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. 

A Colorful Chaos turns One!

May 14, 2015

Happy anniversary to us! Today marks one year since we started this little blog of ours. It all started with wives getting together while our husband's had band practice. And before we knew it, we birthed this little blog and are now celebrating one year! We thought we would share some of our favorite posts this past year and some of our most popular posts. Thanks for reading!

One of our favorite posts, and a reader favorite, was one of our very first ones, Paula's baby boy's first birthday. He celebrated with a vintage newsboy themed party. He is adorable, and now he will be celebrating his second birthday later this month! He's getting so big!

One of our more popular posts was Sharon's macrame wall hanging. Macrame has become one of our favorite things and hobbies. Hopefully an etsy shop will be opening soon.... 

Another favorite of ours is one of our first photo shoots with Atticus. Valentine's Day is one of Paula's favorite holidays, and she wanted to share it with her favorite little Valentine. He wasn't always cooperative, but in the end we snapped a couple good ones and had a lot of fun just chasing him around and wrangling him.

And another DIY, because Sharon is Mrs. Crafty. One of her favorite posts, and house projects, is her kitchen remodel. Still loving the color of the cabinets. Since then, even more house projects have been going on in this kitchen that we will share later.
Lastly, we loved celebrating Paula's birthday with some adorable fall fashion in the Central West End. We may prefer warmer weather, but we still love fall styles!

We hope you enjoyed reminiscing with us. We can't wait to see what lies ahead!


Paula and Sharon