Category Archives: Life

Autumn Haircuts

The Dog Family
Hotel Venus Salon

This weekend we visited Aja, our hair magician comedienne extraordinaire, at Hotel Venus Salon after devouring cinnamon rolls and croissants from Wealthy Street Bakery. (Seriously, you must try a ham and asiago cheese croissant for a fast and savory morning indulgence). This darling Aveda salon is surprisingly calm on a late Saturday morning, and it’s close to some of my favorite local shops like Hunt & Gather and Black Lamb. We often sit outside for a late lunch or grab ice cream at Furniture City Creamery. What I love most about spending our morning here is the company and the charm of appointments written into an agenda rather than typed into a computer.

Aja took one look at my scraggly top-knot and we decided on a glaze to refresh my sombre color. I am so pleased with the warm, rosé color for autumn! The balayage mid-length to ends ensures my neglect won’t result in grown out roots. Heads up, fellas: this girl also does a mean GQ haircut!

fall sombre

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Puppy Party

Doug the Pug
Too Talls

Puppy fever has been going around for awhile now and, lucky for us, our friends Spencer and Chelsea caught the bug. This winter they brought home Fitzgerald and then Olivia – two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that have become fast friends with our Doug and Huey. On this day the pups enjoyed the new backyard for a full on puppy party.

There are some dog parks nearby, but I’ve mostly heard sour reviews. Fingers crossed for something clean and pup friendly on the West Side!

Sweet little Olive.
Little puff ball Fitz.
Secrets don’t make friends, Doug.
Cinnamon Roll
I’ll have a cinnamon roll tail, please.

Gray Malin Photography

Gray Malin Photography
Manly Beach Swimmers by Gray Malin

I am guilty of accumulating photos and prints that sit around waiting to be framed. In college, there were strict guidelines for frames on our walls, but after graduating laziness and aversion to custom framing were to blame! I’m ready to bring life and personality to our walls, starting with this print I purchased by photographer Gray Malin.

I love that his work tells a story from above always in punchy, bold, and very saturated hues. For his “À la Plage, À la Piscine” series, Malin captured stunning beaches and colorful beach goers in 6 continents and 16 helicopters.

Bondi Beach: Sydney, Australia

Initially I gravitated toward  “La Dolce Vita” series that transports me back to my time living in Rome and traveling the Amalfi Coast for my birthday weekend. The vibrant yellows of Positano remind me of laying on that rocky beach in a sea of yellow and white umbrellas.

Gray Malin Positano Town

Gray Malin Umbrellas

Ultimately I decided on the first print taken at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia because it takes me somewhere new. Plus, that teal is my jam!

One King’s Lane had a print sale over the weekend and there are just a few left through tomorrow, May 21. Be sure to check it out! The prints arrive unframed, but with a hefty discount the oversized prints would bring heat to any home (especially in the Mitten State)!

See more of Gray’s stylish home here
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Gray Malin Interior