DEAR ZAC BROWN

ACCORDING TO THIS ROLLING STONE ARTICLE, Y'ALL ENJOYED IT, TOO.



3 MINUTES, 30 SECONDS IN, ZAC REMINDED US IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST JORTS, BOOTS, & BEER . . . AND DOESN'T THAT JUST MAKE US LOVE HIM MORE?


'MERICA.

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DEAR BRANDON

{inscription from my bro}

here's just a few of my faves among many . . .

"I’m going to be an artist."
"Do you have any advice for other artists?"
"Don’t press down too hard with your crayons."

"I’m glad I had a daughter. Ever since my grandmother died, I’ve needed the female energy in my life. It’s good energy. I mean, when things go wrong, another man can tell you that everything is going to be OK. But not like a woman can."

"I have a neck injury so I had to tone it down this year."

"What’s your sister’s best quality?"
"What does ‘quality’ mean?"
"What’s the best part of her personality?"
"She doesn’t really have a personality yet."


"What’s your favorite thing about her?"
"She still gets giddy when she sees a firefly."

"Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?"
"A person."
"The women love my glasses."

"Our moms set us up."

"Before them, I didn’t realize that I could value someone more than myself."
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"A mom."
"What’s going to be the hardest part about being a mom?"
"Bath time."

"I’m going home to see my mother."
“Oh, is it her birthday?”
“Nope. I just love my mother, and she loves flowers.”


"We met when she came into a thrift store where I worked. We both loved clothes and dancing. She’s my best friend, my roommate, and my wife. I’m not even joking, we’ve been legally married for 14 years."

"I don’t know what to tell you, man."

"If you could give one piece of advice to other kids, what would it be?"
"God is real and he can do miracles."
"I want to be a teacher."
"What’s the best part about being a teacher?"
"Teaching."

"One of my plays is getting produced!"
“What’s it about?”
“So there’s this guy, and he really loves this one girl— she’s the girl of his dreams. But she’s going off to college. So he applies to every nearby college, just so he can be close to her. But the only college that accepts him is a clown college. But here’s the thing— he’s terrified of clowns.”

"I had really hippie, alternative parents. They pulled me out of middle school because they didn’t think it was fulfilling me creatively, and we drove across country in an RV."
"Wait, were you home schooled? You can’t just not go to school, can you?"
"Actually, you kinda can."

"I told her that if she wanted to start over, to meet where we first kissed. She was supposed to be here 15 minutes ago."

"What are their superpowers?"
"This one can talk any enemy to death. And this one can knock her sister over."

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
“Fireman.”
“Why do you want to be a fireman?”
“I said Ironman!”

"They were filming that show ‘Gossip Girl’ across from my apartment. I marched right up to the crew and said: ‘Do you have any idea what you’re doing to the youth of America?’"
"Is the show really bad?"
"Oh, I’ve never seen it. But gossip is horrible. It ruins lives."


I decided to drop a heavy question on him, and asked: “What’s the secret to living a good life?”
He immediately answered: “Don’t think bad thoughts.”


perhaps what i love best about brandon is that he includes these furry babies as humans of new york, too.




BIRTHDAY LOOT CON'T

*if you are married to me, stop reading
with horseface's credit card

1. these lilly shorts are beyond comphy and adorbs - i might have to get them in white, too.  the elasticized waist is unfortunately a necessity given the consistent eating/drinking during "birthday month" and these are lined with super soft jersey knit material. love.
2. digging these jelly jack rogers - a little edgier than the not at all edgy classic leather ones and great for the pool or beach.
3. for better or worse, my fancy necklace is quite the conversation piece - gal needs to channel her inner iggy this summah.
4. MAC lip glass in snob is a fave.
5. emily giffin's new book makes me so happy! {do yourself a favor - picture coach T as coach carr}
yeah . . . him.  you're welcome.
6. these beach towels are awesome and 30% off here with code: HISUMMER.  perfect size and thick, soft terry.
7. I've wanted this bag forevs, so there you have it.
8.  My old shades broke {womp} - chose these as a replacement {but i really want these}

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DEAR BIRTHDAY MONTH

here's a glimpse at some of my loot.


1. love-love my new TB foundation bracelet from my fab sissy in law.
2. the veuve was flowing at my surprise party that horseface threw together in honor of me turning 38 and 4 days old.  i'm still trying to shake off the bizarrely mortifying and exhilarating feeling of being completely surprised.  {a sweet friend miraculously salvaged the bottle she gifted for me to enjoy after the celebration}
3. this ginormous insulated cup from dunks was delivered by one of my fave gals evah, poolside, with enough iced coffee to keep me awake for the week of over-indulging.  {mine is actually pink, which is sold out.  don't be a hater}
4. horseface got me these calypso earrings.  i would probably never choose them for myself but something about envisioning my non-shopper hubs {he despises} wandering aimlessly around newbury street warms my heart.  so i cherish them. {and him}
5. my mother in law bought these earrings {along with #9} off the shoppe on my blog.  i adore her for so many reasons, but love that she thought to do this.  
6. a dear faraway friend knows the true way to my heart -- uber-expensive skincare products!  i was over the moon when a package arrived on my special day with the la prairie white caviar spot treatment and 7. cellular radiance cream blush.  i seriously live for this shiz!  {and her}
8. worship my new s'well water bottle in bikini pink from my fave person on the planet.  can't wait to hit the beach with 'it' this summer.
9. the joie top my MIL gifted was in pink {obvs} which is now sold out, but I also love this yellow one which is on major sale.
10. adore these loren hope baubles.  again, my friends stalked the blog and saw that I was eyeing these beauties.
11. perhaps the most thoughtful {and ridiculous} gift this year was from my lunatic friend that managed to personally transport my favorite dessert from her family vacation in key west.  picturing her juggling her children and the pie on the flight is the gift that keeps on giving. 
12. my mom not only drove up from CT to hand deliver my gifts, she also hit it out of the park this year.  she stuck to lots of frenchie themed lovelies {mug, framed pic} but also a gorge turquoise bracelet.  she hinted that she wants one for herself . . . hmmmm, her birthday is right around the corner.
13. I received a plethora of peonies from some of my favorite little nephews and niece, very thoughtful friends, and even c & p's babysitter!  obsessed.
14. i love candles and this one I had never owned before is already making my nose happy.

{stay tuned for the list of crap i bought myself.  yikes.}

feeling seriously unworthy of all the generous gifts and gestures {bagels and manis and pedis, oh my!} - too many to name here - luckiest gal, I am.
it was a BIG week --from lunch with my besties by the pool on a picture perfect day leading into willy nelson {ahem, and johnny depp} on my actual,  a GNO at my fave local spot with some fabulous ladies,  mini golf with my minis,  our exterior paint job finally being done - woohoo! {stay tuned for post in the near future} 
and a truly unexpected intimate {is that code for blackout?} gathering at our home. . . 
 . . . starting my 39th year with a grateful heart . .  and a nap.
xoxoxoxo

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