2013. neon signs.
linen studio sweater by madewell. zara shorts. kaysa clogs by loeffler randall.
the first day i wore this sweater, michael said, “wow, that’s a pink sweater.” i said, “a pink i-hate-it sweater or a pink i-like-it sweater?” he replied, “i like it.” two weeks ago i styled it to school with a polka dot skirt, and last sunday i wore it to lowe’s. school, gardening stores, and cheeseburger places… that’s how i roll.
the look | sweater | similar shorts | shoes
2013. make + take: for the birds.
materials: acrylic craft paint, paintbrushes, small wooden birdhouses (found at craft stores), newspaper
one of our neighbors has a tree filled with real birdhouses; real meaning birds visit, go inside, eat, build a nest, etc. i have a tree with fake birdhouses; fake meaning if a bird landed on it, it would fall down. maybe i should call them anthouses.
i bought the miniature abodes from the craft store and painted them in cheerful colors. they’re inexpensive outdoor decorations, and they’re cute gifts. don’t forget to spread newspaper on the table because acrylic is permanent, and wrap yourself in newspaper if you’re clumsy like me. or just wear a smock!
guess what? michael and i set our wedding date. in october, we will get married and celebrate with the best bunch of our family and friends.
wedding planning hasn’t been a cake walk. several venues fell through or flaked out. i cried many times in frustration. i even pretended to write a book called love in the time of pinterest (inspired by an email to tania).
i’ve realized now that we don’t want a perfect wedding. we expect a day that is filled with love, joy, giggles, blushes, minor mishaps, and hopefully small moments of serenity. oh, i can’t forget— thrifted decorations.
p.s. if you like the cameo illustration, it’s available for you and your sweetheart here.
late afternoon dress and boardwalk sandals by madewell. thrifted sash. rebecca minkoff bombe bag.
on saturday we worked in the yard— michael got two truckloads of mulch, and we spread it all over the front and side flower beds. then we decided to buy river rocks and made a nice pathway to our back porch. after being in the sun for hours, i cleaned up and put on a little white dress. we went on a fancy outing to… the grocery store.
but i kind of love that about a LWD. don’t save them for weddings or parties. don’t put them away after labor day. wear them whenever you want because they’re simply perfect.
the look | similar dress | sandals
whenever we have guests, i think of two appetizers: potstickers (dumplings) and caprese. i don’t serve them together; they’re just terribly easy to make.
michael and i usually make caprese the traditional way with large tomato slices. on friday, we changed it up with bocconcini because i saw some photo on pinterest. are you on pinterest? of course you are. i am, too.
i’m sure this recipe has a real name, but i’m calling it compact caprese because alliteration is awesome.
every couple of months, i receive emails from readers inquiring about silk blouses. when i moved to texas, i began buying more silk and cotton tops to help with the summer heat. as fashion editors say, natural fibers breathe. i wear them to school with skirts and on weekends with shorts or jeans.
my favorite blouses are equipment shirts, but at full-price, they are true investment pieces. however i occasionally find them at nordstrom rack or last call neiman marcus. equipment shirts fit beautifully; the blouses are tailored with elegant shoulders and bodies versus the stereotypical giant silk shirts from the 80’s and 90’s. the signature style is slightly oversized so size down. i wear an XS or S. equipment is known for solid colors but they also have stripes, dots, and quirky prints.
grechen (of grechen’s closet) highly recommends everlane blouses. the everlane line runs less than $100, and it offers similar colors to equipment. i saw her in an everlane blouse in april, and the fabric was a lovely weight and color. grechen notes that everlane blouses are more forgiving at the hipline.
i also own blythe blouses by j.crew. the silk is thinner, but they fit well. i wear a 2 or 4. plus, they have two flap pockets like the signature equipment blouses. the best part about j.crew is the promotions! you can usually find a blythe blouse on sale and sometimes with an additional discount.
do you wear silk blouses? what are some brands that you like?
collage by me. images via shopbop, everlane, and j.crew.
the picks | equipment blouse | everlane blouse | j.crew blouse
p.s. i planned on sharing this post with you yesterday, but i shot (or typed) myself in my own foot. i was thrilled about having our internet back and then it crashed again. on the bright side, a technician will visit over the weekend and hopefully solve our problem for good. sophie can’t wait to bark at him (or her).
2013. may days.
louben blouse. j.crew factory skirt. kaysa clogs by loeffler randall. apolis market tote.
i wore this outfit last week in between two unusually cold and windy days. but i’m not complaining at all; may typically brings heat, heat, and more heat. the last few days have been especially pleasant with clear skies and a hint of summer.
speaking of summer, early bird registration is open for texas style council’s summer school in august. be there or be square!
the look | similar top | similar skirt | similar shoes | bag
it took a long time— almost three years to be exact— for michael and i to pick out furniture for our deck. everything we liked cost the same as “real” furniture so we finally settled on a classic wooden picnic table and an outdoor rug from lowe’s.
every warm weekend, we look forward to porch suppers. i cover the table with a neutral tablecloth and table runner, move our flower vase from inside to outside, block sophie from escaping into the yard, and we’re set. we even have a chalkboard for the night’s menu.
because i’m debating whether to paint our table, i’m only sharing a few snapshots for now. by painting i mean stenciling it with stripes or triangles or turning it into a giant slate. you’ll have to wait and see.
2013. polly pocket.
stitchview cardigan by madewell. la la leaves dress by marc jacobs. thrifted sash. gloria wedges by bed stu.
i’ve owned this dress almost as long as i’ve been blogging. it’s a quintessential “linda” dress (navy blue, quirky print, pockets) and it compliments most of the cardigans in my closet. i wore it to school last week with a hot pink sweater and a 99¢ belt.
our intermittent internet (say that three times fast) of the last few weeks appears to be back to normal; michael thinks our network had a glitch or two. i spent our downtime gardening, doodling, cleaning, and excercising! i’m excited about posting regularly (again) and sharing some new designs in my etsy shop. i hope the sun is shining wherever you are.
the look | similar sweater | similar dress | wedges
my parents eat kale and other dark, scary greens regularly. in elementary school, the cafeteria served steamed, chopped kale and i couldn’t bear taking a bite. now i don’t mind it for two reasons: soup makes it less bitter, and if you roast it, it supposedly resembles japanese seaweed. i haven’t roasted any yet (i’d rather eat seaweed) but i like kale soup.
i’m not quite sure where we got the original recipe; michael tore a picture out of a magazine (possibly cooking light or southern living) when we lived in dallas because he thought it would be a healthy lunch. we usually make it in a big pot and divide it among containers for two or three days worth of food. few things make you feel more productive than a pre-packed lunch!
2013. friendly friday: if grandma wore j.crew.
sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) is one-third of hunt.gather.style and one of the nicest bloggers i’ve ever met. she’s so friendly and super knowledgeable about vintage clothing and accessories. one day i will break into her closet.
if you’ve been wondering how to style midi skirts, look no further! sharon wears them often in different colors and prints, styled with her great collection of shoes and clogs. and don’t get me started on her animal belts…
p.s. thank you to sharon, sydney, and grechen for inviting me to be part of their spring fling last weekend! photos are on their blog.