Deck The Halls, Y’all

Posted on | November 26, 2014 | 6 Comments

In honor of what I personally consider to be the official start of the holiday season (Thanksgiving and no sooner), I am hosting a fantastic giveaway from minted. If you don’t know minted you really should. They are a fabulous company and I’m not just saying that because they’re sponsoring this giveaway or because they are covering the costs of my holiday cards (which I’ll share soon). I am saying it because it’s true. They offer beautiful, modern, well-designed high quality paper products. And they do a particularly phenomenal job with holiday cards. The cards offerings are plentiful and unique, and minted is always offering something amazing and cool that makes you say “they do that too?” Last year it was personalized wrapping paper. This year there’s a whole slew of new features and products. Here are my favorites:

Matching envelope designs and recipient addressing I know it will be a pain it the butt to enter all the addresses in but it beats handwriting them all and let’s be honest, even the envelopes should be lovely:

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Ornament Cards isn’t it high time your kid (or you) become the star of Christmas trees everywhere?

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Foil Pressed Cards after all there’s not such thing as too much sparkle during the holidays:

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Are you excited? Is your stationary and paper products loving heart full of joy and delight? I hope so because I am teaming up with the amazing folks at minted to offer one lucky reader a $250 gift certificate towards the custom holiday cards of their choice.

So awesome.

All you have to do is take a look some of minted’s offerings and leave the name of a design you love a lot in the comments. If you share a link to the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter I will add your name a second time just make sure to leave that in the comments as well.

I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, December 3rd.
Good luck!

And happy holidays (officially).

Artist Crush: Eugenia Loli

Posted on | November 20, 2014 | No Comments

The great shower curtain search led me to my newest artist crush: Eugenia Loli. I’ve seen her work before, and I always thought it was fantastic. But I’d never looked at her full collection of works until recently. She only works in collage and her work is odd, sometimes funny and off-putting, but always fascinating. She makes me want to make stuff. And that’s pretty much the highest form of compliment you can give a creator, right?

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Treasure Hunt: A Shower Curtain That’s Also Art

Posted on | November 18, 2014 | 5 Comments

I have mentioned the need for big ass art in our new apartment to you before. I find it hard to commit to something in this area so therefore I don’t want to spend a billion dollars.

Conundrum. Maybe I should DIY something?

Enter my friend and former Park Slope’r (I even have a wee crush on her), Erica Reitman. She posted 7 DIY art projects for big empty spaces on your wall over at the HGTV blog, Design Happens. One in particular stood out for me and that was using a shower curtain as art. (The project was originally posted on 6th Street Design School). I’m sold on the idea and Matt seems to be into it as well. Of course, the first question is where do we find a cool, shower curtain that we wouldn’t mind hanging on our wall? I tried the usual suspects first; Anthro, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, etc. And nothing was really grabbing me. And then,… jackpot: Society6 makes shower curtains now. And now we have a whole new problem. How will we ever agree on one???

So begins The Great Shower Curtain As Wall Art Debate of 2014 (I’d like to say it will definitely be solved by 2015 but you never know). Oh and after we agree on one we have to actually make the thing. But my man is one handy dude and I will provide much needed moral support in the form of high fives and hugs.

So, I’d say we have plan of sorts. Now lets cut to the chase. Here are some shower curtains I wouldn’t mind hanging on our wall.

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 All shower curtains found on Society 6

Five Things for Friday ///// 11.14.14

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | 3 Comments

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-Been on a reading tear lately (Thank you, Brooklyn Public Library) and I was just on vacation so I finished these two books in record time. The Woman Upstairs and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Both were solid reads but didn’t absolutely blow my mind because I wasn’t super depressed when I finished them. That’s what I looks for in a book. Are you reading anything good?
-It’s officially cold (and feels even colder after being in Anguilla for 5 days). Starring at my brown puffy coat has me a little sad. I think I want a navy blue toggle coat.
-In case you missed it, Matt and I were in the New York Times! If two idiots like us can make it in, anybody can!
-Also today is my birthday (and this is the card I would give myself). Wheeeeeeeeeee! I’m going to a surprise dinner and a show tonight with my man and then tomorrow I’ll be hosting a meeting of the minds a.k.a. birthday shindig with pals, drinks, jokes. etc. Maybe a cupcake or two. Sidenote: No clue how I got this old but whatever, at least it’s not 40. Bring it, 36.
-Obviously, a birthday manicure is in order and I’m all about beige nails right now. Fall has taken over best embrace it.

Have a fantastic weekend. And please do you part to celebrate my birth. It’s the responsible thing to do.

Just the Pumpkin, Please

Posted on | November 13, 2014 | No Comments

I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

There, I said it.

There’s nothing remotely pumpkin-y about them. And the obsession is equally as irritating. I was at Starbuck’s with a friend once and in a bizarre twist he ordered an iced Pumpkin Spice latte. Come on, those flavors don’t belong on ice. It was impossible to miss the ridiculous drink once they placed up on the bar for pick-up. The cups for iced drinks are clear so the color of the Pumpkin Spice was visible for once. And it was disturbing, a fake-y mustard color that looked like melted crayons. There was not even a slight resemblance to coffee or anything coffee adjacent. I took a sip and nearly gagged at the cloying sweetness.

Long story short, I’ll take a pass on the Pumpkin Spice lattes. But good old fashioned pumpkin? Send it my way. I love a pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, of course. But pumpkin needs more of a chance in the savory spotlight. We need to quit putting pumpkin in a corner. Here’s four recipes that give pumpkin a savory slant. I’ll cheers to that. With something other than a Pumpkin Spice latte.

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