Sunday, February 21, 2010

table for two

My new apartment doesn't have a proper dining room so the only place to eat is at the counter. I've been on the lookout for cute bar stools, but I haven't found anything that I absolutely love and I flat out refuse to pay an arm and a leg for bar stools that will rarely be used (I confess, most of my meals are eaten in the living room). My mom suggested that I makeover these bar stools that have been hanging out in our garage for the last few years. I spray painted the chairs white and reupholstered the seat cushions with a pink toile print, behold the before and after.

Before...

and after.

A close up of the toile fabric.

Mix 'n match bar stools. Check out the pretty candlesticks my sweet Grace got as a house warming gift.


On another, note I couldn't resist showing off the new end table I bought yesterday from White House Antiques. White House Antiques is a cute little antique shop that I stumbled upon a few months ago. It's actually the same place I got this mirror and end table. The owner finds fabulous antiques and refurbishes them to give them a shabby chic look and everything is super affordable. This table was only $35!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

a gift from mom

For the 24th year of my life I was my mom's valentine. As a child my mom would always ask me if I would be her valentine and in my early years, when I absolutely adored mama and thought she hung the moon I would say "yes". As I reached my awkward teen years my enthusiasm began to wear off and I would just laugh and roll my eyes when mom asked me to be her valentine. The roles began to reverse as I got older and as valentine's day rolled around each year I would ask mama to be my valentine, to which she would always respond "yes". Even if there wasn't a man in my life I knew mama would always be there and quite honestly she was better at gift giving than any man I knew.

My mom treats every holiday like a mini birthday, meaning I usually get some kind of gift or happy. This year she treated me to this beautiful mirrored jewelry box from Urban Outfitters. I actually blogged about it around Christmas time, but Santa's elves must have forgotten to whip one up for me ;). Earlier this year when my mom and Bob took a trip to NOLA I asked her to look at Urban and see if they had the box, sure enough they didn't. Well my sneaky mom had kept the box well hidden and presented it to me on Valentine's day. I was excited to say the least!

My beautiful jewelry box.

My jewelry box in it's new home.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

valentine's sweets

After a fabulous weekend in San Diego I ventured back into the kitchen at apt 1023 and gave it some more tlc. Baking is proving to be a very expensive venture so I may take the next few weekends off, or at least keep things a bit more simple. Per the request of a co-worker I made yummy carrot cake cookies and in honor of Valentine's Day I made these delicate raspberry-almond financiers, both courtesy of Martha. Hoping you and yours have a fabulous Valentine's Day, xoxo!

Friday, February 12, 2010

sunny san diego

As a disclaimer I should probably tell you I'm about to bombard you with a ridiculous amount of pictures, but I can't help myself :) Last week I headed to beautiful, sunny San Diego to visit an old high school friend. You can check out my high school years here. I flew out Thursday morning and was greeted by my sweet Mary Grace. She made the hour and half long journey from Fullerton to visit and play with me in SD. We dined, shopped and landed on Coronado Island, famous for the gorgeous Hotel Del Coronado.

Grace and I mustered up the courage to ask someone to take our picture. Here we are in front of the Hotel Del.

That night MG dropped me off to play with Megan. Megan and I hadn't seen each other in six years and it was like nothing had changed. We picked up right from where we left off and immediately got to catch up on each other's lives. Thursday night's activities consisted of In-N-Out for dinner and lots of TV. Friday we ventured into La Jolla and went down to the beach. It was so cold, clearly we weren't dressed properly. I'm thinking the next time I visit will be during the summer so that I can fully enjoy the beautiful San Diego beaches.


Friday night, we kept things low key and went out for sushi at Zen 5...everything was delicious. Meg's fiance, Eric and roommate, Cory joined.

Cory and Eric

The happy couple. Help them win $100,000 toward their wedding by voting here.

Reunited and it feels so good!

Me with the boys

Saturday morning proved to be a bit rough for me :-/ I think I may have had too much fun out in SD. We laid in bed for the better half of the day, but managed to pull it together for a hour to get drinks and appetizers at Firehouse. That night I got to see my dear friend, Alex, another bestie from high school. We went out for sushi again to celebrate my return to the homeland and Alex's promotion!

Me and the girls...we've come a long way

Out at Bar West

What up gansta'

Things started early Sunday morning. We dragged ourselves to the Sneak Joint for champagne brunch, where I got to meet more of Megan and Eric's friends. We went to a few other bars but eventually ended up back at the house to watch the Superbowl, where if you haven't heard the Saints beat the Colts, 31-17...WHO DAT!

Monday morning I bid farewell and headed back to the dirty, dirty. This is me and Meg's sweet dog, Sir.

Looking forward to the next trip to SD, hopefully I can make it out before another six years pass!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

more winter

So sweet little Punxsutawney Phil made his yearly debut today. The little marmot saw his shadow once again, which means six more weeks of winter...no fun. It doesn't really make sense does it? If he sees his shadow doesn't that mean it's sunny out so we should have six additional weeks of spring? I think so, but apparently there's a reason to this little critter's antics. Groundhogs would come out of their burrow toward the end of winter and if they saw their shadow they would retreat back into their burrow. I'm just gonna say that groundhogs aren't the most intelligent creatures but come February 2 we rely on them for our winter forecast. Some quick research informed me that Phil has seen his shadow 99 times and hasn't seen it only 15 times and he's only been accurate 39% of the time, so you may want to take his forecast with a grain of salt.

Once I had the stats down I was intrigued to find out more about this crazy holiday. Every February 2 Phil is pulled from a "ceremonial tree stump" in Gobbler's Knob and the rest of his days are spent in an enclosure in the Punxsutawney Library with his wife Phyllis. Yes, this little guy has found true love with another little marmot. And apparently there's other famous groundhogs around the U.S. There's Staten Island Chuck and General Beauregard Lee of the ATL, just to name a few.

Here's to you Phil on your big day, looking forward to seeing you next year! And next year please bring more spring :)