Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Weekend!

{simon filip photo via black eiffel}

what if every week was a two day work week?
i for one would be a much better person.
hope you all have plans for an amazing weekend.
the only thing on my list is to go see 'inception.'
here are some of my favorites this week...

photographs by simon filip, 18 years old...seriously gifted.

custom face stamps...yes, please.

my new favorite foodie blog, sunday suppers.

frenchwomen's secrets to aging well.

blairsings...i wish i could be this real.

jennifer zeuner horizontal cross necklaces...i love.

a big sur wedding i really wish i had been invited to.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

in honor of vacation...

isn't vacation the best?

waking up at the beach.
mikie surfed every. single. day.
i had coffee talk with my mom every. single. day.

we had a lot of afternoon bushwackers...
which are amazing frozen treats of the adult kind
you can only get in pensacola.

(okay maybe you can get them other places but i like to think its the only place)

we rode bikes, we played games....and guitars,
and ate everything in sight
we laid in the sand and stared at the stars
and had romantic nights on the pier.
we laughed. a lot.

but most of all we reconnected,
with each other, and with family.
and it felt really really good.

summer reading list

water for elephants.
by sara gruen

seriously, i haven't loved a book this much in a really long time.
have you all read it? promise that you will.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

and so it goes

back from the beach with sun kissed faces, bellies full of seafood and ice cream, and fully armed with a fresh perspective on life that only comes after a few days of staring into the sea.

-posted from my iphone

Monday, July 19, 2010


i am missing husband.
i am drinking more coffee than usual...
due to lack of sleep from missing husband
i am mentally preparing for a tough few days at work.
and checking things of my list.
and daydreaming...

about friday...

when i will be taking an evening drive with my man
to my happy place...pensacola beach.
where i have gone every summer of my life.
where i have had some of the most intense discussions with myself.
where i realized one day i would marry husband...
years before he ever asked me to.

hope you all have a happy week. xx

Sunday, July 18, 2010

i thought about getting up this morning...

{image via design sponge}

and going straight to the gym. to you know...just get it out of the way.
then i turned on the tv to check the weather (i swear)
and saw that dirty dancing was coming on.

an hour later...

and now i am still in bed, soliciting friends to go to
mountain lake resort in virginia with me...
where the movie was filmed...
for their dirty dancing weekend.

(btw, i am sure they don't mind phone calls at 9 am on a sunday)

i just love this movie that much. no shame.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


not often, but sometimes...
it's nice to have a night where you have your house to yourself...
and be shamelessly alone and girlie.
i.e. masks, mystic pizza, pedicure, pinot grigio, people mag girlie.

Friday, July 16, 2010

i love my friends.

{tiff and avery frolicking on lake norman}

i love that they go boating together...

and know i will be very jealous that i am not there...

so they send me a picture of themselves using our wedding coozies...

because they know i will feel instantly better.

it works too.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


John Mayer wrote this. i like it. i think you will too.

I wish that when I was younger I could have met my current self. We would have sat down at a coffee shop so that I could explain life to young me in terms that only we would understand. It would have saved me a lot of hardship.

You can listen to all the sage wisdom you want, but things only make sense when you can explain them to yourself in your own words. For instance, I’ve been told for three years that Breaking Bad is the best show on television, but only after I watched it was I able to tell myself exactly why everyone was right. Other truths I know now that I can explain them: that I’m not missing any crucial information and that poker really isn’t all that fun; that heartbreaks do fade but they take about a year longer than you expect and by the time they do you really don’t care about it enough to notice; and above all else, life is simpler than you think.

I used to think that life was an intricate series of levers and pulleys, buttons and switches, Mexican standoffs and hostage negotiations. As I get older I realize that life is more Netherlands minimalist than Jackson Pollock. The problems don’t get fewer, and in fact they grow in number, but the way I index them in the database is different. More problems get filed under fewer category headers.

Things are getting simpler, and it’s making life better. Here’s the cheat sheet:

People want to be liked. We all crave attention and affection and we all reject shame. When we get embarrassed we send a thug version of ourselves to the forefront to do our fighting for us. We’re at the top of the food chain just under fear. We don’t want to be in a relationship to hear the words “I love you,” we want to be in a relationship to say the words “I love you.” We want to feel needed, and exceptional and we hate feeling insignificant. We want to ace a hearing test. We are binary creatures; if we’re the plaintiff, we want to win every dollar. If we’re the defendant, we want guard every penny. We want to make more money than last year. We don’t want to get cancer or die in our cars and we want the same for our loved ones. We go out on weekends to try and have sex while trying not to get punched in the face. We drink so we can be ourselves and not mind it so much. We’re desperate to be understood. We want to know someone else has felt it, too. We hate being judged unfairly. We want to make the person we heard wasn’t all that into us change their minds and admit they had us wrong. We want sunny skies with a chance of killer tornadoes, just to keep music sounding good. We take hours upon hours to admit to self consciousness. We don’t know exactly how to pleasure each other. We just want love. In any and every form.

See? It’s simple. :)

Monday, July 5, 2010


{via we heart it}


is time for
warm nights
apple pies
sweet tea
bare feet
sunny days