28 May 2015

Is it me or ...

Has this week just DRAGGED ON? I've got whiskey sours on the brain. No worries--I made a date with a friend to sit on her front porch on Friday night to drink a li'l and watch the world go by.


Last week I talked about my bar cart and bar accessories. This week I wanted to talk about what kind of booze to get to build out your bar.

What I love about liquor (as opposed to wine and beer) is that it doesn't really go bad. Have tequila from last year? Not a problem. A bottle of vodka left over from that Christmas party you had in 2012? No worries.

Here's a little list of the basics from The Art of Manliness so that the next time you have a party and your friend asks for a "dirty martini on the rocks with a twist" you'll have the ingredients on hand (once you google it to figure out what it is, of course):

The booze:
  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Scotch whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Rum
The mixers:
  • Club soda
  • Tonic water
  • Cola
  • Sprite or 7-up
  • Ginger ale
  • Orange juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Tomato juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Angostura bitters
The garnishes:
  • Cocktail olives
  • Cocktail onions
  • Horseradish
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Ice

27 May 2015


I first discovered the Shopaholic series when I was living in the UK. And I immediately fell in love with Sophie Kinsella's lovably awkward characters, her satisfying storyline, and the way she really nailed how I feel when I'm in a store and there's a sale and I just cannot resist.

Since her first book, Kinsella has written a few others with the same characters and the same charm. I listened to one of them on tape recently when traveling for work, and it was the perfect dose of lighthearted humor and storyline complexity--great for keeping me interested.


If you haven't checked out Kinsella's Shopaholic series, I highly recommend it.


And, as always, Happy Shopping!

26 May 2015

A Tuesday case of the Mondays

I have a serious case of the Mondays today. You know--lethargic, longing for the weekend to come back (and quickly), unsure of whether I'm even going to make it through this long week.

And you know what always cures a case of the Mondays? SHOPPING.*

Here are a few of my favorite things on sale this week at Anthropologie. And they're all things that I would wear to the beach or out to dine al fresco because let's face it ... I miss the weekend.

Happy shopping!

*This is not at all medical advice, and it wouldn't hold up in a court of law, and while it works for me I don't claim that it will work for everyone. There. Are you happy now, lawyer husband?

25 May 2015

Happy Memorial Day / Bank Holiday!

In some parts of the world, today is Memorial Day, and in others it's a Bank Holiday. Whatever you call it, I'm taking the day off of blogging and spending time outside reading and weeding (see that I did there?).


However, there are a substantial number of sales that I've seen advertised for today, so if you're out shopping here is a list of some of the things I've been seeing:

Barneys Warehouse- an additional 50% off site-wide + free shipping!
Ralph Lauren- extra 30% off select styles with code RLMEM15
Moda Operandi- up to 50% off
Yoox.com- up to 40% off
Revolve- up to 50% off
Nordstrom- Half Yearly Sale, up to 40% off
Neiman Marcus- up to 40% off selected merchandise
Macys- extra 20% with code HOORAY
Cosabella- 10% off all swimwear + orders over $100 recieve free shipping with code MEMORIALAFF10
Bloomingdale's- extra 20% of sale & clearance with code SPRING20
The RealReal- code SALE for extra savings
Tibi- 20% off Sale & Spring with code SSTIBIMDW
Rebecca Taylor- extra 25% all sale with code SALE25
Rebecca Minkoff- up to 50% off sale
Micheal Kors- 30% off stores and online
French Connection- 30% off entire site
Yumi Kim- 20% off everything
Dooney & Bourke- 30% off select styles
Express- 40% off everything
Velvet by Graham & Spencer- up to 30% off weekend sale with code LONGWEEKEND15
Marika.com- 35% off sitewide with code MEM2015
Athleta- Save $25 on $150, $50 on $250, $150 on $500- Spend more, save more with code HEATINGUP
Zobha.com- 30% off your order with code MDAY2015
Nasty Gal- 40% off Jeffery Campbell, Steve Madden, For Love & Lemons, Unif & more
Dynamite- 25% off + free shipping on all orders with code DYNAMITE25
Nicole Miller- 25% off sitewide with code SUMMERISHERE
Garage- 25% off denim and fashion with code GARAGE25
Rag & Bone- up to 50% off + free shipping
Cole Haan- 30% off all handbags and wallets
Diesel- up to 50% off thier biggest sale of the year
SSENSE- up to 50% off every Monday during their sale season
ASOS- 20% off all full priced merchandise with code LONGWKND

Happy Shopping!

22 May 2015

Just write a little ... every day

This post is for all of my blogging readers. Consider it a little encouragement to those of you whose blogging has lapsed, or who feel intimidated because the internet is a great big scary place, or who are tired of their same old same old blogging and have recently grown frustrated.


I'm going to give you a little advice a friend gave me when I got started blogging: just write. Everyday. Write a little bit if you don't have much to say. Write a lot when you do have lots of things going on in your head. Write what you know, write what you're interested in, write whatever crazy things pop into your head.

Just write a little ... every day.

One day you'll wake up and be astounded that by just writing a little bit each day and being consistent you ended up with hundreds of posts and a higher ranking in Google's search and even a couple people each day clicking on your banner ads. It's enough to remind you that there are people out there listening to what you have to say, even when you yourself don't value it.

So today I want to encourage you to keep going, even when it's hard and you don't want to any more.

And, as always, happy shopping!

21 May 2015

Building a bar[cart]

It all started with a bar cart and a drink recipe book.


The bar cart was the perfect shade of teal and looked amazing in my dining room next to the dark wood floors and industrial chic dining table. The book was from Anthropologie but it looked like it had been salvaged from a Parisian bookstore where it had gathered dust for decades.

All of a sudden, I'm on a hunt to beautify my drink area, stock some well-labelled liquor, and be ready for mixing gimlets this summer when I come home from work. And I couldn't be happier.

Here are some gorgeous bar accessories from Anthropologie that I love and wanted to share:

Happy shopping!

19 May 2015

Slipping into something more comfortable

I never understood the phrase "slip into something more comfortable" because it usually means something less comfortable. And I just can't play that game. So by "more comfortable," I mean seriously comfortable.


I usually update my sleeping wardrobe in the late Spring to prepare for warm summer nights. I don't know why, but summer pajamas always seem to wear out more quickly than winter ones (thinner fabric maybe?).

So here are a few of my favorite pajamas as we swing into summer. I absolutely adore the ones that are slightly shorter. Perfect for warm summer nights. And some of these are on sale!
Happy shopping!