Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Earrings

All my most stylish friends have been sporting little flower earrings like these from anthropologie.

American Retro

I'm digging this coat from Penelope's.  The best part is that it's on mega sale right now.

Make Your Own Monster

My niece Halle turns 7 in a week or so, and I think this is what she's getting for her birthday!  It looks so fun.  Found at ReForm School.

Cynthia Rowley Pattern

This Cynthia Rowley pattern is officially #1 on my to-do list. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Baggu Bag

I am really into the blue and white striped baggu bag.  The big one would be the perfect size for little weekend trips from NY and general shopping.

When we went to Vermont I ended up packing my clothes in a Macy's bag because I hate checking a bag and I couldn't fit a duffel or tote bag in my carry-on suit case.  This would solve that problem!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Book Recommendation

I picked up March at a little bookstore in Vermont and read a good bit of it waiting on the plane home to Chicago from Atlanta.  It's stellar.  Really great writing that's also really readable. 

Holy Grail

The circlet ring from Tiffany & Co is the epitome of lovely.

Granola Bar Care Packages

I did some baking today to make care packages.  I wrapped everything individually in saran wrap and then wrapped those up in butcher paper.  I wrote descriptions of each snack on a white mailing label and used that to secure the butcher paper.  And since everything looks better with baker's twine I tied on a little bow.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Girl with Balloons

{Found here}


I went on a run yesterday by the lake and even though it was overcast and rainy it's nice that it's starting to warm up.  This new print from 20 x 200 is what it looks like in Chicago right now.

Red and White Pillow

I've been on a red and white kick lately and this pillow is lovely and lines up with my desire to not get out of my bed today. 

Secret Garden Terrarium

This terrarium, and the photograph of it, are lovely and make me smile. 

Blue Baby Hat

I made this hat for a friends toddler yesterday.  I had never done this stitch before but learned from a great YouTube channel called the Art of Crochet.  It's so helpful!  I followed the pattern almost exactly and then I added the little top poof for fun.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago

After a few days in Atlanta for work this week, I'm flying back to Chicago in a few hours.  It'll be good to get home. 

Dose of Cute

Rabbit with rabbit hat is too cute for words. 

Hair Clips

Flower hair clips are a new favorite thing.  For sure.  
{Spotted here}

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lovely Dresser

My mother will never understand it, but I really love painted furniture.  Spotted here.

Cicada Ring

I confess to a somewhat strange love of all things insect.  I don't think I could pull this off, but that doesn't make me love it any less. 

Banana Bars

Don't these look like perfect food for a sunny Sunday afternoon?  I think so!  I can't stop looking at the desserts from Cooking Light.  The recipe for these bars won the 2010 dessert competition.  That's enough of an endorsement for me. 

Carol Hannah goes Bridal!

I loved Carol Hannah on Project Runway last season.  I was happy to see she started a new Etsy shop to focus on bridal and wedding gear.

Pretty perfect for a summer wedding.  I might get one to wear to the weddings I'm invited to this summer.  They're lovely and a little more unique than my usual J Crew ensemble.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Derby Hat

I'm eyeing this swanky hat from Prance and Swagger for the Derby this year.  More on the Derby later...

Red and White Clutch

  Oh I like this very much. 


This reminds me of the boardwalk, and I like it.

DIY Braid

I'm sure the trend has passed, but I really want to learn to braid my own hair.  Luckily, Lucky Magazine has a how to video on their site.  Cheers to cute Friday hair!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

LL Bean Signature Collection

Ever since a trip to Maine and a visit to the LL Bean store last year I've been a little obsessed with LL Bean.  Their new signature line that's launching March 15th looks...gorgeous!

They've pre-released a few items and I'm smitten with this lovely canvas tote bag.  It'd be perfect for little weekend getaways.  Sadly they're all sold out!

Heart Smart Cookies

I'm a big fan of the magazine Cooking Light.  Their award winning Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart cookies are the first thing I'm baking as soon as I get back to Chicago this Friday.  Yipee!

You should check out the recipe here, if you love baked things as much as me.

Sound Advice

Vintage Skirt

Lovely, lovely, lovely.  From Lea's Vintage.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Vermont was grand!  The weather was great and I bought my weight in maple syrup.  We spent a lot of time in the mountains and even got in a little tubing. 

{Photo Credit:  The National Archives.  Farmers gathering sap to make syrup.}

Paper Sampler

Oooh, this looks fun:

From Lovely Design.  50 grams worth of mixed paper cards for only eight dollars.  Officially on the wish list. 

School House Rock Vibe

I'm digging the school house rock vibe of this print from Renegade Handmade. 

Liberty of London Cruiser Bike

 While I do love a good Scwinn, I was tipped off about the Liberty of London for Target cruiser bike and I'm a little infatuated.  There's nothing I can think of like a good cruiser to usher in Spring...


I'm pretty over the moon for this.  Doesn't it make you smile?   

Friday, March 5, 2010

Seahorse Crochet

I'm a little in love with this Seahorse Crochet Kit by Jessica Polka (available on the Curiosity Shop).  It'd be the perfect little project for our road trip to Vermont! 

Card Catalogue

I'm a little in love with this old card catalogue cabinet found on City Foundry.

True fact:  I worked at the library in college on a card catalogue project. This picture makes me so nostalgic. 

Rhino Necklace

I don't think I could pull it off, but a large part of me loves this Rhino Necklace from Areaware.

For a smile

I immediately smiled when I saw this, and I hope you do too.

{Photo Credit: Help!!! by byfer}

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Moustache Mirror

These novelty mirrors from Areaware are amusing.  The moustache one made me laugh, but there are also pearl necklaces and pirate varieties to consider.

Good Advice via LetterPress

{Live What You Love LetterPressPoster from Etsy}

Ghost Clock

This ghost clock from A+R Store is pretty nutty.  In a good way.

Rainy Day

I love rainy days like this in the early Spring


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Delta Grill

After work Kyle and I needed to return a movie, so we took a slow walk reading menus the whole way there.  We settled on a place called Delta Grill on 9th that turned out to be pretty great! I always forget how much I love gumbo and New Orleans style Rice and Beans.  I'd go back for the sweet corn muffins alone. Mmm.  I'm full of starches and ready for bed.

Schwinn for Spring

A few years ago when I left NY I sold my red Schwinn bicycle and I've regretted it ever since.  I think I might be moving again this Spring or Summer and maybe I'll get one again.  Until then I'll just be browing pictures online...
{Photo Credit: brookem danno on Flickr}

Aardvark Letterpress Manifesto

{From Aadrvark Letterpress on Etsy}

Boy Birthday

Kyle's Birthday is this month, so I'm been plotting out what to get him.  Since he's spending two weeks in South Africa for the World Cup, I think I'm mostly just getting him things to take on his man-venture.

{1.  North Face Hiking Backpack / 2.  Arizona State Basketball Shorts  /  3. A nice toiletry bag that I'll fill with... / 4.  A map of Johannesburg  / 5.  An international calling card  / 6.  Band Aids  / 7.  All sorts of candy




{Photo Credits: Harpy, Milkysolider}


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