Sometimes I have to remind myself that it is okay to have absolutely no plans over the weekend! We totally tend to overload ourselves, don’t we? I think I’ll indulge and spend a few hours at my favorite bookstore downtown and maybe make myself a gourmet brunch… What do you love to do when you have absolutely no plans at all?

Speaking of brunch… lemon ricotta waffles with poppyseed. They look heavenly, right?

Planning an outdoor wedding?

Do you love old books as much as I do? Check out this fun shop.

This made me laugh.

I love how these kids react to a controversial Cheerios commercial.

A napkin ring roundup.

Like Vs. Love (in card format)

Who doesn’t love a good treehouse?

This is how Vera does it…

Can’t you see this DIY card inspiring a bright modern wedding?

Two takes on embroidery: star calendar and love is…

The 50 United…Plates?

In case you missed our fabulous guest bloggers this week:

Creative Flower Girl Ideas from Christina McNeill and Naked Bouquet
Bridesmaid Style from Lox Papers
Timeless and Wearable Wedding Gowns from Frolic
Getting Ready Playlist from Dart DJ
Wedding Lingerie from Faire Frou Frou
18 Favorite Cakes from Shira at Martha Stewart Weddings

Have a lovely weekend friends! XO, Shanley

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Happy Friday! With the 4th behind us we’re onto the second half of summer. (Sorry, I said it.) For me, that means making sure I can squeeze in every last thing I had planned to do – take my brother sky diving for his birthday, plan a trip to Glen Arbor in northern Michigan, and try out a new urban winery just down the street from my house. What’s on your summer bucket list?

Dear photograph… a fun project about past and present.

Cookies too pretty to eat.

Fuss free honeymoon packing, thanks to Anthropologie.

Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these?

Cactus cupcakes.

Loving the fab finds over at Lief, especially this burlap textured cheese board.

A blog that will make you fall in love with words

Grow your own mushroom kits.

My kinda grilled cheese

Sweet guest books from Crafty Pie Press! (And other paper goods to match, of course!)

Lusting after this little beauty…

Did you catch all the beautiful places we visited this week? Thailand, Costa Rica, St. Bart’s, West Coast Road Trip, and Paris.

Have a happy weekend, friends! XO, Shanley

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In spirit of the long weekend, we’re sharing Friday links a few days early. Here’s to some time off filled with family and friends, a few fireworks, and your most favorite of Independence Day traditions…Enjoy!

Photo: Americana series from Jim Hughes.

It’s park season!

Dress up your phone with these wallpapers.

A love letter to the San Francisco fog.

In search of a fun weekender?

Lovely DIY flower pom pin and headband.

Do you read this NY Times column?

A firework cake topper via Oh Happy Day.


Rhubarb & orange? Yum…

Thinking of investing in an art piece

SF to Paris in two minutes… (hint: wait for the Aurora!)

Glam home in the Hollywood Hills.

In case you missed our boozy popsicles post…

Have a fabulous holiday!  We’ll see you on Monday with real weddings not to be missed! xo, Shanley

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Before Monday comes I’ll be heading to St. John for my first vacation of the summer. Wahoo! A week full of snorkeling, reading, hiking, kayaking, and a few nights at a local music festival. Do you have upcoming vacation plans?

Photo Garry Winogrand via

A thank you note a day. My favorite.

Vogue does weddings.

An entertaining (and possibly musical) escort card display.

What are your thoughts on the jumpsuit trend?  I just took the plunge with this Topshop number…

A sophisticated mimosa.

Masking tape… who knew?

A beach bag to die for.

Fashion inspiration from the Valentino Runway, via This is Glamorous.

The perfect summer DIY.

Pretty vintage cocktail rings via SF Girl By Bay.  

Love this chalkboard printable – plus, it’s free!

Eco friendly sunnies. 

Have a great weekend, friends! xo, Shanley

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This is the last time I’ll say it, I promise… summer is officially here! Happy longest day of the year! I’m commemorating the official start to summer by camping in the Rocky Mountains for the weekend. Doesn’t a night under a big full moon and away from your phone and laptop sound nice? What are your weekend plans?

Image by Kelsey Gerhard via You Are My Wild – a weekly portrait project documenting how photographers see their kids.

The Happiness Advantage – a favorite TED talk.

A philosophy on modern manners. (Pretty script too!)

I’m itching to read this book.

This top ten list could certainly come in handy for your next long vacation.

Help I’ve Cut Myself (And want to save a life.)

A simply jaw-dropping dinner set-up  from Firenze Forever Via Julia Engel’s Instagram.

Loving this simple, preppy camera strap – perfect for summer travel! (Plus, this website, Given Goods, is fabulous. All their products give back!)

A happy elopement.

Bring home Mexico with this cocktail recipe.

American made wedding gifts via Made Collection. (Love the cutting board oil!)

Have a lovely one, friends! xo, Shanley

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