Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Call it a cleanse, a fresh start to the new year, boredom, either way, I need to drop a few post-prego pounds. Starting January 2nd (I love a new year's day brunch, so definitely not the 1st) I'm kissing gluten goodbye for a month. I'll just say no to warm crusty bread, creamy pasta, and my morning cheerios. This site is chock full of recipe ideas, I'm thinking big salads, grilled chicken and hearty quinoa dishes - does anyone have a suggestion to throw my way? image: 101 cookbooks
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I had grand plans for holiday gifts this year, but I quickly learned that crafting to completion with a 3 week-old baby was kind of...a challenge. Baking? Not so much. So we came up with these s'more kits, complete with twigs for roasting. A simple canning jar, s'more ingredients, cloth, self-made labels, and oila! - sweet holiday treats at the ready. The only caveat, and one that left this sleep deprived mama stumped at the kitchen island, was how to fit square grahams into a round jar. Solution? We used kitchen scissors to cut each graham into neat little circles. Happy holiday roasting!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Word to the wise: do not, I repeat, do not wander into Anthropologie 2 weeks after you've had a c-section just because you think you're feelin' good - it's a hoax, I tell you, your body is plain tricking you, and you will pay dearly for that divine scented candle and metallic woolen scarf. Lay low, stay home, light the fire...you're so much better off shopping online (if you're me, that is).
It had been 2 very long weeks since my last visit to my favorite shop of holiday wonder. Granted, I was busy having a baby, bringing baby home, figuring out life with a baby, but still, I was like a junkie and I needed my Anthro fix. I must have overdone it though, because for the last 2 days I've been in agony, every stitch aches and the stairs to my bedroom seem to have become steeper. Oh the things we do for a little retail therapy...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Years ago, my friends & I went to NY in January, for a fun-filled week - shopping, great food, late night dessert bars...it was goood. Leaving our apartment one morning, we see a woman so tall and so beautiful pass us by, leaving us frozen in our tracks. It was Iman, and she was stunning. She didn't smile or say hi, that really only happens in movies, but when I saw that she designed these vintage-inspired holiday earrings, it brought me right back to that brisk NY morning.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I know, it's not Wednesday, but since I'm having a baby tomorrow I thought I'd get one last wish-list post on the record before I enter baby-land. Each of these are books I would adore, use, and peruse through on rainy days. all available on amazon.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This printmaker's sideboard is quite possibly the coolest piece of furniture I've seen in years and I have to have it (I've measured and it will fit my entry hallway just right). It's one of those pieces I long to find at a flea market but know that someone who came at 4am would already have hauled it off.
oh. my. This candle smells like pure heaven, like a sun-filled home with wet beach towels hanging to dry. I need it...I really do.Spreegirl hipster-undies just look so sweet & sexy - they come in the best patterns, and I never say no to a ruffle.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Amazing! It has all of the ingredients of a perfect film: gorgeous Audrey Tautou, visually stunning sets (like living in an Anthropologie photo shoot), and the story of a woman who makes dreams come true from hard work and passion. I saw this with my girlfriends and haven't stopped daydreaming ever since...totally recommend it!
Monday, November 16, 2009
9 days until I have this baby girl. 9 days until I can eat more than 5 bites without feeling like I'm about to explode. 9 days until I can sleep on my stomach without 12 pillows, oh the joy! 9 days until my brain functions somewhat normally and I might remember what I was supposed to be doing once I reach the top of the staircase. thank you for always being kind, and for your words of encouragement! xo
Friday, November 13, 2009
The nursery is finally complete! It's such a cozy little spot, I have a feeling someone will be very snug in here. The fact that we turned our closet into the nursery was such a challenge, but when I look at it now, I can't even remember what it looked like before. It was hard to capture images, with the sunlight beaming in, but you get the idea. Still waiting on a rug and a few more things for the wall, but come in & take a peek! for-like-ever, yellow pom-pom trim, daisy pendant light, sun+moon mobile, dwell bedding, crib (hand-me-down free =good), knobs
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Silky finish & brilliant shine - yes, please! The very first item on my holiday wish*list is this new Moroccan Oil that's supposed to work pure beauty magic into hair like mine (wavy, curly, a little out-of-control). It comes in a glass bottle (even better) and the line includes shampoo, conditioner, masks and gold glimmer shine - can you say gorgeous holiday hair?
Monday, November 9, 2009
On Saturday I found 2 thick catalogs in my mailbox - Anthropologie Holiday & Victoria's Secret Holiday and I have to tell you, I had to giggle at the comparison. The Anthro catalog was chock full of bright and shiny and left me with chills of excitement, not to mention many dog-eared pages. I wanted to be alone by the fire and live in my snow-filled dream world. I didn't bother opening the other one, being 9.5 months prego, that's the last thing I need to see, but I did hand it over to my husband, I mean he deserves to be left with chills and dog-eared pages, too, right? Well, he had the perfect reaction, he said the girls look too young & too skinny now, LOVE him.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Maybe it's because I haven't had a waist for the last 9 months...but I am ridiculously excited for holiday clothes this year. I'm pretty sure this ruffle top will be living at my house once this baby is out and this velvet blazer is an all-out holiday staple. all from anthro
ps....sorry for the lack of posts, these last couple weeks before baby have been tough!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I don't think burlap gets the respect it deserves - it's all rugged + rustic, but can also look refined without looking stodgy. When lit, it casts a dreamy autumn glow that warms a home right up. There's a custom-made rectangular chandelier in Coastal Living this month that I can't stop dreaming about, and I'd love to find something similar for our dining room for under $300...any suggestions?
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
About this time every year I begin thinking about holiday packaging - both for baked goods for friends & for family gifts. I saw some tins like these at Michael's yesterday, and decorated just right they'd make the perfect little tin for gifting. image by rick lew
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Great packaging alert! This chunky little glass bottle makes me want to buy a dozen and line 'em up all neatly in my fridge. Does that sound kind of OCD? Yeah, I guess it does, but this little bottle of forest milk from Japan is designed so simply, and so well.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I promised Ruby that we'd decorate the house for Halloween today after school...now I need to come up with some quick ideas. It going to be a compromise, I'm sure, of her brightly colored pumpkin/spider/witch cardboard cut-outs and my idea of a harvest wonderland...any tips? image via country living
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
What better way to spend a cold, grey weekend afternoon than at the movies, mid-day no less! I met up with a girlfriend to see The September Issue, a documentary that follows the entire creative process of making the biggest Fall issue in Vogue history. Endless racks of clothes, models and photo-shoots, kind of fascinating, really, also revealing the mystique behind those dark glasses. We also polished off 2 boxes of sour patch kids & whoppers, making it an all around decadent girls-day-out!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Dreamy, right?? Grab an iced tea, cut some fresh lemons slices and meet me on the chairs in front, we'll take a dip around noon, but who needs an agenda, really? happy weekend, xo amber image: elle decor
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Can we just discuss something completely non-design or baby related for just a moment? I't's Bravo's Flipping Out - I seriously love this show. It's real estate + design + pure reality goodness. Jeff Lewis (who I completely crush on) cracks me up, like rolling laughing (not pretty at 8.5 months prego...), and that Jenny is some sort of super human to work for him and all his compulsive craziness. Do you watch?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We've officially begun Project Nursery - transforming our closet (yes, the closet) into a dreamy haven for our little gal-to-be. We accomplished so much this weekend. Still to come: lighting, crib, changing table, wall art, rug & (maybe) a mobile. Stay tuned!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
I'd like nothing more than to nestle into this cocoon bed for the weekend, but I have tons to do. Baby-girl arrives in 6 weeks so we have plenty of DIY nursery-projects keeping us busy - paint, pom-pom curtains, art frame wall, and if there's time...a branch mobile. Will have lots of pics for you along the way! xoxo, amber image: smashmydreamlove
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I'm loving this crisp October air - leaves are scattered, the nursery is coming along, and I'm craving pumpkin! There's something so warm and delicious about pumpkin recipes, here's a few that caught my eye, xo 1 mini-pies 2 soup 3 lasagna 4. parfaits