I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE this store? Exactly for the same reasons I LOVE N&M - when you walk into Anthropologie you can just feel yourself absorbing all the creative juices. There is so much to look at and most of the things that I would like to have are not for sale. Have you seen the big letters made of cardboard??!!!
I was there last Sunday with girlfriends, wandering around looking for a black casual blazer and found myself in the bedding section. I was lusting over this
and this one.
They had some sale bins and I was looking through and found this gem that is now on my bed...
I did find a black blazer and my prediction is I will be wearing this A LOT. It's made out of a jersey material and it will be good for those last minute appointments that I need to look somewhat put together.
They also carry a great selection of Leifsdotter. One of my favorite clothing lines! It is on the expensive side, but I have sweaters from 5 years ago that are timeless. But check out the color combinations...
I love the color of this sweater and the style but for my body type I can't pull this off. It would be great for someone that has narrow shoulders (I am VERY broad shouldered) and small chest area. That built in scarf detail rests right on the chest and I don't need to accentuate that area! But the cut of it and the line of the buttons draws your eye vertically - very slimming for the right person!
I am on the hunt for a short black skirt similar to this one. I would get this if the price was just a little less. Since I am 5'2" this skirt is perfect as long as it comes to the knee or above. The a-line cut makes if flare out at the right place where I am trying to create bulk and balance out my broad shoulders. From my hips down I am tiny so I can afford to add bulk in this area.
And lastly who can resist these!
Congrats! We all made it right?? Well just for grins here is a wonderful recipe I tried out a couple of weeks ago - right before the cleanse. It's from a dear cyber friend Shanon! The cookies are called Pumpkin Chocolate Chip...little bit of fall, little bit of chocolate and good cakey delight.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the egg, pumpkin and vanilla and mix well. In a small bowl mis the baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and flour together. Gradually add the flour to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a teaspon drop[ the mixture onto a cookie sheet and back for 17 minutes. Makes 36 cookies.
The dough is extra thick for these cookies and they do not spread out when cooked. Shanon lined her cookie sheet with parchment paper which would work great. I used this amazing perforated cooking sheet and silpat by Demarle. I went to a friends' party and have loved this sheet and mat every since.
On tap for today...
When the weather gets like this around here it's time to start nesting. This was taken out my bedroom window - dreary.
I started some of nesting projects last weekend - one of them included cleaning out my drawers in the bathroom and hanging some much needed organizational pieces that have been sitting in my closet for about six months.
My jewelry has been been a tangled mess and like my crafting if it's out sight - it's out of mind. I needed to figure out a way to display my jewelry. My first solution is for my more dainty pieces and bracelets
These are shadow boxes from Micheal's cover with some fun fabric on the inside. I used quilting pins to hang the jewelry on. I have had these for awhile now - in fact my house cleaner accidentally broke the bottom one and the glass shattered out. I like this much better because now I don't have to open it!
The next piece is an old drying rack that I found at and estate sale for $1
After I completed this project there was so much more room in my drawers and my counter - you could see it again! As you can see I have the dreaded one sink bathroom. I can only dream of having separate sink areas...
This is an glass serving tray that I found at GoodWill several years ago. I picked up two, another one sits in the guest bathroom. The porcelain cup hold my fun cheapo rings and pendants. The cast iron hand holds my handmade or chunky rings and the Dachshund holds my wedding ring and engagement ring.
Some decor in our bathroom are pictures of us - by Allison Tyler Jones. Towels and bars are from PB.
What are you nesting projects?
On tap for today...
Sorry I was MIA over the weekend. I have been spending long days on the computer and my tennis elbow has come back. So I took a much needed break to give it a rest. Saturday and Sunday were just like Friday except I had brunch on Sunday. This was tough - this is our girls brunch and I am used to having the wonderful Peach Bellini's at the Heathman. I persevered!
Day eight! Two more days ladies - not sure what I am going to do, maybe have a glass of wine on day 11??!! I am actually feeling pretty good, energy is back.
On tap for today...
29 - Write a Note of Gratitude
How many e-mails or text messages have you sent in the past week? How many handwritten notes of appreciation? More to the point, when was the last time you handwrote anything to anyone? Handwrite a note of gratitude to somebody today…just because. They will appreciate the rarity of it.
Okay before you get all worked up about Neiman & Marcus, let me first say that it is one of my favorite stores. WHY?? It's not because of the expensive clothes, or the reputation - it's because they are constantly pushing the edge in retail design. Next time you have the chance to go into NM go! Be inspired by their displays, colors... there isn't a sign anywhere that says that you have to buy something or that you need to make $$$,$$$ to even step over the threshold. GO in, but promise me you won't look at price tags and remark about how expensive something is (we will save that for another post) you are not there to shop - just observe.
One of my favorite times of year for NM is Christmas. They come out with what is called the infamous "The Christmas Book" I get giddy with excitement when this baby comes in the mail! First look at the paper crafting design on the front cover?! And in the Fantasy Gift video it all comes to life.
As I watched the video here was one exclusive item, that someone (not sure who in this economy right now) could buy that stood out. Let me also say kudos to the NM team this year - it is A LOT of work putting together exclusive deals.
Algonquin Round Table Experience...being the host of Malcom Gladwell, Nora Ephron, John Lithgow, and many more - what an evening to remember! Plus the $200,000 price tag is donated to First Book. What a great idea - couldn't you do something similar with a group of friends? Or this idea might give you the reason to host your own round table experience with professionals in your home town, that you have always wanted to meet. Put the invite out there, you never know what might happen!
Here are the other pages that stood out for me
Starting on page 61 they use vintage book paper for backgrounds and props - great ideas for decorating and in our own artwork. The Valentino Hobo and boots aren't bad either! But look at the color - gray. Some colors may come across as drab but when presented in the softest suede a color like gray can be inviting.
Jewel tone colors are, or going to be hot! This definitely reminds me of 80s royal blue but this is definitely not your 80s prom dress. The blue horse in the background is a little 80s, if only it was a unicorn.
This magenta color is AMAZING by Magaschoni (left) and the dress is adorable... if you don't think that Mad Men isn't having a huge influence on fashion right now, think again. Also look at the color combination: magenta with brown/ochre background. Might be the next card I make.
Loved the flow of this product shot, the circles with the squares. Will be putting this clip on my inspiration board.
I hope I have given you a better reason to look at all the catalogs that will soon be coming to your doorstep! Don't get down because you can't shop - use them to be inspired!
Happy Friday - enjoy life!