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5 Good Things for Your Weekend

Good Mornin!  I hope you guys are doing what I’m doing right now: wrapped up in a blanket with a piping hot cup of coffee, a stack of “literature” (otherwise known as design mags – oozie), watching the sun glisten and quietly creep up and dance on everything it touches, and listening to this morning playlist (it’s good, I swear – click the link or the pic below and hit play).

OR, maybe you just had your toddler throw a Lego truck at your head, and your younger nugget is screaming at the sort of pitch that opens garage doors.  Which also sounds super fun.  Either way – here are a few things I loved this week and wanted to share (click photos for sources!)

1.  MAKE THIS FOR DINNER TONIGHT (and serve it with a bottle of Meomi Pinot Noir – $18 at Trader Joe’s)

2.  BRASS LANTERNS = EASY HOUSE UPDATE: I saw these bad boys while I was taking a quick spin through West Elm this week after work.  They’re super versatile and really good-looking in person.  3 Ways to use ’em this fall:

(1) Grab 2 bigguns and pop on either side of the mantle (if you don’t have sconces up there) – or you can also put them down on the hearth.

(2) Grab 4 of ’em (maybe 2 large, 2 small) and sit them out on your graduating front porch steps – like these.

(3) Pop a pair of ’em on the dining table.  If you wanna go super crazy and festive, you can fill the area around the candle with mini gourds – the cream and funky colored ones.

3.  TREAT YO’SELF: To this amazing bauble – Vintage Glam Necklace from Majestical Jewelry.  People will tell you they love it, then sigh and say, “but it must’ve been $200 from J.Crew…  right?”  Wrong.  It’s under $30 and looks like a million bucks.

4.  MOODY MANI: I think I might wanna take this cobalt lacquer for a spin…  right?  So fun for fall!

5.  REMEMBER THESE WORDS, when and if things get tough.  They are true.  I had a very wise friend tell me earlier this Spring (when my life was in upheaval) that there will always be happy times, and there will also always inevitably be sad times… so knowing that everything is cyclical, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to just try and always be at peace.  That made a lotta sense to me.

Have a great weekend!!!


Beach House Chic

Lafco Pool House Candle, Bixby & Ball | Geode Ring, Etsy | Jazz Pendant, Currey & Co. (to the trade) | Hollywood Regency-Style Bamboo Chairs, Ivy & Vine | Double Rib Throw, West Elm | Lotus Wallpaper, Galbraith & Paul

Ahhhhhhhh (sigh)…. is what I do when I look at that cozy buncha aqua & white & bamboo up there.  I’ll always be a mostly Midwest + part Southern girl at heart, but the left coast really is just a big breath of fresh air.  I’m currently co-habitating with boys – which on some days can be entertaining in the way of fantasy football drafts… waking up and having one of them ask me if I’ll help him shave his back (wait what?)… and having one of them refer to me as “Stella” as in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.”  They’re lovely.  But OTHER days, I daydream about moving into a little shack on the beach where all the windows and doors are always open so I can smell the saltwater.  And I dream of filling it with soft-as-sweatpants, white linen sofas and plush pillows and funky antiques and nubby blankets.  And all the pretty little things in that pretty little picture up there.  PS, that candle…  I die.  It’s pricey but it’s worth it.

Hope you guys have a great weekend!  I’m heading to Malibu – aka heaven on earth – to see a buddy.  I may never come back.


Photo Credit:  Galbraith & Paul wallpaper install photo via Cloth & Kind Interiors