August 31, 2010

A Little Bit of Dink

Here are a few pictures I snapped of Owen this morning. He now thinks, thanks to my husband, that anytime somebody opens the freezer door he gets a treat. So each day as I make my morning smoothie he sits and begs for a frozen strawberry.






This morning he was especially dink on our walk. As I was closing the garage door he managed to find the biggest piece of mulch in a nearby flower bed. He carried the "stick" for our entire 2 mile walk. He did drop it while doing his business, but he picked it up before resuming the walk. I figured he was going to drag the stick back in the house with him, as he often does. No, he gets the stick all the way to our house and drops it in the front yard and then runs in the house. Dink. Not sure why he bothered carrying it.

A Two-for-One-er

A while back I came across an interior design spread in one of my fashion magazines and for the life of me I can't seem to place it. Regardless, it showcased the many talents of stylist and interior designer Estee Stanley.

Estee began her career as a stylist and her clients soon after began asking her to design their home interiors as well, using her chic, effortless and eclectic style. So not only does she get to dress stars such as Jessica Biel, Lea Michele and Ashley Olsen, she also gets to try her hand at decorating. Her interior styling has been showcased in Glamour magazine and the beloved Domino. Below are just a few shots of her work, but definitely check her website for more fab settings.

August 30, 2010

Week 3 Results


It is Monday, let's hope my computer decides to behave better than it did last week. Hope you all had a great weekend, mine flew by too fast as always.


I did manage to get a picture of my magazines and catalogs for you all. Let me tell you that this little project of mine is harder than I had originally thought. I get too many publications to read in one week, so I have to keep track of which pieces I have looked at versus the ones I still need to read. I also counted how many subscriptions I get, 27 to count so far. This week I received (in addition to my weeklies):

Midwest Living
Redbook
Fitness
Spa
Southern Living
Shape


Pile on the left is to be read, pile on the right is read.
On a lighter note, I want to give a quick PSA to my runner friends. Do not run sprints in the dark on streets that have speedhumps. Needless to say my worst fear came true this morning and I missed my footing while running and hit a speedhump wrong. I skid face first across the hump, leaving several scrapes and roadrash across my body. Good going Carrie. I guess I have to either start wearing full body gear when I run or only participate in supervised athletic activities. I am praying this is the worst of my week.

August 27, 2010

A Beauty


I love getting emails from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, their style suits me perfectly. This was today's pretty, I had to share.



Hope you have a splendid weekend my friends!

August 25, 2010

A Lost Art


The handwritten note is something I have been meaning to blog about for a while. I know we have all heard it before that old fashioned notes in the mail are a lost art. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed both giving and receiving personal messages in my mailbox.





I have boxes and boxes of stationary that will suit pretty much any occasion. I also try to remember what card or pattern I last sent a friend so as not to send the same again. One of my favorite brands of note cards is Whitney English, based right here in Oklahoma, love it! I also love all things that surround stationary including the writing instrument of choice, stamps, return address stamps/labels, it is all so inspiring to me.










I also enjoy the etiquette side of note writing and all things Emily Post. If you are looking for tips on specifically writing thank you notes, be sure to check this post I found on Blissfully Domestic. If your note requires a little more compassion, follow these guidelines I found in an old Real Simple magazine.
If the person in crisis is an acquaintance rather than a close friend, one
of the best ways to express sympathy is by sending a note, according to Florence
Isaacs, author of Just a Note to Say... Isaacs suggests that you:


  • Be brief. If you don't know the person well, it's fine to send a short
    message. Use a note card - you can fill it up with just two or three
    lines.

  • Be honest. The words "I'm thinking of you" are welcoming no matter
    what the crisis. You can also admit "I don't know what to say." If
    someone has dies, the greatest gift is to share a fond memory of the
    person.

  • Don't make assumptions. Avoid phrases like "I know how you feel,"
    because you really don't. Everyone's grief and pain are different.
    "It's better this way," whether in response to a divorce or death is also
    presumptuous. And if an acquaintance is sick but you're not sure why,
    don't wish her a speedy recovery - she might have a chronic or terminal
    illness.

August 24, 2010

Pardon Me

Over the weekend I came across a feature in the latest InStlye magazine showcasing three ways to wear dressy sweatpants. I could not help myself but to laugh, out loud. As I tore the page out my husband said "Let me guess, it's for the blog?", exactly! Don't get me wrong, I love a comfy pair of sweats, but don't think I can see myself pairing them with sequins or heels.


Even though there are some fancy ladies and brands out there that don these pants, they just are not my style. What about you, do you see yourself in one of the outfits above?

August 23, 2010

Work it Out

I feel like I have been neglecting my passion for fitness on the blog these days. Lately my cardio routine revolves around my running shoes. Since it gets so hot here in the summer afternoons - we have had near 100 degree days every day for the past month here in Oklahoma - I have to get up before dawn to get a run in.

A few months back my running routine hit a plateau, it just wasn't getting me the results I desired. After talking to a few running friends I decided to try sprints. Just typing the work sprint makes me queasy. So for the past few months I have been doing a sprint workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. What I do like about this plan is that it doesn't take forever.





After lacing up and stretching for a few minutes I head out the door and do a warm up run for about 12 minutes or so. I then turn around and start the real work, sprint for 30 seconds - as fast as I can without hurting myself, and walk 1 minute. I continue this pattern 8 or 9 times then run a few minutes to cool down.

all images via athleta.com


I have to be honest, as much as it pains me to get up early and pound the payment, I think it is paying off. These sprint workouts have done my body better than the regular old fashioned steady state running that I was doing at the beginning of the season. I have come across a few blogs that discuss HIIT (high intensity interval training, which is basically what my sprint workouts are) versus steady state cardio.

So there you have it, the cardio plan of my workouts. What about you guys, what do you do for cardio and how is it working?

Week 2 Results

Hello friends! Sorry posts have been MIA the past few days, time just flew by and before I knew it Monday rolled around. My weekend was busy with shopping, spending time with friends and family, lounging by the pool, household chores, you name it. With that said I didn't get to snap a picture of my magazine/catalog project. I must say this little experiment is harder than I thought. You see, I get more magazines than I can read in a single week, so I have to keep the unread material separate from the finished ones and it is just becoming a mess. Regardless, I am continuing on. These are the subscriptions I received last week, in addition to my weeklies:


Bazaar (one of my favorites these days)
Elle
InStyle
House Beautiful
Smart Money
Vogue
Conde Nast Traveler
Real Simple


And because I don't like picture-less posts, this is a picture I snapped of me and Lexie poolside last weekend.

August 19, 2010

Sunshine

I love getting emails from Kate Spade, they always include a photo or two that add a little sunshine to my day.

August 18, 2010

Obsess Much?


If you ask me Tuesday is the best night for tv right now. Flipping Out and The Rachel Zoe Project are on Bravo, on the same night, does it get any better? I DVR both shows but can't stand to wait and watch The Rachel Zoe Project so I usually clear my evening to fit it in, last night being no exception. I even watched it on the smaller tv in the bedroom so as not to interfere with my husband's choice of show.

I don't know if you have noticed (I assume my reader(s) watch the show) but Rach has been sporting a very cool looking white Blackberry Curve this season. I don't know if it is the white color or her perfectly accesorized hands that make it look so chic, but I was obsessing over it last night. Now don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but let's just say I wouldn't kick the white curve out of bed.



Here are a few photos of Rach and her beloved Curve, but also be sure to check out Bravo's site for all kinds of great stills from TRZP.












August 17, 2010

Office Space


A good friend of mine (whom I often times refer to as my "boss") is setting up a new office space to conduct business. Although he didn't specifically ask, I thought I would put together a little bit of inspiration for the space.

The walls are a nice camel color, there is only one window in the space and the overhead lights are typical florescent. With these factors in mind I want to make sure the office doesn't get too stuffy. The requirements for the area are a conference table large enough to review large drawings, a personal desk, shelving/storage and a small seating area.

Luckily my boss already has great chairs to go around the conference table, they look something along the lines of these chairs - upholstered dining chairs.







There will also be a rug in the office similar to this - or at least this is what I recall it looking like from an iPhone picture.





He also has a nice wood console cabinet that will be perfect for storage and displaying items on top. To go along with this item I found a few pieces I think would complement the space.

I love this Sawhorse desk from Ballard Designs.





For something a little more formal this one from Horchow would work (the top is all black, not reddish like in the picture).





As far as a conference table goes this one from Horchow would make a great statement, but might be too bold for the space.




This table from CB2 adds a little more modern flare.




I like the idea of this glass top table from Crate & Barrel, which would open up the space a bit.




Of course we will have a little seating area and a beverage center for clients. I am also hoping a nice bar cart makes its way into the office too, but that might be a bit far stretched at the moment. Perhaps I will post again with updates.

August 16, 2010

Look Like a Million


This feature in my latest Marie Claire magazine was a definite "pull out and share on the blog". I love the chic 70's styling and how about the latest collections about to hit Target? I will definitely have to make a pit stop, I know that I have seen the Tucker for Target pencil skirt in other magazines too. What do you think, like or dislike?


P.S. I would put a link to the Target site but for the past week each time I go to their site it gives me errors. Sorry!


August 15, 2010

Week 1 Results

This past week I collected all of my magazines (left stack) and catalogs (right stack) and you can see below what I came up with. Why am I doing this again, just because I thought it would be interesting and also to document what subscriptions I actually receive.

I figure I might as well list my subscriptions here - I like to use this blog as a way of documenting things for myself often times. Mind you I get some of these for my husband (ahem, Maxim).
OK Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
Mac World
People Style Watch
Maxim
Women's Health
Better Homes and Gardens
ESPN
Glamour
Whole Living
Fast Company
Elle Decor
Sports Illustrated.
Whew that's a lot, kind of scary when I see it all in writing like this. Alright, on to a new week friends, cheers!

August 12, 2010

My Wasp

I can't believe I have had this blog for x amount of months and very rarely mention my scoot. Yes, I have a very cool red Vespa (which means 'wasp' in Italian) and I ride it as much as possible.

I am very fortunate to live close to my work office, I don't even have to get on the interstate. For years I had been telling my husband that I wanted a scooter - my stepmom had one forever and I always loved riding it. A few years ago, right when gas started to skyrocket, my wish finally came true.

I figured I would get a cheap little scoot to tool around town on but no, my husband said if I am going to get one I might as well get the best, so off to the Vespa dealer we went. My scoot has 250 cc's, goes over 80 mph and gets about 70 miles per gallon, in case you were wondering. I came across an informative article from the LA Times that I want to share as well.





Now if only I could look this chic riding my scoot. I do have a whole wardrobe dedicated as "scoot wear", shoes, pants, jackets, gloves, you name it. However, I would like to note that I have yet to wear a dress or skirt while on it, but I have been known to wear wedge sandals on a ride.


A New Man in Town


As noted throughout the blog world, there have been quite a few changes at the helms of our beloved magazines. I must say that I was a teeny bit worried when Stephen Drucker decided to leave House Beautiful, as it is one of my favorite shelter magazines. As far as I can tell though, they are still putting out beautiful work. I am even more excited that Mr. Drucker is now the Editor in Chief at Town & Country.

The September issue of T&C features one of my favorites, Tory Burch, at her new estate in the Hamptons. I strongly encourage you to pick up this issue, it is packed with all kinds of goodies. You will notice that the items featured throughout seem more attainable, whereas in the past it was as if you had to have a seven figure income to even come close to buying one of them. Below I pulled just a few pages to share with you. Enjoy!
I love when they feature a society figure and give us a glimpse into their lives.
A fab writeup where designers meet dorm rooms.
I could see wearing these pieces every day.
Yes please!
These boots are perfection in my book.
I had to post this picture because I can't remember the last time I saw a model smile in a photo shoot. Love it all!

August 11, 2010

Fashion Cents

Consider this blog post a PSA that Caymen's here in Norman is having a huge sale right now and they have a ton of jeans for dirt cheap. On the insistence of a friend I stopped in there today on my lunch break to see if they had any jeans left in my size. Low and behold I found several pairs in my size, so off to the fitting room I went. Either I have gone up a size in jeans (most likely) or designers are making jeans tighter. Either way I ended up with a very nice pair of Paige jeans in a dark wash, almost looks black, in a very flattering flair/bootcut style. Now if only the weather would cool down enough to actually be able to wear jeans that would be great.

While looking for jeans I figured I would glance over the other sale racks and out jumped a very sexy LBD. As mentioned earlier this week my husband and I are going to a concert Friday night and I thought this dress totally fits the bill for the event. I put together a little Polyvore to show how I think my outfit will play out. I could not find the exact dress but this one is close enough.




While we are on the subject of fashion I want to give a shout out to my skirt today :) A few weeks ago I ordered a skirt on sale from J. Crew and today is the first time I am wearing it and it has now earned its spot as my fave. It has just the right amount of stretch to fit perfect yet still be comfortable.
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