I recently visited the curated shop, Joinery, for a little fashion inspo. What a trove! Dresses, pull-overs, accessories, and jewelry — all just breathtaking in their simplicity. The details, it’s all in the details. I stayed for several minutes just letting my eyes feast, then I scurried back here to share. You’re so very welcome.

All images via Joinery. PS. visit their Living section for many pretty things for the home.


Far and away

Anthro’s Away We Go: Vietnam campaign has left me with a definite case of wanderlust.

Here I am, burrowed deep beneath layers in the new Arctic formerly known as Chicago, watching these clips of a far-away place filled with color, mystery, and above all warm temperatures. I admit to being a little smitten with the idea of leaving all of this snow behind and going on an adventure. I guess a hot bubble bath will have to suffice in the meantime.

Let’s comfort ourselves with a cup of hot cocoa (we deserve whipped cream on top), and a few links to like.

Have a great, and hopefully sparkly, weekend!


Photos and words — a blogger’s tools of the trade.

A good blogger will use photos to tell a story, be it a fashion story, a design story, a cooking story, or the story of a beloved child, or trip.

Here’s a series of photos that I think tell another, less practical, more poetical story. The kind of story that inspires daydreaming, and wonderings, and what-ifs. The kind that offers warmth and a bit of fantasy on a snowy winter day such as today.

From the top:

1. “Love alone…” via Instagram

2. Dawn swimmer via Flickr

3. Balloon girl via Pinterest

4. Swinging via Republic of Nowhere

5. Window and rugs via Boots and Pine

6. Hemingway via Pinterest

7. Leotard and skirt via Pinterest

8. Feathers via Tattoo Ideas Central

9. Pressed flower via Tumblr

10. Woman at window via imgfave

11. “Do what you can” via Plum Pretty Sugar

12. Ballerina “Lost In Motion” (National Ballet of Canada) via Tumblr

13. Family photo via Lang Photographers

Plus a poetical Tumblr presenting images of beautiful, sculptural objects, and a link to its adjacent shop offering much of the same.

Date night for the cheap and intrepid.

date night

It’s not fair. I happen to be in love with my husband, so why is it so hard to find something fun to do together that isn’t something we do ALL the time, or doesn’t cause us to dip into the kids’ college funds to afford? Listen, I have limited time to spend on this, and so does he. We just want to do something fun. Something new. We want to hold hands and skip off together into a magical land of novel interests and never-before considered pursuits. This is not too much to ask.

So we signed up on one of those “let-us-plan-your-next-awesome-date” sites. I’m looking forward to trying duck liver mousse and pheasant galantine in a “rustic setting, a nod to the inns known as berghaus that offer refuge to hikers in the Alps”, for FREE y’all. That’s what I’m talking about.

How About We has the tagline: “Think outside the box of chocolates”. Nice. But I still would like some chocolate. Lot’s of free dates on this site.

Delightful claims to offer: “Curated Experiences for Two”. This is next level stuff when you go on an “experience” instead of a date. I think Mike and I have been married long enough for an experience. Plus they also offer freebies.

Of course there’s old stand-bys like Groupon and Living Social, which we tap into for all sorts of deals on couples and family fun. Well, what do you think? Have you heard of these sites? Would you try one of their dates?

Image courtesy of Some Ecards.

Book trailers are a thing, and other weekend amusements.

So yeah, books have trailers now. I know that because I am au courant (which is French for “knowing the newest information and trends…eventually”) and a zeitgeist (which is German for “I’m on Twitter”).

The New Yorker posted the trailer for B.J. Novak’s (The Office) new book, “One More Thing”. Novak is a smart guy. He featured Mindy Kaling and referenced Sartre in the same trailer. So funny. I’m getting the book based on those two merits alone.

When you’ve finished being impressed with the unbelievable beauty and complexity of Mindy Kaling, here’s some more amusing links to like this weekend:

Director Adrian De Sa Garces’ unreal personal photo journal of his home town Walvis Bay, Namibia.

A vocabulary test that will tell you how many English words you know! Crucial information if you are, like me, a writer, a teacher, and a nerd.

These recipes featuring eggs that look so good I want to cry.

Just ordered this book on Amazon based purely on this intriguing blog post and some of the comments that follow. This is the first time I’ve ever bought a book that I knew nothing about.

A leather jacket I totally want.

Also, this helpful little primer gives practical suggestions for dressing your age. Maybe no leather skinnies for me after all!

Motawi’s brilliantly beautiful new additions to the Charlie Harper collection of ceramic art tiles. I’d love to redo all of my backsplashes with a few of these lovelies.

As a faithful wearer of red lipstick myself, I thought this was a good tip to avoid ring-around-the-mouth.

Have a great weekend!

The quest for clean.


I just read “The 3 Things Rule” post on Apartment Therapy. Basically, you commit to putting away three things every day to keep the clutter down in your home, except those three things can’t be things you would have cleaned anyway.

“The rule to this rule is that these things must be in addition to your normal chores (example: in our house, putting away dishes is a daily chore, so a dish is not eligible as one of the “things”).” – Stephanie Strickland, Apartment Therapy

I guess everyone does some sort of habitual cleaning to keep bad smells, and possibly health inspectors, away. As I always say to my husband, “When it comes to maintaining minimum sanitation standards, we are all over that.” But really, it’s one or two out-of-place items that make a house look disheveled only hours after you’ve finished cleaning it. And it’s the creeping clutter over the course of a day or two that makes everything look, well, trashed. I find this the most frustrating thing of all. You clean, you polish, but it just won’t stay that way. Sigh.

So I kind of like this “3 Things” rule to help keep the clutter down. It’ll be hard to get everyone else in my house in the habit. Guess I’ll have to play Crazy Lady for a couple of days to let them know this is really happening.

What do you think of this as a rule to help keep your place looking tidy? Please don’t tell me clutter really isn’t a problem for you. I don’t even want to hear it.