friday finds {illustrated}

Two things I love:

1. fashion illustrations {seen here and here}  
2. calendars {seen here}

And this is the perfect combination of both {by Inslee By Design}! And I love that the calendar can be repurposed {similar to what I did here}. I can’t believe 2013 calendars are already coming out, where does the time go!

{red dress}


{blush gown}

{shopping chic}

{fall sweaters}

cake batter blondies {gluten-free}

At the beach this past weekend I was all about relaxing and baking. I recently pinned this recipe for cake batter blondies and had to try! However, I wanted to make a gluten-free version, and it was easy enough that only one substitution was needed, the cake mix. This gluten-free treat turned out great! Ingredients and directions for gluten-free cake batter blondies below:

  • 1 box gluten-free yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour mix into a square baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.

heart on my sleeve

Well, not really on my sleeve, but definitely on my sweater. Even though the temperature outside is in the 90’s, I couldn’t help but pick up a sweater or two last night from Target. How cute are these prints? I couldn’t resist! Not to mention, I have seen similar sweaters for much, much more!

Love, Heart, Fox, Stars

hometown finds

This post is a little different from the usual, but with a love for Architectural Digest, and my hometown, I had to share.

Sometimes, it’s not until someone else writes about your hometown that you then realize your true appreciation. I recently discovered a piece on New Orleans {by Architectural Digest} that made me feel so good, about the place I call home. The article is a look at the city through the eyes of New Orleans insiders, and a few that just so happen to have very famous names.

One of the architects interviewed for this piece, Tom Kundig, tells the story of listening to a local band at a bar on Frenchman St., when out of no where, a harmonica playing, Stevie Wonder appears on stage. Stories like that is what makes this city such an interesting place, a place that welcomes everyone, and is in fact so welcoming that even Stevie Wonder feels right at home, playing his harmonica, in a small, smokey, dim lite,  New Orleans establishment. And that my friends,  is the stories we like to share.

focus on…

Sometimes when shopping it’s nice to focus on one thing. Lately handbags have been on my mind {as seen here last week}. I came across these street style images from and have been inspired from looks, to colors, sizes and materials! While majority of these bags are on the pricier side, I am more than happy to help you find one for less {just leave a comment}!

*all images from

handbag challenge

I carry a large purse on a daily basis. Big enough for just about anything. And I have to admit, it has created a problem, I always want to take everything, everywhere. Sort of a comfort for me. Hey, you never know when you may need that extra phone charger, those 6 lipstick shades to choose from or that full size hair brush. I have slowly been trying to introduce smaller handbags into my routine and I am currently craving, a hard-shell clutch. Yes, very small and doesn’t expand, I can’t believe I am even considering it. I’m talking just enough room for an iPhone, a few credit cards, and a lipstick. I’m setting a personal challenge for myself, to purchase and use one of these tiny treasures! Here are a few that are right in my price range, but I think I have decided on one I love!

{top to bottom} one {Zara}, two {Urban Outfitters}, three {Zara}, four {Urban Outfitters}, five {C.Wonder}, six {Banana Republic}, seven {Zara}


live colorfully

We all have bad days and to those bad days, I say live colorfully! Buy yourself some flowers, put on that bright nail polish you haven’t worn in years, pick out the most colorful items in your closet and wear them all at once. Put on those neon gym shorts, instead of your old boring blacks ones. It’s amazing what happiness a little color can bring to you! Here are the little colorful things making me happy lately!

{colorful Urban Outfitters skirt}

{colored office supplies}

{DIY in color, more to come on this}

{candy aisle way too close to my house}

{bold H&M flat}

{fresh flowers}

{festive party straws from Target}

skirting the issue…

Tomorrow we will embark on the hottest month of the year, especially down south, and shopping can be difficult in these upcoming transition months. Sale racks are great, however fall arrivals are pretty and new, but just too warm to even look at, much less try on.

This time of year I tend to purchase versatile pieces that can take me from the end of the summer through the rest of the year. Lately I have been all about skirts, great for tan legs now, and tights and boots come late fall and winter. Here are a few that will take you right through these hot summer months and into the much cooler ones!

silver/grayblack and white, floral,  coral and tan, periwinkle floralcoral

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