favorite things 2019

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things17 Comments

Today, I’m excited to be a part of the 10 year anniversary of Favorite Things by Melissa of 320 Sycamore!  She is one of the first bloggers I ever met.  We met nine years ago at the Blissdom blog conference and, unbeknownst to her, she became one of my mentors.  I looked at her as an example of how to … Read More

Armchair inspiration

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Artistic Endeavors, Favorite Things19 Comments

There is only so much sitting and watching TV that I can handle.  Don’t get me wrong…I love a lazy day now and then or a movie marathon, but I’ve been operating at 50% or less for a few weeks now.  Especially during the first two weeks of recovery, I was medicated, sore, tired, and not good for much of … Read More

Keeping my hands busy

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Artistic Endeavors89 Comments

Before I get into today’s post, I wanted to let you know that the Arhaus giveaway has been extended to my allow entries to my blog, so those who aren’t on Instagram can enter as well or those who entered on Instagram can have another chance to enter.  Just go back to the giveaway post HERE and leave a comment … Read More

Lucca Purchases

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, clothing & style, Favorite Things, Travel12 Comments

One of the things I was looking forward to most about our day trip to Lucca was visiting Officina Della Pelle, the family-owned leather store I bought so many beautiful pieces from last year. Last year, I visited the leather store at the end of the day, so I wasn’t able to get any of my pieces monogrammed.  I was … Read More

montecarlo & a vineyard lunch

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel28 Comments

On our last full day in Barga, we went to tour and have lunch at a classic Tuscan vineyard and visited the small hilltop town of Montecarlo.  We went to the same vineyard last year and I was eagerly looking forward to the delicious lunch and the beautiful scenery.  Just walking up to the vineyard is a treat.  The gravel … Read More

lucca antique purchases

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Travel33 Comments

I already shared about the brown leather oxford shoes that I bought from an antique dealer at the Lucca fleamarket, but I wanted to show you the other things I bought as well as shoe the shoes up close.  I am not really a shoe person per se, but I have always been attracted to wingtips.  I think it is … Read More

thrifting & antiquing in Tuscany

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Travel22 Comments

This was the day I was waiting for…the day of shopping and antiquing in Italy.  I found so many fun things last year and enjoyed the day admiring the abundance of European antiques.  It was a little slice of heaven…well, except for the heat!  It was so hot last year!  Thankfully, it was a little cooler this year. Unlike the … Read More