merci beaucoup!

as if all of your wonderful comments and emails don't bring enough happiness to my life, the lovely beatriz at that girl in pearls gave me (and nine other amazing bloggers!) the happy 101 award the week before last (sorry for the delay!). in keeping with tradition, i am to list ten things that make me happy and choose ten more bloggers to award! here goes, in no particular order...

1. flowers
i'm not much for gardening (too dirty!) but flowers definitely make me happy. maybe my mother's love of gardening will rub off on me one day...

2. raspberries
i did take up a more-than-typical interest in gardening the summer that we attempted to grow raspberries in our backyard vegetable garden. there's something so refreshing about this pretty fruit. i'll never understand why some people don't care for them!

3. summertime
i don't know whether it's the anticipation of nantucket summers, the fourth of july, sudden thunderstorms, pretending to know how to swim, or my august birthday, but i look forward to summer all year long.

4. lemonade, preferably pink

speaking of summer, is there anything so refreshing on a hot day as pink lemonade? sure, i'll drink the real thing too, but i love the artificially sugary and pretty in pink version best. it's like happy in a cup!

5. paper goods

{thank you letterpress card by ice cream social, $4}

i believe in personalized stationery, love letters, thank you cards, postcards... i hand wrote more than twenty thank you notes after my internship with ralph lauren last summer! it's the right thing to do and, judging my the collection of my notes on my grandmother's refrigerator, a handwritten note rarely goes unappreciated. writing and receiving handwritten letters and notes always makes me happy.

6. manicures and pedicures
{essie's mademoiselle}
{essie's fiesta}
i am the worst at painting my own nails and love the chance to slip away from home with my mom and sister and treat ourselves to the occasional manicure and pedicure. i like pale pink for my fingers and hot pink or red for my toes. but the best part is reading the names of all the polishes! do you think you could name nail polishes or crayon colors for a living? i would love that!

7. travel
despite my horrible sense of direction, traveling is one of my ultimate sources of happiness. spending the semester in europe has been wonderful for so many reasons, but travel is way up there. there's nothing quite like exploring a new place for the first time — and even getting lost can turn into unexpected fun!

8. being a redhead
i've been on the receiving end of my fair share of ginger jokes, but being a redhead makes me feel special and different. my favorite is when people ask me if it's real. my go-to response is of course that color like mine doesn't come in a bottle. ;)

9. books
i'd be lying if i denied that my parents used to pay my siblings and i a penny a page of every book we read. maybe it was the financial motivation, but i've been hooked for as long as i can remember. i could spend hours in any bookstore or library.

10. love
love in all its forms is an unending source of happiness. naturally i love my family, my friends, and my boyfriend... but seeing an old couple smiling and holding hands is enough to turn even my worst day around. isn't love the best?

now it's my turn to award ten other bloggers who bring happiness to my day! while there are so many blogs i read (currently 62 on my blogroll and adding new ones all the time!) i'm holding myself to ten for the sake of following the rules. and the winners are...
carlee and tiffany of deliciously organized
elizabeth of e tells tales
christina of full house
mara of m loves m
crystal of plush palate
paula of two ellie

a heartfelt thank you goes out to frances at beautiful interiors and 18th century style as well for giving me a little shoutout on her blog too! it makes me endlessly happy to know that people are reading my blog and that what i write resonates with you in some way. blogging is the best!


M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Congratulations Design Darling... you totally deserve this award! I am so happy for you .... keep enjoying yourself and I love your 10 things ...fantastic.
ps thank-you for your lovely mention!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You have a great blog!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Congrats on your award. You definitely deserve it! Love all the wonderful pics you chose!

paula said...

I love your blog too! But can I just take your list? I rather like it:

Jessica @ Lavender and Lilies said...

What a pretty post. Love it.

Bailey said...

Aww thanks for the shoutout dollface, your kindness will not be forgotten you sneakster haha. I hope you would still like me if you didn't have a chance to win pressies!

thelovelist said...

Thanks for stopping by the love list -- YOUR list is darling, as is your blog!

Averill said...

Great list -- and I love that you included your red hair. I was a redhead the first year or two of my life but alas it turned brunette...today, I'm still coloring it and wishing I could go back to my roots. ;)

Jen said...

Yeah!!! Thanks for giving me the awared! You so made my day. Can't wait to get started on my assignment ;-) Love ya girl!

Marija said...

I see so many of these lists but I feel like I really got to know you - so totally not generic. Love Essie though I haven't tried fiesta. Perfect pedi polish! That's one of my favorite images form Aubrey Road. We have lots in common - though I only wish I was a redhead :)

Iva Messy said...


I adore raspberries! ;)

Unknown said...

Great list, great photos! Love the flowers especially:)

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Congrats on the award. I loved all of your favorite things. All of my favorites as well.

Ok I don't have red hair, but I have always wanted it!

Emily A. Clark said...

Thanks so much for including me! I'm honored :)

Sweet Southern Prep said...

P.S. As if you don't have enough awards, I tagged you for another one. :)

Jamie said...

I think you are right about one thing...we have SO MUCH in common!...I have all the same picks (ofcourse I am not a red head ;)

Hope you are having a blast!


E said...

You are the best for this...I love a lot of the same things on your list too, sister redhead :)

Full House said...

great list! I think redheads are beautiful!


Congrats on the award! Well deserved! I love your list :)

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