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Deck the Halls, and Walls, and …

Now that we’re officially into December, I’m allowing myself to get into a festive mood. I’m normally a Grinch by this time of year — one of the drawbacks to working in advertising, as I’ve been reading about reindeer since JULY.

But then, I felt a spark in my seasonal spirit as I scanned the aisles of local stores. The apartment was looking a little sad, so I put together a little winter wonderland to ward off Grinch-y tendencies.

Any Target or Walmart in your area should carry similar items. I was able to get everything for less than $150 — a steal, considering I was starting from scratch.

Best of all, it only took about two hours to get everything set up. That, of course, includes dropping six of the shatterproof ornaments and a bleeding “oopsie” moment.

Enjoy!

Garland hung vertically, with sparkly ribbon curls to hide the hanging wire.

My mini [artificial] tree has turquoise and silver, and brown and gold ornaments.

Store-bought toppers are too heavy, so a large silver bow caps it off.

 Under the tree are wrapped shoeboxes — the real presents are at my parents’ house.


 This inexpensive vase is filled with red and gold ornaments, plus matching bells.

 Silver and gold ornaments and bells replace my usual magazines in this IKEA bowl.

Metallic-dusted “wood” candles fill the space with warmth.

Maybe I’m a mini-Martha after all … minus the Band-Aids.

WO: Weekly Obsessions

This week has already been positively cray cray, and it only promises to get more hectic. Here’s what I’ve been perusing to keep myself in check:

Maxi Dresses: Easy and breezy, I’m all about this still-happenin’ style. Paired with sandals and a cardigan, they’re office-appropriate. Ditch the sweater and shoes for a statement necklace and wedges to stand out at night.

This Damn Song: After appearing in a few commercials (and my head for the past 28 hours), I can confidently say that I still adore “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous. It’s catchy and so stinkin’ cute.

Ladybug Push Pins: I got these for my desk a while back, and they still bring a smile to my face each day. Yes, I work in a cubicle. No, I am not confined to these walls. A memo or sticky note is just so much more pleasant when secured with ‘em.

Moustaches: After celebrating my roomie’s birthday with a full-on ‘Stache Bash, I’ve acquired quite the collection of upper-lip art. From those Urban bandages to this corkscrew (available at Target for $10), funny facial hair is a new fave. I just need to find my very own Wooly Willy.

Hope you and yours are having a splendid week!

All that Glitters

Even though I’m a beer- and sports-obsessed chick, I still have my moments of girlishness where I freak over sparkly things. Yes, glitter is the herpes of craft supplies. But, it makes everything so pretty. Imagine my delight when I found these:

Wish I had $94 lying around for this guy.

These mini cuppycakes look almost too good to eat. Almost.

If you know me, you know I can’t resist a one-shoulder piece.

Add shimmer to your eyes for instant drama.

I just saw “Mamma Mia!” live, and I am in love with this Dancing Queen Bolero.

In the words of the great lyricist Lil’ Weezy, “Get your shine on.” Just refrain from overdoing it … only GaGa can pull off head-to-toe glitter.

And for the love of God, do not come in contact with this “Glitter.” Yikes, bikes.

Witty in Fitty: The Debut

I don’t always have a lot to say — shocking, I know — so this calls for what I’m now dubbing “Witty in Fitty.” 50 words (or less), and I’m already at 31. Crap.

Drooling over these; recipe here

Adore ShakeItPhoto app, via Jonathan Fleming

 

Must-have from Urban = love

Fin!

WO: Weekly Obsessions

Sometimes (a lot of times), my brain is all over the place and — have you guys seen “Bad Teacher” yet? Right, where was I? Ahh, yes … here’s what I currently can’t get enough of, in no particular order, because my life is in constant dis-order.

Pugs: When I was little, our neighbors had a pug named Porter. I was dying to love him and squeeze him and take him home with me. Here we are 20ish years later, and I planned to steal a pug I met this weekend. Hector, you’re mine. I officially need a dog.

This Cake: A fab co-worker and her husband are todes mcgodes the culinary dream team of the year. Their patriotic cake was not only delicious, but it looked freaking fantastic. Compliments to the chefs — and thanks for sharing with the birthday girl!

Zen Motivation: When life gets too cray cray, I have to remind myself to take a step back and breathe. This poster is perfect for doing just that, and the vintage feel (+ price tag, hello!) = perfection. Check out KeepCalmPosters’s shop on etsy to see the various styles.

Old-School Blink 182: One of my favorite bands ever, Blink keeps coming up on my iPod — and I’m not complaining. The lyrics were great, the videos were hysterical, and I think we can all agree that a reunion tour is in order.

Side note: If anyone wants to buy me a pug as a belated birthday gift, I will name him after you. His middle name, granted, but it’s the best I can do when you are so late with a gift.

Down the Rabbit Hole

We’re all familiar with the story of Alice and her time in Wonderland. You may have seen the Disney version as a child, or you may have been captivated by Tim Burton’s take. One thing’s for sure, either way: The girl’s got style.

From whimsical designs to high-energy lyrics, it seems like Alice and crew are popping up everywhere. Just today, I received an invite for a bridal shower that was Alice-inspired.

The Queen of Hearts is one of my favorite characters, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll” will make you want your own army. I added it to my gym playlist to keep me going — I just can’t stop moving when I hear a beat like this.

Betsey Johnson is known for her eclectic design aesthetic, and her watch collection is no exception. I received the silver version for Christmas, and I purchased this black one a few months later. Obsessed much? The numbers are too fanciful to pass up. Try eBay to snag your own at a great price.

Weddings don’t have to be stuffy affairs when you’ve got a bride with Alice fever. Though from different events, this cake and entryway are perfect for celebrating the child in us all.

 

Finally, this creation is just too amazeballs to not purchase. anthropologie rarely disappoints, and this one-lump-or-two lamp is a perfect conversation piece. I happen to know someone’s birthday is coming up … wonder who will be gifting this to her?

Whatever your take on Wonderland may be, can we at least all agree that Johnny Depp should only wear makeup as Captain Jack Sparrow?

VERSUS

I mean, is there really any comparison?

Bonus video: Since I mentioned him, I have to include The Lonely Island’s genius hit. Now back to the good part!


Summer Sips

Memorial Day kicks off the start of sandals, swimsuits and surf (for the rest of the country … let’s be honest, that started four months ago in Florida). So, here are some of my favorite cocktail recipes to beat the heat with — little drink umbrella required.

“Cosmopolitan” Trendy Summer Drink

This was  recently served at a friend’s going-away barbecue, and I couldn’t get enough. So light and refreshing!

Ingredients

  • Orange, lemon or lime, cut into wheels
  • Ice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup light beer

Preparation

  1. Add citrus wheels to a pitcher, then fill a third of it with ice.
  2. Add vodka, lemonade and ginger ale.
  3. Top with the beer.

Cherry Lemon Drop

My drink of choice this past weekend, this one will have you going back for seconds — and fifths!

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 bottle cherry vodka
  • 1 bottle lemonade
  • Superfine sugar, on a small plate

Preparation

  1. Rub lemon wedge around the rim around each glass. Put wedge aside.
  2. Roll rim of the glass in superfine sugar.
  3. Shake off excess sugar over sink or trash can.
  4. Mix 1 part cherry vodka, two parts lemonade in glass. Top drink with lemon wedge.

Super-Easy Sangria 

Your summer just isn’t complete without the Spanish-inspired flavors of sangria. Delicioso!

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 bottle of chilled red wine
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 shot brandy
  • 2 cups ginger ale or club soda

Preparation:

  1. Add ice to the pitcher first, and then pour wine into it.
  2. Squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine.
  3. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy.
  4. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
How do you cool off in the summer? Post your favorite drink recipes, and I’ll be sure to taste test them for everyone. Cheers!