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5 Good Things for Your Weekend

Good Mornin!  I hope you guys are doing what I’m doing right now: wrapped up in a blanket with a piping hot cup of coffee, a stack of “literature” (otherwise known as design mags – oozie), watching the sun glisten and quietly creep up and dance on everything it touches, and listening to this morning playlist (it’s good, I swear – click the link or the pic below and hit play).

OR, maybe you just had your toddler throw a Lego truck at your head, and your younger nugget is screaming at the sort of pitch that opens garage doors.  Which also sounds super fun.  Either way – here are a few things I loved this week and wanted to share (click photos for sources!)

1.  MAKE THIS FOR DINNER TONIGHT (and serve it with a bottle of Meomi Pinot Noir – $18 at Trader Joe’s)

2.  BRASS LANTERNS = EASY HOUSE UPDATE: I saw these bad boys while I was taking a quick spin through West Elm this week after work.  They’re super versatile and really good-looking in person.  3 Ways to use ‘em this fall:

(1) Grab 2 bigguns and pop on either side of the mantle (if you don’t have sconces up there) – or you can also put them down on the hearth.

(2) Grab 4 of ‘em (maybe 2 large, 2 small) and sit them out on your graduating front porch steps – like these.

(3) Pop a pair of ‘em on the dining table.  If you wanna go super crazy and festive, you can fill the area around the candle with mini gourds – the cream and funky colored ones.

3.  TREAT YO’SELF: To this amazing bauble – Vintage Glam Necklace from Majestical Jewelry.  People will tell you they love it, then sigh and say, “but it must’ve been $200 from J.Crew…  right?”  Wrong.  It’s under $30 and looks like a million bucks.

4.  MOODY MANI: I think I might wanna take this cobalt lacquer for a spin…  right?  So fun for fall!

5.  REMEMBER THESE WORDS, when and if things get tough.  They are true.  I had a very wise friend tell me earlier this Spring (when my life was in upheaval) that there will always be happy times, and there will also always inevitably be sad times… so knowing that everything is cyclical, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to just try and always be at peace.  That made a lotta sense to me.

Have a great weekend!!!

xoxo,

Dear Santa, From Karrie (Version 2012)

Dear Santa, here we are again, one year later.  Me and you.  Old pals.  I’m pretty sure this year I’m as deserving as ever of getting each and every one of the gifts my tender heart desires.

I’m always good to my friends (oopsie… Haylo Steph!).  I always behave in a dignified manner.  Like a lady.  I always act my age.

Without further ado, here’s a smattering of the things I’m hankering for this year!:

1. The Microdelivery Peel from Philosophy, because I’m *ahem* in my 30s and conscious of keeping my skin nice and healthy, and because HEY, you can never spend too much time purtifying your skin, right?  And THIS stuff’s supposed to work wonders.  It smoothes out rough skin and perks up a dull and splotchy skin tone. DONE.

Also available at Sephora

2. Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita.  It’s been five months since my mom and I traveled to Italia, and yet, I just can’t shake the “dolce vita”-ness from my psyche.  It grabs onto you and doesn’t quite let go so easily.  Giddily, I recently discovered a new book from one of my all-time favorite photographers, Slim Aarons, and it’s chalk full of the most lush, magnificent shots of Italy.

3. Two newish decor books: Kathryn M. Ireland’s Timeless Interiors and Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera. One designer is Cali cozy-meets-globe trekker chic (and a bit cray, if you watch her on Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo). The other loves eclectic, vintage glamour (and was the subject of one of our first Designer Spotlights).

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4. Two more books – but this time, fiction: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger and Mortality by Christopher Hitchens.  One’s a tale of a new married couple at the beginning of their journey together.  The other, a memoir from beloved and at times controversial writer Hitchens as he was battling cancer.

5. A Mophie Juice Pack Air.  Allow me to enter dork mode for just a moment, por favor.  Now this gets me excited.  The Mophie is this little external battery you attach to your phone, and recharges your batter by 150%!  It also doubles as a nifty case, so it protects too!  Git on it, people.

The super light recharger mirrors the aesthetic of your phone

6. A 10-pack of classes to Yoga Hop.  Because my chakras need some hip hop from time to time while I’m doing my downward dogs, and because having to deal with the holier than thou employees at my old yoga spot – which rhymes with Shmoga Shmorks – brings to mind, every time, this scene below from Bridesmaids:

7. Barefoot Contessa’s new book Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust - Because I love her.  Because her recipes are warm, comforting, just the perfect touch of elegance mixed with cozy ‘Merican dishes.  I heart you, Ina Garten.

And that’s it! What are y’all putting on your lists this Chreeshmosh?!

“Only one thing in the world could’ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.” – Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

xoxo,