I finally broke down and took out my tree, decorated it and the rest of our apartment yesterday afternoon. I also wrapped up most of my gifts. Today is my babe’s birthday, but unfortunately my future lawyer has one last exam for the semester tomorrow so the real celebration won’t be until the upcoming Saturday. I do, however, have a few surprises up my sleeve for today! Yesterday, with my cousin’s bday, marked the start of my extra busy birthday/holiday season. I’m sooo excited!
I hope I am not the only one who has heard of the alliance of Target with Neiman Marcus for a holiday collection. I am too stoked! Anyone who knows me knows that I L.O.V.E. Target, and even though my wallet doesn’t fully appreciate Neiman Marcus, I still manage to get them to play together every once in a while! LOL! But this holiday collection…talk about mixing high and low. And the few items that I’ve seen from the collection…simply gore!
A few weeks ago I had a cocktail party in my home. It was a big deal because it was the first time we really entertained in “our” home. I went all out too. Homemade Rose Sangria, home brewed iced tea, shrimp cocktail, mini crab cakes, skewed caprese, finger sandwiches (but no cucumber sandwiches here!), ‘Food Should Taste Good’ multigrain chips (THE best chips ever!!) with fresh guac and pico de gallo, plus cream puffs and ice and fruit parfaits for dessert. All white ‘crate and barrel’ serving dishes and appetizer plates, and real wine and juice glasses. Yellow lattice print table clothes and fresh gerbera daises and sunflowers. The flowers, the real topic of this post, were from Whole Foods. The flowers were by far THE longest lasting flowers I have ever bought in my life! I bought them the morning of the party, and they lasted (not one stem had died) for 3 weeks. I kept walking by them day after day, at one point I thought maybe I had bought fake flowers, but quickly realized that I would never commit to should a decor faux pas! I love fresh flowers, but always hate how quickly they die. Buying them frequently feels like such a waste of money. Whole Foods has now solved my flower problem. Thanks Whole Foods!!
So currently I subscribe to Vogue, Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. It’s only four, but sometimes I just can’t find the time to get through them all in the same month! I’m still working on my September issue of Vogue. I don’t feel so bad because it’s 916 pages, and it’s still September, so my goal is to be done before October 1! And even though I find it hard to find the time for those 4, I’m thinking of adding a few more. WWD was at the top of my list. However with the $139 price tag for just a year of the print version (which is sooo far out of my affordability range), it has dropped to the bottom, yet is still highly coveted! Next on my list might be Elle Decor (or a similar home decor mag) and maybe even the Washingtonian. As I stated in a previous post, I am a purist, so I prefer print copy magazines versus electronic versions. I like to be able to tab or even fold covers in my magazines. Other places that I get my inspiration are pinterest (looove pinterest), online shopping websites, and other fashion blogs/websites. Where do you get your inspiration from?