Halloweeeeen

October 31, 2012

Boo – Happy Halloween little chickens!  Whether you’re dressing up, binging on candy, carving pumpkin heads, watching throwback movies (Casper and Hocus Pocus anyone), or passing out treats – we hope you all have a safe and festive holiday today!  For any of you on the East Coast living in the wake and destruction of Hurricane Sandy, we are sending our thoughts and prayers your way…  Although we are far removed from the tragedy, it has been in the forefront of our minds and we hate to think about all the little ones that won’t be able to trick or…

Boo – Happy Halloween little chickens!  Whether you’re dressing up, binging on candy, carving pumpkin heads, watching throwback movies (Casper and Hocus Pocus anyone), or passing out treats – we hope you all have a safe and festive holiday today!  For any of you on the East Coast living in the wake and destruction of Hurricane Sandy, we are sending our thoughts and prayers your way…  Although we are far removed from the tragedy, it has been in the forefront of our minds and we hate to think about all the little ones that won’t be able to trick or treat tonight.  Perhaps we can all send treats in the form of donations to the Red Cross this year.

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Excess

October 31, 2012

I’ve written about coffee table books before (my last round up was here) and Sally and I are pretty open in sharing our love for them. Most males will tell you they are a worthless thing to collect – because let’s be honest who really reads them – but many women can attest that they are a key element when adding essential “decor” elements to a room. And really, the best books can stand alone as pieces of art.  Sally and I have ours stacked by color on bookshelves in our main room and use them to add height below…
I’ve written about coffee table books before (my last round up was here) and Sally and I are pretty open in sharing our love for them. Most males will tell you they are a worthless thing to collect – because let’s be honest who really reads them – but many women can attest that they are a key element when adding essential “decor” elements to a room. And really, the best books can stand alone as pieces of art.  Sally and I have ours stacked by color on bookshelves in our main room and use them to add height below lamps.
There is something very “adult” about collecting coffee table books – and the assortment you have says a lot about you (whether you realize it or not). Above are some recently acquired favorites (Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful is amazing) and the rest are high on our wish list or on my radar to gift to friends. Speaking of gifts, I was a lucky birthday girl this year to receive this pretty pink tome from Bradley (the conosure of coffee table books). Impact is a book you will want to read… A look at the past 50 years of CFDA (all your favorite designers will be in it!). Having gotten permission to copy Amber’s use of Taschen’s lucite bookstand, I now display a new spread from my favorite new book every day.

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Nom: Popcorn

October 30, 2012

My friend Andria loves popcorn and goldfish – from now on till forever those two snacks will always remind me of her.  When we lived in a house together (along with five other pretty friends) our junior and senior year of college, Andria would make home-made popcorn for herself and us on a nightly basis.  I think the popcorn reminded her of her sweet dad who made it for her at home, but for the rest of us in the house it served as salty deliciousness that paired perfectly with beer or helped heal hangovers on the couch.  After graduation,…

My friend Andria loves popcorn and goldfish – from now on till forever those two snacks will always remind me of her.  When we lived in a house together (along with five other pretty friends) our junior and senior year of college, Andria would make home-made popcorn for herself and us on a nightly basis.  I think the popcorn reminded her of her sweet dad who made it for her at home, but for the rest of us in the house it served as salty deliciousness that paired perfectly with beer or helped heal hangovers on the couch.  After graduation, I swore I would buy my own air-popper so I could pop my own popcorn a-la-Andria.

2+ years past graduation – no air-popper.  This is most disappointing.  All things considered, popcorn made with kernels at home is pretty healthy.  And it’s gluten-free!  Which means nothing to me but something to Sally and any of you other g-free eaters…  A snacky-snack the two of us can make on the reg, trying out different flavors and taking batches with us to work so we don’t die of hunger during the day.  These are just the things my brain thinks about.

Two weeks ago at a little Dallas blogger party, I was making the rounds, surveying the food and sipping on beverages – basically having a great time – when I saw some individually wrapped bags of popcorn.  Obviously I took a bag from the perfect pyramid of a display and dug in… OMG – truffle. popcorn.  You heard me.  If you’ve never had it, you have not lived.  I ate about 5 more bags of the stuff and took 3 home with me (no, I am not ashamed).  Thus, I made a fresh promise to myself that popcorn will become part of my daily life.  This air-popper – which is the same one used by Andria – will be included as a necessary part of the apartment re-vamp.  And this truffle popcorn recipe by the gluten-free guru Lisa (With Style & Grace) will be the first thing we whip up.  More exotic recipes (um, hi) will hopefully follow, but truffle oil is a serious treat!

(Image via With Style & Grace)

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Inspired Options

October 30, 2012

For what seems like months now, M and I have been pinning more and more pictures of outfits that involve cheeky, graphic sweatshirts and tees.  Doesn’t sound like much, but when paired with a great blazer, pencil skirt, a blingy necklace, or a pair of heels, the tee/sweatshirt instantly becomes dressed up and chic.  Bloggers like Atlantic Pacific (here, here, and here) and Cheetah is the new Black (here, here and here) have nailed this look to a tee, and we can’t seem to get enough.  With temperatures cooling down for fall, nothing sounds better than getting away with sporting…

For what seems like months now, M and I have been pinning more and more pictures of outfits that involve cheeky, graphic sweatshirts and tees.  Doesn’t sound like much, but when paired with a great blazer, pencil skirt, a blingy necklace, or a pair of heels, the tee/sweatshirt instantly becomes dressed up and chic.  Bloggers like Atlantic Pacific (here, here, and here) and Cheetah is the new Black (here, here and here) have nailed this look to a tee, and we can’t seem to get enough.  With temperatures cooling down for fall, nothing sounds better than getting away with sporting a “sweatshirt” to work!

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Toast Talk

October 29, 2012

First of all – THANK YOU all so much for the incredible feedback, suggestions, and advice you left in regards to my Toast Talk post last Monday!  My goal of becoming “well read” is kicking off this week on November 1st (I’m cheesy like that and enjoy official start dates) and I can’t wait to create my own “must read” list, subscribe to publications, and download apps that will keep me in the know on all things that interest me as well as worldly current events.  Stay tuned! I feel like my post from last week is not all that unrelated…

First of all – THANK YOU all so much for the incredible feedback, suggestions, and advice you left in regards to my Toast Talk post last Monday!  My goal of becoming “well read” is kicking off this week on November 1st (I’m cheesy like that and enjoy official start dates) and I can’t wait to create my own “must read” list, subscribe to publications, and download apps that will keep me in the know on all things that interest me as well as worldly current events.  Stay tuned!

I feel like my post from last week is not all that unrelated to this week’s…  Wanting to do more than I already am – making adjustments and additions to better enrich my twenty-something life.  Not too long ago, Joslyn wrote this post about recharging and relaxing – noting how even though most of us are “go-go-go” all the time, we try to fill up our relaxation or gaps in our insane schedules with productivity – we never want to sit idle and just be.  At the time of her post Joslyn had just come off an insane deadline at work (the birth of D Moms Magaine), was exhausted and drained, and even though she knew that starting that new book and or head to a museum would be a great way to fill her new-found “down time” she decided to embrace the idea of inactivity and doing nothing…

This post struck a chord with me.  But mostly because my situation was a flip-flop compared to hers:  I have a busy schedule and like it that way, but when I am met with pockets of free time I immediately park myself on the couch with Bravo and Pinterest rather than getting things done ahead of schedule or responding to the mountain of emails I know need responses (to those of you waiting for said responses, I’ve read them and I swear I have them *starred* in my gMail to respond to!).   Joslyn goes to museums and starts new books all the time, this was only of the few moments she chose idleness over productivity.  I choose idleness almost every time.

I don’t think I always used to be like this… Up until several months ago I would wake up early, work a full day, go to the gym straight after work, fix dinner, and do blogging business at home till it was time for bed.  Rinse and repeat day after day.  Then I determined that my gym membership was an expense I couldn’t afford and didn’t need.  I still woke up early but I was always late for work and never got everything finished that I needed to before running out the door.  This was probably due to the fact that many nights after work I ran errands, went to events, or scheduled dinners and photography time rather than coming straight home and as Meg likes to say, getting shit done.  Coming home became a ritual of comfy clothes + dinner + TV + time with Sally.  Then I decided I would rather read before going to bed instead of being on the computer.  This has made me loads happier but just added to the neglect of productivity when it came to blog work and email catch-up.

I know myself, and I know that I thrive under pressure – that it’s hard for me to get things done unless I have a concrete and looming deadline.  I don’t know if it’s because I get more inspired when down to the wire or if I just enjoy torturing myself and running on adrenaline. Either way, it’s why I write all my blog post the day they appear on the blog (no joke, read the FAQ page) and why the first emails that get a response are the ones that truly need it.  For someone so type-A and organized, I cannot believe I have let this procrastination go on for so long…  My method for much of the work surrounding this blog has been the opposite of productive and has only become a real problem the past several months.  Blogging suff should be the work I like to do!  Not something I put off all the time because it requires more attention than scrolling though Pinterest.

Remember when I said that I was running myself into the ground on Friday?  Well, sister Sally and I have reached our breaking point and we are implementing what we think will be a genius solution to our procrastination problem: Sunday workdays.  What has traditionally been known as a day of rest will become our day of doing.  Whether that means preparing posts for the week ahead, tackling emails, taking needed photographs for the blog, laying out outfits for work, running errands, and or doing around the apartment chores – we will be getting our shit done.  If only so watching the Kardashians feels less guilty and getting some daily exercise becomes a priority.  Oh, and getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep will be nice, too!  Pretty freaking excited for Sunday fundays Workdays…

How do you all keep from procrastinating?  Any methods for staying motivated and getting stuff done?  I almost think I need to have a rewards system like I did when I was in school: every time I finished a paragraph for a paper or reached a certain point in whatever interior design project I was working on, I ate some peanut butter M&Ms.  Sounds insane and childish but it helped me get big projects done one bite at a time.  Maybe Sal and I can make Sunday nights pizza night – a nice reward for doing a full day of work and a perfect way to head into a new week…

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