It’s true: I love weddings, and I love creeping. Put them together? You get a three-year old bride who enjoys being awkwardly nosey, snooping around, and snapping phone photos every time the word “wedding” is even uttered – especially if the word is used in regards to a venue or decor or florals or letterpress or – ok, anytime, really. This past weekend my mama and I were shopping downtown McKinney, my lil’ hometown, when lo and behold we stumble across a new and absolutely shabby chic venue known around those parts as The Flour Mill.
This little diamond in the rough is teeming with culture and history, and I’m telling you right now that had this place been around three years ago, I most certainly would have seized the opportunity to lock down such a fine piece of my hometown history. Erected in 1872 by the Farmer’s Alliance, the McKinney Flour Mill was one of the earliest mills associated with the developing grain processing industry. Years and years (and years) later, it sat unused but occupied by scores of industrial antiques, immaculate hardwood architecture, and a few wispy cobwebs that were easily wiped away when the decision came to renovate the historic beast of a building. Today, with all its rustic charm and grandeur, the Flour Mill is now home to several businesses and the backdrop for events such as – you guessed it – elegant weddings that make you gasp upon entering. And luckily, for mama and I, that’s exactly what we got to do as we creeped on into the Flour Mill to find a breathtaking wedding being set up for the evening. . .
About the time I realized that we had stumbled onto a wedding day decor gold mine, I started punching myself in the face for forgetting my professional camera. Alas, the iPhone camera only caught a few decent photos to share the loveliness we were able to play party to, if only for a a few minutes. . . .
So, of course, you can creep on more suitable examples of weddings at the McKinney Flour Mill (as I was forced to above with Emily Davis Photography) right here – which I highly recommend doing, especially if you’re a shameless wedding creep like me. And if you’re looking for more contact information. . . .
Contact: Andrea Johnson . 972-259-0034 . email@example.com
Okay, I’m officially obsessed with succulents. Perhaps it’s the Texas heat. Maybe it’s their sassy spikiness. Could be because no two look alike and the possibilities for mixing and matching and styling are endless. But it’s most likely due to the fact that I’ve been mesmerized by the ways in which people are utilizing the desert flowers in everything from front yard designs and boutonnieres to table arrangements and wedding cakes. . . .
So I did what I do best –
wasted spent hundreds of hours ogling online sites and picking out the best-of-the-best succulent arrangements and fixtures for all of our homes (and desktops and walls…) to enjoy. . . .
1. 100 Succulents $100, SucculentJungle on Etsy // 2. Potted Succulent Stamp $11, Creatiate on Etsy // 3. Napkin Ring Set of 4 $19.80, Z Gallerie // 4. Succulent Wedding Invitation $10, Oak and Orchid on Etsy // 5. Succulent Wreath $74.99, Nearly Natural // 6. Potted Desert Flower $9.95, Crate & Barrel // 7. Tea Towel Calendar $10.50, Spoonflower, Emily Ann Studio // 8. Succulent Rectangle Planter $69.99, Z Gallerie
How was your three-day weekend?! Enjoyable? Relaxing? We spent the long stretch lounging on the Colonial golf course at the Crown Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth (as seen above and below), and I must say it was quite a delightful way to spend Memorial Day weekend. Obviously, I had a few outfits picked out that would combat the sweatiness of that Texas heat. . . .
. . . but as the weekend went on, I found myself having trouble picking out the perfect duds to match the super preppy/comfortable golf-appropriate attire. Alas, I took to a few of my favorite sites for some reasonable options – yanno, to be prepared for next season’s Colonial!
1. Anchor Stacking Rings $88, Coach // 2. White Headband $14, Lacoste //3. Sleeveless Bold Stripe Drop Waiste Dress $185, Lacoste // 4. Anchor Crossbody Bag $10.50, Old Navy // 5. Quay Retro Sunglasses $38, Nordstrom // 6. Banded Fedora $48, BCBG // 7. Slip-on Boatshoe $85, Sperry Top-Sider // 8. Beach Towel $95, Vineyard Vines
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!!