game on!

for me (and i know i'm not alone) super bowl sunday is an excuse to make a rediculious amount of appetizers and dips and watch commercials. this year i convinced h to let me host a little party for the superbowl where i plan on finally making a few of my pinterest recipes that have been hiding out on my 'foodie' and 'sugar sugar' boards.

i am determined NOT to have another bake fail this weekend...and i will be attempting to make my mom's cherry crunch recipie (in all of it's buttery glory).

do you have any special treats planned for the super bowl?!


wedding wednesday - bridesmaid jewelry!

as you know i have been searching for the perfect bridal jewelry- for myself and my bridesmaids. after scouring etsy i fell in love with a pretty pair of earrings that i just had to have for my girls. the earrings are from le petit ruban, a french bohemian bridal & casual jewelry shop. Le petit ruban is French for 'the little ribbon' and the shop is described as "a romantic and elegant version of a cross between French bohemian and Shabby chic, a Jane Austen meets the Great Gatsby"...swoooon. the jewelry is light and pretty and it will look gorgeous with all the bridesmaid dresses. {and bonus- i have no doubt the girls will be able to wear the earrings after the wedding!} 
here are a few of my favorite pieces:: 
rose opal earrings $38 - crystal clear faceted glass earrings $40 - clear crystal quartz faceted earrings $40 -  faceted black swan glass earrings $34

mont blanc colorblock faceted champange earrings $34 - light green jade faceted glass stone earrings $26 - 
deva sapphire blue faceted glass stone earrings $34


ps the newly engaged, marissa of the boot, was sweet enough to feature me in her great women series today!

AND a very special happy birthday to my maid of honor jen!


inspired design - life magazine covers.

i have a whole pinterest board full of ideas for our future home 
but this photo has me dreaming of long-forgotten photography: 

a blown up vintage life magazine cover = instant art with some history thrown in- what a fun idea! i searched the life magazine archive for a couple of interesting covers and these are my favorites:: 
[i'd love to put either of these covers in our living room]
[art for your dressing room or walk in closet]
[perfect for a nursery or child's bedroom]
want more inspiration? 
check out LIFE's 75 best photos and laugh along at the worst covers ever



craving: mediterranean.

good morning chickadees. my weekend was taken over by kleenex, sneezing and sleep...not fun. i missed out on some fun plans but one bright spot was a super fresh Mediterranean lunch- a pita pocket inspired by this recipe. my version was a pita stuffed full of hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley and tons of feta. now i am craving everything mediterranean! i bought the ingredients to make lemon orzo with asparagus and tomatoes and i have these on my to-make list: 



wedding wednesday - the rings.

over the weekend i got into a few discussions about engagement rings and wedding bands. initially i wanted a simple solid rose gold band to wear with my engagement ring, but now i am tempted to get something a little more unique. i also would love something engraved inside (h and i already have an idea about that). luckily i have a jeweler in the family who will be helping us pick out or design our bands (she did an amazing job on my engagement ring). 
here are a few of my favorite ideas::


ps wedding update: h and i went suit shopping last sunday at the men's warehouse, it took a little more time than h expected and he didn't find the right suit. i think we're going to check out Jos A Bank or Jcrew next. do you have any other suit shops (with locations in IL, NY and SC?!)


GG girl crush.

happy monday chickadees! (and HAPPY MLK DAY!) i am thrilled to have the day off and lots of wedding planning on my to-do list...but first can we talk about the golden globes?! last night (after our family dinner) h and i watched the recorded award show (YAH no commercials!) i was looking forward to ricky gervais (i am a huge fan) but i was distracted by all the gorgeous gowns. apparently i was commenting a little too much on all the pretty girls  that h paused the recording and asked me "are we still on for (our wedding in) july?!" i told him to be happy that i wasn't gawking and commenting on all the guys :) 

so i'm curious - who were your favorite ladies last night?!




wedding wednesday - stationary.

after hours months of searching online for the perfect invitations for our wedding i thought i would never find the right ones. with so many great options out there i know this sounds crazy but (to me) the design of our wedding stationary is just as important as my dress! the invitation is your guest's first look into your wedding... it sets the tone for the whole event. without the right design i was unable to make any other wedding planning decisions. so imagine my relief (and JOY!) when i finally found the perfect suite from MaeMae Paperie. the design i chose is modern with a vintage twist and a gorgeous graphic punch and it will fit perfectly with the rest of my wedding dreams. i am smitten with the whole maemae site - here's a quick introduction to the shop:

WEDDING: maemae has a stunning collection of custom wedding invitation pieces and she is announcing a NEW wedding collection at the end of the month! if you're still in search for your wedding stationary don't miss the 20% off discount this week!

FOR YOUR HOME & OFFICE: maemae also has other fantastic prints and custom stamps::
2012 limited edition 2012 synchronized swimmers calendar $39 - salsa dance card $5.25 - cha cha dance card $5.25- dance coasters (set of 10) $17

initial rubber stamp $38 - ollie address stamp $68 - ozwald address stamp $68 - theo address stamp $68

aren't you in love?! stop by maemae's website - blog - shop to see more!


ps don't miss the maemae sale on joss & main!


time for another adventure.

it seems once we have one trip planned we're onto dreaming about the next one... i can't stop dreaming of italy ! we want to visit rome *my pick and milan *h's pick...so he can finally see his soccer team AC Milan play... 

where do you want to get lost?


loving lately.

pops of color. i know this might be the most over-used phrase in blogland but i really do love a little color here and there... 

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this christmas we got quite a few gift cards to our favorite stores. h and i decided to give our living room a much needed POP of color with two RED west elm slipper chairs $299

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i finally broke down and bought a pair of pumas $44 (on sale!) for our next trip

what are you loving lately?

ps stop by learning patience today to see my dream destination for the day!



the modern chalkboard.

I have some exciting condo decorating news! H has finally given me the green light to paint a chalkboard wall in our hall/kitchen! Now I just need to decide what I want to do...here are a few inspiration photos (thank you pinterest!)

We have really high ceilings so I think a floor to ceiling chalkboard might be a bit much. I'm considering buying a frame and just painting the glass but I am not sure how the texture would turn out.

Does anyone have experience with chalkboard paint? Is it easy to use? 
how would you create a modern chalkboard?



wedding wednesday- statement jewelry.

at the start of the holidays i decided to take a little break from wedding planning and now that it's january i am ready to jump back into it! i'll admit i never realllly stopped thinking about the wedding and while i was christmas shopping i always kept an eye out for beautiful jewelry that i could wear at our wedding. here are a few of my favorite looks::

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did you wear jewelry on your wedding? 
what do you think about statement pieces?




hello chickadees! i had a wonderful new years eve celebration on saturday night!! our friend ryan held his annual nye party and (as always) it was a great group of friends + lots of tasty drinks :) i took allll of saturday to recover and snuck in some movie time with h (we finally watched the curious case of benjamin button). i had the day off yesterday and took advantage of the time to think about 2012 and my to-dos... it's going to be a great year!
i'll admit a few of my resolutions are from last year (hello reality shows!) but i love starting off the year with a few new goals (french!) and dreams (travel).
what's on your to-do list for 2012?

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