because it’s saturday

1. I didn’t brush my hair till 2pm. And I don’t feel bad about it

2. I’ll finally put away my laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for the last 2 days. 

3. I’ll dedicate some time to my long lost sketchbook

4. because i’ve decided it’s my goal to hit a homerun this season… I guess I’ll go to the gym

5. I found a beer can in my bathroom this morning…. hmm…

6. I had chicken nuggets for lunch. I don’t feel bad about that either.

7. I’ll paint my nails. even if I just painted them 4 days ago…

8. I’ll watch the last 3 episodes of mob wives. 

a letter to 6 year old me

A letter to a much younger self

Dear 6 year old Brittany,

That boy haircut was a poor choice. One would think you’d learn your lesson after the all the teasing you’re about to endure until it grows back- but you won’t.  You have a life time of hair colors, lengths, and of course the reoccurring, unfortunate “bangs” to look forward to. The good news is that it will grow back, and you’ll learn anything shorter than shoulder length is not advised for frizzy hair little girls. The bad news is that there will be pictures. Yes, proof of a first grader who was the tallest in her class, with two gigantic front teeth, and a boy haircut.

mustache lovin’

because who doesn’t love a good ‘stache?

 

 

here are my favorites:
 
 

Mustache Temporary Tattoo is way cooler than sharpie!

 

 

 

Mustache Necklace: for the everyday, 24/7 easy access

Mustache Mug: makes your morning coffee that much better

Mustache Hangers: regular hangers will never be the same

 

 

 

 

Mustache Clock: because nobody likes a fresh shaven (clock) face

Mustache Key Holder: it makes a house a home

Mustache Pillows: for the sweetest of dreams

Mustache Flasks: perfect for the groomsmen

Mustache Pacifier: start’em young

 

Madmen makeover

thanks to netflix and their recent addition of the MadMen series i’m completely hooked!

as if my weakness for pencil shirts wasn’t strong enough, the cast of lovely ladies have me drooling over all things high waisted.

Oh the things I would do for a chance to play in the studio wardrobe.

Well the fashion gods have heard my prayers

Banana Republic has started a new line:

The Mad Men Collection: here’s a sneak peak of my favorite pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 things i love about saturday

1. jake and i treat ourselves to a well deserved breakfast spread, today was breakfast burritos!

2. sleeping in and an afternoon cat nap is not unreasonable.

3. i get to catch up on any missed tv shows like jersey shore

4. this saturday means only 3 more days till our trip to Minnesota!!! so excited!!

5. going to the gym is less of chore because i don’t have to battle the Monday -friday after-work crowd

6. YOGA!

7. i’m allowed to splurge on a venti vanilla latte from starbucks

8. plenty of time to get crafty

9. I’ll finally call to get my windshield fixed

10. having a cleaning beer is totally acceptable… even if it is before 5pm.

mini waffles

i love waffles

i loved my hello kitty waffle maker

the hello kitty waffle maker was impossible to clean

the hello kitty waffle maker is no longer an appliance in our home

our newest kitchen accessory is my new waffle PAN

my waffle pan makes mini waffles

i love mini waffles

essie essentials

Summer is in full force and what better way to enjoy it than to embrace bright, summer inspired nails! Here are my most recent favorites and self declared MUST HAVES!

left: “topless & barefoot”

middle: “mint candy apple”

right: “haute as hello”

fancy jello shots

based on the unexpected popularity of the strawberry margarita jello shot post, I’ve decided to do some more research and really give my readers what they want. you want jello shots…oh! i’ll give you jello shots!

blackberry liqueur and gin sour

Brilliant idea via nytimes.com

BRAMBLE JELLY SHOTS (with apologies to Dick Bradsell)

For the float:

6 ounces crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur)
7 grams (1 packet) Knox unflavored gelatin
1 package (3 ounces) grape-flavored Jell-O gelatin
1 cup hot water

In a small mixing bowl, sprinkle the Knox and the Jell-O into the hot water and stir until completely dissolved, 5 to 7 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir in the crème de mûre. In a small, nonreactive baking dish or loaf pan, pour a few drops of cooking oil (grapeseed works well) and wipe out with a paper towel, coating the entire vessel with the barest layer. Pour blackberry float mixture in and set to chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to overnight, making certain it is level.

For the gin sour:

1 cup gin (lemon infused)
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
28 grams (4 packets) Knox unflavored gelatin
1 cup hot water.

Juice enough lemons to give you 2/3 cup juice, keeping the hulls as you squeeze. Roughly chop the squeezed hulls and put them in a coverable container along with the gin and the lemon juice. Leave at room temperature for at least 2 hours. It’s a good idea to do this before starting the float, so that by the time that has firmed up, your infusion is ready to go. When the float layer is firm, bloom the gelatin in the hot water by sprinkling it slowly while stirring, and continuing stirring until fully dissolved. Add the sugar and stir until that is also fully dissolved. Strain the gin mixture off from the lemon hulls through a fine sieve or chinoise and add it into the gelatin mixture, stirring well. Over a spoon, so as not to gouge a divot in the float layer, pour the lemon sour mix onto the float layer and return to refrigerator, again checking for levelness. Chill overnight. When ready to serve, cut into squares, or use a cookie cutter for shapes, and pull up carefully, using a cake spatula to get under the float layer. Garnish with a blackberry and/or a thin wedge of candied lemon. Or simply slurp.

cosmo jello shot for the sex and the city woman in all of us

this next beauty was found on thefunkybear blogs, however in my search for the recipe i stumbled upon a jello shooters heaven…. the jello shot test kitchen

Ingredients:  

Cranberry juice

Orange flavored vodka

Grand Marnier or Cointreau Roses Lime

Wine jello shots, does it get better than this?

thanks martha!

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin (about 3 tablespoons total)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup orange muscat dessert wine
  • 1 1/4 cups Sauternes or similar sweet wine
  • 1 each grapefruit, blood orange, navel orange, tangerine, and Meyer lemon, or another combination

Directions

  1. Combine 5 tablespoons cold water and gelatin in a bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Combine sugar, 1/2 cup water, and wines in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Add gelatin mixture, and whisk until melted. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine sieve into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Let cool completely.
  3. Cut peel and pith from citrus. Cut each segment from membranes, then cut horizontally into 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick slices (you will need 1 cup). Arrange in a single layer over gelatin mixture. Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.
  4. To unmold, run a knife around edge of dish. Using an offset spatula, gently coax gelatin from sides. Invert and turn out onto a cutting board. Trim edges, and cut into 1 1/4-inch squares. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, uncovered, up to 1 day.

the art of embroidery

For the last couple years I have been dabbling here and there with embroidery. I think it’s a cute touch on DIY projects. For a friend’s bridal shower I got her a cookbook, a few spatulas, and made her an apron. My first thought was to buy the apron, however after finding out the going price is $40, I took an alternative route. Picking out customized fabrics, and making my own pattern was way more fun and personal anyway. My friend LOVES birds so I stitched a cute little bird (similar to that of my header) on the apron pocket. I guess I prefer doodle stitching over embroidery solely based on my lack of skill and knowledge of the art of embroidery.

Recently I came across 2 women who have truly taken embroidery to a new level and have me in complete awe over their work.

Nat, writer of the smallest forest blog is primarily a bookbinder however, her latest post featuring her embroidery proves she is a woman of many talents. Especially drawn to the collaboration of contour lines she creates with small linked stitches with a section of solid vibrant color really make this a phenomenal piece!

Cayce Zavaglia:

The next artist is a painter, having received her BFA from Wheaton College and her MFA from Washington University. It wasn’t until Zavaglia was pregnant and decided to remove herself from the toxins of painting that she experimented with a number of mediums before landing on embroidery.

I find her embroidery to have such a painterly feel, the stitches reflect texture similar to that of a Van Gogh and yet the way she is able to blend colors creates distinct realism. Her work is absolutely amazing!

Artist Statement:

“I still consider myself a painter and find it difficult not to refer to these embroidered portraits as “paintings”. Although the medium employed is crewel embroidery wool, the technique borrows more from the worlds of drawing and painting.

Initially, working with an established range of wool colors proved frustrating. Unlike painting, I was unable to mix the colors by hand. Progressively, I created a system of sewing the threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain color or tone. The direction in which the threads were sewn had to mimic the way lines are layered in a drawing to give the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex but ultimately more evocative of flesh, hair, and cloth.

My work unabashedly nods its head to the tradition of tapestry and my own love of craft. Using wool instead of oils has allowed me to broaden the dialogue between portrait and process as well as propose a new definition for the word “painting”.”

I was lucky enough to find an interview on trish blurr’s blog