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national photo month


May is National Photo Month. Stay tuned for useful photography advice ranging from how to improve the quality of your photos to wonderful resources to keep your memories somewhere other than your phone! But for now, enjoy the world’s cutest pup. I love you, Scout!

June 4, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Pooky - I can’t wait to hear these tips and tricks from my favorite photo pro! Thanks for giving us the insider’s scoop!

target for lilly: the aftermath

It’s been two weeks since the Lilly for Target launch. And I still remember my excitement thinking about all those Lilly for Target goodies. Reality hit me hard when I arrived eight minutes after the store had opened. All I saw were sad, empty racks and displays. Unfortunately, everything had flown off the shelves by 8:05 a.m. I learned two things about designer launches that day: fate does not reward laid-back shoppers, and shopping Lilly for Target is a full-on contact sport, not for the faint-hearted.

Thanks to the kindness of friends and family, I did end up with:


Let’s be real, though. Lilly for Target was nothing more than a glorified Lilly for Target pop up shop lasting only minutes! My neighbor aptly called it Lilly for EBay. Sadly, items were appearing on EBay within minutes of the launch going for three times the retail price–now that plain stinks! Some shoppers did have luck purchasing online, but who wants to wake up at 3:00 a.m. for a pink shift dress? Don’t answer that! Next time, I’ll be ready or maybe I’ll pass on all the shenanigans. It all depends on my mood. I mean it’s just stuff, right? Hmm, did I mention how much I love my cute pineapple dish?

June 4, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Pooky - Reminds me of the Target for Missoni debacle a few years back…Will Tar-jay ever learn? Glad you were able to snag some swag in spite of the crowds. That pineapple dish is too cute!

baubles that won’t break the bank


I really do love Kate Spade accessories, but why spend $38 on a pair of their gemstone earrings when you can get a knock-off pair at Old Navy for $8.95? Old Navy is currently having a “buy two, get one free” sale on jewelry right now. These beauties in faux sapphire, tourmaline, and amethyst (more purplish in person) were collectively $20 after sales tax. Go treat yourself to a nice little pick-me-up while saving plenty in the process. You deserve it!

P.S. Thanks for the scoop, Pooky!

June 4, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Pooky - Any time :)!

zen and the art of dying easter eggs

Let me confess that my master plan was to create lovely eggs in soft pastel hues a la Martha Stewart. Of course, I felt that blogger pressure to make something people would swoon over. Once I checked out the McCormick Egg Coloring and Dying Guide though, I ditched the need for perfection and embraced the perfectly imperfect. I didn’t realize how relaxing dipping eggs and creating quirky color combos could be. If you don’t like a particular result, then go ahead and dip that egg in a new color. Double dipping is allowed–remember this isn’t chips and salsa.

Perhaps, you’d like to learn how to dye your eggs the natural way. To learn how to do this utilizing fruit and vegetable ingredients click here. Since I’m not Martha Stewart, who has a team of assistants and an immense amount of time (she only sleeps five hours a night), I opted to go with McCormick food dyes: traditional and neon colors.



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