Tuesday, May 31, 2011

just browsing...

J Crewing... indescribably yummy. 

where no cars go...

Dear Sweet Buffalo River Valley, 
You weren't as friendly as you have been in the past but that usually makes for the best stories.  I left you my favorite sunglasses... hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  Thank you for not taking/keeping me under after we made an attempt at limbo with one of your trees.  It was our longest float yet {20 miles}... one to cross off the list.  I leave you completely exhausted and remarkably sun-kissed... with a wonderful story to take home.  

With Love, 
tl  & cb

Monday, May 30, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

kindred spirit...

We're off again... this time for a 3 day float on the beautiful Buffalo River.   Most ladies frown at the thought of camping/no restroom/sleeping on the ground... it's certainly not home but it's always an adventure and one of our favorite ways to create memories.  C has all of the gear to ensure we have a reasonably comfortable experience every time.  I also take the time to precook our meals and make sure we have a taste of luxury while in the great outdoors -- ie... starbucks via/pint size wine/frozen fruit/shmallows.  Doesn't sound half bad now does it???  

A couple photos that fully encompass our mood for the weekend...
~candy and coke... makes the ride own a little more fun
~sittin' on the doc of the bay... 
~easy hair... getting a bit lighter/longer
~ethnic decor via our last escapade


Thursday, May 26, 2011

the burning house...

This week the weather has been on another level.  Since Joplin is literally a hop, skip, and a jump down the way... the threat of another killer storm was a bit unsettling.  With another storm creeping in, anxiety set in full force Tuesday afternoon which lead to me gathering precious belongings and a couple helmets just in case.  Ironically, yesterday I ran across The Burning House... a website that asks, "if your house was burning down, what would you take with you?"  It's interesting to see what what possessions are most valuable to others. 

What I would take...

~ my granddaddy's bear that sits on my bookshelf
~ my grandma's collection of bells
~ my perfume bottle collection from my grandmother
~ my grandmother's grade school dictionary
~ my quilts
~ my diamonds

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


As a stylist/blogger, my attention to detail is more refined than ever before.  Whether it be a wardrobe or collection of photographs, every detail matters when I place my hands on it.  I feel the same when pulling myself together... although my ways shift a bit when the focus is on these fluffy locks.  It's mass chaos on another level... in a semi-pulled-together-updo at all times.  I do care about my hair... I've just realized that it's not the most flawless feature in all of my being... therefor it get's little attention.  I can, however, whip out a mad top knot and mean poof with the proper materials.  
{ie... big sexy}   

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Lately I've been focusing the majority of my attention on interior furnishings.  I have a slight obsession with vintage suitcases... stacked sky high against a wall or end of a hallway.  This past weekend we spent a full day scavenging through local flea markets for antique delights.  Luckily, my thrifty other and I came home with a car full of goods... cases included.  

{unknown... and here}

Monday, May 23, 2011

do you rue???

Alas... the 5th installation of Rue Magazine goes live today.  Since my teux-duexs today are a bit excessive, I'll be tuning in later to view the wonderment that is Rue Mag.  Celebrations are most certainly in order... chocolate covered strawberries and champagne await.

Want to join in on the fun???  Go for it...  {}

Friday, May 20, 2011


My friend Ashley and I had a great time catching up and just being girls last night.  We had a quaint little dinner and ultimately made our way to the show.  It's nice to have time with a close friend... even if it's just for a couple of hours.  There is something to be said about someone so kind... she's a gem I tell ya.

I also had a sweet lunch date with this little lady... it was quite lovely. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011


{via glitter guide}
Headed out for some local catwalk love this evening.  
Dragging along a dear friend... this should be fun!!!  

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


It's funny how...

~ things keep changing
~ my life right now... is unbelievable
~ things don't happen this easily
~ it's really great
~ reminds me of college... very few problems
~ my biggest concern was the choice of outfit
~ had the world in my hands
~ making bigger decisions these days
~ still find great joy in dressing myself
~ usually the most exciting part of my morning
~ err... afternoon {depending upon workload}
~ exciting things are happening
~ like the new grocery on the corner
~ my sweet new nephew is joining the world next week
~ our gardens are looking a little more hopeful
~ I might have a thing or two up my sleeve
~ will share in due time my friends 
~until then... take a peek at my latest food obsession {here}
~ soooo yummy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

blue jean baby...

Currently obsessed with my old kick flare jeans.  I purchased them years back and have held on ever since.  Since the chilly temps have not allowed for these... I've been living in these.  Dressed up or dressed down... they're the perfect excuse to fully support my inner boho that tends to surface {completely take over my wardrobe} the closer we get to those sweltering Summer months.  

Monday, May 16, 2011

the last 48...

After a weekend full of relaxation, great music, and a bit of self  indulgence... I hastily welcome this Monday for I still wish it were Saturday morning.  There is nothing like waking on Saturday morning knowing we have an entire 48 hours until life takes over again.  Throughout this last 48... we made a point to relax, ran around town, snuck in a late afternoon movie, made ourselves sick over desert, recovered with a little chalkboard love, had a sweet brunch with friends, paid a bit of attention to our young garden, and ended with a little qt with my family and a late dinner.   

Needless to say, it's Monday morning and C went back to work... and I'm seconds away from getting down to business.  So it begins...

{images via the glamorai and pinterest}

Thursday, May 12, 2011

like sunshine...

Working from home has allowed for a more relaxed wardrobe than normal.  I find myself in my favorite vintage inspired tees and cut-offs more often than not.  Because my life is more low maintenance than before, it's easy to use a fun clutch rather than my has-been gigantic carry-all.  Having more time on my hands has also lead to a little more experimenting with fun jewels.  Adding that pop of color here and there may as well be that second cup of coffee... puts a little more pep in my step.  I also never shy away from a simple sandal but who doesn't love a leopard kick every once in a while???   

Late afternoon snow cone anyone?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

green thumb...

This could be easy or this could be hard.  
{I'd prefer the easy route}

Ahem, my little buds in the garden are making things a little more difficult than I hoped for.  Just live, grow, and be beautiful... please, please, please... this could be so easy!  As a rookie gardener I understand they aren't going to bloom overnight but it sure would put a smile on my face if they would grow a little faster.  Now, since I am not one to complain I will express how excited I am to have them all to myself - both flowers and vegetables.  I cherish them both!  I will also tell you that I was really disappointed that we had to replant the veggies because they died last week.  {oops}

Like I said... this could be easy or this could be hard. 
   {the latter is not appreciated}

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

old town...

Our weekend escape was everything it could have been within a matter of 48 hours.  It was perfect.  There is nothing as simple as being out on the water with my sweet other {preferably in the front of the canoe with my seat-back}.  It's peaceful, calming, beautiful... and a place of complete isolation from the real world.  I also don't mind laying in the sun all day... came back with quite the glow.  

The waterfall was incredible... we played in it.  
{won't ever forget that}

Monday, May 9, 2011

my slice...

A tid-bit of my trip to New York I've been wanting to share...  
I had an incredible time shopping, dining, and staying in the heart of Manhattan.  My trip to the Met for the Alexander McQueen exhibit was one for the books... I literally could have stayed all day.  I found my self wandering throughout each room completely mesmerized by his collections.  I also can't complain about the shopping... Soho and I were instantly best friends again.  {as if no time had passed since we had seen each other last}  It was also quite wonderful to spend time with a few dear friends... Dasha, Dan, and Alex you are too kind!

{the shoe, marking my territory, piling it on right}

Sunday, May 8, 2011

for my lovely mum...

From the way I fold my towels to the expressions on my face... I am my mother's daughter.  Happy Mother's Day Mom!  You are wonderful in so many ways!


Friday, May 6, 2011


I'm back!!!  I had such a wonderful time in New York.  
I have the best friends who made this trip something to remember.  After all the madness... after the high speed chase... after the trying times with the cabbies... I came home.  There are no words to express the sense of relief when C pulled up at the airport.  While I love the excitement and spontaneity that comes with travel... there's nothing like home.  

Because I haven't seen my sweets all week, we are headed out for the weekend.  First float trip coming right up.  Hello Buffalo...


Thursday, May 5, 2011


For the 3rd and final blogger feature, I couldn't think of a better person to feature today other than Mrs JReasons.  J is apart of the formula that is Vintage Teal and sole talent of her new blog DahliaLynn Lane.  J's exceptional taste and attention to detail is what originally drew me into her blog.  She's a girls after my own heart with her beautiful pics.  Not only does she have an eye for beauty, JReasons is an exceptional jewelry designer.  She sells her gorgeous pieces on Etsy and DahliaLynn Lane {the blog} just happens to be the stylistic face of her creations.
Don't you just love???  Definitely a must see.

Happy Cinco de Mayo kids... on my way home today!  
I'll be back live tomorrow!  Until then... ole!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Hello from NYC... I want you all to meet my friend Kara.  She is utterly hilarious and after reading her blog... you'll continuously come back for more.  She's as cute as can be, has a wonderful hubs, and leads a true life through Christ... not to mention her little pup is precious.  The best part of Kara's Stories, from my perspective, is that she is very easy to relate with on many levels.  From her obsession with celebrities to her workout regimen... she is always open and honest which makes you like her even more.  

Kara and I are originally friends through friends, but honestly she's my friend via blogger more than anything else.  I feel like we could go to lunch and not even feel like strangers.  


{Kara also loves biking and I'm insistent upon setting up a bike date} 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Allow me to introduce you to Ashes of Laughter... isn't she beyond gorgeous???  Seriously.  Besides her stunning beauty, this doll has a fashion blog that I can't go a day without reading.  She is very talented and has an eye for the most beautiful things.  If you haven't taken a peek yet... please do.  

Her taste is exquisite... wouldn't you agree???

{images via ashes of laughter}

Monday, May 2, 2011

jet set...

I'm off again... this time to visit some dear friends in NYC.  It should be an adventure - it always is with these girls.  As always, feel free to keep up with all the fun via twitter and I will be back with a full report at the end of the week.  In the meantime, I have a couple lovely bloggers I will be sharing with you.  Stay tuned... you're not going to want to miss the next couple of days!  Have a wonderful week all!

PS... working on sneaking my way in the McQueen exhibit at the MET