Friday's Fancies + Have a Cool Weekend!

Friday's Fancies - Beachy Chic

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Hooray for weekends! But boo hiss for the triple digit weather so many of us are stuck in.  If this weekend could be anything like the one I would be experiencing if Friday's Fancies were real, the weather would be upper 80s and sunny and we would be back at the beach.  Instead, I'm sure we'll be staying indoors all weekend and only going outside to take the doggie out.  What are you doing this weekend? Staying cool, I hope!

This week's Friday's Fancies is centered around beachy chic.  Oh how I love beachy chic.  There's something about always finding such perfect essentials for summertime events, isn't there?  Whether your plans involve the beach (lucky you), a pool or the great indoors, I hope you have a fun, safe and well-hydrated weekend!

Thursday Loves

Today I am loving this Inessa dress from Garnet Hill.  Although I'm pretty sure that it only looks good on people of this model's stature.  I would look frumpy, yes, but it still doesn't stop me from liking it!

This whole package just leaves me delighted.  Excellent branding, I say.  And what guy wouldn't look dapper while sporting this tie?  Well done, Stalward.  Too bad it's sold out.

Everything in this image leaves me feeling so relaxed.  The bench is gorgeous, the basket is adorable, surely that rug peeping out is amazing, the towels are so perfectly folded and such a crisp white and the pottery in the window is perfect.  Via

This Star-Spangled Shortcake from Martha Stewart looks scrumdiddlyumptious.  So fresh and surely amazing with every single bite.

Artwork from Slovakia which pays tribute to all the wild women / men inside us.  I simply can't get enough.  Be sure to check out EmeraldSnow on Etsy for more awesomeness.

Oh So True

Is this as true for you as it is for me?  I really, really relate to this.

Nothing much to share with you today as my creative juices are not at all flowing.  I have been so tired lately and so uninspired...but I didn't want you think I was completely ignoring you.  

Here's hoping Thursday brings some of that spark that I've been missing. 

Happy hump day!

Weekend Recap...Belated Style

Howdy, y'all.  Sorry for going M.I.A. yesterday, but you should realize that I was having a fantastic time yesterday and was only living in the present.  As you can see from above, I spent some time in a pool with some insanely cute dogs and it was as perfect as you might imagine.  Some highlights of the weekend include ::

  • Quiet Friday night in, watching an old movie and staying up late
  • Biscuits and gravy, Saturday errands accomplished, doggie school, Saturday night working on the house/enjoying the outdoors
  • Pool Party Sunday - we gathered around the pool with guacamole, this cocktail, pizza and beers. The doggies lapped it up, we took turns improving our diving skills and had tons and tons of fun!
  • Lion King! I have to admit, I saw the final 10 minutes of the movie not once, but twice in the same setting.  Shamed? Absolutely not.  Thanks, Raegan :)
  • Chicago friends! I love being the stopping point for these particular friends during their travels - we've had three visits from their lovely family and each one has been great.  Even though this one was only for the night, it was awesome.  I loved every second!

Monday was dreadfully long because of my lack of sleep but it was well worth it.  Honestly, when there are two super cute dogs floating on a raft in a pool, anything is worth it, right?? 

Hope your weeks are going well so far! 

Friday's Fancies + Have a Sweet Weekend!

Friday's Fancies

Happy Friday, everyone!  TGIF, as they say...because it's been a long week in my opinion.  Some crazy things have been happening around our neck of the woods.  Our septic system is completely replaced but our yard is no longer a yard but rather a dirt field.  Goodbye, grass.  I'll miss you dearly.  And since we have to wait for it to settle, which means there needs to be at least 4 or 5 good rains, we probably won't be seeing our yard as a yard for a long time.  But hey, no more gross standing water, yay!

We don't really have much planned for the weekend, other than the usual - obedience school, probably a trip to Lowes or Home Depot and hanging out.  We might catch a movie, spend time on the porch and hopefully spend quality time with friends! What do you have planned?

This week's Friday's Fancies is about color blocking.  I love this trend and find that you can make it work with just about anything.  Lately I've been preferring colored shorts and basic tees.  Honestly, the two ensembles above pretty much reflect my declared summer wardrobe of 2012.  It's simple, easy to accessorize and is super comfortable.  A match made in heaven if you ask me.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! xoxo.

Summer, Summer, Summer Time

Today makes it official - summer is here and there's nothing we can do about it!  Sure, it may be miserably hot out there but there are so many reasons to be in love with summer.  So many!

Our garden is in full bloom right now, which means that fresh food is at our ready throughout the week.    Some things still have a bit to go, like our blackberries, tomatoes and peppers.  But we're thoroughly enjoying cucumbers, radishes, lettuce and basil.  Plus the green beans are pretty much ready to go!  Success!

What are your favorite things about summer?  I for one can't get over the fresh fruits and vegetables and the amount of light in the sky at 9:45 p.m. (living on the edge of a time zone is the best).  

Happy summer to you!

Weekend Recap

Monday...nooo!  Did this weekend really even happen? It kind of doesn't feel like it did because I know I'm not even close to being ready for it to be Monday again.  Sigh.  Here are some highlights of the weekend :: 
  • Unexpectedly, I had the night to myself on Friday.  Mr. Badger flew to Milwaukee for business and was due to return home that same day, but a three hour delay meant missing his connecting flight which meant finding a hotel and coming home on Saturday morning.  Not exactly a highlight but you better believe I watched some guilty pleasure shows while snuggling with the pooch.
  • Saturday morning was lovely.  Thunder clapped all morning long, waking me up and realizing my favorite sleep-in conditions were underway - thunder, rain and a quiet dog.  I woke up before her!  We brewed coffee, ate yogurt and snuggled under a blanket and read Catching Fire.  
  • Husband got home and immediately took a nap to rest up for doggie school and the big move.  Stevie's really not so good at being left alone while people move stuff, but other than her incessant barking and whining and escaping once, everything went really well!  Ann's house is gorgeous, the move wasn't as grueling as it could have been and the ominous storm that threatened to ruin our plans stayed at bay.  
  • I made both these doggie treats for class and these popsicles for the impending hot weather.  Thanks for being awesome, Rachel
  • Our father's day gift to husband's dad was an engraved bottle of his favorite bourbon.  Our neighborhood liquor store was hosting a Saturday night event to have these bottles etched but we couldn't be there because of the move.  So we bought a bottle and left our request for the engraving.  They called later to tell us what we wanted was too many characters so we had to shorten it.  Everything we tried for didn't work so he decided to go with his dad's name.  Then they got the name wrong!  We didn't know until we picked it up, long after the event was done.  I haven't been able to stop chuckling about it since!
  • Pool time - Stevie was so curious and scared altogether. However, a raft and her cousin, Canuba, lured her in for her first surfing experience.  She looked paralyzed with fear but had lots of fun.  
  • Talking to my stepdad back in Kansas.  He caught me up on the latest and greatest about our always growing family (one new baby on my birthday and one due any minute!).

How were your weekends?  Wonderful, I hope!  I've got my fingers crossed that this week will be good.  We are beginning the process of replacing our busted septic system (eek) and the mister has to go to Chicago for work.'s to a great week ahead!

Friday's Fancies + Have a Happy Weekend!

Style Crush

sweater // t-shirt // clutch // jeans // necklace // belt //  flats

Happy Friday, everyone! You did it - you made it to Friday!  Woo!  I'm happy the weekend is here, as it means that we actually are staying in Louisville and will be hanging out with family.  Stevie is in the home stretch with her obedience school (she rules at it) and Saturday marks the big move for my beloved sister-in-law.  I can't wait to get the hard part out of the way and pop open some bubbly to celebrate!  Sunday brings Father's day, so we'll be making our way across the river to lounge poolside with the mister's dad.  See? It's going to be a good weekend!  How about you, what do you have planned?

This week's Friday's Fancies is all about our style crushes.  I haven't been crushing too hard on specific styles (other than vacation ones, but now that we're back and settled from vacation, I have found that I've been wearing nothing but super basic and boring things).  When I came across this stylin' lady via The Sartorialist, I was pretty envious of her low-key yet ultra-chic style.  The only thing I would change is the cigarette (no thank you).  I love the color and I love the flirty meets tomboy vibe.  Ketchup + Mustard all grown up, right?!

Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy Father's Day to all you awesome dads out there.  Also, happy birthday to my old friend, Jess!  xoxo.

Thursday Loves

Is it just me or are these rooms absolutely beautiful?  The deep shade on the walls - gasp! I want.  Via

Summer has really got me in the mood for fruit, so when I stumbled across this amazing post on the rockstar diaries, I got really, really excited.  I would love to be able to enjoy this at a party, wouldn't you?

I'm a big fan of the color and print of these Doug & Gene Meyer scarves.  I'm not a scarf girl by any means but these make me want to be one.

Oh, Albatross.  Your darling creations amuse me very much.  I could stare at this little Gus look alike for ages.

I have the perfect guy in mind to send this to.  Because it's oh so true!  Such great work at Quill & Fox!

How are your week's going?  Last night I had a very lovely belated birthday celebration with family.  We dined at a local brewery, ate a reese's cake from Homemade Pie Kitchen and I received so many cool presents it's not even funny.  I'm in such a state of bliss from all the love!

Summer Lovin'

Even though it's not official, summer and I have started going steady.  I'm already comfortable in my shorts + t-shirt wardrobe, we've vacationed, been bitten by mosquitos, spent hours on the front porch, caught fireflies, harvested from the garden (!), road tripped (hence the wind farm being included).  The only thing left for it to officially be summer in my book is a trip to the lake (which is in the works).  Is it too soon to declare my love for you, summer?  Never.

Weekend Recap

If there is a theme to this weekend, it would surely be, "surprise!".  We schlepped ourselves up north to Chicago, "surprising" one friend and actually really surprising a few others.  It was a fond farewell to two of my very favorite people who are moving on to bigger and better things.  I can say it is now officially the end of the Chicago chapter for the founders of Mo Pie, Please (yes, there used to be 3 other lovely ladies sharing awesomeness with you all).  Some weekend highlights include ::

  • Friday night pizza + True Blood + early to bed
  • Leaving Louisville on schedule with donuts in hand, thank you very much
  • Hanging out with friends like old times - damn, it felt so good.
  • "Surprising" our friend Bart, who had unfortunately guessed his surprise, but it was still a happy moment.
  • Surprising more friends - they were genuinely surprised, hoorah!
  • Enjoying a warm Chicago evening outdoors with grillins, Chicago friends, music and beers.  It really was such a lovely going away party.
  • Hanging out with our little buddy, Liam.  He is 16 months old now - holy smokes!
  • Brunch on the square like old times, followed by a stroll through the Logan Square Farmer's Market - this used to be a weekly activity for the mister and myself.  We totes stocked up on what we could (me, soap; him, pickled mushrooms; plus some amazing strawberries and cherries for the ride home).
  • Smooth sailing drive back to Louisville, just in time to pick up Stevie before the pet resort closed.  

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

Friday's Fancies + Have a Great Weekend!

Friday's Fancies

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Happy Friday, y'all!  I can tell that we're in for a good weekend (more on that later) and that the weather is going to feel like nothing but summer.   If money were no option, I'd be traipsing around in this outfit with just a touch of color on my face.  Weekend minimal at its best, right?  

What do you have planned for this weekend? I'd love to hear!  Whatever you get up to, have fun, be safe and enjoy yourself!

Thursday Loves

Martha has a pretty great roundup for father's day gifts.  Although I'm pretty sure anything with bacon or hot sauce will probably suffice ;)  Via

After a week in Jamaica, I'm kind of fruited out for awhile.  But this fruit salad made of all my favorite fruits looks not only gorgeous but rather delicious.  I'd snarf some down!  Via

Even the simplest of items can be incredibly awesome.  I'd love to have some personalized ones of these.  I imagine hanging dresses up on Mr. Whisker's face and laughing endlessly.  Via

Another new-to-me Etsy shop to fall in love with - Classic By Nature.  Behind the operation are two sisters from Montreal with an eye for design.  While they mainly sell decorative pillows like the awesome one above, they also have some vintage pieces and handmade iPad sleeves.  Me likey.

Have any of you checked out The Snackpot?  I know you're so curious about how some snacks this world has to offer taste.  Before you waste your money trying something you're not going to like, check out the reviews, news and features on this very informative and helpful website.  

How have your week's been?  It's been so nice for us to be back home with our Stevie love, snuggling on the couch.  Last night she not only helped tuck me in to bed, but she stayed sleeping by my side while husbadge hung out downstairs.  She's never done that before...I guess our 2 mile walk and darting back and forth around the house after her bath really wore her out!

Happy Thursday!

For Your Viewing Pleasure

margaritaville // towel art // our purple hotel building // beautifully landscaped grounds

my view every morning // another view // seven mile beach // storm rolling in

rick's cafe // birthday girl // husband // crashing waves

I thought it would be more fun to take pictures of this crazy adventure with my Fuji Instax instant camera.  I love this camera and have dropped it numerous times throughout the 3+ year's I've had it.  It's not always ideal (read no fun having to lug it to the beach everyday) and it doesn't always take good pictures, but I love it.  

'Tis the life, my friends.

Vacation Recap

Hello, everyone! I am SO happy to be back in the US, back to normalcy and back to Stevie and Gus!  What a trip it was, though, let me tell you.  Here's a little recap of what went down in Jamaica, mon ::

  • After a grueling day of travel from dropping the dogs off, driving to Cincinnati, flying to Montego Bay and then riding on a bus for an hour and a half, we made it to Negril, Jamaica.  We were given a warm welcome, regrouped in our room, explored the resort and enjoyed some Red Stripe and laughs before crashing.
  • Sunday let the games begin.  We enjoyed the beach, the pool, the beach again, some rain, eating copious amounts of buffet food and drinking copious amounts of pina coladas.
  • Monday brought more of the same, plus lying on the beach at night to watch the stars.  We did venture out though - to the Rockhouse Restaurant for a delicious dinner.  The view was pretty lovely, knowing famous musicians had graced their presences in past times was pretty cool and the food was ah-may-zing.  Coconut shrimp, yes, please!  When we got back to our resort, there happened to be a giant fire ball shot up in the air from a bonfire the resort was throwing at the other end of the beach. It was very confusing, very cool and very, very weird.
  • On Tuesday, we had a man down due to a migraine, so 3 of us just kind of lingered around the resort doing the same - drinking pina coladas, eating buffet food and lying on the beach in between rain storms.
  • Wednesday was my birthday! It really didn't feel like my birthday. I mean, the days were so lazy and the nights were nonexistent while we were there since we couldn't seem to keep our eyes open past 9 p.m.  But considering it was my birthday, we ventured out (not really an easy thing to do if feuding cab drivers make you uncomfortable).  Our driver (he was very pleasant) took us to some craft markets where we bought some handmade things (I scored a cool soap dish made of coconut).  Then we made our way over to Rick's Cafe to spend the afternoon and watch the sunset.  We had a blast watching locals and tourists dive off the cliffs (some jumped from 50-80 feet!).  At one point while we were watching, about 12 or so local boys jumped from the cliff at the same time.  What a show! We ate fish tacos, drank red stripe and coronas and enjoyed the sunset.  It was a pretty good birthday, although it was really hard for me to not be able to receive calls from my family and friends.  That is definitely one thing I most enjoy about my day.  But it IS fun to still be celebrating now that I'm back home :)
  • Thursday was good, we enjoyed the beach and another lazy day.  We walked as far as we could down the beach before sunset and were given a bigger glimpse of locals trying to make a buck or two.  
  • Friday was really fun.  Considering it was supposed to be our last day, we went down the street to Margaritaville (don't judge) and enjoyed the most beautiful beach.  I mean, that beach was turquoise, crystal clear and there was nothing but sun the whole time we were there.  At our beach (Riu Negril), it was lovely.  But rain clouds constantly moved in to our side of the bay and there were sea urchins everywhere.  In fact, I stepped on one earlier in the week and had purple splinters in my feet for a few days.  None of that was at the Margaritaville beach, which lies exactly in the middle of the seven mile beach (the most pristine).  Just sand, clear water, good food and good times.  

Some things I learned about Jamaica that I'd like to pass along to others who might be visiting include ::

  • Everyone is very nice.  Everyone at the resort, everyone at any restaurant, along the road, in the shops.  Even if you don't want to buy something from a vendor (and believe me, they WILL try relentlessly) they are still nice.  No problem, mon.  No problem.
  • Leaving the resort is indeed plausible.  You can trust cab drivers - you can even trust them to come back and pick you up after you've paid in full.  So many people warned us not to leave, but we're too adventurous and needed to get a real feel of a where we were!  However, they will do anything possible to get your business.  So be prepared to name a price and stick to your guns.  Also, don't pay for the resort taxis.  They mark the prices up substantially.  There's always cab drivers waiting as close to the resort as they're allowed.
  • Aloe works really well, so go ahead and buy it.  None of us were burned (hooray!) but we know it works.  We all applied it fresh from the plant after a day in the sun, watched any bit of red turn to brown and boom - no problem, mon.  I also overheard some girls talk about having a blistery, sunburned chest that they covered in fresh aloe and the next day it was hardly burned at all!
  • There are no clocks.  You are on Jamaican time, mon.  No worries.  

I am utterly exhausted.  I am surely hoping I can function well this week.   We were delayed 10 hours getting home, so instead of arriving home late afternoon, we arrived home at 4 a.m.  Sheesh! Whatever though, no problem!

Since my phone is basically broken, I only have instax pics to share with you this week.  Hope you'll forgive me!

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

Well here we go - here's to a great week ahead!


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