Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

scrumptuous

oh my!

yes, please!

happy earth day!

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.
- Cree Indian Proverb

SAVE THE EARTH!

earth day every day!

Checkout the amazing collection of earth-friendly fashions on Shopbop.com.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

steals & deals...anthro statements

Anthropologie is one of those stores that never disappoints for me. They always offer new, exciting, and treasurable pieces. From clothing, to jewelry, to shoes, to goodies for the home, I rarely walk out empty handed. The quality of the offerings is on par along with the attention to detail and thoughtfulness, which is why this episode of Steals & Deals is dedicated to our beloved Anthro.

Not all items that line the rustic wood-paneled walls are worth the dough, but some can be justified because of that something special that the pieces contain. And, there's always the sale rack, which is my favorite corner of the store. Fall in love with something one day, go back a week later and you will find it on the goodie rack for half price.

My favorite way to snaz-up my wardrobe is to find new accessories to give my basics a fresh feel. Many fabulous jewels can be found residing on the open racks at Anthro & at a great value. $48 per item is my self-imposed limit and there are so many choices at this price point and under. I never even glance in the direction of the jewelry in the glass cases because there aren't any real diamonds in there, even though the prices may imply that there are.

Anthro is a great source for finding those key pieces for spring (preferably on the sale rack) without breaking the bank.

Just a few of my many current faves:

Dew Drop Earrings

Stormy Sea Necklace

Icicle's Melt Dress

Slumbering Villages Jacket

Tippy Tap Heels

Monday, April 13, 2009

a month of books

Over the past month, I've received some really wonderful books, which I've added to my ever-growing stack of must-reads on & under my nightstand.
The only problem lies in where to begin...
Any recommendations?

Birthday gifts from Mamaw (quite possibly the best selector of books ever):
Plath - Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Selected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Harvest Poems by Carl Sandburg
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith (I loved The Kalahari Typing School for Men)

From my dad & step mum for my birthday (in preparation for Paris):
Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas by John Baxter
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
Rick Steves' Paris (a must-have for our trip)
Writers in Paris by David Burke
Sandrine's Paris by Sandrine Voillet

A gift from Venner, a fellow lover of books:
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (simply charming)

Finds at the Fayetteville Public Library used bookstore & gifts from Mamaw:
Random House English-French Dictionary
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Three Junes by Julia Glass
Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (from Mamaw's collection)
Selected Poems by Robert Frost (a surprise gift from Mamaw's collection)

Missy Foo has already read them all, but she won't tell me which are her favorites.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

some sylvia

April Aubade
by Sylvia Plath

Worship this world of watercolor mood
in glass pagodas hung with veils of green
where diamonds jangle hymns within the blood
and sap ascends the steeple of the vein.

A saintly sparrow jargons madrigals
to waken dreamers in the milky dawn,
while tulips bow like a college of cardinals
before that papal paragon, the sun.

Christened in a spindrift of snowdrop stars,
where on pink-fluted feet the pigeons pass
and jonquils sprout like solomon's metaphors,
my love and I go garlanded with grass.

Again we are deluded and infer
that somehow we are younger than we were.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

surprise!

The Night Before via Neomenia

A birthday spent with close family and good friends, what could be better?!
Merci, merci!

30 something

Untitled #30 (The Birthday Party), 2008 by Vee Spears
via Paul Pincus

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

me too, me too!

"I would describe my style as a French musical from the sixties, because that's how I want my life to be."

Sandra Beijer, Copywriter

via NY Mag