Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cowboy-Themed Birthday Party

*Warning: Photo overload to commence.

Before there was Pinterest, there was my mom. She chronicled everything in photo albums and scrapbooks. She doesn't shy away from bold colors and interior design choices. She sold handmade products decades before Etsy and StoreEnvy were the trendy thing to do. She has an undying eye for fashion.

And then there was my sister. She inherited every ounce of Mom's creativity and fashion sense. (Life's just not fair sometimes.) Having a child has given her the opportunity to put those talents to good use, now and several times down the line. If my nephew's cowboy-themed 1st birthday party is any indication of future events, I'm glad Auntie Linz gets an automatic invitation to every single one! She put so much work into making customized decorations and treats, and it was a rootin' tootin' good time!

I can't believe he's one year old already!

The tables were decorated with Kyle's monthly photos over the last year.

He is the cutest little cowboy in town!

What's a birthday party without themed treats? (The Cowboy Crunch was kettle corn.)

Hats, bandanas, sheriff badges, and hair bows for everyone! Perfect for the photo booth!

Yes. She made those photo booth signs too!

Delicious goodies for the tall folk as well as the small folk.

The easiest way to corral wee ones is to set up inflatable toys, a miniature ball pit, and a kiddie pool!
The birthday boy approved.

A themed high chair sign for the cake smash, of course.

She made DIY banners to match the perfect paper lanterns she bought for the party!

One year old! Yeehaw!

I am so grateful that my sister and BIL planned this little dude's birthday party around my trip home to attend a wedding. I left San Diego feeling impressed by the parents that they've become and thankful for my family. In the few nights I spent with them, I now know how maddening it can be when your child is sleepless at 1:00 AM and how a babe's chuckle renders you lovestruck. What a weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Guest Room Photo Clothesline

Settling into a rental home can be a challenge, because we're hesitant to buys things to fill the space that may not be used in our future "forever home" or used at all if the purpose of the room changes. (Ahem... nursery.) We also try to limit the amount of holes we put in the walls, but at the end of the day, we still want to make it our home. I've been trying to figure out what to do with our beautiful holiday cards from loved ones since January, and then last month, I remembered our photo clothesline from our wedding!

Credit: Alon David Photography

A few yards of twine, 18 photo holiday cards, 18 clothes pins, and three straight pins was all it took. The photo clothesline really warms up the room and brings our life to the space. Before we had three visitors in the last three weeks, the guest room was just an "office with a bed." Now even when no one is staying in the guest room, we still have people we love in it. (Cheese alert!) I'm still searching through our stuff for the heart-shaped grapevine wreath in photo #2 to place under the clothesline. Eventually I'll change out the photo cards for other decor, but this makes me happy right now.

Do you decorate differently when you rent vs. own?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Walkin' in Memphis

Sunglasses: Firmoo // Earrings: Francesca's // Shirt: Express (thrifted) // Vest: Old Navy // Jeans: LOFT // Wedges: DSW

My head has been spinning from visitors and travel for the last three weeks! My MIL came out to visit at the end of April to deliver some antiques and a few hundred (really) vinyl records that she kindly divested to us. One week later, my parents arrived to town so we could begin our ten-day road trip through Tennessee: Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. We had a packed itinerary, thanks to my mom, an experienced traveler and tour guide (and officially a travel agent now too). Each stop was so much more than I expected, and we realized how fascinating this state really is. And if that wasn't enough, I'm flying home today after an extended weekend in San Diego for a dear friend's wedding and my nephew's first birthday party. 

One question remains: How am I going to make it to work tomorrow morning?!

I love wearing glasses, but I also use them to shield the under-eye bags that come with long work days and long school nights. Almost everyone at work knows me only with glasses. The only downside of glasses is that driving at sunrise or sunset is so harsh on my weary eyes. Firmoo swooped in to save the day with these snazzy prescription sunglasses. They're the perfect, fun summer pair, and I have been spared premature eye wrinkles caused by squinting into the sun. (My 40-year-old self is grateful.)

Travel day, here I come -- prescription sunnies and all!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Three Years

We've been married for three years! Our wedding day feels more recent than that, but we have the lessons and comfort of 15 years. Really. This morning he hugged me and said, "Happy anniversary! I can't believe it's been 15 years already." (Round of applause for the funny man over here.) I feel like we've been in a constant state of major change since we got married, but it's all been for the better and led to new opportunities and adventures. Our lives have been more settled in Knoxville in the last ten months than they ever were in Houston, and it's a nice change of pace. I suppose we'll keep chugging along and having fun until the next big adventure presents itself!

Dear S,

I choose you for every day in this life and the next. 
Thank you for choosing me back. 
I love this life.
I love you more.
Cheers to whatever comes our way next!


Monday, May 12, 2014

The New Usual & Embellished Necklines

Dress: eShakti // Earrings: gifted // Bracelet: Neon & Nude (shop closed) // Shoes: DSW

My "usual day" has taken on many forms over the last several months. Between S's business travel, my once-new job (now just... my job), and school, time is like an escape artist. I'll look at the clock at 9:00 p.m., shake my fist at the sky, and groan "How is it 9:00 already?!" Work has been enjoyably challenging, and I feel like I've completely thrown myself into it, and it has already paid off. I'm genuinely excited about my career -- and the hours I've logged prove it.

This is all the more reason why I savor weekend outings. Errands, lunch date, and a movie at home. That's our usual, and I love it. But last month we changed it up a bit and went to Cirque du Soleil's Varekai! Check that off my List of 100 Dreams (which is still growing)! We made an afternoon of it and tried a new restaurant for lunch and gave ourselves time to get to the arena early. Our Big City brains overestimated the Small City crowds and parking situation, so we laid out my sweater on a UT lawn, rested our heads on it side-by-side, and napped in the sunshine.

As casual as we are, I loved having a reason to get dressed up, even if only "afternoon fancy."

When eShakti contacted me to send me something from their spring collection, it was a quick decision. This Floral Embellished Scoop Neck Poplin Dress screamed "Lindsay." Black, embellished neckline, classic silhouette. SOLD. I sent over my measurements with a few alterations. Because I'm petite, I also customized the length to "above the knee" to match my short legs at the knee and added short sleeves. That's the great thing about eShakti! My purchases are literally made to fit me, and that's something to smile about!

I loved wearing that dress. I finally saw a Cirque show. I spent the day with my man. It was a good day.