Wednesday, May 30, 2012

two things......


I cannot get this song out of my head.  I have listened to it on repeat the entire day.  And the video made me tear up.  Gotta love Olympic hopefuls........... + Ryan Tedder has a lovely voice.

+ Two:

How cute does Clemence look on her bike?  I need to buy my damn cruiser bike.  Pronto.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

happy weekend

Somehow it's the end of May...not really sure how that happened, but here we are.  Memorial Day weekend.......beaches (we have 3 in our town) open up this weekend......and we plan on spending the majority of our time there, soaking in the sun and relaxing.

Despite my crazy commute into Chicago to work, I love the town we live in....and in the summer, the beaches are one of my favorite things.  Our beach bag and chairs are always ready to grab + go, and our house for the next 3 months turns into our very own version of a beach house.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend...filled with good friends, good food/drink and lots of giggles.

talk soon


Thursday, May 24, 2012

nail on head

Clemence has hit the nail on the head. 

I am a huge lover of fashion blogs....but sometimes I feel like everyone is constantly trying to look like someone else and follow some type of rule/formula for what to wear.   And don't get me wrong, to some degree we all mimic someone else....but at the end of the day I still want to look like myself (or the best possible version of myself anyway)....and have my own style.  

At 41 I'm finally realizing what works and what doesn't work on my body.  Some trends I love, but I know that I will look ridiculous in them, so I admire them on others instead.   I'm not a big fan of pants.  If I could live the rest of my life in skirts + dresses, I would.  I love big jewelry.  Always have.  Just a few of my little quirks that ultimately help define my 'style'.

What are some things that you would say you lean towards stylewise?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

pop of color....via helmet

How dapper is this man?!!  Pretty damn dapper......if I do say so myself.

Today has been crazy.  Like I need a cocktail crazy......

Hope you're having decent day!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

happy day diana

My post today is dedicated to my mom.  

On May 19, 1943 a baby girl was born in Coahuila, Mexico.  She would not have the easiest life, in fact when I've told stories of her childhood my friends have been amazed that a little girl had to endure what she did.  

But she did.  And she became the amazing woman that she is today.  She is a very big part of the reason that I am who I am, and that makes me proud.

She is fiercely loyal, has a thick Mexican accent (which I am clearly oblivious to, since that's all I've ever known), loves to laugh, and most of all..... she is a fighter (in the best possible sense of the term).

Happy day mom.  I love you.

Friday, May 18, 2012

weekend treat

Happy Friday everyone!

Here in Chicago it's supposed to be glorious weather this weekend..... sunny + in the 80's <insert fist pump here> !  What's better on a sunny, warm day than a nice sweet treat?!  Ice cream + a cookie?.....yum.

Make these.  Please.  And have ice cream dripping down the side of your hand + a HUGE smile on your face. 

The ice cream and cookie combinations are endless.

Seriously.  Make them.  And let me know if you did.

Also, I have to give a big shout-out/gracias to Kelly of Fabulous K.  She's the mastermind behind the my new blog design.  I could not be more thrilled.  In an email to her yesterday I told her that I felt like an official blogger now, and as silly as that might sound, I do.  :)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

office envy

I am fortunate enough to have an office at work.  With a full bank of windows behind me, and a pretty decent view.  I've done what I can to incorporate some of my design asthetic to it...given that I can't pick the furniture, color, flooring etc.  I've had to get creative. ;)

I often dream of what it would be like to work in a downright awesome looking office.  Enter Aerin Lauder's office. 

Love it.  A lot.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

beach cruiser


So, the other day as I was driving home from dropping Ryan off at ballet rehearsal I passed a young woman on a beach cruiser.  She looked downright jovial on her bike, strolling through the neighborhood.  I want to be all jovial on a bike ride.

Remember several posts back, when I said I wanted to take advantage of our great little town and do more bike rides?  Well, I think I may have found a bike.  A beach cruiser.

Check it out

Women’s Forge Sconset Beach Cruiser Bike - 17".Opens in a new window

Dare I say I might attach something so I can throw some beach essentials in it?  A basket maybe?  Who am I???  ;)

The beach officially opens on May 26th....and I for one cannot wait to take advantage of that.  And hopefully many of those visits will start with me riding there. :)

Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

amazing athletes

Hi everyone. :)  It's been awhile since I've posted...sorry! 

Work has been chaotic and ended up getting the best of me last week.

I came across this video and had to share with you.  I'm not an athlete....can I do some athletic things?  Yes.....but I've never been an athlete and am still continually in awe of them.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

met ball faves

Parties — The Met Gala 2012
Parties — The Met Gala 2012
Parties — The Met Gala 2012
Parties — The Met Gala 2012
Parties — The Met Gala 2012

lots of color on the ladies this year..which I loved!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

saturday/sunday snapshots

Hi there!

Hope you had a good weekend.  It was an on/off rain fest over here....which allowed me to catch up on some tv episodes (does anyone else start to get stressed out once their dvr gets too full?'s stupid, I know).

Friday night I ended up having the night free, so I took a little shopping excursion with my friend Lynn....we did some browsing and I attempted to make some purchases...but only ended up with one.....picture of my big purchase down below.  We also had a nice dinner  and caught up, had some good laughs....all in all a really nice evening. :)

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my big purchase....$7.99 on sale.  Score! :)

my new obsession at Anthropologie...the stalking begins now...

Ryan (far right) waiting for ballet did she get so big?  Crazy.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

this made me.....

smile today.

hope you're having a decent week!

by the way...I saw a draft of my blog cool!  Can't wait to share it with you soon!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

spring kitchen crush

Happy May 1st (how did that happen?!) everyone! 

Love this kitchen...which is somewhat comical considering it has many of the same things my own kitchen has (the large island, the 3 pendant lights, drawer pulls, the stools).....but it's the all white that has me drooling.  Nice clean palette, which makes adding pops of color to so easy.

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