Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? Do anything fun? See anything noteworthy? We sure did at the Fort Worth Music Fest, a weekend long outdoor festival with lots of sweet jams (Delta Spirit, Old 97s, The Walkmen, etc.), good food, and ridiculous weather. I had to share the cloud-shot my husband took because it really was breathtaking. . . .
. . . .but no festival is complete without a festival outfit! While I picked up a pair of ultra-comfy leather sandals from Madewell before the concert, Lauren, a super chic buddy of mine, posted a picture of a fabulous striped maxi dress I just had to get my hands on. I was beyond excited when she told me it came from Target – and for only $29.99! Yet ANOTHER reason to be head-over-heels in love with Target. . . .
When we woke up this morning, we needed a project. Bad. We just couldn’t figure out what to project on. Nothing needed fixin’ or renovating or refurbishing. Nothing. So we became bored – which is not a very attractive look on my husband and I because we always have to be doing something – anything! As we drank our coffee on the deck, we looked around at our rather boring backyard and decided it needed something – anything – some entertainment for those backyard BBQs and shindigs we’re so fond of having. And that’s when it hit us: Washers. ((Otherwise known as “Southern Horseshoes” to all you Southern Belles out there.)) Not familiar with either term?! Washers is a game that can be found at any tailgate or local outdoor burger joint here in Fort Worth. Basically you and your opponent are trying to throw some little metal washers into three little holes – which sounds much easier than it actually is ((especially after a few margaritas. . .)). The full directions to the game can be found here ((or down below)), but if you’re already intrigued (and you love anything monogrammed), here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need to get started on your own Washers game boards. . . .
You’ll also need (8) some cardboard or extra paper to stencil the monogram on (trust me – stenciling is the way to go for this project!), (9) extra pins to keep the stencil steady on the boards, and (10) a big strapping man to help you drill some big ass holes in the board – because trust me, I thought I could just saw my little way through and now both our saws are broken and gone ((RIP hand saws)). OR, if you are experienced with a speed saw (shown below with big strapping man), just make sure you use protection for your eyes/face/hands/body/etc. . . .
WASHERS RULES (via Bombast Washers):
APP ALERT! APP ALERT! APP ALERT for the SWEETEST phone app out there right now: A Beautiful Mess! Maybe I’m the last to know about it, but when I saw these little trick designs showing up on my Instagram the other day, I jumped right into the picture party with a few photo dressings of my own. . . .
This beautiful app-baby spawned from Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess lifestyle blog ((check them out!)), this 99 CENT app allows you to choose any photo(s) from your photo library and go design c-r-a-z-y with filters, boarders, text, doodles, and sweet phrases. The combinations are endless – and even more so with purchasable extra packages, also available at the iTunes store. You’ll need iOS 6 or later to download it, and you’ll also need to be connected to Wi-Fi while using it, per A Beautiful Mess blog. But those are the only requirements needed to have a couple minutes – hours – of downtime with your phone and favorite photos. . . .
Any other app recommendations?? I could play all day. . . .
So my husband and I have a rather large number of events to go to in the next month – which is really nothing to complain about except for the fact that it will require a whole slew of new outfits and I’m still on one of those budget thingys. And while budgets tend to mean I have to lay off the J.Crew shopping sprees for a while – it doesn’t mean J.Crew Factory sprees are completely off the table! Luckily, our local outlet had just gotten in a massive new shipment of summer dresses – much like the one’s I’ve been drooling over for the past few months, but just couldn’t bare to hand over the dough for the original $158 price tag. And it’s a really great thing I didn’t cave because the same sweet yellow dress was just awaiting me for a whopping $84 – with an additional 30% off everything in the store! Yes, it was a shopping miracle: a $60 bargain that looks far more fancy than $60!
But then, as usual, I started throwing everything that looked yellow in my shopping bag and realized I was beginning to have a problem. I love yellow! – and I’m not afraid to admit it! Especially during these pre-summer days when the sun is heating up and the patio parties are just getting started. So of course, I’ve started a bright and sunny catalogue of all yellow must-haves I plan on collecting this summer. . . .
1. Sleeveless Blouse $19.99, Target // 2. Weldon Belt $85, Ted Baker // 3. Crystal Earrings $67.50, The Outnet // 4. Diamond Drop Ring $14, Panacea // 5. Nail polish ‘Amchoor’ $19, NARS // 6. Snakeskin Crossbody Bag $295, Tory Burch // 7. Pineapple Paddle Set $24, Anthropologie // 8. Macao Loafer $78, Anthropologie // 9. Pleated Jacquard Skirt $79.90, ZARA
Happy belated Mother’s Day to those of you hot mamas out there who *hopefully* had a beautiful Sunday being pampered and prettied all day long! We had a lovely time with mama yesterday – as you can see from our inability to keep a straight face in any photo taken (these were two of about ten takes)! She’s my inspiration, my rock, and my best friend – so happy to still live so close by because we always keep things entertaining. Love you, mama!
. . . .oh, and perhaps you’ve noticed in the pictures above my absolutely ADORABLE monogrammed tank top my husband very sneakily purchased off Etsy! As a summer vacation present for finishing a very, very (very, very) long semester, he surprised me with the treat Friday, and I am YET to take it off - no, seriously, I love it!
But his gift really made me remember (1) monograms rock and they should appear everywhere and anywhere they can and (2) monograms are EVERYWHERE on Etsy!! So many companies are ready and willing to take down your initials and spin those puppies right into your new favorite had or sweatshirt or iPhone case – seriously, there are so many options, but here are a few of my favorite things. . . .
1. Necklace 45.99, Monogram Personalized // 2. Floppy Hat $21.95, Monogram Express // 3. Pullover Sweatshirt $27.95, Teta Active Apparel // 4. iPhone 5 Case $20.99, Create It Your Way // 5. Stud Earrings $9, Pish Posh Pendants // 6. Tumbler $10, Decal Innovations // 7. iPhone Charger Decals $3, Four Pandas
During my blog hiatus, the hubs and I have ate and drank our way through Fort Worth, and it’s been worth the extra pounds we’ve been gaining since there are SO many new places to wine and dine these days. Our favorite lately: Magnolia Cheese Company, the quaintest little café and artisan cheese shop on the sweetest little corner of up-and-coming Magnolia Avenue near Southside. Even if you don’t live in the area and can’t enjoy a big ol’ Texas Cheese plank (that’s the delicious treat you see above!), you can at least enjoy their beautiful logo design, heavenly blue painted walls, and chalkboard menu board. If Anthropologie suddenly decided to open a cheese shop, this little gem would be exactly what they’d envision. Specializing in wines, cheese, local fare (we picked up an awesome jar of honey), and big tasty sandwiches that make me drool just thinking about them, this sweet spot is a must-visit when you finally make your way over to the Fort. We’ll save you a seat! :)
Well, well, well, lookie who we have here. A blogger returning to her post after months and months (and months…) of absence, brought on by stacks on stacks (on stacks…) of reading and writing and student handling and dissertation writing and MAKE IT STOP! AHHH! I was losing my mind until about 2:00 today when all the madness STOPPED, and all the work was done! Yes, I am back! So please accept my very, very sincere apology and this lovely picture of a fabulous pair of Ray Bans I picked up from Neiman Marcus to reward myself, and get ready to hear from me a lot more frequently than every before. . . .it feels so good to be back!!
It’s a glorious miracle! Madewell has FINALLY graced Fort Worth with its presence, and of COURSE, I was first in line this morning to see what the beautiful new boutique would now have to offer my town. Really, this is huge news for Fort Worthians, who have recently seen Anthroplogie and J.Crew (the big 2, I like to call them) move into the same University Park station that now houses Madewell, so a real-life, shopper’s paradise now exists outside of and away from the Dallas mecca of retail. I’m going to save a ridiculous amount on gas, no longer having to commute to the mall, and thus will be able to spend it on sweet bow tees like the one I bought today – WITH MY $20 GIFT CARD! Weeee! Yes, Madewell was AMAZING enough to hand out not only gift cards, but Texas themed tote bags! It was like Christmas sans the crazy family and the burnt ham! And if you hurry now (and you live in the area), go on and get some deals. ABSOLUTELY worth it!
Unlike the majority of my office friends who returned to their work and sloppy desks today, I have one – yes, ONE – single week still left of my winter vacation, and I must make the most of it if I intend to start on the right foot this semester. This, of course, means I went “back to work” in the comfort of my own home, which is as wonderful as it is distracting (oh man, what happened to staying focused?!). So after a few hours of chugging coffee, making calendars, and tip-typing away on some literary goods, I decided a break was in order – especially since I was quite enamored with the comfy outfit I had chosen to throw on this morning. Nothing beats leggings and a long denim shirt – well…maybe sweet sequin bow cardigans do, but that’s always up for discussion. . . .
Target sale alert! Target sale alert! No, seriously – if getting organized is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then this alert is definitely sounded just for you! After sniffling our way into Target this afternoon due to a much unwanted cold, I couldn’t help but be distracted by the two rows filled with newly discounted storage bins, all quirkily colored and patterned. I grabbed just about every bin (all between $3-$6!!) I could wrap my arms around, threw in a couple of cold medicine boxes, and we hurried our way home to set up shop. . . .
The term “obsessed” is definitely an understatement when describing my feelings towards my new organization unit because these bins were exactly what we needed to pack away all those loose papers and folders us teachers can never keep straight. I scoured the Target website to find and share these super steals but, lo and behold, they are almost no where to be found (or priced slightly hired for what I paid for them). Which meaaaans – RUN TO TARGET! Go! Now! Hit the sale aisle and grab you some cheap, cheap storage bins – they come in red, green, black, and aqua – to help you with that resolution you need to keep!