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so fresh and so clean, clean: zara april lookbook

looky what popped up in my inbox…zara april lookbook!  loving all the crisp whites and creams, and pops of brights and neons.  the buttoned up look is still going strong, which is perfect for me, since i have absolutely no not much cleave to show off anyway.  

{think i need these all}

more looks here

xx, candy


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teacup bracelets

my friend, jessica, is one of the most creative people i know.  studied art in college, and designed both my graduation and wedding announcements…which i still boast about!  she’s had a coveted design internship at anthropologie in kansas city, and can decorate a christmas tree like no other (she’ll kill me for that one, but it’s true).   every time i see her i try talking her into picking out paint and decoration ideas for all the rooms that have yet to be redone in my house.

jessica’s (it’s weird typing “jessica” because she has always gone by her last name, mertes.  that would be pronounced “MUR-tiss.”) latest creation is turning old teacups into bracelets.  talk about up-cyling!   i don’t know how she does it.  if i tried, i’m sure the teacups would shatter, and i’d be forced to make a mosaic instead…and not a very creative one at that.  i’m obsessed with these little bits of porcelain magic.  i want them all.  here are some that she just finished.  if you’d like one these beauties or any of her creative services, email



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five faves

1. nail art – i found my newest obsesh at the drug store today…sally hansen salon effects.  you should already know that i LOVE leopard print.  check out how it turned out!

2. wide leg trousers – seriously needing these wide leg trousers from asos right now.  i’m thinking my leopard print nails would make a cute accessory too!

3. bright lips – i’ve always preferred nude lips.  bright lipstick reminds me of my days in high school drill team…when bright lips were NOT in style.  however, i’ve seen it evvvverywhere and decided to give in to the trend.  i wore this coral lipstick last weekend, and was astounded at all the compliments i received.  even the hus liked it!

4.  rain boots – or wellies if you want to sound royal wedding appropriate.  it has been raining non-stop…like let’s-get-together-and-build-an-arc-just-in-case type of rain.  these calvin klein ava boots are the perfect rainy weather companion.  and the fact that they’re over-the-knee, serves as fashion AND function in this crazy arkansas weather.

5. aprons – now i know this one is coming from left field, but my apron saved my LIFE last week!  friday night was my father-in-law’s 60th birthday, and i was asked to bake cupcakes for the event.  i used the magnolia bakery recipe, and made 100 cupcakes…yes, 100 CUPCAKES.  the party was perfect and the cupcakes were delicious, AND i didn’t ruin any clothes thanks to this precious apron my college roommates gave me for my birthday.


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five faves

welcome to my blog! through this i’ll attempt to document things that interest and inspire.

here are some of my current favorites…

1. zara – the april lookbook is amaaaazzing. i could wear it all. i’m dreaming about the day i can order zara online.

{drooling over these shoes}

2. cooking from scratch – fresh spinach pasta. i made my own pasta for the first time sunday…by hand.

3. denim on denim – can’t get enough of the “texas tuxedo” right now.

{chiara from The Blonde Salad does is right…love me some leopard print too}

4. turbans – yep, SJP in SATC2 style. i took a DIY lesson from an older WTF…Honestly post and wore one to the farmers’ market this weekend.

5. the man repeller – i read her blog every day, and she never ceases to crack me up and educate me at the same time. if i would’ve known about her five years ago, there’s no way i’d be married right now. but i sure would’ve been on trend. stalk her here.

{the man repeller}



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