Friday, August 23, 2013

paper wedding anniversary: oh the places you'll go...

My husband and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and we decided to stick to tradition and follow the list of traditional anniversary gifts. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check this list out (we are doing traditional, not modern). We thought it would be a fun way to force each other to think out of the box and get creative with our gifts giving!

The first anniversary is 'paper' and with some help of some friends and my mom, I hatched the idea to give Tyler a map that marked places that held special significance to us (home, wedding site, honeymoon), places we have been together, and places that we wish to travel to someday. I started with just the US (hopefully a matching world one will be finished soon) is how I put it together!

Note: This is not framed because I knew the hubbs would be particular about the frame so he is picking that part out ;) Also, this semi-DIY had some cases of trial and error so please bear with me!

 Materials used...notes: 1-- super glue DID NOT work well to glue the cork tiles together. The glue just seeped into the cork. I think E6000 or hot glue would have worked BEST. I used a combination of rubber cement and tacky spray because I couldn't find my glue gun. 2--I had to buy two of the same map because Hawaii and Alaska were printed on the back and I needed to cut them out. Maps are COPYRIGHTED so do not try to get them copied at Kinko's or anywhere else....they CANNOT do it.
While the glue on the cork tiles was drying, I placed duct tape over the seams to help hold them together.
 Once the tiles dried, I glued the map** 
 to the tiles with the tacky spray. The cork tiles are fairly thin, so mid project I decided to attach the whole thing to foam board. Remove your duct tape and attach cork tile board to foam board.
Once they've sufficiently dried, add your pins and/or flags!
Finished product! Now all we need are some frames!

**I purchased one copy of the map from Barnes and Noble and one copy plus all of the pins at the website linked above. 

Cheers darlings!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

bloggers we read.

I've been hooked on these blogs almost as much as I've been hooked on Breaking Bad (had to throw that in there) These blogs are witty, inspired, and a seriously great read.
Here are my top blogs of the moment in no particular order:
1.The ManRepeller
-High fashion sometimes isn't so Man-Friendly, but it is beautiful. The woman behind the ManRepeller is seriously entertaining and oh-so witty.
2.Mr. Kate-
 A DIY queen/Fashionista/Awesome human. I love her outlook on life, and her posts are always a must-read.

3.Peace Love Shea-
 LA born and raised, she has a cool style. I love her editorial style photoshoots
4.Spicy Stiletto
She mixes food and fashion...need I say more??
5.The Sartorilalist
The photographer captures beautiful street style from places all around the world, inspiring both fashion and travel.
6.Cupcakes and Cashmere
Another food/fashion combo blog. But she is definitely not like the rest. Each post is done with such care and intent, it's always a great read.
Inspiration blog, is  like a daily post of the best inspiration boards out there. Always kind of random but have a common theme.

8.Honestly... WTF
This one is just great. Love everything about this lifestyle blog, just check it out and you'll see what I mean.
 Photo credit to their respective blogs.
XO, Jax

Thursday, August 15, 2013

everyone loves a throwback

I've noticed (I'm sure you have too) that Thursdays are swarmed with grainy pictures of childhoods that were taken of real film cameras and those epic parties from a few years ago that you just want to relive. For those of you who have been living under a rock, #TBT or Throw Back Thursday is when you post and old photo on social media. I for one love it, it reminds me of sitting at my grandparents house looking through their old photo albums.
Here's a little TBT for Lively Jax, after all it's been ten years of friendship.
One of our groups favorite photos.
 Team Prayer before we swam Zodiac at Nationals

 Me "baptizing" Hannah into "California-ism" I know suuuper cool.

 Darkside is still one of my favorite group of people
First day of freshman year at Ohio State

Football Game

We traveled to NYC and had to stop at Tiffany's

 RAQ reunion at Colligates

 Avertt Wedding
Some of these photos are adorable, some ridiculous, and some will probably get me in trouble with Hannah....all worth it in honor of #TBT
XO, Jax

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

dreaming of the weekend

Wednesdays always leaving me dreaming of the weekend....Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day-cation thanks to Splash House.

Splash House pool party was one of the best Sunday Day-cations I've had in a long time. What is Splash House, you ask? It's an epic pool party hosted by three different hotels in the retro glam Palm Springs. It was a two day event, I only made it out on Sunday, but looking back I wish I would have stayed the whole weekend.
 I ended up going by myself, which made me nervous at first, but once I got there all my nerves floated away. I can not express how much fun I had. I met such great people, danced the night away, and am already planning on going next year.
They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words so a video is worth much more. So I'll just let the video do the talking. :)

Music cred: No No No: Pumping Blood

I hope you enjoy my video and I hope you make plans yourself to go out to the desert.

XO, Jax

Sunday, August 11, 2013

back to school nostalgia

I've been out of school for a few years now, but this time of year always makes me nostalgic for back to school time. For me, that meant new clothing as the weather (and leaves) would soon be changing, new possibilities with new classes/teachers/classmates, football games, the return of the pumpkin spice latte and a general feeling of coziness. I know it's still August, but my mind is on fall...
back to school nostalgia

Free people top


Zara black skirt

Cole Haan flat shoes

J Crew baseball hat

Cheers darlings!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

vegas photo diary

View from our hotel room at Mandalay Bay!
Dirty martinis at Red Square.
The husband liked this eye makeup, which means I better document it!
 All that was left of our Poutine from Public House before I could get a picture. FRENCH FRIES, DUCK CONFIT, CHEESE CURD, 'GRAVY,' FRIED EGG. Enough said.
Oysters at Todd English P.U.B.
Pool day! Bad lighting, but it's a navy one piece suit from ASOS. Pants from Old Navy.
Champagne cocktails and the best strawberry waffles I've EVER had in my life at Mon Ami Gabi.
You always treat us well...until next time Las Vegas!

Cheers darlings!