Thursday, December 10, 2009

Argent

argent |ˈärjənt|adjective poetic/literary & Heraldrysilver; silvery white the argent moon.noun Heraldrysilver as a heraldic tincture.


Almost done with the Christmas tree. I'll try to take a picture of it and post it over the weekend. I'm bad at uploading pictures so don't hate me if I don't get around to it until January. Just managing expectations here.


I forgot to tell you that the Clementine Spice Cake was very good. It is a delicious cake. I'm not even that huge of a cake fan - I'm an icing girl. I don't like dry things. I need some wetness in all of my dishes, even dessert. So back to the point - it's not necessarily my cake of choice because there was too much cake and not enough icing. BUT I would definitely recommend it for a holiday treat because it is different and also a great way to use up clementines (which always seems to pile up during the holidays).


I can't wait to give presents this year. I actually spent time thinking about each person and what they would truly enjoy and I think all of my recipients are going to be thrilled! *fingers crossed* I always get nervous when I give gifts.


I love love love her hair. Ignore the blue-green panties in public - focus on the hair. Esther K/Emily Wren via Daydream Lily
How neat-o is this calendar?? I'm in awe. Little Brown Pen via Peonies and Polaroids
 This wall color is bright and cheery. And the man who took this picture, Eric Roth, has a phenomenal website. You must check it ahora. Eric Roth via It's Mary Ruffle


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Antechapel

antechapel |ˈantēˌ ch apəl|nouna vestibule for a college chapel, lying beyond the west end of the nave.


I am so excited about Christmas this year! Today is more Christmas shopping, specifically for things that I am going to use to make presents out of. Yes, I am in the project mood this year. 


And we're buying a little tree for our apartment tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been like 100 years since I've had a real Christmas tree. My mom got on the fake tree kick and then she turned into a bah humbug after us kids left and only puts up a Christmas tree cross. Which is still pretty cool since the main reason of Christmas is CHRIST. But, the point is, I am so excited for a real tree!


This is what I want to do with my man right now. Lay in bed all wrapped up in each other. Warm. I hate winter. The Life and Times of Sticks and Bricks

We all know I love white. This white and pink peonies headboard is gorgeous. Happy. Decorology via it's mary ruffle

This table is Ba-NANAs. Vincent Dubourg via Lolita's Blog


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cinephile

cinephile |ˈsiniˌfīl|nouna person who is fond of motion pictures.


I just made this cake. I'll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!


There are BA. Jak and Jil via Lolita's Blog
I want this, but it is very expensive for a simple print. I will make it. Don't doubt the skills. Coulson MacLeod via I Love Love

























I am obsessed with old chests. And the artwork on the wall is really pretty too. Better Homes & Gardens via House of Turquoise

Sorry for the pyscho layout. I hate the new blogspot posting thing. I'm going back to the old school way.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ruse

ruse |roōz; roōs|nounan action intended to deceive someone; a trick : Eleanor tried to think of a ruse to get Paul out of the house.

It is December and it is officially very cold outside.

I really like her hair. Glossy via Rose Coloured Rain

Love it. I would wear this everyday if I lived in NYC. Or Paris. Or Rome. Marquis & Camus via thoughtfulday

I love blue and white. Forever and ever and ever. Coastal Living via House of Turquoise




Sunday, November 29, 2009

Muse

muse |myoōz|verb [ intrans. ]be absorbed in thought : he was musing on the problems he faced.[withdirect speech ] say to oneself in a thoughtful manner : “I think I've seen him somewhere before,” mused Rachel.( muse on) gaze thoughtfully at.

Head to toe we match you know.
Together watching the falling snow,
Staying warm beside the fire, looking out the window.
I’m loving everything you say and do,
Tell you when you say you feel it too,
I’m gonna say that you’re the one, and that my search is done.
‘Cause you,
You make me feel,
That everything is going right,
That I can go to sleep tonight,
And awake to find you here.
You make me feel,
That everything is going right,
That I can go to sleep tonight,
And I wake up to your voice, down, blankets and pillows.

- Gabe Bondoc



Well designed room. So sophisticated. Grant K. Gibson via Bedlam of Beefy

Cold weather tea and cookie. Hotze Eisma via Lolita

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Additions to the Christmas List

I forgot a few things...

Love Owl City. It's a one-man show and all of his music is Christian-based. He's fantastical.

Pastry Cutter - Essential!

Anthropologie Giraffe Measuring Spoons. These sold out and I'm dying to find some. :(





Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas List!

I never do this, but I started writing down little things that I realize I need whenever it pops into my head. It added up to quite a lot...

Rice Cooker - Essential!

Tree Jewelry Rack. I am so impressed with Urban Outfitters (of course I am, they are a subsidiary of Anthropolgie) because they have the most wonderful selection of jewelry racks. I'll take them all!

Harry Potter 7 - obviously.

Chocolate Wax. I'm obsessed with waxing.

Ice Cream Maker - Essential!

Teeth Whitening so I can show off my pearly whites.




Sunday, November 15, 2009

Glamazon

glamazon |ˈglaməˌzän; -zən|noun informala glamorous, powerfully assertive woman.

this weekend was GREAT. i am such a little homemaker sometimes. what makes us go back and forth between two lives? for me it's ultimate career woman ('slash' b-i-t-c-h sometimes) to bible-reading maid and chef. no complaints here, just curiosity about human nature.

but i cleaned the entire apartment, which felt fantastic. then i finally put up the shelf above the tv and decorated it with the wine bottles i have been saving. it looks really good if i do say so myself. and i ran lots of errands that needed to be done. and i slept in saturday AND sunday.

LOVE this dress. love love love love love love love lvoe love love lvoelove. my sweet little blog

ah paris. lolita's blog

i'm finishing up my NYC and paris maps this week. finally. they're going to be great! Man Make Home

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beignet

beignet |benˈyā|noun1 a fritter : a cheese beignet.2 a square of fried dough eaten hot sprinkled with confectioners' sugar.

not feeling very inspired. lo siento!

yum macarons. this makes me miss miami, because that's the last place that i had macarons. of course it makes me miss paris too. i need to start planning my trip to rome next year... sfophoto via lolita's blog

tulips (i'm assuming) being grown in holland (i'm assuming). how absolutely beautiful and amazing. p.s. i am seriously considering getting my pilot's license before i'm 30. lolita's blog

killer mirror. design sponge

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tapetum

tapetum |təˈpētəm|noun Zoologya reflective layer of the choroid in the eyes of many animals, causing them to shine in the dark.



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fabliau

fabliau |ˈfablēˌō|noun ( pl. -aux |-ˌōz|) a metrical tale, typically a bawdily humorous one, of a type found chiefly in early French poetry.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! I went low-key this year. Me and Mona got silly and dressed up as Boy Scouts. I also donned a nautical ritzy yacht costume complete with a blowup fish. We had a special photo shoot, the fish and I. :) Anne laughed at us and then joined in on the fun by dressing up in one of Mona's authentic Persian dresses. That was a great photo shoot!

I'm cooking the pumpkin that I carved for Halloween. Should I make pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, roasted pumpkin and vegetables, pumpkin casserole....? Possibilities are endless!

LOVE these old bottles. Huw Griffith via Man Make Home

How incredible is this chandelier?? Elle Decor via House of Turquoise

This shot screams Halloween. Beautiful. Edinburgh via Skinnyimages via Peonies and Polaroids


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Milieu

milieu |milˈyoō; -ˈyə(r)|noun ( pl. milieux pronunc. same, or milieus ) a person's social environment: he grew up in a military milieu.

I AM SO BLESSED



This is a fantastic drawing of Manhattan. I would stare at it all day if it were framed in my house. That wouldn't particularly be a bad thing. Famille Summerbelle via Man Make Home

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vogue

vogue |vōg|noun [usu. in sing. ]the prevailing fashion or style at a particular time : the vogue is to make realistic films.general acceptance or favor; popularity : the 1920s and 30s, when art deco was much in vogue.

Saturday To-Do List:
1. Laundry
2. Buy toothpaste
3. Fetch mail

That is the shortest list I have had in a loooooong time. I feel a little selfish, but I guess it's ok every once in a while. :)

I made some yum parmesan buttermilk biscuits this morning. Here's my recipe:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tbsps cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 and 1/2 cups cold buttermilk
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 500 degrees. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spray inside and outside of 1/4 measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray. Flour a baking sheet.
In food processor, pulse flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until mixed. Scatter butter cubes over dry ingredients and pulse until mixture becomes pebbly. Transfer mix to bowl and add buttermilk and parmesan cheese. Stir with spatula until just incorporated (dough will be wet and fluffy).
Using the 1/4 measuring cup scoop level amount of dough onto floured baking sheet (should make 12 mounds). Dust tops of dough with flour. With floured hands, pick up mound and form into a ball shaking off the excess flour. Place in prepared cake pan. Repeat with each mound, placing formed balls 9 around perimeter of pan and 3 in the middle. Brush the tops with buttermilk and sprinkle extra parmesan cheese on top.
Bake 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 450 degrees and bake another 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool in pan 2 minutes, then invert biscuits from pan onto clean kitchen towel. Turn biscuits right-side up and break apart. Cool 5 minutes and serve. To reheat - place on baking sheet in 475 degree oven for 5-7 minutes.

I'm on a big glass bottle kick. I've saved up probably 10 wine bottles and I'm going to make something really cool with them... probably next year though. Pretty Good


Look how cool this bed is. Diane Bergeron via House of Turquoise


Have an extravagant weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Manny

manny |ˈmanē|noun ( pl. -nies)a male nanny : my husband would like us to hire a manny for our two boys

Is that seriously a word...?

Sorry again for being MIA... but I'm back! yah!

i'm excited for fall, but not winter. this year is all about layers and luxe - cardigans, jackets, pashmina, scarfs, tights, short dresses, boots, JEWELRY.

Perfect clutch. Bally via Rachel Zoe


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nigella

nigella |nīˈjelə|noun. a plant of a genus that includes love-in-a-mist. Genus Nigella, family Ranunculaceae.

A little whimsy for you today...

P.S. I get to see my man in 4 days!!

Look at this killer ceiling made of picture frames! Reduce, reuse, recycle. Phoenix Commotion via Make Make Home

Totally magical. It looks like the table is going to lift up and fly away. PaperTissue via Better Than Fine

How adorable is this swan dress?? Moschino Cheap and Chic via my sweet-little blog

Friday, October 9, 2009

Brocade

brocade |brōˈkād|nouna rich fabric, usually silk, woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread : [as adj. ] a heavy brocade curtain.

The weekend is here... and I have almost NO plans! How glorious...

Beautiful lily. Chase Images

This is the cutest tea/dessert shop in Los Angeles. They did a great job invoking Paris, especially with all of their tiny details. Paris in a Cup via Utterly Engaged

Honestly, do I even need to say anything?? I literally die whenever I look at this. My DREAM. Alkemie via House of Turquoise.