RAY-BAN

I am a forever fan of RAY-BAN. Shoot, my parents have worn their classic frames ever since I can remember. Now, I am obsessing over RAY-BAN’S NEVER HIDE CAMPAIGN! Seriously, this campaign set up for their 75th anniversary is just badass. These ads show people celebrating who they are throughout past decades while not giving a shit what everyone around them thinks and I am just LOVING IT! Like a moth to a flame… I almost want to frame these bad boys.

AL FRESCO

As I have mentioned many times, I love a good dinner party. Delicious food and drink mixed with loved family and friends makes for my FAVORITE time ever. With the weather being somewhat warmer yet quite enjoyable this season, it had me dreaming of dining al fresco. The window of opportunity here in Texas for dining outdoors is short as the cold seems to turn directly into HOT! So you have to be on your toes and prepared to get the party started! Of course I would need a back yard (or a boat!) to pull these off, but one can dream! Some of them are actually rather romantic which seems fitting for this national day of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!

via pinterest

This Weekend…

.. it’s gonna be ME! [*NSYNC anyone? HA!] But no, really, I have the whole weekend to myself and basically I just plan on hanging around the apartment, in comfy attire, as much as I can. I do need to get some groceries since it has been about 4 weeks since I last went.. oh the single life. That is about it though. Kind of exciting really. I do plan on doing a few other things though…

Make HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICHESDark Chocolate Cookie Ingredients for 12 sandwiches:
8 oz butter, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup grated or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients:
1 quart of your favorite flavor ice cream
Toppings of your choice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. With a mixer, blend together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Sift together the dry ingredients, and put your mixer on a low speed. Add the vanilla and chocolate, and blend until the dough becomes a rich, dark brown. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness, and using a cookie cutter, cut out individual cookies. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, then top with sugar crystals if you like. Bake for 15 minutes and cool completely on a rack.

Pick your favorite flavor, scoop out about a 1/2 cup, and press onto the cookie (softened ice cream works best). Top that half with another cookie, and roll the sides in your favorite topping (sprinkles, cocaine, chocolate . . whatever!)

VIA REFINERY29

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Also the only thing I care about concerning the Super Bowl are the ads… I mean Kia Motors has teamed up with Adriana Lima (one of my favorites).. So that’s pretty badass. I guess I can watch that whilst scarfing down a few ice cream sandwiches!

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My NEW guilty pleasure is a TV show called “An Idiot Abroad”. It’s a travel documentary television series that follows Karl Pilkington around the globe trying new things while Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant call in and check up on his adventures. It is the funniest show I have seen in a while (to me at least!) because I just can’t tell if Pilkington is joking or not. I can’t wait to get my hands on Series 1 and have a marathon.. again whilst eating a few ice cream sandwiches.

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I am also going to be doing some inspiration hunting for various stuff and to start me off I found these. The first is a renovated 1942 air-raid bunker in Berlin. You know I love my history and adding a well designed space to it just makes my day. Second we have Keri Russell’s dining area. LOVE IT! Last is a kitchen with lovely open shelves and a perfect surface for making. . . homemade ice cream sandwiches!! HA! Yes, I quite like them all.

VIA ELLE DECOR + COUNTRY LIVING

Oh yeah.. In leiu of hitting the gym I’m going to learn the dance sequence from *NSYNC’s “POP”. {Mainly starting at 2:14 to the 2:57 mark.} Work it!

HAVE A FUN + SAFE WEEKEND Y’ALL.

Austin Happenings

I have stayed put in Austin more recently and it’s been quite entertaining. [Thanks mainly to my friends dragging me around.] Unfortunately one of my dearest friends is moving back to Houston tomorrow. I am excited for her new beginning but am rather sad to lose her presence here in Austin. We have tried to squeeze in as much as we can before she leaves and it has all mainly centered around food + drinks. HA! We would be GREAT food critics! I just wish I would have taken more advantage of having such a badass friend in the same city with me!

I have also been celebrating birthdays and going to a few little events. It has been really fun! But instead of babbling on about my January (which we all know I can jabber…) I have added some visual aids. So take a look and then get out there and try new things! Take advantage of what your city has to offer and share it with your favorite people! {Trust me.. the extra carbs are worth it!}

The 2012 In/Out List

This is it people.. The Washington Post’s In/Out List for 2012. I have being reading this list for a long time and while this year’s list is a bit better than the last few [2011 + 2010] it doesn’t do as much for me as the lists put together by Hank Stuever back around 2003-2009.. [I think..] Anyway, it makes for fun conversation and creates a general wondering what the new year holds for us.

OUT

Apps
Tigers
Lululemon Gear
Ryan Gosling
Organic vodka
Etsy
Portland
Hyberbole
Pippa’s bum
Groupon
Adele
“New Girl”
Instagram
Google+
Stewardess nostalgia
Bandage dresses
Impulsive pixies
Winterfell
Words with Friends
Ovaltine nostalgia
Brown rice syrup
#SWAG
“Don’t remake ‘Footloose’!”
Snakeskin
Flea-market chic
New planets
Trapeze lessons
Procedurals
Complimentary bread
Nicki Minaj
Backyard beehives
Radical domesticity
“How I Met Your Mother”
Over-hyped Shake Shack
Reagan

IN

Naps
Sloths
Hand-me-down Sweatpants
Michael Fassbender
White Whiskey
Art.sy
Pittsburgh
Pragmatism
Kate’s Uterus
Coupons
Gary Clark Jr.
“Girls”
Gold-Edition Polaroid
Pinterest
Postman nostalgia
Wide-leg trousers
Impulsive bangs
District 12
Scrabble (with neighbors)
Tang renaissance
Hot honey
#PLUR
“Don’t remake ‘Flashdance’!”
Peacock feathers
Scandinavian rustic
New dinosaurs
Flying lessons
Fairy tales
Complimentary pickles
Azealia Banks
Backyard tilapia farms
Duct Tape
“Happy Endings”
Over-wrought Meatballs
Thatcher

MY THOUGHTS

I love naps!
I can see it…
I’m all about sweatpants.
Oh, Ryan…
Prefer vodka/gin.
Etsy rocks my world.
Portland.
I like to exaggerate.
Bring on a royal baby..
Mehhh…
ADELE.
“New Girl” all the way!
Instagram is easy enough. [free]
Pinterest FTW.
We’ll see…
DUH!
Neither work for me..
Hunger Games will take over.
AGREED.
Baha! I forgot about TANG!
I dislike honey.
#SWAG it shall stay..
AMEN!
Snakeskin beats peacock.
SCANDINAVIAN RUSTIC!
Dino DNA!
Flying has been on my to-do list.
AGREED.
I still want BREAD!
Nicki is my homegirl.
I like tilapia.
DISAGREE.
“Happy Endings” takes the cake.
Give me some meatballs.
The Iron Lady.

VIA The Washington Post

S**t Girls Say

So it has been a super long day back at the office after a nice FIVE full days of vacation back in Houston with family and friends [still not sure how I managed that..] but I sure do miss it, let me tell ya! I am ready to be back at my apartment lounging and playing with all my Christmas goodies!

I thought I would share these videos that helped brighten my day just enough to push on through to 5 o’clock. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and are ready to bring ON the New Year!!

Enjoy!

Oh, sister..

Today is my little sister’s birthday! She is turning 23 and it blows me away! [Mainly because it makes me feel so OLD!] I wish I could be back home to celebrate and make her a badass cake but I will have to wait until this weekend. [baby-step to FOUR O’CLOCK!] My sister is pretty much my best friend and THE funniest person I know. She could have a career as a stand-up comedian… seriously, ask anyone that knows her. You do NOT want to get in a battle of wits with her either.. she WILL destroy you! [It’s pretty awesome..] We usually converse through movie quotes and when teamed up can throw one helluva dinner party. She accepts me with all of my drama and I accept her and her temper. I am so grateful for all of the awesome memories and HI-larious stories we have [and the fact that we get along now!] I honestly could not have asked for a better sister.

You are brilliantly badass and the sweetest sister… [most of the time!]
You are one of the most compassionate, gorgeous and entertaining people I know. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY!! I LOVE YOU! xx

P.S. You can’t even go to a bookshop without making the front page!