Thursday, December 31, 2009

"For auld lang syne, my dear"

Today's the day to grab a glass, and toast to the new year!
Have a happy and blessed 2010 to all!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winter Song

I'm way behind with this song, but I just heard it by recommendation from a friend and I am in love with it! It is called "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. It's a beautiful song, and I love that it is for winter so it is the perfect time to be enjoying this song!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holly GoNightly

Of course you all recognize this as the sleep mask, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's wears. Well it can be yours for the small price of $14 found here. Fred Flare to me, is a very "out there" store, and often times I stop at their website just to get a laugh or see what ridiculous things they have to offer, well they really caught my eye when they featured this! This would make a great stocking stuffer!

Also, check out the Starbucks website (here) and register your Starbucks card for a freebie on your birthday!
Have a wonderful day, just 3 days until Christmas!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Some great finds!

Here are just a few pink, green, and preppy finds I came across this weekend!

Love these elie tahari flats for just $40 at TJ Maxx!
Another great pink and green find at TJ Maxx just $7.99!
Lilly PJ bottoms for just $20! They had several other Lilly dresses but none were in my size!
Pink and green shoe ornament (Macy's) for an ornament exchange!

Have you found any great finds recently? I have yet to check out Marshalls to see if they have any great finds as well! Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm There Too

This song is so beautiful, it deserves it's own post. It's called "I'm There Too" by Michelle Featherstone. I first heard it on So You Think You Can Dance when Travis Wall choreographed a beautiful dance to it. Her voice is amazing, and it is such a calming song with such loving lyrics. Normally I am not one to like these types of songs (think Sarah Mclaughlin style) but I just can't help but love this song!

Have a wonderful day and a happy happy weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kate Spade does it again!

This beauty of a Kate Spade tote can be yours for just $205.99. I'm not only in love becuase it has a gorgeous bow on it, but it is also my alma mater's colors! Hello Christmas list!! Plus another big bonus is that Saks is offering free shipping with the code SAKSSHIP9. Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Classy Women

In the media today, you're hard pressed to find a decent role model. Sure some are beautiful, yet they make poor decisions. Sure some are wonderful, but they just don't seem to fit the bill like Jackie O did or Audrey Hepburn did. Well here are some of my favorite women role models of today. They manage to keep their images mostly clean which leaves them with much respect.

Top to bottom: Kerri Russel, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Kelly Ripa

Who are your women role models of today? I'd love to know! Have a wonderful day!



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Weekend In D.C.!

Well I am officially done with my fall semester! I managed to do extremely well gradewise and was aceppted into my major (minor screaming and jumping went along with this news!), so this weekend was a great end to a great semester. My family and I along with family friends headed to Washington, DC for a weekend of sightseeing! The first night, we headed to the Old Ebbitt Grill for dinner which was nothing short of delicious! We then went for a walk and saw the whitehouse and the christmas tree which was beautiful!
Above: cCm and I at Old Ebbit Grille. I had the petit filet bernaise and she had the shrimp wrap! The next day we visited the holiday market which was so neat. If you live in the D.C. area, you should check it out; there were many vendors show casing their crafts and art.Then we headed to the national archives and lucky for us the Declaration of Independence was out that day. We also went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and saw the gorgeous Hope diamond along with some other exquisite jewels. Now for the best part of the entire trip: Oya. This restaurant was simply and absolutely fabulous. I reccommend it to everyone. It's somewhat of a dressy place, which I loved. The ambience had a cozy modren feel. The whole menu has an asian flare which I loved becuase they had an entire page of sushi (I ordered the Salmon Tempura and the Tuna avocado rolls=Fabulous). Their price point isn't too pricey. I would say the prices range anywhere from $10-$30 depending on what or how much you order. Sushi was 6-8 rolls for around $10-$15 which I consider a good price. They also have a prix fixe menu that is $29 and it includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert and they also offer a $19 lunch prix fixe. For dessert I had a taste of the chocolate cake and the sorbets which were out of the this world. The sorbets were so flavorful, I would highly recommend them. Also, the drinks are so diffferent and intersting. They also offer a very extensive wine lists with wines from all over the world. They offer a wine flight where the pair a different wine with each course of your meal. If you have not gone to Oya, it's definitely the place to go!

aBr and I sharing a smile at Oya, even at age 11 you can love this restaurant!

The next day we headed to Georgetown for a morning of shopping! We headed to Patagonia, RL Rugby, Vineyard Vines, and Lacoste. Of course before our departure, we could not resist stopping at Georgetown Cupcake.
I just may have one left over to eat today! I loved the Vanilla2, It was the perfect flavor combination of creamy icing and vanilla cake. Mother loved her gingerbread, and my father loved his Chocolate2. cCm preferred the red velvet which is the one I am going to try today!

Have a wonderful day!



Friday, December 11, 2009

Celebrate Me Home, Once Again!!

"Celebrate Me Home
Home for the holidays,
I believe I've missed each and every face,
Come on and play my music,
Let's turn on every love light in the place"- Kenny Loggins

I am once again headed back to the wonderful Pittsburgh, PA. I am free from schoolwork for a month! (finally breathe a sign of relief!) But before I head back to the 'burgh, I am headed to wonderful Washington, DC for a long weekend getaway with dear family friends and my family. I am so excited to see Washington at Christmas, and my parents will be sure to visit the white house Christmas tree because that is where they got engaged, and this year marks their 25th anniversary, how exciting for them! I cannot wait to share with you all my wonderful trip! Stay tuned! Have a lovely weekend and for all my fellow college students out there, may you make it home safely for a wonderful break!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

From santa to you!

As we move further and further into December, my Christmas list is slowly approaching a lengthy few pages in Word. So, if you for some reason are having troubles on what to ask for for Christmas, I am more than glad to share these lovelies with you:
All Jack Rogers
One of my classic summer staples can now become a classic winter staple as well. The Greenwich boots are the perfect brown boots, and you and I both know the quality will not fall short of fabulous. Have you purchased a pair of JR's new line of flats and boots yet? I cannot wait to test them out! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christamas Cocktail!

This time of year your fanciest things are often in demand. I don't know about you, but I get sick of repeating dresses from year to year. Here are a few things I absolutely love for this holiday season...
Four-If-By-Sea skirt, Anthropologie

Silk Taffeta Shirt dress, Talbots (for Talbots, I usually hem the skirtline up just a little bit so the dresses don't end up looking to matronly! I suggest it, it has always worked for me!) Silk taffeta ruffle wrap dress, J. CrewShow-stopping Shift, Boden USA
Fifth Avenue Dyan Dress, Kate Spade
Shauna Tunic Dress, Lilly
Boss Black Dasurini Flower dress, Saks
Dotted Pleat Skirt, Forever 21

I hope these are some eye candy for your day! Have a wonderful Tuesday! Only 17 days until Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Harry Potter!!!!!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is out on DVD today!!! I cannot wait to get a hold of a copy!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

I am loving the new Lilly bathing suits!!! The above print is my favorite, and I love the bandeau top! I cannot wait to sport this, this summer (or even better, this winter in a hot tub!).. what do you think of the new bathing suit line?I am also eyeing this beauty, it's the mila dress printed. I think it is so different, and who wouldn't want to wear a Lilly gown? I sure do! Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Bewitched, Bewitched, You've got me in your spell"

Remember this show? Oh how I love it! Every once in a while, I'll catch it on TV, and every time, I fall in love again! I just love Elizabeth Montgomery's character, Sam. She is such a great actress and I think she plays her part so well! Plus, for it airing in the '60s (the first episode being in 1964), Sam's clothes are too cute! Half of the clothes I see her wear, I would wear now.Darrin and Samantha are a picture perfect American Family in the 1960's. If the cut was just a little more modern, Sam's pink wrap dress would be perfect!
I love this blue dress she is wearing with the sash around the waist. It's modest yet fashionable, plus that blue hue looks great on her!I love her hair in this picture, it's such a "diva" picture of her. I wish I could see her dress in this picture, I'm sure it would have been so pretty! Were you ever a fan of this show or Elizabeth Montgomery? Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy December!!

Happy December! The countdown begins! 25 days to Christmas!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Coolest Giveaway!

Ladies, just a quick update post, check out Fantabulously Frugal for the greatest 3 giveaways! She has things like Gucci sunglasses and a Kate Spade passport cover! Her blog is great too, so check her out!

Celebrate Me Home

Being Home has been an absolute blast. I love being with friends and family, enjoying good food and even better company. I am headed back to Virginia for just a short time for finals, before my parents pick me up for Christmas Break and from there we are headed on a little "mini-vacation" to Washington, DC with dear family friends to enjoy seeing Washington all decorated for Christmas! I wanted to share one of the greatest songs with you all, it's an old one, but it never gets old! Kenny Loggin's "Celebrate Me Home".

Make sure whenever your loved ones come home for the holidays that you Celebrate them home. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Home Alone House

I have forever been a fan of the move Home Alone. Of course, over the holiday it was on several times and every time I watch it, I cannot help but to drool over the Illinois house. According to Wikipedia, it is located in 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois. Winnetka is a suburb of Chicago around 19 miles north of the city. Along with the Father of the Bride house, this $2.2 house is a favorite. It is classic, and even for the movie being almost 20 years old, the house still appeals to me. I found this great website that shows tons of different pictures of scenes from the movie and scenes that are taken in the actual house, click here to check it out!I absolutely love the many windows, especially the very top two sticking out from the roof. The grounds are kept so lovely too, making this house have even more curb appeal.I love the printed wallpaper. Most of the times, I think it looks very tacky, and in this case, it does give off the 90's vibe, but I'm ok with that.The green color used on many of the upstairs walls almost reminds me of the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. Nothing in the house it too matchy and there are many vibrant colors, but they all seem to mix perfectly. Do you absolutely love this house as much as I do? Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tonight I went to a great restaurant with m family called Avenue B. It's a new restaurant that my parents were lucky enough to go to the opening of. They loved it so much, they brought along my sister and I as well as my aunt, uncle, and grandparents. It was out of this world, simply fabulous. I had pecan crusted walleye with wilted spinach and spaghetti squash in a pomegranate beurre blanc sauce. I have never had a more delicious fish dish! So if you are ever in the Pittsburgh area, I highly suggest you to check out Avenue B. It's located in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. On that note, I have looked up an amazing recipe on that has spaghetti squash in it. I fell in love with it tonight, and with squash in season, it's a perfect dish! I would love to share it all with you, and I hope to make it sometime this week!


  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until tomatoes are warm.
  4. Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash, and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the sauteed vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.
Have a happy day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Last week I wrote about John Mayer's new Album that came out on November 17 called Battle Studies. Well let me just say, his song called "Heartbreak Warfare" is simply amazing. I encourage you all to check it out! I was lucky enough to see a recording of his live concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on the Fuse channel and it was SO good. If you have verizon fios, it's channel 716. It's my new favorite channel and definitely worth checking out. A few nights ago, they had a Dave Matthews Band concert on there which was amazing too.

This is from the recorded performance! It's so great live! Also, staying on the topic of music, Dave Matthews Band is coming to a theater near you December 11-17. When I saw New Moon (which if you have not heard, it is the largest grossing opening day box office film on recording according to the wall street journal.) Dave Matthews in 3d will be in theaters for just one week, and I am so excited to see this! I have been a Dave fan forever, and have seen him live countless times. I even went to NYC for a long weekend to see him and Tim Reynolds play at Radio City Music Hall which was incredible! So all of you DMB fans mark your calendars for December 11-17!
Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Festive Fun

I love love love wearing holiday themed items whether it be a red and green pin, or go all out in a red and green outfit. I love the Vineyard Vines Santa Hat Headband, it is understated, but also festive!
L.L. Bean also has their seasonal Boat and Tote bags out! How cute would this look with a chunky sweater and jeans, just going to a casual lunch! Or even cuter, you could put some goodies in it and give it as goodie bag at your holiday party! This would also be darling for a little girl to carry her loot in! $22
Plus this week in the Target $1 section, I snagged a super cute red and green grosgrain ribbon bow headband! When it makes it's debut, I'll be sure to post a picture! Have you snagged any adorable holiday accessories!? I'd love to know!! Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I am back in Pittsburgh, and it is so wonderful to be home! Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my aunt doing some much needed shopping! We had lunch at the Cheesecake factory which was amazing as usual and the area was decked out for Christmas (above picture)! I definitely recommend the Thai Chicken Pasta, and for dessert I had brownie sundae cheesecake which was incredible! I can never go to CF without getting cheesecake! While shopping, we popped into Target and I found two adorable things that I just had to share with you all!

This pillow reminded me of the Lilly peacock dress, and I think would look fabulous as a throw pillow for a couch. Too bad purple doesn't match anything in my house!
Snagged this snowman right up! It was too cute and not only can be used for Christmas but I think well into February! Tonight is a Family and Friends get-together which I'm very excited for! We are having an amazing shrimp dish. I will post the recipe for you all tomorrow! It's definitely one of my favorite foods of all time! Have a wonderful Saturday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Home For The Holidays!

Tomorrow afternoon I will be heading back to my lovely Pittsburgh for my Thanksgiving break! I get to spend a nice long week at home. I am so excited to see family and friends, and just spend time in the city of champions!!Also, a big thank you to The Luckiest Mrs. for giving me an award that she created herself! Congrats to her on her 101 post!! For this award, we are supposed to share 10 things that make me happy!
1. Spending time with family and friends!
2. Dark chocolate, pumpkin bars, hot fudge, any type of dessert!
3. Jewelry of all kinds
4. Pittsburgh
5. Receiving good grades
6. Shopping
7. Giving gifts
8. Frank Sinatra Christmas music
9. My puppy
10. Working out

Thanks again for the award!! I encourage you all to post something today about the 10 things that make you happy! I loved sharing my list with you all!

Outfit of the day (sorry for the horrendous pic quality, once again, I used my phone):

Turtleneck: Gap, Suede Vest: Lands End, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Macy's

Sorry for the randomness of this post, I will be back with a post on Friday when I'm home!! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Battle Studies"

John Mayer's new album, "Battle Studies" comes out today! I cannot wait to have a chance to listen to it! I love his music, and can't wait to see what he has in store for us! Is anyone else as excited as I am?! Have a lovely day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Giving

As much as I love receiving gifts, I also love giving them. There's something so wonderful about giving someone something so perfect for them and seeing them so thrilled. So just as the December issue of Town and Country did, I will share my go to gift giving items that are sure to please many.
At $150, this is not too expensive for a close friend, a cousin, sister, niece, or other special girl in your life! I know many young girls around 13-17 would be thrilled to receive a little blue box with this inside!
Twilight Lipgloss $20. Twilight fans can now get their hands on "vampire themed" cosmetics. Now I am one to stick to my favorite lipglosses, but wouldn't this be a fun stocking stuffer for all of the Twilight fans out there!Hunter Welly Socks $30. This is for someone who has everything under the sun. They're a fun gift, and they will appreciate it, becuase it's not an item many people know about.. plus it will keep their feet extra warm and dry!Talbot's cashmere wrap $129. Becuase who doesn't like cashmere?

Brooks Brothers Audobon Double Mallard Pin $348. I love Mallard Ducks, in fact my first word was duck becuase we had so many Mallard icons throughout our home. This is sure to please a bird lover, or someone who collects pins!
Lilly Pulitzer Bon Voyage Travel Case $58. It's a really fun gift for a Lilly love of course, or a traveler. To add a personal touch to this gift, add her favorite lipgloss and small toiletries so she's all set to go wherever her travels take her! Lp Coasters $24.95. Eco friendly becuase they are from old records, and great for the music buff! I think these would be so fun to give to a guy! It's a very unique gift!

What are your go-to gift giving things? Have a lovely Monday!

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