Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This little sign made me laugh, though sometimes it's such a true statement. Wine is definitely on my list of things to survive on a desert island with, along with apples, cheese and chocolate. If that doesn't sound like a party waiting to happen I don't know what does.
Monday, February 27, 2012
1) Commencement - J. Courtney Sullivan, Not too long ago I read Sullivan's other book Maine. Commencement is the story of four girls who meet during their first year at Smith College. The friends take separate paths after college but are truly their for each other, despite the odds of friendships and life changes. I liked that the story went back and forth between the four characters, highlighting differences, as well as a look into their current lives and memories from their school years.
2) Honolulu- Alan Brennert, another author I am revisiting after reading another novel by him. I loved his first book about the lepers on Molokai, so taking another adventure in Hawaii was on my agenda. The story focuses on a young Korean picture bride, who comes to Hawaii to marry a man she has never met. The story follows her from her home in Korea to Hawaii, and the people she meets through out her time have a way of coming back into her life time and time again. The history of Hawaii plays a key factor in the novel, as Brennert brings in real events into his novel including Hawaii's last monarch and political events that rocked the island nation before it reached statehood. I enjoyed the story of friendships that the lead character made and how these continued to play out through out the novel.
3) One Summer - David Baldacci, normally Baldacci writes novels about CIA operatives that are really thrilling and mind bending. In this book, he took a completely different approach and looked at the dynamics of a family after two terrible tragedies strike. The father, who was terminally ill, makes a dramatic recovery after his wife dies in a horrific accident. As he struggles to normalize life for his three children, he deals with grief and guilt. It's a very sweetly told story of a man and his family who come back from a total collapse, and how each deals with the changes in their lives.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Madewell? I think this would be great for a casual Friday out for work, or even for playing on the weekends. The llamas are perfectly matched with a little heart in the middle- showing some llama love. I also really love navy blue and white together, reminds me of summers on Cape Cod with the prepsters.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
shampoo and conditioner from Lush on my way home from work a few weeks ago and I'll probably never look back to bottled shampoos again. The smell is absolutely heavenly- and lasts all day in my bathroom which is pretty amazing (think about the fact that I shower by 6:45 in the morning, and go to bed around 11 each night). My hair also feels so manageable and soft, it's not drying like you would think from a soap like product- these little guys pack quite a moisture rich punch.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Banana Republic. The cherry blossom print is very cute with the neutral beige background. Dressy enough for work, and great paired with jeans this top will be a go to all season long. Makes me want to take a trip to Washington, DC to see the cherry trees bloom this spring.
Monday, February 20, 2012
braided cuff was given to me as a birthday present from a good friend - who clearly knows how much I love silver. This is great for a night on the town, or for some zing for a special occasion such as a wedding. I wore it for the first time to a big conference call at work- might have been a bit much for the office, but sometimes you need a little bling in your regular life.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Conversation Hearts are a classic Valentine's treat. My mom always use to give my sister and I these as a little present in the morning each Valentine's Day when we were kids. I never liked the purple ones- but I remember reading the little messages thinking about the day someone special might present me with the kind words upon the candies. I also remember when the candies got a makeover for the new generation and messages like "email me" came about, changing these little babies forever. Nostalgia is key for me and my favorite saying will always "true love" - call me predictable if you must.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Valentine pajama bottoms would be a very cute addition to the pajama drawer. I love themed jammies- even if you are over the age of five (though the under five crowd can get away with pajamas that make them look like little animals). This particular pair isn't juvenile though which is important to me when picking out new bottoms to lounge around in. I also really like that that you can cuff this pair, which means no dragging the hems on the floor.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Happy Valentine's Week! I thought it would be nice to share signs of love that have touched my heart in someway everyday this week- as a way to celebrate. I've also been a bit eager to tackle a themed week of postings as so many other bloggers seem to do, it's rather neat to see how people tie things together. Perhaps this will be something I consider doing regularly, maybe this will go miserably.
These two labs could not be any sweeter as they embrace each other in a hug- definitely brings a smile to my face to think of animals showing affection to one another. Pets have a way of stealing our hearts away and this photo makes me want to go out and adopt two little fury friends like the yellow labs.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Quiet a few of my friends have children who are just about to turn two, which is such a fun age. I have extremely fond memories of books I loved as a child, so I've been trying to add to their collections with some of my must haves. One of my favorites, and my mother's favorites is Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. I casually mentioned to my mom on the phone that I was going to send this book to a friend for her little girl, and she quickly started to say "Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk" the repeating line of the story. My mother must have read this book to me hundreds of times, and I remember loving how little Sal and the little bear both have similar adventures. I hope that this books brings back great memories for my friend's daughter when she is older as it has for me.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Remember in high school, when you would play your favorite song over and over, and then over and over again? I still do that more then I'd like to admit, I find that one song, or those couple songs that I just can't stop wanting to hear all the time. Thank goodness I no longer have to rely on the radio to wait to hear those songs that are stuck and itching to be heard. I cannot get enough of Clem Snide's song "Bread", the lyrics just are so sweet and tender- "so keep your hands soft, for high fives and shakes". I also love the light melody of the guitar and simpleness of the vocals. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
As you may recall, one of my 2012 resolutions (which can be seen here) was to do more DIY projects. I was a bit disappointed in myself that I never got my act together in December and didn't get out any Christmas cards - I didn't even go to a store to buy them. I was trying to think of something that would allow me to be creative, but also do something nice for people- so I thought it would be fun to start making homemade cards for birthdays and other special occasions. I've actually really enjoyed putting together cards and thinking about who is receiving the card and make it for them based things I know they like or just something that makes me think of them. I love having a creative outlet that is not overwhelming, but fun to spend a little time crafting without making me feel like I've tried to take on too much too fast.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Anthropologie - which reminds me of the really big glasses from the 70's. Makes me long for warm weather and flip flips, and all those extra hours of summer sun.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
My bedroom was overdue for an update- usually, when I move to a new apartment I like to change the bedspread and give my new room a completely new feeling. I've been in my current place about 10 months now, so I was really holding back on the purchase. Blue is almost always the color I choose for just about everything, so I really surprised myself when was drawn to the red and white quilt from West Elm. I love the pattern and how there's a bit of a mix and match of the red and whites (the shams match the reverse of the quilt). Since I freeze in the winter, I also picked a grey duvet cover to cover my well loved down comforter - I like the way the white pops off the darker color. I can't wait for summer though when I can remove the down comforter and just enjoy the light weight quilt. At least for now though the combination is warm enough on those cold winter nights.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
o TJ Maxx, I found this very cute compartmentalized tray which is perfect for sorting jewelry by color, type, occasion on my dresser. I also really like the french dots and the pink - I find them very complementary to the dark wood dresser in my bedroom. My only fear now is filling this with too much jewelry and running out of storage space - perhaps I should have gotten two.