{my monday with: i like / want / need}


Happy Monday everyone, and boy do I have treat for you! It was hot and steamy in these parts over the weekend, so I'm happy to be spending a refreshing Monday with…I Like / Want / Need. I asked Erin to stop by today to share her favorite things; Aren't they great? As I told Erin, I bet you can successfully associate a specific blog post to each item - an always heartfelt, sometimes side splitting tale behind each of her favorite things - which makes me smile as I recollect. Now, it's you're turn…



1. {Pen} I've been in love with writing since I first learned how to put a pen to paper. I wrote short stories as a kid, plays in high school (I even won a statewide playwriting competition!), novellas in between, and now a blog (and maybe a book one day?). I am at my happiest when I'm writing.

2. {Thumb Drive} Almost every layout and photo I've ever posted on my blog lives on this little (easily losable) thumb drive. Before you freak out, I have 3 different computers that I blog on (2 at home and 1 at work, shh) and it's hard to keep everything centralized. I lovelovelove blogging and had to represent it somehow.

3. {Ladurée} Duh. I could easily subsist on macarons alone for the rest of my life and live happily ever after. They are the most delicious and delicate treats. I've had macarons elsewhere and they just don't compare to Ladurée. And yes, I know this makes me a snob.

4. {Gary Oldman} Oh, Gary. If you don't know why he's on here by now, you need to check yo self. And yeah, I framed the picture of us. I keep it on my night table.

5. {Eiffel Tower} My dad went to Paris in the mid-90s, and when he asked me what I wanted him to bring back for me, my 8 year old self went as stereotypical as I could and requested a beret and a mini Eiffel Tower statue. I still have both. I keep the Eiffel tower on my desk for inspiration and to keep a little piece of my dad with me. Among the many traits my daddy passed along to me, our mutual love of Paris is my favorite.

6. {
Midnight in Paris} Are you sensing a Parisian theme yet? ;) I took myself on a date to see Midnight in Paris in the theater last year and watched with a huge smile plastered on my face and my hand at my heart. It is the most charming and sweet film I've ever seen, and combines my favorite artists and writers with my favorite city and my favorite era. In a totally fitting turn of events, it was released on DVD on my birthday, and I've seriously lost count how many times I've seen it since. The soundtrack is pretty incredible, too.

7. {Necklace} Boyfriend got me this beautiful necklace for my birthday and I wear it almost daily. It's blue topaz, my birthstone. I'm a
very lucky lady.

8. {Film} Photography is one of my life's biggest passions. I've been shooting on film for 13 years (!!). My degree is in Photojournalism, and I spent what felt like an entire year holed up in the darkroom. Kodak Portra VC film is my favorite.

9. {Candle} I am a crazy candle lady. You're likely to find as many as 3 burning in my house at any time. Favorites include Diptyque, Voluspa, and, of course, Ladurée.

10. {Fitz!} Many many treats were consumed in the taking of this photo. I am not above bribery :) I adopted this little bugger one year ago and, even at his craziest, I've never regretted it. He brings so much joy and laughter to my days, even when he's misbehaving.


Erin, thank you so much for stopping by today. I think you now officially hold the record for most guest appearances on this blog [wink]. Ok, everyone, let's have a wonderful week!


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  1. Lovelovelove! Oh hooray for Erin! Just yesterday, as I was getting in the car, I was thinking, I'm feeling ready for another "My Monday With...." So thank you Theresa! This MMW means so much to me partly because Erin means so much to me but having met her recently, I can say that I saw her beautiful necklace, I saw the framed photo on her nightstand, I smelled the candles....and I've met Fitz! I still haven't seen Midnight in Paris, can you believe it? Maybe this weekend.

    Love you both, so much. xo

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  2. Yay Erin!  I really enjoy reading her blog and all her fun stories about the French girl and stalking Gary.  Thanks for featuring her!

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  3. Very cute. I especially love the Eiffel Tower story.   Teri

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  4. Totally and utterly loved this, Erin!!! You must be just about the cutest, sweetest person I've ever "met".

    It's been so lovely to see your favourites and the heartwarming stories behind them. I know you pretty well but they revealed a little more about you (winner of a Statewide Playwriting Competition? Wow, girlfriend!) , which was great."I think you now officially hold the record for most guest appearances on this blog [wink]."Tell me about it!What IS up with that? Do you pay in macarons or something?! ;DSeriously, though ......... great job, girls - mwaaaah! xoxo

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  5. I love that Erin framed her photograph,  Awwww.  I'm jel that Lauren has seen the lot in real life, ha!

    Thanks for spreading the Erin love around, this post really does say it all about her.

    Fabulous ladies xxx

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  6. I was wondering how you got puppy to sit so still for this photo and I loved Midnight in Paris too! Great picks, as always, Erin.

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  7. Erin got some great choices for candles! Will take one of each, please. :) 

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  8. Well not too many surprises there! Except for the USB key anyway.
    I didn't know you Americans used the word 'bugger', that made me chuckle, I think of it as such an English word.
    That is hilarious that Erin has framed that photo :)
    Lauren's post just made me feel all sentimental bless her.
    Great post T! xxx

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  9. nice to meet you!  i'll check out that movie - it sounds lovely.  thanks for the introduction, t!

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  10. Love you more, ducks! Haha none of these probably came as a shock to you :)

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  11. Yeah, thanks Theresa!! You are awesome for making this possible. xo

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  12. Ohhh you!! You're making me blush! The cutest, sweetest person would have to be you, Ms. Chi. Or Theresa, who comes up with these amazing series! I had such a blast putting this together, and it's actually pretty wonderful to know none of those 10 things came as shockers to anyone, haha. xoxo

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  13. :D "spreading the Erin love around" just made my day! You're so sweet, Sam!

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  14. Oh my god, so many treats. More than a few curse words, too, haha.

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  15. Ha! Horray for fellow candle lovers!

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  16. Bonjour! You'll love Midnight in Paris, you have to go see it immediately!

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  17. Theresa, thank you thank you thank you for having me today (and before!). And sorry all my guest-posts are heavy on Paris, haha. It's a joy and an honor to be featured here,  I can't thank you enough for sharing your wonderful space with me! Though maybe I should have included some left-field choices? You all know me too well, and I'm a-okay with that. xoxo

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  18. ..and btw, thanks for the (inadvertent) tip of saving all the blog images on a stick!

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  19. So true, Lauren. Having met Erin and seen her favorite things in person must make this post even more special.
    Right back atcha! xo

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  20. Thank you for stopping by. I think I actually found you through Erin. I can't remember. Anyway, good people connecting good people, that's what it's all about.

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  21. I think that one is my favorite too.

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  22. Thanks, Chi. I couldn't agree more with your feeling about Erin. She's a keeper.
    PS~I'm making my way to you. :)

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  23. Thanks, Sam! Sharing a meal and shopping with Erin isn't too shabby either. :)

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  24. Can you even imagine how wonderful Erin's home must smell? ;)

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  25. You bet, Noreen. I need to see that movie myself!

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  26. Erin, the pleasure was all mine. Really. You know nothing makes me happier than to take the focus off myself and shine a light on inspiring, creative peeps.  Thanks for bringing a smile to everyone's day today. xo

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  27. Very sweet selection. I cannot believe you have a framed photo of GO and you by the bed!
    Happy to see candles;)

    Nice job girls. Great graphics!

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  28.  now following you via blog lovin', so will definitely be back!

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  29. Nice post! I love France, so I enjoyed all the Paris references and Fitz just makes me smile. He looks a bit shaggy, which is a quality I adore in dogs :) 

    Yes, let's have a great week!

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  30. Such a sweet post Erin! I knew some of the items on your list would pop up on you list. Really enjoy the Monday with posts!

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  31. i love it all! a midnight in paris is one of my all time favourite movies! love your stuff erin!

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