March 9th, 2017

multiple piercings 2

About 2 weeks ago, while washing my face before bed, I noticed my double piercing in my left ear lobe.  Strange how you notice things, right?  I had the piercing done in high school, but I haven’t worn an earring in it for probably 20 years.  I spontaneously decided to try and poke an earring through.  With a little work (and a bit of discomfort), VOILA!  Since then I have worn one of these simple studs, which I absolutely love.  Now I’m totally smitten with multiple piercings and on the search for alternatives to wear.  Catbird, a jewelry design company in Brooklyn, has so many great options.  They have simple, modern styles that are perfect for a second piercing. They even sell some earrings as singles.

Here are four of my favorites:

inspired piercings

1// Leone Emerald

2//  Short Stitch

3// Gold Safety Pin

4// Ballerina

I also love, LOVE this cuff that requires no new piercing!

Do you have multiple piercings?  If so, how do you style your earrings?

{Top images via Pinterest.  Take a peek at my Accessorize board.}


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February 24th, 2017

in the details no 28| Where is June?

Happiest Friday to all of you!  We are just back from a week long ski trip to Steamboat Springs, CO.  Maybe some of you saw the pictures over on Instagram.  We didn’t get any new snow, but the blue skies and sun were pretty amazing for this “barely” intermediate skier. After 2 seasons on downhill skis {something I said I would never do}, I am starting to grasp the obsession.  My favorite part of of skiing on this trip?  Quiet moments on the chair lift with my husband or my kids.  Which, of course, were directly followed by real moments of my ten year old swearing like a trucker and my almost teen rolling his eyes at me.  Gotta keep things balanced!

Here are few things that interest and inspire me this week:

1.  Frame wallpaper and your own printed snap shots would be so great in a play room or kitchen.

2.  Good. Lord.  This cake looks divine.

3.  Northwest winters require sturdy footwear and these boots might be the perfect investment. Don’t you think they will only get better with time?  I was surprised by the brand!?!

4.  I came across LIVELOVESARA when I was packing for a recent trip to NYC.  Now I’m obsessed.  She breaks down packing for trips and dressing for the everyday.

5.  Cement tiles are one of my favorite things.  These black and white beauties surrounded the bar at Salt and Lime in Steamboat Springs.  So good. {PS/ I love their URL!}

6.  No, I’m not going vegan.  But, since I don’t cook with dairy, these recipes are great for me!  Maybe try to cook one vegan meal a week and see how it goes?

7.  Such an awesome cut!




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January 19th, 2017


{That black jump suit.  I mean…}

Before it closed, I was able to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I wish I had gone earlier during its run because I would have loved to have gone back!  Either way, it literally took my breath away.  Admittedly, I think of fashion art, so this exhibit spoke to me.  Yves Saint Laurent was a true artist.  From his sketches, to the dresses, to the way he incorporated modern art and mood into his collections-it was obvious he was a genius and his medium just happened to be clothing.  His genius is timeless.  Many of gowns could be worn on the red carpet today and the celebrity would land herself on the the best dressed list.  Quality and details matter.  In the age of fast fashion- fit, craftsmanship, and detailing is often overlooked.  He painstakingly chose fabrics and added details that make his work inspiring.

Here a few of my favorite snap shots from the exhibit {all taken on my iPhone}:

YSL sketch 1

sketch 2

YSL sketch 3

There were hundreds of his sketches from collections spanning decades.  He sketched each gown or ensemble and added fabric swatches for each creation.


Any one of these pieces could be worn today!  The prints, draping and details feel so modern.


The 1980’s, in all its absolute grandeur!  That bow.

modern suiting

Modern suiting at its finest.  I’d love to see an actress rock that modern tuxedo at a movie premier!  The cuffs and collar {heart eyes!}


The showstopper.  She stood alone.  In a room of Andy Warhol paintings.  Simple, but so edgy!

I’m eager to watch this film about Yves Saint Laurent.  Like any artistic genius, he was tormented much of his life.  After seeing his work, I am so curious to know more about him.


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January 10th, 2017


Like any good girlfriend, I’ve got to give you the heads up on a great sale over at Madewell. All sale items are an additional 40% off when you use the code BIGSALE. This is not a sponsored post.  Just quality merch and an amazing deal.  I mean sneakers for $35?!?

A few of my favorites//  Flea Market Jeans | Saucony Sneakers | Peplum Top | Felt Fedora

Don’t forget the code at check out.  What would you put in your cart??



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January 6th, 2017


It has been frigidly cold in Seattle this week…but it came with abundant sunshine and I will take it!  What are you up to this weekend?  I am FINALLY going to see YSL exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I tried to go on Thursday with my sister-in-law, but the exhibit was sold out.  Ooops.  Instead, we did a little day drinking……

Here are a few things that inspire and interest me this week:

1.   Where is this snowy oasis?   Makes you want to ski week, doesn’t it?!

2.  I have fallen hard for blouses with overstated ruffles.  {I’m eying this one next!}

3.  Just finishing a bathroom renovation, and still can’t get over the black fixtures.  My budget didn’t allow it, but I’m obsessed.

4.  Editors at Harper’s Bazaar make style resolutions.  Such a fun way to think about the new year!

5.  The coolest coffee maker that I gifted myself this Christmas!  Great coffee and it looks so pretty sitting on my shelf.

6.  {Foolproof} Chicken Tortilla Soup.  If you can buy a rotisserie chicken and open canned goods-this recipe is for you!  PS// It’s yummy.

7.  The simplest of leather hair ties.


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January 4th, 2017


If I’m being honest, I didn’t love 2016.  Not at all.  My family is healthy & happy and we had a wonderful year. And yet, I felt unsettled.  Is it age?  Is it my health? Is there something more for me?  Loud, giant questions- with what I’m sure will be simple, quiet answers in the months and years to come.  I want to feel hopeful in this new year.  I read something this weekend to eliminate resolutions and turn them into revolutions.  Oh, how much do you love that?!?

So, in this first week, I am starting personal practices that will carry me through the year.  Mindfulness, wellness, journaling, strengthening connections, and creating joy.  If I know myself, the starting is easy and the follow through is the challenge.  I hope that creating structure to each practice will enable me to keep it going.  It’s going to be tough work and I’m certain I will be uncomfortable, but I also know it’s going to be worth it!

What are you working toward in 2017?




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November 4th, 2016


November has descended.  It is so, SO wet in Seattle already.  The dark mornings are about to shift into very early nights.  Totally cozy sweater and soup weather.  Long, brisk walks and loud, warm celebrations help break up the bleakness.   {Lucky for me, I am kicking off November with trip to paradise!}

Stay warm and enjoy the indoors.

A few fall ideas://

1. Place setting

2.  Succulents in pumpkins

3.  A delicious fall soup

All other images via Pinterest.  Check out my fall board for more inspiration!



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October 18th, 2016


Is there anything worse than shopping for a swim suit?  No there is not!  I realize that it isn’t summer and finding a new suit might be the furthest thing from your mind, but I beg you to consider taking a peek at Victoria’s Secret.  It looks as though VS is discontinuing their Swim line and everything is ridiculously discounted.  With bottoms as low as $2.99 and tops at $14.99, you can even grab one item to go with a suit you already own.  Even sale items can be returned, so fill your basket, try them on at home, and maybe strike gold!

Plus, when summer rolls around (or your winter trip to the sun) you will be ready!

I love this top and these bottoms!


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October 17th, 2016

single-drawer-and-pull | where is June?

My bedroom needs some major TLC.  The only thing we have purchased for our room in the 10 years we have lived in our home is our mattress and box spring.  I hesitate to do much because we know we want to remodel {in a huge way}!  However, the bedroom will be the last thing tackled on our long list of updates, so I’m thinking I should do a few little things that will make me like our room a bit more.

Our nightstands are maybe the easiest items to start with.  The current nightstands are one of the first purchases we ever made together, before we were married, in 1998.  Heavy, reclaimed pine with weathered hinges. Can you picture them?  I want to update them with simpler lines that fit our current style.  The nightstand with a single drawer seems like the perfect piece.  A place to stash lotion, headphones, and a lint roller-with plenty of space for a side lamp and books.  To add interest, I would swap the hardware that comes with the piece with a unique cabinet knob.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to make a statement.

Here are a few pairings that I am crushing on:
{from top}

1//  Color blocked nightstand with Geode knob.

2//  Mixed material nightstand with Simple black knob.

3// Metal nightstand and Cement knob.

4//  Mid-Century nightstand with Marble/Wood knob.

Which is your favorite?





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October 14th, 2016

in-the-details-no-26 | WHERE IS JUNE?

A giant storm is heading toward us.  The rain has already arrived and the wind is set to hit later today.  If we are lucky enough to keep our power, it will be a cozy weekend.  The boys want to make Halloween cookies and I want a big pot of soup.  Stay dry, stay safe and give your little ones an extra long hug.  Life is precious.

Here a few things that interest and inspire me this week:

1. A DIY costume that’s too sweet for words!  If only I was willing to “make” a costume.  {Although I can’t wait until Big W’s costume arrives in the mail!}

2.  The most amazing geode drawer pulls.  How amazing would these look on a single drawer bedside table?

3.  Polo Beach, Maui.  The sand, and a Mai Tai, and ME in only 21 days {but who’s counting!}

4.  I am loving the illustrations by Mari Andrew every Friday on Cup of Jo.

5.  A slouchy beanie, a rainy day necessity!  I just found the perfect one…and bought it in two colors.  Soft {not itchy} and only $25.

6.  Stormy weather calls for warm mini pretzels.

7.  How cool is this IKEA hack?  It’s a slatted bed base used as office storage.  Brilliant!


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