Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas: the aftermath

It happens each year and yet we do it all over again the same the next year. There is so much build up to Christmas; the giant trees in the mall, the music on the radio that starts before Thanksgiving, sugarplums dancing in our heads and in our case, snow on the eve of Christmas. But then--all of a sudden--that one day is over. It passes like any other day. However, I would like to think the season continues for quite some time after. You will not see me taking down my tree any time soon!! Here are a few of the highlights of Tinabells' Christmas 2010......Merry, merry to you & yours!! XOXO...
AK's Christmas party, Tinabells & Bridget

All of us at the Veiled Profit Ball

Elizabeth, the beautiful deb!

TAE & L Christmas Eve

The six...plus me!

B & M Christmas morning

 Caroling Party
Elliot sporting his new vest

Saturday, November 20, 2010

QOTD via JMG :)

A best friend of mine, JMG, knows how much I love quotes. Mainly sappy quotes, that is. He posted this on my facebook wall and I found it only fitting to share it will all of you. Thanks, JMG!

all that glitters IS gold

Metallics have truly found their way into the everyday fashion world. Wherever I go, there is silver and gold. The best part about these hues, in my mind, is that they pair well with nearly everything. I have a pair of Kate Spade gold flats that take the place of black in many instances. (Also, they are already on sale!) Lucky you :) The Kate Spade store recently came to St. Louis and I love it. Namely around the holidays. Everything is so happy and bubbly and vibrant. I have my eye on this purse. Once again, what WOULDN'T this look good with?!! So practical, yet so special and pretty. A lot of items are adorned with sequins lately, like this Ella Moss dress. Love it!! As a girl who used to only wear silver, I cannot get enough of gold jewelry. I have found myself googling gold chain bracelets and coin rings as of late, such as this VSA charm necklace along with basic gold studs... these darling dogeared hearts and Daisy Knights' posts. Whatever the season, metallics are always a must. XOXO...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Smiiiiiile {it's worth more than you may think}


Smile and the world smiles with you. Or; Smile, and the world smiles back.

Either way, I like it.

And if you really think about it, there is some truth there.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy, happy

SO, today was not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of my very dearest friends' birthdays.
 My cousin, Claire, turned 17 today. My future sister-in-law turned 23 as did my friend, Alie. Brittany also turned 24 today. Isn't that strange that all of the days in the year, 4 of the people whom I am closest share that one special day?

I think birthdays are incredibly special, personally.

I have some rules.

On your birthday, you should not have to pay for anything.
You should get to do whatever you want.

Afterall, it is the one and only day of the year that it is all about YOU (or in the case of November 16th, some dear friends', as well)

How cute are these mittens that I picked up for Claire?

Kate Spade always has just the right gift. I dare not share what I got for Caitlin, Britt and Alie, at the risk that they may see this post ;)
(You will open it next week Cait) 

Happy Tuesday to all,  and happy birthday to a few...XOXO...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

We love you forever, SJC, jr.

My dad's brother, Stanley, passed away this Tuesday. It has been a rough week for the entire family, but we find comfort in knowing he is living in God's grace eternally. 

R.I.P. Uncle Stanley, you are greatly missed and loved. <3

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

e.e. cummings

Sunday, November 7, 2010

SO excited....



Andy Warhol is one of my long-time favorites. I want to blow this up and frame it or something for the holidays. 

I feel bad for Thanksgiving now and again because it always gets overlooked. However, it simply is not as fun as Christmas. Presents, hellooooo!!? Haha....
I will try to keep being thankful each and every day for the abundance God has bestowed upon me. 


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Glorious Gadabout

Soooo, if you have not checked out this stuff...you better get on it!

It is simply too cute to pass up. Perfect for every occasion.

Enter College Prep's giveaway to enter for these beautiful cards!!! XOXO...T

Monday, October 18, 2010

Words with friends

Do any of you play WORDS WITH FRIENDS on your iphone? I love this game! XOXO...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lost and found

Well, after nearly a WEEK of missing my beloved robin's egg blue canon camera, it has finally unveiled itself! I found it "hiding" in the passenger door of TAE's car. So, basically, I am realllyyyy excited. I literally did a victory dance and took two pictures of TAE and myself right away..even though I was wearing gym shorts and a sweatshirt with my hair in a ponytail and not a dab of makeup on. Yep, that is how thrilled I was to find it. Anyway, thank goodness :) Plus, I am going to NYC next weekend and I was most definitely going to have to replace it before that trip. XOXO...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

missing: my CAMERA!!

I know there are far worse things to lose, duh, but I am so good about keeping my precious belongings in tact and now my Canon camera is no where to be found!! I am hoping I have just overlooked it and it is at my house or TAE's...Although one would think the hot pink case would be a sure give away...let's hope it turns up!!

Happy Tuesday! Hope you haven't lost anything lately :) XOXO...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What I'm loving NOW...

1. Glee

2. Dexter

3. Matchstick jeans

4. cowboy boots

5. The weather!!! (it has been avg 65 and sunny in STL!!)

6. that my brother, JSC, is being Superman for Halloween

7. My upcoming trip to NYC with MNC, RJC and JSC :)

8. the private party at J. Crew Sunday evening with ten of my greatest friends

9. the name "Buddy"

10. cleaning my room

What is new with all of you?

Monday, September 27, 2010

listen to THIS...

quelqu'un m'a dit

this is a beautiful song that TAE and I both love. You will be a fan whether or not you parle francais. :) Enjoy!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

what do you think!!?

How do you like my new blog design? Please let me know feedback...I can always revisit my previous template :)

Happy Monday!!


P.S. How good was Glee tonight?!

Friday, September 17, 2010

forgive me Friday

...definitely what I should call it....haha! please DO forgive me, bfs, for being MIA for so long. I will not do this again, je promis! XOXO...

slacker is me!!

yep, I have officially been the worst blog poster EVER!!

The preschool started up for the first full week, and things have been crazy, great, but crazy.

My class is so, soo cute. There are 4 girls and 6 boys; Campbell, Hall, Buddy, Eva, Pierce, Eliza, Taylor, John, Trey and Tate. They are the greatest group of 3 and 4 year olds!

On another note, I think I have found my bridesmaids dress(possibly dresseS) and I am thrilled. It is a Lilly dress from their Spring 2011 collection, pictures to come soon- they aren't online until February!


Monday, September 6, 2010

in review: one fine summer...

Well, it looks as if summer is officially ENDing. Crazy, but true. This is always the way it goes, one minute it is sunny and the pool is opening and the next leaves are falling and school is starting back up. TIME PASSES SO darn FAST.

Andddd that is just the way it goes. The good, the bad, the whatever! It is life and life it is. Here are some of the high points from my summer. XOXO...

Friday, September 3, 2010


bfs-i want to apologize for being MIA for the last week...it was not purposeful, i promise!!

the preschool starts up on friday so i have been prepping for the coming school year. woo hoo!!

what's new with all of you? how is september treating you thus far?


Thursday, August 26, 2010

books on tape...what do YOU think?

Soooo...my future sis-in-law, MME and I are embarking on quite the adventure Saturday morning...we are driving to Connecticut!

She goes to school there and I am accompanying her on the 12+ hour drive. I'm excited!!

I bought one audio book on itunes but I am hesitant to buy another. What are your thoughts? Any books on tape experts out there??


Monday, August 23, 2010

ban the tan!

Are there any 30 Rock lovers out there?

It is one of my favorite shows on television.

If you are not familiar with the show-Jane Krakowski plays Jenna Marone, the fun, witty, blonde and bubbly actress who is a friend and confidant to Liz Lemon (Tina Fey).

So what is even better than a darling actress who makes me laugh every week?
When that same person supports a good cause!

For every person who watches this video, Jergens will donate $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation in NYC.  Pretty awesome, eh?!

Pass it on!


Saturday, August 21, 2010


It's just a box of rain
I don't know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
or leave it if you dare
But it's just a box of rain
or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone 
and a short time to be there 

grateful dead 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

do you know about....

bushwacker: the most delicious island drink. ever. a combination of 5 liquors and ice. nutmeg sprinkled atop. genius, puuuuure genius.

seen here on the far left.

this is the only group shot i got, by the way.


I've got the Tuesday blues

check out my latest etsy finds...they just HAPPEN to all be in the same color spectrum... :)



ahhh, I am sad that summer is coming to an end but I am thrilled the weather has calmed down a bit here. Riding boots and Barbour jackets get me in the mood for fall, though!

What are your end-of-the-summer plans? Anything crazyyy!?


Monday, August 16, 2010

on my mind monday

how is the start to your week? mine is going well, even though I am having some vacation withdrawal !

1. my new hook bracelet (a St. John classic)

2. the new season of Weeds--any fans?

3. I want to take a class...no, not academic...yoga or dance...maybe both?

4. TB leopard wedges... tdf! (to die for)

5. this is now the SECOND year of my life since I was four that I will not be starting school soon...weird

6. mocha must have

7. I need ideas for a 2011 day planner... have not stumbled upon "the one" yet. Suggestions aremorethanwelcome!! Thank you thank you :)


Sunday, August 15, 2010

All good trips must come to an end...

Well friends, I am back!

We met up with our friends CB and H in St. John. H has a place there and let me tell you, it is nothing short of amazing!! You should see the view! (You will, soon enough, when I put up the pics! :) )

There were ten of us and we had just the best time. If you have vacationed in St. John, you should make it a must on your to-do list !!

Alas, back to real life.

Happy Sunday ! XOXO...

Friday, August 6, 2010


TAE and I packed up and we are off to meet some friends for a week of vacation. Sooooo,
I will be out of touch-- have a fabulous week! I will post as soon as I can!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

embark on an adventure with kate spade contest

the kate spade girl...
is quick and curious and playful and strong. she mixes her matches and experiments with color. she lets her imagination run away with her. she is the first to make a toast and the last to say goodnight. she looks for adventure around every corner. she sings off-key but with great spirit.
she lives colorfully
starting with one of the statements below, build a set that incorporates three or more pieces from 
katespade.com, along with other objects that inspire you to live colorfully—a bright red lipstick, a vintage vinyl, a penguin novel or a favorite flea market find.
the winning details
three lucky winners will be chosen by kate spade new york creative director, deborah lloyd, to embark with a friend on a perfectly curated trip to chicago, san francisco or new york. winners will also receive a $1000 gift card to spend at one of our shops.

enter now...only five hours to go!! XOXO...

summer highs

Two things: one. we found our photographer (!!!!) two. I love summer and all it entails and I do not want it to end.

I am THRILLED that we found our wedding photographer!! He is awesome. Take a look at some of his fabulous work..

I am beyondddd excited! To me, the pictures will be one of the most important elements of the 'big day.' Afterall, it is the only tangible memory we will have!

The thought of summer coming to an end is always slightly depressing, whether or not you are a warm weather person. To think that, soon, cotton Lilly dresses and endless days at the pool will be long forgotten saddens me. However, I would still like to think there plenty of time for a few more fun, summery brights and patterns to add to my collection. Here are my favorites as of right now...

TOMs wedges, Milly shorts, Opening ceremony bracelet, Beth's Victorian Style drop earrings

What are your current end-of-the-summer faves? Happy Wednesday...XOXO...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Please head over to Pink Peonies & Pearls for a GREAT giveaway! While you are doing this, check out her Etsy shop Stella Bella to pick your favorite bracelet to mention in your entry. Good luck and happy Tuesday! XOXO...

Monday, August 2, 2010

quick trip

Michigan was a great time. Mom and I ventured around Ann Arbor Friday evening, indulging in a delicious dinner at the Prickly Pear and a sweet treat afterward at Chocolate House ( as you can see, haha).

 There are a lot of artsy shops on Main Street overflowing with neat finds such as; quoted paintings, handblown jewelry, wood boxes, freshwater pearls, etc. and it was fun to pop in and out.  If you are ever in AA, you must check them out.

  Saturday morning we got to see JSC- finally! After three weeks, his camp at U of Michigan ended and we got to sit in on one of his classes with the head of the musical theatre program. It was exciting to see what he had been up to! 

What a fun little day-and-a-half trip to Michigan!