08.10.2013 / Ethiopia + a giveaway

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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:

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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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07.12.2013 / fave friday

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happy friday friends.  so here are a few photos from our trip to atlanta last week.  i didn’t take a ton of pictures like i should have and most are at the barista parlor which is actually in nashville.  we stopped on our way down.

how has your week been?  this week my goal was to spend a little less time online this week and get a few things organized around my home.  i got a good start but not the finish i was looking for.  i am 90% done with the playroom (remember the serious mess i showed you on monday?) and did not even get a chance to start on my closet.  i haven’t been feeling well since we returned from our trip last week and i just have not had the physical energy to do more cleaning.  i’m being kind to myself and plan to finish the playroom this weekend (if i feel up to it) and then start my closet next week.  sometimes you just have to roll with it.  and right now, i’m rolling with rest and lots of tea!

click on through for a few more photos + some links for the weekend :

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05.09.2013 / london

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ahh london.  it seems like it was all a dream.   this trip was somewhat of a last minute thing but i’m so glad i ended up going.  i tagged along with some of my close friends and we went to colour conference  which was pretty amazing.  after a few days at the conference in london i headed south to worthing to visit my british bestie, maggie.  maggie and i have been friends for almost 20 years.  on my very first trip to england i stayed with her family and we’ve stayed great friends over the years.  i spent time with her sweet family, drank lots of tea and chatted and chatted and chatted.

+the colored houses get me every single time.  made a super quick trip to the portobello market with a friend.  could have spent hours wandering about

+we stayed right in the piccadilly circus area which was perfect.  with paul + laduree near by my taste buds traveled to france.

+i brought along my baggu pouch which is my new favorite thing.  it was perfect to slip on my wrist and it held all my essentials.  i have the medium gold pouch and the neon strap.  i’ve been using it almost everyday since i’ve been home too.

+maggie’s mom, Pam Weaver,  has written several books and it was fun to see them at the bookstore

so, i had a bit of money saved up for a new couch and i spent it on this trip instead.  usually, if given the choice, i’ll take the trip every time.  things come and go but memories last a lifetime.  my sister, who kept pushing me to go, said i should be able to live on this trip for a good 6 months and i believe she is right.  i shared a bit about why i went and i can’t tell you how happy i am that i did.  now instead of geting annoyed every time i look at my mangy old couch i just smile.

 

04.24.2013 / i’ve landed in . . .

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LONDON!  i didn’t want to make it so obvious with an obvious landmark, that is.  and, really, because my eyes are going to be looking here and there and everywhere to seek out this type of inspiration.  the last time i was in england i was totally mesmerized by all of the colored doors and went home and painted my front door a bright color.

anyhow, i’m here attending a conference and then taking a few days to visit my english bestie on the south coast.  i’ve left my computer at home and plan to have a personal retreat of sorts.  i can’t wait to fill you in when i return.

you can follow along on instagram and i also have some really great posts lined up right here!

cheerio, loves!

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04.23.2013 / a travel adventure

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hi lovelies.  i’m on an adventure today.  one that entails my passport.  as these things are usually planned out way in advance this was pretty last minute.  i LOVE travel, as it’s always so exciting, but it can make me a wee bit nervous too (so say a prayer).

pop back in tomorrow to see where in the world i’ve landed (i kind of just felt like a cross between carmen sandiego – my favorite childhood computer game –  and matt lauer when i said that – ha).

and since we are talking travel….

the last place i traveled to

my tips for traveling with kids

and my travel quirks (do you have any?)

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03.06.2013 / vacation style

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hi lovelies.  i thought i’d share an outfit that i wore on vacation (this was for going out to dinner, the rest of the time consisted of comfy clothes).  as i’ve said before, i always overpack and sadly this is a hard habit to break.  the pieces in this outfit are great for traveling because, you could just throw in a pair of jeans, a blazer, maybe a printed skirt and one other pair of flats or sandals and you’d have a perfect weekender all filled up.

so tell me, are you an efficient packer?  and what do you like to wear on vacation?

more on clothes + glitter boots!

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03.01.2013 / Girls Trip : L.A.

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so, after our normal tripLa La and i snuck over to L.A. (with my mom) for a few days to celebrate her 10th birthday.  we had a really fun time. and, although i wish i could have explored, all the places i read about from blogs and my goop app, there just wasn’t time for it.  we stayed in santa monica and rode bikes by the beach every morning (gosh i could get used to that), got as close to the oscars as we possibly could (we saw many a black suv’s escorting the stars but no stars themselves), shopped (because that is what girls seem to like to do, even 10 year old ones), went to disneyland, and ate lots of great food.  we even got to stay an extra day because our flight got cancelled, due to snow back home (many a tears were shed – tears of joy!).  it’s definitley a memory i will always treasure.  i’ll take a trip over things any day.  memories and experiences are pretty much priceless.  i’m hoping to make many ad to my menagerie that i’m carefully curating.

if you are headed that way here are places to eat at that i would return to in a minute:

+blue plate taco
+the ivy by the shore
+hillstone
+pizzeria mozza

and yes…. i pretty much need to go on a major diet, now yesterday.

and the only downside to travel is that it only makes you want to travel more.  i have a few ideas of where i’d like to go next just not sure how it will happen….yet.

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03.01.2013 / Vacation : Tucson

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hi lovelies.  how have you been?  it’s been a fun two weeks for me.  i’ve been popping in from time to time to say hello while traveling. but today, i am back home in the winter wonderland that i call home.  i love traveling and i love coming home. i always find myself overwhelmed with a sense of appreciation and find that i fall in love with my home all over again, pretty much, every. single. time.  it’s just that feeling of domestic duty that always sneaks back in, within about 90 minutes time, that steals all those lovely endorphins.

but back to the trip. we had a lovely time.  if you’ve been reading for awhile than you may have noticed that every year in february we trek out to the desert, tucson to be exact, with our friends.  it’s been a tradition for 14 years.  we started going before there were any littles and 7 kids later we are still making lots of memories.

i should like to tell you that we climb this mountain, and that one.  that we go on adventures and so on, but really, all we do is eat, shop, relax, sit by the pool, take walks and then repeat.  it’s pretty great.

+rocco, who slept in the shower all week (memory), was the sweetest.
+the mountains always give me a shot of strength that i can’t seem to find elsewhere, you know.
+we always go rock climbing.  liam brave was brave little thing.
+a snowstorm was not what we planned for but it did make for memories + some haunting photos.
+the big kids . . . getting way to big.  boo to growing up.
+stopped by one of my favorite stores, bon, again.  diane keaton loves it too.
+my beautiful friend jen (who always inspires me to be a better mom) and pax, of #dailydoseofpax fame.  he is such a darling, in every sense of the word + i could have just eaten him for dessert everyday.

a few of my favorite places to eat in tucson are:

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+wildflower
+sauce
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+and, of course, this midwest girls likes to get her fill of rubio’s + in and out burger, when visiting the west, too.

*next week, i’ll be sharing some photos from a really cool shop in tucson, that i stumbled upon,that sells gorgeous handmade jewelry, that i fell in love with.

*you can see more from our trip over on instagram + post on LA trip to follow in a few!