In Construction Mode

Hey guys –

Quick update for those of you that may not follow me on Twitter (or didn’t see my tweets): my blog’s security was compromised a bit in the past week.

Basically, hackers are jerks and installed some junk on my server that was not cool.

Therefore, things are looking a bit different around here for awhile. Prior to the attack I had started working with my friend Jenna on a new logo, colors, etc. so we’re taking this as an opportunity to really get to work on a redesign!

Isn’t that new logo and background pretty?! Get pumped to see the rest of it!

Posts may be spotty for a bit here while I try to figure out setting everything up again. And functionality that used to exist might… not.

Reinvention is good, right? Right.

At the end of the day, it’s just a blog. But almost losing everything I’ve created over the past three years definitely reaffirmed that I like doing this. And that I’m not going to stop any time soon.

Thanks for hanging with me!

xoxo, -E

A Girls Weekend + The Perils of “Moving Mode”

Hellooooo my frandsss.

I’m back. Back in action. Back from an unplanned little blogging hiatus during which a few fun things happened. And a few not-so-fun-but-necessary things happened (AKA a bunch of boring adult stuff that I don’t even want to start talking about because I’d probably never stop).

In the time that I’ve been AWOL on the blog, “Summer” supposedly arrived in St. Louis.

I’d like a refund on this season because my excitement for it going in was quickly drowned out by rain and hot, humid days that have been nothing like last year’s mild, enjoyable climate. #rude

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Love Your Curls


When I was two years old, I had a TOTAL ‘fro.

Dark curly locks for days. DAYS. It was gorgeous.

Looking back on those photos (which I cannot seem to find anywhere on my computer…), I always smile.

I love having curly hair. Even if now as an adult, when it’s much more wavy than it is curly and more often than not, it doesn’t do exactly what I want it to do.

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New Thoughts On Sharing Stuff Online


I’ve been in a weird mood about sharing lately. Particularly online.

While I used to be super open and feel good telling pretty much everyone my thoughts on any given day, that openness seems to be coming to an end.

I’m not particularly sure what caused this shift, but at some point this year, I stopped wanting to dig deep and really share my heart on my blog.

I still love blogging and don’t plan on quitting, but it seems my sharing mindset has changed just a bit.

My blogging attitude has shifted to include an acceptance of slightly fewer posts (though if we’re being honest, I would LOVE to be a daily blogger, it’s just not in the cards right now… or probably ever), a willingness to post more sponsored content (because, ahem, getting paid to do something I love sure is nice), and a whole lot less time spent blabbering about my every thought on Twitter (let’s be real, nobody actually cared about most of it).

It has been refreshing.

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One Small Thing

How to Start Your Day off RIGHT

Hey guys! Happy Monday.

I had a crazy, very eventful weekend that I cannot wait to share more about. In the future. Once I’ve processed it all myself. It doesn’t seem real yet.

In the meantime, I just wanted to pop in here on this super dreary Monday morning to say hello to June (!) and direct you to a post I wrote for a good friend of mine as a part of her One Small Thing series.

In the series, Alicia is gathering ideas for small habits that can lead to big changes in our lives. I LOVE the idea of this series (heck, I once wrote a post about a similar idea – read that one here) and was super excited to participate.

So click on over to Jaybird to learn about the one small thing I do to clear my mind, rev my productivity engine and start my day off right.


xoxo – E

Life Lately [+ A Fun Local Giveaway]

We Heart STL Cocktails

Hey guys –

It feels like approximately 10 years since I really sat down to blog so HELLO! I’ve missed spending time on this little corner of fun on the Internet.

My life lately has consisted primarily of hanging out with family cell phone-free and thinking about my living situation. Sadly, it’s looking like we’ll be moving out of the house we thought we’d be renting for awhile this summer. Instead of seeking another lease elsewhere, it’s looking like I’ll be .

So THAT is nuts.

It’s a crazy time. But a good time.

Anywho, I’m popping in today to share some really cool photos and a fun recipe from an event I went to last week in anticipation of a much bigger, cooler event coming up this Friday in St. Louis: the #WeHeartSTL party.

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How to Pack A No-Fuss Picnic Basket

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Heaven on Earth: The Missouri Botanical Garden

Summer has arrived here in St. Louis.

‘Tis the very best season with all of the very best things to do. I am pumped about it.

At the top of my list of favorite summer things to do here in the Lou is the Whitaker Music Festival at my favorite place, The Missouri Botanical Garden.

Each Wednesday night, beginning next week on the 27th, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts hundreds of St. Louisans for live music and picnics on their picturesque grounds.

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This One’s For You, Kid [A Few Pieces of Sisterly Advice for A Graduating Senior]


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This little lady (my sister, Jessica) is graduating high school this month.

In my mind, she’s still 12 years old (the age she was when I left home for college).

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a few things with my Mom to get ready for her graduation (namely, taking her senior photos and making some invitations for the party – Mom has done all of the rest), and honestly, I can’t keep shaking my head in amazement at how time flies.

My baby sister grew up and I feel like I barely noticed. It is nuts.

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7 Podcasts That Inspire, Motivate & Make Me Laugh

Podcasts are like, so totally in right now, guys.

We probably have Serial to thank for that but lemme tell ya, this is a trend I can get behind. Erm, am behind, already.

You know how sometimes music just becomes background music to your thoughts? Like you don’t even notice the songs changing or the chords progressing?

That’s how I have been lately with pretty much all music. Driving was becoming a major fight to stay alert.

Luckily, podcasts have come to the rescue.

In the past few weeks, I have found a handful of great podcasts that have interesting hosts that are pleasant to listen to. They talk about topics such as creativity, entrepreneurship, happiness and simple living – all big-time interests for me.

Therefore, a list of my favorites for today!

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