Friday Favorites

IMG_5821We got a little taste of summer yesterday, and as you can see, the Bear totally loved it. My mom stopped by for a visit bearing gifts of baby formula and this Little Tykes water table (made in the USA!), which Bear calls “waterfall” and wants to play with it regardless of the weather. He’s totally a water baby, just like his Mama. We’ve got some adventures lined up soon, but in the meantime, this little table has been great for getting our dude outside and running around. Also, the Cub is totally fascinated by it.

Here’s a great article on A Beautiful Mess about prime lenses and focal lengths for you budding DSLR photographers.

Oh no! Turns out I’ve been doing planks wrong this whole time.

Amy cleaned out her closet, and you totally can too!

Love, love, love, that Kaela over at Local Kitchen is injecting some science and good ol’ fashioned logic into the great sugar war.

I also love the inside of couture dresses. Here’s a pic of Dita Von Teese’s Zac Posen gown from the Met Gala.

So glad to see Wendy Mullin is still making awesome clothes.

Have you visited Mother yet? It’s a new project from James of Bleubird and journalist Katie Hintz-Zambrano for stylish moms like me (and you!)

Have a fantastic weekend!

xo, S.

Lately

Since the end of February when DB had to go on an exercise for a few weeks, things have been a complete and utter whirlwind. It’s been a constant slog of both of us working, a revolving door of parents coming in to help, working out, and doing our best to spend as much time hanging out with the kids at the cost of leaving the house in a pretty messy state. I hear this is normal for parents of young children, but that doesn’t always make me feel better about the piles of laundry in our bathroom and all the bread and cereal crumbs around the house. What I really miss right now is having time for creative pursuits. My sewing machine is buried under stuff. A sweater I started in January hasn’t been touched in 6 weeks. I did manage to eco out about 15 minutes to play guitar on Sunday, and I really enjoyed that. Luckily, we’re headed towards a break from all this in the next couple weeks. Time to get some serious spring cleaning done, but more importantly, get outside and enjoy these warmer but not oppressively hot days.

These photos were all taken with my iPhone and most had a little help from VSCOcam (favorite app!)

Bro time #vscocam

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Sunday morning Bear #latergram #vscocam

New kicks #madewell #datenight #vscocam

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bro time // i cobbled this outfit together to go to a work fundraiser // do you like my hat?// a window in Georgetown // sweet face for mom mom // along the Potomac // dress blues day at work // dimples! // sunday morning // we went on a date. i wore new shoes // a rare moment of calm

Walking Around: Satellite Beach, FL

Since my aunt departed so abruptly from our lives, mourning her has been a process that occurs in bits and pieces. Like early in the morning when the Cub is doing something quiet and I take a picture and then she’s not around to “like” it on Facebook. Tiny things, small moments, that I wish I could still share with her. When I was 12 she moved to Florida, a dream she had talked about as long as I could remember, finally realized. She lived in Satellite Beach on the space coast. A sleepy town that housed snow birds during the winter, but was also full of vibrant locals and lots of karaoke. Maybe not the most exciting place for me to visit, especially as I moved into my 20s, but still interesting and beautiful in its way. I always loved to take walks along the beach early in the mornings, or during the evenings, watching rockets take off from the Kennedy Space Center, and sitting by myself at dusk and watching the waves roll in and out. I was hoping I’d get to take one more stroll on the beach when I went down to say goodbye for the last time, but the weather was not cooperative. Instead, I managed to take in a few miles of the main road during sunset.

 
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Walking Around: Northern Liberties

Did I somehow manage to spam my own blog with my Polyvore creations? Oops! Looks like I forgot to turn off that “share on WordPress” feature. Now you all know my deep dark secret. I build outfits late at night when I am up feeding the Cub. Then I spend an inordinate amount of time window shopping for shoes on Zappos. Anyway, now you know. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

Over the weekend I had brunch with some girlfriends in the Northern Liberties section of Philly. This is a neighborhood that has been in transition for several years now, and there’s still a ton of construction going on. One of the oldest sections of the city, NoLibs was once home to great deal of industry which is now being demolished in favor of new construction. Walking around you get a mix of old, modern, modern made to look old, and a lot of great places to eat and browse around. Since I parked so stinking far from the cafe, I took some snaps with my iPhone as I made my way through the narrow streets and navigated past all the construction. Most photos have been edited using VSCOcam.

 
New old
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Murals abound all over the city
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NoLibs Feb 2014

I love the brick
NoLibs Feb 2014

Hidden Roof Deck
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Ironwork like this is getting harder and harder to come by
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I’m obsessed with green lately
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Alleyway
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NoLibs Feb 2014

This reminded me of ketchup and mustard
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Transforming
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In high school I came here with a couple friends. It was a jazz bar back then, and we felt super classy even though it was kind of a dive.
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Here’s what is looks like around back. I love the typography, I’m sorry to see it go.
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I love this door. It’s green. Also…new haircut
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Lazy Days

It’s been so rainy the past few days, that i it wasn’t for the warm temperatures, I’d swear we were back in the PNW (I soooo wish we were!). There are ups and downs to this weather. For me, it’s really relaxing and makes for great sleeping. The Bear really enjoys watching the rain from the window and commenting on it and insisting that I watch it with him, but he’s also getting a little stir crazy so the house is a constant tornado. DB and I had big plans for around the house projects this weekend, but he threw his back out at work (yikes) and has been couch bound with books, Netflix, and muscle relaxers for the past few days leaving most of the chores and errand running to a 29 weeks pregnant me. I’ve also been using this time to work on some knitting and process the 10 lbs of apples that were sitting on our counter. I’ve got applesauce in the canner right now and I made this crisp last night (both recipes are highly recommended if you’re apple crazy like me right now). All is not lost though, we’ve got 2 days left of this long weekend, DB is on the mend, and if the rain clears out we should be able to get the Bear his much desired outside time before we’re done. Here’s hoping your weekend is full of family fun and delicious food. xo, S.

PS. I can’t find the battery charger for my camera so here’s some lo-fi iPhone goodness.

sleepy Bear//plaid skirt

Lazy Rainy Day

cardigan knitting//plaid skirt

From humble beginnings, come great cardigans

Tomato lager soup//plaid skirt

Grilled cheese w/ homemade bread and Tomato Lager Soup

Daddy and Bear//plaid skirt

Oh hey, Daddy, lemme help you with your back

curious Bear //plaid skirt

Mama! Mama! Rain! Outside!

apple crisp //plaid skirt

Apple Extravaganza

knitting and apples//plaid skirt

Apple Crisp and a longer sleeve

finger painting//plaid skirt

Trying out some homemade finger paints

Vintage Summer

Sure, it’s the unofficial end of summer, but we live in Virginia where the summer weather will persist for a few more weeks. We don’t have back to school yet, so there was no getting ready for that either. Still, even though our summer will continue on, we’re starting to feel the transition to fall. There were apples and squash at the farmers’ market this weekend, the nights are cooler, I’ve started knitting again.

So before we bid adieu to summer, I wanted to share this vintage photograph I found last week when I was clearing out books from my mom’s house. It came from a book titled Creative Photography which I acquired in high school when my library was weeding its’ collection, but I don’t think I ever really looked through it until a few nights ago. This photo taken at a state fair in 1938 by Kurt Hutton. I love how cheeky it is. The girl in her shirt dress, showing off her garters with a devil may care smile. All her friends laughing hysterically. The motion, the lack of crystal clear focus. It all conveys the fun, carefree spirit of summer. I think the time is significant too. America in the 1930s was a country in transition, trying to escape from the depression and dust bowl, not yet involved in the rumblings of WWII that were staring in Europe. There is a special innocence here that I think is something we all try to capture when summer rolls around.

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Hope you all have a great, carefree, and maybe even slightly naked holiday.

xo, S.

Other Travels

After Colorado we said goodbye to seeing mountains everyday and hello to the flat flatness of the Midwest. At this point, we’d been in the car about a week and were starting to get antsy about getting to the east coast. Now, of course, we weren’t (and still aren’t) thrilled about the fact that we’d not only be living on the east coast, but would be going from a pretty rural setting to a hugely congested metropolitan one. Still, being somewhere would be better than being nowhere so we dashed through the second leg of our journey as quickly as we could stopping mostly just to eat, stretch, or sleep before continuing on the next day. Still, even from the dashboard, we saw some pretty great things.

PS. If you’d like to see the full set from our travels click here.

Bison burgers in Moiese, MT near the National Bison Refuge

Bison burgers in Moiese, MT near the National Bison Refuge

A windfarm in Iowa

A windfarm in Iowa

Nebraska

Nebraska

DB cruising along

DB cruising along

Montana

Montana

Sleepytime in Chicago

Sleepytime in Chicago

Family time in Chicago

Family time in Chicago

Our last view of Mt Baker

Our last view of Mt Baker

Learning the true meaning of 4th of July

Learning the true meaning of 4th of July

Our new house

Our new house