the friday five

fridayfive

happy Friday! the weekend is here, and I can’t wait…it looks to be a good one. my sister is back for the last couple of weeks of her summer, so we’ll hang, James and I are painting our new bedroom (after taking forever to decide on a color), Boston is less than a week away…and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has begun for everyone. I always try to pick up some of the pricier fall things I might want/need during this sale because the prices are great. this week’s friday five is made up of the top 5 things I’m eyeing. have a great weekend!

sale highlights

  greytopcoat

| I love everything about this topper…the color, the shape, the fit, the price |

efmotojacket

| such a cool jacket…in comfortable leather-trimmed wool |

mbmjbag

| definitely not a need, but isn’t it lovely? |

efwoolandleatherjacket

| what can I say? I’m a sucker for wool and leather, doubly so when they’re paired in a chic way, like on this jacket |

ridingboot

| I’ve been wanting a a pair of riding boots for years. this one has the potential to fit my big calves, fingers crossed. |

wishlisted | black & white with a touch of blue

wishlisted

one j.crew embroidered scallop dress | two giantlion bar studs | three essie nailpolish in strut your stuff | four j.crew dulci pumps (love the color & the kitten heel) | five kate spade 17-month agenda

we are right in the middle of our move, which means packing, packing, dumping, cleaning…and more packing. all of our free time is consumed by packing, so I haven’t been doing very much shopping, online or otherwise, save for a few necessary things. but there is a light around the corner – the packing has to get done sometime soon, and we’re going to Boston next week to visit James’ family, which will give us a much needed reprieve from the daily chaos. aside from meeting up with old friends and hanging with family, James and I are planning on wandering around the city for a day, taking in the sites, eating lots of seafood, and doing some window/real shopping. maybe one or two of these babies will come home with me…

one j.crew embroidered scallop dress | two giantlion bar studs | three essie nailpolish in strut your stuff | four j.crew dulci pumps (love the color & the kitten heel) | five kate spade 17-month agenda

things I love | essie haute in the heat

essiehauteinheat

those of you who follow on instagram would have seen this shot, but I wanted to do a little shout out on the blog, because I’m loving the color, and I couldn’t be more surprised. I tend to go for barely there nudes and neutrals; moody, dark greys and blues; and a red or coral here and there. pink is usually not on my tips. in fact, I own only two other pink shades in my stash, and they end up on my toes 99% of the time. but I saw this color on the shelf at target, and I found myself taking it home. I still wasn’t convinced that I liked it even as I was applying, but when it all dried and set, it won me over. it leans more towards a warm, tame reddish-pink in the shade or out of direct sunlight, but as you can see, it’s this lovely raspberry in the light. if the color wasn’t lovely enough, the formula is fantastic – this was almost perfect at one coat and spot-on at two coats.

james and I did some paint sampling the day before I snapped the picture, so my nails are looking a little worse for wear, but at least they’re pretty, right? ;)

monday memo | dear monday

Monday

apologies for the radio silence, but life is just all over the place right now, between the move, registering for classes, and my 9-5 job. I feel like I’m barely keeping it all rolling, and I find myself thinking, “man, I’m glad I don’t have kids yet, because then I would really be sucking at juggling everything”. so there’s that…ha! but seriously, I will try to get some posts up since I’m excited to share about our adventures in finding a paint color and how we’re planning on outfitting our new digs, among other things. in the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about Friday.

have a good Monday! ;)

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monday memo

life

I’m going to be honest: today’s monday memo is a pep talk to me. we’re in the thick of packing and our whole place is a mess. every time I scan our living room, I can feel myself getting irritated about the absolute chaos, but I’ve been forcing myself to just let go because it can’t be helped. no matter how well prepared or organized you are, moving is chaotic. moving is messy. and really, why wouldn’t it be? you are packing up your whole life from one place to another – that’s not exactly a walk in the park. so I’m going to turn a blind eye to the current state of our apartment and will myself to just keep moving so that little by little, everything gets back in balance.

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4th of july

4th

hi, everyone! just a quick post to wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July. we’re doing some cleaning and choosing a paint color today, just taking the day easy and enjoying each other’s company.

it’s a beautiful day to celebrate the birth of our country. it’s not perfect – it’s big, it’s complicated, it’s full of contradictions, it’s sometimes frustrating, but it is beautiful and always itself.

to America, land that I love.

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wish list wednesday | all things beauty

beautycravings

I’ve been pretty good about not adding anything new to my stash of makeup. it’s helped that the weather is now too hot to wear a lot of anything, including on my face. but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been stockpiling things in my virtual shopping cart; I just haven’t pulled the trigger.

these new nars eyeshadows are calling my name loudly - they look absolutely gorgeous. I’ve mentioned wanting that eyeshadow palette before, and yup, I still want it and it’s still not mine (see? I told you I’ve been good). I’ve gotten more and more into hair products ever since I got the best haircut of my life, and the new bumble and bumble invisible oil line is really piquing my interest, the oil and primer, especially. soft, frizz-free hair without any added weight or oiliness?! yes, please. I’m running out of concealer, and I’m tempted to try the laura mercier secret concealer because of the many great reviews and because lately, my undereye area needs all the help it can get. and as for the bump fix, it is well and truly swimwear season…enough said.