Tuesday, September 30, 2008

daily decor

God is good!

due to a mishap with delivery and a poor little furniture leg, a friend had her brand new dresser replaced by another brand new dresser!

and whats a girl to do with a beautiful slightly impaired extra dresser?

give it to her penny-pinching-dresser-less friend!

now if i could only get it upstairs to my bedroom.. :-D


Y, thick hair

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

fall finds part 1

this weekend rooms and I are hosting quite a few of our friends from university [dont I sound like such a Brit when I say university!] for a football game. we are thinking we should have between 5 and 12 + 1 dog. for a 2 bedroom/2.5 bathroom townhouse.. it will be a squeeze. but the more the merrier when you are among friends, right?

the sailfish has arrived! I promise one day I will post pictures of my "decorating" [although I have done nothing as decorative as many of my peers] and in what stage of life my habitat is in. right now I am in the process of figuring out a place/way to store my winter clothes, I feel like when they were in storage they multiplied because I surely do not enjoy winter so why do I have so many sweaters?

I booked my plane ticket for atlanta to go see my friends-turned-georiga-peaches for halloween and a football game [me, travel to a football game? shocker I know.] I will be there the night of halloween and our costumes.. well, I cannot give them away but they are super fun.
I got to thinking... [just kidding S.a.T.C] that alot of my trips to my Alma are like the Indian Princess camping trips I used to take with Dah & mrs.Sissy & half of my friends & their dads for a few reasons: [these will probably make more sense if you were apart of the greatest YMCA organization ever, Iriquois Nation Indian Princesses :D]

- run around with my friends until late hours of the night
- call each other funny names that have some obscure story of how it was originated
- make our own clothes
- sometimes get a little sick %-)
- try to scare off unknown older men [ick]
- sing funny songs/chants/great oldies songs
- do bizarre hand motions
- tend not to maintain all hygiene
- paint our faces
- write on the walls
am I right, or am I right?

my new current [and probably will be shortlived] obsession is the versatility of this dress:
last night I spent at least 45 minutes playing with different ways to wear it. one of which I will use this weekend!
I mean... $43.00 for at least 8 skirts/dresses.

and finally..
happy birthweek to my favorite italian twins & my Mrs.sissy

Y, thick hair

Monday, September 15, 2008

time flies when.. you are knee deep in samples!

what a busy week i had. coming up we have our sample sale going on which means i've had to sort through closets of clothing and figure out what is ready to be sold, donated, destroyed or sent back to the vendor. and 18 24"x24"x24" later i am alllll done.

this past weekend i got to go on a little "stay-cation" for a friend who is getting hitched next weekend. God has truly blessed me with some new friendships here in my new city so it has been so nice getting to know these girls.

on friday pre-beach weekend, i got a lot of house maintenance done. i, thick hair, scrubbed my front porch [wearing my fun pink rubber gloves!] on my hands and knees, then disinfected the valet trash service trash can, swept the floors, mopped the floors, scrubbed the front door, cleaned out my kitchen cabinets, my fridge shelves and sorted through the crafting drawers. i felt very accomplished.

i also made this yummy cupcakes::

Pink Lemonade with Lemon Buttercream icing!

1 box white cake mix
9oz thawed pink lemonade concentrate
3 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate. Add enough food coloring to turn it the shade of pink you like!

Scoop batter into liners (fill about three-fourths full). Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting (see below).
Lemonade Buttercream:
3 c. + 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

Red food coloring
Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, lemon juice, and a few drops of food coloring to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined. Turn the speed to med-high until the buttercream is fluffy and uniformly pink. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

they were so good. i even went as far as to zest the lemon's and put the peel on top. [sidenote, the icing was close to being too buttery, may look for alternate icing in the future.. they will definitely reappear]

beach weekend was delightful. got some sun, made strawberry daquiris [1 part ice, 1 part strawberries, 1 part splenda, ? part coconut rum], and watched college football for a while. we went to a fun restaurant on the intercoastal, had calamari, cheese artichoke fondue & champage, drove the convertible down the beach for a little. it was lovely.

this week is going to be very busy too. my buyer is at market, which means i am kind of in charge of my department! eek! should be a good learning experience. then back to alma matter for the first night game of the season!

best news of the week: we are ranked. Y

Friday, September 5, 2008

red, white & blonde

I spent a majority of my nights these past two weeks watching the national conventions. i was quite distracted from the all the speeches with the multitude of "hey cnn, put me on t.v. with my crazy hat" delegates. i admit, i have had quite a few publicized appearances of my own steming from creative signs, good seats and the sort on various sports & media websites, all of which i am proud of (you would be too, and if you're reading this you've probably been in the pictures with me). but i was distracted in a good sort of way, they are creative, each quite pleased with their masterpieces. here are some of my favorite:

on a further note, i have decided what my current dream job is: stylist to the first family. as the face of America there are some thing i think should be considered:
1. dress in Americana/neutral colors. take a hint from the perfect first lady, Laura Bush: 2. keep the eye makeup/hair natural. attention megan mccain: here she looks great, simple, classic.. but i've also seen a picture or two of the black eyeliner overdose. 3. keep the "mom spit fix the baby's hair" to a minimum - just kidding, that was precious. little Piper just catches my eye because she seems like quite the character, so proud of her momma & loving waving with her at every chance. i mean, look at this little outfit. what do you think this precocious missy is thinking in this picture?i just love tailored looks, skirt suits, family ensembles in coordinating colors, each showing a bit of each family members styles, preppy ties (or even better, bow ties!), classic grooming. i am getting anxious just thinking about it! first ladies' are the femininity of America, they should show the strength of the woman behind our man!
i loved Sarah Palin's speech (who didnt?) and John McCain, respect him, but his speech reminded me a tad of Elle Woods' speech to congress in Legally Blonde 2 (Red, White & Blonde - duh) Elle: So speak up, America. Speak up for the home of the brave. Speak up for the land of the free gift with purchase. Speak up, America!
John: Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America. Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.
Take it with a grain of salt, in the mean time register to vote! make America fit your style:

Y, thick hair

Thursday, September 4, 2008

the stork is a' coming

naturally after wedding season comes.. baby season! but before the little ones arrive, its baby shower season.

i am not quite sure if noelle is technically related to me, what do you call the sister-in-law of your own sister? but she is having a baby girl, and she will be the apple of all eleven of her immediate family members. [its probably more than eleven but i stopped counting after aunts, uncles and maternal grandparents]. i have been doing some thinking and mind changing between - do i get her something off of the registry and play it safe [& convenient to the new mom and dad] or do i go the fun route and get her something fun! i've decided to do a bit of both. for baby noelle i picked out these adorable hooded towels [registry]
&& for fun noah's ark squirty bath toys:

baby #2 will be the God sent son to the nanny of the family i nannied alot for at home. she is going to be an amazing mom and this baby is such a blessing. his name is Brett.. funny story about Brett: the little girl in the family we both care for, Lexi 3 years old is quite the character. when she was told that the baby "in manda's tummy" was going to be named Brett she said, "he cant be named that.. that's what i wear in my hair". she's a cutie. i onced dressed her up in my aviators, let her hold miss.america [my LV speedy] and tied my "hermes" scarf around her as a dress.. she refused to take the outfit off until after picked big brother up from school so she could show everyone her outfit. anyways, for Brett i picked out this super plush blanket [registry]

&& for fun: conveniently the same noah's ark squirty toys!

thus the moral of the story: get a gift off of the registry, pick an accessory that makees it more personal && pick something lightweight that will ship for cheap.

told you i'm a bargaineere.

safe travels mr.stork, deliver with care. Y

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


this weekend i am going to my alma matter to reunite with some of my great friends for our first football game of the season. it is going to be very weird for us to not be part of the student body still, i am very intrigued as to how it will play out. what do you wear as an alum? surely our old get ups for constructed dresses from t-shirts, greek letter pins are a no-go.. but i think we are too reluctant to admit we are actually alumni and wear boring heather grey t-shirts with alumni scrolled across the chest. what better way to say, "hey i'm old".

i'm also really excited to get my crafting drawers out of my storage unit! over the past 4 years i have accumulated quite the smorgasboard of supplies ranging from lace to tye dye, to stencils and fabric paint, and oodles of paint markers and stationary supples. i am looking forward to bring home those inspiring drawers, organize them and craft myself away.

on the unfortunate side of things, i am not looking forward to bringing home my winter clothes.
to me, nothing says drear like fall clothes.

if you go into stores these next few weeks [especially in florida] you will notice that some clothing companies have forgotten that here it is ninety degrees until approximately.. January when it dips down fifty or sixty degrees for about two week period. that is something i have learned to appreciate here at the fishbowl, is that we take into account what kind of climate our stores are actually in, instead of sending hooded parkas and courdoroy slacks to our resort stores [as was the case i saw this weekend when i was in j.crew]. not only is too hot to wear these clothes, but it is hot enough outside of the stores that nobody even wants to look at dark colors and thick fabrics.

enough ranting for now about what retail should be doing, i should probably get back to what i should be doing too. until next time, get out and shop! these past few weeks have been noted the best bargains of the summer. and if you are a shopper like me, who despises the drear of fall, buy some clearance summer clothes, accessorize accordingly and [sun]shine your way into early fall.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

daily decor

I am in the process of decorating my first real world apartment. No hodge podge of assorted plates, posters and assorted promotional cups, but dinnerware, decor and coordinating hand towels - very exciting I know. Fortunately with my handy employee discount, and our quick eye in the dumpster, rooms [my roommate] and I have been able to to assemble quite the apartment. my theme in my room is nautical chabby chic but also keeping my love for design and inspiration around. its my attempt of having a beach house all in one room. i will post some pictures of the pieces i have made, bought and assembled later but i am really excited about this guy i just got. if it reminds you of something you might find in a 7 year old boys bedroom, well sorry, but i think it is kind of fun.



apparently it can be hung quite easily.. 2 thumbtacks is what bizrate users said.

next hunt:
vintage steamer chest. oooh ahhh. ebay $1200+, thick hair: $40 and some stainer is what i am hoping for.

Monday, September 1, 2008

welcome me.

this is very exciting for me.

i spend a lot of time on blogs at work [a big no no] but i disguise it as looking for fashions for my line of work. i have always wanted to create one, make it pretty and have my friends and readers multiply daily, but i am no carrie bradshaw. infact i am not even sure if that is how "she" spells her name.

my blog will be filled with my findings, rants, raves and probably some family stores. Ma & Dah, the girls and the newlyweds will be their names.

i am a: recent/slightly depressed college grad, newly professional, contently single, conservatively moderate, ecletically bargainere, bridesmaid experienced, greek life enthusiast.

get to know me.