August 21, 2014


i have been thinking a lot about vacation.  like a real vacation.  not a business trip.  not a conference.  not a family holiday trip.  a straight up nothing to do but vacation vacation.  it’s been a little too long.  while my favorite places to go almost always include europe and exploring, i’ve been dreaming of a beach (most recently this pink beach) lately.  sitting, listening, reading.  nothing to do and no agenda.

i have no beach vacation planned, but i do like to plan all kinds of trips, even if only for my one day some day wish list.  the other day i happened upon chateau de la resle, a luxury retreat in burgundy, france and i thought it looked pretty amazing and like something i needed to share.  france is always a place i want to visit.  i’ve only been once for a few days and it seems like that was forever ago.  i’ve never been to a chateau and hadn’t envisioned a modern one, but i’m liking what i see.



this staircase is worth saving in a one day, some day house kind of design file!


thursdays always require a little escape, even if it’s virtual . . . so click through to see more of this modern chateau, complete with a sauna.

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May 29, 2014


i shared last week on london, shalom and coming home.  only i hadn’t sat down to linger on london.  and, i’m really still a little in awe that i landed there again this year.  last year was a very unexpected trip and nothing short of a grace gift from above.  and, i couldn’t have known, 12 months ago, that the gift of going would begin an unplanned journey over this past year.  a one foot in front of the other kind of journey that requires empty, open hands, and a willing and surrendered heart.


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May 23, 2014


it has been crazy these past two weeks since i came home from england.  london already feels like a life time ago.  i’ve been wanting to share photos and tell you about the trip, but it just hasn’t happened yet (next week!).  crossed an ocean, one of the great lakes, conquered customs and walked in the door to kids with the flu – a very long lasting one – that ushered us into this very harried week.  two starting baseball, 5th grade field trips, award ceremonies and a day that started with an unexpected and necessary trip to the doctor for one, and ended with a trip to the ER for another (everyone is ok, thank god!).  mix in regular responsibilities, working on the website update / launch and bad headaches (sinus headache suggestions anyone?) and, well, i’m ready for a weekend or two or three.

they say when it rains it pours.  i’ve found that to be true….not all the time, but occasionally.  i’m not for expecting monsoons at the sight of a drop, but sometimes a drop turns to rain and so on.  if i’m honest, i’m usually one that freaks out when it rains this kind of water.  sometimes, admittedly, even when it just sprinkles.

flash back a few weeks, before the pour, and i was packed and prepared.

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April 30, 2014


i’m traveling today and thought i’d share what i normally wear on a plane.  the outfit can vary a bit, but i promise, whether a long or short flight, i have a bit of a uniform.

the funny thing is i used to have a flying uniform in high school.  in those days, some people still dressed up to fly.  i remember a teacher of mine saying that she always dressed up when flying and i must have been very influenced by that because just as everyone was starting to go major casual, i decided i had to wear khakis or dress pants – never jeans.  i was an old soul, i suppose.

these days i always wear :

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August 10, 2013

BlogABLE giveaway_La La Lovely

i’m supposed to be heading to ethiopia today and i’m not.  i’m still trying to swallow those words myself.  i’ve been planning and prepping and waiting with anticipation.  and, somewhere in the midst of that i found myself overwhelmed with some things and made the very hard decision that….the timing, for me, isn’t right.

to say it was a hard decision is an understatement.  you see, so much change has happened in my life just in the preparation for this trip.  and now, this over thinker is trying not to over think things too much but to trust that the lessons learned, and the friendships made all have a purpose and that there will, in fact, be a right time for me.  i love the purpose behind fashionABLE  + the mocha club . . . the mission, the work, the product and the people.   i’ll be supporting and working with fashionABLE + the mocha club, however i can.

as for this week, i’m going to be a virtual traveler with the team! i’ll be following along, reading the updates, and joining in on the twitter chat (Tues. 8/13 @ 1pm Central) with @livefashionable.  you can follow the journey here and by following the hashtag #blogABLE

i hope you’ll join me!

(if you want to know who’s blogs, twitter, etc to follow they are : design for mankind, flower patch farm girl, emily maynard, eat live run, possesionista, what’s gaby cooking, the tiny twigand ellie holcomb, wild & precious).

AND, in honor of my friends traveling to see the work first-hand, I’m giving away 2 new amazing fashionABLE products:



the Meseret scarf (perfect for these warmer months) + the brand new Tigist leather clutch!

One lucky winner will get both products!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

if you’d like to learn more about fashionABLE + the mocha club keep reading . . .

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