Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Banana Republic. The length is perfect for leggings or skinny jeans, and it's light and airy - which means it will be a great spring layer. For now it can be worn with a long sweater and boots, which will allow for this to transition nicely between seasons. I love the detail of the old fashioned sweatshirt triangle at the neckline- reminds me of some of my most comfortable tops through out the years.
Monday, January 30, 2012
anthropologie is on my current wish list (is it too early to make a list for Santa, or can you ask the Easter Bunny since Santa is clearly on vacation this time of year?). The details of the leaves and thrones is gorgeous, looking like vines you'd see winding up the sides of an old English home.
Friday, January 27, 2012
This little sign should be on everyone's mottoes for 2012. Hopefully, there are many adventures to be had this year in new place to explore. Traveling is one of my most favorite things to do, and though it is fun to go to places you've been before, it is great to see something you've only explored in books or online. If I could go anywhere in the next year, I would have Paris on the top of the list, followed by Vancouver, and then Costa Rica. What's on your list of places to visit?
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
cute magnets, which would be a great addition to anyone's refrigerator or at a desk at work. I love the richness of the colors and the whimsical bicycle designs. It's a little ironic that I was so drawn to anything involving biking, since I am a terrible bike rider, but these are just really fun. I think it would be really nice to have some grown up magnets to hang things on your fridge, or just add a bit of decoration to a virtual blank canvas.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The bear, the giraffe, and the elephant are all so darling, that I want to get them all. I think every baby is even more precious when wearing animal ears, and moms could pretend to have their own little zoo babies. I love the details with the button eyes, giving these beanies a homemade feel - definitely something a grandmother would make for a favorite grandchild.
Monday, January 23, 2012
seven layer dip ages ago, but it seems to be one that everyone still enjoys time and time again. I've modified the dip slightly to make it my own, using ground turkey instead of ground beef, and plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Makes a delicious dip even more tasty, and slightly more healthy then the regular recipe.
Friday, January 20, 2012
With names like whoppin watermelon, chunky cherry and super strawberry these little lip balms are appropriately named chubby sticks. One of the reason I wanted to try out this lip color is because it looks like a giant colored pencil or crayon, and I really do love odd looking chapstick containers. My lips definitely feel hydrated when wearing the color, and it doesn't wear off quickly. This is a great product for keep lips moisturized during those dry harsh winter months.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
1) Maine- by J. Courtney Sullivan. This appealed to me at first mainly due to the title- I love the thought of Maine in the summertime. Three generations of women in a family come together to spend a summer at the family beach house in Maine - each with some secrets. A great tale with some interesting historical contexts such as the Coconut Grove nightclub fire, how family life has evolved in the last 50 years, and how families truly come together even when they might not like each other.
2) Think Twice- Lisa Scottoline. Purposely picked because Amazon was giving it away and I needed to get to the $25 point for free shipping on my purchase (hey, we've all done that). Interestingly, it involved identical twin women (those who know me in the real world think hard about that), where one of them tries to kill the other and take over her life. Definitely makes you think about family bonds, and how nature and nurture play a role in who we are. This was a quick paced read, with nice short chapters to keep it moving, as well as engaging you in the thrill of what the final outcome would be.
3) The Girl From Junchow- Kate Furnivall. A historical fiction book based in Russia in 1929. A great mix of adventure and love story, as a girl goes in search of her father believed to have been killed by the Bolsheviks. I enjoyed the landscape of a communist Russia, and how it played into the story, but didn't dominate the book. Some interesting twists through out the book to keep one engaged, and how people are willing to risk so much for the ones they love.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Austin, Texas slated for mid-February. I am due for a really nice break away from work, and I am really looking forward to exploring a new place with some of my friends. I am traveling with a group of friends I've never gone away with before so that's always fun to see how everyone will mesh for 4 days when we don't all get to home at the end of each night. The swimmer in me really wants to go to the Barton Springs Pool - which just looks amazing - I love that it's lake and just seems like a great way to spend the afternoon. It might be a bit too cold though in February for everyone to want to go in so I might really have to plead my case on this one. Also on the agenda is a trip to the Salt Lick - for some good old fashioned barbecue Texas style - or what one might be able to call, eat meat until you can't eat it any more. Hopefully, some country line dancing can be tackled as well as enjoying some of that great country music. For now, I'll have to keep counting down the days until we are in Texas.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
These are gorgeous and rustic candle holders that remind of the birch trees near my childhood home. They would make a lovely center piece or just great to light up a non-working fire place. The candle holders create a warmness and softness, and definitely would be a beautiful accent in many a home.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I love fresh veggie omelets- however I never seem to have the time to chop up the all the vegetables when I want to make them at home. Why is is so much easier to go out for brunch? Since time seems to be in more abundance over the weekends, so I made a medley of zucchini, onions and asparagus to make some single servings to freeze for later use. This way when I am mood to make eggs, I just have to add cheese for a perfect omelet.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
I love cappuccinos - I perfected my love for after dinner coffee when traveling in Italy a few years ago with some friends. After each delicious meal, we would linger at the table with frothy drinks chatting well into the evening. Not too long ago, I happened to order a cappuccino at a new place and received the drink in the most beautiful presentation - a daiquiri glass, looking like a layered trifle styled dessert. My love of coffee and style were both renewed with one little happy cocktail glass.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
|Hat: Banana Republic, Mittens: Isotoner, Scarf: Echo|
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
That's me- the cute little swaddled baby in my cousin's arms, while my sister looks on like the adoring mother. I love this photo taken a few days after I was born because it looks like the perfectly little family photo with kids playing adult roles. 30 years ago I graced this world with my presence, during a snow storm none the less. I was born on my parents' wedding anniversary, and the story is that in the morning my father asked my mother to make him breakfast, where she told him that they were going to go to the hospital instead. I am certainly glad my arrival allowed for the eggs benedict to be skipped. A lot has happened in the first 30 years of my life, I can only hope to 30 more eventful years filled with joy and laughter, fun and friends, and memories to last a lifetime.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
this recipe from Real Simple, to make a delicious homemade tomato sauce in my slow cooker (which definitely needs more use). It was quite tasty and I put the extra portions in the freezer for another meal.
Monday, January 2, 2012
|Bikes in Munich from a European adventure in 2009|
1) Cook more - I was doing so well at different points of the past year trying to bake or create something in the kitchen, to varying degrees of success. 2012 is the year I will make time to spend in the kitchen learning how to make new things, and perfecting some old reliables.
2) Make a strong run at elite status on my airline miles this year. This pretty much sums up to travel often this year, and so far I've got two trips planned for February alone, and few trips pending for late March and mid April. If I get some work trips in as well - back to London, this may be within reach.
3) Do more DIY projects. It's so easy just to buy new accessories for home or for fashion, that sometimes I forget how fun it is to make things by hand. I also forget how frustrating some DIY projects can be, but it definitely is fun to try new things.
4) Explore more of New York City. I spend almost every day in the city, yet I don't know many areas, nor have I spent nearly enough time exploring so many places.
5) Vacuum once a week. I hate cleaning the floors, it's time to embrace that they will not clean themselves and I am not likely to score a roomba anytime soon.