Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Weeks Task: Mission Impossible

I'm generally a very positive person. 
Always looking on the bright side. 
Glass half full
But not today. 
If the title of this post gives anything away I'm not quite feeling up to this weeks task: 

As you know from here I'm working my way through a list of traits & habits I hope to acquire throughout the year & tasks I wish to accomplish. 
As a new mother (coming up on 4 months next week) I'm just figuring out the ebb & flow of my little guy. 
Well, today has been particularly challenging (due to some teething I think - WHAT?? I thought that only started once the memories of labor and sleepless nights were forgotten, seriously someone needs to write an expose about having children :) ) so due to the fact that I'm not in a particularly 'good' mood rather then work on this task I have just asked my darling husband if he doesn't mind having a 'guys night' with some friends tonight so I don't have to be nice to anyone and I can just blog all night undisturbed. 
I'm not proud of it but I hear tomorrow will be another day and maybe I'll be up for giving this weeks task a try then. 

Any good advice other then vodka & m&ms to get through a hard day with a baby, pet, older kids, boss, slow computer, fill in your own blank.......? 

My entire household would appreciate it :) 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Finally the Weekend...

I am super excited that the weekend has arrived. 
Let's end this week in style with a dash of humor & an ounce of sweetness!

Okay fine I'll throw a little style your way...

See you back here on Sunday! :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hostess Gifts with the Mostess

My dear friend S. is headed down this weekend to the charming city of San Fransisco, California. 
Why, you ask?
Well let's just say a young man is trying to charm her socks off and he wants to introduce her to his parents.
Yep, that's right the big 'meet the parents' weekend! 
Here's hoping it goes better then this fiasco :)

We were discussing hostess gifts and came up with some very fun ideas. 
One of my all time favorite gift is an orchid plant (are they considered plants or flowers??)
 easy to care for 
 will last longer then your stay 
(which is more then can be said for some of the other ideas we came up with as seen below)

She was partial to the candle route. 
How lovely is this Diptyque indoor/outdoor candle?

Diptyque - Figuier Large Candle Indoor & Outdoor Edition

A sample box of mini candles is the perfect way to introduce your gracious hosts to this iconic scented candle company.

Diptyque - Set of Mini Candles (Baies, Figuier, Roses)

A classic choice is chocolate. 
Leaving them with sweet memories of your visit is always a good idea :) 
I'm a huge fan of Godiva chocolates (who isn't??) 
They actually have a section on their website just for hostess gifts. Love that! 
While we were browsing around for the perfect gift for her to bring I saw something that got me giddy with excitement! 

Top Chef Just Desserts Chocolate Gift Box

Did you see this episode of the Top Chef pastry show Just Desserts?? OMG! I loved watching it, it was so fun to see all the best parts of  Top Chef but with cakes, candy and chocolate as the pastry chefs battled it out! 
I personally thought it was a great season, the contestants were hysterical (Team Go Diva anyone??)
Okay, back on topic. 
This was S's top choice. Um..can you say delish! 

Bakery Dessert Truffles

You can always go the standard route and buy a cookbook for the woman 
Bon Appetit Desserts:
Bon Appetit Desserts Cookbook 
or a cookbook for the man :)
Beer Lover's Cookbook
or something funky for the household
Rose Stem Cleaner
Rose Stem Cleaner
Rose stem cleaner!! 
Isn't that called gardening shears? I don't make these things up people. 

I'm waiting with baited breath to see what angle she chooses to take with her hostess gift (okay not really with baited breath but I will tell you what would make me breathless with excitement is if she comes back with a little something on her finger....)

What is your go to gift of choice? 

Happy Thursday lovely readers! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hair Today...

I know the saying goes "here today, gone tomorrow" but in the case of my hair I'm hoping it'll still be around tomorrow so let's just take a look at some ladies who rock their hair look no matter the color or style.  

This is one Hollywood 'It' girl who, in my opinion, always looks amazing. 
She's true L.A style, always put together and above all her looks seem effortless. 
rocking the brown
I love the color & cut!
ps - this dress was a favorite of mine
classic Cameron

Nicole Richie has really come into herself in the past few years. 
{Side note}
 Did you see her wedding dress?? 
An incredible Marchesa gown. 
{end side note} :) 
Her look has really developed. 
Do you remember this?
Like I said she's come a long way. 
Now she's got great hair & color!
love the bangs on her (although the tan is a little strong)
great cut!
perfect highlights!

One of my favorite photos of all time of my next hair crush, well in her case it's an all around crush. 
perfect color, perfect smokey eyes
Some other great looks from Heidi..
what a work of art! 
so smooth & sleek 
incredible color!
volume galore

Who's your hair icon right now?
Blonde, brunette, redhead, short, long, up, down - how do you wear your hair?

P.s - can you tell I'm in the blonde camp right now :) 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1 shoe 3 outfits

The Shoe: 

Zafira Sandal - Jimmy Choo
When I saw this 'swoon' worthy shoe in the January issue of InStyle I was dying to try my hand at styling three different looks with it. 
Here's my attempt....

Outfit #1:

art gallery in soho

Outfit #2:
bar in the meatpacking district
Outfit #3:

brunch at barney's 

I loved the challenge of choosing such a dressy shoe to build the looks around, you might recognize the shoe as the one Leighton Meester wore to the Golden Globes. 
Leighton Meester Golden Globes 2011 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards: Best Dressed Celebrities Photos

How do you think I did? 
Which would you love to wear most? 
Are you a heels on weekend kinda girl or is it sweats & sneakers all the way for you?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spring Scents

A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future. 
Coco Chanel
Doesn't that just say it all J
Enjoy an (albeit early) stroll through some wonderful fragrances for Spring! 
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau De Toilette Collection

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Bloom

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Bloom

Fresh - Sugar Blossom

Twirl By Kate Spade

Twirl By Kate Spade

Preppy Princess

Vera Wang Preppy Princess

I can practically smell Spring already! 

Hurry Up!!
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