Tuesday, December 6, 2011

tuesday tunes - randomness

12/06/11 by jess oh on Grooveshark

seriously, sometimes music is the only thing that keeps me going when i am running on fumes ;) this week's collection doesn't really make much sense and that's ok. haha, so yeah i hope you enjoy and find something new that you like.

1. lights out, words gone - Bombay Bicycle Club
2. skeleton - The Good Natured
3. adultery - Little Comets
4. major - Asteroid Galaxy Tour
5. satellite - The Kills

is it friday yet??

Monday, December 5, 2011

oh monday

oh hello! i am in fact still alive. things are a little crazy at the moment and i've been having some computer issues leaving me primary with an ipad to work with most days (which is beyond frustrating). above are some little glimpses of what i've been up to recently: torturing my cat, taking a little weekend trip to nyc, lots of crochet, and decorating our little apt for the holidays ;)

anyways, i hope everyone is getting in the festive mood and checking off items from their shopping lists ;) i'm still taking customer orders in the shop and most listings are ready to ship!

try and have a wonderful monday, or at least sing along with the following with me ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

i hope everyone (in america) has the best thanksgiving ;)

it is truly my favorite holiday since it is solely about food and family. today we are pulling double duty and having meals with both my family and the husband's (so i am thinking loose fitting clothing...)

it has been such a wonderful year and i am so thankful for everyone in my life. this year not only did i get to marry my best friend, but i also got to share in that same happiness for four of my cousins. i also got to see some of the people that mean the most to me do some really amazing things and be a part of their joy. i can't even imagine what the new year holds, but i'm already thankful for it.

so it's time for me to finish up cooking, watch the parade, and then head out for a wonderful day!
i hope you all get to do the same.

all the best, jess

and starting today and running through monday: FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING in the shop!
enter THANKS2011 at checkout ;)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

happy birthday to me!

another year another birthday ;)

in honor of myself (?) enjoy 22% OFF your entire order with the code HAPPYDAY today only.
beat the black friday rush ;)

oh and i should clarify, it's 22 in honor of the date, not my actual age ;)

Friday, November 18, 2011

friday finds - early gift ideas

1. patterned hand knitted mittens by Art of Handicrafts
seriously love these pretty knit mittens, they would look so cute with so many different colored winter coats ;)

2. DIY penguin kit by Cythia Treen Studio

great gift idea for the busy person in your life that wishes they had more time for crafts. what an adorable end product!

3. Hand draped cloche cap by Behida Dolic Millinery
i love hats and this one is just beyond gorgeous. would rock that pretty much every winter.

4. reindeer christmas shirt by kay em kay

absolutely love this. for the festive.

5. plaid gadget wallet by rockitbot

sometimes you just need something super functional. great in plaid.

i am trying to get a jump start on holiday shopping... still in denial that thanksgiving is next week though! thank goodness for the internet ;)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

tuesday tunes - on thursday!

ok, so i'm still having posting issues causing my latest installment of Tuesday Tunes to show up now on Thursday.

it's probably my favorite thing i do all week since i love music and i love making a little playlist of new and old stuff that i can obsessively listen to for the next couple of days ;)

so as always, enjoy!

11/17/11 by jess oh on Grooveshark

1. We Are Young - fun.
2. The Bay - Metronomy
3. Midnight City - M83
4. Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
5. Honey Bunny - Girls

on pizza

(ok, so i am stealing this from my husband...
but yesterday he posted the following on his facebook and it's pretty perfect.)

GQ: What can you tell about a man by the type of pizza that he likes?
Herman Cain: [repeats the question aloud, then pauses for a long moment] The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is.
GQ: Why is that?
Herman Cain: Because the more manly man is not afraid of abundance. [laughs]
GQ: Is that purely a meat question?...
Herman Cain: A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.

Almost as ridiculous as calling pizza a vegetable.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

honeymoon part 1 - Positano

i've been trying to get together a post with some photos from our honeymoon for some time, but with 800+ photos it has been a little hard to get a handle on it all! so i'm going to break it into a few posts and try not to be super overwhelming.

we were lucky enough to spend almost two weeks in Italy for our honeymoon and we stayed in Positano on the Amalfi Coast for the first week. we rented an apartment which was pretty amazing (once we were able to find it of course). Positano was a wonderful town to be based in and allowed for day trips to other sights in the area. the weather was great and i think i carb loaded like never before (wine, pasta, and bread oh my!).

our cute little apartment with the most wonderful balcony & view

photo taken from the main Spaggia beach

ate lots of fresh buffalo mozzarella which is made exclusively in the region and always washed it down with locally made limoncello (love the shot of the new wedding ring ;)

We really loved the small town and i can even forgive the hundreds of steps i had to climb every day to get around it. Since we visited at the end of the season it was quiet and easy to explore without crowds being a problem. On the second day in Positano we went on a walking tour led by an Australian ex-pat who has found herself living in the town after marrying a local (the very handsome Vincenzo). She had a great love of the town and its people and it was a really fun way to experience the town, especially when we got to sample lots of local food and drink.

we took a scenic boat trip out to the Emerald Grotto near Amalfi. honestly one of the most hilarious "tour guides" i've ever encountered is the guide that steers the row boat inside the grotto.

Pompeii was amazing and a true nerd's paradise. we had no idea how gigantic the site was and how much had been excavated! we spent over 5 hours here and no doubt didn't see it all. It was easily reached by bus and train even if the schedules didn't match up at all.

I'll be back soon with parts 2 and 3 ;)

Monday, November 14, 2011

art star craft bazaar - this weekend!

so in between the craziness of the wedding, the honeymoon, and getting back into the swing of things at my day job, i've been prepping like crazy for my first holiday show! The Art Star Craft Bazaar is this weekend in Philadelphia and things kick off with a VIP party this friday night. i am both super nervous and extremely excited ;) (clearly this is why i haven't been around these parts as much recently - also Blogger is freaking out and wouldn't let me post anything for the past 4 days...)

if you are in Philly make sure you stop by and say hello! and if you aren't make sure you check in with the shop next week for a massive update ;)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

tuesday tunes - lady power

it's a girls day over here for this installment of tuesday tunes.

1. Cruel - St. Vincent
2. Shake It Out - Florence + the Machine
3. Crystalline - Bjork
4. Video Games - Lana Del Ray
5. Slow Like Honey - Fiona Apple

i was lucky enough to see St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) again in concert last week here in Philly and she was amazing as always. i must also confess to a total love of Bjork. it's been going on for years and annoying most the people in my life (i know she is not everyone's cup of tea). then this Video Games song by new artist Lana Del Ray has been haunting me all week. i caught it on the radio and then it turned up on Gossip Girl last night (yes, i still watch that show and yes, i still love it).

enjoy enjoy enjoy! and as always, please share any and all music you are currently listening too ;)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

completely unsolicited wedding advice

i feel like at the end of the day getting married is a piece of cake (or at least it should feel like it!) and planning a wedding is the hard part. no matter how big or small you go it is always stressful to throw a party, especially such an important one. at the beginning i wasn't completely sold on the big traditional wedding (i have a very big family, so small was really out of the question) and it was actually Bryan that really wanted the big day. in the end, i am glad that we did it and i'm also really glad it's all over ;)

so even though you didn't ask, i thought i would share a little of what i learned...

there is no right way to get married. aside from ensuring that you become legally married at some point (these rules vary from state to state, country to country), there is no actual script that any wedding has to follow. i remember being given a few etiquette books and wedding guides from well meaning friends and then promptly forgot about them and put them on the shelf. for me it was too stressful, we just wanted to do things our own way and not worry about making sure we were doing it the "right" way. it sounds simple, but it made me feel so much better to not feel constrained by rules or guidelines.

spend money on what matters to you. save on the rest. yeah, weddings can be expensive. if you want a particular venue, have your eye on a designer dress, or need to have a certain band you will probably have to pay, but that's ok. focus on what you can't live without and spend the money there. for us, it was photography and the venue. i could have cared less about flowers and didn't even hire a florist in the end (and they still turned out great in my opinion). i also got my dress at J. Crew, had a family friend do my make-up and a family member bake our wedding cake. so you can make it work. go get those designer shoes of your dreams, i mean you only get married once (unless you are a reality tv star).

something will go wrong. it won't be a big deal.
it seems like no matter how hard you plan and how well organized you think you are, something will happen (ask anyone). a problem will arise, it will be fixed and you will move on. accept this beforehand and be prepared to calmly address the issue and still enjoy your day. of course this happened to us and it was totally fine, no bridezilla moment here.

consider hiring help. the thought of a wedding planner used to sound so bizarre and unnecessary to me. i can assure you it is neither. we had wedding coordinators that helped us the month before and the day of the wedding. after spending so much time making a lot of the decor and focusing on little touches (in between both of us working crazy hours a week), it was great to have people dedicated to making sure everything was in its place and everything happened when it should. they are not a big expense, but i can tell you it was worth every penny.

and that's all i've got (for now at least). weddings are fun, crazy, wonderful days. enjoy the whole process and make sure you keep in mind the bigger picture: you are marrying the best person ever.
(oh and plan a great honeymoon, whoever came up with that idea is a GENIUS)

photos from our great wedding photographers: sanderson images
i'll be sharing more photos and wedding ideas once i get the rest of the photos back ;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

love.. at IKEA

so i'm a little obsessed with NPR. i commute everyday 45 miles each way, so i have a lot of time to spend with my favorite informative radio station. it is kind of the best.

anyways, this morning there was this great story about IKEA in Shanghai and how it apparently acts as a large gathering site for a sort of elderly "lonely hearts club". apparently people like to convene there for the free coffee and new friends. IKEA might not be super psyched about it, but i just got such a kick out of a retiree confessing:

"We don't tell them we go to IKEA, because IKEA is the place to find boyfriends and girlfriends".

so cute. i met bryan at a college party, not super romantic.
have you ever met a romantic interest somewhere random?

check out the full story here

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

tuesday tunes - welcome november

so there is still a little bit of snow left on the ground here, crazy i know, and it's finally November 1st. this is my absolute favorite month since it has both the best holiday, Thanksgiving, and my birthday (i was actually born on thanksgiving!).

i thought i would celebrate November and the chilly weather with some music perfectly suited to listen to while sitting next to a fireplace ;)

1. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
2. Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
3. Andrew Bird - Armchairs
4. Josh Ritter - The Temptation of Adam
5. Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter


oh and p.s. i'm closing in on 100 sales in the shop! the 100th sale gets a special extra ;)
thanks for all the support and encouragement, still can't believe it!

current obsession: Austin Kleon

i just love love these little poems/drawings by Austin Kleon. each one is made my redacting a newspaper article.
they are so clever and funny.

prints are available at 20x200 and you can find out more about his book and work over here.

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

hope everyone is having a wonderful halloween! i finally got my hands on a bag of candy corn so i'm sort of in heaven right now (i also had grilled cheese with smoked gouda, provolone and goat cheese with spinach and tomato soup for dinner - see my last post ;) i'm thinking next year i might have to go ahead and make up this candy corn infused vodka for cocktails. i am fully aware that candy corn is technically gross, but i love it so.

i hope your costume is awesome! i think i'll spook myself with an episode of Dexter tonight and settle in with green tea and saline spray ;)

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Sunday, October 30, 2011


it appears that i brought back some sort of evil head cold with me from Italy (or at least from one of the 3 flights i was on coming home). i seem to have forgotten just how terrible the common cold can really be, sigh. should be fun to go back to work after 2.5 weeks off tomorrow only operating at 20% (yes, even though i am crazy sick i still would feel too guilty to not at least show up at work tomorrow - lame).

but anyway, ever since i was a kid the ultimate comfort food that always makes me feel better when i am sick is grilled cheese and tomato soup. when i was young it used to be a very simple affair comprised of white bread with american cheese. the excitement now is making some seriously decadent incarnations with different combinations of cheese (like gruyere and swiss) on seriously crusty yummy bread. does it really get any better than dunking a giant grilled sandwich of happiness into warm soup? sigh, i'm starting to feel better already just thinking about it.

and if you are so inspired there's a great guide to grilled cheese over at Martha
(where else would you even look?)

does grilled cheese do it for you? what's your favorite comfort food?

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Friday, October 28, 2011

back to reality ;)

well hello hello there interwebs. i'm finally back from the frenzy of getting married and the lovely italian honeymoon that followed ;)

little by little i will be getting back into my routine and updating this blog and the shop (which is finally back open!). crazy enough it is supposed to *snow* here tomorrow!? so it seems that the time for yarn accessories is officially here.

i'll be sharing more wedding related goodies soon enough but there's a shot from our first look and you can see the rest of the photo sneak peek over on our amazing photographers' facebook page ;)

Friday, October 7, 2011

it's showtime

sorry for falling off the face of the earth, but i'm getting married tomorrow ;)

organizing a wedding is tough stuff,
so i think i'll be more than relieved when it's just time to dance the night away!

Friday, September 30, 2011

last day of sale!


the entire online shop is on sale!
in honor of my upcoming wedding on 10/8 everything will be 18% off, just enter CELEBRATE at checkout ;)

after today, my shop will be closed for the ENTIRE (!) month of October has I enjoy my wedding, honeymoon, and then frantically prepare for my first ever show (more exciting details coming soon).

so stock up early for holiday gifts or pick up something for yourself!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

tuesday tunes - clever rainy collection

ok so it has been rainy and gross here for far too long. i am seriously sick of it and miss the sun!
so the weather sort of inspired my little clever and hopeful playlist for today ;)

1. Florence and the Machine - What the Water Gave Me
2. Travis - Why Does it Always Rain on Me
3. Grateful Dead - Box of Rain
4. Duncan Sheik - Wishful Thinking
5. She & Him - In the Sun


Sunday, September 25, 2011


i think that i finally found the perfect red lipstick today!
Red Lizard by NARS.

tested out pretty much most colors in the store today and settled on this one.
pretty psyched, but now also pretty broke after a pre-wedding trip to sephora...

Friday, September 23, 2011

i'm still here!


sorry for the disappearing act most of this week. i've been under the weather due to the allergies and insane sinusitis i've been battling for a little while now and i'm trying everything in my power to get better before that big day that is looming in the very very near future (2 weeks! ahh!) this even means i've been doing my doctors tell me! unfortunately this means i finally start my prednisone (steroid) pack and find myself WIDE AWAKE and unable to sleep at 230am, grand.

this then leads to a very random post, filled with a very wonderful and random collection of things i wish to share with all of you..

1. are you aware the nicholas cage is a vampire?

2. Genius awards were announced this week and sadly i have been overlooked again... (yay for Jad!)

3. the emmys happened and i loved this dress on anna faris (also her hubbies is too cute)

4. know what time it is?

5. also i got a pumpkin spice latte the other day and it was like $4.70. (why must you be so cruel starbucks... stop charging me extra for soy)

6. fall tv premieres have arrived and my couch potato ass is in heaven :) happy to have Parks & Rec back and currently digging The New Girl and Up All Night as new shows. any others i should check out?

7. one week left for the celebratory 18% OFF sale over at my etsy shop! also i'm only 11 sales away from 100! how crazy is that? everyone is the best EVER.

8. oh and thats just a random photo that i took when i was at Terrain last week ;)

thank goodness the weekend is almost here!

Monday, September 19, 2011

famous by association

so apparently a note written by J.D. Salinger for his maid is on sale for $50,000.

if you can't read his handwriting above, the note says

"Dear Mary — Please make sure all the errands are done before you go on vacation, as I do not want to be bothered with insignificant things. Thank you. J.D. Salinger"

which ok, is hilarious, but worth 50K? hmmm.

Saturday, September 17, 2011



now through sept 30th, my entire online shop will be on sale! in honor of my upcoming wedding on 10/8 everything will be 18% off, just enter CELEBRATE at checkout ;)

please also note that after the 30th, my shop will be closed for the ENTIRE (!) month of October has I enjoy my wedding, honeymoon, and then frantically prepare for my first ever show (more exciting details coming soon).

so stock up early for holiday gifts or pick up something for yourself!

Friday, September 16, 2011

friday finds - jumping the gun?


1. knit stripe wrist warmers by Sheepish Knit
how great are these? seriously need a pair pronto

2. red slouchy beanie by it's me, Mary
not only do i love a red hat, but i would kill for mary's hair ;)

3. triangle day bag by bookhou at home
love love love that printed fabric

4. ships bucket by Jenna Rose
perfect home for my yarn! time to knit and crochet!

5. batwing cardigan by Romwe
i would live in this.

i'm sorry but it is totally chilly here right now and it's AMAZING. i'm not going to lie. i love chilly brisk weather and feeling cozy. so it is really all i can think about now....

time for a cup of tea!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

most wonderful time of the year.


it really is the most wonderful time of the year. there's a slight hint of crisp in the air (ok maybe not the past couple of days, but they are calling for CHILLY mornings this weekend ;) and pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beer is EVERYWHERE!

yesterday was a pretty exciting day, bryan and i have now obtained a marriage license from the great state of Delaware! fabulous. after that momentous (or you know completely anticlimactic) event, we stopped over at Terrain at Styer's to get some inspiration and actual items for our wedding decor. that place is ever so lovely and was really embracing the coming season. i snapped a few pics, smelled a lot of awesome soap, and we left with a basketful of tiny white pumpkins and funky white and green gourds. this weekend we're testing out the table decor (did i mention we, and by we i mean my mom and her friends, made our own table runners?)

can't believe it is all so soon! oh and we just got pictures back from our little engagement photo shoot! yes, of course they are cheesy but we love them and i'm sure ill have to share those soon ;)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

in good humor

who doesn't love a funny card? even better when its letterpress!
i just love these cards from Sycamore Street Press, an Utah based company run by a married couple.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

tuesday tunes - wedding fever

now that it is all wedding all the time, there has been a lot of sappy music listening going on over here. we have finally settled on the music for the ceremony and the first dance (it is actually one of the songs included this week ;) i cant wait to put together all of the music for the cocktail hour and dinner (control freak much?)

1. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
2. You Send Me - Aretha Franklin
3. I Love You - The Bees
4. Forever & Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
5. You Really Got a Hold on Me - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

enjoy ;)

Monday, September 12, 2011

a few new items

i've been trying my hardest to get some new items and new photos done. and i was able to sneak two new items into the shop recently, the Fairhill braided knit scarf and the Waverly drawstring cowl in a new awesome cobalt blue color.

just as a heads up, with the impending wedding and honeymoon (yay!) i'm going to be closing down the shop for most of the month of october. i'll be back for the holidays in november, but feel free to be super responsible and get a head start on your shopping early!

also be on the look out for a little celebratory sale towards the end of the month ;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

i remember

i remember sitting in 11th grade english when a classmate came in and told us to turn on the tv.
i remember watching with my peers as the second plane hit & having no idea where we would go from here.
i remember hearing part of the pentagon had collapsed and hoping my cousin's husband got out safely.

i remember so much of the heartache, the confusion, the anger, but most of all the hope.

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