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Need to add a pop of Texas to your living room? Heaven knows I do! There's always a place in my heart for my SXSW brethren, Austin's BBQ, and Geekery. 

I'm also posting this to keep you up on the latest trends. As you recall, my dear sister is the artist behind Restudio Designs. In addition to her Etsy shop, she also contributes to DENY Designs. If you've never heard of it but love cool designs and quirky gift ideas today is your lucky day! Go check it out!
THIS pillow (see below) is a hot seller. And so I'm letting y'all in on this now so you can go forth and beat the bandwagon. 

TEXAS MAP Throw Pillow By Restudio Designs


Throw Pillow

By Restudio Designs

By the way, this post is not sponsored. My sister didn't pay me (although she should now offer me some free babysitting services) and neither did DENY Designs.

Little Red Riding Boots: Favorite Riding Boots for Fall

One of my favorite cold weather staples is footwear of the boot variety. Specifically, I'm feeling Riding boots.

I have the most wonderful pair of boots from Etienne Aigner that I have faithfully worn into the ground. Like to the point where I either need to track down my very own cobbler or pull the trigger and get a new pair.

Here are some that are on my list:
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Little Red Riding Boots

Little Red Riding Boots by jemstaa featuring black boots

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored and as always contains my own personal preferences and opinions. If you do choose to shop through my Mavatar Shopping Cart there are affiliate links so I could be paid a small commission (which would be awesome!).

iPhone Wallpaper Freebies to make you smile

Who doesn't need a little motivation in their day? How about every time you unlock your phone (which is at least 100x/day with me!)? I've been on a big iPhone Wallpaper kick lately on Pinterest (maybe you've seen it...) and love to download a few and change them out depending on my mood/type of inspiration I'm seeking. 

Today, whilst waiting at the DMV to transfer my out of state plates, I made a few for you. I'm such a Giver. Please take them. Save them to your phone (super easy to do if you're on your phone, just double tap or hold down for a second, or some combination of that until you see a 'Save Image' option). Or, if you like them, save them for later by pinning them. Also easy! Just hover over the image. 

So there you go. I hope you enjoy. I'll be posting some more soon!

Top Bags for Fall

I'm not ready to start actively sporting my favorite Fall looks. It's been in the high 80's here for God's sake. But, I'm always up for a chat and some window shopping for my favorite Fall products. I mean, no other season gets me as excited for fashion like FALL!

What I really love about these bags are the colors (rich plums, pretty red, cool greens, leopards) and the shapes. Curious to see them all? Click on the link below to take a look at my shopping cart on Mavatar.

(By the way, did I mention that Mavatar is a really cool way to shop? I met them on #StyleChat and was sold when they were able to offer shopping cart monitoring to help me find the best deal! Learn more here.)

Kate Spade Handbag
kate spade Cedar Street Maise handbag

Michael Kors Hamilton Traveler Tote

Tory Burch handbag
Tory Burch York Buckle Tote

Tory Burch handbag
Tory Burch Kerrington Leopard Mini Crossbody Bag

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Follow Your Instincts

I hope you all had an awesome Labor Day Weekend! Unless you were laboring and then I hope you get to enjoy a day or three while the rest of us are at work so you don't have to deal with long lines and traffic.

We had a good ol' fashioned Summery time. Beach, Bounce House, and even some watermelon.

We also made a trip to Ikea. Which felt so right. You see, we've always been on the late August/September moving schedule so I can't even tell you the number of times we've made the trip to Ikea (the one outside of Boston) on Labor Day Weekend. Of course, it's probably hands down the craziest weekend to visit Ikea but for some reason we were drawn there. Instinct. It's the only explanation.

It was a successful trip though. Grace was well behaved, the crowds weren't terrible and we got everything we needed - and a tunnel/tent! My husband brought up the idea on Saturday, so we could finally get an island for our kitchen. We did a little light Googling and found one that looked perfect. Everything still looked good in-store so off to the warehouse we went! Getting the heavier box in the house was a nightmare, per usual, but what would an Ikea trip be if my husband and I weren't arguing about lifting/moving box techniques.

I know this picture is blurry but it perfectly represents Ikea assembly with a toddler. Daddy perfectly lays out all of his materials, just in time for toddler to come swooping in! (Meanwhile Mom takes a picture of the whole scene going down.)
By the time I put Grace to bed (it is quite a routine..) Matt had the island mostly assembled. Easy. Then it was my job to put the chairs together. I have to admit, it felt good to get my hands on those Ikea pegs again. Since moving last year, I don't think we've bought anything at Ikea in a looooong time. My two pieces of parting advice to you:

1. Don't marry a man until you've assembled at least 3 pieces of furniture from Ikea together.
2. NEVER and I repeat NEVER use the free Allen wrench that comes with the screws. Save yourself the pain for $14.99.

9 Things Rhode Islanders Will Never Understand About Market Basket

Market Basket Drama

Market Basket is back baby! While I find this news exciting for my Massachusetts and New Hampshire friends, it's really not that valuable to me anymore, and it makes me a little bit sad. Why? Because I live in Rhode Island and there just aren't any around. There was supposed to be one opening just over the border in Attleboro, but for some reason after they built it (completely, I might add) they just neglected to open it.

So what are the facts:

  • Market Basket is a beloved grocery store by many New Englanders.
  • Market Basket is a family run company.
  • Said family is BSC (batshitcrazy). See? I actually think the term "Basket Case" came out of this family.
  • Most items are $2.99* (according to casual research done by me and my husband)
  • When it rains they put sawdust on the floors for absorbency reasons. (I'm not joking.) 
Let me tell you a little tale about our first experience with Market Basket.
My husband and I lived in Norton, MA for three years. If you've ever heard of Norton, MA there's a good chance you're a golf fan or you went to Wheaton College. That's about it. Bubba Watson and his friends (including Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton) are actually kickin' it in Norton as we speak at TPC Boston for the Deutsch Bank Championships which happens every year during Labor Day weekend. Anyway. When we first moved there we thought our only shopping option would be Shaw's. A few years ago there was a Shaw's on every corner in Southeast Massachusetts, now not so much. So Shaw's, ho hum Shaw's. We were used to that growing up in Rhode Island. In fact, Rhode Island's main options are Shaw's, Stop and Shop, and Dave's (I'm speaking from my South County point of view). Then one day I did some Google Mapping and saw that there was another grocery store a few exits down on 495. Market Basket. Never heard of it.

So in we went to the Raynham Market Basket. Our first thought? Have we stepped back in time? Are we visiting a grocery store museum? The store literally had not changed anything but the stock since the late 60's. Imagine linoleum tiles, those freezers from my childhood that were just sitting on the floor opened (not upright with doors), everything was orange and red, original clock on the wall (I can tell by the font). And the best part? The uniforms - they couldn't have changed since the 60's/70's! The fabric reminded me of what my great grandfather used to wear in his job as a mechanic. Each role had a different uniform - shelf stockers wore blue shirts and pants, the produce stockers were in red, and even the cashiers had a different look (although I can't recall that one now). 

Once we stopped gawking we were quickly jostled back to the reality that this place was BUSY. I mean so busy that you had to wait for a cart to become available, or go fetch one from the far reaches of the parking lot. So busy that you better know what you want off those shelves because the train of shopping carts behind you would bowl you over in a second. So busy that the meat counter looked like people were camped out for the original iPhone. It was INSANE. 

Hurricane? Blizzard? Nope, just stocking up for the Patriots Game at 8.

So after all this, why do I have such a fondness for Market Basket. Here are 9 reasons that Rhode Islanders (and most others outside the Market Basket radius) wouldn't understand - because "More for Your Dollar" doesn't exist is such perfect harmony here. 

1. I swear my grocery bill was cut in half compared to Shaw's and Stop and Shop (omg let's not even get into Whole Foods. Which I love. But come on.) = More for Your Dollar
2. With such high turnover the produce is really fresh.
3. Great meat selection (there's always an old-school butcher back there butchering away - unlike Stop and Shop/Shaws).
4. Unlike the other "cheap grocery stores" they carry most anything you would also buy at a Stop and Shop/Shaws).
5. Most of those items are $2.99. Seriously MB loves the price $2.99 (and so do I).
6. An insane amount of people work there, which means they don't skimp on service because their prices are low.
7. The employees are fiercely loyal to Market Basket (despite the fact they are required to wear ridiculously outdated uniforms). Whereas, the indifference of most grocery store workers in Rhode Island is palpable.
8. Once you've mastered the Market Basket Shop you can take on anything. 
9. The cashiers ring up orders with lightning speed and the baggers bag even faster. I mean look at that line above. They have to.

I'm so glad my friends can once again visit their local Market Basket. And to all of my RI friends who still can't believe I wrote a post about a grocery store I say to you, "You'll never understand." Oh and also, this isn't the first time ;)