January 2018 in Photos

Finally finally finally got around to keywording and editing my photos from January and I thought it was about time I share!

★ Eric and I went to see the Trains at Northpark, our annual holiday tradition.  It’s fun to look for the little changes each year.

★ I received the most amazing Christimas gift from my friend Robert.  He stitched a Long Dog Designs sampler years ago and gave it to me.  It’s stunning!  I can’t wait to figure out where to hang it.

★ I was thrilled with how our Christmas decorations on the porch turned out this year.  And seeing the greenery with the white lights against our red front door is about my favorite thing ever.

★ Eric and I were so thrilled to be able to attend a special screening of the film Adele and Everything After, a documentary about my high school friend Marty and her service dog Adele (look for a separate post on this soon!)

★ A readalong with a friend of Sarah J. Maas’s new book A Court of Wings and Ruin.  Soooooooo gooooooood!  (A more detailed review coming soon!)

★ Mexican hot chocolate and snuggling on the couch with my Thut

★ Winter nails – Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic and OPI’s Galapa-ghost

★ Playing mad scientist/kitchen witch and making some kick ass DIYs with essential oils (details and recipes here on my Cozylife blog!)

★ I stumbled across this magazine at the store…looks intriguing and I loved the artwork on the cover.

How was your January?

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February 2015 in Photos

★ I continued to work on my big focus project, And They Sinned

★ I was gifted and made some handmade gifts including that adorable hedgehog tote bag!

★ Two big crafty milestones – I finally feel like I succeeded in teaching myself to knit and I finally finished the first quilt I ever started

★ Completely in love with Rainbow Rowell’s books

★ I was reintroduced to Young Living essential oils and I feel like it’s completely in alignment with everything I’m focusing on this year

★ I was able to spend some time reconnecting with one of my best high school friends and Eric and I were honored to attend a benefit to raise money so that she can begin work with a new service dog.  Read more about Adele (her current service dog) here

★ The apple obsession continues

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April in Photos

April 2014 in Photos

April was a good month!

★ Spring mani using OPI’s Do You Lilac It?

★ We celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary with Thai food

★ I treated myself to this gorgeous statement necklace from JCrew.  I call this my Marie Antoinette necklace.  I wore it to a goodbye party for a friend who is moving

★ Received butterLondon Trustafarian as a RAK – in love with this color!

★ Celebrated a bonus from work by purchasing an iPad Mini for myself

★ Laughed myself silly reading this gem by Alice Clayton – looking forward to the next in the series

★ Eric slipped this little heart into my lunch box – love that man!

★ Finally bought a statement bubble necklace – got a fantastic deal on this one from T&J Designs, and I LOVE yellow!

★ Sleepy Thutmose “supervising” while I baked a cake

★ Celebrated my promotion at work with Mexican food and margaritas!

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September in Photos

September in Photos

How in the world is it November?  October is always a crazy busy month for us, but damn!  And today it actually feels like Fall outside.  Back in September, we had a few Fallish days, but mostly it was still pretty warm.  It was still in the 90s and I was seeing tons of Instagram posts of the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte…but I just couldn’t embrace it wearing shorts.

I went down a bit of a rabbit hole in books during the month.  After finishing City of Fallen Angels, I picked up Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren.  I’ll probably do a post on this series after I read the latest one, but suffice it to say that I read Beautiful Bastard in three days, and then read Beautiful Stranger in three days.  I literally could not stop reading these!  You can see that toward the end of the month I attempted to start something completely different, The Girl in Hyacinth Blue.  That barely caught my interest and held it.  It’s a little bit sad though that I read two books in six days and then mostly didn’t read the rest of the month.

Of course September also brings with it Fashion Week, and I had a ton of fun watching streaming videos of the shows and of course I’ve already posted on some of my favorites here and here.  And it made me long for New York in the fall and spicing up my wardrobe a bit, evidenced by my OOTD photos with some statement necklaces, fall colors, and some fun polish colors.  In fact, speaking of polish, that pink I’m wearing in several photos was in honor of NYFW – OPI’s Passion for NY Fashion.

I made my very first lemon meringue pie (with Eric’s help).  Lemon meringue pie is my absolute favorite, so having one for my birthday back in August just wasn’t enough.  I decided it would be a perfect time to learn how to make it myself, since my mom won’t be around forever (and she took over from my grandma who used to make them for me).  This one turned out beautifully and tasted even better.

Even my fabric shopping took on a fall color scheme…love all the browns, oranges, and reds that I found.  That’s all from Juliana Horner’s line, Rosette.   I just need to find some time to actually work on my crafty projects!

Now, off to look at October’s photos!!

 

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June in Photos

June in Photos

I really am starting to wonder where the time goes.  It’s nearly the end of July and here I am finally posting about June.  Better late than never though!

After the craziness that was May, June actually seemed to take a turn for the better.  I felt like I was making strides in some of my projects at home and starting to feel a lot more focused.

I started the month off with a Disco Biscuit mani.  I mean, how can I go wrong with that?!  I also tried a couple of untried polishes this month.  I wore Sinful Colors Sugar Rush on my toes and I also decided to give the white mani trend a try.  I was a little leery trying it since the yellow mani was such a fail.  But the white mani I absolutely adored.  It was fresh, it was fun, and it was completely on trend.  I will be doing this again for sure.  I used OPI’s Alpine Snow for this one.  Oh, and I went back to another old favorite – Jade is the New Black.  It went beautifully well with my fabric.

I got to go back to Whiskey Cake in June to get together with some coworkers for Happy Hour.  That Foul Corsair is absolutely delicious.  I kind of wish I’d had the whiskey cake for dessert again though.

I actually spent a fair amount of time sewing in June.  I worked on two mini quilts.  One got completely quilted and finished and I was able to give it to my friend, Ava, for her birthday.  I’m thrilled with how it turned out with the Kaffe Fassett fabrics on the front and on the back.  I also started collecting fabrics for the full version of the Swoon quilt (I made her mini quilt out of one block).  I’m going to use Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study line for my Swoon.  So excited about it!

June unfortunately brought with it a series of car “things” that were probably directly related with Mercury being in Retrograde.  I started off the month buying new tires since two of mine were completely bald in order to pass inspection.  Middle of the month I got my first speeding ticket in like five years or so.  And then at the end of the month I had a car accident on the highway because my brakes went out.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a car accident.  But, luckily very little damage was done to either car and everyone was uninjured.  But I had to get new brakes – my brake lines had apparently completely worn through.

But the biggest and most exciting news is that I am taking a trip in the Spring to see my sweet friend, Sylvia, in Germany.  I will spend a few days in Germany, but the most exciting part is that we are going to Paris!  It is an absolute dream come true.  I can’t wait.  I will be there for a total of 13 days I think.  I can hardly believe it.  But the flights are booked and we are renting a little apartment in Paris for the two of us.  But part of my preparation was to get my passport out and make sure it doesn’t expire any time soon.  I found my old passport though, while I was looking, and it’s one lone stamp.  Of course, the stamp was for our honeymoon to Rome, so I’m ok with it being the only stamp in there.  It’s a special one!

Before you know it, it will be August, so hopefully I can make it back here to blog more frequently in the next weeks.  And I realized it’s been forever since I did a book review…so I need to get on that.  Currently reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.  So good!

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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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February in Pictures

February Mosiac

I can hardly believe another month has come and gone.  February was a rough month for me.  It marked the one-year mark of losing my dad.  It still feels fresh, and he was on my mind a lot this month.  Work was also very intense this month, but I did manage to take a couple of days off in order to have a long weekend at the beginning of the month.  And while January is always very peaceful and quiet, full of new potential…February for me is the first burst of color and seeing progress on new projects.

This February I found myself drawn to pretty spring colors, visually feasting on dreams of Paris and macarons.  I found time on my days off to finish some crafty projects – one a gift for a friend and one a quilt I’d started two Thanksgivings ago.  It feels so good to be able to focus on some fun things I wanted to do.  And it seemed that Lana Del Rey’s music was my personal soundtrack throughout the month (still is – I can’t get enough of it).

Eric and I celebrated Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras with a King Cake and dinner out.  It’s been several years since I made a King Cake (this one was bought)…maybe next year?  I managed to spend an afternoon with a good friend (much-needed girl time) and wrapped up the month with a very delicious work dinner.

Despite the memories February brought with it, and despite the craziness at work, it was a good month and I’m so pleased to have been so productive and even steal a little time for myself!

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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: Bond, James Bond

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It’s possible, and very likely, that I’ve mentioned my love of James Bond before. So much so that Eric and I recreated a tasty cocktail in honor of Casino Royale.  I grew up watching James Bond films.  The first one my parents introduced me to was Thunderball.  Both of my parents loved Bond movies, and I became instantly enamored with them.  My dad even took me to look at Aston Martins one weekend, so that I could appreciate Bond’s (classic) vehicle of choice in person.  Over the years, there have been many Bonds, some better than others, but I am a particular fan of Daniel Craig as 007.  I love his slightly rough around the edges Bond.

Over the holidays I had the great fortune to get to see Skyfall with a dear friend.  There really is nothing better than seeing a Bond film with a fellow fan.  And I can’t get the Adele theme out of my head.  Perfect choice for the film.  And even better, in honor of the film and the 50th anniversary of Bond, OPI released a gorgeous new polish collection.  How could I resist?

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And I especially love the Skyfall polish that appeared in the film.  Gorgeous color.

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Of course you know I couldn’t resist adding some of the Bond polishes (I WANT THEM ALL!) to my collection.  A friend of mine treated me to a set of four of the OPI minis from the collection, and Goldeneye just begged to be first.

I did treat myself to two of the full-size polishes from the collection.  I fell in love with this one, The World is Not Enough.  This is such an interesting color, sometimes grey sometimes pink.  Love it!  (This one was also one of the minis in the four-pack)

It was even a good companion to my red cup!

The next one I tried out was the other full-size polish I purchased, You Only Live Twice.  I did also do a pedicure with this polish, so I got to doubly enjoy it.  This is a gorgeous cherry pink that really was the perfect color for that film’s representation.  I really hated to take this one off.

But, I replaced it with another mini – The Spy Who Loved Me.  Which is a gorgeous red and the perfect polish for our Cocktail and Dessert holiday party.

The only one I have left to try on is Live and Let Die.  It’s the last of the four minis.  Maybe that will have to be my next manicure?  I’d really like to invest in some more of the full size polishes from this collection – they really are all stunning.  I especially want Skyfall, Tomorrow Never Dies, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  But I seriously would love to have them all!  Even the Man With the Golden Gun 18k gold flake.

I’d intended to watch Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace back at the beginning of November while on a little trip I took, but that never materialized.  I’d wanted to see them again before seeing Skyfall, so I’ll just have to settle for watching them now and rewatching Skyfall when it is released on DVD.

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Pooltime Lime

So, last week I decided I’d leave my toes in Fear or Desire orange.  But, I wanted a change of pace from the bright summer colors I’ve been drawn to lately.  I needed something darker…

So last week’s mani was Essie Sexy Divide.  And I’d forgotten how much I love this one.  It really is a stunner in the sunlight.  I got lots of compliments on it.  I seem to recall this being my NYE color a few years ago.  Still love it.

But, Sunday rolled around and it was time for a polish change.  So, I dug through my stash, which Eric recently helped me organize when we were going through our bathroom organization project.

I’ve got my polish mostly divided up into Summer and Winter colors.  And after dipping into the dark side, it was time for something bright.  And when I decided on a great summer color – I definitely went bright!

That is OPI Pooltime Lime.  And it now graces both my fingers and my toes.  I’m not entirely sure I’m sold on this one.  I don’t mind the brightness of it, since that’s what I was going for, but it’s rather sheer.  I still have VNL after three coats.  And the color tends more toward the yellow than what I would consider “lime”.  So I’ve redubbed this Pooltime Keylime.  It’s definitely a summery pop of color though!

But now I’m thinking I need a mojito to go with my manicure…

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