Flowers for Friday

When I buy my weekly flowers, I gravitate to the simplicity of a gerber daisy.  They are ordinary and youthful and lovely.  I remember as a girl being delighted by the bright, vivacious hues of these happy flowers.  The daisies seem so innocent and remind me of young girls plucking petals and reciting, "he loves me, he loves me not."  Today I mixed the joyful blooms with some summery pink and orange snapdragons to create an explosion of warm colors. 


Nightly Rituals

Now that my sweet baby has been a part of our lives for almost a year, my husband and I find ourselves carving out time for solitude (or "coupletude") in the evening hours. Always one to embrace little rituals, our baby has made me even more devoted those moments throughout the day where I can recharge my proverbial batteries.  When I allow myself time and space to think and dream, I am a more fun and energetic mom, a more devoted wife and a more passionate teacher.  I try not to underestimate the value of an evening doing exactly what I want.


Pretty Monday: Sweet Dreams

She used to say she could taste sleep and that it was as delicious as a BLT on fresh French bread.” -Rebecca Wells, The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood

I know it is only Monday, but I am dreaming of a nice, long nap after a nice, long weekend of activity. 
In a hammock by the sea or a puffy, comfy bed layered with pillows, I would adore a snooze somewhere pretty.  The Spanish are definitely onto something wonderful with their lovely afternoon siestas.  A mid-afternoon sleepy solitude break is just what I need today.  Until my own darling baby finds her own nap-time routine, I shall just dream of these sweet, dreamy nooks.


Brunching: Cherries Jubliee Pancakes

Pancakes are a weekend staple in our household.  Sorry short-cut takers, but I do not believe in Bisquick.  Pancakes are simple to make from scratch and adding your own ingredients allows you to change the recipe slightly to enhance new flavors.
Girl with Cherries by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, ca. 1491-95
Since cherries have just come into season, we find ourselves snacking on Bing variety most nights after dinner.  This morning I wanted something a bit more exciting.  


Cocktail du jour: Pomegranate Cosmo

There really needs to be a cleverer name for this cocktail, but I couldn't think of one.  Pomeranian?  No, that's a white, fussy purse dog.  Pozmo?  Nope, lame.  Well, maybe I've had one too many to be clever.  What I can tell you is that these are tasty!



Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte, 1884
Wherever you live, you simply must have a picnic at some point this summer.  Pack up a lunch, put together some delicious bites and head outside.  


A Dress Code

"Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart."  ~Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Over the weekend, as I sat in my overly-stretched stretchy pants and old Coldplay concert t-shirt (which is not quite old enough to be cool and vintage just old enough to be gross), I read Annette Tapert's "Always Dress to Impress" in the Wall Street Journal.  The article gently chastised those of us who run errands in yoga pants, fetch our children in the dreaded mom jeans or fanny about with a greasy ponytail sans makeup.


Ode to Dad

Things my daddio taught me:
  • it's never too late to change course 
  • try to eat local, organic food as often as possible but don't fret if you occasionally consume grape soda and Doritos
  • the comedy duo of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope transcend generational boundaries
  • NPR is usually the best choice on the radio
  • you are never too full for a good piece of dark chocolate
  • be open to change 
  • Jacques Pepin has a lot to teach us
  • the most insulting term you should ever call anyone is "dork-butt"
  • a visit to a museum is always a good idea
  • never stop learning
  • asparagus and brussels sprouts are, in fact, delicious
  • you can't beat a Yellow Labrador as a best friend
  • the films at the art theater are usually superior to those at the megaplex
  • Dumb and Dumber will make you laugh until you snort (and it's okay to contradict yourself sometimes...see previous bullet point)
  • read both the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker to balance yourself out
  • people who park crooked in their parking spots are called "diagonerds"
  • watch Public Television, you will learn something new
  • you can love both Chopin and OutKast 
  • "Lack of planning on your behalf does not constitute an emergency on my behalf."
  • be kind


Peaches and Cream

One of my favorite breakfasts as a little girl was an instant pack of "Peaches and Cream" Quaker oatmeal.  There were neither peaches nor cream in those little paper packets, but the result was something that warmed my belly and readied me for a long day ahead.


Flowers for Friday

“Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” -Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe, Pink Tulip, 1926


Cocktail du jour: The Classic Margarita

Confession: from time to time, I watch an episode of the Real Housewives of _______. On a recent train wreck episode (aren't they all?) of the RHONY (that'd be the Real Housewives of New York for those of you who don't rot your brains on Bravo), one of the gals mentioned that she thought "tequila was the only alcohol that was an upper."  
Well, I have found no scientific evidence to support this claim, but I have consumed a few margaritas in my day.  And, I do have scientific evidence to support the fact that: a) they are delicious & b) they make me smile.

Mine, All Mine: Personalized Spaces

In the South, most anything that isn't nailed down (and well, a few things that are) can be suitable for a monogram: button-down shirts, baby frocks, totes, pillows, towels, upholstery.  


I Spy Something Blue

"Oh, darkly, deeply, beautifully blue/As someone somewhere sings about the sky." -Lord Byron
Pink may be my signature color, but the cool, beachy serenity of aqua is what soothes me most.  The colors of the sea and sky fill my own home.  Whether with a slight patina like the ceiling of an old Southern manor or crisp and saturated like a fresh, new tile floor, shades of aqua can't help but put a little spring in your step.


Pour le bébé

I have no plans of turning this blog into a mommy-zone, sharing stories of diaper woes or onesie wonders.  But...I am a mom now.  It's inescapable.  I cannot separate Pink Frenchie from Maaaammmmaawwww (that's how my own bébé says it these days).  So from time to time, I do want to share some special finds for the petits people in your life.
Berthe Morisot, The Cradle, 1872


Pretty Monday: Lovely Lanterns

Mondays are usually anything but pretty. Banal, yes. Exhausting, sure. Pretty, probably not.  So, here's a dose of Monday morning pretty to get you on the right start for the week.  
A beautiful print from The Wheatfield shop on Etsy
How about some dreamy lanterns to get you inspired to relax on your porch with a nice cold glass of lemonade or a lemon drop if you're naughty?


Caps and Gowns

"You see the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born." -Viola Davis, Providence College Commencement Address 2012
Image borrowed from The University of Alabama
I never attended my college graduation or my graduate school graduation.  In college, I finished a semester ahead of schedule and in grad school, let's just say my thesis took longer than expected to write (or I just became exceptionally gifted at procrastinating). 


Strawberry Fields (Forever)

If there is a better activity for a Saturday summer morning than picking strawberries fresh out of the field, I cannot imagine what that might be (okay, maybe sipping mango coladas in St. Thomas would be equally as delightful, but work with me here).  Until you've tasted a real, ripe strawberry that is warmed by the sun and speckled in morning dew, you haven't tasted a strawberry. 


The Art of the Unexpected: At the Airshow

My husband is one of those guys who can sit and watch some snoozefest on the History Channel for hours (and hours and hours). Don't get me wrong, I am an art historian by profession and love learning about bygone days; however, dear hubby's fascination with the past is even more fanatical than my own.  


Cocktail du jour: The Caipirinha

The warm summer sun and clear blue skies make me crave beachy cocktails.  Though I've never been to Rio, I have tasted plenty of limey and delicious caipirinhas (pronounced:kai-pee-reen-ya). Cue the bossa nova tunes, throw on your swimsuit and sarong...here's the scoop on these sweet and tart libations.  You'll be on Copacabana in no time!

Smitten for Kitchens

Apartment living has many lovely advantages, but customizing one's kitchen is simply not one of them.  As someone who spends many hours a day scurrying through my kitchen (mostly chasing my speed-crawling munchkin around and around the island), I often think about what I'd want in my someday-maybe-perhaps dream cooking space.  


Tu me manques

Translation: I miss you.

Wow, it's been a long while.  The last year has brought so many changes, the first and foremost being the birth of my sweet baby daughter.  But as you parents out there will know, the first few months of your first child's life alter you in deep and indelible ways.  

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