Tuesday, February 28

Listening Library: Tennis


Have you heard Tennis?  Husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore released their first album, Cape Dory, last year and toured the U.S. until the end of 2011.  Following their extensive tour, they began working on their sophomore album, which was released earlier this month. 

Their second album, Young & Old, was put together in just three short months and features a new band member, James Barone, on drums.  I can't get enough of the catchy '50s pop feel... It's the perfect album to get me through the last days of winter and lead me into spring.

P.S. Patrick and Alaina met as students in Colorado and after graduation, they bought a sailboat and spent seven months sailing along the Eastern Seaboard. What a great adventure for some kids right out of college, huh?

Photo Credit: Sidewalk Hustle

Two Years Later...


Today Laurent and I are celebrating our two year anniversary!  It's pretty amazing to take a day to look back at all the wonderful things he's brought into my life (the very best rosemary quiche, an extensive Woody Allen film collection, an uncanny ability to take me from crying to laughing in a few seconds flat, etc.) and reflect on the great times we've had together in Bloomington and NYC. 

Proof that I've got a keeper?  He barely put up a fight when, in a "just bought an iPhone, must take pictures" frenzy, I snapped this photo of him with my other main man, Bearski.  We don't have any plans for the night, but I'm hoping we'll take his new sportscoat and my new dress out for a fancy spin soon.

Photo Credit: taken with Instagram

Monday, February 27

Weekend Wrap-Up


Last week was one of those weeks where I was able to  tackle a bunch of tasks that had been building for weeks (okay, some had been building for months).  I took all the ill-fitting items in my closet to the tailor, hand sewed a few of my tops, and got around to some larger work-related tasks.  I also gave myself a little teeny transitioning-into-spring treat from J.Crew. 

In an attempt to erase the Big Cheesy grilled cheese competition from my mind, I went on my own little NYC eating adventure.  After Lombardi's on Saturday (go for the plain ol' Margherita pizza) and City Bakery on Sunday, I was only thinking about the Big Cheesy every 5 minutes or so... Big Cheesy what?  You can see my City Bakery treat below... The pretzel croissant was delicious, but the hot chocolate was approximately 95% chocolate and 5% milk.  I would only recommend sharing a small with a friend.  It was intense, even for a hot chocolate lover like myself. 


Last night, in a City Bakery-induced high, I laid out some goals to focus on in the upcoming weeks... including getting myself back on a consistent sleep schedule, drinking more water, and planning out my grocery list for the entire week.  Lately I've been realizing that by the end of the day, I haven't even touched a single glass of water!  Eek.  Wish me luck. 

Photo Credit: taken with Instagram

Little Tin Soldier


Have you seen little tin soldier?  I found Sophie's blog at the end of last week and went through all - yes, all - of her 65 pages of posts by Sunday.  I love her simple, age-appropriate style and her quirky school teacher tendencies.  She frequently does a 30 for 30 remix challenge, where she chooses 30 pieces from her wardrobe (tops, bottoms, and shoes), and forms outfits with only these items for 30 days.  I think it's a wonderful idea to see how you can simplify your wardrobe and still have expressive style.


I liked a few of the tips she laid out for editing your wardrobe.  If you have some "fraternal twins" in your closet - say three black turtlenecks - clear out all but your favorite.  Make a mental note to steer clear of such items the next time you go shopping. 

I don't advise this for everyone, but if you find yourself wanted to add things to an already enormous wardrobe, try this tip for a little while.  If you buy a new item, donate a similar item.  For instance, if you absolutely cannot live without a new dress, find an old dress to donate.  This will help you to a.) mentally catalog your current wardrobe b.) better evaluate your new purchases and c.) create a closet you cannot bear to lose.

Photo Credit: little tin soldier

Saturday, February 25

Geometric Nails


Perhaps it's because I grew up in my dad's woodshop or perhaps it's because I have a recent love for triangle related designs, but I can't get over these nails I saw over at Design*Sponge

Of course, these wouldn't work for every project, but I love the idea of taking something that's typically inconspicuous and making it interesting.  These would be great if used on a modern project or on their own to display jewelry, don't you think?

I don't see them for sale online yet, but word on the street is they will be available in early March. 

Photo Credit: Design*Sponge

Friday, February 24

Have a Delicious Weekend


You know those times when you learn about something just a little bit too late and kick yourself?  I just heard about this now-sold-out grilled cheese competition happening in NYC, and I'm filled with emotion to say the least. 

On one hand, I am joyous that such an event exists and that grilled cheese is finally getting the attention it deserves.  But on the other, much bigger hand, I am devastated that such an event will go on without me in attendance.  If any person out there is fit to judge a grilled cheese competition while drinking some beer and soda, it is me. 

I suppose I will have to taste test the competitors on my own time.  I've already got Melt Shop under my belt, only 6 more to go.  Here's to a delicious weekend!

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Thursday, February 23

Day Tripping


I'm getting a little antsy for an adventure outside the city, and the Catskills are looking like the perfect day trip for March.  Anyone have any advice for places to hike, eat, or see?

Photo Credit: Pinterest: i want to go there

Simple Flats


I'm not sure if it's my recently reduced closet or the rising temperature, but I've been thinking quite a bit about what I would like to add to my wardrobe for the warmer months.  This will be my first full spring/summer in NYC, and I've got my eye out for some lightweight, easy dresses and comfy shoes for walking around in the sweltering heat.

So far I haven't seen much in stores that I can't live without (why so many polka dots and brightly colored jeans?), but Madewell came out with these holepunch flat sandals, which have a sweet gamine feel.

Photo Credit: Madewell

Wednesday, February 22

Sweden Switches


On September 3, 1967 (aka H-Day) traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right.  At the time, all of Sweden's immediate neighbors drove on the right and most Swedes drove left-hand drive vehicles... Can you imagine the difficulties of driving on the left-hand side of the road with a left-hand drive car?

Nonetheless, the change came with much opposition.  In 1955, 83% of drivers voted to keep driving on the left-hand side of the road, despite the many instances of head-on collisions when passing on two-lane highways. 

It's amazing to think how much had to be altered to implement this change...

On H-Day, all non-essential traffic was banned from the roads in the early morning (in some instances, the ban lasted all day) to allow crews to reconfigure intersections.  Bus stops had to be constructed on the other side of the street, and over 1,000 new buses were purchased with doors on the right-hand side. Some 8,000 older buses were retrofitted to provide doors on both sides. 

What an undertaking! 

Photo Credit: The Washington Post

Monday, February 20

In the Kitchen: Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes


I've been gorging on pasta, bread, and sweets too often these past couple weeks, but I want to file this recipe away for a time when I'm cooking for a party or special occasion.  Nine times out of ten, I'll choose vanilla sweets over chocolate, but I can't resist a mint and chocolate combo.

I found this recipe over at honey & jam - aren't Hannah's pictures great?  They really get me excited to bake. 

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes

Ingredients
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
7 tablespoons buttermilk
1 large egg
1 large egg white

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine cocoa and 5 tablespoons hot water until a thick paste forms (this process intensifies the chocolate flavor). Add butter, buttermilk, egg, and egg white; beat until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until smooth.

Scoop batter into prepared tin. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mint Infused Whipped Cream

Ingredients
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3-4 sprigs, fresh mint (I used sweet mint, you could use spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, etc)
2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar (more if you like it sweeter)

Directions
Crush mint leaves a bit, then place in a medium sized bowl, pour heavy cream over. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 6 hours to overnight (I refrigerated for about 5 hours, and while the cream was minty, it wasn’t nearly minty enough. I’d recommend keeping it in the fridge overnight.)

Remove mint from heavy cream, add powdered sugar and by hand or using an electric mixer, whip until soft peaks form.

Photo Credit: honey & jam

Weekend Wrap-Up


When I lived in Indiana I was such a homebody on the weekends, but since I've moved to NYC and started a job working from home, I feel obligated to explore as long as possible on the weekends.  Sometimes the constant exploration means I'm still tired when Monday rolls around.

Since Julia and I were out and about during the week last week, I indulged myself and stayed in most of the weekend.  I started a new book, watched 5 episodes of Friday Night Lights, and went on my first run in a few months.  It felt so nice to just get out and clear my head in Central Park.  Even though there are hundreds of fellow park-goers, it always seems so quiet and peaceful on the running trail.  I also realized perhaps it's time to invest in a better sports bra...

A few things to share:
  • Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler guest star on Saturday Night Live
  • Have you seen Closet Visit?  I have always been strangely drawn to seeing the inside of peoples' homes and closets, and this does both!  I loved the beautiful closet and home of clothing designer Momo Suzuki.
  • A music mix to help you get down to business, courtesy of Kate Miss.  
  • I'm thinking about framing this tea towel for our "kitchen", i.e. our 20 square foot space we try our best to cook in.
  • Anthropologie's Shirt Lookbook: your guide to making an oxford shirt less formal. 

Photo Credit: unknown

Friday, February 17

Have a Peaceful Weekend


I hope this weekend is a chance for you to sleep in, read a book, take a walk, and find some calm.  I think I'll go for a mid-morning run tomorrow to get the endorphins flowing and have some quiet time. 

P.S. Does anyone have some great book recommendations?  I just wrapped up a book and I'm hoping to go to the bookstore this week.

Photo Credit: unknown

Whoa Nelly, What a Week.

Whew... sorry for such a long blog hiatus.  My friend Julia made the trip out to NYC and stayed with me for a few days and we squeezed as much fun as possible into approximately 50 hours. 

I'll update you about the food we ate first (keep in mind this was over a span of two days and we walked quite a bit).  We had a Valentine's Day celebration at Cascabel Taqueria, had a few red velvet cupcakes from Two Little Red Hens, ate at Ess-a-Bagel twice, chowed down on some amazing and super filling ramen at Rai Rai Ken, found what I now believe to be the best pizza in NYC at Lombardi's, had a s'mores crepe at Creperie NYC, and gorged ourselves on some hearty food and drinks at St. Dymphna's.  You can see a tiny bit of the deliciousness below.


On Wednesday, we did a little shopping at Anthropologie for this dress (I swear it was for a clothing emergency and I have a discount card) and Evolution, a store in Soho specializing in human and animal skeletons.  It's a little spooky in there, but for some reason Julia and I were in the mood to see some artifacts this week.


We also got a chance to go to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Bodies Exhibit

Highlight of the trip: We somehow got into PDT (Please Don't Tell), a speakeasy in the East Village for drinks, even though we had a large group and no reservations.  You walk into an inconspicious hot dog store, walk into a phone booth, dial a number, and wait for a host to slide the door open and let you in.  The drinks were all pretty darn tasty (as they should be at 15 bucks a pop), and even though the bar is not as secretive as it once was, it was still a fun alternative to any old bar. 

Come back Jules!  We miss you already!

Photo Credit: Evolution

The Other Walk of Shame


Have you ever been to HelloGiggles?  It's run by Zooey Deschanel and friends, and there are some pretty funny and entertaining contributions every once in awhile.  Yesterday I read this article by Eliza Hurwitz, where she explains how to avoid "The Other Walk of Shame" - when you finish an awkward conversation, say goodbye, but you walk in the same direction as the person, horribly prolonging the discomfort and awkwardness.

Photo Credit: unknown

Tuesday, February 14

Relationship Graph


Sometimes it pays to evaluate where your relationship lies on this graph.  Haha - I love the two extremes: "Zone of PAIN" and "Null Set".

Hope you're enjoying your Valentine's Day, whichever sphere you fit into. 

Photo Credit: HelloGiggles

The Perfect Summer Shoes


Well, here it is.  You can mark February 13 as the day that I was drawn to a non-flat shoe.  Remember when I said one of my resolutions this year was to find well-made, attractive, supportive shoes?  Eileen Fisher has managed to create the most comfortable wedge in the universe, in the most flattering, goes-with-anything color.  Tucking my pennies away for these...

Photo Credit: Bloomingdales

Monday, February 13

Happy Galentine's Day!


Leslie: What’s Galentine’s Day?  Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.  Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just kick it breakfast style.  Ladies celebrating ladies.  It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas!

Do you have any Galentine's Day plans?  I'm celebrating a few days late this year, but mimosas will be had, gossip will be discussed, and Leslie Knope will hopefully be in attendance. 

For your pleasure, Parks and Recreation Galentine's Day outtakes

Photo Credit: Six Oh Three

Friday, February 10

Have a Romantic Weekend!


Well, I'm bidding Berlin farewell tomorrow morning and heading home for a little rest, relaxation, and hopefully some puffy oven pancakes or raspberry French toast cups.  Don't those sound delicious?

Do you have any fun Valentine's Day plans for next week?  I'm hoping my plane arrives on time tomorrow because Laurent and I might do a pre-Valentine's Day date night at reRun, a little theater in Brooklyn playing the film Tiny Furniture.  In any case, I have a fun little Valentine's Day plan I've been planning for next week.

My best friend Julia will be gracing us with her beautiful face on Valentine's Day, and I cannot wait.  Nothing but wonderful things in store for me when I arrive in NYC in t-minus 24 hours. 

Photo Credit: Unknown

The Art of Quilling


I've recently been very drawn to paper art, and this project pretty much takes the cake.  Artist Lisa Nilsson uses rolled pieces of Japanese mulberry paper to create anatomical cross sections, a technique called quilling or paper filigree.  You can't see in the photos, but she houses all her intricate designs in beautiful silk covered wooden boxes she makes herself.  For more about Lisa's project, read her interview with ArtSake.




Photo Credit: The Design Ark

Thursday, February 9

The Return of Domino!


The designer gods have delivered an answer to my prayers!  My dearly departed friend, Domino Magazine, will be resurrected (kind of) come April 17.  Condé Nast announced recently that they will publish a special edition of Domino entitled Quick Fixes which will focus on easy, inexpensive ways to improve your home. 

Oh yes, this is exactly what I need after a 3 year hiatus.   Would you look at these homes?  They always managed to highlight the most wonderful DIY projects and eclectic interiors.







I. Cannot. Wait. Any other Domino lovers out there?

P.S. In case you were wondering... My work schedule in Berlin has been pretty jam-packed, so I will continue the Splurge Vs. Save series as soon as I get a chance!

Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Wednesday, February 8

Oh Toast, You Can Do No Wrong.


Have you heard of Toast, the UK based clothing brand started by two ex-archaeologists?  The husband and wife duo consistently turns out irresistibly cozy clothing made of natural materials perfect for kicking around in at home. In fact, they chose the name Toast because it conjured up the spirit of long, lazy weekend breakfasts.  Take a look at their newest collection here

I started a cost-benefit analysis of having to pay for international shipping for something I've never tried on... but then I realized the slightly asymmetrical slouchy dress below is just too perfect of a summer dress to let slip through my fingers.  I'll sleep on it for a few nights.






 Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Tuesday, February 7

Splurge Vs. Save: Home Edition

When it comes to furniture and home decor, things can definitely add up quickly, and I've found that the home goods industry is one where price and value often don't go hand in hand.  Here are a few ways I've tried to get the most bang for my buck, without sacrificing style or functionality... 


Bedroom

Remember my discussion about the dreaded bedding?  My rule of thumb is to pick one or two elements of your bedding (pillowcases, sheets, duvet cover, decorative throw, bed skirt) and splurge.  There's no need to go all out on each piece. 

Laurent and I recently replaced our bedding and after searching through store after store, I was getting pretty tired of seeing the same overly feminine florals and dizzying geometric patterns.  One night, I found some great hand-blocked pillowcases from CB2 and West Elm and a cozy throw from CB2.  I spent a little more than I have on pillowcases in the past, but we saved on our sheets, bed skirt, and comforter. 

You can save on extras like nightstands and reading lamps.  I advise looking for creative nightstand options, rather than limiting yourself to traditional options.  We use our box speaker and our windowsill in place of a real nightstand.  However, this West Elm nightstand is enough to make me a convert...

Bathroom

If your home didn't come with one, invest in a nice showerhead that will last. A leaky showerhead with low pressure is no way to start the morning.  Save on a shower curtain.  It will inevitably become water stained and dingy after a while, so you'll likely have to replace it once every 1-2 years.  There's no sense in shelling out $50 every year. 

I suggest buying a complete set of towels that goes together.  We have four white, plush towels from Target and it makes our bathroom look clean and unified. 

Decorative bowls are a great way to organize your makeup or toiletries and give a little personality and color to your countertop.  I love the bowls at Anthropologie and World Market, but I also have found great options in Asian markets and Asian sections at places like Sur La Table.   


Living room

I know not everyone has access to a store like IKEA, but if you do, there are amazing deals to be had on bigger items like sofas and bookshelves.  Laurent and I got the Karlstad sofa and two Vallvik bookcases when we moved into our apartment.  I feel we ended up three pieces that match the quality and aesthetic of the furniture we liked at places like Crate and Barrel for less than half the price. 

You can also save on accents like pillows, throws, and rugs.  I've always found that really high-end accents can sometimes veer to the gaudy side.  We attempted  to purchase this Alvine Ruta rug from IKEA, but they were sold out the day we went in  (seriously attempted- we were in there for almost an hour looking for it!).  If you dig at IKEA, I'm convinced you'll find great quality, beautiful design, relatively low price points in every department.  I loooove the galvanized pots we picked up for less than $1 each.  We use them for plants, cords, pens and pencils.

When it comes to artwork, one or two nice pieces of original art are often enough to bring some color into the walls and tie together the whole home. 

Workspace

I think the best desks are often relatively inexpensive DIY projects.  My aunt and uncle found a butcher block table on the side of the road which served as my desk throughout college and I always got compliments on it.  Try salvaging a well-worn desk by sanding it down and either refinishing or painting it.  

My dad recently made me a custom desk for my new apartment (we only had room for a 14 inch wide desk) and it's such an eye-catching piece.  We bought the hairpin legs online and my dad sanded and finished a slab of wood he's had for over a decade.  I know, I'm pretty lucky to have a woodworker in the family.

A quick tip: I've always found it's better to salvage a real solid wood table than to buy a new composite desk.  Real wood generally lasts longer and looks expensive even if there are a few imperfections.   


Dining

If you're looking for a 2-4 seat dining room table, I suggest going to thrift stores or flea markets.  You can find some unique shapes and sizes that will bring some character into your home.  I also suggest saving on the chairs.  Depending on your aesthetic, I suggest trying to find a complete set of chairs and sprucing them up, or collecting a variety of similar chairs and unifying them with the same coat of paint or the same upholstery. 

Save on dishware, glasses, placemats, and cloth napkins.  Check out Etsy, Fish's Eddy, Anthropologie, and World Market for cool mix and match dishes, placemats, and cloth napkins.  You can get great glass sets from IKEA, Target, or Crate and Barrel.  Or... my favorite option is to buy a pack of 16 ounce canning jars and use them as drinking glasses. 

Splurge on silverware.  I don't mean that you have to have real silver, but eating with a sturdy, complete set of silverware is such a different experience than eating with cheap bargain bin silverware. 

It can be tempting to overspend when decorating your home, but you'll feel so much more at ease if you really put time and effort into finding or making unique pieces for your home.  Spend only where it really matters and save wherever you can.

Photo Credit:  Unknown

Okay Martha Stewart, I Give...


I say this with heaviness in my heart, but sometimes I find tips in Martha Stewart Living to be wonderful and innovative.  This restaurant ticket bar is such a great idea for a desk catch-all.  I always had a bulletin board over my desk in college to clear out the clutter, but I bid farewell to it when I moved to NYC.  This might be the perfect age-appropriate alternative...

Photo Credit: The City Sage

Monday, February 6

Splurge Vs. Save: Makeup Edition


Foundation & Concealer

While I'm a huge fan of Boots Stay Perfect foundation ($10) from Target, I generally think you should splurge on foundation and concealer.  Many great options are available at drugstores, but the chances of finding the perfect shade for your skin color can be pretty slim.  In the long run, you'll very likely end up spending more trying out different shades and formulas for your skin than if you just went to a makeup expert. 

I suggest going to a place like Sephora rather than going to a makeup counter like Clinique.  Sephora experts have experience with a variety of brands and have a wider selection of options to choose from.  Also, Sephora has the absolute best return policy which will allow you to try out the product for a few days and return it if it's not panning out. 

Blush & Powder

I tend to splurge on blush because I've always found that it is so difficult to blend cheap blush.  You'll consistently find that the best ranked and most recommended blushes are in the $20+ range.  Why?  Higher-end powders are ground until they are very light, which makes them easier to blend.  I use Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush.

Lips

Lips are tricky... I'm a longtime proponent of the classic Chapstick, and buy it in 3 packs for about $1 a tube.  On most occasions, I think you should just put on a cheap little balm and let your natural lip color go. 

However, there are some occasions that I find myself wanting to wear a little lip color.  While I've always heard great things about Revlon's lipstick and lip stains, I just don't have good luck with any drugstore lip product.  I splurge on Nars lip stain and Fresh's Sugar Passion lip balm.  Both offer long-lasting, saturated colors that I haven't found with any drugstore brand. 

Eye Shadow & Eyeliner

My recommendation is to splurge on eyeliner and save on eye shadow.  Most cheap eyeliner is made of wax, which doesn't glide very easily.  The color tends to fade quickly, and often you'll end up with raccoon eyes by lunchtime.  I suggest a gel eyeliner, like Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner.

When it comes to eye shadow, I think you can save as long as you invest in an eye shadow primer.  Sephora carries a variety of great eye shadow primers which will keep even the least expensive eye shadow in place for days.
Mascara

I have never really seen the benefit of plunking down $30 for a tube of mascara because so many great affordable options exist, like Covergirl's Lash Blast mascara (god, who comes up with these names?). I do, however, think you can make a cheap mascara look even better by using it in combination with a cheap eyelash curler (see below).  

Tools

I think you can find some pretty great brush sets for under $15 total.  I use Eco Tools, a set available from Target for $11 for 5 brushes.  The only addition I might add to this set is an eyelash curler.  Some makeup artists swear by Shu Uemura's eyelash curler ($20), but I bought my cheap Revlon Extra Curl Eyelash Curler maybe 8 years ago, and I've never had an issue with it.

Well, there you have it!  I very rarely switch up my makeup routine, so when I do I really appreciate hearing product recommendations.  Any tips?

Weekend Wrap-Up


Another lovely weekend here in NYC... We had beautiful weather and the perfect mix of relaxing and completing of tasks I have been putting off for far too long.  My friends Anna and Kenneth had a little get-together for the Super Bowl complete with homemade guacamole, salsa, and cookies and an assortment of drinks.  Yum, yum, yum.  Did anyone miss the now newsworthy flipping of the bird by M.I.A. last night?  I would have never caught it...

I'm off to snow swept Berlin for work the rest of the week, but I've been working on a little feature for this week that I'm excited to get going this evening (fingers crossed!). 

I've lately found myself wondering about which items are worth paying a little extra for and which items I can save on.  As you know, expensive doesn't always mean better, but then again, sometimes you really do get what you pay for.  I tried to compile a comprehensive list of all the products and services I use and break down where I find ways to scrimp and where I make investments.  I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions!

Photo Credit: unknown

Saturday, February 4

Let Your Freak Flag Fly This Weekend


Well my weekend is off to a good start...  I did an extensive closet cleanout last night over pizza, Cherry Coke, and jazz.  And after weeks of scouring the internet, we've found ourselves some lovely bedding.  If all goes well, the last shipment, these pillowcases from West Elm, will arrive today. 

On a side note- I'm hoping that my celebrity sighting track record starts to improve pretty soon.  I've been in NYC for six whole months now and I've only managed to see reality TV stars (the Kardashians, a real housewife, and yesterday, the one the only, Star Jones).  Where are Michelle Williams and Liev Schreiber hanging out? 

I'm off to take a walk the rest of the afternoon and escape the strange racket that is occurring outside my apartment window.  It sounds as though someone is watching Telemundo on our fire escape. 

A little Etsy love for the weekend... A two-tone tote from Infusion and some quirky Valentine's Day cards from Sunday Driver.

Photo Credit: A Little Bear

Thursday, February 2

Sweet Valentine's Day Surprise


Want to give a little one some Valentine's Day cheer?  I think these stickers are pretty great to tuck into a kid's (or fun adult's) lunch come February 14.  They are available on Etsy here, or you could always design some in Word or Photoshop and print them off on sticker paper.  Quick, affordable, and cheesy. Is there anything better?

Plus, they're a great alternative to give to those curious creatures out there who prefer fruit over chocolate. 

 


Photo Credit: Twig & Thistle

Before & After



I love this repurposing job by Kim of The Window Seat.  She turned an old toolbox into a wall display to house her jewelry making supplies and finished pieces.  I always see so many great toolboxes at antique stores for $10 or less, and many of them have some interesting graphic designs on the exterior. 

Don't have jewelry to display?  This project would work in an entryway (you could toss your keys and mail on top and hang scarves on the rod) or in a bathroom (you could put your toothbrush and toothpaste on top and hand towels on the rod).  What a great rustic alterative to the typical shelving units you find at home goods stores!

 Photo Credit: The Window Seat
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