Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall fashion

I haven't quite had my fill of summer, but I am getting excited for this:

Classy layers...

Beautiful peacoats...



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dinner last night

Last night, the Boy and I went to Whole Foods together after work and picked up the fixings for this:

Caprese salad, which falls in my top two favorite meals. Main ingredients: tomatoes, fresh mozzerella cheese, fresh basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. We grabbed a loaf of delicious bread and enjoyed every bite of the meal.

Here's to good food and good company.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday lovin...

A few favorites for you...

Sam's TJ Maxx recommendation... I went. I conquered. Oh ya.

Can I please discover the gender of my future babies the way Joanna posted here? Then can I buy one of these from Elle?

Have you heard of Kid History? If not, watch one of the episodes from Katelin. They're hilarious.

Don't you wish everyone had one of these: The magic "Make Everything OK" button

Can I please live what Sarah just went through? Please?

I'm incredibly excited to try this. Thanks Kayla!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Strawberry salsa and a bookshelf


Guess what I did two weekends ago? (Yes, this post is a bit late, but I've been busy at work and I'm catching up on blogging.)

1. Spent four hours at the local farmers market...without my phone... and with a boy. (Yep.) Fresh cherries and raspberries, and strawberry and mango salsa accompanied us home. (The cherries and raspberries didn't make it far though.) Have you ever tried strawberry salsa? De-lish.

2. The boy and I went back to my house and we put together my new Ikea bookshelf. (Read: HE put together my new Ikea bookshelf. I watched and handed him the tools.) I finally have a bookshelf...and she's beautiful. She fits perfectly in my room. I had a hard time deciding between the black and creamy white - but I ended up going for the creamy white. My room is a light taupe color and I have a ton of black pictures frames to hang up, so I wanted to keep things light. (Pictures to come.)

With all the books on my shelf, I wanted to spice things up a little... I found this idea on Pinterest:

See those two bookends? They're bricks...covered in fabric or paper, I can't tell. Isn't that great? The fabric here isn't my favorite, but I love the idea. I think I'd like to try this and see what kind of spice it adds to my room.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Girl gift

Need an idea for a bridal shower gift? I saw this on Pinterest and decided to do it. I got on Amazon and ordered Scrabble letters for less than it cost to ship them. Grabbed a $5 frame from Ikea and glued the letters on. I've done this for a couple friends and they turned out pretty cute! I know I'd love to get this as a gift, so hopefully they liked it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


The grandma I knew best passed away a little over three years ago. I was on my mission in Germany when I read my mom's email telling me my grandma had passed away - while resting in her rocking chair. Perfect way to go, right? She deserved a peaceful passing like that. She was, and still is, incredible. Saying I miss her is an understatement.

All three years of high school I took darkroom photography classes. I ate that stuff up. My senior year, I was going through some of my grandma's stuff with my grandma and my mom and we came across a roll of film that had never been developed. WHA?! So, with my life in my hands, I took that roll of film to school and carefully developed it. My friend recently referred to this story as a real "time capsule." Seriously. I couldn't believe the pictures I had and the stories we discovered because of them. This is one of the pictures we got from the film - my grandma, Eleanor. Isn't she fabulous? She now occupies space on my dresser so I can remember to try and be as fabulous as she is/was.

And if you notice that gold heart locket to the left of that picture, that belonged to her. It has her initials carved into the gold. Love that little memento of hers.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A little surprise inside...

I finally did it!

A cigar box? No...

Surprise! An earring holder!

Welcome to the top of my dresser... See those old-school glass herb bottles? Yep. They're holding my earrings that I can't hook on the green velvet. They fit perfectly in the box, but for cuteness purposes, we ("we" meaning me, myself and I) displayed them so. (P.S. recognize that greenish-blue frame in the background?!)  

(P.P.S. Seriously, who would want a fatty cigar hangin' out of their mouth? NAST. They do make great boxes though. Gotta love that green velvet.)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Okay, I'm a nerd. But these are just way too funny to not share with all of you.

Source: via Brent on Pinterest

Ba ha ha ha ha...

Get it?

I'm on the computer too much.

Source: via Olivia on Pinterest

This is just cool. Wouldn't it look great in a reading room or office?

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

I know this last one doesn't really match the others... but no one ever minded a little nerd love, right?

Like I said...I'm a nerd.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Braid tutorial

Anyone else been wondering how to do this cute braid I keep seeing everywhere? Thank you, Pinterest.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


So, remember when I told you I was going to try making these:

Yes, well, I tried ("tried" being the key word). It was an eeeeepic fail. What's with the balloon not popping? It was dried to the glue...lame. Maybe I wasn't using the right glue. Wish I would have found this diagram sooner. Ha.

On a lighter note, thanks to the last few of you for following me and helping my OCD-ness a bit. Love that you read me!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Old Book, New Look

I love her. I love this. Aren't these beautiful ideas? And I love the song, too.

See more of Lisa Occhipinti's lovely work here.

P.S. I'm just two followers away from "200." Can you help me with my OCD tendencies and make it an even 200? Thanks. xoxo

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pill - O

Have I mentioned I'm moving this week?


I am.

A cute room in a little red brick house has my name on it. I'm slowly gathering my things (throwing out a lot of stuff...I didn't realize I had so much stuff) and trying to stay organized while making the move. Through the process of organizing and packing, however, I've had to call down the powers of heaven and exert all effort in keeping myself from thinking I "need" to go to IKEA to buy "supplies." I don't need more stuff. But seeing my inner-dilemma, my sweet mama gave me three huge pillows she isn't using anymore. Holla! So guess what I get to do? Make covers for them!

Here's what I'm thinking:

Kristin has some fabulous ideas and tutorials.

Or maybe this one...

If I can figure this tuck one out, I think it will definitely win one of the three positions...

This idea caught my eye, but then I thought twice. Might be a little too narcissistic for a single girl sleeping in a lumpy twin sized bed. I'll revisit the idea once I'm attached to a man.