Today I turn 29.  One more year until my golden birthday, good 'ole 30 on 30.  One more year to check things off my 30 before 30 list.  The year is going to fly by.  

28 was a great age.  I moved from Chicago to Louisville, bought a house with my husband, got a doggie and got a new car, just to name a few.  Pretty great, right?  I think so.  

We shall see what 29 beholds.  I'm hoping it's pretty great, too.  With a marriage at 27 and a house at 28, there's really only a few things in this world that could top that...

Cheers, from the Carribean!

It's Vacation Time!


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Happy Friday, y'all!  I'm so very incredibly excited today as it means we leave for Jamaica tomorrow!  I've got my bags packed (go me!) and my chores almost done.  I can't tell you how happy it makes me to imagine the fun we'll have. But it also means that I'll be leaving you guys for the next week.  I've got no guest posts lined up - just a break from blog world and well, a break from everything.  Such a great way to spend a week, especially a birthday week :)  That's right, I turn 29 on Wednesday!

Obviously I'm pretty into this week's Friday's Fancies theme ::

Sunny Skies!

It was easy for me to throw something together based on what I'll be doing this weekend.  Which is lying on the beach, sipping cocktails and frolicking in the ocean.  Yay!

I hope you all have a very happy weekend.  Whatever you get up to I hope it's wonderful!

Have a great week!

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What's In Your Bag?

Not featured on this list - the beach hat, the beach tote, a good book, sunscreen, beach towel and bevvies.  But please do not think for one moment that I would leave those behind.

Packing for a trip is hard.  I always end up overpacking and usually wind up wanting to wear the same thing more than I planned for.  I always bring enough stuff to help out more than just myself, I always prepare for the worst (probably for the best) and I still feel like I have nothing to wear or that I'm missing something.  But if I could choose from a grab bag of goodies found across the internet, I wouldn't have this problem...right?

I think I need to have a pedi in that Butter color, like yesterday.  Oh Jamaica, I can smell your ocean air, I can taste your tropical drinks.  Only a few more days until we meet at last!

Sorry if you're all so sick of hearing me talk about vacation.  It's not very nice of me, really.  We're still cool, right?

Weekend Recap

Welcome back to Monday, friends.  The only reason I am into it being Monday today is that it means I'm that much closer to Saturday a.k.a. vacation day!  Because of that, I'm pretty positive that this week will drag and drag.  Whatever.  

How were your weekends?  Ours was pretty fantastic.  Some highlights include ::

  • Friday night pizza party!  Grilled pizza was a success!  We had carmelized onion + brie goat cheese, margherita and pepperoni + mushroom (I did not eat this one). Plus I made this for dessert (but with half cheesecake cheese, half mascarpone) I may or may not have drank too much wine too fast but I thoroughly enjoyed myself, my friends and the lovely weather.
  • After lounging around in our p.j.'s for most of the morning, we staked some plants in the garden that are growing like weeds.  This is a highlight because man, it feels good to successfully grow something from a seed. For the first time.  
  • Stevie's doggie class is really fun - she got to show off her mad skillz and she also learned a new trick in just a few tries.  Her definitely knows "leave it" quite well.
  • After entertaining and drinking so much on Friday night, we opted for a quiet night in.  We played some bocce under our cafe lights (that we strung in the trees on Thursday), ate fresh pasta with roasted summer squash, watched TV and saw the Thunder come back from behind to beat the Lakers again.  Not too bad of a Saturday night if I do say so.
  • Sunday brought us lunch at Bluegrass Brewing Company and a trip to the Water Tower/LVAA for the Buy Local First fair.  We sipped brews and perused handmade goods, hung out with Raegan (who was working the event and looked so hot and tired), ate some derby pie ice cream and stared at cute babies.  

Hope your weekend was amazing - and here's to a great week ahead!

Friday's Fancies + Have a Sunny Weekend!

Friday's Fancies

shirt // jeans // purse // sunglasses // bronzer // nail polish // necklace // sandals

Happy Friday, everyone!  I'm so glad it's here and we can officially start the weekend!  Tonight we're having friends over for that grilled pizza I talked about last week (sickness stood in the way!).  Tomorrow we've got class #2 for lil' Stevie love (she's acing it, by the way, we knew she would though) and I'm sure the rest of the weekend will be filled with something fun, and the time will fly by super fast.  What are you up to this weekend?

Today's Friday's Fancies post is centered around the beloved chambray shirt.  I still do not own a chambray shirt but I sure wish I did.  I also wish I owned coral colored jeans to pair it with.  In fact, I wish I owned this entire ensemble!  I included the bronzer for a sun-kissed look (which is a makeup style I'm totally loving lately) and I fell pretty hard for both the Chloe sunglasses and bright yellow purse.  Color, color, color!  

Whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope it's fantastic!  Until Monday...xoxo.

Thursday Loves

I fell in love the moment I spotted this colorful arrangement via {av} via Pinterest.   I have my eyes set on coral colored annuals to plant outside after we get back from Jamaica.  Wouldn't it be fantastic to just go outside and pick flowers that equal this lovely arrangement?  I could only hope for something a that equaled a fraction of this beauty.

I was perusing through the latest issue of Lucky when I came across the article, "unexpected purse essentials".  This Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy ($31) fragrance would be pretty incredible to have, as it is both calming and stimulating at once.  It sure would make that flight to Jamaica a little better, don't you think?

How scrumdiddlyumptious does this creamy lemon tart with rosemary crust look? I want to eat it.  Now.  Lemon + rosemary? So delicious and perfect for the summer weather we're having today.

This cute little gauzy tank dress also comes in coral and white (sold out, unfortunately).  I think it would really make a pretty great cover up dress for the summer and I think I need to hunt one down.  This, my friends, is why blogging is bad for my wallet :)

These coral doors are pretty awesome.  So are all the plants.  Nicely done, I say.  Nicely done.

How are your weeks? Wonderful, I hope!  You've almost made it to Friday!

P.S. - please click this link.  You deserve the laugh.  Unfortunately the images wouldn't load big enough for me to just share with you...


It's images like these that conjure up the finest of memories - strolling hand in hand through Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome.  Sipping wine on the terrace of our Roman apartment, immersed in the sounds of Italians gathering for dinner.  Drinking cappuccinos and eating croissants at breakfast every morning, eating caprese and panini's for lunch - always with house wine.  One simple image arouses so many memories of our perfect honeymoon.  It leaves me salivating for not only freshly baked bread and gelato, but colorful bits of fashion paired together to evoke a summer stroll through the streets of Italia.  

Buon giorno!

Weekend Recap

This photo is reflective of 2 parts of my weekend. 

1. Gus is a monster (that is not Gus pictured above, I can't take beautiful photos like that!) and is living the cat in that window's dream.
2.  We were that cat for most of the weekend, longing to be outside where there is life and play and fresh air and something good to eat.  There's something really sad about being sick on a Friday night.  But nothing a little Wet Hot American Summer couldn't cure.  

Some highlights include ::

  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • The Iron Lady (so good)
  • Lemon Pancakes
  • The Hunger Games (I finally got around to reading it and yeah, I'm hooked)
  • Jeopardy! Teen Tournament (catching a theme here? sick = tv galore)
  • Finally back to mostly healthy for a rainy Sunday getting out and about and having fun
  • Mother's Day - I got to talk with my mom who was enjoying lunch from a favorite restaurant and we enjoyed dinner with my mom-in-law where we devoured a chiffon cake and drank champagne while watching all the dogs play, play, play!

I'm so happy to be feeling better, have my man feeling better and be able to leave the house again!  Thank you for all your well wishes :)

How were your weekends? A very happy belated mother's day to all you mommies out there! 

Friday's Fancies + Have a Restful Weekend

Friday's Fancies

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Happy Friday, friends! I wish I was a little happier today, but the mister's sickness has seemed to travel my way. I woke up today with a dry, sore throat and I plan to nurse it all day long with soothing liquids and lots of rest.  

In a perfect world, we would both be happy, be going out for some sort of date tonight and I'd be wearing this.  Wouldn't it be wonderful?  That is why I love Friday's Fancies - always the perfect opportunity to dream up something wonderful.  This week, it's all about color crushing.  I'll be the first to admit, I have (and always will) been crushing pretty hard on the color combination of coral + turquoise.  This outfit has just the right amount of color combo without looking too matchy matchy.  I really have been coveting some white denim (as you may have noticed this week) and I really love the summery, breezy feel of this ensemble.

What are you getting up to this weekend?  Stevie is supposed to start obedience school tomorrow and we're celebrating mother's day on Sunday with my mother-in-law.  Other than that, I'm sure you'd be able to find us lounging on our couch, in our pj's, with hot toddies in hand.  Sigh.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  Hopefully it's better than ours :)

Thursday Loves

Just a few more weeks until I am whisked away to a crystal clear beach with bright white sand, all the tropical drinks I desire in hand and a whole week full of nothing I have to do (except enjoy myself, of course).  If I only were to look this elegant while frolicking on the beach.  Note to self, wear lots of jewelry while frolicking on the beach.  Fix that straw hat of yours that is all bent out of shape.  Grow 8 inches so that coverup fits you the way it does her.  Hey, then you might even be able to kiss your husband without standing on your tippy-toes!  Via

Meryl, I love you. You are an incredible actress and an incredible woman. This photo of you and this pooch is beyond amazing.  Via

Tonight I do declare grilled pizza night! That is, if the chef can handle it.  It's looking like he's been struck with a spring bug of the itchy throat/coughing variety, so let's all keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't get any worse.  Because man, I have been looking forward to grilled pizza night ever since we grilled pizza for my 27th birthday!  Via

Something about this Bree bag is really leaving me smitten.  It must be the detail, but I really think a lot of it has to do with the name alone.  Last week in the grocery store I saw "brie pie" and laughed out loud.  My niece's name is Bree and I love her so very much.  Mo Brie Pie, Please! And Mo Bree Bag's, Please!  Via

This card made me laugh - wouldn't it be funny to receive?  Via

Hope you're all having a lovely Thursday!

Dreaming in Color :: Mint Chocolate Chip

One of my favorite color combinations + one of my most favoritest dessert combinations = a beautiful ensemble of attire, if I do say so.  I'm pretty sure I need a pair of white skinny jeans just so I can pair them with a lovely mint top.  And oh how I long for those DVF sandals...swoon!

Weekend Recap

Oh, what a weekend!  After spending most of last week alone while the hubs was away on business, I was rewarded with an extra fun weekend with visitors from Chicago.  We celebrated Derby just right, got a heaping dose of cute from watching Stevie and Konrad (a goldendoodle!) play non-stop and soaked up every last bit of Louisville's perfect weather.  Some highlights include ::

  • Watching Stevie and Konrad meet and greet.  They really did well with each other, especially considering Steves can be a real brat sometimes.  Konrad, you are such a patient pup!
  • Pizza + Booze + Oaks + Louis C.K.  + friends = fantastic Friday night
  • Our friends happened to have their offer accepted for a house outside of Chicago on Saturday, so naturally we celebrated!
  • Outdoor fun - we bought stuff to grill, had drinks, played Bocce, watched the dogs play, laughed a lot and ended with sitting around a fire.  
  • The Derby! We watched comfortably in our living room and cheered on our chosen horses.  Based off name alone, I chose Bodemeister.  I thought I had done so well for 3/4 of those 2 minutes, but I'll Have Another finished what Bodemeister started.  None of us chose I'll Have Another to win so we all basked in the glory of the name and did just that :)  Is it just me, or is that possibly the greatest winning name of all time?!
  • Before we said our goodbyes on Sunday, we went out to have brunch at Wild Eggs.  That place is always delicious.
  • We bid farewell to our friends, mowed the grass and played another round of bocce before retiring for the day

How were your weekends?  Spectacular, I hope.  Here's to a great week ahead!

Be sure to check out The Snackpot - my friend Jacob has got a pretty great thing going, and it launches today! Here's a funny video from Pitchfork 2011 that The Snackpot put together.

Friday's Fancies + Have an Exhilarating Weekend!

Friday's Fancies

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Happy Derby weekend, everyone!  Now that I am a Louisville resident, I feel it's only right and natural to celebrate the town's beloved holiday.  I won't be attending the Derby this year and will instead be watching the race from the best seat in the house (my couch) with some good friends.  If I were to go this year, and had tons of dough to spend on tickets that weren't the infield, clothes and betting, I would likely be wearing something like this.  The Derby is a classy event and if you're going to dress up, you'd better be wearing a hat (people take it so seriously!).  I'm not a hat lady, so it's likely I'd just bring one along to have, to avoid the stares of disapproval!

Nothing screams Derby like D&G, right?  Paired with a turquoise MiuMiu shoulder bag, Stanwells coral wedges, a fancy Swarovski cocktail ring, Calypso St. Barth danglies and a bright pop of Nars nail polish in Amchoor by Thakoon, you've got a solid look that stands out, yet blends you right in with the other rich folks and celebrities floating around Churchill Downs.

What do you have planned this weekend?  I keep forgetting tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo.  We have plans to grill with our special Chicago visitors tomorrow, and I'm thinking that drinking mojitos will celebrate both holidays fairly.  Let's face it, mint juleps need carbonated water.  Am I right? Yeah.  I totally am.  

My mister has been out of town all week on business and he gets home in an hour and a half.  I can't hardly wait!  So here's to a great weekend, full of friends, food and fun!

Be sure to check out all the other Friday's Fancies at {long distance loving}!

Thursday Loves

Doesn't this just look "mmm, mmm good"?  I want to devour it and enjoy every last morsel.  Self control, Mo.  Self control.  Via

Isn't this the perfect combination of all things summer?  Just throw some summer treats in that box and you're good to go for a perfect California kind of day.  Via

Speaking of the perfect combination - just add this summer blanket by Mexchic to the mix for an afternoon picnic or a day on the beach.

There's a chance that we may be going to the Kentucky Oaks tomorrow evening with special Chicago visitors!  Last year we attended the Derby in the infield (I think I'm set for life now) so this will likely be an entirely different experience if we do go.  Everyone will be in pink, the crowds will be a little less and we would get to see all the best Fillies race.  And no, I will not be going all out with my attire.  I have nothing even somewhat close to a Derby hat and my wardrobe really doesn't consist of anything pink!  I know there is many reasons to be against horse racing, but there is certainly something very magical about everything surrounding the Derby.  Will you be watching the races this year?

Last, I know it's only the beginning of May.  But today's high is 90.  90 degrees!  It's going to be a long hot summer if this is the case in early May! Too bad I still haven't ordered that hammock, because I'm really going to need a little resting place in the shade like this ASAP!

Have a lovely Thursday, my friends!

{Finnish Design Shop}

1.  Newspaper Stand $169 // 2.  Calendar $122 // 3.  Dropp Bowl $71 // 4. Cameo Container $69 // 5.  Remix Cushion $98 // 6.  Remix Blanket $145 // 7.  Grass Vase $65 // 8.  Candlestick set $215 // 9.  Clock $155

I have a confession.  I have a crush.  On this Finnish Design Shop.  Obviously. 

 I was tipped off via Pinterest and have been lusting ever since.  Unfortunately, the prices are unattainable for me, but I do hope that this serves as inspiration for many of you.  I know I'll be on a quest to find the next best thing to these lovely objects.  

P.S. - Happy May Day!


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