Wednesday, April 16, 2014

this spring why don't you try: planting your own herb garden


You would never hear me say that I have a green thumb; in fact, I actually liken my gardening abilities to that of a black thumb. Regardless, I have it on good authority that herb gardens are relatively low maintenance and easy to grow and I just love the idea of fresh herbs for cooking.  You'd be amazed how much of a difference it makes.  

So over the weekend, I planted our own little herb garden.  The good news is that most places you'd buy herbs have easy to re-plant, already growing plants that you can transfer into a pretty pot and with a little sun, water, and love...voila! We picked mint, cilantro, basil, and rosemary...and I might have picked up a heirloom tomato plant.....maybe I was feeling a little ambitious.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2 years + some change


Dear Peanut,

The one thing that you will never be accused of is not knowing what you want.  Some would call it stubborn or unyielding, but it is that tenacity that I hope that you hold onto in life.  The fortitude to continue on a path that you know you want despite what the world is telling you is an undervalued quality.  But in the meantime, it's a bit of a double-edged sword for your father and I - rationalizing with you as a two plus year old tends to be a crash course in mind twister.  This is best exemplified by our mandated playlist in the car.  It can only be one of three songs: Happy (Pharrell), Yellow Submarine (Beatles) or Rockstar (A Great Big World).  This is a microcosm of your parents' taste in music, a wonderful blend of your father's classic taste & penchant for hip hop & your mother's love of pop.  Your little voice singing along in the back and asking demanding 'again' is music to my ears.  And it must be one of those three songs, MUST. 

You are also incredibly puckish knowing just where to drawn the line and when you do choose to cross it smiling up at us with that irresistibly cute smile.  Man, are we in for a world of hurt (and fun) with you.  Your memory is also that of an elephant (I'd like to think you got that from me), but it continues to astound me what and who you remember and when you call upon it at times that are relevant to those memories - it take a minute for me to catch up with how you got there and I'm utterly amazed when I realize the connection you've made.  You are such a smarty pants - I can't wait to see what you do with that brilliant mind of yours.

In the meantime, continue to call me a ballerina every time I'm wearing a skirt or a dress (Mommy's a ballerina!), continue to play baseball every night after work with your father in our yard (Baseball Daddy!) - we love that.  Also, thanks for all of the joy & love you bring into our lives - we are lucky to call you ours.

lots of love,
your mommy


Monday, April 14, 2014

c'est parfait

Jcrew, optic floral, Kate Spade, Beau bag, Valentino, rockstuds, prada
[shirt: jcrew // skirt: jcrew // baubles: michael kors, jcrew (also love this) // kicks: valentino // purse: kate spade // sunnies: prada]

Jcrew, optic floral, Kate Spade, Beau bag, Valentino, rockstuds, prada

I know, I know another florals and stripes combo, but I can't help it.  Besides, this skirt is simply parfait - from the fabric to the cut; I really think it will be a go-to in my wardrobe this summer.  I'm also really loving the continued french thread that JCrew is doing this year. Graphic tees + french sign me up any day.

Jcrew, optic floral, Kate Spade, Beau bag, Valentino, rockstuds, prada

Jcrew, optic floral, Kate Spade, Beau bag, Valentino, rockstuds, prada


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Uniform

cropped pants, spring sweater, leather moto jacket, jcrew, coach, valentino, rockstuds
[jacket: cache (similar) // sweater: jcrew (similar) // jeans: CoH // kicks: valentino // scarf: jcrew (also loving) // purse: coach (similar) // baubles: blee inaramichael kors // sunnies: kate spade]

aviators: check
oversized scarf: check
spring leather: check
rockstud heels: check

cropped pants, spring sweater, leather moto jacket, jcrew, coach, valentino, rockstudscropped pants, spring sweater, leather moto jacket, jcrew, coach, valentino, rockstuds

I've noticed that this spring I'm relying heavily on three things: oversized scarves, light weight sweaters, and leather jackets.  All wins in my book.

cropped pants, spring sweater, leather moto jacket, jcrew, coach, valentino, rockstuds

cropped pants, spring sweater, leather moto jacket, jcrew, coach, valentino, rockstuds

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Random Thursday Link Love

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Happy Thursday party people! I know that I usually do links on Friday, but why wait when some of them are just.so.good!

* J Crew resurrected a swimsuit because we begged them (proof positive as to why I'm a brand loyal)

* in love with the trailer for Zach Braff's new movie

* another pair of shoes that I'm wishing into my closet (and flats no less!)

lovely bubbly options via The Glitter Guide (I love the idea of putting mint in a mimosa)

* my obsession of floral prints continues - check out the latest here & here

What are you guys loving around the interwebs these days?!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Adventures in Oil Pulling

coconut oil, oil pulling, dental, health, beauty

When I read about oil pulling on Grace's blog, I had my doubts.  Honestly, I wasn't sure how chewing coconut oil down to a liquid would work with my perpetual TMJ issues or how I would continue to swish said liquid around in my mouth for 20 minutes.  However the health benefits that this ancient practice touts are a little too good to ignore: freshen breath, whiten teeth, cure hangovers, help you sleep better, clarifies sinuses, helps skin issues, etc.  By swishing the oil in your mouth, the oil is pulling all sorts of gross toxins out of your mouth that your usual dental routine leaves behind.

If you are interested in trying this on for size here's what you do:
  1. Place 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and chew until liquid
  2. Swish around in your mouth (a la mouth wash) for 20 minutes
  3. Discard in trash can - DO NOT swallow (or you'll be ingesting all of those toxins that you just swished out) and DO NOT spit into sink (or the oil can harden in your pipes
  4. Proceed with usual dental activities (brushing, flossing, mouthwash, etc.)
Read on to see how I faired my first week:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

and that's what my iPhone has to say about that: birthday weekend edition

[spring time sunshine + ohjoy for Target party supplies]

If we are really being honest with each other, every birthday after you hit 21 lacks a little je ne sais quoi; whether it is the fact that you are no long anticipating a huge milestone (driving, hitting adulthood, or being able to legal belly up to a bar) or the fact that you are getting older, I have found most birthdays after 21 to be fun, but just not as the younger birthdays were.  But this weekend and birthday has proven my theory above completely wrong.  We kicked off the birthday weekend on Thursday with my family who was in town and then traveled up to DC to spend some much needed time with family & friends.  I thought I'd let my iPhone cache do some of the talking for me.

[ready to hit the road]

[trains, trains, trains]

[first official MLB game]

[what happens when you offer a toddler on a growth spurt popcorn - he commandeers the whole box]

[cheese!]

[gorgeous birthday cake my bestie made for a fabulous birthday celebration]

A special thanks for everyone who helped make my birthday extra special.  It truly meant so much to me.  Let the birth-month festivities continue!
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