The List Week 24

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I think you can really tell from the vibe here what kind of mood I’m in today… It’s been in the 90’s this week, so I’m dreaming of a day by the pool, since a beach is a good 12 hours in any direction. It’s supposed to be nice all weekend, so I’m really looking forward to soaking it all in.

This was probably my first normal week back at work since we returned from our European vacation.  You’ll probably remember that we celebrated my mother-in-laws wedding the week we returned, then the very next day Matt’s grandma went into the hospital.  While she was slowing getting worse, Matt had eye surgery and I had to drive him to and from work.  All the while we were dealing with applying to nursing homes and the whole rigamarole that goes along with that (let me just tell you, I’ll be looking into long-term care insurance for myself).  Then Eloise passed and last week we and the burial and got together with family to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman.

So this week, I was finally back in 100% action.  I felt like I got SO much done. I’m working on a new project which is kind of a secret right now, but I should (hopefully) be able to tell you guys by the end of June… so that is really exciting.  When it comes to this full week, however, do you want to know what piqued my interest?

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AND POOF! I really like this poof adorned basket which looks like the best thing to throw bulky beach items into. And it’s collapsable for when it’s not in use! $88 from Eliza Gran Studio.

LEARNING TO UKE: I announced a summer challenge this week and I am SO excited with all of the amazing feedback I’ve received!  It seems people are really excited!  Today is the day we all reveal what it is we’ll be learning, and I’m here to tell you, I’ll be learning to play the Ukulele (small terrible video after the jump!).  Please – join in with me on a summer of learning!  See the full plan here and get out there TODAY on social media and tell us what you’ll be learning – use the hashtag #earnestchallenge so that everyone participating can follow along… because we all need an accoutabili-buddy.

CHIC SPLURGE:  How gorgeous is this rattan sofa from Serena and Lily? I love every square inch of it.  I don’t think it would really fit into my house, but would it fit in yours?  If so, you should get it and then invite me over!

INDIGO NATION:  I have been on an indigo kick (and in ‘kick’ I mean, I share it a lot here) but for whatever reason don’t own a ton.  That’s going to have to change asap.  I think these Baja shorts from Mollusk are just the ticket. A big thanks to Megan for introducing them to me.

JUST PEACHY:  So, Matt and I are in the midst of a Whole 30 and aren’t drinking, but you better believe that every fruity, herbal, summer concoction I see online is killing me.  I’m going to fall face first into this peach sangria from Erin Gleeson via Camille Styles as soon as it’s over.

Whew… that was a lot from me.  What’s going on with you this weekend?  Any amazing plans to share?


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The List Week 23

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Happy Friday, guys!  Are you as glad about the weekend as I am?  This week has been… a lot. Do you ever feel like you’re doing so much, but nothing really gets done? That is how I feel.  I’ve been working like crazy, but am still so behind.  My laundry from the trip still isn’t done (insert emoji with shocked face here).  This weekend, I want to catch up.  Do my laundry, tidy the house, and do some of the projects I keep putting on the back burner. I’m going to stick as close to home as possible.

What is in the cards for your weekends?  I’d love to hear!

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SUMMER STRIPES – I ordered this dress from Loft after reading some of the wonderful reviews.  Is it just me, or has Loft been super on-point recently?

MUST SEE IN MI – I love the store Huzza, so I was excited to see this house tour with the shops creators this week on The Fresh Exchange.  The house is jaw droppingly wonderful.

IN LOVE – I really don’t have words for all of the stunning tile from Fireclay tile.  Of course, I’m drawn to the neutrals and love how interesting each design is.  With the two bathrooms and kitchen we’re getting ready to renovate next door, I keep thinking of this tile, but know it’s probably a not the best choice for a rental property. I’ll have to save my ideas for my one-day home.

BEACHY FEELINGS – As we sit here this morning, I’m burning a cabana scented candle from ‘wick.  It’s making me really feel the beachy vibes and feeling like I should start happy hour early today…

COVER TO COVER – I love boho decor and especially love the modern spin that Justina puts on it in her book The New Bohemians. I can’t wait to spend a little time this weekend devouring it cover to cover.


Have a great one, guys!

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Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you’ve got a wonderful long weekend planned!  Is there anything exciting on your agenda?

We’re planning on doing a lot of work outside, relaxing and even doing a little brunch and pool time on Sunday (Sunday-Funday anyone?).

I’ve been seeing lots of summery gorgeousness on the web this week and luckily (!!) there are a ton of Memorial Day sales going on too.

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No. 1 Citronella Perfect – Pretty little bowls are perfect for making my DIY citronella candles AND Nordstrom is having a big half yearly sale (up to 40% off), so jump on this deal.  They’re just $21 for a set of 6!! No. 2 Beach ReadyThis bag is so pretty and so perfect for the summer trips AND J.Crew is having 25% sales today! No. 3 Chic Dip – I thought I was pretty ‘over’ the dipped utensils, but these copper and white dipped utensils are too gorgeous not to share. No. 4 Summer Safari – I feel like lawn chairs are always so ugly, but not anymore… these safari camp chairs are beautiful AND a steal!! No. 5 Shine Bright – The lurex woven right into this Shimmer Rug from West Elm is a perfect neutral statement.

Have a great one!  I’ll see you back here next Tuesday after our long holiday weekend!!

The List Week 20

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It’s been a quite a week around here!  First, we had a wonderful Mother’s day and had a cookout with both Matt’s parents and mine. Secondly, we celebrated our Grandmother’s 95th (!!) birthday.  If you read last week’s list, you know that she is in the hospital and we’re working on some long term options for her since Matt and I aren’t able to care for her anymore in her current situation. If anyone has dealt with finding nursing homes for someone they love, you know how much it sucks, but sometimes it’s just necessary. The rest of the week I chauffeured Matt to and from work since he was still recovering from eye surgery and in between driving Miss Daisy, I really dug into work. I am almost ready to share a new project I’m working on which has literally nothing to do with this space.

This weekend is going to be all about FUN!  Today, I’m headed out to the Springfield annual flea market with a friend and I’m eager to see what I find…  Follow along on Insta for peeks! Then, tomorrow night, we’re going to see TV on the Radio.  Saturday, I’m having a party at the house (which will be on the blog next week!).  Sunday, I’m helping Matt’s mom and her new husband plan their honeymoon to Paris.  Jam packed, but all fun stuff.

What’s on your agenda?

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SCENT SAMPLER – I love travel candles because I don’t have to commit to a big candle if I am unsure about a scent.  I heard about these mini Simple Curated beauties from Victoria and I can’t wait to get mine in the mail!

SITTING PRETTY – I love the natural bamboo style chairs that are everywhere right now and am thinking about this guy for my house since the price is perfect and the style is spot on.

PALM CHIC – Isn’t this clutch the perfect summer statement?  I can see it paired with my black jumpsuit and gold accessories.

PITCH PERFECT – Has anyone seen it yet?!  I cannot wait to get to the theater to see it asap.  I loved the first one and listen to the soundtrack on repeat.  I’ve got a pretty jam packed weekend, but sunday afternoon is looking like a contender. picture source

BRUNCHING – My friends Kelly and Ashley put together the most gorgeous brunch, you’ve got to see every last detail (especially the “avocado” donuts)!


Have a great weekend, Friends!

The List Week 19

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This week has been a bit rough for us.  A lot has been going on.  We came right off a whirlwind return from our vacation and went head first into my Mother-in-Law’s wedding for which I did the flowers (to be shared soon!!) and was also a bridesmaid. Then, just a day after the wedding, Matt’s grandmother went into the hospital.  At 95, nobody is super surprised when she has health issues, but as her primary caretakers, we have spent a lot of time this week trying to figure out what the next step is for our living situation.  We still don’t have a solid plan, but it’s something we’re hoping to work on this weekend with her expected return home. I definitely plan to share more with you guys at some point since I feel that there are probably many of you out there who are dealing with or will be dealing with caring for an aging parent (or grandparent) in the future.

Aside from all of that (as if there needs to be anything else!), Matt had surgery yesterday on his eyes, so I’m working on nursing him back to health. He had been living with a cornea issue for the last ten years and hopefully he’ll be able to see clearly in a few days!

As not-fun as some of this week was, we’re looking forward to a fun weekend!  We’re having happy hour at our house tomorrow and will be celebrating a wedding shower and a close friend’s birthday on Saturday. On Sunday, we’re going to celebrate both of our Mothers with a little cookout over at our house after we work on our vegetable garden.

I’m looking forward to life normalizing a bit in the coming weeks, so we’ll see if that happens!!

Today, I have a few things that caught my eye throughout the week:

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S’Quiela – I was wandering around the grocery store waiting on the pharmacy to fill all of Matt’s post-surgery scrips when stumbled upon the prettiest bottles of grapefruit soda.  Then I looked closer and realized it was alcoholic grapefruit soda… even better! I picked up a few bottles to give a try this weekend.  I’ll let you know how it is.

Love & Marriage – I was pretty excited to discover that one of my favorite people – Jessie Artigue of Style + Pepper is starting a podcast!  She and her husband are in it together and they’re talking about marriage.  The podcast is titled, “Marriage is Funny”.  I can’t wait until it comes out!

More Mudcloth – I love the simple graphic patterns of African mud cloth, but it can be pretty pricey!  These Kuba Cloth pillows are still $175 each, but that’s a lot less than the $250 Euro price tags I saw in Paris.

Obsessed – I pretty much love everything by Ulla Johnson.  Her feminine chic boho style is right up my alley. I am especially obsessing over these gorgeous tassel d’orsays. (Check out the Jaipur dress too….love)

Just My Style – I found this photo by Kate Zimmerman while browsing around the web the other day and just love how summery it made me feel.  It’s still pretty neutral and natural, but a bit more playful than what I currently have going.  The southwest boho vibes are spot on for a new project I’ve got brewing.


Let me know what is on YOUR weekend agenda!  Have a great one, guys!