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17

Sep

The Kimono

Kimonos were hot for summer and make a perfect fall transition piece especially for us Arizonans.  And even though we are leaving swimsuit season behind us, I have a pool and spa girls weekend coming up and I just love the idea of using a kimono as a cover up.  I think this inspiration might just get me to pull the trigger, who knew kimonos were so versatile. 

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Images via Pinterest, Cut and Run, Jane.com, and Glam Radar.

If you, like me, are thinking of adding a kimono to your closet, here are a few fun options all under $75.00:

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-MEG

15

Sep

The Office

Here are a few pics of the office in its current state.  Jer is strongly against spending a lot of money on this room because really no one will see it, but I see it the opposite, see the room is small, so there isn’t much to do to make it really look amazing.  The sofa and tv are new, but nothing else in here will stay long term, or at least I hope!

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I am dying to replace the pillows that came with our sofa with these Jonathan Adler pillows that just happen to be the 3 places we went on our honeymoon.

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We really really need a rug in here, so Jer can become a better video gamer ;)  Here are a few that are contenders:

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And finish it off with a fun tray for the ottoman:

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All that we need here is a new media stand, and it is likely we will just move the one we have in the family room in here:

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And back here we just have an old dresser for now, I envision a corner desk….one day….

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Something like this:

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Not too much for one little room, right?  Truth be told just a pillow or two will make me happy.  For Jer the rug in priority numero uno.  We will also have to hang up some pretty pictures…baby steps!-MEG

11

Sep

Are Numbers the New Initial?
I love all the personalized jewelry that is out there right now, so many awesome pieces and I just can’t get enough.  I know the initial will always be popular, but I love the idea of an engraved date on a piece of jewelry.  What a great way to honor an anniversary, birth of a child or any momentous occasion really.  I am really feeling the gold cuff look right now, but there are also tons of necklace plates that serve the same purpose.  You can find the cuffs at Sarah Chloe and Bauble Bar. I NEED to add one of these bad boys to my bracelet collection a.s.a.p.  If you favor locations over dates be sure to check out the Coordinates Collection as well; how cute would it be for Tash to have one from each place she has lived?  -MEG
* Image via Goop

Are Numbers the New Initial?

I love all the personalized jewelry that is out there right now, so many awesome pieces and I just can’t get enough.  I know the initial will always be popular, but I love the idea of an engraved date on a piece of jewelry.  What a great way to honor an anniversary, birth of a child or any momentous occasion really.  I am really feeling the gold cuff look right now, but there are also tons of necklace plates that serve the same purpose.  You can find the cuffs at Sarah Chloe and Bauble Bar. I NEED to add one of these bad boys to my bracelet collection a.s.a.p.  If you favor locations over dates be sure to check out the Coordinates Collection as well; how cute would it be for Tash to have one from each place she has lived?  -MEG

* Image via Goop

09

Sep

-HOUSE-

Over the next few weeks I plan on doing a lot more house updates, of course I will throw in other fun stuff, but I plan to share some of the most recent changes and start to catalog the finishing touches that need to happen.  They may not happen for quite some time, but for now I need to start prioritizing.  So, we will start with the guest bathroom.  This is actually one of the most complete rooms in the house and only in need of some small accessories, and maybe on more piece of art. 

I have no clue how people photograph small spaces, but here she is in all her glory:

Vanity: Home Decorators, hand towels: West Elm, shower curtains: West Elm.

This room is in need of some vanity accessories, here are the two front runners:

In other guest bath news, I found a pretty similar image to our bathroom on one of my favorite blogs, Elements of Style.  It made me pretty darn happy!

What do you think?  Lots of similarities, no?  -MEG

04

Sep

Life…..Lately

Sorry for the unplanned break, it just seems like once we got back from Oregon stuff just kept on happening.  I am pretty good at over-posting to Instgram while on vacation, but here is a little look at what we have been up to.

We had the best time ever in Oregon.  Spent time in Salem, Portland and Black Butte doing all sorts of crazy fun stuff.  But the best part about it, by far, was getting to see some of my favorite people.  No Tasha or Katy, but these faces made up for it.

The little guy started preschool and so far it has been pretty darn good!

Celebrating birthdays, good friends and new babies!

Oh, and Dewey now sits with us at the table for dinner.  She’s and odd duck, but we do love her.

More to come next week!  Lot’s more house stuff to share and if we are lucky Tasha will be back in action!  So, that is what we have been up to….-MEG

18

Aug

I am the worst friend ever.  My mind was still on vacation and I spaced calling Tash on her birthday!  When I called my Dad yesterday for his birthday my heart sank when I remembered I had neglected such an important day.  So join me in wishing Tash a wonderful belated bday!!! Love you girl-MEG
PS. Tash, I do actually have a present for you, now you can finally have your Christmas presents too! 

I am the worst friend ever.  My mind was still on vacation and I spaced calling Tash on her birthday!  When I called my Dad yesterday for his birthday my heart sank when I remembered I had neglected such an important day.  So join me in wishing Tash a wonderful belated bday!!! Love you girl-MEG

PS. Tash, I do actually have a present for you, now you can finally have your Christmas presents too! 

06

Aug

Checking in from Salem! I thought I should since the topic has been posted on a few times before. But, I did the true Oregon thing to do and got myself a pair of Birks. They were sold out at Nordstrom in Portland, but Mom and I were each lucky enough to snag a pair in good old Salem. I am working on breaking them in now and totally loving them. ✌️MEG

Checking in from Salem! I thought I should since the topic has been posted on a few times before. But, I did the true Oregon thing to do and got myself a pair of Birks. They were sold out at Nordstrom in Portland, but Mom and I were each lucky enough to snag a pair in good old Salem. I am working on breaking them in now and totally loving them. ✌️MEG

04

Aug

Hello From Oregon!!
Hi guys!  Just chiming in from a little r&r in Oregon.  We are up her for a while so posting will probably be a little slow on my end. But not to worry, lots of house updates when I am back in the desert.  Only thing that could make this trip better is if Tash were here.  Miss her madly.  I’m off to enjoy the cool air…..MEG

Hello From Oregon!!

Hi guys!  Just chiming in from a little r&r in Oregon.  We are up her for a while so posting will probably be a little slow on my end. But not to worry, lots of house updates when I am back in the desert.  Only thing that could make this trip better is if Tash were here.  Miss her madly.  I’m off to enjoy the cool air…..MEG

30

Jul

AirBnB

I have been wanting to try AirBnb for a while now and was happy that during our little stint in Hawaii I would finally have the chance to pull the trigger.  I hate having a baby in hotel rooms.  There is never enough space, you end up tip toing around way too much and worse case scenario, sitting in the dark.  It is the worst, we have done it too may times now, and I wanted none of that for our relaxing beach vacation, decompression time from China.

And I am happy to report, we had an amazing experience. We got the relxing family vacation I wanted, matching outfits and all…

And Kate finally got to be free in the dirt, sand and fresh air!

I know each time will be different when using AirBnb, we got a good owner, but I don’t know anyone who has had a bad experience, so I am inclined to keep trying it out.

Downside:  You really need to know what area you want to stay in.  The number of options is way too much to deal with unless you know exactly where you want to be.  But other than that, two thumbs up.

-Tash 

28

Jul

Can you believe I am still alive?!?!

I am so sorry for the complete radio silence.  It was a little intense getting ourselves packed up and moved out of China.  I am happy to report we made it out alive, organized by no means, totally sleep deprived, but happy and ready for America. 

Here we are just boarding our flight, Kate not so sure about all the madness, but you can’t hide how happy we were — finally done with China!

And I do not know how we got so lucky, but Kate was an amazing little traveler!  I as a full blown adult can barely handle that 10 hour flight.

20 glorious days of vacation followed, split between Hawaii, Colorado and Georgia.  It was amazing, but we ended up doing 7 flights in that short amount of time, carted 6 suitcases across the globe and finally, finally, a few days ago, made it to DC.

Like Meg, living in remodel madness, we are still in a bit of disarray ourselves.  We are in temporary corporate housing until August 1st, but our stuff isn’t slated to arrive for another few months, we have to take procession of our three storage units, but who in the world even knows what is in there (some of the stuff we have lived without for the last five years!) and I just tonight found my computer charger.  We are a mess, but each day getting a little more organized and little more acclimated to being back to America.  It feels good and I happy to back in this space.  THANK YOU Meg for covering for me, I owe you so big time.

-Tash