Fridays, I can’t stop… listening to Podcasts

serial podcast

i patiently waited for my sister in law to join us for a day of painting with the kids at Color Me Mine during Christmas break. She sent her son in and followed a little after. I figured just another day in the life of a nursing mom but then she dropped the most delightful bomb ever.
“do you listen to serial?” she said. “what?” was my basic response. then she went on to tell me about the podcast, Serial from The American Life and how its gripping nature will literally prevent you from getting out of your car until the episode is finished. I downloaded the podcast the next week and  found myself, sitting in the car, outside of Target, listening and not moving.

I texted her everyday as I devoured the podcast. things like.

“who did it?”

“do you think he is a sociopath?”

“i am not sure why i am obsessed but i think it is the narrator’s voice.”

then sadly it ended. just like when finishing Harry Potter or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, i mourned Serial. I wanted to reach for it and listen again. i kept checking my phone to see if maybe just maybe i missed an episode and could listen again.  I thought about the characters, who are in fact not characters but real live people, dealing with a real live murder investigation and trial. I did that really annoying thing where you try to talk to people about it that don’t listen and explain it’s brilliance.

This week i found a new list for those of us addicted to Serial to listen to until Serial comes back on. Check it out over here on the Coveteur. Excuse me now while i sit in my car.

This Friday, I just can’t stop listening to these podcasts.

Invisibilia: The Secret History of Thoughts

what else can i not stop this week? i can’t stop wearing these heels. they are high but the heel is blocky enough that i have worn them three times this week alone. perfect for a night with the girls and some meetings. and they are to die for in tan also! get them. you won’t regret it.

dolce vita heels

dolce vita nakita woven heelpaired with this pleated leather midi skirt and you are gonna be reeeal happy.

trouve pleated metallic skirt



ruby tuesdays… the noncomplainer

sick ruby

there are blessings that come with a noncomplainer. whining is kept to a minimum. you can get away with handing them the last drink, it can be the wrong flavor they are fine, they figure it out. if a complaint does escape their lips it is brief and they move on.

“i want to sit in the back.”

“not today.”

“ahh, okay.”

it is kind of  a relief from the normalcy of trying to placid everyone else all day.  the downside of the noncomplainer is that they can be overlooked. ya know the whole squeaky wheel thing. we have a lot of squeaks around here and they definitely soak up a lot of oil. sometimes all the oil i have.

ruby is my noncomplainer. while in mammoth this weekend she woke up one night warm and thirsty, but not complaining and we hadn’t quite mastered the whole temperature control in the room so everyone was warm. the next morning she couldn’t wait to get to the mountain for ski school. we got up. she ate breakfast. she dressed. no complaints even after asking several times if she was feeling okay, checking her forehead etc.

ski bunny

after an afternoon of skiing i got a call from a friend that my little ruby tuesday was done for the day. that’s all. as i walked up to the slopes i noticed a little body laying at the bottom of the chair lifts. i almost passed out, she had to be hurt. my friend was trying to save me from some really horrible news with all that, “she’s done” talk in his calm collected voice. i know better. that is what friends/fellow parents do. you call all calm like so the parent doesn’t panic. i have played this game before.

sleeping in the snow the non complainer kid

Luckily she wasn’t injured.  she really was done. dead asleep on her instructor’s jacket right there at the lifts. no broken bones, no blood.  obviously i knew right away she wasn’t feeling well. i mean who could fall asleep in the snow, right? unfortunately i can’t carry her and my dear friend had to shlep her completely dead weight body all the way back to the condo. now that is friendship. she couldn’t feel her arms for days.

i have been told i spend an extra amount of attention on my little girl on this blog or my instagram and i see that as a good thing. Because you see, she rarely makes a fuss and when she does she is easy to please and return back to an even keeled state. if i give her extra attention, especially here where she has her very own Ruby Tuesdays, that is fine by me. the girl deserves it. in fact, she can be so easy going about things that she often gets swept up in all the boy activities and my hus and i have to stop and say “when was the last time ruby got to choose what we do?” she gets shlepped from the baseball fields to football practice. she patiently plays on her iPod while i calm my other boys’ nerves and creates crazy art projects in her room while i help myes through piles of homework.

after a trip to the doctor we found out she had a sinus infection. she is on the mend… and not complaining.

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new year, new rooms, no resolutions

New Years Junkie. That is what i have called myself. each year i set a bunch of goals i usually don’t keep and so on. this year, i changed my mind.  this year i did not have any goals in mind to inevitably forget that i set. this year i wanted to keep it simple and attainable so after some good thinking i came up with a few what i deem achievable goals.

1. Figure out how to wake up looking glowy and angelic in the morning. this goes hand in hand with my “find a pretty laugh and pretty cry face of 2011″. failed. ahh blast.  in my defense i would like to wake up looking fly for the welfare of my fellow housemates. if i had to wake up to me every morning i would be a little cranky in the mornings too. it’s scary.

2. get a coffee table.

3. order my children a photo album so they have some documentation of their childhood existence and my future children-in-laws can be super impressed when they unwrap said album at their wedding showers. “aww what a loving uber organized mom,” is the reaction i am going for.

so we are working on No. 1, wait for some really great upcoming beauty posts!! in the meantime, lets talk about No.2 …

we walked in our home one night after a day of holiday festivities took a look at our front room  and said, “its time.” our entire front room consisted of hand me downs from friends and family with the exception of a kelly green cabinet we got for $129 our first year of marriage and i agonized over it for days.

living room 1

now my husband had an agenda the whole time, lucky for me i stock up my agendas for months and months so when he throws one of his ideas out there I am quickly prepared with my counter agenda in hand.  i already had these sofas, this credenza and this dining table on my list for over a year. patience my friends. i should have known i would pay for my furniture obsessions to the tune of a big, giant, black gaping tv screen hung right over the mantel in my newly furnished living room. its horrible. horrible. BUT i have some really dreamy furniture to distract my eye from the monstrosity so we are good.

i saw these beauties at anthropologie and fell in love about a year ago. however, light blue would never fly with my little nuggets. after talking to the people at anthropologie about other possible fabric options, or lack thereof,  i  hired a local upholstery shop to recreate these sofas in a better color for us. it is a kind of dark cobalt, navy type combination in linen. we have loved reviving this room, getting rid of all our hand me down furniture that used to occupy this space and look for new options. to complete the look here are the other items on my radar once he is ready for another compromise.

dining room 1 dining chairs 1 west elm brass candlesticks

vintage coasters

 vintage guatemalan coasters

a lot still needs to be added and subtracted to complete this room and here is what is on my next agenda:)

new year new room

leopard pillow / geometric pillow  / furry wall hanging  tapestry (have you checked out target’s amazingly priced tapestries here? run before they sell out) / dresser / rug / vintage kilim pillow

My eyes need a bit of a rest from all the geometric patterns over the last few years and i am craving texture and softness over graphic prints. soothing i tell ya. watercolor, dip dyed, pastels, tapestries, vintage worn rugs, fur and yarn are all trends that are calling my name.

pillow trends 2015


  union jack pillow /modern leopard  (this shop is where i get a lot of my pillows and their quality is fantastic) kelly wearstler leopard / kilim pillow /indigo blue pillow  / beaded embroidered tassel pillow / tassel pillow /  watercolor pillow /teal abstract print / tapestry pillow /  lamb fur pillow

what trends are you loving for 2015? and stay tuned for some very exciting news and where i have been.

ruby tuesdays… slouchy beanies and the sweater girl

a funny thing happened this holiday week. as i lifted my head from the fog that accompanies a week of chronic migraines I find my little rubes dawning a new slouchy beanie.  she ran out the door to go camping with her daddy and brothers and although she left the dust and dirt behind she returned home with the beanie glued to her little head. on the third day she came to give me kisses before she went off to play in the backyard with yet another beanie on. she had been collected them all over the house because some were mine, some were her brothers.

i asked her to sit with me to go over some things she wanted for christmas. as we made her list and began to address the “something to wear” part of the conversation i told her how much i loved her new look and how cute the little hats were on her with her wild braids hanging down the sides.

a girl and her day old braids

i pulled up some of our favorite sites and she approved and denied several articles of clothing until i got to her favorite store, zara. i scrolled through the sweatshirts and she hemmed and hawed. i said, “i thought you loved sweatshirts? don’t you? you love being comfy.” she responded “no no mom. you have me all wrong. i am much more of a sweater girl.” oh. well okay. i couldn’t help but to secretly smile the way moms do when you feel like you have won the style war and they don’t even know it. sweaters? yes please! i love sweaters.

i love how she put her own little twist on this big chunky sweater from gap with her slouchy beanie, oversized boyfriend tee and coated denim… along with her brothers hand me down sherpa boots from costco. a complete departure from the preppy plaid look she wore a few weeks ago.

slouchy beanies and sweaters sweaters for little girls 1

ruby playing kick

this is what she picked… click description for product link

holiday gift guide for the stylish little girl

leopard sweater $39 / striped furry sweater $39 / boyfriend jeans $39 / rubberized leggings $15 / gold and cream sequin skirt $15 / plaid shirt $24 / fringe boots $69 / sam edelman booties $64 / neff beanie $16