Fresh Fabric

Do you guys know about Heather Bailey? If you don't, she is this super creative Jane of all trades and crafter extraordinaire. She designs fabrics, paper supplies, stationary, and picnic-ware. And not only does she create and design all these supplies, she comes up with amazing sewing tutorials to use her projects as well. Her shop recently sent out a newsletter introducing her newest line of fabrics: Garden District. What I love most about Heather's products is the color! They're somehow vibrant and soft at the same time. She taps into the ultimate "girl" colors and patterns of florals in bubblegum pinks, fuchsias, and raspberries, really well. If I had my way, it would pastels everywhere. But for something less frou frou she has an equal variety of cool blues, greens, browns and reds in stripes, dots, and geometric shapes, too.

Check out her blog and shop and you'll instantly want to make a quilt, reupholster a chair, or make one of her famous pincushions!

Heather's newest fabric: St. Charles Bouquet. Tell me you wouldn't kill to have a chair like this in your house.

Swatches from Garden District, Nicey Jane, and Fresh Cut fabric lines
(all images via Heather Bailey)

Happy Pins

1. Love the colorful little bunting on this tree. A good way to bring a pop of color into a space
2. Warm cider and cookies look like they could be on the other side of this orangey-red door
3. Could totally use a suede tote like this
4. I'm a total sucker for a fairy tales, and silhouettes

You can see more of my pinnings over on Pinterest!

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Top 10 Christmas Albums

My mother has enforced a strict no listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving rule in our household. Usually I'm a good daughter and abide by her rules but this year I just couldn't wait. One of our local radio stations started playing 24/7 Christmas music two weeks before Thanksgiving and I couldn't help but listen in from time to time. So now that it's acceptable to listen to the holiday tunes without shame I'm breaking out my Christmas CD collection and listening to them all the time. So to give you a break from hearing Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree for the 100th time here's a peek at my top 10 favorite Christmas albums for something different.

#10 I had this album as a tape when I was a little kid and wore. it. out! Listening to their high pitched little voices makes me think about Christmas as a little kid

#9 A Charlie Brown Christmas is probably one of my favorite holiday special, and when I hear Christmas Time is Here I can't help thinking of snowflakes falling. 

#8 I'm totally in love Kristin Chenoweth's voice. She's got a lot of non-traditional Christmas songs on this album which is a nice change

#7 Michael Buble, his voice is was made to sing  Christmas carols. 

#6 I love the jazzy feel of HCJ's Christmas album. My mom would listen to this CD constantly when she first bought it. Listening to it makes me think of her and how she always makes our Christmases special
Okay so there's half to get you in the Christmas mood. Check back in next week and I reveal the rest! 

Friday Flick Picks

I hope everyone reading this blog post are at home, happily surrounded by friends or family, with leftovers in your fridge, and thoughts of Christmas on your mind. I was totally on my game this week as far as movies go this week too! And not just old movies either; I got out to the theatre once and conveniently ordered one on OnDemand.

Let me talk a little bit about the new movies I saw: Melancholia and Martha Marcy May Marlene. Both were let downs for me. Perhaps I'm asking too much out of artsy films but this movie viewer needs a little meat to her stories! For me, you can't just throw me into the middle of the plot and not provide any explanation of how the characters got there, where they're going, or why they are the way they are. It feels too unfulfilling for me. I feel so detached from the characters and the story I just spent 2 hours involved in. Both of these movies gave me that feeling this week. A little mystery goes a long way in my book, like Up in the Air. They movie does a great job of setting up George Clooney's character, and in the end the viewer gets to make the decision of where his character is going in the last scene. Even though I didn't like Martha Marcy May Marlene as much as I wanted to, I still say you should give it a watch. Elizabeth Olsen is really amazing, and John Hawkes KILLS it! That man needs an award soon. You may not feel any warm fuzzy feeling afterwards, but if this movie starts collecting awards next year you'll be happy to know the actors at least earned them.

And I know I didn't touch on Moonstruck at all, but do I really need to? Cher and Nicholas Cage? It's a masterpiece!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my little apples! I hope your bellies are full of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pie on this wonderful day. I am so thankful to have my family, friends, and you, my dear readers, in my life.

And happy shopping to all those braving the Black Friday deals tomorrow morning!

Happy Pins

1. I really think this mug needs to be apart of my coffee drinking mornings.
2. Seeing this beautiful and colorful bedroom is encouraging me to inject some color and warmth into my own.
3. I am totally making this snow mobile for Christmas.
4. You know who you are.

Bright and Windy

top:Anthropologie, belt and skirt:Forever21, boots:Urban Outfitters
So it's Monday, and I'm dragging just a little... but a large cup of coffee, and knowing How I Met Your Mother will be on at 8 tonight are the biggest things helping me through this day right now. I hope everyone had an good weekend. I had the best Saturday afternoon with one of my besties. We drove up to Cincinnati in the morning and spent the whole day shopping in their Kenwood area. Their mall has an Anthropologie and it made me a little sad not be caught up in the holiday hoopla happening in their stores this time of year. But lots of shopping, eating, giggling, and drinking sparkling apple cider right from the bottle on our car ride home really made my weekend.

This particular outfit was from Friday though. Despite the strong winds it was particularly sunny and warm that day and it called for this flowy bright skirt. And I forget how comfy these boots so I'm trying to find a way to wear them more. They seem a little too "tough" for work. But I think with a more feminine outfit it seems to work.

So sip slowly on that hot beverage and we'll make it through the day my lovelies!

Friday Flick Picks

I can't seem to squeeze more than one movie into my week lately. Right now there hasn't been an overwhelming amount of movies I want to see anyways, but with Oscar season getting ready to swing into high gear I'll need to find more time soon! I finally saw The Ides of March this past Saturday. Compared to Crazy, Stupid Love and Drive, I thought this one would be the best out of the three Ryan Gosling movies I've seen lately. Sad to say I was left underwhelmed. Ryan (yes, we're on a first name basis) is an amazing actor. He really holds my attention on screen and I'm always wondering what's going on in his character's mind during their scenes. It's just the story just didn't wow me. There seemed to be more drama and twists happening in the trailer than in the movie itself and that was a let down. It has a great cast, and everyone is amazing in it, just a little unbelievable in its ending.

Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to have a sappy moment with you guys. I really appreciate every single one you. To all you daily and weekly readers, and to all my followers; you really make my day when I see you stop by. I love sharing my life with you guys. Have an amazing weekend everyone. We'll talk soon! xo

Happy Pins

(clockwise) 1. Please excuse me while I geek out for a minute about my first pin. This is a promotional poster for a TV mini series on AandE called Bag of Bones. It's based on my favorite Stephen King book and it airs in December. Bag of Bones is my summer pool side reading staple; I love it. I know books are usually better than the movies but I'm just excited to see something I've imagined so many times in my mind come to life on TV. (And it's starring Pierce can it go wrong?)

2. Fox sweater
3. Warm drinks
4. A super cool site called society6. A network of thousands of artists from all over the world who's art can be turned into prints, tshirts and iPhone cases. I'm totally in love with this entitled "Le Voyage" by Ilaria Lazzaroni

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Blustery Days

top: Express, jeans: Adriano Goldschmied via Anthro, shoes: Aldo, hat: Forever21
I wore a hat this weekend folks; alert the media. I secretly think hats are awesome. They instantly add some interest to your look while (usually) hiding the fact your hair is not being cooperative that day. I just don't think I pull them off that well. I have this Faith Hill situation going on where my ears stick out like crazy and I think the hat accentuates that fact. But this slouchy mushroom style hat makes the hat lover in me happy. It kept my hair in check on a very windy Sunday plus keeping me warm so I didn't have to wear a jacket while I was out and about. Maybe I should get this hat in 5 more colors and be satisfied with that.

"Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake-as almost all hats are." -Kathleen Kelly You've Got Mail

Borrowing some Buffalo

shirt: JCrew, borrowed from bf, pants: A&F, boots: Urban Outfitters, belt: Forever21, necklace and clutch: vintage
 Sometimes the man in your life has the perfect item in their closet. In a moment of "nothing I own is speaking to me today" my eyes started wondering over to Aaron's selection of clothing. His black and gray buffalo check shirt had the exact amount of easiness I was going for. Of course I had to girl it up with a mustard belt and some killer lace up boots. It was the perfect outfit for a day out at the movies, and dinner with my family.

Friday Flick Picks

So can you guess what movie I saw last weekend??? If you can't tell from the images I saw Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. What I'm sure you can tell is whose performance I liked the best from this movie. This is totally one of those you know it's going to be totally stupid and silly, but you're going to laugh and enjoy it anyways kind of movies. But I mean we all know the real reason went to see this movie: Neil Patrick Harris. Give me a singing, dancing, funny line delivering NPH any day of the week and I'm there. I could go on and on about his spot in the movie, but I don't want to ruin it for you or seem overly obsessed. Too late? But if you're in the mood for a totally ridiculous Christmas movie with stoner hi-jinx then this is the movie for you.

P.S. To be fair I also watched Lost in Translation this week too; and I have to say that movie is growing on me. I'm not a Sophia Coppola fan whatsoever but that movie sticks with me. I just watched it on Sunday, and I have a strange desire to watch it again.

Happy Pins

Bless you sweet readers that embrace the every changing style of my Wednesday post. I realize this is three things shy of making it a true '7 Things' post; but perhaps four is better? These images have all come from my Pinterest account this week. They are all motivating me in some way: to do some fun pattern mixing, experiment with my makeup, tackle styling my Expedit bookcase, and making a tree skirt.

Hopefully I can settle on a design of this post one day that makes me happy.

P.S. You can always follow me on Pinterest too!

Chop 'Em!

I'm thinking a hair change is in my future. I'm not ready to chop it off to my ears or anything but while I debate more layers or a color change I think I can at least change it up slightly with some bang action. I feel like a girls constant struggle in life with her hair is: to have bangs or not to have bangs. I've had the straight across and the swoopy bangs before, and battled the amount of likeness I had towards both. With the help of Pinterest I think I've found a length I like. What do you guys like, long or short bangs?

Seriously, what did we DO before Pinterest???

Swiss Miss

dress, worn as skirt: Anthropologie (old), long sleeve tee: Old Navy, sweater and boots: Forever21 (old), tights: Target
Sometimes a girl just needs lots of layers. That's how I felt about this outfit for Friday. This red sweater dress is a favorite of mine and it gets a lot of wear out of it during the fall and winter months. But to avoid comments like, "ummm didn't you just wear that last week?" from people who see me on a regular basis I have to mix it up. And voila, turning a dress into a skirt with this fair isle swearter works every time! It added some pattern and warmth all in one to my wardrobe workhorse. It was the perfect outfit for running errands with a cup of hot coco to keep me warm.

Of course taking pictures with me always leads to some silliness...I heart fall!

Friday Flick Picks

The amount of movies I've been seeing in a week has been particularly low lately. Busy weekends and short evenings have kept me away from my home away from home (the theatre) but hopefully I can get out for more soon. The past week I got out to see The Rum Diary. It was just OK. Johnny is always entertaining and fun but the plot kind of stalled out for me. Probably a case of too many interesting plot lines in the book not enough time for all of them to be flushed out in a 2 hour movie. Only watch if you've seen everything else out right now, but if you haven't I'd say you can easily pass on this movie. I was just happy to be sitting in a movie theatre on a Saturday so I was happy.

I already know I'll have at lease one movie to talk about next week because I have a movie date tomorrow. But you'll have to wait until next Friday to see what it was. I hope you guys have a great weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Have a Little Laugh

This week I'm having a case of the blahs. You know what I mean? You're not crazy over the top about anything but you're not completely bummed about anything either...just right in the middle. Perhaps it's because the days are getting shorter or that I haven't spent much time with my busy honey this week. I really think it's because I'm trying to repress my exuberant Christmas spirit until at least the week of Thanksgiving so people don't think I'm crazy for listening to Christmas music on the way to work.

Something that is guarantee to put a smile on my face is this tumblr site: Suri's Burn Book. Simple in presentation but delightfully snarky in its content. Spoken from Suri's point of view her rants target the children of other Hollywood celebrities, their parents, and even takes jabs at her own mother and father(always referred to as Tom and Katie) for the ridiculous things they do. Her favorite celeb child to tear apart is Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. Forever the tomboy to her girlie princess; Suri can't believe the outfits she wears or her lack of manners or decorum. And don't even get her started on her hatred of crocs!

If you're looking for a laugh on this Thursday spend 10 minutes on Suri's Burn Book, you won't be disappointed.
Her bag is made of newspaper and her shoes are camouflage SLIP-ONS. No one ever listens to me.

Grier Henchy (the little one with the surly disposition) and I were born on the exact same day at the exact same hospital. Now, five and a half years later, I’m me and she’s an angry ginger at a Smurfs premiere.
I’ve yet to make my red carpet debut, but I can guarantee you that when I do, I will not be wearing PANTS and FLATS.

Excuse me for not wanting to be seen with my mother’s pants.
I sat next to this for seven hours last night on a red-eye from LA to New York. She smells like Lycra and desperation.