May 28, 2014


ok, lets get to it and talk about shorts.  like or loathe?

people are passionate about the non-pants pants.  did any of you used to watch what not to wear?  the british version, and best version, that is?  with trinny and susannah.  those ladies were serisouly against shorts and i think it there style tips may have sorted my stance on shorts several years ago.

but, what about you?  if you loathe do you still wear them?  i know some people have totally given up on shorts, all together.  compeltely against them.  done and finished.  i’m feeling like one of those people (at least this year). i have shorts, and i wear them around the house or by the pool, but other than that i kind of avoid them like the plague.  i’m sure if my legs were longer, leaner and could catch a tan, than i might have a different opinion on the matter of shorts.

then there is fit.  i used to wear those bermuda length shorts because they covered up a bit more, but then found that with my shorter build that wasn’t doing me any favors.  so, i tossed out all my old navy long lady shorts and stocked up on the shorter j. crew kind (the 5″ chinos are my fave + a great length).  this year, i’d really like to find a loose fitting distressed denim (not too short).

click through for my fave picks which just assure me that we are living in 1990 2.0


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May 27, 2014


minimal casual outfits like this.


this bathroom.  the floor!  need i say more?


this kind of love.  the crazy unconditional kind.


dining al fresco in a field.

+ + +

what are you loving this week?

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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May 22, 2014


i love makeup, but i don’t like wearing a lot of makeup.   or shall i say, i don’t like to look like i wear a lot of makeup.  there are a few products that i, now (at my age), consider a daily necessity.  mascara being one of them.  tinted moisturizer, bronzer, mascara and lip gloss are on my everyday list.  a little bit of each of them can go a very long way.

do you remember wanting to wear mascara as a kid?  lip gloss was no big deal and kind of a given, but when you were allowed to wear mascara than you were officially allowed to wear makeup.  do you remember what age?  i think it was 9th grade for me (this is a current conversation in our house right now, actually).  my young mascara of choice was maybelline water proof.

these days i wear mascara  because my eyes are always looking a bit tired, come morning time.  if you have kids, or just stay up way too late, like me, than you probably can relate.  with the help of an eyelash curler and a good mascara, full eyelashes and bright eyes are a sure possibility.

and, while I’d like to wish that my lashes looked like the lovely above, they simply don’t….so i get by with a little help from my favorite mascaras.  if you are looking for a great curl (as pictured), one of my favorite tricks is to heat my eyelash curler with the blow dryer, for a few seconds (make sure to test the temperature on your hand first), and then curl my eyelashes before applying mascara.  this trick really opens the eyes up and is a great base before applying makeup.  the other must is to simply buy a good product.

A  F E W  M A S C A R A  F A V E S  /

fave mascara

1/ tarte lights, camera, flashes statement mascara (also in waterproof)
2/ kevyn aucoin volume mascara
3/ rimmel london lash accelerator
4/ dior show mascara
5/ benefit BADgal lash

 do you have a a favorite mascara?  or any eye opening tricks?

p.s. this tip for making your mascara last is good one to keep in your beauty bag.

images / pinterest

post in collaboration with tarte cosmetics.  all opinions are my own.

May 21, 2014


hi lovelies.  notice anything different?  this site just got a little re-fresh.  while, i still totally love the design of my blog and wasn’t ready to part, all together, with the look and logo, i felt it was time for a little update.  i wanted things to be super clean, simple and modern, with a touch of sweet.  the site was originally desgined by breanna rose and the updated design (and development) by tom wilz.  i’ve been really fortunate to work with such great designers!

what do you think?

i’m super pleased with the fresh look.  i’m also way excited about some of the new functions and additions to the site.  wanna see?


the LIVING / LOVING / LITTLES categories have been updated with a drop down menu (hover + then click) of specific categories (as shwon above).  pretty cool!

i’ve also updated the features section so you can access the regulars in the easiest of ways.


how about this pretty little circle, at the bottom?  it has a purpose.  click on it and it will take you back to the top of the page.


if you’re looking for more lovely than scroll to the bottom for popular posts.



one BRAND NEW FEATURE  i’m thrilled about is the shop.  i’ll be curating some of my most favorite things.  some that i personally have and love, as well other lovely things that are on my wish list.

new photos

and…. new pictures – done by white shutter.  we had such a fun time doing the photoshoot and i can’t wait to share a few more pics from that day!

i’m still working on re-categorizing all of my old posts (note to anyone starting a blog : do not create a million gazillion categories.  keep it simple!) to get them all in the right place.  all of my old posts are still on the blog, you just might have to use the search menu for older features like monday mess and wait a few days for the categories to get totally populated.  thanks for your patience!

but, for now….sit down with a cup of tea and take a look around!

a huge thanks to tom wilz + and white shutter!