Friday Link Love

Guys….imma keep it real, this week kind of sucked. I mean, good things happened -my mom made it safely to Tallahassee, and I made it through our work deadline without killing anyone-, but it’s been hard. Things didn’t go so well at the office; we got everything done, but everyone was bickering and crabby by the time we were finished. After months of feeling like “normal” health-wise, I am so tired I can barely do what needs to get done. I had to take a quick power nap on Wednesday and Thursday just so I could be “up for” dinner with Andy and my mom. I’m even mixing up my words again speaking and writing, which is something I haven’t had happen in over a year. Honestly, I am not even close to my best self right now. That being said, I am listing the things I have pending that should help get me back on track: more rest this weekend, dinner with friends, an intuitive painting class, and last but certainly not least, our impending Orlando vacation. Not a bad list, so keep your fingers crossed and send some positive vibes my way if you think about it, and hopefully things will be business as usual in no time.

After this incredibly stressful tax season, I am considering investing in one of these “creative” flask options before our next deadline.

This t-shirt appeals to me as a feminist and as a crazy cat lady.

Here are some beautiful free floral coloring pages to help you unwind for the weekend.

I know this is slated as a “kids” party, but these moody florals and muted pastels are perfect decor for parties for any age.

And if you need a little more floral inspiration, here are 25 gorgeous Instagram pages to follow.

This Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Float seems like the perfect “special occasion” spring beverage. Hey, and it’s even vegan.

Am I the only one who loves a good burn? Obviously not, because someone at Buzzfeed wrote this article.

Image from here.


Canopy Brunch

I’ve built a fair amount of pillow/blanket forts in my day, some more recently than you’d think. Not to long ago, I built a fort for Andy and I using our dining room table, and we had dinner in it. Next time I’ll probably put the cats in another room, but all in all, it was a lot of fun. Forts are one of those great things about childhood that seems to fall away as we inevitably “grow up”, but I don’t think we ever really lose that joy. I mean, I know a lot of women who have canopy beds, which isn’t really that different. I was absolutely delighted when I saw that the blog A Pair & A Spare created a whole beautiful brunch concept around a decorative “canopy” (which is just another word for fort). Here are some of my favorite images:

It gets even better; if you check out the original post here, there is a DIY on how to create your own gorgeous canopy. Brunch is amazing enough on its own, but fort brunch? Does it get any cooler?

 

All images from A Pair & A Spare.


H&M Inspiration

This time of year is always a bit crazy for me. While most people are planning egg hunting parties and planning for elaborate brunches, I am working longer hours and getting yelled at by people who feel like the IRS has it out for them personally. A side effect of this is that I go a little overboard with my out of the office hours. I decided that it is absolutely imperative that I tackle the bevy of small projects on my “to-do” list: you know, things that are absolutely crucial like rounding up clothes that need to go to goodwill, painting the guestroom before Andy wakes up, rearranging things in the closet, etc. Things that can be accomplished relatively easily, don’t take a lot of mental effort, and allow me to get rid of some of the frenetic energy that builds up during the work day.

Recently, the lack of “decor” in our home has become mildly distressing. A lot of my friends have wonderfully appointed homes, many of them have been in their current homes a lot less time than Andy and I have, and my brain is screaming at me “GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, BUCIOR!” My online browsing turned up an interesting decor source, H&M.


1. Cat Apron, 2. Feather Bowl, 3. Glass Box, 4. Photo Frame, 5. Jacquard Bath Towel, 6. Laundry Basket, 7. Small Wooden Box, 8. Round Metal Tray, 9. Candle Lantern Andy and I have very different opinions when it come to what is considered “good” design, but surprisingly enough we both agreed that a lot of these minimal pieces would be quite lovely in our home. The only downside is that there isn’t a H&M location near us that carries these wonderful items.

All photos from H&M.


Friday Link Love

My enthusiasm for the end of the week is a little underwhelming today. While I am very pleased that the work week is at its end, all I really feel like doing right now is flopping down on my couch and staring at the ceiling for a while. Actually, my couch wouldn’t work in this scenario. If I were to flop onto my own couch, I would be swarmed immediately by the fluffy horde because it is apparently a house rule. Is mommy sitting or laying? She must have no fewer than three cats vying to assist her. While I love my furbabies dearly, they have been going above and beyond to keep my blood pressure elevated. Breaking things, getting into things, trying to escape, crying at the door for half the night….you get the idea. All of this, I’m sure, will be remedied with a good night’s rest and some uninterrupted reading time. Maybe. Hopefully.

After this very long week, I am very much in need of this list of ways to improve your mood.

And to soothe your soul, these adorable cheetah cubs doing their best to sound ferocious.

If those two don’t get the job done, here are some essential oil blends that are supposed to help reduce anxiety.

A modern take on the iconic Carrie Bradshaw style.

Spirited Away is one of my favorite Miyazaki films and I think it is incredibly cool that you can walk through and “pig” out in the town that inspired the movie.

Speaking of pigging out, waffles anyone?

Let’s face it, in a world of Pinterest Perfect and Insta-Ready, it leave the average person feeling a little down about their home decor. Here are 10 decorating tips from someone who makes a living creating those gorgeous snap shots we all aspire to.

I like this modern take on floral arrangements; I think it could be a lot of fun the next time you host brunch.

 

 

Image from here.


I Got A Tattoo!!!

I have had “get a tattoo” on my yearly “to-do” for quite some time. At first, it was a “I want another tattoo!” and then after I lost my brother, it became part of what I felt I needed to do to cope with the situation. Tattoos have always been more than just a fashion statement to me. When I was younger, they were a way for me to finally start to love my body, something I’ve always struggled with, and over the years, they’ve become a way for me to document what is going on in my life. Now, that being said, not just anything goes. I got my last tattoo, the blue butterfly on my wrist, on my honeymoon, and it was to commemorate the new phase in my life and the loss of my maternal grandfather.

Butterflies may seem a little, well, flighty, but for me, they are so much more than just whimsical and pretty. Butterflies are the end result of painful, life altering change. A process that takes something plain and a little gross and turns it into something weightless and free.  When I lost my younger brother, it broke a part of me in a way that I am still working to understand. It changed me, and while I am still “me”, I’ll never again fully be the person I was before. This tattoo is just a visible symbol of that change.  Now to the less cerebral part of this little adventure. This is my 6th tattoo and I will say by far the most painful. I have tattoos on either side of my ribs, on either side of my lower back, and on my wrist, and none of those were even close in terms of pain. By the time we were finishing with color, he was holding my foot steady while he was tattooing, and as soon as he let go, my foot would start involuntarily shaking.  As painful as it was, it was one of the best tattooing experiences I’ve ever had. My artist Robert was fantastic; he worked quickly and efficiently, and he was really great about giving me breaks when I needed, making sure I was as comfortable as possible, talking through my design from size to placement to color, and never once making me feel like I was being annoying. I LOVED working with him, and I really hope I get the chance to do so again.If you are in the Tallahassee area and feel the need for some ink, be sure to check out Monument TattoosThey have some incredible artists, and they’ll make sure to match  you up with the best person who can best help you execute your vision.