Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kate Spade for Paperless Post

If you haven't heard of Paperless Post it's a fabulous website that offers beautiful & sophisticated notes, holiday cards and invitations. Sort of like evites....but classier :)
I've used it for dinner parties and acquaintances holiday cards. It lets you manages guest lists and create an address book. The Junior League uses it for all their meetings invites and reminders; it's just a little cuter than a casual e-mail.

The spectacular Kate Spade has combined forces with Paperless (just in time for the holidays) for a gorgeous collection of note cards,   thank you's, holiday cards and invites!

My Favorites below:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Wish List!

To most people Fall means cozy sweaters, chic riding boots, light jackets and maybe a Pumpkin Spice Latte. To San Franciscan's fall means summer. The midwest girl in me can still dream right?

Can I please just get one in EVERY color? Would it be weird to sleep in it too? It's just soooo soft.

Tory Burch 'Elina' Riding Boot in Coconut
I have a pair of RL boots, but they're heeled and I'm starting to feel a little hookerish every time I wear them.

I've been purposely avoiding the lumber jack shirts, but I may have to suck it up for this one...

Was debating between this and the Patagonia, but I decided I liked the wider quilting.

LL Bean French Sailor Shirt 
My mom has one in every color (still)  from the 80s!

Absolutely love the pink and the navy, but the gray and the black would definitely make a great investment. Choices. Choinces. 

The cashmere crewneck t-shirt has always been a wardrobe staple, but I'm seeing the style pop up everywhere this fall! It's perfect for the chilly(er) weather of California winters!

Uggghhh I can't wait for it to be winter and therefore be cold enough to wear these fabulous finds!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Liebster Award!

The ever so sweet, Elizabeth at Moonlight Goodbye nominated me for the Liebster Award!
I'm not quite sure what that means but it looks fun! Thanks Elizabeth!

11 Things About Me:
1) I'm pretty short (5'2")
2) A hot cup of strong coffee is sometimes the only reason I get out of bed in the morning
3) I was a Theta in college
4) I've lived in 6 different states and 15 different houses/apartments in my life
5) I never go to bed without brushing my teeth
6) I'm really good at identifying random, d-list celebrities I don't even know
7) I still sleep with a stuffed animal
8) I secretly love falling asleep to the foghorns
9) I have an super sensitive and developed sense of smell
10) Abraham Lincoln is my 16th cousin
11) I have a minor addiction to Red Vines

Elizabeth's Questions:
1. What is your favorite thing about back to school season?
2 things: Not having to go back to school anymore & college football!
2. Which tv show are you looking the most forward to return this fall?
New Girl!
3. What is your best memories of this summer?

Celebrating San Fermin in Pamplona
4. What is your all-time favorite movie?
5. One thing you can't live without?
6. What is your favorite season and why?
I like them all! However, my favorite day is that first day in spring when it's freakishly warm out and everyone ditches work/school to go have a beer in the sunshine.
7. What is your opinions about reality tv?
It makes me sad and happy at the same time.
8. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Getting to read other people's blogs!
9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I have no idea and it scares. me. to. death.
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Hypocrisy....but I have a HUGE list.  Right now I have a particular distaste for the people that walk up/down the wrong side of 2 way stairs.
11. What is your guilty pleasure?

My Questions (well I stole some from James Lipton, but they're my favorite questions):
  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your idea of happiness?
  3. What is your favorite place to shop?
  4. What is one thing you want people to remember you for?
  5. Rainbow's or Sperry's on guys?
  6. Favorite after work/school treat?
  7. What is on the top of your wish list for fall?
  8. Cupcakes or Brownies?
  9. What quality do you most admire in people?
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
and the nominees are
Strat in the City
Life as Griki
The Penny Pinching Preppy

Saturday, September 8, 2012

At the Lake...

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend! I had an amazingly perfect one!

I spent Labor Day weekend at my family's lake house. I usually go for a week or 2 around the 4th of July, but because of my European adventure I wasn't able to make it. Fiscally responsible me was thinking that I wasn't going to be able to make it at all this summer, but as the last, unofficial, weekend of summer approached my heartstrings got the best of me.

It's about 2 hours northeast of the Minneapolis in the small town of Wascott, Wisconsin. Both my Grandparents grew up 10 minutes north of Wascott in Gordon and after leaving to pursue careers and raise family, returned to live in their retirement. My Grandpa has 3 brothers and they all bought houses on the same lake. Those houses have been full of summer memories for 3 generations now and I quite honestly couldn't turn away a summer without it.

The sound of the water, the birds, the dogs and the thumping of kids feet down the wooden docks followed by a huge splash; the smell of nature mixed with a little boat gasoline; the feel of sandy grass in your toes those have been the only constants in a life full of changes (I've lived in 6 different states and 15 different houses in my 25 years). There's about a foot high step between the living room and the dining room and I can remember being so little I had to sit down to get down it by myself, without falling. There's no where else in the world I have those kinds of memories. That's a kind of comfort and relaxation that I can't get anywhere else. I would say I am truly at peace. It was quiet, but welcome refreshment in a very stressful work environment and allowed me to put a lot of things in perspective that I've been struggling with for a while now.

I can't believe I was there just a week ago. Besides the 3 mosquito bites on my legs and pictures; it feels so far away. T-9 months until next summer!