Let's Play Ball

Today we are going to Oklahoma to borrow my Dad's truck for a weekend garage sale that we're having in Fayetteville, but what I would really like to be doing is going to a baseball game.

To be honest, I don't even like baseball. I just like the hot dogs, general cheer, and the fact that the company I work for gives us free tickets since we own the ballpark. Someday. Probably when my last name is Rauh. (WOO HOO!)

Summer Daze

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I had planned to be productive today. I was going to go to the gym, I was going to drop off my dry cleaning, I was gonna do. And then I went to the park with a pal and we walked the dogs and got Sonic and now I'm at home waiting for Sam to get home so that we can zip around Fayetteville on our new scooter. I'll be wearing chacos and a polar watch. If that's not quintessentially Fayetteville (as well as other college towns, I'm sure), I don't know what is.

What I'm trying to say is: Skip the gym. Ignore your laundry. Get a cherry limeade and go play in the sunshine.


Reception Dress Hunting

I am in the process of trying to hunt down a reception dress. I haven't found anything that is classy enough or anything interesting enough, but these four are good candidates. I'm thinking I'll go with a longer length because I don't want to be worried about my married booty making an appearance. We shall see!

It's the Final Countdown!

We got our marriage license last week - only 31 days left of waiting. Hooray!


DIY Mama's Day

It's no secret that mama bears are supposed to love handmade stuff. Supposed to. Gone are the days of macaroni necklaces, now we have faux-Anthro garden tools!

Both of our mothers are excruciatingly difficult to buy for, so garden stuff is usually the norm once Mother's Day rolls around with a pair of earrings or so for good measure.

These tutorials might make your gift quest a little more fun. (Sorry for getting you a paper towel holder for Mother's Day in middle school, Mom. I swear I'll never do it again.)

Future Littles

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I have been cataloguing all the quotes that I want to share with my future children. I've been paying extra close attention to those that I think little girls should hear.

This article titled How to Talk to Little Girls by Lisa Bloom really opened my eyes to the realization that our culture even speaks to girls differently than boys. It is not something I ever considered harmful, or even noticed at all. Perhaps I have been a perpetrator all along. Who doesn't want to tell a little girl that she's pretty?

I don't have a lot to say that others before me haven't said more eloquently than I could ever hope to articulate, but these thoughts are buzzing around in my head and I thought I would chart them down in this here blog o' mine.

Video below via Queen Bey, naturally. 


Friday, Friday, Friday!

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It was a rough week, but I'm excited to go home for the weekend. Today we are applying for our marriage license (!), I'm picking up my dress from the tailor ($), and I'm getting my haircut. Tomorrow I'll be attending the Heels for Words fundraiser walk, shopping with my almost-mother-in-law, and babysitting. Hooray!

So in love with this leather wallet from Everlane. I wish I could justify the $115 price tag, but I can't.

One of my first-ever Tumblr girl crushes started a new beauty blog this week, Gosland. It's stellar.

While my go-to baby shower gift is typically a print from The Animal Print Shop, I think this personalized art print would be sweet for a little girl.

One of my best friends threw me a bachelorette party last weekend. Thank you, Shelby! It was such a good time.

I'm not a huge bloody mary fan, but I can think of a lot of people who are that would be thrilled to receive this handmade bloody mary gift set.

Since I'm starting grad school in the fall, I've been looking at buying a heavy-duty planner. I'm talking laminated pages and the whole-shebang. If anyone has any non-chevron/damask/gold foil polka dot suggestions, please send them my way.

I've been seriously considering refining my wardrobe to become a capsule wardrobe. This post and this quote are what have inspired me most. I do not even want to think about how much money I've spent on ill-fitting clothes at F21 & Target. No more! (Hopefully!)

Sam brought me the best surprise chai tea latte to work last week and I've been craving another one ever since. Since I can't justify spending $4 on coffee daily, this recipe will have to do.

Grilled cheese heaven. Yes, please.

I'm sure that baby shower hosting duties won't roll around for quite some time, but this shower hosted by Melanie Blodgett of YAMF kills me every single time.

Happy weekending! xoxo


Good Ol' Wes Anderson

Sam and I went to see the Grand Budapest Hotel on Sunday. While I enjoy Wes Anderson's work, Sam is obsessed. He was talking about it for days afterward. The short film on how to to create the film's starring dessert was more my thing, and definitely too cute not to share.


Hair Party

It's no secret that hair is not my thing. I didn't learn how to properly put my hair into a ponytail until my mid-teens and I still don't know how to curl it. I can count on my hands how many times I've used a hairdryer. It's just not my preferred feature.

That being said, a few years ago I got my haircut with straight across bangs and it sort of felt like hair could be my thing for a minute. I've since tried the hairstyle again with no luck (chubbier cheeks maybe?), but I'm thinking I'll try it again when I make my annual (don't judge) trek to the salon on Friday. It seems like all of my favorite styles are ombre-based, but I've been there and cannot afford to maintain it, and I can imagine my future gawking at my "totally 2014 hair" in the future. Post-wedding Shelby will probably cut it all off anyway.

I'm curious: Is there a hairstyle that you're terrified to try? I've always wanted something like this (but brunette) but know I don't have the texture for it.

Wish me luck!


Party Planning

Our close friends got engaged last week and are moving to Austin next month. We're both so happy for them and their new lives together, but obviously bummed to see them go. We're throwing them an impromptu engagement/going away party in a few weeks and inspiration is both everywhere and overwhelming, in a good way.

These floral invitations from Minted are seriously blowing my mind.

Hopefully May will bring warm weather as an outdoor party would be such a refreshing change from the standard sushi/bar scene of winter. Winter, I love you, but you gotta go. Photo via Willow & Jade. 

Cheese & wine would be the main festivity, because duh. Credit unknown.

These personalized cookies are the perfect party favor. Photo via Closer to Love Photography.

It's funny how planning parties for other people is so much more exciting than planning parties for yourself. I hope that I'll be throwing bunches of baby showers & engagement parties in my near future.