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!

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The List wk 14

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Happy Friday guys!  The countdown is really on for me… one week from today and I’ll be jet-setting off to Paris. I can’t wait. This week was full of shipping our new spring designs and hustling to get more of the most popular styles made.  I am really looking forward to the downtime from the internet I’ll have while abroad so that I can brainstorm some designs for upcoming seasons, gaining inspiration from the natural and romantic surroundings.  I definitely think it’s the perfect place to go to replenish design inspiration.

Onto this week’s list!

The List Week 14

DATE DRINKING: A super funny article about how and what to drink on a date.

BEAUTY & FUNCTION:  Probably the most beautiful kitchen accessories and tons of other minimal, artsy goods from home to fashion.  The name of the shop – spartan – says it all.

MESSINESS WELCOMED:  If you’ve never had an outdoor rug before, make this your year.  They look like chic flat-weave rugs that you’d put indoors, but they’re usually made of plastic fibers and can just be hosed off outside.  I bought one for my patio this year, but I used to have one in my kitchen and in my entry.  I hope to get a new one for indoors soon and this beauty from One Kings Lane is high on my list.

INSPIRATION UNLIMITED:  I discovered homify this week, and subsequently, I’ve been ogling gorgeous European homes.  If you love getting inspiration from across the pond, this is the place to do it. I love this warehouse-turned apartment and think it might inspire a few decision in my future home (black-cased windows, I’m looking at you).

IT’S TOPS:  If you don’t have a panama hat yet, it’s time.  This one from Cuyana is my favorite and looks good on everyone.  Go ahead, treat yo’self.

 

Around here this week:

Beautifully minimal black and white Easter eggs

A chic wine pairing party

What to do with an old rug?

The prettiest home I’ve seen in a while

The List wk 13

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It’s the weekend!  I am quite excited for a few things we have going on, mainly having a little pasta party tomorrow night with friends (recipes to come!) and seeing our newest niece, Alice on Sunday.  We had our first run from a new factory in Atlanta arrive yesterday and everything looks so awesome, it makes me so happy. Previously, our new spring walnut items were made local in Ohio, but we have a good friend and woodworker who runs a larger operation in the ATL, so we’ve utilized his talents and I’m glad I did.

Also this week, I did some wedding flower mockups for a May wedding which went beautifully (see the photos on insta!!).  The wedding will be the week I get back from my Europe trip, so I already know it’s going to be crazy, and I’m just preparing for that.

Here is what tops my list this week!

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TASSELS FOR DAYS – I love tassels and pretty much every necklace I wear is some sort of dangly vehicle for more tassels.  I’m working this into some summer additions to the shop. Don’t worry! In the meantime, I’m eyeing this beautiful charm and tassel piece from Honeyrose&K, a local Columbus company!

GET IN MY HOUSE – what do I love more than gray + white?  Gray + white + global.  This rug from Dot & Bo is so amazing, it makes me consider buying it for a future room in a future house (one that isn’t carpeted like my current one).

GILDED GREAT – I love when I look at something and automatically start to think about how I can make it.  That is exactly what happened with this Lily Brass Pendant, but if you’re not the DIY type, just buy this fabulous new arrival from Boudie & Fou.

RUNNING WILD – I’ve been on a bit of a wild sandal kick trying to use sheer will to get spring to arrive.  Also, I’m looking for something I can wear on my trip to Europe that will be cute and comfy.  These embellished ankle wrap sandals are definitely both and they’re just $22… so there is no reason not to buy them.

WHAT’S IN A NAME – I found this page via Kelly and my name is SO me… like scary me. Matt laughed out loud when I read it to him.  I have a hard time believing that all Erin’s are like this, but maybe it’s just a coincidence for me!  What does your name say about you? Wooden letters from anthro

other goodies:

A couple of my suggestions when it comes to window treatments in the bathroom.

A VIRTUAL wine tasting with me, next week… be there.

 

Have a great one, friends!

The List wk 12

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I am not quite sure how Friday got here so quickly this week.  It’s been a week of contrasts… LOTS of work during the days, but staying in and laying low at night. Eager for our vacation, but needing time to move a little slower so that I can get everything that needs to get done beforehand completed. Happy for a new little addition to our family, but sad about some other family situations.

I laid in bed last night and just felt like things were moving so quickly around me and I need them just to slow down a bit. Do you ever feel that way?  I literally felt like I could use two more days in the week before today.  Back when I worked in a corporate job, I never, ever would have taken a few more work days to my week, but somehow now, it feels like I always could use more time. My stomach literally aches thinking about how excited I am for my trip, yet everything that I should do before we leave in 20 days.  I think it’s going to be a working weekend, y’all.

There were a few little things that have been going on in my brain this week:

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ON MY NIGHTSTAND – in one of my mastermind groups this week, the girls mentioned the book Sprit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein and so I went and picked it up. I am so excited to dig in, but I still have to finish my current two books.  Have you read it?  If so, did you love it?

SPRING MEANS – citrus, and cocktails on the patio, and parties, and outdoor entertaining.  I can’t wait, and these lemon napkins from Serena & Lily are going to make the upcoming entertaining that much sweeter. I don’t buy pretty napkins to use as napkins, however, I usually just buy them more as decoration to line a beverage tray or tie around a carafe.  I can get buy spending less, but still making an impact that way.

FINAL TOUCHES – we only have a couple small things that still have to be done for our trip next month! We are considering a day trip to Capri (based on some of your suggestions!) and also thinking about doing a tour guide in Rome since there is so much history we want to learn about.  Any tips on those two points would be awesome!

MEOW – speaking of spring (and vacation) I picked up these Cyprus sandals from J. Crew this week and cannot wait to take them for a spin!

GIRL TO WATCH – if you guys don’t follow Lauren Kelp, you should.  I just cannot get over how talented this girl is!  She is the editor of LaurenKelp.com and also Darling Magazine (which is AMAZING).  We have a little collab coming up in May which I’m pretty excited for too!

I hope your weekend is filled to the brim with wonderfulness!  Tell me, what are you up to?

The List Week 11

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Happy Friday, friends!  It’s been a fabulous week over here, I feel like I’ve gotten SO much done and feel really ready for the weekend.  Last weekend, I had a lot of work to do, so I’ve really been looking forward to this one to relax and sleep in a little. So far, we have the weekend pretty free and clear of plans, so I am hoping to do some of my italian, dig into B-School more in depth, and maybe read some of my book (I’m reading Red Sparrow at the recommendation of Hitha).

The List is comprised of some of my favorite lines, items, and thoughts from the week.  I’ve been nose-to-the-gridestone all week, so my internet searchings have been little more light hearted!

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ALL FOR ONE:  I have heart people talk about Dr Bronners likes it’s a miracle, but always in generalizations, and I need some real specific feedback here… I’ll be traveling next month for a few weeks and want to pack light.  I don’t want a suitcase full of bottles, but I don’t want to depend on whatever the hotels have either.  I’ve heard some people say they use Dr. Bronners for everything – hair, body, even face!  Do you have experience with it? If so, I’d love to hear!

OBSESSED: I have been slow to the clog trend, but really it’s because they’re always so pricey and I’m trying to save some moolah for our trip next month.  I stumbled upon the Esther clog and the Miranda Peep Toe – both by BRYR and I’m obsessed.  I’m going to have to make this a treat to myself at some point… Probably the peep toes!

MY UNIFORM: I am I’m usually always in one of three shirts: a chambray button-up, a silky sleeve-less with a cardigan, or a white cotton T.  I like that this cropped Mona T is a little fancier in woven cotton, but still falls into one of those things I’ll wear again and again – plus I pretty much love lots of the other stuff at Bridge & Burn too…

SIPPING SPRING: I don’t know why, but for some reason the springtime just reminds me of champagne cocktails.  I shared earlier this week a darling little treat basket for gifting a cocktail, but I’m also eager to try this Lillet Blanc cocktail from The Kitchn – doesn’t it look so refreshing?

LET’S TALK: you guys know that I don’t have children, and let’s face it, when you’re in your thirties (and have been married as long as we have), the questions really start rolling in. Now, I don’t want anyone to go around jumping to conclusions about this (family, I’m looking at you), but I found this article – via Victoria McGinley – about a woman’s choice not to have children a wonderful read.  We do plan on children at some point, but up until now, neither Matt or I have felt a tremendous pull. I know that the majority of the people who inquire are coming from a place of kindness, but there are times when I am so surprised by some of the imposing and usually quite rude questions I get.  I would NEVER ask someone, “So, why is it that you have kids, anyway?” so why does someone feel the need to pose the opposite question to me? It’s seriously mind-boggling. I have thought about writing a bigger post on this topic, but know it might push some buttons, so I’ve held off until now!

 

P.S. Want more?  I’m posting about some of the best window coverings for your design style today on the Bali Blog!