Monday, March 21, 2011

Some Giveaways to Brighten Your Monday

No doubt Mondays are a bummer, and this one has totally sucked the life out of me. What restored a little bit of that life to me today was finding out about two amazing giveaways going on this week!

First up is ROS from Cincinnati Prep. In honor of him reaching his 100th post, he's giving away a koozie from either Vineyard Vines or Lilly Pulitzer. You pick! You also pick the design and color!

And just in time for Spring Break!

The only bad thing about this giveaway is that the winner will have a hard time choosing what koozie they want. They're all so adorable! Enter here.

Next up is Cat from Perpetual Perfection! She's giving away a monogrammed waffle robe from The Monogram Shop.

Even if you don't win this giveaway, you should go and buy yourself one because cute bath robes are definitely a must-have! You can enter the giveaway here!

While you're busy entering the giveaways, check out both of their blogs! They're two of my favorites! I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Marley Lilly and Giveaway!

If you have never heard of Marley Lilly, stop what you're doing and go to their site now!
If you love monograms, you will love them! They sell tons of adorable, personalized products.

Here are some of my favorites!

They have tons of cute things for summer too! Towels, koozies, croakies, totes, and CUPS!

SO CUTE! I am kind of in love with the green and white polka dot monogram. If you love these as much as I do, you're in luck! The fabulous Carly, from College Prep, is sponsoring a giveaway for a 16 oz. plastic to-go cup! Head over to her blog and enter now.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Guilty Pleasures

I feel like most of the things I love are just really bad for me, such as...


Shamrock Shakes

The Internet and everything it enables me to do (i.e. online shopping, Facebook, etc)

Celebrity Magazines

TFM & TSM - they're just too funny

Angry Birds


Playing Hooky

My Crackberry Blackberry

I probably should be focusing on more productive and healthy things, but to be honest, I'd rather enjoy my life and die a few years earlier than live a long but miserable one. Is that bad? What guilty pleasures do y'all have?


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Music is the Second Best Medicine

"Music is what feelings sound like." - Unkown

I've been so sick lately. (That's the reason why I haven't posted in quite a while.) But, music always makes me feel better regardless of whether I'm sick or not! I only say that it's the second best medicine, because for me at least, laughter will always be first. Today, I've been listening to a couple of artists on repeat, while I lay in bed being sick.
Liv Miraldi

Liv is one of my best friends who is currently trying to break into the music industry! She's a total sweetheart, and her music is so good (and I'm not just saying that because I love her!). Follow her on Facebook and buy her song on iTunes! She's adorable, and I guarantee you will love her.

Liv's first single: Broken Promises

Noah and the Whale

Every time I tell someone about them, the first thing they say is "Woah, woah, hey now, it wasn't a whale, it was a big fish". To this I respond, "Woah, woah, hey now, it's NOAH, not JONAH". Everyone just assumes that they took their name from the story in The Bible about Jonah and the big fish, but they actually took it from the movie, The Squid & the Whale directed by NOAH Baumbach. Trivia for the day! Sorry, I just think it's funny!

Anyways, I lovelovelove them! Their music will put you in the mood for Spring & Summer, plus they're kinda eye candy. I mean, look at how cute and preppy they all are. 

Five Years Time - I love the allusion to The Royal Tenenbaums

First Day of Spring - in honor of Spring starting on the 21st!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscars in Ten Words or Less...Plus More!

Best Picture Nominees in 10 Words or Less

Black Swan: Simply put, it was weird. Don't watch with your mother.
The Fighter: Awesome acting, albeit unexpected.
Inception: My brain still hurts. 
The Kids Are All Right: Reflection on the modern world. Interesting but slow at times.
The King's Speech: Brilliant acting, entertaining, deserving of nominations, too many English accents
127 Hours: It has James Franco in it, good enough for me.
The Social Network: Fun, fast-paced, but Eisenberg didn't really have to act.
Toy Story 3: Makes you feel like a kid again... and cry.
True Grit: It's no John Wayne, but not bad for a remake.
Winter's Bone: Totally underrated. Everyone needs to go out and see it.


Best Picture
Who will win: The King's Speech
Who I want to win: The Social Network

Best Director

Who will win: Tom Hooper
Who I want to win: Joel and Ethan Coen

Best Actor
Who will win: Colin Firth
Who I want to win: Colin Firth

Best Actress
Who will win: Annette Benning
Who I want to win: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor
Who will win: Christian Bale
Who I want to win: Geoffrey Rush

Best Supporting Actress
Who will win: Melissa Leo
Who I want to win: Hailee Steinfeld

Best Animated Feature
Who will win: Toy Story 3
Who I want to win: Toy Story 3

Who will win: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Who I want to win: Inside Job

Best Original Screenplay
Who will win: The King's Speech
Who I want to win: Black Swan

Best Adapted Screenplay
Who will win: The Social Network
Who I want to win: The Social Network or Winter's Bone

Best Costume Design
Who will win: Alice in Wonderland
Who I want to win: Alice in Wonderland

Best Original Song
Who will win: Coming Home (Country Strong)
Who I want to win: We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)

Look Out For Tonight:

James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Tim Gunn on the Red Carpet

Now get your bowl of popcorn & your snuggie and cozy up in front of the TV, because let's be honest this is probably the most important day of the year. Forget your homework, deadlines, meetings, appointments, household chores, and anything else you need to prepare for Monday. This only comes once a year! I plan on taking a personal day tomorrow simply to scrutinize everyone's outfits and replay the night on my DVR.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Amazing Giveaways!

There are so many amazing giveaways currently going on!

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too is giving away a Jacquie Aiche ring. All of her pieces are super cute and so unique!
She also has one that says F$*! if you're feeling a little edgy!
I love all the different twists of the band! This will definitely make any outfit pop.

This is definitely my favorite. Once again I love the twists and all the intricacies. Plus it's super unique, so you know no one else will be wearing it! ;)

Go check out all of Jacquie Aiche's jewelry in her store, then enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of these absolutely gorgeous rings!

The Aly Way is sponsoring a giveaway for $15 on any CSN item. Seriously, CSN has everything, EVERYTHING. Home decor, furniture, shoes, office supplies, and things for your pet! It's made up of 200+ different stores. I guarantee you can find something you like! I've been looking for bookshelves, and I found some super cute ones. 

I need one of these for my room!

Check out her giveaway, and while your at it, read some of her blogs! They're always fun and cute!

Perpetual Perfection is hosting a Seda France giveaway! She's giving away one of their 10th Anniversary Candles. For this candle, they're combining some of their favorite aromas into one candle. According to their website:

 "This lush blend features bright sparkling citron, the floral perfumes of geranium and creamy heliotrope, the richness of earthy patchouli and oakmoss, and a spicy fusion of clove bud, cinnamon leaf, sandalwood and sweet vanilla musk."
Enter the giveaway here.

Last, but definitely not least, CanadianPrep is hosting one of the cutest giveaways ever! You pick a Lilly print and she'll paint it! She's also really talented. 

How adorable is this!

I want one of these hanging in my room!

Enter her giveaway for a chance to get one of these amazing prints!

Oh and French Connection is on Rue La La today!


Snowpocalypse Part II

I know I've been MIA for the past few days, but it was because the second round of the SNOWPOCALYPSE hit Cleveland. I thought it was all over when the groundhog didn't see his shadow, the temperature rose to 50, and all of the snow melted. Boy, was I wrong! 

On Monday it rained and rained and rained, then all of a sudden the temperature dropped. Everything froze, including the trees. The weight of the ice was too heavy for the trees. I couldn't even count how many trees fell, and there went the power. Let's just say winter without power is not so much fun. 

This is literally what all of the trees looked like. It was so pretty (but not worth the power outage)!

The Cleveland Lighthouse! This is seriously so cool to see in the winter!
Read the whole story here.

It doesn't end there though. As the week progressed, the weather cleared up, and the power came back on. (Thank God!) By Thursday it seemed like the weather was looking up again, but last night it snowed so much.   That meant SNOWDAY though, so I have no complaints!

This is probably going to be the rest of my day! Not planning on driving anytime soon.

The snow has not stopped all morning, and it's pretty heavy. So, if I'm gone again its probably because I got caught in SNOWPOCALYPSE PART III. 


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lazy Sunday

It's been a lazy Sunday for Dusty and me. We got up bright and early today. I ate some pancakes and turkey bacon, yum yum yum! The weather outside is the only thing that put a damper on my mood this morning. It's no longer sunny and warm(ish), it's cloudy, gloomy, and freezing cold now. 

I was left with no other choice but curling up on the couch and cranking out some homework.That took up most of my morning! Yuck. 

The news has been warning us of a big storm coming our way tonight and tomorrow, so my grandma and I went to the store to stock up on food just in case ;). We may or may not have snuck clothes shopping in there to. Hey, you never know!

My plans for the rest of the day? Hanging out with my wonderful grandparents and beautiful Dusty, baking, curling up on the couch with my snuggie, and watching some movies!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sounds of Saturday

I honestly will listen to any genre, except for metal; I just can't do it. Music always makes me happy, and I thought Saturdays would be a good day to share my favorite music of that week!
These are the headphones I bought from SkullCandy. I think the colors are really fun, plus the quality is perfect for me. AND lifetime warranty YES. Really though, your iPod will sound so much better with a pair of noise cancelling headphones.

Currently my favorite artist. His songs are a combination of folk and pop. They're usually pretty upbeat too. Perfect for dancing to or blasting in the car with your windows down. Plus, he's beautiful.

Favorite Songs: Mr. Pitiful, Sunshine, Cold December, Sweet Thursday

Watch this, it will make your day significantly better. I promise.

I been obsessed with this up and coming band for the past year. They fuse hip-hop with some of my favorite alternative songs. Their lyrics are awesome and often words to live by (i.e. tell mommy I'm sorry, this life is a party). 

Favorite Songs: All Things Go, Opposite of Adults, Sooner or Later, Truth

This song is probably their most popular, and one of my favorites. It samples MGMT's "Kids".

You've probably never heard of them, but they're amazing! Almost all of their music is upbeat and happy. I guess I would call them sort of an indie-pop band, but they're style is hard to explain. You'll just have to listen to them for yourself!

Favorite Songs: Circles 'Round the Moon, Cynicism, Broken Cityscapes, Blackbox

I hope some of this music sets a good tone for the rest of your Saturday!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Warm Weather!

So despite it being the middle of February, the weather has been so nice lately! It's sunny, the skies are blue, and  the temperature is refreshingly in the 50's. Of course this is normal for Cleveland weather. It makes me excited for Spring, but I can almost guarantee we'll get a snow storm in the middle of April.

Anyways today turned out to be a pretty productive day. I got up super early on my own, no need for an alarm today! Then I started to clean my room. When I say clean, I mean clean. I love organizing and being organized, but I've been so busy lately that the clutter just built up. Cleaning actually proved to be enjoyable. I discovered so many cool things that I didn't remember I had. They deserve their own post, along with before and after pictures, once I completely finish cleaning. My favorite thing that I found though was this picture from when I was younger.

This is my mom, me, and my best friend when we went to see Annie! I love the way I'm holding my virgin Daiquiri! It's so me, haha.

So after some hardcore cleaning, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a long walk in the valley. The fresh air felt so good. It was a little bit muddy, so I am very happy I wore my boots.

I dressed pretty simple today! My outfit was masculine, but the earrings really gave it a feminine feel. Overall, it was perfect for today.

Now I am just curling up (with my snuggie of course) and going to spend my night watching movies! I rented a bunch including...

Yes, I know it's not exactly Oscar worthy, but sometimes it's fun to watch bad movies! I also kind of like watching creepy things, while snuggling in my bed (our little secret). I'll let you know how it was tomorrow!

Hope your weekends have been just as good so far!