Wednesday, November 30, 2011

cold weather wardrobe

I love cold weather and the outfits that come along with it. You can do great basics, jeans and a black turtle neck and accessorize with a beautiful bib necklace and fur vest, or you can do a great sweater dress with fun patterned tights and booties - the possibilities are endless!

Below are a few items that I've stocked up on in preparation for the colder weather upon us!

Winter must haves


TIBI sweater dress
$224 - tibi.com

H M fur vest
£30 - hm.com

Monsoon coat
£180 - monsoon.co.uk

Jonathan Aston opaque tight
£12 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Stuart Weitzman platform heels
$395 - zappos.com

Kate spade handbag
$295 - couture.zappos.com

Amrita Singh bib necklace
$400 - amritasingh.com

Kate Spade bib necklace
$199 - nordstrom.com

Portolano knit beret
£40 - liberty.co.uk

stationary technology

Earlier this week I wrote about my love for paper and gadgets! What better than combining the two? This day in age when our phone (uh- my phone) is glued to our hands, using technology to help you say "thank you", or a quick "how are ya?" has certainly become less taboo. In Matchbook Magazine a few months back I stumbled upon an advertisement for an iPhone app called, Red Stamp.

Red Stamp is an app for digital AND paper correspondence. They have over 400+ adorable and hip designs for notes that you can send via email, text, post to Facebook or Twitter, and they'll even mail them out for you as a postcards - no more going to the Post Office for stamps! The App will cost  $0.99 to get started, and depending upon the design you choose or your delivery method will cost a little extra for postage and such.

I can't say enough how about how much this simple app has made sending a thoughtful note to my family and friends who I don't see often so much easier. Bravo!! Go get Red Stamp for your iPhone today!

a few Red Stamp designs


all the wonderful ways to send your Red Stamp note

I sent this fun note to my friend Erin thanking her for
taking us to an Oriels game early this fall

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

giving thanks is fun


I wanted to share some pictures from the Thanksgiving holiday. From Alabama winning the Iron Bowl, to the annual family christmas tree going up at my parents and seeing old friends- we had a wonderful time. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the holiday weekend - How was your Thanksgiving?

  

my dear friend kayla- check out her blog Casa de Kayla for amazing DIY's


Mom found the top of our  wedding cake in the freezer 



gadgets galore


I love gadgets just as much as I love the simplicity and timeless beauty of paper. Here are some really exciting gadgets that I have my eye on this holiday season. A few special people on my shopping list might find one...or...two of these fun gadgets under the tree for them!
Gadgets Galore


Monday, November 28, 2011

i love paper

It's no secret that I am obsessed with paper!!! I love note cards, notebooks, gift tags, pads of paper. If you've received a wedding gift in the last year from us it has most likely been a monogrammed memo paper set and acrylic holder, or if you've graduated, you've received a box of cards for every occasion from "happy birthday" to "happy easter".

My favorite paper source is American Stationary for their memo sets or embossed monogrammed ensembles or Vista Print for cost effective invites and holiday cards. When I don't need something personalized, I head straight to Tuesday Morning where you can find every type of card from paper greats like Crane or William Arthur at a fraction of the cost of a specialty paper store.

Don't get me wrong, I fully support small business paper stores, and love to go in and buy every now and then, but my love for paper is so intense that my wallet can't handle the dent that frequent shopping at those store could do to it. Some say I'm cheap when it comes to some things, but I call it budget conscious.

But, when I want something handmade and truly unique, Etsy has been one of my go-to for the last 3 years, and here are a few of the perfect paper items I have my eye on -


from paisleytreepress

from VeraPaperLab

from jackandellapaper

from nippykat

from 1canoe2

Sunday, November 27, 2011

lazy sunday

I love Sundays - I love them for the quite, for my favorite show ever, CBS Sunday Morning, for hot coffee, the chance to breathe after a busy Saturday & most importantly because it's an excuse for a Type A person like me to lay on the couch and not feel guilty for  not taking care of the 101 things on my to do list. I hope you're enjoying a...

Friday, November 25, 2011

deliciously deviled

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends!! Yesterday ended with us all feeling stuffed, sleepy and quite happy. We even got everyone (including the doggies, Jack and Tessa!) together for our annual family christmas card picture.


Hannah is always in charge of Deviled Eggs for our family meals, and yesterday's eggs were quite delicious and for me the highlight of the meal.  They're always a staple at our family meals, and at most Southern gatherings. Haven't made deviled eggs before? Here's how:

1.  Place eggs in a pot and cover with water and bring to a rolling boil



2.  Remove them from the heat


3.  Remove the shells of the eggs



 4.  Slice the eggs in half


5.  Place the yolks in a separate bowl and the eggs halves in a deviled egg dish, like the one below that belonged to my Great-Grandmother.


6.  Gather the ingredients to create your filler - 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mayo
  • sweet salad cubes 


7. Mash the yolks with a fork


8. Add in mayo and the sweet salad cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
As is tradition in our family, we don't measure our ingredients, but the consistency should look like the second image below. The filling shouldn't be too creamy, but you should have just enough mayo so that the yolks aren't dry.




9. Place the yolk filling into the egg halves


10. Garnish the egg halves with paprika..and...Volia!!!


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