Friday, October 11, 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.

  • Circus Tent Stripe Wallpaper // Ever since Mackenzie used this in her baby's closet, I've been obsessed.
  • Clear Bookstand // Talk about a super chic way to display your favorite books!! Bravo Assouline!
  • Dutch Orange // This Farrow & Ball shade is aptly named. Wooden shoes and cheese wheels, anyone?
  • Veja Sneakers // Okay, are these spendy sneakers really worth the steep price tag? They're awfully cute.
  • Warhol Sconce // Swoon! I love all of the color combinations, but the pink and red duo reigns supreme.
  • Matisse Leaf Print Poster // A simple print that speaks to my soul. Henri Matisse, you have my heart.
  • Leather Tool Box // Slightly ridiculous, but fun to look at—I'm digging Industry West's leather trinkets.
  • Danielle Kroll's Blog // In this week's corner of Internet happy, I encourage you to visit the artist's blog.
  • Painted Dot Ruffle Top // I was hoping to try this on at the store a few weeks ago. It's dainty and darling.
  • Lodge Coat in Naples Yellow // I'd be happy if it stayed in the 60s forever, but when it does get colder I look forward to dusting off my beloved sunny Winter jacket. Afterall, J.Crew does YELLOW very well.
  • Red Ramya // This bag is a real stunner, but its size is kind of a big setback for me. Oh, but the lining... 
  • So Glad I Found You Card // Max saw this on my computer screen and asked, "Is mommy a detective?"
  • Lila Pillow // Of course you had me at hello with the color duo, but then you go and add fun poms. Sigh.
  • Francis Eyeglasses // I tried these on at the store just for fun and it was a dork's dream come true.
  • Cheetah Dots Apple Watch Band // Now THIS is an adorable watch strap. I've been in the market for one!
  • Dreamscape IV by Kathleen Jones // I love when Furbish has online pop-ups featuring new-to-me artists.
  • Color Story Bulb Set // I try to stick to white lights, but can we talk about the charming packaging?? Gulp!

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA

FEELING: Max got a ton of new Lego sets for his birthday. It's great until you realize that you'll be the one actually building them. I spent almost two hours creating an arctic helicopter on Tuesday morning only to be reminded that there were four more boxes to go. No, thank you! Needless to say, I told Max he'd need to wait for his dad to come home to join in on the fun because I had zero interest in working with any more plastic bricks. Thankfully, I found out that Flyboy finds the activity to be incredibly relaxing, so I'll be letting him tend to all future Lego duties. 

THANKFUL FOR: I was sitting at Starbucks yesterday working on my blog and overheard two widows talking about the loss of their spouses. From what I gather, they're part of a support group. I had no intention of being nosy, but their conversation hit me like a ton of bricks. Sometimes you get so used to having your person there or proving your independence in their coming and going that it's easy to forget to treasure it ALL (the good, the bad, the routine and the monotonous, etc.). I've known Flyboy for over 19 years and I couldn't imagine a day without him. He's my constant. Immediately after leaving the coffee shop, I sat in the car and sent him a simple text to tell him how much I cherish him. My heart goes out to those two women. They were so strong and probably had no clue how their stories impacted me, but I'm grateful for the subtle reminder to hold the ones you love a little tighter. 

THINKING ABOUT
We're taking our FIVE-year-old to his annual wellness check today and he's oddly jazzed about getting shots. Last year he witnessed a little girl screaming at the top of her lungs when she went to get her vaccinations and because Max was chill about the whole thing, he ended up getting to take two lollipops home. Every now and then he likes to remind me of this act of bravery, and I suppose he's eager to prove himself again. In fact, I should probably consider slipping a few Dum Dums into my purse in the event the nurse this year isn't feeling as generous as the one last October. Lord knows the kid is betting on two lollipops!


WATCHING: I love me some Gwyneth Paltrow. As a devoted fan, I'm slightly embarrassed it's taken me so long to watch her new series, The Politician, on Netflix. Have you tuned in? What are your thoughts? The reviews are pretty mixed, but the chic wardrobe and Wes Anderson vibes make me think the critics have it all wrong. Oh, and if GP is triggering for you, listen to Dax Shepard's podcast with her as the guest. You'll get it over it almost instantly, I promise!

EATING: The past two times I visited Terrain's cafe, my beloved cauliflower sandwich has been MIA from the menu. What the what?! I've inquired about the topic and have received two different responses. It's time I get to the bottom of this mystery because its cruciferous whereabouts cross my mind at least once a week. If it's gone for good, I need to move on and get some closure. I know it probably sounds like I'm talking about the end of a relationship, but things got pretty serious between us this past year. Here's hoping the delicacy will make a comeback!

LISTENING
: When I picked Max up from preschool on Monday, he came running out of his classroom fastening his little plastic pilot's wings to his t-shirt. I asked him how his day went and was surprised by his giddy response.

Max:
"I made a girlfriend today."
Me:
"Oh, you mean your friend that's a girl?"
Max:
"Yes, I let her touch my pilot's wings."
Me:
"Easy does it, Maverick!"

I wouldn't be surprised if he went on to tell her that he was a "naval aviator" just like Pete Mitchell. Ha Ha! Six weeks into pre-k and it feels like the kid is practically getting married. This is all escalating so quickly. I can't deal.

LOVING: The sixty-degree temps make me *think* Fall is here to stay, which means I finally get to wear this Schoolboy Sweater Blazer. The tipped edges make this preppy staple a momsemble no-brainer. Something tells me this little guy is going to be a workhorse with its ability to make any old t-shirt and jeans look polished with minimal effort involved.


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



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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! Long time, no see. Let's jump straight to the details...
  • Since we last touched base, Flyboy was out of town for work, Max and I visited my parents in VA, and then our favorite guy returned from his civilian training a few days earlier than we expected. You could say it was an October miracle! In his absence, the child and I were struggling BIG time, so help from my family and FB's premature return was clutch. No one reads a book called The Explosive Child for funsies. Ha!
  • As evident from the photos in today's post, I've done my best to inject as much fun and color into the past few weeks as possible. Even when things felt rough around here—and it did— I found solace in working out, getting dressed, watering the freshly aerated lawn (per Mr. Mow It All's detailed instructions), planting mums and celosia, visiting a local pumpkin patch, checking out the latest at J.Crew with my mom, and visiting a few NoVA trails with my parents. The sanity checks helped split up this bout of solo parenting. 
  • Upon FB's return, the boys spent some quality time together this weekend attending a workshop at Home Depot along with the Dover NASCAR race on Sunday afternoon. After FB's deployment earlier this year, we've noticed that Max has been greatly affected every time he has to leave again for work. He has no real sense of time and tends to act out in his dad's absence. It's rough but understandable.
  • Yesterday was Maxwell's FIFTH birthday. How did we get here? Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that I tried to soothe a colicky baby and the next minute he's sharing cupcakes with his preschool class with newfound confidence and joy. Everyone likes to say the days are long and the years are short, and honestly, it's the truth! Some days are REALLY long, and I'm just grateful we actually made it to five years. Hehe! Some of you have been following the blog since I was pregnant in 2014 and I sincerely thank you for humoring and encouraging me throughout this journey. It's made all the difference!


Alright, enough about me. How the heck are YOU? I'm dying to know.
FEATURED DETAILS: STRIPES & FLATS // HEADBANDS // LOUNGE WEAR // VASE // BUG PAINTING  // SKELETON

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Friday, September 27, 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.

  • Space Explorer // Minted has the cutest artwork for kids. How adorable would this be in a playroom?
  • Polka-Dot Tote // I think I'll file this one under "Champagne Taste On A Beer Budget." She's pretty though.
  • Dome Crystal Necklace // Eek! The perfect accessory can be the exclamation point to any great outfit. 
  • Del Mar Cotton Throw // I'd like to snuggle up under a throw this weekend and read. Or maybe just nap.
  • Pencil Ornament // It might be too early for ornament shopping, but Anthro's selection makes it tempting.
  • Strawberry Table Lamp // I think we can all agree this might be the most precious item on today's list. 
  • Gem Cluster Circular Earrings // I love that we're seeing hints of old J.Crew in the jewelry category. Bring it!
  • McCall Stacked Heel // It's fun to think about all of the places you might skip around while wearing these.
  • Stripes // I want this made into a wallpaper. But seriously, how dreamy would this be in my house?
  • Mockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn // The only way to stay on the sunny side this Fall/Winter.
  • Verdigris Green // Just when my mom and I were complaining about Farrow & Ball's selection of greens.
  • Fleabags Sardine Pouch // I've been a longtime fan of the brand and was delighted to see it at West Elm.
  • Let Things Go // My, what a lovely sentiment! Who doesn't love a fresh start to a new season?!
  • Abstract by Ashley Mary // I troll Ashley's work on the regular for some serious color inspiration. 
  • Artwork by Isabella Cotier // A new-to-me artist that I'm obsessed with following on Instagram. Gorgeous!!
  • Embroidered Dot Lumbar Pillow // I'm going to need to see these cuties in person. The texture is divine.


Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA

FEELING: On Monday night, my sister gave our family the green light to share some really exciting news. You guys, she's PREGNANT (due March 2020)!! That means I'm going to be an aunt. I get to spoil the child absolutely rotten—but without the enormous responsibility part. Haha! Many of you asked Max's thoughts on the big announcement and in true Maxwell fashion, he was mostly relieved the baby was growing in her tummy and not mine. Me too, kid. Me too.

THANKFUL FOR: Flyboy is out of town for a while, so Max and I have a short trip to D.C. planned and the timing couldn't be better. It's hard to believe we haven't visited their house since the end of June. Say what?! I'm looking forward to retail therapy and some possible museum hopping, but mostly three friendly faces (Fergus too). A change of scenery will do Team Fine some good right now. The "reading" portion of today's post ought to explain it all.

THINKING ABOUT: I couldn't help but laugh when I received a handful of comments regarding my laptop a few weeks ago. I'm very aware it's far from new, but I didn't realize it would be considered "old school." When I think of a retro Mac, I see an Apple IIGS. That probably shows my age, doesn't it? Anywho, a week after sharing a snippet from my morning on Instagram, I had at least three people stop me and say something at Starbucks as well. Haha! I went ahead and blew their minds AGAIN when I shared that we have an Apple desktop that's also eleven years old. Now that I put this out into the universe, anyone want to take bets how soon before one (or both) of the machines crap out on me?


READING: A month into preschool and Max is doing awesome! I couldn't be prouder, except for the fact that the push back aimed at Moi has been a giant ass pain. Woof! Pardon my language, but it's really the only way I can describe it accurately. Max thrives with a routine (just like his parents!) and I really believe this little change has been enough for him to act out and push boundaries at home. He's working through his emotions and I'm doing my utmost to help him navigate his anger and anxiety. Throw Flyboy leaving for two weeks on top of it and our soon-to-be five-year-old is a glass case of emotion. I'm aware this is all developmentally normal, but it's exhausting. I've Googled it all, reached out to friends and family with experience, and I'm currently reading The Explosive Child. I'm not sure what more I can do other than giving it time, setting boundaries, and being consistent. Also, prayers and gin. So many prayers and gin.

WATCHING: Sometimes I watch endless hours of Bravo, but then I redeem myself intellectually by watching a three-part series on Netflix called Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. It's called balance, y'all! Life's not all diamonds and Rosé. Hehe! All cheekiness aside, the documentary is FASCINATING and I highly recommend giving it a view. 

DRINKING: Is there anything more "basic" than talking about how basic you are whilst sipping on something pumpkin-spiced in the Fall? Welp, it looks like I'm going to go there and tell you that the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Starbucks is quite delightful. Since we're headed into October next week, but it's still too hot here to comfortably wear a sweater, I'm fond of sipping on this for a little taste of Autumn. Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

LISTENING
: In lieu of handing Max a device or playing endless rounds of the "I Spy" game en route to preschool, we've started listening to kiddie podcasts and it's been a game-changer. This past week, Chicken Little was the story du jour and I could tell Max was very invested in the folk tale. He was quiet and attentive, which was great until I glanced in the rearview mirror and found him looking concerned and disgruntled. "What's wrong?" I asked. He pointed to the moon roof and replied, "They keep saying that the sky is falling, but I just don't see it!" I couldn't help but chuckle.

LOVING: I tried the famed five-star underwear from Everlane and WHOA are they good! I think it's the compression part that really sets them apart from the rest. The high rise is a nice addition as well, although I'm thinking it might be nice to have a set of this style too. A few trusty options are essential depending on the pants you're wearing.


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




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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

HIGH FLIGHT


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

Happy Tuesday, m' dears! If pictures from the Dover Air Show this past weekend don't make their way on the blog, did it really even happen? Since it was Maxwell's first time on a C-17, in addition to his first air show, this post is kind of a must. I think Flyboy and I were more giddy about the experience, which says a lot because our four-year-old's mind was blown as he made his way around the flight line traveling from plane to plane. For obvious reasons, the Globemaster was his favorite. Well, as long as you don't count the F-22 demo. Ha Ha! But in his defense, everyone who witnesses the Raptor in action gets a sense of childlike glee watching it blaze the sky. It's a pretty incredible sight! And as cheesy as it might sound, there's nothing quite like an air show to make you feel REALLY proud to be a lifelong product of the Air Force. I know Max will share this same feeling someday when he looks back on this chapter.



P.S. I won't be posting any more this week as Flyboy has taken time off before he leaves on a two-week work trip. It's also his birthday on Thursday and he's got big plans to aerate the lawn. Yes, you read that right. He's downright ecstatic about his outdoor to-do list, and I'm mostly elated we have an excuse to eat cake. See ya next week!


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Friday, September 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.


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

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA ANTTI KEKKI

FEELING: This weekend the base is having an air show and we're all pretty excited about it! Max has yet to physically set foot on a C-17, so it will be fun to see him get up close and personal with his dad's jet. After all, he's been talking about it nonstop for weeks. The double-barrel grin that paints his face whenever Flyboy mentions that he can sit in the cockpit if he'd like is priceless. It will be an experience for the books. We're all pretty giddy about it!

THANKFUL FOR: If you're not going to sleep at night with the help of a little melatonin, are you even living? One of my proudest moments from this past year was getting my dad hooked on them. I typically opt for the Olly variety; however, my dad has switched to a strawberry flavor and my interest is piqued. Seriously though, these magical gummies make me sleep like a baby. I pop a few in my mouth before hitting the hay and within thirty minutes I'm out. 

THINKING ABOUT: Walmart has been cozying up to influencers BIG time, and I'm just not buying it. Anyone else feel me on this one? As someone who has actually frequented the store (What up, Swell Rio?!), I find it hard to believe that some of these bloggers are trying to schlep goods from the superstore as though they actually shop there. Insert giant eye roll here. Apparently, authenticity gets thrown out the window when there's a fat paycheck involved. One minute they're shilling a $70 "holy grail" foundation and the next week it's all about a drugstore brand. Then there's the Gucci knock-off purse paired with a $6 dollar jumpsuit when you know they've got at least four pairs of Golden Goose sneakers in their closet and an array of Mara Hoffman dresses to choose from. I'm ALL for a mixture of high and low, but some of the ways these influencers are trying to make product pushing seem organic is laughable. 


READING: I dropped Max off at preschool yesterday, made my way to the tailor and dry cleaner, then hopped on over to a nearby Starbucks where I sat down with my coffee and pored over a stack of magazines I'd yet to read. Is this real life? Pinch me. Everyone told me that I'd end up enjoying my newfound free time, and while leaving Max with tears in his eyes is still extremely rough, I see what the others were saying. The mom guilt is still there, but I'm learning to shake it off. The separation is best for both of us and the hours of people watching I'm logging in are priceless.

WATCHING: You guys, the new Breaking Bad movie will be released October 11th on Netflix and Aaron Paul's recent Instagram post has me wondering if Walter White REALLY died in the series finale? The scene where he's wounded is slightly ambiguous. Selfishly, I'm hoping this means we see more of Heisenberg. It's been rumored that Bryan Cranston will make an appearance in the film. I hope it's more than just a flashback. It would be the ultimate early birthday gift!!

EATING: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I pack Max's lunch for preschool and I can't help but wonder what his teachers think when they see him dip his Pirate's Booty into vanilla bean Noosa yogurt as he's done religiously for the past 2.5 years. Yes, you read that right. Cheese puffs and yogurt. Ew. It's one of my child's weirdest culinary "fusions" since dipping his hot dog in chocolate milk for a solid six months (age three). One of these days, I hope to work up the courage to discuss "Noosa Knuckles" with his dear teachers. They have to be just as grossed out as the rest of us.

LISTENING
: Yesterday on our way home from school I asked Max about the craft he made with his class (paper plate doused in blue paint with googly eyes and a popsicle stick) when he said, "The teacher says we made a shark, but I don't think so. Where's the dorsal fin? All I see is a blue fish!" Ay yai yai, Maxwell! Cut the teacher some slack, will ya?!

LOVING: I love a good sweatshirt, but I don't have to tell you that, right?! Well, this Puff Sleeve Pullover is being added to my list of favorites and I thought you should know. It's the perfect hybrid and a great momsemble addition. When you wear it you feel put together, but comfy at the same time. The best part? The cozy terry material is lightweight, so you can wear it now—then layer it up when the temps get cooler. Oh, and it's also currently on sale for 30% off.


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

(Also, I promise not to talk about preschool forever. Hehe!)
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