Thursday, October 25, 2012

Emergency Compliment

I found this site via Mashable (one of my favorite "industry" reads) today. For those in need of a little pick-me-up, Emergency Compliment delivers. Offering cheeky, little sweet nothings such as, "You have the power to win a dance off" and "Your friends worry they aren't as funny as you".... or this one, that really spoke to me: 

Once you find a compliment that speaks to your heart, you can then click on "Thanks! I feel better" which will give you the option to purchase your quote in print form. Poster prices run around $15-$20. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Glammed up Pumpkin

This is what gold spray paint, rhinestones and 5 minutes of time can do to transform your pumpkin. (thank you Pinterest!) So easy and literally these are the only supplies you need.
In years past, I went the old school route and carved out various designs. This was from last year - you might say I'm a fan of pirates.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spooky fonts for Halloween

Hello lovelies! Looking to spruce up your blog, make your own Halloween cards or just send an email with some creepy letters? Check out these Halloween-y fonts I found on Mashable. Links to where you can download are below each sample.  

And check out these adorable little social media buttons for your FB, Twitter, or blog!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

A bookstore that serves wine - genius!
Plenty of places to crawl up and read for a bit.

The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
Asheville, NC

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crème D'asperges (Asparagus Soup)

One of my favorite soups and healthy to boot. You're thinking lots of cream is involved, right? {Mais non!} This is a broth-based soup and is loaded with ingredients that are oh-so-good for you.  And it could not be easier to make. 

You only need 6 ingredients:

1.      Green asparagus (easy to find a 2 lb bag at Costco)
2.      A large onion (this onion chopper makes things so much easier)
3.      Unsalted butter
4.      Chicken broth (low sodium is best)
5.      Crème fraîche or heavy cream (half & half works just as well in a pinch)
6.      Fresh lemon juice

Plus salt & pepper to taste. 

Optional: a dollop of sour cream on top or greek yogurt if you want to be good

Get the full recipe here 

Tips: If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can peel the stems of the asparagus a bit to help get rid of any strands. That’s when the larger asparagus is more ideal than the skinny ones. I use just a regular blender to whip this up. But a word of advice – let the soup cool down before blending in a blender.  If you don’t, you will end up with soup flying everywhere and it will end up in locations of your house that you wouldn’t believe. I speak from experience. 

Monday, February 28, 2011

And The Oscar Goes To...

So many gorgeous gowns drifted onto the red carpet last night.  Here are some of my favorites...
Gwyneth Paltrow, who just so happens to be made for this color
Jennifer Lawrence in a body hugging Calvin Klein
Halle Berry in a dreamy, frothy frock
Scarlett Johannson...maybe it's the color but I think it works
Amy Adams...stunning in this sapphire gown
Anne Hathaway, Dress 1
Penelope, Penelope, Penelope. This photo simply does not do her justice. Straight up va va va VOOM!  This is also a woman who had a baby. A month ago.
In my eyes, Reese Witherspoon can do no wrong.  You can't accuse her of being fashionably daring, but what she wears, she wears well.  And I love her 60's retro Barbie hair.
Sandra Bullock. Fabulous color, fabulous cut, fabulous figure to show it all off. Can you tell red was THE color last night?

Friday, February 4, 2011

sunday funday

I'm embarrassed to say that when someone recently asked me who I thought was going to win the Super Bowl, I had to ask who was playing. I had no clue at all.  Zero. 

Living in the South usually means you are tied to a college football team {people here will actually plan weddings around big's true} but pro football typically isn't as big of deal. 

What IS really fun about these events though is the social aspect and the food! And since this doesn't happen every weekend, I don't think about silly things like calories or fat grams. So this, my dear readers, is what I'm looking forward to this weekend...

Bakerella Chocolate Oreo Football Truffles
If that looks too involved, take this route instead...
Betty Crocker Football Brownies
Sur la Table has football shaped cookie cutters for less than a dollar. Find them here.

Or maybe you want cupcakes...that look like little hamburgers! 
Bakerella Hamburger Cupcake Brownies
Don't have a sweet tooth?  Try this...
Buffalo Chicken Dip

Images Sources 1, 2, 3 and 4