DRY HEAT

DRY HEAT

There is something exhaustingly beautiful about the desert. A fact I was reminded about when I found this photo on pinterest. Everything engulfs you: The dry heat, the vast expanse of sky, the realization that less really can be more.  

It is all quite beautiful in my opinion. Inspiring to the point of pulling some airy pieces, natural textures, and heavy detail work for today’s post. I hope you enjoy it.

PRINTED LEATHER BUCKET BAG  •  SNAKE EMBOSSED SANDALS (OTHER FAVORITES HERE /  HERE / AND HERE )  •  YARN DYE STRIPE COTTON TOP

THE DERBY PETS

THE DERBY PETS

About three weeks ago I saw a Derby print in a Charleston antique shop called “The Derby Pets”. Though I do not have a strong connection to any Derby and have only ridden horses a handful of times, I just had to have it, water stains and all.

There was something about the faded colors, the men in top hats, and the happy dogs at the horses’s feet that made me want to bring it home. I normally do not purchase art that does not speak to our hobbies, interests or experiences, but for this one, I made an exception.

At the time, I thought little about the print besides my eagerness to rearrange the guest room art to hang it. Though I knew full well we were leaving the apartment in only two months, I still wanted to change the small gallery one last time.

The small amount of interest this story holds would have ended at this point had we not found out a week and a half later that Nelson had matched in Internal Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. In some weird little way I feel like I willed this to happen because I purchased the print. Either that, or someone upstairs was sending me a sign of what was in store for our social calendar this spring.

Now that we have a set of Derby tickets in hand, the print has become our new favorite inside joke.

Though we were crossing our fingers for New Orleans for match day, after our recent house-hunting trip to Louisville, I can honestly say I am so happy to be headed to this city instead of the big easy. It is beautiful, friendly, southern, and nestled in a part of the country I probably would not have had the opportunity to explore had we not been pushed here by Nelson’s career. There are wonderful restaurants, tons of antique shops in and outside of the city, and a strong culture and social scene eager to celebrate something.

And the best part is, I can finally get my hands on our first house!

After looking at a good many houses with the cutest realtor, we found the perfect little brick house in the St. Matthews area! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. I have already drawn out furniture plans and have been throwing my things in boxes. Though we will miss Charleston terribly, and I mean terribly, three years in a new city will be such a wonderful opportunity for us both personally and professionally.

This past weekend I snapped a few pictures of the guest room gallery wall, and my two favorite Derby pets (I fear this will become a nickname now.)

I was excited to share our happy news and show you the print that inspired this post. Thank you for sticking with me for the two weeks of radio silence. Having to sort out the move and house hunt made it a little harder to share my superfluous spouts of inspiration.

BEDDING BY MATOUK   |   LAMP BY ROBERT ABBEY
A LITTLE BLOOM

A LITTLE BLOOM

I am almost late to get ready for a luncheon so I will have to keep this short!

Florals inspire me every time. They can be light, heavy, traditional or eclectic. It does not matter, I will swoon. When I saw these two floral skirts (1 & 2) on Pinterest I knew they would be the spring board for my next post. And here it is. It also didn’t help that I recently acquired this botanical top for warmer weather. I must have them on my mind.


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Ankasa has the most incredible pillows. They are so unique. Their Polka Dot collection is my favorite. I think that embroidery work over a busy pattern is just so attractive    •••    I decided to give these nude Vince heels and Silk Crepe Blouse a try. The heels are no-brainer classic with a little more interesting cut and the top, well… too delicate to pass up on    •••    The color palette of this CY TOMBLY is quite interesting. A little different than his usual, no?    •••  I cannot get over how fabulous these new Rockstuds are. I know their past styles are everywhere (they are worth it though. I love mine) but these things? My goodness. Too perfect   •••   Tory Burch really is rocking the shorts this season. The fabric looks incredible and I love the prints!