Friday, July 29, 2011

simple pleasures

In the middle of a very hectic day, in the midst of a very hectic week, I glanced over at the tissue box on my desk. I had always known the box was covered in pink flowers, but it never registered that they were garden roses - which are to be the main flowers in my bridal bouquet. This simple realization made me smile.

Remember to never be too busy to take delight in something small.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

smitten kitten | pinterest-ing inspiration

I'm a very visual person. I need to see something in person or on paper in order for it to make sense to me. And this fact has been made abundantly clear lately as Mark and I have been {ill-advisedly} looking for homes. {I say ill-advised because our wedding day is coming up and who really wants to add the stress of purchasing your first home together one week before you become Mr. and Mrs.? Oh, yeah. I guess we do.} He sees all the potential of a home; I need an architect to sketch something out. {And thankfully, one our dearest friends, David, is a visionary architect.}

Anyway, I have found the perfect thing to help me visualize and compile things I love - and I'm obsessed. It's called Pinterest. Have you heard of it before? It's a fun tool that can help you collect all that inspires you - whether you're looking for ideas to plan a party {or a wedding}, cool things to do with your hair, outfits to swoon over, interior design and more - onto virtual inspiration boards.

It literally will steal hours from your life, but you won't care - I promise. You will be looking at all sorts of lovely things.

One of my latest pins - my dream laundry room.

Monday, July 25, 2011

pretty petals

Look at these gorgeous roses I picked yesterday at Trader Joe's. For $5, I got the most fragrant, beautiful roses in an antique blush hue. Simply stunning.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

one very busy b

I've been a terrible blogger lately; it's just that I've been so busy with work and wedding planning and last-minute details and fixing my car and little life things and...


So, I'll be back and fully on-board with my normal posting schedule in a couple of weeks. Until then, let's just call my schedule spontaneous.


Monday, July 11, 2011


Mark and I spent the weekend in San Diego, conducting final meetings with our wedding vendors. We had a great time checking things off our list and visiting with the people who will be making our wedding dreams a reality. In between our meetings, we enjoyed the picture-perfect weather and even had time both days to soak up the sun and surf at the beach {more on that later}.

What wasn't so fun was the 2-hour + delay at the airport on our way back to Phoenix.

But we're back home in the desert, safe and sound. And hot.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

smitten kitten | the beauty department

It's been a while since I've found something worthy of a smitten kitten post, but when Lauren Conrad, one of my favorite fashionistas, and her hair and makeup gurus launched The Beauty Department a few months ago and I became an instant fan. They dish out loads of useful information, inspiration and instructional videos designed to help you master the perfect ballerina bun or cat eye {two of my favorites, and although I've been doing both of these looks for some time, I picked up a tip or two that really helped}.


Friday, July 1, 2011

before and after | technology



I've been in desperate need of an upgrade when it comes to my computer. I've had my reliable MacBook for more than five years. And at the rate technology changes these days, some of our newer technology wasn't talking to my good ol' MacBook.

Now that I have a new MacBook Pro, all is right with the world.


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