Saturday, February 06, 2010

Our house

Do you have a favorite part of your house? Like you've put something together, and it just really works? Here are my favorite nooks in our home:

This picture is propped against the bookshelves in our living room. It was a wedding gift, and I just adore it...the bird candlestick was a hand-me-down from my parents. It makes me happy. And our walls are a really light, barely-there mint green.

Here's my other favorite corner...this is a hutch in our dining room. My grandmother gave me the painting, which is by a Mississippi artist. I'm fortunate enough to have two more of his paintings in our home. The lamp is an old one from Pier 1. The palm tree candlesticks are more hand-me-downs from my parents. I set our fine china on the hutch, and I think it works there. And to the side of it is our crystal. I didn't choose the "typical" crystal but wanted something a little funkier. What we chose was a little pricey, so as you can see we only have two goblets...hopefully we'll add more over the years.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Hint, hint

My husband doesn't read my blog, but if he did, I'd let him know that I'd like a bouquet of purple tulips like these for Valentine's Day. And I'm newly in love with anemones...something about the black center against the petals is so dainty and kind of unexpected.

Smart chick lit

I've always been a fan of what I like to call "smart chick lit." Not the cookie-cutter chick lit with the overdone story line of girl working for a magazine in New York, girl dumped by boyfriend, girl finds even better boyfriend, and life is perfect again. Blech. Enter Emily Giffin. I was kind of wary to try her books, but I'm so glad I did. I've read them all, but her latest "Love the One You're With" is my favorite. I'm terrible at reviewing books, so follow the link if you're interested. Her newest, "Heart of the Matter" comes out in May, and I can't wait! And I know you can't judge a book by its cover, but I have to say I'm loving the purple...

Poor Rachel Zoe

Here's the thing...there have been a lot of rumblings in the blogging world about this particular photo that was recently taken of Rachel Zoe, telling her to eat a hamburger, to stop denying she has an eating disorder, etc. My particular favorite was the caption "Bananas. Eat some." There is no doubt she is undernourished, and I'd be shocked if she wasn't actually anorexic. All of that said, people need to be a little more sensitive. Eating disorders are diseases...they're a disease of the brain, and people tend to overlook those as not as important as diseases of the body, i.e. cancer, diabetes, heart failure, and so on. Her head is sick, and she deserves the same amount of sympathy that we give to others who are battling illnesses. My heart goes out to her.

I want...

I want a french bulldog puppy so bad (bad or badly? I should know, having a degree in English and all)...anyway, I have wanted one of these dogs ever since I lived in New York. They're the most precious little pups I've ever seen...look at those little bat ears! My husband says one animal is enough, and I can't seem to convince him otherwise. And they are pretty pricey...starting out at around $1,500. But isn't this face worth it?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Neck accessory

I just adore this comes in loads of colors and looks lightweight enough to wear year-round. It can be found at Pretty Mommy.
P.S. I first spotted this scarf at A Cup of Jo.

Something to work on...

I like John Mayer, I really do...but he has GOT to stop making these faces when he performs!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Soft light

I could spend hours on end searching can find the most unique things for the best prices. I somehow stumbled upon Hannah Nunn's shop one day and fell in love with her lamps. They give off such a soft glow, and I think they'd be so pretty in a nursery. I don't have any babies, but this seems like the perfect night light for a baby's room...also think they'd be perfect in a nice to take a warm bubble bath with only this light in the background?

Golden Globe Fashion

The Golden Globes have always been my favorite awards show to's more laid-back than the Oscars, and I like that the show combines both TV and movie stars...also, the champagne flows freely during the ceremony, so it's fun to see what the stars might say! Here are some of the dresses that stood out for me (for both good and bad reasons):

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino: Yawn...she looks super pretty, but come on, pull out some color for an awards show, Jennifer! So tired of the black...
Julia Roberts in YSL: Um, is Julia walking the red carpet or is she heading to Sunday school?

Kate Hudson in Marchesa: The dress is perfection, but the stripper shoes cheapen the look.

Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace: I'm torn on the dress, but I'm not so sure if it's the best on Jennifer Garner...her figure is so boyish, I'm just wondering if she'd look better in something that gave her more of a waist. Love the hair, though.

Emily Blunt in Dolce & Gabbanna: This is my absolute favorite of the evening. I just think she looks stunning. And I love that she wore her hair down and flowy. So many actresses put it up for awards shows, and I think it looks a little more soft down.

Sandra Bullock in Bottega Veneta: It pains me to say this, because purple is my favorite color, but this dress looks cheap to me. It looks like you'd find it in the prom section at your local mall. I just hate the material.

Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano: I mean, can you get any prettier? Her skin is just so flawless...I love the peach shade on her fair skin...I would've never thought red lipstick would work with this dress, but it looks perfect.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Perfect for travel

I'm really liking this tote by Longchamp. It comes in 14 colors, but my favorite (of course!) is the lilac pictured below. This tote would be just perfect for airplane travel. Longchamp luggage can be found at


The definition of depressing is spending half of my hard-earned paycheck on dental work. Thank goodness for insurance, but ugh...sadness...what do you hate spending money on?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Loves it

Gosh, how gorgeous is this bikini from Anthropologie? I love the colors, but I especially love the one-shouldered top...too bad it's $98 for the top AND $98 for the bottom! Ugh...I could never justify spending that much on a bathing suit...maybe no one else can either, and it'll go on sale? Here's hoping!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Business in the front...

I really wanted to like Kate Gosselin's new hair, because it's most certainly an improvement from what she did have, but I'm just not so looks kind of like a mullet to me. What do you think?