Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
This one is a little more modern but still has all of the elements I love especially the farmhouse sink. I love the little desk too!
all images taken from countryliving.com
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Dress: Lillie Pulitzer Jean Jacket: Bitten Accessories:F21
I'm exhausted. It was clean and required no ironing....Sold! The dress is Lillie Pulitizer purchased from Ruelala.com for a steal because as much as I like Lillie I would never pay $300 for the retail price of this dress. This is my favorite jean jacket. Sarah Jessica Parker had a line for the now defunct Steve and Barry's store. It fits perfectly and was like $19. Side note: SJP did a meet and greet/signing at Steve and Barry's. I waited in line for like 3 hours but it was so worth it. She's super sweet. She told me I looked amazing and she loved my outfit. I cried. She was nothing but gracious. I'm wearing some great BCBG platform sandals but I couldn't get a shot of them. Oh well.
**after yesterdays's pretty decent photos i'm afraid we're back to crappy ones with really bad lighting. sorry**
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
D had a crap day at work yesterday and I wanted to do something super sweet for him. I've been collecting recipes from Smitten Kitchen for a while. If you've never read her blog it is a must read. She's charming, the photography is mouth watering and the the recipes are wonderful. Everything I've ever attempted from her blog has turned out so tasty. But, I've never tried to bake anything. I have baked goods-phobia stemming from a lemon bar incident that we don't even speak of in this house. Anyway, I was feeling brave so I decided to try the pound cake with strawberry coulis. Right off the bat I think I'm in trouble because I don't have all purpose flour, I only have cake flour but I go ahead because I really don't feel like going to the store(and I google it and come to the conclusion that it's okay and in some instances better to use cake flour). I think baking is hard for me because I have a little ADD and you have to force yourself to slow down, read the recipe and add all of the ingredients in the proper order.
It turned out beautifully! It smelled so good that we skipped our proper dinner and had that with nice single malt scotch for our meal. I don't know if scotch is often paired with dessert but I highly recommend it as a cure for a really long day.
*The coulis turned out beautifully but i didn't feel like prettying up a plate to take a picture. Seriously, why are you still reading this get over to smitten kitchen and find something to cook.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hydrangea are my favorite. I know there are some snapdragons in there but I'm clueless about the other beauties. At the last minute I added some lavender for more texture and of course the lovely scent. I wanted to use a sweet little garden urn but was out of floral foam so I used my favorite milkglass pitcher. I want to challenge myself a little bit more next week. But for this week, I have this little bit of lovliness to make me smile
Sunday, August 16, 2009
*update* looking at the pictures I'm not thrilled about how I look today and I fear the dress has some sort of Mrs. Roper vibe going on!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'm not sure why my hand looks so freaky. I promise I do have thumb.
I will openly admit that I am huge fan of Tori and Dean's Home Sweet Hollywood. D and I watch the show together every week. In fact my daughters and D have all told me that I remind them of Tori Spelling in a lot of ways(and I'm pretty sure that I should find this comparisona lot more insulting than I do). But, I find her charming, goofy and ultimately likeable. This long rambling backstory brings me to my newest acquistion and love. One night fueled by insomnia and boredom, I decided to check out Tori's collection on HSN. Tori sells a line of jewelry on the Home Shopping Network. Since it is a channel I usually equate with old ladies and doll collecting, I was curious to see what the her line would look like.
The TS collection has lots of cute pieces for pretty reasonable prices but I didn't find anything that I was dying to buy(sorry Tori). However, I did start looking at some of the other collections. Some of them are exactly what you might expect from a home shopping network(gaudy-party of one!) but then I found the Heidi Daus collection and this little gem. Hello Luv!!!! I've been dying for a critter ring since Rachel bought that serpent ring on the Rachel Zoe Project. I'm not much into snakes but I do love critters-birds, bees, ladybugs and frogs. This was perfect. I liked it in the picture but I adore it in person. It has the perfect amount of sparkle and is so flippin' cute. There was also a ladybug ring but it was sold out. So...I signed up for an email alert so they'll alert me the next time they show her jewelry. I'm determined to have the ladybug ring. Good grief..I'm an HSN shopper!Does this officially make me an old lady?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Spotted: One of the dynamic duo must stop at Wal-Mart(please don't judge,it's convenient and yes a little part of my soul dies every time I go in there) to pick up something to feed her brood for dinner. After purchasing everything needed to make a healthy dinner for her kids she heads toward the exit. She sees a mother heading out with a cute baby in her cart. The mother tending to her baby is moving...not quickly. Not wanting to be rude and rush past them our lovely lady decides to exit through another door. She maneuvers toward the other door only to realize right before she runs her cart into it that it is in fact... a window! Which would have been okay if the man behind her didn't yell out"Damn girl! You been drinking or something?" She lowers her head in shame and hurries away. Moral of the story: Shopping at Wal-Mart not only kills your soul but it does nothing for a buzz.
Monday, August 3, 2009
"If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody" Holden Caulfield- Catcher in the Rye
I have a small confession...I adore Teen Vogue. Someone gave one of my daughters a subscription for her birthday and I anxiously await its arrival every month. Occasionally I'll read an article or two but mainly I page through it looking for beautiful little bonbons of eye candy. I think that Vogue takes itself a little too seriously sometimes. Teen Vogue has a sense of humor and a quirkiness about it that I love. I can barely get my daughters out of their Chucks and skinny jeans(although the oldest two seem to turning into fashionistas) so while I don't think the ensemble Ms. Watson is rockin' in this photo is on their back to school shopping list, it's definitely on mine!