b*chic :: sun-lover

I can’t stop thinking about the trip I will be taking next month to a warmer climate. Can’t stop thinking about the sun on my skin and the thought of walking out the door without a parka and mittens. Can’t stop thinking of easy t’s and shorts and simple, uncomplicated outfits. Bring on the warmth, baby! In honor of vacation and the hopeful and inevitable arrival of summer in just a few short…months, here’s to the sun-lover in all of us.

V-Neck Tee by Mossimo at Target ($6) | Cuffed Denim Short by Forever21 ($17.80) | Olympia Leather Wedges by J.Crew ($198) | Starry Night Locket by J.Crew ($55)

b*daily :: vintage ski trip

So I went on a ski trip this weekend. Except, one can’t ski with a broken toe. So it ended up being more of an eating and sleeping in a mountain ski villa trip. Vintage-style, thanks to the Earlybird setting on Instagram. This one’s for you, Erin!

We ate at the Duluth Grill, which was once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins’ and Dives. Let’s just say, there was a lot of MMMmmmmmm-ing, Guy Fieri style.

Especially when the pie showed up.

I almost licked the plate. That good, people. It was that good.

My friends hit the slopes.

Because they are awesome.

Meanwhile, I sat on the couch. And did not whine.

Instead I ate. At least it was healthy.

The temps were sub-zero with the windchill. Hahaha! Too bad for these suckers. These folks are tough.

The most exciting part of the weekend for me (by far) was the two minute ride on the alpine coaster at night. I may or may not have screamed like a little girl.

b*daily :: weekend time

I got a new watch. It’s the Timex Weekender, and I love it for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I can get a million different straps for it whenever I find myself bored with the current one. I also love the pleasant ticking it makes. Overall, I’d say it’s perfect to pair with jeans and a t-shirt. In a few months I’ll be tired of it, but for now it’s fun, fun, fun.

Okay, change of subject (sort of, but I’ll loop back around and it will all make sense later). If you’ve ever been to a tropical island, you will know what the phrase “island time” means. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me offer a simple explanation. Basically, it means take off your watch, because I’m just going to show up “sometime” after breakfast. Or maybe closer to lunch. It really depends. You see, George caught a huge fish and I need to stop by the harbor to BS with the guys about it. Oh, and there’s this box of coconuts that needs to be delivered to Marge’s. But on the way to Marge’s, I might get stopped on the road by Fred who needs a ride to Winnie’s. And while I’m at Winnie’s, I’ll probably have some tea and lunch. Then maybe I’ll take a nap. I’ll get to you…eventually. That is island time. It’s perfectly imperfect and will either make your head explode or woo you into a relaxed and blissful state of being.

Now, leave the island and come back to reality. Let’s talk about WEEKEND TIME. What happens to you at quitting time on Friday? Do you, like me, find yourself in a totally different time zone? One that says “Screw the alarm, I’ll wake up when my internal clock says so.” Yeah, I don’t know about you, but I hit the weekend, and I’m ready to throw every clock out the window. Sure, I make lunch dates and plans that require me being somewhere at (approximately) a certain time, but really, I think weekends are best without deadlines. Floating from one thing to the next is perfection in my mind.

Your turn. Do you live on weekend time Friday afternoon – Sunday night?

b*eats :: if you’re going to buy candy

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s time to figure out how to express some affection for your loved one. Now, you may be tempted to buy a box of those conversation hearts littered with message like “TXT ME”. But let me assure you, there is a better way. If you’re buying your valentine candy, I can point you in a sweeter direction.

Below are my top four foodie picks for Valentine’s Day (not) candy. Two are slightly aimed for the boys and two are slightly aimed for the girls, but let’s be honest, I’d eat any one of these things, so…whatever. Each of these items are made in small batches by cottage-industry cooks and bakers. They are handcrafted with love. Perfect for your darling.

1) Massaman Peanut Butter Cookies | made by: Whimsey & Spice | made in: Brooklyn, New York | costs this much: $9 for 6

2) Crown Maple Syrup | made by: Crown Maple | made in: Dutchess County, New York | costs this much: $20 for 3

3) Campfire Marshmallows | made by: Malo Artisan Marshmallows | made in: Greenville, South Carolina | costs this much: $6.50 for 6

4) Bacon Jam | made by: Skillet | made in: Seattle, Washington | costs this much: $40 for 3

b*daily :: reverse

A new month has arrived. Which means I got to tear a page off my Stendig calendar. I have to say, the reverse text really got me going. Can we get an amen? DELICIOUS, right? Hello, February, you are are one sexy month.


I was going to ramble on about my weekend, but I’m feeling like a safari guide pointing at an empty field. Nothing to see here, folks. I was at a cabin with friends, relaxing, eating, breaking my toe, you know… normal cabin stuff. Sunday meant church and a nap and the superbowl. Wrapped up the weekend with a hot bath and nearly falling asleep in the tub. The end.

In other news, I am finally working on my website for b*spoke studio. It’s been a long time coming. A looooong time coming. But I have a deadline now, and I’m determined to get it done. Creatives, let me just say, put priority to your own stuff. Don’t let it fall by the wayside!

Okay, how was that for a random Monday morning post?? Hope your weekend was great, and that you’re off to a good week. More to come…

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