Tuesday, June 30, 2009

tulips are the new daisy.

A bold statement, I know, but Dutch Tulips is the summer color of '09. It's delightful.

Special thanks to Mags for introducing me to its loveliness.

books galore!

One of Guy's and my favorite things to do on a week night is hit Barnes & Noble and browse books. We rarely buy but we like to see what's new, what's recommended, and pick out books for one another.
After our venture today, we decided we need to build a library. I love reading... he has a love/hate relationship with it... but we both know the importance of keeping literature in our lives. His father built us an amazing bookshelf that has 10 or so lonely books on it... why not fill it with books we love! (this means I have to give up or ease up on my Amazon buy/sell book racket I've been participating in...)

Inspired by my evening 'o books - I thought I'd find some beautiful vessels to house books.

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Tell me - what book would have to be in your home library?

green wedding shoes

I can't stop looking at the beautiful photos on this blog.

The photos are modern with a touch of nostalgia.
Perfection in my eyes...

Monday, June 29, 2009

leaving reality for a moment.

I'm borderline irrate right now.
I can't believe Jillian just kept Wes. I know it's ridiculous that I care this much but I do. She's crazy to think that guy is anything but a huge D-BAG. I'm even more irrate that he's still there and Michael is gone. Seriously?!

Can we all agree to boycott Wes and his craptastic country band?! PLEASE?!


Ellen DeGeneres' 2009 Commencement Speech at Tulane University

Found via bella cene'

new blog love: Urban Weeds: Street Style from Portland

Maybe it's because I've always wanted to go to Portland but I'm loving this new blog. I can't remember how I found it but it's a new bright spot in my day. Lisa & Chelsea find fashionable women and men and photograph them, getting the scoop on their style. What's not to love?!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

heart swells everytime.

I know I'm not the only one who can't resist The Notebook. It's on Oxygen right now and I can't take my eyes away even though I've seen it 20x. Don't you hope beyond hope that love exists like it does in this movie?
Most of this movie was filmed in Charleston or around Charleston so I'm doubly affected. It's nice to be reminded how romantic and historic the city I live in is...
Have a serene Sunday! xoxo


...I will own one of these. I've always coveted the Westinghouse fans... the older the better. These vintage beauties add something special to any room and all still work!

I plan on purchasing one someday.... probably when I move out of my townhome and start fresh in another home. Won't be for a while... but it's fun to decorate a new space in my mind!

Vintage Atomic Cool Westinghouse Fan
Vintage Westinghouse Art Deco Fan
Vintage Blue Westinghouse Fan

Saturday, June 27, 2009

regina lovers - check out rolling stone!

Since discovering Regina - 4 years too late - I've kept my eye out for news on her. She just dropped her latest album, which I have yet to pick up (I know - I'm getting on it asap).
I got the latest issue of Rolling Stone today and immediately noticed there is a one pager on Regina and her new album. Go forth and read!
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shop now!

I started my weekend off as I normally do - beach time with friends. One of my favorite things to do at the beach is "bikini watch." My girls and I scope all the other suits and find the cutest. The cutest today was actually on my lovely friend Mags but we noticed how many beach bunnies were wearing Victoria Secret swimwear. Mags immediately told us about the humungo sales they're having.

Sweet heavens. She wasn't kidding. Almost all their swimwear is on sale plus free shipping on orders over $50! They're almost begging you to order 10 suits just to have them sent to your door, try them on, only to find one that works, and return the rest. I found three that I love and I hope at least one works.

Check it out ladies!
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Friday, June 26, 2009

who do I think I am??

The stars just aligned for me.

First, Naomi posted her vacation pictures. Next, I received a vacation offer via email (I get many emails about travel deals because I love to dream about the places I'd go...).

Serendipitously the vacation deal was for Dominican Republic. Not the same resort Naomi was at but Dominican Republic all the same.

Usually I sit and stare at the computer, do a bit of research, and let the dream die.

Not this time however.


Guy and I are going to D.R. in November for 5 days.

I'm excited and petrified at the same time. I'm not this spontaneous usually... but boy does it feel good.

photos via Trip Advisor

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I don' t care how crazy someone is - great music transcends.
He'll be missed.

thursday tag.

Kristen at While We're Waiting tagged me with an easy little task and I have a minute on my hands so I thought I would play along! Here are the rules:
Open my first photo folder, scroll to the 10th photo, post that photo and tell the story.
So I bring you....

Angela, Jenny, Keith, and I back in 2004 at the Dave Matthews Band show in Tampa FL. This was my first year in Charleston, had recently become friends with these three, and bonded over our love for DMB. Last minute we decided to travel to FL for the show (I believe it was the Vote for Change tour?!)
We had an absolute blast and it sealed the deal that Jenny & Keith would be my friends for life. Besides having a passion for Dave, Jenny was a midwestern girl who gave me a shot at the company I'm still at today. Even though I don't see them as often as I like... I still consider them friends and kindred spirits.

Let's see what Collins at Simply Collins comes up with!

thank you sundance.

Meet Adam.

Almost as excited about this one as Away We Go.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

gratuitous food post.

I just got a wonderful surprise. Don't you love surprises?
Wednesday is my day to volunteer so I got home a bit later than usual.
To my surprise - I had these
and these
waiting for me.
He's wonderful.

not just for cowgirls.

Photo from Our Labor of Love , found via Cup of Jo
OBSESSED with this picture of bridesmaids from a Georgia farm wedding. How adorable. Maybe it's because I would live in my cowboy boots if it wasn't so damn hot in Charleston but I can't get over how cute these girls look.

when straps just won't do...

My mom loves purses. I love purses. I swear it's in our genes. One of my favorite parts about going out at night or on the weekend is deciding which bag I'm going to carry. Silly thing to love but I do.

Check out these great finds I found on Etsy. They're beautiful and hand made. Does it get better?!

Pink Clutch - KimberlyJonesDesigns - $40
Flower Clutch -
eclu - $34
Peacock Clutch -
redrubyrose - $75
Tweed Clutch -
SewMo - $30

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

let me introduce you to Anne Taintor.

Have you heard of her? Have you visited her website? It's delightful. Her products are vintage, snarky, and fun.
I have her file folders in my cubicle and love to give her magnets as gifts!

Monday, June 22, 2009

high hopes

Based on these pictures, Tim Burton's remake of Alice in Wonderland is going to be AMAZING.
In my book, Johnny Depp can do no wrong.....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

hot dog happiness.

Guy and I went to one of our favorite local spots in Charleston - Jack's Cosmic Dog. You feel like you've stepped into the 50's which is rad. The food is good and the prices are cheap.

We don't go often enough so each time we remember and hit the road for Jack's - we walk out happy and content.

You may notice a couple of things:
1. One of us (me) ordered a plain hot dog with ketchup. I know it's lame but they're THAT good.
2. I'm thoroughly enjoying my vanilla shake. (enough so to get {two} cold headaches)
3. I used the word 'rad' in this post which I've been thinking about all day and realized it's not used enough.
Have a restful Sunday evening!

to my dad...

Happy Father's Day Dad! You've been an amazing man in my life and have never ever let me down. You're the smartest, kindest, most selfless person I know and I am more than lucky to be able to call you my dad.
Thanks for everything you do - it doesn't go unnoticed.

Friday, June 19, 2009

wanted: chic leather jacket

I've been on the lookout for a leather jacket for two years now. Two years in - I'm at the height of frustration. It's impossible to find one that a) I love and b)I can afford. I love both Audrina's and LC's jackets below.
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Vintage Jacket

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Mike & Chris Danny Leather Jacket
In searching online I found two that I like (well one that is okay and one that is W-O-W) but both are crazy expensive.

Jackets found at Neiman Marcus & Saks

Juicy Couture Leather Biker Jacket - Neiman Marcus - $695
Paper Leather Drape Front Leather Jacket - Saks - $995 (SWOON)

Help?! Do you have any tips? Shopped somewhere affordable? Found a beautiful leather jacket recently?

oh how i've missed you zach.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

goodbye rain.

photo found here

Dear Mother Nature,

You've been a pain all week. Your excessive rain & thunder has ruined my sleep, mood, and plans. I normally love and embrace your storms because you bring them so irregularly but I've had enough (though I appreciate the much needed drink you've provided to my flower bed....) To add insult to injury, my hair is in a constant state of what I can "fro-ish" and Gus' asthma has kicked up a notch.

Please only return after I complain about how hot I am and wish it would rain so I have an excuse to stay inside and watch a movie. I don't forsee that happening for at least a week.... maybe two.

Thanks for listening. You're still my fave.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

do you take time to look at the stars?

I came across the Commencement Address given to the Class of 2009, University of Portland. It blew me away. Paul Hawken (author, environmentalist,& entrepreneur) was told to give a short talk that was "direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful."

Boy did he ever.

Here are some excerpts from his speech that took my breath away.

"When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you
look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand
the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor,
and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary
people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some
semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world."

"Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every
thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions
overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars
come out every night and we watch television.

This extraordinary time when we are globally aware of each other and the multiple dangers that
threaten civilization has never happened, not in a thousand years, not in ten thousand years. Each
of us is as complex and beautiful as all the stars in the universe. We have done great things and we
have gone way off course in terms of honoring creation. You are graduating to the most amazing,
stupefying challenge ever bequested to any generation. The generations before you failed. They
didn’t stay up all night. They got distracted and lost sight of the fact that life is a miracle every
moment of your existence. Nature beckons you to be on her side. You couldn’t ask for a better boss.
The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense
when it doesn’t make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life
depends on it."

How magical to be a graduating senior and have this as your commencement speech. I wish I could have been there.
photo found via le love