Friday, July 29, 2011

Hello Pencil Bench!


I was searching 1stDibs.com for chests for Squish and came across this pencil bench. I do not care that it is impractical and the silliest thing I have ever seen. I do not care that is is over $5000. I do not care that it would give my children lead poisoning. {Ok I kind of care about that one} I need this in my life!



Please visit www.sheridaneedsthissillypinkpencilbench.com to donate funds thanks.

Have a great weekend!!


OH! I also meant to share this with you ions ago!! This is one of the shots Sommer Photography did for us during her Color Collection portrait event. I blogged about it here. Isn't it just fab?! A 22 month old and a 4 month old and two smiles at the same time and a happy mommy and daddy...and there are LOADS of other great pics, all in less than an hour! I am telling you that girl is a miracle worker. Visit her website here

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Big Boy Room!


I need some advice stat!

Here's the deal. I am starting to kind of think about switching Big Squish and Miss Munchkin's rooms around. The nursery is huge and babies don't need all that space, and it would be great for Squish to have it instead for his 10,001 Hot Wheels. If I do this, I will cover the yellow striped nursery ceiling of course and go ahead and get a big boy bed for Squish. I really want him to have a full size bed also, not twins. The first picture and two photos below are my primary inspiration photos. 

Here is what he currently has:
{1} Navy and white striped curtains. The fabric is a great Ralph Lauren - 8" thick horizontal stripes - exactly like the stripes in the top photo. Love. I want him to have these through high school and when he is home for college. Same goes for the headboard. I do things once, great quality, so they last and last. 
{2} He also has the orange and white zebra rug from Jonathan Adler as shown in the photo below...
{3} ...As well as a HUGE arm chair and ottoman I want to recover as it is perfect for reading in every night. Literally all four of us fit in it!!! 
{4} We also have a very dark brown leather ottoman I could put at the foot of the bed that I think could look nice since the room has the space for it, and it would be a great way for him to climb into the bed before he can easily get in by himself. 
{5} The nightstands on either side of his crib right now are like literally out of an old western movie. Seriously. They are old old wood, like you would find out in an old barn on a ranch, but they are pretty cool. So I am open to keeping these OR buying two new chests of drawers for him as night stands. There is not a closet in the room so this might be the most sensible idea. 



So given that info and these photos, I mean there is obviously a big theme with the color palette I like - here are my questions: should I just paint the ceiling dark blue? Or should I do the entire room dark/navy blue...or is that too dark for a toddler? What headboard do I get? I would like it upholstered, most likely with nailhead trim. Maybe I just need to go find fabric first and play around. I like the brown velvet and it would go with everything, and I could use it in a future guest room. But too boring? Would I get sick of orange? Would an orange headboard be too much with the zebra rug? Should I find a patterned fabric that would hide dirt from muddy boy head and hands rubbing against it? Or patterned fabric for the chair and ottoman? 

I am loving these Jennifer Delonge storage units:

They come in tons of great colors {including orange, navy, white, wood....}

The nesting storage is great, too. One side of the top is wood and the other is chalk! Rock on. 


See here on her site.
{prepare to stay for at least an hour. everything she does is amazetastic.}


NOTE: I DO NOT. LIKE. TRENDY. And I am worried adding in bits of lime green is too trendy for me in the long run! I want to do the "big" pieces, namely the headboard, and potentially those chests of drawers, so they will last for 20+ years, but I will get things like the storage to accommodate his age and make the room work for him. But where do I start?! Tell me what to do about the ceiling, and then let me know what to do on the headboard...and then we can talk about the fabric for the chair, and pillows, and where I can find some awesome chests of drawers because I have painting out of my system until 2014. Sources! Give me sources! I feel like I have exhausted my source file on my computer and can't come up with anything that seems right. No Jonathan Adler type chests of drawers por favor.

Oh and I also like the idea of some big, patterned pillows...


The problem is that I like soooooo many styles of design. As with fashion and how I dress, sometimes I am feminine and girly, sometimes I am bold, sometimes I am rock n roll, sometimes I am modern and minimalist, sometimes I am hippie. Oh geez. 

TELL ME WHAT TO DO! Want the room dimensions? ;)

Monday, July 25, 2011

5 Minutes


If I had five minutes to myself this week, to go anywhere in the world I would want to go, I would choose this garden. It would be a perfect 72 degrees with just the right balance of sunshine and wind. I would be drinking an Arnold Palmer with a silver straw. I would be wearing the softest, most comfortable feather-weight dress in existence. I would have my feet up on a pillow, with another few pillows behind my neck and back, all of different shapes, sizes and softness. I would be eating an endless bowl of crisp, chilly purple grapes...maybe with some raspberries thrown in. And I would be reading the new issue of Vogue. Since this is MY five minutes, I think I might also be reading an article about myself and my line in the issue :)))

Now that would be a great five minutes. 

Where would you go?


p.s. I posted a little Resort 2012 sneak peek over there on the right hand side! It is difficult to tell as that picture is tiny, but there is gorgeous silver embroidery along the neckline and hem. Oh it is absolutely stunning! Can't WAIT to show you more...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How I Wore It :: Post-Wedding Brunch


One of my very favorite dresses EVER is the one I wore to our post-wedding brunch. We got married in Santa Barbara and organized a little brunch together with our guests on Sunday morning following our ceremony before Biz and I departed for our honeymoon. It was absolutely wonderful and we really enjoyed being able to say proper goodbyes to everyone and thank them for coming, rather than having to do a quick wave as we ran through a shower of rice! Every time I look at it's blue and white stripes not only am I reminded of our wedding, but images of lovely picnics I dream of having are also conjured up in my head... sitting beneath a big oak tree with nothing to do but watch my children laugh. Whenever that happens I assure you, I will be wearing this dress! Oh and p.s.....it has POCKETS. 

Dress - Ralph Lauren :: Earrings - ?? All I remember is that they were $2 :: Necklace - Bali street market :: Sandals - Ralph Lauren :: Sunglasses - Oliver Peoples




Same sandals I wore to the brunch as well. They just work perfectly with this dress!


Above are some snapshots of me wearing it at the brunch and right after we arrived at our honeymoon destination! Little story to go along with me pretending to be in the circus and riding that seal {which is right in front of the lobby entrance...at the Four Seasons...} I kid you not, right as that photo was being taken by my very lucky new husband with the super grown-up wife, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden strolled by with their new little baby girl Harlow and I could tell on their faces they decided in that exact moment I was officially the coolest person they had ever seen. Nic was all woah I want to ride a seal and I was all psh don't even bother you don't have the moves.



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How To :: Fishtail Braid


Ok so we need to work on our video skills a little :)

Deciding to film this was totally unplanned so you will have to forgive the camera wobbles, bad lighting and lack of annunciation on everyone's part. If anything I just enjoy sharing some fun behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot with you guys! I think you will still be able to get a lot out of this though - I know I did. Brittany, the professional stylist from Lemongrass Aveda that did my hair for the shoot, has some great tips and really shows how easy a fishtail braid can be. As with anything, practice makes perfect! I'm off to find a mirror so I can master this once and for all...

Happy Fishtailing!


p.s. Click here to view a larger size of the video on YouTube, even though the quality is not as nice.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weekend Roundup



I hope you all had as much fun as we did this weekend :) Coming early this week: the Fishtail Braid How To video as well as a new How I Wore It. Happy Sunday! 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blue Chickadee :: Hand-Painted Goods


Ok so this was another item on my To Blog list that I have been meaning to write about for about a decade now. I was in the market for some precious Easter bloomers for Miss Munch and came across a fabulous blog/store: Blue Chickadee. I originally discovered her on Etsy {don't you feel like you just won the lottery when you come across a fantastic store on Etsy?! I do!!} though she has a shop integrated into her blog as well, found here. Her stuff is simple yet outstanding! I had her do a custom pair of adorable bunny bloomers and have been so happy with them. I originally thought the little Miss would only wear them around Easter, but she is in them all the time! Here is a pic:

{can I please eat those thighs for Thanksgiving}

THEN I was beyond flattered when she told me that she had named one of her paintings after moi!

"Sheridan's Neon Pink Lips"

The icing on the cake is that she is a mommy of two little boys that makes time for her painting projects in between naps, carpool and practices. It makes all of her items even more appealing if you ask me; you know she does this because she really loves it, and her heart is in every piece. Here are a selection of my favorite items...

I NEED some of those Chevron pillows in pink! Or maybe orange... Or maybe that gold and black would be ideal for our bedroom...once I get those bone-inlay chests. Too many good choices! Adding to my wish list right now.  


 Maybe the cutest baby shower gifts ever???? 
Adorable to the max + reasonable prices = YES. 



Perfect for the beach! Imagine the cuteness with your baby's name on them as well. 
Yes, she does custom creations!

Serious heartsies.

More good news: I figured out how to upload and edit videos, so the Fishtail Braid How To is coming Monday! Happy weekend!!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

How To Video Tutorial...Coming Soon!


That's right! I cannot wait and am thrilled to share the first one with you...as soon as I learn how to edit the footage. So realistically we are looking at...October. ;) Seriously though, I took the opportunity to have my sweet hair and makeup gals {aren't they the cutest?!} from Lemongrass Aveda Salon show you how to do a Fishtail Braid as well as an Easy False Eyelash Application. Below are some snapshots of the finished braid. Hope to have the video up by next week so we can all start rocking this awesome style!! 




Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paleo Meatloaf


A lot of you have been asking for Paleo recipes since I posted about it on my Reader Q&A, so here is a dish I make regularly: Paleo Meatloaf. We gobble it up over here - Squish included - and it is the easiest EVER to make. Take a look:

Ingredients:
1 pound ground round or ground meat
1/4c tomato puree {no high fructose corn syrup - only tomatoes}
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/4c white distilled vinegar {yes, the same thing you would use to clean your floors with!} OR Bragg's organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is also an option
1T or 1t lemon juice
1T garlic powder or 2 cloves minced garlic
1/4c or 1/3c honey depending on how sweet you want it {I do 1/4c}
1 yellow onion baseball size
1/2 large red bell pepper or 1 small one
1 raw egg
1c almond meal

Instructions:
Mix. 

Bake uncovered in a glass dish at 375 for one hour. I turn the oven off and put a piece of foil on top and let it sit for at least another hour, but sometimes two or three if I forget it is in the oven and it is great.

Note: If your meat is not completely thawed do not cook it! The ice crystals will tear up the meat and make it tough and not as tasty. Near room temperature is the best.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's A Wrap!


We had a GREAT day of shooting today for Spring 2012! Alarm went off at 6:00am and I walked in the door just after 6:00pm...and we still have more to shoot. I want to share everything with you all right now right now right now!!! Oh such fun goodies! Enough exclamation points Sheridan. Sorry. My eyelids are so heavy they are literally closing as I type this so I need to hit the sack, but I just had to share that it went very well and I CAN'T WAIT to fill you in on the details, show you some sneak peeks and let you in on other fun surprises I have in store. {Much of these will come via my Sheridan French newsletter, not all on here, so make sure and sign up for that via my website if you have yet to do so!} 

Massive hugs and kisses to you all...nighty night!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards


I know I said I would not be posting for another week or so but I am in need of a major vent so I don't go crazy. You are hearing this direct from Nervous Breakdown Sheridan. I put Squish down for a nap at 12:30 because I have to have him awake by 3 to take to my mom's with Princess Drool {Miss Munchkin's new name. She wears it well.} so that I have the afternoon to finish prepping for the photo shoot tomorrow which begins at 7am. 

Even though we have one of those crib tents on his bed, he manages to take the seams apart at the corners and shove his two giraffes out. Squish not sleeping with his giraffes is like the equivalent of telling a smoker they can't have nicotine. Did I just compare my 2 year old to a smoker? See. Nervous breakdown. Or better yet, like taking away chocolate almond butter from me. It's just something you don't do. So he shoves his giraffes out and I go up 7 times to give them back. I know I know, I shouldn't even bother, he is total delay tactic master at the tender age of barely 2 years old. He knows mommy will keep coming back. Asking for water, milk or a diaper change are tricks of a small-time delayer. So beneath my child. He is now at the point of asking to go to Sea World instead of taking a nap. He also puts in the request that while at Sea World, we purchase the Sea World Training Team 18-Wheeler. I kid you not.

Lately, he is also obsessed with having every part of his body under the blanket. So if I cover him and so much as a toe gets out of the covers, it is DEFCON 5 and all you know what breaks loose. He honestly screams as if he is trying to get the lead role in Hostel 5: When Toddlers Attack. So I go back to put his giraffes back in the crib AND put the blanket back on him, his thighs, knees, shins, ankles and all 10 toes. As I leave he has his head on the pillow. 

Sign of relief. Finally I can get some work done. 

I get to the tv downstairs and look on the screen - we have a camera installed above his bed that is linked to the tv {genius if I do say so myself} - and in the, oh, 21 seconds it has taken me to get from his room to the tv, he now has his diaper on his head. 

.........take a breath.........

I head back upstairs as a patient, loving, totally not stressed or irritated mother. Obviously. He lays down and I put his diaper back on. And then I realize that in this short time span he has peed. In. The. Crib. 

I do believe a small amount of steam came out of my ears at this point. 

I take him out, strip the sheets, look over, and while my back was turned he has somehow unlocked his diaper pail and is digging for gold with such gusto you'd think it was a scene from California in 1849. WHAT THE HECK LITTLE MAN?! 

Nervous breakdown, commence. So much for two peaceful hours of work. Where is my chocolate almond butter.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekend Round-Up


My absence is going to continue until late this week as the 2012 photo shoot is Tuesday and I am still gearing up for that. I wanted to give you a little weekend round-up though to hold you over until I have photo shoot sussies to show you! In three separate posts...we had some hide and seek fun, ventured to the duck pond, cooked and more importantly ate lots of bacon, relaxed in the pool, I finished painting the furniture and my much-anticipated bracelet arrived in the mail....so here we go! 





So squeezy.


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