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cy twombly

Cy Twombly isn't new to the art scene, but this is for those who don't know who he is. His pieces are typically on large, neutral-covered surfaces with scribbles and abstract images. He is very well known for incorporating messy calligraphy. I do admit that some of his pieces look as though…

what i'm lovin' wedenesday

1. Deborah Lippmann I wrote a bit about the new yellow color I added to my crowded polish collection in my "follow the yellow brick road" post, but I didn't want to leave out the other two colors I purchased today. They sparkle a little bit more, but there's nothing wrong with a l…

sweet tooth

I tend to get cravings for a little sugar in my tummy, but why does that one sliver of cake, bite of a cookie, or scoop of ice cream have to contain so many calories? If only the things I really enjoyed were healthy. I can either keep dreaming of the day sweets won't go directly to my thighs, o…

follow the yellow brick road

I ventured to Barneys New York today to pick some new hues by the nail guru, Deborah Lippman. There in the middle of the little rack of colorful glass bottles sat the perfect pop of yellow. I knew exactly what it was...Yellow Brick Road. My nails screamed out, "Paint me! Paint me!" all th…

lolla-puhlease?-a

I would like a plane ticket to Chicago and tickets to this.


Lykke Li, Portugal the Man, and Young the Giant?...and that's just to name a few. Eeps! Heavenly. Obviously the line-up had to be of epic proportions due to the festival's 20th anniversary. Now, it come down to getting there...

sunday spark

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
-Greg Anderson

jealous of jillian

I was eagerly waiting for SHAPE Magazine to arrive. Knowing that my inspiration, Jillian Michaels graced the cover was reason enough to continue peering in an empty mailbox around three times a day. Finally yesterday, there she was looking amazing in a white two-piece. That tummy is to die for. 

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be happy

Oddly enough, it's weird for me to grasp the concept of happiness, and this is coming from a girl who almost always has a smile on her face. Happiness can be overwhelming or sometimes fleeting. It's nothing you can grab onto and hold onto for dear life. It's a thought, a feeling, an emo…

lovin' lauren

It's always a treat to see your favorite celebs grace the cover of a magazine. So I snatched up this month's Allure and bee-lined to the check out line when I saw Lauren Conrad's pretty face on the front. I know I blog about her often, but I've been smitten with her since Laguna Bea…

femme de cirque

I have been having so much fun with nail polish this past week. I went from turquoise, to yellow, to hot pink. I've been all over the color spectrum. Vibrant colors are fun, but sometimes it's nice to have your fall-back neutrals. That's why OPI's collection, Femme de Cirque is righ…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Sushi
I can't seem to get enough of this yummy treat. I typically stick to the rolls because sashimi gives me the heebie jeebies, but squid salad and edamame are fair game.

2. Making amends
Holding grudges is incredibly draining. Life is much too short for that. It is far better to let go of …

getting back on track

I'm a little ashamed to admit I went a little off track the usual diet and exercise routine. A girl has got to take a break sometimes, but the slacking off and eating yummy, high-cal meals has taken it's toll on my body. It's definitely time to get back into the swing of healthy living.…

perks of puppies

It comes as no shock that I am an absolute dog lover. The word "lover" really doesn't even cut it when it comes to my obsession with the furry little critters. I've been laughed at numerous times by my friends as I carry on little conversations with Charlie, while cradling her lik…

s.o.m.l.

Sometimes I want to give a card to a friend, but Hallmark really just doesn't get it. I don't necessarily want to be sappy all the time, but would rather have a little sarcasm bring a smile to my friend's face. I'm not exactly keen on scanning the aisles of glittery cards with cursi…

festival fashion

Coachella came and went. While I've never attended, I always check out the lineup every year. In my opinion, this year's lineup wasn't exactly mind blowing, or one that I'd have to see. I don't doubt it was an amazing weekend, but I think I have a hard time believing any lineup …