Friday tidbits

GDI - stag horn fern

What are you up to this weekend? June's decided to host a costume party tomorrow with, "macaroni and cheese for the kids, salad for the grown ups," :) and tonight we'll hygge it up with some friends who live down the street. 

Let's do some weekend links & see you back here next week.

This master bedroom is to-die for. The whole tour is beautiful - mixes of old, new & lots of jungle prints.

What reply-all emails feel like. HAAAA.

A Halloween costume: Eleven, from Stranger Things (have you watched it yet?)

I love this simple picture of fall leaves.

Finding characters of color.

France bans all plastic plates & cups. I kind of love this.

Could ancient remedies hold the answer to the looming antibiotics crisis? (no click bait there)

15 movies to get you in the mood for fall (as if we needed an excuse).

Sorry, I can't seem to help myself when it comes to fall. Autumn Sangria, two ways :)

Lastly, Between Two Ferns with Hillary Clinton.

xoxo

(a gorgeous stag head fern via desiretoinspire)

Our trip up to Virginia

GDI - pebbly beach Colonial Beach VA

Our trip up to Virginia this weekend was a whirlwind - fun and busy & beautiful :) Our dear friend Sarah was married in an historic church and the reception was held on her family's farm. It was lovely, all of it.

Here are a random assortment of photos, with the little stories behind each. Hope you had a good weekend, too.

Our hotel was a short drive from Colonial Beach, Virginia, a tiny town with a few cute restaurants and a pebbly beach. We spent an hour talking and picking out the prettiest pebbles. Well, no, that's not true. I picked out pebbles while Bud mostly tried to see how many he could stack on top of one another. I think his toppled at six.

GDI - lovely pink pebbles

You can't really tell in this picture, but I found about a million beautiful rose quartz.

GDI - gin & tonic in basket

This was my emergency prep basket: ingredients for a gin & tonic at the hotel.

GDI - Bud Steamers

We ate dinner at possibly the cheesiest restaurant on the planet. Here's Bud hamming it up with a stuffed potato skin.

GDI - note to T&J&G

During our afternoon in Colonial Beach, we found a pretty little restaurant near the beach where they put brown butcher paper on the tables. I took a moment to write my kids a note & post to instagram, where I knew Georgia would see it.

GDI - pastries Mosaic

Coffee shop near Georgia's house in DC. Obligatory photo of goodies. We shared two chocolate croissants.

GDI - travel coffee for ants

An espresso and a sparkling water.

GDI - S & S wedding church

The church - built in the 1700's. No electricity, oil burning lamps, just perfect.

GDI - wedding reception

A picture from the reception.

Congratulations Sarah & Scott!! xoxo

Friday tidbits

GDI - Friday coffee press shopmazama

What are you up to this weekend? We got to Georgia's house last night, where the kids will stay for the weekend (cousin trip!), and then Bud & I are headed to our dear friend's wedding about an hour away :) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend & see you back here next week. In the meantime, here are some links to read.

Good cookery writing. Ah, I just love to say the word cookery. In a British accent.

Don't buy stuff you cannot afford. Amy Poehler FTW.

We should all be so lucky to have a mom, or a daughter, like this.

Do you know what a red AND white cane means? I didn't either. Now we do.

Why parents need to stop complaining about being tired

The shoes I ended up buying for the wedding (mine were on waaay sale).

Lovely short video from Morocco.

This dream house in Charleston, SC. GAH.

Tomato gazpacho along with gorgeous pictures of the French country side. You could bathe in these pictures they're so lush.

Maestra, the latest book I'm reading, is a bit to take, but also lots of fun.

xoxo

(image via shopmazama)

June-style

GDI - June ballet flats tank leggings

(the tank + leggings + ballet flats = always chic)

June is quickly becoming my style icon.

She goes into her room in the mornings and comes out determined with her outfit. She's not self-conscious, and because I pretty much let her wear whatever she wants, she's not defiant with her choices. She just...knows what she wants to wear. Sometimes the outfits are surprisingly chic, other times, hilarious - all June, though.

I adore this friggin mini-person. Every single thing about her. Here are some of her choices.

Halloween costume. Please note the towel we had to put on the dirty ground before she deigned to come out.

GDI - June mermaid

On the way to Costco. No idea, but I didn't say a word. Breathtaking. By the way, that rabbit is named Mr. Nasty and he has a bit of an...um...GI issue.

GDI - June headband

Waterproof shirt + striped long skirt. Who knew?

GDI - June under armour shirt striped skirt

Cowboy boots & leotard. OMG. Please take a moment to appreciate her pose. (And all of our unfinished projects in the background).

GDI - June cowboy boots leotard

And, lastly, swim trunks only. I wish I could do this. 

GDI - June Euro swim trunks

xoxoxo

What are you making for dinner tonight?

GDI - epicurious Tikka Masala

Last week I got really into cooking - just like exercise I tend to hit peaks and valleys - Monday was tacos, Tuesday black bean burgers, Wednesday broccoli cheese soup (great recipe, but don't you dare use fat-free-half-and-half. I used heavy cream + whole milk), Thursday was our mediterranean feast & Friday Bud ordered Jimmy John's for movie night (I went out with some girlfriends :)

Since the kids are both in full-day school, it's been so much fun to plan slightly more elaborate - but still simple, is that possible? - meals. Tonight I'm hoping to do a pared down chicken Tikka Masala. I'm hopeful, but realistically the kids will probably eat bread + scraped off chicken for dinner.

Bud and I still laugh over our first Indian dinner together (I'd had it before, but he had not). On a whim, he decided to go out on a limb and ordered the goat. Goat. Yes. And hated it. Not quite the soft foray into exotic foods I had hoped for him. HAAAAA.

What are you making tonight? Any great ideas? I'd love to swap recipes on here, if you'd like. xo

(Image credit epicurious)

Friday tidbits

GDI - gin & tonic

What are you up to this beautiful weekend? I told the kids if they had a good week at school, I'd take them to Costco (yes, their new favorite place). Then we might sneak in a last pool-Sunday at my parents :) 

Hope you have a great weekend, & here are some links for your reading and browsing pleasure. xo

I made an easy version of this meal last night (i.e. anything in the kitchen that resembled this food). We had hummus, tzatziki, kebobs, feta & veggies. The kids actually loved the kebabs! I daydream of leisurely meals around our table, and this fits the bill. 

Speaking of, this is an inspiring short video about eating in France v. eating in America (though a street hotdog is never a bad idea).

Did you LOVE this photo from this post? Me too. This is the venue. When I'm wealthy...

Gagging on my coffee over this gorgeous home tour. And here's the company the owners run - the products are overpriced, but thoughtful and inspiring.

From swissmiss, Things I Didn't Buy. My version is, if I love something, I save it to my Covet list. Then, once every few weeks, I revisit my covet list and remove things I no longer want in order to whittle it down and down and down to the things I absolutely adore. It's pleasurable in the same way shopping is, saves me from a ton of impulse buys, & allows me to purchase only the things I'd really love and really want. But anyway, I love this list, too.

I like the idea of a soft-start for school.

Six tips for making it small. My heart swelled when I read this article. (thanks to hitherandthither for posting it).

Right, well, now I'm moving to Zambia.

OMG Strandbeest(s). GO WATCH NOW.

Totally, actually, lol-ed at this.

That's it! Have a great one!

What to wear to a fall wedding

GDI - baroque print dress MAJE

Next weekend Bud & I are dropping the kids with Summer for the weekend, & heading up to Virginia for a wedding. It's actually the wedding of my old roommate, the same person who introduced me to Bud :)

I'm on the fence as to whether or not to buy a new dress - I might wear this one that I already have - but it's fun to window shop, either way.

Here are my picks for an early fall wedding (I'm assuming the daytime will be warm and night will get a little cool).

I love, love, LOVE that baroque print dress above. Look at those sleeves. 

This petal-pink tiered dress from H&M is so pretty & delicate. If I chose sleeveless, I'd be sure to throw a little jacket over my shoulders.

GDI - pink maxi dress H&M

A navy blue, one shoulder hits that wonderful line between sophisticated & fun. 

GDI - Lulu dress

Georgia always swears by DVF wrap dresses as the ultimate in body flattering, and I tend to agree. This wool & silk top-wrap dress is beautiful.

GDI - DVF wrap dress SO5th

Lastly, a slip-dress - soft & sweet & feminine. 

GDI - asos slip dress

(Image credits + links: navy one-shoulder at Lulus, white slip dress at ASOS, wool & silk wrap dress from Saksoff5th, tiered maxi dress from H&M, & MAJE baroque print dress)

Five cheerful things

GDI - balloons wedding

We had a lovely long weekend spent by the pool, cooking tacos, & hanging out with friends in the backyard. It was sort of hard to get back into the swing of things this morning- Bud & Truett both asked if they had to go to work/school ;) - so I thought I'd look up five reasons to enjoy today. Here they are in no particular order, and hope you are easing back into your weekly routine.

GDI - 5 sweet things birthstone bangle

A birthstone bangle. These are so inexpensive and pretty. You could buy one for your own birthday month or the months of your kids/husband.

GDI - AT pitch a beach tent

As the weather gets cooler, so the prices of staying at the beach get cheaper. Last year we took a winter trip to Folly & it was so fun. I can't believe we've not done this before, but here is how to pitch a beach tent with big sticks & some fabric. Head slap! 

GDI - La Croix

Watermelon kiwi La Croix. That's all.

GDI - AT cinnamon sticks

How to make your house smell like fall.

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And lastly, a funny sweatshirt for you/us introverts.

(birthstone bangle from SweetAuburnStudio on etsy, beach tent via Apartment Therapy, watermelon kiwi La Croix, cinnamon sticks via Apartment Therapysweatshirt image here, balloons via junebugweddings)

Friday tidbits

GDI - butterfly bush Friday tidbits

What are you up to this Friday? The kids had a short school day because of storm Hermine, so Bud & I decided to keep them out for the whole day rather than drive in this rain. Right now they're screeching over Legos, but eh, it's cozy & fun being at home all day. 

Let's do some links & hope you have a cozy weekend, too.

I liked these back-to-school rituals over at Cup of Jo. Baking a cake the night before? Brilliant. Also - have you tried Boxed? I haven't but would love to hear how people like it.

Georgia brought me back a bottle of Jo Malone Lime & Basil lotion from London, and I really like the scent. I put the perfume on my covet list (I'm always on the hunt for a lovely new perfume).

Preventing cancer from a whole-body approach.

MM.LaFleur sounds like the coolest brand for simple, beautiful women's clothes. I'd love to see a casual line.

A good quote for a tough day.

A Harry Potter festival in October

This white beans with spinach & sausage recipe looks good for a cozy fall evening.

Why you should put a table in your front yard. I love this idea. Here's a pretty one.

Balance, haha.

Beautiful pictures of Scotland. Sigh.

(the photo above is from my instagram account, which you can follow if you'd like)

A book series recommendation

GDI - Greek revival homes WSJ

The other day I was chatting with my therapist and I told her that, during some of my most difficult days, reading was as much therapy for me as anything else (exercise, talking with my sisters). In fact, in some ways, reading pulls me through in a way nothing else will.

She agreed that that is the case for a lot of  people and, on that note, recommended a novelist named Elizabeth Peters. I went onto our library's website and immediately put one of her books on hold - The Golden One.

I'm just now reading on Wikipedia and it turns out the author's real name is Barbara Mertz. It turns out Mertz got her PhD in Egyptology and went on to write fiction and non-fiction about ancient Egypt.

Anyway - I'm enjoying this book immensely - it's fun and interesting and has an old-fashioned flair both a bit campy & nostalgic (this book takes place in 1917, the year my mother's father was born :) Once I'm done with this book, I'm going back to the first one and start the series fresh, so if you're interested I'd recommend beginning with the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank. There's something oddly comforting about her writing style.

Just thought I'd pass along some good intel :)

(image via WSJ, also that article is awesome, worth a read and a look at the gorgeous pictures)

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