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Fancy Friday #1

Hey Hey! How’s it going internet? So, here’s the thing, I’m not usually a huge fan of weekly series, mainly because I always forget to keep up with them. That being said, um, I’m starting a weekly series called Fancy Friday! How’s that for illogical? Basically, I just want the chance to dress up once a week. I thought I’d kick things off with one of my most favorite items in my closet, a polka dot ballgown skirt from Shabby Apple. This is actually the first time I’ve worn it. It needs about 8 inches hemmed off of it still, but it did ok for the photo shoot. Besides, it was so fun to have all of that extra material to play around with! I did these last night after I put the kids to bed. The sun was shining & the light was perfect for taking pictures. However, by the time I finished getting ready, the skies had become overcast & there were sporadic rumbles of (thankfully) distant thunder. I was already dressed & ready to go though, so I followed through. Oh my gosh, you guys… it was so freaking hot & humid out there. Let’s just say I won’t be recommending this outfit for a smoldering summer day. Yikes. Also? I was having an amazing hair day. Like, SO good. That lasted for about all of 90 seconds by the time I stepped outside. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my hair was twice the size at the end of the photo shoot that it was at the beginning. It was kind of fascinating watching it grow  ;) Whatever though. It’s all good. I had fun & almost fell off a tire swing, so, you know, all in a day’s work. This blogging business is serious stuff, yo.


The minute I saw this skirt posted on Instagram, I knew I had to have it. I had NO clue where I was going to wear it, but that didn’t stop me from ordering it anyway. I tried to make it a little less fancy by adding my denim shirt & some laid-back accessories.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have have seen a picture I posted of me trying (& failing) to get the perfect jump shot. I eventually gave up & just decided to dance. And by dance, I mean shake my skirt around like a 4 year old. I won’t lie, it was fun.

A few dancing outtakes. My hair was out of control, obviously.

Since I’d already headed down the path of immaturity, I went ahead & jumped on the tire swing. I’d share the pictures of me almost falling off, but they’re pretty blurry. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

Seriously though, you guys, this skirt is amazing (have I said that yet?). If you have any occasion to wear it, go grab one now. It’s not cheap, but it’s very, very, special. I’ll always pay a little extra for special;)

I’ll be honest, there’s no reason for this picture other than the fact that I think it turned out cool. And don’t we all need a picture of ourselves that make us feel cool?

Shirt – JCrew (last seen here) It’s old, but here’s a link to the closest current version.

Skirt – Shabby Apple. It’s the Waltzing Matilda skirt. I mean, seriously. How perfect. Also? I just noticed they paired theirs with a denim shirt too. Great minds.

Lipstick – Nars Heat Wave. The best lipstick in the world.

I’ve had all the jewelry for quite awhile. I know that I bought the ring & long necklace during Fashion Week in Chicago last October & the shorter necklace I bought at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last December. I’ll have to see if I can find the info for them, because they’re pretty great.



Heather - LOVE it all! Everything in this post. That skirt is to die! You’re so beautiful and so dang awesome. I really enjoy reading your blog.

APRIL - Aw, thank you SO much, Heather! You’re the sweetest!


I am not a morning person. No matter how hard I try, I have always been & will always be a night owl. I remember reading one time that you’re genetically predisposed to be one or the other & I believe it. Unfortunately, once you have kids, & especially once they start school, life couldn’t care less about your genetic predispositions.  So, I’ve learned to like coffee. Or rather, I’m learning to. Cinnamon creamer helps. I also have a new game plan this school year to try & help me make the most of the fact that I have to get up at 6 am. I won’t bore you with the details, but the number one thing to making my mornings worthwhile is getting dressed right away. I did it this morning & look at me, I did a photo shoot & now I’m blogging it. How’s that for taking control? I wasn’t planning on doing a photo shoot, but the foggy sunrise was so pretty & my hair looked halfway decent, so I figured, why not? Seize the day, indeed.


Okay, so maybe I started out looking a little grumpy;)

I went to Chicago with my friend, Hollie, a couple of weeks ago. We hit up Anthropologie before heading to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for Tapas & then the Be Crafty Workshop thrown by Amanda Rydell & Shop Sweet Lulu. All in all, a pretty great day. I fell in love with this dress at Anthro as soon as I put it on. It’s practically seasonless. Wear it like this for spring & milder summer days & then throw on tights for fall & winter. I already tried it on with a pair of boots & I can’t wait. I also have a pair of blue wedges (last seen here) that are going to look pretty fab with it too. Perfect.

Finn decided to get in on the action. Obviously he isn’t going by my rule of getting dressed first thing in the morning.

Coffeeeeeee. Also, I’ve had this belt for about a million years. I bought it back at the height of Sienna Miller and her fabulous boho phase. I’ve never totally given up that look, if I’m being completely honest here.

I started out the shoot wearing these insane (in a good way) gladiator sandals from Joyfolie. Unfortunately, they need a different belt to work & I wasn’t in the mood to go searching. I’d already brought down my other shoes, just in case the gladiators didn’t work. I thought I’d show them to you anyway. It’s also crazy how fast the light changes during the sunrise.


Dress – Anthropologie

Belt – old

Shoe – Target

Gladiator Sandals – Joyfolie (on sale!)

Vow Renewal

Back in mid-May, Dustin & I renewed our wedding vows for our 15th anniversary. It was so much fun & just such a cool thing to do. I loved every minute of it. I really want to share some of the pictures here, but I’m planning on submitting it to a wedding blog, so I can’t post any until I know if they’re going to post or not. Here’s one picture of the day that perfectly sums up our family. Crazy, basically. If you’d like to see the blog post that our photographer & friend, Gail Werner, put together, click here to head on over to her website. She did an amazing job & we couldn’t be happier with what she captured for us. I’ll let you guys know if it gets posted anywhere. If not, or at the very least, after it does, I’ll do a post here too, talking about details & some how-tos.


Gail - Oh fingers crossed you get it published somewhere! It SO deserves to be — you put so much DIY goodness into it!

APRIL - Thank you, Gail! You and Hollie are the ones who’ve convinced me I should submit it somewhere. Thanks to your amazing pictures, I think I have a pretty good shot!

China Cabinet Makeover

When we moved into our house 6 and a half years ago, this china cabinet was wallpapered in a textured ivory. It was neither here nor there, but I decided to spice it up a bit and paint the background the same green as I painted our bathroom. Unfortunately, it didn’t look hardly any different. It’s a job that was a bit of a pain, though, so I thought “forget it. It’s fine” & carried on with my life. Flash forward to last week… I had some weird burst of energy and then Matilda decided to a long nap, Dustin was out of town, & Finn discovered the computer. It all mixed together to created that perfect storm of free time + energy + creativity. I literally don’t remember the last time that’s happened. And yes, I’m using literally in the correct sense. So, I cleared out the cabinet (which was probably a bigger job than anything else), pulled off the fussy lace (which was there when we moved in) & got down to the business of painting. At first, I thought I’d paint it all pink, but with the combination of that orangey wood, I was afraid that it would blend too much. I pulled up some other colors of paint from the basement & they worked out great. Between the fun colors & giving the shelves a coat of fresh white paint, which was desperately needed,  I finally had the china cabinet I’d always wanted.  The best part is that it only cost the price of a quart of paint & some spare time, but the results are priceless. Yeah, that’s cheesy, but it’s so true. I honestly can’t stop staring at it.


I took this picture with the cabinet door open because all of the fun colors don’t photograph very well through the wavy glass. I still need to figure out some better lighting, I think. Something more even.



Here’s what it looked like before. Obviously we’ve since painted the walls as well.


And here they are side by side. I love a small project with a big impact, don’t you?



Lori Bugher - I think this is totally inspired, April. I would have never thought of using these colors together, but it is absolutely beautiful.

Gail - LOVE that your house is so ready for spring :) You are SO darn creative!

Getting Results

See? I told you I wouldn’t bombard with you posts updating my “Get Healthy” journey! Alright, so the delay between the last post and this one was a little ridiculous. But to my credit, between the holidays & my sudden need to redecorate 5 rooms in my house (no I’m not exaggerating), I’ve been a little overwhelmed. Ok, a lot overwhelmed. My road to being healthier is coming along. Slowly, but better than nothing, I suppose. The one thing that I’ve really stuck to & am absolutely, obsessively, head-over-heels, loving is Pilates. Seriously you guys, it’s amazing. I’ve never been athletic & am uncoordinated to an embarrassing degree. Any sports that I do enjoy tend to be solo ventures… tennis, pool, darts… Wait, are those last two legitimately sports? I think they’re more like drinking games. Whatever. The point is, I do better when I’m pushing myself & not worrying about other people. Therefore, working on the reformer has been right up my alley. There’s, at most, one other person that I’m working alongside, and the end goal is just to work hard on myself & getting my form correct. I love it. Love, love, love, it. I never thought that I’d love something so much that leaves me in pain for 3 days afterwards. Who knew?

I don’t know if you remember me telling you, but the studio where I do Pilates, Results Fitness, is owned by one of my good friends, Molly Thompson. She’s always been an instructor at other gyms & is just so good. You know how you can just tell when someone is in a career/life path that they were born to follow? Like, the whole thing just comes naturally to them? Yeah, that’s how it is with Molly & fitness. She knows her stuff. I was so happy for her when a couple of years ago she finally opened up her own studio. I’m late to the party in finally taking lessons with her, but better late than never, right? The studio is actually in a barn on her property. It’s fun & cozy & has zero intimidation. Perfect, right? Molly wanted to create a gym where anyone can come and feel comfortable. You don’t have to wear fancy clothes or makeup & no one’s comparing themselves to you. She has clients of all ages & abilities. Everyone from beginners like myself, to professional athletes. Yes, seriously. Over the past month, I’ve worked with her on a couple of photo shoots & thought I’d share some of the shots here. If you’ve ever been curious about Pilates, I highly, highly, recommend checking it out with Molly. She makes it fun & low-key & I guarantee if you try it, you’ll stick with it. Oh & lest you think I’m writing all of this because she’s my friend… nope. Never in a million years did I think I’d like working out. I figured if I like it this much, then it’s only fair if I passed along the info.

Here’s her website – Results Fitness

Here’s a link to her Facebook page. She’s posting a lot of the pictures that we did & throws in fun facts and some deals too. Go “like” it! – Results on Facebook