Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ashley's birthday

A few weeks ago we celebrated Ashley's birthday at our place, and it was great fun! I made my first roasted chicken, there were cupcakes shaped like reindeer, and we all agreed 29 was THE age to be, obviously.

A look back to t-day weekend

It's been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks now, but it's been beyond busy for the past few weeks, and yes I got fully swept up in the craze that is the month of December. I'm catching up now though, and a lot of news to come, but to start, a few pictures from a month ago: Thanksgiving weekend. Potluck dinner with community group, a visit from K's cousin, Allen's family, a visit from Sharon, and a visit to Eunice in Durham, N.C.


Homemade centerpiece

Elizabeth and Rusty


Vanilla gelato with sea salt and olive oil at Secco

Endive salad at The Republic

Monday, December 12, 2011

lauren moffatt 2012

I know we are roaring into the Christmas holiday, but wanted to share a little peek into Lauren Moffatt's Spring 2012 collection because: 1) it is love-love-lovely, and 2) really, anything to distract me away from this cold. I am excited for Christmas and spending time with family and friends, but oh, am I ready for spring.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

speaking of sparkly things...






I know, pretty darn awesome.

They would be perfect both for holiday parties and for cheering yourself up on any given day.

Find the recipe here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's about that time of year to get extra crafty

You know it’s hump day when you feel cranky because your husband isn’t responding to texts in 1.5 seconds. Not really (but yes, really). This past week has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions and it’s making me tired and last night I slipped into bed at 9:00pm and just lay there and pretended to journal. By which I mean, I mostly talked to K. whilst holding my notebook and pen. Then I fell asleep and had a dream that I was on a train with my sister and we met these two dark and handsome twins who fell madly in love with us, but then I died, and the twin who fell in love with me was very, very distraught.

There was a lot of snow in my dream, and I supposed that is my brain’s way of getting me ready for the cold, but the cold in my dream felt nothing like the cold that bit my face when I walked out the door this morning.

Everyone is posting pictures of their Christmas tree and I like it! I don’t think we will do a tree this year though, but maybe some sort of variation of one. This upcoming weekend will be reserved for crafty measures. I hope I stay focused enough to get through my to-do list! Here are some lovely DIY takes on the usual Christmas tree:

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Sources: here, here, here and here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

color me bright

Can we talk about how I might need to invest in some stretchy pants this year? I’m scared even talking about stretchy pants specifically purposed for eating, but it’s coming down to an issue of necessity. This past week has been a food frenzy and it’s just getting started.

Note to self to stay smart about how I eat because otherwise, it’s going to be an extra depressing January.

I am so very grateful for all of the events and for all the people in my life that I can share these things with, but basically, I guess what I’m really saying is that I don’t want to confuse overeating with enjoyment.

This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that due to lame injury, this past Saturday was the first time I had exercised in real terms in the past 2 months, and I am still hurting, meaning, I am walking around like T-Rex because of sore thighs and sore neck muscles. I think we can all agree that feeling stuffed and akin to T-Rex is very far away from feeling like a lovely lady.

All of that to get to my tried and true point: bright colors to drive away the winter greys – a surefire way to NOT feel like a T-Rex and more like a lady, and also to bring some pep and good vibrations to your day. I feel that this is most especially important in the winter time when so much is bleak, and your face hasn’t seen that much sunlight and is begging for some pop and pizzaz, am I right? Which is why I was glad to see all the colors in the most recent J.Crew holiday catalog. It’s all the bright colors of summer transplanted into winter wear:

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You know how much I like sparkles, right? A pop of color, and I'm in love.

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And the ever elusive orange-red lipstick!

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