A Bittersweet Farewell

A Bittersweet Farewell

I’ve inexcusably posted-poned writing this post until now, the very end. And now I sit here in front of the computer with only one last task for the evening – write my farewell post for Hilary Inspired. I feel sadly at a loss for sufficient words. What’s with me?! I...
 
Flower Cooler of Ideas

Flower Cooler of Ideas

My brain is a flower cooler of ideas right now. In the winter time of creativity (when a person is too busy with other things to do much of their own), a slew of ideas have been blossoming in my mind. They’re still not fully matured yet and the timing isn’t right. So, for now,...
Enduring Style

Enduring Style

Ever since Carina and I first met, gawky young ballerinas that we were, she has had a distinct personality and sense of style in my eyes. Feminine and relaxed with a touch of vintage demure and quirky humor. Sure, it’s grown-up over the years, but the essence is the same. When we met over Thanksgiving, it...
Compensating

Compensating

A rushed morning begun much later than usual. No time for breakfast much less coffee. Creative inspiration for dressing… zilch. Yep, it happens… often. You know, some days you’ve just got to dress for comfort. Oh, yeah. And some days despite all non-chalant efforts, the outfit still doesn’t work! Don’t be fooled by Sam’s excellent...
The Locals' Living Room... Brewed Fort Worth

The Locals’ Living Room… Brewed Fort Worth

So, speaking of coffee shops… All world-class museums and cultural districts aside (which i love), do you know one of my greatest frustrations with the city of Fort Worth? It’s lack of cool coffee shops!! Not exactly a pressing community issue, I know, but none the less there’s a need. Coming from Nashville where hipster...
Coffee and Catching Up

Coffee and Catching Up

At this quiet moment on Sunday evening before the hustle of another week begins, I’m thinking back to two weeks ago. David and I were on our Thanksgiving trip home to Tennessee, visiting family and catching up with good friends. We ate delicious food, took it easy, and gave thanks for our blessings. Life was...
A Giveaway from STYLEVISA

A Giveaway from STYLEVISA

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Stephanie D.!! For me, organization is the ultimate work place luxury and up until recently, I had very little of it. But things are back under control now with the help of STYLEVISA, my thrifted Drexel desk, and a giant cork board. I’m glad to say business is not...
Clear the Decks for Style Visa!

Clear the Decks for Style Visa!

They say a group is only as good as their leader. Extend that logic to your home and suddenly you have an entirely new perspective on the influence of your furniture in your life! Without much fancy analysis, the state of my home office was one thing… pathetic. Piles of paper, notebooks, and unsorted mail...
Less Than 24 Hours in... Hot Springs

Less Than 24 Hours in… Hot Springs

I fell asleep last night to sweet dreams of family, friends, and less than 24 hours in Hot Springs, AK. I believe I was smiling as I drifted off. All I could think about was how wonderful the past week has been! David and I returned to Fort Worth on Saturday after a heart-warming trip...
Off We Go...

Off We Go…

So, what’s been putting me in such a rush recently? Among other things… Tonight, David and I are embarking on a much needed out-of-town trip. We’ll be flying home to Tennessee to gather with friends and family in the celebration of Thanksgiving. This couldn’t come soon enough!! All I can think about is hitting that...
Fall Staple... In a Rush

Fall Staple… In a Rush

Ok, friends, I’m on the move and in a rush. Oh, you too? Perfect!! Then we’ll keep this brief. Here’s a look that is saving my “fashion life” these days. Black maxi dress + bag + scarf + boots = an easy combo of staples that you probably all have in your closets as we...
Style Story... of Joslyn Taylor - Part 2

Style Story… of Joslyn Taylor – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Joslyn’s lovely Style Story! Not much has changed around here. I’m still struggling with “edit/post it disagreement” (a phrase I just coined this very moment). Let me explain… edit/post it disagreement |ˈedit pōst it ˌdisəˈgrēmənt| phrase, the overwhelming and often stress inducing disagreement within self when faced with the task of making tough decisions regarding...
Style Story... of Joslyn Taylor - Part 1

Style Story… of Joslyn Taylor – Part 1

You’ll have to forgive my simpleton mutterings for today’s Style Story. I’m feeling a little less than competent when faced with the task of editing my words and photos from Joslyn Taylor‘s home. Truly, there’s so much to love!! My new friend (it makes me immensely happy to call her that), Joslyn, has curated her...
Life Balance

Life Balance

“Life Balance”… what do you think about this post title?! Are you peeked with curiosity? Dreading the tiresome topic? Eager to hear my possibly profound insight? Well, I hate to disappoint but my insight is neither profound nor complicated… just perhaps different from what you might expect. Here’s how I happened upon it…   I’ve...
A Lesson in Scarf Tying

A Lesson in Scarf Tying

Over the years, I’ve made my love for silk scarves fairly apparent. (ex. HERE, HERE, and HERE) So, when Sam arrived to our photo shoot meeting place a couple weeks ago, I fell swift and hard for her vibrant silk number draped elegantly across her shoulders. Completely impressed with her styling skills, I asked Sam if...
Autumnal Ambers

Autumnal Ambers

Golden turning leaves, smoldering camp fires, the warm glow of late afternoon light… it’s all part of the seasonal tide from Summer to Fall. Recently, our seasonal “tides” have been ebbing and flowing back and forth especially quickly. If I’m being honest, it’s kind of a nuisance. One day you’re in wool knits and cozy leggings...
Pumpkin Floral

Pumpkin Floral

Pumpkin carving is not for the weak of heart. Apparently it takes grit, endurance, and plenty of elbow grease (or whatever that odd saying refers to). So I learned when an attempt was made to carve the prettiest little gourd yesterday in preparation for today’s post. Reader beware… you’ll get you hands dirty with this...
A Dress from Grandmother

A Dress from Grandmother

Last week I ventured out with Sam to snap a few photos for THIS recent blog post. We’ve been helping each other out by playing outfit photographer for one another. It’s turned out to be the perfect arrangement as our husbands can rest their weary feet in peace at the end of a long day rather than...
Just for You

Just for You

Let me take you back to a moment in my life from this past week. Opportunity knocks I get super excited about a once-in-a-lifetime experience Adrenaline soars I gather my nerves Then find myself energized and utterly inspired Ideas bursting at the seams of my brain Tempted to tweet, post, ‘gram… anything!! Don’t… Instead, the...
Breckinridge Taylor at Mecox Gardens

Breckinridge Taylor at Mecox Gardens

Beyond their studio space, Breck and Charles have been hard at work on a collection of furniture designed exclusively for Mecox Gardens in Dallas. As part of their collaborative efforts, the guys created a room vignette in the Mecox showroom using pieces from their line as well as other products from throughout the store. Here’s...
Breckinridge Taylor... Ambassadors of Style

Breckinridge Taylor… Ambassadors of Style

  Native Texans Breck Woolsey and Charles Taylor of Breckinridge Taylor have been hot topics on my radar since I first heard about their work from Leslie Pritchard. (Breck designed Leslie’s Dallas condo which you can see more of in her Style Story HERE.) I knew it would have to be merely a matter of time...
Closet Spruce-up & Copious Giveaway

Closet Spruce-up & Copious Giveaway

Congratulations Devin!!! You are the winner of this Copious giveaway! I’ll be emailing you shortly with details. This giveaway is now closed.   If the saying goes that we all have skeletons in our closet, then mine are the ugliest kind because what’s inside isn’t pretty! Picture this (or, better yet, look at the photo...
Earth Tones

Earth Tones

  Today’s post is such a tease! You see, yesterday I visited Joslyn Taylor’s earthy, California-chic home in Dallas. It wasn’t the first time but I was swept away by it’s informal glamour none the less. You may know Joslyn from her blog, Simple Lovely… well, check back before long because I’ll be sharing more about...
Lately...

Lately…

Lately I’ve been thinking and reflecting… blogging, blogging, blogging… planning… visiting lovely people… and working. It’s been great despite the challenge of the juggle that inevitably comes with a busy life. My posts have been a little less regular recently but for good reason. I have some really cool things coming down the pipeline! More...
With Cream and Honey, Please

With Cream and Honey, Please

This past weekend was busy (our church hosted it’s annual Greek Festival) and today looks like it will be no different. In short, I’ll probably need a hot one of these by the end of the day to help me unwind and prepare for another whirlwind week!   What about you? How was your weekend?...
Being a Creative Freelancer

Being a Creative Freelancer

During my visit with Stephanie a few weeks ago for her Style Story feature, we also sat down to discuss a topic that’s especially relevant to me and my current work situation but one that I’m sure anyone in a creative field could relate to… being a creative freelancer (particularly outside of the major cities...
Style Story... of Stephanie Casey

Style Story… of Stephanie Casey

Stephanie Casey has a smile that would brighten any room but it’s not necessarily because of  her flawless complexion, salsa red lips, or pearly white teeth as you would think. No, it’s deeper than that. Thegenuine joy of spirit that she obviously applies to all areas of her life flows easily from the inside out....
Shifting Seasons

Shifting Seasons

If I was recently afraid that Fall wouldn’t arrive, my fears have been unquestionably calmed. This weekend, the air turned suddenly chill and the typically overbearing sun disappeared all together above a thick cloud cover. It’s been more than cool… it’s been cold!! This vignette from a corner of our living room  felt particularly Fall-ish. Louis...