Obsessed: Lulie Wallace Floral Paintings

To me, Pinterest is a little messenger from the heavens, playing the role of Cupid for all of my inspiration needs. While searching for art project ideas on Pinterest last week, I stumbled upon a colorful painting of a floral arrangement that popped off the page. The heavens opened above, harps were playing, and I was lead down the Pinterest rabbit hole to Lulie Wallace’s website.

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Based out of Charleston, South Carolina (a girl after my own heart,) Lulie paints fun floral arrangements and landscapes with vivid colors and mixed prints. I was immediately smitten with all of her paintings. You may even recognize some of her famous floral designs, currently gracing the Anthropologie shelves.

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Above are a few of my favorite pieces currently available on her website. I cannot wait to make my first purchase and add one of her floral paintings to my collection! To learn more about Lulie and her work for yourself, be sure to visit her website.

Bittersweet Trip Home to Wisconsin

I hadn’t seen my family since the holidays, so a quick summer trip to Milwaukee would have normally been a cause for celebration. But last week’s last minute trip wasn’t all fun and games.  Sadly, due to nonstop complaints from elderly neighbors (including 1 dramatic call to the cops) and threatening emails from the landlord about Tilly’s barking, I was out of options. You named it, I tried it. I was pulling my hair out trying to find a solution.

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Unfortunately I was forced to make the decision to remove Tilly temporarily from our small and empty apartment in hopes that we could straighten out her separation anxiety. With my pup in tow, I flew home to Wisconsin to drop Tilly off for a tough love “boot camp” summer of dog training with my family. But as the Reid family will teach you, even when a trip has a sad purpose, you can still have the best time.
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I made it home in time to watch Camryn graduate middle school, meet baby Emerald (so tiny & adorable!), play a few rounds of badminton in the backyard, teach Camryn a driving lesson on 3-point turns, and spend a winery day with Mom in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. I was so happy to be home.

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We even managed to squeeze in a quick day trip to Door County, Wisconsin for Father’s Day. The family was brave and all went went zip lining in nearby Sturgeon Bay, flying over pastures of farm land and cows.  Total Wisconsin experience for sure. I can check that one off the bucket list now!

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Door County was beautiful in the sunny weather and the water is deep green, tempting you to bravely stick your toes in, despite the chilly weather. The rocky beaches were perfect for climbing and exploring for miles. Once it warms up this summer, I can picture my family making another trip back for more quality beach time. When you live that far north, you have to soak up as much Vitamin D as you can get your hands on.


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All in all, I  know Tilly is in great hands. I’m so thankful for family (as far away as they may live) that has my back. And I’m already counting down the days until I can reunite with my (well-behaved) puppy later this summer.

Folly Beach Trip – Photo Diary

It’s become quite the annual tradition. Each Memorial Day, a small group of college friends gather upon Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend reunion filled with sun, sand, fruity drinks, and pups. It’s a long 8 hour drive from DC, but this South Carolina grad is always happy to be back in the land of sweat tea and “yes mam.”

This Memorial Day we rented a dusty pink beach house in Folly Beach, SC, just steps from the sand. Despite the beach being covered with tourists and construction equipment all weekend, we still managed to spend the majority of the trip floating in the waves or sprawled out on beach towels, slathered head to toe in SPF. We spent a day in downtown Charleston, enjoying the best rooftop happy hour and fresh seafood for dinner. From kayaking among dolphins to feasting upon low country boil, I was in pure heaven. The trip is the perfect combination of naps on the beach relaxation and Cards Against Humanity fun.

After a perfect 2014 Memorial Day reunion weekend, I’m already counting down the days for next year’s trip.

Winery Weekend Getaway = Best Birthdays Ever

The great birthday riddle is solved. 2 wineries + 9 friends + 1 charming old farm house adds up to the recipe for a perfect birthday weekend getaway. After much anticipation and hype, I’m happy to report that the double birthday weekend of celebrations went off without a hitch! 25 is here and treating me well so far.

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It is difficult to fathom another birthday celebration for myself and Sam that will hold such a perfect combination of entertainment and relaxation at once. The historic farm house from the 1700s provided a much-needed off the grid retreat for the long weekend. birthday boy celebrating 25 birthday trip to wine country group trip to charlottesville wineries birthday friends charlottesville winery weekend birthday bumpy van selfie

While Saturday was spent tasting the fine wines at Blenheim and Trump Wineries, the rest of the weekend was spent playing cards in our yoga pants, playing corn hole, grilling large amounts of meat, and exploring the massive plot of land.  charlottesville wine couples weekend girls trip to charlottesville wineries birthday trip to blenheim vineyards group getaway trip to trump vineyards fun weekend getaway from dc tarot card reading at birthday old peddlers house birthday celebrations scottsville va happy birthday morgan reid 25th birthday weekend trips group house rentals charlottesville, virginia tilly reid celebrating birthday boy hat


My thanks goes out to my dear friends who made this trip so lovely and turned a blind eye to a *ahem* goofy Morgan. Wine tastings and a birthday can do that to a girl. Sam and I are beyond grateful that our favorite people ventured outside the comforts of city life and trusted our horrible directions when it directed them down frightening and dark dirt roads. We wouldn’t have changed a thing… well, except for the 9×13 pan, filled to the brim with freshly cooked taco meat that spilled on the floor (RIP), covering Tilly’s forehead with orange taco grease…. but that’s a story for another day.

Cheers to 25!

Prints for When You Need a Swift Kick in the Butt


Some days you need a little kick in the butt inspiration-wise. Luckily for my cork board, Etsy has the cutest selection of illustrated and inspirational prints and posters.

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if you want to be happy, be

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good vibes only

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three things in human life are important. the first is to be kind. the second is to be kind. and the third is to be kind.

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we are here to go all in

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Do you have a favorite quote? Help me choose one for my desk by voting for your favorite design below:

Obsessed: jelly nail polish

Not to get all #TBT on you, but this post is for my fellow girls of the 90s. Who remembers the mega cute and oh-so comfortable plastic jelly sandals? From play dates to picnics, I rocked those favorite shoes of mine all summer long.

It has been 20 years since I last sported those beloved jelly sandals, but my heart still fondly remembers my favorite fashion moment from my childhood. Unfortunately as an old lady / working girl, jelly sandals don’t fly these days.

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So imagine my excitement when I discovered I can now rock the same colorful and bright jelly look on my nails. Sally Hansen’s new Triple Shine collection includes 6 summer-ready polishes in the same glossy and colorful shades as my beloved jelly sandals. The translucent polishes let your natural nail shine through while still providing a punch of fruity-color. I am currently wearing the Vitamin D-Light shade, which is the perfect citrusy grapefruit shade for spring (orange polish at bottom right.)

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For a couple of bucks at the drugstore, you too can recreate your favorite childhood fashion statements… talk about nostalgia on a budget.

Moving is Ruff

Nothing is more stressful than moving. Except for when you move and your dog hates your new space. Smaller apartment + loud street noises + 0 roommates = a recipe for disaster. I did not know how awful dog separation anxiety could be until I experienced it first hand.

Two days in a row my new neighbor (who apparently has nothing better to do during the day) complained of loud banging from Tilly while I was away at work. Blissfully unaware of how a 12 pound animal could cause such distress, I set up a nanny cam app on my laptop to see what happens when I leave. To my horror, the puppy-cam captured images straight out of The Exorcist. In over 40 photos, Tilly is mid-air, body slamming the front door.

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It’s a love/hate relationship with the new apartment though. While snapping a few sneak peek shots of the studio decor progress, Tilly made sure she was front and center. Is dog photobombing trendy yet?

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Ten bucks says #TillyBombing is about to go viral. I call it.

What do you think of the apartment so far?