Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I helped out at Ruby's school today, hiding pumpkins for their halloween hunt and tending to their winter gardens. I couldn't help but post these funny pics of her and her friend Ella, they're such little hams!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
One of my favorite things to do in the Fall & Winter is to force bulbs indoors. It's a great way to satisfy your inner gardener in the colder months, and you don't even need a drop of soil. I usually force freesias, hyacinth and paperwhites. Each variety takes between 10-14 weeks to fully bloom, but the entire process of watching the roots grow and wind inside the glass is almost as fun as the bloom itself.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The second annual Harvest Party was so much fun ~ a day of dear friends, crazy good food, adorable kids crafting, and yes, even adult pumpkin relay races. For the relay race we teamed women against men, the men winning by a landslide - darn those well-balanced men. I had a craft table set up on the porch for all the kids, lots of stickers and harvest-coloring projects. The food, oh the food: potatoes gratin, baked mac 'n cheese with prosciutto, lasagna w/ bechemel sauce, blue cheese stuffed dates, spinach salad, frosted pumpkin cookies, caramel apples - the list goes on and on. I am still full two days later. The decor: I made branches hanging with leaves to hang over the burlap covered tables, vases of sunflowers and wheat placed around the house, and pretty harvest corn draped around the front door. I'm thrilled to have this Fall tradition, it really doesn't get any better.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I went to Anthro the day before our harvest party and left with this dress, a cute top and a big 'ol smile on my face. You have to see it in real-life, it's silk with pretty detail in front and back. I wore it to a dinner party that night, and I kind of adore it!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today I went to Target for the usual household fare, and some things for the party this weekend. Now, I don't know about you, but I can not leave that store with only what I came for. It's been proven impossible. Paper towels? check. Napkins & forks? checkity check. These RAD red patent pumps? super check! The picture doesn't do them justice, the tall thick heel is the best part, and if I didn't know better I'd guess they came straight from J.Crew (but they were $20, not $220). So, since I'm trying to limit my spending lately, I left guilt free and I can't tell you how cute they are with a sweater & jeans. The others were pretty cute too...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Lauren Conrad (aka The Hills chick) just showed her clothing line at LA Fashion Week, and I'm super impressed. Pretty muted colors with lots of draping fabric, all very flattering and nothing too flashy. Oh, and anyone who puts flowers in their hair always gets my vote.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Ashland has quickly become my favorite intro to Fall with full days spent hiking, shopping and munching our way through town. We saw 3 magical plays: The Clay Pot, A View From the Bridge, and A Comedy of Errors. Each had such intricate set design and costumes that told beautiful stories. My favorite spot to shop, Prize, was filled to the brim with goodies (pictured), including an entire table of old fashioned candies wrapped in sweet little bundles, and of course I left with a few bags. The owner, Jennifer, is the sweetest, so stop in if you're in Ashland!
Monday, October 13, 2008
We're having our annual Harvest Party potluck at the end of October, it's just a fun way to celebrate the season, hang with friends and eat some seriously good food. I just finished up the invites and mailed them off. The leafy save-the-date is just a little goody to post on the calendar or pop on the fridge as a reminder. These were the most fun to make!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I apologize for the lack of posts lately, I've had a bit of "blog block". But, that's about to change - tomorrow morning I'm heading to Ashland, Oregon for 4 days to see some plays, eat, hike and shop. This is our second trip, last year I tagged along with my mom and her girlfriends and this year I'm doing the same. I'll be sure to find plenty of pretty inspiration to share with you! xo
Monday, October 6, 2008
I truly love being a girl. A few months back, after having my brows waxed at Benefit, I entered to win a "Beauty Bash" for me and 10 friends. As luck would have it - I WON! So, Saturday night was the ultimate girls night out, we met early for shopping and dinner, then off to Benefit to get beautified. We all had our brows waxed or lashes tinted, followed by a makeover, all the while oohing and ahhing over how glamorous we had been made to look. Early 90's Madonna blasted in the background while they served up wine, bubbly, cheeses and chocolates. We giggled and relished our time together. It was similar to a scene from the Broadway play "Legally Blonde" though we didn't break into song, but you can picture it, right? Image: here we are with our make up (and goody bags, too!): from left Sara, Me, the other Amber, Lyla, Yoli, preggy Mollee, Rosalie. Front: Jenny & Susannah (Petunia Face).
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Yes, I did a little happy dance last night when I saw The Rachel Zoe Project was on my trusty Tivo list. This show rocks my world - it's fashion-packed goodness with drama and shopping added for good measure. She works hard and shops hard, but the poor girl needs more helping hands (like mine, for instance), I'd organize those beautiful frocks right up. My only issue is that cute, punky, glam-ess Taylor, I just don't think she enjoys her job and thrives on seeing others fail. She makes me mad. How could you be so uptight when you're surrounded by gorgeous silk tulle, vintage Missoni dresses, and the latest-greatest Zac Posen's hanging within arms reach??
Dilemma! This sunburst wall paper is on sale at Anthro right now and I feel like I have to have it. It may look good on a small wall in my bedroom, but it may clash with the paint color that I have not yet chosen. Is this paper too crazy or is it just right??