Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Daily Doodles: Feb 11–18

FEBRUARY 11: "Entrance" - our house

FEBRUARY 12: "Where you had lunch" - didn't get to go out today, but wish I went here!

FEBRUARY 13: "Walking"

FEBRUARY 14: "Love is..."

FEBRUARY 15: "What's in your fridge" - two delicious cupcakes from Great Scott's

FEBRUARY 16: "Perfect" - striped cotton flats

FEBRUARY 17: "What's in your hand" - always my phone

FEBRUARY 18: "Something you don't like" - mussels! Just can't do it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Meet Cooper

Hey everyone – how was your weekend? I'm off work today to enjoy some puppy love, as we have happily added this little bug to our household!

We brought home our long-awaited Wheaten Terrier puppy on Saturday, and he is such a lover. I can't get enough! He is honestly the softest, fuzziest thing I have ever felt. His first night of crate training went perfectly and we are still at zero accidents in the house (so far). I'm sure he'll give us our fair share of headaches down the road, but we're off to a great start.

His paws absolutely crack me up.
Running in the snow – loving his paw prints.
We can't wait for spring to come so we can take him hiking, biking, to the beach...you name it. Wheatens are really energetic, bouncy dogs so he'll be the perfect adventure pal. 

Needless to say I've been really preoccupied, even before his arrival, and I am totally behind on Daily Doodles and updates. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up today on my day off, with a napping pup by my side!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Day

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

I love this holiday – candy, cupcakes, flowers, sparkle – and of course, love :) We're heading out for dinner at Dante tonight, and will probably be in a dessert coma afterwards.

What are your plans for the day? Do you celebrate with gals, pals, or your main squeeze?

Also, you can find this awesome love banner DIY right here.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Daily Doodles: Feb 1–10

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I'm going to start posting Daily Doodles in bigger chunks (like a week at a time) to avoid too many repetitive posts. I post these daily on Instagram (follow me here), and although I want to share them on the blog, posting daily seems redundant. So here are the last ten days of doodles – enjoy! 

FEBRUARY 1: "Today"

FEBRUARY 2: "Words" - my favorite, oops!

FEBRUARY 3: "Something Purple"

FEBRUARY 4: "Hope"

FEBRUARY 5: "Something You Smelled" - my daily wear

FEBRUARY 6: "Soft"

FEBRUARY 7: "Your name"

FEBRUARY 8: "Something Orange" - still craving pumpkin pie every now and then

FEBRUARY 9: "Guilty Pleasure" - eating a whole box of these!

FEBRUARY 10: "3 o'clock" - spent the afternoon in a shopping coma

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shopped: Prabal Gurung for Target

Months of anticipation (and one great commercial) led up to this Sunday's launch of Target's most recent designer collab with Prabal Gurung. The lookbook dropped about a month ago and it was love at first sight – which is only appropriate as Gurung named this collection "LOVE." Full of romantic roses, exotic florals, high-contrast black and white, and a big shoe and accessory selection at great prices, I was hooked. 

The collection went live early Sunday morning (around 2am) and I stayed up to grab the online exclusives and to order any backup items in case my local stores weren't carrying my favorites. An early alarm and a few hours later, I got up to check out the store. I went in with a real plan of attack (and a fantastic shopping buddy) and was able to try on pretty much everything they had on the racks. Surprisingly, there were a lot of shoes in-store that were listed as online exclusives, so I ended up with a couple pairs of shoes (for better or worse)!

Oddly enough, the items I came home with weren't on my wishlist. That's what's so great about a lot of these collections — there are always a few dark horse pieces so it's great to experience the whole range in-store, and really get a feel for everything.

I never expected to like the lace-up heels, I thought they looked a little odd in the photos online — newsflash — they are amazing. I put them on and knew I couldn't leave without them.

This black blouse has a great tonal lace overlay on the front and back, and a faux-leather collar, so I knew I'd want it for upcoming fall/winter. It fit well and had a nice, long drape in the back.

When I saw that this dress had a drop-waist, I felt a little uneasy about how it might look — turns out, it didn't look weird at all. The upper portion is soft and just feels like a comfy tee, and the frill portion is a silkier fabric with some flirty movement to it. I absolutely loved this dress and the exotic pattern was even cooler in person. I'm glad that I also grabbed the sleeveless blouse in this same pattern online the night before. 

Not pictured are the ankle-strap heels in blue and neon yellow, which also found their way into my virtual (and real) shopping cart.

Overall, I was really pleased with the quality, prices, designs, and easy shopping experience. That's the bonus of living outside of the major cities, you don't have to fight anyone off because chances are, the store is empty :) I'm glad that this collection seemed to be a success for Prabal but also for Target, after the horrific flop that was the Neiman Marcus holiday collection. They needed something smashing and I think they got it.

(photo courtesy of brunch pal aka the style letters)

My shopping buddy and I celebrated a job well done with some pear mimosas and brunch at Market in Rocky River. We filled up on food and got a little morning buzz, and I promptly went home to pass out into a shopping-induced coma.

Did you guys check the collection out? What's left at your local stores?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine's Wishlist: For Her

It's no secret that I love Valentine's Day.

To me, it's more about candy, fun, and friends than it is romance — but I don't mind a little bit of that, either. It's the perfect excuse to gorge on a box of chocolates or Necco hearts—whether it be out of love or hate. Valentine's Day also celebrates one of the brightest, happiest color palettes, so I'll admit that a lot of these gift picks were chosen for their saturation (but also their amazingness)!

I realize that most of these things are super girly, but never fear — I have an equally manly wishlist coming later this week.

I'd love to hear how you celebrate your love (or hate) for V- day. What are your plans this year?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Paperman: A Short Film

Happy February, everyone! Aren't you glad January is over? It feels like such a fresh start in the beginning, with all of the momentum from the holidays rolling over, but after that it seems to drag on forever. February still means snow + cold over here, but at least it's a short little month and gets us closer to March.

This month, I'll be sharing some Valentine's gift ideas, a DIY or two, and of course, continuing with another month of Daily Doodles! This project has been a challenge to keep up with (as expected) but I'm finding it inspiring and beneficial to flex my drawing muscle every day – outside of work, that is.

So to kick off the month of LOVE, I wanted to share this little short from the folks at Disney. I saw it floating around online, and it's a lovely little 6-minute short that's going to warm anyone's heart. The animation technique is a new blend of traditional hand-drawn methods and digital animation, and the result is visually beautiful.

Enjoy – and have a great weekend!