Mad for Plaid

Apparently plaid is the cool kid on campus this fall.  You'd think I'd hate plaid after it being required daily wear in my Catholic school days but, honestly, I kinda dig it.  Today's plaid has come a long way from the jumpers* of my youth and I've always been a little bit taken by the preppy-chicness of it.  I'm more than happy to break out some of my old plaid staples, and maybe add a few new timeless pieces, now that the days are getting a little shorter and the nights a little cooler.

plaid fall styles

1 | Okay, so this leather jacket is a total splurge item -no way would I ever spend that much on a jacket- but the blend of sweet & preppy plaid with sexy chic leather is perfection.

2 | This pea coat is a much more affordable option for a trendy seasonal touch of plaid.  It looks pretty cozy, too.

3 | Some sleek rain boots make a lovely subtle option for those of you that actually get rain where you live.

4 | Oh, this shirt.  I love everything about it - the drape, the colors in the pattern, the casual button-down top.  Love, love, love.

5 | This scarf feels like the kind of simple timeless accessory that will outlast the trend.

6 | A plaid umbrella?  Gorgeous.  For those of you that get rain.  Us California folks can just admire your water-drenched photos on Instagram I guess.

7 | Even water bottles are getting in on the plaid action (plaid-tion?).

8 | It doesn't get much preppier than a plaid pointy-toe flat.

9 & 10 | A bit of plaid for baby, too.  Plus, how cute are these bear paw mittens?  Such a fun way to add some plaid for the little one.

What about you - are you feeling the plaid, too?


*It was either a plaid jumper with white button-down or ... wait for it ... red culottes with a sailor-style top and tie.  You can see why I chose the plaid jumper almost everyday.  Laundry day was the worst.




Sneak Peek | Courtney & Joel

It's a nice day for a gold wedding.

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I had another post in mind for today but it didn't feel right to simply share what's Currently happening, or indulge in some beautiful Friday Flowers.  Today is about remembering.  Remembering where you were on that Tuesday fourteen years ago.  Remembering those who lost their lives that tragic morning.  Remembering those left behind to pick up the pieces.  And remembering to say I Love You to the special people in your life because you never know when they'll be taken away.  Today, we will always remember.

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* * * * * * * * * *

I had class late that morning so I didn't set my alarm.  As I'm slowly waking up, I hear a faint tapping at my bedroom door.  Grace opens it just a crack.

"Hey, Steph.  Are you up yet?"

"Not really."

She said classes were canceled for the day.  Hers ended early and everyone was sent home.


"Yeah, there was some big plane crash in New York."

What?  What was she talking about?  We lived in Chicago.  Why would she be sent home because of a plane crash in New York?

She pointed to a photo I had up on my wall.  It was a postcard showing the silhouette of a man playing a saxophone with the New York City skyline in the background.  I bought it from a little touristy shop in Times Square the first time I went to New York.  The first time I fell in love with that beautiful, vibrant city.

"A plane crashed into those towers.  They're not there anymore."

She went into the living room and turned on the TV.  It took a while before I realized the weight of what she said.  After a few minutes of listening to the news chatter spilling over from the next room, I finally got up.

"Come here, Steph.  You need to come see this."

We sat there on our futon in our mismatched apartment.  The kind of apartment befitting three college sophomores.  Our cat, George, stared outside the window.  We stared at the TV.  Confused, mesmerized, scared, uncertain.  Who did we know in New York?  What about D.C.?  Her family was on the East Coast - could any of them have been in New York that day?

After a few hours of endless news, I couldn't take it anymore.  I had to get outside.  I went for a walk around the neighborhood.  We lived near a very busy intersection - the kind with constant traffic, not just rush hour traffic.  But not that day.  On that day only a few empty buses passed by every now and then.  No cars at the stop light.  No people on the sidewalks.

I wandered a bit more.  Some cheap-o hair salon was open.  Super-Cuts.  Or maybe it was Rio's.  The Blockbuster down the street was open, too.  I got a hair cut.  Why not?  The day was already strange enough.  Four inches less hair and some new bangs later, I stopped at the Blockbuster and rented Clerks.  Nikki was home by the time I got back so we watched it together, then slowly made our way through our own DVD collection, checking the news in between movies but too overwhelmed to really watch closely.  It was almost an average Tuesday.  Almost.  Now it's a Tuesday I will never forget.


*This story was originally shared on September 11, 2012.




Two Months

infant portraits

I can't believe it's already September!  And I can't believe I have a two-month (almost three-month) old baby now!  It was a rough start but a lot of Baby T's personality is starting to come through, which makes the days spent with him a lot more entertaining and enjoyable.  He loves talking and smiling, and figuring out how to do weird things like blow raspberries and click his tongue.  It's fascinating to watch as he stares at my mouth and practices the tongue movements he sees me doing.  He's also developing some mad grabbing skillz and figured out how to use his hands to nudge his pacifier back in his mouth when it slips out.  And the sleeping is coming along quite nicely since he's now doing 5-6 hours at a time at night.  It's like there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel.


Sitting up (supported) to look around the room, solo playtime on his jungle mat, watching mommy make dinner in the evenings, bath time, getting his diaper changed


Daytime naps (still), bedtime (this is when he really turns on the charm to avoid going to sleep - lots of smiles and coos around 9pm!), shirts pulled over his head

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baby portraits

Chatting with daddy during photo time (also a great shot of his random bald patches)
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baby portraits
baby portraits
baby portraits

Check out his One Month update here.



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