June 26, 2014

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let’s talk books.  it’s been awhile (last post here).  i’ve always got a book or two or four going, so i thought it would be a good time to catch up.  and after all, summer is the best for reading.  don’t you think?  while i’m sharing what i’ve read recently / am reading.  i’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and whats on your list.

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June 25, 2014

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last year i bought an old wardrobe (before here) in hopes of turning it into a stand alone pantry.  our kitchen is generous in size, but lacks a pantry.  when my parents re-designed the kitchen (remember, i live in my childhood home) they did so with empty nesters in mind.  thus, no pantry at all, just a lot of cabinet space.  since my family is on the big size, with 4 growing kids, our food supply seems to be growing weekly and my cabinets just couldn’t contain it.

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basically, after finding old beauty at an antique store, all i did was paint her white and add shelves (keep reading for that bit).  anyhow, wardrobes are always enchanting to me.  i still think they may hold other worlds just beyond them.  i was told this particular piece came from england, so i’m pretty sure of it.

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i’m not the best painter, because i’m far too impatient.  i didn’t realize that layers and layers of paint would make it hard for the pantry doors to shut.  it did.  and, when i kept trying to (shove them shut, paint kept scraping off.  although i wasn’t going for a distressed look, i always go for a lived in look, so i took the scrapes with a smile.  imperfection is far more interesting than perfect.  yes?  isn’t the planter, cute (click here for the how to)?

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click thru for more details on the shelving + inside of the pantry :

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June 24, 2014

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sticks under shelves in the kitchen.

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summer in sunnies.  and, aren’t these the most perfect pair?

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almond joy smoothies.  there is no way around not trying this, for me.

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possibility.  risk and change freak me out, but staying the same does even more.

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a hammock for kitty.

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what are you loving this week?

June 20, 2014

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happy friday, lovelies.  this week has been all kinds of busy.  but, in the midst of it all, my sister has been home visiting and that was a treat.  i’m spending time with her today and then ready to welcome the weekend!  AND…i just got my iPad back, which makes me major happy.  i left it on a plane a few weeks ago when i traveled to new york and thought i was gone for good.  a really good person found it and contacted me (i did happen to hit erase on “find my iphone” app.  i haven’t connected to the internet so it hasn’t erased, but i don’t think there is a way to undo that action.  does anyone know?).  my hope in the goodness of people just went up a few points.  i also just finished a book which was nice, but now i can’t wait to start a new one.  i always feel a little sad when i finish a good book.  i’ll share more on books, next week.  send suggestions, if you have any.

how was your week?

speaking of reading…. here are a few links for your weekend reading! xo . t

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / an ice cream sandwich cake.  why didn’t i think of this?

02 /  this office update has me wanting to get to work.

03 /  are you pronouncing food words wrong.  i do?

04 /  anyone else suffer through summer with keratosis pilaris?  a few tips to a smoother summer.

05 / i love spying in other peoples bags (ok, and grocery carts too), don’t you?

06 / we are going to give this chore app a try.  have you used any? fill me in.

LOVELY  Pictures : INSTAGRAM / Inspiration : PINTEREST / Chatter : TWITTER / Conversation : FACEBOOK

June 19, 2014

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i thought skirts were my answer to avoiding shorts this summer, but i’ve stumbled upon another option that has, surprisingly, turned into my favorite choice . . . flowy pants.

i never thought to think in terms of flowy, floral type, pants because i wore them once upon a 1994 (ones super similar to these, in fact).   while, yesteryears was called palazzo pants todays modern version is simply wide legged. or, my favorite variety, is termed the jogger (modern jogger pants).  i assumed for sure this type of pant (just by way of the name) would be really unflattering on me, but i’m happy to admit i was wrong.  many are ankle length and tapered, which is actually flattering.  some button and zip, like dress pants (great for giving a waist), and, many are not high waisted, which is key if you don’t want your butt to look the length of a skyscraper (in my mind i wear trendy high waisted jeans, but in the mirror it would be mom jeans all the way – remember this?).  the key is to go a for a silky flowy material that doesn’t cling to you.

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i just got the pants, i’m wearing, last week, from anthropologie, but for some reason, can’t find them online?  i also bought a somewhat similar, very affordable, black pair from nordstrom that i might where everyday.  love them so much i’m considering getting the other color too.

 

if you like this look here are a few more pairs of flowy pants i’m loving