How deliriously cool would it be to spend some time in one of your favorite spaces? A place that you’ve seen (and probably memorized) a million times. A place from inside your television or movie screen, or maybe a favorite painting? nd if you can snap a picture, even better! Here are some recreations of some iconic spaces that had been staged for anniversaries, reunions, or just for the sake of art- and oh how cool it is!
How cool is this tree trunk truck sculpture? (try saying that five times fast!) This is in someone’s front yard on the way to Steve’s work! It’s mostly trucks, but I spotted at least one airplane, and a little alligator peeking out; he’s towards the bottom of the pile! It got me thinking about how long this family has been collecting and building this amazing installation, and what the story behind the different trucks are. One of my favorite aspects about this work of art, is that it’s made from recycled items that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Here are some other works of art, right in their own front yards!
And… not actually a front yard, but so dreamy, nonetheless…
Is there anything more satisfying than potato pasta? The fresh vegetables paired with this pasta makes it lighter fare for a summer night, yet still very satisfying. A simple garlic and basil sauce rounds out this simple, rustic and delicious dish that’s easy enough for weeknight cooking, but impressive enough for weekend guests. (This is also a one pot wonder- so you don’t have to stress about cleaning multiple pans!)
What you need: 1 lb of gnocchi, 1 butternut squash- peeled and cubed, 10 ounces of porcini mushrooms- cleaned and cut into chunks, 1 onion, 5 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves- chopped, 3 tbsp olive oil, salt
Here’s the plan: Boil a large pot of water on high heat. Add the cubed butternut squash to the water once it is boiling. Cook for about 10 minutes, until tender. Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. (Gnocchi cooks pretty fast- you can usually tell when they are done when they start floating to the top.) Drain the squash and gnocchi in large colander. Peel and dice the onion. Peel and mince garlic. Add olive oil to the pot and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the chunked mushrooms. Saute until mushrooms are soft. Lower heat to low. Add the squash and gnocchi back into the pan. Add the basil and salt to taste. Mix well. (Optional, add an additional tbsp of olive oil and stir.) Enjoy!
Do you follow fashion rules? I think there are some fashion rules that are totally made for a reason, and personally would not break, but others, are definitely made to be broken. Here are a few common (and not some common) rules/faux paus to keep in mind (or not) when you’re dressing…
No white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day (unless of course we are talking winter whites and velvets)
This time frame (above) also goes for linen
No corduroy during the summer months
No visible bra straps
No mixing animal prints
Don’t over accessorize
Socks with sandals..one word..ugh
Don’t mix too many fashion trends in one outfit- reign it in girl!
Too much denim! (on the top, on the bottom, and everywhere in between)
Mixing black and brown (not all neutrals go together!)
Clothes that totally don’t fit you- too big or too small
Dressing “your age”
Say no to fanny packs
Dress in this decade
Wearing white to someone else’s wedding
What do you think? Yay or nay to these rules- I personally follow 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 ALL. THE. TIMES. (Because ironing linen is a pain in the ass anyway and I literally wouldn’t be caught dead with socks and sandals!) As for other so called “rules”, corduroy mini skirts are freaking adorable, one might say you can never over accessorize, these fanny packs are the shit, and I almost exclusively try to dress out of this decade…so, there’s that…)
Have you heard of the documentary ‘Given’ ? I hadn’t either, and then I stumbled across mention of it when I was posting that surf shack chic post a couple days back. In the article that I linked to about a couples dream surf home in Hawaii, the owner of the home mentioned he had just come back from filming it. I was intrigued and after watching the trailer, I couldn’t wait to see the entire film. Although at first blush this may seem like something you may have seen before, but trust me, this is not your age old travel documentary. First of all, it is told through the precocious eyes and words of a 4 year old boy, which, when paired with the amazing cinematography and awe inspiring visuals, makes this film beyond beautiful for your whole family to enjoy together. (Even if it makes you a bit jealous!) Take a quick gander at the trailer below, will you see it? I can’t wait to show it to my family!
Car shopping is something that sounds like it should be fun- a new car! Captain’s chairs! All the cup holders you could want! How exciting! But in reality it’s a bear. The part where you get to look at cars and test drive is fun… but the financial part is the worst! It’s a whole lot of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, sometimes with the sun in your eyes, feeling hungry and thirsty, and the waiting… oh the waiting… while you go back and forth and quibble about mileage and money down and monthly payments.. ugh… it’s enough to make your head spin…
Steve and I also have very similar personalities when it comes to wheeling and dealing… neither of us like it. I’m not a super pushy person and feel uncomfortable in situations where confrontation is involved… so even though everyone is supposed to be making everyone feel like family, it’s actually an incredibly awkward situation. Steve’s aunt, on the other hand, is super confident when it comes to car shopping. She literally comes in, tells them what she wants, and what she’s going to pay, and that’s it! Boom! She makes it happen. We should have brought her tonight. Ha!
How about you and your partner? Is one of you more the take charge deal maker? How do you deal in situations where you are making major purchases? The whole thing feels so heavy and important and I feel way too much like an adult…
but… we got a new car!! With a third row of seats! And it’s a big, juicy, van! (I’m totally embracing #momlife amiright?!)