Wednesday, March 30, 2011

these shoes. now. pretty please.

It's been awhile since I've fallen so quickly in love.  And I suppose it's only fitting that I've fallen so hard. 

Please fall with me for Miss L Fire's shoe collection:

Want to see more of their collection (along with their cheeky website)?  Go here.

I also wasn't surprised to find out that ModCloth sells some Miss L Fire too.  Hm.  Fancy that.

Like I said, fell hard. Very hard.  Especially for #2 and #10.

You know the drill friends - you have to pick a favorite too! 
I wanna heeeaaaarrrr.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

just a good spread.

Sooo I was doing my usual Facebooking last night, ya know, trying to keep up on all of those social networking avenues, and I came across these pictures posted on a friend's page.  Another lovely yellow wedding that I fell in love with.  I love the whole spread.  Not too fancy, but very thought out.  Just scroll through, enjoy the scenery, and get some ideas for yourself.

I love the "Let's spread love not germs" sign, the little jars for the candy table (you can find these at Michael's), the doilies, the gift table area, but I especially love the mismatched knobs on the drawers of that yellow table.  

I love A.L.L. of it.  Don't you?


Sunday, March 27, 2011

sunday's thwacks and shout-outs.

Thwack (verb) : to strike with, or as if with, something flat or heavy.
Shout-out (noun) : a public expression of gratitude or recognition.


1.) The husband ran our Sunday afternoon errands with hot pink gum stuck to his bum.  I noticed it only half way through our shopping trip. Whoops, sorry love : )

2.) My bracket became worthless this week, probably along with everybody's bracket.  GAH the unpredictability of March Madness.  I love it and I hate it.

3.) I took Lola and Trudy on a run Tuesday evening without the husband, aka the muscles in the family.  He was at class, so he couldn't join us.  The next day I was so stinking sore, it wasn't even funny.  I generally run 15 miles a week, so I really had no reason to be sore, other than the fact that my two 65 lb dogs are apparently THEE worst runners.  Ever.  Won't be doing that again any time soon.

However, this is what Lola looks like after a run, and I love to see a tired doggy.


1.) I couldn't decide if this was a thwack or a shout-out, but we rescued two stray dogs this week - one before work early in the week, and one on our Sunday afternoon run.  It's a shout-out because I'm glad WE found them, because it's just too hard for the husband and I to ignore them, so we do something about it.  It's a twack because I hate seeing stray dogs - especially ones without collars.  Breaks my heart.

2.) I get a 15% discount off my cell phone bill from here on out, thanks to Moss Adams LLP.

3.) I attended my very first book club with some of my lovely Moss Adams LLP ladies - we read The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Haven't read it?  You should - it is A-Mazing!  I couldn't put it down.  Also, the club was at Katie's house, the friend from this post about the telephone booth in her dining room, remember?  So, I finally got to see it for myself! 

Making some phone calls in the phone booth (not really).

She also had another little red one sitting atop a shelf that I couldn't resist.

4.) Our puppy sitter offered to take Lola and Trudy all day on Thursday, have a puppy sleepover on Thursday night, then watched them on Friday as well.  So, the husband and I got to have a lunch date together (we usually run home on our lunch break to let them out).  We branched out and tried something new, the Monterey Cafe near the Paulsen Center building downtown.  It's a new favorite of ours. Another one of those "I love discovering Spokane" moments.

5.) LADY ZAGS!!  The Gonzaga (a local Spokane University) women's basketball team made it to the NCAA Elite 8 this weekend.  They are the highest seed to make it to the Elite 8 ever, in the history of the women's tournament.  How awesome is that?  A friend of ours is the head athletic trainer for them, and another friend of ours (his girlfriend) is one of the assistant coaches, so we're super excited for them.

6.) I'm still very excited about my blog refresh with Megan at Red Peal Designs!  My hope is to have it done and revealed within the next couple of weeks.

K friends, that's all for tonight.  This girl is sleepy, and it's time to gear up for another week at Moss Adams LLP. 

Oh, well I guess Trudy is mad that she didn't make the post and Lola did, so I shall leave you with this face... is she scowling at me?


Friday, March 25, 2011

edible buttons anyone?

I found these precious little candy buttons over at Andie's Specialty Sweets shop, inspired by the heirloom craft of sewing.

Each button is hand crafted and infused with organic peppermint oil, said to taste like peppermint salt water taffy - umm de LISH. Makes me either want to buy some of these ASAP or head homeward-bound to the Oregon coast for some taffy.

I would particularly love to see these packaged up for guests in these similarly colorful boxes with adorable ribbon patterns:


Don't like the pastels?  Andie's Specialty Sweets can make them in any color for you... how about them apples? 


Thursday, March 24, 2011

bear the ring.

I adore the contrasting looks of this ring bearer pillow.  It's got the old grandma, slightly Tudor vibe to it, but brings a pop of new-age feel with those handmade silk dupioni roses sewn to the front. 

From Sophie and Mo.  Check out the rest of their shop here, they have lots of fabulous, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Seriously, do it.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

wedding shower to-do checklist.

With the high wedding season nearing us, it's about that time to start planning for bridal showers too.  Woooo fun!!

If this is your first time planning a bridal shower, (in fact, even if you're a seasoned veteran), you may be feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the details that go into planning a great shower.  It's a fairly important event for the bride, so not only do you want to plan a great get-together, but you also want it to be a fabulous, memorable time for the bride, celebrating with her friends and/or family, no?  I know, I'm caking on the pressure even more.  Sorry.

Anyways, first things first...stop freaking.

Second, we alllll know how I love lists of things to do to give me a visual of tasks, and then being able to cross things off that list once they are completed.  So, jump on my band wagon, and follow this easy check-list to ensure you don't miss anything, and throw the best shower a bride could ask for!


1. Pick a date.  Ideally two weeks to two months before the wedding.  But anytime works, really.

2. Create a guest list.  The bride should be able to help you determine who should be on that list.

3. Choose a theme (optional).  Need some ideas?  Try here or here.  I personally like this tea party theme:


4. Determine the location.  At your house?  A venue?  A park?

5. Buy or make the invitations.  Make sure to include registry information on the invitations.  There are a slew of adorable invitations on Etsy for reasonable prices.  I am in love with this particular design:


Four to six weeks before the shower:

1. Send invitations.

2. Decide on decorations and centerpieces.  If you decided to have a theme, these will most likely tie in with that theme.  I have a friend who is planning a shower right now, and she is making some adorable coffee filter garlands like these below.  Want to make your own?  Go here for a tutorial.


3. Plan a menu.

4. Prepare an activity (optional).  Check out some possibilities here and here.

One week before the shower

1. Buy a gift.  I think a good range is between $25-$50.  My personal opinion on this is, if you're throwing the shower, that can most definitely be your gift to the bride.  If multiple people are chipping in to help throw the shower, maybe consider also chipping in to purchase a gift together.

The week of the shower:

1. Shop for and prepare food (unless you are having it catered).

2. Purchase thank you cards for the bride (optional). 

The day of the shower:

1. Set up decorations.

2. Bring a pad of paper and pencil to write down who purchased what gifts to help the bride keep track for thank you notes.

3. As the guests arrive, have them write their address on a thank you note envelope, to make the process of writing thank you notes easier for the bride, since she has many things on her mind pre-wedding.  Some think this is tacky (possibly the older generation?), some don't.  It's up to you.

Happy planning!  Holler if you need any help or suggestions, friends.