Have a royal weekend!

Friday!  It's finally Friday and the sun is shining!  For the first time in what feels like forever, there is hardly a cloud in the sky.  It might only be 60 degrees but it feels so good.  

As I watched the ceremony, I couldn't help but laugh about this skit throughout.  I mean, every time I saw the Queen I chuckled a bit, thinking of Fred Armisen!  

What's the weekend plan?  I'm hoping to be a tourist in my own city tomorrow and visiting one of the many places I've yet to check off my to-visit list, but we'll see what the day brings.  Whatever you get up to, hope you have an excellent weekend!

Friday's Fancies - The Royal Wedding Edition

Sandal, $124

Well...today was the big day!  While I haven't seen a lick of coverage - I plan to sift through a little bit of footage this afternoon and squeal with delight over all the dresses, fascinators and other eye candy.  Creating this Friday's Fancies post left me feeling a little nostalgic for my own wedding - and it makes me very excited for the wedding I'm attending in the beginning of June.  I created this look with the idea of being one of the lucky few guests to attend this wedding-of-a-lifetime.  I have no idea how it would work altogether but it seems quite fun nonetheless.  I even added in a fascinator (mainly for you, Anna-Maria) to complete the ensemble!

Did you watch the wedding? Do you hate the fact that I even posted about it?  Sorry, if so.  Sorry this post is so late in the day - I've had a not so good morning, but nothing a little frozen yogurt couldn't fix.

celebrities and their dogs

Patty Duke and her dog, Bambi

Sandra Dee and her tiny cuties

Elizabeth Taylor and one of her many dogs

Ava Gardner and a small pup

Audrey Hepburn and her dog, Mr. Famous

Frank Sinatra and his dog

Buster Keaton

When I saw these photos on Life.com, I had to share them with all of you.  Since I've got a touch of puppy fever, I appreciate them more than ever!  There's something so amazing about we humans and our pets - the bond that we share.  As I type this, Gus is snuggled up on my legs, where he's been for the last 45 minutes.  I love having a furry companion and can't wait to adopt a new four-legged member to this Badger family in the near future!  Perhaps in 50 years, future bloggers will be able to post pictures of Mo Pie and her dog...

Lusting for :: Mango

So many good pieces done right at Mango.  So colorful, figure-flattering and best of all - affordable.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Since we're in the market for a house, the term "garden" has been used over and over and over.  One of our must-haves is a yard big enough to plant a vegetable garden in.  We're both overly excited of the prospects of being able to go out back to pick some herbs and veggies for dinner (which we realize will be far off, but it's still fun for us to envision) that we've taken the time to grow and care for.  But not only would I love to have a vegetable garden - I would love to have an abundance of plants and flowers growing everywhere!  The climate down there certainly is friendly enough for it.

Landscape artist Joseph Marek and his partner John Bernatz worked together to create this dreamy, small-scale garden in California ::

Roger Griffith's home a few hours outside of New York City offers an abundance of fruits, vegetables and flowers on his gorgeous property with a mountain view.  I'm totally saving both of these spaces as inspiration for us.  We've got a lot to learn but we are both 100% willing.

How many of you have gardens?  I know a lot of you do, which inspires me and gives me tons to look forward to.  I can't wait!

Gardens 1 & 2 via Martha Stewart

Short Story

1. Hache Linen Shorts - $230
2. Stone Linen Shorts - $60
3. Otis Short - $73
4. Zoe Tee's shorts - $180
5. Tab Detail Button Shorts - $50
6. Gray Stripe Linen Shorts - $53

I've always loved wearing shorts, mainly because my legs have always been my favorite body part to expose in the warmer months.  My upper half is larger than my lower half, so I feel most comfortable wearing shorts and 3/4 length sleeves in the summer than I do wearing a tank top and jeans.  I guess that's also why I love wearing dresses in the summertime, too.  With the weather warming up, it's time to get the legs in shape for summer wear and what better motivation than to eye some amazing shorts!? I love how many variations there are for shorts this year, whether it be the classic denim (with a chambray twist), bold, bright patterns and colors or simple, soft neutrals.  Which do you prefer?  I've never ventured too far away from the classic denim, but this year I may have to be adventurous!

Weekend Recap

It's Monday again.  Oh, and it's raining...again.  It rained cats and dogs all weekend long down in Kentucky - so much that it's flooding and fields along the highway have turned into lakes.  They need a break from the rain like whoa.  If only they could direct it towards a place like Texas where they need it badly.  

So you may (or may not) be wondering how our weekend was.  Well, it was good (aside from the pouring rain) and we definitely have some potential houses under consideration.  This is not an easy decision for us, but I'm starting to wonder how exactly one makes this kind of decision?  Am I just supposed to know when we've found 'the one'?  How do you know when you've got to sacrifice something - or do you?!  Obviously, I'm a little lost and confused and eager and anxious and everything else.  I'm also getting rather burned out from all of it.  I just want to start this next phase!  It was a good weekend though, some highlights include ::

  • Beers at The Holy Grale - an old church converted to a bar, serving delicious brews and snacks
  • Hanging out on a front porch, sipping beers and listening to a thunderstorm roll in.  Sitting on the porch swing only made it a million times better.  The temperature was perfect for a night like that.
  • Seeing a bajillion houses and exploring more of Louisville's neighborhoods - it became tiring but it was totally worth it.  The only bonus to house hunting in the pouring rain is being able to tell if your basement was a leaker or not!
  • Party! Our friend had karaoke set up in his living room so towards the end of the night, I let loose. Old Time Rock n' Roll became my jam.

How were your weekends?  

Have a fun weekend!

Friends, I am leaving early today to head out of town...again.  You know, house hunting round 875.  I'm excited though, I enjoy going, I enjoy looking at so many different houses and I mainly enjoy the possibility of finding our home.  It's not too bad to get to see great people along the way, too.  So I'm bidding you farewell for the week and wishing you all a happy weekend a day early.  If you have Easter plans, enjoy them thoroughly!  Have a great weekend and see you again on Monday!

Friendship Jewelry

I've seen a few posts here and there about friendship bracelets - something I had nearly forgotten about in all the years since I actually wore one.  My curiosity was piqued; nostalgia was calling my name.  So after ReadyMade suggested to me on Facebook to make a friendship bracelet, I said what they hay and went for it.  After a few fights with my cat, I was underway.  Seriously, if you have a cat, he will pounce on you over and over again while you've got that embroidery floss in your hands.  Trust me.

Anyway...it was as easy as I remembered and in no time at all, I had made myself a cute friendship necklace.  I'm still in the process of creating more at different lengths like they suggest.  I've also added some washers to the mix since we have a ton to spare.  I'm hoping for an end result of multiple necklaces at various lengths in an assortment of colors, like the last image.  We shall see...

Here are the word-for-word instructions taken from honestly...wtf, originally seen here.

To make a 2-tone necklace, cut a long piece of rope and wrap two different colors of embroidery thread around its own bobbin. Tie a starter knot along with the two colored threads you are using, leaving at least 3 inches of slack, Tape down the slack to a flat surface or safety pin it something that will help keep it in place (feeling nostalgic yet?). Lay the color that isn’t being used (shown here in purple) in your left hand, along with the rope, and hold them taut. Take the active color (shown here in red) in your right hand, pass it over the rope, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the right to tighten. Repeat the knots until you are ready to switch colors

To alternate colors, simply put the inactive color (red) in your left hand and the new active color (purple) in your right. Repeat the steps.

Once you’re done knotting, add a few nuts and/or washers to the necklace. Undo the large starter knot and tie both open ends together, creating your very own friendship necklace! Trim any extra rope and tread. Continue making necklaces at different lengths, using any color combination…in our opinion, the more the better! Easy enough, right??

* All images and text from Honestly...WTF.

Merchant No. 4

Merchant No. 4 is an online shop based out of New York, which carefully curates their collection of objects made by independent designers, artisans and crafstmen. The store contains a wide array of designs for every budget - from pendant lamps and chairs to tableware and canisters ::

For more, visit their website and/or check out their blog.

Dreaming in color :: Aquamarine

Today is a dark, rainy day - the kind that makes you infinitely tired and unable to motivate yourself to do much of anything.  So I thought, a little dose of serenity wouldn't hurt today, right?  This shade of blue, this dreamy/peaceful/calm shade, is exactly the color I need to be staring at right now.  It elevates my dreary mood.  Does it have that effect on you?  I hope the weather is better where you are!

Virginia Johnson

Loving the prints on these Virginia Johnson pieces.  So colorful, fun and perfect for the warmer weather.

Weekend Recap

This weekend was awesome.  Except the weather, that wasn't awesome.  The weather is so non-awesome, that we might actually see some snow today.  Those poor flowers and plants trying to grow out there, they really don't seem to stand a chance right now.  But I digress.  This weekend....well, this weekend was full of excitement and friends and entertainment.  I loved every moment of it.  Some highlights include ::

  • Cold and rainy Friday night spent hanging out at home with the hubs
  • Saturday morning coffee + Spaceballs!
  • Watching the Bulls trail to the Pacers and then Derrick Rose said NOPE and the Bulls came back and WON!  Larry Bird was so disappointed.
  • Modern Vintage Chicago w/my girls!  We went a little too late - because we were getting kicked out and weren't even 3/4 of the way through!  We all scored some vintage goods, but I wish it could have gone until at least 6 p.m.  Did any of you Chicago girls go too?
  • Dinner at Maude's Liquor Bar.  Mmmmm, mmmm, mmm.  This place is good.  If you like French food, GO eat there at once!  Thank goodness I started eating seafood...plus, check out their awesome website.
  • BOOBS AND GOOMBAS!  The Super Mario burlesque was every bit amazing as I had hoped.  I laughed and laughed and oohed and awed.  If you were a fan of Mario and Luigi, you would love this show.  I might never look at the video game the same again after this and that is totally okay with me!  Definitely worth it!  I just hope for your sake that Dan Katz and company are not audience members that night.  Not only did he give the performers the finger when it came time to collect tips, but they all talked during the whole show along with many other reasons to complain about them.  
  • Tron Sunday!  I haven't had one of these in ages, but our friends who we used to have Tron Sunday's with regularly were in town from Brooklyn.  It was GREAT!  
What a blissful weekend.  I'm sad it's over...

How were your weekends? I'd love to hear!

Last but not least...Dan Katz SUCKS!

Have an awesome weekend!

Anna showed this website to me the other day and I must say, it's awesome.  What better way to end the week than with a video of an adorable little goat, jumping around?  Okay, maybe the perfect ending would be if you had a glass of wine in your hand while watching it, am I right?

So what are you all up to this weekend? Tonight's going to be a chill, rainy evening spent at home, but tomorrow is going to be chock full of excitement.  Can you say Boobs and Goombas? Yeah, you read that right.  Tomorrow night I'm going to see Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque.  I can hardly wait!  Hopefully I'll be back on Monday with a good review of the show.

Whatever you get up to...have a terrific weekend!

Friday's Fancies

Today's Friday's Fancie's has a real Tory Burch theme going on, but I feel for good reason.  I keep seeing these mustard jeans everywhere and I can't get enough!  Tomorrow, I'm joining some gal pals for a day/night out on the town and what dream outfit to transition from day-to-night than this?  The yellow pants have a serious edge to them, which is why I would be wearing them on Saturday in a dream world.    Have you caught on to the colored pants craze, too?  Oh high rise flares, won't you be mine?  Wait a second...oh dream outfit, can't you all be mine?

1. Tory Burch Stripe Sweater
2. Tory Burch High Rise Flare Jeans
3. Alexander Wang Square Frame Acetate Sunglasses
4. Alexis Bittar Crystal Encrusted Rhodium Pool Ring
5. Love Rocks NY Black Diamond Zig Zag Hoop Earrings
6. Rachel Comey/DeKalb Clog Sandal

Swimsuit round-up

Swimsuit season is fast approaching and what better way to welcome it than making sure you've got the perfect suit?  Last summer, I scored at Macy's with a berry colored Roxy bikini.  I really adore the shade, love the fit of the top and feel good in it for the most part.  If I were in the market for a new suit though, I would definitely pick one of these.  

1.  Roxy Fire dance tiki tri bikini top - $40; Roxy Fire dance 70s lowrider bikini bottoms - $38
2.  J.Crew Cape-stripe underwire top - $52; J.Crew Cape-stripe bikini $44
3. J.Crew Wildbloom ruffle underwire top - $60; J.Crew Wildbloom ruffle hipster - $56
4. Roxy Stop and Glow 70s Halter D Cup Bikini Top - $40; Roxy Stop and Glow 70s lowrider one tie bikini bottoms  -$34

1.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Broken Stripe - $160
2.  J.Crew Calais Floral twist bandeau tank - $88
3.  Marc by Marc Jacobs underwire swimsuit with removable sash - on sale $150.61
4.  American Apparel Nylon Tricot Triangle Top - $38
5.  ASOS Cupped Bandeau Spot Print Swimsuit - $53.79
6.  Venus Festival Embellished Stripe One-piece - $59

Thursday randoms

How adorable is this chevron dress from Etsy shop SewnNatural?  It might be one of the most adorable thing for little girls that I've seen in a long time!

Stylist Caroline Sieber spotted at Paris Fashion Week looking absolutely gorgeous.

Lusting after this Tribal Dance Maxi Dress by Nasty Gal.

I saw this movie last night on a whim with some good friends.  It was ah-may-zing.  Definitely terrifying, but in all the right ways.  Plus, the art director really had it going on.

I'm rather smitten with the "happy hot dog" dessert trays by Naked Decor.

This wall may be in a nursery, but it's calling my name.  I love those bright colors and might have to rush out to get some red and yellow paint to decorate around my turquoise mirror!  Via Stella and Henry


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