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I enjoy simple things: solitude, cheap sheet cake, and sunlight. I also believe that white is, in fact, a color. Bring me fresh flowers and we can be friends.

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December 22, 2011

2011 Holiday Cards

I've been late on almost everything this year. One thing I actually almost wasn't late on was mailing out my holiday cards. But then I could never find the time to get to the post office to get stamps and here I am writing my holiday card post, when I haven't even mailed out my cards yet (I will today!!).

All it took was some colored paper, glitter paper, scissors, and a glue stick. I am a sucker for homemade cards, and I think homemade holiday cards are a new tradition for me. Check out my attempt from last year here
December 15, 2011

Recipe: Baked Brie

For about 23 years of my life, I convinced myself that I hated cheese.  Very recently, I realized that I had totally been lying to myself for all that time. I LOVE cheese. This is a very hard realization for a lactard (someone who is lactose intolerant). Let's just say I've learned to deal with my unfortunate situation by googling if it is possible to overdose on Lactaid pills (FYI- it's not).

My cousin has been staying with me the past week, and of the many things we have in common, a deep rooted love for wine and cheese is one of them.  In addition to our cheese plate earlier this week, she came up with the brilliant idea of trying to make baked brie. We followed this recipe (sans jam and brown sugar, plus honey - because it's what we had) and were not disappointed by our first attempt.

Quick and easy and impressive. You'll make friends.
December 14, 2011

I Want Wednesday: Party Dresses from ASOS

The holiday season is in full swing and in addition to spending tons of money on gifts, I have been eyeing some really great party dresses I'd love to add to my closet. ASOS is my new go-to for great, different pieces as of late.  They have free shipping (and returns!) and such a great selection and such a varied price point that I can always find something I love.


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I am totally lusting over the white feather skirt bandeau dress and the sequin green dress.

December 13, 2011

Vanity Spruce Up

New knobs are the easiest and quickest way to update a piece of furniture. My vanity table was one of the first pieces of furniture I brought into my apartment.  I had originally thought I would paint it or change the legs, but I have been pretty content with the all white nook and have left it as is for the time being.


While doing a little Christmas shopping, I spotted these knobs on sale at Anthropologie and fell in love. It took about 3 minutes to unscrew the old knobs and replace them with these new ones, and they give the vanity table a new rustic glam kind of feel.
 My next project with the vanity is to reupholster my little stool. I've been keeping my eyes open for the perfect fabric, but haven't come across it yet.
December 6, 2011

Cozy up: New Rug

I've been looking for a rug for months (see here).  I knew I wanted something in the grey family and I had originally had my eye on this PB Teen lattice rug, but didn't want to spend the $400. 

While everyone else was shopping for new shoes on Cyber Monday, I stumbled across this Homespun Moroccan Trellis Charcoal Rug on RugsUSA.com.  With the Cyber Monday discount and free shipping, the 5 x 8 size came to a whopping $125 (FYI they are tax free in every state except New York).

I snapped these pictures late last night when it was dark, but you get the idea, right?

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The rug is wool and is comfy to step on without the shedding of a high pile rug.  I may or may not get a pad for under it for some extra cushion, but for now it really defines my living room area and separates my dark coffee table (which I have been thinking of replacing) from the dark floors.

December 1, 2011

Life Changer: The French Press

About a month ago, my Keurig just stopped working.  I can't say I was too disappointed.  I had actually stopped drinking coffee (one of my FAVORITE pastimes) because I didn't like the way my Keurig brewed.  In addition to that, the thing took up a TON of my counter space.  Little did I know, the broken Keurig was actually a blessing in disguise.  I had been meaning to try a french press for a while (a morning staple during our trip to the south of France), and it pushed me to test it out. 


I didn't do much research on types of presses.  I just grabbed the cheapest one I saw at HomeGoods (babe on a budget).  I use an electric kettle, which boils my water in less than 2 minutes, so making a freshly brewed cup of coffee really doesn't take any longer than the Keurig takes to brew a cup. 

The french press is filterless, which allows the flow of the essential oils of the coffee into your mug.  Because you control the amount of coffee to water (something you cannot do with a Keurig), I can make my coffee strong, something I missed using the Keurig, but still light and flavorful. 

It's a life change I highly suggest.