Friday, October 31, 2014

Have a Safe and Spooky Weekend!

Happy Halloween (Lord, please let this day be over soon).  One of my children got into the Halloween candy and if we make it through this day without a serious injury, I will be relieved.  Anybody remember Phillip the Hyper Hypo skit from SNL?  That's my child right now.  But really, nothing is cuter than the Littles all dressed up, running from house to house to get candy like it's their job.  Anyone have any awesome costumes this year?! My little niece is going as a white witch and dare I say she looks incredibly chic.  Edward is either going to be a lion or a monster and the baby is probably just going to be a pumpkin instead of the adorable abominable snow monster that he has clearly vetoed.  Here's to a safe evening for everyone! TGIF! 

The Huffington Post named Kansas City the Coolest City in America

Tomorrow is Nov. 1 a.k.a. the first day of DINOVEMBER
(I had no idea the couple behind this fun bit of magic is from Kansas City!)

National Geographic Magazine once called it a "Time Capsule of the South"

Just the most awesome birthday party ever for so many reasons #joychangeslives

I have a love/hate with turtlenecks, but I'll give this one a try perhaps

These Thanksgiving cups make me LOL

Going to try this creamy broccoli soup too

 Home as a Haven - I love this

I am so excited to see this custom pagoda lantern

The lovely Kerry Steele for Serena & Lily - #thingsIwantformyhouse

A gorgeous Blue & White Pinterest board from my Pinterest Soulmate

These Old Navy pants are soo comfortable & kind of stylish for running errands and chasing kids

Have a Spooky Weekend!!! 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Birthday Blues (and Whites!)

No birthday blues here!  I had a fabulous day.  I'm still recovering from an epic wedding weekend in Chicago, which I will share more about when I have sleeping kiddos.  But for now I wanted to share a few blue and white birthday gifts that I'm super excited about.

Wedgwood Pearlware "Flow Blue" Dinner or Cabinet Plate Circa 1855-69

My in-laws gave me this wonderful plate to add to my collection of blue and white.  It's from an antique shop in Charleston called Geo C. Birlant & Co that I'm going to have to add to my list of shops to visit next time I go. 

I love the cobalt color and the deliberate blurred effect that this type of glazing created, a style known as Flow Blue  Not only did I get a pretty plate to display, but I also learned something new!*

* I should probably learn more about blue and white if I'm going to be obsessed with it.  The other night I was discussing my love of blue and white with my friend's mother-in-law, who is an antiques dealer in Charleston, and she asked me which kind I loved the most.  I knew what she meant, but I had no answer.  I'm like, "all of it.  Just all blue and white."  Then I recovered by adding "particularly chinoiserie." 

Right now it's sitting on my mantle with some of my other favorite blue and white pieces.  (The mantle is about to get a new look.  Hint: remember this post).

My mom gave me these gorgeous flowers from Flowers by Emily, a local florist here in Leawood, KS, who always does gorgeous arrangements.  

You can see a little bit more of two of my presents in the picture above.  First, The Suze is having pillows made for my family room in this fabric that we both fell in love with from Colefax and Fowler.

Then you may notice the little ticket glimpse.

One guess.

Mayybe I photoshopped my face ... not sure why it's purple.


Kip got me Britney tickets for my birthday!

I cried.

Not because of Britney (yes because of Britney), but because it was so thoughtful. 

He wins.

Kip, this is your prize**.  Your face next to mine on one of the greatest couple outfits of all time worn by Britney and JT.  You're welcome.  You can frame it and put it in your office. 

** Apologies if my husband ever runs for office and this picture starts to make the rounds.  And by apologies, I mean apologies to his opponent for not thinking of it first. 

Finally, not really a birthday present, but still pretty awesome (and blue and white), LET'S GO ROYALS!!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Have a Loverly Weekend!

* This picture has nothing to do with anything except it's pretty.  via Architectural Digest

Heading to Chicago for my bestie's wedding! I'm so excited to get to see some of my favorite people in the world and reminisce about our sillier days. I can't wait to eat, sleep and watch my bestie finally tie the knot.  We've been talking about this day since our college years when we'd sit up late at night, eating pizza, listening to Counting Crows and wondering if we'd ever find someone who would say, "every time she sneezes, I believe it's love."  Well, I don't think our guys would ever say that, but they feel it, and that's all that matters.  Love is in the air!  I hope y'all have a fantastic fall weekend! Go Royals!!

Enjoy these linkies with your hot dogs and drinkies :)

A perfect ROYAL blue onesie for a little boy 

I had no idea Bill Murray had 6 kids

Something about these tiny baby pictures make my heart melt 

I found a new thing to collect (but I just know Edward is going to play with them) 

Excited and Scared for what Tory Burch is going to make me think I can do with this

Cool Kansas City T-Shirts
(I just got my Royals one and it's soo cute!)

Mark your calenders: November 5th = Britney Day!
(For me it's Oct. 28th, the day I met my husband, dressed as pregnant Britney Spears, me not him, he was a ninja turtle, I felt God speaking to me, but then I thought, "Does God speak to people carrying Cheetos and dressed as a pregnant pop star? is this really how I'm meeting the man I'm going to marry?? Of all the times I've tried to look cute ..." True Story.)

TK TK gifs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#TBT: Kansas City Spaces

Sooo I happen to have Kansas City (so in love), Blue and White (Go Royals!), and my bedroom (revamp) all on my mind.  Pinterest told me this image (above) has been super popular this month, a room by Marshall Watson that appeared in an issue of Kansas City Spaces.  I clearly scanned it (poorly) and posted it in this kind of hilarious post about twin beds that I must've written when I was in the throws of sleep deprivation after my first baby was born.  How soon we forget.

Of course, I tried to find a better image and failed, but I did find a pretty St. Louis Missouri home on Marshall Watson's web site, which first appeared on the cover of September 2012 issue of Traditional Home.

From his web site:

And from Traditional Home

It's funny how the colors look different in the magazine images.  I'm in love with the pool house and it's interiors in the last 3 images.  Is it weird to say it looks like it smells good? It would be a great place to have a party.  I'm also very envious of the original black and white marble floors in the entry! 

Love a good little trip down the rabbit hole of the Internets. 

I'm glad we did that. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall at My House

Don't let the title fool you.  This is no How to Decorate for Fall Pinterest-worthy post.  This is my accidental minimalist Fall decor that I figured I'd share because, well, I like it and it's as good as it's going to get right now.  But I'm pretty sure no one is going to look at these pictures and say, "Oh my, where does she find the time?! How does she do it all!" Ha! It's ok.  I know that's why you love me, right?

I intended to have more mums, but I could tell I was pushing my luck with my cart full of pumpkins.  So I chose two of the most brilliant magenta mums I could find.  And gotta have the Royals pumpkin. I'll post a step-by-step DIY on how to do it tomorrow. (Just kidding, paint it blue and grab a sharpie while the kids aren't looking). 

In other news, I finally had a piece framed that had been sitting in our closet for 5 years (embarrassed blushing emoji).  I think my father-in-law gave it to us, but I can't be sure. 

It's perfect for our country kitchen.  I love it because I've seen that scene a hundred times: when my family used to drive from Dallas to Peoria when I was little, when I drove home from Columbia, MO to Dallas and back in college and now from Kansas City to Dallas over the last 8 years.   It feels very much a part of me and very grounding to look at every day.  I never had it framed before because I knew I wanted to do it right. 


Major props to Leawood Fine Art for guiding me in the right direction. 

Oh and if you blinked, you may have missed my Fall mantle decor ;) Trader Joe's, y'all.  Pumpkins and flowers and pumpkins and flowers. 

Soo much decorating stuff in my head to share with you!

Oscar De La Renta

A moment of silence for our  fellow blue and white lover, Oscar de la Renta - a talent and inspiration gone too soon.  

(His Punta Cana home - one of my absolute favorites)

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Friday, Wha? Have a Lovely Weekend?

* A white house with blue shutters and striped awnings = emoji heart eyes 

How can a week fly by and be the longest week ever?  I hope to do a little bit of Fall decorating outside and take the kids to a pumpkin patch.  Kip and I are probably going to heatedly negotiate the number of pumpkins that is appropriate to have outside your front door.  He will say 2 and I will say 10 or more.  I'm also inspired to do a big grouping of mums in different colors after seeing this post from The Potted Boxwood.   I usually just go for the lavender mums, but I love the idea of mixing lots of different colors.  So basically tons of mums and pumpkins need to happen this weekend.  Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for updates!

UPDATE: Anyone have tips for getting half a bottle of Mr. Bubble out of the carpet??? Yep, that just happened. 

Enjoy these linkies:

whyyyyyy? whhhyyyyyy, must I covet these so?
(ya, that why was in Nancy Kerrigan's voice)
(I'll tell you why because they are gorgeous)

The perfect t-shirt for my wild, charming 1-year-old

The Antique Palm Prints could make cool wall decor in a tiny powder room

I can totally do this Pinterest pumpkin treat for Edward's snack day at school

 Autumn Chopped Kale Salad that I can't wait to try

A guide to hashtag etiquette

50 ways to brighten someone's day

Do not judge me if I try this someday

25 iOS 8 Tips & Tricks that are really good to know

Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity and values: Nailed it!
(This sums difference between my 20-year-old and 30-yearold self and why I'm loving getting older)