My Boy’s Dreams

My Boy’s Dreams

A summer morning.

I had the back patio screen door open, in case The Dog felt like letting herself out for a few moments alone.

Birds were just getting their feed on, and I was enjoying listening to them sing.

I worked quietly in the kitchen, doing my morning thing: unloading the dishwasher, fixing a breakfast, sipping my coffee, thinking of what should be done later that day.

My Boy? Well, he had just woken up, and was starting his own day by working to check off Chore No. 1: making his bed. I could hear a subtle rhythm coming from his radio.

And then he called me.

“Mom, I need you!” he said, and with that the music got louder.

“What’s the problem?,” I hollered up toward his room, immediately thinking he was wrestling to straighten a comforter or wondering which shirt would go well with a pair of cargo shorts.

“I need a backup singer,” was his answer, at which point I knew that what I was about to do would probably be the most important thing I’d do all day.

I could hear Pompeii blaring before I reached the top of the stairs. The Boy’s a big Bastille fan, and I pretty much gathered the sort of role I’d play in the next few minutes.

I mistakenly started dancing my own dance as I walked through the door. He looked at me, shook his head to say no, this ain’t ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,’ Mom, proceeded to place me squarely behind him, then turned to face his invisible audience, grab his invisible microphone, and belt out the tune.

Bastille themselves were now background singers.

I did as I was told and mouthed that now-famous back up chant {a a o a o, a a o a o … ha, now it’s stuck in your head!}, swayed gently side-to-side {no crazy dancing that would distract from his performance}, and wondered

How long will he ask me to be a part of his dreams?

He’s growing too fast, but I’m grateful for these moments when he still finds a part for me to play.



Photo by the amazing Amber Leilani Photography

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And on another note, the winner of the Lily Chandeliers has been chosen! It’s the lovely, the wonderful …



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What’s New!

What’s New!

What is new with me lately? Hmmm.

Well, for one: I’m exhausted.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’d know that I’m a gal who really enjoys a calm, quiet life. I don’t crave constant busyness; I don’t thrive on pressure, or packed schedules, or racing here-to-there.

I derive no pleasure from commitment overload.

In fact, I kind of embrace ordinary, and I’m quite content when things are

status quo.

But these last two weeks …

boy, oh boy, how we’ve been movin’ and shakin’ and lovin’ it!

The Boy and I traveled down to DC two weekends back to visit The Man, who’s been spending a lot of time in The District overseeing a new project. We did a few tourist-y things {enough already with the Bug Room at the Museum of Natural History … oy!}, and a few not-so-tourist-y things {like walking through Old Town, Virginia}, and generally just enjoyed hanging out together at The Man’s home away from home.

We arrived Friday night. We left Monday morning.

And back home, no sooner had I finished with the laundry from that little excursion, it was time for me to ready myself for my own little private getaway: Stella & Dot’s National Sales Conference — HOOPLA! — at Marriott’s World Center Resort in Orlando.

Marriott World Orlando


I’m quite certain that even if you had nothing to do with this company or its gorgeous baubles, you’d say the weekend was worth every penny, considering the inspiration offered by those speaking, including our founder, Jessica Herrin, who, before turning Stella & Dot into an industry powerhouse, co-founded, by the ripe old age of 24, a little place on the inter webs called

Girl knew a few things about perseverance, determination, and gettin’ the job done.

Anyway, I’m back now and happy to have had those experiences, and I’m readying myself {personally} for the rest of the summer with The Boy, upcoming baby and wedding showers, days at the beach, hopefully an amusement park outing with friends, and enjoying the gorgeous pieces I just bought from Stella & Dot’s new fall line and {professionally} getting the word out about those beauties.

To celebrate the launch, and to send my now-retired pieces out in style, I’m running a sample sale AND a raffle. I’ve reduced the pricing on the following pieces, which {for the most part … the only exception is the tote} are now considered “Vintage Stella.” Scoop ’em up fast, ladies: I’ve already said my goodbyes and am ready to let them go. When you see something you like, just email me and we’ll take care of the details. First-come, first-served.

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Moondance Collage And while you’re deciding which of the above you’re going to treat yourself to, enter the raffle using the link below for these lovely summer-time ladies, our Lily Chandeliers. You never know: it just might be your lucky day! 😉

Winner will be drawn on Monday evening, and notified via email.

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Whatchoo-Wish-You-Were-Wearin’ Wednesday : Palm Trees and Endless Summers

Whatchoo-Wish-You-Were-Wearin’ Wednesday : Palm Trees and Endless Summers

Palm Trees make me happy.

Endless Summer


And this year, J. Crew has some amazing light-weight tees that really showcase that gorgeous greenery well. Several have a nice vintage feel that I love, like this “Endless Summer” one.

The phrase “Endless Summer” is lovely, don’t you think?

Even moreso in a foreign language.

J. Crew also has some fantastic shorts in summery colors that I had to scoop up. Really, who wants to wear plain ol’ black, navy blue, or tan in summer? Summer should be about colors like Brilliant Coral, Positano Blue, and Sweet Tangerine.

Happy Hot Wednesday, friends.


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