Monday, October 8, 2012

Image Sourcing

Since I spend far more time on Pinterest than on my blog, I thought I'd blog about Pinterest.


I am the most OCD pinner I know.  This is because, like most everything else in my life, I am too nitpicky about the details to just relax, & pin&repin away without editing or overanalyzing.

But please tell me I am not alone.

Please tell me that there is somebody else out there that actually

goes back & edits boards from time to time,
deleting the things that are no longer inspiring for whatever reason,
or deleting that one image that detracts from the overall prettiness of its particular place in the collage.

Please tell me that there is somebody else out there that actually checks the link of an image before repinning it.

& please tell me that there is somebody else out there that will take the time to actually attempt to find an image's *original* source to pin from!

(Because really, there are so many gorgeous food images on Pinterest that in no way link back to any kind of recipe, which just drives me bananas! ;))

So, here are a few of the recent "pretties" that caught my eye, that I just had to roll up my sleeves & go hunting for a more substantial source than just a Tumblr, or a blog post that only credits another Pinboard, etc...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lucky Charm

Although I am occasionally excited about a chunky, large piece of jewelry, my standard go-to accessories are almost all small, delicate items from

& of course there is just something classically, well, charming about little charms, don't y'all think?

Two Hearts Necklace in Gold by Gorjana at 6pm

Do you have any favorite or lucky charms?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

What beautiful weather we've been having during the back-to-school season!

(Knock on wood.)

Yes, there has been some rain.  But overall, August has been much less miserably hot&muggy than its usual.  This has helped ease the transition for Pretty Little Bare Feet (who is actually sporting Sun-San Salt-Water sandals most of the time) onto this new school year's bigger playground w/ more children to befriend.

So here's to sunshine & these last few fleeting glimpses of summertime!

(via: Pose)

Colossal Dots Curtain in Yellow by Porridge at Anthropologie

Have a fun, sunshiney day today, no matter the weather! =)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Blogcation

I hope everybody is having a great summer!  I have lots of blog ideas I'm looking forward to sharing soon.  Keep an eye out for me to return to blogging in August, after Pretty Little Bare Feet moves up to preschool, & we adjust to our new fall routine.  In the meantime you can always find me pinning!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Guided by Glitter

I apologize for blog neglect.  If you've been a longtime reader, you'll recall that I did not start blogging until Pretty Little Bare Feet was more than six months old, & I did not actually post with any regularity until she was more than a year old (with a somewhat established naptime).  So, considering My Little Man is six days from being a year old...

(I can't believe it!)'s not that surprising that I haven't been the best blogger lately.  I'm also planning a relatively big pirate-themed 1st Birthday party.  & summer is always a bit more chaotic since regular "school-year" activities quiet down.

(Yes, even for three-year-olds.)

Furthermore, even though it is glaringly obvious every evening that Pretty Little Bare Feet still needs an afternoon nap, she rarely takes one.

I do intend to commit some more time to the blog once I get an updated header, & start editing the sidebars & updating the look.

You can find me "posting" a lot more frequently on Pinterest.  I do love&adore Pinterest!

Anyway, while I'm taking this downtime, let me share with y'all my current favorite daily blog read. Are y'all following the Glitter Guide yet?  You must!

(all via the Glitter Guide)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rag & Bone

Whoa, hello, crazy new Blogger look!  Am I the only one who really resists change & prefers to just be a creature of habit...comfortable with the old, the routine?

Well, I'll try to deal with it anyway, since it's been a bit since I updated. ;) Maybe the new Blogger look will inspire me to get my old blog clean&updated, too!

I've been meaning to post about this for a couple I the last one to notice how great Rag&Bone is?!  I know I tried on a pair of their jeans at a boutique a couple years ago, but it's not a designer I consistently expect great things from or keep an eye on.  Or at least it wasn't until recently!

I have been really admiring some looks in their current collection...& thinking how well they'd carry me through some of my current routines -

the country club,
the dance school,
the gym (for Pretty Little Bare Feet's gymnastics - I exercise at home alone! LOL),
the Junior League,
Montessori nursery school,
the occasional cocktails & chick flick date with a girlfriend,

(Just a few reasons I haven't been the best at updating! Sorry!)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Projects

Where have I been? Tangled up in new commitments&projects, of course.

I have taken on an appointed position on the Board of Directors at Pretty Little Bare Feet's Montessori school. I am also in the newest provisional class of our Junior League.

(I deferred last year because of everything going on with My Little Man at that time. & yes, I really must set away the $ to get a new header with My Little Man in it - I know, I know!)

I also recently decided,

after seeing a friend make some fantastic children's clothes,
& seeing a gazillion strangers on Pinterest make fantastic children's clothes,
& looking at some fabrics&patterns&PRICES at Hobby Lobby

...I must sew!

(via: Made)

I have been avoiding my sewing machine, which I received from my sweet mama for Christmas back in 2008 (right before Pretty Little Bare Feet was born). I have been intimidated by it, but I've decided just to get over my mental block about not knowing what I'm doing. Surely if I can get a law degree (it ain't easy!), I can figure out how to sew. Right? Right?!

So I've been planning&doing, finally turning a portion of our gigantic third bedroom into an office/sewing area for myself. My inspirations?

What have you been up to?

Think once I get my office like I want it, I'll be better about cleaning up the blog & updating it as regularly as I want to?

(I've also cooked up another idea for another blog, but I think it'd be NOT-anonymous, so not sure how I'm going to go about that just yet.)

"I'll think about it tomorrow." ;)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Break Staycationing

This week is Pretty Little Bare Feet's spring break. You may be thinking,

"Hmmm, isn't she only three? Is spring break that big a deal for y'all?"

Well, it definitely is, as Pretty Little Bare Feet is pretty married to her typical routine, & things that throw it off...

(like missing a whole week of nursery school) her crazy.

& when she's crazy, I'm crazy. & when we're both crazy, the house is crazy.

My Little Man? He's his usual


little self. We should all be so zen!

So although I'm smack in the middle of a cabinet&pantry cleaning-out-&-reorganization...
...& I have laundry to change over...
...this morning's stir crazies have got me needing a break.

So I want to do just an itsy bitsy bit of blog catching up & share some fun with y'all.

No surprise, I have a sticky of ideas for Pinboards. I don't want to have a bunch of lame, one-or-two item Pinboards, so I wait to create them until I actually have some great things to put on them.

I keep getting excited about bracelets, which are very probably my favorite pieces of jewelry, but I haven't ventured out into creating a Pinboard solely devoted to bracelets. Instead, they keep getting pinned to either my Pretties Pinboard or My Style Pinboard.

(Depending, of course, on whether they're more dainty&pretty...or classically stylish. ;))

Monday, March 12, 2012

Our Boring Staircase

We have lived in our home for almost three years now, & it has been a slooow process getting things decorated.

(& in some cases, even furnished!)

We bought more house than we had furniture for. With both My Prince & me being straight out of professional school, we had accumulated mostly odd hand-me-down furniture & inexpensive college apartment staples. We have bought some new items...however, we haven't made it a major priority because we have small children.

(I'm sure I don't have to tell y'all that our furniture is getting some pretty serious wear.)

Also, we don't want to spend money on items we aren't going to love. But we can't always budget for the items we truly want to have!

One of my biggest challenges has been decorating our walls. We have quite a bit of art, actually. Some of it is really great, like original hand-painted works from local artists & travels abroad. Some of it is less exciting, just cute stuff I've found at places like Hobby Lobby.

The issue for me is that I don't want to hang something that has not been properly framed&matted.

(& professional framing&matting can be pretty expensive!)

& in the case of family photographs...I do want to display the large, beautiful ones we have had professionally done - but I also don't want to completely overwhelm our shelves&walls. ;) I always second-guess my editing!

So although there are a few things hung here, & a couple over there, there is still a lot of work to be done on the walls of our house.

One area that is still completely bare is our staircase.

(Except for the wall that forms the base, but I think of that more as part of the little walkway that leads to our master bedroom.)

Our home has one of those stairwells with a small landing in the center, which U-turns the staircase the rest of the way upstairs. I see design ideas for curved&"straight-up" staircases all the time, so I decided to look around a bit for some ideas for what I have to work with. Do you love any of these?

How cool would it be to have a built-bookcase on the landing?!

Thank you, Pinterest, for letting me know that I am evidently the only person whose staircase does not have a window anywhere along its path. Also, for reminding me that design here may be thwarted by the fact that Pretty Little Bare Feet can reach many of the points along the stairs' walls, making anything that is hung there vulnerable to the whims of a tired little girl on her way to bed. This is especially important since apparently the only design option here is to just plaster a gazillion framed photos or pieces of art on the walls. ;)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tory in the Fall

It's hard for me to even wrap my head around fall/winter collections, but that's how the fashion world turns! Even though I've been drooling over the new spring/summer collections for children for weeks now...

(& praying for some warm, sunny weather!)'s time to look at what we (adults) will be shopping for in the fall!

My favorite (ready-to-wear) collection I've seen yet? The always chic Tory Burch!

Here are my favorite looks from the Tory Burch fall/winter 2012 runway show:

What runway looks have you ready to fast-forward summer & kick off football season?

(If you're like me, there are not actually any clothes worth skipping summer for!)