Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pinterest Monthly: March 2013

Love this idea of repurposing a perfume bottle as a vase for lightweight florals (although I'm quite positive there's no such thing as Chanel No. 3 and that's an actual vase made to look like a perfume bottle). I wish I could afford to always have fresh cut flowers but a nice batch of faux ones does the trick.

I read this in an article from the March issue of ELLE UK. I totally agree with the philosophy of positive thinking and affirmations.

Can't wait to read this one. The title alone is worth having on your bookshelf but the previews I read of the material are hilarious.

Since last summer, I've been really into this style of maxi dress. Tons of compliments. It's flattering, keeps you cool, fun to wear. Dress it up or down. Interesting.

Rachel Zoe's son, Skyler. He's adorable.

Well, of course.

This handsome fella. Whoever you are.

The Torch Hotel. Doha, Qatar. 

Mad Men Season 6 Promo Shots. My favorite show since day 1.

Aerin Lauder's wallpaper. I'm typically a white walls type of gal but I love this.


Now Playing: "Gods & Monsters" by Lana Del Rey

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Luxe Living: Californication

If you've $35 million to a kick around, this might be the home for you. Located in Santa Monica, California, this stunning estate features 7 bedrooms and 13 baths. Situated on over an acre of land, the house boasts nearly 23,000 square feet of luxury living space.

Now Playing: "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

People Watching: Street Style

Now Playing: "Breathe" by Télépopmusik
*One of my favorite songs of all time

If I Were A ________, I'd Be _________.

City: Other than Pittsburgh, maybe Boston or Dublin, Ireland.
Festival: Lollapalooza
Home Shopping Product: A limited edition Snuggie. 3 easy payments of $19.99
Movie: The Wizard of Oz or Clueless
TV Show: Girls
Actor/Actress: Kirsten Dunst. I like all the movies I've seen her in.
Web Site: Wikipedia because I'm so curious.
Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Country: Ireland or Switzerland
Muppet: Red from Fraggle Rock unless Gloria Gopher from Under the Umbrella Tree counts.
Band: The Doors
Drug: Ecstasy. See here.
Candy: Cherry Lollipop
Instrument: Piano
School Subject: Literature/English
Planet: Erra in the Pleiades.
Article of Clothing: A romantic, feminine blouse. Something like this.
Fabric: Suede
Fictional Character: A hybrid of Daria and Quinn Morgendorffer.
Animal: Cat- preferably a Himalayan.
Flower: Antique Rose
Car: '69 Chevelle. Black on Beige. Her.
Amusement Park Ride: The original Steel Phantom roller coaster.
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time of Day: Midnight to 3 am.
Month of the Year: October
Season of the Year: Autumn
Store: A thrift shop 
Genre of Music: Alternative Rock
Color: Gold or Bronze
Drink: Champagne
Food: Cheese
Weather: Rain/Thunderstorm
Language: Gibberish that sounds French. I used to pretend I spoke this when I was little.
Song: "Blood" by The Middle East.
Piece of Art: Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes
Sports Team: The Pittsburgh Steelers, of course.
President/World Leader: Kate Middleton (in my dreams, ha!) ... JFK
Building: An old castle somewhere in Ireland, England or France.
Writer: Chelsea Handler or Oscar Wilde
Magazine: Elle
Sign of the Zodiac (Other than your own): Scorpio or Gemini
Body of Water: A small lake.
Decade/Period in History: The roaring '20s or The Renaissance.
Fad: The Macarena
Piece of Jewelry: Pearl Stud Earrings. Not small. Gold backs.
Room in a House: Bedroom or an Attic.
Quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Now Playing: "Sparkly" by Young Magic

Monday, March 25, 2013

Music Monday: Devendra Banhart


"First Song For B"

"Never Seen Such Good Things"

"My Dearest Friend"


Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Venezuela before moving to California as a teenager. His new album, Mala, can be purchased here.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Survey Says: Ideas

Where/When I get the best ideas: In the shower or on a walk by myself in the park.

The best idea I ever had: Facebook. I didn't call it Facebook but the idea was there. 1999-ish.

The worst idea I ever had: If you were to ask my bank account, probably my major in college but I'm good with my choice and so thrilled with where I went to school. There really wouldn't have been anything else I was more interested in studying.

An idea that others didn't understand: People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I occasionally do water fasts. I suppose it sounds pretty extreme (which it can be) but it's very beneficial when done properly.

An idea that someone stole from me: I wrote this frivolous little poem called "A Pittsburgh Girl." I only posted it on a few of my close friends Facebook walls back in '05. It then spread all around the world in e-mails, message boards, blogs, social media, etc. I obviously never got credit for it. I've seen it slightly rewritten so many times or with other people's names attached to it. I wrote it almost jokingly and in just a couple of minutes. Crazy that it became so popular. My friends don't even believe me when I tell them I wrote it and I'm an extremely honest person. My sister is the only one that knows it was me because she watched me write it.

An idea I had when I was little: I thought the world was literally black and white before color film was invented.

An idea I had today: This little survey. Of course, I was in the shower... thinking of all the previous ideas I've had and want to follow through with.

An idea I'll probably have tomorrow: The snooze button is always a good idea.

Now Playing: "Creep" by Stone Temple Pilots
*It's been stuck in my head lately

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quoteworthy: Pope Francis

"We are all protectors of creation, of the plan of God written in nature; protectors of one another, of the environment. Let us not allow that signs of destruction and death accompany our journey of this world. But protection also means that we must take care of ourselves. Let us recall that hate, envy, pride dirty the life. To protect means to be attentive to our own feelings, our sentiments, our heart. Because precisely from our heart is where good intentions and bad intentions come out; those that build up and those that tear down. We must not be afraid of goodness, neither of tenderness."
-Pope Francis Inaugural Homily, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Seasonal Selections


  • A bright sweater. Love the way the color pops against light jeans.
  • Relaxed fit denim. Casual and comfy.
  • A good highlighter. Chanel Illuminating Powder is subtle enough for daytime.
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume. A contemporary classic. The best scent for spring.
  • Bold, bright lips. Pink, orange, purple... whatever works for you.
  • OPI My Vampire Is Buff. Great off-white shade that goes with anything.
  • Pastel wallets and accessories. Loving this lavender.
  • Geometric Glasses. Getting psychedelic with the sunnies.
  • Rain booties. These Loeffler Randall ones are my fav. April Showers...
  • Foldover leggings/skirted fit. Perfect for outdoor workouts at the park.

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is someting infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
-Rachel Carson 1907-1964

Now Playing: "Cut It Out" by Kitten

Music Monday: The Chevin

"Beautiful World"


"Blue Eyes"

The Chevin is an alternative rock group from Leeds, UK. The band consists of four childhood friends. Their ablum Borderland can be purchased here.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

If the red hair, green eyes, fair skin and dog named Ireland didn't fully tip you off, I'm Irish. I was going to head to Chicago this weekend to celebrate (Pittsburgh has one of the best parties in the country but I was looking to switch it up). I didn't go because one of my best friends is back in the 'Burgh for her hometown baby shower today and I also start a new position at work this week. My friend doesn't know if she's having a boy or girl, so we were asked to wear blue or pink to the shower in accordance to what we think she's having. I think it's going to be a Beau (that's the name she has picked out for a little guy) but of course I have to sport green on St. Patty's Day! I'll be wearing a blue skirt with a green blouse. It's a very Notre Dame circa the '80s look.

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a little bit of Irish tunes. Here are a few songs that can trace its origins back to the Emerald Isle in one way or another. Enjoy & Erin Go Bragh!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Is In The Air

The weekend of St. Patrick's Day celebrations is the unofficial start of spring for Pittsburghers. It can be snowing, sleeting, rainy (as it is today) or even 80 degrees. It's a good time to have some beer, listen to Irish music and prepare the mind for sunnier days ahead.

Now Playing: "Let Us Move On" by Dido ft. Kendrick Lamar

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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. I’m engaged to the love of my lifetimes and we look forward to starting our next chapter together. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!