Author Archives: thebandwife

May 28, 2013

Yellow Maxi + Aztec Medallion

I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a bit obsessed with certain clothing trends or categories from time to time, and right now I can’t get enough of maxi dresses. Long dresses give the wearer such a put together look, but the secret is that they really are one of the most comfortable things you can put on. Plus, when I combine a super long maxi with 5 inch wedges, I can suddenly fool people into thinking I’m 5’9″. That’s a plus.

I bought this giant gold Aztec medallion when combing flea markets a few weeks ago, and besides worrying about the fact that it might make me look a bit like a Bee-Gee, I think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve bought in a while. The original chain was a bit of an awkward length, so I added the medallion to a long gold Madewell chain, and I’m really pleased with the switch.

Dress/Rachel Roy, Shoes/Aldo, Necklace/Vintage

There may come a point in the middle of summer where the heat doesn’t allow for giant blanket-like clothing, so I’m going to milk the maxis while I can before it gets too hot. I hope you got to enjoy a relaxing long weekend this Memorial Day!


May 24, 2013

Birthday Boy Breakfast

We are a family of May birthdays so far. Mine is May 7th, Todd’s is May 18th, and according to the vet, Charlie (our cat) was born sometime around May as well. Todd turned the big 3-0 last year, and I went all out for him with a surprise out-of-town getaway that resulted in him meeting (and feeding!) some monkeys at the St. Louis zoo. He LOVES monkeys. Since I’m not made of money, I can’t afford another monkey encounter until his 40th birthday, so this year we played it a bit more low key.

This May 18th was a perfectly beautiful day in Missouri, so I suggested that we get up a bit early that Saturday and go for birthday breakfast before a walk in the park. Todd keeps what I like to call “musician hours” and goes to bed around 3-4am, so he’s not usually one for getting up early if he doesn’t have to, but he agreed to give the morning the old college try and we settled on a crack-of-dawn 10am wake up call.

We were actually going to go to McDonald’s for a breakfast in a bag to eat at the park, but breakfast was over by the time we got there (because all of America is apparently ready for McNuggets at 10:30 in the morning). So, we decided to go to a local breakfast spot called Anton’s instead.

Todd had the whole enchilada as far as breakfast food goes: pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon. I opted for an egg and toast and snuck bits off of his plate every other bite. I was so glad that we went there instead of greasing up our arteries with MickyD’s, the food was so good (I keep thinking about that pancake!) and it was such a cute little hometown place to linger and unwind.

Overall, we really had one of the best days on record so far. After the park outing, I gave him what he called his favorite present from me so far (a hammock) and we went to a sushi dinner and had drinks on our back porch under the stars until late. He’s such a special guy and I love when I can do things for him to show him how much I care. No monkey quality time this year, but I think we did pretty good without our primate pals.


May 22, 2013

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Cocktail

So, I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. Well, I’m addicted. To this cocktail. Please don’t think less of me. I was at Houlihan’s (a local restaurant chain) a few weeks ago and saw a lemonade concoction on their menu that used gin, strawberries, and basil. I love basil and strawberries, so I thought I might really regret it if I didn’t at least give the drink a try. DE-LIC-IOUS. The only problem with the drink was that I didn’t have unending refills of it when I got home, so I decided to remedy that little issue as soon as possible. It actually didn’t take long at all to unlock the sweet summer flavor at home, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Lemonade
  • Gin
  • Simple Syrup

For one drink, slice two strawberries and muddle them together with two medium basil leaves in the bottom of your glass.

On top of your strawberry/basil mixture, add 2 parts lemonade and 1 part gin. We made MinuteMaid frozen lemonade, but it would be extra delish to make your own lemonade from scratch. Add a dash of simple syrup to taste, and you are ready to sip your summery goodness!

We made these for a recent party and it really helped to prepare a batch of the muddled strawberries and basil and the lemonade/gin/simple syrup mixture right before the gathering started. That way, we could just scoop our strawberry concoction into a glass and pour the spiked lemonade right on top.

I guess you all know what I’ll be drinking this summer, cheers!


May 19, 2013

Laura Loves: Skull Edition

Skulls- everybody who’s anybody has one. I mean you LITERALLY have to have one to be considered a someone. Oh, sure, there are creatures like jellyfish that don’t have skulls, but you don’t see them on the cover of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” edition, now do you?

My birthday was almost two weeks ago now, but I got two pretty sweet skull presents amidst the birthday booty. One was a skull bracelet from my brother and his girlfriend, and the other was number 5 on my skull roundup this week- a silver metallic skull from Z Gallerie courtesy of Todd. It’s actually glittering before me as I type this, sitting on my desk with its hollow sparkly eyes fixed upon me. Awesome.

Obviously, there’s still plenty of delightful skull treasure out there that I don’t own yet, so here’s a few of my top finds for this week: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

If you’re ever feeling low or down on yourself, just think, “I have a skull. I’m a SOMEBODY!”


May 16, 2013

Filing Cabinet Restyle

So, Todd has been out all this week in New Orleans writing and recording for the band’s new record. It’s no secret to those to know me that I can be somewhat of a pessimist about situations in life, but Todd is the biggest easy-going optimist you could ever dream up, so that has helped balance me out over the years. I’m always sad to see him leave (of course), but it does help to think of the time that he’s gone as an opportunity to get some things done on my project list and watch all my tv shows that he hates (Kim and Kourtney Take Miami, anyone??).

One of those recent projects was this makeover on a filing cabinet I found at the flea market. It came in this lovely pink color that I adored, but the hue didn’t work with its intended locale in the house, so I needed to rethink the paint job. Storage is always an issue in a home (especially in an art studio type of setting), so I decided that this vintage filing cabinet could help me house a good portion of my paints that are currently stuffed out in the garage.

All the cabinet needed in prep work was a light coat of sanding with a medium grit sandpaper. Once I wiped down the sanded paint dust, it was ready for the transformation.

I chose the Glidden color True Turquoise in a latex paint for extra durability and ended up doing two coats for full coverage.

Thankfully, I was able to wiggle the drawers out of the cabinet before I painted, which made the whole process much easier.

Seriously though, there are few things that I love more than storage that looks good. I left the little company tag on the top drawer to keep some of the vintage charm, but I’m really pleased at how fresh and bright the cabinet turned out.

If you need some storage, filing cabinets are a great way to get organized and there are various shapes and sizes all over the flea market world. Todd will be home tomorrow, so I’m trying to finish any projects tonight so we can spend some relaxing time together this weekend. Can’t wait!