Girls of Summer

Can you tell that I’m slightly excited about warm weather making a comeback? I picked up these Wayfarer sunglasses (the metal details on only half the frame made this pair too-good-to-leave-behind) at Target this afternoon, and I can already picture throwing them on, and heading to the beach. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Image: Target

Spring-Inspired Marimekko Bathroom

It seems like I live at Crate & Barrel these days, and not just because I buy quite a few–OK, most–of my home accessories from there. (You know how, on Cheers, everyone yelled “NORM!” when he walked in the door? Well, that is sort of what happens when I stroll into my local Crate.) Anyway. This weekend, I was on the prowl for a breath of fresh air for my bathroom. Today’s weather was gorge (hi, 70+ degrees!), so I blame the spring-like day for this shopping splurge. My bathroom = Marimekko explosion.


This isn’t my bathroom, of course, but it helps paint a picture:

Image: Crate & Barrel

You Glow, Girl

Ever look in the mirror in the morning and want to run the other way…or at the very least, back to bed because you look that tired? Yeah, me too. Which takes us to my current hunt for a new product that would help me get my glow on. I started using Tarte products (minerals, Amazonian clay, paraben-free, oh my!) a few months ago, and have both their bronzer and blush, so picking up their shimmering powder was a no-brainer. And, true to Tarte’s form, it’s effing awesome. Am I still tired? Sure…but at least I don’t look it.

Image: Sephora


Hey, Hey

Here’s a little story for you: When I was around six or seven, I would race home from school in the afternoons simply so I could watch The Monkees reruns on TV. It never crossed my mind that this show was 30-plus years old, that the way-cute boy band members were almost senior citizens, or that my massive crush on Mr. Jones would never be reciprocated. I’ve had these DVDs for a few years now (actually, I have the limited edition boxed set because I’m just that dorky, but I couldn’t find a good pic online), and, as always, I maintain that this show was under-appreciated, quirky and hilarious…and these guys were way (way!) ahead of their time.

And let’s be real…how cute was Davy?!

Video: YouTube
Images: Amazon


Bowled Over

Tonight, after work, I decided that, instead of relaxing on my couch, I needed to head to Target instead, to scope out some of the home accessories I’ve been e-stalking. To my delight (but my wallet’s sadness), there was cuteness at every turn. I walked out of the store with a cart-full of awesome, and this large porcelain decorative bowl is one of my favorite purchases of the night. It’s currently sitting on my dining room table–full of fresh lemons–as I type! Best of all? It was under $20.

Image: Target

Wallpaper! Damask! Accent Wall!

So, wallpaper…we’ve had such a complicated relationship. I used to avoid it at all costs, but now, I sorta love it. The husband and I are in the process of finding the perfect wallpaper for an accent wall in our guest room. The room is painted a deep-blue, almost-navy color. Here is what we think is going to be the eventual wallpaper winner. Mmmmm. I love me some damask.

P.S. Have you noticed that I seem to always be writing about stuff you can put on walls? Hmm.

Image: Home Depot

A Bright Idea

I haven’t purchased this product yet (it’s on my list!), but it’s so darn cool I had to write about it now. Idea Paint turns any surface in your house, office, wherever into a dry erase board. It even comes in a variety of fun colors. The creative possibilities are pretty much endless…as are the compliments you’ll get from your friends when they see this awesomeness in your living room.

Image: Idea Paint

Meet Kiki

I have a thing for vases. And by “thing” I mean deep, deep love. Especially adorable ones, like the Kiki Vase from Crate & Barrel (where, you’ll soon notice, I buy many, many things). I picked up three of these vases to adorn a naked, clearly unhappy shelf in my kitchen. This vase is perfect if you’re searching for a simple decoration that will still stand out. See for yourself:

Images: Crate & Barrel

Favorite Coffee Table Book

I’m a huge Charley Harper fan. So huge, in fact, that I sort of want to keep this amazing book on our coffee table at all times, just to remind all future house guests about exactly how awesome Harper’s art is. An Illustrated Life is a beautiful tribute. Plus, Todd Oldham(!), so duh.

Image: Barnes & Noble

Wind Me Up

My love for wall art is well documented on this blog. So it’s no surprise that 20×200 is one of my favorite sites ev-er. It provides a huge selection of affordable, easy-to-shop prints…it also provides me with the urge to build an addition (or two) just to have more walls to hang things on. The site also partnered with West Elm recently, another one of my favorite shopping spots! Here are my two latest purchases, both by artist Todd McLellan.

Images: 20×200

Argan You Glad We Told You About This?

If you’re prone to split ends or dry hair, this product is amaaaazing. Seriously. I want to hug it. And then buy more of it. Josie Maran‘s Organic Argan Oil was recommended to me by my friend Maria, and I haven’t found a product yet that is as lightweight and super-versatile–a great, natural way to moisturize your hair, skin and nails.

Image: Sephora

Get Educated

I know, I know…you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But what about wine by its label? Still no? Well, when the label is this unique, I say judge away. Plus, when something is this cute and nerdy, the odds of me taking it home are pretty high…just ask my husband. So, needless to say, I was excited to pick up a bottle of Educated Guess, Roots Run Deep winery‘s flagship wine, and am looking forward to finding out if the inside is as fun as the outside. I’m thinking yes.

Image: Roots Run Deep Winery

Eau, Yes!

I so wish computers (or whatever device you’re using to read this) had scratch-and-sniff functionality right now. One whiff of Marc Jacobs‘s “Daisy Eau So Fresh” (see what they did there?), and my nose was in love. I’ve been searching for a scent that was light, fruity and perfect for spring. This is it! Plus the bottle is pretty. Win, win.

Image: Sephora

Ben Kweller Flies A Kite

Technically, this isn’t shiz that I bought–the hubs gave it to me as a gift, since my love for Mr. Ben Kweller is akin to my love for patterns. (Which, if you’re paying attention, means that I’m a big fan. Huge, even!) Kweller’s new album “Go Fly a Kite” came out recently, and it’s–no surprise here–totally awesome. So much so, it’s on perma-play for me at work every day. Perhaps it should be on your list of shiz to buy. Just sayin’.

Image: Ben Kweller

Home Sweet Home

It’s safe to say that I’m slightly obsessed with wall art. I might even have a closet (or two) full of yet-to-hang items…

This is the latest purchase: A custom-made graphic for my sun room, made by one of the lovely owners of the super-adorable shop Bells & Whistles in Belmont, Massachusetts.  It’s not framed here, but you can use your imagination! It’s cute, I swear.