Favorite shop feature: Finley and Bub and a GIVEAWAY

July 30, 2015

Happy Friday and happy summer! I just got home from a very happy vacation with my sweet boys to New Orleans and Florida, and since I have so many reasons to be happy (cue Pharrell Williams), I thought I should give you a reason to be happy too. ;)

My friend, Natalie of the adorable shop, Finley & Bub, is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $30 credit to buy whatever you want from her etsy shop. 

Being a self-professed accessory junkie, I became an insta-fan of Finley and Bub the moment I discovered it on Instagram. Natalie makes all of her items by hand...from boho headbands & flower crowns for big & little ladies alike, to scarves & hats to keep you and/or your little ones cozy in the cold.

Atticus loved his adorable FB hat in the winter and his cowl scarves that were the perfect transitional pieces for chilly Spring mornings. He also couldn't stop wearing his custom party hat with little trains on it that went perfectly with his train birthday party theme.

I couldn't get enough of my FB hair flair and had so much fun styling the clips, headbands, and leather tassel piece that I wore as a belt on vacation in New Orleans, and as a headband on the beach. All of the FB pieces can go easily from casual to elegant paired with jeans and a t, a crop top & pencil skirt by ShopOne, or with a simple summer dress and strappy sandals (while eating macarons from Sucre in New Orleans with your favorite little buddy-so good, I couldn't not give a shout out...make sure to try the banana fosters and chicory- insert heart eye emoji here).

Photo Credit: Shop One Outfit details: skirt & crop, Shop One, headband, Finley and Bub

Tassel leather belt, Finley and Bub, macarons: Sucre in New Orleans

I love all of Natalie's one of a kind pieces, and I'm sure you will too. Be sure to enter this giveaway to pick your favorites- just in time for back to school or that last minute summer bash or vacation! Because Natalie and I became friends through Instagram, I thought it would be fun to have an Instagram giveaway.

Entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Follow @finleyandbub, @acolorfulchaos, and @lapetitepaula on Instagram
2. Like the picture posted on IG below (the one of me on the beach wearing the tassel headband) and tag as many friends as you would like in the comments section on IG under the pic (one friend per comment)
3. Tell us what your favorite Finley and Bub items are and what you can't wait to buy if you win.

That's it! Easy peasy, right?!

Winner announced on Monday, August 3rd!

Good luck & may the odds be ever in your favor!

*This contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ yrs of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

National Donut Day/Local Loves: Vincent Van Doughnut

June 5, 2015

Happy National Donut Day! If you're from St. Louis, we think you should celebrate at one of our favorites- Vincent Van Doughnut! It's fun chasing their truck, but their charming, new shop in Clayton reminds us of a cozy corner cafe in Paris that invites you to stay all day (or until they sell out of their quality creations). We love that their deliciously decadent donuts are made fresh from scratch. A winner of the We heart STL award for top donuts given by Alive magazine, you "donut" want to miss Vincent Van Doughnut!  

The staff is so super friendly. They even gave Atticus a complimentary donut hole, which he accepted with no hesitation. He can't resist these delicious donuts either!

Be sure to check them out, especially today on National Doughnut Day! Or catch their food truck around town. You can't miss out on these delectable donuts. They'll have you coming back for more!

Choo Choo! Atticus is 2

June 4, 2015

Two years of kisses on soft, squishy cheeks, and gap toothed grins that melt my heart into puddles. Two years of tickling tiny toes and holding hands on walks, and wide eyed wonder at "da moon up in da sky." Two years of watching him grow from a tiny blueberry with a beating heart to a blue eyed boy with my heart in the palm of his sticky banana scented hands. I can't believe my sweet Atticus is two.

We had so much fun celebrating over Memorial Day weekend with family and friends who all made his special day perfect.

I knew I wanted to have a train party because he loves trains & I loved all of the sweet vintage charm that a train theme could bring. 

We went with a red, white, & blue Americana color scheme since his birthday fell over Memorial Day weekend, which was perfect, because it was easy to find decor in those colors. I incorporated gingham, burlap, & bandanas on the tables & fresh flowers for added ambiance.

Sweet Sharon snapped some pictures of Atticus dressed in his conductor gear by the train station in Kirkwood a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to use those photos as decoration. She also took photos of all of the party fun! My lovely friend Amanda used her design skills to make an adorable invite & came over early to decorate. My dad & hubby helped decorate & put together the birthday boy's new train set, my mom was in charge of getting balloons & an emergency Coke that got rid of my migraine (she saved the day!), and Sharon used her craft skills to turn a little red wagon into a train & some empty boxes into a bigger train for the littlest guests to enjoy. 

Since the train party left the station at 3:30, we offered light sweet snacks- some donut "coals" from Vincent Van Doughnut (local loves coming soon), Gus' Pretzels in the shape of 2s, blueberries & raspberries as a healthy option, & a banana & chocolate cake made from scratch by the chef at La P√Ętisserie Chouquette.

 All in all, it was a very fun day!

Atticus says thank "choo" to everyone who came & everyone who helped! 

Trending Tuesday: #DonutDays

June 2, 2015

Happy Tuesday! "Donut" you just love donuts? We "donut" know how anyone could turn down such a sweet treat. Topped with chocolate & coffee the way Paula prefers, or with blueberries & cheesecake like Sharon's favorite, they're a heavenly pastry we just can't get enough of dem donuts.  This Trending Tuesday is all about the DONE.

Donut Purse by Sidecca

DIY Sun Hat by Studio DIY
Donut Dress by ASOS
Donut Socks by Echo Club House
Donut Coin Purse by Forever 21

Donut Print by Jo Jo la Rue
Donut Pool Floats by UO

Donut Ring by Bite Size Miniatures
Donut Tank by Forever 21

Donut Phone Case by Pencil Shavings Studio
White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn Donut by Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Donut Tea Towels by Paper Source

Donut Backpack by Skinnydip London
Donut Mug by Brush and Bow

Copeland- I Can Make You Feel Young Again

May 18, 2015

After almost 6 years since parting ways, Copeland's new full length album, Ixora, was released in November of 2014. As if that wasn't magical enough, they also went on another tour, so I surprised my husband with tickets for his birthday.  My musical dreams came true when I got to hear them play "When Paula Sparks" live one more time this past weekend at the Ready Room (which is obviously my favorite song). To elevate my fan-girl status to new heights, I also got another picture taken with Aaron Marsh & got a copy of the set-list with Aaron's signature next to my name. I was suddenly having flashbacks to their show at Mississippi Nights when they played with the Appleseed Cast & I also snagged a photo & the set list. It just goes to show you that even if all good things must come to an end, there is always the possibility that they can begin again. Well done, Copeland. You made me feel young again.

Check out this brand new video they released today, & catch them on the road with Paramore or headlining with their friends, Dallas based Indie Rockers, Valise. Happy listening.