Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary BethAmandaAileen, and Jessica!

ONE: #takeitdown

The Confederate Flag will be/was permanently removed from the Statehouse grounds today.  It was first raised in April 1961.  Coincidentally (or not), this fell a few weeks after the arrest of the Friendship Nine.  They were a group of black college students who were charged with trespassing, after sitting at an all-white lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC.  Fifty-four years later, the tragic deaths of the Emanuel Nine became the catalyst to remove this symbol of hatred and division once and for all from the capital grounds.  It's a great day for love, hope, and healing in the Palmetto State.

TWO: Which TKAM character are you?

In honor of Harper Lee's new/old novel hitting bookstores this week, I took Buzzfeed's Which TKAM character are you? quiz.  I got Scout. My mom took it and got Boo Radley.  We were both pleased with our results.  Check it out here.


THREE: Naked Smoky Palette

I love Urban Decay's Naked palettes.  I have 1, 2, annnd 3.  The new Naked Smoky Palette is coming out this week and I kind of (totally) want it.  I'm not a smoky eye gal, but I do love eyeshadows and this set has some very pretty greys.  My birthday is next week so maybe I'll have a #treatyoself day and pick one up. 


Have a fun weekend!!  See ya next Friday.

Friday I'm in Love

I apologize for my absence the past few weeks.  I've been trying to cope with the horrific shooting that occurred at Mother Emanuel AME Church.   It's been an emotional time for my city and the country as we lost nine incredible people.  I'm proud of Charleston's grace, peace, and unity during this tragedy.  Hate won't win.

Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love that it falls in the middle of summer.  It's full of festiveness and history.  Living in a colony has made Independence Day even more special.  When I sit on my back porch, I can see Bohicket Road in the distance.  This is the very path British soldiers marched up on their way to invade Charleston!  Another fun fact: I actually know a direct descendant of a signer of the Declaration and Constitution.  Amazing!  So, in honor of the fourth, I've themed my FIIL:

ONE:  All-American Trivial Pursuit

I love me some Trivial Pursuit.  My favorite version is the All-American edition.  It came out in the 1990s, but most of the questions are still very relevant.  There's none of that outdated nonsense about East and West Germany and the USSR like in the Genus editions.  You'll learn fun facts about Hoover blankets (newspapers) and coffin nails (cigarettes)!  You can pick it up on eBay.

via  eBay

via eBay


TWO: Felicity

Some of my prized possessions are my American Girl Dolls, their clothes, and furniture.  I'll never stop loving them!  American History, fashion, and tiny accessories?!  That combination makes the best toys in my book.  My favorite is Felicity from 1774.  I love her copper hair, free spirit, tricorne riding hat, and truly American story.  Sadly, she's one of the "retired" dolls.

PS, I also love her name.  If I ever have a daughter, Felicity is at the top of my list.  Don't steal it.  Seriously.

THREE:  1776

I'm a big fan of 1776, with the exception of Edward Rutledge's portrayal.  It's completely inaccurate.  In fact, later in his career, Rutledge opposed opening the African slave trade.  Aside from that, the film is full of fun songs and great acting.  It's the perfect flick for the 4th of July.


Have an awesome holiday weekend!  Don't forget to check out MishaKendraMary BethAmandaAileen, and Jessica!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary BethAmandaAileen, and Jessica!

ONE: Freshfields Farmers Market

We have tons of Farmers Markets in the Lowcountry, but the one just down the road resumed on Monday.  It's at Freshfields Village on Kiawah.  They have lots of food vendors, treats, and gifts.  One of my favorite stands is Joseph Fields Farms.  Their farm is located here on Johns Island and is certified organic.  They have the best fruits and veggies.  I bought some peppers, onions, peaches, and green beans (picked that morning!).  Yum!


TWO: Sweet Lulu's Bakery on Wheels

I stopped by Sweet Lulu's trailer at the Farmers Market.  Karen, the owner, makes delicious mason jar desserts.  She goes to great lengths to make sure her goods are well-sourced.  Karen bakes with King Arthur Flour and local organic eggs.  I had two Strawberry Shortcakes.  They were made with local strawberries soaked in Firefly Peach Cobbler Vodka (Wadmalaw) layered between Callie's biscuits (N. Charleston).  That's as Lowcountry as you can get!  I also had a gluten-free nutty brownie.  Everything was delicious!!!  Karen also offers a recycling program...bring back the jars and get a punch; ten punches and you've earned a free dessert.  Even her spoons are biodegradable.  Treats with an Earth-friendly conscience! 


THREE: Axel Irons

The other day, I saw footage on Facebook of 5 year-old Axel Irons shredding in Hawaii.  Then I came across this super cute video of him and his mom, Lyndie Irons (owner of Acacia Swimwear).  Axel's dad was the late pro-surfer Andy Irons.  Andy passed away of a heart attack in 2010 while Lyndie was eight months pregnant.  It's evident by this video that Lyndie is an incredible parent to her adorable little boy!


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Have a nice weekend y'all!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary BethAmandaAileen, and Jessica!

ONE: Political 404 pages

With 2016 Presidential campaigns underway, many people are turning to candidates' websites for information on their backgrounds and political view points.  Sometimes, links in these site lead to nowhere resulting in a 404 error page.  Typically, they're boring white screens with black error messages.  Not anymore.  The hippest trend in campaign sites is creative 404 pages.  It's the one area of a serious site where the candidate can appear goofy and fun (unless you're grumpy Rick Santorum).  My two favorites belong to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.   And let's not forget the 404 OG, President Obama.


TWO: Mother Earth News: Guide To Fresh Food All Year

The dream: buy a piece of land, build a house in the style of Rosehill Cottage from The Holiday, grow my own food, create a roadside flower stand, and have a mini-horse roaming in the background.  In an effort to move this dream an inch closer to reality, I've started researching gardening.  Mother Earth News: Guide To Fresh Food All Year has been one of my favorite resources so far (I bought it at Whole Foods).  It has some really interesting tips.  Did you know consuming leaf lettuce can help you fight UV rays? Have you noticed jewel-toned novelty vegetables at your grocery store?  Those are actually the original colors!  For centuries, farmers have been breeding out the hues to get boring white, green, and orange veggies.  Unfortunately, with the color went the antioxidants.  Look for blue, red, and purple varieties to maximize your intake of healthy nutrients.  Learn more fun info when you pick up your copy!


THREE: Tiny figures

I was at Artist and Craftsman Supply yesterday and saw tiny figures for architectural models.  I love anything extremely miniaturized.  I looked up more when I got home and found a jackpot of teeny people at  I feel like there are so many fun crafts you could do with model figures.

Wedding Party via

Wedding Party via

Sunbathers via

Sunbathers via

Have a great weekend!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary BethAmanda, Aileen, and Jessica!

I Googled Listen to Me Marlon (mentioned here) in hopes of finally finding a release date.  Turns out, it will hit theaters at the end of July.  I browsed through the 'Coming Soon' section of Terrace Theater's website to see if it will be playing there this summer.  (The Terrace shows a mix popular and indie films.)  While I didn't find LTMM in the list, there were quite a few films that looked enticing:

ONE: Love and Mercy

Love and Mercy is a bio-pic about Brian Wilson which covers his life from the Beach Boys to his mental breakdown.  It looks intense and very interesting.


via YouTube


TWO: I'll See You in My Dreams

Blythe Danner & Sam Elliott.  Enough said.


THREE: Irrational Man

Irrational Man is this summer's Woody Allen film.  It stars three of my favs: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey.  Phoenix looks brilliant as always.  Hopefully, this will be better than Emma Stone's last Allen film, Magic in the Moonlight.


FOUR: Lego Jurassic Park for XBOX

I'm a total nerd when it comes to Lego games for XBOX.  I've been geeking out over the upcoming Jurassic Park version.  The trailer is out and it looks super fun!  If you've never played one of these games, they're worth giving a try.  So clever!  The JP game comes out next month.  I can't wait!


Have an awesome (long) weekend!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary BethAmanda, and Aileen.  And welcome, Jessica!

ONE: Pina dress

Living in hot and humid Charleston, my summer uniform is a dress and sandals.  I've never felt comfortable in shorts and I find dresses so easy...a one-piece outfit.  So, naturally, I'm always on the lookout for a cute, new frock.  My closet's latest addition is the Pina dress from Anthropologie.  I've had my eye on it for a while.  Last week it hit the sale section and Anthro offered a 20% off Mother's Day promo.  I ended up getting the dress for a whopping 60% off.  It's beautifully fitted with an extra petticoat layer for some vintage volume.  I love the delicate pineapple lace (my favorite fruit).  I'd post a selfie in it, but I'm still frighteningly too pale.  Here's the model instead:


TWO: The Intern

Nancy Meyers is one of my favorite writer/producer/directors.  She's the genius behind Father of the Bride, Baby Boom, The Holiday, and Something's Gotta Give.  The set designs alone make her films worth watching.  Meyers' latest movie, The Intern, won't hit theaters until September, but the trailer premiered this week.  It stars Robert De Niro as Anne Hathaway's intern.  I haven't been to the movies in four years, but maybe this will be the catalyst to send me to the theater.


THREE: Bali's Best Tea Candy

I picked up these tea candies at Earth Fare the other day.  They're quite tasty!  I bought the iced tea (which totally tastes like freshly brewed iced tea) and the green tea latte (reminds me of a Thai iced tea).  If they pop up at your local store, give them a try!

via  Snack Inn

FOUR: Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie premiered last Friday on Netflix and, well, I've already binge-watched it (twice).  It stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.  It reminds me of a Nancy Meyers film turned sitcom (including the sets).  The show is really funny with a perfect cast.  Tomlin and Fonda couldn't be better!  What can I say, I'm a sucker for senior citizen humor.  In one scene, Grace (Fonda) is trying to teach Frankie (Tomlin) how to fold a fitted sheet.  Grace: "Take it by the corners."  Frankie: "There are no's round.  Anyone who can fold this is a powerful witch!"  Haha!  #truth


Have an awesome weekend!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary BethAmanda, and Aileen!

ONE: Pacifica Power of Love Coconut Infused Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

I love Pacifica brand because it's vegan, natural, and cruelty-free.  They have adorable packaging printed with soy inks.  I have a few of their mineral eyeshadow palettes filled with beautiful colors.  Their latest, Power of Love, is exclusive to Target and includes a lovely mix of warms, neutrals, and poppy shades.  Plus, it's Made in the USA (unlike Coastal Scents). 

via  Target

via Target

TWO: The Chocolate Tree, Beaufort, SC

Every time I visit Beaufort, I stop into my favorite candy store, The Chocolate Tree.  They have tons of homemade chocolates and treats.  My favorites include their malted milk balls, orange peels, and salt water taffy. 


THREE: Paintings for Anys by Lorraine Loots

Lorraine Loots is an amazing artist who has challenged herself to make a miniature painting everyday.  They're amazingly detailed and incredibly small.  Read more about her project here.  She's definitely worth following on Instagram, too!


via  Tumblr

via Tumblr

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.  And welcome, Aileen!

ONE: Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss Bars

I love coconut!  I cook with coconut oil, drink coconut milk, use coconut lotion...I even like coconut flavored syrup in my shave ice.  So it's no wonder that I'm loving Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss Bars.  These creamy ice cream bars are a yummy, organic, vegan treat. 

TWO: Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love 60s folk music.  The other day, I was editing pictures and listening to my Pete Seeger Pandora station.  This song came on and I fell in love with it.  As a pacifist, it perfectly embodies my dream of peace at both national and international levels.  And in light of recent local events, I think it's quite befitting.  Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream by Ed McCurdy, performed by Simon and Garfunkel:


THREE: Orange Is The New Black Season 3 

The season 3 trailer of OITNB was released yesterday and let's just say, I am excited for June!  I'm especially glad to see no sign of Vee rising from the dead.  Her scheming made season 2 dark and heavy.  I'm ready for more of the laughs found in the show's earlier episodes.  


FOUR: Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The other day my mom and I were discussing the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  (The conversation began with me confirming a long-held suspicion that the band in the 1990s Life Savers commercials also sang with Ben Harper on Picture of Jesus.)  Anyway, my mom asked if LBM ever sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight.  A YouTube search resulted in this wonderful discovery:


Have a lovely weekend!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Coloring

From the time I could hold a crayon, I've always enjoyed coloring.  Thankfully, there are now coloring books made specifically for adults.  The pages contain intricate designs.  It's a fun way to do a little art therapy in the evening.  And if you have little ones, you can have a joint coloring sesh...a Disney coloring book for them; Mehndi Designs for you.  I colored the following with pencils and scented markers:

TWO: Reactions to SB-101

I must give credit where credit is due: way to go, Walmart (yes, Walmart), for standing up against the 'religious freedom' law in Indiana and Arkansas.  You could have taken the opposing stance or simply stayed silent, but you chose to bend the arc towards justice.  I'm also loving this quote from George Takei and this post I saw on Facebook:

I myself am a Buddhist, not a Christian. But I cannot help but think that if Christ ran a public establishment, it would be open to all, and He would be the last to refuse service to anyone. It is, simply put, the most un-Christian of notions.
— George Takei

THREE: Craft beer Cake Mix Set

I love beer in my pizza sauce, so why not in my cake?!  This Craft Beer Cake Mix Set includes four varieties with suggestions of matching beers and frosting recipes.  Speaking of which, the frostings sound awesome...bourbon vanilla buttercream, tequila lime buttercream, chocolate hazelnut buttercream (that one I could live without) and lemon & orange buttercream.  It would be a great gift a beer lover.  Or, better yet, you could bake them a beer cake for their birthday!  Cheers!


FOUR: Pac-Man on Google Maps

You can play Pac-Man on Google Maps.  Just go to, type or zoom into a location, and press the Pac-Man box!


Happy Easter!  See you next week!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Boho hair accessories 

I'm forever pinning pastel hair colors, but know that they're not only difficult to achieve (and maintain), they're also very damaging.  Enter colored dread packs.  They're an easy way to add subtle color to my blonde locks.  Also, I'm loving this floral crown from Anthropologie.

TWO: Vitamin C by Can

I was watching Inherent Vice the other night (too far out for me, great cast, though) and heard this killer song.  It's from the 1970s German experimental-rock band, Can.  Those drums!!


THREE: New vacuum parts

I looooove to vacuum.  It's been my favorite method of cleaning since forever.  In 4th grade, at the top of my Christmas list was a Dustbuster (I wonder where I got that idea from[see gif below]).  So, you can imagine my disappointment when I was recently spring cleaning and my vacuum started making a loud humming noise.  It turned out to be a loose filter.  I popped it back in place and continued vacuuming.   A few minutes later, the sound was back.  I noticed that the rubber on the filter was ripped causing it to dislodge.  I temporarily fixed it with a little gorilla glue and electric tape, but I knew I needed some replacement parts.  I ordered a few filters and a new brush accessory (#treatyoself).  Bonus, I did a quick coupon search and ended up with 33% off and free shipping.  (Always check before ordering anything.)  My total was only $16!!!  The parts arrived quickly and my Hoover is working better than ever.  Yay!  (In case you're wondering, yes, I did get that Dustbuster for Christmas in 1994.  Thanks, Grandma!)

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FOUR: Brick Flicks video

Legos are awesome (unless you step on one)!  I'm very into the Lego XBOX games.  If you've never played them, try one out...super fun and adorable.  Anyway, this little film, made by 15 year-old Morgan Spence, is a promotion for Brick Flicks: 60 Cult Movie Scenes & Posters Made From Legos.  It recreates some famous movie clips using Legos.


Have an awesome weekend!  And Happy Birthday, Dad!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Scentsy 

My brother and sister-in-law bought my mom a Scentsy warmer and melting waxes a few years ago for Christmas.  They smell divine!  My mom just ordered some new scents and got me the Rosemary Mint.  Holy cow, I'm obsessed.   It's very refreshing and reminds me of Aveda.  My other fav wax is Luna.

via  Scentsy

TWO: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

In keeping with last week's post, there is a new documentary airing on HBO May 4 entitled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.  It's already getting rave reviews from attendees of SXSW and Sundance.  And, the soundtrack features an unreleased 12-minute acoustic Kurt Cobain track.


THREE: Bikinis!

Beach season is just around the corner and I've been on the hunt for a new bikini.  I'd take anything from Maaji, She Made Me, and Kiini.  I love all of them.  Speaking of love...I may have to work off my lil love handles before strolling the sands in any of these...hehe.

FOUR: Loving Touch & Mom's Intuition: Kate Ogg & Jamie's Story

This video has been out for about a month, but it's still beautiful.  Kate reminds me of my mom in the genuinely joyous way she recounts simple, precious moment with her children.


Have a great weekend!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

I'm forever nostalgic for the 90s.  I miss the music, the Clueless style, the movies, the tv...  And I really miss the look of 90s guys.  I long for the days when fellas wore jeans that allowed circulation, grandpa sweaters that didn't look ridiculously hipster, and grew hair that you could actually run your fingers through.  Here are four of my favorites in four of my favorite moments.

ONE:  Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life

If you've never watched My So-Called Life, what are you waiting for?  Jared Leto will melt your heart with his dreamy blue eyes.  I'll forever be jealous of Angela Chase.  This is one of the best scenes...when Jordan publicly acknowledges his feelings for Angela.  (Basically what every girl in HS dreams about!)  Cue the Buffalo Tom.  

via  Tumblr  /video via  YouTube

via Tumblr /video via YouTube

TWO: Gavin Rossdale singing Glycerine in the rain at MTV Spring Break

If you watched MTV in the 90s, then you'll for sure remember the epic performance of Gavin Rossdale in 1996 at MTV's Spring Break. Before Bush was set to hit the stage, a thunderstorm rolled in forcing the show to almost be canceled.  Gavin Rossdale didn't want to disappoint his fans.  Risking possible electrocution, Gavin took the stage and performed Glycerine in the pouring rain.  Simply amazing.  


THREE: AJ from Empire Records

Holy moly!  Johnny Whitworth...what a dreamboat.  Literally, if he walked up to me today in the outfit he wore in Empire Records, I'd marry him on the spot (google him, he's still adorable).  I love his cardi, patchwork jeans, combat boots, pocket watch, and amazing hair.  Where was he when I was in art school?  :/  My friend Jenny and I must have rewatched this scene a million times in junior high.  So cute, so innocent.  And, again, great song in the background (<3 Gin Blossoms).   

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via Tumblr / video via YouTube

FOUR: Nirvana on MTV Unplugged

Kurt Cobain had such a sexy voice.  I know he had a lot of problems, but he was still an amazing artist and human being.  He advocated for pro-gay rights, vehemently opposed racism, and was an outspoken feminist.  Nirvana's performance on Unplugged is still as good as it gets.  Here's their cover of The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie.


via YouTube


Have a killer weekend.

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE Pixar's Lava

Pixar has a new short coming out in June called Lava.  The preview clip has been out for a few months, but I still love re-watching it.  The film captures the love story between two Hawaiian volcanoes names Uku and Lele.  They are voiced by locals Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig.


TWO: Chiara Ferragni Wink Flat

I want these Chiara Ferragni Wink Flats.  But my bank account wants the $349 more.  Since I don't live in a fictional Carrie Bradshaw world where clothing budgets are absurdly disproportionate to income, I will just pin them to my virtual closet.  And let's be real, if I'm spending that kind of money on one item, it better bear the label, Canon.

THREE: Sesame Street: House of Bricks

Sesame Street is not just for kids.  They recently released this spot-on parody of House of Cards.  It's an awesome take on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs with the amazing accent of Frank Underwolf.  

FOUR: House of Cards season 3

Speaking of House of Cards, the new season begins streaming today!  Get your rib bib on, your class ring polished, and your e-cig charged...we've got something to watch and it isn't Raymond Tusk's birds.  

GTG...I have a date with Netflix.  See ya next Friday!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: And the Oscar Goes To...

The Academy Awards are this Sunday (yay!), so I watched TCM's And the Oscars Goes To... earlier in the week.  It's a documentary that traces the history of the Oscars.  It includes a break-down of each category, plenty of clips, and interviews with actors, directors, and crew.  Check it out on Netflix.

Paul Newman with his  Noscar  &amp; Joanne Woodward with her  Oscar  &nbsp;(via: Tumblr)

Paul Newman with his Noscar & Joanne Woodward with her Oscar  (via: Tumblr)


TWO:  Spriiiing!

I know I have nothing to complain about compared to the rest of the country, buuut I have two palm trees outside of my front I have an inherent expectation that winter will be mild.   Has it been?  Heck no.  The only explanation: there must be some Toros in the atmosphere.  Or, ya know, global warming.  With that said, all I can do is hope for an early, warm spring! 

They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man’s discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Last spring, Charlestowne Landing, SC

Last spring, Charlestowne Landing, SC

THREE: Wok Street at Whole Foods

Our Whole Foods is getting some renovations, one of which is the addition of Wok Street.  It's basically a counter where you can get custom-made noodle and rice bowls.  We are seriously lacking in the Asian food sector here in Charleston.  Since it's my favorite, I'm super stoked about the new venue.  Currently, they have a promo pop-up in the store.  The other day, I had a yummy noodle bowl with ginger teriyaki sauce.  The only bummer was that I had to choose between multiple condiments, toppings, and veggies.  Why can't 'all of the above' be a choice?!

FOUR: Bloodline

 I loooved Friday Night Lights (the tv show)!  If you've never watched it, what are you waiting for?  Tim Riggins.  Reason enough to watch.  Anyway, Kyle Chandler aka Coach Taylor is in a new show, Bloodline, streaming March 20 on Netflix.  (For the record, no, I don't work for Netflix.)  It also stars Sam Shepard <3 as the patriarch, Sissy Spacek as the matriarch, and Linda Cardellini (what up Freaks and Geeks?!) as the sister.  It's a dramatic, twisty show about a family that lives in the Florida Keys.  When the oldest son returns to the island, dark family secrets are revealed.  Get your lounge pants ready...I feel a binge sesh on the horizon!


A future congrats to all of the winners on Sunday; and a 'Remember, it's an honor just to be nominated' to the not winners!

Friday I'm in Love

It's Friday and Valentine's weekend (perfect for Friday I'm in Love)!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Vintage Valentine

A few years ago, after my grandma passed away, I discovered this vintage Valentine that she had saved.  It was given to her by my grandpa in 1946, a year before they were married.  My grandma was certainly not a pack rat, so I think it's special that she kept this for the rest of her life.  The back contains a hand written note that begins, "Miss Smigiel Darling, this is the day I could really call you darling without you thinking I'm sick."  Haha!  My grandma once told me that no matter what kind of day either of them had, when she would get home, he'd always say something that would make her laugh.  I guess it was true even before they were Mr. & Mrs.

G-ma &amp; g-pa around 1946

G-ma & g-pa around 1946

TWO: Vintage necklace

Paired with number one, I found this vintage necklace from my grandpa to my grandma.  It was tucked away in her jewelry drawer next to a velvet box containing her parents' wedding bands.  On the back, the necklace is engraved with 'GK TO VS 2-14-46'.  So special.


THREE: Sambazon Protein Shakes

I normally don't like protein shakes (I'm not into whey), but these Sambazon drinks are delicious!  They're made with soy milk and açaí  berries.  I've tried the chocolate-almond-coconut milk and the vanilla-açaí .  Both were quite tasty!  I picked mine up at EarthFare, but I'm pretty sure Whole Foods sells them, too. 

FOUR: Jim Gaffigan Obsessed

I love Jim Gaffigan!  He was hilarious on My Boys and his comedy specials always crack me up.  Among other things, his latest show, Obsessed, tackles shellfish, the kale craze, weddings, and Southern food.  I love that he doesn't just stand their dropping f*bombs and saying crude comments.  Check it out on iTunes.


Have a Happy Valentine's Day!  And Happy Birthday to Misha!

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ONE: Harper Lee's new novel

I just love Southern Gothic writers.  I think Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee are literary geniuses.  So, of course, To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books.  I am thrilled at the announcement that Harper Lee is finally releasing a second novel.  I find it even more exciting that it's about the same characters and was actually written prior to TKAM.  This prequel/sequel is at the top of my summer reading list!

Harper Lee&nbsp;

Harper Lee 


TWO: Crispy M&Ms

I'm so excited that Crispy M&Ms are back!!  I almost missed them in the store because they were disguised in a green bag.  Tricksters! 

Many m&amp;ms were consumed during the shooting of this photo.

Many m&ms were consumed during the shooting of this photo.


THREE:  Lonely Speck

If you're interested in astrophotography or enjoy seeing images of the Milky Way, Lonely Speck is an awesome site to visit.  Run by Ian Norman and Diana Southern it offers really amazing tips and tutorials to help photographers capture and edit starry pictures.  Following Ian's instruction, I took these two images a few months ago.  Once the weather warms up, I'd like to give it another go.


FOUR:  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in LA

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been broadcasting all week from LA and the shows have been epic.  The Fresh Prince opening...Neil Young with Neil Young...Ellen, Reese Witherspoon, & Steve Carrell playing Password...Carl Reiner's jokes.  The biggest moment, though, has to be the Saved By the Bell mini-reunion!  It was so full of insider jokes.  And, bonus, no Screech!  Lisa Turtle was a little missed, though.  Jimmy's has to go to LA more often!


Have like a totally tubular weekend!  Smell ya later.  (Sorry, talking about Jimmy Fallon has me in 90s mode.)

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ONE: Listen To Me Marlon

I am a huge fan of Marlon Brando.  I feel this unexplainable connection towards him.  Listen To Me Marlon is a documentary debuting at Sundance.  It uses clips and recordings from his personal archive to give an intimate portrait of this extraordinary man.  I look forward to seeing if there is any mention of his life in Libertyville.  The clip below (via Deadline) illustrates one of the reasons I love Marlon: his respect for the Pacific Islands.  His commentary on the people of Tahiti sums up my feelings on my friends in Hawai'i.  I can't wait to see this film!  And hopefully visit Tahiti some day!


TWO: Tribest Humio Humidifier

It's well established that I have the interests of a senior citizen.  So, it should come as no surprise that I love humidifiers.  I've been lusting after the Tribest Humio Humidifier for over two years.  Every time I go into Earth Fare, I admire its sleek design and efficient output.  After my early January upper respiratory aggravation, I broke down and bought the Humio.  I love it!  It's far superior to the Target elephant humidifier I had.  It is super quiet, contains an aromatherapy drawer, and offers a light show.  Bonus: Tribest's customer service is Birchbox-level awesome.  If you're looking for a sleek, new humidifier, consider this one.  

"I have my cardigan, my humidifier, and my orthopedic shoes.  Now take me to my people." -Seth Cohen, The OC

via  Amazon

via Amazon



Back when I lived in Hawai'i, POG was a staple.  It's a delicious blend of passionfruit, orange, and guava juices.  The two popular brands are Hawaiian Sun and Aloha Maid.  Wednesday, I was browsing the abundant pop aisle at Southern Season, when my eyes happened upon cans of Aloha Maid POG!  I had just been to Whole Foods to pick up a couple of boxes of Bubbies Mochi...and then I find POG!  I also snagged some cans of Passion Orange and a few bottles of Waialua Soda Works.  Alooha!


FOUR: Madewell Flea Market Flares

The sixties folk singer within me wants these new Madewell Flares.  The shrimp 'n grits foodie within me thinks the high-waist might be a little bit restrictive (aka these are not eatin' pants).  Which me will win?

via Madewell

via Madewell

Happy Super Bowl weekend!  See ya next Friday! 

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ONE: The Up Series

If you're a fan of Boyhood's concept, you'll like The Up Series streaming on Netflix.  In 1964, filmmakers brought together a group of British seven-year-olds from diverse backgrounds.  An interviewer posed a variety of questions to each of the children.  Their answers offered insight into the impact that socio-economic circumstances may have on a child.  The original documentary was turned into a series with follow-up films made every seven years.

via Wikipedia

via Wikipedia


TWO: Chicago Bears & White Sox

It's no secret that the Chicago Bears and White Sox have had mediocre seasons in the past few years.  However, both teams seem to be headed for a turn around with post/off-season acquisitions.  Over at Halas Hall we have a new GM, Ryan Pace.  He's already hired an experienced head coach, John Fox, and is interviewing great prospective OCs.  Down at the Cell, a packed new line up, which includes Melky Cabrera, has fans (like moi) stoked for the new season.  Sox Fest sold out and ticket sales are already waaay up.  In the words of Fox, "That trophy is kind of lonely out there in that hallway."  Let's put the win back in Windy City!

2005 White Sox via  Chicago Now

2005 White Sox via Chicago Now

THREE:  Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

A while back, I was researching upcycling bottles into a drinking glass.  Unfortunately, most of the tutorials involved a lighter-fluid-soaked rubber band and a match to cut off the bottle's stem.  I like my eyebrows, so I passed on the pyro approach.  Recently, I saw an ad for the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter.  It's a handy device that perfectly scores your bottle.  Using the provided separation rings, you run the bottle under hot and cold water until it cleanly breaks apart.  A little sanding and you have yourself a new drinking glass.  I'd love to add some fun designs with Martha Stewart etching cream.  (I'll do a tutorial if I ever buy a Kinkajou.)

FOUR: Schitt's Creek

I'm a big fan of Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy.  Best in Show, Waiting For Guffman, and A Mighty Wind are three of my favorite movies.  This hilarious duo is teaming up for a new show called Schitt's Creek.  It premieres February 11 on Pop TV.  Holy Schitt am I excited!  (Pardon my pun.)


I hope you have a better weekend than Tom Brady (and his balls)!

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ONE: Netflix documentaries

Netflix has a killer selection of streaming documentaries to choose from.  My preference falls in the historical genre, particularly the 1960s.  Over the past few months, I've watched a lot of interesting films.  Some of my favorites include Burt's Buzz, Booker's Place, Moving Midway, and Berkeley in the Sixties.

Burt's Buzz:  This is bio doc about Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt's Bees.  My favorite Burt quote/mantra: "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere."

Moving Midway:  This film explores family roots and the complexities of the South, anchoring around the relocation of a historical NC plantation home.

Booker's Place:  This doc tells the courageous tale of an African-American waiter, Booker Wright, in an all-white Mississippi restaurant during the height of the Civil Rights movement.

Berkeley in the Sixties:  A self-explanatory title, this movie chronicles the protests that took place at UC-Berkeley in the 1960s.

TWO: Projection clock

Freshman year of college, I had this awesome clock that would project the time on the ceiling.  It was perfect for lazy, middle of the night time checks.  Nowadays, if I want to know the time, I roll over to my phone and shock my eyeballs with a blast of back-light.  Yes, I could just get a digital clock and place it across from my bed, but they tend to be disturbingly bright.  Thankfully, my mom understood my predicament and surprised me on Christmas with a new projection clock.  I love it!  It's easy to read, but doesn't blind me in the darkness.  Perfect.

THREE: Inaki Aliste Lizarralde's TV Floor plans

The other day, I was watching an old episode of Sex and the City and was suddenly confused by Carrie's apartment.  I was trying to figure out where the kitchen was located.  So, I googled "Carrie Bradshaw apartment" and voilà...I discovered wonderful illustrations by Inaki Aliste Lizarralde.  He draws detailed floor plans from TV shows.  You can buy copies at his Etsy store.

via  Etsy

via Etsy

via  Etsy

via Etsy

FOUR: property searches

At 12 years old, I discovered a new hobby: online house hunting.  My obsession back then was the multi-million dollar O'ahu estates on Choi Realty's website.  I'd spend hours looking at the pictures, imagining what it would be like to own one of those mansions.  For the last 17+ years, I've enjoyed searching for homes around the country.  My current favorite site is  They list historical properties throughout New England.  I love the ones that have crazy back stories, like, "Revolutionary-war soldier, Josiah Elliott Boone owned this home.  After the war, he opened the town's first pub and inn where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson once stayed."  (Okay, I made that one up.)  Maybe I'll live in one of those houses some day.  After all, I did end up living on O' a dorm room, not a mansion...but still, it happened.  
P.S. The listing below is Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm.  Yes, that is genuinely what it's called.  See what I mean?  Charming.

Have an awesome weekend!  Hope you can catch one of those docs.  See ya next Friday!

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Happy New Year!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging in this week's Disney edition (yes, I just got back from four magical days)!  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: Chicago Bears Almost Right Sweaters

Back in August (when the Bears had potential), I pre-ordered these Almost Right Sweaters to give my family as Christmas gifts.  We had booked a trip to Walt Disney World for New Year's and I had visions of the whole gang walking about the parks in festive matching attire.  They arrived in late September and I was extremely excited.  Unfortunately, week by week, the Bears turned uglier than the sweaters.  In November, I noticed that the box they had been shipped in was a recycled Aaron Rodgers doll carton.  Bad karma!  Anyways, I apologetically presented them to my family at Christmas.  Thankfully, they were still thrilled with their gifts.  My vision came to life on Wednesday when the Orlando air chilled to sweater weather.  We spent NYE at Disney Studios sporting our loud tribute to our hometown team.  It's amazing how many people shouted out "Da Bears!" or came up to chat about the sweaters.  Turns out, they were an awesome investment....Cutler, not so much.

L to R: Amanda, Kevin, me, Brandon, Mom, Dad, & Jen

Owning the back row on Tower of Terror.

TWO: Toy Story Midway Mania!

Toy Story Midway Mania! is a relatively new ride at Hollywood Studios.  Like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, this is a game-style ride.  You wear 3-D glasses and play five carnival digital games.  The wait time is still really long, though, so I recommend booking a Fastpass as early as possible.

THREE: Dole Pineapple Whip

Dole Pineapple Whip is my favorite snack in Disney.  It's a super fresh vegan option that is full of pineapple flavor.  I've had it at Disneyland, WDW, and at the Dole Pineapple Plantation in Hawaii.  It never disappoints!  I even bought a Pineapple Whip air freshener for the car.

FOUR: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights 

I loooooove Christmas lights and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights does not disappoint.  It is an amazing show with over 5 million bulbs burning bright in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  This dazzling display envelopes you in a colorful world of Holiday fun!  Basically, it's like your walking in a giant Lite Brite. #winning

Panoramic with the iPhone

Panoramic with the iPhone

Hope you had an awesome holiday!  Welcome, 2015!  See ya next week.