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New Beginnings.


Hello again.

I took a bit of an unexpected blogging break as last week was quite a week for our family. On Tuesday night, we lost my mother’s uncle, a remarkable man that lived an incredible 96 years to the fullest. Less than 24 hour hours later, my very first nephew was born to my brother and his wife. I’m so proud to share that after years of being an honorary “Auntie” to my friend’s darling babies, I’m an OFFICIAL Aunt now. Meeting him was such a sweet moment...he is precious and perfect and oh-so-tiny. I’m thrilled for my brother and sister-in-law; they’re going to be amazing parents.

But, wait...there’s more. Two days after my nephew was born, my cousin and his wife welcomed their second child, also a baby boy, making this week one for the record books in our family. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster; saying goodbye to one and hello to two.

I’m settling back in to my routine this week, and look forward to sharing some recent work, soon. Thanks for sticking by me, sporadic blogging and all. Happy Monday, friends!

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Jeweled Flat Sandals

Jeweled Flat Sandals for Every Budget via Dear Lovely

During the Spring and Summer, I pretty much live flat sandals. They work with anything...dresses, denim, shorts, skirts...and are comfortable, too. I’d like to add a pair of jeweled sandals into the rotation this year, and there’s no shortage of options out there. I’ve put together a collection of my favorites, covering all budgets, because (let’s be honest) I’m probably not gonna shell out $500 bucks for a pair. (Although, if you’re looking to splurge, those Stella McCartney sandals are pretty fabulous.)



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A Coral Couch

Coral Couch Inspiration via Dear Lovely

I have an old couch from my parents sitting in storage begging to be reupholstered. It’s got great bones and is very comfortable, but is currently covered in a dark paisley and needs some major help. At first I thought I’d cover it in something neutral, but had a stylish change of heart. This baby is gonna be coral. Ideally, I’d love to do a coral velvet, but I’m not sure how dog friendly that would be. (And let’s be honest, my pup owns the couch.) I’m most concerned about the actual shade of coral -- something more like the top two photos is ideal.

So what do you think? Am I crazy to pick such a bold color? Any advice of the type of fabric I should be looking for? 


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Around Here - Peonies

Peonies via Dear Lovely
Peonies via Dear Lovely

We’ve been in the midst of some strange winter weather...it’s been cloudy for over a week, we’ve had ice, snow, freezing rain and sleet. We typically have one or two Winter storms a season, so it’s not that unusual, but yesterday was in the 60s and today, well, more sleet and freezing rain. I know it’s nothing compared to what our friends and family have been dealing with up North, but it’s an odd stretch of weather for us here in Dallas. And it shuts everything down. I’m usually all for days like these, but am starting to miss the sunshine. The bright side? I ran to the market and (much to my delight) found peonies. I scooped them up and have sprinkled them throughout the house. (Peonies in blue and white vases? FAVE.) I must admit, they are adding a bit of cheer to these dreary winter days. Can we just have them year-round already?

Hope the weather is better where you are. If not, stay warm!


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