I'm Thankful For...

...So many things! Hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!!


Vampire Games

Okay, I know I'm a little behind. I just finished the first book Twilight on Sunday...but I am dying of curiousity...how was the movie? Did it live up to it's unrealistic expectations?

I could hardly put the book down, which I found can often translate to disappointment on the silver screen. But then again, I never thought I'd be sucked in by a teenage vampire romance, so I guess anything is possible.



Single No More

Can it be true?? Rumor has it that this Leatherhead, John Krasinski, is off the market, with Merrill Streep's #1 assistant from the Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt. Guess this office sweetie couldn't stay on the market forever. Too bad, so sad... image/reserveresult

Don't We Look Good Together

Can you say va va VOOM! Wow, when Mad Men heartthrob John Hamm and Australian model Catherine McNeil get together, sparks fly! These two beautiful people are joining forces for the December issue of Vogue with their blast from the past photoshoot. All I can say is, man they look good together!


Long Weekend

I can now say I've been to the Midwest! I took a long weekend and jetted back to "the middle" with my boyfriend for some Big-10 football! We hit up his alma mater, Purdue University for their big rivalry game versus I.U.

It was such a fun weekend, we toured the campus, enjoyed the college bar scene, tailgated with the best of them, and cheered on the victorious Boilermakers, winning (62-10)! After watching a dissapointing season of Washington football, it was nice to enjoy a winning team for once! Aside from the below freezing temperatures (brrr, which I am so not used to), it was an amazing weekend!

On Sunday we rose early to drive back to Chicago and spent the afternoon enjoying some deep dish pizza and seeing the sights. This morning I am a little exhausted, but it's definitely worth it!

images/footballposters & oracle

Honey Will You Set The Table?

A little inspiration for your Thanksgiving table...

Hello Pumpkin

Bored with basic pumpkin pie? Check out these recipes for a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie flavor, just in time for your Thanksgiving table.

Anyone up for a pumpkin cocktail?
Vanilla Pumpkin Pie
2 parts Absolut Vanila vodka
1 part pumpkin schnapps
Splash of cream
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Pumpkin Martini
1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
1 tsp whipped cream
cinnamon stick for garnish

Directions:Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup. Shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.



This is how I feel right about now...hosting parent teacher conferences have me wiped out. Going to cozy up on the couch for the new 90210, and go to bed early. (big sigh)...see you all tomorrow. image/ffffound


My family tends to do this rum-soaked cranberry dish which I have never really acquired a taste for...since I'm doing Thanksgiving with the other relatives this year, I think I'm going to attempt this recipe...sounds ultra-fruity and delicious!


Orange You Excited

With two of my good friends newly engaged, bridal shower season has arrived once again. I'm inspired by this chocolate & orange color palette, it's a welcome shift from the traditional pastels typically associated with a spring shower for a summer wedding.

Create a menu of ridiculously rich chocolate cupcakes, orange slices drizzled with chocolate, and other sweet treats and you're good to go. Take advantage of the rich autumn colors, long stemmed orange blooms, patterned place cards. Inevitably, steer clear of the usual while aiming for the beautifully unusual, and you're bound to host a lovely time!


Dog Shots

Dog photographer extraordinaire Sharon Montrose has me longing for a dog! Our family dog Coco (may she rest in peace) passed away about 2 years ago this summer, and my sisters and I have been on my parents constantly to add a new furry friend to our family.

Who knows, maybe in a year or so when I attempt to buy my own place I'll splurge and get a canine BFF, I've always had a soft spot for German shepherds and yellow labs...


Happy Friday

Have a lovely, low-key weekend!


Clutch and Go

I want this clutch! A stylish way to add a little bloom to your winter wardrobe.

Lively One

I may just be Gossip Girl's biggest fan - this guilty pleasure of a TV show is my favorite Monday night treat. Take a gander at this lovely upper-Eastside "it-girl," Blake Lively, latest covergirl of W Magazine.

At a mere 21 years of age, she seems to possess the poise, grace and glamor of an old-fashioned Hollywood starlet...and, it doesn't hurt that she has luxuriously fabulous hair!


Hats Off

Hats off...well, actually hats on to Marc Jacobs whose show was a smashing success at Fashion Week. Anyone in the mood for a little hat? Honestly they're a little flat for my taste, kind of reminiscent of a modern My Fair Lady...anyone else feel that way?


Sake To Me

While I'm still acquiring a taste for sake, I couldn't resist this fabulously presented saketini. I might just recreate it simply for the architectural cucumber curly-cue!


Make Me a Mason

The rain has descended, the air is crisp, hot cider time has arrived. Have a few friends over and cozy up around the fire (or in my case...space heater) and warm your hands with some mulled spiced cider.

Feeling festive? Serve your spicy apple concoction in a mason jar for a down home, fresh-pressed-cider feel.


Is It Really Her?

Wowza! When I saw the new Vanity Fair cover I definitely did not recognize Kate Winslet as the baring all covergirl. I totally did a double take and went, wait...is that really Kate Winslet?? Apparently so. Winslet bares all, her cover commemorating the 10th-anniversary of the blockbuster that shot her to stardom, Titanic. Can you believe that movie debuted 10 years ago?? Phew...I remember seeing that in the theatre and bawling with my girlfriends, although looking back at my at-the-time high school self, I think dreamy Leo DiCaprio had something to do with it... images/vanityfair

Neighborhood Flair

The New York Times is giving Seattle a shout out with it's travel article, "Seattle's Quirkiest Neighborhoods." Quirky indeed, try the giant caveman statue clutching a VW bug underneath the Aurora bridge. There's definitely always something out of the ordinary to be discovered in our lovely Northwest corner...

Happy weekend!

via mrsbliss

Quite Frank

These cards made me laugh, I've love funny cards for every occasion, and it's always refreshing to get some sarcastic and honesty in a card, just because.

Pumpkin Fever

I love the dawn of pumpkin season. Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors!! Pumpkin spice in my latte, pumpkin cream cheese on my bagel, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds...the list is endless.

Itching to try out this Martha Stewart recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with cream cheese filling! Yum yum! I love fall!
Makes 12 whoopie pies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.
  3. Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.
  4. Make the filling: Sift confectioner' sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)
  5. Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.

You've Earned It

What do you think the Malia and Natasha Obama are more excited about - their dad being elected President...or earning a new puppy? My vote is the puppy. Better pet-proof the oval office. image via missjane /eatfreecake


Don't forget to vote...however you like! Happy Voting Day!


Hot Child in the City

It's official, Whit's taking the Big Apple by storm. Spotted: Whitney Port and her new NYC crew in the Meatpacking District, getting geared up for the new Hills spin-off. Have to say, loving the shoe collection Whit and her new BFF's are sporting... images/popsugar via thelilbee

My Dear Deer

Love these note cards, perfect for your dear, animal loving friend.