spring break

The kids are out of school this week for spring break.  It’s sooooo nice to have a breath from the early bird school schedule, although the kiddos still have track, ballet, and horseback riding all week.  We have a big horse show coming up!!  We’re taking a different approach to spring break  this year – staying at home to chill and almost completely detaching from strict schedules and deadlines.

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I’ve already reorganized several rooms in our home, ahhhh it feels so good to have the time to focus on a project!  If I get any styling going on after all the organizing, I will share a few pics.  But you know I’m slower than a sloth in that department.  Meanwhile, diggin these white lamps for one of our bedrooms.

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Yesterday I enjoyed a mega luxury – a long lunch with my good friend, Julie.  I hardly ever go out to lunch – it’s usually woof down whatever I can find on the go or eat standing up at the kitchen counter.  Julie and I are both so busy with our brood day-to-day that having to time to actually sit down, eat in relaxed state, and talk with no interruptions was like winning the lottery for us.  I think our lunch was something crazy like three hours??  I wore a light blue button down with a white collar, ripped skinnies, and this new trench from gap.  Here was my outfit inspiration.

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After lunch, I scooped up a kid and drove her 86 miles for a lesson where our horse is in training.  Savez and I posed for a foot selfie before I switched into my barn boots.  Our legs look strangely distorted in this shot.

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And I may or may not have flirted with this super tall, handsome, sweet, and talented Hanoverian.  Is it obvious I have a major crush on him?  Don’t tell Savez.  Look how dirty his back is, ha ha.  He had just enjoyed a fresh roll in the dirt.

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I leave you with a few images that make me think of spring.  If I could design the perfect spring break, it would include relaxation, horses, nature, beauty, and travel.

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Biking to a picnic in a pretty meadow would be delightful.

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Love this little bicycle basket.

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I would wear whites and linen for our picnic.

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Of course horses and lots of riding would be a major part of the picture.  I call dibs on this mound of statuesque perfection!

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Maybe a little sailboat ride with my nautical husband and our gang.   To balance out all that riding.  

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I’m taking a week off to recharge and plan to return after March 28th.  Cheers to downtime!

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wednesday white prep

Today felt like a navy and white kind of day.  Very preppy.

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Sported these stripey pants and this new white button down by super chic boutique, Claridge + King.  I had never been introduced to their clothes until they kindly sent this to me as a gift.  Their whole website and inventory rocks, by the way.  I absolutely lovvvve the top.  Thank you, Liz!  The quality of material and expert tailoring blows away any of my other button downs.  Wearing this was a great reminder that I need to be more selective in what I purchase.  Invest in several quality pieces versus many sale and impulse items.  I can tell this classic top will last for years.

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I’m a fan of all things classic.  You really can’t go wrong surrounding yourself with simple, timeless, and lovely items.  Funny how many of those classics are white.  Like a white button down, a string of pearls, or a batch of white roses.

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One final reminder.  I couldn’t agree more!

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spring organizing

Today’s burst of spring weather has me inspired to start organizing a few key areas in our home.  Here are some images that make me want to get a move on.

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Baskets are an amazing way to catch clutter and add style and texture to a small area.  Design tip:  for visual continuity, keep any baskets you place next to each other either in the same pattern or same pattern in different sizes.

I like this little guy.  I read that they are hand-dyed and weaved by the talented village women in Kenya who basket-weave to supplement their income.

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Shelves make life wonderful.

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These appear to be the shelves pictured above.  You can’t beat the price of anything from IKEA.  Somehow they have cracked the code on how to crank out modern styled goods which fit even the smallest of budgets.

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We installed these white shelves by IKEA in our last rental house.  They’re currently packed up in boxes but I think it’s time to reuse them in one of our kids’ rooms for books and toys.  Shelves make a kid’s room much more manageable.  From what I remember, these mount easily and are quite sturdy.

If I had a closet like this ANYWHERE in my home I would probably clean way more than I do now.  My cleaning closet makes me want to crawl into a corner and hide.  Which reminds me, did you see Jenny’s new cleaning closet she revealed last month??  You won’t believe it.  Pops and color and so organized.  You can check it out here.

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This cleaning caddy is perfect for our girls and all of their hair supplies.  I plan to borrow this organizing idea for their under-the-sink clutter.

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What room do you plan to hit first for spring organizing?

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