Wherever Life Takes You

This post was supposed to happen yesterday, but yesterday was a crazy day.  It was a day full of car issues and family health scares and emergency shopping trips.  It was the kind of day you book an audition for a major motion picture only to find out you have less than 24 hours to prepare for it.  So, it was a day full of bad and good things, but I’m hoping it was a day setting up for more good things.

As you can see from the pictures below, we have been enjoying some very fine weather.  Well, that was before this morning when it snowed.

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Jacket: KUT from the cloth

Top: StyleMint

Jeans: Levi’s 524 Too Superlow Skinny

Ballet Flats: Gianni Bini

Scarf: FRAAS Dottie (c/o Lipton Publicity)

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses (c/o Shopbop)

Driving Gloves: Fratelli Orsini

I believe in dressing in layers.  You never know what the weather is going to be like or if the furnace/air conditioner will be at you ideal setting.  I like throwing on this moto jacket because it gives any outfit a sort of casual-cool vibe.  I wear it even though it attracts cat hair like it’s its job. (These are the cats responsible for my near constant furry state.)

The driving gloves were a Christmas present from my mom, and I adore them.  They are cherry red and so sassy.  It’s a shame that gloves are no longer considered a necessary accessory.

Lipton Publicity sent me this pretty, turquoise scarf from FRAAS.  The scarf, also, comes in yellow, pink, green, and taupe.  It’s the type of scarf you want to take on vacation since it makes a lovely wrap as well. And, did I mention this scarf has the cutest name?  It’s called “Dottie”.

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Pride and Prejudice Movie Marathon

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books of all time.  In my teens, my mom introduced me to Jane Austen, but I have my cousins to thank for introducing me to Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.  Whenever I am having a bad day, in goes P&P.  If I don’t have all day to spend watching the BBC version, there is Joe Wright’s beautiful film with Keira Knightley.  If I need a laugh, Bride & Prejudice is the answer.  While there are more versions out there, these are my top three.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

For me, this is the one that started it all.  If you’ve never read the book, this series is the place to start.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Everything about this film is beautiful.

Bride & Prejudice 

This musical is like one great big party.

Do you have a favorite version of Pride and Prejudice?

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Spring Nail Polish Swap

I love a good blogger swap, so when I saw the Spring Nail Polish Swap (hosted by The Real Housewife of Caroline CountyMrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, and Mrs. AOK, A Work in Progress) I knew I had to participate.  I was partnered with Nikki from PS Style & Grace, and she sent me the cutest card and two great colors from Beauty Concepts.

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 The pink is bright and cheerful and perfect for spring.

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 Of course, I’m a sucker for sparkle and this glitter really catches the light.

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Thanks Nikki!

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DIY Art Journal Scrapbook

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I recently stumbled across this video on YouTube and immediately fell in love with the idea of making something similar.  The art journal I created is on a much smaller scale, but that makes it perfect for a quick and easy project.

Supplies

  • Paper bags or craft paper
  • Journal
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper such as newspaper or tissue paper
  • Stapler or needle and thread
  • Washi tape

Directions

  1. With the journal open, trace the outline of the journal onto your craft paper.  The journal should be the size you want your scrapbook. Remember to open the journal to the middle when you trace, so that you get the right size.
  2. Cut six sheets.
  3. Fold the pages in half. These pages should be the size of your original journal.
  4. Now, you can slip in bits of other types of paper.  I used newspaper and tissue paper cut down to my journal’s size.  Then, I added smaller pieces of card stock.  Make sure all the pages line up on the center fold.
  5. For the binding, I used my sewing machine to sew a straight stitch down the center.  You could, also, hand sew the pages together or staple them.
  6. Decorate with washi tape.

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Now, you are ready to fill up your new journal with your adventures!

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April Wish List

Spring is slowly making its way to me. Small buds on the trees give me hope that it will be here soon.  As I wait, I feel like decking myself out in springtime paraphernalia.  Wouldn’t it be nice to wear a tiny cherry blossom on your finger or on your wrist wear a watch that looks like a butterfly under a magnifying glass? While I already have a couple copies of Pride and Prejudice, I find this pulp cover highly amusing.  Perhaps spring will come while I am reading.

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What are you wishing for this month?

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Floral Friday: Flower As Art

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It seems impossible to ignore that festival season is upon us.  Modcloth’s selection of festival ready clothing and accessories has me ready to plan a trip to the nearest music fest, where I can stylishly groove to the latest and greatest hits.  Since your festival attire is not complete without a floral crown, I dug through my archives to bring you this easy DIY flower crown tutorial.  All you need are some silk flowers, pipe cleaners, and scissors, and soon you will have a fantastic piece of wearable art.

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Why Don’t You…?

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Learn to waltz?

Make a donation to UNICEF?

Celebrate Fish Fingers and Custard Day?

Send a care package to a friend?

Start an art journal?

Buy a new dress for spring?

Prepare for April showers with a new umbrella?

Fill your rooms with fresh flowers?

Dye eggs for Easter?

Make your own Cadbury-style creme eggs?

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Happy. Pretty. Sweet.

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Happy

Over the weekend, I went with my brothers to see Muppets Most Wanted.  Despite Josh Groban’s cameo being my favorite part of the movie, I’ve somehow managed to get this song stuck in my head.

Pretty

Since it’s Manicure Monday, you must check out these gorgeous nails inspired by Nonoo.

Sweet

For the last few weeks I’ve been in a homemade bread baking frenzy.  So, I decided to try making my own pita bread.  This recipe is delicious!

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Five Bucket Bags for Spring

I’ve never considered myself a bucket bag type of person, but the more I see this style popping up on blogs and Pinterest the more I like it.  I’ve fallen especially hard for this one from Elizabeth and James…
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Double Chocolate Spice Cookies

This year I have been trying to eat healthier, which means I have not been baking as much as I have in the past.  While cutting back on the sweets has allowed me to experiment with other recipes, sometimes a girl just has to make cookies.  Yesterday, a terrible chocolate craving forced me into the kitchen.  As much as I wish I could tell you that these cookies are good for you, they are not, but they do taste amazing. The cookies use both cocoa powder and chocolate chips, satisfying even the worst chocoholic.  I, also, added a bit of cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper to give the cookies a little kick, but you can skip the spices if you want a simpler flavor.

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Double Chocolate Spice Cookies Recipe

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup raw sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 egg

1 3/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons milk

10 ounces organic chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar then mix in the rest of the ingredients.  Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Let cookies sit a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.  These are especially good warm and with a glass of milk!

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