That’s What’s Up…

imageI haven’t been picking up my camera enough lately. Instagram, yes. Real camera, not so much. That being said, I was so incredibly flattered to receive the most lovely baby announcement from Sara the other week featuring one of the photos I took of Charlotte at 6 days old. Her little lips just melt me. Note to self: Keep practicing! Take more photos of something, anything, just do it! Note to Sara: I miss you, mama, and need to cuddle Charlotte asap!

Hubby and I had a date night Friday after spending the week apart. Date nights are exponentially more fun when there’s something called a “Beer Paddle” on the menu. We tried a slew of new beers, but the only one I can remember is “Laughing Dog Ale” because it had the head of a yellow lab on the tap. Hey, I buy my wine for the labels and choose my beer based on the tap. Don’t hate.

Speaking of dates, I had an awesome lunch date with my bestie Alex the other day. The fall weather was delivering and we enjoyed sitting outside, talking about life, laughing way too loudly and taste testing the selection of mini-cheesecakes from the cafe. It was a much needed reprieve from an otherwise jam packed week. A reminder amongst the hustle of life that it’s important to step away from the never ending t0-do list and carve out time for the people and things that truly matter.

Did someone say never ending to-do list? I guess the whimsical lunch dates and fun nights out with my husband need to be balanced with something. Does anyone else feel like a freakin’ domestic goddess when they reach to bottom of the dirty laundry basket?! I totally do. It ranks right up there with putting a knife into a brand new jar of peanut butter on the “Life’s Little Pleasures” lists.

And that’s what’s up.

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Art Imitating Life

I thought that if I opened this post with an adorable picture of my homegirl Emily, that you’d forgive me for my lack of blogging lately. Did it work?

It’s officially fall, which means it’s that point in the year where everything starts to move even faster than it was already moving until you find yourself ringing in the New Year wondering where the past 365 days went. You know what I mean, right? It’s as if the second the cool weather comes and the leaves start to change it’s Halloween->Thanksgiving->Christmas, bing bang boom — hello 2013.

Work life is so busy right now, which doesn’t help the speed of things, and I find that instead of having time to cultivate my little hobbies (blog, gym, photography) I’m finding the truth in the cliche of “not enough hours in the day.” When my art imitates life, and life is speeding by so fast I can barely grasp it, well then the art is somewhat lacking.

All this is not to say that life isn’t good. It is. In fact, it’s great. In the midst of the craziness I do take time to appreciate all the blessings, even stopping to count them every now and then. Even if it has to happen while I brush my teeth in the shower.

So some things I’m loving on at the moment…

Fall Centerpieces. I filled up my lovely Kate Spade New York crystal bowl (shout out to NYCathy!) with dried beans, stuck a candle in the middle, added some pine cones and viola! Table runner is from Homegoods last year and the mercury glass votives are from Michaels.

Starbucks Seasonal Drinks. I’m a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Salted Caramel Mocha, but I’m also aware of what a calorie trap those drinks can be. So, did you know you can order a “short” at Starbucks??? It’s smaller than a Tall (which for those who don’t speak Starbucks is a small), but you won’t find it on the menu board. I love the short size because I still get a satisfying dose of my favorite coffee concoction without a side of guilt. Plus it makes me rap 50 cent in my head the rest of the morning, “Go shorty, itz ya birthday, we gonna party like itz ya birthday…”

Puppy Dogs. Clearly I’m always loving on my four legged children, but I especially appreciate them when the hubster’s working bizarre shifts or out of town jobs. My furry dudes keep me company, force me to play outside and always listen to how my day was 😉

Hope you’re having a great week! I’m working on not being so MIA.

Simple Things

Some of the simple things I’m loving on from this weekend…

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I know, I know…I did say I was going to soak up these last weeks of summer, but these awesome fall worthy moccasins literally jumped off the shelf and onto my feet. I think they whispered something in my ear about pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. I couldn’t not make them mine.

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These girls. My best childhood buds. And now Laura (center) is about to get married! So when her sister emailed Emmy and I to come up to Philly and surprise her on the night of her bachelorette party, we didn’t even bat an eyelash before enthusiastically saying YES. Although our visits can be far and few between, I know these girls will be in my life forever. If for no other reason than we all have highly incriminating VHS tapes of one another from every awkward phase we ever went through 😉

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There’s a new produce stand around the corner from our house. I think they charge me $5 regardless of what I get.

Small watermelon, zucchini, cantelope, pepper — $5. 

Medium watermelon, two large zucchinis, two red peppers — $5. 

The produce is huge, fresh from the farm and at an unbeatable price. I’m obsessed with this stand, and it’s open until November. Best. Discovery. Ever.

So what are the simple things lighting up your life lately?

Well, It’s One For the Money…

I was in a meeting this morning and the woman next to me had on the most FABULOUS pair of grey suede pumps. I had major shoe envy. I’ve decided that grey suede pumps are now on my fall ‘must-have’ list. The picture above is a pair I found on Zappos.com – total shoe porn, right? My only thing is those heels are a leeettle  high for work (last night when I was watching “House”, Whitney and I kept making fun of all the docs/hospital people running around in 5 inch stilettos – it’s just not practical).  I think I’ll be on the look out for the shorter, but just as lovely sister of these shoes.

((PS: Brownie points if you knew the headline is a nod to Elvis’  “Blue Suede Shoes” 😉 ))

Easy As Pie

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You know those people who change their linens, kitchenware, pillows, bathroom decor, etc to coordinate with the seasons? Yeah, I am not one of those people.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the change of the seasons, and I did ring in Fall by changing my table centerpiece from lemons to pinecones, but I don’t quite have the budget (or desire) to have coordinating plates for all seasons. So an easier and more cost effective way is simply changing the ‘scent’ of your home with some candles. I picked up these two yankee candles from Homegoods for less than 10 bucks each. Nothing says Fall like the smells of pumpkin spice and apples.

Bye bye “making waves” and “lime after lime” candles, I’ll see you next summer!