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June 28, 2016

Pineapple Time

Summer Pineapple Smash

I think we can all agree pineapples are having a moment decor and fashion wise. It's hard to go anywhere without seeing the topical fruit these days! (A couple of my favorites are below) In addition to being a very cute fruit, they are delicious this time of year and can also be used in a variety of yummy ways. I recently bought one at the store and whipped up this super simple, yet refreshing summer drink.

Summer Pineapple Smash 

1 ripe pineapple
1 cup water
2 sprigs mint
6-8 ice cubes 

Peel and core pineapple, cut into large chunks
Add pineapple and water to blender, blend on high until thoroughly mixed
Add ice cubes and mint and re-blend to combine
Or add a spirit of choice to make a delicious cocktail! 


June 2, 2015

The Wingback Chair

(clockwise from top left)

I am on the hunt for a new living room chair for our new apartment (more on that soon!). Before we even knew for sure that we were moving, I fell in love with a pair of 19th century chairs when I was at the Marche Puces aux Clignacourt with my Mom last month. However, the price was a bit steep for the pair, and I would have had to pay shipping and then had them reupholstered. They were beautiful and I was prepared to go through all the hassle, but at the time we were a bit up in the air with the new apartment so I decided to walk away. Pretty sure I'm gonna be kicking myself over that one in a few months. Anyway, as I still need to find a chair to go in our new place, I started doing a bit of online sleuthing. Above are my four current favorites. As you can probably tell, I want a wingback style in a light grey, or even a blush if I could convince M to go for it. 

December 18, 2013

Holiday Champagne Cocktail Bar

Earlier this week I co-hosted a little blogger holiday party with blogger friends Olivia, Fallon & Christine. I was in charge of drinks and set up a little Holiday Champagne Cocktail bar so everyone could make their own bubbly drinks. In addition to the bubbly I had sugared cranberries, cranberry simple syrup, lemon and a variety of bitters.

I followed this recipe for the sugared cranberries. If you are attempting to make these, I would make sure to drain the cranberries well after soaking them in the simple syrup, and double the amount of time you let them dry before coating in sugar. I put some on toothpicks and left the rest loose to add to drinks.

November 26, 2013

Bar Cart Styling

As I mentioned here, I recently purchased a bar cart for our living room. I had my eye on one for a while, but I just couldn't justify the often high price. So when I saw this super stylish and affordable option at Target, I didn't even wait till I got home to measure the space we had, I just went ahead and ordered it on my lunch break and crossed my fingers it would fit. 

We attached the glass rack underneath to hang some of our larger wine glasses and over the past few weeks have been making it our own. I spray painted gold a few mini pumpkins I had left over from some fall decorations as well as a dried decorative floral thing (is there a technical word for this?) that I had saved from a fall bouquet. These details plus a bunch of fresh eucalyptus made such a difference in bringing the cart to life. Since these photos on Friday, I've added a few new items as well, namely this ice bucket which was an eleventh hour purchase for our engagement party. I saw it and snapped it up immediately as it helped tie the multiple metals together. 

Bar Cart: Target | Ice Bucket: Target | Glass Rack: Target | Champagne Coupes: Goodwill 
Red Wine Glasses: Riedel | Cocktail Shaker: Target | Candle Cover: Williams Sonoma (similar
 San Francisco Coasters: Gumps

November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

For the first time in as long as I can remember, it will just be M and I at home for the Thanksgiving holiday. I love going to my parent's house or cooking for a crowd in my own, but traveling to California is often really difficult around Thanksgiving, and as I used up all of my vacation days on our trip to Germany, another trip just wasn't in the cards this year. 
Though we will be making a very pared down Thanksgiving dinner for just the two of us, I am also looking forward to creating a fun little centerpiece to make our meal feel a bit more special. I am really loving jewel-toned color palettes as well as plenty of muted greens and golds as inspiration for the holidays this year. 

October 31, 2013

Round Up: Fall at Home

I firmly believe that fall is the best season, not that the others don't have their merits as well, but there is just something extra special about fall! While I dearly wish I had more time this season to play around with new recipes and some fabulous DIYs and decorations, there sadly just haven't been enough hours in the day. However, in my state of semi fall-obsession, I have amassed quite the collection of links to amazing looking recipes and decor ideas and wanted to share my favorite bits of inspiration with you. I am still holding out hope that I'll be able to try a few of these before the season is over!

The cleverest pumpkin vase from With Love from Kat
A delicious looking Pumpkin Chai Candle 

Drinks & Eats

*image via Twig & Thistle 

October 17, 2013

Recent Snaps

Packing for an upcoming trip. 
Things left to do before Saturday - too many to count!

A little craft project to remember last weekend. Frame available here. 

A fun DIY night hosted by Olivia. We made necklaces based on this tutorial from Glitter 'N Glue.
 I love how mine turned out! See how I wore it here.

A few months ago I managed to loose several Bobbi Brown lipsticks - don't ask, I have no idea how. 
I tried several drugstore brands as replacements, however, drugstore lipsticks (or at least the brands I tried) were not for me. The formulas were messy and bled and I didn't love any of the colors. So a few weeks ago when I nabbed a Gilt City deal for a coupon to Bobbi Brown and I took it as an opportunity to grab a few new colors. 

Clockwise from top left: 
 Rich Lip Color in Uber Beige | Sheer Lip Color in Rosy | Creamy Lip Color in Hibiscus 

July 18, 2013

Recent Favorites

I am dying to visit the Rain Room at the MOMA before it closes. I am slightly intimidated by the line to get it, which is rumored to be quite long, but from what I have heard it is definitely worth the wait.

Who knew that a glass of bubbly could boost memory and brain power. Sign me up!

For all Mad Men fans, a behind-the-sceens look at the show's fashion from wardrobe designer Janie Bryant.

Since my trip to Italy a few weeks ago, I have found myself trying to plot where I should go next. Capri is definitely high on my list of places to see and this beautiful book is a great addition to any collection of coffee table books.

March 14, 2013

Repurposing Candle Jars

Candles are something that I have come to really love in the past few years. They smell great, give off a nice light and I really like the atmosphere they create. However, they don’t last forever, but I always have a hard time getting rid of candles that have come to the end of their life, especially when I like the glass or container. I realized I had a few old candles sitting around, so I turned to Pinterest for some ideas on how to remove the excess wax and reuse the containers.

                                                                                 Source: via c on Pinterest

Apparently, there are multiple ways to do this, but I tried what seemed like the least labor intensive method. I placed all my empty candles in the sink and filled them up with boiling water and then let them sit overnight. By the morning the wax had floated to the top and hardened, making it was easy to scoop out and throw away.  I then washed the jars with soap and warm water and they were ready to go.

I put some plain pillar candles in my new jars but they would be great as vases, containers for jewelry, cotton buds or hair ties, or even just a cluster of them empty would make a very pretty, inexpensive and colorful bit of d├ęcor. Now that I know how easy it is to repurpose the beautiful containers, I won’t be so sad when candles burn out.

February 6, 2013

Change of Scene

Tomorrow I'm trading this... 

For this... 

Its been a very difficult few weeks at work and I am more than ready for a few days in California. I have three conference calls I have to take Thursday and Friday, but other than that I am vowing to put down the blackberry, relax and enjoy time with my parents. 

Happy Weekend! 

January 8, 2013

Paris and New York

I was skimming through the NY Times today and I came across this article. I could never pick a favorite, as I love both places, but it made me nod and smile, and realize how much I love calling New York home.

To Paris...

And New York...

Have you also seen this book ?

What is your favorite city? To live... To visit... 

December 2, 2012

Deck the Halls

Friday night we had a very simple plan: drinks, dinner and a Christmas tree. We started with a little Brooklyn bar hopping and ended up snagging a table for two at a delicious restaurant that was conveniently located across the street from a huge Christmas tree lot and a block away from the subway.  We thought we were golden. However, dinner ended up being a more lengthy affair than anticipated and unfortunately the lot was closed when we arrived.

No tree yet, but very happy I convinced M to take the subway home rather than walk

Saturday night we tried again to get a tree, and this time success! The first lot we tried had mostly enormous trees, but told us they could cut one down for us. Well, the price of the tree that would have to be cut was $55, so we said no thanks. A few blocks further we stumbled across a deli/garden center (only in NYC) that had the perfect size trees with stands for a much more reasonable price. 

Per our agreement from when we started dating, if I want a pumpkin, Christmas tree or other holiday decor, I have to get it home myself. As we are only in the market for small seasonal decorations for the foreseeable future, I'm okay with this arrangement. Last year I carried our (very small) tree about twenty blocks home, so this year's 5 block jaunt was much easier, though we did get a larger tree! 

At home we put on the Pandora holiday station, opened some bubbly and nibbled on a few of the macarons that M had picked up earlier. The chocolate peppermint (top left) was amazing! 

Check out our perfect little tree! We only started doing a tree last year, so we have a very small collection of ornaments. However, each one has a special meaning or was a gift, so I don't mind that it looks a little bare.  Though a tree skirt would be a nice addition... the kitchen towels aren't quite cutting it. And yes, I am dying to know whats in those presents!  

What are your holiday traditions? Do you do put up a tree? 

November 26, 2012

Holiday Scents

Last night I was out doing a bit of Christmas shopping and I came across this holiday candle from Thymes. I absolutely love the smell of pine trees, so this quickly became my impulse purchase of the day.

I couldn't resist lighting it as soon as I got home, and I was not disappointed. The whole apartment quickly smelled as though we had just brought in a freshly cut Christmas tree.  I also love the green candle and colored glass jar, it adds a nice, small holiday touch to our yet-undecorated apartment! 

What are your favorite holiday scents?

November 19, 2012

Egg Crate Jewelry Organizer

A few weeks ago I read a blog post on storing small jewelry in a china egg crate. I cant remember which blog it was for the life of me, so if it was yours, apologies (!), and please let me know. Anyway, I loved the idea, but the item (from Anthropologie) was sold out online. 

Well, over the weekend we were out shopping for some things for the apartment and I came across this! I purchased it in white (and on sale!) and I already love how practical and stylish it is! I took the picture above in my closet where the lighting isn't ideal, so apologies for the funky shadows. 

How do you store your jewelry?  I have a traditional leather jewelry chest, but it is full so my everyday thing were getting all mixed up as I generally just dumped them on a tray in my closet. This is a much better way to store them!  

November 12, 2012

Odds and Ends

The one thing that remains on our  to-do list for our new apartment is an end table for the living room. We initially were going to get a coffee table, but decided against it to preserve the open space in front of the windows, however we still need something to put glasses, books and other odds and ends on. We have a lot of black wood furniture and I was trying to find something that was a bit lighter (glass or lucite) but would 'go' with our other furnishings. I think I may have finally found the perfect option

November 5, 2012

Chalkboard Paint

The restaurant we went to for brunch on Sunday had a very neat restroom. It was classic grey and white tile, except the upper portion of the walls were painted with chalkboard paint and all of the general restroom reminders had been written on the walls with colored chalk. (Excuse the dark iPhone picture!) 

This got me thinking about what else could be done with chalkboard paint. These fun ideas along with this how-to guide make me long for the days when I own my home rather than rent and have free rein over my walls! 

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What are your thoughts on chalkboard paint? Would you ever use it in your home? I really like it as an idea for a spare bathroom or a back hallway/mudroom. Maybe for now I'll try it out on a tray or frame.