Friday, April 5, 2013

Casual Friday

TGIF!!! Cheers! Clink! Salud! (too early? 5PM cannot come soon enough!) I'm wishing for warmer weather that is here to stay, so welcome to Casual Friday: Seeing Stripes! I purchased the striped shirttail dress from j.crew a few weeks ago (I'm so glad I did, because now it's sold out). I can't wait to pair it with sandals and wear it to the farmers market, running errands, brunch, the beach, the pool and everywhere else. It's perfect for casual summer adventures!

C'mon warm weather! I'm excited to sport this simple, stylish ensemble! 

Shout out to my sister, S, for encouraging me to purchase this number!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Baby Shower Recap

On Saturday I co-hosted a baby shower for my cousin at my home. I shared some of the shower inspiration a few weeks back, and I'm thrilled to say the day was a great success. The weather was beautiful, I didn't mess up the food (phew) and the decor came together better than I had hoped. Most importantly, I think the (adorable) mama-to-be and her growing peanut felt the love from our family! 

banners crafted by myself and my sister Kate, wreath borrowed from my mom, janky front door courtesy of my landlord

I cleared off my desk, covered it with a table cloth and used it as the food table.

I accessorized the table with a framed invitation, simple florals that matched the color scheme and the matching serving plates and napkins. I placed the utensils inside of .99 cent "take-out" containers found at Michael's.

The banners inside featured scanned baby pictures of the mom and dad to be! All papers were purchased in the scrapbook area at Michael's and patterned hole punches were used to cut the shapes.

invite + plates, napkins, utensils

a delicious assortment of cupcakes from Cincy's Sweeterie also adorned the food table and featured custom cupcake toppers made from the same papers featured on the banners. On the top tier we wrote the cupcake flavors, so guests would know which to indulge in!

a veggie tray was available for guests to nibble on before lunch was served

The day's menu included a veggie tray, chicken salad (croissants optional), pasta salad, fruit salad and caesar salad.  Unfortunately this is the only pic that was snapped of the luncheon spread, but you get the idea!

Another banner and some extra florals adorned the bookcase in the dining room.

An adorable diaper cake was crafted by my co-host. Too cute! We asked guests to guess the baby's gender, anticipated arrival date and a name. It was fun to read through everyone's guesses. It was a pretty even split on the gender - I guess we'll find out in July!

I pushed my dining table against  the wall in the dining room to make more room for guests to walk from the kitchen (where the drink station was set up) to the living room (the main gathering space). You can also see a sneak peak of my new curtains here!

The mantle banner was my favorite! An embroidered onesie (so tiny!) was framed by pics of the mom and dad to be, and all were affixed with mini clothes pins.

Many thanks to my duplex neighbor, dear friend/soul sister Jenny for lending me her dining room chairs for the event. The six extra seats were much needed and the white chairs with gray and yellow ikat fabric match the decor for the party (and my home's decor) perfectly!

My beautiful cousin C!

The mama and definitely-not-old-enough-to-be-a-grandmother to-be!

My Mimi hand quilts a quilt for every baby and wedding in our family. C's baby quilt was in this same "tumbling blocks" quilting pattern, and now her baby will have one that matches. It will be quilted together soon - such a special and priceless gift! 


We only played one game. We polled the dad-to-be with a variety of baby related questions and C had to guess his answers. 

My favorite question/response? 
Q: What part of parenthood are you most anxious about?
A: The delivery room....and college. 
Ha! Sounds about right, no? 

Overall, it was a great success! 
Now we just have a few more months and we can meet sweet baby M!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Casual Friday

Welcome to Casual Friday: Easter Sunday edition! I'm so excited for this weekend (baby shower + easter celebrations). Here's a cute Easter Sunday ensemble I would love to sport to church and a fancy brunch. 

What will you wear on Easter? Dressing up? Going casual?
(Real life: I have no idea what I will wear, but I can tell you I will be recycling from closet. It's so Kate Middleton of me, no?)

I hope the Easter Bunny (coughmomareyoulisteningcough) remembers that I gave up ice cream for Lent and that a pint of Greaters (or Jeni's!) finds its way into my Easter basket.

Here's to Easter treats and family time and fun dresses!

Happy Easter! 

P.S. check back next week for a baby shower & apartment updates!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

can it

Cottage and Vine blogger Rene recently offered tips for avoiding the "room in a can" look. I LOVE this post! Too often I see rooms that seem like they were picked out of a magazine to populate a living room, bedroom or (insert room). While there is nothing wrong with getting inspiration from the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog, my favorite rooms have always had a collected, personalized feel. 


 To create yourself some gorgeous spaces, check out Rene's tips. Who doesn't want a room that makes you feel so GOOD:

My favorite tips? Avoid matching sets and mix old with new!

Which tips to you agree with?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tiny Tour

I've enjoyed following Jordan Ferney and her adorable family from Paris back to San Francisco, but I may have thought they were a wee bit cray to move into a 500 square foot apartment with two young boys. No surprise, Jordan and her hubby created and stylish and functional space. What is surprising - and inspiring - is that they don't really miss their stuff or the extra space. Here are some photos of the living room from the unveil of her apartment, which appeared on A Cup of Jo last week. Be sure to click through to see how the kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom turned out. I love her  boys' room! 

Of moving into a small space, Jordan says, "Returning from France after a year abroad was a huge lesson. Our stuff had been in storage, and I realized there were 10 things that I was happy to see, but everything else I didn’t miss it at all. I was like, ugh, get rid of everything."

They have a fiddle fig leaf tree!

What to you think? 
Could your family of four make a tiny space work?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Wish List

Can you believe Easter is this Sunday!? If I hadn't eaten ice cream* in almost 40 days, I would hardly believe it myself. In addition to the joyful, religious celebration of the day, there is also the matter of a well-stocked Easter basket (priorities, right?). Here's a little wish list of some sweet, fun, treats that I'm hoping the bunny hops & drops into my basket. 

4. Cadbury Mini-Eggs (otherwise known was CRACKbury Eggs)

What are your favorite Easter treats (edible or otherwise)!?

*Note to self: Giving up ice cream for Lent and then filling the void with baked goods and chocolate is not really a sacrifice. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

happy chic

Jonathan Adler recently launched a line with JC Penney - and you can afford it! I've long been an admirer of Adler's style and use of color. I think "happy chic" (the name of the new line) pretty much sums it up. You'll see Adler's signature uses of pattern and color on everything from tableware to bedding and everything in between - and at prices that make you say, "add to cart!" instead of, "I wish." 

Here are some of my favorite picks! 

As if that wasn't enough to make you happy - or your home chic - here are a few inspiration pics of some of Jonathan's iconic spaces. 

Check out the collection for yourself to see these pieces and many more fabulous options! 
What do you want to take home?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

all clear

Remember way back, oh, last Thursday? To jog your member, I did a post about how much I love clear glass lamp bases. Fast-forward to Sunday, when I spiced up my Target run with the purchase of this Threshold beauty. (sidenote: Threshold makes Target runs 10x more dangerous, no?)

Here's what I was working with before (true life, dorm room lamps in my living room)

Old: Target dorm room lamp strictly for lighting purposes. Too large hide the dorm lamp? Really can't be justified. 

I love how the new lamp looks with my grandparents' old spindle side table. I think it modernizes it and makes it work more within the room. And because I'm a glutton for home goods, (and because obvi my janky frame sitch was not working) I also threw a funky, fresh Threshold frame in my cart. I'm not sorry about it at all. 

This sneak-peak was posted on Instagram on Sunday. 

Overall, muuuuch improved.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Casual Friday

Welcome to Casual Friday, reader-friends! TGIF! I thought I'd focus on some spring style steals this week - courtesy of Old Navy. A friend of mine was sporting an adorbs military jacket from ON a few weeks ago and then vmac+cheese highlighted a tunic from ON this week, prompting me to hit up my local store to check it out. I was totally impressed with their basics for spring. And yes, I totally picked up a gingham button down and the military jacket. Whoopsie. 

(so cute in person...failure-to-purchase remorse)

Some great finds, no?

I highly recommend going to your local Old Navy to see everything in person and try it on. Sometimes I'm an XS (don't hate it) and sometimes I'm a M, so sizing can be a crap-shoot.

Will you be hitting up Old Navy this weekend soon? (Let's be honest. This weekend is reserved for drinking green beer - while wearing my new dark green military jacket!)

Wishing you all the luck 'o the Irish + many Irish blessings!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Look for Less

I adore the look of clear glass lamp bases! 

(I especially love them as a modern touch with more traditional furnishings!)

Crate&Barrel's Zak Table Lamp is a gorgeous option, but if you can't make the committment at that price point, Target's Laura Glass Table Lamp is a great option too. 

(Can we talked about the horrible quality of the photos of Target's home goods online? Every lamp that was clear glass looked gray like this. Rest assured - it's clear!)

So what's the verdict? Would you splurge or save on this look?