Monthly Archives: June 2014

Welcome to Sweden

June 30, 2014

entertainment / travel

Are you going to tune in to Welcome to Sweden on July 10th? I’m kind of stoked about meeting Amy Poehler’s brother, Greg Poehler. The series begins when Bruce, an accountant to the stars, follows his love, Emma, back to her native Sweden. The cultural divide tests their relationship, but more importantly, produces some really funny situations.

Watching Bruce struggle with the language and social customs in Sweden reminds me of traveling to Paris last year. My French is pretty awful and I’m sure my look screams American, so making our way through attractions, restaurants and hotels had it’s uncomfortable moments.

For example, on our last night in Paris, we went out for a nice meal and the waitress literally read the whole menu to us because it was, of course, in French. It was incredibly kind of her, especially because she spent about 10 minutes explaining each item to us. I read before our trip  that to experience a culture’s cuisine, you should order from the specials because they’re the most in-season and authentic items.  So, I looked over at the chalkboard specials menu (also in French) and vaguely recognized salmon and ordered it. What came out was a small piece of salmon and a big pile of black… something. I reluctantly began eating it (cause, yah know, YOLO) and as I ate, I kept glancing back at the chalkboard menu, wishing I had studied my French a little more before the trip. When we made it back to the hotel, I made a beeline for Google and realized I had been eating oysters and mushrooms in a white wine sauce. Whew.

Something as simple as ordering a meal in another country can be such an adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of shenanigans Mr. Poehler finds himself in Sweden.

Have you ever found yourself surrounded by a different culture? How did you get through?

Have a Delicious Weekend

June 27, 2014

weekend

Yay, the weekend is HERE! Summer means berry season so I’ve been gravitating toward strudels, crumbles, and cobblers all week. Doesn’t this strawberry crumble look amazing? I just may whip one up this weekend. Here are some more links that have inspired me…

The Most Stylish Couples of All Time

When decorating your home, you may be a grown-up if…

How to keep your cut avocados green

The story of Danny & Annie (warning: tissues needed)

What Not to Pack on your next vacation

I bought this dress and wore to work this week. It was more comfortable than my pajamas.

A crazy gorgeous hairstyle

Will Ferrell: World Cup Cheerleader

A subtly modern take on the french mani

A Kandinsky-inspired salad

The Most Sophisticated Studio Apartment You’ve Ever Seen

 

 

Kool-Aid Ice Cream

June 26, 2014

food

There are few things better than vanilla ice cream. It’s simple, it’s sweet, it’s a crowd pleaser. Every so often though, I like to dress it up a bit… with Kool-Aid. When I was a kid, my mom would sprinkle a little Kool-Aid on top of my ice cream. It instantly adds a kick of flavor (my favorite being cherry), and the bright color is a fun upgrade to a classic dessert.

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Candle Turned Flower Vase

June 25, 2014

DIY / home / style

candlevas

You can turn just about anything into a flower vase, which I love because you don’t have to throw out pretty containers AND you don’t have to buy a new vase. I burned through this candle and loved the pattern so much that I wanted to re-purpose it. With a few simple steps, I created a new flower vase to hold these bright summer blooms.

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Obvious Child

June 23, 2014

entertainment

I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but I love comediennes. They are my she-heroes and I love them. Enter: Jenny Slate. I first saw her as Mona-Lisa, the wacky, spoiled sister of Jean-Ralfio on Parks and Recreation. She also cameoed as Hannah’s frenemy in an episode of GIRLS. But what really sealed the deal for me was her Comedy Bang Bang podcast with Nick Kroll, where she appeared as Pretty Liz. She’s also starred on Kroll Show and House of Lies. Her characters are out-there and hilarious and she nails every one of them.

I stumbled upon the trailer for Obvious Child late the other night, and I was instantly interested. Jenny plays Donna, a brilliant stand-up comedienne on-stage, and struggling human being off-stage.  Her character seems relatable and endearing and, in contrast to her previous characters, real. I can’t wait to see her in this role, which I believe will put her star on the rise.

I’m curious, do you have a favorite comedienne? Do you think you’ll see Obvious Child this weekend?

HAPPY | SUMMER | WEEKEND

June 20, 2014

weekend

You guys, it’s here. SUMMER. IS. HERE. You know, officially. It’s been summer for about two months here in Florida, but now it’s official.  My weekend will be spent laying in the sun with a few new books and an ice-cold beverage in hand.  I hope you’re somewhere sunny for the summer solstice! Here are a few links that caught my eye this week…

10 Beauty Compliments Every Girls Loves

Shades I’m swooning over. (You can never have too many, btw.)

How do you feel about wall hangings? I thought them a little too ’70s for my taste, but these are neon and awesome.

Do you use face mist? I’m kind of digging the idea…

Holy cuteness. A DIY pig planter.

This dress looks comfy AND cute.

I don’t even know what a dragon fruit margarita would taste like, but it’s pretty so I’m in.

A pop of color for your patio/wall/ceiling/etc.

WISDOM.

Excited to share more with you next week! xo

 

Have a Nice Weekend

June 13, 2014

weekend

What are you up to this weekend? I’m headed to Orlando to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad. Looking forward to catching up with family and taking it easy. I hope you have a great weekend! Here’s what I’ve stumbled upon this week…

Pancake art

My she-hero (SHERO?!) is releasing her book this Fall, and I can’t wait!

Apparently the Ice Diet Is A Thing… what.

Mindy Kaling auditioned to play herself. and didn’t get the part.

Nail polish that looks like lace.

Chevron ring that I could wear everyday

Dad food = cooking with beer

Anne Hathaway’s Brooklyn “Closet” is for Sale.

Famous people and their dads!

Everything is going to be OK

Pillow Party

June 12, 2014

home / style

one: west elm crewel circlet pillow cover | two: dwell studio scala persimmon pillow | three:  dwell studio otto tangerine pillow | four: west elm honeycomb crewel pillow cover | five: dwell studio kimono pillow | six: dwell studio kyoto trellis citrine pillow

I can’t stop looking at home decor! I’ve got the itch to redecorate and summer is my favorite season when it comes to design (and frankly, everything else in life). The simplest way to Summer-ize your home? Change up the textiles! Pillows, curtains, rugs, and throws are easily switched out seasonally and it’s fun shopping for the latest prints and colors every few months. Here are some of my favorite summer patterns and colors in cushions for your couch or bed.

Do you have a seasonal routine for your home? Or, do you find yourself gravitating toward certain colors each season?