Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Austin: Birds of Chicago



Saturday.

 A little furniture browsing.

Rocking chair at Period Modern

For end of bed as $1400 sock-sorting station?
 To Austin to see Birds of Chicago.  (The backstory to how we know Allie of Birds-of-Chicago-formerly-of-Po'girl is here)

A bite at Annie's Cafe first.



Longhorn glass sculpture... no, we see a mustache


Lambert's Downtown BBQ

Relaxing at the Ginger Man beforehand in this living room-esque portion of the bar






 
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pretty Powerful


Checked out Bobbi Brown's new book Pretty Powerful and will summarize what I learned about good makeup for you:


BLUSH.
 
 
All of the women featured in the book- younger, older, classic beauty, plain Jane, famous - are wearing blush. (Mom-- you have always been a blush advocate and I hope you feel vindicated.)
 
The book is definitely worth a trip to the library ($30 for a perusal and mental note to wear more blush (+ cream eyeshadow + narrow eyeliner)... no).  Check out a preview here, a sample look, and The Secret of the Universe.
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Likes & Finds


 
One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
Iris Murdoch

A skincare/makeup best-of list, starting with my newest find:

Boscia Oil-free Hydration SPF 15 ($36) I wish it had a little more SPF oomph, but what it does have is superior texture and matte finish without velvetiness.  Go get yourself some.

Armani Luminous Silk foundation  ($59) The best.  (But Julie, it's $59!  I know.  Just think of all the inferior products in the wrong shade you won't buy.)

YSL lipsticks ($32)  Again, get a pink and a red and something exciting and then no more lipsticks ever.  The Goldlilocks of lipstick - just-right texture (not glossy-not matte), staying power, and great colors.  I was wearing No. 19 (Fuchsia) when some guy came up to me and said, 'I like your lipstick.  It would look trashy on other people, but on you it looks nice.' AND NOW WE'RE HAVING A BABY. I don't know how else to convince you that this is special stuff.


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Speaking of The Baby, nursery planning starts with accessories, no?  How cute are these elephants? (Cecil & Clyde)

Daily nostalgia fix: Dear Photograph

Not exactly my taste but full of great interior design ideas, tips and strategies: Southern Living Style

Tee hee: Hilarious how the other professionals cannot keep a straight face as Dr. Ruth dispenses her advice.






 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Smitten in the Mitten


Weekend No. 5 Out of Town: Michigan Edition.

Nate and Laura get married!

Nate is Luke's youngest brother and when the clan - seven siblings and fifteen grandchildren to date-gets together, it's a happy tumult of kids and smiles...



 



Luke and his sisters Susie and Amy practice their song beforehand:

video

Reception pics:

Luke and nephew Levi


Levi liked the beard and the glasses.
Newest nephew Abe

The reluctant ringbearer

Avielle

Dancefloor action:






Micaiah and Eshton

McKessa

Amy and Levi


Avielle, Laura, Elisheva

Ryland

Ben and Susie

Bros in law Luke and Ben

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Missourahhhhh


Weekend No. 4 Out of Town: St Louis, Part Deux, for Robin and Will's reception at my parents' home.



 
In the morning I attended a cytology meeting and saw a bunch of my old coworkers - so fun to catch up. (On the gossip).

Registrants had to wear a cardigan to gain entry to the meeting.


Then back to WashMO for the festivities.  Sadly short on party pics.  The house was lovely, the food was great, and the company so fun.




Setting up petit fours and German chocolate cupcakes

Will, Robin, Elise



Gabe colors with Aggie


Mia

Iva and Aggie, best friends for decades

Jenny and I

Romie, Derinda, Diane

LH and JF

Em, Will, Amanda, and Jonathan

Family fun train rolls on with my brother-in-law's wedding in Michigan this weekend!  Then to some serious nesting in October-- making jam, thinking about baby schtuffs, getting the nursery ready....