The Unvalentine

It’s time for an Unvalentine’s Day. I’m not cynical about the day, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s time to look at this whole celebration a little differently. I was inspired by this blog, which pumped me up! It kind of made me think, “Oh yeah! I’ve been so steeped in the hype I totally forgot about enjoying my life!”

It was a good reminder that I need to take a step back and have some love for lil’ ol’ me, too. Disclaimer: I am not trying to get out of loving and spoiling my husband! I love the man and I intend to treat him to the candy bar and foot rub he gets every year. But this year, I’m not going to forget that there are different types of love that everyone can celebrate, whether it be the love between friends, family, spouses, or the healthy love I have for myself.
Eliminate the whole misconception that this day is about couples. It’s not. It’s about love. It’s about caring about people and letting them know it. When is the last time you let yourself know that you love you?

So here is my to-do list. Use it for inspiration and then make your own:
-Give myself a pedicure (Yes, I will use the PedEgg. I’m not ashamed, it works!) Paint my toenails an unseasonably cheerful color

-Open my shades to let the sun in

-Brew a cup of tea in my adorable green teapot

-Plug my iPod in and turn on some of that fabulous 90’s music I miss. (Maybe “I Will Always Love You” in honor of the late Whitney Houston)

-Light a fresh and clean-smelling candle

-Cuddle up with my fabulous Dane, Toby

-Pop open a magazine that makes me feel creative

-Just love being me for an afternoon
What’s on your Unvalentine list?


The Grammy Awards! Just the flops.

I usually try to keep things positive around PLandL. No one needs more negativity in their lives. So let me just use my “teacher language” and say these stars just “aren’t quite there yet.” Maybe musicians are just crazier than actors and actresses, but I found a ton of wack-o outfits walking down the Grammy red carpet.

Take this one for example:

Did you know it’s now totally normal to wear a swimsuit in the middle of winter? Don’t worry about all those people who say it’s a little chilly. Or those that say you have to dress up a little for an awards show. All you have to do is slip into a construction-worker orange lace dress. No one will even know it’s under there! Oh wait. You can definitely tell it’s under there.

Wait! There’s more:

Sasha Gradiva in concept design by Leonid Gurevich

I just can not decide on an accessory to wear with this lovely pastel gown. Silver bangle? Designer clutch? Oh wait! Here’s a bunch of guns! I’ll wear those.

Bonnie McKee in Falguni and Shane Peacock

It’s not just the awkward length, busy pattern, and the out-of-place tassels. There’s nowhere for the eye to land and appreciate a nice design. It’s a little seizure-inducing.

Lady Gaga in Versace

I know I’m supposed to think Lady Gaga is ahead of her time and fashion-forward, but you can’t argue with the fact that she’s weird. Whether that’s good or bad is up to you.


I don’t even know where to start. Usually I imagine people carefully selecting their red carpet wear with the help of stylists and friends, mulling over the options in their minds, and finally landing on the outfit that will make them stand out as the most ravishing belles at the ball. It would appear that Robyn had 15 minutes between her racquetball tournament and the Grammy arrivals. So she tucked her over-sized t-shirt into a spandex mini she had laying around from 1985 (taped half of the longer version on the back) and threw a jewel over her ear to add a little touch of fancy. Oh. And then she wanted to be taller and go for a hike in the mountains so she slipped on those delightful suede platform hiking boots. Ta da!

Nicki Minaj in Versace

Caption ideas for this one?

Bags in Brights

Recently we’ve been experiencing some unseasonable weather here in Nebraska. Now that it’s officially ended with a weekend blizzard, I’m not afraid of jinxing it by bragging about its awesomeness.


I wore sandals to work, folks. Sandals!
I had to paint my toenails because they made an appearance!
I could sit outside and read a book without even a goosebump.

Simply. Delightful.

That whole week (yes, week) of spring-like weather has had me thinking ahead a little. One of the fabulous trends I’ve seen come out recently is the colorful leather bag. I think a candy-colored bag is the perfect way to top off a cute springy outfit. Here are some of the truly rapturous options I’ve seen thus far:

I'll Be Briefcase Bag: ModCloth, $49.99

Rosette Clutch: Forever 21, $15.80

Classic Leather Madison Satchel: Coach, $358

Cordoba Clutch: Elliott Lucca, $98

Vintage Valise Kendra Tote: Cole Haan, $448

Jolie in Sky Blue: Adeleshop, $145

Source: via Molly on Pinterest

Jessica Alba wearing a Gerard Darel Sac Midday Midnight, 390 euros

Hot Fuchsia Bayswater Bag: Mulberry, $1,330

Miss Sicily Bag: Dolce & Gabbana

See any favorites?

Cozy Places and Spaces

I’m what you call a product of my environment. If the sun is shining, I’m your best friend and everything’s coming up daisies. If my house is clean and my sheets are freshly laundered, I can’t stop smiling. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. My husband knows to stay away when it gets cold or gloomy outside and I’m a wreck when I feel like I haven’t kept up on my housework. I’m likely to be quite the bear. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to cozy spaces. I would love nothing more than to curl up with a good book or some good music and glass of wine if I feel safe in warm. Over time I’ve collected lots of examples of what I picture a safe and warm place to be. I don’t have a house yet, but when I do, you can bet there will be some remodeling down the road so I can have me one of these:

Source: via Molly on Pinterest

Source: via Molly on Pinterest

Source: via Molly on Pinterest

Source: via Molly on Pinterest