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!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

loving // the waterlogue app

It was just another day, trolling my Instagram feed, when a few fancy photos caught my eye. I quickly clicked through (I'm a sucker for hashtags) and discovered the source of the pretty: Waterlogue. Despite coming in at a steep (for me*) $2.99, Waterlogue is my new favorite app. The gist: it turns your food/flower/vacation/home photos into beautiful (and realistic) watercolors.

I played around with a few photos on my Camera Roll (because Hilton Head looks pretty good compared to this #polarvortex thing IN has going on) and loved the results! The app offers a few different watercolor settings, ranging from Bold to Blotted, and can save the photo to your phone or send to your sharing apps.

*I really hardly ever spend money on apps ... I think long and hard about even a $.99 purchase! So spending 3 bucks on an app? Big deal.

all photos via my iPhone!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

psyched for sochi!


 I'm a major fan of the Olympics. Sure, I may favor the Summer session (it's the retired swimmer in me + ... abs!), but I really do love it all. I get sucked into the ceremonies, the background stories and the scenery. Fun fact: I was studying abroad during the 2012 Olympics in Vancouver and I remember watching events while couch surfing in Paris, hanging at our host Amelie's apartment!

The Winter Olympics is my dad's jam: he's a huge skier. He's been a ski instructor for over 30 years, and can rattle off the ski leaders like I know The Bachelor contestants. I'll never catch up to his level of knowledge, but I'm excited to follow along!

One name I do know: Nick Goepper, a freeskier from my Indiana hometown (that's him, catching big air in the image above). Nick was a part of our swim team carpool and a very frequent visitor to our community pool where my brothers and I were lifeguards. You should see him on the diving board!

He's also a featured athlete in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign, which I love, love, love! (London's commercial will forever make me tear up, and this year's is just as good). I get a major kick out of seeing Nick filmed at home in Hidden Valley and at Perfect North Slopes. It's too funny to see our neighborhood and local ski area on the news!

Good luck to Nick and all of the US Olympians competing in Sochi! 

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