Thursday, May 24, 2012

California Dreaming

Today, my husband and I head to San Diego for the long Memorial Day weekend. One of my dearest friends is getting married and I get to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. While we're in there, we're also going to see some other friends and spend time at the ocean. I can't wait!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Photo from here

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dressing the Part

Each year when the weather turns warm, I begin to ignore the pants in my closet. Instead, each morning I turn to dresses. They're just so easy -- throw on a cardigan, shoes and jewelry and I'm ready to go! I'd love to add any of these dresses from Boden, with their cool hues and pretty prints, to my spring wardrobe mix. 

Photos from here

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Southern Comfort

When I saw this South Carolina home on the lovely Wishful Thinking, it took my breath away. The use of white, wood and soft, soothing tones is so beautiful, and I love the fresh white flowers in every room. Isn't it a gorgeous place?

Photos from here via here.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunshine Day

Saturday was pretty much a perfect day. It began with my mom and me taking the pup for a hike (she was quite the dirty dog by the end of it!) and continued with relaxing by the pool. My dad came out to join us, followed by my sister and her husband and baby, and then my husband. My mom brought out drinks and appetizers, and we swam, talked and laughed until we headed inside for a family dinner. I hope this beautiful day is a preview of more to come this summer!

Photos by me. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Weekend!

This weekend, the weather is supposed to be gorgeous. I hope to spend some time doing nothing other than lounging by my parents' pool. I recently bought a maternity swimsuit and will try to feel glamorous, not huge, while wearing it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo from here

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bare Necessities

You all probably know how much I love a streamlined look, but I'm crazy about these nude dresses from the Calvin Klein Collection spring show. There's something so bare and effortless about these looks that makes them absolutely beautiful to me.

Photos from here

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Shape of Things

When I first saw a painting by Sally King Benedict, it was her use of vibrant color that drew me in. But then I noticed the textures and layers and interesting shapes she employed. Her compositions feel to me like unique spaces or realms, and I don't want to leave them.

Photos from here

Monday, May 14, 2012


I realize a lot of people dread Monday, but I quite like the day. While I don't always want to start a new workweek, I love the sense of beginning the day brings. It's a crisp, fresh start, a new chance to get something done or get something right. Are you ready for it?

Photos from here, here and here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lofty Goals

Are there elements you always love in a home? I can't help but be drawn to big windows, clean lines, black and white and expressive uses of color. Throw in bold artwork and comfy furniture and I'm there -- or at least I'd love to be! This Northern Ireland loft, featured in House to Home, is definitely a place I could spend some time.

Photos from here via here.

Monday, May 7, 2012


If this weekend is any indication, the nesting instinct is kicking in! My husband worked on so many projects around the house to start getting the nursery ready, we've signed up for a hospital tour and baby classes, and friends and family have offered to host baby showers. And my mom and I had major success at garage sales. We found some cool onesies, a few snuggly sleepers, a couple pairs of adorable shoes and more. I keep looking at the items thinking that in just a few months, our little girl will be wearing these!

Photos by me.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Weekend!

I have lots of plans for the weekend. I'd like to spring clean the house, tackle some organization projects and plant flowers outside. I may swing by some garage sales with my mom, and my husband and I have a party to attend. Or ... I might end up taking the next two days to simply relax. That's acceptable when you're pregnant, right? Hopefully come Monday, something -- my house or me -- will feel refreshed!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo from here.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Perfectly Simple

If I had to choose one decade that's most informed my personal style, it has to be the '90s. Minimalism and simplicity have always felt right to me -- easy but also elegant. So I was excited to see Gap's nod to clean lines and streamlined shapes in its "Miss Minimalist" looks. Here are my favorite pieces. All I'd need to do is add a great pair of shoes and maybe a little necklace or bracelet, and I'd be ready for the day!

Photos from here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May!

Spring is definitely here, and I'm loving it! The birds, the rain, the green grass and trees. And especially the flowers. This month, I'd like flowers everywhere -- popping up in my yard, in a vase on my desk at work, in accessories throughout my home and in fresh, happy clothes. Have a wonderful month!

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