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First Haircut

This post is from a May outing, Mother’s Day weekend actually, and we had a big weekend. Sophy had a birthday party for twins in her toddler class, we had dinner reservations for Salty’s and it was decided the long hair that kept ending up in her mouth as a chew toy had to go.

Sophy’s a big fan of Legos and we needed a couple of gifts for birthday party so we decided to take the bribery approach. We had Top Pot doughnuts pre-cut and found a salon dedicated to kids. Legos post cut if she didn’t have a total meltdown. Luckily, it wasn’t really needed and she handled the haircut like a pro. We were the first appointment in a kids salon, she picked out her toys, sat on the horse and settled in for a super cute summer bob. Summer being a relative term as we all wore coats to this outing.

Here she is post hair cut and triumphant with her Lego selection.

5-10 first legos 2Post haircut with her barrette that didn’t last the trip from the stylist to the mall.

5-10 first hair cutI think she may have seen an even bigger Lego bag heading out.
5-10 First LegosNext post, birthday party at the Zoo!

Wild Side

Channeling a little Rachel Zoe today with my chevron and panther. My necklace was a gift from my sis-in-law and brother from Bauble Bar. It’s a favorite. I love, love, love them. Bauble Bar and my fam. In this case, I think Bauble Bar has great pieces for reasonable prices. Sweater on sale via Lane Bryant. Can’t find the B&W version. Super soft. It’s been a long few days so you can see all the lovely dark circles under the eyes without makep. NOT a very RZ way to go.

Also, Sophy and I both have the same weird bang trim. Mostly because I’m the bang trimmer.

Weekend Round Up

Sophy had a fantastic time with Aunt Anita and Granny. She was more than happy to share how she’d like everyone to behave for pictures. Lots of snuggles and adventures on Friday while Mommy and Daddy were at work. Lots of shopping and tasty food and just hanging out.

The willing babysitters meant we ventured out for a movie, Elysium, which Rolland loved and I found meh. We did see it at the new DFW Alamo Drafthouse and I really wanted to love the theater but it was also just meh. It was 108 out and felt like it was 98 in the theater. The food was pretty tasty though. I had a baked pretzel with hatch chile queso… yum. It was disappointing when eaten next to someone smelly. Ick.

Monday we caught up on Top Chef Masters. I’ve been hoarding episodes. I’m really enjoying Francis Lam as a guest. He was a favorite on Cooking Channels “Unique Eats” and “Food(ography)“.  I’m also ready for Sang to get off my TV. I usually love TCM more than Top Chef just because everyone’s established and plays nice. There’s always somebody who’s kind of an ass (Michael Chiarello) but this is usually rare. I love the camaraderie and the season with Jonathan Waxman will always be a favorite. This year feels a little more bitchy.

Finally, we’re caught up on visits for a while so it’s time to start the crazy “to do list“. Pray for me.

Saturday Car Ride and Shopping

The family visit has been lots of fun with car rides, tasty food and shopping. Sophy prefers the car rides to shopping but does enjoy running full speed through all of the racks so there’s that. I found shopping highly successful with an entirely new pj wardrobe. Mine were looking ratty and are now almost fully replaced. Woo hoo!

I’m a little worried with all of the Fashion Week talk on the intranets I could succumb to a serious shopping binge. I’ve really been pretty good about the spending (except for the boxes that came to the house this week…uhm.  Ooops. Most were gifts I promise! For real!)

Update post lunch and nap: new jeans and plain white t-shirt. Multiple Sophy outfits. Couple of gifts also purchased. Macy’s sale was decent.

Five on Friday

Five on Friday meet up at a. liz

5. I just saw this burger on Dinner with Julie and feel like the guy on the Geico commercial with his mind blown! It’s a burger with a babybel cheese wheel inside. How did I not think of that?! This looks super tasty. May have to make these this weekend.

4. My in-laws are in town this weekend so we’re contemplating a movie while we’ve got a visiting babysitter. Jobs looks really good so does Lee Daniel’s The Butler but I’m not sure I want to be that serious and grown up. There’s always Kickass 2 or The World’s End. We also have the new Alamo Drafthouse to consider!

3. And if we’re going to a movie we need dinner. Dinner with no throwing of crackers or demands to be “put down”. Nice. I keep a list of restaurants in the notes section of my phone for a quick reference. It helps with the “where do you want to eat” question. A funny kind of movie deserves a little tasty goodness like Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dog. I’ve seen it’s tasty goodness via instagram feeds but haven’t tried it out. We’ve also lived here a long time and haven’t tried out Hattie’s in Bishop Arts. That might move to the top of the list.

2. With the family in town, there’s also likely to be some shopping for the toddler. I usually pick up a few things (or a lot), even when her closet is already busting out. The new Peek collection is crazy cute. The Tea collection also adorable. And finally, you can never go wrong with mini-boden. You’ll likely go broke, but not wrong.

1. The State Fair of Texas signs are up! School started! Football is starting! It’s Fall, it’s fall, it’s fall! Well, it’s 105 here this weekend but I can feel fall!


I love Peek.They have such great kids stuff like this. Or this.They do kind of blow the monthly kids clothing budget so I wait until I find stuff on sale. This fall’s line of science stuff for girls is greatness. I may have to stock up in larger sizes for later. Sophy asking about Marie Curie is much preferred to the latest Disney pop star.

Not blogging on behalf of Peek but that would be fantastic! Just happened to get their latest via email and couldn’t resist sharing.

Five on Friday

It’s Five on Friday time again link up at a.liz … I kind of skipped the last couple week for reasons unknown.

5. We’re doing a quick summer mini-session with Ryan on Sunday so I’m obsessing over outfits. Still have no idea what’s “cute” but can get “wet”. Those are sort of mutual exclusive for me. Oy. My true obsession about this is mpix. I’m seriously addicted to their print services. They make all my pics look great and I order nearly everything in the lustre finish for this fantastic metallicy finish. LOVE. I also use their app for pics on my phone and it’s amazing.
Note: they did not in anyway ask me to pimp out there services, I just have to share my new photo printing addiction. If they want to give me benefits for pimping there goodies I wouldn’t say no!

4. iPhone photography. I just got my DSLR fixed and took it on our mini-trip. I may have posted 1.2 million photos online. Not sure if you saw. Here or here. But, I don’t normally carry the big fancy camera around but I always have my phone or iPad mini so I signed up for a class specific to the phone. It’s SnapShops which is awesome. It has lots of great information and now I’m a little concerned I won’t get through it all in the next week. EEK!

3. Afterlight. I have a bunch of phone photo apps that I rotate through but this is my latest favorite. I can size images to “square” then make all the edits and add layers with sizing perfect for Instagram. Love Instagram. I could add that as #2 but I’ll just do a combine gushing here.

2. Loving these art posters from Loose Petals on Etsy. Since I work in the travel industry now, these seem like perfect additions to the office. I’ve already a purchased a Dallas print and am now undecided as to my next favorite. They’re all fantastic!

1. Totally random baby panda! Sophy has started saying “bear” which sounds a lot more like “beer” than “bear”. It’s the best thing ever. We call her Sophy Bear or just “bear” so it’s extra cute. I drove her to school every morning and we practice saying “Mommy”, “Daddy”, etc. When we get to Sophy she just giggles. Sigh. Heart melts. I hope to catch up on all of my bear snuggles this weekend!

Fall Means Pink… apparently.

In case you haven’t talked to me in the last five minutes, I’m impatiently awaiting the arrival of fall. And what’s been catching my eye lately has been pink. This is not new. I’m pretty well known for pink. I know. Shocking. But fall normally makes me wish I could easily wear red, start eyeing the Land’s End cardigans, thinking about warm weather options that wouldn’t normally include pink.
Now, it’s everywhere!

I think it all started with these. I saw them weeks ago but wasn’t happy with the price point. I decided the days of a new pair of Uggs every fall were over. I moved on. But now, I’m crazy excited about how I got these boots for nearly nothing. Seriously, nothing! I had saved up my last couple of Nordstrom Notes (reward $) and hoarded it with my Nordstrom’s gift card I got a couple of months ago and waited to find something I really, really loved. Normally, I cave and buy gifts or toddler (not a baby anymore.. sob) items but this time the husband was pretty adamant that I save them on a me thing. I saw these boots on sale for $113.86 down from $169.95. To be incredibly specific. I had $25 on the GC and $80 in notes so $114 – $105 equals these babies on their way to my house! I think my fiscal saving karma paid off. Now I have to start hoarding my stuff for deals but not in an extreme coupon kind of way that’s too much. No one needs a “stockpile” of mashed potato flakes. Stockpiles of Uggs? Yes. 10,000 capri suns? No.

The pink parade continued. I saw a super cute mint green bunny sweater on Jenny Holiday’s blog and had to check it out immediately. It led me to this cute little hedgehog that I had to have. HAD TO HAVE. No clue why but I did. Husband approved purchase! Not totally wheels off on the fiscal responsibility. Yet. If it works out I may have to add all of the options to my collection. See, there’s that slippery slope! I did do a quick poll to make sure it wasn’t “too young” for me. I typically don’t worry about it but something about this made me do a straw man. I think I can do a similar styling as this to make it a little more “grown up”. I have some black capri’s that are also perfect for this with some flats. Can’t wait for gorgeous 70’s patio weather! Anyway. Target also has a version in purple with unicorns that are also on the love list. Oddly, the gray option with the black star and the grey/black hearts were my least favorite options but most were likely to fit into my current wardrobe. Maybe I finally let the voice of my husband in my head chanting “no more black!” gain a little footing. It won’t last. Remember earlier in the paragraph where I was pairing it with black pants! It totally didn’t take.

These are Miu Miu runway images from google and I would like one of everything. I had a similar style pink bag that was a cheap version from Guess but it made it to the giveaway pile after my husband expressed his loathing with every viewing of it. Loathing is being generous by the way. Love that coat. That pink coat looks you could just cuddle up with it and a cup of cocoa and you’re set for winter. That’s probably not what they had in mind.

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Sophy’s school was closed on Thursday and Friday of last week in preparation for school starting this week. Fall will be here soon!!!… digressing. And serious wishful thinking. Anyway, Rolland took the week off so on Thurs night, after work, we packed up and headed for Oklahoma. This could be considered an odd choice but it’s halfway between us and our family (Kansas and Missouri). For this test run we met my parents who came down early Friday morning. It was a super short drive and just within Sophy tolerance limits.

Said little cutie, who appropriately looks a little bossy here, was our tour guide running wild through downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma.We picked Guthrie since my Mom had been there several years ago and there were lots of antique stores for browsing. The downtown/square area is adorable with tons of shops and great walking areas. It was really pretty. Kind of a Midwestern version of Stars Hollow.

This garden was on the corner and a little weedy but a terrific spot for some photos. Very few of which turned out. Ugh. It’s a great little area to take a moment, journal, rest, whatever you need. I think McKinney needs one on our square.

Love these details on the buildings.

Relatively nice weather. It was crazy humid making the high 80’s temperature seem much warmer. Everyone was a little “dewy” by the end of our shopping excursion.

Another little garden. This one a memorial garden. I’m a sucker for a vignette and this one with the pretty garden and the rusting metal roof behind it. Love.

And maybe most importantly, my goodies. I was on a quest to find some studio redo items but mostly just found stuff. This is slightly counter to my clean out project but I’ll just have to replace not so pretty fun stuff with the new pretty fun stuff. I’ve been on a big pottery kick lately and found some great pieces. The two on the right are both McCoy pottery and in my favorite aqua/blue green. The pinecone jardiniere is a great piece combining my aqua~ish dining room/kitchen color with the rest of the mocha downstairs. Plus it reminds me of winter and I love that! I also need to credit the husband with finding it. He’s a keeper!

The sweet little deer vase had some damage that had been repaired but I love him. He was less than $10 bucks and the cracks are barely noticeable. He had to come home. It’s likely he’ll end up somewhere in the studio space or Sophy’s room. It’s another piece of Shawnee pottery for my tiny collection. Sophy has a cute little Buddha planter that’s on her bookshelf that I love. And I have little tiny fairy planter holding random bits on my desk. I may have to swap them out and put Buddha in the studio. So many choices!

The giant pig was at a fantastic store called Prairie Gothic.  She has a great mix of new and old finds. I kind of wanted one of everything but only piggy made the cut. I had my eye on one I saw in a Napa Style catalog but I hate Michael Chiarello so much I refused to order it. This one was cheaper and I like to think cuter. I want some of the serving pieces she has with western images of bulls, cowboys, Native Americans, etc but I need to do some major decluttering before I bring anymore kitchen stuff home.

And last, but not least, findings for jewelry and other arty goodness. A large jar of keys, a box of cracker jack charms, chandelier crystals and a Tupperware container of mix/match jewelry that smells a little but will clean up well. Lots of chain pieces to be taken apart for links in new necklaces and bracelets are worth a little moth ball smelliness. All in all the perfect mini getaway.

Up next, tons of family photos that if you won’t care about if you aren’t related to me. Plus more Sophy than a normal human can be expected to tolerate. Super excited about this week aren’t you?!

Faux Woody Goodness

A big hold up on moving forward with the studio planning was trying to figure out what to do with the floors for the house. We have a small game room upstairs that’s carpeted but everything else is tile, concrete or Ikea laminate. Finally, I think we’ve decided to go with tile that looks like wood. Rolland’s become a tile expert at this point and I don’t mind grouting so it seems like the best DIY approach at this point. I love how easy it is too keep clean but looks like wood. Sophy can run wild without worrying about doing any damage.

These inspiration images from Houzz make it easy to see how pretty it could be. Now I’m ok with ripping the house apart and moving forward with all our to do’s. Maybe keep that a secret from the husband for now though…

Love the texture feel of this one but mostly we won’t be hovering above it since we’re not vampires or super heroes. I would agree to either as long as we’re the wealthy sparkly faux vampires who live in gorgeous splendor of the Pacific Northwest or Iron Man/Woman. Sophy with that palm exploder would be a nightmare.


This one is to remind me how we can do the transition space.

We’re heading out for a little antiquing with the fam in Oklahoma for a couple of days. I’ve got my studio list and can’t wait! Pretty sparkling vintage goodness will be mine!