Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Eighth Year

 Outfit Details: Dress: Vintage (remixed here) // Hat: UO // Vest: TJ Maxx // Necklace: Vintage from mom // Shoes: Seychelles

Life is pretty simple on most days for the wee fam and I.  So after this balmy, white-skyed evening spent at the craft store finding the supplies I need to polish of the four DIYs I have going on at the moment - we took a stop at a local park so Keane could run around to his little heart's content.  He loves to run and run and run - which means, we chase, we chase, we chase.  My shoes were not the most sensible for doing this - so this resulted in some very ungraceful looking leaps, skips, and hops to keep pace.  Nonetheless, it was perfectly fun and as you can see we had a not so happy camper on our hands once it was time to leave.  

Gotta run darlings - it's my 8th year wedding anniversary today so I will be happily celebrating with the Mr.  

Thanks for the best 8 years of my life darling.   Here's to many many many more.  You simply make me feel like the luckiest gal in the world.

Love Bunches, 

And one more lovely tidbit.  My sponsor Hattie from Hattitude Jewellery Shop and Style Blog is offering a 20% discount to all readers of The Shades of Monet Chronicles with the code "Shades".  Pop on over here too see all her new original pieces.  There are plenty of beauties to feast your eyes on :-)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Amusement II

 Outfit Details: Dress: Francesca's Collections (sale)// Scarf: From Grandmother // Cardi: UO (remixed here) // Shoes: UO

Several weeks back the Mr. and I headed off the beaten path just a bit to peruse a local pop up flea market.  Unfortunately we got there a tad too late and all the vendors had torn down however the grounds were still open, so this defunct amusement park where the flea market is held, was all ours to explore.  

Talk about eerie.  It was not hard to see this once lively little amusement park was just a skeleton of it's former self.  Decrepit spider web laced buildings, a carousel pavilion without a carousel inside of it, and a single wooden coaster left to stand in all it's overgrown tree engulfed glory.  

So there you have it - I may not have found any flea market treasures, but I sure found an old and rusty, and still quite charming little gem.

Have a beautiful Saturday darlings!

Love Bunches, 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Favorites // July Edition

Hello Darlings, 

It's hard to believe July is almost over as I feel like summer has just started.  Where may I ask has the time run off to?  Anyhow, at the close of each month I  (along with some of my sponsors) want to do a short little post on some of the current things we are hearting - yes, I know that is not a word, but it should be, right?  

My picks:

How could I possibly resist this little beauty?  The floral print is tugging at my heartstrings.

1960s Vintage Playsuit

If only this darling little number were my size.  I would have surely snagged it up by now.

Tiare Coconut Oil

Summer is not summer without slathering this delightful smelling coconut oil all over me.  It's 100% natural and scented with gardenia flower...not to mention it's a way better moisturizer than any artificial smelling lotion out there.

Lisa's Pick:

Since we are smack dab in the middle of summer, right now I'm loving vintage inspired bathing suits. I love mine from Frankie Four- they are made to your measurements, out of vintage fabric!

Hattie's Pick:

Hey Bloggettes! I'm Hattie from Curly is Contagious. I'm a music fanatic and what has really tickled my fancy this past month is Justin Townes Earle...Have you heard of him?

 My manfriend came across his performance on the Letterman show. Townes Earl's voice is so gravelly...dare I say it...behind those thick, red, rimmed glasses....sexy. What is it about musicians that they make a girls heart thump a little harder in her chest?

Watch it below and try not to swoon too much...

Hattie Dunstan
Owner and Designer of Hattitude Jewellery

Tweet: www.twitter.com/hattitudejewels

Brooke's Pick:

I am currently loving my handmade felt flower ring from Kyrgyzstan. We bought this from a market, that also sells heaps of other popular Kyrgyz felt products, and I haven't been able to leave the house without it. 

 -Brooke from Brooke vs. the World

Happy Friday to you all.  May your weekend be as lovely as ever.

See you real soon!

Love Bunches, 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Skull Creek

Outfit Details: Dress: Vintage // Hat: Target // Purse: Thrifted // Shoes: Amazon.com

Hello there, 

Another perfect summer day is on the horizon - and unfortunately I'm in a bit of a funk.  Argh, luckily, that is nothing a little trip to the craft store can't cure...ha!  Anyhow, towards the end of my week in Hilton Head, the famiglia and I headed over the reception site for my sister's wedding.  This little marina on Skull Creek, is pretty much so the view from the back porch that we will be celebrating on.  Skull Creek is one of the single places on the island where you can catch the sunset - so I can only imagine right now what a magical night it will be.  

I felt as if I were a Southern Belle in my oversized hat and floral dress - which is not really my typical style, but it seemed fitting giving that we were down in the charming South.

Gotta run for now.  Catch up with you darlings real soon:)

Love Bunches, 

Monday, July 23, 2012

 Happy Monday darlings!

Hope your weekend was a swell one!  I am now back home and getting my lil ol self unpacked and situated once again.  The vacation was a very successful one and - the house for my sis's wedding has been found - but more on that soon.  Anyhow, it's that time again to give a call for sponsors in August.  If you are interested pop on over here or click on the "Sponsor" tab above to get the details.  Checkout is a cakewalk and your ad will go live within 24 hours of submission.  

I am offering an end of the summer special of "Book 3, Get 4" - for anyone who purchases 3 months of medium or small ad space.  When checking out, change the quantity to "3" and I will go in and add an additional month for free.  It's as easy as that!  If you have booked small or medium spaces in the past, I will honor those to let you get in on a little piece of the action as well:)

Have any questions? - you can always give me a hoot and holler at Parkerlilyblvd@yahoo.com.

Gotta fly for now darlings.  See you tomorrow!

Love Bunches, 

Friday, July 20, 2012

AM's at the Bakery

Outfit Details: Top (Romper) & Hat: UO // Skirt: Vintage // Necklace: Antique Mall // Bag & Shoes: Thrifted

A week in Hilton Head just isn't complete without catching a spot of pastry from Signe's Bakery.  Today I feasted on marzipan and cheese pastry, but I also had my eyes on these lavender biscotti's - mmm, perhaps next time.  Anyhow, today's pop in is going to be a quick one, because I must gobble up every last minute here on "the island" before we head back home tomorrow.  I wish you all the sweetest sunshine-filled weekend possible!  

Talk soon!
Love Bunches, 

One more tidbit...from all the qualifying entries for the The Braided Bandit Vintage Giveaway - the winner is:

Congrats Sarah, we'll be in contact with you soon:)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

July Sponsor Spotlight

Hi Darlings, 

Today will find me at the beach taking advantage of my last couple days in Hilton Head ... but before it's back to the daily grind, I wanted to take a moment and introduce a few of my July sponsors to you.  I'm really loving how diverse this lovely little group of ladies is, and how just plain ol awesome their blogs are - so without further ado...

The Muffington Post

I am Mary-Morgan from The Muffington Post. I am a hairdresser and makeup artist. I love to bake yummy vegan sweets, thrift and make pretty things. I love all things pink, lots of vintage, and happy things.

Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Tumblr


Brooke vs. the World

Brooke vs. the World (aka Brooke Schoenman) spends her free time traipsing around former Soviet countries like Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine before returning to Sydney where she further explores the life of an American expat in Australia. Brooke's travel life started back in 2007, and she is still traveling and blogging about her adventures on her website, as well as on popular travel sites across the web. With no plans for stopping anytime soon, she hopes to spread the love of travel and inspire women everywhere to get up and go -- even if that means going it alone.

 Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Newsletter - Female Travel Underground


Lala Faux Bois

Hello, friends of Marisa! I'm Lisa, the blogger behind lala faux bois, all about my obsessions with traveling, vintage, and making stuff. I have dreams of seeing the world, but most the time you can find me petting my kitties or thrifting my heart out.  

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

Just one more thing....Only one day left to enter The Braided Bandit Vintage $40 Giftcard Giveaway - which is really in other words scoring a piece of beautiful vintage clothing from Hannah's shop for free.  Enter here or click the sidebar to the left.  The winner will be announced tomorrow:)

Catch ya real soon!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shelter Cove

 Outfit Details: Dress: Vintage - Antiqued // Scarf & Shoes: Thrifted

Hello Darlings, 

Well it's just about mid-week and my vacation is in full force.  I've been doing not much more than soaking up sunshine and gulping up moments by the water.  Who here could happily live on vacation all year long? - I swear I most certainly feel like I could at times,  but I suppose it might get a bit monotonous after awhile.  Anyhow, after a oyster po boy and crawfish bisque dinner in the evening - it was so lovely to take a wee stroll through the charming little Shelter Cove with my mom - which is a sweet handful of shops and restaurants and such on the water.  I'm kind of a sucker for Dawson's Creek-esque looking seaside towns like that.    Enough said:)

How about your week?  Any vacations in the near future?  Do share.

Love Bunches, 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Water Slides

 Outfit Details: Dress: Vintage in my shop // Scarf & Shoes: Thrifted // Necklace: UO (old)


So I guess it's now safe to say I am happily nestled in Hilton Head and on the hunt for the perfect house to hold my little sis's beach wedding at.  This however is not Hilton Head.  During the past couple of weeks, the hubs and I had several days free to ourselves, sooooo....we decided to take an afternoon and spend it amongst some local falls - or Mother Nature's water slides as I'd like to call them.  If anything it was such a peaceful little nook to just walk and talk and take it slow - real slow.  So with that thought, my connection here on "the island" is pretty slow itself, so please pardon if it takes me a little while to catch up with you all before too long.   Hmm, I'm thinking right now the beach awaits.  Here's to one slow & peaceful Sunday!

Love Bunches, 


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