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Fun Finds Friday #117

I'll take this thank you stamp, please. (& thank you!)I'll be the first to admit that I'm a crazy cat lady. (And I love a good pun!)Is anyone else enamored with this woodland beret?Moon phase jewelry makes me smile.
Also,
Passive aggressive at it's finest. I wish we had thought of this with our old neighbors....Barbie gets a new look!Mmm... this banana bread is speaking to me. (It's saying MAKE ME)And I bought hash browns so that I can make THIS.
Perfection. P.S. I finally went live with the new blog layout... check it out, and let me know what you think! Please bear with me while I work out the kinks, like streamlining the tags, updating the about and recipe pages, and figuring out where the comments links disappeared to! Happy Friday!!!

Snow Day

The title of this post is, in fact, misleading. Why? Because Storm Jonas was more of a snow weekend... and I still had to work, so I never actually got a snow day. Everyone on the east coast knows about the epic snow fall that hit over the weekend. I'm not sure exactly how many inches we got here because the wind created some crazy snow drifts... but it looks to have been anywhere from 18-24 inches! The last time we saw this much snow was in 2010, when Shawn and I drove down to Virginia for a job interview and got stuck at a hotel for a weekend.... but that's a story for another day.




















Yep, that's my car up there... that was fun to dig out Sunday afternoon! Mine wasn't even too bad - the photo above that one is also of cars.... you just can't see them! Despite all the snow fall, I actually had to work all weekend. We had a skeleton crew that consisted of the five of us who lived locally and could walk to the brew pub. There wasn't a lot of foot traffic over the w…

Frosty NYC Day Trip

My friend Jess and I had been planning a trip to New York City since November. She hates winter, and she thought it would be fun to have something to look forward to, so we picked a random day in January that worked for both of us. Little did we know that Tuesday January 19th would be the coldest day of the year (17 degrees Fahrenheit but felt like -4 with the windchill!!!).... but since we had nonrefundable bus tickets we decided to just say "Eff it, let's go anyway!". I wore a pair of tights under my jeans, a thermal long sleeved shirt under my wool sweater, two scarves, tall boots, and we were on our way!

... I thought I had a lot more photos for this post, but upon looking back, I didn't take many photos at all. (Pretty much all of these are from the MoMA.) Our biggest focus was staying warm, so there was no way I was taking off my gloves and pulling my phone out at every street corner. We stopped into a tiny bagel place for breakfast as soon as we got off the bu…

Fun Finds Friday #116

There's something simultaneously creepy and cool about this amulet.Last year I started to embrace crop tops.... I'm really lovin' this look.Can I please have a menu board? (Mostly so I can write FART on it.)One of my ear piercings closed up, so now I'm always on the lookout for single studs.This vintage skirt reminds me of hieroglyphics.
Also....
I wish we had a yard so that we could make Swedish snowball lanterns this weekend.I've been reading all about Ayurveda; I have a pitta-kapha constitution.These candles look and sound amazing.I really want to start doing some weekly meal prep.Saw these, made them, impressed both Shawn and myself.
Happy Friday!!

2016 Shopping Goals List

1. Golden Ponies Leopard Print Oxfords
2. Mika Yoga Wear Lynn Top
3. Frye Sacha Moto Shortie Boot
4. OhMeOhMy Clothing Circle Skirt
5. Omerica Organic Lucky Squirrel Plugs
6. ?
7. ?
Everyone who knows me will say that I really love shopping. I love finding good deals, and I love switching up my wardrobe on a regular basis. I've always had a very full closet with lots of clothes, shoes, and bags, and I was never overly selective with what I purchased (if the quality was good and the price was low, hello!). Last year I started looking at it with a different mindset though... I purged 75% of my wardrobe and became very picky with what I would bring back into my closet. But even though my mentality towards what and how much I was buying changed, I still loved to indulge in shopping on my days off, or any time I saw sale signs outside of a store. I realized that even though I wasn't spending the money, I was still spending a lot of my time and energy actively shopping. In fact, I …

Snapshots

Although I'm not doing a 365 Project this year, I still want to post photos I'll be taking throughout the year that aren't related to anything in particular. I'll be posting these under the title of "Snapshots", since that's what they are.

Favorite things lately:
I've been making a big batch of steel cut oats every week and having a cup for breakfast in the mornings with bananas, almond butter, local honey, almond milk, and chocolate chips. It is sooooo good! I never thought I'd like oatmeal so much!Still on the topic of food, my friend turned me on to a local sushi place and I've been going there about once a week. I love sushi so much! And they always give you extra miso soup, so no complaints here.We got rid of our Christmas tree on new years day; normally we like to keep it up as long as possible, but it was starting to droop and was losing all of its needles. Our living room feels huge now!

Lloyd Sleeps on Things

Just pictures today, no paragraphs.

Project 365; 356-365

Here are the last few days of 2015's 365 project... better late than never, right?

356/365: One of my colleagues had a Christmas party at his house, so I went over with the intention of leaving after an hour or so...... one Muppet's Christmas record, a few drinks, one snake, and four hours later.... I finally went home.


357/365: The best cure for a hangover is a huge hearty breakfast, right? WRONG.


358/365: My brother and sister came over to exchange gifts, and we spent the better part of an hour playing around with Shawn and I's new camera. Hilarity ensued, as is quite common amongst siblings. You think I'm ridiculous? You should meet these two.



359/365: Waiting for Santa!


360/365: Shawn and I stayed home for Christmas and had a relaxing day in our pajamas. I baked off some frozen Trader Joe's croissants (you guys, those are supposed to be mini!!!!) and we indulged in some champagne. Or I should say, I indulged. Good thing I got the small bottle.


361/365: Our frid…

Mindfulness in 2016

This year I was all set to make a list of goals for myself like I did last year... but the other day I woke up earlier than usual with three words running over and over again in my head.* Three words that seemed like a perfect way to sum up my aspirations for this year. Three words that somehow manage to fit into the major aspects of my life: self, home, and work. Three simple words that make an easy mantra to come back to throughout the year.

Breathe
Focus
Purge

Breathe: This is a word that I have been coming back to on a daily basis. It was my mantra last year, the source of much needed calm that I would turn to whenever I felt frustrated or upset. Breath is the essence of life; it is what keeps us alive every second of every day, it's what moves through us and stimulates our entire beings. And yet, breathing is something we rarely think about. (Which is a good thing, I mean, can you imagine having to concentrate on breathing all the time?!) When I think about my breath it remin…

Fun Finds Friday #115

I'm in the market for new snow boots. (Despite the distinct lack of snow this year....)These postcards are too cute!Sorry, vegetarians, but I'm aboard the bacon train.I'm also in the market for oxfords... I wish these red ones were more affordable!
Also: (with the beginning of a new year in mind...)Find the right words to avoid temptations and distractions.Stop praising excess!Practice self-care.Learn how to grow old with yourself.
Happy Friday!!!!

2015 Highlights

Let's see, in 2015....Shawn and I took a short staycation and explored Philadelphia in January.That included a visit to The Academy of Natural Sciences.I baked a ton of amazing things, including fossil cookies.I posted way too many selfies in this post about growing out my pixie cut.I shared the recipe for my favorite muffins.I saw Incubus in concert, and one week later, Earth Wind and Fire!My phone took a lot of photos on its own.I flew down to Ft Lauderdale to spend a girl's weekend with my very-much-missed girlfriend Sam.I quit my baking job and started working at a brew pub.My best friend got married and I co-hosted her bridal shower, and threw her a bachelorette weekend in Cape May.I started taking charge of my closet.You guys got a peek at our apartment. (Which has changed since then....)I shared my make up routine, and then promptly stopped wearing any for the most part.I took a trip to D.C. to renew my passport, visit an old friend, and visited the National Arboretum.I…

Fun Finds Friday #114

Fun Finds Fridays are taking on a slightly new format for the new year. I've been working on a new layout for this ol' blog and I want everything to look a bit more streamlined. This is the first in a series of small (but significant, at least in my mind!) changes I'll be making over the next few weeks. Don't worry! Content will be the same, if not better!

Is it any surprise that I am in love with these squirrel plugs?!My ambitious sewing goal for this year is to make cute pajamas.I will never tire of ridiculous amazing printed shirts.Addressing all of our holiday cards had me wishing for an addressing stencil.
Also:Same apartment, different people.Liz's post about consuming less & creating more really resonated with my holiday philosophy this year.This blog will forever pay homage to my never-waivering wanderlust.Ahhhh!!! Is this not the cutest thing ever?! Well, Lloyd aside, of course.I made these burgers, and they were awesome. Oh, and I added bacon, because.…