Monday, August 31, 2009

Serena & Lily

I'm totally inspired by the Serena & Lily Summer 2009 catalog cover. What a beautiful, eye catching photograph that exquisitely showcases their products and logo. It has the perfect amount of whimsy and imagination.

I was so inspired by their logo that I decided to make calling cards for myself with a similar theme. I love the idea of calling cards. It's such a classy way to give someone your number or email address. Keep an eye out for their arrival in my etsy store so you can order your own!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Navy Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! Enjoy your weekend... see you Monday!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Check it off your list

I don't know about you, but I'm a list girl. Nothing feels more productive than a handwritten list of all the things that I have to do with a check box next to it. Sometimes I even write down the things I've already done just so I can check off that little box. It makes me feel accomplished. Anyway, I'm absolutely loving these check lists by Erin Vale of Vale Design. They're so pretty and make check lists much more entertaining. (My favorite is the "Honey Dew" list and I especially love that she included the "It's super short I promise" line.) You can download and print them off yourself and the best part is... they're free!! And make sure to check out her fabulous blog.

Download found here (scroll to the bottom of the post, it's written in small type)

Download found here

Download found here

All designs by Vale Design, for personal use only.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The High Line

Here are some pictures of the High Line in NYC that I took this summer. I just finished photoshopping and cropping them so here they are, hot off the press. For those of you who aren't familiar with the High Line, they are above ground train tracks that were abandoned for many years, had become overgrown and were recently were converted into a park. I highly recommend a visit... it's beautiful.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

479° Popcorn

I'm dying to try this popcorn. The reason why it's called 479° is because, according to the website, that is the optimal temperature for popping corn. It's not cheap. Prices range from $35 to $52 for various samplers. But just listen to the flavors: Black Truffle & White Cheddar, Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt, Fleur de Sel Caramel, Vietnamese Cinnamon Sugar, Ginger Sesame Caramel... if it is as good as it sounds, I'd happily pay that price.

It even made Oprah's O List:
"... this artisanal popcorn is the snack food equivalent of finding Brian Atwood shoes on sale while simultaneously riding off into the sunset with Benicio Del Toro in a Lamborghini on a Caribbean Beach."
If that doesn't make you want to buy this, I don't know what will.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Stationery Store

I'm determined to have my own stationery store one day and I absolutely cannot wait to design the interior. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! (Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I've just started a new job so just trying to settle into a routine.) See you Monday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Covered Bed

Ever since I was a little girl, I was infatuated with covered beds. I wanted a bunk bed soo badly and I was obsessed with my My Little Pony Tent bed, exactly like this one. Right after college I bought a mosquito netting canopy which I loved until the hanger broke and it fell on top of me while I was sleeping... not a pleasant experience. Anyway, I'm still hoping to have a canopy bed one day and I plan on having bunk beds for my kids too!

The City Sage
(not exactly canopy but I love how the fabric accentuates the high ceilings)


Traditional Home

Decor Pad

All images found via
Pink Wallpaper

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend Project

I finally got around to a project that has been on my to do list for forever. I've wanted to cover my bulletin board with fabric for some time now, but I couldn't quite figure out how to take the wood frame off the cork board without sawing it apart. Luckily I found this post on Everything LEB and it was the exact solution I was looking for. I also used her suggestion to use burlap. It's super cheap (only $2.99 a yard at JoAnn's) and has great texture.

This project is so easy the pictures speak for themselves... no instructions needed! But make sure to check out Lindsay's blog for other fabulous design ideas!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! See you Monday.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Dreaming of the most amazing gelato I ever tasted from Amorino in Paris. What I wouldn't give for a large cone of amaretto and pistachio gelato... it's heaven.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Sartorialist

People watching... one of my favorite past times in New York City. My husband, of all people, discovered The Sartorialist and knew I would instantly love it. The Sartorialist documents "street style" in glamorous cities such as Paris, Milan, New York City and Florence. In Mike's words "reading it is like people watching." Which I agree with, but it's people watching only the most beautiful and stylish people in the world.

All photos from The Sartorialist

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Food & Travel

I have to say, living without tv this summer hadn't been as hard as I expected. Thanks to Netflix and Hulu I was able to get by, and I certainly was a lot more productive during the day. But now that I'm back in Ithaca with our Time Warner cable and brand new flat screen (as soon as we got home our old tv started smoking and died so we promptly went to Best Buy to get a new one), I've become a Travel Channel and Food Network addict again. The two shows that I'm loving:

The Food Network's mini documentary series where chefs and Food Network personalities dish about the best... well, you know. Watching it makes my mouth water. Appetizers at The Spotted Pig... Donuts at Buddakan... can't go wrong with that!

And who doesn't know about Anthony? He has the absolute best travel show on tv. I can watch re-runs of his episodes over and over again. To simplify him and his show into a few sentences would be a disservice but just tune in on Monday nights at 10 on the Travel Channel to see what I'm talking about.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Chestnuts & Martha

If I can afford it one day, I'll have fresh flowers delivered to my home every week. It's a luxury but fresh flowers have the amazing power to brighten up any room.

My favorite floral boutique in NYC is Chestnuts in the Tuileries. They have the most beautiful flower arrangements. Unfortunately I'm usually not able to afford the $150+ price tag. Luckily there's always Martha.

Martha Stewart Sunrise Bouquet $49.95

Friday, August 7, 2009

Navy Friday

We're packin' up and movin' out. Back to Ithaca tomorrow! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Birthday Stationery

I made some stationery for my friend Margaret's birthday today. (different Margaret from the other day... it just so happens that two of my closest friends are named Margaret!) She's a teacher so I thought she could use these to write notes to her students or their parents.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SweetAmb's Cookies

Beachbungalow8 posted about these amazing cookies yesterday and I just had to share them with you. I have to say, that I know a thing or two about decorated cookies. I used to work across the street from Eleni's, the premiere designer cookie bakery in NYC, and we used to get cookies for events all the time. Then, when I worked to Brides, we would give away bridal themed decorated cookies to our clients. However, SweetAmb's cookies are the most exquisite cookies I have ever seen. The others just pale in comparison. She has an amazing talent...look at those incredible details! And her price point is much lower than most designer cookie companies. For $18 you can give the most beautiful gift, too good to eat!

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