Saturday, February 14, 2015

snow bunny bound

Apr├Ęs inspiration! #lilly5x5

I'm Lake Tahoe-bound! I'm meeting up with my family (minus the baby bro, who is thisclose to finishing school and gracing us with his presence on trips again) in Reno, then we are headed to California for a week of skiing in Lake Tahoe. My mom's cousin and her husband have a house in Squaw Valley, and I can't wait! 

It's been a lonnnng time since I've been on a ski trip  and I'm a bit nervous at the thought of hills bigger than Perfect's! But, regardless of my (lack of) ski abilities, I'm excited to see a new place and spend some time in the great outdoors. 

My mantra for the week: 
  • Layer (the forecast is warm, so we might be shedding throughout the day)
  • Lean (if I had a dollar for every time my  dad has told me to lean forward in my boots...)
  • Live  (... A little. Because it's Lake Tahoe, baby, and I'm alive!

Lake Tahoe Skiers

Bridget Bardot goes barehanded with a light headscarf in the Southern Alps of Italy. Our thoughts: Oeuvre d'art.

on the slopes

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

loving // floral trainers

These trainers from Boden ... wannnnt! I've been digging the idea of a non-athletic athletic shoe for a while, and these beauties are right up my alley. Floral (check), comfy (how could they not be - check), blue and white (my favorite - double check). And bonus points for being British ... anglophile habits die hard!

The verdict? Perfect for spring on the mean streets of downtown Indy.

Friday, January 9, 2015

a look at // the holidays

It was a busy holiday season to be a Bates. We always seem to go-go-go during the holidays, but this year seemed a bit busier (in a good way!) than previous years. A look back at my favorite places, spaces and people ...

I kicked off the start of the season with a visit to the Lilly House at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I've never been (for shame) and wanted to do something Christmas-y. (Last year I visited the White House for Christmas, so I felt the need to continue my large-white-houses-streak). Very pretty! 

No holiday season would be complete without festivities with friends ... is "Friendsmas"a thing, like "Friendsgiving"? Fun was had, wine was drunk and dancing was done. 

A surprise item on the agenda: going to see "Elf the Musical" downtown! I won 2 tickets on Twitter, and my mom came up for a night on the town - Chipotle and Buddy, what could be better? It was such a great show! The set and costumes were incredible and Buddy was seriously hilarious. Will Ferrell leaves some awfully funny shoes to fill, and our lead did an amazing job. Definitely a laugh out loud night!

Back in the tri-state, the parties began. We have our annuals: Bates Christmas, Maier Christmas, Christmas Day and Songfest. Songfest is a Bates-side evening full of food and tunes. My dad's cousin and his family host it every year, and this year we had it at their "new" house in Covington, KY, the Laidley House. It was gorgeous - built in 1856 and so totally Downtown Abbey that I was *thisclose* to ordering tea from Mrs. Patmore. And the view ... wow! They have a primo view of downtown Cincinnati from across the river. Not. Too. Shabby. 

Christmas continued, with numerous selfies and Santas. My older brother played Santa for our Maier Christmas - we have two sets of baby twins, so a photo with Santa is a must. We struck out with one set of twins; they were not having it. Better luck next year, Santa!

Enjoying the lights! The snowman is practically a member of the family at this point ...

We ended 2014 at Perfect North Slopes with a few fireworks and a lot of snowmaking. My dad and brother were part of the torchlight parade, and skied down the big center run holding torches. Happy to celebrate with family!

2014 was a pretty good year, but I'm excited for this year. Cheers to 2015!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

prince george, king of cuteness


Official christmas photographs of Prince George.
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 Nothing can take a retired "blogger" out of a deep, deep sleep like new pictures of Prince George. The kid is CUTE. I'd give all of the credit to his parents, but it looks like he has quite a bit of his own little personality.

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His "jumper" is struggling to stay in-stock, but Cath Kidston has other adorable items for your Brit baby.

  1. Guards Tank Top (currently sold-out, but keep your eye on it ...)
  2. Stop Thief! Jumper
  3. Stop Thief! Tank Top
  4. Guards Kids Onesie

Saturday, March 22, 2014

loren hope spring/summer 2014

I'm in desperate need of sunshine and free time, and Loren Hope's Spring/Summer 2014 look book is really hitting the spot. The styling screams summer, the baubles are beautiful, and the concept - A Palm Springs Fling - is too cute.

^^ Basically the craft tray of my dreams ... 

As Fergie (the Pea, not the Duchess) would say, g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s! 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

oscar sunday

Oscar Sunday has arrived! The grand finale of the awards season hits the red carpet tonight and I'm excited to check out of the dresses - with a close eye on a few best dressed darlings like Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon and Michelle Dockery. I love this infographic with the Best Actress dresses all listed ... a great blast from the past!

And I can't forget about Ellen! Talk about hostess with the mostess ... 

Happy viewing!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

xoxo, from crawleys and co.

Can't even say how much I love these Downton Abbey Valentines from Cobalt & Dash. Click through to download and send to your favorite folks, from upstairs and downstairs. 

What an Earl wants? Wanna spoon? Gold, pure gold. 

Other sweet things ... 
Happy Valentine's Day!