28 December 2010

New Beginnings



The holidays came and went with the same feeling as the weather: sudden and intense, like a cold gust of wind. We were chased out of New England and back to Pittsburgh a day early due to the blizzard. And now we're off to ring in the new year! Just like this cute card from ink and iron, I am delighted and grateful for what 2011 will bring. Time for new resolutions and beginnings.

Of course, I plan to leave 2010 in style, no less. Just got a confirmation that my cute Milly sequin number is on its way from Rent the Runway. My husband gave me a fun silver and rhinestone cuff bracelet in my stocking that will match perfectly.  
Happy New Year! 

17 December 2010

On Poinsettias

When you actually study the poinsettia flower, the shape, colors and texture are quite beautiful. So I can't figure out why I just don't particularly love them. Maybe it's the ubiquity, or that most times I see it, they're still in the shiny cellophane-wrapped plastic pot straight from the grocery store. Or I envision the over abundance of them on the altar at church.

I find poinsettia-printed or embroidered pieces so festive, like these beautiful little cupcake holders.


Or this cute handmade decoupaged ornament.




Apartment Therapy had a nice feature earlier this week, offering beautifully creative ways to integrate the holiday floral into tablesettings and other decor (many Martha-inspired). I gravitate toward the white. So elegant with gold or silver accents.



Love this rustic approach (from here).

The white backdrop celebrates the poinsettia (from here). Are these topiaries real? I love the lacquered black flower boxes.

Or simply, cut and placed in a variety of glasses, shown from Southern Living. (I've also seen them with cranberries at the bottom, which looks great.)

06 December 2010

Giving it the Boot

The snow has been lovely and festive, but downright cold! We barely finished raking up the rest of the leaves and now find ourselves concerned with shoveling the driveway. Disclaimer: This image of my pup sitting in the driveway is from February 2010, not this weekend. Just a visual reminder of what may be to come.

So, reminiscing back to the record-breaking snowfall last winter, I've asked Santa for winter boots this season. My wellies with a wool sock aren't cutting it. And my Uggs are pretty much boot slippers for the house. I have to remind myself that I no longer live in a paved concrete metropolis, but a residential-slash-urban area with a lackluster plowing record. My new reality involves walking the dog to Frick Park daily. I need boots with traction and slush-resistance. Can they please, please be a little bit stylish? That means nothing that looks like a moon boot or like I should be hobbling on crutches. 

The contenders:
Waterproof, check. Traction, check. Cuteness, check. Seems a little pricey for nylon and rubber, no? But, they're very wearable on the street and for errands, and hopefully would last several winters.
I think quality is pretty much a guarantee. They're cute and look warm and comfortable. I like the quilting, but not a fan of the contrast stitching.


I can't decide if these are totally fabulous or a hefty bags tied at the ankle. Probably need to be tried on in person. But I like the contrasting materials and general fashion update on the duck boot. 


Simple, black, completely affordable. Wedge heel adds an element of style. Too simple, though?

So, Santa, which one should you get me? 

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