THE MISS Q
I picked up this little laser-cut house at Crate & Barrel this past weekend. It makes the most delightful geometric shadows with the help of a tealight. It’s sturdy (made of steel), kind of a modern take on a hurricane, and only about $25 (free shipping, too). There is a red version but I feel like the white one has more versatility to be used  year-round. If you need a good hostess gift, I highly recommend this little guy.

I picked up this little laser-cut house at Crate & Barrel this past weekend. 

It makes the most delightful geometric shadows with the help of a tealight. It’s sturdy (made of steel), kind of a modern take on a hurricane, and only about $25 (free shipping, too). There is a red version but I feel like the white one has more versatility to be used  year-round. If you need a good hostess gift, I highly recommend this little guy.

I Love…
  • Thursdays. Growing up, my dad worked in the auto industry and Thursdays were his day off…therefore, it has always been my favorite day of the week.
  • Winter hats, especially those with pom poms. Evidence here, here, here, here, and here. Oh, and I keep staring at the awesome ones from this post.
  • The Wet Brush (yeah, still). I’m seeing more reviews pop up on Tumblr and all I can think is, “YAY, for no more tangles!” 
  • The heavy knit of this boyfriend sweater
  • Whipping up this Basic Quiche from Real Simple whenever I just don’t want to cook. Slap ingredients together and throw that beast in the oven. It’s a winner. 
  • I love the notion of ‘shopping’ my house. Do you ever do this? Move furniture into different rooms, revamp the furniture layout, change up the art work, dig old stuff out of a cabinet and mix it up with new stuff on a bookshelf. It’s breathing new life into our digs, I swear. Bonus: cost-effective.
  • BP’s ‘Chandler’ Loafer from Nordstrom is impossibly cute and chic. Really great for everyday wear in a multitude of seasons. 50% off ain’t bad, either.
  • This personalized version of the Night Before Christmas. Cool keepsake idea, right? 
  • I love the wish tree at our church, benefiting young kids in need this holiday season. Yesterday I eagerly picked up winter coats, hoodies, sparkly tops, The Littlest Pet Shop, and itty bitty purses for the young recipients (per their individual requests). 
  • Brainstorming more ways to give. I told Fitz that I really want to organize a food drive or a toy drive with his company this year, so I’m in the process of researching local shelters and charities. Got any recs? If so, let me know!

What do you love?

88floors:

Dalston House by Leandro Erlich

Wishes

Let’s have our imaginations get carried away for a moment. You down? Okay, then.

  • I wish cars were self-cleaning…the exterior and interior variety. 
  • I wish Floyd of Rosedale could be displayed on my mantle till next year’s Iowa-Minnesota matchup. When visitors are over I’ll just casually be like, “Oh this bronzed pig, right here? Yes, well it’s all about grandstanding tradition and sportsmanship. And kicking ass, of course.”
  • I wish that pancakes and macarons were calorie-free.
  • I wish I had a black tie event on the calendar. Who doesn’t love a man in a tux?
  • Additionally, I wish I had an event in which I would be the one wearing a tux.
  • I wish my yard had a Honeycrisp apple tree, and I wish my kitchen had a sweet little old lady who made apple crisps and tarts.
  • I wish I could navigate my writer’s block more effectively. Everyday life is a test to my multi-tasking acumen and I constantly feel like I’m falling short.
  • I wish our house had a secret passageway or hidden alcove. Or maybe it does have one and I just haven’t found it yet.
  • I wish I would talk less and do more. Sort of ‘just make it happen’ mentality. 
  • I wish these fancy kicks would magically appear in my closet, along with this green J. Crew minaudiere.
  • I wish more people used the term ‘minaudiere.’ I mean, how fun is that word?!
  • I wish for my posture to be more ‘elongated ballerina’ and less ‘hunched hobo.’ Note to self: Engage those abs!

What do you wish for?

This article hits the nail right on the head. 

(Fitz sent me this link a day or so ago; can you tell we both used to work in real estate?!) 

Friday, Quickly
  • This house is becoming a home: bought a shower curtain that POPS!, nabbed an old trunk that doubles as a coffee table, and moved some things from here to there. It’s looking goooood.
  • Feeling a little sluggish after a long evening of emphatic conversation, bottles of Alpha Omega, and a whole lot of laughing with great friends.
  • Tomorrow: There will be a boat. There will be costumes. There will be Buffet. And really crappy weather (seriously, someone send Mother Nature a cookie bouquet). 
  • A friend recommended the Pink Martini channel on Pandora…not bad.
  • I dream of Eataly!
  • Wells can now answer some questions with a resounding ‘Yes!’ though it sounds more like ‘YISSS!’
Reblogged for my sister…sending good thoughts + hugs + real estate dreams. 

Reblogged for my sister…sending good thoughts + hugs + real estate dreams. 

In My Dining Room, Perhaps?

Source: shadesoflight.com via Kelly Q on Pinterest

Psst, if you don’t read John and Sherry’s blog, Young House Love, you are seriously missing out. They are witty, smart, DIY masters, have an adorable little girl named Clara, and share our affinity for unique dog monikers. In their case: a chihuahua named Burger. BURGER!!!

An update on the boys with the killer smiles:

Wells is on the MOVE these days…crawling, pulling himself to stand, pulling on my pants leg, climbing onto furniture, walking while gripping coffee tables and couches, standing over and over and over and over again in the tub, and exploring every electrical cord, outlet, night light, dog dish, vent, cabinet, and shoe. #wearescrewed

Fitz is also on the move, albeit career-wise as he starts grad school in less than two weeks. #schoolshopping?

Wells has a play date tomorrow with his suburban buddies. He is the oldest of the group and has the least amount of teeth- zero! #gummygrins

Fitz and I have a double date tomorrow night with neighbors from our old digs in Chicago. They moved to the suburbs around the same time we did- different areas, but huge renovation projects for both of us. Conversations will include words like drywall, budget, and permits. #scintillating

An update on the boys with the killer smiles:

Wells is on the MOVE these days…crawling, pulling himself to stand, pulling on my pants leg, climbing onto furniture, walking while gripping coffee tables and couches, standing over and over and over and over again in the tub, and exploring every electrical cord, outlet, night light, dog dish, vent, cabinet, and shoe. #wearescrewed

Fitz is also on the move, albeit career-wise as he starts grad school in less than two weeks. #schoolshopping?

Wells has a play date tomorrow with his suburban buddies. He is the oldest of the group and has the least amount of teeth- zero! #gummygrins

Fitz and I have a double date tomorrow night with neighbors from our old digs in Chicago. They moved to the suburbs around the same time we did- different areas, but huge renovation projects for both of us. Conversations will include words like drywall, budget, and permits. #scintillating