Category Archives: Random

i like/want/need…

May 31, 2011

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rifle paper co

I’m somewhat of a stationery whore if you didn’t know.  Sorry for my lapse in PG-rated material but I really love paper goods.  I partially blame my paper-loving friend, Ann-Marie, but I will also point the finger at Rifle Paper Co.

I mean, how perfect are these cards?  Sometimes, I really do just want to say hello.

[as seen on the Rifle Paper Co. blog]

Post-Thanksgiving; 10 lbs. Heavier

November 27, 2010

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love food, so naturally, any day that revolves around spending half the day cooking and half the day eating is a perfect kind of day in my book.  But besides that, it’s a beautiful reminder of all the things I’m thankful for in life: my family for their love, my friends for always making me smile, my job for giving me something to look forward to everyday, and my boyfriend for not noticing the 10 pounds I’ve undoubtedly gained in the last few days.  What can I say, leftovers are irresistible.

Busy Bee

April 19, 2010

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Lately, things have been quite hectic in my little world.  Normally, time + leisure are my 2 best friends but as of late, we no longer spend our days together.  I’ve been busy watching kids, saying goodbye to my old job, starting a new job, visiting Kyle, agonizing over Coachella, driving all over Southern California, etc.  That means less time to blog, bake cinnamon rolls, peruse through my google reader, twitter all my tweeps, and eat marshmallows out of the bag.  Such is life, I guess?

Through all of this newfound busyness, I would be a lost puppy without my Erin Condren Life Planner.  I’ve never been more in love with a calendar.  I fill up my days with appointment stickers, goals, reminders, dates, EVERYTHING.  Besides the fact that it’s a well-organized and manageable day planner, it’s easily the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  The bright colors, bold fonts, and inspirational quotes are so inviting!  I literally want to doodle in my planner all day long.  Did I mention that it’s personalized?  I swear, if I could have my name scrawled across every product I own, I would be happier.

If you love personalized calendars, stationary, and address labels as much as I do, definitely visit ErinCondren.com for some amazingly cute and fun products.

{NYC trip & bookmark}

{Inspirational quotes}

{Personalized stickers}

I'll Be Your Valentine If…

February 4, 2010

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I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. On one hand, it can be a great way to remind your partner just how much you love them. In my book, a simple, loving note would do the trick. On the other hand, it has become a very commercialized, generic holiday. Why do some men insist on buying the most cliche gifts?? Red roses (boring), ugly tennis bracelets from Kay Jewelers (NO THANKS!), a box of chocolates (actually I’m always down for a box of chocolates no matter what day it is), trashy lingerie (gross), generic Hallmark cards (bleh).

Women want to feel special and unique – the center of your world! I’m sorry but red roses do not say You’re the center of my world when 9 million other women received the exact same bouquet on the exact same day. We must put an end to generic giftism (is that a word?)! Here are some unique and simple gift ideas that will make your girl feel extra special this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Instead of red roses, why not a bouquet of ranunculus? They are gorgeous, wild flowers that come in all shapes and sizes, ranging in hues from pinks to yellows to purples. The best part is that they’re in season right now so you can find them for pretty cheap at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Design*Sponge has a feature on ranunculus that will give you some great ideas.
  2. Instead of a boring tennis bracelet or a generic necklace from a jewelry store in the mall, why not give this Lisa Stewart studded pink cuff? It’s just the right amount of girly and just the right amount of edge! The cuff is super fun and will add a beautiful pop of color to any outfit.
  3. Another great jewelry idea is this catbird heart ring. I am BEYOND obsessed with it! It’s delicate and subtle, yet at the same time, the little gold heart will really stand out in your girlfriend’s eyes. I know I would feel special if I got it (wink, wink bf). You can also substitute the heart for any letter of the alphabet if you wanted to make it more personal. I would like a “j” and a heart, please.
  4. Instead of a box of chocolates, surprise your lady with a dozen Valentine-themed cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop.
  5. Instead of sifting through racks of trashy lingerie at Frederick’s, give your girl something a little more classy and chic like this Anthropologie silk bralette. Underwear as outerwear is the thing to do for spring anyways, am I right? Don’t forget that it was showcased heavily on almost every SS10 runway. Your girl will appreciate your up-to-date knowledge on a key fashion trend! Don’t forget to take a look at the matching bloomers too. Très adorable!
  6. Most importantly, write your woman a LOVE LETTER! There’s really nothing more beautiful than seeing your love manifested into words. Your girlfriend’s heart will be fluttering at the mere sight of a handwritten love note!! If you wanted to get extra creative, you could find an etsy or website that will write the calligraphy for you, like Hello Handmade Paperie. Though they’ve recently sold out of their Jane Austen-inspired love letters, you can still order them for after Valentine’s Day. I was so obsessed with this etsy that I sent it the BF at least 10 times in the last few weeks, dropping hint after hint that I needed a Jane Austen Valentine letter of sorts.
  7. If you’re not a handwritten love letter kind of guy, try to find a unique card that can’t be found on the shelves of Walmart. You can find really amazing and truly original cards on the Snow & Graham website. My favorite is the cupcake card. It’s great, no???

Now that you have a few ideas for Valentine’s Day, I hope you find something beyond the realm of red roses and Hallmark cards and show your girlfriend just how special she truly is.

[Image 1 via Design*Sponge, Image 3 via catbird, Image 4 via Crumbs, Image 5 via Anthropologie, Image 6 via Hello Handmade Paperie, Image 7 via Snow & Graham]