Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Watercolor & Charcoal.

I'm amazed by these beautiful original watercolor & charcoal paintings by Laurenspaintpalate, (also known as Lauren Maurer Artworks) an artist from South Carolina.  Aren't they so gorgeous?  The best part is that you can buy the original or the print, in accordance with your budget. (The white dresses would make a lovely wedding present.) Swoon!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Prints.

Aren't these limited edition Kate Spade prints adorable?  They are so optimistic and fun, (especially for a girl's room). I would love to hang the yellow rose in my bedroom after I finish all my spring cleaning! It would be such a satisfactory moment. :)


A nice DIY for your Monday for those who may be craft-challenged (I am).

{photo via pinterest}

Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Weekend.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!  Get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Someone Pinch Me.

What is your dream vacation?  A few nights in an igloo?  French chateau?  English cottage?  Campground in Chile?  I'm obsessed with this travel website welcomebeyond because they feature the most unique properties in the entire world and then give reasonable rates.  You can even stay in a treehouse in Sweden, (which is what I think I would choose).  Although I don't know, how many people can say they've vacationed in an igloo which is fully equipped with a bar and a sauna?  

It's a tough call.

Which one would you choose?

{website found via missmoss}

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Take...

spring pastel

My take on spring pastel prettiness...

spring pastel by anniekelley featuring platform heels


aaaaahhhhh.  prettiness.

i love spring.

{via pinterest}

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Time To Eat.

{photo via pinterest}

For the past long little while, I've sort of shunned blogging about food, and I didn't offer any explanation because honest, I didn't have one.  Deep down I felt a little bit guilty writing about food when I was making so very little of it - or even enjoying the process.  (Thanks, school.)

So I switched over to other things and that felt like a nice change.

But then John and I were standing in the DeKalb Farmer's Market in Atlanta, surrounded by fish tanks holding live crabs, lobsters and various strange fish varieties, spices from around the world, endless aisles filled with fruits and vegetables, a reasonably priced gourmet cheese section, artisanal breads and sauces galore. My heart went pitter-patter and I looked at John and whined,

"I miss food."

Which was a nonsensical statement, considering I never miss a meal, but the point was that I miss getting my kitchen messy and producing a meal. I miss the winning feeling that comes with tackling a daunting recipe, the gratification that comes with discovering new varieties of fruit instead of new varieties of restaurants.  (Ya know what I mean?  Thanks, winter!)

So I made myself some avocado toast with a fried egg on top this morning and decided that I would tell you all about it, because it was very tasty (and it combines my three favorite ingredients in the world: bread, eggs and avocado).

(This photo comes directly from Cup of Jo and the process is pretty easy, but I wanted you to know that I like to mash up my avocado in a bowl with a fork and add salt and lemon, then smear it all over rye bread and then add the fried egg on top.  Soooooo good!  You can of course make your own variation.)

Anyway, the point of all this jabber is to declare: there will be more recipes to come!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Ya'll, I just wanted you to know that I am THIS excited about Spring being here....

And looking forward to THIS all week...

Happy 2nd Day of Spring!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baby Fever.

Okay guys, time for some honesty - baby fever - let's talk about it.  I don't mean to scare anyone (or get anyone's hopes up either) but I'm feeling the fever creeping up on me.  When does it usually hit?  When did it (or didn't it) hit you?  

My guess is that my age (coming up on 27) is a normal time to get the fever and it is absolutely exacerbated by so many dear friends having babies.  Right?  I was talking to my grandmother the other day and she said, "how old are you, Annie?" and I told her and she said "goodness!  I had five children by the time I was your age."

And I was almost jealous.

Just kidding.

(but really, I'd love to hear your thoughts)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Do The Dew.

I thought I knew how to do the dew - dewy makeup, that is, and it turns out that I was waaaaay off.  Can anyone say grease lightnin? Yikes! So I did a little research and found some simple tips for how to get the dewy-skin-look in time for spring.  (I'm putting in bold all the tips I previously got wrong so you will not make the same mistakes I did).  Good luck doing the dew, ladies!

The key to looking dewy and not greasy is in how you prepare your face before you apply makeup. Mostly, remember not to overdo it -- though if you live in a warm climate, dewy can easily turn to gooey because of natural heat and perspiration.
Follow these tips:

  • If you're naturally a bit oily, start with a clean, dry face, and apply an oil-free moisturizing lotion, skipping the T-zone, which doesn't need it.
  • If your skin is dry, start with a clean, damp face, and apply a light coating of moisturizing cream to the entire face.
  • Instead of using foundation, choose a sheer tint that exactly matches your skin tone and is not a hint darker. Look for a product labeled with the words "glow" and "transparent," and avoid anything with shimmer. Remember, you're looking for dewy, not sparkly.
  • Use very little product and blend well. Apply just a few drops of makeup, concentrating on the upper cheekbones and sides of the face; blend in light strokes with your fingers.
  • Apply a golden, rosy-hued gel or cream blush to the apples of the cheeks, and extend the makeup lightly upward at the cheekbones.
  • Apply a soft highlighting cream or gel to the entire eyelid and under the brow bones.
  • To keep your look more natural, use only the slightest bit of mascara.
  • Keep lips clean and simple, using the same golden-rosy shade you used on your cheeks.
  • Don't apply face powder -- it will make your skin look matte, not dewy.

Click here for a list of recommended products!  Good luck getting dew-y. 
{makeup tips via ivillage}
{photo via j.crew & pinterest}

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prayers For Japan.

Just wanted to encourage whoever is reading to stop and say a prayer or two for Japan.

It is such a special place, full magic and wonder and lovely people.

If you feel compelled to do more, here's a list of several credible organizations that can work some miracles with your donation:

Aid and Charitable Organizations

Each of the following groups have set up fundraising sites specifically for the victims of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
Red Cross officials say donors can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be charged to donor’s phone bill, or donations can be made directly on its Web site.
Information is available on the organization’s Web site.
CARE is one of the world’s largest private international humanitarian organizations. Their offices in Asia are on high alert and have ensured that staff are informed of the tsunami warnings and other related developments.
Information is available on the organization’s Web site.
GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground to disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donors can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10, and larger increments can be submitted on GlobalGiving’s Web site.
Information is available on the organization’s Web site.
Information is available on the organization’s Web site.
The Salvation Army has been providing food and shelter to Tokyo commuters who were stranded when public transportation was interrupted by the earthquake. They are to send a team to Sendai, a city about 250 miles Tokyo, to assess the situation there. Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Make sure to respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive.) Donations can also be made on the organization’s Web site or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
To make a donation, visit Save the Children’s Web site, call 1-800-728-3843, or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10.
Shelterbox.org is a disaster-relief organization that focuses on providing survival materials such as tents and cooking equipment to families displaced by disasters.
Information is available on the organization’s Web site or by calling (212) 836-1486.

{resources via the NYTimes}
{photo via pinterest}

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bring It On.

Bring it on, Spring.  I'm gonna get you right this year.

{photo via pinterest}

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Get Busy.

Well, it looks like they found the secret to the fountain of youth and would you believe this study in the New York Times?  Looking young has everything to do with exercise!  (If you don't believe me, read the article.

So I'm not the greatest when it comes to exercise, but this research has me feeling motivated.  Just this one bit is enough to get me off my butt: 

"The potential benefits have attractions even for the young. While Dr. Tarnopolsky, a lifelong athlete, noted with satisfaction that active, aged mice kept their hair, his younger graduate students were far more interested in the animals’ robust gonads. Their testicles and ovaries hadn’t shrunk, unlike those of sedentary elderly mice."

Um... hair loss?  Shrunken gonads?  I'm off to the gym.  Oh, and if you are one of those too-busy types, here's an extra dose of motivation.

{images via pinterest}

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mr. Tea.

I love this mug.  More from here.  

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Weekend.

 Have a beautiful not-too-rainy weekend! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Photograph Bangle.

How cool is this photograph bangle from bethtastic's etsy?  It is most definitely a conversation-starter.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I think this is the coolest wedding invitation, hands down!  I love that it says, "please come to their wedding." And the old timey design is so unique! Not to mention the ceremony is in the Trafalgar Tavern... hard to beat.  Here's betting Joseph & Charlotte are pretty cool people.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I meant to post this yesterday, but didn't get around to it (because I have 900 pages to read in Vanity Fair in a very short amount of time).  But now I've brought up the topic of Vanity Fair, and feel I can now proceed to post about vanity... in other words, who I thought was best dressed at the Oscars.  Amazing as it is, I have to give admiration to the youngest nominee, Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit (and I thought she should have won the Oscar, too)

Everything about this Marchesa dress suits her.  The length is adorable and age-appropriate.  She looks cute and sophisticated at such a young age.  If I ever have a fourteen year old daughter I hope she would choose something like this (and not try to look older/tackier).  It would make me very proud.  

My 2nd place choice was Mila Kunis in Elie Saab.  She looks beautiful, even though she isn't smiling.

My third choice may be unpopular, but I loved Cate Blanchett's unusual and unique Givenchy gown.  It is just. so. interesting.....

Who was your favorite?

Fly Away.





I am ready to take a trip somewhere! Anywhere! How about you?  Where shall we go? :)

{photos via pinterest}
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