Friday, June 29, 2012

oh hello vacation

Its that time...yup, vacation.  I took a week off from work and I can't tell you how good it feels to have no agenda.  Yesterday my only plans were to work out, go to the beach, and then hit up the grocery store.  Check, check, and check.  I was glorious.
I have been taking my husbands advice {he is a brilliant man}.  Taking one day at a time and allowing myself some good old fashioned downtime.  That's not my nature.  I like to be busy with projects, plans, whatever.  But now I love me some downtime.  It is something to be thankful for and I really don't know how I lived without it for so long.  So instead of filling my day with who knows what; I spent it on the beach, relaxing, and gaining some perspective. I got a tan too.
{hat // j.crew, towel // ralph lauren}
 Above are my beach essentials.  Not pictured would be my favorite sunglasses {there something Elton John would wear}, sunscreen, the beach bag I put everything in, and of course my bikini...that would be just plain embarrassing.  I have to tell you that I am an avid magazine reader {don't worry I read books too!} and I have saved loads of money subscribing to magazines rather than just picking them up at the store.  I don't know why this took me so long to realize but it did.  It was another thing my sweet husband pointed out.  He is such a gem.

Well I am off to celebrate Sara and Tim's wedding this weekend and then we are headed to Acadia for some camping.  I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July {my favorite holiday}!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

weekend celebrations

This weekend was FULL of celebrations.  It was wonderful to say the least.  I got to spend all of Saturday with the best girls I know and celebrate Sara's last single girl weekend {you can see her bridal shower photos here}.  These girls have been friends of mine for about 20 years.  So when we get together for one of our dearest friend's bachelorette parties you better just watch out.  

We started our day out with a trip to MAC so Sara could get her makeup did.  Then a quick lunch and a few cocktails later we were getting ready for the night. 
We got her all dressed up...don't worry we let her take the glasses off while she ate dinner.
 Definitely an end of the night photo.

Sara is getting married this weekend and I couldn't be more excited.  Having been married only six months myself I know how exciting it is to be entering into this stage of life.  I looked back at photos this weekend of all of us growing up together.  I couldn't be more blessed or thankful to have these phenomenal women in my life.  We have seen each other through ever ridiculous thing in life and been able to celebrate the amazing ones as well.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

a few ramblings and our wedding guestbook

I have to apologize for not posting very much this week.  Boston has been ridiculously hot all week.  I don't mind the heat at all but this is the kind of humid heat where if you move just a little you're going to sweat.  So sitting down and typing up something witty for all you wonderful readers just wasn't at the top of my list.   Neither was work but I was there all week.  There was one glorious day that I spent at the beach, by myself with a stack of magazines. 

Anyway, I promise to post more next week.  Especially because it is my gorgeous friends wedding next weekend and we are stating the festivities today {I'll have plenty of photos to post I am sure!}.  We are celebrating her bachelorette party tonight.  Watch out Boston!

On the topic of wedding stuff and since I know we are in the thick of wedding season I want to share with you what we did at our wedding for a guestbook.  When I started planning our wedding I wanted to be able to have photos of everyone who attended so I searched high and low for a way to incorporate that into a guestbook.  Some people told me to put a digital camera out and have people take photos on it so we could print them out later.  One person suggested that our photographer take photos of everyone.  Someone else said they used polaroid cameras and had guest take their photo and place it in a scrapbook.  None of those ideas really seemed to fit in our plan.  So I kept on searching for a camera that would combine all of those options in one.
 {Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera // Polaroid or Amazon}

Ta da!  We did in fact find this little number which is a digital polaroid camera.  Our guest were able to take their photo, print it out, and then place it in our guestbook and write us a little note.  The film that goes in the camera is also sticky on the back so no need for extra material for adhering the photos into the guestbook.  The camera also saves the photos digitally so you can upload them onto your computer later or go back and print a few more of your favorite photo.

We have had quite a few people borrow this camera for their own weddings.  Sara is using it next weekend to fill her guestbook with memories.  If you are looking to do something different at your wedding I highly suggest a guestbook like this...people loved it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

life lately

Everyday has a new surprise, that for sure is true.  And the past few days were no exception.  
Oh beautiful, wonderful life.

Saturday we had our family over for a BBQ and let me tell you, there is nothing like our family.  Not only did we have enough food to feed an army but Dan also got together a family kickball game.  Hilarious! I didn't take to many photos because I was busy visiting {and playing kickball} but here are a few.
 My mother in law has been a teacher for 24 years and this was her last school year.  So we celebrated with a musical card {Dan seriously can't get enough of them} and a cake from Lyndell's Bakery.  
 I made this delicious treat {thanks Kelly!} that everyone loved.
 And we finally got our garden pretty much planted for the is coming along.  Look at all my cucumber seedlings in the pot next to the slate walk.

Everyone cleared out at a reasonable hour except my mom and dad who spent the night at our house.  Dan dug out our top of the line blow up bed and got it all set up in our guest room/office.  Now this bed is kind of a big deal. It is seriously more comfortable than our own bed {sad but true}.  We plugged that baby in and inflated it.  Things were looking pretty good in that spare room of ours.  That bed wasn't out for more than 15 minutes before it started deflating.  Yup, I went in to put some clean sheets on it and our beloved blowup bed was losing air.  Dan went in with head lamp and all to figure out what was causing this problem and well he found the culprit...
oh I know he looks cute but he is dangerous when it comes to plastic.  Brody is known for climbing in the bathtub and biting the bottom of the shower curtain.  I should have known the second he got his hands on that blow up bed it would be over.  Dan spent a good hour in the guestroom patching the holes...there were so many of them.

Moving on....
My dad had a really great Father's Day.  We walked, went to church, grilled out, and of course took a nap.  Sunday was a pretty relaxing day for all us not just papa bear.  

Moving on once again....
This was a photo I got via text message in the middle of my work day yesterday.  Dan had my car for the day {yes I drove his "man truck" to work}.  I instantly freaked out, not because of my poor little car but because I was worried about my husband.  Well it turns out Dan wasn't even in the car when this happened.  Thank God!  A young 16 year old girl backed into it while it was parked on the street.  It actually sounds a lot like something I would have done when I was 16.  Oh but my poor little car, it should be back to and running in a few days.

Well that's what has been going on in these parts lately.  
I hope everyone had a great weekend and a happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

decorating and "pottery barning"

Until I got married and moved into our apartment I never loved decorating more.  Sometimes I feel like I am nesting.  I always wanted the places I lived in to look nice but now that I have a place to decorate just for me and the husband I pour over magazines ohhhhing and awwwing at pages filled with the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen.  And then pinterest happened and well that just about did me in {you can follow me!}.  

I get this love of decorating {and projects} from my mother.  Who called me a few weeks ago and told me she was pottery barning.  I knew exactly what she meant.  Have you ever looked at a Pottery Barn catalog?  It is wonderful and it makes me want to be independently wealthy and buy everything in the store.  We registered there for our wedding and ever since I just can't get enough.  We were all set to buy our couch from there and then found out the couch wouldn't actually fit up our stairwell and through the entry of our living room.  I cried a little.  Only kidding, have you ever sat in a Pottery Barn couch?!?  Amazing.

  So back to pottery barning.  My mom gets her hands on thier catalog and uses it as complete inspiration for her own house.  As a long time home owner my mom told me that she has accumulated enough stuff that she doesn't actually need to buy anymore; she just rearranges and reorganizes it all after dogearing pages from the Pottery Barn catalog.
My mom is on a continuous plan to cleaned out the house, so when I head home to see my parents I literally shop their attic and find all kinds of stuff to pottery barn our apartment.  My dad and Dan stare in confusion as my mom and I dig through old stuff and somehow make this old junk into something new.

Here are a few things I found the last time I rummaged through my parents attic.
 These were a few boxes my mom had from my great grandfather.  Old shipping boxes covered with fabric and wallpaper.  Oh and they smelled like moth balls...
 Once I started cleaning them up I found the old shipping labels and stamps were still there.
 This was another fabric and wallpaper covered box my mom found that still had the original label on it.  I am still working on getting these boxes cleaned up.  Once they are done I will show you exactly what they are being used for.  Don't you think these crates have the potential to look and store things like this one?
This was an old fruit crate that tools were being stored in. 
It now organizes some of my many projects.
And don't worry I found more things too; like a whole box of the old-school canning jars and a beautiful turquoise pitcher.  I promise I have plans and uses for all of these things...I am not becoming a pack rat {even if I was I am sure my husband would put a stop to it}.  Once all of these little projects are done I will show you and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprise. 
I guess it is true what they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

In other news, here are a few more place where I found design inspiration...

Michelle over at Ten June posted this last week.
And over at the Nesting Place you can read about Justin Timberlake's design company.  Whaaat?!?!  Yes, I said Justin Timberlake, like the heartthrob of my teenage years. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY // fabric covered wall hangings

When I first moved into our apartment I was quick to pick out paint colors and cover the walls with it.  I never second guessed myself once with what I had chosen.  Not to toot my own horn but the colors I picked out look great.  But now when I am hanging things up on the wall, or making curtains, or throw pillows I can get caught up with, what if it doesn't look good.
It is sad to say that I have lived here almost 9 months {Dan has lived here 6} and there is not a whole lot up on the walls.  We are working on it.  I promise.

Today I am going to show the very first things I made to put on the walls in our bedroom, fabric covered wall hangings.  Our bedroom I painted a light blue so all of the accents in our room {the curtains, the wall hangings, and someday when I find the side table lamps} are all in a darker blue.
So here is a little DIY on how to make these wonderful wall hangings.  You can find more about where I got all the supplies here.
1} Place your blank canvas facedown onto the fabric so you can cut the fabric to the right size.  You want enough fabric to stretch over the edges of the canvas frame so that you can staple it.  Then cut away my friends!

2}  Once you have cut your fabric to the right size and your canvas is still face down; you start to stretch fabric over the frame of the canvas and staple it into place {staple gun makes this very easy but you can use just a regular stapler}.  

3}  Staple all the fabric edges to the canvas frame.  One thing you want to make sure of before you cut and staple is that your fabric design is hitting the canvas straight.  After I stapled all the fabric down to the canvas frame I cut any extra fabric along the edges.   

{Sorry about all the smooching photos of me and the husband, I keep them contained to the bedroom...promise.  Also don't mind the quality of the photos above I took them all on my phone.}
Well there you go.  That is the wall art {for now} hanging in our bedroom.  The whole thing was pretty cost effective.  Each wall hanging averaged out to be $8 and only took me about ten minutes to make each one.  The great part about this project is that you can customize it with whatever fabric you choose.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

bling, bling and more bling // jojo loves you

Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite places in Boston to buy jewelry.  Jojo Loves You makes the most bling jewelry around.  I own quite a few pieces myself.  Jojo also made all of the beautiful jewelry I dressed my bridesmaids in for my wedding and they looked stunning.  Her bling earrings are perfect for dressing up or down;  put them on for a night out in your little black dress or just wear them with jeans and a t-shirt.  These earrings seriously look great with everything.

Here are some of my favorites.

{these are two of my favorite pieces from Jojo's collection.  I wear them all the time!}

{these are the earrings my bridesmaids wore in my wedding} 
 {these are the next two additions to my jewelry collection}

Jojo makes all of her gorgeous jewelry right here in Boston but have no fear if you don't live in this area she has her stunning stuff in plenty of other places around the country and of course you can buy online.  So please do yourself a favor and head on over to Jojo Loves You, you can thank me later.