Friday, March 30, 2007

Serious Sequins

If wishes were kisses...

I'd wear this stellar dress to the fancy party I get to attend tonight. Talk about starting the weekend off with a bang! I just know I'd have an amazing weekend strutting around town in it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sofas Suck

I've been sofa shopping non-stop for the past week. I'm aversive to the word alone -- sofa. It sounds like some huffalump just heaved/sagged itself into my living room with a big 'ugh' of a sigh {which is my main complaint about sofas in general}. I'm not the biggest fan of sofas that look comfortable, so much as a fan of sofas that are comfortable. These are the finalists, {I think}.
Overlapping Squares: Top left. I love the open feel and white finish. Plus, I can order the cushions in a darker color. However, it's actually a I want/need one?
Griffiths: Top right. I think it has the right combination of comfort/modern. But is this color too light? I can special order it in other colors though.
Tulane: Bottom left. This is a great, modern sofa. Not in this color, but a black and white tweed. But I worry that it doesn't have any cushions or arms on it.
Petrie: Bottom right. I've been in love with this one for a while. But it doesn't really come in a color that I'm in love with. Also, it is the one that least matches my current furniture.
Penny for your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


I recently went to a book reading at Books of Wonder (cutest childrens book store), which is conveniently attached to the Cupcake Cafe. My sister, Lane, pointed out that it's like a Barnes & Noble, but for kids. So true.

I have visions and hopes and dreams and lay awake at night thinking about opening my own bake shop one day. If I ever do, I hope it's as awesome as this place is. Check out those cupcake showgirls -- I'm not sure what I love most -- the garters, the tutus, the seashell adorned stage, or the eyelashes! Their baked goods in the case look pretty good too -- not to be upstaged by their more flamboyant counterparts on the big stage!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Nick Olsen is sharing how his garden grows! I'm sooper dooper excited about this Time Out New York article detailing how to wallpaper your fridge. I could do patterns of silver bells, or cockleshells, or pretty maids in a row! Ever since seeing his spread in Domino, I've seriously contemplated doing this on multiple occasions. YES!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Good Jobs

As if the ice cream scoops job could get any better! I am borderline maniacal when it comes to food presentation. After all, I am my mothers {professional cook/caterer extraordinaire} daughter. Yesterday, I tried my baking hand at my sisters Neiman Marcus cookie recipe. It reminded me how much I truly adore my cookie scoop.

It's so satisfying how evenly shaped and uniformly sized they turn out. Lined up in neat rows, like good little cookie soldiers. I'm a big fan of smaller cookies, and not a big fan of hand rolling, so it suits me perfectly. Sometimes though, I get carried away and want to scoop my dough into a dessert bowl, and cover it with chocolate sauce! I froze 120+ cookie scoops {for future use}...maybe I will. Ok Ok, I already did!

Friday, March 23, 2007


When we moved into our apartment last fall, boxes full of blankets, books, and knick knacks filled most of our living room. After a few weekends spent scouring the city, we spiffed things up and got comfortable.

Right before we went home for Christmas, we decided we didn't really love anything. So out the door it went! Now, with April looming on the horizon, we still haven't done much with the space. Sometimes I wish my sister, Ashley, lived closer. She is the most amazing interior designer, which I am definitely not. Since we'll be in town for a bit, I've spent much time perusing the www, with visions of color schemes dancing in my head. Most of my stuff is black and white, so I just need some real punch. I've been drawn to reds and soft blues, but kind of scared of such a tenacious color combination. Plus, getting things to your home in the city is beyond an inconvenience and ridiculously time consuming. So this time, things must come here to stay!

Enter: the picture above. It has calmed my fears and renewed my hopes. While just a tad traditional (and not quirky enough) for my tastes, it still has that fresh, warm feeling I love. I've found my weekend plan!

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Can't get enough of this JC Penney (!?!) ad. Debuted during the Oscars, and it's been true love ever since. So clever, every scene a nod to cinematic genius. I want to play it every morning and make it my daily mantra. Today's the day to feel like a star!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wind Farm

This is one of my favorite parts of Palm Springs. I'm fascinated, face plastered against the window, every time we drive by. I want my own garden, where I can plant some seeds, and in a few months little windmills sprout up. Sometimes I wish I had the wanderlust of a child again, where I would actually believe that could happen.

P.S. I would subtitle this 'A Saturday, A Diet Coke, and a Slight Sunburn', like Lori once titled a post about St. George, Utah. That would also apply here. In fact, it applied to the whole trip. Like Lori said, HEAVEN.

Monday, March 19, 2007

It's A Winner won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. We braved the bad weather this weekend to check it out. Soooo worth it. Thrilling. Lonely. Glamorous. Engaging. Poignant. A must see.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Charmed, I'm Sure

I've always been one for doo-dad or knick-knack looking things. Lately, I'm totally in love with the Travel Charm Necklace collection at Urban Outfitters. Sort of a modern play on the charm bracelet. Great to mix and match. Show some personality. Perfect for layering or wearing alone. Such a simple way to add that little something extra.

Double Happiness

2 Cheeseburgers. 2 Fries. 1 Diet Coke, 1 Strawberry Shake. Happiness in a box.
Word on the street is you Utahns are getting one in St. George...sometime. Lucky Dogs!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Leo and Me

Ahh, this is just how I like it. I'm the center of the universe and celebrities and world leaders revolve around me. I don't even know who most of these people are, but people mistake me for Asian quite a bit, so I guess they have been validated. Leo is a pretty amazing actor, plus he's green, so I'll stick with him. And I'll take Sienna Miller, as long as I can have her closet too.

Point, Set, Match!

I love tennis. While in Palm Springs, we go to the Pacific Life Open, the 5th largest tennis tourney, next to the 4 Grand Slams. We sit on the front row and get to shmooze with the likes of Federer (flawless), Roddick (so hot right now, and he's not messing around with that killer serve), Sharapova (unpredictable, but she wears cute outfits), Nadal (his serving arm is huge), Hantuchova (new favorite), Agassi (2 years ago), Ljubicic (Looba, looba!) and Kendrick (another new favorite). We had to leave before the finals, but it's on ESPN2, so I'll get my fill.
It is so friendly and mannerly. What's not to love about a sport where people politely whistle (instead of boo) at a call they think is unfair, ladies and gents sip champagne from straws in mini bottles, girls get to be athletic and wear skirts at the same time, it's practically required that you wear your favorite hat, and everyone talks about the latest tennis fashions?
I'm thinking I just might pull out a racquet, get some cute new digs, and start swinging again. I only played a teensy bit in my younger years, so I think I might need some lessons again. I'm a bit rusty, but at least I'll look good trying!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Old Souls

We made our yearly trek to Palm Springs to 'practice being old' as Grant likes to say. Our senior schedule involves waking up to bright sunshine just in time to catch the early bird special at Coco's Restaurant. Shopping at estate sales. Napping by the pool in the afternoon. Playing some twilight golf. 5 0'clock dinner at Cheesecake Factory. Watching tennis stars with our old friends under the starry skies. Returning home with just enough time for a quick dip in the hot tub. Retiring for a good night sleep.

All this while wearing big sunglasses, boat shoes, and sunscreen, the mid-century architecture flying by as we're cruising around in the convertible in 90 degree heat. Palm Springs charges us up with plenty of geriatric juice to make it through the rest of cloudy March and dreary April. Thank you Palm Springs with your swaying palms, amorphous pools, and mature residents, for helping us live our golden years in your glorious sunshine and style!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Click Click

Dorothy got it right on. Staying in a well-kept, spacious home. Lounging around with sisters. Pedicures with Pam. Home-cooked meals. Late night chat-fests with girlfriends. There really is no place like home. I wish I could click my bejeweled ruby stiletto heels about once a month.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Got My Eye On The Sky

If wishes were kisses...

I'd snatch up this NY penthouse on the park with 360 degree views of Manhattan. Occupying the top three floors of the famed Pierre Hotel, it's got 5 bedrooms and 7 baths. Oh, to think of the space, the glorious open space! My own French Chateau in the city! I'd have sleepover parties with all my friends, and we'd run up and down the halls in party dresses, hula hoop on the tables, and swing from the chandeliers. We'd take a dip in the pool too. It's priced to sell at $70,000,000. That's a monthly payment of $436,923. It's definitely not affordable, but absolutely wishable!