Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WHAT I'M WEARING WEDNESDAY



Botox has been incredibly effective in terms of my migraines. Hallelujah! But there's another perk to the injections that didn't occur to me until after I got poked the very first time and that's HEADBANDS, y'all!!! I LOOOOOVE a good headband, but whenever I tried to wear them in the past for more than an hour, the sides of my head would start pounding. Now that I don't have to say no to this hair accessory and there are oodles of adorable options available, it's opened up a whole new world of accessorizing for yours truly—not to mention, an extra day or two without having to wash my mop. SCORE! Over the past few months, I've dabbled with several brands (J.Crew, Amazon, Madewell, Shopbop, H&M, etc.), but I keep coming back to Anthropologie. Most of their headbands cost less than twenty dollars and the fit is incredibly comfortable. They've got a variety of patterns from stripes, seersucker, and polka-dots, in a rainbow of colors, constructed from materials like linen, chiffon, and even raffia. Here are m' faves:



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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Tuesday, m' dears! Today's batch of photos is the most accurate way to sum up this Summer so far. When we're not shoveling handfuls of fresh blueberries in our mouth or double-fisting slushies, we're probably hosting in-laws, catching toads and snakes, refilling the inflatable pool with more water, building planes with Legos, taking snapshots of sunsets, or chasing fireflies at dusk. The past ten days have been eventful to say the least, as we hosted family from Missouri, and then we proceeded to send Flyboy off on his first mission post-deployment. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll make it home in time for the 4th of July when our second round of visitors (FB's dad and stepmom) arrive for their first trip to DE. I suppose it's time to wash the linens and make a few more lists. Giddy up!


Are you doing anything exciting this Summer? Any plans for the 4th?


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Friday, June 21, 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.

Note: The featured paint splotches and stripes are created by Alan Fears 
and taken from his various works, specifically My Favorite Chair and Apple Bonanza.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

LONGWOOD GARDENS


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

Happy Thursday, m' dears! We visited Longwood Gardens in PA this past Sunday, and it would be silly for me not to share a handful of gorgeous images I took from our trip with you. The botanical garden sits in the Brandywine Creek Valley and consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square. The selection of garden displays is absolutely dazzling! There's everything from exotic plants indoors at the Conservatory to a variety of formal and naturalistic outdoor gardens as well. The Pierce-du Pont House, assortment of whimsical tree houses, and an extraordinary fountain show can't be missed! In fact, I'm eager to visit again because I'm certain we didn't cover all the grounds this time around and getting to experience the gardens as the seasons change sounds dreamy. Not to mention, I learned that there's this bloom called a Tassel-Flower and I need that plant in my life stat.


If you ever find yourself in the local area, I highly recommend a visit.
Beautiful details and pops of color are planted around every corner. You'll love it!

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Friday, June 14, 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, June 13, 2019

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

VIA MORGAN HARPER NICHOLS

FEELING: In less than 24 hours, I became one of "those" annoying Apple Watch owners. Apparently my life revolves around closing my rings these days. I wake up and the first thing I do is start my device because I refuse to miss out on any steps, dammit. Then, when the weekend rolls around, I can't be okay with relaxing anymore because I'm too fixated on my activity. I used to make fun of my mom and Flyboy for these shenanigans; now I'm just as guilty!

THANKFUL FOR
Last Friday was one of the first days FB actually worked a full day since he's been home (Yes, we've been very spoiled!). By 4 PM, Max and I were struggling and I felt like time was crawling at a snail's pace. It made me wonder how we did it for four months. Haha! It clearly didn't take us long to become dependent on the guy again. 

THINKING ABOUT: Okay, gang! Are you good at following instructions? Here's a little test. Find out if your local nail salon uses the brand Perfect Match (new to me, as well). Then, cross your fingers and toes they have the shade Heatwave. I promise you, this color is like Clambake on crack. You will be pleased as punch with your mani/pedi.



LISTENING TO: It's no secret that Max has listened to a lot of Jay-Z and George Strait from day one. Since he was in the womb, I'd get the bass bumpin' with Hova or belt my favorite country classic a la King George on Highway 90. Some might consider the past 4.5 years as "prep work" in hopes it might amount to a love of either artist (hopefully both!). Over the past month or so, Max has taken to Old Town Road and lovingly refers to it as the "cowboy song." In a roundabout way it makes a lot of sense considering the music he was exposed to from the start. Then again, the lyrics "can't nobody tell me nothing" might be the part he relates to the most—it's like a four-year-old's anthem.


WATCHING: The last two weeks on Bravo have stressed me out, and we have a chef Mila to thank. Are you watching Below Deck? Did anyone review her resume before hiring her? Warming the steaks in the microwave is sacrilegious, but those pitiful nachos had me shouting at the TV. It's moments like these I wish I could be on The People's Couch.

EATINGMax and I went to a nearby town in Maryland this past Saturday morning for more touch-up paint while Nick rode in a bike race. After a pit stop at the hardware store, we ran into Tatiana of Flora and Fauna fame at a bakery she told me about recently. Thanks to Instagram, we’ve “known” one another for five years now, but we’ve never actually met. Her adorable and sweet family lived up to every Insta-expectation I had and more. They were warm and gracious, despite my nervous rambling and Max hiding the ENTIRE time. Meeting people from IG is nerve wracking to me on so many levels, but they were SO nice!! That being said, if you ever get the chance to witness Team Fine in the wild, we will fulfill every awkward expectation you can imagine and more. Sorry about that, Tatiana! Seriously, NOTHING can prepare you for our level of nutty; those curated squares are misleading folks. Thank God for the people who welcome our crazy with kindness and for bakeries that create tasty S'Mores Croissants so you can eat your feelings.

LOVING
: I've been on the hunt for a new curling iron for awhile, but was hesitant about investing in the T3 because of its steep price tag. After reading a handful of glowing reviews and one convincing recommendation from Sara Mueller (who was underwhelmed with her T3 and returned it), I bought the Kristin Ess Beach Wave Curling Wand from Target last week and I'm obsessed with it. I actually enjoy curling my hair now because the curl holds for most of the day, and that's saying a lot as someone with very fine hair who used to think adding a little wave to her hair was worthless.


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

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


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

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! My goal is to get a few posts up this week before my in-laws arrive tomorrow afternoon, so I'm going to keep today's rambling to a minimum and let the colorful photos do most of the talking. God forbid we go TWO weeks without another Love List, am I right?? Also, laundry! I've got boat loads of laundry to do. Send gin!

While I go full Monica in preparation for our guests, fill me in on what you've been up lately. 
How's the Summer treating you? Any special plans?? I'm just dying to know.



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