new camera! new camera!

Posted: August 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cats, food, home, life, love | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

This weekend was even more exciting than I had originally planned, because among other things, I got a new camera. For the past several months and years, the only camera I’ve had access to is that of my iPhone, Blackberry or Macbook. When Julian came into the picture, he brought along a very expensive and very fancy camera, but one that I not only didn’t know how to use, but that I would probably drop and/or break. It made for very few opportunities to fully document trips, parties, and life in general.

“life in general”

But that all changed on Saturday when we decided to just bite the bullet and get a camera! After much research, husband settled on one model that seemed to be better than the rest in the point-and-shoot category – the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX5. It’s touchscreen, has a sweet (and wide) lense, is drop proof (awesome) and even WATERPROOF up to 10 ft. We’ll be putting that to the test next time we are on vacation, for sure. It was kind of a splurge, but everyone needs a camera, and this is one that we’ll have for years to come.

Here are some of the shots from my first day with the camera. As I’ve said before, I kind of suck at taking photographs, so if you see something good on here, chances are Julian took it, not me. :)

Let’s end on a very positive note – lasagna cupcakes.

On another note, I’ve decided it should be illegal for me to work on Mondays. It is not only hazardous to my own health, but detrimental to the sanity of others. Thank you & goodnight.

john robshaw textiles

Posted: August 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: home | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I wish I never would have stumbled upon John Robshaw Textiles’ website. I am now lusting after quilts, shams, sheets and more that cost more than I’d spend in a month on food. Ok, maybe not quite that much, but still, IT’S UP THERE. How gorgeous are these though? And I know it’s hard to tell quality online, but they just LOOK like they’d be sooo soft and snuggly. Can anyone confirm/deny?

bits & pieces: july 14, 2010

Posted: July 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: consumerism, food, funny, home, love, money | 2 Comments »

Hey friends! Ready to let your mid-week worries slip away? Here are some distractions that should do the trick. Hope you all have the best Wednesday in the history of Wednesdays!


10 reasons why being married is better

amazing jewelry display, so easy to DIY

more personalized stamp love. please and thank you

paul the octopus predicts other things, too

loooooove this princess & the pea photoshoot!

adorable chapel turned into a loft

a list of overused fashion words that have been banished from the up and coming Velour magazine. see ya later, LBD, celeb and fashionista!

so what IS the American dream exactly?

the truth about agave nectar – oh geez. i had no idea :(

helplessly in love with these personalized sherbet-colored notebooks

oh yes, we need one of these unique custom illustrated portraits

25 things I’d never trade for money
- and –
7 minimalist lessons I’ve learned from my kids

The net worth of US presidents, from from Washington to Obama, via my friend budgetsaresexy

oooh yes – lavender lemonade ala Sunday Suppers

gorgeous spring furniture collection from Cisco Brothers

Blueberry oatmeal bread recipe that looks delicious and is EASY! No yeast or kneading required.

10 tips to overcome negative thoughts

customizable chocolate bars! so creative and yum! via via simple song

One last thing. Please vote for 100 layer cake for best wedding blog… because they are indeed the best! And because i said please. Thank you & goodnightday.


windowsill flowers in wine bottle vases

Posted: July 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cats, home | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Remember a week or so ago when I mentioned how I loved the flowers in wine bottle vases on my kitchen windowsill? Well, my in-house photographer finally got around to taking photos of said gorgeousness. The good news is, the flower food I sprinkled in each bottle has managed to keep the flowers alive and happy EVEN TO THIS VERY DAY. Talk about magic dust!

Here are some of the photos, which I recommend clicking on (twice) to see the full size image.

BEAUTIFUL, right? And yet they are shamefully upstaged by this stunning glamour shot of my Scout:

P.S. We had an earthquake in the middle of my uploading these photos. Dontcha just love living in California?

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.

everything fabulous

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

flimsy pastels

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:

his & hers

hallway closet

attic closet

way more excited than i should be

Posted: July 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: food, home | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

My heart is racing, I’ve got butterflies in my stomach, I’m breathless and squealing. What is causing me so much excitement? It can’t be a new guy in my life (yanno, married) so what is it? THIS, my pretties!:

Last night I ordered my first (and if it’s as good as the reviews say it is, my only) KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

If you would have told me at age 17 that I’d be getting this excited over a kitchen appliance, I would have smacked you silly. Just kiddin, but I never thought I’d see the day that my inner housewife (love that I can use that word now) would be flaring up so much over something that would be used to bake (or cook, or juice, or make pasta, or sausages…..) Every woman I’ve known who has one of these has raved about its durability, usefulness and just all-around amazingness. One look at the reviews online and you’ll see that sentiment echoed by thousands of happy shoppers.

A tip for anyone in the market for one of these INCREDIBLE stand mixers – buy from AMAZON, not Williams Sonoma, Macy’s, or any of the other retail outlets. These are originally up to $400 a piece, and though the high-end retailers and dept stores offer discounts of up to -$100, I got mine brand new (from KitchenAid) for only $219 on Amazon. Free two-day shipping too, because we have an Amazon prime account (well worth the $80 a year).

I can’t wait to see how much easier this baby is going to make my mixing, baking and blending. Ahhh!

Do you have a KitchenAid mixer? Tell me how it’s changed your life.

iittala taika mugs

Posted: June 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: home | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

I feel a little naughty, because I just splurged on four of these magical iittala Taika mugs. Gilt, aka bane of my checking account’s existence, has the Finnish collection on sale right now. I don’t own any of their other pieces, and usually stick to basic white for dishes, but I have a huge thing for mugs and these are just too sweet to pass up on. Plus, they’re half off… (this is where you scold me for “spaving,” you know: spending + saving = spaving)


It was a really tough choice between the blue and the white, but I went with the white. Come to mama!

wish my ceiling looked like this

Posted: April 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: art, home | Tags: , | No Comments »


I’d be a lot more likely to go to bed on time.


We Are Happy To Serve You

Posted: March 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: home, travel | Tags: , | No Comments »

So, I am planning on posting a little tribute about why I am so in love/lust with the city of New York, but I just came across something so divine I had to post it now. You know those little blue paper coffee cups? They are a NY icon. I am delighted to have discovered that you can buy them, complete with “We Are Happy To Serve You” logo in a reusable, ceramic version. For only $12.


Apparently this is nothing new, as they seem to be available all over the world, but I’ve never seen them before. I want two.

you’re looking for boho bedrooms

Posted: January 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: home | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Isn’t the internet fancy? With just a few clicks, I can see how many people around the world are visiting my blog, where they’re coming from, what they’re clicking on, and sometimes even how old they are and what city they live in. The past few days, I’ve been getting a lot of search traffic for the keywords “boho bedroom” and “boho vintage bedroom.” I don’t recall ever writing about either of these things, though I am a big fan. So I decided to do a little Google search of my own….. guh, gorgeous!!!

Behold, the beautiful results:

Glebe Place in London.  Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger have lived here!

Glebe Place in London. Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger have lived here!

Yes please!

Yes please!

Ah, yes.  I did post this picture once.  That explains the traffic. Still my favorite bedroom OF ALL TIME.

Ah, yes. I did post this picture once. That explains the traffic. Still my favorite bedroom OF ALL TIME.

I'm not sure Carrie's bedroom from SATC counts as boho, but I love it anyway.

I\’m not sure Carrie\’s bedroom from SATC counts as boho, but I love it anyway.

I could do some serious relaxing here.

I could do some serious relaxing here.

I am including this one because it fits the theme - I was going to talk about this in a separate post about inexpensive home makeovers.  Click to read about this bedroom's transformation!

I am including this one because it fits the theme – I was going to talk about this in a separate post about inexpensive home makeovers. Click to read about this bedroom\’s transformation!

domino magazine (RIP)

domino magazine (RIP)

The huge exposed brick wall makes up for this really tiny picture.

Not. Big. Enough.

Clearly not a bedroom, but I'll take it!

Clearly not a bedroom, but I\’ll take it!