February 29, 2012


Yesterday I was glad for the following:

> finding my old silver horse pin {from when I was a youngin} in my jewelry box

> new boots {*that actually fit} = happy feet

> my Mr. surprising me with my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream from UDF 
{which made me happy x 2 because it meant he actually read my blog}!

*Those of you that know me well, know I have a very very very hard time {thats 3 verys} finding shoes. 
More on this sometime soon. Because I know you're all interested in my shoe issues. No?

February 28, 2012


You know when a new trend comes around and you think, "Oh no. I am not jumping on that bandwagon"... and then slowly but surely you're on the wagon?  You all know what I mean, right? Well, mint green crept up on me this season. just. like. that.  Thus far the only mint green item I own is the below Essie nail polish; however, I plan on remedying that soon.  Just one piece of mint green clothing will do... maybe a budget friendly version of the blouse below. Just a little something to freshen up my spring wardrobe.  Spring fever is in full force at the Martin household.

{one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine}

...and all of this talk of mint just makes me crave my favorite ice cream. UDF has the best mint chocolate chip ice cream I have found in Columbus.

February 27, 2012


I'm a sucker for anything with a cool back. 
If the dress is racer-back, I automatically like it more {similar to my love for dresses with pockets}.

{one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight}

I loved watching Billy Crystal host the Oscars last night.  His Oscar song medley took me back to being a young gal, camped out in front of the television with popcorn, watching hours upon hours of  pre-show arrivals... even taping (taping = vhs} different channels to make sure I didn't miss a dress.  The Oscars were a much awaited event at my house, and not just because of the dresses {Michelle Williams was my fav last night}.  Movie's have always held so much magic for me.  I suppose you could say I grew up going to the movies... and eating movie popcorn {just like my Mom}.

I'm not ready for it to be Monday, but I suppose there is nothing I can do about that.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend... One that made you feel energized and more ready for the week than me!

February 24, 2012


Today I'm taking the day off from blogging {well... I suppose this is a post, but you know what I mean}.
I am spending a much needed day off with my Mom.
A day we've had planned since last month, but is especially wonderful after this week.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

{lobster bisque in a bread bowl at Chocolate Cafe... oh-so good}

February 23, 2012


Today my family will gather to celebrate the life {and mourn the loss} of our wonderful, Aunt Elsie.  Shortly after Christmas we were lucky enough to all be with her one last time to celebrate her 100th birthday. This morning for my blog, I considered sharing a bit about her life, and my many wonderful memories of her... but I think I need to hold those close today and keep them personal. And to be honest, there is just too much to say.

My Great-Aunt Elsie never married or had children of her own, but had the fullest of lives. She was so much to so many. She was smart, sincere, funny, genuine, and kind. A true gentlewoman with a smile for everyone.

In the photo below - three sisters... Aunt Elsie is pretty in blue as the maid of honor; my Grandma, Bea {on the right}, and my other great-aunt, Ellie {on the left}, at their double wedding.

February 22, 2012


A few weeks ago I ordered and received {in that order} this tote from Fieldguided. {I first blogged about it here.} My tote arrived in the prettiest packaging. I was oh-so impressed with the branding: the business card, the postcard, the tag, the sticker sealing my package, and my personalized note. Since my tote's arrival, I have carried it to work each and every day... filled with my lunch, my notebook for blog thoughts, or whatever other handbag overflow there might be.

Anabela of Fieldguided has a simply lovely blog, and you should definitely check out the Fieldguided shop. Maybe even order your own tote?

February 21, 2012


As you can see by the Christmas decor, this photo was taken some time ago. Just goes to show how long I've been planning on a feature like this.

Style Muse #2 is lovely lady - Cydney Louis Schaumburg. Cydney and I first worked together about four or five years ago at the store, and I am beyond thrilled to have her back.  In those years after she abandoned me {insert winking face} Cyd moved to Philadelphia and worked as a buyer for Urban Outfitters, and most importantly - married the wonderful Mr. Schaumburg {My Mr. and I had the most wonderful time at their wedding in Jackson Hole, WY}.
Cydney has impeccable taste in fashion and home decor; you can check it out for yourself on her blog.  She is a fabulous mother to their cutie pie pooch {Lev}, can eat more Tommy's pizza than me, and always has the best new nail polish and lipsticks.  She introduced me Warby Parker here, and made my birthday at work extra special here. Cydney is a thoughtful + generous gal, a hard worker, and my very dear friend.

Thank you, Cydney, for being my second Style Muse!

February 20, 2012


I love jewelry. 
I would venture to say my love of jewelry is comparable to a lot of women's love of shoes. 
That's not to say I don't love shoes, too. 
I just love jewelry more.

Antique... Bold... Bohomian... Hippie... Turquoise... Statement pieces that make an outfit. 
Diamonds are not this girl's best friend.

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight

ps. How badly do I covet those two rings in the top photo? Very badly.

February 17, 2012


Happy weekend! I hope it's wonderful.

This lovely quote found on Wit & Delight's tumblr page... hands down should be my moto. 

     Scout & Catalogue came out with a new lookbook! I first found these beautiful scarves one year  ago when Breanna, the designer, was the featured seller on Etsy. And I am still pining for one.     

How precious is this card - available for download here.

This clever post over at Pennyweight, pairing yummy food photography with beautiful bedrooms -  
        titled, Breakfast in Bed. 
       Now that I have my first pair of "able to be seen in public" glasses... I just want more. 
I am already planning my next pair, and they will be something tortoise like these glasses from Raen.

Asos Spring 2012 preview I found via Fieldguided. Just so pretty. I want every piece.

This print + many more fun and silly prints by Amy Sullivan, found on the Jealous Curator.

The fabulous home of Katie from Katie's Pencil Box over at Veda House.

Pecan pie french toast on one of my fav food blogs, Always With Butter

 This image I found on pinterest forever ago is still one of my favorites. 
It is my perfect outfit, and it just makes me so excited for summer.

February 16, 2012


Those of you who know me well, may be surprised to see a pink blazer in this collection. I do not own a single item of truly pink clothing. I think I have a subconscious aversion to the color because when I was little everything was pale pink; even the walls of my bedroom. So, I'm not sure what my deal is lately because hot-pink items keep catching my eye. This blazer is available in eight colors {I talked about it here a few weeks ago} and the hot pink and the rusty-orange are my favorites. Question: Am I going against my very being... my "not a pink girl" self-proclaimed status... if a few hot-pink items make their way into my closet?

1. these Moroccan glasses are too cool / 2. the above mentioned blazer / 3. this brass pendant shade might find itself in our apartment sooner than later 4. been wanting these necklaces for a long while / 5. how dainty and sweet is this arrow ring / 6. Lulie Wallace does such bright and cheery flowers paintings / 7.  have seen this rug all over the internet - home blogs galore, but I still like it / 8. wanting these Steve Madden loafers / 9. why does this bull planter from Anthropologie have to be so expensive?

February 15, 2012


Bits + pieces of our trip according to our iPhones...

Imogene + Willie {where the sales staff are the coolest cats ever} / Antique Archaeology {from American Pickers on the History Chanel} / Jack's on Broadway {maaaybe the best pulled pork I've ever had} / Hatch Show Print {one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America} / Gruhn Guitars {probably the place I felt the most guilty seeing without the Mr.} / Grimey's {coolest music shop I've ever been to... they even pass out free PBR on Saturdays} / Red Door Saloon in Midtown {the best bartenders + the best pineapple infused vodka drink + a pirate themed bar with Chicago paraphernalia everywhere = the best bar ever} / Robert's Western World {touted as the home of traditional country music and maybe the only bar decorated with a wall of real cowboy boots?} / Layla's Bluegrass Inn {where I danced to Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys} 

not pictured, but must mention...

Mas Tacos {hoping for a Black Key's sighting, but settled for amazing tortilla soup and a fish taco. 
They also have Mexican coke in the bottle!}

February 14, 2012


It's so good to be home. I missed you guys. Thank you one last time to my husband for his fabulous post on Friday. Hopefully I can tempt him to do that again sometime!

This morning, as I'm still trying to catch up on sleep after too much fun in Nashville, I am glad for the following...

...my Dad's old wool pendleton that I threw on this morning for my "before I have to get ready couch time"


a new brand of coffee I found at the store last night
{see that their dark roast is called "Tall, Dark and Handsome"? 
I can't lie - I bought it because of the packaging}


the smell of coffee brewing and these anthropologie mugs

I am still getting back into the swing of things after arriving home late Sunday. I spent last night at the grocery store {the cupboards were pretty bare} and unpacking. I wanted to get myself caught up so the Mr. and I could spend some quality time together tonight for Valentine's Day. We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, but we do at least get each other cards, and plan on grabbing take-out from one of our favorite restaurants, Figlio. I even bought a bottle of champagne, so I'm not a total valentine's scrooge. Maybe 75% scrooge?

February 10, 2012


As you are well aware, Mrs. Martin has fled the Buckeye State for a girls' weekend in Nashville.  I'm sure some of you could understand how it might cause her musically-inclined husband a fair amount of sadness to be left at home.  Don't worry about me, though.

In the spirit of Music City, I thought I would seize this opportunity and write about one my most favorite topics... GUITARS.  I don't consider myself to be the kind of person who gets obsessed with things (as opposed to my best friend, who has battled his video game addiction by periodically selling his consoles, throwing games in the trash, or even smashing them).  My love for guitars may border on obsession, but I'll be damned if I ever smash one of my babies.

I bought my first guitar, an old Yamaha acoustic, when I was about 15.  I think I spent about $150, which was a mild rip-off, especially since it lived under my bed for the next four years without interruption.  I took it with me when I left for college, and I eventually started getting it out and hacking away on a regular basis.  Pretty soon, I had a couple of buddies in my building who also liked to play, and we would hold impromptu jam sessions on the porch in the wee hours of the morning. 

Sadly, I don't have my first guitar anymore, although I do have an even older and more weathered Yamaha that I really love.  And even though I have had lots and lots of practice, I still consider myself a hack.  But that hasn't stopped me from buying, selling, and trading a lot of different instruments over the years.  I love guitars for a lot of different reasons.  Some of my favorite recordings of all time have been solo performances with acoustic guitar and vocals.  The guitar is the perfect, portable accompanying instrument.  Guitars (the finer brands) are works of art.  The craftsmanship funneled into a real hand-made guitar is something special.  The coolest thing is that they're all unique and have their own history.

I've already racked up more text than I planned, so let's get to the good stuff: some of those axes that I find fascinating.  There are countless artist-instrument combinations out there- Slash's Les Paul, Angus Young's SG, and Jimi Hendrix's upside-down Strat among them... but I especially love when a rich rock star shows loyalty to a single guitar, even when buying a new one for every show is financially possible. 

Neil Young
Neil's Gibson Les Paul, nicknamed Ol' Black, is a charming Frankenstein-job with tons of modifications adding to its uniqueness.  This baby has been around the block (and that's the same strap!).

Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is a loyal Telecaster player.  Let's be honest; Fender's first solid-bodied electric was an ugly hunk of wood.  Hand it to Akron's own rock goddess and it looks a helluva lot cooler.  

Josh Homme
Okay, maybe he doesn't exactly fit on this list.  Rather than endorsing a single manufacturer or creating a signature model, Josh Homme uses a broad spectrum of inexpensive guitars, many of them on the obscure side.  You may occasionally spot him with a Gibson or Fender, but you're much more likely to see Josh rocking an Epiphone or Yamaha semi-hollow, an Ovation solid body (yes, they made such a thing for a couple years), or something truly bizarre, like the Christocaster or the satellite dish thing pictured below.

Kim Thayil
No, that's not a Gibson SG.  Soundgarden's Kim Thayil has sported the Guild S-100 over the past few decades.  Similar to the SG in style and sound, the S-100 is just a little more rugged, and a lot harder to find.  Production stopped in the late 90s, which will make my quest to buy one even more exciting.

Next time I write, I will attempt to tie my guitar obsession to my wife's decorating flavor. Stay tuned!

February 9, 2012


This weekend I am taking a trip with the girls to Nashville. None of us have ever been there, so we have been doing our share of research on cool places to go... eat, shop, watch live music. We could go for a week and not make it to all of the places we each have on our "musts" list, and since we're only going for a long weekend I know it will be packed full. Hopefully it will include some of the below places on my personal "musts" list.

Since I'm hitting the road today after work, I have a very special guest blogger who will be doing a Friday post for me {and maybe a second if we're lucky}!


Hatch Show Print, Imogene + Willie, Grand Ole Opry, Grimey'sPrince's Hot Chicken Shack, Billy Reid, UAL, Pancake Pantry

Most of the images and suggestions above came from Bon Appetit's lovely article on Nashville {read more here}. I also came across this food guide by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys {also via Bon Appeti}, and since the Black Keys are just about my favorite ever I had to include the video.

This is my first trip without the husband since we got married! I'm having a little separation anxiety and I haven't even left yet! Pathetic? I don't care. Husband, I love you. Don't miss me too much {you better miss me lots}!

February 8, 2012


I have been wanting to do a feature like this since I started my blog... introducing you to other folks whose personal style inspires me. Lovely and rust's inaugural style muse is Elizabeth Bean Smith of Wardrobe Therapy. Five years ago, Elizabeth left the corporate world behind and followed her dream of starting her own business. To say Elizabeth succeeded would be underselling what her company has become. Wardrobe Therapy is a fashion consulting firm in Columbus that provides style and wardrobe service for individuals. Elizabeth and her team are personal shoppers, wardrobe consultants, and closest organizers. They will tell you what to wear with what, what you need to buy, and even go find it for you. 

Elizabeth is an inspiration to women entrepreneurs, myself included. She is an fabulous stylist, a joy to be around, a wife, a mother, and my dear friend. 

THANK YOU, Elizabeth, for being my first style muse!

February 7, 2012


Zara blouse with tips {sold out} / ASOS swallow collar tips / ASOS Equipment shirt with collar tips

My mini obsession... collar tips. I'm on the hunt for a great vintage pair. Sure, they're a little western if you wear them with cowboy boots, but wear them as pictured above and they are perfectly vintage + edgy rolled into one. You can find a blouse with tips {like the first and third pictured here}, but my strategy is to find a pair of collar tips that I can attach to any blouse I already own. Because I'm thrifty like that.