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Friday, July 17, 2015

Let's Take Five

[one]: This living room is so darling, I cannot even handle all of the cuteness! I love the bright natural light and the small pops of color that add a little touch to the room. This room reminds me of our own living room in our little love nest and I have been itching to add bookcases on each side of our fireplace. It just seems so cozy to me.  Do any of you have bookcases along your fireplace? Do you love it or hate it? Do share! Gals got the home project itch over here!

[two]: Meet yourself where you are. That is seriously what I have been saying to myself over and over and over and over some more. Reminding myself to be present. I was sweating in cardio this morning and my instructor had a shirt on that said, "Live in the moment." I kind of rolled my eyes because it always seemed so cliche to me. For some reason, that line never really sat with me well but "Be present" always has. Yes, I know- it's essentially the same thing but "Be present" seems to have so much more intention and integrity to me. Meeting myself where I am in all aspects of life has been my intention for the week, gal pals. Not worrying about my job, or my future baby bears, or my teaching. Just appreciating what I am being dealt with now but still allowing myself to dream my future without getting so caught up in the details. It'll all fall into place. It always does, doesn't it?

[three]: I magically appeared in my hairdressers seat last week after a seven month hiatus. I always promise to do better at maintaining my new locks but life has gotten the best of me the past couple of months. What can I say? Life happens, gal pals.  I only had enough time for a quick snip-snip but I am headed back next month to change the color. At this point, the blonde is growing out and I am going back and forth with the idea of going dark again.  I am completely smitten with everything about this hair color. My green eyes would be poppin' and the even cut is swoon-worthy. I might even be brave and go a little shorter than that! Wait, what? Who am I?

[four]: The amount of sunshine that this sweet skin of mine has seen this summer has been slim to none. I feel like I live in Seattle, y'all! The amount of rain has resulted in me doubling up on yoga practices because really, what's a gal to do on a summer day besides bend a little?  If I am being honest, I could also use a day in- as in hide the keys, turn on the tunes [Oh hey, Miguel!] and lounge around.  This DIY pom-pom tote bag seems like a perfect [and easy!] project to get my hands on next week. I purchased the cutest tote last year that could use a little sprucin' and this DIY seems like the perfect touch! All you need is some embroidered floss and a pair of scissors! Can it get any easier, chickadees?

[five]: Listen up ladies, this pose is my absolute dream pose! Holy swoon! I've mentioned to y'all in the past how much I cannot get enough of heart openers and this is exactly what I was squealing about.  Although it's fun, yoga is not always about the physical poses but more so about the lessons they teach us and the feelings or emotions that pop up when getting there.  I'm working my way towards this pose for now. I'm almost there but gals gotta lead with her heart and get that head up first. I'll keep you posted, sugars! 

Enjoy your weekend!, chickadees Hope you have something snazzy planned! Here's to hoping that there is a little sunshine heading our way!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Holy Swoon!

Hello you lovely people! Hope you had a fab start to your week!  Take a look at what made me squeal, "Holy Swoon!" while perusing the web this weekend:

[The Best Denim]: If we are being honest, I live in my white denim. It doesn't really matter what season it is, you can usually find me schlepping around town in these.  Chances are, if I am not digging the white denim that day, I am prancing around in this pair of high denim. They are comfortable, don't lose their stretch, and always make my tuckus look high and tight [just sayin'!].  If you have yet to try them, hop on over and check them out. They are a must in my wardrobe, gal pals!

[Playing Cards]: We all know that I love to a little color to jazz up any moment so these cards are totally on my list for my next night in with my honeybee!  Maybe it'll add a little luck to my game since I always someone end up losing in any game that we play together. He says it's luck, I think he's secretly sneakin' and peekin'! 

[Pendant Light]:  This pendant light makes me weak in the knees, chickadees! The pop of pink would be so adorable in a little gal pals room, wouldn't you agree? 

[Chocolate Chip Banana Cake]: If you eat dairy, can you do me a favor and make this cake? It sounds so delectable that my mouth is drooling just thinking about it! I am doing some digging around to figure out ways that I can make this  dairy free for my honeybee and me. With or without that chocolately-goodness frosting, it sounds like the perfect pairing with my morning coffee!

[Kelly Green Dresser] If you've practiced next to me on the mat lately, chances on you have spotted kelly green quite often these days. Green mat, green pants, I am lovin' this hue, guys and gals! Welp, you can imagine how much I swooned over this fancy schmancy dresser when I was perusing on the world wide web last week! Isn't it swell?

[Baby Sperry Top-Sider]: These snazzy ones are sold out but you can hop on over and grab this cute version if it tickles your fancy, chickadees! Aren't they so adorbs? I always like to grab a pair when I find out my guy and gal pals are expecting. They are the cutest little gift that can make anyone squeal from its cuteness!

[Pom Pom Scarf]: It makes me giggle to think about how much I used to loathe the color pink. Now, I just naturally gravitate towards pink when I am itching for a pop of color when I get ready in the mornings.  This scarf is on my must-have list for this summers accessories stash! If your summer is anything like my summer has been going, it's been rainy for days! I have had to grab a third layer for warmth almost every day this summer and scarves are always the first thing I grab! Such an easy way to add a little jazz and sunshine to my day! If you love it as much as I do, grab it while you can gal pals! It's 30% off!

[Folk Floral Table Runner]: Holy Swoon! This little lady is smitten with this table runner! The perfect touch to a summer party on the deck! Who says you need to live near the beach to love a little color? It's utterly adorable!

Enjoy, you lovely people!  Now get out there and show Tuesday whatcha got! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5 Tips To Begin A Plant Based Diet

At this point, I've been plant based for almost two years.  Before that, I was vegetarian for two years. If we are being honest, chickadees, I can't believe I am still living this lifestyle. This gal pal comes from a die hard Italian family. I'm talking throws the meatballs, pastrami, pasta, and cheese at you as soon as your little tukus walks in the door.  When guys and gals first find out that I eat only plant-based, they immediately jump to the question, "Can you even eat anything?" or make the statement, "I could never imagine doing that." Welp, chickadees, it really isn't as difficult as you think that it is. If you have the mindset to do it, you can.  So today, I thought that I would share with you a few tips on what has worked for me personally on my plant-based journey. Perhaps you are interested in trying it out but maybe not. Some are interested in trying a plant-based diet for a short amount of time to detox, others doing it for a lifestyle change or even for environmental purposes. Either way, these are some tips that have worked for me. Let's hop to it, shall we?

1. [Make It A Gradual Change]: Like I stated previously, I was vegetarian for two years before I transitioned to a plant-based diet. Eating plant-based is an entire lifestyle change for many people.  The best way to transition is to make it a gradual change. If you eat meat, cut that out. Don't eat meat but eat dairy? Slowly begin to cut that out as well. Maybe start out by cutting out cheese before switching out dairy milk products for non-dairy.  Once you have the mindset that your doesn't doesn't have to completely change over night, it will make it a smoother transition for yourself.  

2. [Grab A Buddy]: Doing anything challenging can be difficult when your doing it by yourself. Think about exercising- starting to train for a marathon or motivating yourself to get up early for that morning workout before the rest of the world wakes up. Most of the time, it's much easier when you have another human being to keep you accountable. My sweet honeybee made the transition to a plant-based diet with me.  It has made it easier to prepare for meals in our home and we have enjoyed whipping up new dishes and trying new ingredients on the daily.  While I realize that this is not always ideal, it can make the journey more enjoyable when a pal is with you on the way.

3. [Be Kind To Yourself]: This goes back to my first point in my plant-based journey, but be kind yourself, chickadees. If you slip up and eat a dairy based dessert, be kind to yourself.  Know that no one is perfect, far from it actually. Be aware of what you are noticing in your eating habits and pick up where you left off.  There is no bible on eating plant-based and ultimately your eating habits are for no one but yourself.  You don't have to prove anything to anyone. 

4. [Allow Yourself To Be Social]: When we first started our new lifestyle, the idea of going out to meet with our friends was somewhat stressful.  I was constantly scoping out the menus to make sure that there was something for me to eat. The truth is, nine times out of ten, I can find something to eat. Don't put yourself in a bubble where you don't allow yourself to engage with your friends or family outside the four walls of your home.  There is no fun in that, is there?

5. [Eat Colorfully]:  The best meals are the ones that contain all of the colors of the rainbow.  Greens are extremely dense in nutrients not to mention quite delectable. When it comes to eating on the daily, I eat mostly fruits, veggies, and grains.  I eat good fats and foods that are mostly live.  In doing so, I stay fuller longer and am able to get all of the nutrients, ensuring balance in what I eat. 

In case you were looking for a few bloggity-blogs to inspire you to whip up some new plant-based dishes in your kitchen, take a peek at some that we peruse on the daily.  Just a little word to the bird- Some recipes may require you to substitute dairy items for non-dairy but it's easy-peasy-lemon-squeazy, sweet peas! 

Vegan Richa
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Minimalist Baker

Hope these tips are somewhat helpful for you! I'm interested to hear what tips have helped you on your personal journey! Do tell!

Sunday, June 28, 2015


For so long, I showed up on my mat to check out. It was the one hour in my chaotic life that I had for myself. No distractions, no one to answer to, nothing to cross off my list. I showed up to forget about life. It wasn't until recently that I realized how imperative it is to bring whatever is coming up in our lives onto the mat. My yoga teacher tells us, "What we do with one thing, we do with everything." 

When we show up on the mat, we don't just show up for ourselves. We show up to share and accept the energy, breath, and hearts with those around us. Through this practice, we allow ourselves to become vulnerable and intimate. In those moments, we are alone yet together.  By sharing our energy, we find peace, acceptance, and worthiness from within.  We must live with our hearts wide open. The truth is, you matter. You matter and I matter.  We all matter. The world would not be the same without me nor would it be the same without you.   You are loved. You give love. Because of your existence, love exists.  

Wherever you are on your journey, whether good or bad, you were meant to be here at this moment. As soon as you realize that every experience has a purpose, your life has so much more meaning. Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. Rather than questioning where you are at in your life, learn to be content, be present. Ride the wave. Be okay with groundlessness.  Accept that nothing is permanent. Everyone moment is an opportunity for you to grow, forgive, and to love both yourselves and others more than you ever have before.  Rather than judging yourself or your thoughts, notice them.

Whatever comes, let it come.
Whatever stays, let it stay.
Whatever goes, let it go.

You are picking up the pieces, you are growing, and you are enough. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Holy Swoon!

Well hey there, chickadees! Three weeks into summer vacation and it has been anything but! This gal pal has been moving and groovin', hoppin' and boppin', and busting moves all over this town! I had high hopes of maxin' and relaxin' but we all know that just does not reside in this DNA o' mine! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Take a look at what has made me squeal, "Holy Swoon!" for the past couple of weeks! It's been a hot minute since I've shared!

[Baby Mobile]: If you have a little one on the way and love a little cheeky yet modern decor, you may want to check out this shop! The baby mobiles are so whimsy that I had the best time giggling over them all! You can have a custom mobile made of your [soon to be] family of three or more or can even swap up this Beatles mobile with the Yellow Submarine! So good but so cheeky, right?

[Striped Heels]: I almost jumped outta my seat this past week when I stumbled upon these striped heels in my Pinterest feed. They are the perfect striped pair- design and all! I was so bummed when I noticed the post was from 2013 but still enjoyed checking out Sarah's post! Her blog is a favorite o'mine!

[Graphic T-Shirt]:  If there was ever a graphic t-shirt that sums up my life, this is me in a nutshell. I don't even wear graphic t-shirts dearest chickadees but I am making an exception with this one. Vinyasa yoga + a venti iced coffee are what's in store for me on the regular. I am sure that you have seen Thug Life t-shirts poppin' up everywhere on the world wide web these days. You can imagine how tickled I was when I found out that they are based out of Columbus, Ohio. Small business right down the street from me? So hard to resist! 

[Armchair]: Isn't this chair the bee's knees? I can just picture myself planted, feet up, sippin' and sittin' for hours on end. Just gimme the remote, this cute pillow to plop my head on, and the Real Housewives and we are good for hours on end! It's a guilty pleasure, what can I say?

[Tassel Necklace]: Simple and adorable, this one is a no-brainer when it comes to jewelry in the summer! Sometimes it can just be too hot to even think about adding a third piece but I am totally swooning over this one! Y'all know I love a good piece of colorful jewelry gal pals and this one tops the cake! The length seems just right and the tassels, not too much! Bright neon is a must with my stripes! 

[Sunnies]: I have somehow managed to rack up a stash of sunnies within the past couple of years [shocking, I know] but have found myself constantly reaching for my round ones this season.  They make me feel like the ever adorable Audrey! I could be struttin' in my black yoga pants, no makeup on, but feel like a total b-a-b-e in my round sunnies! Do y'all have a favorite pair? I know I do! Round sunnies for the win!

[Let's Stay Home]: This is a shop that I recently stumbled upon and couldn't get over the cuteness of it all! I especially love the cheeky fonts- they were made for me! Oh and the price? It's spot on! Can't go wrong with one of this, gal pals!

[Anna Kokeshi Doll]: I may or may not have squealed when I spotted this adorable Anna Wintour doll over the weekend! My heart skipped a beat and almost exploded with all of its cuteness. I would just love to snatch this curio up and place it on my desk for my little ones to play with! I'm just sure that they would appreciate Anna! 

I hope this lovely loot brought a smile to your face! Now get out there and show Monday whatcha got!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

All Shook Up!

This little one cannot get enough delectable drinks this season to calm the mind. Sippin' and sittin' is something that I have come to really appreciate on Sunday evenings after a weekend full of yoga teacher training and getting my sweat on. It's quite refreshing, dear chickadees. We typically park ourselves outside on the patio at Seventh Sons Brewing Company where I swoon over their Mother Earth cocktail. I have yet to master this one at home but once I do, you bet your bottom dollar I'll be sharing all of it's goodness with y'all! Until then, check out this sweet concoction I put together over the weekend. If you must know, I switched the Marie Framboise for a little gin! What's a gal to do? It's my favorite! 

The Falero: 

  • 4 Blackberries
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. Marie Framboise

Shake hard, and strain over ice into a highball glass. Top with seltzer and garnish with a blackberry and a raspberry.

Now hop to your local grocery store, throw these ingredients into your cart, and jet home to make yourself a strong one!  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Let's Be Real: Living Your Truth

What does it mean to live your truth? This was a question that I had to answer this week and lemme tell y'all, it had me feeling all kinds of feelings. 

What would others think of me?” “How can I avoid feeling hurt?” “Am I going to be terrible at this?” “How can I love other people and how can I let them love me?” “Will living my absolute truth hurt those around me?”  This is what I fear when I think about living my truth. I am realizing that the fucked up part about my fears is that 99% of them have nothing to do with me. Or maybe they really do and it’s all in my head. Why am I subconsciously letting others dictate my own control of my life?

There are still areas of my life where I am seeking to discover what living my truth means to me personally. At this point, I am not sure what it is in a tangible sense but it’s more of a feeling for me. This entire teacher training process is teaching me the importance of authenticity and how it opens my heart to living my truth by seeking out what feels good to me physically and emotionally.

When I think about living my truth, I keep coming back to being vulnerable. 

If I am being honest, I think this is the most difficult for me to be, being vulnerable. It is the one quality in myself that I am so quick to run away from. Other than this entire teacher training experience, I can count on my hand the amount of times I have been completely and utterly vulnerable in my life. I’m realizing now that it’s so much of the perfectionist in me. When I think about vulnerability and how it relates to myself personally, my thoughts instantly think about it in a negative connotation- being weak, too open. The funny thing is, I want so badly to be vulnerable and I am envious of those around me who are. When I perceive it in others, I see bravery, complete happiness, and a high sense of energy that others are drawn to.  So why can’t I see it in myself?

One of the most freeing experiences for me has been heart-openers during yoga [To my fellow yogis, can I get an 'Amen!'?]. The amount of vulnerability I feel in these poses is so liberating that I often find myself in tears after class because it’s so powerful and moving. I ask myself how wonderful life could feel if I felt as vulnerable in life as I did in that moment. I am not even sure what is holding me back other than my fear of being hurt or shamed. Maybe it’s wanting to find someone who is just as vulnerable in a place of non-judgment when it can be so difficult to find in a world that exists as we know it. It’s so much easier to build walls and then blame or question why others feel so distant but the truth is that I am the one that is building those walls.

I started this yoga journey with the intention of finding out who I am. What I am finding is that it’s not that I didn’t know who I was because deep down inside, I know who I am. I am kind, worthy, giving, [too much of] a perfectionist, a caring friend, supportive wife, and at times, sensitive.  I also know that I want to be better. By becoming more vulnerable I will be able to move closer to the truth of who I really am down deep inside and allow others to see it as well. It’s not so much about who I am or who I am not but more so a practice of how I can keep reaching toward my truth. More about living with intention and less out of fear. Acknowledging where I am today and that it may not be the same as where I was yesterday or where I will be tomorrow. I read once that you cannot live when you are untouchable. So here’s to hoping that my heart will crack open and a party full of confetti, openness, lovely thoughts, and sunshine pops out for me to share. Namaste, y'all!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Heavens To Etsy [No.1]

I remember when I first heard about Etsy from a Ph.D student I was working with in the research lab during my undergraduate work.  Since then, I can often be found hunting for hidden treasures on the website and some of my most favorite purchases have been found there. I must say, chickadees, there is something snazzy about finding a good quality product made by a small business.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that my purchases for either myself or my dearest friends and fam-bam were made with love. In starting this new series, I thought that I would kick off a few shops that I have ordered from multiple times and could not be more pleased with their products and customer service! 

[saracarr]: Not gonna lie, this shop gives me instant baby fever! Oh hey, you love Bob the bear and his happy hued yellow glasses? It's gonna cost you a baby! Maybe some day but for now I will just happily purchase them for my mommy friends. In case you were curious, pals, this shop is probably my most favorite on Etsy!

[littlelow]: This shop has some of my favorite cards! Whenever I am in need of a fix for the perfect card, I know that I can always count on this shop to pull through.  I love the cheeky yet vintage feel to this shop! I may or may not be tempted to keep some of these cards and to display on my desk at work! Can you blame a gal?

[ScoutandLilly]:  Scout & Lilly is a small shop that carries modern accessories. I am smitten with their small leather goods and whimsy banners.  I think they would be adorable in my speech room! So much better than those inspirational Garfield posters my teachers hung up in my classrooms when I was growing up! Wouldn't you agree? Yikes!

[notTuesday]: They have the most darling necklaces and fab color combos. They especially pair well with a striped t-shirt for all of you gal pals who are smitten with stripes, like me! 

So what are some of your favorite Etsy shops? Are there any that you just cannot live without? I cannot wait to share more of my favorites soon! Stay tuned, chickadees!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Snap Happy

Instagram is my jam so I thought that I would share a few photos of what's been 'grammin, chickadees! Of course there have been plenty o' things that have tickled my fancy as of late that I don't always snap with my camera lens [like a trip to a vineyard for a dinner date with my little sister], but that is for another day! In the meantime, take a peek! 

My honeybee surprised me by ordering me a new hooded trench in my favorite hue! 

My best gal pal is expecting her first little one and we recently celebrated at her baby shower! Did I mention that I'm the Godmother? Eek! I'm so honored + excited!

The amount of friends [old + new] that have reached out to me since my dad passed away has been overwhelming, comforting, and heartbreaking all at the same time. Some days are easier than others but I cherish each word of encouragement that I receive. A little love goes a long way, y'all. Time to start the Happiness Project! 

Isn't it lovely to find an old pair of shoes that you forgot you had after a long winter? #yesyesyall! I thought they were swell with my snazzy new tote!

My Saturdays usually call for an early workout + a strong cup of coffee to kick off the weekend! 

Spring cleaning was in full swing this past week as we said "Ciao!" to our heavy winter clothes and "Hello!" to our tank tops and shorts for our upcoming trip to Aruba! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

In The News

Happy Friday, chickadees! Who else cannot clack their heels fast enough to express their excitement for the weekend? Yippy skippy! I must admit, I have felt like I've been living under a rock these past couple of weeks. Just the other day, I thought that I would finally peruse around on the lovely world wide web and found two of my favorite glam jams under the tip of my nose! I decided my discoveries were too lovely to keep a secret from you gal pals!

First up is funny man Bill Murray: Let's be honest, this guy makes my side hurt. I just love his witty sense of humor in so many movies from my childhood and just glancing at his picture makes my heart skip a beat. He's the type of guy that I would want to spend an afternoon with binging on bad food and acting like eight year old kids. This week my badass yoga teacher [hey girl, hey!] posted a link about Bill Murray who held a press conference in 2014 after the screening of his film St. Vincent. During the press conference someone asked him the question, "What does it feel like to be you?" and his response was absolutely brilliant. Some may be quick to think that he responded with some quick or senseless response but to be honest, gal pals, it was deep. After all of the experiences I have had within the past year, I am really learning on being present. This three minute response hit the nail on the head. Learning and being content is all about being mindful of the present moment. 

Oh you lovely people, you know I just adore my gal Mrs. Iris Apfel.  If you read my blog on the daily, you already know that this adorable lady has completely stolen my heart and that she reminds me so much of my late grandmother. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I found out that her new documentary, What Would Iris Say, comes out in little over a month-April 29th to be exact! I have watched the new trailer at least ten times in the past couple of days and each time I squeal with excitement! I hope that I'm that sassy and glam when I am 93. I can just picture my honeybee and me now! Little love birds! Iris has had such a fascinating lifestyle and career that I am infatuated with. If you have a hot minute, you must watch trailer here! It's sure to make you smile!

"I don't have any rules 'cuz I would only be breaking them so it's a waste of time. " [Iris Apfel]

Happy weekend, dear chickadees! Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and snuggles! Do you have any weekend plans for the sunny days ahead? Do share! I'm intrigued! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Holy Swoon!

Hey there, chickadees! Happy Monday! I just wanted to thank y'all for for all of the love I received over the past week regarding my last post.  The comments and emails were enough to make me feel loved from all over and it is more appreciated than you even know.  Every day is a challenge but just know that I appreciate the encouragement.  It's been a hot minute since I have shared what has made me squeal "Holy Swoon!" so I thought that I would brighten your Monday blues up with this little batch of sunshine:

[Dulci Kitten Heels]: I don't always love a kitten heel but I am completely smitten with these! That bow? Perfect! Now since they are completely sold out in every size, where can I snag a pair for myself? Holy swoon!

[Art Print]: If you have been following along, you may or may not remember that I recently purchased a print from Emily Rickard. It is one of my most happy hued and loved prints in my office these days.  What can I say- I always pop a grin when I look up and see it above my desk. This one is another personal favorite of mine! I can't wait to see what else Emily has up her sleeve when her Etsy shop opens back up. If you just cannot wait chickadee, you can always pop on over to Society6 and swoon over her work like I do on the daily! No shame!

[Tippi Sweater]: If there is one thing this gal has as a staple piece in her closet [other than a gazillion button ups-yikes!], are tippi sweaters! Listen up, ladies! They are the bees knees! Perfect to layer, wear by itself, any time, any season! I love 'em! I keep coming back to this fancy marled citrus color. I can't help but to think that it might look a little snazzy when the sun shines and I am all sun-kissed! Add that one to my online cart? Done and done! 

[WWJLD?]: Yes, I am going to say it you love people- you NEED this tote! Am I right? Jenna Lyons makes my heart skip a beat! Her style is impeccable and she is quite the boss bitch, if you ask me! Blogger Robin Anderson has just launched a new tote bag company featuring a series entitled #bossbitch that celebrates women. Each tote that she launches is limited edition and will feature strong female icons like my gal pal Jenna Lyons [obvi!], Martha Stewart,  etc. I love everything about this and cannot wait to snatch one up for myself! 

[Tassel Key Ring]: A year or so ago, I purchased a leather tassel keychain from Kate Spade that was very similar to this beauty and I get stopped so often to ask where I purchased it. I just love the happy hues on this one and the gold patterned detail adds just the perfect touch! If you are on the hunt for a new keychain, look no further! I think this one has your name all over it, gal pal!

[Cotton Fille Bow Headband]: When I found out that Gap Kids and Kate Spade were launching a collaboration last year I couldn't contain my excitement. There is something special about Kate Spade and all of her bright whimsey-ness that leaves me weak in the knees. I loved every single piece from that collection, gal pals. Well, you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this adorable headband while perusing Kate Spade's website this weekend. Heavens to Betsy! Where in the world have I been and how did I not know that Kate Spade started carrying kids? This headband would be first on my must-have list. Don't even worry that I am childless. I'm pretty petite- this precious piece will fit me! At least that's what I keep tellin' myself, sister! Seriously too cute! Kate Spade gets it right every time! Speakin' of Kate Spade- Word on the street is that they are closing their Kate Spade Saturday stores. The Kate Spade line has always pulled the strings of my heart more so than the Saturday line but I still feel a little sad about this. Have any of you gal pals heard this news, too? Help a sister out! I'm quite curious!

[Fuchsia Nina Chair]: Not even kidding, I pin hot pink chairs like it's my job! Aren't they just the piece of sass and pizazz that you want to have to spruce up your little love nest? I may or may not have squealed out loud when I stumbled upon this pretty thing over the weekend. It has gotten fabulous reviews, ladies. I may need to hop on in to my local store to kick up my feet and give it a little whirl of my own! 

[Navy Striped Pillow]: When we purchased our new couch we ordered these striped pillows in navy and I am in heaven every time I lay my head down on them. Cute + functional? Too perfect for words! Navy stripes are my jam and I have them incorporated into almost every room of our little love nest. Sometimes I think I may be going overboard in the stripe world but then I stop myself. Too much stripe? Thats just silly, chickadees! 

Enjoy, you lovely people!  Now get out there and show Monday whatcha got! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Day My Whole Life Changed

Two weeks ago, I was sitting at my computer working on my next blog post. It was 5:00 and I had just got home from work. My phone was dead and I thought it would be a perfect time for me to write down my bucket list for my upcoming birthday. You see, my birthday was three days later. I had all of these great ideas on what I wanted to accomplish and things that I wanted to do during the next year of my life- take up tennis, get my teaching certification in yoga, travel more. I'm sure that there were more of which I no longer remember, but at this moment of my life, it doesn't even matter. That's because on February 23rd, my whole world stopped.  

I am not going to spare you all with the details because to be frank, they are all too real and too raw and too personal to share. My life today is no where near what it was last week nor will it be what it is today, tomorrow, a week, or even a month from now. My life is forever changed. Two weeks ago, my dad died unexpectedly. It has been the most heartbreaking, surreal, and absolute worst experience of my life. 

To be honest with you, you won't even begin to understand how I am feeling unless you have ever been in my shoes, and I would never wish that upon anyone. You won't know what it's like to rush to the hospital two and half hours away and see your dad suffer due to something so unexpected or to sign a death certificate, or make decisions like what funeral home he needs to be sent to. You won't know what it's like to be in your twenties and have to make decisions on your father's funeral like what readings to be read or what hymns to sing. You won't know what it's like to be sitting in the funeral home with your twenty five year old sister and have to make choices like which casket to pick for your dad or whether or not you want his organs to be donated. You won't know what it's like to be having calling hours for your dad on your birthday and wishing that he was there to celebrate with you instead.  

I'm not telling you all of this out of self pity or attention, but because I want you to know that this is real life. Life is hard and it isn't always fair. One day you can be here and the next day, you can be gone. I still am having a hard time even wrapping my head around how I am feeling or coming to terms with the fact that he is gone. One minute I am doing fine and the next minute I can't stop crying. I'm telling you this because maybe you are like me and are trying to find comfort in your own loneliness. 

I have said it before and I will say it again: There is never a right time to lose a parent.  You can be twenty eight or sixty eight and it's still going to be the hardest moment of your life because it means that an entire chapter of your life is over and you have to start facing life on your own. That is the trouble with time, there is never enough. I truly believe that there is no amount of time that will prepare you for the grief that you will find. You will always want one more day, always ask yourself "what-if", and you will always ask yourself "why." I won't be able to pick up the phone to ask him how to make a special recipe or joke with him about something that happened when I was five. I have so many questions yet no answers and I sure as hell don't have it figured out. If anything, it's getting harder before it's getting better. So please excuse me if I am not always my witty or cheeky self in the coming months but this blog is a way for me to be authentic and true to who I am, sadness and all. In this moment, I am lost, I am heartbroken, and I am hurting.  It can be hard for me to blog when I am having trouble finding joy on a day to day basis.

So I am sorry if being true to who I am and how I am feeling does not live up to blogger world standards. It may not always be happy hues and snazzy outfits from here on out and if that is not your thing, then feel free to stop following along. This is my life right now and I am trying my best to keep floating. I am learning to live without my dad, trying to fill a void in my heart where he has left, and create a new normal.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Let's Take Five

[One]: You know that phrase, Home Is Where The Heart Is? It's been on my heart heavily these days. My home is truly where my heart is. Forgive me, chickadees, for not being ready to talk about what has been going on in this world o' mine but it has been a little too much for me to even want to face. I was happy to head home this weekend for a much needed gal pal sesh with my dear little sister. It was lovely to get out for the day and pop into a few stores, grab some grub, and talk about all of the mischief we found ourselves into growing up. We even ventured off to get mani's and pedi's on Saturday afternoon. Of course I opted for my signature hue, poppy red!  Let me tell you gal pals, it was just what the doctor called for. There is something special about having a sister as a best friend. She is always there no matter what and can always make you feel better when you are at your worst. My sister has made me a better person and I wouldn't be where I am without her. 

[Two]: My honeybee and I will be hoppin' on a plane here within the next couple of weeks to jet off to Aruba! Hello sunshine! The thought of basking in the sun with my toesies in the sand makes my heart skip a beat! We have yet to travel to Aruba, but have heard nothing but wonderful things about that lovely place! If you have ventured to that hot spot before, do share what is on your must-do list! We are anxiously counting down the days! Stay tuned, I can't wait to share what we will be up to!

[Three]: February was a cold one here in good 'ol Columbus and I often found myself hibernating under the covers.  I turned complete couch potato on the weekends and in between my Dateline binge watching [it's a guilty pleasure of mine!], I found myself on Nexflix perusing the documentaries.  I realize I am totally late in the game in terms of Bill Cunningham's documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, but I couldn't move my tiny fingers fast enough to press play! If you have yet to watch this documentary, hop to it! I found myself smiling, giggling, and at times, crying at how beautifully done this documentary was.  For someone who does such wonderful work and is loved by so many in the fashion industry, he lives such a mysterious and simple lifestyle. So many times we get caught up in the materialism of today's society, but Bill continues to stay grounded.  His giggle is contagious! Oh what I wouldn't do to spend a day with the man, his adorable blue jacket, and that bike of his! 

[Four]: How adorable is this striped necklace? It would be the perfect piece of  sass to put on as I am racing out the door in the morning! I have had the DIY itch lately so I may or may not venture out to my local craft store to make my own version of this little number. However, I am tempted to just purchase this one and call it a day since I just found out it is 40% off. Total steal if you ask me, darlin'! 

[Five]: If you read my blog on the daily, you know that this little gal is fitness obsessed! Pure Barre, yoga, I love it all! Up until recently, I really steered clear from cardio because it be honest, it made me shake in my boots! I am happy to say, that is no longer the case, dear chickadees!  If you are in the Columbus area, you must make your way to System of Strength. I cannot squeal how much it has won my heart over! My tuchus and arms hate me on the daily but I still find myself hobbling back for more! I feel like I need to reward myself for all of my hard work with brand new spankin' kicks!  Have any of you local gal pals fell in love with SOS just as I have? Do tell! If you aren't local but curious as to how I torture myself with this love-hate relationship, you can take a peek here! If your brave enough, you can use the videos and get your own workout on in the comfort of your own home! Get it, lady!

Happy Monday, you lovely people! I hope your day is filled with happiness, sunshine, and positivity! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pass The Champagne, Please!

Let's be real: I am that friend who can be completely an utterly composed when necessary but you betcha bottom dollar that as soon as we hit the car and that bass is bumpin', I'm gonna bust out my flow as smooth as butter. I had two "cold days" this Thursday and Friday so this gal pal has been cooped up in our little love nest for days with nothing but me, my kitty Linus, and our two dogs Lucy + Cannoli. I tried entertaining myself by having rap battles with myself all while my boy Biggie was on repeat non stop but my furry friends were not amused. They looked at me like #byefelicia. What can I say, haters gonna hate. 

With that said, this is what I am looking forward to this weekend:

[1.] Yoga
[2.] Bottomless Bloody Mary's
[3.] Dateline Marathon [it's a guilty pleasure o' mine!]
[4.] Wearing comfy socks
[5.] Snuggle Fests 

What about y'all? Cheers to the weekend, chickadees! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Art I Heart: Katie Smail

Isn't art just the best thing to dazzle over when you need a little pick-me-up? With the winter weather lingering well past my liking, I find Katie Smail's work to be refreshing! You may recognize her snazzy work from Design Love Fest's Dress Your Tech Series and it just so happens that Katie's feature is one of absolute favorites of them all! Holy swoon, sisters! I must admit that her work has my nose pointed straight to spring! Onward and upward, dearest chickadees! 

[Juju Headdress]: Golly Neds, isn't this divine? What I wouldn't give to plop on of  these fine beauties on my wall. I'm sure my honeybee would say otherwise but I just cannot stop thinking about how it would add the perfect touch to our living room. You can find me day dreaming at my desk about it until then. That pink is just too perfect! 

[Pillow Cover]: If you are a black and white lover, this pillow is for you! I love the abstract art on this pillow that would seriously add a little punch to any space! Everyone needs to add a little artsy fartsy to spice up their space a bit!

[Snail Paperweight]:  My honeybee surprised me with this little paperweight and it made my day! It totally feeds into my love for snail mail and all things Kate Spade. You would think that Kate Spade would carry this lovely curio, but [shockingly] he snatched it up elsewhere! Oh, and the price? You can't beat it, love bugs!

[Leather Tote Crossbody]: I saw this leather tote over the weekend and couldn't get over how perfect the color was! If you are on the hunt for the perfect orange bag, look no further! The quality and feel of this bag was reasonable for the price. Who wouldn't feel snazzy with this jam on their shoulder? 

[Stripe Boatneck Tee]: We all know that I wear stripes on 6 [maybe 7] out of 7 days in a week. So do I really need a new one? Probably not. In my defense, this lovely blue screams "Spring" so it's totally on my radar! 

[Linoleum Print]: I am sure that you are getting sick of me talking about how I am putting together my gallery wall in our office, chickadees, but I must tell you that this is the latest print to land at our little love nest.  The problem with my gallery wall is that I am gradually collecting different pieces that I am smitten with but have yet to hang them up. I have what some lovely people would like to call a "commitment problem."  Yes, yes, y'all it's true. I do. Not just with the prints- with the clock that we have had since our wedding but I cannot commit on where to hang it in our living room along with a dozen other little bibelots I have around this lovely establishment. I just cannot deal with it being so permanent because knowing this little gal, I will change my mind the moment I smash a nail in the wall. What can I say ? It's time for an intervention! Call 'em in!

[Water Bottle]: I have used my BKR bottle every single day for the past three years and cannot sing it's praises any higher. It has totally helped increase the amount of water that I drink on the daily and the colors are as cute as a button. Over the weekend, I made the mistake of leaving my BKR bottle in my car and it broke from the cold temperatures. I'm so bummed. It sounds silly but I really am. I can't go another day without ordering a new one so I am thinking this lovely green color might be the next contender. 

[Ballet Flats]: Colorful flats are my jam! I was especially school girl giddy when I popped onto the world wide web this week and spotted these flats in such a lovely color! A gals gotta have her options and when happy hued flats are involved, the possibilities are endless!

[Business Card Holder]: Does Kate Spade really think of everything? This business card holder is seriously on my birthday list! Less than a week and I am hoping that this lovely number makes it's way to my doorstop because I cannot get over how perfectly cheeky it is! The details are everything, chickadees! 

If you think Katie's work is just as swoon worthy as I do, gal pals, you may want to hop on over to One King's Lane to take a looky-look at what she is selling! This one just happens to make me all weak in the knees! Which one is your favorite?