Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Did I ever mention that I do some modeling? No? Well I wouldn't call myself a model by any means but I signed up for Model Mayhem a few months ago and have done a few photo shoots with people I met through the site. I'm not expecting to get paid for anything (although money is always welcome!) but I am having a lot of fun and meeting new people which is always wonderful. These are my most bestest photos from a shoot that was mainly focused on hair styling. I'm quite impressed with the outcome. It was such a collaborative effort between the photographer, the hair and make up artists and myself. What do you think?
Round Top Antique Fair
Some things I will be hunting for;
Dining table and chairs (preferably non-matching)
Wall art type things
Something to put a flat screen on in the bedroom
A kitchen island
A chair for my vanity
A chair for my secretary desk in the guest bedroom
and anything else that catches my fancy!
Of course I won't be able to afford all these things but it's doubtful I would find everything my heart desires in perfect condition and for the perfect price. That would be craaaazy! I will take lots of prictures for you!
Monday, September 28, 2009
I was wandering the rows of my local Homegoods last weekend and thinking of decorating the house for fall. Most of their fall decor items however, how shall I say...blew. So I started thinking of what some nice little fall items could be and put together some options for you to peruse.
You could start with a wreath, make one or support a local artist and find something unique.
From World Market
From California Abstract
Some new terrariums with a fall theme is a small but whimsical way to add fall in your decor. Plus, you could change out the little decorative items inside to go with each holiday or season.
Decorating for fall is a bit challenging for me personally because I like very bright colors and vibrant patterns which don't always read fall. However, you can still find pieces that don't sacrifice your individual style. Sadly though, I won't be buying any fall decorations because my house needs regular decorations before I can get season specific. Which is just as much fun!
What are you doing to decorate for fall?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Akira is enjoying playing with her new brother. Although, she is still being protective of her palace she is gradually coming around.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I was 16 years old, in my junior year of high school. I had just gotten out of first period and I was chatting in the hall with Kirsten. Another friend Carlie came up and told us that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Of course we had many questions but no one seemed to know what was going on. By the time I got to second period word was released that another plane had hit the second tower. We didn't go over our planned agendas in any of our classes that day, we just sat and watched tv. A short time later we watched both towers come crashing down and heard as it was announced that two more planes had been hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania and one at the pentagon. It was frightfully clear by then that we, The United States of America, were the victims of a terrorist attack, right here on our own soil. My high school is practically in the backyard of NASA so parents began to show up and pull their kids out of school for fear that there would be more attacks. My mom decided I should stay at school because my house was actually closer to NASA than my school is. You could also hear the boys that were 18 talking in the halls saying things like "That's it, we're going to war!" "We're all going to get drafted...". It was a terrifying thing to hear. It was the first time I had experienced war and terror in my lifetime as I was too young to remember Dessert Storm.
It seems, although unfortunate, that every generation experiences a time like this. They remember exactly where they were, what they were doing, and how they felt. For my parent's generation it was the day JFK was assasinated, for my grandparent's it was the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Please share your story in the comments. Thanks!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I see cool wallpaper all the time on blogs but I can never buy it because they only sell wholesale but here you can buy samples and wall-fulls galore!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
These tiles seem nice and I like the wall color
Love these cabinets! Another question...I have brushed nickel faucets and a sepia colored framed mirror. Can you mix hardwares like in this picture? I have always thought that was a no no but I have seen several pictures with brushed nickel faucets and the dark hardware like above. Thoughts?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tbs olive oil
1 fresh jalapeno (unseeded)
2 cans vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 package frozen corn
2 pealed potatoes
1 package corn chips
1. Slice onion and cook in vegetable oil and pepper. Once slightly browned, add the (seeds removed) chopped jalapeno and sear for a bit.
2. Pour in Broth, water and potatoes (chopped into cubes) and bring to a boil.
3. Mash potatoes in soup once cooked
4. Remove from heat
5. Add frozen corn and let sit for 3 min (after stirring)
6. Garnish with cheese, cilantro and avocado
If you have some recipes share them! We could have a blogger cookbook!
After Amalfi we took another terrifying bus ride back to the train station to get to Florence. Everyone I knew who had been to Italy had said that Florence was their favorite city and I can see why. One of the first things we saw was the beautiful duomo and this picture was the view from the front door of our apartment building.
Our apartment in Florence was very authentic. It was on the second floor and we had to walk through about 4 locked doors to get into it. It was a studio but it had wood floors, high ceilings, and old furniture. It also had a terrace with roses that was bigger than the apartment itself, amazing!
The great thing about Florence is that you could see the whole city on foot and in about 2 hours. The first day we spent just walking around and taking in the sights. Like the Ponte Vechio.
There was also an expansive garden on the grounds called Giardino de Bambini or "Children's Garden" I believe. I was expecting a lot of flowers but it was mainly grassy areas so I was sort of dissapointed. Maybe it just wasn't in season that time of year (May).
Then we took a bus ride out to visit Pisa. On the way we drove by the ancient Roman Aqueducts that are still standing. I wish they would've stopped for us to see them up close. It's crazy to think that people in Europe just pass by ancient pieces of art and architecture everyday. The highway that people probably ride on to get to work just goes right by the aqueducts. It's this kind of thing that makes America feel so young and... so boring. One thing about Pisa though, the only thing in this town is the church with the leaning tower and a bunch of souvenir stands, that's it. So if you're planning on going there don't plan to spend the day or anything it's a 3 or 4 hour excursion from Florence and back tops, just an fyi.
There were a lot of people in this area doing the whole look like you're leaning against the tower picture thing
The next day we had a bicycle tour through the Tuscan countryside that we booked on expedia. If you are planning on going I highly recommend this tour. It was one our favorite things we did not just in Florence but in all of Italy. Not for the light of heart it was an 8 hour bicycle tour through the meandering hills of Tuscany. I think we rode about 15 miles that day and all but the last hour was uphill. There are frequent water breaks for rest and sightseeing though. Our first destination was to the hilltop town of Fiesole where we got some amazing pictures.
This is someone's awesome pool overlooking Florence
Also, even though our apartment was in a great location by the duomo the problem with it was it was by the duomo. Which meant church bells, every 15 minutes, as loudly as possible, and starting at 7:30 am. Oh well, who wants to spend their vacation sleeping all day anyways.