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Friday Link Love

And the sun finally decided to show itself for a bit yesterday. Much to my coworkers elation. They were beginning to wonder if it would ever reappear, where as yours truly was happy as a clam in her dreary pasty girl world. There were fluffy blankets, kitty snuggles, and large mugs of tea; it was lovely. Now I am back to dramatically donning my oversized shades as I step outside as well as issuing the occasional vampiric hiss whenever the intense sunshine catches me off guard. Seriously, my boss jokingly opened my blinds the other day, and I may have grouchily inquired as to whether he was trying to make me burst into flames or not. Also, my window overlooks the scenic parking lot, and if anyone parts in front of it, I can’t see through the glare on my computer screen. He still has to come in every other month or so to prove to himself that what I am saying is in fact true, so I like to heckle him a bit for funsies. You gotta do what you can to keep things at your 9-5 interesting, right?

As a female who…well…glistens profusely in the summer months, I think these 7 products to help beat the heat are right on target.

Summer alfresco dining is always a good time, here are a few ideas to help inspire you.

I always have been, and probably always will be a big grilled cheese sandwich fan, and this garlic scape swiss chard number seems so delightfully green that I can almost tell myself it’s healthy.

With all that heat, cocktails and mocktails are essential for any gathering. Here are some simple syrups you can quickly whip up to elevate your beverage recipes.

I am all for trying out new things, and floral arranging and shoe making classes sound great, especially when you can start your lessons for free.

There hasn’t been a subscription box that I’ve really felt the need to indulge in for a while now, but this Enchantment Box is giving me that itch.

Lush introduced me to the wonderful world of bath bombs, and I’ve been a little obsessed ever since. This DIY option featuring coconut oil seems like it might be a fun alternative.

It’s supposed to be funny, but right now this is feeling a little to real.

 

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Friday Link Love

It’s so close, guys! My feelings about the impending weekend are like when you’ve dropped something underneath the refrigerator or a low cabinet and you stretch out as far as you can with you fingers brushing the edge of the object, and if you could just stretch a scant 1/2 inch more, you’d have it. That is what today feels like to me. The responsible adult part of me is getting things done and the more childish part of me is straining in her seat. Not that I have anything particularly special planned this weekend, but I have had a very tedious responsibility laden week and I want to shake it off and be a little lazy and less structured for a few days. Who knows, maybe even a touch reckless. Okay, probably not reckless, but you know what I mean. Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?

File this experience  under #lifegoals, I think it would make any woman’s day.

Creativity is important, and according to this article, something as simple as doodling can lead to a better and more mentally agile you.

I am all for Inst-worthy treats, but these NYC locations take things to a whole new level.

These quick and easy shortcakes are the perfect accompaniment to all the lovely summer fruit that has been showing up in the produce section.

While I am usually more of a color girl, this sedate rustic farmhouse looks so lovely and serene.

In addition to the shoes I featured earlier this week, you can add these satin lovelies to my wish list.

Baking can be stressful and the ingredients can be temperamental, here are some tips and tricks to help you get a better handle on some baking do’s and don’ts.

This summer will see me (hopefully) taking a series of small trips. To help me up my packing game, I am going to try to implement these 10 suggestions.

 

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Friday Link Love

It’s going to be a good weekend, guys. You know why? Three things: french pastries, farmer’s market, and baby snuggles. BAM! Awesome weekend. Of course, there is more to it than that, but I am choosing to get excited about all the things I want to do and let those pesky little things I need to do take a back seat for a moment. I mean, baby snuggles, guys. They have the tiny fingers and toes, and they make the cutest faces! I love that I get to be an “aunt” to so many cool little ones.  As far as the pastry portion of things, I am not even sure it is possible to have a bad morning when you have a hot mug of tea and a delicate freshly baked something or other in your hand. I am becoming a bit of a Saturday morning regular, which is a good thing I think. I usually sit there enjoying my treat and fantasizing about being able to quit my responsible grown up job and spend a year or two learning how to make pastry magic. I’d even take the effort to learn a little french so I could pronounce everything correctly. What do you have planned for your weekend?

I managed to watch all of the first season of Anne with an E this week, and I absolutely adored it. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite stories growing up, and I really feel like this added so much more depth to the characters while remaining true the the essence of the original story.

Grilled Pepper and Mozzarella Panzanella? Sounds like a wonderful summer idea to me!

How cute are these tiny mouse shops by artist(s) Anonymouse MMX that are popping up in Malmö?

How gorgeous is the minimal vintage adorned abode? I would love to have a few of those pieces in my collection.

I think this bright DIY sprinkle pill would be a wonderful addition to any desk, and the sparkle fairy in me wonders if it would be even better filled with glitter instead.

Design blogs always leave you feeling like there is no way you can ever have a picture perfect pinterest party. I mean, who has a dozen different styles of flatware and props laying around? I LOVE that the ladies at Sugar & Cloth make this little cheat sheet for how to bring fun pop-y patterns into your next shindig on a budget.

I’ve always had a thing for old photos, and seeing some of the oldest color photos ever taken? Amazing.

My gardening skills are middling at best, but if I had more of a green thumb, I’d want a garden full of all these beautiful things.

 

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Friday Link Love

Happy Friday and Happy National Donut Day! We went a little nontraditional with a pancake instead of donut breakfast at the office this morning, but that being said, it was an excellent was to close out the end of May madness and embrace the more leisurely pace (hopefully) of the summer. I am looking forward to what promises to be a fairly laid back weekend. A few errands here, french pastries and a farmer’s market visit there. Hopefully plenty of time for the husband to lounge about in his pj’s playing video games. All of this should make for happier kitties, our hours have been a little off this week so they are feeling woefully neglected. We’re talking dramatic flops, forlorn faces, and deep pointed sighs. I swear I’m not making this up. Hopefully, a little extra face time will set things right, and they’ll be back to the loud adorable tyrants that we know and love.

This adorable arrangement is absolutely perfect for National Donut Day.

And speaking of DIYs, the papers blossom are sure to last all summer long.

Someday, when Andy and I have more time and money to devote to our home renovations, I’d love to find a way to integrate one or two of these sliding barn doors.

Growing up in the south, I have eaten more than my share of cornbread over the year. This “northern” recipe seems intriguing, and I am thinking about giving it a try the next time the need for cornbread strikes.

Summer is not really the time of year I am likely to receive or invest in fine jewelry, but an ad for this ring showed up in my inbox and I just can’t stop looking at it.

I took an indigo dying class a few months back, and after reading this post, I am thinking it’s time to sign up for a refresher course.

So I guess Starbucks has another IG ready drink?

Also, I need a little help from you guys. I am going to a wedding later this summer, and if I could find a plus size version of this dress (16-18), I think it would be perfect. Any suggestions on where to look?

 

 

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Friday Link Love

First of all, how gorgeous is that tea glass? Most glamorous way to drink a hot beverage ever! I am hoping to enjoy some lazy tea sipping on this wonderfully long weekend. Among other things, mind you, but I am really hoping that since we have no travel plans and a whole extra day I can convince myself to really relax and invest a serious chunk of time into doing nothing. I still haven’t been able to shake off the deadline fatigue and it’s been a whole month! (Evidently, I am really feeling the exclamation points today.) I really need to work on this sleep thing, guys. I am 31, and I still can’t manage to keep a “reasonable” bed time. In part, it is because there is that little voice in the back of my mind saying “but if you go to sleep, you’ll have to wake up and go to work,” which is accurate, but much easier to accomplish with a extra hour or two of rest, but I digress. Here are some links to help you kick off your weekend 🙂

I make it to the beach maybe once a year, but I am really trying to find a way to justify the purchase of this mermaid appropriate pool float.

Also, mer-corgi!!!!

Changing my hair color is something I do regularly, but this lady has turned hair dying into an art form.

This DIY daisy choker is super cute, and I am sort of considering make some for certain gift giving occasions later this year.

The last couple of years have seen me having fewer late nights and a lot more brunches; it’s interesting to see that I’m not the only one who feels this way.

As you all know, I like to bake. Sometimes it’s funky, and sometimes I try a more sophisticated recipe. This Coffee Creme Fraiche Cheesecake makes me want to plan a fancy dinner party then eat cake with my pinky up.

One of the items on my checklist to a better self is establishing a routine that allows for maximum productivity; after reading this, I realize that I also need to make sure that this new me has plenty of self care time as well to keep things balanced.

This glitter ice cube tutorial lead to a bit of an argument, albeit a stupid one, between one of my friends and myself. I think it’s awesome; she thinks it gross. What do you guys think?

I’ve always been a fan of lots of color in home decor, but this feature on black has me thinking that maybe I’ve been wrong all these years.

 

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