Thursday, March 31, 2011

guess who's coming to dinner?

anyone who knows me knows 
that i love to entertain. 

(via pinkofperfection)

being surrounded by my family & friends is my favorite way to be. i truly believe, almost always, that the more, the merrier!

last night, though, i had an intimate little dinner party with my brother and his wife, 
and it was just right.

soundtrack: my adele/ray lamontagne 
Pandora station

(images via idolator & lastfm)

(via anthro)

i put together one of my all-time fave, quick as two shakes of a lambs' tail salad:

fresh, organic spinach; organic strawberries; toasted pecans (or walnuts, whatever you have--i often candy mine, too, using the same recipe i do for making huge batches during the holidays. they are ridic; i'll have to share that in another post!); gorgonzola; & poppy seed dressing. it is so good. 

then i cooked up some delish lemon chicken & roasted asparagus with parmigiano-reggiano (i add the cheese 5 mins before its done cooking so it will melt perfectly). it was super simple; cooked in the kitchen while we caught up over a couple glasses of wine (and of course munched on a little app platter i threw together with what i had on hand: hummus, crackers, cherry tomatoes & baby carrots).  

(images via foodnetwork)

don't worry, i didn't stop there. 

for a little something fun for dessert, i made 
damn, they were good!


you must try them.

it was awesome. 

just the dose of grown-up conversation i needed. and of course the wine. there's always that.

tonight i'm going to be watching a movie that i'll be sure and fill you in on tomorrow. 
i haven't decided what yet, but i want to make this whole movie review thing a staple 
round these parts... 
there may or may not be excessive amounts of wine involved.

any film faves?

have a fabulous day, darlings! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

rainy wednesday

hey y'all...
its raining here in atlanta. again. 

i'm spending the morning doing laundry...

(via elle decor, flickr, houzz, remodelista)

taking oliver to the groomer

(cause his anal glands aren't going to express themselves, now, are they?)

(via flickr)

and reading these:

Bri's ridonkulous diy's (that ikea desk WILL be mine... all wearstler'd up with its badself)

figuring out what to make for dinner via:

while dreaming about wearing:

plum pretty sugar's gorgeous loungerie.

have a lovely morning!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"fab" is the thing with feathers

"it's your turn, heather."

"no, heather, its heather's turn. 


"sorry heather."

couldn't help myself.

we're talking feathers today, kids!


i'm sure i'm not alone when i say i have a 
serious magazine addiction. 
i only have two actual subscriptions at the moment, but i could spend endless hours at a bookshop, 
(not a tea person, try as i may...), latte in hand,
pouring over page after inspiring page 
of mag after mag, basking in the fabulousness 
of fashion, travel, food (!), interiors, crafts 
(oh yes, your girl luuuuvs a good craft!), 
art, music, film... need i go on?!

i could do it for hours. 

read, that is. 

when i was re-reading this month's InStyle magazine recently 
(i'm a re-reader a zillion times over; 
my a.d.d., & the fact that i have two kids 
& a life doesn't afford me much time on one subject), 
i came across a fabulous d.i.y. column, with a chic little project that i knew i had to attempt myself.

therefore, without further ado, i give you:

the d.i.y. fab feather clutch!

here's the column
(via ispy-diy)

("you blow it tonight, girl, & its keggers 
with kids all next year."
no pressure. and forgive me if you've never seen heathers.)

these are my materials:
* 2 feather dusters 
* scissors
* an old bcbg clutch
*my trusty mini glue gun

*disclaimer: i am a "professional" of many things, but photography isn't one of them. had decent light on this gray day in the afternoon, but the finishing pics had to be taken w flash...and therefore kinda suck. sorry.
first, cut the feathers from the duster as close 
to the bottom as you can get them. 
honestly this is about the hardest part. 
super simple!
i chose to lay my feathers out in advance, so that once i started gluing i would be able to quickly put them on the bag.

i put glue on the bag about 2-3in. up from the bottom, in a horizontal line, only about half way across the first time, just to see how i did. 

 i liked having just a bit of overhang off of the clutch, and i liked grouping similar color feathers together in the same areas in each row to create overall definition. 
(feather segregation! ahhhh!!!)
this is a shot of a couple of rows completed 
on the clutch. 
on our way to awesometown...
one side, then both, done!
now to trim off the top quills & fill in any holes...
and there you have it!
 ("lick it up, baby. lick. it. up.")
well. sort of.

the instyle tutorial finishes off the clutch with 
a nice, fat, black velvet ribbon.

went to one of my neighborhood crafty places this afternoon, but couldn't find velvet. 
which was okay, as i wasn't really feeling it with the color of the feathers that i had, anyway.
so i went with this fun, mustard-colored, 
raw silk ribbon. 
me likey.
thinking about layering a different color over this ribbon if i find one i like better--or better yet, adding some bling!  
i popped an earring onto it to test the look... 
not quite right, but maybe i'll find something along the lines of a cool, antique brooch at scott's or lakewood this month?


("I like it. It's got that what-a-cruel-world-let's-toss-ourselves-in-the-abyss type ambience.")

more d.i.y.'s comin your way...

(check out the moodboard at the top of post; you thinking what i'm thinking? i have leftover feathers...)

but not before we watch some movies 
& make some magic in the kitchen. 
stay tuned. and...thanks.

*ps. i like heathers. and movie quotes.

Monday, March 28, 2011

sojourner truth would be so proud....

so i came across this little nugget today

(via kelly oxford's brilliantly hilarious tumblr blog
and was like 

a ha!

(via mtv)

um, no. 

more like 

(via reuters)



just the kick in the taco i needed. 

i often struggle with censoring myself, be it with my pirate mouth or awesomely crude sense of humor, because i find it challenging  think others find it challenging to laugh at my jokes, meanwhile finding me incredibly attractive (because, lets face it, that's what we all want, right?), taking me seriously 
as an educated woman, 
and above all, 
believing i am an amazing mama. 

can we have/be it all?  
is it acceptable for me to tell a raunchy 
joke in the midst of my otherwise 
eloquent dinner conversation? 
does my dry, often acerbic wit put me in a box, so to speak, out of which i cannot escape 
to otherwise define myself? 
do those people still find me just 
as equally a., b., and c.? 


i sure hope so. 

i am a total blam blam. 

and i certainly don't plan on hiding parts of myself as i grow up--and i use that term loosely--because aren't we supposed to become more 
ourselves as we grow? 
we may be continually influenced by numerous avenues telling us to be this, or hide that, but hows about we not set the women's movement back any further and just... be?

i realize i'm hardly the first to pose these questions, but i'm super psyched i got to use some 
big words today.

tomorrow i'm doing a d.i.y. so fantastic it will make you wanna m.o. 
get your chapstick ready.

welcome to the horror show


i have called this meeting to discuss 
something terrible. 

tonight, while in the midst of my sunday beauty routine of late--which includes a mani/pedi, a clay deep cleansing face mask, a full body wax, electroshock therapy, and a monkey-style hair nit-picking session...with a monkey--while innocently watching a dvr'd episode of 30 rock, i saw the most disturbing sight. 

this monstrosity of a commercial aired 
in between scenes:  

i about fell out. 
("awwwright, its time to show them ankles, please, them sexy little things 'bout a foot below yo knees.")

president, please. you're a white boy in an oversized, banana-yellow hairmet


is this what we've come to? the ankle show??

i do realize that old navy has a certain... ubiquitous aesthetic, and therefore must market to such... but....


(please tell me its not just me!)  

hear me out. i've definitely purchased my fair share from the chain in question. pretty sure the majority of my "i'm having a baby then losing the baby weight then having another baby then losing that baby weight" wardrobe was from old navy until maybe the last year or so... and i definitely run in from time to time to grab a quick top or something easy & affordable for the girls.


if "flirty flats" and ankle jeans (can we please talk about the cherry tattoo? are we 14 now? is it somehow 1994 and i'm being punked in a sanrio store?) are the new definition of sexy for women, 
i'm out.

whatever happened to glamour? 

(via greatitaltians, habituallychic & trendencias) 


(via gettys, tumblr)

(via vogueuk, W, logos)

please don't judge me, pre-coffee, 
at an early morning preschool dropoff, but... 
i have champagne taste.

(via tumblr) 

the bitch of it is, 
i'm on a ramen budget right now. 

(via pinterest)
but that doesn't mean i can't want things. 
(and by that i mean not just "things", but a certain lifestyle.)

(via ralphlauren)


(via ralphlauren)

not obsess, or strive even, but rather luxuriate in the value of a couture piece of clothing, a fabulous shoe, or fine bed linens; exquisite, aged wine (or hell, cheese); exotic, 5-star hotels in far-flung locales... i appreciate the fine things in life. 

(via lifeofpolarnper)

there's nothing wrong with that. 

but, don't worry. i also appreciate hot dogs. 


(as long as they're all beef. organic kosher even. 
on a freshly baked whole grain bun with organic condiments, 
of course.)


(does this make me sound like a 
soulless, pretentious biatch?)
(are you, too, "super c-u-t-e"? don't even get me started on this one.)
(or do you agree, and therefore, are winning?)

*ps. the dog picture is in no way meant to be offensive. i am an animal lover, thought this lil guy was adorbs, and couldn't resist being punny.*

Sunday, March 27, 2011

can i get an amen?!

last night my sister took me to church
(via accessatlanta)

there was a revival, of sorts.
(via metromix)

the congregation was full of spirits. 

and jesus was (literally) everywhere. 

we drank cocktails at the altar of sister louisa. 

(via whatnowatlanta)

it was epic.

trust me on this. 

...but since we're still getting to know each other, there is also terribly shot photographic evidence.
(sorry peeps, i didn't lug the big ol canon out to the bar last night, mmmkay? a girl has to save room for lipgloss, lets get real.)

this was in the bathroom. in addition to hundreds of other pieces of art all over the walls of the bar by the man himself. or lady herself. whichevs.
(via metromix)

art, which includes but is not limited to:

a poodle sodomizing a lamb doing sheep yoga. 

...what? that's what I told my daughter they were doing when she asked. and i'm stickin to it, dammit.

there's nothing more humiliating hilarious than laughing this hard when you already have to pee. at least i was already in the loo.  

yes, this place is awesome to look at, doesn't take itself--or much else--too seriously, and has killer cocktails, but it was the vibe that took me most by surprise, and totally sealed the deal. 

it was, oddly, warm. friendly but cool. laid back but with enough of an atmosphere buzz that i didn't get embarrassed for yelling ("am i yelling?!" yes. the answer is yes.), laughing too loudly (which i do on occasion--so said an ex boyfriend), or making fanatical gesticulations (i'm a storyteller!). 
also it had a killer soundtrack. 
this place is, dare i say, rad.

could it be? 
i fit in??
these are my people??? 
not so fast. 
i did ask a young guy waiting for a drink at the bar if he's ever been mistaken for brian boitano. 

(via pieinthefaceblog)

turns out, he hasn't.
he was offended. 

(i meant like the b.b. of 20 years ago! not this guy!)

i was embarrassed. 
but that's my jam. i kinda live there. so its cool. 

*sidenote: in searching for these photos, i discovered not only how bendy b.b. is...

(via corbis images)

*(two thumbs up for the fancy mandex, white high tops w scrunchy socks, and complete lack 
of manscaping. awesome.)

...but also how many guys dress up as b.b. for halloween...?! (read: there are many.)

(image via runninglawyer)

anywho, back to the lesson at hand:

i had a blasty blast with my p.i.c., my big sis. 
she rocks hard.

she's way funnier than me, is currently kicking ass in nursing school, and is everything a big sister 
should be. and then some. 
oh, and she coined the term "baby buttons." "lady buttons." you figure it out.

i got some very much needed quality grown-up time. (i promise to fill you in on the 
why's & all that later!) 
gonna have to make it last. 

also: pretty sure edward furlong circa 
pet semetary 2 is a barback here.

i'll definitely be going back to sister louisa's church of the living room and ping pong emporium sometime very soon. i hear they have church organ karaoke on sunday nights, and you know i'm dying to give testimony! 

aaaaaaaaaand scene.