Friday, November 21, 2014

High Five Pre-Turkey Friday

TGIF! Do I say that every Friday?! Eh, here are my favorites from the week:

1. Silver Bells

In a week from now it will be totally acceptable for me to be listening to Christmas carols and eating candy canes because Thanksgiving will be over. But because the snow has been flying all week, I sort of feel like doing all of that now. In fact, my daughter and I ARE going to this holiday gateway event tonight. Doesn't it look exciting?! I said last year we were going, but then didn't, so this is the first time in a decade that I'll see the state tree lit and the fireworks over the capitol! My fingers are crossed that the mystery Disney character leading the parade is Elsa (from Frozen). That would totally make the evening for my eight year old. This cute band will also be performing for free. Maybe because our state is shaped like a mitten that's why we all love the cold so much?!

While Bela and I are freezing are buns off at the parade, my middle schooler will be attending his first dance/activity night at school. I remember holding him in my arms the last time I went to Silver Bells, so this is a bittersweet occasion. 

2. Brrrrrrr


My favorite weather-related quote is the Norwegian saying: "there is no bad weather, only bad clothes." We stocked up on new boots, snowpants, and hats & gloves last week for the kids. But I thought this post was laugh out loud funny. Because when the novelty of all these pretty snowflakes wears off...

3. Bettering Myself


Maybe it's because Gillian Flynn is such a good writer and I find myself identifying just a little bit with both Nick AND Amy, but I'm thinking about trying to be a better person. Here's a good article about how to say no and not sound like a jerk that actually is also a great example of daily scheduling. This one is about how much complaining sucks the joy out of living for everyone who hears it. 

4. At Home in the Sky

Paris is talking about allowing another skyscraper and I'm thinking about how to decorate a home in the sky with inspiration from these young design assistants' apartments:
5. Crafty Christmas

Michael's has this cute craft project on its website here. It looks really really easy. Just promise me you will buy your supplies before next Thursday (also known as Thanksgiving).

Happy weekend! Xoxo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sparkle & Shine: Chairish

Everything old is new again. Do you feel that to be true? I sure do! And I think it is so great!!

My pals at Chairish recently added thousands of pieces of vintage jewelry, handbags, scarves, sunglasses, and neckties to their collection of accessories.  The company is best known for their furnishings and home decor--like the bar stools in this design here.

Fringe necklace / turquoise tassel necklace / rhinestone earrings / bib necklace / bohemian Indian cuffs / Griffin brooch / pocket knife pendant / Chanel earrings / Chanel fantasy charm bracelet

But this new category of offerings is perfect -- not only for getting glammed up for holiday events or gifting someone with something sparkly but also for styling your home!

Unicorn /
Imagine using this unicorn bookend with a strand or two around its neck and maybe a bracelet hanging from his horn??


When you buy pretty things for yourself, you're actually buying pretty things to display in your home too! You can even make your own beautiful things like this marble dish, which would be the perfect size to hold a pair or two of earrings or a brooch.

Victorian woman bust / Rhinestone handbag / Hermes tie
A bust is another super fun and irreverent way to display your jewelry. I imagine I'd layer this Victorian lady with both necklaces, hang the purse off her partial shoulder, and fix the necktie around her head like the Fresh Prince.

 Moving on...

This beautiful vintage scarf could be worn a multitude of ways. Or, you could frame it...

As I mentioned, though, the collection even includes neckties like this gorgeous silk necktie which is actually Hermes and eight more here. (Chairish's search function makes it easy to find whatever your heart desires!)

Speaking of Hermes, it is not yet--but almost!--too late to enter Chairish's cozification contest to win a Hermes blanket. All you have to do is pin!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Habits: Strategy of Inconvenience

Happy Monday, friends! I'm sharing a video from Gretchen Rubin today. She is the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and the forthcoming book Better Than Before, which is about habit formation and will be released on St. Patrick's Day. 

"strategy of inconvenience" is how I would describe hiding the brownies
in the cupboard and putting a bowl of fruit or veggies on the counter
in order to re-train myself to eat healthfully. 

Also, how great is that pattern on her sofa?!? Anyone know who makes that fabric?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday High Five

TGIF, am I right?? My office was closed Tuesday so it was really only a four-day week for me, but I'm still so happy to see the weekend. Here's what I am loving this week:

1. One Room Slacker
I promised last week that I would have more of my favorites from the One Room Challenge Linkup this week but I didn't make any progress on checking out the reveals. :(  And this makes my goody-two-shoes self very anxious since so many people were so nice about my efforts. I'm going to finish reading the rest of the reveals! I promise! Until then three fantastic rooms that I think were on everyone's list of favorites for those of you who didn't see them...

Stephanie's breathtaking dining room refresh.

Kris' perfectly stenciled loo.


The Aquahaus rooftop party place.

2. One Kings Lane

I need this Twin Peaks print in my life. Besides the perfectly moody colors, I was a big fan of David Lynch back in the day. I also would like pretty much everything from this sale. So much blue & white goodness, some hot fireplace accessories, and fountains (which I had just been searching for everywhere else).

3. Boot Sale!
If you read this post or this post this week, then you know I'm hoping for some rain boots under my xmas tree. My friend Marty told me she had gotten some from Target this past spring. Well, lo and behold, Target still has some cute rain boots AND they're offering a buy one, get one 50% off sale. So, two pairs of boots (or more!) could be mine!!

Brown Riding Boots / Gray Booties / Black Riding Boots / Black Rain Boots

4. Guest Post Yourself a Merry Little Holiday
The Mrs Box

I can't believe I forgot these little beauties in yesterday's post, any one of which would fit perfectly in a Christmas stocking. If you want to get in on the fun of virtually gifting yourself, please send me an email and I'll send you the details. If you celebrate something other than Santa and stockings, definitely get in touch because I think it would be interesting to learn about your tradition.

5. Don't Not Break the Internet
For everyone who rolled their eyes over Kim K's latest this week, I have to say this: don't mess this up! If the world wants to cherish her assets, pllleeeaaassseee let them. God bless those big ol' Kardashian butts, I say, because I'd much rather eat a brownie than a salad. Sing it!


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