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hey there dapper dudes {and dudettes!}

just poppin in to give you an update on the shop! our lastest collection, grey gardens, is ready to ship! yay!

order a set of 'squares here

and grab a bow tie to match

friday {9/5} is the last day to use the code geekischic for free US shipping, so get it on it!

oh, i'm also giving away a pre-tied preppy plaid bow tie! head over to maggie whitley designs to enter! hurry though, it ends tomorrow!
oh boy, so many exclamation points, lol! super duper excited!!! yay!!!


my view: august 2014

before my sandals turned into a muddy mess at woodchuck's ciderbration // my *office* // the bffffffff is married! // prettiest stack of egg cartons #nojudgie // breakfast of champions at the lake // the grey garden collection is now in the shop // these neighbor's houses face each other, this is the view from the driveway in between, yikes!


how to get the stink out of your work out clothes

oh summer running......i love getting up at the crack of dawn with the sun, enjoying the cool(ish) breeze off the river, and getting one thing checked off my to do list before matter what though, still i end up a hot and sticky and sweaty mess, ugh. i guess its better than heatstroke later in the day.

with all of this sweat, things get stinky. even {especially} the fancy sweat wicking work out clothes. the smell tends to linger, even after they've been washed. but no fret my friends, i've got an easy, eco and wallet friendly way to get rid of it. and I promise you won't smell like pickles at the end. say what?!?!

oh yes, the wildly underrated, plain ole white vinegar. seriously. i promised, no pickle smell. just pour a 1/2 cup into the wash with your detergent. then another 1/2 cup into the softener dispenser for the rinse cycle. done!
i keep a plastic 1C measuring cup with my giant jug down in my creepy basement, and measure everything out as i go along. when you take your clothes out of the washer it will smell a little vinegary, but once they're dry you won't smell a thing. oh, and for the things you cant throw in the wash, The Creek Line House has a great solution.


doing: august 2014

struggling with my one little word 
eating rice cakes in bed
wearing my space coyote dress often
learning the secrets to yummy nondairy frosting 

reworking the office/guest room

getting better at French braiding my hair vs my default Dutch braid

catching up with old friends like a day hasn't passed

kicking ass on this months mileage {and bike riding}
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putting deposits down for our wedding venue {wooooo!}

making more custom bow ties {have you ordered yours yet?}


hello august 2014

holy sh*t it's august already. yikes! where did july {and the summer} go? i took some time to slow down and relax last month, and have some fun without thinking about what i should/could be doing. boy do some of my goals show that {whoops}, but i feel a million times better. so without further ado....

> this is a leftover from last month, boo.  i've been wandering the fabric stores and not finding any inspiration {lame excuse, i know}. but these aren't things i can force production on, if i do, i'll never be satisfied with the end product.

> well last month i covered my 25 miles in 13 runs, which breaks down to 1.92 miles per run and 2.6 runs per week. so with 4 weeks in august, i need to run 7.5 miles a week to be successful. now that the 1st week is almost over and i'll be 4 miles behind by sunday.....longer runs are gonna be my friend once again!

> hahaha, oh boy. this one has been on my unoffical to-do list for a while now. greg finished his list months ago, and his gentle nudges to do my own have started to become a lil more forceful, lol. so its time to just get it out there, it doesn't have to be a final list, but i do need to get some names on paper.

> it's not easy, nor convenient, but riding my bike is good for my wallet and body and jeepy.


how to have a romantic picnic dinner in the city....

step 1 have a terribly long and annoying week. hello monday:

step 2 decide tofu is something neither one of you want deal with on a friday night.

step 3 mix a{n accidentally super strong} "to go drink."

step 4 walk up a giant hill to your favorite carryout place, aka one that hasn't made you sick and isn't chipotle {yes, i could eat burritos for the rest of my life}.

step 5 head to the liquor store next door, grab a couple of beverages and forget to snag two extra paper bags.

step 6 wander over to the neighborhood "commons," which in your opinion has far too much concrete to be seriously considered a park.

step 7 find a spot to sit in the park, which also happens to be across from the courthouse.

step 8 wrap his tallboy {hehe} in said extra paper bag, then pour yours into your now empty sippy cup {wow, where'd my drink go? i must've been pretty thirsty....}.

step 9 open up all of the containers and chow down. start off trying to be lady-like, then realize most of your options are basically finger food {or have handles!} and forgo using real utensils.

step 10 give your fiancé sad puppy eyes when he starts to use pita bread to scoop with {hello cross-contamination....and jealousy}.

step 11 laugh at your fiancé when he admits that 3 yrs ago {to the week} he was on vacation and freaking out to his girl BFF about this new cute girl he met.

step 12 kiss, canoodle, giggle and be obnoxiously romantic and cute.

step 13 stand up to leave, and realize how much youve had to drink, oops.

step 14 then insist that ice cream will make you less wobbly for the walk home. down the giant hill.

the end.