Tuesday, May 31


Made this banner for a birthday party for a little girl in TX!

Shoot me an email if you would like to order a custom banner!

Wednesday, May 25

Pool Side Reads

I've finished these books recently and really liked them all. Great for reading by the pool! {btw...YAY! days by the pool are my favorite! and don't worry, I slather up in SPF 30-50}

This book is rather graphic...but SO good. A look into a world none of us (thankfully) have known. I hope there is a sequel!
"Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but then again, the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their black, enslaved mistresses. It's their open secret.

Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at Tawawa House. They have become friends over the years as they reunite and share developments in their own lives and on their respective plantations. They don't bother too much with questions of freedom, though the resort is situated in free territory–but when truth-telling Mawu comes to the resort and starts talking of running away, things change.

To run is to leave behind everything these women value most–friends and families still down South–and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances–all while they are bearing witness to the end of an era."

Written by the author of "Something Borrowed", this book was a great, quick read. I still haven't read Griffin's other books, but they are definitely on my reading list this summer.
"Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie---a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance---and even, to some degree, friendships---believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

Another book set in the late 20s (like Water for Elephants), this book will make you grateful for all that you have!
"The year is 1929 and Honora Beecher and her husband, Sexton, are just settling into a new marriage and a cottage on the coast of New Hampshire. While Honora fixes up the derelict house and searches for bits of sea glass on the beach, Sexton risks everything they own to buy the house they both love. Along with millions of other Americans, he is blindsided by the stock market crash and finds himself penniless. The only work he can find is a nearly mill, where a labour conflict is erupting into violence. Shaken by forces they scarcely understand, Honora and Sexton try to build a marriage and home while overwhelmed by passions of every kind.

Writing with the power and immediacy that have made her novels bestsellers, Shreve unfolds interlocking lives, each with its own share of love, loss and challenge. This is another gripping and unforgettable story of the human heart from one of the most accomplished novelists of our time."

Have you read any of these? What books are on your reading lists this summer?

Tuesday, May 24

minus the pooh

call me crazy but I really want this bracelet...minus the disgusting charms (would be easy to remove). love the inspirational quote and the clasp is pretty!

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"

{available here}

Monday, May 23

L Cups

Lilly cups that is! Or rather, Lilly Pulitzer Acrylic Wine Glasses from Lifeguard Press. So cute & perfect for outdoor use this summer...

and a great idea for a hostess gift!

Get yours HERE.

Tuesday, May 17


so i went shopping with my momma this weekend and was surprised to find that the gap had a lot of super cute stuff! haven't liked anything from there in a long while. plus, used her gap card and got 40% on all regular priced items...nice. here's what i picked up!


 more bows!

 even cuter on, and super comfortable. the cross straps are stretchy.

pool opens next week!! woohoo!

Monday, May 16


obsessed with....

i could spend hours browsing Pinterest!
have ya'll joined? just as obsessed as i am?

Tuesday, May 10

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!
to my fave little graduate Alaka!!
I'm giving her this wreath for her bday...her & her new roomie's initials! bright for summer!

Monday, May 9

a lovely weekend

We had a great weekend here in the bluegrass...Derby on Saturday and Mothers' Day on Sunday made for lots of fun events!

Started the weekend with my cousin's senior night lacrosse game...

celebrated Derby with friends and family
Hung out with some of my faves Sat night...you may recognize Chelsea and Meredith!
Had a wonderful brunch with my mom, sis, and cousin for mother's day. it was gorgeous out!

Checked out Mayfest in Gratz Park. Lots of fun! petting zoo, funnel cakes, beautiful hold homes, art fair, beer :)
Then went to Britt's for her sister Alaka's graduation celebration! the food was TDF! need to detox stat!