Curious Thoughts {Be Real}

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Lately I’ve been feeling unusually contemplative. At the risk of sounding like I’m going insane, I won’t bore you with the details of my deep and pondering thoughts. However, I do want to share something that falls out of the ordinary content of this blog. Allow me to wander a bit here… hopefully you will follow along and maybe even find yourself contemplating a few things as well.

Pictured above is one of my favorite pairs of sneakers. They are broken in, comfortable, and reliable. I always grab them when I know I need some good kicks for running errands or walking around allot. They’ve through a quite a bit, but are still in decent shape. Why am I telling you all of this? Well for one it’s a perfect opportunity to admit to my obsession with shoes that I may not have previously mentioned. Ahem, however, the main reason I am telling you about these shoes is because to me, they serve as a picture of something else. What do they call that? A metaphor? Right? Correct me if I’m wrong. Anyways, these shoes to me are a reminder, a picture, of a premise that I have lived by for my entire life as much as possible. Be yourself, and be real.

Let me explain a bit more. I’ve always been the type of person who went upstream from the crowd. I’ve never been (or wanted to be) popular, and I certainly have never found myself in the “in” group. I like being alone, and I often make choices that go against the norm. I’m not trying to stand out or “be different”. I simply am living my life as myself, true to the things that make me, me. I don’t want to try to be anyone that I’m not. This sometimes means that I have a hard time pretending. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who seems so entirely fake, that you wonder to yourself who they really are, underneath all the layers? I have. To me, being fake and shallow is a tragedy. There is nothing more valuable and thrilling than having a raw, honest conversation about something of meaning with a person who is not afraid to be real and be themselves.

Ok, back to the shoes… I’ll be honest here and admit that I’m not a high heels kind of girl. Sure I own a few obligatory pairs, and I do wear them when necessary. But for the most part, you’ll find me in flip flops or sneakers. Sometimes I wish I was a bit more fashion forward and trendy, but at the end of the day, I am content being me, scuffed sneakers and all.

I want you to think for a minute about yourself. Not in a selfish or shallow manner, but with introspection. Examine who you are. What makes you tick? What are you passionate about? Are you true to these things? What makes you get up out of bed in the morning? Who are the important people in your life? Where is the meaning in your day? In your life? If you can’t answer these questions… I encouragae you to spend some time being real with yourself. Find out who you are, and then live it. Have deep conversations, and don’t be afraid to share the things you believe in, your convictions and your heart with those around you. Throw on your favorite sneakers and take on the world…. be yourself, and be real.

Cottage Life {Snapshots}

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Autumn at the cottage is a stunning sight. We are surrounded by towering oaks and a handful of maples, which put on quite a show this time of year. Sitting in the office, I often glance out the window and feel like the sun is shining, even on cloudy days, because of the brilliant yellow leaves just outside. Before this season slips by, I wanted to share with you a few of the recent photos I’ve taken just outside the cottage. The light in the sky the day I took these was brilliant, and the leaves seemed to be sparkling.

Pieces of Life {Date Night}

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A couple days ago, my husband and I took some time to go to one of our favorite places for a good burger. The 50’s Grill features the best burgers around (the buns are homemade and all the ingredients are fresh and juicy). They also offer a huge array of tasty treats, like homemade pies and hand dipped malts. Top it all off with the fact that the servers are wearing poodle skirts, and the results are very memorable, if not a bit kitschy.

I’m a firm believer in dating your mate. I think there is something to be said for spending time doing fun things together, out of your ordinary, daily routine. My husband and I lead very busy lives, and often our schedules are entirely opposite, which means that we have to be very intentional about making time to connect. Weekly dates have been a part of our lives since before we were married, and to this day, we do our best to make sure we are still “dating”.

Life is a series of moments, hours, days, weeks and months, and if we don’t make the most of each day, soon we will find that years have slipped by unintentionally and our memories hold very little substance and meaning. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on this truth, and working on making the most of each moment, and each day. If you haven’t spent quality time with the ones you love lately, make it a priority. Grab coffee with a friend; go for a walk with your spouse; hug your kids. You just never know what the days ahead bring, so make the most of today!

Guest Posting {Pumpkin Cauldron}

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing weekend. Once again, I am guest posting for Mrs. Limestone at Brooklyn Limestone, this time sharing a really fun autumn-themed, food-related project. Wander over that way to check out my post with instructions creating your own “pumpkin cauldron”. I also am sharing my chili recipe, so if you’re in need of some warm and tasty fall fare, check it out!

If you are dropping by Emmy Lu from Brooklyn Limestone… welcome! I hope you’ll take some time to explore and make yourself at home.

Little Delights {Oh, Jonathan}

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I think I may have already mentioned that I have an apparent obsession with bags… bags of all shapes and sizes and uses. I love totes and purses and backpacks and duffles and clutches and, well, any type of bag really. I also have a serious design crush on Jonathan Adler (who doesn’t, right?). His work is fresh, charming and oh-so-easy to love. On a recent excursion to Barnes and Noble, I made the most wonderful discovery. Jonathan Adler……..for Barnes & Noble. Really???? Who knew! What a wonderful partnership! I had a very difficult time choosing just one item to bring home. But, ultimately, my love of bags influenced my decision, and I came home with this lovely little accessory case, which I will use to hold essentials in my purse.Yyou know, pens, chapstick, gum… everything that gets lost in the bottom on a bag, never to be seen again. If you love Jonathan Adler as much as I do, and you haven’t checked out his collection at B&N, I suggest making a beeline to the nearest store!

I hope you all have had a great week… I’m looking forward to a weekend at home. I will be busy, busy working on the new collections for Emmy Lu’s Baby, Party, Personal Stationery and Holiday lines. Stay tuned, because I should be back next week with some sneak previews and maybe even a free download. Have a great weekend everyone!

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