January 30, 2009

Work Day: 3

For Friday's work day, I think something playful is always encouraging to get you through the day- to your weekend! And of course, Friday is jean's day.

1. Ruffle Trim Shirt: Old Navy

January 29, 2009

Valentine's Day: Mailing Small Letters

Go check out Leafcutter Designs to have a letter written to those you love. The letter will be transcribed onto tiny papers and sealed in an itty-bitty envelope. They will send the letter along with a magnifying glass to your recipient.

Receiving a letter in this way seems so heartfelt. If you're inspired, write your own letter but be sure to mail it in a package large enough for the post office to mail! :) You can see the beautiful process Leafcutter Designs takes to get this special note in the mail and delivered to your loved one.

Hurry and order though! The sooner they can get the order the more assurance they can give that the letter will arrive by Valentine's Day!

Work Day: 2

Day two of my clothing inspirations for work include a favorite color: red.

January 28, 2009

Work Day: 1

I wish I had a job were I could choose my own "work" clothes. I would wear jeans most days because I like how versatile they are when you dress them up. I'm dreaming up some outfits I would love to wear to work everyday.
This would be day 1:
1) Necklush-Heather Grey
2) Jolyn Faux Leather Bag- Forever 21
3) Miss Me Spice Dark Green Classy Plump- Lulus
4) The New Low Rise Bootcut Jeans- Gap
5) Tissue Pleated Top- JCrew
6) Grey-t Expectations Coat- ModCloth

Floor cushions [cluster]

With an upcoming move, I don't want to buy any more furniture for seating so my mind has been wandering to floor cushions that can adapt to any floorplan. There are many unique floor cushions available, but I'm drawn to the thicker styles that allow the "sitter" to sit off of the floor.

1. Diamond Pattern Floor Cushion: World Market
2. Faux Leather Pouf: Target
3. Poufs: West Elm
4. Hanami Floor Cushion: Wrapables
5. Maize Floor Cushions: World Market
6. Felted Wool Stones: VivaTerra

For $179.00 from West Elm, I would rather make my own floor pouf. This couldn't be that hard- just follow a box pillow form pattern and make the sides wider, right?

January 26, 2009

Man-iac Monday: Sexy Socks

"Sexy man searching for his double to make a pair"
Basic French: Classified Socks

These socks are a great manly gift for Valentine's Day- for the one searching to make a pair. :)

January 23, 2009

Pick o' the Day: Hot Cocoa Pots

Etsy seller khphillips: Four Hot Cocoa Pots ($39)

January 22, 2009

Moroccan Accents [cluster]

1) Batik Leaf Runner and Placemats: World Market
2) Moroccan drum table: West Elm
3) Recycled Metal Globes: Viva Terra
4) Moroccan Tea Glasses: World Market
5) Moorish Tile Rug: Pottery Barn

Crafting: Clothespin Memo Rack

Martha Stewart's organizing tip of the day for Tuesday was a clothespin memo rack. I thought to myself how useful something like this might be, but I wasn't found of how boring their final craft looked.

It wasn't until I was reading through the suggested directions on Martha Stewart.com that I realized I had seen a very similar clothespin board. Cyrillus is selling this framed clothespin board and the simplistic look encourages me that this could easily be recreated.

This is what I am thinking:
1) Purchase a basic wooden picture frame.
2) Remove that back from the frame and cover in fabric, securing the fabric to the backside.
3) Staple a piece of thin rope across the front, securing to the backside.
4) Remove the glass from the frame.
5) Place the fabric covered back into the wooden frame and tighten it into place.
6) Purchase small clothespins and clip onto the rope.

Here's another example I came across at Wisteria:

January 21, 2009

Every Little Counts: Love Songs Collection

Amy and Adam over at EveryLittleCounts have launched their new Valentine's t-shirt collection, "Love Songs". They state that "this collection is a wearable mixtape featuring the the songs that made us laugh, cry, and sing at the top of our lungs!" I am living in the 80's when I see these shirts and I am loving it!

Let Me Hear Your Body Talk- Olivia Newton-John

January 20, 2009

Valentine's Giveaway: Bestow Boutique

Leigh over at Bestow Boutique has asked me to share this amazing Valentine's Giveaway they are offering. Bestow is giving away the Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Basket, valued at over $500. To enter the drawing, sign up for their mailing list here.

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Basket will include:
• The Bestow Label Novelty Love Letter Panty
• Forever Tumbler Vase by Kuhn Keramick
• Love Pillow by Home By Guru
• Keep Me Earrings by Comfort Station
• Black Tiger Deck of Cards
• Red Chemise Set

As an added bonus, Bestow will offer complimentary Valentine's gift packaging and free shipping to all customers starting this Saturday, January 17th through February 13th – just use code VDGB09 at checkout!

You can see some of my favorite Valentine's gifts from Bestow here.


I feel very strongly about the importance of this inauguration and I hope that you get an opportunity to watch in on some of the events from today.

January 19, 2009

"Man"iac Monday: Collar Stays

I am going to start posting on something manly every Monday for a "Man"iac Monday post. I think mens' products are sometimes undervalued and I want to show some of the great items I run across. Today's item also ties into a great Valentine's Day gift- a great way to remind the men in your life that you love them daily.

Envelope: Hidden Message Collar Stays ($39.95)

Ruffles in Winter

Chelsea over at {frolic} has posted some beautiful polaroids from her recent farm adventures with girlfriends Marianne and Amber. Check the photos out here.

Mailbox neighbors [cluster]

I met my mailbox neighbor for work today. I have always wondered who the other people are that unlock postal boxes next to our business mailbox. What kind of mail do they get? What kind of business do they do? So many curiosities. Well, surprisingly we chatted in the elevator to the mailboxes and then had a little chuckle when we realized that our mailboxes were next door to one another. I started thinking about how fun mail can really be. I have always looked forward to getting mail ever since I was small. Do you look forward to mail?

January 17, 2009

Creativity Series

Holly over at Decor8 has a new column she's running about getting creative, whether you're new to the world of creativity or just looking to pump in some new ideas. I think this is going to be a great new column and I look forward to keeping up to date. The first project is on mind-mapping and you can check out the post here. This is my mind-map from things I liked to do as a child.

Dresses for the Obama Girls

You can head over to WWD to view designers' sketches for visions of what Michelle, Sasha & Malia may be choose to wear for the Inauguration. Here are some of my favorites:

Diane Von Furstenberg sketch for Michelle Obama.

Reem Acra sketch for Michelle Obama.

Diane Von Furstenberg sketch for Michelle Obama.

Bonnie Young sketch for Sasha and Malia Obama.

Make Room for Living

I have spent my morning wading through Bashayer's blog, Make Room for Living. She has some wonderful interiors posted on her site.

Love is in the air: [cluster]

I wanted to put up a cluster of some Valentine's items that I've been checking out.

It would be fun to slip one of these heart pillows over the top of a hanger for your sweety on Valentine's Day.

Etsy seller ratsliveonnoevilstar: Tiny Velvet Valentine Pillow Charms ($30/set of 3)

Sometimes I like to look for Valentine's decorations that don't have hearts or cupids. This little bird would be adorable to hang from the ceiling and use like mistletoe to kiss your sweety under.

EmilieFriday: A Little Birdie and Flowers ($30)

I made garland from hearts cut from used envelopes, but I think I could add this banner to my house as well.

Etsy seller perchpapiers: I Love You Banner ($32)

I want to receive this little mouse from my sweety...how adorable.

The House of Mouse: Ross the Valentine's Mouse ($35)

I love this statement.

Etsy seller DoubleSpeak: Have Kindly Thoughts of Me ($40)

This is a subtle hint at Valentine's Day.

NousSavons: Point the Way Necklace ($24)

I always like to pull out holiday towels if I have them and I would love to have these in my kitchen for Valentine's Day.

Etsy seller ChezSucreChez: Hand Embroidered Crown Tea Towel ($16.50)

Who wouldn't want to sip on some hot cocoa from this sweet mug?

Bestow Boutique: Gold Lip Print Mug ($24)

And at the end of the day, I of course would want to snuggle up in this cute blanket that says it all...

Bestow Boutique : Love Throw ($200)

January 16, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

Disney/Pixar is bringing an exhibition to New Orleans that will include images from the new musical "The Princess and the Frog" which is set in New Orleans. I can't wait to see what this movie has in store...it airs Christmas 2009.

via: Collider

"When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia comes to town a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and the once suave royal is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favor in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana, takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

An unforgettable tale filled with music, humor and heart where two frogs—along with the help of a 200-year-old voodoo priestess, a love-sick Cajun firefly, and a trumpet playing alligator—discover that what they want isn’t as important as what they need.

The Princess and The Frog will feature Disney’s first African American princess, Tiana, who lives in New Orleans during the Jazz Age. Other characters include Louis, a trumpet-playing alligator, and Ray, a love-sick Cajun firefly."

via: New Orleans Museum of Art

Pick o' the Day: Citi Skyline Glasses

I am going to try to start posting a "Pick o' the Day" every Friday. Here's my pick for today:

These fresh citi-scapes would be so fun to pull out of your kitchen cupboard in the morning and drink orange juice from....or whatever you want to drink from them.... I came across these glasses as I was browsing through Kitchen Critic.

Design Museum Shop: Citi Skyline Glasses (£24.00)

January 15, 2009

Winter Warm for my hubby [cluster]

Being Alaskan born, I am somewhat jealous that my hubby is in Prudhoe Bay for two weeks. I am dreaming of snow and cold toes and warm fires and missing my hubby. This is what I wish I were doing:

flickr: masito76

Glacier spotting...

L.L.Bean: Winter Walker Snowshoes ($89-109)

Snowshoeing through the wilderness. Perhaps spotting some caribou off in the distance...

Later, I would be craving some of this delicious Mexican hot chocolate...mmm...

Cyrillus: Arctic Fleece Throw (28,00 €)

Then, I would want to snuggle up to my hubby in this cozy arctic fleece throw.

Etsy seller Happiknits: The Man Cowl ($31)

And if I had to send my hubby back out into the cold while I warmed my tootsies, I would send him out with this handsome cowl.