Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This stuff!  Because skin in your thirties is a whole new ball game!  
I have special skin.  By special I mean I stillllll break out on occassion!  How pray tell can you combat pimples AND work on anti aging?  Enter Maracuja oil.  It combats inflammation, moisturizes, and fights wrinkles.  The key ingredient here is the high amount of linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid that the body doesn't naturally produce).  This kind of EFA (essential fatty acid) rebuilds and repairs, soothes and heals redness, reduces lines and wrinkles, improves tone and texture, and boosts collagen production thanks to the vitamin C.   So basically, it's a super star!  I only use a few drops and right before bed, so it's lasted me for.ever.  It has visibly improved my skin - I sound like an infomerical but this aint no joke!  I first used a sample of it from Tarte but couldn't bring myself to buy the $47 bottle - enter this for half the price, and just as good.  Oh and it's organic, unrefined, handpressed, and bottled without the use of heat to guarantee the max amount of EFA's and vitamins.  I'm sold (:


Monday, August 18, 2014

the honeymooners visit

Last week we hosted the most precious honeymooners in the history of ever.  
Sophie (who I've blogged about a hundred times) and her HUSBAND George live in Sydney, Austrailia but came to honeymoon across the south, and ending in the Keys. 
Sophie was actually one of the first blogs I ever read - what, 5 years ago?!  
Back then: She was living in Nottingham, UK while George was in school - and JB and I were in Basel, Switzerland.  Sophie and I had a lot of time on our hands - and so we blogged, and wrote each other real tangible letters, and we kept in touch, always.  I've always felt this kinship toward Sophie - like if I had a daughter I'd want her to be just like her.  Also like she was meant to be one of my younger sisters.  But we never met... until last Thursday. 
I kept semi freaking JB out by how excited I was.  The whole week I had a stupid smile on my face, and kept reminding JB "guess what!!!  Sophie and George are coming!!!" .   I kept telling Tuck too - "soph soph and georgie are coming, tuck!" tuck: {stares at me}{silence}
Tuck and I were waiting for them when they pulled up - and I couldn't help but just run out and hug them both.  Tuck of course immediately loved them.
One of my favorite things Tuck did with Soph and I was grab Soph's knee, then push her over to my knee, grab mine and then Huuuuuug - three way hug.  That kid!  the sweetest. 
Allow me to tell you the kind of people these little loves are. ... 
They brought flowers (and presents and wine!) and I was putting them in vases when mount vesuvius erupted.  Tuck was puking ev.ery!where.  I quickly rushed to clean Tuck and make sure he was all right... and said PLEASE don't try to clean this up!  But by the time we were back and clean, Sophie and George had cleaned up my kids throw up.  Like it was no big deal at all. 
Who does that?  After meeting someone for five minutes?
  Only George and Sophie.  
The night was one of our favorites - even JB who always suspects at first I'm inviting serial killers over, was completely won over by the preciousness that is G + S.  
We stayed up way too late (which as anyone who has ever been on a bachelorette with me knows is hard to do) and gabbed until the early hours of the morning.
The next afternoon they had to head to The Breakers in Palm Beach (honeymooning is hard lol), Tuck ugly cried, and I felt like it.  Major post soph and george depression for the whole Tucker clan.  
These two are the real deal.  We are already dreaming of visiting Sydney one day and reuniting!     

be sure to check out the best cooking site of all time - what to cook tonight - which is a site Sophie runs (photographs, styles, blogs) with her father - an amazing chef.  
& Sophie's adorable personal blog!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gallery {Staircase} Wall

Sometimes I feel a little silly because I love shades of turquoise so much.  I'd love to be an all neutral kind of girl - I love the look.  But I can't stop buying anything in turquoise.  It's likely the ocean lover in me but whatever it is, it's been a lifelong obsession.  I love that all three of the frames above that are in that hue have been gifts from people who know just how much I love my turquoise.

Most of the frames above are Target by threshold, which can almost do no wrong!  - specifially this (with the teil duncan memorial day print), this (with the LOVE NEVER FAILS print, and this (with my parents vows).  The others are Target clearance from who knows when - ages ago.  Collected from goodwill.  Or pottery barn (the one that has my pregnant belly!).

Most prints are Oh My Deer.  We have one map - a vintage one of Switzerland in a goodwill frame.

All family photos are by Jessica Lorren // Shark photo is by Shannon Kirsten.

I tried to break up the prints and photos with some other objects.  Iput the coral fan we found washed ashore on Dog Island in the BVI's on the wall, along with a zinc letter - that was painted gold, and the brass flower starburst.  

The wall actually goes up quite a bit higher than pictured.  Not sure what we'll do - if we'll continue on up or  leave it a blank.  I put a million holes in the wall at first but then ended up using lots of these magic sticky guys - and that worked just as good.  Lesson to the wise, go that route - or your husband will have some spackling to do.  I didn't do the smart thing and cut paper out to match each frame so I could arrange.  I just went for it, but I like things a little undone, not perfectly even is all right with me.

Thanks for all the sweet comments on instagram! xox

Monday, August 11, 2014

weekend in photographs

the flirtiest little one year old.  in the cutest/softest robe.  c/o redenvelope
love our little Sting Ray Drain c/o Boon.  goodbye drain Tuck is obsessed with pulling up!
i love these moments.

our foliage out back.  also a 60 foot magnolia tree, not pictured.  the trees in our backyard are stuff out of my dreams!
papaw sent us peaches from georgia
found a place for this rug (c/o L&G) finally.  love it by Tucks table.  This was all destroyed 15 minutes later during a playdate.  let them be (: 
this soft rug is only $10 at Ikea - or you can get it online if you don't live near one.  I love that Lola's claimed it as her own.
Life has been so lovely lately.  I have been relishing time with my boys and time at home.  I am such a homebody and as it is with summer, it seems to have been mostly go go go.  But now it seems like it's slowing down for the next month and a half.  Happy to have lots of visitors in the coming weeks, and to have had 3 overnighters already.  Makes me pleased as peaches!
I've also not had an iPhone for the last month due to an (un)fortunate sippy cup incident.   After the initial annoyance, I have LOVED it.  I honestly want to get a flip phone so I can just call people from here on out.   Not having a phone has helped me just look up and get over my all to often need for, when I really think about it, constant validation.  I have loved being present with my son and just fully slowing down over dinner with JB.  I've always tried to be particular about not bringing my phone out arounds friends, but I love how much more present I am with them without even thinking about checking it.  We do have a home phone - I'm not entirely irresponsible.  JB keeps asking me when I'm going to go get one, so I suppose I'll march down there soon.  But ahhhhh if it hasn't been just the reprieve I've needed.
I love you little lambs,  hope that you allow yourself a break today, and look up.  xx  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Our Neutral Paint Colors

Little known fact about my husband ... In between baseball seasons he painted a whole inside and outside of a house.  So he knows his paint.  He's also a great painter.  We didn't do it all ourselves (and if you need a name of a guy locally please contact me - he did a great job!) but JB did paint a couple of rooms.  And we still have a few left to finish.  But since JB had painted quite a bit before he knew not to buy bad paint (!!!!).  JB could write a dissertation on the horrors of cheap paint.  While I was mostly concerned with no or low VOC.  Turns out you can get very low (and even zero) VOC paint from both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.  I used the regal select matte finish at Benjamin Moore and Emerald Flat Sherwin Williams.  Just to satisfy my curiosity I did pick up a little tester of Devine paint at Target which has zero VOC.  But it literally felt like I was painting with water color.  Since we weren't living at our house at the time I didn't worry too much as long as the colors we picked out could be low VOC.  We will likely finished the rest of the house next time we're out of town.
A little about each color:
Linen White:  I used this in Tucks nursery in our old house and liked it so much that we put it in Tucks playroom and we will put it in our guest room.  Both to lighten up the spaces.  This color looks like a cup of cream to me!
Sea Salt:  This color is one of those I didn't expect to want to put everywhere.  It really takes on a different color in the different rooms I have it in.  We have it up our stairs, in tucks room, and will put it in our bathroom.  When I saw the swatch I asked if they were suuuuure it's sea salt because it looked so gray.  But then when I tested it in each room it took on different colors.  In our hallway it looks more grayish blue at first and then as you go up turns greeny gray, in tucks room it looks almost mint, and in the bathroom it is a minty green gray.
Revere Pewter:  Also known as the most popular paint of all time.  I was worried as I thought maybe gray would be depressing.  But wasn't sure what to do in our kitchen that spills into our breakfast nook.  We have white cabinets though and I thought white would just be too much white.  {is there such a thing!}.  Love it in our formal dining too.  But wow does it look almost brown when I tested it in the guest room.  I think this color needs a lot of light to make it look so airy.  As with likely all paint colors (:

I realize Sea Salt may not seem super neutral but for me who looooooves turquoise, it definitely is.

Any other favorites?!  I love looking at this sort of thing!