Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Reading List

Here is my summer reading list!
So, crack open a bottle, unfold your beach chair, dig your toes into
the sand and settle down to a delicious read.
(Oh, and there's a couple in there I think your kids will like too..)

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
By Maile Meloy

 What The Moon Saw
By Laura Resau

The Giving Tree
By Shel Silverstein

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
By Robin Black

Pieces of the Heart
By Karen White

 Tuck Everlasting
By Natalie Babbitt

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
By Aimee Bender

I hope you enjoy some of these as much as I did :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

it's not like on tv

Recently, I've been getting into the series "Mad Men." I just finished season one, now we're onto season two.  The 50s and 60s lifestyle fascinates me.  I love the way they dress, the etiquette, the politeness, and the not-political correctness the times were back then.  Wives had to have food on the table before their husbands got home, skirts above the knee were trampy, alcohol and smoking was considered normal and not unhealthy, and many things were left unspoken.  It's crazy to me how quickly times have changed.  The series harps on a lot of topics like sex before marriage, abortion, women in the work place, health issues that were made known around that time, and marital issues.  I suggest this show to anyone looking for a good drama series with a great cast of characters and a window into a world we may never know again.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

momma's day

here are some things to inspire you when looking for a gift for your mom:

incorporate a little spring into your gifts. because my mother lives
in texas, i sent her flowers (to be delivered on saturday) and some
"deer-resistant" seeds for her garden.  although, in retrospect i don't
think i would go the "flower deliver" option.  the fees and shipping were
absolutely outrageous.  maybe a card and small gift like one of the ones
featured above would the trick next time. i love that card. :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Trends (and affordable)

Bright Bags
add a pop of color to your wardrobe--oranges, greens, yellows, and reds

Chunky Heels
spring is all about the heel--on your sandal or on your pump, a plus if it's a bright color
asos, asos, target

The Little Details
(stripes, texture, and colorblocking)
your outfit is all about the little details, make sure to pick up a few pieces that add flair
and quirkiness to your style...anything from a scalloped edge, a knit texture, thin nautical
stipes or a floral pattern.
floral, scallop, colorblock, stripes & chambray

Maxi Skirts
these are all about ease and also helps that they are back in style..
no more minis (you can go a little easy on the stair master now..)
topshop, madewell, zara, freepeople

Loud Lipstick
if you're brave enough to pull this off then I DARE YOU.
they're the hottest ticket in this year's spring fashion, popping up
all over the runway (no pun intended)

and a 70s Comeback
let's face it, all of the above is leaning a little towards that 70s
crawl up to your attic space..pull out that retro print and flared
jeans and say you read it on this blog. one will know..
sunglasses: topshop, wedges: madewell, flares:

source: images are mainly from can check out mine here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

let's get crafty (the before)

ladies. (and gentlemen) i'm feeling crafty. and here are my ideas:

the CUTEST picture holders


geometric necklace
(i actually did this last weekend, will post pics of my second try)

a summer braid

i may or may not tackle at least two of these, 
definitely the necklace and most likely the braid.
it's like an updated princess leia don't you think?!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

summer (yay!) swimwear (boo..)

it's (almost) beach season ya'll. and by the looks of the interwebs, all you bloggers and readers are getting excited for the new swimwear popping up in all the stores and online sites. well, i say no. i'm not ready yet. i want to combat the rising temperatures with my target sweatpants and frumpy hoodies. i still want to have hot chocolate in a mug and watch "winter" movies. (i think you can tell by my profile picture that i'm still stuck on winter-mode)  i don't want to think about my gym membership looming over my evening. all those pretty lookbooks and magazine ads are mocking me with their uber short shorts and summer sandals. but now that swimsuits are eminent, here we go:

my favorite swim looks:

When it comes to swimwear, I'm not much of an expirementer when it comes to newest trends.  I think it's best to stick to suits that fit your body type, and if you want to try something new, maybe try a new pattern or a little ruffle or bright color.

Friday, April 1, 2011

can I get a blog applause?

I have entered into the world of blogging. Full-fledged. 
This will be (let's count) my third blog. 

- Topics to be discussed: food, health, fashion, style, antics, and musings. 
You can find my online presence on several other social outlets, 
but my thought-provoking and silly stories can be found primarily on this one. 
Let's start by sharing some love to other blogs.

Here is a list of my favorites:

I love her posts about internet discoveries, cute clothes, 
DIY hairstyles, and her love for cheese.

posts of her favorite cute things, 
and her DIY's are fabulous.

"clean, simple, 
beautiful images" blog
gorgeous mother with 
a great sense of style.

a resource for great party ideas, 
cute stationary and much more :)
this mother is hilarious, and I find myself 
laughing out loud several times while 
reading her crazy posts.

Please check out these amazing blogs, 
and leave me a comment with some of yours.
Have a happy weekend!