Monthly Archives: February 2014

Little Love Notes


Dear Diet Coke lovers, the greatest thing that ever was, has just happened to your favorite bubbly beverage: meet the Diet Coke Cherry Slurpee.

Dear Jimmy Kimmel, bringing Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore together for a ten-year Anniversary song, pure genius.  (Equally awesome: The Evolution of Hip Hop.)

Dear weekend snacking, try these healthy oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip bars – they’re full of oats and peanut butter and antioxidants, so you can eat twelve.

Dear paper couture, this 4-Year-Old Makes paper dresses with her Mom – and they keep getting more amazing (the celebrity red carpet recreations are a must see).

Dear sequins and chevron, you get me every time.

Dear perfectly pretty artwork, never have I ever loved an abstract quite so much; meet “Jeweled Terrain”.

Dear future apartment, brick walls seem like a must.

Dear DIY flower crowns, you have me dreaming of Spring.

Dear party planners, the loveliest fabric garlands around.

Dear everyone, did you hear the big news?  We’re having a BABY!

Image via Cheetah is the New Black // Photography by Michelle Drewes


Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Bars {Recipe}

I am a snack-a-holic.  And since announcing my pregnancy, I feel like I can finally come clean about my newfound baking addiction.  (Okay, I kid, it’s not new … I’ve always been a baking fanatic, but now it’s justifiable, so there.)  But also, the first few months of pregnancy, I could barely eat.  My diet mostly consisted of bread, crackers, and apples.  But once I hit my fourth month, all I wanted to do was bake, so bake I did (plenty more amazing recipes headed your way!)  But I figured I should break up the cookie and cupcake fest (mmm, red velvet) with a “healthier” snack alternative.

I’ve decided that these oatmeal peanut butter snack bars are healthy-ish.  They have all of the healthy-ish requisites: oatmeal, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, and no butter, oil, or eggs.  (The splurge is semi-sweet chocolate chips, but really, chocolate is full of antioxidants; so there you have it: healthy.)  The result is a light and fluffy bar, that’s not too sweet, and really just right.  My only suggestion/diversion from the original recipe (which I found over on How Sweet It Is) is to add a bit more peanut butter – it will help to keep the cookie bar moist and a bit more dense, packs in a little extra protein, and makes the bar taste a bit more peanut-buttery (otherwise, the original recipe has just a light taste of peanut butter.)


Makes 9 squares.


3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, like Skippy or JIF Natural (I used a full cup of peanut butter!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (if you like your bars extra sweet, try milk chocolate chips)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add peanut butter and sugar and mix on high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.

3. Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda, mixing on medium speed. The dough will look crumbly and you want the peanut butter mix to be broken up into clumps. Add milk with the mixer on low speed, and mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Make sure dough is completely combined, and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place it in the middle of an 8×8 baking dish, pressing it to fit. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until set and golden on top. Let cool completely, then cut into 9 squares.

By the way, if you want to throw caution to the wind and you’re looking for an ooey gooey decadent cookie bar, frosted sugar cookie bars are coming up next.

Recipe Adapted via How Sweet It Is


BOBBI BROWN Friends & Family Sale


This is clearly the week of amazing sales: first the Shopbop BIG EVENT, and now beauty brand favorite BOBBI BROWN is having their major Friends & Family Sale to get you ready for Spring!  Basically, between now and February 28th, BOBBI BROWN is taking 20% off all purchases over $65, plus free shipping.  This is HUGE, people.  Department store beauty brands rarely, if ever, offer sales, and BOBBI BROWN is one of the best.


20 Show-Stopping Off the Rack Wedding Dresses

There’s certainly something to be said for walking into a beautiful wedding boutique and trying on dress after dress. And truth be told, you’ll want to do just that, to get an idea for the shapes that flatter and the general size that fits your body best, but so many brides in this day and age are ordering their off the rack wedding dresses online. (I did too!)

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These are a few of my favorite off the rack wedding dresses (available online right now) …


By the way, most of these dresses are available at Shopbop, where there is an amazing sale going on right now! (You could get up to 30% off your dream designer wedding dress!)

Image via Amsale


Surprise Shopbop Sale {Up to 30% Off}

I’ve sung Shopbop‘s praises on this site before, especially come sale time.  And today, Shopbop has sprung a pretty fabulous discount on us, and I am quite the happy girl.  The gist: Shopbop is offering up to 30% off your total purchase with code BIGEVENT14 at checkout.

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These are a few of my favorite things …

By the way, how perfect is this Antik Batik dress for Spring?


The Winter Sun Room


Though temperatures continue to stay below freezing in most of the North this Winter, I love the idea of soaking up a little sunshine from a cozy indoor space.  And this cozy little walled-in patio looks like the perfect (and warm) hideaway.  Note to self: once we move up North, find a space with a Winter porch, enclosed patio, or sun room.

Image via Lonny