Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
1. I am so ready for fall. These near 100 degree days need to see themselves out! This weekend I am planning on giving our front porch a little fall flair. I'm thinking some mums for the steps and a DIY magnolia wreath on the front door. One night this past week I gave my grandma's old cement bench a new coat of paint (which matches the trim of the house) and I couldn't be more pleased with outcome! It really fills in the space nicely.
front porch
2. I am also very ready to break out some chunky sweaters and a more neutral color palate.
fall cashmere

3. I feel like Target knows me. I stumbled upon these paper plates of blue and white plates and somehow they all ended up in my cart, such is life I guess. Swooning.
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4. I finally picked up the Lucite curtain rods I was talking about in this post. I had them cut at our local TAP Plasitics and I am excited to eventually get curtains and hang them up! Yay for no more glare on the TV during my weekend Netflix binges.
5. Our house has two built-ins, one in the kitchen nook and one in the dining room. I am dying to wall paper the inside of the one in the dining room. I am obsessed with this wallpaper and I think it would look fab in the space:
anthropologie wallpaper
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Extra bonus is that it is easily removable so it won't damage the built-in at all.
Wishing you all a very lovely weekend!!!! XO

Linking up with April of A.Liz Adventures!


Maui Outfits

We've been home from Maui for a little over a week now (and fully recovered from the need to have a post-vacation vacation) so I thought I would share a few favorite photos from our trip.

love those beachy blues!

While we were there, one of my main objectives was to take frame-worthy photos of CWF and I on the beach. We have very few photos of us together (with the exception of wedding photos, but who wants a whole house full of wedding photos?!) so it was important to me to get a some good ones. Before the trip I purchased a tripod and remote to make it all happen. My step-dad was also very kind to teach me how to make my own flower crown with flowers common to Hawaii.

My flower crown in all its glory! I also attached a few white hibiscus stems to a bobby pin and placed them behind my ear for another look. I ended up wearing it with this dress:

lilly pulitzer dusk dress
Lilly Pulitzer 'Dusk' dress
At the beginning of our trip there was several hurricanes nearby making the waves especially big. We enjoyed watching all of the surfers.

lilly pulitzer dress maui
Lilly Pulitzer dress, old (Same dress in navy blue)
Pretty much every day I made myself a variation of a pina colada and enjoyed it watching the waves from the lanai. My very loose recipe if you are feeling in the island mood:
In the blender place:
- four or five ice cubes
-1 banana
-1/3 of a pineapple
- 3 tsp coconut cream
- splash of soy milk
- 1 shot of rum
 Blend and enjoy!
Right outside my in-law's condo is a reef where a lot of turtles hang out. CWF snapped this outfit picture with the cutest photo-bomber in the back!
Love the Lilly Buttercup shorts!
If you hangout near the rockwall long enough you can also spot black crabs scurrying about. The sunsets are killer down there too.

This trip was much more relaxed than our previous trips as we mostly went to the beach, but it was just what we needed! I plan to put together a Maui Recommendations post soon, so keep an eye out!


Aloha from Maui

 Aloha! I hope everyone had a nice labor day weekend! We've been relaxing and soaking up the sun over in Maui and it has been much needed.

 Seriously, I can't get enough of those Hawaiian sunsets. I'll be back soon with a fun 'what to do on Maui' guide and a recap of a few of my favorite outfits.. Now, back to relaxing with my hubby! 



Thursday Thoughts

We are going on vacation soon and I literally couldn't be more excited! There's nothing I need more right now than relaxing on the beach with a mai tai in hand! I am most looking forward to not checking my work email and spending some quality time with CWF.
Lilly Pulitzer
As usual, we are traveling with only carry-on bags. Usually we also bring our golf clubs and I am able to squeeze a lot of extra clothes in there- but not this time. It should be interesting to say the least!
Back on the home front, I've been loving trying new recipes and cooking with all our new kitchen gadgets we received from our wedding.  This week I stumbled on a recipe for brussel sprouts and gruyere toast on one of my favorite blogs- Design Darling. I've made it twice already! I was able to make it in the toaster oven which is always a plus in this 100 degree heat.
Also, I decided to do a little blog design 'refresh'. I started this blog four years ago and I just felt that I needed a design that was a better representation of my life now.
tickled pink blog
As you know, I'm a huge blue and white ginger jar lover and I liked that using one as a part of my logo would fit in with all the home décor posts I now enjoy so much. I had a blast creating it in Illustrator and Photoshop. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Cheers to the almost weekend!!


Crossed Back Top

With summer unofficially coming to an end soon (although not the summer weather!) I wanted to get one last all white outfit in! Something about wearing all white seems so quintessentially summer to me.
This top is so playful and fun. Love the scallop and eyelet details and of course the cross back! Adds just a bit of sass!

jcrew top

Top (runs big- size down) // White Jeans // Clutch (on major sale!)

Any favorite end of summer fashion finds?


Matchbox DIY

My all-time favorite candle is Capri Blue Aloha Orchid as the scent is wonderful and reminds me of Hawaii. We originally received it as a gift and I've been re-buying it ever since! I keep it up on the mantle and light it often. The other day I had a box of (ugly) matches out to light it and it hit me! How fun would it be to dress up a few matchboxes with some fun prints for display?!

lilly pulitzer diy matchbox
The current grouping I have on our mantle

And now for the quick DIY:

matchbox diy

For this project you will need:
-Matchboxes, I found a 10-pack at Walmart for $1
-glue stick
-printed paper or wrapping paper of choice 
For the printed paper, I went to Lilly Pulitzer's Pinterest page and found a few prints I liked and printed them out.  Then using the ruler I measured the size of the matchbox, leaving one 'striking' side uncovered and cut to size (which ended up being approx. 2.1" x 3.4").

matchbox diy

I then glued it all down and let it dry.

matchbox diy

The finished product- seriously these are so cute! And the print possibilities are really endless. Paired with a candle, they would make a lovey hostess gift!


Summer Table Settings

If you've been reading here for a while you know that I love table settings, linens, flatware, silver, crystal and china! I love to mix and match and find new combinations for each season. To me, summer is all about a fun mix of colors and a casual vibe.

I have a soft spot for blue and white and this set-up screams summer backyard dinner party to me. Just add white hydrangeas to the table, hang up some twinkle café lights and you are good to go!
blue and white table setting

This set-up is a bit more Saturday Brunch with your girlfriends because of all the bright colors. I'd put out our LillyxTarget umbrella in the backyard and have the mimosas ready!
table setting
Lilly Pulitzer Napkins (purchased at the Endless Summer Sale- keep an eye out at the next one!) // Chargers // Anthro Ruffle Plates, old (similar
As you can see, I have a set of bamboo flatware that I love and our everyday year-round vintage china that I use as the 'base'. I add chargers, colorful linens (which can be found very inexpensively) and fun salad plates to really change it up! Summer is the perfect season to bring a casual, fun vibe to your table. How are you setting your table this summer?!
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