Halloween is Near

Halloween is right around the corner.  I had not really realized it until today when I drove down an area I don't usually frequent and the amount of Halloween inflatables decorating the front yards was incredible.  I'm talking about 3 or 4 per yard! Little Miss A is just so excited.  Her sweet aunt gave her the Elsa (from Frozen) costume and boy is she excited.  This is a very coveted costume among this age group so we are lucky to have one!  Are you all ready for Halloween?  A few fun links to leave you with-


On My Mind || Simple Things

Just a few simple yet beautiful luxuries for you today. Nothing over the top, well maybe one thing- the fabulous shrug!  I'm short on words today so here is everything-


One Room Challenge || Week Four- ART

The gold trim is up and so are the shades (if you follow me on Instagram the shades are gray not green! I think the color came across wrong in that photo).  Anyway, my closet is looking fabulous! If you are new and don't know what the One Room Challenge is it was started by Linda from Calling it Home some years ago.  In this challenge she lines up twenty talented interior designers and professional bloggers to redo a room in their home in just six weeks- we update you once a week on Wednesdays. And today is Wednesday!  (in case you missed them here are this round's previous posts- one, two, and three).

To refresh your memory I am doing my walk-in closet that has lilac walls.   Today I will be sharing with you all the wonderful works of art I will proudly display here.  I'm so excited about every single piece.  Let's start with this beautiful nude by Reagan Geschardt. Isn't she perfect?  I can't wait to meet her. She arrives tomorrow!


Sketch 42's New Book || #absurdistsummer

My good friend Nicole from Sketch42 has been my blog hero (evidenced here and a few other posts!) ever since I first started reading blogs.  I became obsessed with her art and today own three of her pieces which I just adore.  She has one of the most unique voices in blogland and her creativity is one of the qualities I most admire in her. She works so hard in her art of creating and is constantly evolving. Her latest project is  brilliant.  She has published a book of her summer photography series #absurdist summer focused on random things, color and shape. But let me tell you what is really brilliant about this book-


Food || Olive Oil, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are all obsessed with olive oil around here. It must be because my husband is from the Mediterranean and grew up playing in the family's olive groves.  They are all so well versed and passionate about anything olive oil.  We take our olive oil very seriously around here. We cook everything with it (you may remember this family recipe for an olive oil and yogurt cake or this olive oil lemon meyer cake we make often as well).  Plus, olive oil's health benefits are no secret.  Everyone is my husband's family lives till 98 at least!  So, this time around when I saw a recipe for chocolate, chocolate chip olive oil cookies I just had to try it.  The cookies are AMAZING! Very rich and decadent with a fudgy-brownie consistency.  I highly, recommend this recipe.  Plus, they might add years to your life, so why not give them a try?  They might become your delicious secret weapon to keeping young.


Friday Finds

Dallas feels like heaven right now. The temperatures are a bit chilly in the mornings and just right in the middle of the day.  Fall is in the air, pumpkins are everywhere and blazer season is here.  I could not be happier.  I hope you are all enjoying fall wherever you are as well.  I have a few finds for you today-


Sales || Fall Essentials

Shopbop has a fabulous sale going on where everything (well, most everything) is 25% off with code FAMILY25.  But hurry because it is only through the end of today.  Here are a few of my favorites-

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