Tuesday, March 27, 2012

apparently its spring

last week we passed the official "it is now spring" date. however, if you were in oregon you had a snowstorm the next couple days but don't worry by the end of the week it was melted with sunny blue skys. typical oregon right? well it is now officially spring break here on the OSU campus. the parking lots are empty, and the students are not on the sidewalks and it would be a perfect week if a. i wasn't working and b. it was at least sunny. however, in typical oregon fashion it is raining. so here is what im dreaming spring would look like if it wasn't so gloomy and i wasn't forced into my boots and sweaters this week. bright colors and more bright colors. a girl can dream right?

1. Stripped Dress by Rare
2. Viva Glam Nicki by MAC
3. Flower Patch Earrings by J.Crew
4. Steve Madden 'Pammyy' Pump
5. Julep "it girl" collection for April
6. Stripped clutch from J.Crew

check out my pinterest boards for links!

hope you have a simply dreamy tuesday

Monday, March 26, 2012

great weekend

this weekend was amazing! the highlight? My amazing old roomie/ great friend/ business partner got into Oregon on Friday afternoon! It is so amazing to be under the same roof for the next month! It was a fun weekend of catching up, cooking, and having a couple amazing gin and tonics with extra lime. Our favorite cocktail! Another highlight...my best friends sister's baby shower! Sammie did such a good job with some of the cutest touches for the shower. So excited to meet Alycia's little baby Titus soon! 

Here are a few pictures from the weekend! 

how adorable is Alycia?! and look at the cutest little baby gift bag ever?!
i would frame this for the nursery its so cute

cute mason jars with yummy punch and homemade blankets for baby
 here was my contribution to baby Titus.

jereme and i made a yummy dinner on saturday night..complete with a couple bottles of wine..or 3 ..
yay for being reunited :) 

also got to hangout with this kid a lot this weekend :) 
spent sunday watching movies and eating cookies off of the cookie sheets

did everyone else have a good weekend?

Have a simply wonderful monday! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

we made it to friday!

today is a very exciting day.

a. its friday
b. i get off early from work
c. i'm picking up one of my very best friends from the airport
d. and that means im reunited with my business partner

what more could i want?!

but it is friday meaning its blank time! play along and link up yourself over at
The Little Things We Do! 

And today's theme is....COLOR!  
Hope you'll play along!

1.  My favorite color is     well right now im obsessed with grey and yellow   .

2.   My home decor color palette includes   a at the moment reds, green    .

3.  Other people always tell me I look good in the color     coral..or somewhere in that area.   .

4. The color I detest is    is green and especailly when paired with yellow. i hate the ducks ;) .

5. If you were to look in my closet most of the colors you'd see would be   black and more black, but recently a lot of navy blue and pops of bright colors .

6. A color that I simply cannot pull off no matter how hard I try is   khaki..or more like neutrals.i feel like i need to be super tan otherwise im just blending in with my skin and look washed out     .

7.  The color of my favorite dress is   black and nude..its a black lace over a nude    .

Is anyone else as excited as I am that it's friday?! 

Hope you all have a simply wonderful Weekend! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

lips galore

what is going on with this March snow storm right now?! anyone else confused with Oregon's latest spring weather? well nothing to cheer my day up like my latest obsession. lipstick. i will admit that until about 3 months ago actually wearing, let alone owning lipstick just wasn't something on my radar. however in the recent month or two I have become obsessed. nothing to bring an outfit up a notch then using a pop of bright red or pink. I am proud to say that I now own a couple lipsticks and a lips stains. And i have no doubt that my collection will keep growing! Here are a few of my favorites at the moment! 

I just purchased a hot pink color and am obsessed with it..you can really layer it to make it lighter or more intense. 

how fun are these neon colors from Bobbi Brown! Fun for a night out on the town! 

the perfect red for me is Cliniques Peach Pop. and its only $15 bucks!  (this is not the color show here)

I also Love Clinique's Chubby Sticks! They are great for color on the go and they come in great colors! 

i need this color. venus by Shiseido 

i also love these nude colors by Anastasia. i am in need of the perfect nude lip color 

Hope everyone has a simply fantastic thursday! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

tasty tuesday's

time for some tasty tuesday fun! 

it saddens  me that i no longer have a lot of time for baking. i used to bake almost weekly but with life being so busy i'm lucky to bake unless it's for a dinner party. but last week i had the urge to bake and wanted to find something not to horribly fattening but still delicious. so i grabbed my Pretty Delicious cookbook by Candice Kumai and found this amazing recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip-Oat Cookies. and let me tell you these are some amazing cookies! i already have plans to make them again in the very near future. They were so nice and moist and super easy to make. and the best part, they aren't totally to horrible for you. makes having the cookie a little less guilty. except be carful they are a little addicting. here is the recipe for you!

Gone Banans Chocolate Chip- Oat Cookies: 
preheat the oven to 350
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mashed banana
2 cups quick oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 

cream butter and brown sugar on medium until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Mix in ashed banana and 1/4 cup of water. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add the oats and chocolate chips and mix briefly. chill the cookie dough for 15 min. (this is a step you don't want to skip)

line baking sheet with foil and coat lightly with cooking spray. Use a tablespoon to scoop out balls and bake for 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

Have a simply tasty tuesday! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

its monday?

this weekend was a little bitter sweet. it was the last home gymnastics meet, and the last weekend with my lovely roommate Alissa who we sadly had to say goodbye to on Saturday. after being with her for 2 years it's sad to see her go, but I am so excited for her new adventure in China, saving sea turtles!! I have such cool friends! anyways, here are some snap shots from the weekend.

pouting about the last home meet and our last night together

our typical silly faces 
a little goodbye collage 

uhh hello super cute kitchen-aid mixer! you are putting my classic white to shame right now 

celebrated st pattricks day and sported my lucky beads
which then lead to my lazy day on the couch with my best friend Ibuprofen 

 thankfully i am back in working order with my coffee and cute sweater I got for $4 bucks today

did everyone else have a good weekend??

Hope you have a Simply marvelous monday! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

sometimes we need inspiration

sometimes you just need a little inspiration. and today i do. i've been feeling a little down lately and sometimes faking happiness is just exhausting. so today im looking at some inspiring quotes to pull me out of this funk. check out my pinterest boards for sources. 

hope everyone has a simply inspiring Thursday! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: video love

today's post was going to be about the amazing Portland Luxe Bridal show I went to last week but I came across this video on 100 Layer Cake and just had to share it with you! And warning ladies it can totally be a tear jerker in like 5 different spots! Paperback Weddings did an absolute amazing job with this video. Enjoy! 

Hope everyone has a simply fantastic wedding wednesday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

the randoms of the last week

i am proud to say that although i have been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple days i was still able to have a productive week. i was able to mark a few things off of my to do list and you know how good that feels. So here are some snap shots from this last week and weekend. 

went to the Portland Luxe Bridal Event
and got to sample delicious mini cupcakes 
this pvc pipe has been my new bff lately due to a minor hip injury...can almost walk without a limp now! 

the magic school bus was on at the gym! did anyone love this show as much as i did?? 

finally got around to organizing the garage. 

made this shadow box in remembrance of Bearer for Ron's birthday

went to see the house i spent so many years growing up in. so many memories.

had a finals girls night with my lovely Alissa who will sadly be leaving us at the end of the week
to go save sea turtles in China.

so much going on lately. and this week is going to be another jam packed week.
hope everyone's week is off to a good start! 

Have a simply wonderful Tuesday. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

wedding wednesday: obsession

lately i've been realizing that my obsession with weddings probably seems completely insane to most people im surrounded by. I get excited about things that normal people rarely care about and what most girlfriends only care about when they are the ones getting married. here are some symptoms of my wedding obsessed life lately.

You know you are obsessed when: 

1. you buy books on weddings. the first stop when i get to Powell's is the wedding section.  there is nothing like being able to sit and go through all the amazing pictures and tips, and stories. I get giddy just thinking about it.

2. attending wedding shows without a bride. obviously we can say that being a wedding planner this one isn't so weird. but trust me it's a little awkward when vendors keep asking you when your date is and you have to give that whole shpeal on how you are scouting and not the one actually getting married.

3. following more wedding blogs then i can count on a regular basis. now i will admit that i probably only check about 4 of those on a daily basis but i religiously follow about a million.

4. when i see a random object and want to completely change it's purpose. I will see a pot holder and want to turn it into a chandelier. this is not an example. I have two sitting in my garage as we speak. I also have ikea clearance shelves that i use as risers for food items at events.

5. weddings are in your dreams. i am one of those people who rarely ever dreams/ remembers my dreams but i have had a couple dreams about weddings in the last week or so. the last one i had i forgot to order linens! #nightmare

i sometimes feel like my obsessions are totally legit and sometimes i almost think i might actually be crazy but in the end I just remind myself that my obsession will only make someone special day that much better. i'm by no means perfect but I do strive for perfection in my work. and i guess being a little obsessive never hurt anything right? 

hope you have a simply wonderful wedding wednesday. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

my newest obsession

last week i was informed of a whole world of online make-up subscriptions. I about died when I heard about the concept and quickly started doing some research. Did you know that for a small monthly fee you can get a box full of high- end make-up and beauty samples? Umm..yes! It is a brilliant concept. Who wants to buy make-up without being able to play with it a little at the counter. And even then you still wish you could try it for a couple days and decide if you want to buy it. Well here is the perfect way to do it! Birchbox is one of the leading US sites leading this whole make-up revolution. Still waiting for my formal invite to be able to subscribe. However, while doing my research I found a similar site that had the same concept but with nail polish! umm we KNOW how obsessed with nail polish I am right now so i jumped at the opportunity to try it out. Thankfully all Julep requires is a little style quiz to sign up! It is a little more expensive at 19.99 a month but you get the full size nail polish and other goodies valued at over $40 bucks a month. And to my excitement I got the box this weekend!!! Check out what I got!

the cute little box! 

it came with two nail colors, a hair top coat, and a mini sample of  intense hand cream

my colors were Meryl and Oscar. they were inspired obviously by the oscars :) 

LOVE this color. i love grey and this polish is perfection! 

Check out their website and sign up for yourself! 
Click here for the site! I promise you will not be disappointed! :) 

Hope you have a simply fantastic Tuesday! 

Monday, March 5, 2012

a little weekend fun

this weekend was perfection. 

I had a nice relaxing weekend along with some productiveness, fun, and laziness. 
what more could you want. here is my instagram of a weekend. 

baby shower for baby maria at work on friday. i of course was asked to bring some decor items.
made a cute litte onesie sign and some puff balls for the centerpieces 

got a fun new pink skirt and bright graphic top.
Perfect for spring and complements of mamma. thanks mamma!

got my first Julep box! more on this tomorrow! 

also got a cute little dress for work.. best part.. 13.97
went to check out the wedding venue for a bride im helping. going to be perfection 
had a perfectly lazy sunday. complete with everything you try not to eat monday through saturday.

 over all a pretty great weekend. how was everyone else's weekend? 

Hope you have a simply marvelous monday!