Category Archives: Things I Love

A Little Holiday Sparkle For Your Feet

I’m trying so very hard not to jump the gun and go all out on the Christmas insanity. After all, I am not quite ready to bid farewell to fall in favor of a winter wonderland. The appeal of changing leaves and light layers cannot be denied. The internet, however, is trying to very hard to change my mind. Just the other day I was doing some online Christmas shopping and I found myself on the  Keds website, and I was so very tempted to forget those convictions and go ahead and buy myself my holiday sparkle sneakers, a tradition that I started in college. I mean, the Holiday Sparkle & Shine Collection is just so damn beautiful! How am I supposed to say no?

Usually I go for straight up glitter kicks, but the more subtle shimmer and gilded patterns are really speaking to me. Actually, not so much of a “no” as a “later”. Later, with the hope that maybe they have a sale between now and Christmas so I don’t have to feel guilty about the price tag. A little more than I usually invest for something that only get worn a few times a year, but it’s tradition, right?


Black Shirt Wishlist

I wear a lot of black. It’s slimming, it’s difficult to stain, and it goes with pretty much everything. Over the past year or so I have pushed myself to incorporate more color in my day to day wardrobe, but for all the progress made, I am still very much a black shirt kind of girl. Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, I am making the important transition from tank tops & spaghetti straps into something that can be layered or has a bit more fabric to it. Granted, not much, this is Florida after all, but just a smidgen. Embracing my curviness I have been focusing more on sites that are specifically for plus size women or women who straddle the line between standard and plus. Here are three of my top picks from three of the top stores I am considering purchasing my next few wardrobe additions from.

My absolute favorite is the one in the center. I look great in wrap tops, and the added drama of that long bow is fantastic. There are already so many items in my closet that I could wear it with. My anniversary and Christmas are right around the corner, so if I don’t pick it up for myself, there is the possibility that someone else might 😉


I’m Freaking Out, So I Am Looking At Pretty Pictures

As I am sure most of you are aware, there is a rather large hurricane slowly advancing on the state of Florida. I was doing okay; Andy and I have been keeping our gas tanks topped off, our go bags ready, and a decent cache of non-perishables on hand, but I am starting to freak out a little bit. Less so because of the storm because at this point all we can do here in the panhandle is wait, and more so because the entire state has gone bat-shit crazy. Seriously, I cringe every time I have to go into a store. I am just waiting to see a soccer mom get into a fist fight with an accountant over the last bottle of water, while the neighbor from down the road is stealing batteries and flash lights from their carts while they fight. Having done all that we can do, Andy and I have been spending a lot of time at home, just to stay out of it. Unfortunately, all my anxious energy can only be translated into so many baked goods before I need to go on a supply run, so I’ve been watching Netflix while doing laundry while distracting myself with Pinterest. One of the things I came across was images by photographer Bella Kotak.

These stunning fairy tale images successfully distracted me from all things hurricane related and had me instead thinking of glass slippers, evil queens, and epic adventures.

 Now, see, that is a princess dress. How much better would grocery shopping be in something like that, am I right?

So what do you guys do when you can’t sit still? I am looking for other options since the laundry is going to run out soon…

For more gorgeous pictures, you can check out the artist’s Facebook page and Instagram feed.


Afternoon Tea at The Allis

One of the things I really wanted to do in Chicago was afternoon tea. Strange I know, but whenever I go somewhere I always check out the possibility of afternoon tea and when I checked out Chicago do you know what I found? There were a LOT of places that served afternoon tea. There might have been a ridiculously loud *squee* released all the options I had. It was a long shot, but I had a list of potential spots on my phone just in case. After exploring Lincoln Park, Andy and I had some time so with a quick call to The Allis, we were a short Uber away from  tiny sandwiches and awesomeness.

 The Allis was what I think Anthropologie would look like if it were a hotel restaurant. Initially I was a little worried because we were dressed fairly casually, but once we got there we saw everything from yoga pants to luxury label cocktail attire.   We opted for the non “sparkle” option since, well, my love of sparkle aside, I can’t drink, but I can have chocolate and the “Chocolate Pu-erh” was the delicious love child of my beloved hot chocolate and really good tea. Andy ordered off menu, and got “Emperor Green” which was wonderful, but mine was better. I won at the game of tea. The only criticism, if it can be called that, that I read about this place was that their food options were “traditional” and.. .that may be true. However, not a single option on those three delightful tiers was anything less than exceptional. I mean the scones, the scones guys, I am usually okay sharing food with my husband, but damn if I didn’t want to smack his hand and take them both.   The tiers were so treat laden that we ended up taking needing a to-go box, best left over breakfast ever let me tell you.  We has such a wonderful time at this trip bonus. Yet another spot I could see myself frequenting if it wasn’t a three hour plane ride away. One of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had.

 


Etsy Wishlist

To give you a tiny Chicago break, today I want to share with you my current Etsy wishlist. Right now I am feeling lots of color and sparkle, shocking I know. Nothing major, but items with character to complement what I already have. One of the things I love about trolling Etsy is that you always find unique items. My “favorites” list is ridiculously long. Don’t even get me started on my favorite shops list.

Pretty, right? That cartilage bling is calling my name especially loudly. The silver hoop I’ve been wearing for years (don’t worry I replace it regularly) has gotten caught on things a few times lately and I am starting to feel that something a bit more close fitting might be a little safer.