Friday, December 17, 2010

Cocktail Party Favors

Even though we still don't have countertops, complete tile and various other on-going projects like wood putty all over our kitchen moldings, I wanted to have a holiday party.  I love having people over and entertaining.  So I will show pictures of how I decorated later on but for now, I wanted to show you all the cute idea of giving infused vodka away as party favors.  Yum! 

I decided to make pineapple and cranberry infused vodka.  Here is what I did.  Sorry about the picture quality. 



Finished product - bad picture


What you Need:
  • 12 Small Mason or Ball jars (I used 8 oz so I had room for fruit)
  • 1.75L Vodka - don't use super cheap - Stoli is fine
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1 bag Cranberries
    • Sugar
  • Jar decorations
    • Ribbon
    • Fabric
  • Tags

Pineapple Infused Vodka Recipe:
  • Cut pinepple into small chunks in similar sizes
  • Stack the pineapple like bricks around the edge of the jar
  • Pour the vodka into jar to cover pineapple
  • Seal and cover the jar
  • Put in dark for 10 days
  • On Day 10, strain vodka and put back in jar (I put these instructions on jar, see below)
  • Store vodka in fridge
  • To serve:
    • Fill shaker with ice, add vodka, shake and serve...straight!  Yummy!!

Cranberry Infused Vodka:
  • 1 1/2 C cranberries
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 3 C vodka (or whatever amount to fill the jars)
  • *I probably could have used a few more cranberries but I haven't tasted it yet*
  • Drink within one month


Vodka was kept in dark cupboard for a week


For decorations, I went to the fabric store and bought some cute fabric and cut into squares and put on lid.


I used this cute plaid fabric, tags and ofray ribbon.
  I used Word to make some cute little labels with instructions and tied it on. 


I didn't have a hole punch so I used a cooking pick I had from my Thanksgiving turkey!! 




Directions for back of pineapple vodka tags


Bottoms Up!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A splash of color

We decided to go very traditional craftsman in our bathroom and use tile throughout and use very neutral colors.  White, black and gray.  I am loving how it is coming together but now we need a pop of color.  Since I know P doesn't read this blog, I am getting him some custom made subway signs with certain stops that we remember in Boston.  I haven't seen them yet but I am ordering them on Etsy from PaperBleu.  I have decided 2 signs that are 20" x 28" and I found black frames from Aaron Brothers.  Can't wait, hope he loves.  I will post pictures when I am done.  Here are some pictures of bathrooms that are using that pop of color look.

Martha Stewart
www.cb2.com

Inspiration for our bathroom

Sneak peak of our bathroom
This is the style I am ordering but in a red color. 
PaperBleu on Etsy


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dreaming about backsplashes....

I have yet to have my countertops installed but it should be any day now.  Here are some dreams of what I would like for my backsplash.  You can find my full post at my other blog, 1916 Bungalow Hell...soon to be Heaven

Monday, November 22, 2010

A little Christmas cheer in 2D

The other day, my bf asked if we were sending Christmas cards.  When I lived on the East coast, I always sent them since I was 3,000 miles away from most of my family.  I was single and didn't want to do one of those "here is what my year looked like" letters since um, it would be just about me and my cats, kinda lame.  Okay, VERY lame.  So now I have a bf, cats and a dog.  Still, does anyone want a letter about what I was up to, especially now that FB has become so prevalent in our lives.  I have decided that I will send out picture cards or letters once I have a baby.  So, in the meantime, what should I get for Christmas cards since P's family is now 3,000 miles away?  My family could live with 24 cards but he has a BIG family so I'll have to find out.  Here are the cards I love so far.  Now, I need to get onto ordering them.

To be honest, I know there are thousands of choices but I don't find that many have that special touch.  If you know of any grat card companies, let me know.  I also see why the personalized picture cards are so popular. 





Edieandolive on http://www.etsy.com/





Sunday, November 21, 2010

I apologize for the interruption...

I have to apologize for the lack of posts.  Doesn't really help me gain followers I know.  I have been traveling a TON for work and everything else has been on hold.  I should be back in about a week.  So sorry. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Working towards compromise!

As most people who have co-habitated know, there are differing opinions to what decor goes up.  I had my "girly" apartment when I lived my last year in Boston knowing it might be my last.  I LOVED it!  My current SO had his little apartment and it was covered with these vintage military posters.  So here we are in this small 980 sf house and he wants to put all 4 up.  They are HUGE!  I agreed that I could put my 4 vintage horse frames up in one corner or something and he could put one up in the main rooms and 2 up in the office, if he didn't also want to put up his awards.  We have agreed that we will buy a lot of new frames and do some cool cluster frames in the LR and possibly DR.  One of the prints means a lot to him because he grew up with it in his basement and it is the same one his Dad has.  His Mom was lucky, they had a basement :)  I like them, I just don't want them all up.  Any advice???  Here are some pictures of his posters and my old apartment. 

I apologize for the quality of the photos.  As you can see they are just sitting on the floor or somewhere right now. 

Here are 3 of the 4 prints as well as my Boston apartment.  Thanks to Rachel and Rebecca for convincing me to buy that green couch.  I would get it again, but maybe in dark grey but I LOVED the green for that white apartment. 






You can see the horse photos that he hates in my old apartment photos.  I could fit all 4 in one of his prints :) 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Trick or Treat

Things have been really busy with work so unfortunately when that happens, my non-paying gig doesn't get much attention.  I have been working, trying to run Copley to the dog park before dark and making dinner.  It's nice to be busy but I wish I had more time..uh hum, motivation to get off my ass.  My scale gave me a little scare the other day but then today it was 5 pound lighter.  Anyhow, here was my Halloween.  Off to the dog park!!



Riley's Farm - Oak Glen, CA


Our pumpkin rotted the day before so we made him sick.

The ugly exterior before we get to redoing it. 


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Be heard, don't forget to vote on Tuesday!!

November 2nd is the big day. 

Check out www.smartvoter.org for more information.  Be educated before you go!!



Friday, October 22, 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful!

I lived in New England for 20 years and although I can't say I miss the long winter or the slush filled sidewalks or the days where you can only wear your REAL winter boots, not just the cute ones.  However, I do miss the cute winter coats.  I did have a bit of a coat obsession and loved picking one out in the morning.

Winter coats have only been cute the last few years and maybe that is because I moved to Boston and saw such a selection. I felt that function was first, fashion, um never?  You know, the ones that had the fleece liner and the water resistant shell in black with some color blocks?  Now that I live in Lalaland, I get excited for trips to the cold purely so I can don my warm bundles of fashion!

It has been raining and gray here in LA for a week so it got me inspired, if I lived somewhere I needed a new winter coat, what would I choose?  Here are some of my faves after a quick glance. 


This comes in a longer version as well. 


All the coats from Aritzia are super cute and look very warm! 



Love color in the ugly gray winters


Great sporty look and warm too.  My NF has the softest fuzziest liner. 


This one I could wear here in LA!  Love this color!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What day is it?



Ever since we moved, I haven't been able to put a finger on my wall calendar.  If you must know, I have a thing for calendars.  In my old office, I had a wall calendar, a fiscal year calendar from my company, Outlook calendar, my phone calendar, and I know I am missing one.  Currenlty, I am missing 3 of those. 

Last night while my lovely bf was watching, "Flash Gordon" (which I DO NOT recommend) I found these cute wall calendars which can be part of your office (or any rooms) decor.  I also love calendars that after the year is over, you can repurpose the images into real decor by throwing it into a frame.  Voila - cheap art!

Here are some of my faves:
Vintage Fruit Calendar



Anything by Cavallini & Co.








And because Copley is on my lap helping with this post...



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HELP not wanted but needed!!!



Doing design boards is so much fun!!  It really can tie your thoughts together and is a great tool for convincing the significant other where your brain is going.  I have come to a fork in the road.  Our living room and dining room is basically one open room.  We have divided the space with the couch BUT can I change the color scheme with the rooms being so close together??  Here are my ideas but can it work?

Picture this, the front wall of the house (looking inside out) L to R goes fairly large window, big front door, empty space (now a entryway.bar cabinet) and then another large window.  We have a corner sectional so have the 2 rooms divided with that.  Now, here are my design boards.  How can I tie the two ideas together? 

The bones of the house (ie. walls, moldings) are very greyish neutrals.  Now we want to add color and personality with our decor.  That is why I don't want the neutrals to run throughout.  HELP!!!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Perusing Portland - Part Two



I stopped at Urban Outfitters to see if a particular dress would fit and O.M.G., the lighting or the mirrors were awful. They did NO justice to my poor body that hasn't been worked out in MONTHS and has been intaking junk like its going out of style. I mean, come on, if you want me to buy clothes while carrying an extra 5-10 pounds, please manipulate the mirrors in my favor!! It's better for your bottom line and mine! If I had my own store, I would make all sizes run a size too big (so some fine lady who normally wears a 8 now wears a 6) AND looks skinny and not at all dimply in the mirror. I know it's not right BUT you know you like it better when you have to go down a size.   However, here is the super cute dress that has caused much drama and frusturation the last few days.  What do you do when an online store has the WORST customer service and policies but really cute stuff? 


I also found an AMAZING pottery shop, direct from Poland. Very cute stuff. Not only cute but dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe! Check them out in Portland and Seattle or online at http://www.polishpotteryseattle.com/. They have limited stuff online but you can call and they will send you pictures of other designs you might like.

I finished the evening at 23 Hoyt and it was amazing, so I went to the area Kirstin suggested but never made it to the other stores she suggested, there were too many great places to stop in!

So, I have returned to my bed, blisters on my feet, psyched that I found a cool option in case CA begins to wear on me.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The West coast Portland! Part One



Ahh, my favorite thing to do on work trips after long meetings, hang out in my pj's, in a comfy hotel bed and watch TV.  But before I did this favorite thing, I did my other favorite thing, exploring!! I explored the amazing West coast city of Portland.  For those that know me, know I lived in Portland, ME for a few years.  I have never been to Portland, OR and I have definitely been missing out, it's amazing!

After work, I decided to go explore.  I sent out a "tweet" and asked a few people what are the top things to do if I only have a few hours of free time to spend in Portland.  I specifically asked one of my favorite bloggers (http://www.restoredstyle.com/ or @restoredstyle on Twitter) since she is a native.  Wow, she made mye whole night with her divine suggestions.  I am staying downtown on Pine Street and her suggestion was to visit NW 23rd which I think is called, oh damn, I forgot, something District.  But before I get there, I had a great walk.  I needed to break in my boots for the Fall and who else was going to do it so I decided to walk the 20+ blocks.  The weather had a slight Fall chill and was perfect.  The funny thing about walking in a stange town/city is often after having a great walk, I mention to someone that I walked through a particular neighborhood and I get that look, you know that look, "you walked where?  By yourself??"  So, as I was walking and taking in the scenery, all the people seemed normal and then after a little bit, I ran into a Whole Foods so I knew I was going to be alright.  Then peeking its cute head around the corner was the word "Elm" so I had to go inspect the possibility I would be able to look at merchandise in 3-D vs. on glossy pages.  Very inspirational. 

When we bought our couch, I REALLY wanted a gray couch but I lost to my 2nd choice which was an ivory/cream color.  Well, my bestest buddy Copley has turned that couch into a brownish tint.  We want to eventually get a slip cover so maybe I will get that gray eventually?  Not sure.  Anyhow, all their fun pillows and odds and ends were so inspiring.  They had these great bottle centerpieces.  All of these photos are from West Elm and are West Elm merchandise. http://www.westelm.com/

Glass bottles - West Elm


Pillows - West Elm


Henry sofa - West Elm

Below is the view I had most of the day in my meeting.  It WAS beautiful but also depressing that I was in a meeting and not out there, exploring. 



Thanks Kirsten at http://www.restoredstyle.com/!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sequins to a wedding

Update:  I wore the black one shoulder dress to the wedding, however I showed up and um, the wedding had been the day before.  Who does that? Well, I guess I do!!


As many of my girls know, I am heading to a friend's wedding in Boston in a couple weeks. I am SO excited to get dressed up and see old friends. My challenge is not overdoing it. You see, I work from home so every social occassion or soiree is an excuse for me to slip into those cute heels or some trendy item that stares at me in my closet when I am wearing PJ pants, no make-up and Uggs.

Challenge: Attending wedding in early evening, friend of groom, boyfriend not attending.

Solution: still marinating

I went to Bluefly.com and shopped and shopped and ordered some dresses, all of which felt too pricey. I am on a VERY tight budget so just buying a dress seemed like an alcoholic drinking an O'Douls. I sent most of them back, they just weren't cutting it. I kept two. One green dress from BCBG (a personal fave) and a one-shoulder black sequined dress. I LOVED the black sequins and so did my friends but is it too much for a wedding? It's not black-tie.

Today, after many back and forths in my head about what dress to wear, I ordered another dress after seeing it on Jillian Harris (yes, the old Bachelorette who always looks so CUTE) The Possessionista (www.possessionista.com) found it for me after I tweeted her. Amazing blog, so connected. Anyhow, what are your thoughts on the 4 options? I may still be shopping this weekend too.

Oh, I like to wear color or something that pops, that is why nothing is really just a solid color.

 Aidan Maddox black sequin one-shoulder dress
http://www.bluefly.com/


 
BCBG Green Tulip Dress
http://www.bluefly.com/

Urban Outfitters - byCorpus $58.00

Shumaq Georgette 'Paz' one-shoulder dress

BTW, love shopping at http://www.bluefly.com/ because you can search by price so you don't have to be tempted and fall in love with pieces you can't afford.  Love!