Sunday, May 10, 2015

Anthropologie Birthday Party

The Anthropologie on the Upper East Side threw a special birthday party last month for any Anthro members celebrating birthdays in April.  It seemed like a cute concept and I love a discount; so I went to the event after a long day at work.

There were Prosecco cocktails that you could sip while trying on clothes and an adorable candy station

This top is bananas
My new spring dress!  Only downside is it's dry clean only.
Cute new maxi skirt - love shopping with a cocktail in hand!
I spent waaay too much money for my birthday at Anthropologie, but I love that they treat their loyal customers well!

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Tomato-Glazed Meatloaves with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf has never been my thing, but my husband loves it.  I decided to try a recipe for it from the cookbook The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.  It was fantastic!

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is new to our home and this was the first recipe we tried from it (note all the post-its marking other recipes I want to try).
The finished product next to the picture from the cookbook - tasted better than it looked!
A mouthful of meatloaf and mashed potatoes - very flavorful and hearty!

Sunday, March 29, 2015


I bought some succulents at Trader Joe's for a shelf in our living room, and I'm quite pleased/think it adds good energy:

Trader Joe's Crispy Cookies Filled with Belgian Chocolate

Trader Joe's Crispy Cookies Filled with Belgian Chocolate are essentially Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, but better.

Trader Joe's Crispy Cookies Filled with Belgian Chocolate

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Breakfast Pizza

I finally got to be lazy and sleep in this morning!  After having my coffee in my pajamas, I finally decided to make breakfast around 1 p.m.  I felt inspired to make breakfast pizza.
Owly morning coffee in Nick and Nora PJ's with Anthropologie mug

I sauteed onion and frozen spinach together and lightly baked Trader Joe's pizza dough with olive oil at 400 degrees for about two minutes before using Trader Joe's pizza sauce, a blend of cheeses, oregeno, garlic powder, and spinach blend on pizza.  I then hollowed out three holes in this conglomaration to put three eggs.

Then I put the entire pizza back in the overn for 10 minutes.  After ten minutes, the eggs still weren't cooked so I jacked our crappy oven up to 450 degrees and put the pan at the very back of the oven for three more minutes.  Now we were talking and I took the pizza out, grated parmesan over it and ground some pepper on top, then put it back in the oven at 400 degrees for another couple of minutes.

After removing the pizza and letting it cool for two minutes, we dug in to our delicious breakfast.

Newest Wall Art Addition: Fireworks at Ryogoku by Ando Hiroshige from ART.COM

I mentioned in a previous post that when we were in Washington, D.C. we fell in love with the Japanese artist Kiyochika's work; especially his prints featuring nighttime themes that used beautiful shades of blue.  Unfortunately, there are not good prints of his works available; so I finally gave up and started looking for similar works by other Japanese artists.  I wanted blues, because that is the color we use the most in our bedroom and I think it's a nice relaxing nighttime color.  Fireworks at Ryogoku by Ando Hiroshige was the closest thing I could find to Kiyochika.

Poster's new home in our bedroom

ART.COM was great, the picture was 40% off and considering it included framing, very reasonably priced.  I am super happy with it, and it goes perfectly with the blue lamp we have from Gracious Home.  It also goes well with this adorable owl drawing we already had in the room.

Cute little owl drawing near new Anthropologie carved wooden jewelry box in turquoise* - the blues are starting to pull the room together just in time for us to hopefully move this summer!
 *Whoever the current Anthropologie home section buyer is, you are doing an excellent job; same goes for Urban Outfitters.  I assume they are the same people.  I have spent around $250 in the last month on little house items from both stores.  Keep up the good work!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bits from the Week

Last weekend, I got my first gel manicure ever.  I chose Essie's Amusing Bouche as it is subtle and similar to Madoiselle. 

My nails day 1
A week later, still looking good
I also got my hair cut this week and grabbed a quick dinner at Panera beforehand.

Chicken Caesar salad and broccoli cheddar soup
My wine of choice lately is the 2010 Château Recougne Bordeaux Supérieur, and my husband and I split a couple of bottles over the course of the week to get through these last (hopefully) few days of winter.