Friday, July 30, 2010

Party Dresses Galore!

I am celebrating my birthday tomorrow night with friends and I am in need of a new party dress for the occasion. I have been doing a bit of shopping recently (I bought the Nine West shoes from this post!) so Forever 21 is in my budget for this purchase.

Forever 21 DressesFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Which one do you like the best?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy me!!

I am looking forward to a fun filled weekend to celebrate my 28th birthday! Festivities are starting tonight at my sister-in-laws house for family dinner (hubby and sister too) and then a special dinner on Saturday and drinks with friends!

I have had a another wonderful year and look forward to what the next has in store!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A nice little Saturday...

One of my favorite Saturday activities during the summer is to head over to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. It has turned into a tradition with my friend Kristen and I. We mosey through the booths, enjoy the samples and pick up a few items for the week.

We always finish up the morning with Souper Jenny's lobster salad on a fresh Holman & Finch bun. It is amazing!!  

We were very lucky to catch Ford Fry from JCT Kitchen doing a chef demo this past Saturday. JCT is one of my favorite restaurants and I can't wait to celebrate my birthday at their upstairs bar this coming weekend!

Holman & Finch Bread Co.

JCT Kitchen-Ford Fry

Fresh bruschetta w/ smoked goat cheese on H&F bread

Lobster Salad from Souper Jenny
Kristen enjoying the lobster roll!
Taj Mahound Dog Treats
I always pick up a few for my pup!
Photos c/o Kristen...check out her blog!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Etsy find: Joanna Rutter

This jewelry has been added to my "wish list"! I was immediately attracted Joanna Rutter's simple and whimsical style. 

Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

Be sure to visit Joanna's Etsy shop. What are your favorites?


Friday, July 23, 2010

Italy on my mind...

It's Friday and I am ready for the weekend! 

I came across this amazing hotel while researching for our trip to Italy. Capri is not on our list of destinations but this hotel is tempting!

Ciao bella...


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Accessory Overload: Charming CHARLIE

During a recent trip to NC to visit some family I was introduced to Charming CHARLIE.  I had never been to one but the best way to describe it is-Claire's on steroids.  We were in there for an hour and I am sure I missed a few things.

It is organized by color and has everything for jewelry, purses, shoes, sunglasses and even a small amount of clothes.

Come to find out there are a few locations in the suburbs of Atlanta so I will be making another trip!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

take a chance-Kate Spade

I love the interactive display that Cheree Berry designed for a Kate Spade store in St. Louis. She created a grid pattern with hundreds of envelopes filled with  little messages -"crash a party" & "embrace color". It is another great use of bright colors by KS!


I would love to see this installation in the Atlanta store! 

Photos c/o

Monday, July 19, 2010

Love: Jellies

I was a little hesitant about Jellies coming back but they are back better than ever. They come in every style and color from Gap to Valentino.

JelliesFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Diane von furstenberg shoes PINK, 38 GBP
Chinese Laundry Sweet Caroline Shoe, $39
Couture Bow Jelly Sandals, $275
Tory Burch Jelly Driver, $115
Gap Jelly sandals, $9.99
Campana Jelly Ballet Flats, $80

I am thinking of getting the Campana Jelly Ballet Flats for my trip to Italy.  Carrie Underwood was just pictured in them a couple weekends ago here.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Sweet Treat Friday!

Chocomize-custom chocolate bars. What a fun concept and they are so pretty! I came across their website and was hooked when I saw these sample creations. They have a wide array of toppings-candy, herbs, cereals, pretzels and fruits. You can create a savory or a sweet candy bar. Great ideas for wedding or shower favors.

I love the story on how it was founded. Read about it here.


I love the Smores Bar with the Teddie Grahams! If I was to design one it would definitely involve peanut butter!

Chocomize has a contest going on until next Friday to create a bar that will be featured on their website. What kind would you make?


Successful Jonathan Adler Event

Jonathan w/ Kristen and I
The Jonathan Adler event at Pieces last night was amazing! I purchased a small piece of his pottery and he signed it. I attended with my friend Kristen and her husband and they took some great photos of the impeccably designed store.  She has detailed her experience on her blog so check it out.

Stayed tuned for a fun post later today!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jonathan Adler Event

I am very excited to be attending this event tonight! I have not been to Pieces before but a my friend Kristen turned me on to them a few weeks ago. I am hoping to get inspired for some upcoming design projects. 

Check out his website Stayed tuned for pics!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Love: Kate Spade

Much more than just a great handbag!

You will probably start seeing a pattern in my posts-Kate Spade! I love her simplistic and classic style with touches of bright colors and unique fabrics make everything pop.  I have been amazed how many more product lines Kate Spade has created over the years.  I remember the original box-shaped handbag and now there are bags in every shape and size, jewelry, sunglasses, glassware, clothes, shoes, stationary and even iPhone and iPod covers. What will be next?

Kate Spade
Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

What is you favorite Kate Spade item?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend in Pictures

Well, I am back to the daily grind after a wonderful weekend in Hilton Head.  It was quick but we did have plenty of time for my 3 favorite things while there...

Pool Time!

A long bike ride!

Gotta get the creative juices flowing again!  Looking forward to the next few weekends at home!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Hour: Raspberry Beer Cocktail

I love to make fun cocktails and there is not better to place to have a fruity drink than at the beach!  We are on a mini vacation this weekend in HHI and thought this would be the perfect to cool off!

3/4  cup  fresh raspberries*
3 1/2  (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled
1  (12-oz.) container frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (regular lemonade)
1/2  cup  raspberry vodka
Garnish: lemon and slices

1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Note: To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container. Chill up to 3 days. Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Green with Envy!

I was looking around for inspiration to redesign my guest room, which I will post about at a later date, but came across a few pictures that caught my eye. Green is one of my favorite colors and I love how it is used in each of these photos in different rooms.  The pop of color makes such a statement in the room but is not too crazy for my style.

What colors do you like to use to add a pop to a room?

Happy Friday!  I am headed to the beach this weekend but will be posting a cocktail that also keep as one of my summer staples!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wish List: Charm & Chain

A friend of mine had this necklace on last weekend and I loved it!  My go to summer tops are solid colored every color.  I have been looking to add some flair to them with some chunky or long necklaces. 

At first glance I thought she was wearing multiple necklaces and had created the look herself but it is one piece. I love the different textures and it has every color which makes it a very versatile accessory.

Luckily my birthday is this month...this is definitely on my wish list!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend...I know I am! I even have time for a quick post.

It is picnic time and I had to prepare a dish today to bring to a neighbors house. One of my favorite go to recipes for parties is Buffalo Chicken Dip. I have combined a few recipes and created one that I feel is the best!

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup ranch salad dressing

3/4 cup any flavor Buffalo FRANK’S® REDHOT® Sauce

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Shredded meat from a fully cooked rotisserie chicken (about 2 cups)


HEAT oven to 350°F.

Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.

MIX in salad dressing, Frank’s RedHot Sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.

BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir.

Serve with fresh baguette and celery

(I am in between cameras at the moment but should have one soon so that I can photograph my one recipes)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Which ones???

I am in need of a couple pairs of sandal flats for for my trip to Italy that I blogged about in my earlier post. My current sandal collection consists of mainly Havaianas and wedges. In Italy walking around all day in wedges is just not going to work.  The perfect sandal would allow me to go from a day of sightseeing to an evening enjoying a cocktail.


It is going to be a hard descision but I think I will be inspired once I start shopping for clothes...which will be a later post!

Happy Friday!!

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