Sunday, October 31, 2010


A weak photo of said Moroccan Rug (in our guest room before it was complete).  I tried to salvage no avail.  But I can't bring myself to throw it out.  I bargained for it with a sweet man deep in the Fez medina.  I fought hard for my price.  And drank mint tea while I bargained.  I'm not ready to let go.

Wow rugs.

I was just on Making It Lovely, getting some nursery inspiration.  Which brought me to Madeline Weinrib rugs.  Which made me so happy.  I want every single one.  Then I looked up the locations and realized they sell them at Barneys, which means I doubt I will ever own one.  :)  But aren't they incredible?  They remind me of my favorite Moroccan rug (which one of our dogs recently ruined...I'm still in mourning).


Can't wait to read more of this blog...Moms Inc Daily.
It led me to this, which would be fun for Eloise.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Rosie cheeks.

Just rediscovered this photo of Rosie (my niece) from about a year and a half ago.  Isn't it the sweetest?

I was trying to help her fall asleep a few weeks ago and she grabbed my face and told me she loved me.  It was.  The.  Best. 

Will you please...

...tell me if you ever happen to see one of these dear plates (Gwinnett Lane by Kate Spade) floating around?  They've been discontinued and we already need a replacement.  I love them so much...I get a little bit of joy each time I pull one out of the cabinet.  p.s. That's the top of our wedding cake from our anniversary this year (It wasn't bad.  It wasn't really great, either).  You don't really need that first photo, but I had to post it because of Zach's face.  He looks so excited.  :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Oh la la.

Picked up this "Ha'Penny Cardigan" at Anthro last weekend.  I love how versatile it is (you can tie it in the middle, on the side, leave it open, etc.) and the length makes me feel oh, so glamorous.  Plus, it's nice to have something that I can wear with belly now and sans belly later.

Kids prints.

I've not always been a huge fan of name prints, but isn't this one so cute?  And the map, too.

{Map of Europe and Custom Name Print by The English Muffin Shop via Oh So Beautiful Paper}

Pink goodness.


I know I already put these up recently, but I'm going to again.  I'm in love.  I can't figure it out.  They're so cute.  I think I like the way they sit a tiny bit higher on the hip. I think I also might believe buying these jeans will give me the model's legs.  Oh, well.  I'm contemplating using them as motivation to lose baby weight this spring.  Like a carrot dangling at my nose.  

{Kate Spade Broome Street Jeans}

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Finis!  Safi!  Ya Esta!  Done!

Thanks for all the opinions on bedding!!  Dwell Studio Zinnia has won!  So excited to have that picked out.  Now moving on to other details.  Rug...Yellow or gray (below) or black and white?  Walls...for sure pink?  If so, found the perfect pink (thanks, Danielle!).  Rocker or glider (The Eames rocker below is awesome, but it does look a bit uncomfortable for a 4am feeding.)?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do we have a winner?

Maybe this is what I'm looking for...

Will do.

Ih Wunt That.

I like.

Pretty, pretty.  I give you good price.


I'm a little stuck right now on the nursery front.  Zach has completely vetoed my yellow zebra print rug (WHAT?...why?).  He doesn't veto much, so I'm not pushing it.  And I keep changing my mind on bedding.  I want it to be sweet but have color and character, and now I can't decide.  Ugh.  Using these images from Design Sponge for inspiration.  I plan on finishing this search tomorrow.  That's right.

p.s.  Nobody ever tells you that as your belly grows, it will feel like you are going to burst, like a tight balloon.  Here I am...telling you.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weekend roundup. If you can handle the length.

This past weekend was such a joy.  A visit to Miami (of Ohio) for a joint baby shower for Jord and I, and some really wonderful quality time with friends.  Although I would have died to spend more time with any one of these people, the weekend still didn't feel rushed or manufactured.  Each time I go back to Oxford, I'm amazed by how much my heart feels at "home."  Not that it doesn't feel at home other places.  It does.  I love my home now.  My life with my husband and my family and our church, which are all more than I had hoped or imagined.  I just think there's something so special about being in a place where you grew so much.  Spiritually and emotionally, the Lord used this place and these people to teach me a whole stinking lot.   The minute I drive down High Street, the minute I walk into Kofenya - it's like my body takes a deep breath.  It prepares to learn and grow.  It opens up and eases.  It soaks in everything and every interaction.  I miss it, and that used to feel hard.  But, I think slowly that hard feeling has waned.  I still miss the place.  I still truly, truly miss the people.  But now, it feels more like a deep blessing, if that makes any sense.  An incredibly deep blessing.  :)   

Hanging out with Jord-O for the first time in a long while.  We made sure to hit up all the standards.  Some Kona (maybe I went twice?), UDF, and Uptown Cafe (now Patterson's).

J-Ho (one of the hostesses) and Melissa.

Wonderful quality time with another lovely hostess, Bethie.

We got the sweetest gifts...many of the basics we desperately need from Target (bathtub, feeding supplies, etc.), our Moby wrap (Really excited about black so it will be more versatile...and so Zach can wear it :), an Eloise book, these awesome letters from Anthro, Trumpette socks, a blabla doll (Megs, you know me well), and now I'm getting out of get the picture.  :)

They surprised us by having our shower at our old college house, The Little Yellow.  It was really special.  And, almost all of us lived in the house at one point...whether it was a few years or one summer.

So wonderful to see Nee Nee.

Hi, Little Yellow! 


Little Yellow Junior Year.

Little Yellow Senior Year.

Liz knows how to show that booty off.  Also, she knows how to order chocolate.  Seriously.  She got these pastries for the shower and I think I would eat one every day if I could.

Visiting with Aidan...last time we saw him, he was only a few weeks old.  And now he's so big and he's even talking some!  So fun, and such a joy to see Bethie as a mom and share some wonderful conversation at Kona, where we spent much time doing the same in college.  

 Overall, a really wonderful visit.  I was pretty nervous about the long drive in general and how my back might respond (with lots of pain), but even those weren't too bad.  And, on the way down I stopped in the mall to exchange something and ended up finding some panel-less maternity jeans (And leggings...Gap Maternity is my hero) very much on sale.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I feel much more myself.  On another note, we had a check-up today and found out that a.  I do not have gestational diabetes (yes!) and b.  Eloise is head down and butted up against my left side.  At this point in time, she loves to kick my ribs.  It it her favorite thing to do.  I won't hold it against her.  :)


Just saw that Lisa had this posted on facebook...Font day on DesignSponge.  Oh, what joy (also...drooling over the home sneak peeks recently)!  That reminds me...I find myself a little sad with the font choices for blogging here.  Does anyone know how one might expand their options on blogger?

29 weeks.

Monday, October 25, 2010


This might be the prettiest wedding dress I've ever seen.

{Dahlia by Amsale (Love the name, too).  Seen here on Style Me Pretty}
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