Do you ever fall into the deep hole of Instagram and realize an hour later you’re scrolling through vacation photos of someone you don’t even know?! Guilty. Social media can be a total time waster, but it can also be a source of inspiration. I love getting ideas after seeing beautiful vacation photos and it’s fun to keep up with friends’ summer travels too. I was looking at photos from my parent’s trip to Italy just imagining my afternoon sitting on a balcony on the Amalfi Coast enjoying wine and a charcuterie plate. Doesn’t that sound divine? Sadly that’s not on today’s agenda, but here’s how-to get that glam “On Vacay in Italy” look even if you’re stuck stateside!
Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer in my book! 2017 is flying by! I’m looking forward to summer weddings, weekend trips, and a family vacation to Telluride, Colorado. Shopping for occasions and putting together new looks is always fun! Check out some of my favorite summer trends:
STRAW BAGS. Straw totes and clutcheshave been everywhere lately and come in all shapes and sizes, some with various embellishments like pompoms or tassels. The monogrammed basketfrom M’oda Operandi is a little outrageous for a straw bag; get the same look for a fraction of the cost on Etsy here!
FLORAL PRINTS. I recently purchased this topfrom Revolve. It looks adorable with white shorts or jeans and looks more expensive than it is!
SLIDES. At first I thought the slide/mule trend was a little grandma-ish…who’s with me? BUT, I’ve fully embraced it now because they’re so easy to throw on and comfortable too. This strappy pair would go with a ton throughout the summer.
Hello friends! You may have noticed my lack of posts in the last month. I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus. I had some unexpected changes in my work life during the fall. As a result, the blog felt more like a job and stressor than a creative outlet. I put so much pressure on myself to utilize LTKand post on various social media platforms daily to the point that it was totally draining! I’d also put way more emphasis on sellable product than the content itself. On the flip side, I’ve learned a ton about the blogging world. I have a lot more respect for the bloggers who’ve been producing consistent content for 3+ years! From now on, my posts will be a little more spontaneous. Anyways…everyone meet sweet Rita the Irish Doodle. She has her own Instagram. Are you surprised?!
Rita arrived in Houston on December 23rd from Queen of the Hill Puppiesin Wisconsin.If you’ve never heard of Irish Doodles, they’re half Irish Setter and half Standard Poodle. You can see pictures of her mom here and dad here. I think she will be around 45 pounds full grown.
In less than one month, this sweet pup has brought so much joy to my life! I never thought I would love a dog so much. And I don’t say sappy things like that :). I had a yellow lab named Lucy growing up, but it’s different owning a dog on your own as an adult. As a fourth grader, I wasn’t the one up with Lucy in the middle of the night, bathing her, taking her to the vet, etc. Raising a puppy is definitely a lot of work, but has been so rewarding. I’m learning daily and working with Peace Love and Dogs in Houston for training.
So far we’ve worked on sit, down, and come. Leave it is more of a work in progress! Consistency is key. Right now Rita is 11 weeks and ~12 pounds. She has needle teeth and loves to chew everything, especially shoes and pajama pants. Once she’s past the chewing stage, I think I’ll replace my torn up PJs with these! Eberjey makes the coziest jammies. Having her has actually made me better about putting away my clothes and shoes immediately and keeping my closet doors closed.
I’m sure everyone says this about their own dog, but Rita is seriously such a smarty pants. We’ve gotten into a routine with meal times and walks and she knows exactly when its time to eat and has started sitting near the door when she needs to go potty. The funniest thing is that she’s learned to climb over the dog gate I put up to keep her in the kitchen. It’s hilarious to see her use her back legs to climb up and then launch herself over. If any of you have seen taller gates, let me know!
Photography has been a hobby of mine ever since I studied abroad in Paris during college. As you can see, I’m obsessed with Rita and take her photo every chance I get. Expect to see her with green beer and a hat this St. Patty’s Day.
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Above I linked some of Rita’s favorite toys and other doggie items too. The interactive dog bowl is the greatest invention ever. Instead of scarfing down her food from a regular dog bowl, Rita has to work for her meals by pushing the bob-a-lot around until the kibble is dispensed from the hole. It requires mental stimulation, which is great for puppies. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did! If you’re getting a dog soon or have any tips for me, please comment below!
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