Friday, December 31, 2010

When the ball drops...

photo courtesy We Heart It

Happy New Year's! 2010 has been big...cheers to 2011 being epic.

Litany of Love

    Awww yeah, last Friday of 2010!
  1. This guy gets me every time. Beau.ti.ful.
  2. A fancy throne for babe.
  3. Absolutely coveting these orange dining chairs.
  4. Do you believe in unicorns?
  5. Happy in love. Now that's a sparkler!
  6. Pretty packaging and bright shades for your NYE kiss.
  7. Do these two get any cuter? I love their header.
  8. Interesting facts about the NYE crystal ball in Times Square.
  9. Hosting a party tonight? Serve up the coolest retro cocktails and be the hostest with the mostest.
  10. How to cure a hangover...pickle juice?!
  11. How do I love thee...let me count the ways...
  12. 2010 in pictures -- quite an interesting collection!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 learnings and ephiphanies

photo courtesy Stolen Inspiration
{the list below is based on my opinions only...}
  1. Family is #1.
  2. When you are happy, everything clicks. Without inner happiness, nothing is possible.
  3. There are a LOT of crazy individuals in this world. Most of them still surprise the s#*t out of me.
  4. Sometimes people do change...pending on how bad they really want to.
  5. Some of the things that seem so big and catastrophic are really just small and insignificant; especially down the line.
  6. One should laugh at least a minimum of 3x's a day.
  7. Sometimes there is nothing like swearing to get the point across. {sorry Mom}
  8. Getting old and feeling old are two different things. I am not getting old. I am just getting to the good stuff!
  9. I would rather taste and eat amazing food then worry about being model skinny. It's really exhausting.
  10. Biting your tongue is hard at times but truly your best bet.
  11. Spontaneous plans are the most memorable moments.
  12. A glass of wine makes the world right.
  13. New shoes are all you need to make an old outfit seem exciting again.
  14. Dogs are amazing creatures. I have never witnessed unconditional love like I have with my girl, Lucy.
  15. Kill 'em with kindness. Still works. So do prayers.
  16. Sometimes people just want to be heard.
  17. Cab drivers are angry people.
  18. I am really good at my job and I still love it after 6 years.
  19. Honey crisp apples rule my world.
  20. Great customer service is really dang hard to come by. {I'm talking to you Comcast!}
  21. Friends float in and out of your life for a reason.
  22. There is nothing that can replace quality time with girlfriends. It's necessary for survival.
  23. It's all about the small things.
  24. No matter how cool the technology, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, email, etc - human interaction is still necessary.
  25. Pick up the phone. See #24.
  26. Grandparents. Make the effort to spend time with them.
  27. Everyone can cook. Turns out it's very therapeutic.
  28. Babies...they make me smile. I'd like to grow one. I'm growing one!
  29. Halloween is indeed the best holiday.
  30. Travel and observe other cultures. I love to marvel how different we really are.
  31. Economy seating is the pits. Travel often so that you can earn Premier status. See #30.
  32. Mom...she is always right. Dammit.
  33. Always set an attainable goal...lofty goals that you cannot reach are a harsh reality.
  34. Leggings will save any fashion crisis!
  35. Doing nothing is surprisingly a lot harder than it seems.
  36. The past is in the past.
  37. Having a cool boss makes loving your job very easy.
  38. Writing is like riding a bike...you never forget, you just get a little rusty.
  39. Becoming an entrepreneur at a young age...that's cool and I admire you. {for my friends reading this}
  40. To the Barefoot Contessa - I bet you and I could be great friends in real life. I think you're swell.
Happy 2011 blogger friends. It's been lovely getting to know you.
I can't wait to see what this year will bring.

Thank you, as always, for making this hobby worthwhile. xo

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What to wear on NYE?

photo courtesy F21
The question really is...what do you wear on NYE when you are sporting a mini bump and NOTHING fits? Oh and here's the kicker...maternity wear is a real bummer! You could torture yourself like I have been doing and try 17 dresses on and exchange, re-exchange and keep your fingers crossed for the try-on session at home because there is no way you are braving the dressing rooms in H&M...or...you could just go back to what works. The ol' standby - Forever 21.

...cuz I did all of the above and was just about to resign to wearing a garbage bag when I thought I would give it one more shot and fell upon this sparkler. Admittedly, it looks much better on a non-pregnant woman however there is no elastic, no funky tailoring...it just fits like a glammed up sheath dress. And for $35, the detail is pretty great. I never thought I would don purple for NYE but it works. And because I can't resist genius merchandising and displays; I ended up walking out with a pair of Valentino knock off, black pumps and a clutch to complete the outfit. All under $100. Thank you Fashion Gods.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas looked like this...





From owls to bubble tape to onesies to paintings...it was a good Christmas!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mon cherie.


Directed by Sofia Coppola

This girl. That dress. = New. Favorite. Commerical

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Eve of the Eve Night Walk










On the Eve of the Eve, husband and I set out for a night walk. With a couple extra layers...this could have been my favorite walk of the year.  The city was in full-on holiday mode and it was contagious. As you can see, there was a lot to capture so I apologize for the abundance of pictures. We couldn't help ourselves!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Santa, I know him!

photo courtesy Martha Stewart
Wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas! I hope you have an amazing day with close friends and family.

I am grateful for my family, friends and YOU! xo 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Litany of Love

Happy Holidays Blogettes!
  1. Dainty, gold earrings for the lady!
  2. I have a thing for autobiographies...especially ones written by rock stars.
  3. Everyone needs one of these.
  4. Why don't they make these for adults? Ain't she snazzy?
  5. A perfect mix of oxford and pump. Love!
  6. This is a great, winter maxi dress. Boots or heels...you pick!
  7. A festive dog toy. Must get one for Lucy!
  8. I would happily try to incorporate this into my everyday wardrobe.
  9. A decadent, delicious body butter for any spa connoisseur.
  10. Bright tights cheer up any winter outfit. I would like these in magenta.
  11. We all need a great, swingy skirt...I am currently ogling this one.
  12. Everyone needs to watch this kookie animal video. Hilar.

A rosy Christmas...


photo courtesy Martha Stewart
If I were allowed to acquire a second tree and style it any way I choose...I think a pink tree with pink accents would be just swell. Yes?

Sending luck your way as you embark on last minute shopping - there are deals to be had! Be safe in all your travels today...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A different country...

photo courtesy net-a-porter
I picture white, sandy beaches and cobble stone streets lined with little shops and outdoor cafes. I picture older men in suits leaning in door ways, smoking cigars and young ladies with bronzed skin, politely sipping caprihanas as they wipe beads of sweat from their forehead.

Clearly these shoes would go perfectly with every maxi dress, sundress, swishy skirt or cargo pant around...just sayin'.

I think it's time to plan a 2011 vacation, ASAP!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby booties

Photo courtesy Simply Lovely
No matter what the sex...I do think my bean will be sportin' a pair of these. Heart.Melting.

And yes, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief as today's ultrasound proved to
be exciting including a case of the hiccups and lots of rolling around!

Today is going to be a neat day.

photo courtesy We Heart It
I've been counting down the days for today. Today is a special day. It marks the first day of winter break for work which means a new year and a fresh start when I get back. It's also extra neat because well...you'll just have to come back tonight and see! xo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Scrubs made with love...


I was feelin' crafty this past weekend. {I know...me, whaaa?} Crafty and inspired by this blog post which I have professed my love for before here. And since I love my beauty products as much as I love life itself...I got to thinking...how hard is it to make a body scrub and how cool a gift would that be?! So...I did it. And it was fun! And the whole downstairs smelled like an herb-y apothecary.

Here's the recipe:
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp of vitamin E
  • 6 drops of rosewood oil
  • 4 drops of lavender
Now stir and pack into the jar or container of your choice! I doubled the recipe for the containers I bought at Michael's because more is more. Make or buy your own tags and ribbon and tharrrr you go. Quite excited to give these out.

{Truth be told, I can't see why I would ever need to purchase another body scrub again. This is so easy to make and the options/scents are endless}

Monday, December 20, 2010

Take 1...or 2 or 3...

Pretty City's holiday parties are a tad bit different than most company parties. And because our mantra has a little something to do with helping women feel beautiful from the inside, out...you could say the holidays give us a chance to pamper ourselves after a year of hard work. I like that about our company.

So what did we do last week to celebrate? We went to Tease Salon and received glam makeovers while sipping sophisticated martinis before heading out for a fancy dinner. I think this was my favorite holiday party to date. Each coworker was enhanced to a more beautiful version of themselves. And...they experimented! Oh did they experiment! What was normally pin straight hair became big, Victoria's Secret curls and bold, sexy eyes. It was such a blast!
Tiffany transforming into a blonde bombshell!

Susan turned into an eyelash battin' vixen!

Donna went for the smokey eye.

Carolyn went for big volume and red lips. And Audrey experimented with fake eyelashes!

The most hilarious part of the evening was getting everyone together for a group photo...
it's like herding cats. Observe below...not so much.

 This was the closest we got!

 ...and we're back to a blurry photo!
Good times, good times.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chapstick - a conspiracy?

photo courtesy Google Images
The colder it gets…the more chapped my lips get. And sometimes you just can’t wear lipstick. Today my friends, I have a question for you. What is your go-to “healing” lip product during the winter?

Sure. I have a box of lip balms, salves, chapsticks, pots….it’s all the same. You know what my problem is? None of them work. In fact, the more I use them…the worst my lips feel. So, yes – I do believe there is an addictive ingredient in those so-called “chapsticks” because the only way your lips feel better is continual application but really, it’s temporary relief. As in 5 minutes and the burning, flaking, cracking symptoms seem to flare up again. How could this be? Then you have those lovely products that contain cancer carcinogens. Or the ones that smell like a fresh baked cupcake but literally slide off your lips faster than you can say “red velvet”.

Normally I like to be a beauty product tester and expert but this is plain exhausting. The other night my lips were burning so bad that it was not until I applied my MAC lip glass that literally the sensation dissipated. {Note: don’t order a buffalo chicken salad when your lips are chapped! Yow!}

But hey, no one likes a Negative Nancy so I will tell you about one product that I am falling in love with. Liz Earle “Superbalm”.

photo courtesy Liz Earle
Not only does this product do the work of several, as in it can be used on heels, elbows, cuticles AND lips, but it’s made from pure plant oils and shea butter. Think Vitamin E, rosehip and lavender. When I apply it, I actually feel like all the little plant personalities are coming together and massaging my lips. Too much? Fine. If you don’t believe me…try it for yourself. And if you do – leave a comment and let me know your review OR favorite product on the market.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

function + fashion

  1. ferm wilderness wallpaper
  2. Aryn K one should dress

Friday, December 17, 2010

Out and about...

photo courtesy Monica Rose
Whelp...it's Friday and the holiday celebrations are continuing.  It gives me a chance to don sparkles and sequins. And hostess gifts are so fun to buy this time of year. Happy Friday and Merry, Merry!

Litany of Love

Just in case you didn't finish your wish list for the big guy in red... Heard he's coming to town!
  1. Glittering, gold bars of holiday soapiness.
  2. Pajama pants that speak my language: DIAMONDS!
  3. This blog has become an almost daily read for me. It's inspiring & colorful & heartwarming all together.
  4. A vibrant neoprene laptop case...by Mr. Jacobs.
  5. The hippest cosmetic case with adorable illustrations.
  6. A pretty, little headband for the days that your hair just won't cooperate.
  7. A gift for your adorable, geeky friend...an old-school sweatshirt.
  8. A stunning bride...this girl can do no wrong in my books.
  9. A glittery deer to bring holiday cheer!
  10. I received one of these lil' ducks last night from a coworker. Covered in sequins = awesome!
  11. If you can pamper yourself with one of the best skincare lines...buy this. Absolute fabulosity.
  12. Gifted this amazing set and cannot stop playing with it. So many ways to create a holiday look!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Off the cuff...

photo courtesy House of Harlow
Peacock decadence.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chocolate Won Tons



Last night, my girl Tiff and I baked up some Christmas confections for our company party tomorrow. We opted for a Martha recipe: Chocolate Won Tons. And while we were a little nervous at testing the waters for the first time with no practice...I can confidently tell you that these little morsels turned out delish. So delish that Tiff refused to take any extra for fear of consuming more on her way home. Here's the recipe:
  • Won Ton wrappers
  • 3 oz. Ghirardelli milk chocolate morsels/chunks
  • 2.5 cups of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of confectioner's sugar
  • 2 large eggs
First crack an egg into a small ramekin and beat rapidly. Next lay out your won tons on a flat surface. Take a brush and dip into the beaten egg mixture and paint the edges of your won ton for sticking purposes. Grab five small Ghirardelli morsels/chunks and line them in the middle or your won ton. Fold won ton over and press the edges firmly to seal the insides where the egg was painted. Finally, heat up your skillet with 2.5 cups of vegetable oil and place five or six won tons in at a time. Let them fry up for two minutes, flipping occasionally. Upon removal, drain won tons on a kitchen or paper towel and then immediately drop into 2 cups of confectioner's sugar until evenly coated on both sides.

Voila! Our company colors are vibrant pinks and oranges so we wrapped a handful of won tons in plastic baggies and wrote custom fortunes to be placed in bright carry-out containers like the above. Adorn with a decorative ribbon and you are on your way.

Enjoy - they are addicting!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pretty messy


photo courtesy Elenita.No
'Lil bit messy but a whole lotta lady. Pretty.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Feeling festive...

...and a little elf"ie".

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Audrey would be proud.

photo courtesy net-a-porter
A fresh take on your classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's" dress. Showstopper.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The wheels on the bus go round and round...

photo courtesy Matte Art via Etsy
I used to sing that song with my mom all the time. Loved it, in fact! This New Orleans painting evoked fond memories of such and I like that the patrons look so cheery. Be sure to check Matte Stephens' other cityscape paintings. They are fantastic!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A proper Friday.

photo courtesy Bergdorf Goodman via Coco + Kelley
It's Friday, my dears and according to the ol' calendar...there aren't too many Friday's left in 2010! 3 more! It's crazytown to think another year has gone by. I've been busy trying to squeeze out what work is left of this year before everyone checks out for the holidays. Or has that happened already? Anyhoo...on to some holiday parties and festivities. I hope you have a lovely weekend filled with hot cocoa, too many shopping bags to carry and many a tasty morsel! xo

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