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The temperature is rising, and with the emergence of the snow drops in my front yard and the azaleas in the back, it really seems like spring is here or at the very least on it’s way. This time of year always leads to a general lightening of life for me, everything from clothing, to hair color, to mood. Heck, I even wear less make up: some tinted moisturizer (with SPF of course), a swipe of highlighter, and a natural lip color, and I am good to go, which, in hindsight, is probably good considering Florida’s weather is notoriously fickle and at least once a week I’ll find myself stuck somewhere without an umbrella because of unexpected rain. I love it though, it’s such a brief season here, and it leaves me lamenting my hours spent at the office instead of enjoying the rare glorious weather. When I lived on campus while I was in college, I’d load up my tote bag with books and water and then spend the afternoon stretched out on the green in front of the library.
- Samantha Rain Boots – Target
- Pastel Pink Daily Conditioner – Overtone
- Somerset Hat – Terrain
- VonShef Wicker Picnic Basket – Wayfair
- Lace Up Neck Maxi – Soma
- Mac Viva Glam VI – Macy’s
- Summer Bloom Tote – Free People
- Metal Crush Highlighter Pallet – Sephora
- Floral Garden Umbrella – Uncommon Goods
My mom is here visiting for a couple of weeks so I am hoping that she and I will get a chance to do some spring-ish type activities. Things like walking around some of the local parks, eating lunch outside, and maybe even doing a little gardening. What are you looking forward to this spring?
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I like jewelry, a lot, but on the average day my accessories are pretty minimal. Now don’t get me wrong: I have plenty of over the top statement pieces to go with the occasional night out -I mean, it is the closest thing to grown-up dress up-, but for your average Wednesday? I have some pretty pieces, but they’re subtle and small enough to not get caught up on things as I move about. One of the hardest things for me to wear is rings. I craft, I type, I bake, I work with my hands all the time, and until I got married, rings were too much of a hassle to work with.
Lately however, I’ve been thinking about how I eventually got used to my wedding band (so much so that I feel naked without it), and I was thinking I might want to add a delicate right hand ring to my daily ensemble. It would be something that would make me feel a little special, and since it’d be small, it’d be less likely that it would be cumbersome. Plus, I looked at them on my phone once and now I am getting all sorts of shop ads on my Instagram feed. So many wonderful companies, and so many pretty things! How is a girl supposed to decide? Since I’ve been considering this addition a little more seriously, I’ve started to compile a list of options, some at all price points, and these are a few of my current top contenders.
- Petite Double Moonstone Ring – Moonstone Magic Jewelry
- Moon Guardian Ring – Catbird
- Butterfly Diamond Band – Audry Rose
- Opal Diamond Ring – Free People
- Marquise Ring – Tippy Taste
- Dainty Set – Rose & Choc
- Cluster Ring – Ferko’s Fine Jewelry
- Teardrop Diamond & Topaz Stack – Nordstrom
- Art Deco Band – Gems Box
So far #3 and #7 are the front runners, but they’re both at a high enough price point that I am disinclined to just go out and buy one of them without a good reason. I figure my birthday is a few months away and I should probably wait until then. That’ll also ensure that I won’t spend all that money on something that I end up not wearing.
Before everything exploded a couple of weeks ago, my mom and I had the chance to try out a new tea house that had opened about 20 minutes away from my childhood home. This delightful place was appropriately named The Twisted Teapot.
Off of a fairly busy road, you make a right turn, pull into the parking lot, and all of a sudden, you are transported from a hectic business laden street to a quaint and wonderfully charming garden. The sound of dozens of passing cars was exchanged for the trickling of fountains and the tinkling of wind chimes, and that vague smell of “city” was exchanged for baking pastries and blooming roses. The entryway was a delightful combination of dainty floral cottage chic and subtle, almost steampunk-y Alice In Wonderland inspired decor. I can’t even tell you how many delightful white rabbit accents we encountered as we moved about the house! We followed the black and white checkerboard floor to a cute little glassed in patio off the main dining room. The staff had already started decorating for the holidays, and there were beautiful garlands, frosted pine cones, and gilded ornaments artfully arranged throughout. We sat down at our little table, admired our lovely floral tea cups and perused the tea offering for the day. After much waffling and debate, we opted for two of their in house holiday blends, one iced and one hot. I do also want to note that when I called for reservations, I told the hostess that I was vegetarian and she made sure to note that our party contained one veg only and one “regular”. This may not seem like a big deal, but usually a tea room has an “all or none” attitude when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions. I usually have to make sure that whoever I am with is okay with missing out on the meat, but these guys not only accommodated but offered to make two separate trays so my mom wouldn’t have to miss out on any of their meatier options. This may just look like a cup of soup, but my mother has declared this potato and leek soup to be one of the best soups she has ever had. She was right -it was really good-, and I was actually a little concerned that after she finished hers that she’d want mine. I can’t remember every item on our trays, but the standouts were the roasted veggie mini quiche, the guava and brie bite, and the coconut macaroon. That being said, everything was delicious, and we cleaned our towers down to the last fruit garnish. This little guy is the swan pastry for which our “Swan Tea” was named. It was a wonderful little cream puff and was a fun finish to an amazing meal. I honestly wish I could have gotten a picture of my mom’s face when she tried it; she was ALL about the fluffy, lightly sweet filling. After finishing our tea, we had the chance to poke around the tea house a bit more, checking out the main dining room and the area I am guessing (based on the giant dollhouse) that is used for children’s parties. So many wonderful details and the gentleman below was still hard at work adding even more beautiful decorations to the rooms.
Hands down, this is one of the nicest tea experiences I have ever had. Hand to God, top three to be sure. It’s also nice to know that as I have to travel to and from my dad’s house to wrap up his estate, I can always make a call and schedule a little tea themed pick me up when things are feeling especially disheartening.
Category: Things I Love
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?
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.
- Peacock Top – Elvi
- Black Lace Bow Top – Elvi
- Beaded Black Mesh Top – Elvi
- Mae Sweater – Universal Standard
- Marano Wrap Top – Universal Standard
- Cutaway Sleeve Tee – Universal Standard
- Off the Sholder Tie Strap Cardigan – Eloquii
- Draped Wrap Front Top – Eloquii
- Wrap Front Sweater – Eloquii
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 😉