Open Tabs

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Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

Is the International Space Station flying over your house tonight?

I don’t want to say goodbye to the summer, but I love looking at new clothes.

You can’t beat the view, but could you literally crawl into bed every night?

P.S. Have you ever given yourself a retro updo? I’ll be trying one out for my friend’s wedding this weekend.

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This Week’s Outfits

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My Grandmother’s House


There aren’t many things that have changed in my Grandma Ginny’s house over the years. She’s gotten new furniture and updated her kitchen, but the core statement pieces have remained the same. I was inspired to photograph her living and dining areas recently, and I found that looking at her home through a camera gave me a new appreciation for her decor. She has lived in this house since the early sixties, but nothing about it feels outdated. Take a look!

All photos by me! Gretchen Lilly


Thinking About Nightgowns

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Oh, I love watching Downton Abbey on PBS. The story has some great twists and turns, and visually- the house, the grounds, the costumes- so stunning. I’ve been especially interested in the looks the ladies have been sporting to bed:

I’ve been wishing that I had long, shiny hair that I could just braid and secure with a ribbon. That’s gonna take some time, so maybe I’ll satisfy myself with one of these vintage-inspired nightgowns:

L.L. Bean Vintage Flannel Nightgown

Peruvian Connection First Frost Nightgown

Peruvian Connection Empresses Nightgown





Taliesin West.  I’ve been there.  I’m someone who has been inside of a Frank Lloyd Wright building.  I’ve seen pictures and video of different buildings, but you need to go inside of something he designed to get the whole story.

We took a 90 minute tour, which is their most popular, and for good reason.  Our tour guide, Diedre, gave a great presentation, and wasn’t afraid to tell the whole story (like, Frank could be a bit of a jerk-face).  We got to see all around the house/ campus, and even got to go inside the living room and bedroom.  They don’t allow photographs inside either of these rooms, because people were selling unauthorized photos online.  They do have a postcard of the living room in the gift shop, which I snatched up.

There are heaps of books and films devoted to Mr. Wright, and so I don’t really feel it necessary to go on about how amazing his work was.  Oh, and I’ve decided that I will become a “Wright Head” and drive around the country in a VW bus to see his works.

*Fun Fact: He was born Frank Lincoln Wright, but changed his middle name to Lloyd, his mother’s maiden name, to show support for her after his parents’ divorce.  He would initial his work F.L.L.W.


With the Candlestick in the Conservatory


So, one of our local TV stations has started airing these little commercials that feature photos from different cities in the area.  One night, we’re watching TV and Brian shouts out “Wait!” and pauses the DVR.  He has my attention at this point, so we watch this commercial that features photos of Tacoma, where he grew up.  One of the photos is of this beautiful, gigantic greenhouse.

“Do you know where that is?” I ask.

“Yeah, that’s in Wright Park.  It’s across the street from Stadium” * (Stadium is the beautiful and historic high school featured in the film 10 Things I Hate About You.  Brian went to school there.  He was also an extra in the film.  He can name all of the time codes where he pops up… but I digress.)

“Why haven’t you taken me there on a date?  What’s it like?  Let’s go!”

“Hmm, I don’t think I’ve actually been there before…”  We then get into a discussion of how the place was always closed, and the park was kind of sketchy, and what teenage boy wants to hang out in an indoor garden after school.  Meanwhile, I’ve slipped off into an alternate world where I’M the one who got to go to a high school shaped like a castle with an English garden across the street (MY high school was originally built with no interior walls, so the learning wasn’t, like, confined to the classrooms, man.  From what I hear it was like trying to go to school in a Costco.)

Anyhoo, I looked up the info and found out that it is called the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory.  We visited today and while it was much, much smaller than I imagined, it was a great date.  Before we went, I thought I’d enjoy the architecture more, but I actually found the plants themselves to be the main attraction (go figure).  We picked up a few plants from the gift shop: Chenille Plant and Coleus.  Holy crap, the Chenille Plant may actually take some skill to keep alive.  Wish me luck.





*In the name of accurate blog-keeping, the park is not literally across the street from the high school (A fact that I pointed out to Brian.  His reply: “Well, yes, but if you said that it was, anyone who’d gone to Stadium would agree.”)

Bonus Material: Brian re-creating a Senior Picture pose:


The Beautiful Castle School: