paddington party ~ guests and pinata

for part 1 of this paddington party post series, head here.

Now for the guests and "photo booth" diary. The signs came from here.
Paddington toy set from here.

The second part of this post is pinata time. My mom started making pinatas for her grandkids' parties 4 years ago. Scroll and watch the action shots of the serious pinata-hitting. Pay attention to the other older children practicing their swings during Sebastian's turn. I also love their faces once my brother hit the pinata and the candy finally spilled over! I spy lots of starbursts and gum.


thank you for our freedom

// stripe shorts //

memorial day outfit details ~
light blue top, nordstrom sale
striped shorts, similar
white greek slides (hermes dupes)
quay sunglasses, via eBay
blue bangles, gift from my great aunt, Lolo P's sister


Lucas' Paddington Bear party

part 1 of the paddington bear birthday party series
Lucas' shirt c/o Tita Lady
shorts, exact one here
cake, thanks Kroger
fruit tray, my creation
paddington bear toys, c/o Auntie Feli
photo props, here
big unionjack flag, thanks hollowayfamilynorth
FP mocs, our present for the big boy!

photos taken by Tita Lady


nordstrom half yearly sale wishlist

My wishlist for the Nordstrom half yearly sale is pretty typical ~ lots of white tops, lots of pastel pinks -- give me all the bags and shoes, maxi skirt and shorts.

Are these picks your style?
What would you add on my wishlist that I should probably get at a good price during the sale?

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designer sales

For a week now I have been stalking the pre-sale page of Saks. Trying, trying, trying not to spend my children's college fund on shoes and bags! The sale is now live at Saks, Neiman Marcus and Net-a-porter. Several luxury brands are 30-40% off!

Here are some things that caught my eye... Aren't they all so pretty?!
Price aside, which ones are your faves from my list below?
Which ones are "will pass" items?

All of the above thumbnails are on-sale items!
If you stop by Saks in Indy or shop online, be sure to look for my girl, Monica! She is amazing and gives superior customer service.
Happy shopping.

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month of may

// accessories //

floral dress, DCB, similar
LK Bennett heels, my fave!
Louis Cluny BB, similar here (Tory Burch) or here (Michael Kors)
accessories ~ ring bought here, flower headband similar, pearl bracelet (philippines)


end of the schoolyear thoughts

// red mini bags //

what I wore at a hospital-wide presentation~
black bell sleeve top, jcrew factory
Ferragamo ballet flats, scored from rue la la
tights, jcrew
skirt, nordstrom rack
Chanel mini

After these photos were taken, I had this look of horror. I thought I was wearing a red pencil skirt. But the photos made the skirt look more bright pink (!) Since I thought I was wearing a red skirt, I wore my red Ferragamo flats. It was still cold during the presentation, so I wore  some tights. I thought they are black but in some angles, they are dark blue! Wow.... this outfit just kept getting worse! Add the Chanel mini ~ wrong shade of red.... again....


baby on my hip

// flutter sleeves galore //

work outfit + baby on my hip
top, nordstrom rack, clearance
skirt, JCP
cole haan heels, nordstrom rack, similar
necklace, c/o FashionMia

Lucas' outfit
top, gift
FP mocs
bandanna bibs


edgy to the dot {OTI}

// tops //

open to interpretation deets ~
polka dot top, old, jcrew factory circa bastian's birth, similar
Free people busted knee high rise skinny jeans
YSL flats
Valentino crossbody
Quay Desi Perkins sunnies
ring and bracelet, zulily

Check out Casie's OTI post here


mint green + yellow for mother's day

// yellow crossbody's here //

mint green wrap dress, similar
hermes look-a-like Grecian sandals
anklet from St. Pete
quay desi perkins sunglasses, exact ones
glitter bracelet, KSNY
pandora charms and bracelet


mother's day wishlist

// jcrew factory tops //

// detalyes //
top, jcrew factory
skirt, ZARA
Burberry flats, rue la la
Chloe Drew Bag
watch and bracelet set

outfit photos taken in March; before the spring break tan.


sunday famday

// block-heel sandals for stability ~ for all the chasing and walking back and forth to the cry room //

outfit deets~
BR top
pencil skirt, nordstrom rack
LK bennett block heel sandals, similar

Honorable mentions~
Bastian's new kicks, thanks Auntie Feli, Lucy's hand-me-down Toms (remember them worn by ate Isabel?), Isabel's Sophia the First watch c/o Lolo E,

My Take-Home points from this Sunday's Gospel and homily.

Love is more than a feeling. A feeling is fleeting. Love is more than a feeling.

Faith, Hope and Love. Best thing is love. In heaven, there is no need for hope or faith. Because we will be in union with God who is Love.

7 steps of love - by Fr. Roberts

Awareness - awareness of the God who is Love; awareness of his love for us, manifested through Jesus.

Gratitude - by being aware of God, we are acknowledging and thanking him.

Desire - This is not burning passion but it is the desire to please God and therefore desire to do good for others.

Commitment -  commitment is the result of desire. It is the firm intention to follow the ways and teachings of Christ.

Action -  Commitment results in action.

Fruit - our actions deliver fruit. We show Christ to the world therefore others knowing him in return.

Union - Living in love, we are united with God.

// I don't believe in such a thing as TOO many white tops... do you? //

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"thank God it's friday night"

// adorable pink flats below //

ASOS top, from last year's spring haul
my fave Topshop moto Leigh skinnies
Chanel Wallet on chain, patent leather
old, old, RL cardi from a Chicago trip, I still remember fondly
Jimmy Choo Ballet flats
fashion ring, zulily
St. Clare medal


letter for mr. winter

// fleece vests //

outfit details ~
Jcrew factory pink scalloped top
Patagonia Vest
Sorel Boots
The NorthFace Jacket
Hue Jeggings


Lucas @ 11 mos {sqt}

Happy 11 mos Lucas!
Actually you're birthday is just a over a week from now. We took these photos a couple of weeks ago. I am just now posting them.

1. What you love to eat~
Though you have 6 baby teeth, you smashed your food (tongue to the roof of the mouth). You can tear  fruits and veggies and pasta with your strong teeth!

2. Words~
You like to say "YEAH." During spring break, the server asked us if we would like to have dessert. Right on cue, you said "yeah!" That's my boy!

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