February 2015 in Photos

★ I continued to work on my big focus project, And They Sinned

★ I was gifted and made some handmade gifts including that adorable hedgehog tote bag!

★ Two big crafty milestones – I finally feel like I succeeded in teaching myself to knit and I finally finished the first quilt I ever started

★ Completely in love with Rainbow Rowell’s books

★ I was reintroduced to Young Living essential oils and I feel like it’s completely in alignment with everything I’m focusing on this year

★ I was able to spend some time reconnecting with one of my best high school friends and Eric and I were honored to attend a benefit to raise money so that she can begin work with a new service dog.  Read more about Adele (her current service dog) here

★ The apple obsession continues

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July in Photos

July in Photos

This summer is just zooming by like nobody’s business.  Frankly, July was a rough month.  Started out fine but then it took a nosedive.  My crazy work schedule took over again and a lot of late nights left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed.  Near the end of the month I made some adjustments in my attitude and did my best to start looking at things from a place of gratitude and abundance.  Amazing what a difference that makes.  Two things that have really helped me are the IG posts from @tarotandtea, particularly her daily tarot advice, and Katie O’Keefe’s blog and IG.  I’m loving watching her moving through #intentionalaugust and #mth (making things happen).  Both are two roads to the same destination, a destination of re-engaging with myself and what means most to me.  All a work in progress, but I’m feeling a lot better equipped to deal with the “stuff” that’s going on in my life right now.

So, what adventures did I get up to in July?  It was so nice to have a long weekend for 4th of July, and you can see I celebrated with a fun mani.  I spent a day with some girlfriends over that weekend too – I even baked cookies!  Eric and I opted to not go out to see fireworks, but instead we enjoyed the evening at home and watched some of the specials on tv.

We had lots of rain in July and it actually made for a much cooler summer than we’re used to in Texas.  I love it when it rains, so it’s always a little bonus.

As part of my attitude adjustment, I spent some extra time on myself – nails (of course), some new makeup (eyeliner and powder), dug out my favorite summertime heels (don’t those cherries kill you?), and some summery statement necklaces like my starfish that jingle!  I even went through all the lipstick I have hoarded in my purse.  Amazing what you find in there.

I had a little bit of relaxation time that I spent working on a gift for my Goddaughter (a summery yellow quilt) and catching up on my DVR’d shows, namely the red carpet from the Oscars.  Yes, it was in February.

Eric and I also did something for ourselves, we finally ordered our frame for the photo we printed from our honeymoon so we could hang it over our bed.  The frame is perfect and goes beautifully with the warm tones of the sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.  Apologies for the reflection/glare in the photo…but trust me it looks wonderful.  And it allowed us to mark our bedroom as complete on our home improvement list.

So that was July, and we’re already halfway through August so I’d better start thinking about my August in Photos post!

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Things I Love Thursday: Summertime Style

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Today is the last day of Spring, and tomorrow is the official first day of Summer.  Although here in Dallas it’s been in the 90s already, so it has felt like Summer for at least a few weeks.  Being a Summer baby (August), I love this time of year so I thought it was the perfect subject for a TILT post this week!

This morning I was perusing Instagram and saw a photo from alixcherry wearing these Miu Miu parrot sandals.  Gorgeous!  So perfectly summer.   I’m so in need of a new pair of sandals.

The one wardrobe essential every girl needs is a pair of well-worn pair of cutoffs.

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I sure wish I could find my old (well-loved) pair.  They were my “studio” shorts that I seemed to live in throughout my ceramics, etching, and painting classes.  But, in lieu of those I did make myself a new pair of cutoffs last weekend.  They’re not quite “lived in” yet, but they’ll get there.  The other thing I love about cutoffs is that you can dress them up or down.

Style Within Reach Summertime Staples

Style Within Reach had a great photo on Instagram of her OOTD on Tuesday that’s a perfect example.  And bonus, it features another fab summer trend – lucite necklaces!

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This one was from Glitter Guide’s IG/Tumblr – and it’s a gorgeous lucite statement piece from BaubleBar.  Same one Style Within Reach is wearing in her OOTD.  It’s fun, it’s funky, and it’s got an airier feel because of the lucite which is perfect for summer accessorizing.

And of course, I can’t forget another perfect summer trend – white polish.  I’ve been seeing it everywhere, but first noticed the look back during Fashion Week at Kate Spade’s SS show, white manis and pedis.

White polish

Love it.  In fact, I think white polish is in order for my next mani.  Can’t go wrong with that!  (and how much am I dying over Kim K’s evil eye bracelet??)

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First Days of Spring

Oscar Red Carpet
With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red Carpet watching.  Seems the days are gone when I can actually watch things live.  But, what surprised me about this year’s Oscar Red Carpet was the overall softness of the colors.  There were very few bright colors, particularly the emerald green I was expecting to see everywhere.   But there was no lack of gorgeous dresses to choose from, as you can see above.  One of my favorites was Jessica Chastain in that amazing coppery beaded Armani Prive gown.  So many subtle shades.

And Chanel has released their lovely Spring collection of nail lacquers, Printemps Precieux.  You know I normally go in for the dark, vampy colors like Accessoire, but I’m really drawn to Emprise, which is a rosy beige.  Perfect almost nude nail that would go perfectly with a brighter wardobe.  And Fracas, who can resist a pretty, bright pink?  This one will most definitely transition into the summer months.

Chanel Spring 2013
Even Starbucks is celebrating Spring in Japan with their new Sakura line. It even includes cherry blossom macarons (which you know I can’t resist).  It’s too bad that this lovely pink deliciousness won’t be available in the States, but from what I hear the taste (not cherry at all) might not translate to the American palate.  But what fun a pink latte would be (as long as it’s not strawberry, since I’m allergic!).

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And I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of the new Coach handbags in Mint.  I can’t resist, such a gorgeous color for Spring.  Too too tempting. Alas, I am on a new handbag hiatus, so no Coach bag for me. But look at those fun tassels too.  Gah!

Coach Bag in Mint
I did have to indulge in my own version of that luxurious mint color though. How do you like my Essie Mint Candy Apple mani this week?  Perfect, huh?  Such a fun color.  I’ve really enjoyed wearing it.

Mint Candy Apple
And how can I resist anything in a bright pretty yellow?  (I can’t) Of course, the J Crew bubble necklaces are almost everywhere these days, but I just love it in yellow.  A fun bright pop of color against a subtle colored top?  Love.  It.

Bubble Necklace

What’s bringing thoughts of Spring to you this week?

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Things I Love Thursday: butter London Polish

It’s that time again!  And since I seem to be overindulging in the introspective soul searching posts lately, I thought I’d focus on something a little more fun for my TILT post.  For Fashion Week, one of my favorite new polish brands introduced a couple of new colors.  This one is called Fish Wife.  So in love.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.  The other is called Posh Bird, which I am definitely needing as well!  But before I get ahead of myself with the new fall colors, I thought I’d better show you what I indulged in over the summer!

I’d been wanting to try out butter London polish, and so when they had their 3 for $30 sale on the site, I couldn’t pass it up.  I ended up with from left to right: No More Waity Katie, Disco Biscuit and Lillibet’s Jubilee.  I had so much fun wearing these, over a period of three weeks in August.

Here’s NMWK…it’s a gray with purple microglitter.  Love it!!

Then I wore Lillibet’s Jubilee, that was a Limited Edition for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  This is a silvery lavender that is absolutely gorgeous in person.  I couldn’t stop looking at my nails.

And I saved the best for last.  I saved Disco Biscuit to wear for my birthday week, as you’ve already seen.  Disco Biscuit really is a must-have color (not just for the name).  It’s a bright pink with blue microglitter.  And it. is. awesome.

And just when I thought I’d have to wait for another good sale for some more bL indulgence, a friend of mine gifted me with this for my birthday.

That’s Dosh, pictured with the scarf she knitted for me from appropriately named yarn in “Zombie BBQ”.  Love love love this for fall.  Dosh is really stunning in person, it’s got a little bit of gold in it and it’s the perfect autumn olive green – like a pumpkin stem!  Love this.  I hated to take it off, frankly.

I was a good girl and passed up the Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale at Ulta on butter London polish last week.  Although it killed me to do so.  But, I really wanted to get Fish Wife and Posh Bird and neither were available through Ulta.  So, I passed.  Maybe next time, though!

What other good things are going on this week?

★ The temps are a little cooler this week and I’m loving it

★ Friday night Eric and I went and had Lebanese food (more on that later!) – yum

★ Drinking wine from Vampire Vineyards – love that Eric bought this

★ I did some major magazine purging on Saturday

★ Bought some new tops Saturday too – love what I got!

★ I spent some time sewing this weekend, which was much needed

★ I feel like I’m starting to feel settled again

★ Eric opening the curtains in the living room – with the weather lower than 1,000 degrees we can let in the light!

 

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