April in Photos

April 2013 Mosaic

The months keep zooming by faster and faster and April was no exception.  I’m really loving doing these month in photos posts, not only because it’s a great way to remember what the hell I was up to, but it’s also so interesting to see the way the photos change with the seasons – my photos from January are vastly different from these photos not only in subject matter but the light is so different!

So, April started off with a flight to New York for Eric’s grandmother’s funeral.  I’m so glad that we were there, and got to spend a bit of time with family that we haven’t seen in a long while – some who I’d never met.  And as I mentioned in my post about Easter, it really had a huge impact on me.  And perhaps all of the feelings that were brought up by that period of time were what triggered my complete 180 mood swing?  There were a couple of weeks there that I was so out of sorts, and so sad and angry that I could barely stand myself.  I certainly couldn’t stand other people.  And when I say a complete 180, I mean it.  I went from happy Spring, happy bright sunny buttery yellow nail polish to my big “back off” warning sign of black nail polish.  I did eventually emerge from the worst of it, but I still don’t feel like I’ve got my groove back.

I finished up the last of the Fever series on the plane back from NY, and I’d picked up the Jenny Lawson book in the airport so I started it on the way home.  I just finished it yesterday and am starting something new for May.

Eric and I celebrated our seven (!!) year anniversary on the 8th and he made us a lovely dinner at home and brought me roses.  I did some work on my dad’s memorial sampler and started assembling my Tula Pink quilt – both were unfortunately fraught with issues (I should probably have waited to work on things until I was over my whatever it was mood).

Things did start to turn around a little bit last week and I felt a little better, took a day off work and even painted my nails gold (OPI Glitzerland, which is a dupe for Chanel Diwali that I was seriously coveting!).  I even had a few productive days at home doing some photo editing (I have a huge backlog) and getting some scanning done in our going paperless project at home.  And I got to have a fabulous dinner with a coworker and we tried out a new to me restaurant called Whiskey Cake (where we, in fact, ordered whiskey cake).  It was sooooo good!

So the month was not a total wash, and I’m hoping that I can begin to sort through what all was going on with me and get back to my happy place.  But, it’s better.  Oh, and a big big thank you to Eric for changing my little social media icons – I am much happier with them!!

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First Days of Spring

Oscar Red Carpet
With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red Carpet watching.  Seems the days are gone when I can actually watch things live.  But, what surprised me about this year’s Oscar Red Carpet was the overall softness of the colors.  There were very few bright colors, particularly the emerald green I was expecting to see everywhere.   But there was no lack of gorgeous dresses to choose from, as you can see above.  One of my favorites was Jessica Chastain in that amazing coppery beaded Armani Prive gown.  So many subtle shades.

And Chanel has released their lovely Spring collection of nail lacquers, Printemps Precieux.  You know I normally go in for the dark, vampy colors like Accessoire, but I’m really drawn to Emprise, which is a rosy beige.  Perfect almost nude nail that would go perfectly with a brighter wardobe.  And Fracas, who can resist a pretty, bright pink?  This one will most definitely transition into the summer months.

Chanel Spring 2013
Even Starbucks is celebrating Spring in Japan with their new Sakura line. It even includes cherry blossom macarons (which you know I can’t resist).  It’s too bad that this lovely pink deliciousness won’t be available in the States, but from what I hear the taste (not cherry at all) might not translate to the American palate.  But what fun a pink latte would be (as long as it’s not strawberry, since I’m allergic!).

starbucks-japan-sakura-drinks-2013
And I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of the new Coach handbags in Mint.  I can’t resist, such a gorgeous color for Spring.  Too too tempting. Alas, I am on a new handbag hiatus, so no Coach bag for me. But look at those fun tassels too.  Gah!

Coach Bag in Mint
I did have to indulge in my own version of that luxurious mint color though. How do you like my Essie Mint Candy Apple mani this week?  Perfect, huh?  Such a fun color.  I’ve really enjoyed wearing it.

Mint Candy Apple
And how can I resist anything in a bright pretty yellow?  (I can’t) Of course, the J Crew bubble necklaces are almost everywhere these days, but I just love it in yellow.  A fun bright pop of color against a subtle colored top?  Love.  It.

Bubble Necklace

What’s bringing thoughts of Spring to you this week?

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January in Pictures

January 2013

For 2013 I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition at the end of each month and share some photos from the previous month – just as a little look back into my days.

January was definitely a month for refocusing and it seemed to spark my creativity too, since I spent a lot of time working on some crafty projects.  I took a day off work at the beginning of the month to spend with Eric and my niece and go see the Trains at Northpark.  We, of course, had to stop for gelato.  Work has been extra difficult this month, so there were several nights I came home in need of comfort food – like the grilled cheese sandwich Eric made for me.  I did try to take time for myself though, by leaving early one Friday afternoon and going to the quilt shop to pick up my Hex on the Beach kit and a few fabrics I fell in love with.  And we even had snow!  Last Saturday morning I had a couple of hours to kill between my hair appointment and my eyebrow appointment, and I spent that time curled up in a comfy chair, sipping Starbucks and reading.  Decadent!

My last mani of the month was the perfect transition into February – Essie All Tied Up with an accent nail of OPI Berry Berry Broadway.

Looking forward to seeing what February brings!

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Things I Love Thursday: butter London Polish

It’s that time again!  And since I seem to be overindulging in the introspective soul searching posts lately, I thought I’d focus on something a little more fun for my TILT post.  For Fashion Week, one of my favorite new polish brands introduced a couple of new colors.  This one is called Fish Wife.  So in love.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.  The other is called Posh Bird, which I am definitely needing as well!  But before I get ahead of myself with the new fall colors, I thought I’d better show you what I indulged in over the summer!

I’d been wanting to try out butter London polish, and so when they had their 3 for $30 sale on the site, I couldn’t pass it up.  I ended up with from left to right: No More Waity Katie, Disco Biscuit and Lillibet’s Jubilee.  I had so much fun wearing these, over a period of three weeks in August.

Here’s NMWK…it’s a gray with purple microglitter.  Love it!!

Then I wore Lillibet’s Jubilee, that was a Limited Edition for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  This is a silvery lavender that is absolutely gorgeous in person.  I couldn’t stop looking at my nails.

And I saved the best for last.  I saved Disco Biscuit to wear for my birthday week, as you’ve already seen.  Disco Biscuit really is a must-have color (not just for the name).  It’s a bright pink with blue microglitter.  And it. is. awesome.

And just when I thought I’d have to wait for another good sale for some more bL indulgence, a friend of mine gifted me with this for my birthday.

That’s Dosh, pictured with the scarf she knitted for me from appropriately named yarn in “Zombie BBQ”.  Love love love this for fall.  Dosh is really stunning in person, it’s got a little bit of gold in it and it’s the perfect autumn olive green – like a pumpkin stem!  Love this.  I hated to take it off, frankly.

I was a good girl and passed up the Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale at Ulta on butter London polish last week.  Although it killed me to do so.  But, I really wanted to get Fish Wife and Posh Bird and neither were available through Ulta.  So, I passed.  Maybe next time, though!

What other good things are going on this week?

★ The temps are a little cooler this week and I’m loving it

★ Friday night Eric and I went and had Lebanese food (more on that later!) – yum

★ Drinking wine from Vampire Vineyards – love that Eric bought this

★ I did some major magazine purging on Saturday

★ Bought some new tops Saturday too – love what I got!

★ I spent some time sewing this weekend, which was much needed

★ I feel like I’m starting to feel settled again

★ Eric opening the curtains in the living room – with the weather lower than 1,000 degrees we can let in the light!

 

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