Monthly Archives: June 2013

Comfy Summer Style

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Now that summer is here (and we’ve had the best weather since I’ve lived here), we’ve really been taking advantage of the weekends because of the Mr’s training schedule (he’s gone during the week) – baseball games, picnics, beach days, concerts in the park…

All this summer fun calls for simple, comfy pieces that can be mixed and matched easily. Here are a few things I’m wearing / hoping to wear this summer.

From left:

Linen pocket tank // Cropped matchstick jean

Straw fedora // Denim vest // Lace skirt

Gold watch // Gold leather sandals

Linen racerback tank // Striped maxi skirt

I’m really looking forward to a relaxing, summery weekend! Happy happy Friday.

(ps – I’m still on the hunt for a pleated maxi skirt, so let me know if you have any suggestions! xo)

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Sound Check: Johnnyswim

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I just discovered Johnnyswim this week, a fantastic husband-and-wife duo (Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano) and had to share them with you. This is some of the most wonderful music I have encountered in a long time, and it was tough to settle on which one of their gems to share. “Adelina” is just achingly good, a gorgeous mix of strings and soul and heartbreaking harmonies.

What makes their music that much sweeter is their romance:

S: Then we started hanging out and at one point, I was like, do you want to write together? So we started writing and singing together.
 
R: And I took her request to sing and write together to mean we were taking the relationship further. So she asked me how much time I had, and I figured the rest of my life would suffice.

Isn’t that darling?

Hit up their site, listen to their delicious tracks, and have a fabulous Wednesday! xo

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Java Tea Launch

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This past weekend, we were invited to celebrate the launch of Java Tea, a brilliant tea company a few dear friends have been working tirelessly on for years. We were so honored to be invited to the launch party, which was almost single-handedly pulled off by my one of my besties, and filled to the brim with good friends, food, and fun. Here’s a peek!

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Highlights: a to-die-for table of cheeses…

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amazing tea-infused beer and cocktails…

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some of my favorite people all in one room…

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…and of course, a crazy-fun photo booth (c/o amigobooth).amigo-booth

We even got to take a bag of tea tins to enjoy at home.

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Thank you for the good times Java Tea peeps! Be sure to check them out and buy some tea.

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Bath Time

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A few weeks ago my dear sister-in-love was looking to redecorate their upstairs bathroom, which she wants to pull double duty for both guests and kids (when their little one is old enough to use it). When she asked me for decorating ideas I was thrilled, because who would pass up any reason to browse Pinterest and anthropologie.com for dreamy decor? Certainly not this girl.

I suggested that rather than going for the typical full-blown kids bathroom, they could keep it as a neutral space that everyone (even guests) would enjoy, but still include special childlike elements, like sweet baby animal prints and zinc letters, to keep it feeling playful. Here are a few ideas I shared with her:

1. Baby animal prints // Sweet little friends her kids will love to share bath time with.
2. Glass jar  // To hold treasures.
3. Zinc letters // Hung on the wall or set up on the counter as a backdrop to bathroom essentials.
4. Cloud bath mat // To dry off little feet.

I think I’ll save these ideas for when our little ones come! ;) Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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Smoothie Series: Java Chocolate Peanut Butter

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I love mornings. And while I don’t love pulling myself out of bed, once I’m up, I relish my daily ritual of pouring a cup of freshly ground coffee, making a piece of toast and sitting quietly on the back porch, reading and enjoying the stillness of the morning.

I love this part of my day so much that other morning rituals (like getting dressed and ready for work and making breakfast) usually take a back seat. Enter: the smoothie. It has been one of my breakfast staples for years, and since the Mr’s schedule keeps us from enjoying breakfast together during the week, I like to keep things simple and easy.

This smoothie is a decadent, protein-rich breakfast that will keep your engine running all morning long. It’s an inexact recipe for sure – remove/add any ingredients you like, and don’t worry about exact measurements – just wing it until you love it.

Java Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

In a blender, combine until smooth:

6-8 ice cubes

1 banana

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

2 Tbs natural peanut or almond butter

1/2 cup leftover morning coffee

1/2 cup almond milk

1-2 Tbs cocoa powder

1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1 Tbs honey (or sweetener of choice)

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite smoothie recipes with you. I hope they make your mornings easier (and tastier)!

Do you have smoothie recipes you love? Share them with me!

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Happy (Late) Father’s Day

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I am so thankful for a father who filled life with adventure and laughter, sang me to sleep and taught me the depth of my beauty and worth.

Daddy, for all these things, thank you. I love you.

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Convos With My Two Year Old

Have you seen this brilliant YouTube series? I wanted to share it with you to kickstart your weekend (this one is amazing too). :)

Happy Friday!

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Hello Wednesday

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This week seems to be flying by (thank goodness, since the Mr will only be spending weekends at home for the next month). Here’s a peek at what’s been up lately, if you’d like to see!

(Above: a little hummingbird that stopped by while I was having coffee on the back porch yesterday morning.)

A slightly stalkerish photo I snapped of a sweet couple grabbing sushi on the way to prom next door to my office (can you see her head-to-toe sequins?).

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A new buddy in our office named Cliff.

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A whole wheat pasta version of this recipe (another dish for one that’s easy to whip up with what’s on hand).

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Mumford and Sons in concert. Absolutely epic. (The pre-game tailgate BBQ wasn’t bad either!)

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Editing one of my best friend’s wedding video (four years later!). Doesn’t she look stunning?

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I hope your week is full of happy moments. Thanks for taking a peek! xo

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Greatness is Within

27-year-old Deontay Wilder is a currently undefeated heavyweight boxer, and is the only American to win a medal for boxing in the Summer Olympics. But before he ever discovered boxing, his baby girl Naeiya was born with severe spina bifida, and was never expected to walk. He abandoned dreams of becoming a professional athlete, working several jobs in order to pay for the surgeries and medical care she needed. With his success as a boxer, he can now afford to give her the best care possible, and she is walking on her own.

I love hearing stories of sacrificial love and that result in such powerful triumph. I hope this beautiful film serves as an inspiring start to your week! xo

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Sound Check: One Works Better

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Have you ever watched the series Nashville? It has become one of my favorites, and not only because it stars Connie Britton (you Friday Night Lights fans know exactly what I’m talking about), but also because the music is absolutely AMAZING. And it’s all brilliantly performed by the actors themselves.

“One Works Better” is a gem, sung by the charming duo Clare Bowen (aka, Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar). You would never guess that she is from Australia and he from Britain, given their syrupy sweet southern accents on the show (and being from the South, I must say they do a fine job). :) The season finale aired a few weeks ago, so alas, I will have to be patient for the next season.

In happier news, the Mr comes home today after being away for training a whole month! I am over the moon. I intend to have a very happy weekend, and wish the same for you. ;)

Photo by Patrick Fraser.

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