Which Rosemary?

January 31, 2012

If you guys have been wondering how my year supply of ShoeMint shoes is treating me thus far, I’ve got to say it’s been pretty great.  They gave me 12 credits and since the December launch I’ve been choosing one shoe a month – I figured that each month would yield me a new pair of shoes and I can ride this train for 12 straight months.  So far so good… I love my Jolly wedge booties in taupe and the Janice ankle boot in black. So yesterday, ShoeMint released one of their February shoes early and it’s a style…

If you guys have been wondering how my year supply of ShoeMint shoes is treating me thus far, I’ve got to say it’s been pretty great.  They gave me 12 credits and since the December launch I’ve been choosing one shoe a month – I figured that each month would yield me a new pair of shoes and I can ride this train for 12 straight months.  So far so good… I love my Jolly wedge booties in taupe and the Janice ankle boot in black. So yesterday, ShoeMint released one of their February shoes early and it’s a style I know and love: the classic pump.  Called Rosemary, the pump comes in black patent leather, nude leather and printed snakeskin.  Best part?  The heel is 3 3/4 inches – my ideal heel height and something I thought I would never see from ShoeMint considering all the heels and pumps thus far have been between 4 and 5 inches. 

I’m not even going to wait to see what other styles are part of the February collection, I want to order the Rosemary ASAP (I went trendy on my first 2 credits, I think it’s worth it to get some classic styles into my closet).  But I am so torn, guys.  I don’t know if I want the pump in nude (so versatile, so ladylike – channeling Princess Katherine) or python (so edgy, my favorite print – worn like a neutral a la Kourtney Kardashian). Truth be told, I think it’s nearly impossible to find a good nude pump and a perfect python pump.  I’m challenging you all to help me decide which Rosemary I need… Nude, python or both?  Sally thinks both… Both?  Use 2 credits for this month – is that foolish?  Help!

(Rosemary Images via ShoeMint, Images of Katherine and Kourtney via Google)

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Playing Favorites

January 30, 2012

This past Saturday we planned a fun sister date to go on the Dallas Modern Homes Tour.  The tour included 12 different houses all over Dallas.  Initially we made big plans to go to all 12 of the homes.  Starting with one and making our way down to 12.  Plans changed when we visited the 5th house – 4214 Shorecrest Drive.  One of the most incredible houses (inside and out) that either of us have ever laid eyes on.  Ever.  Why did we play favorites with this house you ask?  Compared to the other homes on the tour, the interiors and…

This past Saturday we planned a fun sister date to go on the Dallas Modern Homes Tour.  The tour included 12 different houses all over Dallas.  Initially we made big plans to go to all 12 of the homes.  Starting with one and making our way down to 12.  Plans changed when we visited the 5th house – 4214 Shorecrest Drive.  One of the most incredible houses (inside and out) that either of us have ever laid eyes on.  Ever.  Why did we play favorites with this house you ask?  Compared to the other homes on the tour, the interiors and attention to detail were out. of. this. world.  The other houses we had seen were architecturally very unique, but it was as if the homeowners kind of “skimped” on the interiors or purchased “pre-made” rooms from Bed Bath and Beyond.  4214 Shorecrest chose furniture pieces, rugs and artwork that perfectly complimented the unique modern space.  

From the moment we walked into the house, we were in love.  From the breathaking glossy photograph of two gorgeous brown horses in the living room to the series of three feathered Juju hats above the dining room table (a giant natural tree slab and chairs handmade for the couple in Marfa, TX) we were wiping drool from our faces.  What drew us in to this home in particular was the amazing combination of neutrals mixed with warm woods, wonderful natural lighting throughout, and color in the form of gorgeous rugs and artwork.  The cowhide rugs throughout the home and vintage Louis Vuitton trunk at the foot of the couple’s bed didn’t hurt either…  And we obviously didn’t miss the unique and gorgeous orchid + antler arrangement on the couple’s nightstands 🙂    

P.S. – the home is for sale!  We bought lottery tickets in hopes of buying it for ourselves… Anyone looking to buy?

(Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast)

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I wish I was wearing…

January 27, 2012

A few things influenced the pieces in today’s “I wish I was wearing post”.  1. It’s Friday and I can’t remember the last time I have been this ready for a weekend  2. Its going to be SUNNY today and in the high 60’s after a week of rain 3. I feel like I have been living in black and grey clothing Adams Family style and wish I was wearing the soft colors in this outfit. It’s funny, these posts have been such a fun outlet to plan exactly what we wish we were wearing down to every last detail.  You know those days…

A few things influenced the pieces in today’s “I wish I was wearing post”.  1. It’s Friday and I can’t remember the last time I have been this ready for a weekend  2. Its going to be SUNNY today and in the high 60’s after a week of rain 3. I feel like I have been living in black and grey clothing Adams Family style and wish I was wearing the soft colors in this outfit.

It’s funny, these posts have been such a fun outlet to plan exactly what we wish we were wearing down to every last detail.  You know those days when you wake up and decide that you hate all of your clothes and can’t find a single thing to wear to work (you know it happens) ?  Yep, those are the days when these posts come quite in handy.  I would give anything to be wearing these ahmaazzzingg J Brand Coated Denim Leggings right now.  If you haven’t seen them, they are pretty much the cats meow.  They look a little bit like leather, but they’re not.  Indescribable really.  And the color is killer.  I feel like it could be worn almost year round.  And if someone gifted me this Wildfox Courture Imagine Penny Lane sweater I would probably wear it every Saturday and name it my “Saturday sweater”.

Now I’m getting ahead of myself here.  The moral of the story is that I don’t own a single one of these pieces, but I wish I did.  And I wish I had them on my body at this very moment.  That would be nice.

(01. Wildfox Couture Imagine Penny Lane Sweater // 02. Persol Crystal // 03. J Brand Coated Denim Leggings // 04. Deborah Lipmann “Fashion” // 05. Amanda Sterett Ginger Earring // 06. Coach Classic Leather Duffle // 07. Free People Miguel Buckle Boot // 08. Nixon The Spur Watch)

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Rambling 01.27.12

January 27, 2012

So this week has been interesting… Not just because I have been coming off my high of being at Alt Summit but also because I had gum surgery on Monday.  I didn’t want to talk about here because for one, it’s a really gross procedure to get your gums grafted and I figured I was such a tough cookie that I’d recorder like that.  At the sake of sounding dramatic, the hour and a half procedure was about 200 times worse than what I was expecting.  Pain. In. My. Mouth.  I kept telling everyone I would be back to work…

So this week has been interesting… Not just because I have been coming off my high of being at Alt Summit but also because I had gum surgery on Monday.  I didn’t want to talk about here because for one, it’s a really gross procedure to get your gums grafted and I figured I was such a tough cookie that I’d recorder like that.  At the sake of sounding dramatic, the hour and a half procedure was about 200 times worse than what I was expecting.  Pain. In. My. Mouth.  I kept telling everyone I would be back to work on Tuesday but I was so swollen and in so much pain I took all day Tuesday to rest up.  First full “sick day” I’ve ever taken in my 18 months of working so I felt like it was deserved.  Good news is that I felt SO much better yesterday and every day I get more accustomed to my mouth full of stitches.  When I smile I have to hold my cheeks because it feels like something will break if I don’t.  It’s awkward and endearing – kind of like me.  I’ll just wrap this story up by saying I’m really thankful that today is Friday.  I love the words of wisdom above – but to me it would be perfect if it said “think less, live more, nap accordingly.”  This weekend Sally and I will be doing a combination of fun things (the Dallas Modern Homes Tour and good food with lovely friends) and relaxing things (girly movies and apartment organization/de-cluttering).  And naps.  Because as much as I hate saying “I’m tired” (who isn’t tired?!) I am – tired that is.  Happy Friday chickens!  Can I just say that this week you all have been rockstars? 

(Image 1 via Collective Clutter, 2 via Jacquelyn’s Pinterest, 3 via They All Hate Us)

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Orchid Obsessed

January 26, 2012

Please place all judgment aside when reading this post.  Things I am about to tell you might come off as a little bit creepy/weird…   Back in October when our mama came in town to visit for Molly’s birthday I purchased a potted orchid plant from our local Central Market (kind of between a Whole Foods and a normal grocery store) to surprise Molly.  This was October 21st to be exact.  Ever since that day I have had a literal obsession with the flowers.  Every day I would wake up and count the number of new blooms that had come…

Please place all judgment aside when reading this post.  Things I am about to tell you might come off as a little bit creepy/weird…  

Back in October when our mama came in town to visit for Molly’s birthday I purchased a potted orchid plant from our local Central Market (kind of between a Whole Foods and a normal grocery store) to surprise Molly.  This was October 21st to be exact.  Ever since that day I have had a literal obsession with the flowers.  Every day I would wake up and count the number of new blooms that had come out over night and watch the plants progress.  Not.  Kidding.  Molly thought it was realllyyy weird.  Now she finds it quite endearing.  Who wouldn’t?

To make myself sound like less of a freakstamaniac I am going to acredit this back to my college Education class in science where we had to plant lima beans and observe then write about them in a journal three (!!!) times a day.  Now that really, really sucked.  Bad.  But those were lima beans and these are orchids.  Beautiful, beautiful orchids.  

I loved that orchid plant that I bought on Molly’s birthday with all of my heart.  Love, love, loveddd it.  (In case you’re wondering it was a pale celery green color).  Sadly, the plant dropped its last flower a few days ago – January 21st.  Three months to the exact date that I bought it.  That plant is speaking to me.  I swear it!  Don’t worry, when I saw the green one dropping its petals I quick ran to our nearest Central Market to purchase another.  This one is white with cactus flower-colored speckles.  Right now she has fifteen blooms and one more bud left to sprout.  I water it every single Sunday and check on the flowers a few times a week.  My mom has told me that they’re very tempramental so I just want to make sure everything is ok.  You know?     

At this point I am kind of feeling as if these pretty flowers have got to bring some sort of good luck.  Molly and I are verrryy lucky people.  And I think the vibe in our little apartment is just that much better with a living, beautiful plant perched in our family room.  My next move?  Succulents.  West Elm has an insane amount of them right now (miniature cacti too) that are just begging for me to buy them and love on them.  Already picturing them on our coffee table.  It has been proved that having live plants can make one happier, you know.  And I’m pretty sure “they’re” right. 

(Images 1 via Martha Stewart // 2 via 9 to 5 Chic // 3 via Martha Stewart // 4 and 5 via Google)

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