Friday, May 29, 2015

travels | germany & austria | and I'll sing once more...

I need a few more days and I'll be back to bore y'all to tears with photos and such from my trip.

Bonus points if this location looks familiar to you.  (Also, if you know and we're not already friends, then we should be!)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

thoughts | a few things running wild in my head...

There are a lot of thinks that happen under this blonde of mine.  As @Brookealline likes to remind me often "stop thinking so much, your brain is going to blow up".

Y'all, that is a very real possibility.

A selection of 5 of the not-so-deep things:

1.  Lilly for Target.

I was going to devote an entire post to this.  But I won't.  Just a few-paragraph rant.

I'm simply too disgusted over the entire matter.  I'm a Lilly girl, I've been huge fan for about 10 years, I'm probably more familiar with the brand than her board of directors.  I collect & wear vintage pieces, I know how to tell a real from a fake & have a deep appreciation for the ALL THE PINK & GREEN!  When they first announced a collab with Target I was excited, then realized that while it would bring more awareness it would also cheapen the brand.  Lilly Pulitzer clothing is beautifully made, with great details inside & out of the clothing.  Lace trim inside the hem, palm tree buttons up the back, gorgeous prints in quality cotton, I wasn't sure a $38 shift dress could stand up to the $200 price of her regular line.  It seemed like a far stretch to me.  I was aware of the online buzz, bloggers posting their plans for securing online & in-store items, & one especially unflattering article on the HuffPo showing you how to wear Lilly for Target if you're not a Palm Beach kind of girl.  Excuse me???  You're not being held against your will, just walk on past.  Thank you.

They released on Sunday.  I figured our Target would be fully stocked for a while & could wait for me until after church and my Sunday nap.  Priorities.  About 5pm, I asked my two littlest sisters if they wanted to go check out the Lilly, they were in.  But, then again, they never turn down a trip to Target.  We walked in, were greeted by huge posters & EMPTY SHELVES.  That sent us on a scavenger hunt of the entire store which turned out one hammock stand (just the stand, no hammock), two candle holders & a string of lights.  We were shocked.  The Target staff just walked around with a glazed look in their eye.  I overheard one of them saying she didn't even know who this Lilly person was.  They said the doors unlocked at 8am & it was a mad rush of women.  Reminds me of the time I also underestimated Midwestern women & their apparent love of Missoni.  By the next morning, they had already taken the signs down at our local store.  Like it never even happened.

Over the past two weeks, as I've made my #targetrun, a few returns have come back to the store.  And a sweet lady who works there recognized me & told me where a few things were hiding. We were able to snag a pair of the palazzo pants, a nail polish in "Capri" (Lilly x Target x Essie, triple collab?) and two nail files.  The quality is terrible on the pants by the way.  I decided that I would keep on wearing my "Lilly for Lilly" and let everyone go crazy on the Internet (I'll keep my thoughts to myself about those who are reselling with a 500% markup).

2.  Woman in Gold

Did you see this movie?  Brooke & I went a few weeks ago & loved it!  Beautifully filmed with great acting & a fascinating story.  I was impressed & loved the historical aspect.  Since we're traveling to Austria next week, I was interested in that part of the story as well.

3.  Fleek

I'm not sure where to begin with this one.  There is something about this word that drives me batty.  Pop culture tends to make my eye twitch anyway, but how do we take a two-second video & turn a made up word into something that otherwise elegant individuals now use in everyday conversation.  My siblings were trying to explain this to me.  Just when I thought I had caught onto "the fleek", they told me to stop.  That is was not "the fleek" just "fleek".  And I'm still banned from the twitter & apparently the chatsnap too.  You won't catch me using this word.  Even on days when my eyebrows look extraordinarily good.

4.  Unbroken

I'm the last person on the planet to read this book (I've not seen the movie yet, I'm not sure that I want to), I'm about 3/4 of the way through it & I hate it.  It's terrible.  Heartbreaking.  The three chapters that Laura Hillenbrand spent detailing every move of those sharks had me crawling up the wall.  The other night I was sitting in bed contemplating googling photos of 30ft great white sharks.  I was so tempted, mainly because it seems unlikely that they would be that long.  But I resisted, because if there is anything in this world that is guaranteed to give a person nightmares, it's rows of shark teeth.  I'll let you know if I end up liking the book any more at the end.

5. Forever 21 Classic Knit Scarf

I bought this over the weekend in the Blush pink & it's perfect!  The color is not very pink at all, just a very light cream color.  The weight is nice & about the size of a blanket.  I wore it the other day wrapped around my neck twice & then tied in a bow in front.  It looked pretty cute.  It's $8.90 & comes in several other colors.  I'll be sporting this on the plane next week, along with my black Gap knit pants & sleeping mask.  I texted my travel companions about my plan to change into sweats on the plane, they weren't too amused, but with the timing of the flight, I need to sleep, so I'll just pull my mask down further (I have sleeping mask problems due to the fact that I have a pug nose, they never quite block out ALL of the light) & ignore their glares.  Haha!  In all reality, we travel great together & we're all excited about our trip, sweatpants or no.

I should get back to my packing list.  Or my book.  Let me think about that...