five on friday


is it fall yet? really, because i am dying to drink delicious coffee (decaf) with apple cider donuts while wearing cozy sweaters and all i want to do is shop for cute fall sweaters and boots for my toddler. oh and that i need to elaborate? come on fall we are so ready for you over here.

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five on friday


we leave tomorrow on a trip to belgium and to london to attend the olympics and to visit with friends and family. we have tickets to see soccer, beach volleyball, and judo. i love the olympics and cannot wait though i have no idea what judo is. as a former swimmer the idea of being anywhere near the energy and excitement of the world's top athletes competing for their country has me giddy. i haven't been in london since 2006 and i am also just looking forward to enjoying the city again (though it will be a different city entirely). i am almost as excited about the games as i am about eating here.

posting will be sparse, possibly non-existent so i wish you all a wonderful couple of weeks and i can't wait to share our trip with you when we return. until then here are five things that caught my eye this week.

this lovely announcement video had me in tears
these summer berry tarts
this book is next on my reading list
in my dreams i own a cafe just like this one
need to see this movie

photo above is one of this years olympic posters found via
have a look at my favorite past olympic poster here

five on friday

it's been a while since i've done a friday five post so here are a few things that caught my eye this week on the internets.


1. these colorful meringues
2. this dress
3. this bag (swoon)
4. this look
5. this DIY

oh, and this website for some of the most beautiful and inspiring photos

we're headed back to chicago tomorrow to pick stijn's parents up from the airport! so excited to have them here in the u.s., in our new home, and with our little family. have a lovely weekend friends!

friday fika


fika: swedish term for coffee break

after a visit to mad cap coffee in grand rapids and tasting one of the best cappuccinos i've ever had the pleasure of trying and in light of the fact that my previous employers, coffee emporium, are headed to the white house to meet with president obama, i thought this friday's collection would be dedicated to my life long love affair with coffee.

congratulations tony and eileen!

images found via pinterest

five on friday x2


i was not at all prepared for the summer like weather we've been having here lately. when we packed before leaving switzerland we thought at the time that 1. it would be typical late winter early spring weather here and 2. our shipment would arrive in march. well... 1. it's hot! like july hot! and 2. our shipment is in new york waiting until we have an address to be delivered to. not only am i without warm weather clothes and more importantly warm weather shoes but i realized that i have no summer clothes for eleanor. she and i have both been having a bit of a wardrobe crisis lately (she handles this much better than her mother). after some successful online shopping e has some short sleeve shirts, a few summer dresses, and two pairs of saltwater sandals. (is it ok if i occasionally wear mine so we match?)

my summer closet inspiration is lightweight easy clothing, lots of separates (still nursing), and pops of bright color. eleanor's summer wardrobe inspiration is all about ease and comfort as she is so active, cute sandals, and of course stripes.


on a separate yet related topic how many pieces of striped clothing is too much? i have put a freeze on buying anything striped for myself as i fear i have far overreached the limit but i am on the fence re: e's collection.

have an incredible weekend friends!
all images found via pinterest

five on friday


inspired to work on my cake decorating skills. loving the simple beauty of these designs.

images found via pinterest

oh and i'm also inspired by beer, bock beer, cincinnati bock beer. you'll find me in OTR this weekend tipping my hat and my bottle to the rich history of beer in cincinnati.

five on friday


a collection of things that inspired me this week.

nothing like a big move and living out of boxes to make you crave permanence. currently dreaming of a home...

all images found via pinterest