On My Mind: July Edition

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 12.00.09 PM1. As much as I enjoyed hosting the Garden Party, it could’ve really been something special if I owned my own place—and especially if that place was THIS place. I am totally loving the entertaining possibilities with this fabulous layout (click through for more pics) by one of my favs, Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is for sale, but at $3.2 million it’s a little out of my price range. Well, and it’s in Houston. (Thanks to Tracy for passing along the link!)


2. We’re in full-on sweet corn season here in the Midwest, and I’ve been dying to try out an elotes/Mexican street corn recipe. Anybody have a go-to they’ll share?

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3. Speaking of the Midwest, I’m loving Buzzfeed’s 23 Facts All Midwestern Women Know To Be True. No. 21 hit especially close to home this week: “You know that people who hate on lakes just haven’t been properly introduced to your part of the country.” My parents and extended family are vacationing on a lake in Minnesota right now, and I’m very jealous.


4. Have you guys seen that tutorial bouncing around Pinterest about remaking lampshades out of leggings? Mandi over at Vintage Revivals is a genius! Who would have thought there’d be such an easy—and budget-friendly—fix for an ugly thrift store shade? Amazing.

img9o5. I need some polka dots in my life. I’ve been trying to figure out where I can incorporate them into my apartment, and I think maybe I’ve found my answer: In the bedroom! With all the effort I’ve been putting toward the living room revamp, I need to follow Gold and Williams’ advice and give some TLC to my nighttime retreat. New sheets could be a great jumping off point.

(Images: 1. Houston Chronicle, 2. A House in the Hills, 3. Buzzfeed, 4. Vintage Revivals, 5. West Elm)


Weekend Preview: Garden Party Inspiration

It was probably not the best idea to play hostess on back-to-back weekends. Last weekend was my high school reunion (luckily at a bar, not my apartment), and this weekend is the Garden Party, which I’m actually much more excited about!

I don’t have a garden so much as a courtyard, but it’ll do the trick. The plan is to drink and BBQ and welcome back a friend who has been abroad for a few months. An added bonus: The theme is Connecticut Casual. What is CC? It’s boat shoes and bow ties, seersucker and critter shorts, and basically anything salmon-colored or striped. See Vineyard Vines.

Since I genuinely love all of those things, I don’t even have to look for a “costume” (my mom actually bought me the perfect dress for such an occasion a few weeks back), which is great because it leaves more time to prep decorations and food! Here’s what I’ve got in mind…

Beverage Dispenser: These things are EVERYWHERE this summer! I keep going back and forth on whether I should buy one – I don’t really have a place to store it – but luckily for me, a friend is letting me borrow his. I’ll be mixing up a gin cocktail for the group, and it’ll be great just to make one big batch instead of taking multiple trips to the kitchen while the party’s going on.

Striped Bunting: Love the preppy look of this nautical party. Is it bad that this is a 1-year-old’s birthday party and I’m 27? Whatever, it’s adorable, and it should be easy enough to DIY. Could also go the tassel garland or paper fan route… we’ll see what kind of paper I can find on sale.

Christmas Lights: I think mood lighting is a must for a party that’s going to start in the daylight and move to night. I love the Pottery Barn-style globe lights as much as the next person, but there’s really no point in spending money on those when I have regular Christmas lights buried in a holiday box in the storage area. Wish me luck finding them!

Butcher Paper Table Runner: I just picked up a roll of butcher paper at the Dollar Store the other day for different project, but then I started thinking how great it’d be as a table runner too. I could write on it with chalk or just a Sharpie or create a design with washi tape. Gotta love getting multiple uses out of something that’s only $1!

Mason Jar Candle Holders: Mason jars? Check. Tealights? Check. Water? Check. Centerpieces made from stuff you already have around the house? The best. I don’t have any of that straw string stuff, but I’m not a big fan of that anyway. Too country.

Fruit Kabobs: I want to incorporate some healthy options into the party menu. I’m not on a diet or anything, I’m just attempting to eat healthier as part of marathon training. Plus, the boys are making hot dogs and hamburgers, and we have a few vegetarians coming so I need some meat-free options outside of dessert. I’m cheap and don’t want to buy plastic silverware, but I do have a pack of skewers in the drawer. Problem solved!

Have a good idea for me? Sent it my way! But you better hurry… The party is tomorrow!