lilac season.

It's lilac season in the midwest! Lilacs are my favorite flowers and I really missed them when we lived in Charleston. Our current house has two large lilac bushes in the yard, and they smell amazing! Our bushes have light purple flowers, but I love seeing a variety of purple and white lilacs when I walk around the neighborhood. Here are a few lilac inspired shopping picks:
I would love to have a lilac painting for our bedroom so I could have flowers in the house year-round. I love this crossbody bag -- the color is so light and feminine. This a-line floral dress would be perfect for a summer wedding or party. H occasionally wears pastels, so I think he could totally pull off a lilac diagonal striped tie. Vi won't tolerate headbands anymore (so sad), but her hair is getting long so I'd like to try hair clips. I'm also loving this ballerina inspired swimsuit, bear hoodie, and ruffle shorts -- all in pretty shades of purple. Anthropologie and Candlefish in Charleston sells Lulie Wallace tin candles and the lilac scent is an obvious favorite. Jcrew has some fun lilac pieces for my closet: 3" chino shortscece suede ballet flats, and st. james slouchy lilac and navy stripe shirt (because you can never have too many stripes!) And finally the 'English Lavender' and 'Fancy' butter london nail polishes would be a great mani/pedi combo for summer.

Are you a lilac fan?

p.s. from the archives: a lilac post from 2011!


life + loving lately.

hello from Illinois!! We moved back last week and we're settling into our new home. We spent a solid week unpacking and if I'm honest there are still a few I'm struggling to put away (mostly frames!) But we are LOVING being back in Illinois. We've seen a lot of family already (my parents, my two brothers and their families, my grandparents, my uncle and his family, H's dad, and one of my best friends and her son!). Violet has had the best time playing with her cousins. Our neighborhood is really family friendly with a park and library within walking distance. And I finally got a new car (!!) and IKEA is less than 20 minutes away (trouble). We already bought a new dresser for our bedroom and some bookshelves for the living room. They are perfect! Here are a few other things that I'm loving lately: 
pineapple candle - The ceramic pineapple is adorable and available in white, pink and yellow. The candle inside smells great too! After the candle is gone I want to reuse the container to store jewelry. 

nashville is my latest tv addiction. yes, I know I really need to start reading more books. any suggestions?!

gingham bikini top + bottom - I already have a navy bikini bottom, so I'm tempted to buy a new bikini top for summer. I love this gingham print!

mini saddle bag - I'm still in diaper bag everyday territory but I would like a small crossbody bag for the occasional date nights and lunches with my girls.

and for baby: 
heart sunnies - Violet always plays with my sunglasses so I'd love to get her a pair of her own -- and how can you resist those heart frames?! 

lemon flutter swimsuit - I love the lemon print on this suit! It would look adorable on Vi.

cloud pillow - #IKEAdoesitagain and the perfect addition to Violet's nursery!

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