April 18, 2014

Spring Cleaning... Site Redesign!

Phew!  I cannot tell you how I've been looking forward to this moment. I've been craving a visual freshening for at least a few months.  But something recently has been pushing me to get it done NOW NOW NOW.  And finally, I had some time to work on it this week.

Change is good!

April 16, 2014

Spring Dress Wishlist

sheinside dresses

When I was looking through some of the pretty dresses at Sheinside recently, my eye kept going back to a few things-

- Style:  Maxi and/ or Flowy
- Color:  Apricot and/ or white
- Material:  Lace and/ or crochet

I can't help it... bohemia has taken over my brain.  All I want is to look like a silly hippie, dancing around at Coachella with flowers in my hair.  My other thing is 90's-esque florals... go figure.  I've started my annual re-watching Beverly Hills 90210 (Team Brenda!)

1.  I love the print on this dress!
2. The rainbow stitching on this  gorgeous maxi makes my life complete just looking at it.
3. This one... perfect to wear to the aforementioned festival.  Or any festival, really.  Or.... just anywhere.
4.  Fairy girl dress.
5.  More of a party dress.  But since I'm not that fancy, I'd probably just wear it to a party in my living room :)
6.  I'd really need a big floppy hat to complete this look.  It's probably more Blossom than Brenda, anyway...
7.  Lace!  Give me all the lace!!
8.  Want to wear this floral number with wedge platforms on a summer day.  

Hope you are all feeling fine on this lovely day :)  What spring trends are you looking to try?


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April 15, 2014


Green dress

I often ask Matt his opinion about my outfit before we photograph, and he gives surprisingly good advice.  He always tells me if my colors are clashing, or if I'm wearing the wrong shoes, or have on just one piece of jewelry too many.  He's got a good eye.  He's helped me avoid many a faux pas, and (especially since the weather has gotten warmer) we've started to both really enjoy the picture taking process as an activity together.

So when I showed him this outfit, his eyes shone with genuine delight.  I could tell he was excited with the look.  He said he wished I would wear this dress more.  Then he said:  "You look like a Christmas tree!  Wait, no!  ... I mean... you look like an elf!!"

Sigh.  Oh, boys....

Retro green dress
:that moment when a guy totally says the wrong thing:

April 11, 2014

Totally Awesome Blog Hop!

Totally Awesome Blog Hop

This is the new BI-monthly version of the Totally Awesome Blog Hop!  We'll now be posting twice monthly.  Welcome!

It is a linkup brought to you by ChantillySongs and a cast of wonderful revolving co-hosts (this month Dani and Shane!) Our goal is community building between like-minded folks. This is a place for of people to meet, make friends, and expand their following. We want our audiences to get to know each other!

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April 09, 2014

Drink Recipe: Classic Melon Ball


In another life, I went to bartending school.  Yup, just another bit of useless trivia.  During my brief stint as a would-be bartender, I learned about every type of alcohol and drink ever...  and had (a lot) of fun experimenting.  Thus, it came to pass that I first came across the Melon Ball.

I don't know what made me dust off the recipe, but I'm glad I did.  It's an oldie, but a goodie.  Sure, it's delicious.  That's a given.  But the most fun thing about it is the (neon green?) color it turns when you mix the orange juice and melon liquer!  Plus, it's about the easiest thing ever to make:


Fill an 8oz glass with ice.  Then pour:

2 oz Midori (melon liquer)
1 oz vodka
Top with orange juice

Drinks for two, double the recipe!
Drinks for three, triple the recipe!




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