April 11th, 2014
in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
Cost Plus World Market. this store has become my go-to for home accessories (accent chairs included). i have discovered some of the most beautiful pillows, decorations, and outdoor flair at their Carmel location. plus, once you become a rewards member, there are plenty of coupons sent your way. 
Lincoln Square Pancake House. after a mid-morning meeting, we headed over to Lincoln Square for brunch, and i have to say, their Meridian St. location makes one of the best omelets in town. an omelet from a pancake house? i failed to mention when you order an omelet, you have a choice of toast or pancakes (!!!). don’t let the facade fool you, step inside and be charmed.
Mid-day walk breaks. we’re fortunate that our office shares a block with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the state, and therefore, we share some pretty sweet walking paths around the(ir) complex.  as the seasons have finally started to shift, the ladies in our office have been taking advantage of mid-day walking breaks. never have i looked forward to walking three miles more than i have on days when i can get out of the office for a little Vitamin D.
Nude heels. i can’t wait to bust out these beauties on a regular basis. sure, i suppose you can wear nude heels year round, but i’m more looking forward to the fact that i can stow away my beloved leather boots and start relying more heavily on some feminine heels.
Taco Bell Breakfast. while i will always be loyal to my one true love, Mackey’s, there’s nothing wrong with expanding the A.M. drive-thru selection. i picked up a variety of waffle tacos, flats, burritos and even their sweet Cinnabon treats, and gotta say, i definitely didn’t hate it. i mean…a waffle…eggs…bacon…and syrup? yes.
The Naked Monkey. a few years back, a Groupon led me to this cleverly named waxing locale, and even after my deal ran its course, i’ve remained quite loyal to my time with my girl, Mandi. sure waxing, of any kind, isn’t the most popular topic of discussion, but if you’re gonna do it, you might as well frequent a business where you know you’re in good hands. i cannot recommend The Naked Monkey enough. (3 locations around the city)
Zappos overnight delivery. there are very few times i’d deem it necessary to choose overnight delivery for a clothing item, and that’s why, with Zappos, you don’t have to choose. sometimes, they just do it up for you! 

in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)

  • Cost Plus World Marketthis store has become my go-to for home accessories (accent chairs included). i have discovered some of the most beautiful pillows, decorations, and outdoor flair at their Carmel location. plus, once you become a rewards member, there are plenty of coupons sent your way. 
  • Lincoln Square Pancake Houseafter a mid-morning meeting, we headed over to Lincoln Square for brunch, and i have to say, their Meridian St. location makes one of the best omelets in town. an omelet from a pancake house? i failed to mention when you order an omelet, you have a choice of toast or pancakes (!!!). don’t let the facade fool you, step inside and be charmed.
  • Mid-day walk breaks. we’re fortunate that our office shares a block with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the state, and therefore, we share some pretty sweet walking paths around the(ir) complex.  as the seasons have finally started to shift, the ladies in our office have been taking advantage of mid-day walking breaks. never have i looked forward to walking three miles more than i have on days when i can get out of the office for a little Vitamin D.
  • Nude heels. i can’t wait to bust out these beauties on a regular basis. sure, i suppose you can wear nude heels year round, but i’m more looking forward to the fact that i can stow away my beloved leather boots and start relying more heavily on some feminine heels.
  • Taco Bell Breakfastwhile i will always be loyal to my one true love, Mackey’s, there’s nothing wrong with expanding the A.M. drive-thru selection. i picked up a variety of waffle tacos, flats, burritos and even their sweet Cinnabon treats, and gotta say, i definitely didn’t hate it. i mean…a waffle…eggs…bacon…and syrup? yes.
  • The Naked Monkeya few years back, a Groupon led me to this cleverly named waxing locale, and even after my deal ran its course, i’ve remained quite loyal to my time with my girl, Mandi. sure waxing, of any kind, isn’t the most popular topic of discussion, but if you’re gonna do it, you might as well frequent a business where you know you’re in good hands. i cannot recommend The Naked Monkey enough. (3 locations around the city)
  • Zappos overnight delivery. there are very few times i’d deem it necessary to choose overnight delivery for a clothing item, and that’s why, with Zappos, you don’t have to choose. sometimes, they just do it up for you! 
April 11th, 2014

currently happening in our office.

have you tried the new selection?

April 10th, 2014

i’m thinkin’ imma need some spring floral on my stems.

Jocelyn: [at a board meeting over the April issue] Well… they’re showing a lot of florals right now, so I was thinking… 
Miranda Priestly: Florals? For spring? Ground breaking. 

yup, doin’ it.

April 8th, 2014

the deck is slowly but surely coming together.

thanks to two strands of outdoor lights & an easy-to-install table & chairs, i am really starting to love my deck.

but let’s be honest, i would’ve loved it even if it meant using folding chairs from my parent’s attic.

with a high of 72 on Thursday, there’s never been a better time to accessorize a neutral foundation.

April 7th, 2014

daily outfit: the “purple poncho” edition.

a few weeks ago, Mama & i stopped at the outlets down in Edinburgh en route to Louisville.

always one willing to add some spring color to an otherwise neutral look, i slipped on this ralph lauren lavender poncho & kind of didn’t hate it.

i sent a text to Ashley who confirmed it would be a good option for a rainy day,

& turns out, rain is indeed in today’s forecast.

never the less, after a month having passed since the original procurement, i still don’t hate it, & in fact, with all black, i kind of love it.

April 5th, 2014
Reblogged from Population-E
April 4th, 2014
in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
Dreamsicle Daydreams. my new go-to candle. it smells way sweeter in the jar than it does while burning—which was a great, great relief as i’m typically not a fan of candles that smell like sugar highs. plus, this Woodwick wonder crackles like a fire. so, there’s that.
Derek Hough & Amy Purdy. until this week, i thought Derek’s contemporary dance with Kellie Pickler would go down as my most favorite of DWTS, but then Derek & his new partner Amy performed the most touching contemporary dance.  it was beautiful…as was her story before they hit the floor.
Media Training. on Tuesday, i attended an all-day media training session, and i learned more in those eight hours than i have in a very long while. a part of me still wonders why i never considered a degree in communication, but regardless, i’m glad i now have the chance to pick up a few tricks of the trade.
Pinata apples. i had no idea what i was buying when i picked up half a dozen, but the pinata apple definitely rivals the beloved Honeycrisp in its deliciousness.
Upland Brewery.i’ve consumed a few of their brews, but never visited one of their tap houses until last night. the reclaimed wood, the pendant lights, the Helios Pale & the tasty fish tacos (made with salmon!) were everything i needed on a Thursday night.

in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)

  • Dreamsicle Daydreams. my new go-to candle. it smells way sweeter in the jar than it does while burning—which was a great, great relief as i’m typically not a fan of candles that smell like sugar highs. plus, this Woodwick wonder crackles like a fire. so, there’s that.
  • Derek Hough & Amy Purdy. until this week, i thought Derek’s contemporary dance with Kellie Pickler would go down as my most favorite of DWTS, but then Derek & his new partner Amy performed the most touching contemporary dance.  it was beautiful…as was her story before they hit the floor.
  • Media Training. on Tuesday, i attended an all-day media training session, and i learned more in those eight hours than i have in a very long while. a part of me still wonders why i never considered a degree in communication, but regardless, i’m glad i now have the chance to pick up a few tricks of the trade.
  • Pinata apples. i had no idea what i was buying when i picked up half a dozen, but the pinata apple definitely rivals the beloved Honeycrisp in its deliciousness.
  • Upland Brewery.i’ve consumed a few of their brews, but never visited one of their tap houses until last night. the reclaimed wood, the pendant lights, the Helios Pale & the tasty fish tacos (made with salmon!) were everything i needed on a Thursday night.
April 3rd, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • half moon, thin slice of grapefruit
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • ice cubes

 Directions:

  1. Combine the lime quarters, grapefruit slice, mint leaves, and sugar in a cocktail glass.  Muddle.
  2. Add the rum, grapefruit and lime juice, and stir together until sugar has dissolved.  Finish with club soda and one or two large ice cubes.
Reblogged from grace in place
April 3rd, 2014

a local media group made this #IndyIsHappy video & quite a few of my favorite Indy attractions are featured.

plus, on a rainy day like we’re experiencing today, random people dancing around the city naturally makes me happy.

April 2nd, 2014

when i moved into my house, i opted out of a deck/patio/screened in porch because the men in my life graciously volunteered to build me a deck when the time was right.

at 5 o’clock last night, the time was right (!!!).

after a day of media training, i arrived home just as the last board was being nailed down.

i can’t wait to spend many mornings, days and nights out on this sturdy beaut of a deck,

but more than that, i can’t wait to think of my family’s hard work & dedication with every use of this structure.

plus, i’m pretty sure bentley is jazzed about it, too.

(from the bottom of my heart, i thank you, RJJD! xo)

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