Sunday, December 27, 2009

Kat Von D - girl crush....

Ok ok....not to 'cheat' on Aveda....but I have a girl crush on Kat Von D....well, basically because she's an amazing artist !!!! Not only that...but she is just so flippin' rad. Next on my makeup list are her eyeshadow pallet's in 'Beethoven' 'Ludwig' and 'True Love'.....along with her lipstick in 'Underage Red' and 'Lolita'....ohhhh I can't wait...there is more awesome makeup in my future!!!!! Only at Sephora : )
:: peace and love ::

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Still drooling over these....

Still loving these Vivienne Westwood beauties....which only means...that I simply must put them on my own little footsies...obviously..right? so precious...They actually look mildly comfortable!

:: peace and love ::

* pics from here...what a fun shoot!

Christmas Feast !!

The prettiest head of cauliflower I've ever seen....almost too pretty to eat...but it was so v. tasty!
Pan Roasted Cauliflower from here....drooling over it here.
Baked Brie from here...with cranberries and walnuts instead of cherries and almonds.
Christmas contained a plethora of amazing food...veggie scramble (bear bread...see here from last year), fresh fruit sprinkled with Cinnamon and fresh eggnog (better cold momma...) yum yum...oh, can't forget the hot cocoa with rum (!!). Dinner was beautiful and so fun, curried citrus rice with almonds, this cauliflower recipe, pan sauteed salmon, and roasted greens......with our version of this baked brie recipe...we substituted cranberries for cherries and walnuts for almonds, but kept the honey and rosemary....delicious!!!! Besides the food, we had a beautiful day spent with family, and really nothing is better than that!!!
Happy Holidays...Merry day late!
:: peace and love ::

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mmm..mouth watering...literally

Dying-dying-dying to make this....and *maybe* share it ;-)
and this -- mmmmm...
and this (perfect little gifts and stocking stuffers wouldn't you say??)

Happy baking and cooking and everything else crafty!!!!
:: peace and love ::

Pretty lights !!

Wes found this super lit up little house the other day and took me over to see it all lit up at night!!! So fun and festive...though I can't say I would want their electric bill !!! It was even more fun than the picture allows, they had glowing orbs in the trees, and little miniature golf course out front. I wish I shared their enthusiasm for holiday decorating, but my little bits will have to suffice!
Happy Holidays everyone, I hope you have a beautiful and cozy week!!!

:: peace and love ::

Monday, December 14, 2009

what's your pillow style!?

I just found this article via this lady and thought is was interesting and sort of fun to figure out what your pillows say about you! Sometimes I wish I were the pretty and clean and simple. So what do you pillows say about you? Here's what mine look like!

This is my bed...I feel like my 'pillow style' varies depending on how I feel. I definitely have a plethora of throw pillows hanging around and like to mix and match them on the bed. Right now, we've got 2 large down throw pillows on there, sometimes they are on our couch...and two smaller colorful pillows to spice it up a bit! I guess I am a little Bohemian, maybe a little tradition with a twist. If you post your pillow style, leave a link, I think it's a really cute little article : )
:: peace and love ::
*we picked up our Christmas tree (finally)...more on that soon. My plan is to do a silver and gold tree this year!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Polaroid Flower Vase

This is really such a simple yet lovely design concept by Jung Hwa Jin...because you keep a picture for a long time, the idea is that you are keeping nature for a long sweet. I would love to have a little row of these hanging in my cozy little home!!
*found via this lady!!!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

sparkley little beauties from Sarah Perlis

This jewelry is more than, perfection with such things as rose cut tourmaline in organic looking frothy gold.......oooo my.
Sarah Perlis is offering a 25% discount until December 25th (!!!) if you are in the market for engagement ring...or just a plain old AMAZINGLY beautiful (and very generous) Christmas present, look no further.

:: peace and love ::

and happy holidays ;-)

Ombre Hair....fully obsessed : )

I love's pretty hot if you ask me...we call it melting at my salon/spa, but ombre is tres chic don't you think!? This look has been all over Lux, on all the employees hair, on our clients hair...I love the undone feel of anything...especially hair! I've got a bit of this going on in my hair right now, and this only makes me want more!!! What do you think of this surfer(ish)...undone hair............honestly, I'm fully obsessed!!!!

:: peace and love ::

*pic from Who What Wear Daily

Monday, December 7, 2009

i'm fairly sure i've decided!!!

you must be wondering how many flippin' times i can post on be honest i could do a few per week i'm sure, but I will try and limit myself to one every other week or so ;-)
I think after looking...searching...'window shopping' and stalking people with bags i thought i may want....i have finally decided which bag i indeed (need) in my life.
Clare Vivier..why are you so awesome? The colors...the simplicity, functionality and long lasting stylistic appeal make for a beautiful hand crafted creation.....with colors like navy, aubergine, gray, black and a caramel colored brown.....the hard part is choosing. I think I'm pretty settled on the navy...such a rich lux version of the color, and not too trendy or passing, i think this bag will really last me through the years, and that is what sells me!
yeah...........oh wait now i have to coax someone into getting it for me for Christmas....or simply ordering it for myself (haha....i would).
:: peace and love ::

Sunday, December 6, 2009

*** a pretty sparkley wreath ***

This is the wreath I'm thinking of for some fun and retro holiday decor.......I'm not one for typical decorating (in fact, I should just say that I am not the best at holiday decorating in general...although I always enjoy other peoples decor) this wreath seams perfect, not to traditional red and green, and OH SO pretty! Where do you find your holiday decor?

:: peace and love ::

*wreath from West Elm.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

holiday gifting....

Sorry for the shameless plug which is this post about the AMAZING Aveda holiday packages going on right now......but really, you're welcome, because they are honestly awesome presents and I would love love to get these as gifts...oh ya the point....your friends will like these as gifts too! The Himalayan Glow soy wax candle with the aroma of organic clove, vanilla and cinnamon it's the most lovely aroma (i bought 3 all for myself...shhh...that's just ridiculous). The 7 points of balance--where you get all 7 mini sized chakra balancing body mists (which is awesome because your body needs different chakra balancing on different having all 7 is ideal). Lastly the Ritual of Relief package which includes the Hand and Foot relief (plus 2 travel sizes of each), given the price of the package it's like you are getting the travel sizes free......

On top of the general good deal, and awesome of the reasons I love Aveda so dearly is that they partner up with different countries and cultures around the world to sustain their economy and find truly organic and quality ingredients for their products. Each holiday season for 3 years now Aveda has partnered up with the Nepali visionaries and organizations to produce the beautiful handcrafted paper for the gift boxes of all our holiday packages....not only that but the beautiful images of this amazing culture inspires Aveda's entire holiday decor!! Read more about the partnership really is a fun story, and one of the many reasons I love Aveda's mission !!!!

:: peace and love ::

*there are many more holiday packages, see here.

Monday, November 30, 2009

what's on your list?

{Alice in Wonderland coloring book}
{all 500 Pencils--all at once!!}

{Marc by Marc Jacobs Q Grove bag}

{Tiger Lily Collection 'layered' crystal necklace}

{J-Crew vintage short roadster boots}

Here are just a few things on my x-mas list......i love making Christmas lists (i like making lists in general, so i suppose that doesn't say much) ;-) i also love hearing other peoples, what do you want for xmas, what do you want to get people. I am always looking for the perfect gifts (which is really my fav. part!!!)
Happy Holidays lovelies!!!!!
:: peace and love ::

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

loving Kemp Muhl

Just love love loving this model/musician Charlotte Kemp, those lips and that flawless porcelain skin...beautiful. Not only is she pretty, but she's talented and has some awesomely fantastical fashions!!

:: peace and love ::

i want to get lost in here....

A couple weeks back the lovely Kelly from yes, please blog posted this amazing inspiration board with the reason being that her and some other v. talented lovlies were going to be doing a photo shoot (bridal shower) in the desert with the theme...'Where the Wild Things Are'...ummm....WHAT? First of all, that sounds insanely amazing....second of all, can i come? haha.... So i saved their fabulous inspiration board, for, well...inspiration...and coming across it in my picture folder makes me think that incorporating something fun like this into our bachelor/bachelorette weekend getaway (here or here...or camping) would be SO fun!!
Ohhhh, I'm such a sucker for a tepee and a headpiece!!! love love love love..

:: peace and love ::

Friday, November 20, 2009

ohh you taunt me

Karla's vintage mint green and beaded frock is something else....i want it, i really do.....not to mention these sequined 'Carly' pumps from Kate Spade...i know i know, i already have wedding shoes, but what if i need 'bridal shower shoes' or....'rehearsal dinner shoes'...or something?? I mean really, it can't hurt. Torturous....Here's to hoping these sequined delights find their way into my closet!!! Happy Friday my loves, I hope you have a beautiful weekend : )

:: peace and love ::

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hmm....i smell a project : )

The dress dilemma is ever approaching...and I must say I do need to figure something out!!!! I think a trip to SF is in order, but I also thought up this idea, and am really liking it!! The bottom two pictures are from Jcrew (the Sophia gown), I think the way the top crosses over the bust and in back is a bit boring--or ordinary....and would want to re work the top to mimic Leighton Meester's lovely gown with the knotted detail at the sleeves...mmm delicious : ) I like the flowy' chiffon...I like the banded detail at the high waist and the light pleating coming down into the skirt....i just don't love the top, but that can be altered, right?

:: peace and love ::

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I've been neglectful...

I'm sorry dear readers...our little family has yet again been struck with another tragedy. I'm not quite in the space to say too much just yet, the words just aren't coming to me... I will say that we are so devastated by the loss of Wes' beautiful, amazing, warm, wonderful and loving little sister Shannon Marie who departed from our company Saturday, Nov 7th at the young age of 22...I will have more to say later, but can't quite wrap my head around it at the moment.

I will be back and blogging away soon, we have just been very busy grieving, and dealing with this un-comprehensible tragedy.

:: peace and love ::

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

you will be missed

My love Maxie left us last Wednesday, she was my best friend, my companion, my everything. She is the first pet I have lost while being old enough to really understand what it means...and it has been one of the most devastating things I have had to go through. I remember getting a chocolate brown leash before going to the pound, knowing that I was going to be picking out a dog. When I first laid eyes on this beautiful chocolate brown puppy, with the sweetest smile and softest ears, I knew that a lifelong love was found in her, and of course that my leash matched her fur perfectly!! We had shared our lives together for the past 13 or so years, I grew up with her, took her everywhere, snuggled her at night, and knew in my heart that I would do anything for her. To have to lose her, and feel like I couldn't 'save' her still haunts me, and I have a feeling will continue to haunt me....I can only dream that she is happy, healthy, pain free, roaming in an open field of wild flowers with her toys and many abundant apple trees....and most of all, I can only hope that she knows how very deeply I loved her and that I will always love her. I just hope she isn't lonely, that is the most heartbreaking feeling of all.
Maxie you will always be in our hearts, we love you forever and always.

:: peace and love ::

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

pillow fight delight

Check out this remarkable engagement shoot of Mary + Stefan from Erin Hearts Court...balloons, a pillow fight....a carnival and two beautiful people....ahhhh just lovely!

:: peace and love ::

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

it's on my list...

The lettuce we planted when we first moved in has bolted and flowered and on it's way out the door. Time for some winter veggies, turnips, eggplants, kale, swiss chard.....I can't wait to get planting!!!! It's going to be so yummy : )

:: peace and love ::
{top pic-dimple arts photography, second-home ideas, third-glorious gardens-chicago tribune.

Monday, October 19, 2009 have great style

Ohhhh Giovanna Battaglia....I love you *almost* as much as Nina (see here and here). Eyi yei, she is insanely fabulous....L'Uomo's Vogue editor is inspiring in her fashion sense and general confidence. Love love.....

:: peace and love ::

{ pic's from Garance Dore and the Sartorialist }