The Birthday Pup

Before I dive right in and accost you with a billion photos of my awesome dog (welcome to my Facebook feed!) let me say this: I know I’m a bit over-the-top about this pup. The thing is, he is my little partner-in-crime. I work from home and he hangs out with me every day. We head out every couple of hours and run around the yard until we’re tired and then come back in so I can work and he can pass out, snoring, on the chair to my left. He is loving, sweet, hilarious, energetic and fearless and Jason and I love every single moment with him.

We first started talking about getting a dog shortly after we got married. We both grew up with dogs and I’d been wanting to get one for years. I started obsessing over petfinder.com and when we stumbled upon Sawyer’s (previously known as Groovy!) sweet little face, we knew he was the one for us (see photo below on the left). We put the application in immediately with Peace & Paws Dog Rescue and anxiously awaited news. I’m pretty sure we both did a happy dance when we got the acceptance email. We picked him up from Rescue Riders Transport in NH after his long journey up from Alabama. I have to give both Peace & Paws and Rescue Riders a HUGE shout-out here. They are amazing and have changed the lives of countless dogs and people. Sawyer was one of an adorable litter of pups, many of whom made the journey North with him. (There is a photo below of a few of them together for a puppy reunion we had over the Summer.) From the moment he was placed in my arms — all 10lbs of him — we were hooked. He snuggled either on my shoulder or on Jason’s chest (depending on who was driving) the whole way home. Talk about the best decision we ever could have made!

Over the last 10 months since he first came into our lives (we got him at 2 months old, on Dec. 16) Sawyer has made quite a mark;). Watching him play with our nieces & nephews (from 2 all the way up to 13!) is both hilarious and adorable. Two of the youngest girls regularly ask for him by name. He gives kisses like it’s his job and says more with his eyes than some people do with their words. He’s smart as a whip and will pick a specific toy out of a pile if you ask him to. He gets insanely excited when particular people come to visit and perks his ears up every time he hears their names. And, nothing beats the welcome that Jason gets every single day when he gets home from work. Barking, tail-wagging, butt-shaking, doggie-kissing awesomeness.

Today we celebrate the first birthday of our dear little (ahem, 70lb) Sawyer. We love you buddy!! Happy Birthday!




[So many people have asked what kind of dog he is and the short answer is: we’re not 100% sure. His mom, Marilyn Monroe (now living with one of Sawyer’s guardian angels down South), looks to be at least part Pit Bull. We think he might have some Lab, but have also been wondering about Chow Chow as well. We do know that he is 100% awesome;)]

Thankful…

Today, I’m thankful. It was one short year ago, right now (4pm), that the sounds of “Little Martha” by the Allman Brothers began to play in the main concert hall at Stone Mountain Arts Center. I had my dad to my left and my mom to my right when I stepped into the room and looked down the aisle to the main stage where Jason was waiting. If you know us, you know our story… I’m biased, but I think it’s a pretty darn good one. That day was eighteen years in the making, from our first meeting until finally meeting up on that stage. It was well worth the wait. So today, I’m thankful for my amazing husband. Happy Anniversary:). We had a fantastic first year, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in crime. I love you!

[all images by Anne Skidmore Photography — thank you thank you!!]

Estella on SALE!

Happy New Year lovelies!! I owe you a post in a big way and I’ve got lots to tell you about;). Before I do that, however, I’ve got a special New Year’s deal for you. You may remember a post about a fabulous little NYC-based children’s shop called Estella? I wish that I’d found this shop before leaving the city. It’s the perfect spot to browse for unique and thoroughly adorable things for your little cutie. They carry my beloved Jellycats, the most amazing stuffed animals EVER and boast a perfectly curated selection of kid’s clothing including house-label designs along with a fab selection of unique toys and gifts.

I was recently in touch with the ladies at Estella in regards to my holiday Jellycat order (a few tots in my life were the proud recipients!) and learned, much to my delight, that they are fans of this little blog of mine. We’re working on a feature for this month, but in the meantime, they were kind enough to offer a generous deal for all of my lovely readers. I’m hoping you’ll think this is as cool as I do…

From RIGHT NOW through January 15, you will receive 50% off on all of Estella’s Cotton Essentials. Yep… HALF OFF!! Just use the code: PlainLovely50.

The Cotton Essentials are soft, versatile, machine-washable and there are so many pretty colors to choose from. I hope you’ll find something perfect. Happy New Year and enjoy the sale! A few adorable little suggestions, just for you:)

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striped cotton one piece suit, $36 ($18 for you!) – buy here

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solid long-sleeve henley, $40 ($20 for you!) – buy here

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baby romper, $42 ($21 for you!) – buy here

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striped short sleeve tee, $36 ($18 for you!) – buy here

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baby dress, $40 ($20 for you!) – buy here

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short sleeve tee, $28 ($14 for you!) – buy here

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leggings, $24 ($12 for you!) – buy here

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Now go buy some things for your babes:) – Maybe snag a Jellycat while you’re at it!


JPL on Thistle & Clover

I’m honored and frankly a bit giddy to have been asked by the gals over at Thistle & Clover to contribute to their holiday guest post series. [You remember a little feature on T&C right here on JPL back in May] I like to live vicariously through their posts and pretend that I still have a shop back in good ol’ NYC;). Please take a moment to head on over and check it out! While you’re there, take a peek at some of the fantastic items in their shop. Loooooooooooove!

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Just Plain Lovely on Thistle and Clover

(a peek at what you’ll see over at T&C)

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Happy Birthday Miss Lady

This is a short, sweet, darling little HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to my beloved friend Sanno Elena. I have known this fabulous gal since the day I was born. We’ve been through it all, this gal and I. From emptying full containers of baby powder onto my closet floor, to happily posing for our first day of school at NCS, to traveling to St. John, Malaysia and Thailand, to surviving the jungle that is NYC… we’ve been through thick and thin and I couldn’t ask for a better friend. So, Miss Lady… Happy Birthday to you! May your 34th year be even better than the rest, may it present a whole new range of possibility, and may the flights between SFO and PWM get cheaper;). I miss you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

emersonmade on brooklyn bride!

I’m a big fan of Emersonmade, as clearly evidenced by my recent post… It should come as no surprise, then, that a recent studio tour post on fab wedding website, Brooklyn Bride, got me a little giddy. I do love getting a little inside peek at how the magic is made;). Click here to check out the story!

[image from Emersonmade via Brooklyn Bride]

Why I love… Oh Joy!

Joy Deangdeelert Cho may just be my new hero. I’ve been a devoted blog-reader for quite some time now and have been watching her creative empire grow. A graphic designer, dedicated blogger, food enthusiast, entrepreneurial consultant, and published author, Joy seems to have it all covered. I adore her stationary and have long lusted after her darling little notebooks. I was tickled pink when I learned that she’d launched a line of wallpaper, sold exclusively at fab home design destination, Hygge & West. I’ve been following news of her co-authored book (with fellow design enthusiast, Meg Mateo Ilasco), Creative, Inc., and can’t wait to pick up my own copy! [Scroll down for a eye-catching book launch stop-motion video.]

I’m a bit envious of what appears to be a charmed creative life, though I fully understand the pure talent and hard work that it’s likely taken her to get to where she is. It’s admirable and inspiring, really, and I encourage you to take a closer look at all of Joy’s work! Maybe even snatch up a roll or two of that gorgeous wallpaper;)

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Oh Joy!

the blog :: the studio :: the shop :: the wallpaper :: the food blog :: the tweets

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Petal Pusher, Champagne & Cream by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Things to Note, Red Floral Notebook, $13.50 – Available at Oh Joy!, buy here

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A Stone’s Throw Away, White & Gray by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Nature Exploration Agate Notebook by Oh Joy! – check it out here (SOLD OUT)

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Lovely Leaves, Gray, Blue & White by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Things to Note Dot Notebook , $13.50 – Available at Oh Joy!, buy here

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Petal Pusher, White & Gold by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Creative Inc. stop motion film:

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[Images from Oh Joy! and Hygge & West, Video via Youtube and Oh Joy!]

please don’t stop the music

I’ll have to keep this intro brief, for if I start talking with you all about Jamie Cullum, I may never stop. I may get caught up in nostalgia, longing for days past, and could get lost in my memories. I was assigned to be marketing lead on Jamie Cullum’s first US release back in the summer of 2003. He was rapidly becoming a star in the UK and the US market seemed poised and ready. The album was slated for release in 2004 and we were charged with preparing the market for Jamie. I was 25, driven, and hungry for success. I suppose it didn’t hurt that I was as romanced by the music and Jamie’s stellar on-stage performances as everyone else. I worked with Jamie’s fantastic team from that very first day, right up through my departure around the end of 2006. I miss them!

Today’s video highlights the über-talented Mr. Jamie Cullum… In honor of both his latest release and also what promises to be an outstanding weekend at the Newport Jazz Festival. If you’ve got tickets, you’re among the lucky. Enjoy!

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the maker makes

Back in the good ol’ days, I was a music lady extraordinaire. I spent time in both A&R [Artists & Repertoire] and Marketing and developed strong relationships with fellow business folk and musicians alike. I was fortunate enough to work with an incredible group of people, both teaching me a remarkable amount and maybe even growing with me.

Shortly before leaving, back in 2006, I was given the honor of marketing lead on the Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack. It was an amazing movie to be affiliated with and the soundtrack upheld the film’s integrity. With featured artists like Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, the album was destined to make it’s mark. One of my favorite songs on the album is by Rufus Wainwright, The Maker Makes. I wouldn’t say that I had any direct influence on how the video turned out, but I was there nearly every step of the way and spent a fair amount of time helping out with the process. [Memories of the editing room with artist, manager, my boss and the editor are now filling my head. So many movie clips to fit in!! Hunt down that version if you can. It’s actually pretty powerful.]

It was an awesome experience, to say the least, and something that added a whole new collection of ‘make-me-smile’ moments to my music career. Maybe listening to Rufus will make your day a little better too… try it;).

missed connections

You: were eating a gigantic chocolate chip cookie while wearing skinny jeans on the L train.

Me: sitting across from you twirling my hair in a mini skirt.

A piece of the cookie crumbled to the ground and I giggled. You caught my eye, winked and offered me a bite. Let’s get together and eat some cake.

If you’ve ever happened upon the missed connections section on Craigslist, this little scenario won’t sound all that strange. The site allows people to write notes to someone with whom they felt a connection was made, but didn’t have the guts in the moment to ask for a number, or maybe did, but got turned down. I’m sure the situations are varied, but they are generally all pretty entertaining to read. I especially love the NY version which always seems to have a good stories about hipsters, girls with tattoos in Williamsburg, or people in pink tutus outside clubs on the Lower East Side.  Maine’s is a little less quirky, but still worth a read every now and then.

I don’t frequent missed connections, rather I’ll wait for someone to send me the good ones, or I’ll roll on over to Sophie Blackall’s genius blog, Missed Connections. She’s this amazing illustrator who has given a new image to these lost stories online. Her renderings are captivating, beautiful and will often give me a little chuckle. After first finding  her site, I started poking around a little more. I learned that she’s got a fabulous website for her non-missed connections illustrations, she creates children’s books, populates a second blog with her work, and seems like the kind of gal who I’d like to invite to tea topped off with a snifter of brandy or something;). I love her style and hope that someday I’ll have a reason to hire her for something lovely!

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Sophie Blackall

the missed connections :: the blog :: the etsy shop :: the website

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Red Book, Blue Book, $40 – by Sophie Blackall, buy here

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Color Changing Dress at BBQ, $40 – by Sophie Blackall, buy here

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You Left Your Coat Here Last Winter, $40 – by Sophie Blackall, buy here

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Ice Skating in Central Park, We Collided, $40 – by Sophie Blackall, buy here

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Unbelievable Moustache on the C, $40 – by Sophie Blackall, buy here

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We Shared a Bear Suit, $40 – by Sophie Blackall, buy here

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[all images by Sophie Blackall]

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