Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bookshelfed

So after a full day of work last Friday (might I remind you of my AMAZING job here) of fluffing and zhushing one of our sweet client's bookshelves I had a severe urge to run home and refluff my own bookshelves. Yes, I stayed home on a Friday night by myself with my books, knick knacks and magazines. And they whispered sweet nothings to me. Lonely? Psh.

I spent the night re-color coordinating my books. Because what is the definition of joy without a little "color coding"?

I also spent my lonely and quiet night playing with height.

And stealing random items from around my house to incorporate to the overall bookshelf ensemble.

There are lots of tricks and tips when it comes to organizing bookshelves. One of the biggest tips is to remove all of the book covers from your hardcovers. 99% of the time the hardcover of the books will be more beautiful and pure than the flimsy paper covers that typically end up wrinkling and looking ratty. TRUST ME. I have all of mine stored in a paper bag back in a closet somewhere just in case I feel the need to pull them out one day. I'll most certainly chunk them in a fit of cleaning frenzy in a year or two.

Another necessity is layering objects within the shelves.

Pictures and magazines...

Plates and shells...

When committing to reinventing your bookshelves, go "shopping" around your house and grab items that you love that will add color and texture to the overall look. You will be shocked at the amount of stuff you already have in your home that will look stupendous in your bookshelves. No need to really go shopping for them. That is, until you pull everything from around your house and leave the rest of your place looking like a bare naked lady. My digs be looking nakey these days.

 
Like really nakey.

But the moral of the story is that bookshelves look professional when they're full and layered. The rest of your house will just have to deal with the jealousy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Grubbin'


I've been doing my fair share of summer munchin'. Thought I would share some quick, summer inspired recipes for you lovelies today.

Watermelon Mint Martini
Vodka
Mint
Watermelon Juice
Agave Nectar
Ice
Champagne

Shake the first five ingredients together in a martini shaker and top with a splash of champagne for effervescence. Refresssssshing.


Last night we indulged in a grilled peach, goat cheese and arugula salad.


And some grilled corn.


Coat the peaches in olive oil and honey. Pop on the grill until you achieve appropriate grill marks. Cut into smaller pieces and pour an extra dollop of olive oil over the peaches and squirt with half a lemon. Spoon over arugula and goat cheese.



Butter + Corn + Tony Chacherie's = Say Wuuuuut?


Happiness ensues.


Hope you're having a fantastic summer!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Birthday Wish

From Watson to one of his bestest.

 He's sending his momma lady all the way up to NYC to wish you a happpppppiest twenty-fifth birthday today and to imbibe and fraternize. 


Welcome to the club, Hannah. We're halfway to AARP.


And just because I have a blog (and therefore creative freedom) and you don't, here lie some pretty fierce photogs from the past 9 years. 

Editors note: I didn't feel the need to include the first 9 years for fear of humiliating myself.

 Gone are the days of looking cool taking pictures inside with sunglasses on.

 And gone are the days of looking cool taking pictures at gas stations.

And gone are the days looking cool taking dysmorphic arm interlocking photos.

And gone are the days of me looking cool getting dressed up to take pictures with you before your prom.


And gone are the days of looking cool with hair poufs.


And you never looked cool doing this.

LYLAS. 
 (yes, that's still cool)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Where In The World Is...

...yours truly?

Come tomorrow I will be jetsetting. I'll let you in on the top secret locale. Let's see if you smart lassies can catch on.

Aerin Lauder, Elle Decor

Steven Gambrel, Elle Decor

Elle Decor
Still have no idea? That last photo didn't smack you upside your head and scream, "she's going to the Hamptons, you bozo?" Now that my security has been jeopardized, what should I embark upon during my summer fling in the Hamptons?! Seeing as though I'm a Hamptons virg, please suggest my weekend activities. Where shall I go and who shall I know? 

And most importantly, do you think Ramona and the Countess will be having rivaling dinner parties this weekend? Whose should I attend? What should I wear? Will Kelly have gummy bears? All questions I need answers to.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Watson Salutes 'Merica


Watson has missed you and really wanted to wish you a happy Fourth of July weekend.


He'll be doing what he's been doing lately. Sitting on the edge of the sofa, staring out the window, waiting for my car to drive by so he can greet me at the door. What a thrilling life he leads.

So, do you have any fun plans this weekend?
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