Entries from April 2010
April 30th, 2010 · lifestyle
This weekend is going to be amazing. Seriously. My friends have planned an engagement dinner for Saturday night and I’m excited to put on my heels and toast to love and friendship! This past year has had its ups and downs, and lately I have been feeling so blessed. I have such a strong support system, and I’m fortunate to be surrounded with people who bring such positivity to my life.
If Ryan and I don’t celebrate too much we’ll be going to the Rutgers Botanical Gardens on Sunday. Ryan went to college there and we hear they have amazing grounds. We may take our wedding photos there around this time next year, so we thought it would be a good idea to see what’s currently in bloom, and to see just how beautiful the grounds are. Perhaps we’ll use my fancy new picnic basket my parents got me for Christmas and enjoy the beautiful weather! Cheers!
Tags:friends·picnic·rutgers botanical gardens·weekend
When I first saved these photos, I have no idea they were the home of inspiration blogger, Nicole of So Haute! I love the neutral greige paint with the colorful accents. The layering of area rugs, throw pillows, and artwork proves that neutral spaces can be exciting!
Ryan and I have changed our minds a lot when it came to choosing a wedding venue. At first, we had our heart set on getting married in the Poconos. Then we thought we wanted to have it catered at a local art gallery. But, now we’re getting married in a garden and having the reception in a modern venue near our hometowns. (A perfect location for a small, intimate wedding next Spring). I’m never indecisive when it comes to clients at work, but when it’s something personal, I can never commit to an idea. (Clearly I do not have commitment issues.) When we considering getting married outdoors in the Poconos, I thought these favors were the sweetest idea! They are so perfect for any outdoorsy party and a fun, interactive gift!
(elizabethan designs via apartment 34.)
April 28th, 2010 · cleaning
Whenever it’s warmer out, Ryan seems to enjoy spending hours washing and waxing his car. It must be a guy thing, because I’d much rather take it to a car wash (or our local “car spa”). He bought this pen to remove rust from a tiny scratch on his car, and we thought it’d be great for another household use.
The pens price tag of $10.99 was a little surprising at first, but it’s a lot less expensive than buying a new knife set. The fibreglass eraser-like pen was so easy to use – you simple rub it back and forth on the rust spots as if you’re erasing them. So easy, even a caveman could do it.
April 27th, 2010 · fashion
I’ve been looking for at least a year for a no-frills rain jacket. The criteria were simple: lightweight, with a hood, and one that had some shape. When I first saw Emily’s post, I knew I had to have this rain jacket in my favorite color! With the rain in New York these past few days, it’s saved me! It’s perfect for catching a cab, or carrying grocery bags without having to fumble with an umbrella!
Tip: They run really big, so I’d get a size smaller than you are.
April 27th, 2010 · art
I’ve been meaning to stop by the Soho Design Within Reach for two years since their opening in 2008. I strolled in today only to find that that are CLOSING! While the news of yet another store is closing is sad, I scored some really great deals. Everything in the store is 50-60%, and the last day open is Sunday. Hurry!
I was disappointed to hear that the linens were sold out, but I managed to score this herb pot for only $12! I got some goodies for Ryan’s birthday next month, but I can’t share because he reads my blog!
Tags:design within reach·new york·sale
April 27th, 2010 · lifestyle
April 26th, 2010 · wedding
This weekend, my sister (maid of honor) organized a surprise engagement dinner for me and Ryan! It was my first surprise party, and the first wedding related event since we’ve been engaged. Ryan and I were supposed to be babysitting my nephew but my sister’s plan “fell through” so we all went out to dinner instead. I thought our night would consist of jumping on the trampoline or bowling night, but my family had a different plan. They’re lucky that I’m so easy going, and that I didn’t show up in my sweatpants like I considered wearing to babysit.
It was so nice to have an intimate group of our families and friends together enjoying good food and wine. Ryan’s 8 year old nephew (and Jr. Best man), Tyler, even gave an adorable toast to practice for his best man speech at the wedding. It was a night filled with laughs, and a few teary moments and I’m so excited for the celebrations over the next year!
(image via snippet and ink which inspired our wedding.)
April 23 will forever be a special day for me. Exactly ten years ago, Ryan asked me to be his girlfriend after being best friends for so long. There was quite some time where he just saw me only as a best friend, but as soon as I met him I knew I would eventually love him. As innocent and naive as I was at 15 years old, I’d go over his house nearly every day helping him with his homework, wearing my strawberry-kiwi lipsmackers hoping today would be the day he’d kiss me. In the past decade, we’ve grown a lot as people and even more importantly, as a couple. We’ve experienced deaths of family members, births of our adorable nephews, college, and careers and through it all have learned to communicate and love even more. I am incredibly proud to call Ryan my fiancee, because he is the most loving, caring, silly and selfless person I have ever met in my life. He has a great positive energy that instantly makes people feel at ease and I’m thankful that I will have him in my life forever. Next April 23, Ryan and I will (finally) become husband and wife. April 23 will forever be a special day for me.
(photo taken in central park right after he proposed!)
April 22nd, 2010 · furniture
What’s the best deal you’ve ever gotten? In high school, I got a pair of trendy Steve Madden shoes for $1.99 with a pair of PJs for free in the clearance room at Mandee’s. Mandee to the rescue, indeed.
Tonight’s purchase goes down in the record books for us! It’s no secret that Ryan and I love a good bargain, and tonight isn’t any different. Ryan got two $10 coupons at Kohl’s and we went there just to get out of the house for a little bit since I’ve been working so late. (Wild, I know!) I love their home goods department so I figured I could get a small gadget for the kitchen. (I have an infatuation with new things. It could be deodorant and I get excited.) After walking around a bit, I found a modern bamboo pepper mill that’s similar to what I’ve been looking for. It seems that most pepper mills are very traditional, so I was happy to find this one on. It had an original price tag of $24.99, but after sale and coupon it came out to only $4.54! My mom would be proud! But, wait. There’s more…
After walking around a bit, Ryan came across this solid wood and metal table. (Similar to this table I spotted at Target last year.)
We don’t need a table now, by any means. We’ve been buying small furniture pieces that are in storage for the past 3 years, but we couldn’t pass this baby up. Originally, the table was $79.99 but was on sale for $15.99! With our coupon it came out out to only $5.45. Can you believe it?!
I’m thinking it was so inexpensive because of the minor surface scratches, but I if we can renovate an apartment, we can sand a table.
We saved $95.65, and got two great items for only $9.99! Plus, I found a really yummy recipe on the back of a baking dish from the Food Network, and I can’t wait to try it! Life is good.
How beautiful is this guesthouse nestled on an ancient olive tree hillside?! The home has an enormous amount of character and charm, it looks as though it’s from a classic fairy tale. An afternoon nap on that antique settee sounds like heaven!
April 21st, 2010 · design
With the warmer weather approaching, and all things beautiful starting to bloom, I’m lusting after having a garden of my own. Along with having a dishwasher, a fireplace, and an actual bedroom, I’m really looking forward to getting my hands dirty in a vegetable garden. These spaces are successful living environments because they all have designated areas that create visual interest and purpose.
(first two images via door sixteen. all others via google.)
April 20th, 2010 · art
One of my friends always asks, “So, what was your favorite part about your day?” or “Tell me some stories.”. If she asked me what my favorite part about Lonny this month I’d have to say the art that was featured! I especially love that last image – it’s such a new modern take on a classic painting!
I’m so excited to see SATC2 that I can hardly take it! The interiors aren’t what I would have pictured for Carrie and Big, but they are quite beautiful! Click here for more information and images.
p.s. Do you recognize this ensemble?
Tags:interior design·set decoration·sex and the city
April 19th, 2010 · wedding
These modern rings are such an interesting way to personalize your wedding bands!
(something old, something new.)
Happy Blog Birthday, penny rounds! One year ago I was inspired to be a more curious person. I was inspired to take more photos and to try new things. Thank you to all my loyal readers and for allowing me to share with you!
(cupcakes and cashmere.)
April 16th, 2010 · fashion
I love Reese’s easy California style! I have similar pieces, but never thought of putting them together!
I’m loving the vintage inspired chairs with a bold striped rug. It’s all about mixing old with the new!
I have pretty much everything planned for our wedding except the save the date. It seems like everything is cutsie and girly and that’s not me… or us. I’m debating whether or not we should put our photo on it, because I highly doubt people want to stare at us for 6 months! I like the handmade feel of these, but they still look modern and interesting. What do you think?
(I can’t remember where these are from! If you know, please let me know so I can credit original source.)
Tags:design·save the date·wedding
If I had one store to furnish my entire house, it’d be Interieurs. This week, I visited their new showroom in New York and left wanting every single item. They’re aesthetic is a mixture between vintage industrial with a bit of glamour. An odd mix, I know. The colors and materials used are so beautiful – I especially love their linens!
Sorry about the small photos! I took them with my iPhone and the quality wasn’t so great.
Tags:decoration·interieurs·interior design·new york
April 14th, 2010 · fashion
I want these. I can’t stop thinking about them. It’s bad.
April 14th, 2010 · food
I feel like I haven’t had much time to do anything lately, but I’ve suddenly gotten an urge to make cupcakes. But, only in these beauties! I need to make this happen soon!
(image via elephantine.)