bundled up.


With the single digit temps today, I’m pining after these big, cozy scarves.


And I’m daydreaming about the day I can wear shoes like these outdoors again. Brrr!

scarves, clockwise: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4
shoes, clockwise: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4


weekend bookshelf.


This month, my book club is reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This originally came to me via my mom and aunt on high recommendation. The book tells the story of Victoria, a girl who grew up in the foster care system. She knows the Victorian language of flowers, and uses it to express her sorrows. Once she is 18 and out, she lands a job with a florist, perfectly selecting flowers for customers. Her sad past continues to surface, and she must learn to deal with life’s emotions and events. No spoilers here…but wait til you see what happens!

So, do tell: have you read the book? What did you think?


put a scarf on it.


One of my most favorite accessories is the scarf. I’m always cold, so I wear one most days in the winter. (My husband used to work with a girl who wore scarves so often, they called her “scarf girl.” I have a secret fear that was actually me.) This collection is not only functional, but pretty, too! I’d happily let any of them decorate my neck.

1 | girl about town, kate spade  2 | vintage bottle scarf, madewell  3 | zig zag, j. crew  4 | bright floral, gap  5 | barbara dot print, banana republic


land of and.


One of my favorite symbols is the ampersand. To me, it’s so happy, joining two things together. Peanut butter & jelly. Bananas & Nutella. Guacamole & chips. (Ok, that was all food.)

Fun facts: The ampersand symbol began as a joining of the letters “e” and “t” in old Roman (“et” meant “and” in Roman), and its shape evolved as cursive scripts developed. The word “ampersand” came from the formerly used phrase, “and per se and.”

sources: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


pretty little notes.


My inner granny loves all things paper. I love sending cards for birthdays, for thank yous, for fun.

After Christmas, I’m searching for cute thank you notes. Or, I’m looking for a quirky little card to send to a far away friend to give a new year’s hello. These are some of the witty and pretty cards I’ve found around – enjoy!

1 | hello conversation card, rifle paper co.
2 | talk of the town, kate spade
3 | mom jeans, wit and whistle
4 | we belong salt & pepper, broadway paper co.
5 | letterpress ribbon thank you, palmetto press, etsy
6 | hi there, sugar paper


calendar round up


When I was little, my sister and I always used to exchange calendars for Christmas. Somewhere, that practice fell by the wayside. Nowadays, I tend to find myself in the first week of January continually looking up at an expired December calendar page, lamenting the fact that I still haven’t ordered a new calendar. If you’re anything like me and are still looking for fresh 2013 pages, here are some lovely options I’ve had my eye on.

garden calendar, rifle paper co.
brand new year, kate’s paperie
harrow desk calendar, doublebuttons, etsy
kate desk calendar, raspberry, sugar paper
rustic calendar, poofy prints, etsy


why, hello there!

post1.1New year, new blog! In hopes of finding a way creative outlet, I begin writing today with plans to share all sorts of inspiration: from pretty patterns to beautiful photographs, delicious treats to lovely interiors, perhaps a craft of two – we’ll see what comes along.

As I begin this new journey, I dedicate my first post to the inspiration for it all: polka dots. While loving endless patterns and colors, these little dots never fail to make me swoon. This sampling of delicious dots showcases some of my favorite things: pretty heels, charming stationery, and, of course, something sparkly.

1 kate spade karolina heel | 2 rifle paper co. golden dots birthday card | 3 j. crew polka-dot sequin top4 kate spade le pavillion iphone 4 case | 5 sequin and small stripe bangle, nordstrom