Martin Parr for Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, May 31


the alternative

Everyone seems to have a version of this Marc Jacobs dress.

Even spotted one at H&M.

Spotted another steal- not quite the same, but it is $30.

Steal at Romwe

What we were going for

Pottery Cafe, a fun place in Brooklyn where grown ups and kids alike can spend the afternoon painting their own bowls, cups, plates etc. Once you have your materials, the fun begins. You can write anything on them.  When you're done, it gets thrown in some oven or fire pit, I didn't stay for that part and ta-da, you get your very own original.  I would love to, but I refuse to show you what happened (the thing I made) when I visited. Suffice to say, mine doesn't look quite like these. Was fun though.




OwlCreekCeramics

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30

I will be heading out shortly for a friend's family BBQ.

Take a moment to remember the significance of this day.

I wish you all Well and Hope you're having a nice one with Friends and Family.






GAP shirt and bag, H&M sandals, Club Monaco shorts

  TAKE CARE



BBQ alternative

From myrecipes.com


Love this dish, especially if you're looking for something a little different for your BBQ menu. Skewers will be perfect on grill, or under broiler.
Quick, easy and supertasty.

    Ingredients
    • 7 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
    • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
    • 3 pounds skirt steak
    • NOTE: if you're like me and you like heat, add some crushed red pepper to the mix, add as needed.
    Preparation
    In a food processor, pulse the garlic until minced. Set aside 1 teaspoon. To the garlic remaining in the processor, add the parsley, cilantro, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Pulse until chopped. With the motor running, add the lemon juice, then 1 cup of the oil, in a steady stream. Pour into a bowl,cover, and refrigerate. Cut the steak into 1-inch strips. Place in a plastic bag with the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, the remaining salt, the reserved minced garlic, and a generous grind of pepper. Seal and refrigerate 1 hour. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. 

    FOR BROILER: Heat broiler. Thread the meat on the skewers. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes per side. 
    FOR GRILL: thread meat, and grill about 1-2 minutes per side- I like mine Medium well.

    Serve at room temperature with the sauce.

    Thick Please

    Friday, May 27

    It happens each time I go somewhere new. 
    I clear my throat and clearly but forcefully let it be known. Please leave them as thick as possible please.



    And each time without fail, they take off way too much. Maybe most people like them thinner, but if I'm paying, don't I have the right to choose.




    That's the story with my eyebrows.  It's almost sad to see a grown woman cry over botched eyebrows, but I can't help it. Did I mention, I'm still vain and working through some things?






































    I found a lady for the past two years who got me. She really did and we had a beautiful relationship- I think. Anyways, she told me she was going away for a month. But it's going on 3 months now and she's nowhere to be found. How could she? She just decided to go ahead and live her life without any concern for what that would mean to my eyebrows.



    Even I can admit, these are pretty hardcore, but still love it.

    Now, I'm at that point, do I go, or do I stay?
    I'll just have to speak louder and try harder this time. Leave them as thick as possible please- Pretty please.

    Steal alert

    Thursday, May 26

    You all know I love vintage coach bags, you can usually find them at vintage stores or at the flea market for a good price. It's sometimes harder finding them in top condition.

    So a quick FYI, if you've been looking...
    Available at Grassdoll



    much too much, but it works

    This room is screaming at me. But in a good way.
    I generally like clean and minimal
    This has too much art covering every wall, florals and colors, wicker and palm trees.
    Who cares? It works 

    First, I have to get massive canvas and try to paint rainbow stripes

    I would kill for that much natural light in my living room

    All images via Desire to Inspire

    dark like me

    Thanks Cass for sharing.

    GIVEAWAY: FabulousDresses - WINNER SELECTED

    Wednesday, May 25

    Previously seen here, our giveaway this week comes courtesy of Jasmine of FabulousDresses

    A bow for Charity $25.  Half of proceeds to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    Not only fun and cool original designs but also a sweet selection of vintage and repurposed vintage. Let's get to know a little more about Jasmine and FabulousDresses.





    When did you start selling on Etsy and Why Etsy? 
    Well, I set up the store name on May 2009. I actually didn’t start posting things to sell until almost a year later. It was around March 2010. My Aunt told me about Etsy. It was the first site I heard about that was specifically for handmade goods. At first I was only selling things I had made and I thought my things would be appreciated on Etsy…so I gave it a shot.  Is this a full time gig for you?
    I wish! But no at the time I also work a full time job.



    How do you find the time to do everything? 
    Time management is the one thing I stress over daily. There are never enough hours in the day! I have a two year old son that keeps me busy. When I pick him up from school I make sure I give him 100%. I do not pull out my laptop during dinner or before he goes to bed. I find myself trying to balance being a great mother with everything else coming second.  Before I had my son I sewed/designed clothes a whole lot and sold to boutiques in the Atlanta area. After he was born I would beat myself up thinking about the time I no longer had to do what I loved to do. Sewing and Designing can be very time consuming and then you have to put a higher price tag on things to get paid for your time and ideas and in the end there’s no guarantee that it will sell. I simply do not have much time to spend sewing anymore. I did however, have time to shop on my lunch break at work. So, I started finding more and more vintage clothes and got the bright idea to start selling them. It became my outlet to still do what I love...within crunch time. 



    From $25 and up


    Your personal fav item in your shop right now: 
    I love almost everything in my store…my items are like my babies...and when I sell something I always think I sold it for to little. I wish I could duplicate them all before shipping them. If I had to pick one it would be the leather fringe shorts with gold beads! I think they are Absolutely Awesome!!  What was first item you ever made/sold? 
    The first item I ever made/sold was a line of hand dyed tank tops to a boutique called Envy here in Atlanta. It was back in 2002. After that I had a really successful swimsuit line.  On Etsy the first item I sold was a vintage Ralph Lauren Blazer. 

    What are your plans for the future? 
    For my business: to continue doing what I’m doing…but full time. I would love to focus on my business full time. Eventually, when the economy improves a little I would like to have a brick and motor store. I would imagine one day I will have time again to design and sew a full line.  Do you have a workspace? If so, can you share what it looks like? 
    Yes I have a workspace…OMG…It’s a zoo honestly. I have clothes on several racks, Shoes in a designated location. Hats, belts, and do dads running a muck. Sewing Table set up with projects lined up on the side of the table. I have a scale, printer/scanner, paper, envelopes, ribbon, and other packing supplies in one area. You have no idea. If I get brave enough I will send you pictures. I’ll have to take the pic and see how I can crop it to look fabulous. (no need to put her through all that).






    Where else can we find your goodies? (website, FB, stores etc)
    Jpearlcouture.com.  Facebook: Fan page fabulousdresses.
    For fun: whats playing on your ipod
    1. All things Mary J. Blige, 2. Every Gwen Stefani and No Doubt song ever recorded, 3. Old Outcast…Aquemini 4. Cee Lo 5. Rihanna 6. Lady Gaga everything 7.Anita Baker 8. Old school R&B…Ie: Bobby Brown! 


    Any Atlanta Brunch suggestions?  Hands down: Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands has great brunch! Also the St. Regis has great brunch as well. 


    Again, thanks to Jasmine for this giveaway. A mother, designer, businesswoman etc... AMAZING.






    HOW TO ENTER:

    1) Like Fabulousdresses on Facebook (find like button on her Etsy page)

    and then Leave a comment on this post with the word "GIVEAWAY"


    If you already do any of the following,

    Follow on Twitter
    Like our Facebook Page 

    mention in your comment, it'll earn you an additional entry:

    NOTE: All giveaways open to followers only, so please FOLLOW

    Last Entry accepted on Tuesday, May 31st @ 11:59pm EST.

    Winner selected using random number generator.
    Winner will be announced Monday, June 1st @9:30am.


    GOOD LUCK!




    Check out: PURPOSE

    Just discovered PURPOSE jewelry and you should too.







    Founders Yarminiah & Yaminah Rosa

    Brunch at Peaches

    Tuesday, May 24


     I haven't blogged in a while about my adventures in Brunching.  Been a little busy lately and had been on brunch timeout for a bit.

    Thankfully, that horrible time in my life is now over and I am back to brunching. On Saturday I finally made it to Peaches Hothouse. A girlfriend of mine had been telling me to check it out for weeks and weeks now. So, of course, I was very excited and tried to keep my expectations reasonable.


    First off, love the neighborhood, lots of tree lined brownstones, and a very welcoming entrance:


    It was around noon, and it was already buzzing, not quite packed though.  Being a beautiful day, we decided to sit outside, in the backyard. Service was attentive and I definitely didn't have any complaints about that.

    I ordered the granola crusted french toast (my no pancakes on menu option) with spicy pork sausage. The hubby ordered the bacon egg and cheese sandwich with potatoes.


    Despite really wanting to love my food especially as I was feeling the ambiance, the live jazz, the service, the decor, pretty much everything, it was very disappointing when my cold, dry french toast arrived. I thought about sending it back to be microwaved but decided to not cause a fuss. The spicy pork sausage was actually quite good, but good sausage on its own does not a meal make.

    On the other hand, my hubby loved his plate of food. Except for one tiny strange problem: his sandwich had too much bacon. I don't believe he or I have ever complained of too much bacon before. He had to pull out at least 4 strips and still had plenty in there. The highlight of our meal had to be the excellent potatoes. I had my fork in his plate most of the time and could probably order just those next time.

    All in all, I would give it a second go- my bad plate may have just been bad luck.

    Which are you?

    BRIGHT COLORS
    OR

    WHITES & NEUTRALS
    All images from ASOS mag - June 2011 issue.

    Help me get back to Reading

    I don't know what's going on this year, but I have been unable to finish any book I've picked up. Same time last year, I had already devoured at least 10 good books.  
    I'm also nowhere close to hitting my Goodreads goal.





    What I need to get my book reading back on track, is not just a good book, but the kind I won't be able to put down. We all know those GREAT books, that require a little bit of work, or have chapters that drag on forever. 

    I can't handle that right now. So yes, I'll be taking any suggestions, really APPRECIATE it.

    Thanks.

    Do you play?

    Monday, May 23

    Growing up I played a little bit of table-tennis or is it ping pong?  I don't know the difference- I should probably Google it.  As you might already be able to tell, I wasn't very good at it.  These beauts below were supposedly intended for beach ball, but I'll get them all the same. I think they'd look good in my apartment and somehow make me seem more interesting that I really am.

    Vintage beach ball paddles by lacklusterco.

    Etsy's Best in Skincare

    Calling all fans of quality skincare products.  Here are the shops you should know.
    Best part, all of them use mostly natural and organic ingredients.  See for yourself why the shops listed below have received excellent feedback from their customers.

    In no particular order:

    1.  longwinterfarm: vegan soaps, lip balms, body creams and perfume oils.
    From $3.50 and up



      2. Hearts and Bows: Handmade Lip Balms, Soaps, Lip Tints, Lip Shimmers, Body Lotions and More. $2.50 and up.



      HAPPY MONDAY !!




      FCUK dress, zara bag & belt, brooklyn flea bracelet, target socks, H&M sandals





      Zara Streetstyle

      Friday, May 20


      I wrote here a little while back about Zara having new feature on their site,  Streetstyle of people wearing/modeling  their clothes. 

      I figured, hey its only a five minute submission process, let me go ahead and send mine in. That was maybe a little over a week ago.

      I received a call yesterday, and just like that- if they select your pic, it'll be included in the next
      issue in exchange for 300€. 

      Take a look at the latest issue.  If you feel inspired, I suggest you pull that Zara out of your closet, snap a pic, and see what happens.


      The company I keep in May (4th week) selections



      Like a Boy

      1- Copper Oxfords by WaywardVintage $21.98;   2- leather silver oxfords by TraceysAttic $31.80;  3- Spiked Oxfords by LisaKathrynDesigns $85;   4- Golden Oxford flats by goldenpeonies $39

      When Two Worlds Collide

      I have been blogging for a little while now, but I didn't realize till today that I treat my blog and what I write here as somewhat separate from everything else. What I mean is, my blog has existed for me on some completely separate planet.  It's where I go when I want to share, drool over all the creativity out there, get inspired, or just connect to people I wouldn't otherwise have have the opportunity or time to.

      So it was quite interesting bumping into Debbie while walking around H&M during my lunch break. She reads my blog and recognized me, and I'm just going to apologize to her right now, I was caught off guard and away from planet blog. I really didn't know what to say besides thanks thanks thanks, smile smile smile.  I know some bloggers do alot of meetups or events etc, something I haven't gotten into yet.

      Debbie, if I didn't manage to get this out, it was very nice meeting you.  More importantly, thank you so much for reading.

      I really appreciate every single one of my readers and it really felt nice to know that the two worlds are closer than I thought. 

      Tee Woods

      Thursday, May 19

      I'm always surprised by very young people who have accomplished so much before they're even 25.

      A few weekends ago, I stopped by a friends for a quick visit and there I met a young woman who was super nice, super sweet and intelligent.  As she spoke, I thought "wow, what a very nice young lady- probably doing very well in school" etc etc.  Shortly thereafter, we were all given proper introductions, and to my surprise, the young lady in question, who was also very humble was quite the talented and accomplished photographer. Because she is inspired by children, most of her work explores their world.

      Here's  just a little preview of Teanna (Tee) Woods' work:








      Dreaming of Thailand



      If one more friend of mine posts pictures of their trip to Thailand on Facebook, I'm gonna scream.  Not trying to be envious or anything but yeah- I'll admit it, there's a slight, tiny little (maybe not so tiny) amount of jealousy at play here.

      It also doesn't help that I'm signed up for Vacationist, SniqueAway, JetSetter, VoyagePrive, livingsocial escapes, Tablethotels and every other flash sale site in existence.  So while I'm trying to focus at work on a rainy day, those little alerts keep popping up to remind me where I won't be.

      So you see, it's not that I'm jealous- I'm just super busy.


      YES to STREET FOOD

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