Perfection, Blogging, and Ice Cream.

Too many times I’ve sat down to blog. Too many times I left my laptop with no words written. Let’s be completely honest, I didn’t even make it to the wordpress website, let alone log in. Too many good intentions and not enough follow through. I compose all these great posts and ideas in my head multiple times a day, but none of them make their way here. Okay now maybe all those post ideas weren’t so great or would have failed miserably in execution, but at least it was worth a shot.

Why? Why do all those thoughts and musings go unwritten? Maybe it’s that I fear rejection- that people will think that what I have to say is nonsense or not even worth reading. But why do I care? Most of these ideas are for myself, to get my inner workings out, to set them free. It’s that fear of not being perfect enough. Will people want to read? Will they laugh? Will they judge my choice of what I wore? What I chose to spend my time on? How I parented that day? I hate that in today’s day and age, I fear the harsh words from my peers, instead of hoping for their support and love. I doubt enough people have found my little corner of the internet to bring those harsh words in (the blog traffic stats back that up..ha!) so I shouldn’t even care. Instead I sit here with my friend’s Ben and Jerry and their lovely little creation called Half Baked. Seriously. For the Love. Someone needs to give them a Nobel Prize for this stuff. I need to get my face out of this pint of frozen heaven and get over it.

Perfection is not something that we will ever achieve. No matter how hard we try. The root of my paralysis in writing is my inability to accept that. We all fall short. We will all make mistakes. If you don’t take risks, you aren’t living. I would much rather fail and have lived my life to the fullest, than never fail and live a safe life. I think I just paraphrased someone famous’ quote, but ain’t nobody got time to look that up. I’ve got bottles to wash, emails to answer, and laundry to fold.

I always say that I’m going to try to blog more regularly. I very rarely follow through on that. Maybe you get a couple posts out of me at the most and they feel forced. Not genuine. Like I’m pulling for a topic. Totally not organic (and I’m not talking about produce here). I’m not going to sit here and type out those empty promises anymore. Maybe I’ll post again tomorrow night. Maybe it will be 3 months or 2 years. But all I know and can say is that……HOLY BATMOBILE. Did it feel good to sit down and write tonight. This is probably one of the most scatter brained and non coherent posts I’ll write, but do I care? Am I worried about what others think? Heck to the no. There’s only One that matters. And He knows my soul.

On that note, mama out. That sleeping wee beastie upstairs could wake up shrieking any moment and goodness knows, I need my sleep. Or this woman will be one not so wee beastie tomorrow.

If you have….

{Thank you for visiting my blog today via the Noonday Collection Ambassador Blog Train! If you would like to read yesterday’s post, click here. And be sure to show some love to tomorrow’s blog as well!!}

You wake up to the sound of your alarm and hit snooze a few times while snuggled in your warm bed. Once you awake, you stumble your way to the kitchen to start the coffee pot. You might sit down and read the newspaper or have some quiet alone time before your children awake. For once they are, it is an endless day of school, activities, homework and errands. Once your day is done, you make dinner for your family or maybe swing through the drive thru and pick up a quick meal (hey even super moms need a break too!).  You tuck your precious kiddos (or yourself) into bed and get ready to repeat it all over again the next day.

What you may not realize in your day to day activities, no matter how stressful they may seem or your burden heavy……………


“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation vou are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”

Learning these facts about my own life, well it was a bit sobering.

After that, my big question was WHAT can I do to change this? First of all, education is key! To be completely honest, I knew that people lived in poverty all over the world and in our own country, but I didn’t know just HOW pervasive it was. To quote Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” Documentaries such as “Half the Sky” {watch on Netflix} and books such as The Locust Effect, Orphan Justice and Three Cups of Tea are all great ways to expand your knowledge of what goes on around the world on a daily basis. {All links are through Amazon Smile, which gives 0.5% of your purchase total to the charity of your choice…for free!} One of the next steps you can take is changing some of your purchasing habits, by buying fair trade or ethically made items.

How I decided to help? I became an Ambassador for Noonday Collection.


Noonday Collection uses fashion and design to provide economic opportunity for the vulnerable. Ambassadors create marketplaces in their community and the artisans benefit by receiving a fair living wage for their work. What does this mean for them? They can enjoy all the seemingly little things that we take for granted.

Like Hagare, who can now pay for her HIV medication. {click on the picture to expand}


Like Renal, who is rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy stripped his Haitian community clean.


And like Ruby, who can now pay for her children to go to school.


Noonday Collection allows our artisans to rise above their circumstances, provide them with stable income, break free of their caste, and what may be the most important thing, keep their children. Many children around the world become orphans due to the extreme poverty their family is subject to. By purchasing our artisan’s handiwork, you can help prevent the orphan crisis from growing.

In honor of Noonday Collection’s Spring line launching recently, I’m giving away a pair of our Golden Locket Earrings! These are made with love in Peru by one of our newest artisan groups led by the talented Fermin! You can read more about his incredible and stunning work here.


To enter my giveaway, please click over to my Facebook page to enter via Rafflecopter.

Thanks for visiting my blog and don’t forget to follow along on the train tomorrow here!

Noonday Collection Blog Train **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**


*Giveaway is now closed for comments! The big winner is Amanda Bricknell-congratulations! I’ll be in contact to get your arm warmers to you. Sorry for the delay-my newborn has been stealing my attention the past few days!*

Hi there! If you’re stopping by on the Noonday Collection Blog Train, welcome! If you are just joining in, you can start reading all the posts here…..with yesterday’s post here and tomorrow’s post here! If you are curious about Noonday Collection and what it does for hundreds of artisans around the globe, I suggest starting at the beginning of the train and reading through all the amazing posts from all of these inspiring women! As a newer Ambassador, I have learned so much from all of them and have fallen even more in love with advocating for our artisans as a result!

Not only does Fall mean a new Noonday Collection line launch, but it also means things like falling leaves, cool weather, those good ‘ol pumpkin spice lattes (actually, pumpkin ANYTHING!), hay rides, and most of all for me…..SWEATER WEATHER!

You see, I’m a knitter and seeing September pop up on my calendar makes me jump for joy because it means cozy things like scarves and hand warmers are just around the corner. And GUESS WHAT? Noonday Collection has some amazing handknit and handwoven items that fit that bill perfectly, from lightweight scarves to warm and cozy ALPACA. Yes, I said Alpaca. SWOON.

Not only do I adore these pieces for their gorgeous designs, but as someone who has knit for the past 15 years, I have a deep appreciation for the time, effort, and skill that it takes to produce these items. Did I mention that these are HANDknit and HANDwoven? That my dear readers, takes a LONG time.

Let’s drool over some of my favorite pieces now, shall we??

1. Ana’s Scarf– this woven scarf is named after one of our Guatemalan artisans, Ana. Ana has been weaving since the young age of 10 and uses her skills and MBA to help better the lives of other Guatemalan artisans. This particular scarf starts out with hand dyed yarn from natural materials, which is dyed in a particular fashion so as to create an ikat pattern when woven. The yarn is then woven into a scarf using a back strap loom.  It still blows my mind that the pattern is created BEFORE it’s even woven! This scarf is so light and airy, making it perfect for those slightly cool fall days and evenings.


2. Moonlit Cable Infinity Scarf– Made in Peru, this scarf is the perfect blend of wool, alpaca, and SEQUINS! I can’t wait to rock this at a holiday party, or even out to the grocery store! Even the most mundane chores and errands deserve a little bling, don’t you think?


3. Blanco y Negro Infinity scarf– Another scarf lovingly knit in Peru, this is a showstopper.  Black and White for the Fall 2013 season is so on trend, and with the luscious feel of alpaca around your neck, you can’t go wrong! This scarf is made up of 3 distinct patterns and with just one simple twist of the scarf, you can change your whole look!


4. Lines and Stripes Arm Warmers– Two reasons I love these: yellow and alpaca. (Have you noticed a trend yet? I love love love alpaca). Arm warmers are just the thing you need when there is a slight chill in the air and you need your fingers to be free to check your phone (or browse the Noonday site!).


And last but not least……our GIVEAWAY ITEM for today!

5. Stars Arm Warmers in Natural– These are SO cozy and soft. They make me want to curl up next to a fire with a mug of hot cider and a good book! Again, the 100% Alpaca just reels me right in!


So just how do you win? Go to my Noonday Website here and tell me your favorite scarf or arm warmer in a comment on this post. On 9/17, I will randomly select a comment to win these Stars Arm Warmers! Be sure to leave your email address in the comment form so I can contact you if you win! (Noonday Ambassadors- I would LOVE to hear your favorite items, but note you are not eligible for the giveaway. Just note you are an Ambassador when you comment, please!)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s entry on the blog train here!


Guess who’s back??

Hi there! Gosh, its been over a year since I’ve posted! So much for that regular blogging schedule huh? Well, I guess you could say that I’ve been slightly distracted since I last posted. I quit my job, started a new one, packed up all our earthly belongings, moved alllll the way across the continent to just outside Seattle, WA….and most recently, welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family. So yeah….been a little busy! Oh and I almost forgot- I’m now an Ambassador for Noonday Collection and if you stick around later this week, there will be a fun post about that as well as a giveaway!🙂 hopefully I’ll continue to blog a little more frequently as now I have lots of new favorite things to write about!


My week in pictures

Island Beach State Park- oh how I love thee. (and I normally dislike beaches!)

Vampires- oh yeah.

Some knitting at work-yes I knit! and work at a yarn store! More on this later.

My dog Winston staring down a bunny. 

My Essie manicure! Garnet is the color. I’m awaiting my Julep Maven box for July-America will be layered over this!

My new Kate Spade Nook Simple Touch Cover from Barnes and Noble. (It’s on sale!) The packaging is quite brilliant!


Outfit of the day: Rain, Rain, (don’t) go away!

It’s been rainy on and off here the past few weeks, and while many I know are singing this little ditty of yore, I’m embracing it full heartedly. See I’m one of those “weird ones”, you know…..those people who actually likes overcast days and rain *gasp*. I know, I know. Some of you think I need to be committed.😉  But in all honesty, I actually prefer them to a blisteringly hot summer day…like we are now having. UGH. Only thing is….where do I take pictures?:/ wop wop wop. (It looks like it’s sunny outside in the pics, but trust me it was gloomy) Let’s just say this photo session was a learning experience and after reviewing the pictures (yeah the first one is a little blurry if you enlarge it-oops), I won’t be using this corner again. We’ll just embrace the quirkiness of the distractions *coughpictureofmydogovermyshouldercough* and move on from there……


Headband: scunci

Earrings: gold dipped leaves from Colorado

Jacket: J.Crew Outlet Boyfriend Fit Jacket

Top: Anthropologie Blazing Blouse

Jeans: Joes Jeans Provocateur Petite

Accessories: J.Crew Outlet Braacelet and Citizen Watch from my husband

Shoes: Target Xhilaration Teala Wedges (I was inspired to buy them from this post)


 Admittedly, this jacket has become the latest love in my closet. I scored a great deal on it with a sale, combined with my Summer JCrew Rewards card. I have a feeling it’s one of those classic workhorse pieces that will be in my wardrobe rotation for years to come. I love how it looks polished, yet is relaxed and slouchy at the same time.

The shoes-where do I start about the shoes? After being tipped off to them by Extra Petite, I just had to go hunting for them at my local Target last summer. How can you beat $7?? I wore these SO much at the end of last summer and they are already in heavy rotation again this year. Just proving that something doesn’t have to be pricey to get a lot of love from this lady. 

And for a bit of humor to round out the post…….what happens when you realize the picture on the wall of your dog (not really him, but a dead ringer from HomeGoods) looks like he’s been watching you the entire time *cue Geico commercial with creepy googly eyed money*

Obsession: So You Think You Can Dance

To those that know me personally, it’s really no shock to them that I love to dance. Yeah, I’m totally that person that will get up off the couch and dance around the room if there is even a chance of good music on tv, be it a commercial or movie. A little obnoxious I know. No judgement here ;) 

Why do I love to dance? Oh well it might have something to do with the fact that I have danced for the majority of my life. Ballet, that is. My mom put me in classes at a very young age and after other outlets crashed and burned (sorry bout that little stint in gymnastics, mom. I just don’t like to be upside down!!), Ballet was my thing. Oh the crazy pictures I could post from back in the day. We’ll save that for another post entirely. 

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Getting back on track: So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). I must admit that I only started watching about 4 seasons ago, during the 5th season. I was completely hesitant to watch for a pretty poor reason which turned out to be a TOTAL MISCONCEPTION. You know when you love something so much that you hate to see it not done well? Any singers out there whose eardrums bleed during the audition episodes of American Idol? Well that was me during the auditions for SYTYCD. Mind you, I never even ONCE turned on the tv to watch! I just had this preconceived notion that it would be the same and I couldn’t bring myself to watch. I was imagining the William Hung’s of the dance world. Ahem. Yeah, bad choice on my part. Turns out I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. (do the caps get the point across? I hope so)🙂 I can’t speak for the early seasons of the show, but the audition rounds that I have seen have blown me away, with a little humor thrown in for good measure. 

SO MUCH in fact that my husband took me to the Season 7 tour when it came through our neck of the woods. Yes, I screamed along with the little teenyboppers there. And then bawled during a few of the dances. What can I say? Dance touches something special in my soul. 

Needless to say, I’ve been glued to my couch for the past few weeks watching the audition episodes roll in. There may have been a little dance party in my living room after each one. The undiscovered talent never ceases to blow me away. One small gripe? It seems as though if a contemporary/hip hop/crumper dancer blows them away, they don’t hesitate to put them though. On the other hand, if a dancer with a  specialty like Ballet or Belly Dancing or Tap comes through, they very rarely send them straight to Vegas without requiring choreography at the end of the day. It did happen this season, but that has appeared to be the exception from what I have viewed these past few years. Give Ballet a chance! ;) 

See? Alex Wong, a ballet dancer, tearing it up with Twitch in one of my all time favorite dances. Oh yeah, he’s awesome. I saw him in Newsies on Broadway a few months ago-still amazing. 


One thing that I am incredibly grateful to SYTYCD for? For reigniting my passion to dance. I lost that flame inside about 6 years ago. I quit and didn’t look back, enjoying my new life with no rehearsals, no aching feet, and all this extra free time. Or so I thought. I realized that I missed it SO much about 3 years ago and have been working my way back towards dance ever since. Granted I’ve had some road blocks in my way, but dance will always be a part of me and I can’t wait to get back in the studio on some sort of a regular basis. For now I’ll just settle for dancing in my living room. Dance Party, anyone?

Outfit of the Day: Introduction

After spending way too much time thinking about how I would start this blog off (and wasting about a week), I figured I should just jump right in!

If you haven’t read my “About” page, here’s a quick refresher. My name is Aimee and I love….well….many different things. If you are at all familiar with a classic movie from the 1960’s about a nun in training who falls in love with a dashing Naval Officer and his many children, well you probably get where my blog name comes from. I can’t just pick one thing to focus on here, so you’ll get a snapshot of a “few of my favorite things”, if you get my drift.🙂

As the title of this posts reveals, I’m jump starting the blog with an outfit I wore this week. This particular one is a little bit of, how shall I put this, “fast fashion”. Designer collaborations with retailers have become very popular in past years,  with everyone from H&M to Havianas joining in.  Target is no spring chicken when it comes to this- I remember buying from some of the first designer collabs when I was in high school. (Now I’m dating myself!) Proenza Schouler, Paul and Joe, Luella- those are just some of the first ones I remember. Now we have high fashion designers collaborating, like the insanely popular train wreck that was Missoni (that crashed the site and many orders were left unfilled and canceled ) and the super popular Jason Wu collab (oh pink striped dress- how I hate that i missed out on you!). Obviously, these collabs aren’t going anywhere in Target’s mindset, so they introduced the Shops at Target, taking local stores from around the country and bringing their merchandise and vision to the masses. Enter The Webster for Target, a boutique offering a little slice of Miami, Florida.


Dress: The Webster for Target Sheath Dress (here)

Shoes: Old Navy

Earrings: Target

Bracelet: Kate Spade Bow Bracelet

This dress is SO comfortable and I got so many compliments at the meeting that I attended that morning. Excuse the wrinkles-it was SUPER hot that day and I didn’t get a picture before I left the house. The humidity also explains my crazy hair.😉 While there are a few small things I would change about the dress (it’s unlined), for the price it’s a GREAT deal. I picked up the earrings in the jewelry section the same day. I believe they were $5-6? They go with so much in my closet and I’m glad I found them. The flats I picked up off the Old Navy clearance rack a couple months back for get this….$3. The Kate Spade Bow Bracelet- found that at the outlet store a month or so ago and just COULD NOT leave it behind. I have a feeling you’ll see it pop up here and there over the next few weeks. We kind of have a love affair going on, the bracelet and I.😉

I’m still trying to figure out the best places to take pictures as I’m kind of limited at the moment, so you may be seeing my front porch a lot more often (along with our Ohio State gnome….GO Bucks!)😉. I’m very excited to share more of my favorite things with you all and hopefully I’ll be back on a consistent basis as I figure out this whole blogging deal.


ps- you may notice that the porch light looks like it’s coming out of my head- I realized it when I edited the photos two days later! oops😉 fixed and noted for next time-it’s all a growing process, right?🙂