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Thanksgiving Goodness.

Happy Thanksgiving!!  Hope you’re posted up somewhere cozy like this today… sipping your morning coffee (or afternoon toddy)…

Inhaling something that smells like this…

Sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner at a table like this…

And wearing something like this…

As for me & Karrie (!)  …Let’s be honest.  It’ll be more along these lines:

Cramming as much turkey & cream-of-everything as we can in our little pot bellies… Probably watching this later…


And eating these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies I just made:

…the batter bowl of which I just licked for breakfast – and washed down with half a can of French fried onions.  I so wish I were kidding.  I also wish My Fitness Pal app would stop asking me to log my breakfast.  It’s like the bastards know.

In any case… God, who doesn’t love Thanksgiving???  Can I rap a short list real quick about what I’m grateful for?

1.  Parents who kick ass. My sweet dad – aka Stevie B – who is like a cross between Elvis and a cowboy and a warm, fuzzy grizzly bear.  And my mom, who just sent me leaves and acorns and some other interesting treats in a care package, because she knows Fall is my favorite time of year at home.  The best part?  A “ps” in the card that said something like: “Helpful Hint!!  You can surround these cinnamon candles with the Fall foliage as a neat Thanksgiving centerpiece (!)”  Bahahah – Jayne.  God love er.

2.  Having had the gift of Grandparents…  the last of which, Bud, we just lost this Spring.  I was so lucky to have 3 of them I was close to for a very, very long time – well into my 30’s.  I don’t know many kids who are as lucky in that regard as I have been.  I feel like they taught me so many of the things I know – whether they meant to or not – about how to sew, how to bake Christmas cookies, how to build things… about what’s really important and how to be a good person to the people around you.  Now when I think back on my childhood and on the time they were all here, it almost feels like magic.  I miss sweet Bud, Ruth and Nanny Jam all the time, but I also kinda always feel like they’re still here.  And I’m so grateful for that, too.  Those are sweet Bud’s tooties under the Thanksgiving Day table at our house in Columbus 2 years ago.

3. OMG – GUS (!&$#^!!!) So grateful for the most insane, sweet pup full of unbounding joy who ever lived.  Did I tell you he’s flying home for Christmas with me?  Yep.  Pass the tranquilizers.

4.  Friends who are family. I’m lucky enough to have innumerable ones… including but not limited to that gaggle of hookers, my Burris K-12-ers, and my volleyball family.  I’m also grateful for my bestie and co-blogger, Karrie, whose fam I’m spending Thanksgiving with today.  This is what a lot of our snort-worthy convos look like:

5.  Living in this gorgeous place and finally having bitten the bullet and gotten out of my own way so I could start doing what I love this year.

Hope you guys have a GREAT holiday weekend with family & friends!!  Cheers to lots of naps, Scrabble and Christmas movies on TNT…  and decorating tomorrow.  OMG it makes me so happy I could pee.

Much love to you!

Saturday Morning Swoon

The only thing that’s as delightful as toting flowers comme ça back from the Farmers Market on a Saturday Morning is sitting propped up in your big white fluffy bed with a cup of coffee, in your PJ’s, scouring Pinterest.  Which is what I’m currently doing, and it’s heaven.  Here are a *few* things making my heart beat a little faster this morning:

THIS TILE.

HO-ly testicle Tuesday, I truly cannot handle it.  Tile is by AKDO and was featured in Lonny this Spring.  It feels like what happens when the Great Gatsby and your kitchen meet.  I could seriously rap with this in a smallish dose – like a bar or over the range – that way it’s not overwhelming and looks like the rare jewel that it is. #nomnomnomnom

THIS DRESS.

Simple and structured and sexy and stunning.  And belongs on a Bond Girl in a Bond Movie, but I’d still take it.  This number probably has the same effect on boys as Farmer Ted does on us ladies.  And if you don’t get the Farmer Ted reference and haven’t read some of my shameless Bachelorette recaps, then you probably oughta get on that.

THIS PHOTO… (EXHALE).

…Which is about what living in Southern Cali feels like.  I was staying at the beach last weekend and up early with Gus to fetch my coffee, and about 185 beat-up 4-Runners with surfboards hanging out the back window vroomed by me on their way to the water…  Pretty sure it was Bodhi & his buddies from Point Break.

THESE STACKING BEAUTIES.

Just do yourself a favor and peruse Mociun’s rings.

This one from Dawes wouldn’t look ugly on my hand.  HEAVENS.

Nor would this.  No, I’m not getting married… and when I do, I’d probably just want some thin, stackable pavé guys.  But I wouldn’t say no to this.  And anyone who would should make a B-line for the Looney Bin, stat.

THIS HEADBOARD.

…from a Hillary Thomas install, swiped from her Instagram.  I always think I wanna do some crazy silhouette in a neutral fabric with my next headboard, but how pretty would crisp white bedding look against this bad boy?  The shape is also lovely, lovely lovely.

PS: I love just about everything Hillary Thomas does – we’ll have to do a post on her soon.

THIS PANTSUIT.

My homegirl K-Hud can do no wrong.  Her hair and makeup are also perfection in this pic.  I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to be friends in real life.

THIS CHANDELIER.

…which literally made my jaw to hit the floor when I saw it.  It’s Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort / Circa, and it’s everything.  It reads a little formal / art deco, but I feel like it’s versatile enough that you could dress the rest of the room down a bit, and it would still work beautifully.  We’re thisclose to doing it in a client’s bedroom, and I plan on living vicariously through her.

THESE CUCUMBER LIME MARGARITAS.

I may be making these later on today.  Cuz why not?  Recipe here.

THIS QUOTE.

In the vast sea of quotes you see online that you could literally drown in, this is the one I always come back to.  It has sustained me for most of this *most* interesting year.  It’s the one I literally think about every time I feel like I might have a mini-panic attack… which isn’t often, but you get the idea.  It’s a great mantra.

That’s all I got for today!  I need some breakfast and some yoga.  Hope you guys have a great weekend!

xoxo,