Monday, April 25, 2011

packing up: toronto

I am heading out for a much needed getaway tomorrow, to T O R O N T O ! I have never been and I'm really excited the check it out. We're driving up, so we'll be stopped at Niagara Falls too (which I have also never seen). The photos above are all of the Gladstone Hotel, where we're staying. It's a historic Victorian hotel that has been revived with a lot of creativity—each room was made over by different local designers and architects. The rooms are just stunning and some are tightly themed (see: Teen Queen room). You can see photos and even some video tours of the rooms on their site. I won't tell you which one is ours but I'll post pictures when we get there ;) I'm looking forward to being away from work, doing a little shopping, hitting up the casinos for some slots, eating (of course), and exploring the islands off Toronto. I'll be taking lots of pictures (we basically got a new camera for this trip) so I'll post them when we get back.

Cross your fingers that the rain stops for us!

Monday, April 18, 2011

DIY: Pom Pom Flowers

Since winter, the glass jars on my mantle have held some white glittery berries and branches, and now that it's warming up outside they looked really out of place. I saw a post somewhere online about making pom pom flowers and have been meaning to make them ever since. This weekend I finally had the time, so I made them today and included photos so you can see how I did it.

My living room walls are a pretty bright pear color, so I chose a summery orange and offset it with white. I might add some other colors in eventually but wanted to start simple. In case I was inept at making these, I didn't need five pounds of yarn laying around :)

First, wrap the yarn (loosely—don't cut off your circulation!) around two fingers for a medium 2" pom pom. Three fingers will give you a larger pom pom, and one finger makes a smaller pom pom.

Keep wrapping. For a two-finger pom pom, I wrapped the yarn about 60-70 times; 50 for a small; and 80-100 for a large. It's really up to you—the more you wrap, the fluffier the pom will be.

Carefully pull the yarn from your fingers and set it down. Cut a 4-6" length of yarn from the spool and lay it flat on the table; place the wrapped yarn on top in the center.

Wrap the string around the bundle and tie it as tightly as you can—this is key. Double knot it to secure it, and trim the excess of the strand.

With a pair of fabric shears (or sharp scissors) snip the loops along the edges; go all the way around to cut all the loops.

Fluff the pom pom to fill any gaps. The edges will be shaggy—you can leave them as is, or trim them like I did to make a cleaner shape.

To make the stem, I used dowel rods and wrapped them in the same color yarn as the flower. You can really use whatever you want for the stem—a stick from outside, some thick wire, etc. I used double-sided tape at the both ends of the rod to secure the yarn. I trimmed them into all different sizes, as the jars I have are different heights.

Use a hot glue gun to glue the pom onto the stem; I put a wad of glue on the stem and stuck the pom on wherever there was a sparse area that I didn't want showing.

Repeat as needed, and you're done. You get a cheery bouquet that never dies or needs water! The poms alone would also make great gift toppers or look cute all strung together in a happy banner. Now that I know how to make them I'm hoping to try some other variations.

Friday, April 15, 2011

the morning

The perfect Friday night song, it's oozy, dark and nocturnal, and sexy as all hell. You can download The Weeknd's full mixtape, House of Balloons, for free here. You're going to want to pay attention to these guys, the hype is going to get crazy.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I love everything about this band and have serious girl crushes on all of them . This is a personal fave and this video is so pretty.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

in love with: my windsor oxford

I've had my eye on the elusive Windsor Oxford since the girls over at Design Sponge mentioned it in a bike-centric post. It seemed the perfect combination of good looks, classic styling, and FUNCTION—which for me is the winning combo. I already had a bike, a beautiful black and white Schwinn cruiser, that I got as a birthday gift from my mom back in college. It was love at first sight with it. I rode it around campus all the time.

(nice right? the thing rides like a Cadillac)

But within the last few years, I've gotten accustomed to riding farther and farther, and more often, for all those short trips and errands. I need to be able to conquer hills, feel nimble and quick riding in the streets, and be able to pedal my ass off when Jim is flying ahead of me. So when I saw the Oxford, it felt like a true match for what I needed. But I didn't buy, I just looked and drooled and coveted and hoped I would win the lottery.

Then Friday, I did.

I thought it was an April Fools joke. Somehow, my sneaky little boyfriend had ordered the bike, taken it to get assembled, and rolled it into our apartment without me having the slightest clue. I guess I had talked about it enough that he knew the color I wanted (a classic navy), and got help from my sister in getting the right size.

There were obviously a lot of tears at first but then I got really excited to ride it. We had plans on Friday night so we decided to take it out for its maiden voyage the next morning. We rode to Century Cycles to get some accessories, and then rode back to Lakewood to get brunch. The whole ride was about seven miles, and the bike rode like a dream. It was amazing to have different gears to ride in, and to have a frame that was light enough to not wear me out (my cruiser weighs a whopping 40 pounds). This is definitely a bike for getting shit done.

(headband, hood, scarf, was cold)

My new-bike-joy is in full swing and it's perfect timing for the (albeit slowly) warming temps. So if you see me on the road this summer, 1) wave 2) don't hit me 3) meet me at whiskey island, that's probably where I'm headed.