Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Moved by Music

This is a different post than I normally share - a bit more personal, but I was led to write it and wanted to see if it resonated with any of you.

The other day as I was sitting in traffic in my new delightful commute home (while I do adore our new place, I live further away from work and the commute is tragically twice as long), "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" came on my iPod and my eyes got a little teary.  This was the song I walked down the aisle to when I married my college sweetheart.

When I was trying to select music for our wedding ceremony, I was stumped on what I should choose to walk down the aisle to. We knew we wanted it to be meaningful, but just didn't know what that was.  I called my sister to help us and she encouraged us to choose something that not only represented our love for each other, but also represented what walking the aisle symbolizes - to reflect that we as believers, the bride of Christ, wait with anticipation for the day we will be reunited with our Bridegroom.

When she said this, I knew "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" was the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to.  Now that it has this deeper meaning to me, when I sing this song in church or hear it on my iPod, I'm always overwhelmed with love, gratitude, thankfulness and peace.  It now represents the love and respect I have for the person I will live my earthly life with and with the One who created me.

I think it's amazing that music can be so moving - taking you back to memories and experiences so quickly.  When my mom was a senior in high school her grandfather (a man who came to America with a dream, his bride and a couple bills in his pocket) died at Christmas time.  When she was a junior in college, my uncle was diagnosed with a brain tumor around Christmas and then died several years later during the Christmas season.  Because of this, my mom almost always tears up at the Christmas Eve church service when we're singing hymns.  Literally, when the lights go out and we hold our individual candles, there are more often than not tears rolling down her cheeks.  Tears for both the loss she has experienced and gratefulness for the blessings she's been given.

Do you ever feel moved to tears by music?  Is there a song in particular that triggers emotions or specific experiences for you?  I would love to hear about how music or a specific song has been meaningful in your own life.

Thanks so much for reading and sharing! XO - 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blue in Malibu

I shared my birthday weekend in Malibu and Santa Barbara here, but I wanted to show some more photos that we snapped while in Malibu.  When I saw this sequin mini at Forever21 online, I bought it in both colors.  I loved the geometric print and knew that I wouldn't be devastated if the sequins popped off after a few wears - one of the great things about a $40 skirt!

I was all shades of blue with a blue lifeguard tower and the blue Pacific waters, watching the sunset on a Friday night - a kind night I wish I could have more of. 

skirt - Forever21, old, similar here and here | chambray - Forever21, similar here and need this chambray dress | heels - Zara, similar here | sunnies - Forever21 | watch - Swatch | bangles - Danielle Stevens | earrings - Kendra Scott | plate necklace - TAudrey (c/o) | quartz necklace - Favery (c/o) | assorted David Yurman

Do any of you have favorite spots in Malibu?  Thanks so much for reading! XO - 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's the most wonderful time of the year...for shopping!!  I have purchased some of my favorite pieces this year from Nordstrom (like this kimono dress available here and this fabulous vest) and can't wait to stock up on some more this week.

The GREAT news is that this sale is available until 8/3 - so you have plenty of time to shop for the best steals and deals. Some of my favorite pieces are above, particularly these heels, these bralettes and this bracelet.  What do you have your eye on?  A big splurge or something fun?  DVF and Rag & Bone pieces would totally be my splurge of choice (insert emoticon with big eyes here).

Happy shopping and please share your steals with me!  I'm ready - card in hand.  Thanks so much for reading - XO -

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Five

- the most fun birthday surprise from Christian - my own Tiffany's blue beach cruiser complete with a cup holder! - 

- holding on to several adorable birthday cards I can't toss (desk reveal with Design Darling and Eva Rose soon!) - 

- seeing Jersey Boys for the second time and listening to the soundtrack all week -

- new YSL treats-

- adding some leopard into our den -

Christian and I plan to spend a quiet weekend at home after a fun birthday weekend away, and I need to get back in home-organization mode.   We are getting there, but still needing a coffee table, fig leaf tree for the den and our guest bedroom is full of the extra knick-knacks and boxes we haven't utilized = clutter central.  I'm hoping I can buckle down and take care of these last bits so we can be fully settled.

Some of my favorite birthday surprises were a lemon tree, lime tree, beach cruiser (total surprise!), new desk and ghost chair.  Thank you so much for all of your birthday wishes on instagram - y'all truly made the day feel so special!  I must admit I also asked for a rumba due to Bailey's enormous amounts of shedding, but somehow Dr. Barnes missed that it looks like I'll be giving it to myself - a must if Queen Bailey continues to rule the house.

Lastly and most importantly, I can't thank all of you enough for your comments, emails and texts about my sweet Lula LaShonda last week.  Some of you shared your own stories of your own precious pets that you loved and lost over the years and y'all have truly comforted me.  I must share our pets aren't "allowed" to sleep in our bedroom at night but since her diagnosis, this little kitty has found herself stretched out between Christian and me every night.  My girlfriend Amy shared this story of a tripawd labrador's last day on earth (a double whammy since I have a labrador AND a tripawd cat) and I sat at my desk with tears rolling down my cheeks as I read the touching story.  I am grateful for the time I've had with Lula and feel blessed she chose me to spend her last years with.

Have an amazing weekend and don't forget to enter the $500 West Elm giveaway! XO -