A Picture An Hour (Chicago Saturday)

I tweeted publicly, told Susannah to remind me, and set my alarm Saturday morning as "A picture an hour!"... I had every intention on really pulling through this time! Last time we were on vacation with Chris & Susannah I really meant to do one, but alas I forgot. This time though, I stuck it out! Until the last 2 or so hours, that is. We didn't wake up until 11am but that was because we had a long and very eventful Friday night. It may or may not have included darts, new old ladies at a little dive bar, awkward run-ins with a drunk lady, 3am bike rides (and subsequent 3am bike wrecks...). I still have a doozy of a bruise on my knee to prove it. (Thank goodness the people whose front yard I face-planted in weren't awake! Yikes!) I'm not the most graceful person and the bike I was on didn't have any hand-brakes so I was at a loss for how to stop the darn thing. Alas, I just went (down) with it.

Anyway, here you go!

11am - coffee and lounge time. trying to wake our bodies up for the day ahead.

12pm - finishing the "getting ready" portion. makeup, nails, etc.

1pm - saying "so long" to mr. little jeans and making our way out the door. mine & susannah's cars. & sweet susannah!

2pm - in the car. on our way to nom on some sushi station. being silly in the backseat.

3pm - finally! we have arrived. sushi time. the veggie rolls were delicious! mine and susannah's iphones. aren't they cuteeee?!

4pm - leaving sushi station. heading to target to pick up things for the cookout.

6pm - the boys play a handful of games on the wii while we kill time.

7pm - bottles are open and the chit chat begins.

8pm - burgers are ready and corn on the cob is awkward to eat. 

10pm - the conversation moves indoors as a result of the overwhelming amount of mosquitos.

11pm - mike is already pooped, but we start to get our second wind.

12am - chris plays his guitar and topher entertains us with his antics. twitter tweets, too! 

Not pictured: the many breaks taken outside on the front porch, run-ins with strange people, disappearing guests down the road, being entirely too loud for a small neighborhood, walking to the bonner road inn bar at 1am, subsequent new old ladies and fantastic conversation, walking back home at 2am and proceeding to grill out (again) and the intensely epic business convo that i got into with susannah and mike... then feeling inspired and heading to bed around 3:30am. All in all: a very good/needed vacation!

Around These Parts...

Today has been one of those days. One of those days where it seems like everything has gone wrong. "When it rains, it pours!" they say. Indeed. But instead of letting it get the best of me, I put on my big girl britches (or dress) and was productive anyway. Maybe not quite as productive as I had intended, but still, I got things done. Among those things were five new fascinator designs for the shoppe. I'm doing an overhaul of inventory with new patterns added to the existing collection, and bows, and new headbands, too. I just need to get all of my ducks in a row!

I attempted using my kitty cat fabric to make some fascinators but the print was too large. Still, they're kind of cool if you're into creepy eyeballs. Just sayin. I already cut enough for at least three of the cat ones so they'll go up in the shoppe soon in hopes that they'll sell. If they don't, well, I tried. Also going up is a new giraffe-style print, berry blossom (my favorite!), slate grey, and a floral bit. I'll also be working on bubblegum pink, bright teal, baby blue satin, two peachy colors, and a matte black. And even more than that. I'll be a busy bee! Hopefully you'll each find something you like!

Georgia is going back to the vet tomorrow to have her Cortisol tests run. Hopefully it'll come back with good news for her/us. It's hard to get back into the groove of things when you've been gone... Yow!

PS; I still have one large and one medium sponsor spot open for July! Email me at kaelahbee@gmail.com to snag it up! I'll even throw in a 10% discount! 

PPS; Get 20% off current Hive+Honey inventory with the code: CLEAROUT

Sponsored Giveaway!: My Sweet November

This week's giveaway is from the talented lady, Candy, behind the brand of My Sweet November! MSN has lots of fun molded cameo pendants worked up as brooches, earrings, necklaces, etc. There's something for the edgy side of you (skeleton cameos) or something for the sweet and "beach resort" type (that fab flamingo piece!). The color palettes fit so many outfits. Endless ways to style them! She's offering up a $25 store credit so peep below for how you can win! 

To be entered to win, please visit My Sweet November and leave a comment below with your favorite item from the shop! (Be sure to leave an email address or Twitter name for contact!)

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You've got four chances to win! A winner will be drawn and announced later this week!

The winner of the Julie Ann Art giveaway is #6 Katie!

My Super Secret Happy Surprise!

So that silly secret surprise I was so excited about...
Yesterday was an awesome day as Mike and I hopped in the car and drove 9 hours north to Chicago! All for the sake of surprising Miss Susannah Bean on her (belated) birthday! We told her we weren't going to be able to make it (and we weren't), but after both Mike and I got bummed we decided to drive up anyway, make it happen, and surprise her! Chris was in on the whole thing luckily (we had to have someone up here help us coordinate!) We were going to surprise her at work but decided just sitting on her couch when she got in from a long shift was a better idea. We're super excited to be here and help her start off her 25th year! Do you read Susannah's blog? If you don't, you should. She's adorable! We're off to make a day of it! Hopefully I'll be back to share more soon! xo

Things I Love Thursday

This week has been awesome. It's been a nice little vacation from the hustle and bustle of life. Mike and I didn't do anything special, but ever single minute was magical! I'd do it all over again, that's for sure! Here's more of what's ticklin' my fancy this week! (Yow!)

♥ this picture from my new favorite tumblr ♥

♥ these pretty stones ♥ 

♥ these shark cupcakes ♥ 

♥ this pretty kitty ♥ 

♥ this chia pet costume (this should be the only thing on this list! ♥ 

♥ this betsey johnson overload ♥ 

♥ this movie. over and over and over again! ♥ 

♥ this ecard. and all the others, too! ♥ 

♥ these sloths. my very favorite land animal ♥ 

this magical photo ♥

this sweet drawing of me by Jessica ♥

♥ Other sweet things: Today's very special trip (I promise to spill the beans soon!), roadtrips with my love, puppy cuddles and kisses while saying goodbye, making lists and checking things off one by one, nighttime swimming fun, really good mexican food, and family time.

 What are you loving this week?

Behind The Scenes: A Country Cabin

Here's a little behind the scenes look at one of our favorite "new found" outfit locations in my hometown! We snuck back behind the larger barn (as there weren't any "no trespassing" signs posted) and were elated when we were greeted by this sweet horse! Luckily no one caught us, but that's not to say we weren't run off the next day (more on that at another time!). I love Tennessee! Stay tuned for this outfit a little bit later! xo