currenty | january edition

gathering | we had a gathering for my son's first birthday last weekend! i can't wait to show you all soon. i tried to take in the day both by enjoying it and by snapping some photos... you may have seen a glimpse of the detail on instagram. in addition, last night i was able to attend book club (it's been way too long) and i totally fell in love with a spot in uptown charlotte called essex bar & bistro. if you go, order the butter chicken. you won't regret it. it was so, so delicious (like i will be craving this dish often) along with the cool atmosphere, company, wine, and baked alaskan goodness for dessert.

making | more time for mr. monaco!! i can't forget about him. so we are going on a date tomorrow night... we are hoping to try a new southern place in the arts district called haberdish. has anyone been? thoughts? so... basically i haven't been 'out' since november but am making up for it this week! 

reading | i plan to start reading the book, talking as fast as i can by lauren graham. i loved her so much in parenthood and of course in gilmore girls (she's so fabulous!) so i am really excited. 

following | i have been enjoying bloglovin' more and more. i really want to start using it daily. 

sipping | la croix, smoothies, and hazelnut black coffee lately  
a birthday | nursery scene
a rare hour away last saturday morning... i enjoyed walking around a cute anthropologie in charlotte

...what about you...
what have you been gathering, making, reading, following, and sipping?

a get to know

who am i?

last week, on january 12, this space turned four. as a blogger, it can be really easy to look at others in the blogosphere and put forth a certain image of who you should be, neglecting your true self. i always try to tell myself (and sometimes it's difficult) to remember that we are all unique for a reason. and it's important. so i thought i would tell you a few things about me; a re-introduction for many of you and a 'welcome' to some. i am so glad each one of you are here. 

+ i don't wear makeup every day, but i do wear lipstick and a little bronzer. it's my way of putting on my "lady face" 
+ to me, skirts and dresses are more comfortable than jeans or pants. however, i recently discovered madewell's jeans and they have been life-changing. so comfortable. if i am hanging out at home, i tend to put on a large shirt/sweater and a comfortable skirt to get real cozy in.
+ if i had to pick a 'spirit animal' it would be combo of my two favorites - a house cat and a bird {a pretty little yellow one}. the truth is, i am both an introvert and an extrovert. it's true. i need alone time and don't share much about my personal life (unless i feel secure/confident around the person) but also love to be with people/have gatherings. i love to be at home with my family, making it a nest, but i also love to explore the world. i love to take photos but am completely 'video shy.' i was raised to always 'fly;' to go off to new places and to take on adventures and risks but am content with a bubble bath and a book.
+ mexican + peanut butter + smoothies are my ultimate jams. i believe our bodies were designed to eat whole foods- yet i also love a good splurge. 
+ i own more shoes than i can count. truly. and each one holds a special place in my soul. i have eliminated so much from our home over the past year... but many of my shoes have stayed. 
+ i am a wife to a gentle soul and the momma of a baby (always) boy. this is my favorite part of life.
+ i am the queen of filling up my coffee mug and then having to re-heat it over and over.  
+ there is almost always music playing in our home. folk, acoustic, and indie are my true loves. and old school country like conway twitty, george jones, and waylon jennings. i grew up in the country and am not one bit ashamed!
+ i love, love white walls. if i could, i would paint them all a bright white (and if i was good at painting, i would totally roll up my sleeves and would do it on my own, even if it meant doing it throughout the night just to get it done without my new little toddler next to me!) speaking of, i don't need a whole lot of sleep- even though i know it's healthy to get more than i do.  
+ i tend to get overly excited about the little things in life and therefore, overuse words like: cute, love, amazing. the people i am meant to be friends with love me for this. and i love them.
+ local breweries and farmer's markets have my heart throughout every season of the year 
+ starbuck's banana bread is my go-to treat + a hazelnut skinny latte 
+ i am both a scandinavian | clean look lover and an eclectic | vintage lover
+ in other words, i love neutrals and colors {i honestly confuse myself}
+ i am not really a dog or a phone person (even though i think dogs are cute- just not for us... right now.) 
+ i have a thing for pom poms- on anything. 
+ thrifting and spending hours searching in a flea market are pure bliss for me
+ i love fall most but prefer the colors and symbolism of spring
+ i am dreamer. so my mind never stops going and i consider this both a good and a bad thing.
what about you? 

what are some unique things that make you- you.

simply loving

hi! i hope your week is going well! recently i created a new series on my pinterest profile where i plan to pin based solely on a particular season of the year. i have thought long and hard about this... and feel like i am the type of person who needs season. living in a place that has all four is important to me; i love a change and a new start after a few months. 

i love the colors of spring, the travels of summer, the weather of fall, and the coziness of winter. 

here are a few recent pins and things i am loving from my 'winter collection.'  
these shelves, books, chairs and striped rug
these tiles! all the tiles. 
i love this look so much 
do any of you have a wood headboard? do you like it? 
someday i want to do a capsule wardrobe ... i am not there yet but maybe at some point!
have you watched the documentary 'minimalism' on netflix? 
my brother thinks i will love it and i am hoping to watch it soon 
i would love to know your thoughts
{if i did do a capsule, maybe for a season, or a month, to try it... my space would totally be styled!!)
so delicate and unique
linen mustard baby doll dress | doesn't yellow have a way of brightening a dreary day?
these floors and this plant area... this set-up is a new goal for a future home
we are needing a new wreath and this one is calling my name. maybe another diy?
such a soothing nightstand ... and i am all about a calming bedroom space

what are you simply loving lately? 

a new year | inspiration board

the start of a new year is always exciting. a fresh start, hope, bright beginnings on the horizon. this year excites me. this past year was one of many new starts and i hope this year brings more calmness, balance, and the act of being 'present.' if this is your first or hundredth time visiting this space, i am so thankful for you and that you have decided to stop in and soak it up. cheers to a new page and a more beautiful year to come. 

i created this mood board an an inspiration for 'simply love' and the new year:
new year

new year

topics and hopes:

+ to continue to 'simplify' our home
+ yoga + meditation 
+ motherhood, i love sharing this journey with you all (you have become a very special part of our 'village')
+ small gatherings
+ books and magazines
+ poetry
+ decor
+ playlists
+ healthy recipe ideas (and also fun ones) 
+ more home scenes
+ self improvement
+ toddler activities
+ diy ideas 
+ mood boards 
+ 'tourist in my city' 
+ my faith
+ essential oils
+ collaborations + giveaways 
+ creating balance and focusing on living in the moment 

// beannacht, a blessing for the new year 
“on the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
and when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue,
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
when the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
may the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
and so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.”
so gentle and yet powerful.
much like i hope this year is... especially for each one of you. 
... may flocks of color surround you each and every day. 
thank you for being here. 

baby's first christmas

today i am sharing some of my favorite (there are so many more!) photos from parks' first christmas. it was so special and one to remember. we went up to ohio and enjoyed time with family and friends. here are some black and white photos (my favorite) to celebrate and remember the occasion. 
my mom had special things around the house for parks 
all things kids love: music, lights, sparkles (bells) 
can you find the black santa? 
waiting for 'santa' - he comes on christmas eve in our family (which i love) 
dressing up, cocktails, desserts and lots of unwrapping fun 
someone wants mom when he's tired- but i love my aunt pam! we had so much fun - lots of great girl chats over red wine. 
kisses from papa 
christmas eve 
you are so loved, baby boy
parks and i spent the week in cincinnati/my hometown with my brother and we have such great memories
my mom's eyes light up around this little boy - every single time 
he LOVED the polar express bell ... i mean really loved.
before dinner on christmas eve
he sat at the table and enjoyed it with us 
we always go around and give 'thanks' -pray- do 'cheers'
i will never forget my big brother, bassey's 
"and to parks... who has surely brought so much light to all of our lives this year!"