Winter is really hard for me.  Aside from the obvious cold comes lethargy, apathy, hibernation, and hoarding.    Because of the newly planned trip to Montreal, I’ve been looking to perfect my wardrobe, and frankly it’s not going all that well.  I know what I want but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for.  Usually when I give up on fashion, I resort to recipes, DIY ideas, and especially home decorating.  I’ve found so many ideas for each room (as if they’re so separate) of my apartment that I’m so excited about.

The theme I guess I would be working towards is maybe a really old french biologist’s country home in the early 1900’s.  That may be a bit dreamy, but the basic idea is classic.

Washington Irving House (as highlighted in The House in Good Taste)

Washington Irving House (as highlighted in The House in Good Taste)

In my searches, I found my next reading endeavor: The House in Good Taste, by Elsie De Wolfe.  I’m not exactly sure how well known she is…I’ve never heard of her.  As far as I’ve read, it’s exactly the classic attitude of  decorating that I’ve been pushing for.  In my search for the perfect things to fit the apartment, I’ve learned that above all, it takes time and of course many many many many trips to so many thrift stores.

**Note:  Some things, however, are ok to splurge for.  Once I feel that I am deserving, I will treat myself to these beautiful tumblers from Anthropologie.

Fleur de lys yellow tumblers

Fleur de lys yellow tumblers

It’s funny, because I just got my tax return, but I think that I need to get something accomplished first in order to get them.**

It’s important for me to get out of this winter funk.  Rather than hoarding everything that I like in the moment, my attitude needs to change towards being simple and selective.

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“How can we develop taste?  Some of us, alas, can never develop it, because we can never let go of shams.  We must learn to recognize suitability, simplicity and proportion, and apply our knowledge to our needs.”

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“What is the main goal?
A house that is like the life that goes on with it,
a house that gives us beauty as we understand it –
and beauty of a nobler kind that we may grow to understand,
a house that looks refined.”

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~Elsie De Wolfe
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(I should probably go ahead and get some accessory pets while I’m at it.)
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February 13, 2009

Katie and I have talked for a while about how badly we need a vacation.  Even if just for a weekend.  We’ve talked about many places.  Including Nashville, Massachusetts, etc.  Finally we’ve settled, and we’ve been so grown up to even make reservations.  Ok, I didn’t, Katie did.  But half of us is grown up.  We’re going to Montreal!

 

We got some help from a couple of friends who went there last spring break and had an amazing time.  They even made a hostel recommendation and that’s where we’ll be staying.  I’m so excited.  This will be our first “vacation” together, and I know it will be excellent.  

 

We couldn’t help ourselves, last night we bought travel books.

montreal-day-by-day

 

Did I mention that it’s a really nice hostel.  

montreal-espace-confort_1

 

I have to brush up on my french.  

Gosh.  I’m so excited.

 

A very near and dear friend of mine celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday.  Here is our celebration, and what led up to it.

 

I found a really cool cake recipe on The Omnomicon blog, via Apartment Therapy

 

2 Cans of Soda, 2 Boxes white cake mix

2 Cans of Soda, 2 Boxes white cake mix

Divided up into 6 even bowls and added crazy amounts of color.  So bad for you, but it’s just this once, right?

 

Dropped colors into pretty color ordered blobs

Dropped colors into pretty color-ordered blobs

The blog recommended gel colors.  I guess they’re better.  

 

Bake and toothpick

Bake and toothpick

I feel the need at this point to assure you that I did not mess with the digital picture colors.  At all.  I had  speculated on the original blog’s pictures.  But I take it back.  The cake really is this bright and brilliant.

 

And cool.  It was a lovely day by the way.

And cool. It was a lovely day by the way.

 

Very lovely.

Very lovely.

We decided that for the icing we would go for a teal.  It turned out being pretty Tiffany blue.  I loved it.

 

Pretty enough to stick a diamond ring into.

Pretty enough to stick a diamond ring into.

 

And a B for Blaire!

And a B for Blaire!

 

It's not a birthday without balloons.

It's not a birthday without balloons.

We also made something very special for her.  And distasteful.  Mostly the latter.

 

Not just a paper mache penis.  But it's filled with candy.

Not just a paper mache penis. But it's filled with candy.

The get together was crazy.  The pinata was a hit.   

 

Literally a hit.  pffffff

Literally a hit. pffffff

And the cake looked fantastic.  Even when being ripped apart. 

 

Poor cake.

Poor cake.

Poor little cake.

Poor little cake.

 I haven’t baked in quite sometime, so I’m pretty proud and happy with the result.  I think I’ll bake special things much more often.  I could use some excuses to be a little more domestic from time to time.

Bloody Sunday

February 1, 2009

Today is the super bowl.  So naturally we are having a bloody mary bowl. 

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I bought an insane amount of fixins.  And tater tots.  Cause why the hell not.?