Friday I’m In Love

Friday I’m In Love

Rainy day in Rochester

A familiar sight as of late

This week flew right on by. And then, I woke up today and thought it was Saturday. Womp womp. Total buzzkill. But, on the bright side, only a few short hours until the weekend! And, bonus, it’s Cinco de Mayo. Bring on the margaritas!

This week, I wrote about burnout. Here’s an interesting perspective on burnout being a result of not doing enough of what you love.

Along the same lines, and for all my blogger pals out there, I’m sure this post by The Fresh Exchange will hit home.

I adore this fun video from Billy and Pat, touring the Buffalo public art scene.

The 25th annual AIDS Walk Buffalo is happening tomorrow morning at Delaware Park. This post in support of the AIDS Walk, by my friend Scott from In a DC Minute, really stuck with me this week. HIV and AIDS affect thousands in Western New York—your neighbors, friends, and family.

Through my series Run the World, you’ve read about how inspired I am by women in business. Check out this interview with Buffalo-based fashion designer, my friend Nkay, on LadyBossBlogger. 

Speaking of fashion – while I could never pull them off, I am obsessed with these Spring boots worn flawlessly by Sushmitha from Miss Minus Sized. (Ok, one more from Sushmitha because, I mean, this cactus garden, WHAT?! Is that even real life? GORGEOUS.)

I guess I’m extra inspired by my Buffalo fashion lovers this week; here’s another one! I’ve never been a fan of off-the-shoulder looks, but Lucy from Write. Style. Travel. has changed my mind. I especially love this look!

Whatever your weekend brings (even if it involves a little snow…sigh), I hope it treats you well! Cheers!

Friday I’m In Love

spring flowers

Channeling spring this week

The unseasonably warm weather this week in WNY switched me right into spring mode. According to my short-sighted brain, winter is out. If you live in a place where winter is dark, cold, and dreary, you understand the complete mood swing that warmer weather brings each spring. You’re reminded that there are people who live around you (gasp!), and that your living space isn’t limited to stuffy rooms. It’s always a breath of fresh air, and one I’ve been searching for as of late. Thank you, universe, for bringing this much-needed revival.

It’s been awhile since I did a Friday I’m in Love post, so here are some things that have been catching my eye around the web as of late.

I think Sarah from The Pastiche is ready for spring too. Love this outfit! And her kitchen – what?!? Goals.

My college friend Ben is a total rockstar, a silversmith at Tiffany & Co. Check out this amazing and bold artist collaboration he worked on.

I’m a big fan of CreativeMornings, a creative breakfast lecture series, and Ben Brindise gave my favorite CM talk so far last fall. Yeah! Buffalo interviewed him, and it’s just as good. Certainly helps recharge my creative batteries.

My new friends Colin and Caralyn are completely slaying. I’m loving their collaboration, too.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay this week at the Buffalo Bloggers meetup and have been obsessing over her home projects since. I LOVE this gallery wall in her entryway.

One of my partners in blogging crime, Ashley from Morning Glory, launched her website redesign today. I’m digging her gorgeous nautical portfolio.

If you missed National Margarita Day, this weekend might require a little belated celebration. According to In a DC Minute, here are some of the best places to grab a margarita in DC and Western NY.

Pizza always brings people together. From this site, you can send pizza to protesters. That’s a cause I can get behind.

For all my Ohio peeps, the best pizza by county. Do you agree?

What’s going on this weekend? I’m excited to get outside, host some friends for dinner on Saturday, and do some reading/writing when winter heads back into town on Sunday. Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a good one!

Friday I’m In Love

Abraham Lincoln Inauguration

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. March 4, 1861. Library of Congress.

I remember so well the day that President Obama was sworn in. I was in college and at work, where the inauguration was being projected. I didn’t expect it, but as I watched, my emotions took over. I tried to hide my tears, but looking around the room, I saw other misty eyes and felt a sense of togetherness. On that day in 2008, I didn’t feel fear or worry.

Today, I was emotional for different reasons. This time, I found myself worried about the state of our country. That sense of unity from 2008 was gone. In many places, hopefulness has dwindled. In his inaugural address, President Trump told us, “The United States of America is your country.” But is it?

I’m just not sure what to think today, as we’ve sworn in our 45th president. This may just be the sickness I’ve been fighting, but I feel a bit numb. In the United States of America, a country that is supposedly built on freedom, how can bigotry be at the forefront? In 2017?!

I already urged you to stand up for what you believe in while being kind and thoughtful of others, so I’ll spare you of that again here. I don’t want to get up on a soapbox. I’m just trying to make sense of what’s happening.

I need a beer. Anyone else?

In spite of all this, here’s some great stuff happening this weekend and around the web.

A few days late, though I hope it’s never too late, some wise words from none other than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you aren’t in DC this weekend, but want to join your neighbors in solidarity, you can search for local Sister Marches here.

To set the mood, here’s an empowering woman-centric playlist. Who run the world?

Speaking of running the world, most of you have probably seen this by now, and I shared it on Twitter a few weeks back, but I just love this commercial.

Unrelated – I’ve said it before, but the architecture in Buffalo is truly incredible. We’re so lucky to have that beauty at our doorsteps. Speaking of, I’ve only visited 3 of these 7 buildings. Guess I need to get explorin’!

Maybe while I’m out exploring, I’ll stop in at one of my favorite burger and wing bars in Buffalo, Gabriel’s Gate! Here’s a great review from In a DC Minute.

Another stop I’m hoping to make soon in Buffalo is Fern Croft Floral. I’m obsessing over these gorgeous photos by Ashley at Morning Glory. I so badly want to take a class!

Though it should be a perfect weekend to get outside, I think I’m in need of a little R&R too. I might start with one of these hair masks, suggested by Lucy of Write. Style. Travel.

Happy weekend, friends, and keep your heads up. Stay safe out there, too, if you’re headed out to protest. It should be a great one for getting outside, which I certainly intend to do. We need a little sunshine amongst these cloudy days…

Friday I’m In Love (Saturday Wait)

Winter SceneHi, hello! Fancy meeting you here on a Saturday! 

It’s been a long couple of weeks, but I’m slowly starting to feel like my normal self again, especially after another inspiring Friday morning yesterday at CreativeMornings Buffalo. If you live in the Buffalo area and haven’t been, I could list a million reasons why you should change that. Every single time I’ve attended, I’ve walked out of CreativeMornings feeling energized, motivated, and ready to create. Buffalo has so much talent and creativity. I’m awestruck. And the event spaces aren’t so bad either.

In totally unrelated news, Christmas is now only two weeks away, so there’s that. I’ll be spending this weekend decorating the house and frantically picking out Christmas gifts (all while listening to this playlist!). Are you ahead of the game or behind on your Christmas prep like me?

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week.

I adore this post from Fresh Exchange describing how their tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree changed this year with the addition of their baby boy. I love how Megan takes pause to soak in life’s little, precious moments. I know I’m sentimental, but Christmas traditions really do stick with us for a lifetime.

I’m loving this adorable and fun holiday date night idea from In a DC Minute. Home Alone really is the best! (My other favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation, by the way.)

For those of you who aren’t fans of winter, here are some lovely ways to stay happy during this dark and cold season.

Speaking of happy things, I’m completely feeling this post by Taylor at In the Buff. Girl, I’m totally with you. I needed this, thank you.

I think we all need a girl gang. I love this piece about all-female gatherings and the importance of female friendship.

And for an extra treat, keep an eye out right here for a holiday giveaway next week! You won’t want to miss out on this one.

Have a fun and festive weekend, everybody!

Friday I’m In Love

fall_leavesIt’s 70 degrees today. In Buffalo. In November. Say whaaaat? Get out there, Western New Yorkers! Enjoy it while you can because, despite today’s record-setting warmth, we’re supposed to get our first snowfall of the year this weekend. Booooo! But, no matter what happens, we can only be grateful that we aren’t experiencing anything like we did two years ago today, when we were literally buried under several feet of snow.

I didn’t get around to posting a Friday I’m In Love last week, so here are some of the things that have caught my attention over the past couple weeks.

This was one of my favorite pieces that I read following the election. It was circling social media quite a bit last week, but in case anyone missed it, you’re welcome. Love me some Leslie Knope.

Another awesome product that has come out of the election is Artists Against the Wall, a project started by my co-worker, Desiree, and a couple of her friends. Their goal is to reach people from all over the world, asking for art submissions that promote a sense of unity. I love that they’re using their craft as an avenue to speak up for what they believe in the best way that they know how.

One of my other co-workers shared this inspiring video from the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School in Rochester, NY. There is so much good in the world.

I’ve been a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright since first learning about architecture at a career day in elementary school. I finally visited the gorgeous Darwin Martin House here in Buffalo last winter, but it was still under heavy construction at the time. I can’t wait to go back, now that the first floor renovation is mostly complete!

A pizza crawl?! Count me in!

Speaking of Buffalo food, I can’t wait to try Ru’s Pierogi, now opened as of this week! Here’s a great overview by Al and Scott from In a DC Minute.

One more food link because, food. Toast is something I hadn’t really thought much about. I tend to stick with plain old peanut butter, but now, after reading this post from Nkay at NKMstyling, I can’t wait to experiment with all different kinds of toast.

Ok, I lied when I said one more food link. But this one’s sorta crafty too! Here’s a fun way to spice up your Thanksgiving pie. I’m too excited for turkey dinner.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Friday I’m In Love

House in FallThis week, I saw my first Target Christmas commercial, peppermint stick ice cream was for sale in the freezer aisle, and I read that Amazon already has Black Friday deals. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Christmas, but when did we start skipping November? RIP, Thanksgiving.

Before even thinking about all that mumbo jumbo, we have to make it through this upcoming week. It sure is going to be an interesting one over here in the good old US of A. No matter what happens, I hope that the collective we can get over ourselves, accept the election results, and move forward as a united front. If we can’t do that, we’re in trouble. Please remember we’re all in this together. Can’t we all just get along?

Remember my friend Michelle, who I featured in my series Run the World? Here is a fantastic breakdown of all the fact checking that she and her colleagues at the Post have been up to this election season.

Speaking of the election, I don’t know anything about this contest, but it cracked me up.

Loving this November desktop wallpaper feature one of my favorites, pie. Now that’s what I’m talking about – a little love for ya, turkey day!

If you haven’t heard yet, you’ll soon be able to shop on Instagram! Sorta.

I’m totally feeling these Rustic Modern living room designs. My living room is made for this.

My living room is also made for built-ins. What a dream. They’re at the top of my list for the house, but definitely aren’t a weekend project.

Grace Bonney does it again! Business is hard. Real, relatable talk makes it just a little bit easier. I love her.

Have a great weekend, everybody! And please remember to be kind to one another.

Friday I’m In Love: Halloween Edition

Halloween haunted house

Spooky doorway to a Halloween-season attraction in Fort Worth, Texas

Haunted houses, costume parties, ghost walks, horror movie marathons, pumpkin carving contests, you name it. Halloween weekend is here! What’s your favorite way to celebrate?

Halloween seemed to really sneak up this year, didn’t it? If you’re like me, and waited until today to sort out a plan and a costume, don’t panic. It’s not too late! Here are lots of last-minute ideas.

Buffalonians, here’s Step Out Buffalo’s list of the best Halloween events around town. (And, the best Halloween parties, too.)

If you’re throwing your own party this weekend:

• To set the mood, a Halloween playlist.

• Some festive Halloween dinner ideas.

• Delicious Halloween cocktails for the adults!

• Followed by chocolate bark Halloween brownies for dessert!

• A list of horror movies to play for your guests.

Studio DIY’s life-saving roundup of DIY costume ideas. See ya at the craft store!

Advanced pumpkin carving templates for those who can’t draw, like me. (Let’s be real, I doubt my carving skills are advanced enough to do this despite the template. But I’ll give it a real effort!)

I hate haunted houses (way too chicken), so this one is definitely too scary for me. Would you do it?

Whether you have kids with allergies, or leave your light on for trick-or-treaters, here are some great tips for keeping Halloween allergy-friendly.

Ok, this is a Christmas thing technically, but Stranger Things sorta fits into the Halloween theme, right? This Peanuts version of Stranger Things is so good.

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a safe, fun, and perfectly spooky weekend!

{Image: The Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.}

Friday I’m In Love (& Marriage)

first dance

Katie and Eric’s first dance

I’m happy to report that I followed my own set of rules from last Friday’s post. I was able to set everything aside to fully immerse myself in my sister’s wedding. And boy, was it worth it. The day couldn’t have been more perfect.

Katie and the dresses (see below for more info about those!)

Katie and the dresses (keep reading for more info!)

One of my favorite details was the collection of family dresses shown above. On the far left is our grandma’s wedding dress, second from left is our mom’s, the third dress is Eric’s mom’s, and the hot pink number is our great grandma’s. Each one had a tag to let guests know who the dress belonged to and the date on which they married their sweetheart. How cool and sweet is that?! When I first saw all the dresses together, especially with Katie standing in front of them like that, my eyes welled right up.

With the wedding also came the opportunity to see family from all over the country, a rare treat.


My cousin, Andrew, and me


Me and my cousin, Amy

Overall, we had a wonderful celebration! I’m ecstatic that my sister found the man of her dreams, and that I gained my very first brother. A great one at that!

Ok, moving on from wedding stuff… here are some things that have been happening while I’ve been preoccupied.

I love this feature by Yeah! Buffalo about Rise Collaborative. I can’t wait to read No Boundaries, out today!

If you’re a Buffalo-area blogger, please consider joining us in the newly-formed Buffalo Blogging Network. October meetup TBA. Contact me, or use the contact form on the BBN site, to learn more!

Upstate Social Sessions is happening tomorrow in Rochester. Unfortunately, I can’t make it, but if you’re able to go, please let me know how it was!

Have a casual 4.5 mil? Me neither. Maybe we can put our lunch money together because the Mrs. Doubtfire house is for sale.

I cannot. wait. to see the pieces in this collab between Dwell and Target.

I was a little late to the Stranger Things party, but I love this article about the typeface used in the title design.

Women in tech, yeahhh!

Halloween costumes through the years. What was popular when you were a kid?

Ok, guys. This one is serious. Italy might be having a pizza crisis.

Between wedding prep, visiting with family, and catching up at work, the reality of my life as of late has been that I haven’t had much time to dedicate to tracing paper. So, thank you for sticking with me because I love it here. Please stay tuned. 

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo of the dresses by my mom, all others by Julie Everett}

A Different Kind of Friday I’m In Love

Katie and meMy sister gets married tomorrow. I mean, what?! It’s not often that you get to say something like that in life, especially when you only have one sister.

Yesterday, Mom and I spent the day helping her with all the finishing touches. Today, we’ll set up and decorate for the reception, rehearse, and sit down to enjoy a rehearsal dinner before the chaos begins tomorrow.

Katie and I are very different people, but, like all siblings, we have this major common denominator of a shared upbringing that connects us. As I wrote my Maid of Honor toast, I did a lot of reflecting on our childhood, and damn, we were lucky. Our parents were (and still are) loving, supportive, and allowed us to truly be ourselves, unconditionally. I want to say all kinds of things about how much I love my sister and Eric here, but I’ll leave all that for the toast.

This weekend, I want to make a point of soaking in every second. I learned from my sister’s bridal shower, and several of my best friends’ weddings, that those hours fly by fast. Real fast.

I want to remember to take lots of pictures, but be present.

I want to put my patience hat on when things aren’t going just right. Let it go; if something’s not perfect, it will not overshadow the day. It’s likely no one else will even notice.

I want to support my sister however I can and make sure she has the happiest, most memorable day possible.

Any advice as we dive headfirst into Katie’s wedding weekend? I hope you all have a fantastic weekend too!

A totally unrelated P.S. – Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women came out this week; I cannot WAIT for my copy to arrive. Who run the world?

Friday I’m In Love

mayerbros_tracingpaperAHHHH, it’s officially my favorite season! I spent yesterday, the glorious first day of autumn, on an airplane and then in the 98-degree heat of Fort Worth, Texas. In saving grace, last weekend I ventured to Mayer Brothers Cider Mill for apple cider and cider donuts. Now that’s the way to kick off the Fall season. 

I’m dancing in my bed here at the hotel in Forth Worth, excited to get home to cooler temps and a weekend full of pumpkins, cider, hayrides, and bonfires.

Here’s a roundup of all things Fall to get the party started!

FALL CLOTHES, one of my favorite parts of the season!

My house was meant for Fall colors and this entire Dot & Bo roundup.

What are your favorite fall things? Here are DC Minutes’!

As it gets colder outside and I get cuddlier on the couch inside, all I want to do is curl up and read. Might add a few of these to the reading list!

Who else never thinks about a Halloween costume until the day before? Not this year!

What will you do to achieve your goals this Fall?

How will you celebrate the first weekend of the new (and best) season?