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I have an embarrassing number of pairs of Ann Taylor perfect pumps and I tend to hoard the boxes – they’re nice and sturdy and a classic black. And I knew they would come in handy some day!
Does the trick!
Hard to believe it’s been only a year since I left NYC and moved back to Los Angeles! It feels like so much has happened in those 12 short months: finding an apartment, buying a car, taking the bar exam, turning 30, Maid of Honor-ing at my sister’s wedding, settling into to a new office and making so many wonderful friends there! I went back to visit NYC a couple weeks ago and everything felt at once familiar and subtly different. The visit confirmed for me that I made the right choice moving back to LA, but there are definitely some things I miss about NYC and one of them is the most beautifully striking interior decor stores I’ve ever set foot in – ABC Carpet and Home:
Isn’t it absolutely stunning?
Every single thing in there is displayed like gorgeous, prohibitively expensive art.
One pricey piece in particular (try saying that three times…) made me smile.
I knew there was an expensive gold-rimmed bowl out there somewhere that I could use to flaunt how much cheaper and better my DIY version is! Except it’s not really – the two aren’t even remotely close in craftsmanship and quality. But mine did cost a fraction of the price (1/10, to be exact). And, frankly, I’d be too nervous to eat out of a $40 bowl anyway (what sour grapes?…)
So there you go, DIY inspiration, slightly delayed. =)
You may have noticed him from some of the pics in my last post, but I had to officially introduce the guy ’cause he’s so damn adorable:
I snagged him for $6 at West Elm. He’s officially a timer, but I think I’ll just use him as my kitchen watch guard ’cause, really, who’s gonna mess with this guy?
Add this to my bark-and-pinecone owl picked up in Vermont:
The owl key dish that greets me when I walk in the door:
And the slightly paranoid-looking fella I got on clearance on Target:
And I think you can officially call this an owl collection. Which I’m totally embracing ’cause I haven’t collected anything since my awesome and extensive sticker collection in the second grade. As long as I don’t start naming them — please stage an intervention if I do.
I’ve really been neglecting this corner of my living room – it’s so sad and utilitarian, so full of big black screens and blah white Ikea finishes.
I got the idea to mod-podge some pretty paper onto the drawer fronts and finally got around to doing it this weekend. All it took was 30 minutes and the most difficult part was measuring and cutting the paper.
A little better, no? I think I’m going to use the same paper on the desk and maybe add some brass hardware to make it even more un-Ikea like. That’ll probably take me another three months to get around to, so I’ll see you then, ok?
Don’t be fooled by its cuteness, these taste so good you don’t even notice the alcohol until it suddenly wallops you over the head. That liquid the mandarin segments are soaking in is pretty much PURE GIN.
The recipe for the gin and honey soaked mandarins can be found here:
I used “lite” mandarins in mandarin orange juice, not syrup. Also, I skipped the vanilla bean ’cause one of those suckers cost $12 at Ralph’s which I cannot in good conscience support. I used pure vanilla extract instead and it turned out just fine.
Just drop a few mandarin segments into your glass with a little of the soaking “juice” and top with prosecco or champagne. Add a little mint and lime if you’d like. I thought these were a perfect drink to serve on a Sunday afternoon in old Real Coconut Water bottles — I save them ’cause the immigrant child in me can’t bear to throw them away. They will undoubtedly show up in random posts in the future. Hooray for reusing!