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Super cute napkins?  Check.  Sidewalk paint? Check.  Re-susable and oh so cute straws?  Check.  I tell ya.  It’s the little things….

The napkins and straws are both from Target.

Finnegan Frost, located on the corner of Leslie and Keene in Richland, opened today!  If you scroll through the pics, you will see most everything you need to know: what’s in the frozen yogurt (what’s not), toppings offered (I got fruit AND a wee bit of extra chocolate on my small raw chocolate), store hours, even the address number.  As for flavors,  I have yet to try the tart and the strawberry.

We spent 8 bucks for a large and a small plus the toppings (your yogurt is weighed before purchase).  I have to say, I like getting a treat but not feeling sick afterwards.

Just look at this, isn’t it gorgeous?



love the mason jar lamps!

address and store hours


Good afternoon!  I love painterly things in all their many forms.

Have you heard of  You sign up and get sent daily deals.  Two pillows are selling for $54.00.  Even this type of ikat fabric can be a little spendy sometimes, so this is a good deal if you’ve been looking for the perfect pillow.  Here are some of my fave fabs…


I picked up these marine-colored straws at Wally World the other day.  See?  I told you art was all around us.

For you…a silk dress from Land’s End and Mini Masterpieces from Oh Happy Day.

oh happy day

Hi friends…sorry I haven’t felt much like blogging lately.  I’ve had this post in draft format and perhaps it is time to share.  It seems any blogger worth her (sea) salt does a nautical post these days, and what better time than when we are fighting off the winter blahs?

Well I’m on the Downeaster “Alexa”
And I’m cruising through Block Island Sound
I have charted a course to the Vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner’s Bay
Like all the locals here I’ve had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster “Alexa”
And I go where the ocean is deep
There are giants out there in the canyons
And a good captain can’t fall asleep

I’ve got bills to pay and children who need clothes
I know there’s fish out there but where God only knows
They say these waters aren’t what they used to be
But I’ve got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster “Alexa”
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel

Now I drive my Downeaster “Alexa”
More and more miles from shore every year
Since they tell me I can’t sell no stripers
And there’s no luck in swordfishing here.

I was a bayman like my father was before
Can’t make a living as a bayman anymore
There ain’t much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain’t no island left for islanders like me

Song by Billy Joel

I don’t know if you’ve heard of One Kings Lane , but I’ve enjoyed perusing.  You have to sign up (it’s free) and you have to not mind getting and email every day telling you about the daily deals.  Most of these photos happen to be sold out but I still can drool, right?  Plus, now I know about the work of Massimo Vitali , so anytime I need a virtual beach vacation, I can just take a peek at his wonderful work. And, um, his website plays ocean sounds.

Wicked expensive but uber-cute “Ohoy”nautical children’s wallpaper here

Tretorn Boots here


Coney Island Beach by Mina Georgescu here
There’s a Possiblility by Ciara Enriquez here.
Lil J.Crew dress here
And another Poem, here

Loving this pillow!  I have a tab open on my computer and I just keep going to look at it.  It’s so vivid!  Oooh, and look at that little blue number.  Like a squeezable china plate.

From sukan’s Etsy shop.

I’m headed to Becky’s Consignment in Uptown Richland.  Open  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Here are some other posts I’ve done about Becky’s

Dresser from Becky’s



Other Finds from Becky’s

Pillow from Becky’s

Lots and Lots of stuff From Becky’s

Here’s Becky.

Me at Becky’s.

Dear Friends, I don’t know if you remember about 1,ooo years ago I did a wee blog post about Rachel Rose.  She makes these amazing inkblot silk tees.  I was just perusing her blog and was happy to see that not only is she an amazing artisan, she believes in taking responsibility for production every step of the way.  That way, nobody gets hurt.  Literally.  It always upsets me when I wonder who made my clothes, and were they working in good conditions, etc. etc.

It looks like Rachel may be restocking her online shop and her Etsy shop. I just love her style, so I will be checking back soon to see what she is up to!

Also, go to Etsy and type in ‘art deco’ for great artwork.  Fun!

J Crew. Deco Necklace here

Deco Bow Tie Cuff here




Lulu Frost for J. Crew Thin Deco Bangle available in yellow, green, ivory and mustard here

Lulu Frost for J. Crew Turquoise stone bangle here

Deco Bow Bangle here

Deco Cabochon ring here

LuluFrost for J. Crew crystal duette pendant necklace here

Lulu Frost for J. Crew crystal and resin earrings here

Lulu Frost for J. Crew Resin and Crystal Applique earrings here

Pearl strand locket here

Pluma Mesh bracelet here

Lulu Frost for J. Crew bohemian lattice bracelet here

Deco Brooch necklace here

As promised, my purchases from the deeply discounted (sale!) section.

People who say there is nothing to do in the Tri-Cities just need to hang out at Walgreens.  

Welcome to a little virtual vacay to Manzanita, Oregon.  It’s a quiet beach town with enough restaurants and shopping to allow you to get your ‘fix’ if you have your heart set on blowing through your spending loot.  It is also within close proximity to Cannon Beach, a more touristy (though charming) area with an amazing beach featuring the famous Haystack Rock.  We spent almost a week here and not only can we hardly wait to get back, we actually came back from vacation….wait for it….RESTED!

This is where we rented these keen recumbent bikes (and a kiddie trailer)!  We also wished we’d bought our cheapie kite here ($12) instead of Cannon Beach ($20).

Wanda’s is actually situated in nearby Wheeler, Oregon and in my opinion is a must-visit!  Breakfast  was GOOD.  Everything from the jam to the potatoes made me not just eat  in mindless comfort-food-mode, but made me sit up and go, “Hey, this is really tasty!”  While I’m on the subject of Wheeler, The Rising Star Café is another must-visit.  Pepi chuckled when I referred to a red wine as ‘peppy’ without realizing (yet) that was her  name.  Great family dining.


Also, go visit Unfurl.  Your husband might not even hate you for dragging him in.  I left my boys         behind so I pretty much wandered up and down Laneda Street at leisure.

In addition to being one of the two groceries in town, this one on the main drag (Laneda Street) carries some goodies from Wanda’s.

Snagged these rock candy lollies at Vintage Living, which is a candy store that carries nostalgic candies and some vintage-y  items.  I think I am in love with rock candy.  Isn’t it gorgeous??

Disclaimer:  This is not Florida.  Bring a different mindset, ready to accept whatever the ocean offers you.  Sometimes watching a storm from your porch and then basking on the beach in the later afternoon sun was on our daily activity list.

Manzanita Rentals– We had our eye on a place under renovation and although the place became available a little too late, I found these folks very pleasant to work with.

 Ocean Edge Vacation Rentals– Although we had a bit of a mix-up at the beginning, we landed with a free upgrade and champagne, so who’s complaining?  They only rent beachfront or ocean view.

VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner)–  This site has the most pictures of the places you’re thinking about renting.  A good idea if you’ve never been and don’t have a recommendation.  The rental agencies seem to have a friendly camraderie.  Manzita Rentals recommended I check out Ocean Edge if we wanted beachfront or and ocean view, since all of their properties have one or the other.

Spindrift Inn- Nothing fancy, but good rates and… MAN!  Go grab a coffee and head to the beach!   A nice little stroll down the water.   I believe according to my code above, this would fall under ‘oceanview.’

By the way, from the research I did these phrases seem to be used in increasing proximity to the beach, so decide how important that is to you:

Short walk to beach

Steps to beach

Ocean View

Oceanfront/Beachfront  (IE, you are ON THE BEACH).  Expect to pay most for this.  Our place had an ocean view.  It is important to me to at least have a view, since I came for the ocean!  I like to keep it in my sights at all times and feel a little panicky and that I am wasting my time if I can’t see it.  I realize everyone is not as emphatic (read: neurotic) as I am, so decide what’s important to you and stick with that.

A pic in our rental of a ship crashing on these cliffs we looked at every day (Neahkahnie Cliffs).

                At the Farmer’s Market, we sat and ate a plate of noodles, listened to the music, and…ran into some people we knew!
Also in our tummies:
El Mariachi Loco (I recommend a regular margarita, blended),
Great Northern Garlic Company- I hear this is a do-not-miss and we missed it.  Don’t do it.  Go eat.  Go buy food for a picnic.  And don’t gloat about how good it was.
Marzano’s Pizza– Hit the spot after just an hour of beach biking!
              Quick Trip to Cannon Beach…                    It was fun to watch the crepe-makers in Cannon Beach.  Much quicker if you are hungry and don’t                  want to do sit down.
            Sleepy Monk: Really good coffee.  I would like to pretend to be a foodie blogger and say I like to get a mocha everywhere I go in order to compare.  The truth is, everywhere I go, I want a mocha.  They made a good one.  And we got some coffee to brew at home (which we are still drinking), so that makes me happy.  If you’re one of the people who actually read the text in blogs rather than looking at the pictures (I’m guilty of that…except here; I kind of have read this since I’m typing it), then you saw that I recommended getting a kite in Manzanita if you’re looking for simple.  My exception is if you’re a real kite person and want something more in depth, or if you actually need a repair.  Go a bit off the beaten bath to see the Wizard at Pinky’s Kite Factory.
More Manzanita.  Beach Beach Beach!!……
Goodbye beach.
        We love you, beach!!

I hate it when something I blogged about looks to no longer be available.  But here is a cheaper version (if you don’t mind trading the black for the navy.)

Oh, they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride, all your life; and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweetheart for a wife!  Hello friends! I said I would stop gushing about my own anniversary after it was over, but because we and so many friends got married in summer, I still have weddings on the brain.  Enjoy these beautiful dresses (and the photography; not too shabby either!)

From Alexandra Grecco’s Etsy Shop

This little number below is from ktjean’s Etsy shop.

From J Crew Wedding


From bridalblissdesigns’s etsy shop

From andie mcguire’s etsy shop


Today at the Richland Farmer’s Market I tasted the most delicious goat cheese with pesto and sundried tomatoes from Cheese Louise, sampled and purchased sweet strawberries, bought fresh asparagus, turnip greens and bearded iris, and stopped for a bite to eat at Frost Me Sweet.  One turkey sandwich was plenty for both of us!  I wonder, is going full-body into the fountain frowned upon?  Probably.

We also visited Miss Bonnie at Wild Goose Designs and bought a completely fabulous ring.  I believe my description of it was “I love how the old-world feel of the mother of pearl is combined with the very modern angular wood setting.” And instead of laughing me out of the store, Bonnie complimented me on my eye for detail. 🙂

                       Note to self: Look into this place!


Stopped for a bite to eat at Frost Me Sweet (bakery and bistro).  For more eye candy, you’ll want to                         read the post I did of their opening day, here.

                    Cooling off at the fountain!
                     Mirror sale going on at Wild Goose!
                        Cool ring from Wild Goose!

This makes me want to paint (and eat) a popsicle.  And…strangely…buy clothes.

I took these books to Adventures Underground on G-way and now I have 25 dollars to pick out something else.  I’ve got my eye on a set of huge Melissa and Doug children’s blocks…also, there’s a train table in there.  Not that I need another train table, but it does make it nicer to browse because little man has something to do besides ‘rearrange.’  

I can’t stop looking at this!!!  From Z Gallerie. I’m outside in this, 
wearing this?, but only because this is sold out, drinking this:                 doing this! Of course.