Thursday, August 26, 2010

books on tape...what do YOU think? future sis-in-law, MME and I are embarking on quite the adventure Saturday morning...we are driving to Connecticut!

She goes to school there and I am accompanying her on the 12+ hour drive. I'm excited!!

I bought one audio book on itunes but I am hesitant to buy another. What are your thoughts? Any books on tape experts out there??


Monday, August 23, 2010

ban the tan!

Are there any 30 Rock lovers out there?

It is one of my favorite shows on television.

If you are not familiar with the show-Jane Krakowski plays Jenna Marone, the fun, witty, blonde and bubbly actress who is a friend and confidant to Liz Lemon (Tina Fey).

So what is even better than a darling actress who makes me laugh every week?
When that same person supports a good cause!

For every person who watches this video, Jergens will donate $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation in NYC.  Pretty awesome, eh?!

Pass it on!


Saturday, August 21, 2010


It's just a box of rain
I don't know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
or leave it if you dare
But it's just a box of rain
or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone 
and a short time to be there 

grateful dead 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

do you know about....

bushwacker: the most delicious island drink. ever. a combination of 5 liquors and ice. nutmeg sprinkled atop. genius, puuuuure genius.

seen here on the far left.

this is the only group shot i got, by the way.


I've got the Tuesday blues

check out my latest etsy finds...they just HAPPEN to all be in the same color spectrum... :)



ahhh, I am sad that summer is coming to an end but I am thrilled the weather has calmed down a bit here. Riding boots and Barbour jackets get me in the mood for fall, though!

What are your end-of-the-summer plans? Anything crazyyy!?


Monday, August 16, 2010

on my mind monday

how is the start to your week? mine is going well, even though I am having some vacation withdrawal !

1. my new hook bracelet (a St. John classic)

2. the new season of Weeds--any fans?

3. I want to take a, not or dance...maybe both?

4. TB leopard wedges... tdf! (to die for)

5. this is now the SECOND year of my life since I was four that I will not be starting school soon...weird

6. mocha must have

7. I need ideas for a 2011 day planner... have not stumbled upon "the one" yet. Suggestions aremorethanwelcome!! Thank you thank you :)


Sunday, August 15, 2010

All good trips must come to an end...

Well friends, I am back!

We met up with our friends CB and H in St. John. H has a place there and let me tell you, it is nothing short of amazing!! You should see the view! (You will, soon enough, when I put up the pics! :) )

There were ten of us and we had just the best time. If you have vacationed in St. John, you should make it a must on your to-do list !!

Alas, back to real life.

Happy Sunday ! XOXO...

Friday, August 6, 2010


TAE and I packed up and we are off to meet some friends for a week of vacation. Sooooo,
I will be out of touch-- have a fabulous week! I will post as soon as I can!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

embark on an adventure with kate spade contest

the kate spade girl...
is quick and curious and playful and strong. she mixes her matches and experiments with color. she lets her imagination run away with her. she is the first to make a toast and the last to say goodnight. she looks for adventure around every corner. she sings off-key but with great spirit.
she lives colorfully
starting with one of the statements below, build a set that incorporates three or more pieces from, along with other objects that inspire you to live colorfully—a bright red lipstick, a vintage vinyl, a penguin novel or a favorite flea market find.
the winning details
three lucky winners will be chosen by kate spade new york creative director, deborah lloyd, to embark with a friend on a perfectly curated trip to chicago, san francisco or new york. winners will also receive a $1000 gift card to spend at one of our shops.

enter now...only five hours to go!! XOXO...

summer highs

Two things: one. we found our photographer (!!!!) two. I love summer and all it entails and I do not want it to end.

I am THRILLED that we found our wedding photographer!! He is awesome. Take a look at some of his fabulous work..

I am beyondddd excited! To me, the pictures will be one of the most important elements of the 'big day.' Afterall, it is the only tangible memory we will have!

The thought of summer coming to an end is always slightly depressing, whether or not you are a warm weather person. To think that, soon, cotton Lilly dresses and endless days at the pool will be long forgotten saddens me. However, I would still like to think there plenty of time for a few more fun, summery brights and patterns to add to my collection. Here are my favorites as of right now...

TOMs wedges, Milly shorts, Opening ceremony bracelet, Beth's Victorian Style drop earrings

What are your current end-of-the-summer faves? Happy Wednesday...XOXO...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Please head over to Pink Peonies & Pearls for a GREAT giveaway! While you are doing this, check out her Etsy shop Stella Bella to pick your favorite bracelet to mention in your entry. Good luck and happy Tuesday! XOXO...

Monday, August 2, 2010

quick trip

Michigan was a great time. Mom and I ventured around Ann Arbor Friday evening, indulging in a delicious dinner at the Prickly Pear and a sweet treat afterward at Chocolate House ( as you can see, haha).

 There are a lot of artsy shops on Main Street overflowing with neat finds such as; quoted paintings, handblown jewelry, wood boxes, freshwater pearls, etc. and it was fun to pop in and out.  If you are ever in AA, you must check them out.

  Saturday morning we got to see JSC- finally! After three weeks, his camp at U of Michigan ended and we got to sit in on one of his classes with the head of the musical theatre program. It was exciting to see what he had been up to! 

What a fun little day-and-a-half trip to Michigan! 

quote of the day...

Everyone knows the song, and yes, it may be a bit corny, but I have a special place for it because my
mom "sings" this to my brothers, my dad and me everyday. I love it! Be sure to tell the special people in your life how much light they bring into yours!!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

LOVING giveaways!!

Keep the giveaways coming!!

You have GOT to get over to College Prep and check out this Nico & LaLa giveaway. I just stumbled accross them and their stuff is adorable!

Darling giveaway

Also, join their facebook page. Nico & LaLa
Once you set your eyes on their products, you will fall in love!


fab summer giveaway!

Take a gander over to Kristin at the Summer in Newport  for her latest giveaway, an amazing necklace handmade by Kristin herself!! 

 Her stuff is too cute! Check out her website while you're at it!! Kristin Pearce

Happy Sunday funday to all! XOXO...

Thank you, Eclectic Prep!

I want to give a big THANK YOU and shout out to my friend Dana @ Eclectic Prep for my first blog award...

The rules of this are to 1. share 7 things about yourself and 2. pass it on the other blog pals. So, here goes nothing!! XOXO...

1. I am overly and ridiculously obsessed with names. Yes, names. Since I was little, I have made lists and lists of what I will name my children, even down to the middle name. I am named after my grandmother, I have her first and last name, along with my surname. I am very grateful and honored to be named after my maternal grandmother. In my family, my mother is named after her grandmother, my grandmother is named after her grandmothers, you get the picture. I am all about the family names.

Now that I am engaged, this is a bit easier because I have a last name to work with. I love classic names like Anne, Lucy, Mary, William, John and James. But, I also love surnames used as first names but as a middle name, such as my cousin, Margaret Sullivan. I think there is so much in a name and it is the one thing you will have forever, so why not bestow something meaningful? 

2. I was born on a Friday, the 13th under a fool moon. Ooooh, spooky! Some people like to tell me that this explains a lot about me...hmm... ;)

3. I am so, so proud of my brothers. They amaze me each and every day. RJC, jr. has a fabulous paid internship in NYC this summer and is a straight A student at Villanova. JSC is president of student council this year and also a stellar student. He just finished a 3 week program at University of Michigan in Musical Theatre. I swear they are both going to change the world! The even better part? They are the nicest, most loving siblings imaginable. I am a very lucky and proud big sister. 

4. I pray a lot and I love God. I do not know what I would do without my faith- it has gotten me where I am and been my stronghold throughout my life. I went to a Catholic school for 14 years and I loved it.

5. I drink AT least one Starbucks drink a day. My friends and I have so lovingly nicknamed it 'bucks' and that is our meeting place. I love a grande, iced, skinny vanilla latte in the morning (and often in the afternoons) or sometimes I go for a coffee light frap!

6. My friends are the best. I am having 16, yes, 16, bridesmaids in my wedding. I am so lucky to have such great, close, wonderful friends & cousins who are like the sister I never had to me. 

7. I'm really cool. Okay, kidding...but that was kind of funny, right? XOXO...