Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Get smart.....

It took donning a pair of Sarah Palin inspired glasses for my boss to tell me how smart I looked. Did he certainly forget about the bright young talent he hired when I started wearing pink shoes. Being the analytic, hypothesis testing girl that I am, when I first entered the job market I was a little sneaky. Why would a company want to hire me...a twenty-something, singleton? I was mobile, and might changes jobs a few months later...well I decided to test a theory. Would I look more committed to the task at hand if I were married, well (to let you in on the tiniest of secrets) I slipped an engagement ring on my finger for a few interviews. Yes a real engagement ring, not mine, but a real one nonetheless, and for the record it had no effect. Although looking back those few jobs weren't for me and then what would I have said months later when I was disengaged. Ah well the joke was on me, maybe I'll try glasses next time? Do glasses make smart and frills make you dumber....something to ponder as you put on those spectacles....or take off those heels.

Room redux.

Some things I heart.

1. Stock the bar by reusing a vintage store display as a bar cabinet.2. Black and white and red all over. Loving the simplistic color scheme of the space.3. Love the tufted velvet couch. Love the stripe chairs. Love the books. Love the silver vase holding the pink flowers and last but certainly not least love love love the wall art. A simply silver sheen adds drama to the space.4. Blue is all you need. Wonderful pattern on the chest of drawers.5. The octopus' garden. Lately, thanks to Sea of Shoes and Atlantis Home. I must have some Octopus artwork--stat!6. Not one to love open showers but you have to admit the lines on this bath stall are awesome!

Flower child.

...continuing on with my flower rant. How cute are these brooches and accouterments from Emerson Made. Reminds me of SJP donning flowers in Sex and the City. I want one now.
P.S. Check out those Hunter wellies.

Surf's up dude....

Well the ballots are in and I am being a good friend and planning a May mini break for a friend's wedding. Bring on the sunglasses and sun much for my wedding rant two days ago, we have since gotten un-mad and I am since missing my hippie groove bands, but will definitely be finding a good band on the beach. Although I think there is still going to be some girl disagreement on dividing who pays for the hotel.....C'est la Vie....
Yay for sunny days.

Thoughts for a Thursday...

When was the last time I did something for the first time? Hmmmm that's a tough one but I can think of several things I want to do at the moment....there are several concerts I would like to hit up, NYC (preferably at Christmas), Boston, London Town and somewhere in Cali. What would you do?


An easy no-bake yummy treat. Chow mein noodles with melted chocolate and Jordan almonds make perfect nests.These are much like the old haystacks recipe below:
1 2/3 cup butterscotch morsels
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 can (8.5 oz. size) chow mein noodles
3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Heart strings... this simple arrangement of heart doilies on a light string. Perfection. Happy heart day in March.

Shine on.

So true. I heart glitter.


What's up with me and flowers? I found these via Seleta this morn and fell in love. Spring flowers in the shape of Christmas trees--I think so :)

Bird brained....

I love love love this birdcage idea and have a few (thanks, Mom) lurking around the casa. Is it too late to stuff the thing with moss and bunnies for my Easter spread? Probably so, but I'll come up with a good spring idea!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Peace out.

Hanging up...

What is it about a wedding that can turn a perfectly good person into {dare I say I?} a bridezilla? As of late I am determined that brides are angry, angry creatures and it's best to steer clear of them altogether. Whoever said beaming bride must have meant green with envy or maybe raging red...the only thing beaming are the glowing red dagger eyes. It was phone-a-friend yesterday and I received a call from a Chicago, a hangup from Birmingham and a phone call from Chicago {again} and was left with one thought and a long sigh followed by a guttural uguguguhghghghghghgg GIIIRRRLLLLSS!!!!!

An friend acquaintance called and chatted about some approaching nuptials. Honestly I am genuinely happy for those that are getting married but I am equally happy with my freedom and wonder why we all just can't get along. Friends with fiancees and boyfriends should try to understand their single friends and realize that these friends are still footloose and fancy free with little commitment to anything due to fear of rejection and a yen to not settle. While some are exchanging rings and honeymooning their lives away, others are going on first dates and still wondering who they'll get V-day flowers from (I am the latter in case you are wondering). The conversation began with a question of whether or not I had looked at hotels. I had not, I'm not the maid of honor, I'm not the bride's sister, nor am I her closest friend (when did I become the responsible party).....I then proceeded to ask what weekends she was looking at to find that one of which was a huge concert/jam fest weekend on the gulf coast. Of course, being the music/hippy child that I am.....I can't help but long to jam out instead of lay on the beach with a bunch of girls...heck I live at the beach, can drive to others within an hour and grew up going staying at the aunt and uncs condo....for the record I'm over the beach. I long to go North and visit a big city (i.e. New York).

To make a long story short, I no sooner had uttered the word concert than I heard, "So I take it you're not going?!!! I'll remember when you get married!" followed by click. Wow, so she just hung up on me.....and this is one reason why I don't have girlfriends or choose to have girlfriends who are a tad more chilled. I was then phoned by another friend begging me to go (only because she needed a ride following her flight). Do I care....honestly, no...girls=drama and I'm not down with that. After stuffing 1500 envelopes the past three years, watching friends meltdown and engagements fall apart it will be a miracle if I get married. I can say this: I will have an extremely small wedding with at maximum one bridesmaid, maybe half of one if that's an option?

OK, so maybe I just broke girl code whatever that is, but when did getting married have to equal meltdown??

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Giving {up}.....

During Lent it is a common practice to give up something...sweets, chocolate, facebook, diet get the picture. Well turns out I give my science classes treats and some of these treats include chocolate. Well some of the kiddos told me they could not have any because they gave up sweets and/or chocolate for Lent. One little girl was after my heart, she took her bag and said she was saving it for later....she then showed me the stash in her desk. I think she could eat her way through until next Easter. So much for giving something up ;)

My own wonderland.....

So who has seen the new Alice flick?? Is it good, bad or ugly?

Kell on Earth...

Yes, guilty I am of reality TV viewing....The Hills, The City, The Bachelor, Real Housewives of NYC, most recently Kell on Earth and many if you've been paying attention Whitney Port started as Lauren Conrad's comrade on The Hills, then moved to The City to work with Kelly Cutrone of People's Revolution who now stars in Kell on Earth......ahhhh the incest that is lineage of the reality TV. Well Kelly has since written a book (so did Lauren Conrad) and I am not one to buy celeb books or subscribe to the notion of self help but there are some good are a handful via an email to Whitney.....- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
- When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye..
- Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
- In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
- Don't judge people by their relatives.
- Talk slowly but think quickly.
- When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
- When you lose, don't lose the lesson !
- Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.
- Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship..
- When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice..
- Spend some time alone.

Despite Kelly's cynical, cold nature she does have some good advice...who knows? Maybe it's just advice that sells....

Tabling the issue..

Lately with annual meeting planning I have become quite obsessed with table arrangements/decorations so here's the blogroll....
1. Tablecloth, similar to these shower curtains at Anthro that I will have one day.2. Love the equestrian look.....but I think I'd sub deer for a wintry feel.3. Sweet book pages, hand labeled.4. Clear bottles filled with candles...much like the look of wine bottles but more airy and fewer tannins.5. Absolutely over-the-top but who doesn't want a giant bird nestled behind their table?6. Love the layers of plates.7. Musical place settings.8. The table that inspired my white Christmas tree
9. Louis ghost chairs with she throws and a rustic table. Yes, please.10. Hodge podge of various chairs.....

Layers of fun......

Not one for minimalism I love this look....layers upon layers of various jewels....
Can't stop til' I get enough..

Friday, March 26, 2010

Branching out....

Simple mantle arrangement. I like it! Bring on the branches.....

Over connected?

I tweet to facebook to tell you I blogged.....when are there too many messages...when should we put down the technology....when is there one text too many....when is enough, enough? The funny thing is the concept of enough is different for everyone, but for me I'm beginning to feel overconnected. I gave up my delinquent MySpace account last month, next on the chopping block is Twitter....then who knows....I could really do without texting.....but no one else seems to want to hear this.....
Technology....can't live with it, can't live without it.....

Mixed tape.

Spring has sprung at Kate Spade. The Soho store was revamped with a tape installation by Rebecca Ward . There was even a tape bar where guests could partake in the madness.
Definitely creative. Definitely old school cool. Definitely Spade worthy.

Need a little Christmas...

Yes, I need a little Christmas. I found this via flickr. Cute glass Anthro bowls filled with kisses and glitter trees. Such a cute idea for Christmas. I know it's March, but in nine more months it won't be.

Easter egg-stravaganza...

I am patiently waiting and counting the minutes until I head to our adopted school! We are throwing the first graders an Easter party and my car truck SUV is loaded to the brim with Easter baskets for the kiddos. When I shopped for all the goodies Wednesday my buggy was brimming and the gentleman in the line behind me wanted to know if I was a response, "I might as well be." I love volunteering and helping out and am so very very looking forward to the party. Thoughts of the party inspired copious amounts of Easter googling and here's a tablescape I found via Southern Living. Yum! And check out my new favorite--Moss!

Mary, Mary, quite contrary.

How does your garden grow? Well, Mary I am not, but I am in quite a quandary as to what the flower design should be for my group's annual meeting. Yes, I am wearing my party planning/event coordinator hat with this one. I like the idea of tall arrangements of white blooming branches, maybe cherry blossoms for the large arrangements and small tightly grouped table arrangements in white and green, but as to the overall design I have yet to decide (and I must by next Monday). Here are some selections:
1. Too casual, but good color scheme.2. This makes me like pink.3. Love the sliver vase.4. Now we are getting somewhere.5. A solid color choice is always bold, but often pricey....
Like I said I am getting nowhere, but I'm going to give the florist a few ideas and trust them to make everything look great. In the meantime if anyone knows of any good sites for flower arrangements send me some links...
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