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IN THE DETAILS-NO. 1

Friday, March 13th, 2015

IN THE DETAILS-NO. 1

Trying out a new idea.  A week’s worth of inspiration from the around the web, near and far.  Let me know if you like it!

Love big.  It’s in the details.  Have a lovely weekend!

1.  Gray jeans and brown leather.  Spring style inspiration.

2.  Amazing earrings.  Druzy love.

3.  A bright vintage pouf for a colorful family room!

4.  Who doesn’t love a tote?  A darling {and easy} DIY.

5.   Oh, stacked books on a Lucite bedside table.

6.  Butter cookies with sprinkles!  That’s all.

7.  Totally floored over this tile.  WoW!

 

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AN EVENING WITH CHERYL STRAYED

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

cheryl strayed

Last week, for a girls’ night out, I spent an evening with Cheryl Strayed.  Well, I spent an evening listening to her speak.  You probably remember my excitement when I heard that Reese Witherspoon was producing and starring in the movie Wild, based on Cheryl’s book.  I saw the movie on the day it opened.  And loved watching Reese, Cheryl and Laura Dern walk the red carpet for premiers and award shows! {Whoa, with all those posts you might say I am a little obsessed.  I swear -I don’t stalk!}

She spoke to a packed house at Benaroya Hall.  How about some highlights?

1.  She shared that she waited almost a decade to write about her trek on the Pacific Crest Trail because she didn’t have anything to write until that time.  She didn’t want the book just to be about her.  Instead, she wanted the book to be less about her time walking and more about what makes us all human.  Those things that connect us all.

2.  Her book editor asked her to edit out her pre-hike sexual encounters with women. Maybe a bit too edgy??

3.  Cheryl dreamed of being a writer as a young girl.  She was fascinated by the magic you could create with a sentence.

4.  The advice Reese Witherspoon gave her about delivering her {one} line in the movie?  “Don’t f*ck it up.” 

5.  She would one day like to hike the PCT with her husband and children.  She wants her kids to be a little older so they can carry their own gear.  Or she would take a llama. Pack animals are allowed on the trail.

6.  No matter how hard she tried, she realized she was incapable of ruining her life.  She finally decided she needed to something big.  Something physical.  She needed to do this to become the person her mother had raised. So, she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.

At the conclusion of  speaking individually {and successfully having the entire hall in tears} she sat with a moderator and answered questions from the audience.  Guess, what?  She answered my question!  I asked her, “While reading your book, I was struck by your encounters with strangers and their kindness.  Can you speak to this and how it effected your journey on the PCT?”  Her answer included thoughts about the kindness of strangers after her mother’s death.  How people she didn’t know showed up to help in big and small ways.  This is the mid-west way.  She added that the strangers she met on the trail helped her immeasurably and they are out there every year.  The good is out there.  Go find it!

PS:  I really wanted to ask her about the red carpet and the 411 on Hollywood secrets.  I decided against it because I was certain it wasn’t “literary” enough for the audience.

PPS:  She admitted the ability to love her children and hate them in the exact same moment.  OMG, I think I want to be her best friend!

PPPS:   Anyone who can speak in front of 2,000+ people and drop F bombs all night-is all right in my book!

 

 

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DREAMS AT FORTY

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

an inspired life

You may have been wondering, “Where is June?”  While I am still in constant search of the most excellent version of myself, I am still here.  Here and well.  Sorry to have disappeared.  I can feel the weight of winter being lifted.  Spring brings optimism and lightness, literally and figuratively.

I spent this winter reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  While certainly not a new book, I had not read it.  I love how it focuses on finding what is good in your life, changing up habits that don’t serve you or those around you, and clearing space to simply be happy.  I appreciate how the author clearly states that she was not unhappy before launching her happiness project.  She really just wanted to be appreciative and present in her every day.   I 100% understand.

I am blessed with a lovely life.  Truly.  But I do find myself wondering, “What now?”  I seem to be wondering a lot lately.  If I was having coffee with my 20 year-old self, I would urge her to follow her dreams.  Dreams are big and plentiful when we are starting out.  The runway is long.  Options endless.  Follow your dreams.  However, as middle age creeps in the dreaming is so very different.  More complicated I guess.  What are my dreams at forty?  I’m not afraid to follow my dreams, I just don’t know what they are exactly.   Does that make any sense?

So while I quietly decide what happens next, I return to this creative space.  A space that is all mine, which I am happy to share with all of you!

{Seattle//2.22.15.  Oh, how she shines!}

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{JUNE LOVES} I HAVE THIS THING WITH FLOORS

Friday, February 6th, 2015

this thing with floors

Just a quick pop-in post to say I love this Instagram account!  Most of you know I have a thing with taking pictures of my shoes.  {Big W makes fun of me and ironically takes secret pictures of his shoes on my phone for me to find.}

I Have This Thing With Floors is essentially a fan-based account.  You take a picture of an insanely cool floor {and your shoes}, hash tag it, and the account owner regrams pictures!

Floors and shoes from all over the world. What is better than that?  #ihavethisthingwithfloors

Happy Friday!  xoxo-d

 

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FINISHING TOUCHES

Friday, February 6th, 2015

this or thatvega vs. orb

Once again I need your help!  I am down to my last finishing touch on my dining room.  Over the last 18 months, I have painstakingly created a space that I am proud to call my own.  {My husband has doubted me every step of the way!}  I love my dining table and chairs.  It took three weekends, but painting the chalkboard wall and trim is finally done.  The gallery wall, that I have been planning for years, took shape and is complete!

And the finishing touch?  New lighting!  Let me quickly say that I have limited my choices mainly due to budget.  I eventually want to remodel the entire space and I am not keen on spending a large dollar amount on a light that may or may not stay.  I have scoured the interweb and found two choices I really find appealing!

So, here are the choices and my thoughts:

THIS//  Glass Orb Chandelier/ West Elm $399 {sale}

West Elm’s description: The Glass Orb Chandelier shimmers with seven luster-glass globes that hang from an antiqued brass frame. Adjustable globes let you style the shine at just-the-right height.

My take:  I love the look of the clustered globes.  This light comes with either luster {gold tones} or opal {opaque} globes.  I prefer the luster.  Being able to adjust the height of the globes makes me happy, but I worry that it might be overwhelming in our small dining room.

THAT//  Vega 5 Chandelier/ Schoolhouse Electric & Co. $329

Schoolhouse’s description:  This bare bulb fixture, the Vega 5 Chandelier, features five jointed arms with industrial-grade swivels and natural brass socket covers for a rich, polished finish with a mid-century modern aesthetic.

My take:  Love the sleek lines and the understated profile of this light.  It reminds me of Sputnik chandeliers, which are well outside my price range.  The light comes in black/brass or all brass. My table measures 78″ long.  I wonder if this chandelier is big enough for the table.

Ok. What do you think?  Glass Orb or Vega 5?

 

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FIND TIME TO READ: CHERRY BOMBE

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

cherry bombe | Where is June?

I have to share my latest find!  Last week I was at my local book store looking for reading material for the weekend trip to the ski hill.  I am a lodge mama {bunny} and need to occupy my time when waiting for my ski bums.  On the magazine rack, I spotted Cherry Bombe.  I had caught glimpses and heard whispers about this magazine on Instagram and I loved the cover.  So simple- I was intrigued to read more.

The About page of Cherry Bombe’s website reads:

Cherry Bombe is a beautifully designed biannual publication that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.

Our readers, subjects and contributors are passionate about food, aesthetics and the world around them.

I describe it as a collection of interesting blog posts in print.  The short articles are wonderfully photographed and range in topics from recipes, to cookbooks, to chefs, to modern farmers, to food photography.  I devoured it and can’t wait until the next issue.

Find it a local store front or order @ their website!

{Image covers via Cherry Bombe}

Not sponsored.  Just inspired.  xo

 

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SIMPLE CHAIN LARIAT

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

simple chain lariat

I am facing shopping for a new swimming suit this spring/summer.  It truly should be considered a form of torture.  So, as the latest catalogs arrive in my mailbox I am in search of my next go-to-suit!  The new J.Crew Style Guide arrived on Friday and I instantly fell in love.  Not with a suit, but with a necklace!  A gorgeous simple chain lariat worn with a bikini top.  Be still my heart.  It looks beautiful and not over styled.  Plus this delicate necklace will look fantastic with flowy summer tanks or a simply v-neck t-shirt.

Surprising to me, I could not find that necklace anywhere on J.Crew’s website.  {If you can find it-please let me know.}  Instead I took it upon myself to do a bit of searching.  I stumbled upon the E & E Project Etsy shop.  They offer gold lariat necklaces at the perfect price point!  Pop over and check it out!  I am smitten with the simple chain lariat and the triangle gold bar lariat.

I think I’ll buy one this week!  It is guaranteed to fit and it doesn’t involve a fitting room.

{Images via J.CREW}

 

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{JUNE LOVES} ROAD TRIP GEAR

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

ROADTRIP

Oh my goodness….there are new arrivals at Ban.do and all I can do is think about a road trip with just my girlfriends.  Thelma and Louise style {without the unfortunate end!}.

Packing List:

Overnight bag-I want to travel light, so I this is all I will take .

Small wristlet– Perfect for jumping in and out of the car to buy chips and candy.

Mobile charger– Having my phone die would be a bummer since I will be constantly posting to Instagram to annoy everyone back home.

Rebel bracelet -Since my girls are bad ass, we need these

Watermelon cooler bag– Cold beverages are required once we stop for the day

Koozies– Uh, they are awesome

Themal Mug– Coffee will be necessary

Where would we go?  Marfa, Texas.

cosmico

I have been obsessed about road tripping to Marfa ever since I saw this piece on 60 Minutes.  It is a town in the middle of Nowhere, Texas that has become a magnet for artists and free thinkers.  Perfect for a girls road trip!

Our route: Fly to Albuquerque. Hang out.  Rent a car.  Drive to Marfa.  Explore and stay.  Drive to San Antonio.  Eat and drink.  Fly home.

Too good, right? We would stay here and of course we won’t miss this!!

This trip isn’t booked, but I will make it happen.

{trailer image via}

Not sponsored. Just inspired.

 

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CHATEAU DE GUDANES

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

chateau de gudanes

Whoa. Sometimes Facebook gives me gift on a Tuesday.  Yesterday, I spotted a link to photography blog which led me to Chateau de Gudanes.  Breathtaking to say the least, this site and blog documents the abandoned and neglected chateau, the couple who purchased it, and its restoration.

As for their plans for it?

“Our plans for the future keep changing and evolving, and they are only in their infancy, but we hope to welcome you as soon as possible. Ideally, to begin, a cafe and tours, even in its well worn state. By 2016 we would like to also offer you accommodation, a gift shop, and facilities for weddings, music festivals, local fêtes, workshops, conferences, seminars and courses.

Our aim is to tread lightly and gently – to preserve the atmosphere and authenticity of the Chateau and region as much as possible. She will be renovated but her rawness, wear and history will not be erased, but instead integrated. In keeping with this, we also plan to use energy efficient principles and sustainable refurbishment. This means up cycling and recycling as much as possible, including building materials, design features and decor.”

The pictures, even in its run-down state, are something out of a history book.  A beautiful one at that!  I am pretty sure I will be reading the blog updates regularly.  And the pictures on Instagram could brighten even the gloomiest of days!

This staircase….

staircase chateau de gudanes

And that light…

window chateau de gudanes

I found this blog post particularly interesting.  {This post is just because.  Because I find it so interesting and I couldn’t help but share it!}

{Images via http://www.chateaudegudanes.org/}

 

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GOLDEN GLOBES 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

what to watch

I do love watching the Golden Globes.  The pace is fast, with tons of awards. No fluff just the actors and the dresses.  Sienna Miller, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, and Lupita Nyong’o, and Naomi Watts looked fabulous.  I thought Tina Fey’s tux was awesome and Jane Froggatt’s braided updo was fantastic!  Maggie Gyllenhall’s acceptance speech was truth telling.  I am pretty sure Tina and Amy and I would be BFF’s if they lived in my neighborhood.  And it is confirmed that George Clooney is IN LOVE with his wife.  Final proof that brains and beauty will cast a magical spell.

I also came away with a list of programs and movies that I really want to watch.  The BIG winner, The Affair, was a total surprise in my opinion-beating out my favorites in several categories.  Transparent, produced by Amazon, seems unique and thought provoking.  And the movies of the year, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood.

Who do you think won big last night?  Did you add any shows or movies to your watch list?

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