happy friday. do you find friday’s as happy as i do?
before a few weekend links i wanted to share another favorite, which would be my new journals. i think they are going to be my forever journals, which says a lot. i’ve been journaling since the 9th grade, and for me it has always been about finding a decorative journal that is fun and interesting and looks like me (you would laugh at the ones i have picked out from high school – maybe one day i should share). but today, i find that i want journals that are consistent. i love the idea of copies all in a row in my bookshelf. chronicles if you will.
anyhow, for my last journal i was using moleskine (which i love). i loved the black simple cover, the quality of the paper and the pocket in the back for collecting things (i love collecting little papers and such too). my only complaint was that there wasn’t a lot of pages and i filled it up pretty quickly.
however, i somehow came upon leuchttrum journals. very similar, only better. better because the pages are numbered and there is a table of contents. meaning you can create your own table of contents. i think this is kind of life changing. they come in a variety of colors, including white (which is sold out at the moment but, of course, i can imagine a whole bookshelf in white). blank pages are my favorite because who wants to stay wihtin the lines? and, i adore the idea of labeling the spine with the dates (as seen in the photo above).
do you journal? and do you have a favorite type or brand?
p.s. i also like to make journals!
click through for a few links for your weekend :
i’ve been thinking about moments. moments and days to be exact. the thought that it is a million little moments that are the matter and making of our days.
the days we live in, long for, wish away, rush through, and sometimes waste, are made of moments. and, it is the moments that make and shape us into who we are, not the days.
with the change of season i’m thinking
abruptly or slowly, yet never the same.
and, so is each day
different and new – but deceivingly the same.
same schedule, same tasks
same people, same dance.
the trick is the moment.
not to be duplicated, nor ever relived.
a slight variation of words, of ways, and even breath.
breath deep the air of today
and the moments that melt away.
photo by trina mcneilly
jeans / lipgloss / hat / sunglasses / boots / sweater
fall is probably my favorite season when it comes to style. i’m a boots, jeans and sweater girl through and through. what about you?
i thought i’d share a few fall favorites from my closet this fall. i’m totally obsessed with this knit sweater. it’s like wrapping yourself in a blanket. a really pretty one, at that. when you’re certain you need an item in every color, than you can be sure that you love the piece. and, well, i want this in charcoal, now too.
i’m a little surprised at myself for purchasing coated biker (leather like) jeans … i’m living on the edge these day, friends! but, i’m so glad i took a chance. i’ve actually been wearing them all the time, mostly with a chambray shirt. i should tell you that for some reason they photographed purple”ish” but they are really vamp red (see here). oh, and if you are on the shorter side (like me) they are the perfect length. no rolling required (which is very rare for me).
as for the accessories . . .
paris. i’m feeling the call louder than ever.
banana bread with greek yogurt frosting. such a good idea.
the comeback of domino magazine. it’s good! particularly loving these shelves.
fall (and white pumpkins). gosh, i love fall.
what are you loving this week?
i often gaze at your sweet face and try to figure if it is your glass blue eyes or beaming infectious smile that lights up entire rooms. yes, your eyes radiate life, still in it’s purest form. and, your smile . . . it is a window, wide open, giving voice to the happiness of your heart, through the sound of laughter. a sound which is best described as a giggle of thousand happy babies combined. however, i find it not to be your baby blues or your window of a smile but your soft heart that warms every room it enters.
+ if you were a care bear you’d be tenderheart bear
+ you like to buy shoes more than i do. and every pair has to be high tops, of course.
+ you’re still a candy thief and wrappers are turning up in the most interesting of places
+ this year reading is not your favorite but i’m working on changing that
+ you’re still trying to get rid of those curls but they aren’t going anywhere (thank god)
+ you wear your shaun white ocean motif tank top from target at least every other day and with basketball shorts (much to my dismay)
+ you write raps about your best friend. ”you’re so cool, you rule the school.”
+ you wear sports socks pulled up to your shorts and don’t like to leave the house without a flat bill
+ you still like to snuggle more than any other and i’m certain that won’t change
+ you love your friends and your family feircly
+ pink is your favorite color because it is a manly color (?)
+ your favorite thing to do is ride 4 wheelers with your dad
+ you are so great at literally every athletic thing that you try
+ you love to carry around your little brothers
+ your favorite show is duck dynasty
don’t ever change. only grow. grow stronger. grow smarter. grow taller, if you must. but don’t change the you that you are at eight.
happy birthday luke, age 8.
happy friday. i’ve been trying to get things back in order this week after our #lalaandgrove decorating extravaganza (will be posting the makeover + video in the next 2 weeks). still not quite caught up, but i don’t know if i’ll ever be. when one things gets done, another thing comes undone. you know the drill, yes?
tomorrow Luke is turning 8. i’m feeling a little forlorn about 8. i mean, that is 2 away from 10. i’m trying to stuff the semi-sadness and focus on the sweet, as in cake. candy cake to be exact. i’ll be making one these tomorrow. somehow luke is the only one who has managed to have a tradition like this and the same type of cake every year. what can i say, the kid knows what he likes. especially when sweets are involved.
what does your weekend look like, lovelies? sneak in a nap for me. i’m holding out for next weekend!
did you join in on yesterday’s conversation on hard days? we have a great discussion going on.
and, if you are looking for a little design inspiration this weekend :
i also write for euro style lighting + this week’s post is all about designing a modern kids reading nook (it’s a fun one).
and . . . a bounty of baskets under $50 (really cute ones) over on houzz if your into organizing.
A FEW OF MY FAVES THIS WEEK +
01 / this is going in my recipe box.
02 / can you believe domino is back? are you as excited as me?
03 / i’m loving this moodboard, which has very similar tones to my new family room.
04 / i’d like to stay here and wonder here. clearly i need to visit this city.
05 / do YOU dress up for halloween? i don’t, but i like these ideas. #1 would really impress my boys.
06 / i’m ready to take on a new chili recipe this year.
LOVELY Pictures : INSTAGRAM / Inspiration : PINTEREST / Chatter : TWITTER / Conversation : FACEBOOK
image / corbyn tyson
how do you handle hard days? they are different for you than they might be for me. and, it’s possible they might very much be the same. a hard day this week could, very well, look different than a devil of day last week. you never can tell. all though sometimes, i think you can. and, what i like to tell is, those days to scat.
i have had a lot of hard days knocking down my doors this last year, and i’ve been attempting a lot of scatting and shooing. why, sometimes whole days have been swallowed up in the sport of shooing. then there is wishing. wishing the days away or for some type of escape. when, at the end of it, you sometimes wish you wouldn’t have wished for anything except a nap. and, when none of that seems to work than i always seem to believe french fries will. french fries and friends, maybe? but, the truth is there are days when even ice cream won’t do the trick. you know those days too?
when all you can do is stand still. tell your mind to be quiet and maybe whisper a prayer. the simplest prayer you’ve ever prayed. ”help.” surprisingly, i’m coming to find that to be one of the most powerful prayers i’ve ever prayed.
help. it doesn’t always come the way we thought and certainly not always the way we want, but it comes. i’m finding, it comes. it comes in the form of a perfectly blue sky and bright shining sun that somehow warms you all the way to your weary heart. it comes by way of the phone, through the encouraging words of a friend. it comes in words written many moons ago as if written just for you. it comes. and the bad days go. and, they come again. it’s life. but, next time don’t be afraid to ask for or even look for help. and, maybe you’ll find soon enough that you, yourself, will be help to someone else who needs it so desperately.
so tell me do you have these kinds of days?
although being practical is sometimes hard to attain when you are in the middle of something . . .
these are some practical things that seem to help me when i’m having hard days :
sweater/ glasses / dress / boots
totally wish i was wearing this ensemble today. this dress would also work great.
what do you wish you were wearing?