★ 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
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!
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. 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 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!
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. 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??)