Missoni for Target

10 Aug

Jordan at Oh Happy Day posted these pictures of the new Missoni for Target collaboration. The collection isn’t available until the fall, but apparently this ad was leaked over the summer.


Here are a few other pieces from the collection:

(all via)

What are your thoughts on the collection? Mine are a resounding…eh. It looks like, well, Missoni made for Target.

That bike, however, is fantastic.


5 Aug

I’ve been a little MIA lately. As an apology, I’m providing this picture of a family vacation with NPH and Elton John and all of their respective kids.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this was probably the most fantastic family vacay in the history of the world.


Happy Friday!

Before and After

13 Jul

Design*Sponge’s Before and After series are some of the posts I look forward to the most in my Google Reader each week.

I was totally inspired by the amazing chair ‘before and after’ posts that pop up often and decided to create my own. I found this 1940’s chair on Craigslist for $25. A can of steel gray paint and some awesome fabric found on Etsy later – it is one of my proudest accomplishments!

Here we have the before – a beautiful antique, but totally busted, chair.

And here’s the after – a fun, bright bedroom chair!

French press coffee

11 Jul

I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond yesterday with a list that included picture frames and a shelf. I came out with this:

An 8-cup French press.

A French press has been on my “things I really want for my kitchen” list forever, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to buy one. Makes no sense, right?

The one I bought was $19.99. I have made highly questionable fashion purchases for more than $19.99. I bought a ravioli press  for $26 without even owning a pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid. There are not a lot of items in life, especially kitchen items, that can be purchased for under $20. (Soda stream, I’m looking at you)

So this morning I enjoyed my first cup of French press coffee while watching Joe and Mika chat away about the debt ceiling. Verdict: delicious, so simple to make, and a perfect start to my day.

(the same cannot be said about the debt ceiling conversation)

Best $19.99 I’ve ever spent.

Best $19.99 I’ve ever spent.

It’s Cookie Time!

7 Jul

It is no secret at all that Troop Beverly Hills is one of my favorite movies of all time.

So it should come as no surprise that I gasped out loud when I saw today’s Living In on Design*Sponge was about the movie!

(Is someone at D*S reading my little blog?)

They completely nailed it with the decor and accessories to match the movie.

Want to know one of my favorite pieces of TBH trivia? It’s not the obvious Tori Spelling before she was Tori Spelling casting. Or Carla Gugino (now of Entourage fame) who played Chica.

Willie Garson (aka Sanford Blatch) has a cameo! Right at the beginning, he’s in the car with Tessa and her dad as they are driving to the picnic. Go watch it.

You can even borrow my DVD.

Summer eats

7 Jul

Bon Appetit’s summer manifesto – 26 rules you should be following for summer eating.

Among my favorites:

Rule No. 1

The first law of summer eating

While we can’t drill down too deep on this data-wise, it’s hard to contest the fact that food tastes better when you eat it outside, preferably using your hands.

Rule No. 3

Speaking of lazy

Don’t even bother cooking that corn. If it’s sweet enough, all you have to do is shuck it, cut the kernels off the cob, and toss with lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper. (And no one’s going to complain if you throw in cherry tomatoes or avocado.) It’s great as a salad, a salsa, or a condiment.

Rule No. 7
No one is going to improve upon the tomato sandwich

No one—not Alice Waters, not that Danish guy whose place was voted Best Restaurant in the World, maybe not even God. Put a few slices of the juiciest tomato you can find on your favorite toasted bread with mayo, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a couple of grinds of pepper. Eat open-face.

Rule No. 22
You should do whatever you can to avoid turning on
the oven in the summer.
Unless there’s a Peach Pie in the equation

Yellow cake with chocolate frosting

29 Jun

Baking for friends’ birthdays is one of my favorite activities. I take it pretty seriously. (surprised?)

Does the friend like sweet or savory desserts? Where will it be served? Are we doing a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour celebration? Big group or small group? Will I be camping on a beach in Virginia for V’s birthday and frosting cupcakes by the light of a headlamp on the trunk of GeoffKing’s car while being eaten alive by mosquitoes?

Thursday is the 30th birthday of my forever-roommate, Rebecca. Reba is one of my favorite people to bake for, but when it comes to her birthday, there is only one option:

Duncan Hines Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting.


Let’s be honest. Of every single amazing birthday cake you have eaten in your entire life, has  anything ever topped this cake? I didn’t think so. Rebecca knows her stuff.

Oh, and for the second year in a row, I’ll frost the cake in a bar.

Happy almost birthday, Rebecca!