Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Edition 2014

I've neglected this blog for too long... the answer to this constant neglect is this thing called work. It seriously gets in the way of everything!

Since work shuts down from Christmas Eve until the New Year's, I've finally had time for some short DIYs and just coming up with a gift guide that I think applies not only for Christmas or for those lagging on Christmas gifts... but for gift giving in general!

1. For the friend who loves jewelry, but for the gift giver who is on a budget:

My answer, my friends, Bauble Bar. Such good prices! Free shipping both ways! 15% off your first purchase! My favorite deal of the day has to be the slim bow pendant originally $32 currently $10. How can it get any better than that?





2. For the coffee lovers in your life:

Gift Cards. Coffee Beans. Coffee drinks. Can't go wrong here...

La Colombe
Bought this for my friend last Christmas along with some coffee beans.. She said it was delicious!

Intelligentsia
Starbucks

3. For the competitive people in your life:

I seriously can't get enough of these games. It involves strategy and sometimes screwing people over ... in a good way?

Settlers of Catan, $37.99, 3-4 players


Sequence, $14.85, 2 or more players (multiples of 2s or 3s)

Resistance, $14.16, 5-10 players

4. For your friend who loves scented candles:

DIY Candles
So I had this great idea of making all my girlfriends candles and they were going to be these awesome-looking, beautifully scented candles in pretty jars. Instead of gifting 4 of my girlfriends these.. I ended up gifting 1... that's right 1. I encountered some issues as a rookie candle maker. I got some pretty jars, some white wax, lavender scent, and a little colored wax to make them colorful from Michael's... I melted the wax... poured them in jars and waited a day... and for some reason my candles would severely dip. It took me like 4 times to get it right and it required me waiting for it to dip... heat some more wax... pour more in... wait... add more wax... until it looked like it stopped dipping. For me, since I had a lot of time and someone who likes DIYing it was interesting to see the problems I would run into and how to solve them... But if you don't have time for problems like these... please go buy candles instead... it will probably save you so much time.


My pink, lavender scented candle in a pretty mason jar, DIY, $5

If you don't have time to make a candle, may I suggest: 


5. For your friend with the sweet-tooth:

SEE's candies
A pound of dark nuts and chews... you can never go wrong! $18

DIY cookies placed in mason jars:

This is the cookie recipe I will be using for the holidays Espresso Chocolate Chip Brownie  with the following modifications:

-instead of vanilla, I used vanilla bourbon
-instead of unsweetened chocolate, I used Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Bars (see pictures)
-used 3/4 cup of chocolate chips for the last step
-used 3/4 cup of sugar


It's a rich cookie so I wanted to reduce it in some areas so I can enjoy more than one. Great with a glass of milk!

Other cookie recipes I've been wanting to make:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip with Sea Salt
Brown Butter Sea Salt with Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

6. For the drinker:

Just bought this for someone special who loves to drink craft beer and whiskey:
ECLIPSE Stout, ~$33
This is a barrel aged stout and is only released once a year... 
Supposedly it will taste even better after a year.

And one of my all time favorite stouts that doesn't break the bank:

8. For the avid watcher of all things shows and movies:

Roku 3, $77.99

Google Chromecast, $29.99
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Hopefully you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bicycles.

I want a bicycle. What are the possibilities of me using one often? Slim. Are there strong possibilities of me getting hit by a car? Yes. And yet, I still want one. People just look so friggin' cool on them:
 




Will I look cool on mine? Probably not...for some reason I have a feeling I will end up in the same situation as this:


Current song obsession: Artic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

New Year, New Goals.

After getting hired and moving to a different city, I realized how much I missed my severely neglected blog. When the New Year started... I asked myself why I wasn't writing in here as much as I use to. Sure, I got a new job, but why did I stop? I'm thinking that I probably lost some passion for what I was writing about.

So I decided that I would try again. This year I made small goals for myself... and this included keeping a drawing journal. I have loved scribbling in notebooks ever since college, but I realized I never kept a notebook that solely held these little drawings of mine. So I would like to share with you my first entry of my drawing journal.   My goal is to draw at least 1 picture a week and I hope to share each and everyone one of my entries with you.


City View from Millenium Park - Chicago, IL
Medium: Lined paper, black felt tip marker, red liquid ink

This drawing was inspired by my Chicago trip, where I visited my old college roommates last November. Chicago is such a beautiful city, but it is also extremely cold there!! So glad I was able to experience Chicago with such good friends.

 I Would Be Sad - Avett Brothers

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Favorites of the Moment

You would think that because I have a job I would have money to afford certain things, but the truth is student loans and car payments keep me from going on shopping sprees. So just like when I was a poor college student, the trend of internet browsing continues. Here are my favorites of the moment:


1. Dorothy Perkins Stone Embellished Trim Tee
2. ASOS Full Skirt
3. Chloe Marcie Satchel
4. Gap Suede Loafers
5. Patricia Nash Handbag, Londra Tote

Monday, May 28, 2012

DIY: Nail Design

Saw this on pinterest and I am in love with this design:
It is subtle enough to wear around the office without people questioning your taste level yet cool enough of a design to feel as though you are being brave and trying something different.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Summer Issue

Sorry that I've disappeared off the face of this planet. I was just offered a job in April, so that explains my month long disappearance! I seriously admire those who maintain a full time job and can blog daily (you are my hero).

Summer is coming along, so I am trying to figure out ways to stay cool and still look work appropriate. So this is now my quest. I came across this dress from wallis and I think this could work:


Is it too boring? I seriously have a thing for polka dots.. I currently have 3 blouses with polka dots that I wear to work. Maybe I should stop myself before I am labeled as polka dot lady....but then again, I work with a bunch of guys who probably don't notice these kinds of things.