Over the Weekend

 at the cottagesorry greg, this was the only one that turned out okay

My husband Chad and I spent a glorious weekend at one of my favorite places on earth, The Cottage, a vacation rental with soul that our family has been going to for years–it’s become my personal muse. We went with some of my favorite people, Caroline and Greg.

the cottage

the cottage

the cottage

tire swing

I’ve been kind of quite around here lately but for a fun reason–that I’ll tell you all about tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday), come back for a big announcement? Please?!

how they blog

Meanwhile, Kat interviewed me at How They Blog. She asks great questions like: Tell us about a blogging “success” or “failure” that taught you a powerful lesson.

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Also, I’m scheduled to get my first StichFix today. I’m currently wearing the same shirt I wore yesterday. Today it’s inside out. I need help, people. Have you tried StitchFix? Thoughts? PS I’m totally using my referral link, be sure to do that too if you sign up!

the civil wars

Lastly, The Civil Wars. Discuss in the comments please because we need to talk about this.

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Comments

  1. Ooo, I can’t wait for the exciting announcement!

    As for the Civil Wars? I’ve been streaming their album non-stop from iTunes. I’m SO GLAD they decided to do another album (I was oh so sad when they broke up before). I just love their music. My favorite off the album so far? Oh Henry.

    Yes, let’s please discuss! :)

  2. You listen to The Civil Wars?! How did I not know this? The best. ever. Love, love, love them. I saw one of their first live shows together. Elias was just a toddler and we took him too. It was in a small men’s clothing store in Nashville. :)

  3. stitch fix packaging is beautiful and it was fun to get something like that in the mail, but it was too expensive for me even though i told them to send me the cheapest stuff. i couldn’t make myself pay $60 for a shirt that I just barely liked. i haven’t had another fix yet because I figured it would still cost too much for me at this time in life when I am just home with 3 kids all day.

  4. LOVING the Civil Wars!!

  5. Listening right now!!!

  6. After reading your post a few months back about the Cottage, my family booked a long weekend family getaway there for this fall. Thanks so much for introducing me to such a gem…we are super excited to get away for a few days to such a cozy and beautiful retreat!

  7. I just started looking into stitch fix this weekend! I have zero time to shop with two little boys at home, so I thought it might be a neat thing to try. I hope you’ll share how yours goes!

  8. I used Stitch Fix a few times. I really liked the items picked for me, but often they seemed over priced and poor quality. Unfortunately, I even found one of the exact shirts sent to me on sale for a fraction of the price online. It is convenient and it is a good way to get some great pieces you might not be able to find in stores, but I wouldn’t expect to find the best deals.

  9. Love The Civil Wars! I’m really digging their new album, a bit of a different sound but I love it.

  10. What a great vacation place. Love it that you go there every year. Can’t wait to hear your news. xo Diana

  11. What a charming, serene getaway. Now to go back and peruse a bit more.
    Have a wonderful day ~

    Carmen

  12. I’ve been too sad to listen to the Civil Wars album. From what I’ve read (interviews, etc) they aren’t even speaking to each other! How did it get so bad? It just breaks my heart and the one song I’ve listened to just seemed too raw. (Is it possible I’m a little too emotionally-invested in this? Perhaps!)

  13. Did you know that in the Starbucks app they have a weekly free “Pick of The Week”? {Open the app, click Home, then click Messages}. Sometimes it’s a song, sometimes it’s an app or a game. This week it’s The Civil Wars song “Dust to Dust”! Woohoo!

  14. This is an insightful recent article about what was The Civil Wars.
    http://www.npr.org/2013/08/02/207981618/the-civil-wars-joy-williams-on-the-duos-fragile-bond
    “But that myth was also something that, you know, had to be dealt with and treated very carefully, because we are happily married to other people.”

    Looking forward to your big announcement too :)
    -Rebecca

    • great interview… thanks for the link

      I stopped at this part to let it sink in.

      “A very wise woman once told me to think of long-term relationships as if you were backpacking a continent: that I could spend my entire life with bare feet and a backpack, [walking] through Africa, and on my dying day still not know everything there is about that continent. And to me, that’s the metaphor of what long-term relationships are — that it’s a journey, and you have to stay intentional and you have to stay present. It’s so easy to get tired, or to lose track of the path that you’re on, or to want a new adventure. I think what I’m learning, if we’re all honest, there are moments that we all have that in our long-term relationships. It makes it ache a little bit less, knowing that it’s a universal thing in a lot of ways, and that to stay mindful and to stay present and to stay curious about the person that’s inches away from you all the time is really a beautiful thing. And that the “Same Old, Same Old” can actually be full of life and full of passion, if you stay connected.”

  15. Stitch Fix is fun. I suppose it depends on how adventurous you are OR how well you know what you are looking for from them. If you know you want some new tunics, ask for *just* tunics. If you don’t want any skirts, say so. That kind of thing. Tell them if you don’t want dry clean only stuff. Link them to a good Pinterest board with your style. I got three Fixes, I think, and only kept one thing (a really nice cardigan). I would’ve kept the skinny jeans from the last Fix, but I found out I was pregnant and couldn’t justify the $88. :-) Modern Mrs. Darcy has some great posts on Stitch Fix (she’s who I learned about it from), and I enjoyed searching on the Internet for Stitch Fix posts. Have fun!!!

  16. The cottage looks heavenly! I LOVE the Civil Wars and am tempted to head to Starbucks right.now! Can’t wait to see what the big announcement is.

  17. omg…LOVE the Civil Wars! This album is fantastic. I saw them last year in Austin like 2 weeks before they announced that they were canceling their tour and splitting up. Amazing show!

  18. Oh my goodness i am pining for a painting like that. . .the one above the bathtub at the cottage? I don’t.suppose you happen to know whose work it is, do you??? Or where it came from? I really need a piece like that in my life!

  19. Oh, that lovely cottage. We just got back from a wonderful week at a Michigan lake house and its decor, while hilarious (think lots and lots and lots of mounted deer/jackalope heads) doesn’t hold a candle to that cottage’s. What a blessing of a place it must be.

    And the Civil Wars? Yes, please. When they “took a break” last year, I felt Sybil-dying-on-Downton- Abbey emotions.

  20. Oh, I LOVE the pictures from the cottage! I am glad you were able to go back. My family and I spent a week there in June and it was incredible. We had to leave just before the Daisies were about to burst into bloom, and I was bummed. So, I thank you for including a picture of them for me to enjoy:) Can’t wait for your announcement, sweet Nester!

  21. love love love the civil wars. and that striped removable wallpaper…on my way to get the turquoise/white striped for one of the walls in my bedroom!!

  22. I love the new album. D’Arline is a beautiful song. It sounds like they are recording it together in a small room. So I’m guessing before they went on hiatus. Of course, I love Disarm. The Smashing Pumpkins were my favorite band in my teens. And From This Valley has been my favorite song of mine for a couple of years. Beautiful album.
    Jenn it’s funny you mention Sybil dying. I’m playing catch-up and I watched that episode just yesterday! Last night at dinner, I told my husband I was emotional because Lady Sybil died on Downton Abbey today! And it is a good comparison to how I would feel if The Civil Wars never make music together again!!

  23. Love the Civil Wars. Joy lives just a couple houses down from me. Super sweet!

  24. I’ve never heard of the Civil Wars *gasp*. Don’t fret, I’m listening to them now in my office, but they may have to go off soon since it’s overcast outside and they’re haunting voices make it all a little too intense. I’ll save them for a more cheerful day!

  25. i just might steal that photo of ya’ll for my wall:) such a great shot!

  26. This has nothing to do with the Civil Wars, but this is the day I have a bit more free time to comment, so I thought I’d share. I’m a perfectionist who hates to fail. The trouble is, I like pretty things -to decorate, but have always held back because I “don’t know how”. I just want to thank you for your openness about mistakes and goof-ups, as well as your tag line “It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful”. It’s given me permission to start “somewhere” and just enjoy the process!

  27. OMGee I have never heard of The Civil Wars. Dying over here… I love them! “From This Valley” is fantastic.
    Aren’t you just always a wealth of good things?? Your Dad’s blog, Assortment Blog, Jeff Goins…
    Thank you. :)

  28. Omg stop hoarding secrets!!! Now I’m going to be going crazy wondering what what it could be! Eeeek!

  29. The Civil Wars. LOVE. love. LOVE.

    I heard that they will not be touring or promoting this album. Am I wrong? I hope so.

    I read an in depth interview that Joy did and she said point blank that the split had nothing to do with an affair but that many people get the impression of that because of their songs.

    I just need them to get things worked out so we can all carry on about TCW concerts and such.

  30. Oh the NPR article that was posted was a great read. One paragraph about long-term relationships was very poignant:

    “And to me, that’s the metaphor of what long-term relationships are — that it’s a journey, and you have to stay intentional and you have to stay present. It’s so easy to get tired, or to lose track of the path that you’re on, or to want a new adventure. I think what I’m learning, if we’re all honest, there are moments that we all have that in our long-term relationships. It makes it ache a little bit less, knowing that it’s a universal thing in a lot of ways, and that to stay mindful and to stay present and to stay curious about the person that’s inches away from you all the time is really a beautiful thing. And that the “Same Old, Same Old” can actually be full of life and full of passion, if you stay connected.”…..
    Hmm Miss Joy sounds a lot like Miss Nester. Be present, be mindful, be intentional.

    Love The Civil Wars, saw them in concert last fall here in John’s hometown (and my hometown too) of Florence, Alabama – magical mystical performance. Yea for a new album!

  31. Wow! Have always loved JOY WILLIAMS as a solo artist!!! So good! Especially her song HIDE. Love her in the Civil Wars, too!

  32. Civil Wars. My bro (the one who knows them as he’s a booking agent in Nash.) is convinced all this is contrived to sell their album. I told him he’s too jaded, but he said he’s seen this kind of stuff before. Who knows? Just glad they have another album on the loose :)

  33. I was all “huh? we have a tire swing?” Then I realized IT IS YOUR NEW HOUSE!!!!!

    I can’t even tell you how deeply moved I am that you refer to the little mountain place as your muse…thank you!

  34. It took me like an hour-ish to go through the whole style questionnaire ……. only to find out that I am TOO FAT for their service! HAhaha. *cries* I think it was going to be outside my budget range any how, but surely if they can only do up to size 14 they should put that somewhere SUPER visible on the site. Well, I tried! lololol

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