Wednesday, February 29, 2012

As Promised...

Not that this is uber exciting, but as promised here are the pics of my stellar (not) bonus room.  I had much clearer photos on my camera, but it is a new fancy schmancy camera and I couldn't figure out the memory card this morning before I left for the office.  So I took some iffy Blackberry photos quick-like this morning.  The room is a total disaster area; I use it for storage right now.  The washer and dryer are tucked away in a closet in there, so I have laundry all over to fold.  Typically, I am not this large of a pig, but I feel having an ugly room that has no real use gives me permission to be one!

So not great images, but you get the picture, right? 
Majorly uggo, eh?
Changes are a comin', stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bonus Room Redux

As I was entering into spring, my goal was to start renovation on my kitchen.  Well, not so much because of this little gal...
My sweet Harlow decided to eat a bunch of mulch and sticks and then proceeded to ingest a wreath bow, which got tangled in the sticks and mulch and could not move through the stomach, intestines and colon.  Long story short, she has had 2 surgeries (almost lost her once), canine sepsis (hence the drain hanging out of her) and has had to get over several hurdles (high blood pressure, low body temp, fluid leakage risk, low protein, etc.).  Today should be the last day of real worry.  Her healing process internally should get stronger and stronger each day going forward.  Crossing my fingers that total crisis is averted.
Soooo, what this all means from a financial standpoint is that I have decided to tackle the bonus room first, on my own (as much as I can).  The bonus room is attached to the kitchen and the plan is to open up the kitchen to the bonus room and convert the bonus room into a dining/hearth room.  The room currently consists of disgusting old Berber carpet that was never installed properly and gray-ish faux wood paneling.  I will post photos tomorrow of the sheer ugliness that is my bonus room.  Blaaaah! 

Here are a few items that are lending me some wonderful inspiration for the transformation of this current space blunder. 

What do you think?
What is your next project? 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscars: Red Carpet Recap

For the first time in years I can't remember a red carpet so full of hits, and so void of misses.  Red, white and black seemed to rule the night, but it was that green dress that went straight to #1 for me. 
Viola Davis in Vera Wang. Straight up HOT!  This emerald beauty with the beaded bust line and the ruffled, pleated train blew me away.  My absolute favorite of the night.

Rooney Mara in  a romantic gossamer white Givenchy.  Stunning. 

Michelle Williams in a peplumed, coral beauty by Louis Vuitton. 

Is that a glimpse of the old Angie, full of piss and vinegar? 
I've kind of missed her. Kind of. 

Gwyneth, you killed it in Tom Ford, baby cakes. 

I love Emma.  She is fresh and fun.  Now, if I just could have done a little bowectomy on that dress, I would have been right on board with the look!

Oh Octavia, I love that you are true blue to your Tadashi Shoji.  He has done you right at every turn.

Another one of my absolute favs was Ellie Kemper, in Armani PrivĂ©.    
Rose Byrne, in Vivienne Westwood with Chanel.  Those Bridesmaids may have been filthy in the film, but they sure do clean up good!  

J.Lo will remain timeless to me.  I think she is going to be a Sofia Loren, gorgeous until the end of time.

Funny and pretty, Tina Fey looks smashing in Carolina Herrera.  Apparently, Carolina picked her out of everyone to wear her design.  And, those Bulgari earrings jewels--Yowza!  

And finally, this...

to this...

Ryan honey, you are a saint.  You look handsome even when covered in pancake batter!  God love you!
Images via Style and Google Images

Who was your favorite of the night? 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Fantasy

Capetown, South Africa
On my travel hit list...someday
Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Everygirl!

Ladies, check out the new blog for The Everygirl.   Loving it!

Shipping Container Homes

Seriously, what will they come up with next?  Shipping containter homes may be one of the wildest concepts in living and architectural design I've seen to date. 

Adam Kalkin, a New Jersey based architect, has found creative ways to use shipping containers that he is dubbing the "Quick House".  His designs range from luxury homes to small retail to refugee housing. 
He also lives in one! 
Shipping containers are Green, durable and inexpensive, they can be purchased for as low as $1,000. 
Check out some of his quirky and amazing transformations:

Shipping Container Guest House

Espresso Bar

 Images via
It is an interesting concept, but I only think I could wrap my head around the  espresso bar or the guest house (can only see this in an environment like Palm Springs, Las get the idea).  No matter, his designs are clean and modern which presents a very attractive setting.
What do you think?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Phillip Lim

Why is it we fall in love with things that are outrageously expensive? 
I am currently obsessed with Phillip Lim shoes and handbags. 
They are so choice.
So simple and elegant.
Enjoy the views...
31 Hour Bag (Nude & Black)

31 Minute Bag (White)

Lark Tote (Nude)

31 Minute Bag (Limon)

Lynus Mini Envelope with Fringe (Black/Blue and Brown, Black and Blue Fringe)

Cody Half D'Orsay with Ankle Strap (White)

Domina Ankle Strap Flat Sandal (Silver)

Kay T-Strap Flat Sandal (Mulit)

Spring 2012 Runway is none too shabby either...

All images via Phillip Lim

Which one is your fav?

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