Saturday, March 26, 2011

pretty pieces.

i love the detail in these pretty pieces from thief & bandit.

how i'd love to wear this feather headband:

and i just love the killer color and print combo in this woven bracelet!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

peter pan collars.

i dream of peter pan collars.
left to right: asos, nasty gal, pins and needles, asos

too cute!
left to right: all from asos (floralorange),  except bottom right, forever 21.

Monday, March 21, 2011

birthday dinner.

last night we celebrated will's birthday with his family,
with the traditional birthday dinner, cake & presents.
it was a co-party with our sister-in-law emily.
i love when everyone gets together,
which is harder and harder to accomplish these days.

tried a new recipe for raspberry cake with raspberry frosting.
i didn't know it would turn out such bright pink.
but it was good!
also check out my new vintage cake stand :)
my newest niece kate and nephew kaleb. i'm lucky!
fun night!

perfect pumps.

i just can't get enough of beso!
have you tried it? do you love it too?

beso is a useful shopping site...and i'm hooked.
they spotlight clothing, accessories, and even stuff for the home!

so, basically, beso is like a free personal shopper!

i LOVE that you can add products to your favorites list.
i like to watch for the pricey brand name items to go on sale ;)
even better, you can save brands or stores to your favorites list.
(some of mine: asos, mango, topshop, banana republic, marc jacobs, loft, seychelles)
and let's face it. sometimes it's just fun to "fantasy shop".

at you can search for a unique type of clothing,
without having to waste time sifting through a ton of different websites.
in one place, you can see all your options across the web, as well as prices.
you can even narrow down your selection by brand, which is really useful.

one thing i am always on the lookout for is comfortable heels.
i teach...yes, i am a professor, i look like i'm 18 years old, and i'm 5'2".
so, i pretty much HAVE to wear heels.
sometimes i am on campus for 12 hours. it's pretty ridiculous.
and by the time i get home, my feet HATE me.
also i like variety, so just because i have one pair of comfy black pumps,
doesn't mean i want to plan my outfit around those same shoes every time i teach.

with beso, you can search for a specific type of shoes...
maybe you need 2-inch pumps (good height for me to wear all day)...
maybe you like peep toe pumps so you can show off your pretty painted toenails.
beso can point you in the direction of TONS of cute leather pumps.
i'm super fond of straps and ties lately. look at all these cute finds!

i found so many cute ones...i'm still deciding. help me???
one thing's for sure...i'm addicted to beso.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

csn stores giveaway winner!

thank you for all your comments on the csn stores giveaway post! 
it was fun to read all the comments about what you would buy if you won.

the lucky winner of the $50 csn stores gift code is shannon! 
shannon left 3 comments, and chose comment 15!
shannon, i hope this feels like a nice late birthday present!
i will contact you with the gift code.

thanks for entering friends!
ps: i have another giveaway in the works that i'm really excited about!

disclaimer: this post was sponsored by csn stores (now wayfair).
all opinions are my own.

perfect circle.

this week my friend and i went to the
perfect circle cupcakery in old town orange.
neither of us had tried their cupcakes before.

we split a pumpkin cupcake,
and polished it off with half a lemon cupcake each.

aren't they adorable? they were so perfect tasting!
if you are cupcake obsessed,
check out the cupcake activist for tons of cupcake reviews.

after our treat we browsed some antique stores.
i got an amazing green glass cake stand,
a cute vintage pillow, and some really cheap clothes.
it was a fun little girl date!

so glad it's saturday. the hubby and i are just sitting in our pj's,
trying to figure out what fun things we should do today.
it's supposed to rain which kind of puts a damper
on the outdoor activities i had in mind, 
but i'm sure we'll think of something.

just wanted to remind you that TODAY is the
LAST DAY to enter the CSN stores giveaway!
click here to enter, if you haven't yet.
really wish i could win it for myself!
there are so many amazing products you could use it for!
the winner will be picked this afternoon :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

hold the phone.

wouldn't you love to own a restored vintage rotary telephone?
they remind me of my cute grandma. miss her.

while i wouldn't pay $200 for it at anthro,
i'm surprised i haven't stumbled upon one,
somewhere along one of my many thrifting trips.
if it wasn't restored, it would at least make a great toy for kids.
maybe i should buy one on ebay, like this one here, here and here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

$50 CSN giveaway!

CSN has generously offered to give a $50 gift code to one lucky blog reader!

so awesome! i just love online shopping.
you could use the $50 towards about a million different things...
at any of the 220+ CSN websites!

i especially love their...

pendant lighting
normann copenhagen large lamp; lights up meridian medium pendant; 
trend lighting sixteen light pendant in brushed nickel; trend lighting rizado pendant in polished chrome.

retro clocks
bai design cubist retro modern wall clock in chartreuse; infinity instruments retro round metal wall clock in orange;
infinity instruments 70's retro alarm clock in red; ashton sutton retro wall clock in turquoise.

and modern throw pillows!
jiti moroccan decorative pillow in blue; jiti maze neckroll decorative pillow in green & yellow; 
dwell studio diamond ikat square pillow in citrine; thomas paul roses pillow; 
thomas paul mod mex accent pillow banner; dwell studio gate pillow in citrine; 
thomas paul lion pillow in gold; thomas paul goldfish pillow in mandarin; thomas paul perch pillow in grass.

csn stores also offers furniture, cookware, home decor, bedding, luggage, and more!

there are 3 ways to enter:

1) leave a comment on this post telling me what you would buy with the gift code.

2) for a second chance to win, follow this blog,
and leave a second comment letting me know you are following.

3) for a third chance to win, share this post on your blog, facebook, or twitter,
and leave an additional comment with a link to where you shared it.

you can enter all 3 ways and receive 3 entries!
if you are outside of the US/canada, international shipping fees will apply.

the giveaway is open for entries until saturday, march 19th!
the winner will be chosen by and announced that afternoon.
good luck!

disclaimer: this post was sponsored by csn stores (wayfair).
all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 14, 2011

close your eyes.

"close your eyes and imagine yourself running through the woods howling at the moon."
these images make me feel super nostalgic. i love them.

found via designmom.
you can read about spirithoods here.

channel islands.

sneak peek of our amazing hiking trip in the channel islands.
still playing catch up since we got back in town yesterday.
i have lots of photos to edit, and some fun giveaways in the works.

also, tomorrow is the hubby's birthday :)
can't wait to celebrate him!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

broken social scene's music recommendations.

image from

check out a captivating playlist handcrafted by sam goldberg
(guitarist of broken social scene).
includes interesting stuff like t. rex, the radio dept., daft punk, and the kinks.
i like this little peek into his genius mind.

you can download the whole playlist for free here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

simple & pretty.

so adorable.
get these gorgeous stenciled floors.
you can find the how-to at design sponge.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

the yellow piano.

look what my cute friend stephanie did.

she painted her piano yellow!
wouldn't you love to have something this cheerful in your home?
it's so adorable!
stephanie is crafty, big on thrifting, and is an amazing photographer too.
she also gets awesome points because she has a half-asian baby :)