Home Finds

I wish I could get my hands on some of these goods - specifically that pricey chevron blanket.  The colors in this palette are so soothing to me and I love so much how that red-orange really pops!

Weekend Recap

Hello, Monday. I'm not so excited to see you, but I suppose there's nothing that can be done about that. You always come too soon after Friday, Saturday and Sunday treat me so well.  And you take forever to get through.  Ah well.  I think it's safe to say I had a lovely weekend.  Some highlights include ::

  • Stevie was so perfect on the road.  She didn't complain at all and cooperated fully at every stop.  Thank goodness.
  • After we arrived at the lake house, we were treated to delicious dinner that included shrimp + veggie skewers, played Euchre, drank wine and tolerated some crazy doggies being, well...crazy.
  • Saturday was a pretty glorious summer day.  There was a slight chill in the air, Peanut was adorable as ever (and he learned how to say Mo!), the sun was beaming, the water was refreshing and Olympics were watched.  We took the boat out and admired all of the exquisite homes that surround Lake Maxinkuckee.  The water sparkled and the sunset was perfect.  It was the epitome of a glorious summer day.  That is, if you ignore the doggie back in the house who would not stop barking! Or the swollen, painful big toe that my husband suffered through.  
  • Wine, euchre, Olympics.  Yes, yes, yes!
  • Italian dinner, Olympics, resting up before what will surely be a big week. 

How were your weekends? I'd love to hear!  Are you as pumped about the Olympics as we are?  We watched field hockey and table tennis last night, too.  It's not nearly as fun to watch as swimming, diving and gymnastics but it's so much fun to see so much variety!  

Here's to a great week ahead!

Friday's Fancies + Have a Perfect Summery Weekend!

 Happy Friday, friends! I have been looking forward to the weekend since Monday and I'm so glad it's finally here!  I've been busy this week, between covering at work for a vacationer, taking Stevie to a bar (that really happened), buying and painting samples for our stairway (we're thinking gray but we're open to suggestions), exercising and much more.  So naturally, this weekend calls for a lot of r n' r at our friend's lake house.  We'll be heading due north in a few hours, with the pooch in tow (her first vacation!) for some time playing cards, drinking wine, watching doggies play, the Olympics (!) and hang time with little Liam!  I am pretty excited, can you tell?

This week's Friday's Fancies is a take on our favorite summer-time treat.  I wouldn't go so far as to say "peaches and cream" is my favorite but it sure is up there.  It also translates quite nicely into an easy weekend-at-the-lake palette, don't you think?

What are you up to this weekend? Something magical and summery, I hope.  Can you believe it's almost August?!

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Etsy Find :: Skinny Laminx

Holy crap, I am SO in love!  I know I say that a lot, but honestly, my heart is racing with the overwhelming desire to own every. single. thing.

This store might only be new to me, but I couldn't just keep all the perfection to myself, now could I?

Be sure to check out Skinny Laminx on Etsy, the blog (warning! it's awesome) and various illustrations.

Weekend Recap

Monday, again? Dang it.  Doesn't it always seem like it's Monday??  I'm particularly loathing Monday this week because it means a) I am husbandless for a few days and b) work will be crazow and c) well, c is a given - Monday just plain sucks.  It was a really terrific weekend.  Some highlights include ::
  • Hang out / hot tub time / playing doggies / cooler-than-usual evening - the sister-in-law's house is marvelous and the hot tub ain't too shabby either ;)
  • Lunch with D's grandma - indulging in Olive Garden is always fun and catching up is pretty great too.
  • Schimpff's Confectionary - Poodle Skirts, an Elvis impersonator in front of a hot pink Bel-Air, 50% off soda fountain treats and candy dating back to the beginning of 1900s...pretty dreamy, if you ask me.  It was crowded which tends to shoo us away but we didn't leave without some cream-filled chocolates!
  • House & yard work - the act of doing the housework is not so much a highlight (although it somewhat is) but accomplishing everything certainly is.  
  • After a crazy busy social week, it was nice to have a quiet night in on the couch.
  • Hiking - we hiked the Purple Heart Trail at Jefferson Memorial Forest, just south of Louisville.  I really wanted to spend some time in nature and dip my feet in some lake water.  I got my nature time, certainly, but no lake time.  Whatever, I'll take care of that next week :)
  • My Week With Marilyn - I love Michelle Williams and I love Marilyn Monroe so it was a match made in heaven.

How were your weekends? Excellent, I hope.  My fingers are crossed that the week ahead goes by smoothly.  Here's to a great week ahead!

Friday's Fancies + Have a Happy Weekend

blouse // jeans // flats // bag // earrings // umbrella

Happy Friday, everybody!  What a week it's been.  We've had a really great friend in town for the last few days and thus have been having tons of good times.  We're actually bidding him farewell at this exact moment - hence the delayed post and short one, at that.

Today's Friday's Fancies centers around {av}'s oh-so-awesome Euro Trip she is currently enjoying.  If I were in Europe, I'd try to be dressed as classy as possible with things packed in my overly-large bag that may come in handy (perhaps more comfy shoes as the day wears on? the umbrella for inevitable rain, a translator, etc.).  If only I really were traipsing about my favorite continent (so far) to vacation in.  

What are you up to this weekend? We'll be dining with husband's grandma tomorrow, repositioning our garden (hooray for rain but whoa, we have some work to do now!) and hopefully adding some fun stuff in between.  Whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope you have a fantastic time!  Until Monday...

Thursday Loves

So, so true.  Every day mantra!  Via

I think I need to have these hummus melts ASAP! How delicious and pretty nutritious! Via

YES dress, I love you.  Won't you be mine?

The color combination in this home is incredible.  And it turns out, that is basically the same color of pale green that we have in our bedroom.  I am sensing some serious inspiration!  Via

I wish I knew where to go to end up in the navajo flea market.  Anybody know how and where?! Via

What's inspiring you today?

Happy Porch = Happy Pieces



bag // dress // ring // ring // hat - similar one here // polish // sandal

I could stare at this porch for hours.  Hopefully while wearing this ensemble, no?

Weekend Recap

Another lovely summer weekend was had and we're back at Monday again.  It was a quiet weekend for us and we used it wisely.  First, a date night.  Second, a house project.  Third, the pool.  Some highlights include ::

  • Dinner + Putt Putt - I like to play at least once every summer and since it was such a perfect weather night for it, we took advantage.  We flew through it pretty quick and longed for more novelty on the course.  We also managed a few rounds of skeeball and donated the winnings to an unsuspecting 5-year-old boy.  It was awesome.
  • Roof time - have I mentioned how much I love summer? It's so nice to climb out on our roof and listen to all the sounds from a fresh perspective.  Stevie, however, could not handle it.  She was like a mother watching from the other side with visions of her children falling off and going spat.  
  • Lots of reading in bed - always pleasant.
  • The mister fixed some wires that were not up to code in our master bath, and rerouted them in the meantime.  We bought a new vanity light to finalize that room...turns out it was a much bigger job than originally planned!
  • Squeaky clean floors in the whole entire house.  Phew!
  • Finger foods + The Shining - pretty great way to spend a lazy Saturday night
  • All day pool party - got some good sun, hung out with friends, ate some snacks and drank some PBR's in the shade.  'Twas a good time.
  • Breaking Bad!

Friday's Fancies + Have an Adventurous Weekend!

Happy Friday!  I'm so pumped it's the weekend even though I have no clue what will become of it.  As of now, our only plans are tentative and they may or may not involve a house project and a trip to the pool.  I'd prefer to include a picnic with champagne and cheese, some berry picking and an adventure like this.  

Friday's Fancies for the week is dedicated to weddings, but since I haven't done a non-themed post in awhile and I have no wedding to attend until the fall, I chose to center my look around the drool-worthy dress that so many of us love.  Can it please be mine?!

Whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope it's wonderful and summery (or wintery if that's your destiny).  Until Monday...

Thursday Loves

Have I confessed my love for this dress to you yet?  Because it's a pretty big obsession.  With that necklace especially, all I can do is swoon.  Over and over! Via

Drawing inspiration for our thrift store purchase last summer - a mid-century era console that needs some updating.  It has off white colored fabric panels along the front that need to be replaced with something.  More on this later, with pictures, I promise. Via

I sure do love the looks of this leather pouch from Coriumi,  It's a fun and colorful print, looks well made and you can be sure you likely won't run into someone with the same pouch.

We have finally eaten the entirety of my first batch of homemade popsicles.  Am I the only one who has a hard time spelling p-o-p-s-i-c-l-e the right way? I always want to put a c after that p and that doesn't make any sense at all!  I'm searching for the best-sounding most delicious-looking popsicle I can find.  Any recipes or ideas for me?  I'm thinking of the boozy route this time, so that my husband will help me eat them all ;)  Via

Last night we watched The Artist.  This scene is tied as my favorite (the other being when the dog saved his life from the fire).  I have to admit, the movie bored me in the beginning but I thoroughly enjoyed the second half.  I can understand why it received best picture.  Have you seen it?  Via

Office :: Organized

cord clips // magazine file // hands // desk lamp // shelf // pencil cup // desk 

Lately, I've been overwhelmed by the desire to completely finish everything in our house.  It's been a year, folks, and we still haven't hardly put together the office in which the mister works out of every M-F.  There is something really wrong with that, because we've had a lot of time to do so.  It's one of the rooms we've neglected altogether - it's still the original paint color from when we moved in, there were piles and stacks of things that had have no home, the liter box is just...there, the bookshelves were in disarray.  The weekend before last, we hunkered down and cleared out the ridiculous amounts of paper stacked up everywhere (and not so much in stacks, really, more in random chaotic piles).  We kind of shoved things in the closet (although I honestly need that closet to look like this) and made some space for a furniture rearrangement.  We refiled our important papers, tossed out old ones, put magazines in order in a filing system and called it done for now.  So here we are, ready to begin, with a somewhat clueless approach to it all.  I guess I should just begin by blowing copious amounts of money on the cutest accessories I can find, right??

Weekend Recap

Hello!  We're back from the lake, back to reality and happy to be home.  We had a great time down in Tennessee and look forward to our return.  Some highlights of the weekend include ::

  • Hanging out with the mister's grandpa.  We were the only visitors there for 24 hours so we dined and drank beers together and the next morning, David got a lesson in furniture making from the expert himself.
  • 7 acres of sunflowers! It felt as if I was stepping foot in Kansas again, but lo and behold, it was Tennessee.  His grandpa planted 7 whole acres, mainly to attract creatures for hunting season (boo), but boy were they beautiful.  Despite the severe drought and severe temperatures, they were thriving.
  • An afternoon of boating - it's what we do best down there.  Ride around on the boat, jump in the water, eat snacks, repeat.  
  • Grilled veggie kielbasa, macaroni + cheese, potatoes...mmm.
  • Hysterical laughter ensued every evening.  A day in the sun can do that to you pretty easy.
  • A full day of boating - I couldn't tell if I was standing still or afloat while taking a shower afterward.  I took turns between the sun and the shade, had great conversation with my in-laws and enjoyed doing so little.  
  • We had one of the strangest adventures in recent history as we pontooned it across the lake, hopped on an unsafe contraption and went to the weirdest fish fry I've ever been to.  Weirdest/funniest/craziest/scariest/idontknowhowtoexplain kind of night.  Oh. My. God.  Oh. My.  Wow.
  • Laughing for hours on end about the above experience - pretty priceless.

We packed up and left Sunday morning, had an easy drive home (while listening to this), reunited with Stevie (!) and chilled out at home.  'Twas a great weekend, my friends.  A great weekend indeed.

How were your weekends? I'd love to hear!  Here's to a great week ahead! 

Friday's Fancies + Have a Stellar Weekend!

Friday's Fancies

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Happy Friday, friends!  It's been a good week in these parts and I'm excited that it's not coming to an end for 2 more days.  Celebrating the 4th is always so exciting, even if we don't do anything that special.  But I'm always excited to get down to the lake and cruise around the water while watching my FIL sing along to bad songs behind the wheel.  We'll be enjoying just that until Sunday morning when we head back, reunite with Stevie girl and spend the rest of the day recuperating.  

Today's Friday's Fancies is in honor of the holiday and I must admit, I'd never wear this in public.  I can't exactly get on board for wearing something so celebratory, although that could just be the cynic in me.  I'll probably turn into one of those ladies though who go overboard at every occasion and leave their children in disgust and embarrassment.  

Wow.  Sidetracked much?

Even though I can't bring myself to don the stars and stripes so literally, I can see myself sporting that red dress with my pink sandals and brown purse.  

Would you wear this? Or something even more literal, for that matter?  Eh?  

Hope you all have a very lovely weekend!  Enjoy yourself wherever you are. I bid you farewell until Monday....xoxo.

Thursday Loves

This screen-printed lemon tote by Oh, Little Rabbit just oozes summer.  I imagine strolling through markets with baguettes and flowers peeping out the top.

This garland by Edens Endeavors would have been perfect for yesterday's celebrations.

I LOVE the looks of this color brass necklace by FORTUNE.  So simple but so pretty!

Speaking of baguettes, can someone please send me tons of these paper baggies? Seeing this totally make my week!

Last, I love the whole look and feel of this print by Monorail.  The colors, the type, the automatic feeling of being asea - I love this shop and I love our antler print we bought last year.

I finally decided to fix up the ole blog header problem I've had ever since Blog Milk created those rad new templates.  Nat from Modern Buttercup whipped this up for me in a jiffy and I am pleased as pie.  Thanks, Nat!

I hope you are all having a lovely Thursday! Hubs and I are headed to the lake today for a weekend of boating.  Hoorah!

***The gnome link is right now...no longer Kristin Wiig.  Sorry about that! I still wish I knew where to find the bags at though***

An American Birthday

Hope you're all able to live it up today.  It's only 11 a.m. here and it's already 90 degrees.  Ouch.  

Last night I took Stevie out and realized our neighborhood had erupted (we may or may not have been having a Snoop Dogg dance party inside...).  Fireworks everywhere!  She wasn't quite sure what to think, so she stayed close to our side as we watched a free show from 2 houses down.  They must have spent over $1,000 on all the big ones.  We climbed up on the roof after awhile and caught the end, enjoying a magical summer night.

I can only hope for something similar tonight.

Happy 4th, everybody! Be safe and have tons of fun!

flagpiepie booklifeguards



 pocket books // shot glasses (sold out) // bangle //// shorts // skirt // tee 

I couldn't resist the Twin Peaks pocket books.  How could I ever?  And I do believe I'll take the tee so I can sport it all summer long.  The shorts, too.  But most of all, I'll gladly take the art.  Please!

Weekend Recap

Hello, everyone.  Back at Monday, we are.  I can't complain too much, though.  The weekend didn't feel as though it flew by quite as fast as normal.  How that happened, I don't know!  Some highlights of the weekend include ::

  • Friday night was strange but ended well - early to bed after a late dinner and good-hearted TV watching
  • Saturday morning brought on raspberry dutch babies (above). They were heavenly, to say the least. We ate these, fought off an impending stomach ache and even managed to hand-wash our truck in the 100 degree heat (what were we thinking?)
  • We're slowly working on a living room revamp - we've saved up for grown-up furniture and hope to buy some soon.  Meanwhile we've been making small changes to help us get there.  One of those small changes was hanging a mirror above our fireplace.  The other not-so-small change was buying a rug at 75% off!  That's right.  75%!
  • Stevie finally finished obedience school! She passed with flying colors and I do believe we'll start to utilize our weekends for summer trips now that it's over and done with. Hoorah!
  • Saturday night was spent hanging out with friends and heading to Zazoo's for our favorite bass player's new band's first show.  That's a mouthful.
  • Sunday errands = tons of two buck Chuck and our Trader Joe's staples.  
  • We were feeling in the organized kind of mood so we went through our old files and important things - of which I laughed, cried and questioned my priorities once upon a time :)
  • Blueberry muffins, fresh-from-the-garden vegetables for dinner and...wait for it....wait for it.........a storm!  We haven't had rain in awhile, plus our yard dirt needed the rain SO bad in order to "settle".  Ahh...sweet relief.

As you can see, we have picked a lot of vegetables and fruit from the garden and it seems to be treating us well.  I'm looking forward to this week actually, 2 days to go and I'm celebrating the 4th and headed to Kentucky Lake!  Woo!  Hope you have great plans ahead for the holiday week/weekend and that the work week flies right on by! 


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