San Miguel for Thanksgiving

We had a lovely trip to San Miguel, Mexico for Thanksgiving this year and it was one of the best places I’ve visited so far in my life- tons of character, interesting finds and beautiful scenery.  It was AWESOME! Below are some photos

This was our breakfast spot- lots of yummy meals were eaten here 🙂

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The interior/exterior decor is everything I ever wanted in a house

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Seriously how beautiful!

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This was above the swimming pool

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Secret garden feel everywhere

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I guess everything blooms/thrives in Mexico- every type of flower was blooming

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Loved this cool bronze candle holder- with all the candles in this must be beautiful

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Want to eventually have pots on the wall somewhere- love the look

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beautiful marble sinks and cool fish faucets- everything was so unique

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love the exposed beams

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had to make a wine/beer run!

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love this photo of mi madre

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my sister took of the trip- she got a pretty cool new camera Canon EOS 6D that takes tons of good photos-

awesome horse riding adventure!

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La Parroquia- beautiful church- reminded me of the Spanish architecture I saw in Barcelona

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Loved the parade celebrating an upcoming wedding- we ended up seeing the wedding parade the next day- too cool

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pretty little sister-taken at the Rosewood at La Cava which is this amazing restaurant in a wine cellar-the food was amazing

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can’t believe this girl is graduating highschool already 😥

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The familia (minus papa)

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the hubby

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seriously everything was blooming and green-

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Had a bunch of good times- will have to go back sometime soon!

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Will show all of my purchases in the next post- got some cute items for the house!

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More parties- Halloween 2014 and a Lingerie Shower

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So hard to take pics with the dogs… Batman and Robin wanted to remain anonymous crime fighters 🙂

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some outtakes

Got my outfit from Etsy– surprise surprise 🙂

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cape, tutu, star hairpins

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Awesome wonderwoman tank that I’ve been wearing everyday

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Loved my sister’s decor- lots of stuff from World Market

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creepy!

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fun times!

Also threw a lingerie shower for my friend and it was awesome!

Was going for a roses theme~

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Cut out some letters from Paperless Post paper-

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Lollypop favors from Etsy

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DIY FAIL- was wanting to make these awesome balloons with beautiful confetti dots but picked sharp stars which kept popping all of the balloons (duh) soooo just fyi…

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banner 🙂

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flower arrangement-

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yummy food mostly from Costco

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new dining room table from world market

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yummy cupcakes!

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still liking my chalkboard TV stand

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fun times had by all- karoake at Kung Fu Saloon

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so excited for the wedding!

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also enjoyed a Rose and Honey lollipop the next morning and it was amazing!

Costumes of Yore

So I’ve never been one to get too much into costumes- but was looking at some old photos and realized that I’ve actually dressed up more than I had remembered

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random 70’s rollerskating zombie I think? Not sure what was going on with my makeup…

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snow white (both costumes from Damsel in this Dress)

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and reused it for bar wench costume

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Close up

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red riding hood

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Close up of the red riding costume (Damsel in this Dress)

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Rogue from last year- post on how I made it found here

 and this year

Wonder Woman!

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I mean that’s not me if you can’t tell…not going to look EXACTLY like Lynda Carter probably

pictures coming soon!

Miami, Vegas, ACL, Wedding, 29th BDay, NYC (Fall 2014)

So these past weekends have been pretty eventful, amazing and exhausting! We went to Austin City Limits with my sisters/husbands and dear friends, traveled to Austin again to be in a beautiful wedding, went to New York City to celebrate one of Moky’s friends birthdays/he also beat cancer this year!!, squeezed in a trip to Vegas, I went on a bachelorette trip to Miami and also celebrated turning 29! Phew just typing that all out made me realize that we accomplished/attempted quite a bit this September/October- Fun times abounded- loved all of the good times and (hazy) memories 🙂

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my sis looking gorg at ACL

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people for miles (maybe too many people…)

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my wonderful friend and her husband- had such a fun time celebrating their wedding at the beautiful Villa Antonia!

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Wonderful moment my friend and I got to share with the bride right before her first look…tear :’)

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Birthday celebrations at Nick and Sams– best steak and lobster mac and cheese ever

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I really wanted a caricature for my birthday so hired a caricature artist (Suzworks)to come to the house- best decision ever-we had such a fun time with the pictures!

Tessa was a good doggie model 🙂

 

 

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gorgeous manhattan skyline-view from our friends balcony where we stayed

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stud muffin

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pretty decorations at a coffee shop called SweetLeaf that had the best Chia tea ever- also had an seafood dinner at Wild Edibles that was amazingly fresh tasting

hung out in K-Town for some Turntable Chicken

also had fun playing ping pong at Fat Cat 

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all in all busy and fun- lots/too much good food (probably too much Fireball) and good conversations-ready for some down time now

Moky put up with me for another year (Anniversary Year 2!)

This is late because I wrote it and then saved it and forgot to post it on my anniversary- but it’s 100% true and I wanted to share 🙂 Love you babe! 30 reasons Moky is the BEST!!!

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1.  he will be an amazing dad.  Fact.

2. he is an amazing dog dad. even though I brought the dogs into our lives he is the one who makes sure they are walked three times or more a day, fed and watered and in general cared for.  He loves them 🙂

3. he loves trying new restaurants with me- since we both love food we have awesome times going and trying different restaurants around the city.

4. he compromises and watches shows with me like Four Weddings and makes comments about the weddings and what he liked/hated about them 🙂

5. he is an incredible friend.  he is loyal, empathetic, kind, generous, and consistent. he will be the one to keep the friendship alive by actively working to reach out and connect with friends.

6. he is incredibly hot.

7. he is wicked smart.

8. he’s not much of a musician but LOVES music and loves when I play anything- he thinks I’m amazing at the harp and piano 🙂

9. he knows everything there is to know about sports

10. he’s amazing at volleyball- like really good- and basically just started playing not that long ago

11. he’s a great “big brother.” Moky is an only child, but when he married me he married the entire Dillahunty family. We’re still deciding if he’s crazy or brave (maybe a bit of both), but he loves my siblings like I do. I’m the oldest of 7, he hangs out with my brother in laws and brother and will drive to any random sporting event or other event just to show his support.

12. he can cook. enough said.

13. he could kill someone with his bare hands because he’s a Kung Fu genius

14. he supports my fitness goals

15. he has a great laugh and deep voice and people constantly comment that he should be a broadcaster or in radio

16. he constantly tells me he is proud of me

17. he serves others.

18. he loves others.

19. he is loved by others.

20. he’s the one who gets stuff done around the house i.e. dealing with the trash, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, all laundry supplies, etc…/everything

21. he’s photogenic. see first photo.

22. he can do multiple pull ups

23. he likes to learn and he LOVES to teach.

24. he can literally set his mind to do something and then become REALLY good at it-fastest learner I know

25. he’s laid back and relaxed.

26. he works hard.  he is the hardest working person i know. his work ethic is out of this world.

27. he loves me well.

28. he loves Jesus well.

29.  he works hard at his marriage (so yes maybe I’m not the easiest wife ALL the time) 😉

30.  he is super cute when he says he’s “allergic” to cilantro and other food he doesn’t like 😉

Spain Trip-Granada

So the last stop on my amazing Spain trip was in Granada! We had quite the overnight train ride to get there which might have felt a little claustrophobic! The train was pretty tiny- Once we got to Granada though it was beautiful! Love the south of Spain- has a totally different feel that is very unique and exotic.

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The streets were narrow and we were in the part of Granada called Albaicin which was super old and awesome

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This was the view out of our windowAirbnb is awesome and it worked perfectly for our trip

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We ate plenty of gelato- yum

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The city was pretty quiet and had a very romantic feel

But the main attraction is the beautiful Alhambra  which was originally built in the 1st century

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The garden’s were beautiful and there were so many types of roses it was awesome

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garden vistas

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This is the pic of us at the top- burned quite a few calories getting all the way up- it was pretty hot!

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Afterwards we definitely needed sustenance-

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ordered plenty of food 🙂

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Also ate tons of hummus in Granada

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Later that night we went back to the Alhambra to see the Nasrid Palaces

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It was a dark journey to the top- literally straight up a mountain

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It was so beautiful- I want a house that looks like this 🙂

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Although I didn’t see any cozy dens for cuddling up with a book so maybe I don’t want this palace!

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Loved this woodwork on the door

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Posing next to the amazing cured pork that is all over Granada

Crappy story: TSA took away all my cured pork products I brought back for the hubs 😥 moral of the story you can’t bring back in food from other countries (definitely not any meat products) unless you can hide it better…not condoning smuggling but maybe

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A bull fighting ring- wouldn’t want to go watch that though-

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Went on a final bus tour – Goodbye Granada!

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The last night we went to a lovely restaurant called Carmen Mirador de Aixa– lots of good food

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and that was the end of my Spain trip! Had an awesome time and already planning a trip to Europe for next year! thinking Italy/France or Scotland or Norway or everywhere 🙂

Summer Parties 2014

So we’ve had several summer parties and one of the first one’s was mi madre’s 60th bday party!

We had a Mexican Fiesta themed soiree and it was wonderful!

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Photobooth fun!

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Paper cut lanterns everywhere

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A creepy ladybug pinata (seriously the pinata selection was not great) 🙂

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A bunch of amazing food and Mexican desserts completed a wonderful party- wish I had taken more photos

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we had fun celebrating!

 

Next up came a friends bridal shower

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Favors for the attendees

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pretty decor

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yummy food

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a good time had by all!

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and then I threw a Little Italy themed engagement shower for another friend with some other girls

Here is the link to the pinterest board in case anyone ever throws a Little Italy themed party!

Little Italy Couples Shower- Pinterest Board

and here was our shower!

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A framed chalkboard that I got from the thrift store, painted and then wrote on

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our color scheme was the Italy flag colors of green, red and white

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Sangria and mustache straws

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My sister helped me make the mustache straws by cutting them out on the Silhouette

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Food was yummy- got the Italy napkins and black and white striped straws from Amazon

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Love my Etsy find pics of Italy

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It turned out great! Loved planning it and can’t wait for the next one~

Spain Trip- Barcelona

Barcelona was such a fun city and was a wonderful stop on our trip!

So here we go-

Barcelona!

Our Hilton Diagonal hotel was pretty sweet- I love the Barcelona style

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Random pic of the bathroom- weird I know but I thought the mirror and general style was so unique (love the slanted marble sinks)!

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Our favorite restaurant Piscolabis was right across from the hotel

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And then on to my favorite stop- the gorgeous Sagrada Familia

It was seriously the coolest architecture I have ever seen and a must see wonder of the world by Gaudi

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The doors around the church had cool passages from the bible carved in them

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I want these stained glass windows in my house

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The stonework was really so unique, old, detailed and beautiful- I loved it

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Pretty colors and amazing ceilings

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more outside shots

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the inside was also gorgeous

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We got to tour the Nativity tower which was awesome- it was very narrow and the spiraling stairs went up to the top of the church

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It was a beautiful view

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We went to this cute bar in Barcelona called Old Fashioned and had some amazing cocktails

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the bartender was awesome and we had a great time!

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then on to dinner where we stumbled upon another cool steam punk style restaurant called Estel de Gracia

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it was one of the best meals I had in Spain! lots of good food to be had 🙂

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foie gras was everywhere and yummy

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next up Granada (via an overnight train which is quite the experience!)

check out Part 1 in Madrid right here

Spain Trip! Madrid

So I had the most awesome trip to Spain this year and I definitely want to share some photos! I got to go with two awesome girls and we had the BEST time.  Also I’m so glad I went ahead and just did it! Sometimes European trips can be kind of daunting (don’t want to use all my vacation days on this, expensive, etc..) but I’m so glad I just went for it! Next year I’m definitely going to Europe again- maybe Italy/France/Switzerland or something 🙂

So first we headed to Madrid where we got to meet up with my mom’s friend who was so sweet to host us in her home and feed us like queens!

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Madrid was beautiful and we definitely walked around alot of the city

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The city is pretty cool- The Paseo del Prado garden was beautiful as well-

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more garden pics

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We also saw the Royal Palace

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It was pretty hot-as in temperature hot but only typically during midday

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We spent alot of time at the Plaza Santa Ana which we were able to get to without getting lost and it had a lot of good restaurants around

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There was also a totally weird scary fun Hawaiian tiki bar that was in caves deep underground and might have had some illegal activities occurring in front of us as well… but the drinks were awesome!

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I also got to stop by Toledo when I went back to Madrid to catch my flight out of Spain

It was seriously so beautiful- looked like a fairy tale

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We enjoyed some cervezas’s while looking over the city

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it’s such an old and historic place- seriously cool

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Next up Barthelona! (and you have to draw out the name when you pronounce it)

Etsy June Finds

Soo it’s been quite a while since I did an Etsy round up so I think it’s about time to get going on it!

I heart Etsy so much (most of my gifts for people come from here) and so here is my random list of favorite items right now (mainly jewelry)!

First up I love these amazing italian prints- my sis and her husband just got back from italy (jealous)

and I’m also throwing a little italy themed couples shower and bought some of these prints for decor!

I have to go there

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Italy Prints by TiAmofoto on Etsy

Also obsessed with these gorgeous earrings! Would look great when I travel to Italy (it’s happening)!

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Epuu earrings on Etsy

Love the adorable looks on these cats faces! Also love this store in general and the blog the lady writes which is all about vintage and finding treasures Kitschy Vintage Blog

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KitschyVintage on Etsy.

This is a cool piece of artwork and I love the quote- I can relate being 5 foot nothing!

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HelloUWall on Etsy

This gorgeous necklace would look so good in the summertime! I love the detail

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OneLittleStar on Etsy

Also love these cute triangle earrings- all the stuff in this shop is soooo cool

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Kadrizinha on Etsy

Those are my Etsy find for June-you can check out my previous Etsy round up posts below!

Here are my August finds, April finds, June finds and July finds