I’m leaving tomorrow to go on vacation with my family. We’re camping RV-style at a campground at Walt Disney World. I’m excited for all sorts of reasons, but my main one is that I can’t wait to introduce Scarlett to camping. I grew up going RVing with my grandparents and some of my best summertime memories include the fun my family and I had at various campgrounds around Florida.
The campground we’re staying at has a kiddie pool area. Since I will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time there with my 1.5 year old and her cousins, I figured a one piece bathing suit would be my best option for this vacation. I’ve wanted a one piece for years, but have held off on buying one. They’ve gotten progressively better looking over the years, so I figured the time was now. I tend to hang on to bathing suits until they fall apart, so I know I’ll be wearing this suit for quite some time.
I ended up purchasing #1 on the graphic below. The picture really doesn’t do it justice. It’s a deep purplish maroon color and has a slight shimmer to it. It’s also slightly ruched so it’s flattering on the tummy. And it’s so comfy! I went for it because I felt confident in it, and because it has a high neck. The older I’m getting the more I want to protect my chest from sun exposure (I’ve burned it so many times over the years). I’ve become a bit fanatical about sun protection now that I’m 30. I prefer physical barriers to sunscreen/sunblock, so I figured a high neck style might be my best bet. Plus, I wanted good coverage and no boobage.
Here are the suits that caught my eye. They’re all under $100 and all different styles and designs!
In our first home, my husband somehow convinced me to let him paint our closed-in- garage-turned-man-cave black. It actually didn’t take much convincing because I figured it was his space. He could do what he wanted. I had the rest of the house to decorate. However, as soon as the paint dried I instantly regretted that decision. Since it was formerly a two-car garage, the space was huge. It was also the room through which we entered/exited the house. After we painted it black, it did indeed feel like a cave. You could also see into the room from the kitchen and living room due to the position of the door frame (and there wasn’t room for a door), so the entire thing was a hot mess. It was an interesting experiment and maybe in the right context it would have looked right, but I was never a fan of the black walls. My husband liked it though, so I guess it wasn’t a complete disaster.
When I came across this bedroom, I was amazed how good the black walls and ceiling looked. Maybe if we would have done shiplap wainscoting our room would have turned out better? By grounding it with white, this room doesn’t feel like a cave. It feels modern and cozy. I’ll keep this look in mind if my husband ever tries to convince me to paint anything black again. Here’s how you can get a similar look.
It’s probably evident by now, but 90% of the time I’m drawn to a more rustic and masculine interior design aesthetic over a chic or feminine one. However, roughly 5.67% of the time I’m drawn to ultra-girly, glam spaces. I never did the whole single girl with her own apartment thing, so I missed out on that phase of life. I was in a pretty serious car accident at the end of high school which vastly changed my college plans, so I ended up living at home through college. I got married not long after graduation and my husband and I promptly bought our first home together. So, there was never a time when I had my “own” place (though it could be argued our entire first home save for our closed-in-garage-turned-man-cave was “mine”) that I could throw up pink everywhere.
Accordingly, I love looking at feminine spaces like today’s living room. I also like to imagine the type of person who lives here and what phase of life they happen to be in. And if they are married, how did they convince their husband to go along with it? What did they have to compromise and let him decorate?? Here’s how you can get a similar glam look:
The 2017 Tony Awards took place Sunday night. If I had the opportunity to pick any award show to attend, I would mostly likely choose the Tony Awards. I have a deep love for musicals and shows that began when I saw Les Misérables on the West End of London (London’s Broadway or actually Broadway is the NYC’s West End) when I was 17. My seat was very high and very near the back of the theater, but I was completely memorized. Since then I’ve seen countless shows including Wicked, Rent, Jersey Boys, Mama Mia, South Pacific, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and countless others. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a bad show. There’s just something about the live music and acting that takes me to another place for 3 hours.
Accordingly, I find it quite impressive when I read that an actor has a Tony. The talent is takes to sing, dance, and act live night after night for sometimes months at a time is respectable. To see all of these talented actors in one place live while catching snippets of the best of the best shows would be so entertaining. I know I can watch it on television, but I mean, that defeats the point of musicals. You’re supposed to view them in person. Some (a lot) of the magic is lost when viewing them through a screen.
I like to think the red carpet at the Tony’s is a bit more sophisticated than other red carpets. The Tony Awards are different from the Academy Awards which are different from the Grammy Awards and so on. Looks at this year’s show had their hits and misses, but for the most part I thought it was a glamorous affair. I’ve taken five looks below that I found particularly good and inspiring for everyday wear. My favorite is actually Mary Beth Peil. I hope I’m as stylish as her when I’m 76.
Last spring, Domino featured Brooklyn Decker’s Austin home. The home design is impressive. It’s a mix of denim, wood, crazy beautiful “cookies-n-cream” marble, and antique heirlooms. It feels curated and personal. What’s even more awesome than the house is the fact that Brooklyn didn’t hire a famed interior designer. She decorated the home herself. So, not only is she an entrepreneur, actress, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, married to a tennis legend, and Kevin Bacon’s doppelganger, she’s also a remarkable interior designer. If you look up total package in the dictionary, I’m guessing you’ll see her picture (preferably of her and her zit, Cindy Crawford). Add absolutely hilarious to the list of reasons why we love Brooklyn Decker.
I actually took the picture of her living room to a local carpenter and had him build me a coffee table similar to hers. I had him scale it down a bit to fit in my living room. I then took it to my local upholsterer and had her cover the piece in a similar camel colored vinyl. I know, I know, why not leather? It was going to be quadruple the price, and the main reason I wanted a coffee table like this was so that Scarlett (and future kids) could be as rough as they wanted to be on it. I know myself, and if it was leather, I would have had a heart attack any time she so much as set a toy on it–much less stand on top of and jump around wildly while flinging milk everywhere from her sippy cup (not that I let her do that… ;)). It ended up being a little more expensive than options I found online, but I needed a certain size so I was able to easily and affordably customize it.
Mirror – I didn’t realize the large mirror in Brooklyn’s living room wasn’t a window until I started putting this look together. The windowpane mirror clearly did it’s job!
Coffee table – In my hunt for a coffee table that looked like Brooklyn’s, I almost purchased this one. The dimensions, sadly, weren’t right for my living room, but I love the look of it.
Light blue couch – Brooklyn did a masterful job at combining these two couches that are differing colors and styles.
Chair – These chairs are one of my favorite features of the room.
Dark blue couch – More proof that Chesterfield sofas look good any and everywhere.
Native American print – Her home has a southwestern vibe to it. This print fits that aesthetic perfectly.
Pillow – This pillow has a tribal touch to it, too.
Tray – I’m totally feeling the gold inlay on this tray. I’ve also learned that with having an upholstered coffee table, a tray is essential to corral things on top.
In case you don’t know who Brooklyn Decker is, here’s a picture of her from Austin Ways magazine. Can we also talk about the fact that I would look like I was going to work in a mechanic’s shop if I wore this jumpsuit? Not on Brooklyn, though! She looks stunning.