There are few things I love more in life than solidarity amongst women. Nothing against dudes or anything, I’ve just always felt that sisterhood is such a powerful thing, ya know?
Another thing I love is supporting small businesses. So when I come across a small business that is founded, owned, or operated primarily by women, I want to spread the word! Scroll down for a few of my favorites and click to support these awesome women in business!!!
Daisy Natives– founded by the beautiful Sarah Eckett. My favorite product is the Girls Support Girls tee (comes in all different colors too!).
Outdoor Voices– Tyler Haney is such a badass!!! I really want a matching workout set to go with my new gym membership.
Shop Luella– founded by resident cool girl, Caroline Kolbe. Favorite product is this unicorn piñata pin! AND I LOVE THE “SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL” TEE!
Oui Fresh– founded by blogger babe sisters, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. I loooooove the daisy sunglasses and I’ve heard great things about their lipsticks too!
Aelfie– founded by a truly inspiring It-Girl, Aelfie Oudghiri. I. NEED. ALL. THE. RUGS. AND. THE. THROWS.
Cloth And Twig– founded by Karly, a mom/doula/master stitcher. How cute would a family cross stitched portrait be?! Bonus- a portion of every item sold is donated to Destiny Rescue!
Everyday Is A Holiday– Jenny Freakin’ Holiday, you are an amazing artist!!! I feel like my life won’t be complete until I have a super realistic pizza plaque!
Kertis- founder Jessica Kertis makes such elegant jewelry!
Ashely Goldberg- another one of my favorite artists. Her pattern work is simple, but beautiful!
Ban.do– this brand is all about fun and founder/CCO, Jen Gotch, simultaneously keeps it real while also being the funniest gal on Instagram.
I’m bummed I’m missing the women’s march again this year, but I’ll be there in spirit (wearing my Girl Power shirt, too)!
And just like that, round 2 of the holiday season is over. IDK about you, but I am definitely feeling a Christmastime hangover because it comes and goes too quickly. We try to pack as much stuff as possible into a short amount of time and our heads are left spinning.
This Christmas was different from the last five I’ve had with my Pittsburgh family, but we added some great new customs to complement the old. My sis-in-law + her husband (our family’s most loveable weirdo, Friggin’ Todd) usually come to town, but stayed in Nashville this year. And although I hate to miss an opportunity to hold the cutest baby in the world, our niece Lola; seeing her via FaceTime was so, so sweet. We usually get pretty dressed up for Christmas Eve dinner at my in-laws, but my new favorite tradition of drinking all night and dancing in the living room until 6 a.m. on the Eve of Christmas Eve meant showing up in yoga pants. I’m also 99% sure one of our new things to do every year is letting friends wear my hair extensions.
Another new tradition we’ll be honoring is going out for fancy hot chocolate. Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream makes the best. It’s so rich and decadent and will definitely make you sick if you drink it too fast or too much of it (oops!), but it’s somehow sooooooo worth it. This was the first time we’ve ever been to Millie’s that it wasn’t packed full of people, so we took some photos. Definitely put this on your list of places to go to in PGH if you haven’t been!
Anyway, happy belated birthday, Jesus! I’m feeling pretty hashtag blessed because I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow and we’re almost through the final round of the holiday season (NYE is Sunday). Happy ‘Daze!
Last weekend, Joel and I took a trip to Florida to celebrate my 28th birthday AND to visit some good friends who moved down south back in April. Although we were flying into Ft. Lauderdale and staying with our friends in Davie for most of the weekend, we couldn’t not go to Miami! Miami has been on my list of U.S. cities to see for quite some time (Wynwood Walls is basically every blogger’s version of the Holy Land) and I’m so glad we got a little break from the cold weather in Pittsburgh to soak up the sun and feast our eyes on the most colorful city I’ve ever been to.
When I was researching stuff to do in Miami for our trip, Art Basel kept popping up. “What the hell is this Art Basel thing everyone keeps mentioning” I thought to myself as I scrolled through my Pinterest search of “cool spots in Miami, FL”. Basically, Art Basel is a lot like Austin’s South By Southwest, but instead of music all over the city, there’s art. It’s actually held word wide throughout the year, but Miami is the biggest one. There are tons of events going on throughout the week and there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE. I remember thinking it would be cool to see Art Basel someday (and get invited to some parties or gallery openings because I’d be such a popular blogger in this futuristic fantasy)… I did not realize that Art Basel would actually be wrapping up during our weekend in Florida, but I’m so glad we got to witness the craziness!
Bienvenido à Miami!
As a birthday gift, my friend Jess got us a room at Atton Brickell so we could stay in the city and not have to worry about driving back to Davie Saturday night. IT WAS AWESOME! They have a rooftop infinity pool that we had to ourselves because we were the only people not cold in 60 degrees, south Florida’s version of “winter”. I loved seeing Floridians in their fur coats and down jackets; it reminded me of my hometown of San Antonio where people freeze when it’s any temperature under 70.
During the year’s biggest art festival, Miami’s Art district was the place to be! We went to Wynwood to walk around, eat, drink, window shop, and look at the most beautiful street art in the world. It’s where we spent both Saturday night as well as Sunday morning and early afternoon. Did I pack a suitcase full of different outfits to change into throughout the day? WHAT DO YOU THINK?! I definitely changed clothes in the middle of the street where there were people spray painting 20 feet away too… Miami is not a city where you have to be shy, I actually saw a guy peeing in the street on Saturday night so I figured changing my top would be NBD. I hope there are some people who are looking at the photos in this post without reading anything because it’ll look like we were in Miami for a whole week and not just 24 hours.
Visit Miami If…
you get inspired by all things colorful
you want a cool backdrop to have your picture taken in front of
you want a cool backdrop to take pictures of your food in front of before you eat it
you enjoy being completely surrounded by beautiful art, both on the streets and in the stores
you love shopping
you’re a beach person
you like Art Deco
you’re a people person
you don’t mind traffic
you want to be fashionably daring, but it’s too cold in your hometown (see my cool jumpsuit in the second photo from the top)
you’ve had this song stuck in your head for a while now (swap Philly for Pittsburgh, a convertible Bentley for a sweet, sweet Saab, and the music video is literally our trip to Florida in a 90s nutshell)
you enjoy visiting freakin’ awesome cities
We left Wynwood Sunday afternoon with the top down on our borrowed Saab convertible and headed to South Beach. What a gorgeous part of town!!!! I love the Art Deco hotels that line Ocean Drive and don’t even get me started on the eclectic lifeguard stands on the beach! All the heart eyes for this crazy colorful city.
There are a few things we did not get to do whilst in Miami; such as gawk at the modern architecture, hang out in Little Havana, or visit The Villa Casa Casuarina (aka The Versace Mansion). But it’s always good to leave a few things to come back to…
Party in the city where the heat is on. All night on the beach ’til the break of dawn. Can’t wait to see you again, Miami!
We all know that one Emerson quote (frequently used to caption Instagram posts) that says something about living in the sunshine, swimming in the sea, and drinking the wild air, riiiight? Although it was a quote ruined by basic bitches, it’s still a good one. There is something so purifying about being near the sea.
Right now it is 19 degrees in Pittsburgh and there is fresh snowfall on the ground. I am beyond grateful that I got to spend my birthday weekend visiting friends in sunny AF south Florida with my husband. I hope that the memories of the colorful lifeguard stands of South Beach and the crystal clear waters of Ft Lauderdale can carry me through the winter. At the very least, I have enough blog material to pretend like I’m somewhere sunny for the rest of the year…
Joel and I are pretty much the epitome of “cat people”, but somehow when we adopted Peter and Dee last October, we got stuck with the most dog-like kittens I’ve ever met. Sweet Dee loves to play fetch with wrappers. Peter Nincompoop loves belly rubs and chasing his tail. Thank God they don’t have to be walked outside to poop or I’d contemplate a no refund return of these assholes (KIDDING, OBVIOUSLY, WE LOVE THEM WAY TOO MUCH!).
Last November, we put up our Christmas tree as a family of four and didn’t think much about what our children cats would do about it. The next morning, on my way to turn on the coffee pot, I screamed as I cut my foot on something. When I turned on the lights, I saw that our floor was littered with broken ornaments. Cool! A few days later, after getting into the habit of turning the lights on before going downstairs, I saw a trail made of tufts of fur leading all the way from the tree up the stairs and into the bathroom… It was the stuffed raccoon ornament my mother-in-law had given me the year before, torn to shreds by Peter. Lovely!
Somehow, these little dummies were smart enough to do all of their dirty work when we were either asleep or at work. We’d come home and they’d practically say “it wasn’t me” when there’d be cat sized gaps in the Christmas tree (cat translation: “meow meowwww meow”). The cycle continued until we put away our Christmas tree early, before New Year’s Day whereas it used to stay up until Valentine’s. Womp Womp.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well, call us crazy because we not only put up the tree with our old glass ornaments, but we surrounded the kitty house with lights as well- definitely a recipe for disaster (see also: the fate of the cat in Christmas Vacation). The only preventative measure we took this year has been leaving our little Yoda dressed as Santa ornament in a cabinet far far away because Peter Boy will eat him; that and we now have a spray bottle that is used if they even look like they’re getting any ideas about messing with the tree/lights…
So far, so good. I’ve only seen 2 broken ornaments and the gold sequin tree skirt (it’s actually the sweetheart table tablecloth from our wedding) is only sometimes askew. Maybe our babies are just growing up! Most likely, though, keeping the spray bottle pointed at the tree through the night is helping to stop Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb from acting out…
Cats-2, Christmas Tree-0, Spray Bottle- (too many to count)
Just two weeks and two days after my husband’s birthday, comes MINE (Joel is two years, two weeks, and two days older than me)! Since turning 28 isn’t as big of a deal as turning 30, I recycled Joel’s balloons instead of getting my own with the correct numbers… You get the idea though: TODAY’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I have a tendency to make way too big of a deal out of my birthday (I went to New Orleans last year and had this party the year before), and this year is no different. We’re heading to sunny Florida for the weekend, which is perfect timing because it’s supposed to snow in PGH on Saturday. BYEEEEE.
While we’re on the subject of birthdays, I guess I should wish a very happy one to my Uncle David, Nikki Minaj, and my very own twin sister, Bessie. Hope y’all have birthdays for the books!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!! My favorite part of the holiday season is the part with no plans in sight and nothing to do. Does it count as “dolce far niente” if the TV is on? Yes, it does. I’ve done my research, and have found the best shows to binge watch (and which to avoid) during your well deserved time off. So kick back, relax, and turn on the ROKU.
The Office/30 Rock/ Parks and Rec- The holy trinity of goofiness. Everyone needs some comic relief in their life! We re-watch one of these annually and rotate between them.
Breaking Bad- Seriously, this show is probably the best show ever made and it’s EVEN BETTER when you go back and watch it again. So many Easter Eggs and so much foreshadowing!
Gossip Girl- I was v anti GG when it first aired because I was loyal to the books, but what started as a guilty pleasure show to watch while I drink coffee in the mornings or when Joel’s working late, has turned into a full-on addiction. So bad, it’s good.
Pretty Little Liars- FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT GET SUCKED INTO WATCHING THIS. We made the mistake of binging the first two seasons when we had the flu and it was such a waste of time because nothing ever happens.
Skins (British Version)- I may be pushing 28, but I guess I have this thing with teenage drama.
The Great British Bake- YAAAAAAAAS, but don’t watch if you’re hungry.
The OC- Speaking of teenage drama, this show singlehandedly shaped my youth. I was obsessed in 2004 and with the exception of the fashion choices and the cameo appearance of Paris Hilton in season 1, it holds up. Even the last season was not as terrible as I remembered it.
The Mindy Project- Danny and Mindy 4ever!
Younger- Another guilty pleasure show that I couldn’t turn off.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills- If you’re going to watch any housewives series, this is the ones to commit to because they’re the most glamorous and the most dramatic.
The Handmaid’s Tale- One of those rare occurrences where the movie/tv adaptation is better than the book!
The Grand Tour- IDGAF about cars, but Joel got me looooving this show! It’s so over the top and ridiculous, plus I love me some dry British humor.
The Man In The High Castle-Nope, sorry. Great concept and cool intro, but terrible execution.
Z: The Beginning of Everything- I read the book version of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life and loved it! I only watched the first episode of the show, but my BFF and sister love it and I trust their opinions.
Well, it’s been fun, but I have to go see what happens between Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass… Happy binge season to you all!