Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Conde Nast Art

The Conde Nast store houses a wealth of inspiring, vintage photos once featured in Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and the likes. Take a browse and enjoy the fashion and elegance of eras past.

all images from Conde Nast

Pretty Shoe Tuesday (on Wednesday)

Not sitting in front of my computer at a desk all day is really throwing off my blogging game. I totally forgot yesterday was Pretty Shoe Tuesday. Oops! Better late than never though, especially when the shoe of the day is these Christian Louboutin Rosazissimo feather shoes. I fell in love with them the instant I saw them over a year ago and they still have my heart mesmerized.

Monday, April 27, 2009

it's mine

I'd like to hang this print on my wall for a little daily dose of motivation.


Price's Chicken Coop is a hole in the wall food counter that serves up the best fried chicken, southern sides and sweet iced tea. It's a landmark in Charlotte, has been featured on the Food Network, and is ridiculously busy during lunch hours. It's also right down the street from my place! If you're ever in Charlotte, a visit to Price's Chicken Coop is a must.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

monkey greetings

How cute are these sock monkey greeting cards by Hello! Lucky letterpress? Thanks to Paper Crave for featuring these adorable designs. I love them! Especially Monkey on Safari...

cards/photos by Hello! Lucky, found via Paper Crave

will trade for weapons

I'm hitting the road again to drive to Kentucky today to visit my little sister in college. Her sorority is performing in the "All Campus Sing" event and she has a solo! I have yet to visit her and her campus so I'm looking forward to seeing her and goinging back to college for a day or two. 

In other news, I've been thinking lately that I could really use a file cabinet. I have so many papers and things to file and I can't think of a better way to organize everything into one condensed place. I'm going to check out the local thrift stores and flea markets to try to find one on the cheap. Browsing craigslist today, I came across this perfect 70 year old walnut wood cabinet:

Too bad the owner is only "willing to trade for firearms/carbine...." 

seriously, what?

Monday, April 20, 2009

whirl of a weekend

Once again, I've been slack on my posting. I'm still trying to get settled and unpacked in the new apartment, but am awaiting the arrival of a few bookcases so I can unpack my book boxes. I have a few ideas for my new bedroom, so hopefully I'll be able to actually do them and have something to show!

Not even a week after moving to town, I was back on the road for a four day wedding weekend extravaganza in Winston-Salem, NC. Hunter's cousin got married and Hunter was a groomsman (wearing a beige seersucker suit with a red tie!). It was one of the loveliest weddings I've ever been to! Everything was gorgeous. The bride, the location, the weather, the reception... everything.

The bridal luncheon we attended on Friday was a real treat. The very picture of southern hospitality. And in a beautiful house with a to-die-for backyard!

All in all, there was golfing for the guys, bridal luncheon for the gals, a trip to historic Old Salem, the rehearsal dinner, the wedding, the reception, the after-reception dinner at the local wine bar, and then a brunch the next morning! It was certainly a fun-filled weekend, just a little exhausting. 

Now I'm back in Charlotte, trying to unpack a little before heading out of town AGAIN tomorrow!! 

Thursday, April 16, 2009


It's hard to imagine that two years have passed since the shooting at Virginia Tech. It is a time that is still so vividly etched in my mind--the thoughts, fears, panic, shock, grief; the replay of the events that unfolded-- I will never be able to forget

Today is in remembrance of the 32 who lost their lives two years ago. And for the Hokie community, whose bond is stronger and more resilient than any I know, and of which I am so proud to be a part of.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

tomb rolls

Here's a fun tradition to celebrate the true meaning of Easter: make Tomb Rolls!
Prepare these these tonight and tomorrow you'll have a sweet Easter breakfast. 

Tomb Rolls:
1 pkg frozen roll dough, thawed
large marshmallows
melted butter or margarine

1) The night before Easter, press each roll dough into a flat circle.
2) Place one marshmallow in the center of the flat roll and pinch dough around it, covering marshmallow.
3) Roll the marshmallow-fill roles into round balls.
4) Brush each ball with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
5) Place on a baking sheet and place in oven (turned off).
6) Go to bed! Overnight the rolls will rise.
7) In the morning, bake the rolls at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until they're golden brown.
8) Enjoy!

When you bite into the steamy sweet roll, you'll find that it's empty. Just like the tomb on Easter sunday! The marshmallow melts during baking and leaves a hollow sweet roll.  These are especially fun for kids to make and an interactive way to share the meaning of Easter with them. I have some good memories of making these as a kid. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Biltmore in the spring

One thing I'm excited for in moving to Charlotte is that I'll be located only a few hours from Asheville, NC and one of my favorite places, Biltmore Estate! Spring is the perfect time to go and enjoy all the beautiful flowers in bloom.

A visit to the house, gardens and winery will definitely be planned.

spring dresses

Some pretty spring dresses from Anthropologie: