732 posts categorized "Style"

A blogging break

GDI - blog break

I'm sure you've noticed my inability to post very often these days. I feel kind of uninspired, and I don't want to just plop any old thing onto the screen in order to post. So, I'm going to take a break. Recharge, hopefully come back in a week or two refreshed and inspired :)

In the meantime, I'd love to link to my favorite posts from GDI for your perusing pleasure. xoxo

A super yummy chocolate cake.

A tiny but impactful home improvement tip.

Baby June dances.

A fun place to eat here in Columbia.

One of my absolute favorite kid books.

Our kitchen renovation reveal & the break-down.

A bright red lipstick for fall.

Camping in teepees.

How to make pumpkin spice latte at home.

Ways to unknot your busy life.

Why cooking at home is so great.

Where to find some lovely art.

Movie nights.

The sweetest baby in the world turns four.

While my wild-man turns seven.

Just for fun, pregnancy pictures with Truett.

Planning a Christmas party.

Winter soups.

Love you guys. xoxo

(image via)

Friday tidbits

GDI - coffee pumpkins

Good Friday morning! What are you up to this weekend? If you're on the east coast, I hope you have a safe place to chill. We'll be playing lots of Jenga, cooking & watching movies :) Hope you have a great weekend, and see you back here next week.

Let's do some links.

Good to keep in mind during a renovation.

Oh dear, now I want to make a tiny toaster. Found via swissmiss.

I LOVE this raspberry Halloween costume. I think I'd rather use plastic balls to balloons, though, because I'd anticipate some popping along the way (ahem, looking at wild men like Truett).

Hoping to make these pickled okra later today.

A really simple way to enjoy all those gorgeous heirloom pumpkins. Also, you could save the seeds & try your hand at planting them next season.

Oh! these drawings.

All I want in this life (besides everything) is to do an eating tour of Italy. Holy.bananas.

I just got one of these at Costco and it is the softest, cutest sweatshirt ever.

Off-season but man, these bright pink blossoms just make me feel good.

That's it - have a great weekend!

Simplest, spookiest crafts for Halloween

GDI - spooky mantel 2 PB

We did not, unfortunately, do any Halloween crafts this weekend. We played a bunch of Jenga & went to a birthday party, but did not get around to any of these cool crafts. Last year we made two of the bat mobiles, but this year I'd really love to cut out pumpkins, witches and bats for the windows :)

I'd love for the crafts to be simple, old-school spooky & fun to make. Here are my favorite picks.

GDI - hanging ghosts

Hanging ghosts. June is into spirals in a major way - they've been drawing them at school - and I think she would love making these ghosts to hang around the house. 

GDI - Halloween sillouettes

Spooky window silhouettes. It never occurred to me to put orange tissue paper behind the cutouts - genius! (Here are some downloads for those of you who are like me & cannot draw to save your life). 

GDI - tree arms and face

Turn a tree into a spooky tree-man. I have a feeling Truett will be ALL OVER this. I can't find a DIY for this one, but I'm sure we can come up with something. 

GDI - spiders

Make spider magnets! I think double-sided tape would be even easier.

GDI - spooky mantel

Create a spooky mantel - gnarled branches, small (painted) black pumpkins, old candlesticks (thrift store) and a plastic crow should do the trick nicely.

I can't wait to show the kids these projects, I think they'll be so excited :)

(images: hanging ghosts, silhouettes, tree-man, spider magnets, and spooky mantel)

Friday tidbits

GDI - champagne cooler counter

Good Friday morning. What will you be doing this weekend? Since tomorrow is October 1st (Halloween, my favorite season!), I'm looking forward to making some of these spooky DIY decorations with the kiddos

Let's do some fun links & hope you have a wonderful, cozy weekend :)

A new Venezuelan restaurant here in town I'd love to try.

I love these bralettes. So much lighter and more comfortable than traditional bras.

A rooftop wedding seems both magical & simple. 

Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge...

These homemade mango fruit roll ups sound impossibly easy to make. Hm...

Wouldn't it be fun to explore some woods with a scavenger hunt list? Scheming for this weekend or next. Putting the list together with your kids or friends would be part of the fun, too.

I love roasting the pumpkin seeds after we've carved our Halloween jack-o-lantern, here are some pumpkin seed recipes to make it more interesting.

Speaking of Halloween, I think I've decided on Miss Haversham as my costume :)

I especially love the kids' rooms in this house tour.

The New York public library installs tiny trains to transport your books!! My kids (and I!) would flip to see this!!

That's it - have a great weekend!

GDI - June at pool

(top image via this is glamorous, second image via my instagram)

How to sleep gently & well

GDI - bed imgrum

Good Lord I've spent half the morning researching the best hotel beds + the best way to get those beds at home (The Vendue in Charleston is said to have heavenly beds). What is my problem? My problem is that I love to sleep and am not ashamed to admit it. 

Ever since reading this brilliant article, I keep running this quote from Rumi through my head, "every human being streams at night into the loving nowhere,"

I struggled with sleep during my worst bout with anxiety, and have so many family members and friends who do, too. Which is a shame, considering just how lovely it really is.

Your room should be cool at night - like, 65 degrees - and dark. Our sweet, beloved neighbor has an orange street lamp in his backyard. I've still got to get a blackout blind for that window.

And...your bed. I once went to the store in college just to buy a comfortable pillow, came home, encased it and took a long nap. 

We have a king size memory foam with a down comforter and (mostly) down pillows. Now I'm on the hunt for a feather top and new sheets.

I discovered Brook Linen, a company highly rated for affordable, luxury bedding (not cheap, but not crazy).

And I'd love to get this essential featherbed from West Elm.

What'd you think? Any tips on the best sleep ever? 

(Rumi quote, above photo

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)

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

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)

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