Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day to Night

While I know most people are looking for the insanely popular Urban Decay Naked Palette (which may still be available at Ulta.com, hurry go check!).  I decided I'm not really in need of 12 varying shades of taupes and browns.  I'm a creature of habit and usually find a few colors I like and stick to them.  I figured spending $44 (plus tax and shipping) to only end up using 3 of 12 colors, wasn't worth it for me.


Instead, while scooping out the rec's you kind readers provided me at Sephora, I stumbled across this Bobbi Brown Limited Edition palette while walking through Nordstrom. They were all out of the Warm version in store, but luckily I found it at BobbiBrown.com.


It's $45 but shipping is free with code FALL1 (and you'll get an additional free sample of eye cream) and you can also get 4% cash back thru ebates.




The Warm palette is perfect for my coloring, but the Cool colors are super pretty too.  I definitely can see myself wearing the 3 matte colors day in and day out, and using the metallics when I want to add some drama to my look.

I'll report back when it arrives on my doorstep!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

[Shopaholic] FINALLY!

The elusive Merino Cool is now finally mine... too bad I can't wear it yet as I need to do my nail pretty pink for this weekend's wedding. 

Soon readers, soon.




....oh and 20% off too, thanks Ulta!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tis the Season... well, almost...

The holidays are fast approaching...
  • 7 days until Halloween
  • 32 days until Thanksgiving
  • 62 days until Christmas
  • and 69 days until my Birthday... ok well, New Year's Day for everyone else.

I've mentioned before that I'm a bit more into the "seasonal" decor for Halloween and Thanksgiving than actual ghosts, cauldrons, spiders, and turkeys.  I find right now this is a bit "two birds one stone" and a tad easier on the wallet.  So pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns it is!   I know one day our home will be covered with fake cobwebs and maybe even some glitter skulls, but it just doesn't seem worth the effort when no one is here to see it.  



However, the Fall Harvest-ish theme will be enjoyed, since once again we are hosting Thanksgiving.  This is our second year (of hopefully many more) to invite family over to our home and this year we have a few more guests than last.

While our house is pretty large for 2 people at just under 2,000 sq ft, we don't have a formal dining room to easily feed 10 people without some rearranging.  The joys of townhomes.

Last year there was 7 of us, so we added a folding table and chairs and made like Tim Gunn and "made it work".    I was pretty wrapped up in making my first Turkey, that I decorated as an afterthought. 

(yay! my first bird! - and no one got sick)
This year we will have 3 more guests, so it's time to make some less makeshift maneuvers and think with the future in mind - we plan to continue to host for years!  So our dinner table that currently seats four... will now comfortably seat six.

I was inspired by Amy to mix and match our seating... (and it's going to save us some dough, instead of buying more from our current set!)


Beige Microfiber Parsons Chair with Merlot Legs - Bed Bath & Beyond $99.99

And this year I'm going to make an effort to really 'set' the table.  A daughter/sister in law needs to show off, right?  I swung by Crate & Barrel this afternoon and in addition to grabbing a few more dinner and salad plates for our dinnerware set, I grabbed some great items to decorate the table(s).

First, I picked up this gorgeous table cloth.  I think it will be perfect for Thanksgiving and is also neutral enough to leave on the table through the remaining holidays.  The acorn branch print matches my go to fall favorites and the gold branches are enough glam to bring us through the New Year.  It'll also be perfect to coordinate with our second table, which is getting our white table cloth and a metallic gold table runner.


I picked up 10 pumpkin colored napkins to place at both tables to keep things cohesive.  Also the deep orange color looks great with the candles and pumpkins already scattered throughout the great room.


Then, for the main table the napkins will have these blingy little napkin rings.  Again, these are sparkly enough to be used through December, I'll just swap out the orange napkins for our green ones.  Or maybe go really classy and just use white with some other metallic accents.


I still need to grab 4 more napkin rings for the second table, but I think I'll go with something cheaper different.  I like having fun mixing and matching, and hopefully it'll be something I can reuse for another season if need be.


We still have a few more things to pick up before the big day sneaks up, but I thought this was a great start and really got me excited for the holidays.


Do you host Thanksgiving?  Do you have something that is a table top must?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

[Inspired By] My Mommy

Last week, my mom (hi mom!!) uploaded some "retro" pictures to her facebook account - yeah, she's one of those moms who is all over Facebook like a dog to a bone...  (and I'm one of those daughters that teases her about it)....

Anyway, she posted some old family photos from her youth and even though I seen these photos before, I'm just enamored with a few.  I find myself looking at them frequently - whether because I see myself in the photos, love her 60s style and the 'vintage' style of the photographs, or like teasing her about her multitude of hairstyles.  Anyway, after looking at few I realized they are totally worth sharing on this little ol' blog... I know a lot of you readers appreciate the 60s style.



This photo is probably my favorite to look at.  It's my mom at 17 with her first car, a '63 Chevy Nova, that she later painted red.  Such a California Girl!



I love her outfit and it would still be appropriate and stylish today - the embellished cardigan (or jacket?) with the bow on the shoulder, the dress with the full skirt and ruffle placket, and even the light blue chambray-esque color.... maybe just skip the "flip" hairdo?


Here are some items I found that would "recreate her look".

Dresses:
About the Artist Dress - ModCloth $52.99

Darling Clementine Dress - ModCloth $57.99

Afternoon Company Dress in Polka Dots - ModCloth $52.99

or a more modern take....

Milly Ruffled Cotton Wrap Dress - Saks $209.99

Add a Embellished Cardigan:
Corsage Cardigan - Old Navy $25

Grace Bow Cardigan - Fred Flare $52

LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Cropped Cardigan - Kohl's $36.99

And the white clutch with gold hardware:
Street Level 78214 - Piperlime $47.50



Next is a picture of her at a sorority event (on the right) with her roommate and "little" sister. She actually made that dress herself!...

...look at that black winged eyeliner, she could be a ringer for a Austin Powers Fem Bot!

how many 60's hairstyles can you fit into one photo??

A modern version of the DIY halter dress  - just add a wide ribbon headband, a charm bracelet, and some pearls...

INC International Concepts Dress - Macy's $99
She then decided to go a bit Mod and chop her long hair off and learn the art of teasing - a technique that would later come in handy when she moved to JERSEY in the 80s (aka, The Height of the Perm Era)....

This sorority composite photo has always been a favorite of mine.  I think this photo is also why I used to dress up in a blonde wig at age 7, true story... 

Here's another shot of her and my uncle with the short blonde hair.  The day dress is so "Jackie O".


And another dress I found on Modcloth that could easily recreate this look.

Red All About It Dress - ModCloth $89.99

and the belt.. .

See by ChloĆ© Elasticated waist belt  - TheOutnet $47.25


Do you love looking at old photos of your parents?  Did they follow the trends of the eras they lived through??... my mom later moved into the "hippie" movement, grew her hair back out and bought a VW Bus...tehehe

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Placement

We had a great time at the Pumpkin Patch yesterday... the weather was perfect, we got there before the crowds, and even finished the trip with a homemade Mocha Chip Milkshake from the creamery. YUM!

Here are the guys we brought home...


(ok, yes the small guy up front is a sugar pumpkin... but I don't plan on baking with him)


And inside, our the little guys...



And on Saturday, I exchanged the mini cake stand for a bigger one...


The little ones are so cute, I think I might have to grab some more....



Happy Monday Readers!  I hear there is going to be nice sale at Anthro tomorrow, I'll be back later with my Sale Wishlist... 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!





 



Happy Sunday Readers!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

[Crafty Lady] Faux Ceramic Pumpkins

I love home decorating and seasonal decorating can be fun too, however, I'm not really a fan of the overload of chinsy chotskis until Christmas.  Also, since we are child-less and aren't super into "Halloween" (you know, since it's apparently inappropriate for grown adults to go door to door asking for candy) I prefer seasonal decor to the spooky...   Let's face it, its cheaper and easier to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving (and Fall in general) once, rather than changing it up each month and holiday.

I'm sure one day our house will be full of paper chain skeletons, but until then I'm keeping it clean and streamlined (and without crafts devised of construction paper and glue sticks)...

Instead, I work with cheap craft store gourds and spray paint.


I saw this crafty project on Young House Love and decided to tackle it myself.  All said and done, it was super easy and super cheap (spent $4.45 on the gourds and $3.85 on the spray paint).

I picked a bag of gourds that already had a bit of a  plastic-y sheen to them (as opposed to the more 'matte' option available).  The two coats of glossy white spray paint, really turned them into more expensive looking decor. 

The cake stand is too small for all of them to fit, so I'll be either placing them in a bowl or arranging them on a table runner (that I have yet to purchase).  I love that I can add some faux fall leaves, acorns, or pine cones and they are ready for Thanksgiving.

If you are more into decorating for the holiday, it may be fun to paint them with glossy black and orange.  I think I'll be spray painting a lot of random items in the future!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[Recipe Share] Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Scones

I meant to post this recipe on Sunday... but I never had the chance to upload the pics.  I got this recipe from Dunne at With a Cherry On Top and almost followed it exactly.  I brought the scones to brunch at my girlfriends house, and they appeared to be a hit.  I'll be making another batch tonight so I have some for the rest of the week.... I love me some baked goods in the morning!

(my changes noted in red)


 
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones with Maple Glaze

Ingredients - Scones:
2 cups Flour
1/3 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp. Salt
8 Tbsp. cold, Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces (I cut them into single tablespoons as marked on the wrapper)
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree'
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract


Ingredients - Glaze
2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1 cup Powdered Sugar



Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I didn't have parchment paper so I just layered a cookie sheet over another to prevent them from browning to quickly on the bottom - it worked)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in the butter and stir with a fork to combine. Using the fork or a pastry blender, blend the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs (the largest pieces of butter should be no larger than the size of a pea). Add in the chocolate chips and mix to combine.

In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, pumpkin and vanilla; mix well. Add into the dry ingredients and stir together gently just until the dough comes together. **I found the dough to be quite sticky, so I kneaded it for a bit on a floured surface just to help it come together more. Be careful, though, to not overwork the dough if you do this**

I also found the dough to be very sticky, I just kneaded and blended within the bowl until all dry ingredients were mixed in. 

Move the dough to the prepared baking sheet and pat it out into a 9-inch round (about 1"-1,." thick). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 22-25 minutes). Allow it to cool and slice it into wedges.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the butter and maple syrup over medium heat until combined. Gradually whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Allow it to cool just enough to transfer to a pastry bag (or Ziploc bag with the tip slightly cut off) and drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones. (This made a lot more glaze than I needed.  After drizzling, I double bagged the pastry bag, sealed, and saved in the fridge.  I'm going to see if I can reheat the glaze tonight to reuse -- I'll edit if it actually works!)


Make sure to enjoy the scones when they are cool, otherwise the texture is bit too "breadlike" when warm.  Perfect treat for the season.

Monday, October 11, 2010

[OOTD] Overdosed on Ruffles

I appear to be trending readers... clinging to a look and refusing to let go.  It it isn't just today and last Friday, but if you scroll through past OOTD posts, it's going on there as well.....

I present to you, my uniform of comfort.

  • Cardi
  • Ruffle Tank
  • Skinnies
  • Flats

Friday (moving out day at work) 
Anthropologie Clinging Blossoms Cardigan
Anthropologie Tutu Tank
J.Brand The Deal Skinnies (here)
J.Crew Marjorie Flats in Metallic Blush (here in yummy suede)

I spent most of the work day packing up my belongings so they could be moved to our new office space over the weekend.  It totally felt like a 'last day of school' around the office.

Monday (moving in day at work)
Banana Republic Silk/Cotton Ruffled Cardigan
Anthropologie Graces Tank (here)
Free People 5 Pocket Super Skinnies (here)
Tory Burch Reva Flats (here)
Forever21 Necklace
  
So that makes today "Moving In Day".... which kind of reminds me of what it was like to move into the dorms at college.  Lots of unpacking, organizing, picture hanging, and general searching around the building... but instead of looking for cute boys I'm looking for printers, copy machines, and water coolers.....

And I totally match the wall with my cardi....


Tomorrow I'll make an effort to change up my my 'go-to' look and be a bit more creative.....




Happy Monday Readers & Thank You for the feedback regarding our curtain dilemma... I'll be sure to follow up as soon as we make some moves ;)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

[Poll] Window Pain

OK... maybe not as "painful" as the way Eminem sings in "Love the Way You Lie", but the bay window in our living room is creating quite a predicament.

 
 
It was easy to hang a long curtain rod in our bedroom because there is a piece of wall that goes over the window, yes I'm describing this terribly, so here are some pictures to help....

 
Bedroom:
(so happy with this result)

Living Room:

(picture taken at the inspection)

(picture taken in '09 with our updated make shift valence)

See what I mean?  There is nowhere to hang a rod unless I want it floating over the bump out...



Months ago, while trying to solve this predicament... I came across this photo.


A special rod to solve my problem...

 
Umbra Solutions Bayview Black Window Set - Bed Bath and Beyond $49.99

Now here is the problem... you may have noticed in other pictures, that this area belongs solely to the two puppers that run this household.


Since the pups love to peek out all three windows (and wrestle like a-holes on the ottoman), I'm afraid to hang curtains down the center that they will (1.) become filthy from wet noses and gunky eyes (hey, at least we don't have a slobber problem here!) and (2.) that when the pups run around like crazies, they may get tangled and yank them down.  This whole area by the ottoman (not just on it) is "their" area... they sleep, chew bones, and occasionally use the furniture as a vice to "pin" their opponent in the high energy wrestling matches - I'm sure any of you with two+ pups will understand....

So dear readers, my husband and I really dislike our current makeshift valence.  We love the look of floor to ceiling window treatments because of the height they add to the room, but is it 'practical' for our lifestyle?


Should we....
  1. leave what we have (maybe pick out a new color) since it's the practical choice
  2. hang floor to ceiling curtains and teach the pups to avoid rough housing around them.
  3. hang floor to ceiling curtains and just wash them or replace when necessary  
  4. Fill in the Blank!
Readers, please give us some feedback.  We are so on the fence on what we want to do vs. what we should do....  Any other ideas we haven't thought of I'd LOVE to hear!!