Wednesday, December 30, 2009

500 Days of Summer

I just finished watching "500 Days of Summer" for the fourth time. Yep, nothing is wrong with your eyes it says fourth. I understand to some this movie seems awful. Falling in love with someone who doesn't feel the same back. Devastating, yes? I have to say the first time I watched the movie I felt exactly the same way until Summer says:

Summer: I woke up one morning and I just knew.
Tom: Knew what?
Summer: What I was never sure of with you.

Me: Instant connection with Summer.

Hook. Line. And Sinker. I watch the movie over and over just to feel that click. You know, when someone describes something so perfectly what you've spent years trying to put into words. Do moments like these put a skip in anyone else's walk or am I a lone soul?

Preview to the movie. I just can't, I just can't get enough.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rockin' the Paseo Wellies

tank forever 21, jeans banana republic

I bought these boots at the paseo in Salinas, Ecuador after a visit to the fish market. Loads of fish in a never before experience and I checked out the boots everyone wore. On the way back to the car I made the comment "I want a pair of the boots everyone is wearing".

fish market salinas, ecuador
if you look closely the man in the black hat is wearing yellow wellies

Jump to the next day, searching high and low in the paseo to find plastic and tape to wrap our hammock chairs for the journey home. My mother-in-law says "Look the boots you liked". I was sold with three colors to choose from - yellow, black and white. Torn between the yellow and white, I finally decided on the white. We've been a couple ever since...

shirt gap, vintage denim vest levi, leggings express, scarf toasty cowl

The first snow in Kansas and you better believe out came the wellies.
[You may be wondering if I have to pee in this picture but I don't!]

sweater silence + noise (urban outfitters), vest forever 21, jeans gap

Did I mention they cost me around $7? Total score.

Dream Office

picture courtesy of

In this office I would be a writer. I would be able to wear whatever I wanted (say goodbye to the black pants) and make my own office hours. In the corner I would have an area where I could paint.

[sigh] A girl can dream, right...


Monday, November 30, 2009

jumpsuit mania

I think I have made it very clear that I adore jumpsuits right now.

1. comfortable
2. stylish
3. easy
4. flattering even when extremely bloated

1. bathroom breaks

[my $15 jumpsuit from Target]

[how I accessorized my bargain buy]

currently drooling over:

[Rachel Pally - shopbop]

[Rachel Pally - shopbop]

[Free People]

Thursday, November 26, 2009


a list of all things I am thankful to have in my life...

  1. my husband - without him I would not be Mrs. Cool Man
  2. my parents - two of the strongest individuals I know
  3. my brother and sister-in-law - thanks for bringing Baylee into this world
  4. the opportunity to be auntie lex to Baylee, Elijah, Benny, Sean, Sam and Shyenne. It was one of my callings in life to be a cool aunt!
  5. my auntie Keri - an amazing person I idolize
  6. my best friend Lacey - a uber cool mom who is strong in all the areas I'm not so it makes us a perfect fit
  7. my besties in Miami - two people who can always bring a smile to my face
  8. my doggies - Jade and Zoey
  9. my mother-in-law a.k.a. monster - I'm lucky to have a good one
  10. my office buddies and co-workers - a unique mix of women who teach me something new everyday
  11. to everyone else, you know who you are

    (okay now it's time to get serious)

  12. the recent realization I want to be a writer
  13. shoes - all shoes in general. thanks for looking pretty on my feet!
  14. the person who decided to bring jumpsuits back in style- i love them and you!
  15. Chai Tea for waking me up every morning
  16. Stephenie Meyer for the opportunity to fall in love with Edward
  17. creative expression
  18. the 60's and 70's
  19. and finally I'm thankful for the turkey in my fridge who was going about its daily life all happy until one day someone chopped its head off. Thanks for sacrificing your life to fill my stomach!
I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 16, 2009


If I owned these pants I would try to find an excuse to wear them everyday. I love them and their name and their designer and and and...I could go on and on.

Sass and Bide Cracker Jacs Pants

Here's a little Sass and Bide history:

Sarah-Jane Clarke (a.k.a. Sass) and Heidi Middleton (a.k.a. Bide) first met in 1992.

The duo started the sass & bide label in 1999, following a stint in London. The name "sass & bide" was born by combining both of their nicknames.

In February of 2002 sass & bide had their first international show during London's Fashion Week where the collection "Thumbelina" was launched.

sass & bide went on to be the first Australian designers to be invited to show on schedule at New York Fashion Week where they have shown for 8 consecutive seasons.

By July of 2003 the label was stocked nationwide in David Jones in Australia, Bloomingdale's in the United States, Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the United Kingdom.

The label launched their diffusion SS08 collection, 'S&B VIE by sass & bide' in 2008 at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and have just returned from the SS10 shows at London Fashion Week where they showed their 'FUTUREGRAND' collection. The show was their first in London in 7 years.

sass & bide currently have 9 stores: three in Sydney, four in Melbourne, one in Adelaide, and one in Brisbane with talk of a London store to open in 2010.

- Lex

picture: shop bop history: wilkipedia

boots, scarves and layers

It's November in Kansas time to pile on the clothes,
pull out the boots and accessorize with scarves.

{grey sweater - gap, green jacket - urban outfitters, pants- forever 21,
boots - dillards, scarf - target}

love,love, love this apartment

The display of artwork in this apartment from has stolen my heart down to the cloud piece hanging over the bed. I've been working on a similar piece for months now and can't seem to paint the clouds right. Pretty sure I just got some inspiration to pull out the canvas and work on it some more. I love the mix of artwork and vintage pieces!

Here are a few of my favs from the gallery of pics...

{oh how I want a couch with buttons like this one - but in grey leather}

{working on a cloud painting like the one above to hang over our bed}

Check out the rest of the gallery click here

I'm working on collecting an eclectic mix of artwork similar to the display in this apartment.
I've recently found some great pieces when I get them placed I'll post some photos!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

convo via text message:

Me: Wish you were here. Headed downtown to thrift shop. Want to eat at Cafe Moderne but I'm by myself

H: Aww sad...We got up early and surfed this morning. Just finished eating at Big Pink. Wish you were here!!!

pretty sure H's day trumped mine day considering it's November in Kansas, you can't surf in Kansas and you can't eat at Big Pink on South Beach in Kansas...

H and I at Big Pink enjoying some Red Stripe when E and I last visited Miami

On a positive note, found some great items at the thrift store today for E's birthday! I'm so excited to give him the presents, I don't know if I can wait until his birthday...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

saturday night

wine, ramen noodles, an indy flick and an entourage marathon =
an uneventful but relaxing saturday night


do i need to say more...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

did that just really happen - moment of the day

Sooo I was almost to work this morning - at the last stop light before my daily Monday - Friday destination when I encountered a "did that just really happen" moment.

I am sitting at the red light, willing it to turn green (does anyone else think they have this magic power) when I notice the guy in the car in front of me jammin' out. He is bobbing his head and throwing his hands up, really getting down. I then notice a cop turning in front of us onto the same street where we are stopped at the light. The guy in front of me must have noticed the cop too. Because as the cop passes by, the guy continues to look forward and bob his head but raises his hand and to the beat of the music flips off the cop.


Monday, November 2, 2009

a relaxing halloween

this year, halloween did not include a costume for me. instead I hung out with my niece for a few hours and helped her get dressed as a lady bug for her first halloween.

i was excited to hand out candy to all the neighborhood kids but our doorbell only rang a handful of times so i was disappointed in the turn out. the kids that did ring bell received a hefty handful!

eric and i decided it would be a good night for scary movies, popcorn and some hot chocolate. after surfing the Netflix site, we settled on "the haunting of Molly Hartley" and some wierd alien movie with one of the guys from October Road. Does anyone remember that tv series?

Monday, October 19, 2009

my thoughts exactly

I have to 100% agree with Mimi Weddell.

"Hats give you a frame," she said. "However dreary you feel, if you put on a hat, by golly, you've changed everything. I keep telling my daughter, my granddaughter, everybody, if you don't wear a hat, you're missing it. "

Sunday, October 4, 2009

loving this show

fall crushes

I'm sad about Fall and Winter - I really don't want to put my sandals away but since I have no choice, here is what I am crushing on for fall...

pictures via

been awhile...

I'm back and will try to blog on a regular basis. I just got busy this my husband and I traveled to Ecuador for our 4 year wedding anniversary. It was an amazing and life changing trip.
Pictures to come...very soon.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

my plans for the weekend

poolside with a good book

my horoscope today...

You may feel resistant to change and not ready to engage what's coming at you from around the corner. But your anticipation builds throughout the day because you can sense better times ahead. The Sun's move into your sign initiates a very creative phase in the next chapter of your life. Remember, there's no need to rush the process; the future will arrive on time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

what i've worn everyday since I got them

Here is a pic of my new favorite sandals! Mine are actually gray (of course) but I couldn't find a picture of the gray ones. Secretly, this makes me happy because it means less people have them. I get compliments on them everywhere I go - the (male) cashier at Walgreens asking me where I got them, was my favorite. He was going to tell his wife she should buy a pair.

giggle... I like this poster

I found this poster on etsy in linocutboy's shop.

Monday, May 25, 2009


i love the orange bike with the white seat and basket.
if i owned this bike -
i would live by the beach and carry my groceries home in the basket...

i want real bad

Free People Jumpsuit

denim looks i love right now


date night

enjoyed a date night with the hubby. ate some sushi and took in the new Terminator movie.