Friday, October 19, 2012

love mae

Labels for spices and jars. All photos by Love Mae.
Love Mae is one of those shops where I just want everything. Like every single item. Because who doesn't want their cupboard perfectly labeled with adorable - and reusable - stickers? (I heard they make everything taste better too...)
Assorted wrapping paper.
And who wouldn't be impressed if every gift you gave looked just like this? (I need every pattern. I'm not kidding - I have a serious weakness for paper.)
Wall decals, photo dots.
And who doesn't absolutely have to own all of these (fabric!) wall decals for their photos, notes and artwork? I know I do. So much prettier than a cork board. Oh, and I need these letters, too. Probably a few sets because don't you hate it when you're one "r" short?
Mini letter decals. 
You can find these lovely items and more on Love Mae's etsy shop. They (Emily and Peta) also have a blog (LOVE their free desktop calendars), website and online shop with more decal goodness.

Side note: For those of you who want a super organized pantry after you label all of your jars and spices, go on over to my friend Megan's blog, Megg Salad, blog to find out how to build a Whole Foods pantry.  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

fall is here!

Fall Harvest, Joseph De Leo Photography
Here in Texas, we're slowly but surely feeling fall in the air. And I couldn't be happier. Nothing's better than patio weather, falling leaves, college football and the first gumbo of the season (curtesy of Monsieur Moulin).

Missoni scarves - pretty please to all of them. Via House of Fifty.
The moment the temperature drops to 80 degrees in October, we Texans break out the scarves and boots as if it's actually chilly outside. We don't care it we're sweating underneath it all - it's fall and we want to experience it with the rest of the country.

Time to cozy up with a good book and hot cup of tea. Via Crush Cul De Sac.  

Dust off your boots - and pair them with some over the knee socks for a quirky yet stylish twist.
Nordstrom socks via Tamara's pin.
The start of fall also means the start of the holiday season - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And you know what that means - costumes and candy, family, (a lot of) good food and wine, vacation, and then snow! Wait...I'm getting ahead of myself. First let's work on getting below 80 degrees.

Friday, October 5, 2012

cartwheels

Lovely image from Kate T. Parker Photography
I was at my niece's soccer game recently, and I heard the most heart-warming comment from one of the little girls playing Barbies on a picnic blanket. As they were changing their Barbies' clothes and playing Family (while the boys were digging in a muddy ditch, of course), she took a moment, paused and with true sincerity said, "Does anyone else here want to go do cartwheels...or is it just me?"

My sister and I instantly smiled and laughed a bit at her sweet innocence, but then I thought how I want that to be my statement in life. I wish that were the one thing on my mind that I really had to contemplate. Not work, not money, not stress. Just cartwheels.

Then I thought to myself, when did we stop doing cartwheels? I can't think of a more silly and carefree expression. I remember when I played soccer as a young girl, and my coach made us run laps because we wouldn't stop doing cartwheels on the field. Sure, you can blame "maturity" or the fact that people may think it's odd that a 28-year old woman is doing cartwheels in public, but I think the world might just be a slightly better place if we didn't take ourselves so seriously and did a few more cartwheels.