June 14, 2014
I’ve been terrible at posting lately! I’ve been busy. There has been some exciting news, as my mother is moving from Utah, all the was across the country, back to the east coast in New Jersey. It has been almost a decade of her living a 4 hour flight away, so it should be an interesting change. She is already planning embroidery and sewing projects with me.
I started to write this post last night and I had the hardest time. I am currently doing a detox, which I like to do them from time to time. I haven’t done one in awhile since I have been eating so well. Writing this entry is hard since I see the photos and want to pull out the leftovers. It is a little painful.
June 3, 2014
Our etsy shop is up! We are proudly selling two types of items at this moment. We are selling prints of the illustrations that are featured on the site. They are 5×7 but we have a mat add on for the print to fit into an 8×10 frame. New prints will be added as we make drawings for the site. We are hoping to make more accessories with our artwork for the site.
We are also selling some vintage clothes and accessories. Right now we have very few to choose from, but more will be on their way. I can already tell you that there is a matching suit and dress set, and some skirts that are waiting to be listed. We also have a bunch of milk glass vases, that are overrunning the shop. I hope other people find them as elegant as I do.
June 2, 2014
We make a drink at work called “The MD.” It’s high in vitamin C and contains spirulina to help boost the immune system. Of course, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “What is Spirulina?” Usually, I give a vague answer. It is a blue-green algae that is chock full of vitamins and nutrients. Aside from that, I really don’t know where to start. It is like trying to explain why spinach is good for you; sure it is high in iron, but there are many other reasons to eat it. (Spirulina is actually more nutritious than Spinach anyway.) So much it would be pretty silly to just belt out all of its vitamins. So I’ve decided to break it all down here.
Hi, there! We are spirulina!
What the heck is Spirulina
Spirulina is a “sea vegetable,” a popular term to make algae and seaweed seem less “freaky.” Spirulina comes from the Arthrospira genus, one of the earliest living organisms to grow on earth. Although there are many different species, the ones cultivated for food are Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. It was previously thought that Spirulina was part of the Spirulina genus, due to the similarity of the shape. Dispite the change of genus, the name sticks when it comes to its common name. The name Spirulina derives from the spiral shape of the organism when viewed under a microscope. Spirulina’s native romping grounds are Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
Spirulina’s taste can be difficult for people to articulate. Some people love the strong taste, me being one of them. And some people find it overwhelming. It can be pretty hard to eat more than one teaspoon to a tablespoon in one sitting. But keep in mind, one brand of spirulina tastes different from another. Think of it like any form of produce, it will taste different depending on the conditions it needs to grow in.
June 1, 2014
Shirt: Esley | Tank: BLVD via Six on East | Pin: Vintage | Earrings: Nicole’s Threads | Shorts: C. luce | Shoes: Nature Breeze
This week has been a nightmare. I wanted to post this outfit awhile ago, but things were busy this week. My husband and I noticed some rattling in on the bottom of the car. Not only could you hear it, you could feel it. When we looked up potential problems online, we got two possibilities, one was totally benign, the other highly dangerous. So we had to borrow my sister’s car and I had to drive my husband to and from work. It was a huge pain since his work is about 40 minutes away. Regardless, the car is fixed and safe.
Anywho…. this outfit was from a week ago. Alexa and Mr. Ian came to visit me on Memorial Day. We played games, drank beer, and more importantly ate Korean food. I haven’t been able to figure out how to dress lately with the warmer weather. Or perhaps I am just getting older and starting to hate short-shorts. Who knows. This shirt and shorts were bought from Modcloth awhile ago during one of their blow-out sales. I love the bright color of the shorts and pearl collar from the shirt.
The butterfly pin is from my birthday gift from my Mom-in-Law. Alexa surprised me with some earrings and necklace from Nicole’s Threads. I really like this new fabric button trend. I plan on writing a small little review later this week,
May 25, 2014
I’ve been meaning to post this months ago, when winter ended. Now spring is ending and I already have a set of books that I read and want to post here. I use to read all the time when I was younger. I loved book series like Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, American Girls, and The Chronicles of Narnia. I fell out of the reading habit when school started to assign books during the school year. Sure I did my summer reading, but having to read “x” amount of pages by the end of the week seemed to suck the fun out of reading.
It wasn’t until college that I really enjoyed reading textbooks (seriously). I also became more interested in reading for leisure. I’ve also learned to take graphic novels more seriously. They’re underrated. Many people seem to think graphic novels are just comics and compare them to Spiderman and Superman. But graphic novels can be an effective medium for great storytelling.
What I am Currently Reading
The Handmaid’s Tale – I picked this up after I saw it recommended on A Practical Wedding’s Feminist Reading List. I bought it for my kindle and found out that I don’t like reading novels on it. At least it is a good read.
Persimmon Cup – I donated money to this graphic novel production through Kickstarter. I just got it in the mail a few weeks ago and am very excited to read it. I haven’t come across and web links to share in case someone else is interested in purchasing this book .
The Illustrated Man – I love short stories. I finished up Night Film, which was a christmas gift, and needed something that I picked out to read. I think Jon found this at a book sale and hey! The cover has already fallen off, which is sad because I am fairly certain I started to read it because of the brilliant cover art of a tattooed man.
May 23, 2014
Shirt: H&M | Skirt: YesStyle | Shoes: Bumper via Modcloth | Pin: Vintage
I am very happy to wear this outfit. This shirt and skirt are two of my favorite but least worn pieces in my wardrobe. I got the shirt from H&M thinking it would be something cute and different, but the sleeves made it hard to layer. So it stayed at the bottom of the dresser drawer. My skirt is really has straps making it into a jumper. Sadly, I got it from a Korea company so some of the proportions are a little off for me. The straps are fairly short so waistline will come all the way up to my boobs. Ack! But I found that the straps roll down and hide well.
Another cute thing- my broach. My Mother in Law gave me some money to go towards my camera (getting close $400!) but then gave me some pins that her mother had. This turtle looked so cool next to the burnt orange stripes. I got a few other things for my birthday including a cookbook from my friend Justine, Dad is Fat and some David Attenborough docs from my hubby.
We finished up watching the Madagascar documentary and I fell in love with Tenrecs. I can’t believe I haven’t heard about them until now. They are like little hedgehogs, only in a completely different family. They have the most amount of babies in one litter- up to 30 at a time! The oddest thing is how they can use their quills. It is so cool I have to just leave a video to watch from the series.
May 22, 2014
My birthday and 1st Anniversary happened last weekend and Jon and I celebrated by hiking. Our honeymoon we were planning on a lot of hikes, but it rained so much we really didn’t get a chance. It made sense to walk up a mountain a year later to make up for it. Sadly there aren’t too many mountains in South Jersey. We had to drive up two hours to climb Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania.
I first heard of the trail from a list of best hikes in New Jersey. Although the mountain in Pennsylvania, it is only a 3-5 minute drive to trail once you cross the border. When you reach the top you get a beautiful view of New Jersey. Yeah that lump in the photo on top- it’s New Jersey.
May 19, 2014
This is my first wedding anniversary. I am pretty excited,, and I am celebrating with the hubby with lots of hiking (which will be posted later this week). I had worked 12 days in a row right up until this anniversary and felt pretty burned out. It is quite surreal to think that it has already been an entire year. And looking back, I have so many fond memories. I know my wedding was featured on A Practical Wedding, but I figured I should share more details and photos for my readers.
Giving you guys a heads up- this will be pretty image heavy….
May 16, 2014
Shirt: Esley | Skirt: My Story via Modcloth | Shoes: Chelsea Crew via Zulily | Hairbow: Flair | Necklace: KidViskous (closed?)
I am so excited about today. It is the last day of work before my mini four day weekend. This Saturday it is my birthday, and Sunday is my first wedding anniversary. I will hopefully put together a small post about my wedding, because well, I LOVE sharing the photos from it. Yup. I’m bragging about it. I am also hoping to post something about our hiking day trips, with a packing guide.
And just as I get all excited about that, I realize that my CSA will be giving out their first share in two or three more weeks. I am hoping that it will give me a huge push for this site. I’ve been in a semi-culinary-rut. All the same food that has been sitting on a shelf. Now I will have a ticking time bomb of produce that I need to eat before it gets bad. I will be quite busy on this blog!
But back to my outfit. I am a little disappointed by how little is available for my outfit! The style of shoe by Chelsea Crew seems to still be available in different colors. The skirt was being sold through Modcloth for a long time, but now I can’t find it. And the business that made my necklace seems to close down. Ugg! Super bummer!
May 11, 2014
Dress: Freeway via Modcloth | Cardigan: Target | Tights: Target | Shoes: Breakelle’s via Modcloth
Ugg what a crazy week. I have to work 12 days in a row, some days can be 10 hours of work! Eek! But I am halfway done and by Friday I get a 4 day weekend celebrating my birthday and my first wedding anniversary. But now that the weather is warming up it is forcing me out of my comfort zone. Time to bid leggings goodbye and hello to skirts and short.
This dress was one of Modcloth’s Stylish Surprises. It isn’t a dress I would normally get on my own, as I have bad luck with jersey knit dresses. As Alexa mentioned before, they always pill. This one has held up, except one spot on the bottom. No seriously, it is like one butt cheek pilled, the rest is fine. I’ve actually worn this dress before, but I just put a warm fuzzy sweater over it.
I just wish it wasn’t so rainy out, the picture quality is pretty terrible. But I gotta work with what I get. There’s lots of fun new posts coming up, even though I am completely swamped. So keep coming back!