Monthly Archives: March 2016

Big Brown Porch Inspiration

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hanging ferns. herb plant stand. folding chairs. porch light

Our porch is a hot mess, but we’re hoping to replace and repair it this spring or summer. I want lots of hanging ferns (maybe we’ll also add some to the balcony), wooden folding chairs, a place for our herbs to live, and updated lighting. I’m going for a very lazy-southern-lemonade-drinking porch.

Homeownership is a weird thing. I’ve been thinking a lot about style and decorating and some of the changes we want to make in and around our home. I’ve had the same (or very similar) taste and style my entire adult life, but I’ve been able to refine it over the last several years. It’s not like I’m super mature or anything now, and although I still love kitschy vintage stuff, I don’t want my home to feel like a time warp. I think this is a consequence of home ownership, not too many of us have all the cash-money to do everything up front, so you have to wait, and during the process of waiting you can really figure out what you like in your home. It seems only natural to evolve, and I like to see that process.

I’ll make sure to post the porch progress (+ anything else we do in the house) as it happens!


Top 5 Tuesday: The Real World

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday! Last week I discovered several seasons of MTV’s The Real World were available on Hulu!! I’ve been a fan of the show since I stayed home sick one day in sixth grade and marathoned the Boston season. Of the 30 seasons that have aired, I’ve watched seasons 1- 16, 24, 26, and 27. I’ve seen bits and pieces of other seasons, but not in full. Guys, MTV just wants to know what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. =)

Below are what I consider the top 5 seasons of The Real World!
trw 55. San Franscico (1994)
By the time season 3 San Francisco aired, the novelty of the “seven strangers picked to live in a house, stop being polite, and start getting real” concept had become common. Thankfully, the casting for this season couldn’t have been better. These days, on every reality show there is a major volatile and hated cast member. I think Puck from season three was the pioneer for this archetype. He arrived late to the house on the first day because he was ARRESTED. Come on, MTV. He was obnoxious, hateful, disgusting and was the first Real World cast member to be sent home. On the contrary, Pedro was a kind, soft spoken, AIDS educator who was HIV positive. He was also the focus of the first same-sex ceremony to ever air on TV. Pedro passed away in November of 1994, only a year after his season was filmed. Pam and Judd started a budding romance, and eventually married. They have continued with Pedro’s AIDS education programs and have become pioneers in AIDS/HIV research.
Best of the best: Rachel. She was a feisty, outgoing, young republican who wasn’t afraid to tell you her opinion. She had brief flirting bouts with Puck, but that fizzled pretty fast. Rachel went on to marry Sean from The Real World: Boston, which is pretty hilarious to me.

trw 34. Back to New Orleans (2010)
There are many differing opinions on this season, but I personally love it. The two main story lines were Knight and Jemmey hooking up and Ryan pissing everyone off. In keeping with the trend of the next best season, Hawaii, Ryan’s behaviors moved closer to the line of mental instability rather than just the line of crazy. There was also McKenzie who we thought would get a story line- but really she just got drunk and pretended to black-out sometimes? Also, we can never forget Preston peeing on Ryan’s toothbrush. In post-Katrina New Orleans, the cast spent time volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and the New Orleans Mission soup kitchen, rather than having to get jobs.
Best of the best: Jemmey. Her thick Mississippi accent made me feel at home and when you looked past her drunkenness, you saw her sweet openness.

trw 23. Hawaii (1999)
Oh sweet Hawaii. How the producers found these people, I have no idea… but I love the hot mess that ensued. The show opens up with Ruthie getting naked, jumping in the pool, getting drunk AF, blacking out, and the cast calling paramedics. Also, let me point out that Ruthie was adopted, bisexual, a twin (or triplet??), and had a pretty serious drinking problem- so, needless to say, she had a lot of air time. Then there was Justin, who maybe hated and tried to destroy everyone and ended up just going home for a “family emergency.” Don’t worry, he was pretty forgettable. Kaia was a forever topless weirdo, Teck was entertaining and wanted to be a VJ, Matt was completely forgettable, and Colin was a good mix of boring and cute in a very Jim Halpert way.
Best of the best: Amaya. Even though she always talked about being in a sorority, Amaya was sweet and absolutely the most relatable character of the season. She had such a crush on Colin (as did I) and she was one of the first people I ever saw use a hair straightener.

trw 12. Seattle (1998)
This season is at #2 for several reasons. First, it was enjoyable. Second, it was important. The Seattle season is mostly remembered for the “slap heard around the world” that Stephen gave Irene as she was leaving the show. Should he have been kicked off? Probably. In the show, Irene left because she had lyme disease but she wrote an article a few years ago sighting she left for ethical reasons? IDK. Another important incident from this season was when Lindsay found out her friend committed suicide. It was heartbreaking and gave The Real World a reality check. Seattle also brought a twist of casting 2 military friends, Nathan and David, in the same season rather than 7 actual strangers. And who can ever forget David’s secret romance with fired-mtv producer Kira? I think we can all agree that the Seattle house, which was actually a pier, was one of the coolest!
Best of the best: Rebecca. She was sweet, looked out for her roommates, and recorded a song with Sir Mix-a-Lot during her stay!

trw 41. New Orleans (2000)
This season is the best by leaps and bounds! Everyone in the original New Orleans cast had legit story lines and air time. I mean, when your most boring character was Kelley who ended up marrying Scott Wolfe from Party of Five… you’re not doing too bad. There was romance- most notably between recently outed Danny and his blurred military boyfriend. There was adventure- the cast was sent to South Africa for vacation. There was a little drama- mostly racial and religious. There was Julie, the naive Mormon virgin. Jamie, the goofy fratboy-esque heartthrob. Matt, the religious quiet type (but with the bleachy-est spiky hair). Danny, one of the most beautiful men to grace MTV who now apparently works for Mail Chimp? Weird. David, mostly remembered for his “hit” single Come On Be My Baby Tonight. Kelley, the serious smart sorority girl. And last but not least, Melissa, who we’ll talk more about in a moment. The casting for New Orleans was so spot on! I could watch this season back to back!
Best of the best: Melissa. She is probably the funniest and most unique cast member to ever be on the show. She had her fair share of drama, but she ultimately made her housemates laugh and enjoy themselves. She later appeared on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly.

So, what do you consider the top seasons of The Real World? Who’s your favorite cast member? Where was your favorite house?


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

IMG_0592 alliray 4 IMG_0469 IMG_0450 IMG_0278 IMG_0378 IMG_0230 photo 2 (4) greens 1 infinity con watermelons shoes thrifting 101 4 green nails 2Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I just wanted to show some green love and share one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day memories!
I was always a skeptical child. I stopped believing in Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny pretty early on and as much as I hoped they were real, I knew fairies didn’t exist. I had never heard of St. Patrick’s Day until I was in Kindergarten. I remember a few days prior to March 17th my teacher (Sabrina Sibbernsen, one of my favorite teachers ever!!) read us a book about leprechauns. I KNEW they couldn’t be real and I was appalled my classmates would even entertain the idea. On St. Patrick’s Day my class went to the playground as we normally did, nothing special or out of the ordinary. When we returned, our classroom had been ransacked. Desks were turned over, chairs were upside down, the sink was turned on, green confetti covered the tables, and there was a note from a leprechaun on the board. This really threw me for a loop. I KNEW that leprechauns weren’t real, but I also had no explanation for our ransacked classroom. I loved my teacher and couldn’t fathom the idea that she would ever play a trick on us. Minutes after we walked in our room, the principal came over the announcements warning us there were leprechauns on the loose on campus! I was so conflicted!!!
How could all these adults be fooled?? I came to the conclusion that parent volunteers were playing a mean trick on the teachers and principal. I was way too stubborn to believe in leprechauns. Lol!


Big Talbot Island

drift wood 1On the same day we visited the Warhold exhibit, Ray, Drea (cousin extraordinaire), and I also made a stop at Big Talbot Island state park aka the driftwood forest. I’ve seen photos of Big Talbot Island beach for years, but didn’t realized until recently how close it is to my home.
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bti 11bti 9bti 7 Having lived in Florida for 30 years, you could say I’m pretty familiar with the beach. Most of the beaches I frequent have white sands, warm water, and giant hotels dotting the shore line. Big Talbot Island couldn’t be more different! It’s an untouched, preserved piece of north Florida paradise. Big Talbot Island is beautiful and I highly suggest you make a visit to this crazy driftwood beach!