Thursday, January 31, 2013

Daily Dishonesty

I ran across this awesome tumblr last night - Lauren Hom has turned those little white lies, fibs, and harmless excuses into fun graphics...I don't know about you but I've definitely said ALL of these things more than once ;) 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

investigations | my favorite spaces

This week, instead of looking into what makes rooms work, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite rooms from around the internet and mostly pinterest. I did it as an exercise for myself, to see what I'm most attracted to and why. Take a look!

After looking through some of my favorites, I noticed that I'm most drawn to white based interiors that have lots of pops of colors, graphic prints, and feminine details. I also noticed that I was drawn to a quirky, mid-centruy, modern aesthetic. 

What are you most drawn to? For me it's bright warm colors with high contrast whites and woods. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Weekend in Short - I'm BACK!

{Tulips to distract us from the snow outside}

During winter break I decided to take a little break with Weekend in Short posts - mostly because my weekends consisted of nothing but laying around in my pajamas! But now that school is back in full swing and I'm actually having a life again, I'm glad to bring back a little dose of what my weekend was like. 

{Sarah and I met Garrison Keillor}

{Inspired by the graphic design and color of this soda bottle}

{Home-made pizza to warm us up during a Grey's Anatomy marathon}

photos via: my instagram & Sarah's instagram 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Trouble in Scranton?

Did you watch The Office last night?! Wow. Drama. If you didn't watch, don't keep reading...spoiler:

Last night's episode was filled with drama, sadness, and lots of intrigue. We finally saw a bit of the documentary crew {what are they doing there?} after a very heated phone call between Jim and Pam. After years of a drama-free and picture perfect relationship, the iconic couple seem to be having more downs than ups these days...especially after Jim yells at Pam...what will happen?! 

What are your thoughts about last night's episode? Will our favorite TV couple make it through their rough patch victoriously, or will we be wrought with sadness by the end of the series?

image via here

Friday Fondness: Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

Guess what?! Due to popular demand the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has extended the exhibition of China's Terracotta Warriors until January, 27th. The MIA is one of the first museums in the country to feature these historical figures that date back to the first emperor's legacy. It's truly fascinating!

Check out the online preview here and get your tickets here

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stay Warm

Whew, today the temperature got as low as -12 {that's before wind chill mind you!} so getting out of bed was pretty hard this morning. Since it was the first day of classes though I had to go - thank goodness for friends with cars, right? I only had classes from 10:00 to 3:00 though, so the minute I got home I jumped into my cozies, wrapped myself in blanket, and grabbed the teapot! How you are dealing with this cold streak? I hear it's supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow {let's hope so!}. 

Wishing you all a warm and cozy evening :)

image via here

Bold Blush: Do or don't?

I love the way your cheeks are perfectly pinched with pink after coming in from a chilly day - I just wish I could get that look without going outside! I generally don't wear much makeup, but when I'm in a particularly girly mood I grab my favorite blush and give my cheeks a little pop of color. When I know I'm going to have a busy day I opt for a cream blush or stain, that way it will stay all day and still look natural. However, cream blush can sometimes be hard to apply when in a time crunch - so when I want a sheer splash of rosiness I prefer a powder blush with some shimmer {it's a built in highlight}. Just make sure when you apply the cream blush you've moisturized well, and when using powder use the biggest fluffiest brush you can find {natural fibers are better}. 

image via here

investigations | the smitten kitchen

I don't know about you, but I sure do love a well styled kitchen - especially when it's so 'couple' friendly. Designing for the sexes can be a nightmare - men want dark colors, lots of wood, and anything super moody, cuz their masculine....right... and women want something shiny, bright, clean, and have little pops of color to show their eclectic feminine side.

So here's a kitchen that's right in the middle - finally. 

Texture, pattern, finish: For a mostly all white room, it's quite important to bring in some interest through surfaces - you know, the tile, rugs, finishes, patterns, etc. In this kitchen the cooking area {or preparation} is defined and visually separated from the entertaining or eating area by covering the walls in a stone back splash that continues up to the ceiling. The wood table has a very strong grain and depth which can add a lot of character to a room, and is a great manly piece for him {be careful though, some grains and stains can end up being overpowering if there is already a lot going on}. Finally, the copper globe lighting add a sassy finish that is just perfect for her - it's super interesting, acts as art, and makes the room feel modern and young. 

Clean Lines: Worried about your room looking too girly or end up being more trendy than timeless? The answer is simple: clean lines! Keep the room unified through straight smooth lines for the larger pieces {i.e. table, counters, cabinets, etc.} - this way the eye doesn't get distracted by extreme visual movement. Instead, use lighting, artwork, and table decor to add roundness and appeal. 

Form and Function: What a cool table you might say - but oh, wait, it's also a bar....and a counter....and working station....and an entertaining's everything! While some homes might be better suited for a smaller and more mobile table, this open floor plan allows this large installment to work in a bevy of ways! It's great for extra work space when cooking, can be used as a casual bar area, is functional for large get togethers, and is the perfect serving station for large parties.

image via here

Monday, January 21, 2013

Are You Having a Nice Long Weekend?

Happy day off to all of you who don't work today! Today is my last day of break before classes officially begin again - so while I'm back in the cities, I'm taking today to relax one last time. What a wonderful long weekend it's been! Alex returned from Germany late Thursday night, so Friday we woke up early and made a day of it, complete with chocolate chip pancakes, cross country skiing, and the first few episodes of Game of Thrones {have you seen it?}. What a life! I also watched Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, which was neurotically hilarious and extremely intriguing. 

While I'm sad that break is over and Alex and I are back to long distance for a while, it sure was nice to spend some quality time with him and my family :)

Hoping you all stay warm and have a lovely week ahead of you!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday Fondness - Deep Crimson Polish

During the winter and holiday season I love to wear a deep dark color on my nails. While this year I opted for navy blues, dark steely grays, and sparkly neutrals, I found this beautiful crimson nail polish to my favorite yet. It's from OPI's James Bond collection and has the perfect amount of color, richness, and sass - and who doesn't love red?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do You Worry Too Much?

A while back I mentioned that I tend to worry - a lot. While I try to work on it, sometimes it's hard to control the urge to throw myself into the worst situation possible. Not so good. 

But this article, from A Cup of Jo, was really helpful! It mentions how you should view your life as the Grand Canyon, and when you're worrying about something simply 'drop it' into the canyon and see just how small it is. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Is Dating Dead?

NYTimes recently had an article about the decline of 'dating' - which got me thinking - is the practice of 'dating' really dead? As I read, I realized that these days I hardly ever hear about a girlfriend of mine going on a 'date', and to top that, I can't remember the last time I was on a date! The romance of phone calls is gone as the cold use of texting infiltrates our lives with fewer and fewer words - we all know about the 'one-word' conversations - even I notice that Alex and I rely most on 'instant and quick' communication of the text. 

Whatever happened to dinner and a movie? A walk through the park sounds nice. And what about that classic gentleman-like chivalry of simply opening a car door? I personally would love the romantic ideal of dating to make a return - who doesn't love a reason to get dolled up?

Is dating passé? Or do you wish it would make a come-back?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

investigations | children's room

Obviously I don't have kids of my own - but that doesn't mean I don't love those little things! And when it comes to their style, man they've got it good. Flowers, stripes, polka dots, and all those bright fun colors - only a human under the age of 10 can pull of that much crazy. For adults, it can be hard to decorate their kid's bedrooms - it's hard to think like a parent {safety, cleaning, durability} but be able to please the kids {fun, color, playfulness}. So here's a cheat sheet for designing the parental approved and kid friendly room. 

Pattern: Go wild with pattern....and color...and texture...and, well, everything! Kids love {and need} visual and tactile stimulation. Giving them an atmosphere that's full of creativity will spark their imagination and individuality. Plus, being able to go crazy with this is a pretty rare chance. 

The Dark and the Durable: While this may make for a very dramatic and interesting Soap Opera title we'll stick with carpet for now. Having carpeting or rugs in a children's area is a great concept - it's soft for when they're tumbling around, it feels good on little feet, and is safer than hard flooring. But what about that habit of 'spilling' that these kids are so fond of doing. Well it's simple. Pick a carpet that is a dark color and slightly variegated {to hide hard to remove stains}, is neutral {again, the stains}, and has a low pile {easy to clean, vacuum, and keep sanitary}. 

The Art Display: Kids are secret geniuses that are trying to take over the world with their super-human diapers and chubby faces. Okay, not really. But their artwork is truly brilliant and is something you should be proud of! Plus, displaying their work will show them you're proud, will instill a sense of worth and talent, and may even drive their passion for it. 

Hope this helps! 

room via lonnymag

As Aristotle Once Said...

Do you ever find yourself racking your brain for the perfect quote? Be it for an invitation, to win a debate, to fill that one void in the article you're writing? Search engines can be helpful, but digging through heaps of useless quotations can be exhausting, and extremely uninspiring. though has the perfect mix of controlled search and random inspiration. 

You can either search a specific quote, do an author search, or get randomly inspired! Who doesn't love that? This would have been the perfect paper padder in high school... ;)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Golden Globes

I adore awards season - the glitz, the glamour, the hoards of unnervingly beautiful people. I loved the trends of the night with bright reds, sultry black and gold, and demure pastels. Here are my favorites of the evening. 

And cutest couple goes out to Emily Blunt and John Krasinski - can you say 'aww'?

photos via popsugar and people

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Will You Be Watching?

It seems Thursday is the night for television - at least in my house. I've always been a huge {okay, extreme} fan of The Office, and recently I got hooked back on Grey's Anatomy. Both are back on air tonight - but they're at the same time!! gasp. So now I'll to decide whether I watch the entire office battle a lice infestation, or see if Christina and Owen make the divorce official...decisions, decisions....

What will you be watching?

Three Cheese Pizza

I've had a lot of free time this week, so I decided to make home-made pizza for dinner last night. I decided to go with this recipe for the pizza dough and modified the toppings. The recipe calls for fresh mozzarella, shredded part skim mozzarella and fontina - since our local grocery store didn't have fontina, I opted for a nice Romano cheese. I also added fresh tomatoes parsley. You could easily modify this to your taste - I'd love to try this dough with a dessert pizza!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


You've all heard of the newest music listening fad 'Spotify' - free music, playlists, and listening with just a few advertisements. But what happens when music and drinks meet? Drinkify is a website that gives you the perfect cocktail to enjoy while listening to your favorite tunes. 

The steps are pretty simple. Just type in whatever artist you're listening to. Ask the site what you should drink and it will concoct a special drink just for you and whoever is singing. 

What a great idea for parties, dinner with your guy, a girls night, or an uninspired Saturday night!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Practicing Patience

New Year's Resolutions are rarely my cup of tea; the idea of setting myself up for inevitable disaster is very unappealing. However this year I made a few simple ones - but one to top them all. Patience. 

I'm not the most calm, or restrained. I get worked up about everything, I worry, and I get annoyed by the most simple of things. Alex of all people knows this. In fact, I'm the most impatient with him - which is not a very good thing. Over the years I've noticed that I've gotten more and more impatient, and that pushes people away from me - making them annoyed, angry, or upset.

When you ask couples that have been married 60 years, almost all of them will say it's because of  patience. Learning how to take a step back, think, and let go of the control is a very 'adult' idea - and one I need to practice. Much like worrying, impatience can be very overwhelming. 

Are you impatient? How do you practice patience?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Fondness - The Most Amazing Bag Ever

A while back I posted about this bag - I was in love and desperately wanted it. In my poor college student state it remained a dream, until now! My mom and sister had been following my blog for ideas of what I might like for Christmas, and lo and behold they bought me the bag of my dreams. 

The Archiver, by Jenny N. Designs, is beautifully crafted, durable, chic, and can hold pretty much anything and everything - which means it's the perfect school / work bag for me. I've already used it a few times and love it. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

How To Ward Off Boredom

I have too much free time on my hands. Sounds a little snooty, eh? But I'm not reveling in the beauty of it, in fact I almost can't stand it. After being on winter break for two weeks now, I'm starting to get a little stir crazy - I've run out of things to do! gasp. So what do you do when you've lost all ambition to do anything, and you've run out of ideas to keep you busy? 

1. I've found that the more I think about being bored, the more I am. It's the same with situations that upset you. You're bothered by something but refuse to remove yourself from the situation. Stop thinking about being bored!

2. Get up and do something. I am NOT one to exercise, for me 'doing something' is more along the lines of baking, or window shopping, or just driving around. 

3. Spend some quality time with your hard drive and the trash bin. As weird as it sounds, sometimes I like to throw on a little music, sit down at my computer and go through every file - to keep or to throw?  This helps get rid of 'emotional' or 'abstract' clutter. It's surprisingly helpful!

4. Enjoy a thought-provocking novel, magazine, or movie. I'm a firm believer in a little mindless television as a form of distraction, but when you're down right 'bored' you need something to keep your mind on your toes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Eve Photo Booth

A few years ago we started a tradition of hosting a New Year's Eve party with our friends and family filled with great food, games, and this year.....a photo booth! I was inspired to make a sparkly and festive photo booth for all of us to snap some pics in {since getting actual pictures never happens} by the amazing Smilebooth team. I also found awesome DIY photo booth props from Oh Happy Day, printed them off, cut 'em out and got to town with a few hats and other such supplies. 

Hoping you all had a super fabulous New Year's Eve!

2013 + Resolutions

Happy New Year and welcome back from the holidays! I hope you all had a relaxing and fun new year's eve...speaking of the new year, I'm wondering; did you make new year's resolutions?

Here are my top five resolutions for this year:
Drink more water | be more patient {that's a big one} | have more consistent posts | remember where it all started | take breaks

So tell me, what are your resolutions?