Thursday, June 30, 2011

One of those days,,,

After a day like yesterday I think we all could use this sweet little reminder. And my dear readers, I'm sorry I haven't been very consistent in my posting. Being away for the weekend and several unexpected things to tend to have been utilizing most of my time. I promise to be back with fashion, food, and funnies for you shortly.

image by jen gotch via the beauty department


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dream Team...

I am so lucky to have so many talented, long time friends on my wedding team. Kasey Hamel of Kasey Hamel Wedding & Event Design has designed several elements of our wedding and has featured us on her blog recently. Check out her post on us, her services, and her etsy shop!  All of her original, custom designs would be amazing for ANY party. 

 images by Jessica Wright-Moore of Wright-Moore Photography

Check back soon for more engagement shots & a little chat about running through sprinklers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bag stuffers...

As I've been corralling all of my necessities for my weekend away, I couldn't help but imagine the looks I'd get going through security lines with these crazy suitcase stickers from Bless This Stuff . These stickers apply directly to your bag and make it appear that your bag is stuffed with cash, cocaine, a kidnapped and bound girl, or sex toys! (remember when Greg's bag gets lost in Meet the Parents---that won't happen with these!) ...what fun for who ever is ballsy enough to pull one of these puppies off. I have to admit...I'm quite tempted...

Would you ever slap one of these onto your suitcase for quick and easy identification? (I mean obviously that's the intent here....)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Carried away...

All too often I find myself leaving for work for the day yet appear to be leaving for a long weekend, or at the very least an over night stay.  Designer Claudia Eicke has solved every girl's dream by creating the EnVoyage 'Taschen'  .  Sleek, sturdy, and functional--this bag can carry everything from your daily essentials and extra pair of flats, to a bottle of wine or bubbly for after work festivities.  Who said working girls can't have it all?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Gift Guide...

With Father's day just a few days away I'm posting a few great last minute (or if your lucky? like me and not seeing your dad until NEXT weekend, not-so-last-minute...) gifts for the dads in your life.

 Tatsuro Kiuchi's  "In the Ballpark"  print at 20x200 for his office, pub room, or man cave.

A great new read, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Take him out to the ball game! If major league tickets are out of your price range, check out a local Minor League team-all the hotdogs, beer, and favorite baseball fixin's for a fraction of the cost.
A bottle of dad's favorite spirit! (afterall, I'm sure we all made sure he's earned it over the years)..for my dad, Bombay sapphire--but Johnny, Jack, or Jose might better fit your dad's taste.*note: some spirit companies allow you to order directly from them and offer custom engraving.

Don't underestimate the power of a gift card. Include a note with it that offers dad your shopping services to tag along and help him pick out those work clothes, ties, or power tools that he'd never buy for himself.  You have a great last minute gift (that's still personal), he gets what he wants...and the added bonus: you get to spend some time together shopping.

What are you getting the Dads in your life? *I can't share until after next week... 

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I'm not quite feeling myself today.  Maybe it was the lack of sunshine in my life yesterday, or the over-consumption of homemade pizza and double stuffed Oreos. Regardless, today I might need  to consume an entire pot of coffee this morning to even get the slightest hint of pep in my step....for now, some pretty blooms that I might need to pick up (and that might need to pick me up) later today.  What's your favorite, simple pick me up?

image via Florassentials

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Nailed down...

So my girlfriends and I might single handedly be keeping OPI and Essie in business due to our complete obsession with nail polish.  We all want to know who gets to name the colors, and when that job position is opening (hey, OPI we're talking to you!) We may or may not find excuses in almost any situation to dream up new color names.  That being said, this hobby, if it can even be called that, is the inspiration for a weekly update I hope to continue to share with you.  "Nailed down.." will feature a new color I've tried on my toes, my fingers, or both. This might be an excuse for me to ensure my manicure is always up to par, as I may have a habit of falling lazy to a chipped nail or two now & then....   

First up.. Essie's All Laquered Up. A gorgeous summery red with just a tint of corally orange is the perfect shade to pack a punch.  I'm usually not one for red on my hands, but there's just enough of the orange tint to make it acceptable for me.  As for my toes--heaven. These little piggies are sure to be spotted on the beach this summer. 

What colors are you loving this summer? Do you prefer one nail polish brand over another? (I recently met a woman with a pretty pale orange "Cantelope" by Essie, and she confessed it was the first bottle of nail polish she's ever totally finished!) I've found that Essie & OPI don't chip as easily as cheaper brands....unfortunately I haven't had the funds to try Chanel or other luxury brands...maybe in the coming months..

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top it off..

I'm embarrassed to admit that there's one all-American classic, wardrobe staple that I have never had hanging in my closet (or in a drawer, or on my floor, or in a bag, or....okay enough Dr. Suess..). But seriously, I think it's time to invest in this timeless piece--a great fitting denim jacket.  A little denim jacket is the one addition that goes literally, with everything (except for maybe exact colored denim pants...(who remembers this incident with a few Mickey Mouse club sweethearts?) Wear it with your black minis, your LBDs, your floral prints well into the fall with your riding boots and tights.  Pair it with white cutoffs, with a white tee (a'la Jennifer Aniston), wear it with pretty much anything you've got all year 'round.

Typically I'm a cardigan girl--whatever the length or style: long, short, buttons, open, floral, polka dots, name it, I probably have's time for a new topper.

Keeping in mind my very tight budget (hey DOTS fans, leave some comments--spread the word-let the world know you're following!) Here's a few that I'm considering. Who makes your favorite toppers?

 Levi's 70's Trucker Jacket via Piperlime

Old Navy's  take on the classic

Boden USA's mid vintage

I'm leaning toward the Old Navy style only because it's so close to the Levi's style and less than half the price. What are you topping off your Tees, tanks, and dresses with these days?

summer sailing...

This amazing transparent kayak by Bless This Stuff  is just cool enough to make me consider participating in the sport. Imagine all of those amazing views...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Just do it...

With the official start of summer right around the corner, I've been thinking of all the things I want to accomplish before the leaves start to change.  Unlike the other three seasons that have a built-in obligatory "to-do" list, summer leaves itself wide open to whatever strikes our fancy.  Here's ten things I'd like to do before the changing of the seasons comes and takes this luxury away from us. 
1. make DOTS all that I know it can be
2. eat & drink outside as much as possible
3. make homemade frozen treats (like these via cupcakes&cashmere)
4. take a walk on the beach at least once per week
5.visit a farmers market (or two)
6. finish unpacking our apartment
7.make a playlist to remind me of all the songs I love this summer
8.engage in some DIY projects
9. picnic on the beach more vegetables

Okay, so some of them aren't the most exciting things in the world (eat more vegetables?) but are all obtainable and will be sure to give me a sense of accomplishment come late September and a summer full of memories. 

What's on your summer bucket list? 

image one by Kamilla via weheartit
image two via we heart it

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Finally a full day off and I fail to share with you my infinite wisdom of fashion, food, and lovely little finds... I know--you've missed me. Today promises work loads and an engagement photo shoot (how glamourous does that sound?) s0 posting will be light. I leave you with some lovely shots of my silly man...
 Have a lovely day, dolls!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Love is all you need...

Today has been a busy one around here with work meetings & wedding planning...and lounging poolside with a new guilty pleasure paperback.  I've been trying to focus on some of the details of our wedding, that will really set us apart from any standard wedding.  One of my favorite parts of our venue is the faux fireplace (with mantle!) ..and other wooden shelving that adorns exposed, historic brick walls.  I was thinking of accenting these spaces with some of these romantic prints from Row Boat Press that I'd love to display in our new home after the wedding.  What do you think? Would you appreciate these sweet sentiments scattered about an intimate wedding?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dear 16-year old me...

via Bluebird Vintage

If I could go back in time and tell my teenaged-self some advice, among a slew of other things--summer (and all season) sun and skin care would be some of the most influential.  As we floated for hours around our family swimming pool, my big sister and I would say we were out "baking".  Of course we knew sunscreen was a good idea--but how do you compete with the darkest, healthiest glow you've ever seen that leaves you shiny with oil soaked skin? While neither of us have had to pay consequences beyond one exponentially horrific case of sun poisoning, if we had to go back in time sunscreen would be on the agenda. 

Join me, and numerous other bloggers and celebrities (including Lauren Conrad) in sharing this video on melanoma awareness with anyone who will be 16, who is 16, or who has been 16. It'll leave you a little teary-eyed, and wide-eyed, and make you think twice about that tanning membership, or outdoor "baking" sessions.  

The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund 

Delicious Dinners...

This Sunday was tougher than most to get through, but here we are--alive Monday morning with only a few battle scars and some seriously dark circles as evidence.  Boy am I glad I made it through.  The highlight of my weekend (and possibly my cooking experiences thus far) hit me as I reluctantly began preparing a dinner that there was no turning back on.  Long ago I discovered that all commercial fish is frozen before you buy it--whether you are purchasing from the case or not--so I've started to stock up on organic cuts of firm fishes for easy dinners without a smelly fridge (resulting from one too many optimistic trips to the grocery store).  With defrosted tuna steaks in hand, I frowned at the lemon, rosemary, and garlicy combination I always fall back on when preparing such a dish. And then it hit me--let me remind you I am a self taught "chef" with virtually no experience in pan sauces and marinades--Asian style tuna. I'm completely aware that this is no culinary break through, but for a 10 minute dinner (and a $10 budget), this fit the bill and is worth sharing. Enter Honey-Soy Glazed Tuna Steaks, pan seared--paired with roasted asparagus, my favorite preparation of this veg, and red potatoes. 

Honey-glazed tuna steaks
1/4 cup soy sauce (I chose a low sodium variety)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
ground black pepper to taste

Whisk together all of the ingredients and coat one side of tuna. Place tuna, marinade side down on a pan over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.  Turn fish and pour the rest of the honey-soy mixture over the tuna and reduce heat to medium. (use caution when adding liquids to hot pans). Stir soy mixture as it bubbles and reduces as the second side of the fish cooks. Mixture will reduce to a syrup-like substance ready to be served over your fish or on the side as a dipper. (variation: let reduction cool and add a spash of vinegar and olive oil to make honey-soy salad dressing).

*if you are choosing to grill your fish: coat both sides with the marinade as you grill. Then return the rest of the marinade to a small sauce pan on medium to medium-low heat to reduce into the sauce. 

If I made this again (which I will because it's restaurant quality delicious, and basically fool proof), I'd top the final product with some toasted sesame seeds. 

This would be a fantastic dish to entertain with as you can easily double or triple the marinade and the end product is show-stopping. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hostess with the mostess...

I'm traveling to stay with my sister in New Jersey in a few weeks and got thinking about how many people are traveling to stay with friends and family this summer, share time at a beach house, or simply just having a home cooked meal together.  Either way, it leaves me thinking about hostess gifts and how boring (or non existent--no no!) they can be and how stressful they can sometimes be to pick out.  Sure for just an evening dinner it's easy to bring a bottle of wine, or loaf of fresh baked crusty bread--but what about the hostess that doesn't drink (they do exist...) or the one that always prepares too much food and bringing more would just be a burden.  Everyone wants to be the friend that brings the best gift, the best small token of appreciation for hospitality that goes above and beyond.  Here's a collection of things from catbird that are both interesting, mostly affordable, and sure to be a hit with whoever your hostess may be!

The campfire candle, that has just a touch of nostalgic summer and a fragrance sure to please anyone with working nostrils. ($32.00)

East Coast Wildflower Seed Bombs, for the casual gardener or friend with an inviting back entertaining space.($7.00)

For the friend or family member with an eclectic taste in home interior (or maybe a darker sense of humor).. these talon candlesticks are sure to be a conversation piece at a late night dinner party.($52.00)

For the friend who is sharing her beach house (or maybe is landlocked and misses the beaches),  Saipua Saltwater Soap would be a perfect way to say 'thanks' in a pretty little package. ($8.00)
What's your favorite hostess gift to give...or receive? I usually go for some kind of food or drink, but wouldn't think twice about bringing any of these things.  Tea towels always make great hostess gifts too--but just make sure you save those for friends with kitchens you have already seen!

Ps. I think I need to have that campfire candle...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

All mixed up...

How cute is this color/print mixing combination? This spring I've been trying out some print mixing with florals and stripes, but always feel like I don't quite get it right. Maybe it's all in those glasses...

image fromRachael Jones' Pintrest via You Are My Fave