Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wise Words From Readers: On favorite foods...

Speaking of food, we all have our favorites that we go back to, don't we? They're our comfort foods that we never seem to get tired of, no matter how many times we have them. Maybe it's your mom's famous blueberry muffins or your uncle's homemade pizza -- it's those foods that make your mouth water at the mere mention of them. And if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life? Well, you all had some pretty firm opinions this week...

*If coffee is not a food (LOL) then I would have to say pasta because I'm a good Italian...

*Nuts, without a doubt. Yummy, filling and full of protein.

*Ground round because you can do so much with it and I'm a red meat kinda gal!

*Tacos, I think!

*Cereal -- so versatile and simple!

*Pizza because you can put so many different things on it.

*Ice cream!! Because it's my favorite!

*I crave broccoli. When I was in the hospital, I was eating it twice a day, but reading other posts, I would really miss pizza.

*My own homemade vegetable beef soup!
I love all the diversity and the reasoning behind your answers this week, friends. For me, I'd definitely choose my mom's lasagna! I remember making it with her when I was a kid, and it was such a fun thing to do together -- huddle in our small kitchen, carefully adding layer after layer of pasta to our creation. Occasionally, we'd dip a noodle into the sauce and preview our creation! As you can probably tell, I'm pretty big on childhood food memories. Anyway, here's next week's question...

Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?

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[Photos via We Heart It]

Found: Breaking Bad cutting board

How clever is this Breaking Bad cutting board? Even though the show ended last year, I'm still in mourning! There are just certain shows that stay with you, long after that final episode airs -- Damages and The Sopranos are two other shows that top my list.
And speaking of Breaking Bad, are you excited about the upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul, which follows sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman before he got mixed up with Walter and Jesse? Word is they haven't ruled out a Walter cameo! Plus, there's actually a Better Call Saul Web site -- how funny!! xoxo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Family Photos: Fall fun!

I was out and about last Friday -- got my annual flu shot (yayy for health!) -- and couldn't resist snapping some photos of my adventures. It was the perfect fall scene in the glorious Midwest: The colors were starting to change, the sky was a shade of crystal-clear blue and it was the perfect temperature for walking around without a jacket. Some pics from my fun adventures...

I went for an early lunch at one of my favorite local diners. My rule of thumb: You can't go to a diner and not get something from the breakfast menu. It's just not natural. Not natural at all.
There was the cutest pumpkin display in the window, which of course made me smile at the thought of Halloween and candy corn -- when exactly is the right time to whip out the first bag of the year? Is it too early to do it now?
And a random photo of Harry hanging out in a bin...just because! I mean, how can you resist that pose? Those eyes?!?!?

What have you been up to lately, friends? Any fun outings lately? I'd love to hear all about it! xoxo

Fall Favorite #6: Cool accessories

I knew I couldn't properly say goodbye to my Fall Favorites 2014 without talking about my favorite thing: ACCESSORIES! You know I love my arm candy, and just like those moody colors on your nails, the fall is the perfect time to dress up your wrists in some decidedly darker shades.

One of my favorite go-to staples? Beaded bracelets, like the handmade ones in Cool Jewelry Design, a gorgeous Georgia-based Etsy shop. "Handmade cool and artful jewelry is offered with an emphasis on unique, color and texture," says shop owner Pam. "Designing begins with eclectic, and the magic is in the details." Even the names of the bracelets scream autumn, like the denim blue tigers eye beaded bracelet ($79), above...
Burgundy pearl, $72
Green copper modern, $45
Gray crystal modern, $45
Carnelian jade modern, $65
Tiger eye sterling silver, $49

What do you think, friends? How do you add some bling to your fall wardrobe? Any go-to accessories? Fun tips? Let's chat! xoxo

Man Candy Monday.

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the last day in September! I'm not exactly sure where this month went, but I hope you enjoyed Fall Favorites Week last week. Today's guy is one cool cat. I used to love his band and have been listening to this album a lot lately. He's mysterious. He's stared down his demons and won. And of course, any man who sings gets an immediate boost on the Sexy Meter...

AJ MCLEAN!!!!!!!!!!

"But people who really know me, know that I am not a bad boy at heart...I am a big teddy bear."

P.S. Oh, Nick Carter... :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Have a fun weekend

Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to the weekend -- are there any sweeter words in the English language? What are your plans? I'm taking my mom out to lunch tomorrow and then going shopping at one of my favorite places -- the grocery store! Is that weird? I've always loved walking around every aisle and browsing to my heart's content. Plus, the fall weather is supposed to be beautiful, so it will be nice to get out and enjoy it! Hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

19 banned books if they were G-rated.

Don't forget to power pose in your sleep!

Would you visit the world's most remote island?

Great reasons to write.

Can't wait for Peter Pan Live!

Kleenex alert: This 11-year-old's video for his sister is amazing!

10 things to do every day to improve your life.

What's your favorite high school in pop culture?

Late '90s kids, remember gURL.com?

The moment men realized their wives were the one...AWWW!!!

Richard Marx is back...you all know how much I love him!

What is your dominant intelligence?

In the online shopping mood this weekend? Here's a great Etsy shops round-up!

Leave male virgins alone. Do you agree?

Such an important piece on suicide prevention.

The Boss...he's still got it.

Audrey Hepburn is so wise.

Have you ever tried the Ouija board?

Can you guess the rent of these apartments?

Best lipsticks for fall.

...and more beauty looks to try this fall.

**Don't forget to enter the mini pouch giveaway from Shahrzad Boutique! Lots of ways to enter!!

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via bippity boppity boo]

Fall Favorite #5: Moody nails

I knew fall had officially breezed in when I stepped into Walgreens this afternoon. The nail polish aisle, once lined with the bright and fun colors of summer, was now home to the dark, moody and deep hues of autumn. Dark black! Sultry red! Passionate purple? Maybe even...dark orange? ELLE editors recently rounded up their favorite picks for the season, and they're getting me all sorts of excited for fun, new nails and Halloween! What about you, friends? xoxo

P.S. Friday links are coming up shortly! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday Giveaway!

We've got another exciting giveaway from Shahrzad Boutique today! The California-based boutique full of gorgeous handbags and accessories works with both established and up-and-coming designers, many of whom hail from Europe and make limited-edition, one-of-a-kind items. The boutique was inspired by a trip to Italy and a fascination with how things are made traditionally. How cool is that?

They're giving this mini pouch ($30 value) to one lucky reader. The pouch was made in Latvia and contains hand-colored cotton as well as a handmade cotton-thread tassel. It's perfect for carrying all your small essentials, like your iPhone, lipsticks, cards and pens. I love the design, too, don't you? It reminds me of beautiful clouds!

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A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 2nd, so you've got a whole week to enter. Have fun, friends! xoxo

Fall Favorite #4: Flare jeans

How awesome are these vintage ads? Truth be told, I've always been jealous of people who could pull off the jeans look. They made it all look so effortless, with their easy swaying and sashaying (is that even a word?) as if they'd just stepped off the Paris runway. Sure, I'd been known to rock a mean jean jacket back in the day, but actual, legit jeans are hard to pull off when you're under four feet tall. Trust me -- can you imagine how long they'd be on me?

But! The '70s bell-bottom look is back (paging Marcia Brady!), only now, it comes with a more sophisticated and chic name -- flare jeans! It's one of the biggest breakout trends of the season, according to Lucky magazine! And just because I love to stand out (pun intended...), I'd definitely choose some bright, eye-popping, packed-with-color flare jeans...
Classic denim
Petal pink
Rose red

Are you rocking the back-in-style flare look this fall, friends? Do you like the more traditional look or would you go for a more bold statement? It would have been fun to live back in the '70s and see the birth of this trend, don't you think? xoxo

P.S. Darling denim, denim on denim and denim shorts! :)

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