Thursday, January 31, 2013

His and Her's Gift Guide

valentines  for your valentine


I imagine this must be the equivalent of flowers for men
French Charcuterie Selection $39.95 Gilt Taste


Let her know she's your princess with these regal French macarons
Classic Macaron Assortment $27.99 Gilt Taste


These briefs usually go on sale around Valentine's which is great because it's hard to pick just one color
Baby Rib Boxer Brief $16 American Apparel 


Subtlety sexy, this lingerie shows off her natural curves
India Retro Bralet $48 Eberjay


A modern twist for his Old Fashion keeps his drinks from getting watery
Stainless Steel Ice Cubes $20 Amazon


Rocks that won't melt your wallet and roses that won't wilt
Rose Quartz Necklace $25 etsy


Colongne so light, it's almost natural
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue $45 Sephora


The je ne sais quoi you smell when she leans in for a kiss
Chloe Eau de Parfum $25 Sephora


Background music to his liking
Thickfreakness vinyl $19 Amazon


Background music to her liking
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals $22 Amazon


Probably the only pamerping Ron Swanson indulges in
Start Up Kit $55 êShave


Vamp up everything from chambray to little black dresses
NARS Terre de Feu Pure Matte Lipstick $26 Sephora


A sweet reminder of where you started your adventure together
$22 etsy


Or where you're having it now
$44 etsy


Because he never takes himself too seriously
Chocolate Mustache Lollipops $9 etsy 


And you love her cheesy puns
Pugs & Kisses Valentine Gift Box etsy

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentines for People You Kiss on the Lips

valentines for your significant or not so significant other

Following up my guide for friends and family, here are a few valentines for people you may or may not actually be in love with.

Give a blue valentine instead of watching the movie on Feb. 14th.  Trust me. $5 etsy

For the love at first sight types $15 Row Boat Press

For the cute girl in your English class $15 etsy

For the true gentleman in your life $7.50 etsy

There's one in every relationship $3.75 etsy

For your socially awkward penguin.  As they say, birds of a feather... $4.50 etsy

Instead of a grand gesture, you can always go for a bold statement $5 etsy

For your boyfriend who watches Wes Anderson movies with you $4.50 Rifle Paper Co.

For someone who's left a lasting impression on your heart $5.50 etsy

For the commitment phobe in your life $5 etsy

If you're not into labels, go literal $5 etsy

I've definitely said this before $4 etsy

For the font aficionado $5 etsy

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Valentines for People You Kiss on the Cheek

Valentines for friends & family

I love Valentine's Day.  Something about the excuse to wear excessive amounts of pink and eat candy and tell people how much you love them just really does it for me.  Obviously, not everyone feels the same way; but I think most people can get behind the sentiment of a small gesture and letting someone know you love them-be it your parents, your best friend, or even just your dog.  And who doesn't love getting snail mail?  So, I'm kicking off my Valentine guide with a few love notes for people you're not romantic with but adore just the same.  

For your dad, the dapper Don Draper type $4 etsy

For your mom who reads Design*Sponge $4.50 Rifle Paper Co.

For your brother, the Kubrick fan $12 etsy

For your sister who you call after every episode $6 etsy

For your best friend who you met one summer at camp $3 etsy

For your college roommate who's studying abroad $10 Rifle Paper Co.


Don't forget some simple and sweet stationery to top it all off $5 etsy$6 etsy, and $5 etsy

Friday, January 25, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us this week

Best News of the Week was a tie between the release of the Mad Men promo shots and the Coachella line up.  Coachella is bringing the Postal Service reunion along with every other band you've ever wanted to see all to one place for the 12th time this spring.  Too bad none of us can actually afford to go.  *sigh* Let's move on before the tears start.   Mad Men is coming back April 7th!  While not necessarily fun for the whole family, it's definitely something we can all enjoy from the comforts of our own couches.  Check out what to expect from season 6 and don't forget to heed Matthew Weiner's advice and rewatch the last 10 minutes of season 5 right before the premier!

Other gems the internet gave us this week, in no particular order:

The lyric video for Justin Timberlake's Suit & Tie

This tear jerking story in The New York Times about old love

Matt Damon's Revenge

The news that Martha Stewart's French bull dog is a-okay and an accompanying photo set narrated by Martha's pets themselves (my personal favorites are #6 and #8)

This amazing defense/proclamation of love for our bad ass First Lady

and finally

Snow in the south!  I'm using this as an excuse to make Nutella hot chocolate with Bailey's 

Worst News of the week goes to these statistics on the film industry; but, at least there's the silver lining that half of the narrative films in Sundance this year were directed by women.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cooking Your Way Through Pintrest: Sweet & Spicy Avocado Grilled Cheese

sort of nutritious, definitely delicious

There are so many delectable looking avocado grilled cheeses on Pintrest, it's almost overwhelming.  They probably make up a good 1/4th of my food board, with another 2/4th's being other avocado recipes.  So, I was pleasantly surprised when Justin dug up this gem from the bowels of my board; it must have been the very first thing I pinned on there.  Usually, the staples of the avocado grilled cheese are mozzarella and tomato, throw in some pesto here and there.  If you look closely in the picture though, the red part isn't a tomato-it's an apple!  Somehow this recipe manages to put an American spin on an American classic.

Sweet & Spicy Avocado Grilled Cheese via Jana Laurene

2 slices sourdough bread
1 slice pepper jack cheese
1/2 avocado
2 strips bacon
1/2 red apple 

Butter your bread.  Seems like a no-brainer, but I have forgotten on more than one occasion only to have to take apart my sammie and start from the beginning.

Cut up your fruits while the bacon cooks.  (We used maple bacon which made the sandwich even sweeter and was a great contrast with the pepper jack.)  Make sure to slice your apple and avocado thinly, otherwise it will be really difficult to keep your sandwich together while flipping it on the griddle.

Once the bacon has cooked, assemble your fixings in any order you like and fry 'er up!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weekend Edition: Anthropologie Warehouse Sale

Sorry it's been so long between posts!  I'm actually writing this at Starbucks because we're having an issue with the internet at my apartment.  I looked out the window yesterday to see a guy on the telephone pole; and the next thing I knew, the power and cable were out.

This past weekend, I went drove down to North Augusta, SC to visit my family there.  (I bet the drive is beautiful in spring because you get to go through all the peach orchards.)   While I was there, my Aunt Renee took me to the Anthropologie damaged furniture auction in Trenton.  We woke up really early on Saturday morning and made the 20 minute trip to the Urban Outfitters complex.  When we got there, we registered and received our bidding numbers.  On the floor was a mountain of rugs, and through the windows you could see deep into the warehouse.  

Then promptly at 9 am., the auctioneer came out and explained the rules.  
1.  If you want something, raise your hand and keep it up until you can no longer afford the item.  
Last minute snipers will not be tolerated.
2. Only buy what you can haul yourself.  Nothing will be shipped.
3.  Items must be out of the complex by 5 p.m.

Then he went on to say that they sell an item every 30 seconds; and let me tell you, they had this down to a science.  It was just like the old timey auctions you see in movies with the auctioneer rattling off prices and going "SOLD to Number 832!"  Someone in the back would take down your number; and if your item was small, they would pass it down an assembly line of workers to you.  If it was big, they would start a pallet in the warehouse with all your winnings.

We weren't really in the market for anything, so we made sure to sit by the windows on the side where they brought all the stuff out.  That way, we could get look at the items before the bidding frenzy started.  I absolutely loved the lamp stand pictured below (center) with the little birds on it.

Some of the items were actually damaged and needed a little TLC before they could get back in action; but a lot of things just had a knick or a scratch that was barely noticeable.  And still other items had just been returned because people either didn't like them or were too lazy to do the assembly themselves (the auctioneer's words, not mine).  On average, I would say things were selling for atleast 1/4th of their retail value.  Things were still a little pricey; but compared to Anthropologie's regular prices, it was a steal.  $500 couches were going for $100; record players were selling like hot cakes for $30; and the ever lusted after Anthropologie quilts were going for $100-$150 a pop.  My aunt said that this auction was a little more expensive than the last one she went to; but maybe that's because it's January and people still have money in their budgets to bid with.  There are 4 auctions a year, and I'm so excited to save up and maybe actually get something at the next one.  Until then, here are some of my favorite pieces that were up for grabs:

Traveler's Chest (the top opens like a trunk!), retails for $1698

Finn Rocker, retails for $1698

Coralie Bed, retails for $1998

Monarch Coffee Table, retails for $698

Ordinal Dresser, retails for $998