Friday, August 16, 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.

  • Felipe Flower Pendant // I dream about adding a Stray Dog light to our abode. Chartreuse is a given.
  • Zenji Funabashi // I stumbled upon the Japanese illustrator's portfolio on Behance and felt super inspired.
  • Hand-Tufted Scalloped Rug // A rug so lovely, I can't look away. The white is impractical, but...
  • Vierra Heart Drop Earrings // Because anything in cerise will result in all the heart eyes from yours truly.
  • Darling Clementine Lavender Journal // Did you know Loren Hope has a line of snazzy lifestyle goods?
  • Turban Headband in Leopard // J.Crew's headbands are the bomb dot com. This purchase is inevitable.
  • Ella Eyeglasses // Gen Sohr is known for her jet black spectacles. If I buy these, will I become her? Ha!
  • Expect Miracles Brass Cuff // A simple accessory with a big message. This would make a sweet gift!
  • 2020 Wall Art Calendar // We can ALL have 2020 vision with a calendar this cute. See what I did there?
  • Neon Orange Crossbody Strap // My go-to bag got a little update this week and I'm slightly obsessed.
  • Darling Sweater // This is one of those instances in which a sweatshirt becomes a work of art. Right??
  • Lip Socks // Is anyone else getting some serious Clare V. vibes from these socks? Color me adorable!
  • Compliment Card Set // Flatter your friends or strangers and keep a deck of these cheeky cards handy.
  • New York Keytag // Did you all see that The Color Factory opened an online shop this week? Eek!!
  • S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies // These remind me of the heavenly croissants we devoured. OMG!
  • Apple Beanie // I'm going to hand out an A+ to whoever it is at Gap that designed this precious number.
  • Velvet Penny Round Cover // I'd love to add one or two of these to the bench in our bedroom. The colors!
  • Customizable Mat // Letterfolk did it again! This beautiful and versatile mat is at the top of my wishlist.
  • Pegasus Alaskan Peonies // The Bouqs is selling this bundle for $47. Holy swoon! It's got me thinking I need to talk to my "flower guy" down the street and see how I can add this variety to my row of "panties."

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Friday, August 9, 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, August 8, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

LIFT BY KEES GOUDZWAARD

FEELING: I definitely underestimated the level at which four-year-olds back talk. And since a certain somebody decided to really kick things up a notch this past week with his sassiness, I opted to take away his LEGOS for three days. You guys, what was I thinking? Seriously?? For Maxwell, this stings more than losing any dinosaur or the iPad. When I made the decision on Tuesday morning, little did I know that the consequence would actually affect me the most? I feel like I'm the one who's really suffering right now. It's the one toy he adores and actually plays with for hours on his own! I've been reminded that without LEGOS, he looks to me for nonstop entertainment and I just don't think I'm going to be able to make it all three days. Flyboy keeps encouraging me to stay strong and be more stubborn than our child, but holy cow this is so hard!!! In the future, I'm going to think again before I hide those blissful little bricks.

THANKFUL FOR: Tomorrow I've got a doctor's appointment on base to have my thyroid checked. I know I mentioned hair loss and thinning a few weeks ago, and while I'm fairly certain it's the result of telogen effluvium, thyroid issues do run in my family, so I want to be certain it's not the issue. I want to be as proactive about this as possible.

THINKING ABOUT: As we get closer to Max turning FIVE in October, I feel a sense of urgency to get it all figured out. It being whether or not to have another kid. I've spent a lot of time praying (and crying) about this decision because frankly it feels like a really big one and I haven't the foggiest clue what we should do or what I want to do. For the past 4.5 years, Flyboy and I have been in survival mode with Max. Looking back, I don't think there was ever truly the right time to pull the trigger and add to our brood. Perhaps the parents of multiples who surround us are better at this parenthood gig or stronger than us? I feel confused and conflicted over the matter and envy those who don't struggle with this decision at all. Max will always be Max, but in a lot of ways, life has gotten a little bit easier and more convenient over time. I wonder if we want to do it all over again and what it would look like this time around? Everyone assures me that lightning doesn't strike twice and the second one is usually far different than the first, but I don't know what to think. Just saying that feels kind of selfish, but pregnancy and motherhood weren't all that easy for me—not that they're easy for anyone—but it's taken a while to regain my sense of self after Max entered the picture. My biggest fear about all of this is regret and disappointment. I don't know why I feel the need to make a decision soon, but I do. Variables such as the age gap (this one is a biggie!) and only-child stereotypes run around in my mind and I begin to feel overwhelmed. Time doesn't seem as though it's on our side, and I'm not sure I can really afford to avoid the topic much longer. Goodness, is it really any wonder my hair is falling out like it is? Truthfully, when Max came into our lives back in 2014, I didn't realize that "figuring it all out" would be so hard. When do you get that feeling your family is complete? With Max starting preschool in under a month, it's no secret I'm highly emotional. I know I've got to loosen my mom grip and be open change, but it's a tough pill to swallow when this little guy has been my sole purpose for the past 4.5 years. Life is about to look a little different and that's okay, too. Do I miss all that's gone into the past five years, or do I just miss "baby" Max and I'm scared that he's growing up? Woof! Aren't you glad you're not my brain right now? Ha! She's working overtime, I tell you! 


READING: On a much lighter note, Hilton Carter was at Terrain's Design Sponge Farewell last Friday night and he was just as cool as you might imagine. Naturally, this was enough for me to finally pull the trigger on his book, Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Your Beautiful Plants. You guys, I'm learning SO much!! I can't wait to share more.

WATCHING: I keep trying to talk Max into going to see The Lion King together, but he insists we see the new Dora the Explorer movie at the theater instead. Gulp! Have you seen the previews? You guys, it looks AWFUL! I can't figure out what it is about the previews that suck him in, but Max genuinely wants to see the film and I don't think I can handle paying to see it and then having to sit there and watch that creepy CGI version of Boots for 102 minutes. You might as well call me Meat Loaf at this point because I would do anything for Max, but I won't do that...

EATING: In case you're in a cooking rut, here are a handful of recipes I've tried or hope to try in the coming weeks:

LISTENING
: I had just taken Maxwell's LEGOS away on Tuesday morning, so my BS meter was at an all-time high when the two of us ventured to Produce Junction for some fresh fruit and flowers. Max seemed to understand that I meant business and was on his best behavior. Hallelujah! Little did I know when we entered the store that an old man would make me roll my eyes instead of my kid. Go figure! The scenario went something like this...
Old Man:
"You know why you should stop wearing your hair in a ponytail?"
Me:
"No, why?"
*Immediately starts thinking it has something to do with my thinning hair. How does he know? Ha Ha!
Old Man:
"Because when you lift a pony's tail, you get a horse's ass, and we already have enough of those in this world."
Me:
"Sounds like you're an expert on the topic."
*Grabs hydrangeas and avocados and hauls tail out of the store. Maybe he can try that joke on someone else??

LOVING
: When it comes to pants, you'll either find me in some distressed boyfriend jeans or polka-dot chinos—both are #momsemble musts around here. Thanks to J.Crew, I now have three pairs of the latter and they are indeed my happy pants! Who doesn't love a fresh dose of fun, anyway? The latest version in navy has a flattering fit in comparison to the relaxed version from previous seasons. I adore them all, but there's something about the Vintage Straight Polka-Dot Chino that makes me think they really nailed it this time around. Bravo!


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

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! Let's jump straight to the details...
  • You know you've reached peak parenthood when your kid's behavior has been downright awful lately, but you'd still go ahead and say this past weekend was one for the books anyway. Ha! Where to begin?
  • Routine be damned, we ditched our usual Friday night frozen pizza and gin for a little road trip to Glen Mills, PA so I could see THE Grace Bonney bid her blog, Design Sponge, adieu. While I felt fancy sipping on cocktails and mingling with other devout fans and readers, the boys were really great sports and dined at the Terrain Cafe. I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to attend her farewell. The event made my heart oh-so-happy! Would you believe me if I told you that I worked up the courage to approach Grace and thank her for the past 15 years? This is typically the sort of thing I wouldn't do and then I'd have major regrets afterward, so I was proud of myself for going through with it. But in true Ashley fashion, I made a total boob out of myself when I got choked up right in front of the beloved blogger and proceeded to shed a tear or twenty. Can you say awkward? Thankfully, Bonney lives up to her first name and was more than gracious. She puts the "OG" in blogging, always choosing people over products.
  • On Saturday morning Flyboy took Max to a kids workshop at Home Depot to make a rocketship pencil box. We've wanted to attend one of these classes for a while, and I think it's safe to say the two of them had a blast. Afterward, we spent some time doing yard work as a family, which resulted in Max finding a three-legged toad in addition to an injured Two-Tailed Swallowtail he named Ginger. Whenever there are behavior issues and power struggles, I like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Nature is more often than not the perfect salve for Max. It doesn't fix everything, but it brings a little calm to the chaos.
  • Because we've had a few rough patches with our "fournado," Flyboy and I were on the fence as to whether or not we should reward the bad behavior with a trip to the Please Touch Museum on Sunday, but we decided to go through with it anyway. We honestly did it more for our own benefit than the kid's and I think it turned out for the best. A change of scenery is always nice, but this children's facility in downtown Philadelphia was magical for both kids and adults alike. As we made our way around the beautiful old building checking out one miniature exhibit after another, there was no shortage of color, whimsy, or smiles. Don't get me wrong, there were still meltdowns in every corner (because kids...) including a few courtesy of Maxwell, but when you're surrounded by hundreds of parents, no one cares. It's solidarity.
  • Max finally came to terms with the fact that Ginger is in fact dead. Upon the realization Monday morning, he went on to say: "Ginger's probably really happy he died with me around." Since parting is such sweet sorrow and I wasn't about to engage in another battle, I suggested we get out some art supplies and glue the dead Swallowtail to some construction paper in the name of closure. Thanks for the save, Gorilla Glue! Now a framed dead butterfly sits on the bookshelf in Maxwell's bedroom positioned at an angle so he can see it when he goes to bed. I wonder how long we'll have to hold on to this one??? Jesus take the wheel.


Wow, I was a bit long-winded this week. How the heck are YOU?


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Friday, August 2, 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.

  • Empire Painted Composition // Meg Gleason and her team are bringing affordable art to the masses. Yes!
  • Strike A Rose // It's not often I stray away from an orangey-red, but this shade of pink looks sweet.
  • Lola Sunglasses // I got these in pink, but the color was all wrong on me. Perhaps black would be better?
  • Bonjour Matches // The XL matches are fab, but cheeky greetings in gold foil?!? You had me at HELLO.
  • Alum Wall Sconce // Has a light fixture every stopped you dead in your tracks? No, just me? Um...
  • A Lot Can Happen 12-Month Planner // Well if that isn't the truth? Time to set some intentions in style.
  • Terrazzo Drop Earrings // Emily Green really brought it with these darling danglers. Can you say GLITTER?
  • Mr. Boddington's Italy Capsule // There are a handful of cards I'm itching to buy from this cute collection. 
  • Turban Knot Headband in Polka Dots // My latest favorite purchase from J.Crew that's been on repeat.
  • Ruffle Shirt in Swiss Dot // I'm headed to Grace Bonney's farewell at Terrain tonight. You'll see me in cerise.
  • Chino Shorts // The Warm Canary and Rich Gold are stunners. I wonder what they look like in person.
  • Tropicana Beaded Box Clutch // If a trip to Italy isn't in your future, teleport yourself with this accessory.
  • Slingback Ballet Heels // I'm a sucker for anything and everything Kelly Green. These are no exception.
  • Dot Bedding // I wish I had somewhere to put this adorable duvet. The black-and-white dots are precious!
  • Leather Key Ring // You can bet I'll be banking this for future gift guides. Form and function on fleek.*
  • Hot Pink Dragonfurit Shrub // What I wouldn't give to sip on something so vibrant this weekend. Gorgeous!!
  • Vintage Cosmos Mini-Print // Cabin's collection of prints are the pop of color and cheer we all could use.
  • Lunch Box Notes // The thought of Max heading to school is scary, but lunch box notes will be fun. Haha!
  • Artwork by Kees Goudzwaard // Colour studies created with paper rectangles and masking tape. What's sweeter? The minimalist hails from Utrecht in the Netherlands. Um, did we just become best friend? Yep.
  • Birthday Letter Jumble Greeting Card // I'm going to sound like a broken record here, but Greer Chicago is where you need to go when you're interested in new stationery and letterpress shops. Trust me on this one, folks! Loyal Supply Co. is new to me and I'm already crazy for their collection. You will be too.
  • My Treat Scalloped Card Holder // Have you ever given or received anything from Packed Party? The snazzy selection of goodies looks like so much fun! Also, confetti. There's A LOT of confetti.

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

*Not sure if people still say "on fleek" but I'm a sucker for alliteration.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

VIA ANA POPESCU

FEELING: Whenever we've lived somewhere for a bit, I like to have my inner-trovert's circle. I'm talking about a low-key personal connection with the UPS man (What's going on Jaime in Swell Rio?!), a grocery store clerk, etc. Well, it appears I'm adding to my Delaware clique these days because Flyboy noticed that Gary at the seed store down the road has taken to yours truly. Eek! I originally thought I was a nuisance with all my questions, but last Saturday he sought me out and even smiled when I began quizzing him about my wilting Blanket Flower. Talk about a real win!

THANKFUL FOR: It's the first weekend in a while where Flyboy hasn't been gone on a trip or had to stay in the local area, so we're going to visit the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia this weekend. Woo hoo! I've heard the children's museum is phenomenal and based on the website's info I have a feeling Max is going to love it. Admission is free for military from Memorial Day through Labor Day, so it would be silly not to pay a visit this Summer.

THINKING ABOUT: A few nights ago, I stumbled upon an article on Hunker that highlights six Netflix shows to watch for the design-obsessed. Naturally, my interest was piqued, but I never imagined it might include something Max would enjoy as well. You see, number three on the list is called LEGO House—a 47-minute documentary that details the construction process and challenges architects faced when creating a 130,000-square-foot structure inspired by LEGO. We've watched the show twice at this point and it inspired Max to recreate a miniature version of the Danish structure. Seeing him get out a notebook and draw up the plans for his building might be the cutest thing I've witnessed all week. Upon completion, he gave me a tour—I still don't know who was prouder, me or him.


READING: Here are a few children's book titles we picked up from the library last week and we've enjoyed reading:

LISTENING TO: Jaw ready for this? On Sunday night while Max was saying his prayers, he thanked God for Shark Week. Ha! I guess the Discovery Channel's #EatPrayChum marketing shtick really resonated with a certain four-year-old. So for the next week, we'll be listening to facts about Slash and Scarface—it sure beats episodes of Paw Patrol, I guess.

WATCHING: Do you watch Divorce on HBO? With one week left of the third season, I've got to admit that I'm struggling a bit with the show and I REALLY don't want to give up on my girl Sarah Jessica Parker. To begin with, the seasons are short, and then the episodes are only thirty minutes long. The characters are very endearing, but how is the storyline ever going to progress at this point? As you can tell, I'm very emotional about the subject matter. I feel like we're spinning our wheels here (not much has changed since season two), and I need MORE. Please make the seasons longer or the episodes, because this viewer is ready to split. Can Frances and Robert just get back together already??

EATING: Aside from our kid becoming more comfortable in the water and whatnot, one of the BIG perks to Max and Flyboy going to swim lessons on Thursday evenings is getting the house to myself for an hour or so. Also, I don't have to cook. Um, what kind of dream is this?! To my knowledge, Dover is lacking in terms of local fare, so we've used this as an opportunity to try a few chains that are new to us, which include Mod Pizza and Qdoba. I've got to admit, I've been pleasantly surprised with both places. Maybe it's the fact that I don't have to cook, but I'll take it anyway!

LOVING: About two months ago, I picked up a jar of Camp Craft Cocktails when we visited Terrain (that packaging, ya'll!). Never one to break a promise, I told many of you on Instagram that I'd report back and I'm happy to say the Aromatic Citrus Kit is amazing! We tried it while my father-in-law visited last week and we were all super impressed with the gin-sanely delectable results. I have every intention of banking this as a future gift idea for family and friends.


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

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES
Happy Wednesday, m' dears! The photos in today's post summarize quite perfectly what we've been up to lately. We had another round of visitors from Missouri (in-laws part deux), made our way to the beach in Lewes, stalked bullfrogs and butterflies in the backyard, ate a handful of celebratory carbs (the best part about hosting guests!), spent hours watching Captain Underpants on Netflix, and now we've got a stack of summery snapshots taken from the perspective of a four year old to show for it. Max will start preschool this fall and I can't help but feel sad that Summer is coming to a close sooner than I expected. I'm grateful for this slower pace and zero plans thing.

How's your Summer shaping up? Spill the deetz, would you?!

FEATURED DETAILS: SANDALS // BAG // JOGGERS // CONFETTI FLOAT // UMBRELLA // NAPKINS // BIKE BASKET // CAPE

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Friday, July 19, 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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