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?!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday! It's been a long, busy week and I am looking forward to nothing more than relaxing with CWF this weekend! I'm envisioning homemade guac and margaritas in our backyard and it's really getting me through this Friday.
A few of my favorite things from this past week:
 A monogrammed doorknocker for our front door! Can't wait to get this little beauty hung.
  A clean nightstand gives me a fresh outlook on the week..

Remember the gallery wall with the painting of our house (in this post)?! Well my cousin shared with me the etsy seller who created it and now we have matching notecards on our way to us! So so cute.
I'm still enjoying all my Lilly for Target finds! Actually I've been popping by the Target (within walking distance of my office) at every opportunity in the off chance there may be any returns. I've actually spotted a few and on clearance too!
The most perfect summer clutch! It has me daydreaming about our upcoming Maui vacay!
It's the perfect compliment to a Lilly dress!

Linking up with A.Liz AdventuresBright on a Budget, The Farmers Wife and A Little Bit of Everything for my Friday Five. 

 In other news, Kelly over at Kelly in the City is featuring a post today about my bridesmaid dresses- make sure to check it out! Thanks Kelly!
Happy Weekending!


Printed Shorts

I stumbled on these printed shorts from Old Navy the other day and I literally can't stop wearing them. They are so lightweight (for those 100+ degree days!) and comfortable.

old navy

Shorts (I got them for only $10!) // Tank // Sandals // Pearl Stud Earrings

old navy

old navy

Hope you all have a wonderful week!! XO


Updates Around the House

Our house has been in a constant state of decorating/redecorating the past few months. When we first moved in we wanted everything unboxed & organized, and at that point I just threw up décor so it would look nice/passable for our housewarming party. But now I'm really enjoying taking my time decorating for the long haul, even if that means taking down and moving some of the things I already hung up. So, if you were to come visit our home now it would look totally different than it did the day of our party.
A few weeks back I talked about working on a little gallery wall for our hallway. My cousin generously gave us a painting of our house at our housewarming party (gift idea!) and I wanted to incorporate that as well as a few other things in the hallway to make the AC control box less prominent. I still have more work to do because I have another painting from my mom and grandparents to incorporate (I'm thinking below), but I need one more small thing to make it even and I haven't decided on that yet.

The mantle is constantly changing but here is where we are at now. The lavender is from our yard and it makes the room smell heavenly.

My next big project is adding curtains in the living room. We were so fortunate that the previous owners added these shutters to all the windows in the front of the house; however in the living room there is still a slight glare on the TV even when they are closed and it drives me crazy. So I'm hoping the curtains will be both beautiful and functional. Any suggestions on curtain color are welcome (our couch is burgundy).

The windows that will be covered. I think it will add a nice warmth to the room as well.

I've been going back and forth about the style of the curtain hardware but I think I am going to go with lucite rods and brass hardware as our fireplace insert is brass. This is my inspiration from the hunted interior:
image via the hunted interior
I am a big fan of these wood frames from Target and I have used them in many gallery walls in both our old condo and in our current dining room. I've been meaning to hang this one for a while but I set it down and I don't hate it- at least until it finds it's permanent home.

Recently my parents gave us my great grandma's antique carved bookshelf and I've had fun styling the shelves.
Swooning over all the little details on this thing (the claw feet, the dots, the scalloped edges!)

Have you done any home projects or updates recently?! Do tell!
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