Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Monday

Well well... monday we meet again.. and oh so soon. This weekend was a well needed low key couple of days. Friday night I finally went & got my hair highlighted & cut after what has seemed like for-eva.  And I even got a one of those feathers put in! so so cool. I super love it. It's almost like zebra print, but its so discrete that you can barely even notice it. loves it. Then grabbed some dinner with my momma &  headed home in the pouring down rain, well needed... just intense, put on my comfies & snuggled with my pups. B ended up staying at the firehouse so I think the pups were happy to take up his side of the bed!

Saturday morning, we went & did some errands. Took a trip to Ikea to pick up a few new drawer pulls for the kitchen & a new rug for our basement. Of course like always, we end up picking up other odds & ends as well. Darn you Ikea! Then we went to the nursery & got flowers to plant in our planters on our deck. Love how they turned out... now I hope I have a green thumb & can keep them alive! Just all part of our backyard transformation.

Sunday was our trip to the farmer's market, which I forgot to take any pictures. But I love it. It's amazing & under the JFX in Baltimore. It's always jam packed with people, but you never really have to wait. And there is something just great about buying fresh local produce! Our purchases included... blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, green peppers, onions, green tomatoes, green beans, Habanero cheddar cheese (delish!), fresh bread, and of course natural treats for the pupperooni's!

Of course none of the actual "projects" I was going to maybe work on got done. I did start the soaking, so maybe I will get to it some night this week!

This will be a busy week, But I'm looking forward to it. And only 4 days of working is nice too!

Friday, July 8, 2011

oh... What up Friday??

thank goodness it is friday! unfortunately it's not my off friday- super sad face... but it's an early day & I have a weekend full of..... NOTHING planned!  I'm so excited for this... I feel like B & I have being going non-stop for the past few months, whether it's being away, having house guests, weddings, birthdays, or just a whole bunch of running around. So it will be nice to stay home & just kind of go with the flow around the house.

I do have  a few would like to's for this weekend ... so hopefully I can knock some of those off. And we are heading down to the huge & fabulous farmer's market in Baltimore on sunday... it's definitely one of the things I miss most about living there. Seemed like we went there more often than now since it's somewhat of a drive now. Although there are a few good ones near us in the Annapolis area now... which we still need to check out.

Maybe even a visit to the dog park again so Boh can enjoy himself doing this... that silly little pup of ours... digging for something in that water!!.... so much for his bath last week!

I'm finally going to get to some projects I've had on my list for some time. I got a palm sander so I'm hoping to sand off the old color/coating of our wooden adirondack chairs to prep them for a new (colorful!) paint job! I'm excited because this is my first real project like this. I also have some other little spray paint projects that I am hoping to get done soon as well!  I know there is one thing I'm good at... and it's procrastination!

Here's hoping to a fabulous weekend!

Cheers! xoxo

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Crazy is as Crazy does....

I've failed miserably with keeping up with this whole blog thing!  Just another one of my many products of starting something & getting sidetracked & not keeping up or finishing. Although...I will say... that I have gotten much much better with this stuff!

Alot has happened in the last couple of months ( do I always say that?.. it's so true though). What is that saying... life happens when you are busy making plans?!?! so so true. But I ended up leaving my first job that I had out of college of 6 years, to take a leap of faith into something similar but the opposite. Let's just say it's been different, but good, and I'm just trying to find my place & figure it all out now. The commute is one thing that I'm not particularly fond of, but B & I can drive in together so using the HOV lanes is sometimes (majority) a life saver when it comes to traffic.  Let me tell you, DC traffic is just NO FUN! and neither is getting up at 5am, just to try & beat said traffic. But the one really really nice thing is that I work a 9/80 schedule, which gives me every other friday off... yes... every other week is a 3 day weekend... so I guess I shouldn't complain to much!

In other news, I've seen a lot of live concerts recently, including Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Eric Hutchinson, Grace Potter  & this weekend we're going to see Alison Krauss & Union Station. Live music is love, especially on nice days at outdoor venues. Perfection.

B & I also acquired another dog (this makes 3.. yes we might be crazy) although he's not a permenant addition.  One of B's older brothers is in the Navy, so we have his dog Boomer while he's on deployment for the 6 months. Needless to say we have plenty of entertainment in our household. He's a black lab & a very good dog... minus the counter surfer. I'll leave the apple pie story for another time...

Just getting through this last day of work... and then heading to Ohio for a 3 day weekend & a visit with B's other older brother. And yes... we are driving... with 3 dogs... 8 hours.... I said before we might be crazy!

Monday, February 28, 2011

wishing & hoping...

Since my birthday is on sunday ... I figured i might put together a short list of wishlist items

A fun lil polka scarf from Old Navy.. because I'm obsessed with scarves!

These perfectly pretty feather earrings from Etsy . They would look great with just a T & jeans, some wedges!

I've been dying for a skinny leopard print belt & this one is on sale too!

This funky lil zebra necklace.. I ADORE! It's got a lil party hat on & everything. I love zebras & I love parties! Bring it!

And finally I want want want these Gap Jeans! I'm a huge fan of flares & wide legs... and these are super long for my long legs!!!

So I'm crossing my fingers & toes for this fun stuff... (although some purchases may just be made by me...hehe)

beacoup amour!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

lovely lovelies...

so in our bedroom, I'm using an old singer sewing machine as my vanity. And I am kinda in love with the idea...still. Its in between our windows, so its the perfect place to do all things girly with great light. I'm trying to not go overly girly... since like  I mentioned... I share the room with a boy. But, like I mentioned it's in between two windows, so there is this bare empty wall just screaming to be covered with something fun. My idea is to put up some funky pictures/ prints, in all different sizes etc.

So far these are some of my favorites I've found on etsy. I'll also frame a few prints of some travels that we have gone on, which can be added to or updated with our future adventures.


perfect lil reminder

I know that is a greeting card, but how pretty would it be matted & in a frame! Also, some of my Fav lyrics!


I totally want a print with these lyrics, it is the perfect song & perfect saying.

there is something just lovely about the ampersand

and just a lil somethin somethin for fun... because we all need a lil reminder!

So these are on my wishlist for now... hopefully to be a part of my lil space soon enough! Until then I'll keep searching the blog-verse to find more inspiration!

beaucoup l'amour!

oh...and I finally found my option for my closet using shelves from Ikea of all places!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Do you remember that friday night series of shows that was all the RAGE growing up (ok.. maybe I just dated myself some). I remember not being able to wait for Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step... but my favorite by far was Perfect Strangers... I died laughing at every single episode following along in all the shenanigans... even though that lil lineup is long gone... I still can't help but get excited everytime a friday rolls along!

I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend at home with some fun times planned & some organizing!  Tonight we're getting all dolled up for a Company Event for B's job in downtown Annapolis. Let me tell food & DRINKS... so there!   The weather here is supposed to reach 72 degrees today... WOO HOO! Bring on the spring.

Some other things I have planned for this weekend...
-Catch up on some reading
-Take the puppers for some good walks, exploring our still new to us neighborhood
-Hitting up the gym
-Possibly getting the things needed for the closet/shoe renovation
-Organizing & setting up our entry closet
-walking around & dinner in Annapolis

there of course are some other things on my list of  "to-do's" but i think the above tops them all! I don't get president's day off but, I decided to use one of my floating holidays & take off... so i will be enjoying my 3 day weekend!

Happy Weekend!
beacoup amour

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

stickin' to it...

so one of my new year's goals was to be more organized... with life. ha! no really, to write more dates & tasks down, to have a place for everything & everything in it's place. I've had some progress... but then I've somewhat slid back... so now I'm playing catch up. I guess my main problem is that I try to tackle everything at once... and I need to make some smaller goals or I should say areas.

Sooo... one of my biggest problem areas is my bedroom. I'm so bad at throwing clothes off & on the floor when I come home... and throwing clothes off & on the floor when I'm scrounging for something to wear ( we all have those days!).  I'm also really bad about just junking up the dresser, nightstand, vanity... you name it.. there is SOMETHING on it. And I'm not talking about pretty something's either.

My idea when we bought & moved into our new house, was to have our bedroom  have a parisian feel to it. Without being overly girl, since I was sharing said room with a boy.  I died over the love letters bedding from Anthro, but ultimately decided (or harassed by college friends) that it was entirely too girly to make a guy sleep under, even though he said he liked it ( which they said it was because I loved it). I feel like I'm slowly making my way to that feel, but I'm ready to make it really done, clean & ORGANIZED!

Our walls our painted in what was Lowe's Vaspar Soft Pumpkin, which is a peachy orangey color. Possibly not what most everyone would pick but I like the color for the feminity & masculinity of it. Plus our Master is GIGANTIC, so the color didn't overpower the room. I got the sconces from Ikea, the Inital Letters on Clearance from Kohl's. The bottom picture under the S is from Etsy (ArtShark Designs) & the top right picture above the B is from Etsy  as well, (The Love Shop ) & it's an Edgar Allen Poe (whom is my ABSOLUTE fav!) quote from Annabelle Lee " We loved with a love that was more than love". The Bedding is from Tar-get! Which matched perfectly & even though you can't see it.. it is tan's & gray swirly things! We are now in the process of looking for a new bedframe & nightstands though. We want some smaller nightstands & a king size bed ( our pups have taken over our queenie!).

Pardon the image... it's from my cell phone, but you get the jist.

I've been working on jewelry storage & an old vintage singer sewing machine/table made into a vanity. More pics to come on that!

but i digress... my main focus is on my closet( B gave me the whole thing!). It is big...but no walk-in... well it has a walk-in but it's strange. So I've just been racking my  brain on how to get the most out of the space. It has double hanging bars already & some built in shelves, which definitely help & are super nice, but my biggest problem right now is my shoes... and I have TONS of shoes, I think its a problem, or a complex... but you always feel good in shoes & they always fit no matter if you gain that extra 5-10 lbs.

This is what I'd LURRRVEE to do, something similar to this. This is Jcrew's Jenna Lyon's & of course who wouldn't want to model thier closet after her's?!?!?! This is the inspiration. Albeit, mine will be a smaller scale...


I've found the elfa system from the container store, so I'll just need my dimensions of the closet & see how far those will stick out. Because like I said, my walk-in not so walk-in closet is weird...  meaning there is only a small space to get to where the back shelves are & my set up that I have currently (shoes in clear boxes) doesn't work well for getting back there (cue the boxes alllll falling over...)

so i've glad a plan in  mind... and i'm a woman on a mission to organize a pretty little closet!

beaucoup d'amour

Monday, February 7, 2011

makin' changes...

well well well its been a long while since I've written in my lil space.  And a lot has happened in this past  year. I went from living with friends to living with a boyfriend... in a house we purchased in the good ol' burbs. I never thought I'd live in the city forever... but I honestly never thought I'd move out so soon. There are things I definitely miss but there are things that I am learning to love better ( like a bigger home... & bigger closets!!!). I made a goal this year ( because who really sticks to resolutions?!) to become more organized. Being a pisces I have always tended to start something & not finish or forget about it (hmm like i kinda did with this whole blog thing...) but so far in keeping with this goal ... I have made progress... and PROGRESS is key!

I've been through alot this year... with family, friends, and also losing our beloved Bailey girl (b's border collie mix) due to bone cancer. I opened my heart & received nothing but love in return, which i couldn't be more thankful for. I'm watching my niece & nephew grow before my eyes. And enjoying our little family we've created, my Roxy girl & our newest addition 9month old puppy Boh ( who seriously might be the most laid back puppy known to man).

I'm hoping (another goal) to use this space as a place to get creative again & explore some more!

Of course a post isn't complete without some pictures... so here are these two... for some reason i can't get anymore up!

 a lil Ravens fun @ girls night out!