May 30, 2011

No Soliciting



Perfectly said!
I think this is just a must :)

Originally seen here
Available to purchase here.

Happy Memorial Day!



It's not just about burgers and hot dogs. 90 degree weather and sunshine. It's not just about sundresses, sandals, watermelon, and parties. But if you do have the opportunity to enjoy these things today, as I do, take a moment, as I will, to remember that it is about enjoying freedom and life.

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." -Cynthia Ozick

My friend Angela posted this on fb this weekend and I thought it summed it up so nicely that I thought I would repost it here...

"It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the VETERAN, not the politician, Who has given us the right to vote."

above pictures via:
Flags and Fence
Quilted Flag that I wish I could find to hang in my backyard someday

Pretty in Pink

My mother always told me to look at the world through rose colored glasses. I sure would like to try these on!

Ray Ban Sunglasses, originally seen here.

May 27, 2011

Puppy Love



Someday I'm going to have a dog. His name will be Oliver.

"Come on Oliver! let's go for a walk to foodstuffs and get a salad! I'll get you a treat!"

"Come on Ollie, hang out with me while I make you watch Real Housewives NYC or Say Yes to the Dress for the 100th time.

"Oliver! Let's go visit your cousin Harley in the city! You'd like that wouldn't you!"

"Ollie, you'll keep me company 'cause I'm feelin' sad and bluesey today, won't you?"

Above picture via: http://pinterest.com/pin/20597955/

Ruche's Lookbook

I ♥ Ruche.

Ruche is a clothing line that is vintage, fashionable, affordable. The folks at Ruche describe it as "a vintage inspired boutique with a modern touch".

Most of their lookbook items are already sold out {at least the ones I wanted!} but I enjoyed pouring over every page. It's like affordable anthropologie.

Take a peek at Ruche's latest lookbook here and tell me if they are as dreamy and delicate and I think they are.

{Remember Darling Asymmetrical Dress}



{This entire outfit...blue lagoon bangle, daisy daze eyelet dress in green, emilia's charm leather cutout heels in beige, tropical hibiscus floral necklace, walking on shine canvas bag}



{These rings....Rose Petal Romance Ring & Peridot Pleasure Ring}





And this dainty number is my favorite hands down of them all........

{Cabana comfort embroidered top}



All pictures above courtesy of shopruche.com

May 25, 2011

Oprah's Master Class


I just finished watching Oprah's Master Class: The Lessons on OWN. I'm still sort of processing it and it was so insightful, inspirational, uplifting, educational, if you're an Oprah fan, I think it was even better than the last episode. There's a part 1 and part 2, and just so you know what you're getting - the website says:

"Master Class is the course. Your life is the classroom. These are the lessons.
Wake Up Curious!
Stay True to Yourself, No Matter What
Be a Blessing to Somebody
Find Your Passion
Go For Excellence
The Upside of Hard Times
Open to the Unexpected
Trust Your Instincts
Reinvent Yourself
The Connections That Sustain Us"

I hope you'll find a few moments to catch record this wealth of information...I'm willing to bet it won't disappoint...

May 23, 2011

Right where I want to be



Today I went had to go run some errands for my boss during lunch.

As I curved down the street, picking up speed, I noticed the blue sky, the bright sun reflecting off my car, the vibrant green of the freshly cut grass, everything that surrounded me was so full of life. The perfect song was playing on the radio, and things just felt right.

Do I have the perfect house? No.
Do I have the perfect body? No.
Am I where I thought I would be? No.

Is life still good? absofrickingloutely.

I hope that no matter where you are in your life, no matter what you are going through, you know that you too, are right where you need to be, at this exact moment. Life will take you (and me!) both where we need to be. Until then let's enjoy the ride, this really is the good life...

May 20, 2011

Birthday Girl



It's yours truly birthday!

So how am I spending my birthday weekend this year?

Well first of all, one of the biggest most important lessons I have learned - very recently - is that I need to put myself first and start doing what makes me happy. Start saying no and start saying yes to myself. Stop feeling guilty and start enjoying the journey no matter what. Stress takes its toll on your body in ways you cannot image and even if you cannot see what it is doing, it is remarkable the damage it can do. So I am starting this year putting myself first.



The weekend will incorporate a little faith....Gotta stop in and say hi to the man upstairs for a bit...



Then a nice long yoga class.



I will wrap up the day with a birthday treat to myself - some pampering at the spa. After my day of minor spa invoked sloth, all I want for dinner is chocolate lava cake...maybe a glass of wine....



Have you ever had Fire Road Wine? Whole Foods sells it...My friend Merrily turned me onto this nectar of the Gods. Delicious. And love the packaging too.



And I have always dreamed of celebrating a birthday overlooking the city in a hot air balloon and with a simply-crazy-yet-calm-yet *is this really happening* year it's been, I really want to just have a moment up in the sky all to myself to relish in the beauty that is all around me - taking it all in like a deep inhale of all that is good. Just a few peaceful moments to just 'be'. I could not get a reservation for this weekend so this treat will have to wait for later this year. Until then the skyline waits my arrival! Here we come 33!



images:
33
No. 1
wine: Fire Road
lava cake

May 19, 2011

Wishes


"We don’t wish for the easy stuff. We wish for big things. Things that are ambitious, out of reach. We wish because we need help, and we’re scared, and we know we may be asking too much. We still wish though, because sometimes… they come true." Meredith Grey

{Courtesy of Nothyself}

On the eve of my birthday I'm thinking about wishes, hopes, dreams, and the future. No worrying, just pondering.

How have I spent 32?

I learned more about myself than ever before, created new friendships, loved, lost, learned many valuable lessons, let go of a lot of dead weight, built a lot of strong bonds, strengthened my spirit, grew my faith, laughed {a lot!}, grew, enjoyed my life, really truly lived happily, and learned that I have so much more learning to do. All and all, not a bad year at t'all. I do declare I think it's the perfect time to end this chapter and the very best time to begin a new one.

image via: Pinterest

Garnett Hill



In perusing one of my favorite websites, Garnett Hill, I noticed this inviting bedroom set on the front page. It has to be said - that is a sign! Because I actually already own a slightly modified version of this quilt already and you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to be running home tonight to laundry-land to wash it so I can sleep in it tonight. (Confession: I don't have the shams..just the quilt. It will have to do.) Isn't it calling your name? Saying, "it's spring! come hither!"

Other Garnett Hill finds that float my boat:

These Raincoat Cotton Weekender Bags:



Why, sure I'd love to wisk off to your cottage lake house! Let me just pack a few necessities in my lovely weekender bag. Oh drats, it's taking me so long because I just can't seem to figure out which one to take with, they are all so pretty :)

image via: Garnett Hill

May 18, 2011

Forget the Leather - I'm into Lace

I'm so into lace these days.

{City of Light Lace Ivory Top $34.00 from Lulus.com}



{Frenchi Lace Circle Top $38 from Nordstrom}



Shut up! I love the ruffle...
{Frenchi Lace Back Cardigan in Porcelain $36.00 from Nordstrom}

Emerald Cocoa Roast Dark Chocolate Almonds

A huge thank you to my aunt for turning me onto this delicious treat....Emerald Cocoa Roast Dark Chocolate Almonds. It has just enough chocolate flavor to satisfy the chocolate beast in all of us, and is also a heart healthy snack. I'm addicted!



image via: Amazon

Little Critter



Who remembers the "Little Critter" series?

I'm celebrating a birthday at the end of the week and going to be getting some special pampering 'me' time...but right now I feel a little like this. Really, I feel like my hair actually looks like Litte Critter himself. My eyebrows are a sight, my grey hair is frightful, my locks are dry and dingy, and my nails are begging for some polish.

image via Barnes & Nobles

May 17, 2011

Tide Free & Gentle

Meredith (to Doc): There. Five loads of laundry. I have literally washed the past out of my life.



I recently purchased Tide Free & Gentle from target due to my Esthetician's recommendation because my skin has been breaking out and she said it could be due to my detergent. Tide Free & Clear can be used on baby clothes as well as if your hubby is a hunter as it leaves no scent. My goal is to literally wash *all* of my clothes in it and see if it makes a difference....stay tuned! I'm a tad sad as I'll miss that fresh tide scent but I'll take clearer skin any day :)

image: Tide

Tinyprints

These days it's so easy to send an email with your address. We're so technologically dependent. But I still have a love for quality paper, letterpress, cardstock, pretty prints, quality, and colorful notes displaying messages of life's biggest moments. Why should cyberspace get all the credit!

I haven't moved yet, but someday when I do, I've earmarked this as one of my moving announcements that I would love to share with family and friends of my new address.



image via: Tinyprints.com "special airmail: moonstruck"

May 16, 2011

It's really from target!

So I'm on new mission to stop buying things that are black, and start incorporating neutrals and even ivory into my wardrobe. I saw these things tonight at Target and they reminded me of something I would find at Anthropologie, but very much Target prices...





This sequin capped shouldered cardigan gives it just the right amount of sparkle. I know sequins are the big thing these days but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming at times and I just liked how this was just 'enough'....



I can't wait to wear my new finds that I picked up for a steal!

May 14, 2011

Wrap it up in a bow

Aldabra Barrett {Anthropologie}

{Sigh}

There's just not much more that I can say about this other than I love it and I want it. It's perfectly polished and would look just stunning in my hair. And yours...



image: via Anthropologie

Leaving



Today is my last day at one of my part time jobs. I have to quit. I don't want to. Shh. Don't tell anyone. I mean, I want to in the sense that working every Saturday is causing me too much stress. But I don't want to in the sense that I genuinely like it here and I like the people and my boss, and the extra money it brings in. But like my cousin once asked me "is the juice worth the squeeze?". Unfortunately the juice is not worth the squeeze in that I haven't been able to give myself what I need by working here. It's been a big decision that I had to make and think about over and over and really - over and over - and saying goodbye is going to be really hard. I don't think it will really hit me for a while. I have worked here on and off for 9 years so it's been such a haven for me to come back to. {They actually don't believe me, that I'm really not going to come back...}

I actually get a lump in my throat when I think about it, and it's very bittersweet because although I will cry, and already have, I know it's time to do this, and I'm ready.

So to some of these patrons I'll never see again and to those I'll say goodbye. To others I know i'll visit and keep in touch with, just not every Saturday - so to you I say I'll see you later, because I know I will.

I am taking deep breaths as I enter this next stage of my life - I will miss the familiarity of this place ever so much. So don't you worry about a thing, I'm not going to play you a sad song like the cliched "leaving on a jet plane" or something that will leave me equally sobbing. So here is a peppy tune to sing on this fine Saturday.




Picture above here

May 13, 2011

Change

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever"
~Keri Russell

I really wanted everything to change, I just didn't realize it would change this much, this fast.

And sometimes, while it might be scary, you just have to dive right in...



image via: tinywhitedaises.tumblr.com/archive

May 9, 2011

Dandelions

Everywhere I look I see dandelions. They are growing like crazy. Most people see these yellow flowers and think of pesky weeds that they need to maintain. I think of a card I saw years ago that read...

"Dandelions are my favorite flower because they refuse to stop growing. Hang in there"

P.S. When did dandelions become weeds - when we were children they were magical - we would race to grab them and pour our wishes on them - blowing the petals in the wind. Their pollen was like fairy dust and we awaited for our wishes to come true.


May 8, 2011

Crystal Wilkerson's Planner


I think I found a new project! Crystal Wilkerson's 2011 Planner - you make my heart flutter! Not only is it cheerful, bright, happy, but it's also a free DIY download (assuming you have a color printer). I also like that it covers different areas of organization:

1. Time Management
2. Personal Development
3. Inspiration
4. Health & Nutrition
5. Money Management
6. Calendars

I think at any given time, when one area becomes out of balance - it can throw all the other areas out of wack. As much as I love my google calendar and live by it - it doesn't cover all of these. This little planner can be a nice welcome addition!
Crystal Wilkerson Designs - 2011 Planner first discovered here.

May 7, 2011

The Girl in the Green Scarf



Sometimes I feel a little like Rebecca Bloomfield from Confessions of a Shopaholic when I go to the mall. I'll admit it. The mall can be dangerous. I went to the mall today to buy 2 things. JUST TWO things that I 'needed'. One was a pair of jeans. ONE PAIR. The other was a mother's day gift. That's it. 2 things. I had to basically psych myself as if I were going into battle. It started with it being the perfect shopping weather: breezy, 63 degrees, the sun coming out just as I was leaving work. No coat to mess with to make my shopping difficult. Then...the stars continued to align by my getting the perfect rock star parking spot in front of Nordstrom.

I bee-lined to the mall directory to find the 2 stores that I needed. Levis has this new 'Curve ID' which is where they will measure you in the store and fit you into 1 of their 4 main styles: slight curve, demi curve, bold curve, or supreme curve. I think it's all based on your butt, personally, but who I am to understand the science behind denim fit. I'm measured within a mere minutes into the slight curve. The fit was good! These are also my first pair of 'straight leg' jeans which I have heard that if you are petite, you should avoid bootcut as they can make your legs look wider and thicker. I've always gone with bootcut. {Oooh look at me walkin' on the wildside, right?} I'd definitely recommend the Curve i.d. fit experience, and Levis have been around since 1873..they must know what they are doing. Until I can fit back into my coveted Hudsons, I think me and my straight leg Levis will get along very well!



Now let's get to the dangerous part. After my successful jeans experience, I was one down 1 to go. I then got distracted. C.O. Bigelow...Crabtree & Evelyn...my pace started to slow...I was no longer on a mission...I was sucked into the twilight zone of Woodfield. Everything looked so shiney and pretty...twinkling in it's rightful place..*no, snap out of it Lisa, don't get distracted - must buy Mother's day gift and get out of here immediately. Stay on task* - I told myself.

Eventually I made myself get back on course and started heading back to my car after stop number 2 was a success. {I will skip over my mothers day present purchase because I know my dear mother reads my blog & I don't want her to know what her gift will be! I hope she likes it though!}

But then I spotted it. The lovelyliest of the lovely...Cue the angels..



Ok, I tell myself. I'll just look. After all, it's Anthropologie. I love this store. I love everything about this store. I wish I could be accidentally locked in there overnight {like the movie Mannequin?}. I would light their candles and make smores for snacks and try on ALL of their clothes. No, really, I would try on EVERYTHING. I would try on all the dresses, sweaters, jewelry, {allll the jewelry}..and even drink my water out of all the delightful cups. When it was time for bed I would put on a pair of pajamas and then cuddle up in a blankets and quilt and sleep in one of their big beds that they have in the middle of the store. I'd drift off to sleep by candlelight while reading one of their books like "A Woman's guide to finding her inner french girl", and have effortless Anthro-dreams frolicking in fields whilst wearing dresses and feeling cozy and free. Here are some of the things I wanted so badly at Anthro.

Add-Plenty-Of-Flowers Measuring Cups $38.00
(now, really, I must have picked these up 4 times. I tried so hard to rationalize buying them. I keep telling myself needs vs. wants...needs vs. wants...so instead I will just look at them from afar :) Aren't they so pretty?



Verdant Slip Dress $138.00


Fledgling Nest Ring Bowl $32.00 {the picture does not do this justice}


At this point, I'm feeling dizzy. Weak. Like at any moment I could pass out. Is the beauty of Anthropologie getting to me - No, really, it's my blood sugar dipping because it's 3:00pm and I haven't eaten since some Chex mix at 9:00am. I decide it's time to leave, empty handed, with my 'needs' in tow, and my 'wants' left at the store where they belong. Ugh....like I said, the mall is dangerous. Be strong.



pictures:
1. Rebecca Bloomwood {The Fashionable Housewife}
2. Anthro
3. Levis {catwalkqueen.tv}
4. Add-Plenty-Of-Flowers Measuring Cups {Anthropologie}
5. Verdant Slip Dress {Anthropologie}
6. Fledgling Nest Ring Bowl {Anthropologie}

7. Rosie The Riveter {archives.gov}

Mother's Day



The other day my cousin asked me 'Lisa, what do you want to be when you grow up'. I smiled and all I could say was "I want to be a mom".

Happy Mother's Day to my mother, who I can't begin to say thank you for all that I have been given, and all that I have. For life, for this gift, for your undying patience. One day I won't have you here, to run to, cry to, be coddled by, and comforted by. I never want that day to come. I want you here for as long as God allows. You are my sunshine and you help me look at the world through rose colored glasses.

Happy Mothers Day to you dear reader if you are a mother. Happy Mothers Day to your mother whether she is near or far. If she is hear on this earth or in heaven, either way you have an angel watching over you - aren't we lucky? To all mothers out there. You are the greatest gift to this world.

May 5, 2011

Bumps and Bruises

The other day I was drying off after my shower, and I notices this enormous bruise the size of a tangerine on my leg. Then I remembered the night before I was jabbed by the corner of a chair. It hurt for a moment. The pain went away within a minute or two. But I'll likely have this nice size black and blue bruise for a week or so. It will fade slowly to green. Then brown. Then eventually my pale skin will heal right over and everything will be as it once was.

It's a metaphor for where I am right now. And where I will be many times over in my life. Where you might be now too. Where you may be in the future. We get hurt, the pain goes away, then we take all the time necessary it takes to heal.

This song is dedicated to any bruises in life you are facing right now. Take time to heal.



You feel it come apart it’s ripping at the seems
Spilling out with everything your hopes and dreams
Accompanied by misery and all that it brings to tear you away

You’re coming so close to standing bird in hand
You find it so much harder just to get back up again
But that's how you manage to pretend it’ll be okay

Yeah you made it through in all that you do
Even when the black & blue starts to set in


Oh You can try to push it all aside
But sooner or later life will pass you by
And in the end when the pain sets in
We’ll find a way to take it in stride
And we get by yeah we’re getting by

You see the sunrise just around the bend
You’ve made it through the darkness until the end
You’ve been through hell and back again just to find your way home

And all your scars you wear with pride
You never cover up or keep it all inside
Because that’s how you know you’re still alive and that your grown

Yeah you made it through in all that you do
Even when the black & blue has already set in

Yeah you made it through in all that you do
Even when the black & blue starts to set in

Oh and giving in means there’s nothing left
Yeah giving in means there’s nothing left to change
Yeah you made it through in all that you do
Even when the black & blue starts to set in

Oh You can try to push it all aside
But sooner or later life will pass you by
And in the end when the pain sets in
We’ll find a way to take it in stride
And we get by yeah we’re getting by

May 4, 2011

Nude Manis & Beach Dreamin

I know it's only May...and I know I'm still wearing a light scarf around my neck, a reminder that it's still in the upper 40's and 50's...but those summer days are right around the corner. Therefore, I am craving a manicure and pedicure with this polish color.



Thank you Pretty City for my new obsession with Nudes.

Then, I'd like to walk along Gilson Beach wearing nothing but this dress, a pair of ray bans, and coconut lotion on my legs.



Dress found here

Happy Hump Day at the Office

I ventured out to Target this afternoon at lunch... and fell for these Greenroom items...I included a previously purchased easter egg list pad and butterfly post-its because it just has to be said, that there are very few things that can be pulled out of a dollar bin that can bring one that much joy.



Life is too short not to have pretty office things to decorate with...

Pink & White Planter from The Painted Lady: $7.00 (Thank you Contented Me for sending me there!)

Flowers from Trader Joes...$3.49

"What Will Matter" framed poem from my dear friend Erin Brown - priceless. Next to that, also from Erin, "Whispered Words of Encouragement 365 day brightener calendar" - also priceless.



What Will Matter~Michael Josephson

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.


This section I'd like to put a lamp in someday - right now it looks very country...my little all-american corner. A little tid-bit of information for you. See that little american flag? I have had that up since September 11th, 2001. We were all given one at our office when I worked for CAST North America (oh how I loved that job!!) and slowly over time people took theirs down once the patriotism started 'wearing off'. I never took mine down and I have carried it with me from every job I have held since then. Oh and P.S. do you love my collection of Sharpies? Obsessed...



So now you've seen my office. It's not that fancy, lots of wood, lots of space, lots of quiet. I find it calming to be at work, now. I am lucky :) It wasn't always this way. This is actually the exact opposite of how it ever was...so every day I feel incredibly lucky and incredibly appreciative of everyday things that others might take for granted.

I have a door
I can listed to music
I have space
I have such a nice boss. Really. He's so very kind and respectful. He's retiring next year and I'm already getting sad about it :(
I work with such kind-hearted and helpful people
I work for a wonderful organization that inspires me
I am proud of what I do
I can wear jeans on Friday, and every day if I wanted to - but I save it for Fridays (never underestimate the power of denim)

It's funny, I am not doing anything that I thought I would be doing when I graduated college, but I am content. I have the same wish for all of you. Find what makes you happy and do it. I spent years thinking to be happy meant to be super ultra successful at work - the top sales person, the 'this', the 'that'. But really it was the little things that made me happy. Having respect, working for something I believed in, lowering my stress level, (and the denim, let's not forget the denim:)