Friday Favorite Quote

"Kindness is always fashionable."

Amelia Edith Barr, All the Days of My Life

Kate and Wills

Credit: © Mario Testino

Are you watching the Royal Wedding today? I have it DVRed in HD at home and I can't wait to watch it! I wish I had planned a tea party (complete with dresses, festive hats, tea sandwiches and mini desserts) to watch it with friends but seeing as how we haven't put together our dining room furniture yet and our dining room is still full of moving boxes it's probably for the best that I didn't plan one. Happy Wedding Weekend Everyone!

P.S. Have you tried Royal Name Generator yet? My royal name is Princess Lauren Duckworth Klineton of Baltimoreport. I love it. What's yours??


Bleu = Helper Dog

In response to this post. Bleu has resorted to sulking around the new apartment like Helper Dog. He jumps at any and every new noise. He won't finish his dinner which has never been an issue before. I hope he gets out of his rut soon. Yes, that is a picture of the dog on our bed. Don't judge.

Check out my sweet temporary couch before the Hubby and I put together the Karl. I know you're jealous of our camping mats...

**Update: Bleu has eaten all of his food for the last two days.


Happy Easter!

I am sure you are all familiar with Easter Lilies, but do you know their significance? 
"Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ's sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress.  Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their alters and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

Additionally, the use of yellow and white flower was done to symbolize the glorified body of Christ.  The white color indicates purity, innocence, hope, and virtue while the color yellow was used to represent the rays of light. (Christ being our light)." Source Unknown

I wish you all a reflective and Happy Easter!


My first feature!

I was featured by Kate on Nautical by Nature with my nautical find here. So exciting!
I found the anchor flats by Naughty Monkey Captain at Nordstrom in Annapolis.

More online magazine goodness

TRAD home from Lonny Magazine. Check it out!


Friday Favorite Quote


"Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new."

Albert Einstein


Jack Rogers

So the Hubby and I spent this past weekend in Rehoboth Beach. Needless to say some major Outlet shopping commenced. I found these awesome Jack Rogers look-alike sandals at Rack Room Shoes on sale for $34.99! I got them in silver. So cute and comfortable!

The Jack Roger's Hamptons Navajo Midwedge retails for $124!
Can you tell the difference? I can't.


I heart Ceramic Garden Stools

I have wanted a ceramic garden stool to put lovingly place in our living room and/or deck for a while now. Cute garden stools keep popping up in catalogues and interior design magazines and I can't get enough. I think they are a fun way to add texture and color to any room. So I did some research, Copy Cat Chic style, and found different color options and price points. Here is what I found...

The above "Bongo Ceramic Garden Stool" is from Fine Garden Products.
It is available in the following colors: Pale Rose, Misty Blue, Persimmon, Chartreuse Crackle, Celadon Crackle, Black or Taupe. The Bongo stool retails for $347.00 each (aka not even close to my budget). While they are very pretty (especially the crackle ones), my search continued.

The next option I found was the "Garden Seat" from Ballard Designs (I heart Ballard Designs btw). It is available in Lime or Glazed White Ceramic. The retail price is $139.00 each. The price is pretty reasonable but I was hoping to find an even better deal.

Then I looked on Wisteria. They sell a "Chinese Garden Stool" in Light Blue, Light Green, White, Silver and Gold for $129.00 each. I really love the light blue and think it would go well with our decor. The light blue might be a better ease into the "pop of color" mentality.

Then I decided to check out the new arrivals at World Market. The "Lotus Stool" is available in Apple Green with a retail price of $69.99 each! The cheapest most cost effective garden stool I have found and definitely a contender!

I always like to check out Overstock when I'm looking for home goods online. You can find a lot of pottery barn inspired options at a much more affordable price. I found some garden stools in the $70-140 range. This off-white porcelain stool has a retail price of $76.99. That's only a $7 difference from the World Market find with the added neutral color perk.

Overstock also has this white porcelain stool for $83.99.  The lattice pattern is really fun and modern yet it stays safely in the neutral color zone.

I can't decide if I want to go the safe route and have a white or off-white garden stool that can transition into any room or color scheme in the future. Or if I should go with the fun pop of color like the Apple Green or the Light Blue, which is goes well with the beige/white/brown neutrals and blue/green color scheme I am going for in our living room.  Decisions...decisions...

For more Garden stool eye candy, check out Instyle Decor.


Dabble Magazine

Dabble Magazine is one of the latest online magazines.
It features some good eye candy and interesting articles.
Check it out here!