Sunday, February 27, 2011

dreaming of a madewell shopping spree...

pictured: the stripy coco mariniere pullover, the leather sandstorm boot, the park bench fedora, and the scenic route shirtdress

sadly i am a very broke grad student, but if i were to have a real job and real income i would be headed to Madewell for a serious shopping spree this spring! they have pretty amazing shoes and classic styles and even worse a new store located outside of philly ;)


it's oscar sunday! i'm always a little excited to watch these silly awards shows and see who wins and what they wear. the promos with james franco and anne hathaway have been pretty funny, so i have high hopes for them. i also LOVE reading the Fug Girls live blog the red carpet coverage, it's always hilarious.

Here are my picks:
best picture - the king's speech
best actor - colin firth (swoon)
best actress - natalie portman
supporting actor - christian bale
supporting actress - melissa leo

what were your favorite movies this year?

Friday, February 25, 2011

i just LOVE

Parks and Recreation. seriously this is the funniest thing on tv.
i like to DVR it so i can watch it again while i get ready for work friday morning ;)

and Paula Deen. this woman is insane. i'm pretty sure she's currently drunk on the Today show and she was on Top Chef this week and ate FRIED MAYONNAISE.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

moving into march.

spring is coming but its still a transition through residual snow fall, windy days, and chilly temps. i'm ready for some warmer weather but i'm also trying to enjoy the remaining days of winter by making lots of soup (white bean and broccoli, yum), drinking tea, and trying to rotate through all my favorite scarves and winter coats.

i'd have to say i would be at a loss without the four seasons ;)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

the help.

i'm currently half way through reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and i'm really enjoying it so far. apparently they are making a movie version with Emma Stone in the lead role. it should be interesting to see her in a more serious role (i seriously love her in Easy A) but this early look of her in character cracks me up (the girl she's playing, Skeeter, is not supposed to be all that attractive).
has anyone else read this book? thoughts?

UPDATE - finished the book this morning (whilst sitting in my car waiting for the shuttle to work :) highly recommend. great characters and it really shies away from contrived cheesy resolutions. hoping the movie version will be as good.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

recent etsy buys (and gifts!)

2 Tone Tote in Herringbone by Infusion
i'm such a sucker for tweed and this bag is perfect for everyday use. the construction is great and the material itself is so very soft. luckily i got this one as a recent gift ;)

Charmed Pin by BROOKLYNrehab
i bought this one as a little gift for myself after i got my first sales. it looks great with scarves (and even the "scarf-laces" i make ;) the packaging it came in was also amazing and i highly recommend buying from Andrea.

Prologue Epilogue prints
by Restless Things

i am such a fan of Olivia's work. these prints are beautiful and look excellent framed as a set.

Friday, February 18, 2011

dancing at my desk.

gold motel - safe in LA

i am currently obsessed with this song. every time it comes on the radio i have a little dance party at my desk. makes me super excited for sunny day driving with the windows down.

it's going to be 66 degrees tomorrow in philly ;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


introducing the Laurel crocheted necklace.
clearly nautical inspired ;)

i just love naming new creations! all the names actually come from street names in philadelphia (most in my own neighborhood). i love love this city and like making a little nod to it in my shop :)

it also is hilarious to get up early, dress up, and march out on to my back porch for a self run photo shoot. my neighbors must seriously think i'm crazy. (or as my friend suggested, think i'm working really hard on my online dating profile ;)

more spring-like crocheted creations to come!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

feeling fancy.

a few nights ago, the boy and i set up this lovely cheese spread for no reason in particular (well maybe because i had splurged on some wonderful cave aged Gruyere at whole foods ;). it felt nice to feel a little fancy and special on a week night.

also i just love love the Pennsylvania cheese board from AHeirloom. we actually gifted boards to a few friends this christmas and then were lucky to receive one of our own ;)

Monday, February 14, 2011

happy valentine's day :)

I hope that you all have a lovely valentine's day! i've decided to actually put a dress on for work today to celebrate the occasion (seriously, this is ground breaking stuff, haha). sadly my valentine is on call tonight so i'm thinking me and the cat will snuggle up and watch a nice rom com after work ;) i hope you all have more exciting plans than me! (i'm thinking it might have been nice to have back-up this year in the form of boyfriend in a bottle ;)

also i've been working on new crocheted bow belts. still working out the kinks, but i'm going to debut my own with my dress today. hopefully they will get in the shop soon. i'm just finding it hard to navigate custom sizes and i'm still testing out different methods of closure. i think i've settled on and eye and hook, but its hard to make it look somewhat nice ;) sometimes i wish i had a better foundation in sewing! but i knotted the belt itself, which is cute and also allows for some size customization.

also these love stories on the etsy blog today are so sweet!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

mmm cake.

cake in a cup!
this weekend i made a trip out to the Whipped bakery in north philadelphia and boy was it worth it! pictured is the most amazing cake in a cup they sell (almond cake bite sized pieces sandwiched with raspberry icing - heaven!). we also got cupcakes (all AMAZING) and brought them over to a friend's for dessert ;) i'm thinking now maybe almond cake with raspberry icing would make a pretty awesome wedding cake combo...

while they don't have the cake in a cup online, you can purchase from Whipped over on their etsy site!

tonight i have a couple orders to complete (seriously?! this is all still amazing) and some serious quality time to spend with my couch.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ahh love!

love ever after by laura fleishman

this photography series is just beautiful and made me cry a little.
forgive me for being a little sentimental, but i'm celebrating 6 wonderful years with the boy today :)
fancy dinner tonight! can't wait to wear heels and lipstick ;)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

guilty pleasures.

my current vices.
i just LOVE ciao bella passion fruit sorbet. i seriously need to stop buying it because it keeps disappearing a little too quickly... and while i can't eat it, mango body butter from the body shop seriously smells and feels so divine. thank goodness they had the jumbo size on special yesterday so i could order more ;)

and i will totally admit that i still love gossip girl. who doesn't want to dress like blair?? and the allegro (whole foods brand) green tea with pomegranate has been a life saver while i've been sick. its absolutely delicious with copious amounts of honey (did you know that honey not only soothes a sore throat but has antimicrobial properties?).

ok lovelies, i'm home sick again today but im determined to rest up and feel better! i'm off to grab a wellness tea from the cute shop around the corner. i'm gonna bring my yarn along and work on some new designs :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

cary grant. swoon.

i just adore an old movie (and mr. cary grant :)

North by Northwest really cracks me up with its saucy dialogue and thrilling climax on top of mount rushmore of all places. sigh, they really don't make them the way that they used to ;)

also i would kind of kill for mr. grant's shades...

Monday, February 7, 2011

wedding dreams.

aren't these flowers beautiful?
and they are made of paper! i saw them on Martha Stewart today and couldn't get over how lovely they were. i would love to have such beautiful arrangements on my wedding day. and the best part, they would last forever!

hmm if only i could afford custom floral design from the green vase...

stupid cold :(

Triangles by heatherfuture. (love it)

gross. have a cold and sore throat and my ears really hurt. had full intentions of making it to work then a coughing fit sealed the deal and i'm back in my pjs. i think the cat is happy to have the company :)

ok time to get more sleep, indulge in passion fruit sorbet, and watch some DVR'd law and order svu.

also here's my latest treaury:
clean laundry.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

happy sunday :)

mmm food. currently enjoying some eggs for breakfast.

this sunday is all about getting seriously organized, cleaning, and making some food for the week. currently on the menu is black bean and spinach lasagna and lentil soup. i just love freezable dishes, perfect for the overworked ;)

later tonight i'm catching The King's Speech finally with my sister. cannot wait to spend some quality time with mr. firth!

Friday, February 4, 2011

front page!

In the wee hours of the night one my Fitzwater scarves (and brooding fiance) made the front page of etsy! Exciting stuff :) And I also just sent off four lovely packages in the mail!

Heading out of the day job early today to drive down to Baltimore for an overnight (isn't there something strangely romantic about staying away in a hotel?). I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

*update* - same item made another front page appearance last night :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

late night.

up late completing orders :) and catching up on last week's saturday night live with jesse eisenberg. and even though that boy is a good half a foot shorter than me, i totally adore. he's right up my nerdy boy alley.

but anyways, just need to share that i'm staying up late, crocheting, packaging and I'M SO HAPPY :)

*UPDATE - there's a Mr. Wizard sketch. MR WIZARD.
my childhood science hero!
ALSO my very first order just arrived in sunny Cali and i received the nicest conversation from my buyer! this new venture really is exceedingly rewarding and fun :) SWOON, first positive feedback :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

happy groundhog day!


on this icy gross day, any talk of an early spring is most welcome. well done little buddy.

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