Tuesday, November 29, 2011


NÖJD Plant pot, oval, patterned beige Length: 6 " Width: 4 ¾ " Max. diameter inner pot: 4 ¾ " Height: 6 "  Length: 15 cm Width: 12 cm Max. diameter inner pot: 12 cm Height: 15 cm

KNASTER Decorative stones, small, assorted colors Total weight: 2 lb  Total weight: 1 kg

How-To: Planting & Caring For Fall Bulbs


I've been thinking about Paperwhites for the past couple of Christmases, but I never got around to planting any until this year. I picked out a couple of bulbs this past Saturday and can't wait to see them grow into plants and bloom. It's not too late to plant Paperwhites if you want flowers for Christmas - just make sure you plant them this week!

(Pot and rocks from Ikea; bulbs from Terrain)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Visiting Terrain

Terrain at Styer's is one of my absolute favorite places to visit! This garden shop features a huge outdoor garden center, greenhouse, store, cafe, and restaurant. I like to visit at least once every season and I almost never leave empty-handed. My parents drove down with us on Saturday and we had a great time winding our way through the Christmas trees outside, hunting for gifts in the store, and sharing lunch and a bottle of sparkling apple cider in the restaurant.

Poinsettias all ready for Christmas in the greenhouse.
Mom and me at lunch.
This huge bloom was the centerpiece on our lunch table.
Dave and Dad enjoying some sparkling apple cider
P.S. Terrain has an awesome brunch, too! Dave and I just visited with Lindsay and Dave a few weeks ago. :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

I have been enjoying Thanksgiving weekend so much this year! Dave's sister and her husband hosted Thanksgiving dinner and they sweetly invited my family. It was so nice to gather together on Thanksgiving rather than splitting our time between families. Dave cooked a turkey for us at home so we can enjoy leftovers (my favorite!) throughout the weekend.

Dave and I hosted a cocktail party at our house on Friday night. We loved chatting with our friends and were so happy to have a mix of old friends (some from middle school) and new buddies. Dave mixed up rosemary gin and tonics as well as cranberry clove Champaign cocktails - yum! I was so busy having fun that I completely forgot to take pictures. :)

I hope you had a delicious and relaxing Thanksgiving! It's beginning to look a lot like...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brian & Theresa's Wedding

I had so much fun at Brian and Theresa's wedding on Long Island this past weekend! I caught up with Dave's family, dined on delicious food (there was a mashed potato bar at the cocktail hour!), and danced up a storm.

I wasn't the only one hitting the dance floor...

Brian and Theresa
The chocolate wedding cake was delicious!

The reception room had two flat screen TVs with burning "fires." We couldn't resist warming ourselves by them. :)

I also had the pleasure of eating at a classic Long Island diner twice!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Weekend Getaway: Long Island

Dave and I are heading out to Long Island this weekend to attend his cousin Brian's wedding. I'm ducking out of work early tomorrow in hopes of dodging the infamous Long Island traffic to make it to the rehearsal dinner. It will be nice to get away for a bit - my cold has been hanging on all week and I'm sick of missing out on all the fun. I'm looking forward to dancing with Dave and eating wedding cake! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Is it too early...

...to start my Christmas list? If not, I'd like this lovely tote. It matches my blog and everything!

city lights bon shopper
Kate Spade, of course.

Friday, November 11, 2011

I'm Sick. Boo!

I caught Dave's cold last night and woke up with a sore throat this morning. I don't have any pressing work projects, so I took the day off in hopes of beating this cold before it really kicks in. I have too many fun weekend plans to be sick!
Organic Lavender Bath Tea
Dave gave me this lovely bath tea that I'm so excited to try.

Today I'm taking it easy - I'll be watching old T.V. shows on my DVR, taking a hot bath, and drinking epic amounts of tea with honey.

Happy Friday to you!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Girls' Night Out

I spent Saturday evening in the city with a few of my dearest friends. We caught up over wine and yummy Indian Food. These ladies lift my spirits and make me smile until my face hurts!

I snapped a few pictures while we were waiting outside of the restaurant:

Michelle and Bekah
Natalie, me, Michelle, Bekah
We are trying to see each other frequently until Shruthi moves to California at the end of December. I think she is going to love living in Palo Alto. :)

Shruthi and Michelle
Sadly, I have no pictures of Alexis - bummer. I'll have to make sure I get her next time.

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

I'm reading "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M." at the moment and I'm really enjoying the book. The author, Sam Wasson, describes the making of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. I've loved Audrey Hepburn forever, so I was eager to get my hands on this book.

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. By Sam Wasson

Sometimes, I feel that Wasson is a bit too broad in his generalizations about big, important ideas like "the 1960s" and "women". Ha! I'm enjoying the juicy gossip and glamorous movie stars, though.

P.S. Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Autumn Snowstorm!

Last Sunday, Dave and I wanted to do a bit of exploring after Saturday night's snowstorm. We drove over to Lambertville to walk around and poke in some of our favorite shops. I couldn't get over the smell of the crisp, autumn air and snowy sidewalks - what a crazy combination!

The Delaware Canal looked so beautiful:

I was so happy to be home from my business trip:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I'm back from Spokane!

Spokane turned out to be almost exactly as I expected: quiet and scenic. As I drove from the airport to my hotel I noticed that the surrounding mountains were covered with pine trees and autumn foliage.

Sarah and I did share one good meal together (the other meal was not so good). We couldn't get over how quiet the city is. We could walk for blocks without passing another person!

Here are a couple of snaps from the SkyRide. I spoke to a couple of locals about the Spokane River and, apparently, the river dries up during the fall and winter and begins to flow again after the snow melts in the spring. I'm sure the falls look awesome during the warmer months.

The Spokane River from the SkyRide.

I came home on Saturday night to an October snowstorm!