering ALLLLL the presents, in addition to decorating inside AND out. Busy, especially this time of year, isn't always better, but it's kept me focused on getting Flyboy home, which will be the ultimate prize. Typically it would be nice to have him around to help with things like hanging Christmas lights, setting up the tree, and building a gingerbread house together, but we're truly grateful that we don't have a looming deployment ahead of us as we did last year. Luckily, we'll get to welcome him home shortly in the most festive fashion and that's kept things in perspective!

Alright, enough about me. How the heck are YOU? I'm dying to know.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


THE GOODS:


*Yes, these are on the spendy side, but they were fun to add to the list and they're a work of art. 
No, I might not be able to afford them, but I do like to help other people spend their money. Ha!


P.S. Stay tuned for more Gift Guides next week— Monday: The Preppy Pal, Tuesday: The Trendy Tot, and Wednesday: $30 or Less. You'll notice I opted to not include prices this year because it's hard to keep up with all of the sales and promotions. By publishing Gift Guides earlier this year, I hope you're able to snag a few good deals. Happy hunting!


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Friday, November 15, 2019

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, November 14, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA

FEELINGMy parents are coming to Delaware this weekend and we're really excited! Max is eager to play pirates with Papa, and I'm itching to paint the spare guest room with my mom. Priorities, right?? I can't believe it's taken me over 1.5 years to tackle this to-do, but we've had very little need for the space and used it mostly for storing random pieces of furniture, suitcases, etc. Since we got rid of some of the junk and organized the things we wanted to keep, I think we're finally ready to get the job done. The walls are currently a pale yellow (painted by the previous owners), and we're going to switch it to something neutral instead. With Winter coming and more time spent indoors, I think we're going to utilize the space as a playroom for Max. It will be nice to nest in another area!   

THINKING ABOUT: I brought chocolate chip cookies to Max's preschool program a few weeks ago. I used THE recipe and one of his teachers FLIPPED out. Like, her reaction was embarrassing for this introvert! To make matters worse, she's still talking about them. In fact, she's even asked me to bake her a couple dozen to take to Thanksgiving. Haha! While she offered to pay me, my baking is always pro bono. Let's face it, I'm not opposed to sucking up in the name of sweets. Hey, maybe the next time Max lives up to his wild things side in class, she'll cut him some slack? That would greatly benefit his mom in the event my child gets turnt—kind of like that Friday in September when a certain somebody got in trouble for talking too much in class. Oops! We'll call this one a kindness kickback.


THANKFUL FOR: Max's preschool program at the YMCA is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two hours in the morning. Well, they recently started offering a "Lunch Bunch" option on Mondays in which the kids can stay until 2 pm, eat lunch with their teacher and play games in the gym. Obviously, I was pretty jazzed about the idea of getting more time alone, so I signed Max up ASAP. Because he was sick last week, this was his first week joining the pre-k crew and he had the BEST time. He's obsessed with his teacher and wishes they could have Lunch Bunch every day. Haha! I've got to admit, the feeling is mutual. I've never looked forward to Mondays so much in my life.   

WATCHING: Speaking of Lunch Bunch, Beesly was beyond confused when I returned home Monday sans Max. She kept sitting by the dining room table waiting for him to enter through the garage door or porch side—as he does most days after checking on his playhouse in the back yard. I kept inviting her into the office to lay beside my desk, but it took a good 30 minutes of convincing before she left the kitchen. For the past five years, I've always had Max by my side and it's clear our darling Berner has gotten used to it. Oh, but just wait until she finds out about kindergarten. Woof! Don't worry Sweet Bee, you'll learn to love your newfound freedom—from what I've been told. Hehe!

READING: Are you familiar with the children's book, The Good Egg by Jory John? Well, my mom bought a copy for me, and I didn't think much of it until I went to read it to Max one night. You could say that a lightbulb went off (AH-HA!) and her message was received. It had me smiling and laughing; I even got choked up. I had no clue that a book about an egg could resonate with me on so many levels. Should I go on a camping trip? Is this why my hair is thinning?

EATING: On Tuesday it was gloomy and cold outside so I decided to whip up a batch of chicken noodle soup. I've yet to find THE recipe (I'm talking about something chocolate chip cookie level!), so I just kind of winged it. The result was tasty enough, which is good because I'll probably be eating leftovers for the next week. Instead of egg noodles, I threw some orzo in the mix and boy did those suckers expand! Yowzah!! Most of the liquid has been absorbed at this point and I'm working with a hearty chicken pasta fusion. Definitely not THE recipe, but better than the stuff in a can.

LISTENING
: Slowly but surely Max is warming up to the idea of having a cousin. Haha! Just recently he began sharing with me different things he wants to teach "that baby." Monday morning our conversation went something like this...


Max:
"So you know when that baby comes to my house someday?"
Me:
"You mean, your baby cousin?"
Max:
"Yeah. That baby. Well, I'm going to have to teach it about momentum. You think that will be good? That baby will definitely need to learn about momentum. Maybe even gravity. I'm really going to have to teach that baby a lot." 

Let's hope for the sake of "that baby" his lesson is strictly words and examples. No physical force required. Yikes!

LOVING: I follow celebrity hairstylist Ashley Streicher (Striiike and Streicher Sisters ring a bell?) on Instagram, and I'm convinced she couldn't be more adorable if she tried. Seriously you guys, her hair is #goals! I haven't had the urge to chop my mop or lighten my locks in a long time, but Ashley's textured tresses make me think otherwise. Swoon! She's the epitome of effortlessly cool, and she nails an orangey-red lip like no other. Sigh. Can we be friends already? How about an honorary sister? Perhaps a fly on the wall when she's zhooshing Mandy Moore? 


How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 


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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WHAT I'M WEARING WEDNESDAY

Every once in awhile, I'll get asked about the makeup I use when I show my face on Instagram Stories. While I'm initially flattered, I can't help but feel self-conscious as well. It's probably just the filter I'm using, right?! I mean, I struggled with acne for most of high school and college (Hello, Accutane!) and I still get random bouts of hormonal acne in my 30s. My complexion is far from perfect and I'm always on the hunt for serums and creams to aid in the aging process; however, I do have a handful of makeup favorites that I've used devoutly for the past few years. In fact, approximately 80% of the items featured in today's post have been repurchased multiple times—with the exception of the bronzer, cheek palette, and mascara, which were recent beauty finds I stumbled upon this year.  

I don't claim to be a beauty blogger or makeup expert, and while I know there are countless posts just like this on the Interwebs, I get asked this question enough that I decided to create a post with all of my tried and true favorites. In a world where everyone is searching for the next "holy grail" product, these ones top my list.


MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP FAVORITES:
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes —I never want to run out of this!
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer —Doubles as eyeshadow primer!
Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer—Just as good as Bobbi Brown, NARS, Chanel, etc.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask—Use every night to keep lips from drying.
If there's a special occasion, I'll be sure to use a primer; however, I typically just moisturize with this lotion first.


What about you? Have you used any of these? What's your favorite makeup product?

P.S. If you have any specific questions regarding today's post, ask away in the comments section and I'll be sure to get back to you. I'm happy to give feedback about shades, formulas, etc. I've tried LOTS of different brands over the years.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

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, November 7, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


'TIMES OF DAY' SERIES BY CAROLINE KAUFMAN

FEELING: In a week Max and I have dental appointments. We're talking about the REAL kind, where you don't just get to go in for a simple cleaning. Instead, there's the x-rays and exams, which really means our chances of learning about more cavities is imminent. In the past, I've always made Flyboy go with us, but it didn't seem to work out this year. Let's hope Max breaks his streak of bad dental luck (to me, that's totally a thing!) in 2019. I'm especially interested to see what the doc has to say about the two loose teeth he's sporting on the bottom front. Do kids begin losing teeth at age five? If so, it looks like somebody is going to have to add this rite of passage to his ongoing list of achievements.

THINKING ABOUT: I don't want to turn on Zooey Deschanel because you know I adore her; however, I'm a bit concerned. Not only is she dating one of the Property Brothers (erm...), but she's also the new face of CROCS. How? Why? This is one of those collaborations that I just can't seem to get on board with. Stick with the Peter Pan collars, a-line skirts, and epic bangs. Please don't try to sell plastic clogs to me. I can't go for that. No can do.


THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday we found out whether I'll be having a niece or nephew. Eek! Obviously, I'm super excited to tell you guys, but I'm going to wait for my sister to give me the green light before I share the big reveal with you. Sorry, that was rotten of me! Thankfully, the baby is healthy and my sister is doing great at 20 weeks. Woo hoo!

WATCHING: Speaking of pregnancies, everyone on this season of Real Housewives of Atlanta is breeding. Holy smokes! There are SOOOOOO many babies. Lately, my feelings regarding the Bravo franchise has been lukewarm, but if anyone can suck me back in it's the women of Hotlanta (along with the drama-filled Jersey girls)! This season should be no exception. Now, where is Nene? Is she the new Vicki? Why are we seeing so little of the OGs? Dammit, Andy!

READING: Maybe with Flyboy at training, I'll get around to reading an actual book. For now, here's some link love...

This Is Us via The Faux Martha — I felt so seen and heard!
Free Rodney Reed —Consider signing this petition. Gov. Abbott needs to do the right thing.

EATING: I'm pleased to announce that one week after Halloween we've managed to get rid of ALL the candy. I never want to see another Reese's until it's time for Christmas trees and then again when the Easter eggs are available. Also, is it really any wonder why I'm stressed about visiting the dentist? It's not rocket science, but in my defense, Flyboy eats the SAME stuff, doesn't even floss and has never ONCE had a cavity. I don't sound bitter at all, do I?

LISTENING
: I can count on one hand how many times I've described my child as delightful. I promise I'm not being dramatic here. Sure we have some really fun moments together where he can be super sweet and I truly adore being his mom, but whenever my mother asks me how Max has been lately and I actually use the d-word, you can bet within 24 hours he will come down with something. After five years of motherhood, you would think I would learn, but on Saturday I went on to my mom about how great Max's behavior was that day and perhaps our dear child was turning a corner. WRONG! He was just sick. The nice part about Maxwell on the mend is that he oozes with kindness and cuddles, so keeping him home from school on Monday didn't seem like a terrible idea until he realized he didn't get to see his friends and teachers and revolted against me all day long. Haha! I swear you can't win with this child. At one point I found him pouting in a corner and asked him what was going on. He responded earnestly, "I'm just so mad at you for making me stay home when today is Lunch Bunch Monday!!!" Wasn't it just two months ago when he was bawling because he didn't want to go to school? 
Good grief! Sorry I didn't want to get everyone at the YMCA sick. 

LOVING: I've been itching to try some of the Olive & June products (namely the nail polish) for a while now, but the shades are so subdued I kept holding out for my kind of punchy red before placing an order. Everyone raves about the quality (supposedly long-lasting) and the fact that it's 7-free, so when the company launched a series of holiday hues last week, I gave their site a look and was ecstatic to see the prettiest red named after THE Clare Vivier. I almost fell out of my seat. I've been waiting for this day and the company delivered!! I can't wait to give some of their goods a go and report back. I plan on testing CV, in addition to their top coat, the beloved Poppy, and their cuticle serum.  


How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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