Friday, September 30, 2011

I ♥ This

Just a few things I'm loving these days thanks to my recent love affair with Pinterest ...

Source: via Cate on Pinterest

There is nothing more adorable than a baby pug {are you reading this G??} ...

This is currently my style bible ... Not only full of great style tips (best for someone who likes the laid-back, chic, California girl style), but full of practical advice too!

How to Keep Whites White
"One trick is to ... soak the offending T-shirt [(i.e. for those unsightly yellow stains)] in a solution of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of water)."    ...

Source: via Cate on Pinterest

This living room, featured in Patina Style, is serving as inspiration for my own living room ...

Sounds like a perfect Fall snack, I WILL be attempting this recipe this weekend!

Such a simple idea, but so creative {and it looks like it would be fun to do!} ...

If I were rich, I would probably purchase every piece of clothing, and every accessory designed by Michael Kors. His collections pretty much sum up what I love about fashion (simple, but elegant & chic), and this watch is STUNNING ...

And speaking of stunning, I fell in love with this photograph {taken in Paris} the minute I saw it. If only all rainy days could be this gorgeous. 

And last but not least ...

Source: via Cate on Pinterest

*Sigh* It's sooo true, I could {and have} spend HOURS on Pinterest. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to join a support group if it doesn't let up! There are just too many beautiful things on there {I've found so much inspiration for my wedding and my home, not to mention all the wonderful recipes}.

Is anyone else out there just as ADDICTED to Pinterest as I am?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

First Days of Fall + New Beginnings

Before I say anything else, I want to say THANK YOU to my fellow bloggers and readers for the warm and kind comments I received after my last blog post. It means a lot to me, and my partner, to know that we're in your thoughts and prayers. I'm still technically on my blogging hiatus, but after reading other blog posts about the beginning of the Fall season, I felt compelled to add my thoughts to the blogosphere.

So as you all know, yesterday was the first (official) day of Fall! Fall is my favourite season for three main reasons:

 {Fall fashion! Summer is great (who doesn't love long, breezy dresses, and lounging by the pool with a drink in spare moments?), but Fall ... Fall means tall leather boots, and warm, cozy sweaters to wrap up in.} 

1) Pringle of Scotland: Cowl neck sweater
2) Tommy Hilfiger: Rugby striped sweater
3) Aldo: Deare boot

{Blustery days made better with warm cups of tea, and leaves changing from bright greens to beautiful golds, crimsons and coppers. And the smells, oh how I love the smells of Fall. }

and my favourite reason of all ...

{New Beginnings. To me, Fall has always been the epitome of this concept, much more so than New Years. Because Fall was (is still) the time when you can begin with a blank slate. When school begins, and the pages of your notebook are still crisp and white, waiting for the words to leave their mark.}

My partner and I ... we're on a path to a new beginning of sorts. We're going through something that can do one of two things: tear you apart, or bring you closer together. I can truly say right now, that this experience has brought us even CLOSER together, and I feel so blessed that God has given us the chance to show how strong we really are. Whatever your belief system, whether it's "God" or something else, know this: you are never given more than you can handle.

We WILL get through this. We WILL beat this, and we will LOVE more for it!