Tuesday, July 31, 2012

And one more for posterity...

How did I 1) not know my sister had a pinboard completely devoted to Kate the Great! and 2) miss this amazing picture in my round up?

I am done with this tangent. For today...

Girl Crush

Oh my, my, my. I would like to die and come back as Kate Middleton. In her honor, I will be starting a new feature entitled "Things Kate Middleton Would Not Have to Do," or "TKMWNHTD" (um this will be #TKMWNHTD on Twitter, FYI) it will be just like WWJD, but with a less catchy acronym. While you are waiting with baited breath for the first installment of this new series, let's review why Kate is so great.

Formal Kate: (Really pushing the thin-velope here in look three...eat a cookie, girlfriend. Not that I would complain if I looked like that. )

Semi-formal Kate: Just playing some soccer in my pumps. Could someone hold my fascinator?
Casual Kate-Just Chillin: Princess knows how to rock a skinny jean.
You so pretty! Call me, maybe?


Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Musings: Talk Ain't So Cheap Afterall

so true.
Talk is Cheap. That's what they say. But I don't agree. I think that talk is a very valuable commodity. It is one of the only ways to share our experience of the world with others. When we don't talk to each other, when we don't tell each other how we feel, what we think, why we do what we do, we work off of assumptions, suppositions, intuitions, and all these things have the bad habit of being wrong. I am pontificating about this because I am a talker. For instance, while hiking yesterday I complained "I'm carrying the whole conversation here," to the response that I was the only one who felt the need to talk for the duration of the entire seven miles (at least half of which was straight up hill, so I am actually quite impressed that I managed to do that and talk at the same time). Though I'm a socially shy person, I like to talk. I like to talk to the people who are important to me. And, I have been accused of being an over-sharer. Too often, I find I say too much. And not always at the right time. And not always to the right people. I always want to tell people things. Sometimes it is frivolous. I am a notoriously bad secret keeper. Sometimes it is serious. I want to talk because it is, in my mind, "the right thing." I want someone to understand me. Sometimes it is stupid. I like to say the thing that everyone else is thinking, but most people have too much good sense to say (see this post). But, I find that everyone around me does not share this penchant for gabbing about every thought that has the misfortune of crossing his or her mind. Some people think that it is better for everyone just to keep their mouths shut. My mother says this is the Irish in us. I say it's poppycock. And, frankly, I don't get it. I don't get why people in families keep secrets from one another, why couples think that the thing unsaid will diminish instead of grow in consequence (which I find that unsaid things often do), why siblings allow each other to make bad choices without stepping in, why friends think that a white lie is safer than a dark truth. I don't get it. I have been accused of not knowing when to keep my mouth shut. But, I like to think that with me, you know where you stand. You know there is nothing hiding in my closet because I'll open the door for you to take a look inside. Just what I'm thinking about this week...What do you think?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fabulous Friday: Don't Judge

I borrowed this from the lovely blog Fabulous K!
Good, old MT (obviously short for Mother Teresa) was so right. But, I am no saint, and, frankly, I do not aspire to sainthood (hard to believe, I know), so I will commence the judging post haste. 

On evenings when I am not entirely sure what I want to write about, I need to look no further than TLC. From the channel that brought us I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant, now we have Virgin Diaries

"Baby, I cannot wait for this sexual career of ours." Dan from Virgin Diaires after he makes love to his wife for the first time ever! Go, Dan!

The show explores the sexual (or not so sexual) exploits of virgins over the age of 28. That seems to be the cut off (from what I can tell) where you officially become worthy of being on a television show and explaining to the world just how and why you ended up so darn weird. Each individual on the show has a different reason for "preserving" his/her virginity well into his/her middle age. The episode I just watched featured a "unicorn." Now, I need to put out there that I attended Vassar College for one (long and horrid) year. At this elite institution of higher learning, I had the pleasure of attending an orientation activity (not sexual orientation- actual freshman year orientation where one usually learns where the dining hall is located and how to contact one's advisor) that informed me about all the sexualities present at Vassar College. Though always fancying myself an open minded person, I felt like I had spent the better part of the prior eighteen years living under a rock in North Dakota. Yet even after that eye-opening experience I had not become familiarized with the rare species I now know to be a unicorn: a lesbian, Christian, virgin. Rare, indeed. 

If you are ever at a loss for something fabulous, all you need to do is tune that dial (I know, no one has a dial, but it is too soon to retire that cliche--too soon) and fabulosity awaits you every hour on the hour. Tree man, and babies in potties, and unicorns! Oh, my!

P.S. Tree man requires a post all his own...

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I have been looking for a coffee table for my living room. Nothing seems right. I thought about the x-benches, and I was leaning towards that idea for quite a while, and then I saw this beauty and she took my breath away.
She wants to come home with me. I know she does. We look like we were meant for each other. And, today, as if this weren't tempting enough, Refinery 29 is offering a deal on Furbish goodies!

Should I?!

Pretty Painter Girl

While browsing One Kings Lane for something inspirational, I came across Jennifer Latimer who was featured as an Emerging Artist. Her paintings are inspired by her love of fashion and design. I think her colors and textures are exciting, and, while I certainly do not profess to know anything at all about art, I was immediately drawn to these works. Oh yeah, and the artist herself is gorgeous. Some people have it all. I need one of these--right now!

Jennifer Latimer painting..

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Good Things Come

...to those who wait.

I have been wanting these shoes for month. I saw them in April (remember- No Shopping April?) and never bought them. Now they're on sale. Score! Sometimes delayed gratification pays off.

All available at www.colehaan.com.

Rain Boot Round Up

San Francisco is always wet and foggy. It is imperative to have a good pair of rain boots (no matter where you live, really). I have had a few pairs of Hunter's. They are truly a classic that has had an amazing brand resurgence! I love their new quilted style. It is a dressier option in case you need to keep them on all day at work.
Hunter rain boots
Burberry is much pricier, but always looks chic. It is hard to believe that some of these are actually waterproof. I am particularly digging the short, motorcycle rain boot!
Burberry rain boots
And now for my absolute favorites. LOVE this British brand Joules. Rain boots with bows? To die for! I would look forward to rainy days.
Joules rain boots

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jewels Galore

I have too many clothes (though I will deny it to the death while shopping), so instead of adding more clothes to a closet that can't take much more, I have been thinking about how to build my accessory wardrobe. Great jewelry can transform an otherwise basic or classic look. Here are some of my favorite pieces (this week).

From Jess LC: It's the east coast gal in me...
ribbon necklace - changeable ribbon - bracelet - peach and pink

From Bauble Bar:

rose gold - gold plate - tortoise resin - gold bib

From Gorjana:
earrings - initial ring - star necklace

From Charm and Chain:

monogrammed bracelet - druzy ring - gold studs - kjl necklace

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Musings: So Salty

"The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the ocean."
~Isak Dinesen

Enjoyed a beautiful brunch by the water yesterday, and I do believe that a little salt water may be the cure for all that ails.

In addition, our dear friend (that I've never met), Emily Maynard, made her final choice last night on The Bachelorette, and I believe that she took a hint from this lovely print. She picked her future husband on an island (salt water), she cried a lot (tears), and she sweat (at least I imagine she did because it looked hot there is Curacao).  Go, Emily! I personally think that entrepreneurs named Jef(f) make the best husbands.

P.S. I would also like to apologize for not attributing my image on Friday's post. It was from Paperless Post!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fabulous Friday: On Change

When it comes to change, I have always been a hater. As a child, I cried whenever my extended family left the house after a family dinner, I cried on Sundays in anticipation of the week, I cried at the end of a vacation, I cried (and shrieked - according to my mother) on our front porch for the neighborhood to hear for almost a full year when my parents moved when I was five, and I cried pretty much any time anything was about to be over or to be different. While I think that I have improved, sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself and realize that maybe those tendencies will never go away. At the end of my beautiful anniversary weekend, I found myself picking a fight and sulking mostly because I knew that that perfectly peaceful and happy weekend was coming to an end. Instead of basking in the glow of a good time, I ruined the moment by dreading the end. Why do I do that? More importantly, why can't I stop myself when I know that I do that?

Being at my parents' house in Connecticut for the last few weeks has made me realize that change is happening everywhere, and the fantasy of coming home to the family house as it was ten years ago is no longer attainable or possible. I moved away, but I didn't expect everyone else to move on too. In fact, not only did I not think about the fact that, of course, everyone has moved on, but I have been resenting everyone for it. I know that it's not right, but sometimes that five year old girl screaming on the front porch rears her ugly head.

What I do know in my head (even if I don't always believe it in my heart) is that change can make way for better things. Even though I thought that moving to California would destroy the happy life I had built, it has brought positive changes I didn't anticipate. Yes, I feel that I have lost some things because of that choice, but I have met people I wish I had known forever, and my marriage is stronger because we had to rely on each other without the influence of strong friendships and family.

I felt sad this week because I had to face change head on, and I don't like it. But, sometimes the only way to accept change is to mourn for the passing of what was. So I did. After I cried about the fact that things had changed, I cleared the air to actually enjoy myself.

This is Fabulous Friday, so what's good? What's good is that I had some great times in the last few weeks with the people in my life who aren't the same as they used to be, but the new and different versions of those people can be fabulous too.

My sister and me at our brother's engagement party weekend.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mint me.

Maybe I am behind the eight ball, but I am just finding out about Minted, which I think I did know about for stationary, but I didn't know they had such a great collection of prints. I am planning a gallery wall for the guest room/office, which we will be getting back to ourselves in the not too distant future, and I would like to add some of these prints to the mix.

good thinking

True story.

Because J. keeps his clothes in this room.

And, the piece de resistance...

Mad Men!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Currently Coveting

An update on what's got me a looking and a liking...
jcrew clutch / elephant dish / c.wonder tote / california necklace / jcrew ballet flat

emerson made necklace (literally have been wanting this for two years) / fairfax sunnies / monogrammed sunnies 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Celebrate Love!

Tis the season. Love seems to be everywhere as lots of people I know are getting engaged and married. Are you looking for a small gift for an engagement party or even to celebrate a couple who is making a home together? Here are some thoughtful and really affordable options for those couples in love in your life.

I love monogramming a tray something to celebrate a union!
iomoi . design darling

I have never met anyone who didn't love Anthropologie's selection of candles.

green . silver . champs! . red

Something for the dinner table is sure to be a hit.

candle sticks . serving utensils

I have given this set as a gift. I adore it.

I honestly believe one can never have too many throw blankets. This is an elegant, timeless option. 

And, the gift that keeps on giving to everyone who gets a taste...

 Time to celebrate!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Musings

Summer Mondays are definitely better than other kinds of Mondays, but sometimes I still think...

Who's having an adventure this week?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabulous Friday: I am Tardy to the Party!

So bad. Totally tardy this morning. But, here I am. Yesterday evening we crossed another thing off the summer to-do list and hung out in my aunt and uncle's yard by their pizza oven and fire pit discussing the merits and limitations of Drake's beautiful words as you see them above (which, by the way, I would gladly hang in my living room--though that might be one of those things that you tire of relatively quickly. I can just imagine myself passing the neon buzzing every morning grumbling, "Yeah, yeah, yeah so why the hell am I going to work today?" and then there would be a shaking of my fist in the sign's general direction.) It was a fabulous time had by all.

I know that this is really old news, but yesterday I got an "only on summer vacation would I do this," intense dose of I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. Now, Kathy Griffin does a great monologue about this very show, so I am not trying to steal her thunder here, but that show is downright bananas. Directly from yesterday's show (rewritten in my own words, of course):
"I had to push really, really hard, and then I wanted to look in the toilet, because you know everyone likes to look at what came out (aside here - this is kind of true, but you know you'll never admit it), and what did I see? A baby looking up at me!"
Okay, now at this point she had actually delivered the child, thought she had taken the largest and most painful shit of her life, looked into the toilet to marvel at her accomplishment of producing the world's largest and most painful shit, and still, it was not crossing her mind that something else was going on here?! And what did she think about the long purple-ish cord hanging down between her legs??? Hmmm?? Oh my LORD. Can you imagine thinking you are going to marvel at your own poo and then being surprised by an infant's face? That is fabulous shit, no pun intended. You cannot write these things, which is why we must, must, must continue to support excellent reality programming. You Only Live Once, so watch this shit (and your shit, and any shit that might potentially be a human infant swimming in your toilet).

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On My Radar: So Obsessed with SS

I have posted about Society Social before, but I am really obsessed with not only their products, but also the amazing styling  on the website. I am in the process of re-envisioning my living room, and I want everything.