Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Wish List

Who doesn't like shopping for back to school supplies?  Crazy people, duh!  That's why I, of course, had to virtually shop for my hypothetical back-to-school needs.  

1. travel the world calendar - to keep track of how many days til spring break
2. mouse pad - I never had a mouse pad that cute in my life!
3. scissors - cause they are beautiful, and don't you need beautiful scissors?
4. post-it set - to write notes to yourself or anyone you like, or don't like.
5. personalized stationery - to make yourself appear sophisticated
6. leather backpack - a buttery-soft beautiful leather backpack, that's also a messenger
7. pencil case - to keep your treasures
8. desk pad - this should be #1 instead of #8 for me, perfect for keeping me focused on my weekly to-do lists.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wedding Wednesday (2nd Anniversary)

Our second anniversary is coming up real soon, so I thought I'd come up with a few gift ideas for the traditionalist and a few gift ideas for the modernist.  Either way, I would be ecstatic to receive one of these great gifts!

Traditional: cotton

I admit, none of these items are actually cotton, but I took liberties to expand this category to textiles.

Stone Cold Fox Dress - This dress is to die for and would be the most beautiful gown to don for a fancy anniversary night on the town.
woven hanging - A happy piece of art to remind you of the occasion.
linen sheet set - wouldn't you love to snuggle under these luxurious sheets?

Modern: china:

Since we already received china for our wedding, I picked out a few fun pieces to compliment an existing collection.

dachshund ceramic bowl- because it's adorable and a great party conversation starter.
Kate Spade About Town set - bring a little New York to your table with this set
fragile hearts dinner plate - aggressive and pretty.  I would love a set of these to toughen up my sweet china set.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wear it Now, Wear it Later (Floral Maxi)

A few weeks back I attended an event at the French Connection store in SOHO.  One of the darling members of the French Connection team sported this happy, floral dress.  As the summer is quickly winding down, I thought I'd table the purchase in favor of waiting to see what the stores have for fall, but I couldn't get the ease and the print out of my head.  Lucky for me (and you) it's on sale!   I've styled it two ways, one for the rest of the warm weather days, and one for those chilly fall mornings.  

Wear it now: dress: French Connection / hat: J.Crew / sunnies: Ray Ban / tote: Jerome Dreyfuss / bracelets: The Sak / sandals: Ash (old)
Wear it later: dress: French Connection / sunnies: Ray Ban / bag: The Sak / necklace: F21 (old) / booties: LD Tuttle for UO (old)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Big News!

We're having a baby!!!


We are thrilled to let the cat out of the bag to all my readers and social media friends!  At 14 1/2 weeks, I feel great, and from what I hear, I've been really lucky during the first trimester.  I experienced virtually no morning sickness, I have felt well enough to keep up my running regimen and haven't entered the world of weird cravings just yet.  I've had people tell both that an easy first trimester means we're having a girl, and that it means we're having a boy, so whichever "wive's tale" camp you're from, leave a comment, I love hearing people's theories.  My bump is just starting to make it's appearance, but  I haven't quite gotten comfortable with the idea of flaunting it, except in the photos above.

Emotionally, I don't know what to feel, some days I'm over-the-moon, and some days I am really, really scared.  I think that's normal, right?  I think feeling so "un-pregnant" during the first trimester has played tricks on me, I often wonder if there really is something in there, despite the fact that I now have several photos and doctors telling me otherwise.

The more prominent bump, the idea of soon being able to feel the baby and the happiness to share the news with our entire world is so exciting!  In six (long) weeks we will find out the sex of our little peanut and until then I'll share some nursery ideas I've been dreaming up, and more updates along the way.  I hope to use this blogging community as a sounding board and source for recommendations and advice as we charter these new territories in our lives.      

Yay baby Koster, due February 12, 2015!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Friday (Surfs Up!)

The vision of myself waking up every morning and hitting the waves is almost enough for me to answer the call of the West Coast.  I have tried surfing a few times, and the thrill of catching a wave is beyond compare.  Even though, I am not to the level of "feeling the ocean," there is still a peace and a sense of being at one with nature every time I'm out there.  Basically, the idea of a surfer is summer to me and, boy, is she so much cooler than her runner friend.  

Happy (summer) Friday! 

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ready for Fall

Seeing this fashion spread makes me both ready for fall and ready to chop my bangs (again).  As evidence by my last fall-themed post, I am digging the swingy, 60's-style silhouettes and sexy tall boots.  As much as I want summer to last, I equally can't wait for that first chill to sport some new fall looks.  

Harper's Bazaar UK via Dustjacket Attic

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wedding Wednesday (Queen Anne's Lace)

I am so excited that wild flowers are taking over in the wedding world.  And one flower in particular that I remember learning about as a little girl, Queen Anne's Lace, is making a huge comeback!!  I think that sometimes people see this feminine beauty as weed.  But I love the sweet story behind the Daucus Carota.  Queen Anne was tatting (the lost art of making lace by hand), which became the white lacy flower of the wild carrot plant, and she pricked her finger.  The one single red dot you see on some, but not all of the flowers, is the drop of blood.  This wispy white bloom is finding it's way of of it's rustic pigeon hole and becoming modern again.   

clockwise from upper left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7