THE Big Reveal

Slow down you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart tell me,
Why are you still so afraid? (mmmmm)

Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day (Ay)

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through (Oooh)
When will you realize… Vienna waits for you?

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)

Too bad, but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right (you’re right)

You got your passion, you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true (Oooh)
When will you realize… Vienna waits for you?

These lyrics have always been near and dear to my heart. Sometimes it is hard to trust in the timing of everything. I personally tend to rush things or always look ahead. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy the moment but rather I get nervous there won’t be enough time for me to accomplish my dreams. I have this constant battle with anxious behavior so when something doesn’t happen I begin to stress.

I can be quite the emotional person. I admit it. I am a sensitive and dramatic soul. When I graduated college it wasn’t easy. It felt like my friends all moved away, I was barely making ends meet and adult life was exhausting. I felt a little lost on post-grad life, and I was still in Texas. I started to grow a little unhappy. You see, I always had dreams to move abroad, mainly Paris. I fell head-over-heels for the city when I visited in high school and the love affair continued after numerous trips. I actually tried to turn this dream into a reality a few times before but the world always seemed to have other plans. I always found it so frustrating that every time I tried to go, something went wrong. Either I didn’t get accepted into a program, I got a new job, a possible parisian roommate fell through…etc. My mom always told me, “well, it isn’t the right time.” My thoughts? Fuck time! I want to go now. If it doesn’t happen now I will never go! It has to work NOW! That was how frustrated I was feeling. Every time I would get down or frustrated about my failing plans I would play this song by Billy Joel (above). Over and over. I even changed the lyrics from “Vienna waits for you” to “Paris waits for you.”

I have now been married two years to the absolute love of my life, and the dream of moving to Paris seemed all but forgotten. He and his family have always been so generous with travel, and we have loved seeing the world together. But there is always a bit of a sigh when I come back to Dallas and I know the trip is over. It is hard for me to get back into the routine of “normalcy.” I want to do more. 

Do you want to know the reasons I love my husband more than anything in this world? He supports me, loves me, respects me, and encourages me. The man is a gift from God. I am not sure I could have ever found someone so perfect. So why am I getting this personal? The other night I had a complete cry sesh with him. After a bottle of wine the tears came. They weren’t sad tears – more tears of the unknown and fear of running out of time to accomplish my dreams. I warned I had a tendency to be dramatic. But he gets me. Since he grew up in Switzerland and has lived in multiple countries he understands my fear of living in the same place and never experiencing something new. He comforts my anxieties and always helps me feel at ease while assuring me, there is enough time. I told you he is perfect for me!

It literally took him all of three minutes after I was done explaining my tears to say, “Go. Go live your dream. Move to Paris for the summer and check that off your list.” “I am sorry, did I hear you right? I can’t just gooo. I have a family. I have responsibilities. I would miss you too much. No.” Literally that was my response. Can you imagine having your dream handed to you on a silver platter and you say no? Well, I did. I couldn’t comprehend leaving my best friend (him) and my dog, Annie. However, he continued to chat it out with me. I started to think “Why couldn’t I go this summer? I have no major responsibilities. I work from home. He can take care of the dog.” It was the perfect timing.

Timing. That funny, hard to trust, confusing word that I finally heard in the right sentence: “Mary, this is the perfect timing.” The moment he said it I felt this overwhelming sensation deep in my bones. He was right. This was MY TIME. So there it is, with the support of my very understanding, phenomenal, loving husband, I am moving to Paris for the summer!! I have signed-up (and been approved) to take a course in french and hopefully learn enough to follow along with my in-laws.

On my drive home from Houston this past weekend I played “Vienna” by Billy Joel and smiled the entire song. It had all come full circle. If you are patient enough dreams do come true. Paris didn’t have to wait any longer, I was coming!

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The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, Texas

at home • Biscuit x Ashley Longshore

I have loved Ashley Longshore since first seeing her at the Biscuit offices and then again in Bailey’s home. Her spunk, creativity, and outspoken sense of humor really speaks through her work. And I am sold. I only dream to own one of her paintings one day but for now I can have a little piece of Ashley in the amazing collab between her and Biscuit! These glasses are so perfect for a little party or to rest on your bar!

Beauty • My Tata Harper Skincare Routine

I love my Tata Harper Skincare Routine. It is one of the first times I have been dedicated to something and I have seen results so quickly. Over the past few weeks I have been asked my friends and stopped in the street by people asking what do I do to my skin? Well, here it is…as easy as 1,2,3.

Innit Acapulco Chair

I have been talking about the Innit Acapulco Chair for months now. I first stumbled upon it when stalking my architect crush, Barbara Bestor. Each time I saw the chair I grew more and more in love with it. The design, the versatility, the craftsmanship, and the uniqueness made me swoon. I am a BIG fan of mixing mid-century and modern and this chair is all of that and more. Since I knew I had to have it I began my search for the perfect spot to buy it. And wouldn’t you know my absolute go-to for any home furnishings, All Modern, carried it. And not only carried the single black version I had been seeing around, but loads of other equally badass options.

Let me take a moment to explain my love for All Modern. When I was on the hunt for side tables I couldn’t find ONE place which had the table I wanted at the price I needed. Until I discovered All Modern. They had every option at every price point. I absolutely loved this because it is quite expensive to decorate a home so having options made the entire process so much easier. And every piece was new, modern, and very cool (unlike a lot of the other pieces I was finding). I ended up ordering these side tables which have been absolutely perfect. Style is completely personal so when you find a store which fits every wish you have, you hold on.

Because All Modern is my first option for decor I decided to check out a few of their other accessories. That is when I stumbled upon this merde pillow. Being that my husband speaks french I often times hear this word – mainly on the golf course or in rush hour traffic. It is sadly one of the first french words I learned outside of numbers and please/thank you. So what does it mean? One can only guess…what would a man say after hitting a golf ball out of bounds? Well, I can think of a lot but “shit” is probably one of them. Yup, this amazing pillow says shit in french! I absolutely couldn’t pass it up as it is now one of the husbands and my inside jokes. I kind of like that no one (unless you read this blog or speak slang french) will know what it means when they come over. A very fun and quirky play on a pillow. Especially for this french (semi) speaking home.

*** I am so excited to bring you two other ways to style this Innit Acapulco Chair. Since it is an outdoor chair I thought I would start there and share a few photos from a girls wine sesh I had the other night. HOWEVER, even if it is an outdoor chair it is so much more than that! Just stay tuned! I am so excited to show you different ways to style it!! By the end of this little series you are going to be hopping over to All Modern and purchasing it yourself. The possibilities are endless!!!

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** Special thanks to my bestie Molly Miller for helping me shoot and style these and the other photos (coming soon). You are an angel from above!

Beauty • Bare Minerals Rescue

Oh my goodness! Being one that likes to wear as little make-up as possible this Bare Minerals Complextion Rescue is a dream. Really it is a dream for anyone because it gives your skin the most amazing glow. It has sunscreen for daily use and is literally the best quick trick I have come across in years! I HIGHLY recommend you give this a whirl! Perfect for the girl on the go who wants to look like she just got 10 hours of sleep and a gold flake facial (but really you are running on 2 hours of sleep and haven’t had a facial in years). Ya, this stuff is that powerful!

Outfits • Loeffler Randall Tassel Bag

This Loeffler Randall Tassel bag instantly stopped me in my searching tracks. I am usually not a tassel girl but something about the stark white mixed with brown leather made me reconsider. This is such a beautiful bag for spring/summer that it is a pity I don’t own it. I love the size as well – I could fit just about anything I needed into it. Since it is warming up in Texas it is only appropriate I have a bag which fits the season – right?

Travel • Lokai Balance Bracelet

I am a Libra – we obsess over finding balance. So when I discovered this Loaki Balance Bracelet last year I died! The beads are infused with elements from the highest and lowest places on earth – water from Mount Everest and mud from the Dead Sea. The idea is to illustrating that life is a circular path with highs and lows. I honestly am counting down the days until mine arrives! Balance is everything.

I Just Want To Hang With My Dog

Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantages – I get to set my own hours, I can leave whenever I want, and I am my own boss. Disadvantages – I rarely look presentable, I don’t leave the house as much as I should, and I don’t get near enough human interaction (making my dog my best friend). Ya, it is pretty embarrassing to admit but sweet Annie has become my saving grace. So when Taylor reached out about her shirt line, “I Just Want To Hang With My Dog” I couldn’t resist. I told her I loved the fact that a portion of the sales goes to animal shelters (which I do) but in all honesty, I just really wanted the shirt. Because it is so true! The older I get and the more I see the good and often times bad in people the more I realize that my dog is just about the only person I want to hang out with (aside from the hubs, close friends, and family). She brightens my day, loves me unconditionally and is always in a good mood! Dogs really are a womans best friend!

If your dog is your  bestie and you aren’t afraid to admit it andddd you want to help an amazing cause check out Taylor’s line! Shirts are $24 – which is a tiny price to pay to: A – have the coolest shirt in the world. B – help other dogs who are in need. C – completely keep the crazy dog mom stereotype alive! Really, you can’t afford to not have this! Thank you Taylor for allowing me to prove my love for Annie via a shirt! You really are the best!

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