bits & pieces: july 7, 2010

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: beauty, fashion, funny, good, home, money, movies | Tags: | 1 Comment »

I’ve had a bit of a cloudy disposition these past couple days because the sun has decided to boycott Los Angeles, despite it being July and us saying “sayonara!” to June gloom days ago. What’s up with that?! I am all for a bit of cloudy weather, when the time is right, but right now I’m in need of some serious rays of sunshine. To help brighten YOUR day, here are a few fun things I’ve found this week. Happy Hump Day!



Images by Martin Venezky, found on KN.

Goodwill’s new calculator tool shows you just how far your donation will go.

letter to employees from Woot CEO regarding acquisition by Amazon – I love how playful and honest it is.

Insanely beautiful fall North Carolina wedding. I love the East coast!!

My favorite movie as a teenager, IT, is getting remade. Proceed with the criticism, odd-looks and snide remarks (I’m talking about my poor movie taste, but of course the movie is fair game as well).

Catalog Living. It’s like Days of our Lives and Pottery Barn had a baby.

Rainbowssss! by Leah Rosenberg. Not the official name of the collection, btw. But this is, officially, the prettiest cake ever:


Some more words to live by.

I love this collapsible cocktail tray table. Yes, I’m having another love affair with Overstock.

Super chic office decor. My fave is the hanging globes.

More inconspicuous video game graffiti!

How dainty and delicate are these ruffled sheets? I promise, not as ugly as they sound. I love!

These rosette pillow shams are also really sweet, but it looks like something that could easily be DIYed. Any takers?

Observations of spending based on income. Sad to see how much “General Shopping” goes up whilst “Charity” stays about even, until people reach super high income levels (and probably start to feel guilty.)

Sarah Jessica Parker’s house in the Hamptons

The 5 Healthiest Summer Cocktails

Old letter from Marlon Brando to Michael Jackson

Titanic is getting the 3D treatment for the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. Definitely going!

Makeup inspiration. If only I could pull off that color lipstick.

Gorgeous blue curtains that cost only $22 and take 20 min to make (granted you own a sewing machine… which I don’t)

Check your email once a day? That would be nice. This guy has some pretty valid points. Also of interest: How to Avoid Scaling Your Life Overhead With Your Income.

Decorating with Apothecary Jars!


Especially love the soap idea!

And now for something truly terrifying.

How did I miss this:


God bless people who get this excited… even if they may be tripping on something:


And because it wouldn’t be the internet in 2010 without a techno remix:


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inspiration: closet walls and interiors

Posted: July 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, home | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

I’ve never really been one for decorating the inside of my closet, but thanks to the internet and blogs that specifically highlight closet decor, I’m recognizing the potential of my own walk-in at home. This photo below has especially stuck with me – I love the soft chandelier light and the framed Jackie O poster on the wall for inspiration. The shelves aren’t that fabulous, but what a great idea it is to have photos hanging in your closet to inspire you as you get dressed each morning. If that were hanging on my wall, I’d be wearing a lot less jeans, that’s for sure.


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So what WOULD I be wearing? This picture makes me swoon, for starters:



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P.S. Still really, really loving Pinterest, which reminded me about this photo. 2 invites left if you want em, just leave your email in the comments or shoot me a line (if you can find my email, muahaha).

More awesome closet interiors:


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if i had a spare $100…

Posted: June 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

I would definitely spend it on these adorable stacked sea anemone rings. Handcut from sterling silver and 100% organically unique (that’s the beauty of Etsy, girls and boys), these rings combine vintage charm with the cleanness of modern style. Plus, they’re only $62, so after shipping and handling, I’d still have enough dinner to buy dinner (or dessert) for the hubs and I.


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And that $100 happened to become $200? This.

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pelican tee to benefit gulf cleanup

Posted: June 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, good | Tags: , | No Comments »

I’m loving this new tee shirt design on Threadless. The shirt, designed by Frederik Wepener and Ross Zietz, is called peliCAN and shows an image that all of us are far too familiar with by this point – an oil drenched bird. All proceeds from the tee will benefit Gulf relief and clean up efforts through healthygulf.org. If you likey, you better buy now, because it’s already selling out fast. Of course, if it does sell out, they’ll most likely make more.

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Don’t you think it kinda looks like one of those Rorschach ink blot tests? Except that would make for a super lame t-shirt. This one is way cooler, and is for a good cause.

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things i love thursday

Posted: June 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, food, funny, music, things i love thursday, work | Tags: | No Comments »

One of the ways I try to keep my spirits high and focus on the good things in my life (ahem) is by doing a roll call of things I love every Thursday. It may seem silly and a little hokey at first, but I promise, it really does make you happy! Give it a try on your own blog, or even on a piece of scrap paper, a note on your iPhone – even a mental list will do. Yeah!


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Adding a second piece to my Le Creuset collection – a red grill pan. Can’t wait to use it this summer!; Sleeping in; tumblr photo blogs, my favorite place to find pretty/inspiring/cool pictures; watching the entire series of LOST – now that the show is over, we have begun streaming it from the beginning on Netflix and are currently about 2/3 the way through the 2nd season; the way I can detect the smell of French fries from yards away; tickets to see Miike Snow – one of the only artists I’d travel 45 minutes to see; Band of Horses’ new album, Infinite Arms (can you tell I am grateful for music in my life right now; pushing myself to have productive days at work, even when I really don’t feel up for it; a new pink orchid on my desk thanks to Danielle; pineapple and grilled chicken quesadillas (srsly – you have not lived); moving to a new desk at work with a WINDOW! (yes, this is what my life has become); plans to decorate said desk and make it “Sarah-fied”; Bill Murray requesting to be my friend on FourSquare; banana chocolate chip muffins; cutting my Twitter following list down to 87 (from over 200) – it’s SO nice to actually read the updates now!; booking our tickets to Nashville for Kayla and Tyler’s wedding next month, not excited about travel, can’t wait to see these two get hitched; Trader Joe’s candy (specifically choc covered sunflower and pomegranate seeds, dark chocolate caramels, mmm); ordering my first pair of TOMS (I took this as a sign that I needed them in my life); watching my 401k grow (saving is quite addicting, one of the more beneficial addictions, I’d say); getting comments from you fine folks on the blog – it really does make me so happy.

And just because I love ya, here are a couple songs to enjoy this fine Thursday:

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Illustrious.

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How could this not make you happy? I for one would love to find a bear in my swimming pool. If I had a swimming pool.

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i think i’m psychic!

Posted: June 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion | Tags: , , | 11 Comments »

I think I’m psychic. Last night, I slept like a rock and had some pretty vivid and strange dreams, the last of which involved me trying on a pair of bright blue TOMS with a $70 pricetag. In my dream, Julian told me that if I liked them, I should get them, which was awesome. We were also in a roller skating rink, but that’s beside the point. What a silly dream – everyone knows TOMS are only about $30 a pair, which doubles their awesomeness (the other part being that every time you buy a pair, they give a pair to a child in need).

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Fast forward to now, when I am browsing NYLON’s blog and come across a post about a collaboration between TOMS and TopShop, the popular UK retail shop. Their croqueted version of the shoe (which I’m not quite sold on) sells for $80 a pair

Weird, right? Am I psychic? I’ve never even owned a pair of TOMS shoes and now I’m dreaming about them and their high price tag, then I see a similar thing on a blog the next day? Strange, I tell you. Maybe it’s all the LOST I’ve been watching.

Also – does anyone else have that thing where you simply HAVE to tell people about “that weird dream you had?” I sure do, just ask anyone who knows me. My Mom used to get so annoyed every time I wanted to give her the mundane and intricate details of my dreams when I was young. I try to hold it in more now. Except for today.

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Bits & Pieces: March 7, 2010

Posted: March 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, food, funny, green, home, movies | Tags: | 1 Comment »

HAPPY SUNDAY! I’m not so happy today, because my fiance is out of town for the next week (sad face), but at least I’ll have plenty of time to catch up with my girlfriends and…. blog. Ugh. Come back, Julian! In all reality, I’m looking forward to making a dent in my reading list and watching shows and movies he’d begrudgingly agree to watch.

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Here’s a list of random stuff that will hopefully distract you from the list of Sunday chores you should be doing right now.

- New app tells you what music is hot on MySpace right now. Say what you will about MySpace, but one cannot deny their reign as King of the music world. We Are Hunted created a new radio app that lets you listen to MySpace artists that have had the most playing action in the last 60 seconds. It is a phenomenal tool for discovering new music. And it’s not nearly as pop-heavy as you’d think – quite the contrary, actually. It also comes in iPhone and Android form. Try it here.

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- Museum of Celebrity Tweets – hilarious graphic illustrations of celebrity’s tweets.

- Fortune’s list of the world’s most admired companies. No-brainers include Apple, Google and Amazon.com.

- Easter Bunnies Will Steal Your Soul. Just like the creepy Santa photos blog, but instead of child-molester looking Santas, you’ve got rabid looking Bunnies.

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Terrifying.

- Food, Inc. director wearing organic tux for Oscars ceremony – and I truly hope he gets to show it off! If you haven’t yet watched this film, get on it. It will enlighten you. Don’t stop there, if you’re moved by the documentary – there is a wealth of information out there about our atrocious food industry just WAITING to educate you!

- Norway’s luxury prison/spa has more amenities than my apartment does. A gym, training room, chapel, library, family visiting unit, football (possibly soccer) field, a school, and, most unbelievably, a sound studio.

- The World’s Most Confusing Bookbag – Obama! Sonic! Harry Potter! Tulips! Crap!

- Nerd Merit Badges – I think everyone was going gaga over these a couple weeks ago, but I just found them. They’re like little FourSquare badges, only they’re REAL, and they err on the side of nerdiness (i.e., a badge for reaching Inbox Zero). Back in 8th and 9th grade, I used to go crazy over some patches on my bookbag.

- This picture of Darth Vader riding a white cat into battle with a light saber is also moderately funny.

- The Cat Hammock Coffee Table – Sorry for all the Geekologie links, but I couldn’t not include this baby. My cats would looove to lay on this – even more so because they can be adored while lounging – the top is made of glass. Julian- don’t think I will forget that you said we can get this.

- Dating Tips from 1938. Some of these are still very important and hold true today, for example, not passing out drunk in the middle of your date (never a good look.) Some others, however, not so much:


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- A tweeting bike that shares your location as you cruise around town. It was created to encourage and aid social media connection for an upcoming festival in London…. sounds cool! And only a little bit dangerous!

- Man watches 30 chick flicks in 30 days to better understand the opposite sex. Sheesh. I don’t even know if I could do that. So what did he learn?

    “Love is tender, and any real relationship is based on forgiveness, compassion and vulnerability.”

- Martha Stewart pitches new TV show, ‘Help Me, Martha!” – I imagine this would be something like Clean House, but instead of Neicy Nash’s tough love, slobs would get a dose of Martha’s honey-dipped words of wisdom and a how-to solution for their toughest household problems or entertaining disasters. If I had cable, I’d watch, because I love anything Martha.

- There’s going to be a live-action/CGI film version of The Smurfs? And Katy Perry will be the voice of Smurfette? Well, ok. I guess I’ll add it to my Netflix queue – this will be interesting. So, what else can we raise from the dead and remake? The Snorks? Fraggle Rock?



A parody of the incredible Old Spice commercials that Julian is now obsessed with. Being the Apple lover he is, this must have sent him over the edge.

Miscast Classic Films

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Al Pacino as Han Solo? John Travolta as Forrest Gump? Animator Dan Meth presents clips from classic movies, if actors once considered for important roles had been selected.

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My Half Birthday Is In 13 Days

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion | Tags: , | No Comments »

If you were looking to get me a gift, this would work just fine:

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I would wear it in Paris on my honeymoon. Look! It even comes in sweater form. Ixnay on the eniepantsgay, though. There’s only one woman who can pull that off and her name is Dr. Pepper.

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things i love thursday

Posted: March 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, things i love thursday | No Comments »

What a week it has been – I feel like I have had new life breathed into me! Maybe it’s the fact that Spring is juuuust around the corner (get here NOW), or perhaps it’s exciting new ventures that await me. Whatever it is – I have so many terrific things to share and rejoice about. First things first, my new wallpaper (new as of Friday, anyway) is truly amazing:


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  • fried pickles (it’s a Southern thing)
  • BBQ lunches out with coworkers
  • wearing thrift store t-shirts with the name “David” on it
  • having Lauren back in the office (it was WAY too quiet while she was in Hawaii)
  • Real Simple magazine
  • everything from Aveda
  • this vegetarian chili recipe (seriously so good, try it)
  • the way Pepper and Scout’s fur smells – not gross, I swear.
  • having clean laundry
  • Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm – so awkward it makes you cry.
  • going to bed early on a Friday like an old person and waking up earlier on Saturday than I do on the average weekday
  • watching Scout jump from cardboard box to cardboard box, ready to captain the Hardwood Floor Sea

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  • movie theatre popcorn
  • my 6 year old Uggs that have paint on them but that I still wear anyways
  • living next door to a television star – it’s really quite entertaining, he always has something fascinating or strange going on. He also has a fantastic pompadour.
  • when Julian willingly goes grocery shopping with me
  • laughing hysterically in the aisles with him and then grossing everyone out by kissing. What? We’re young and in love.
  • making lists of fabulous things I want to buy
  • the adorable Jeannie who mentioned me in a little blog featurette! ♥
  • doing my taxes – in less than two hours – boo yeah!
  • late night viewings of Shutter Island
  • elaborate dinners with Clay & Molly
  • early morning cuddling
  • strawberries, strawberries, strawberries
  • wedding invitations being done!!! ♥
  • opening fruit leathers like an old person (with scissors)
  • ME: “easy peasy Japanesey,” LAUREN: “it’s easy peasy lemon SQUEEZE-y.”
  • polo shirts
  • wedges
  • dreaming of Spring & Summer
  • coupons for 100 free business cards (only $11 for shipping) – used for wedding invite inserts!
  • birthday parties at Jones with $2 beer specials
  • finally getting to see the sensational Cesca after WAY too long
  • my pink CHI flat iron
  • HIM: “you rash easily” HER: “rash isn’t a verb!”
  • leg warmers
  • thinking about getting back into drawing

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    and most of all…..

  • new career moves.

What are you loving right now?!

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Bits & Pieces: March 2, 2010

Posted: March 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: art, beauty, books, cats, fashion, food, funny, LA, misc, money | Tags: | 2 Comments »

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- Stripes and Tulle. Two very wonderful things, usually separate, together!

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- Honda Wins Best All-Around Vehicle By Consumer Reports for the 4th year in a row! Subaru was also up there. l’m feeling thankful I decided to buy a Civic in 08.

- Los Angeles Swaps 21 Billboards For Art – great! We could use less billboards in this ugly, cluttered city.

- Unhappy Hipsters. Need a break from your day? Read it & laugh. Or cry.

- What’s Your Excuse for Not Saving? Great post by my girl FB about the lame justifications people make for spending frivilously instead of investing in their future. Just FYI: you do not NEED a mansion, a gardener, a luxury car, a weekly french manicure or a $500 pair of shoes. Especially if you are in debt.

- The cutest thing I’ve seen from/about ChatRoulette.

- If I had a son, I would totally help him make these little boy Valentine’s. Gummy spiders + chocolate rocks = tasty and masculine!

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- I’ve been a fan of these KittyWigs for a couple years now, but I had no idea they had A BOOK! Superb.

- These Commander Skype Headphones make headphones look just a liiiittle bit less Burger King-ish.

- Not that I surf (in the water) or anything, but this is the cutest wetsuit I’ve ever seen.

- Pantone Makeup & Nail Polish – strictly conceptual designs, but how clean and fresh is this?!

- LA Tech vs SF Tech – My favorite line has to be: “However, while both crowds love to love the city of San Francisco, San Franciscans love to loathe Los Angeles, which is understandable in some regards. Traffic here is tragic, and this IS where buttock implants were invented.”

- Also relevant… Why You Should Start A Company In LA, the latest in Fast Company’s look into startup appeal in cities other than Silicon Valley.

- Six Word Memoirs by famous authors. My personal favorite is Frank McCourt (author of Angela’s Ashes, Tis, etc): “The miserable childhood leads to royalties.”

- Award-winning cookies – perfect for Oscar parties, which I am hoping to partake in this coming weekend! Check out the Best Actress selection below. Wonder if they taste as good as those women can act? Also adorable, Oscar statue cookies!

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- Empty bellies do not beget genius. – Brilliant piece by the bold and beautiful Gala Darling on female body image and why you should say “screw you” to the pressure to be stick thin.

- I Want That Hoodie So Bad. I really do. It has nothing to do with the fact that my fiance designed it and that it’s modeled after his latest sketch, which you can see below.


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