bring it on!


On Boxing Day i ventured up to Target to purchase a new year planner i'd be eying & have since been excited and obsessed with plans for the new year!! I can't really believe we're hours away from 2012, but i am ready!

2011 was good to me, no denying that, but i'm ready for a new year - new goals, & new adventures. Still working on my list of resolutions, that's to follow but in the mean time, i just have to know :



xoxo cheers to an amazing & sparkly new year!
looking forward to my midnight kiss ♥

writing on dandelions

With this year coming to an end, i found myself reflecting on a few of my favorite memories from twenty-eleven. it's funny in some ways i feel this year blinked on by, but as i sit & dissect all the things i did this year it seems like it was definitely a full twelve months. I went through a lot of growing & changing & along with fighting my own demons & inner challenges... 2011 was kind of intense. I had my ups & downs, but i also really loved it. i'm at peace with this year. Enough to scribble some favorite memories. Hey, i did some really cool shit. I even went to two new countries. I can't complain all that much :)


But, you cant blame a girl for itching to look forward to the future! xoxo

Holly Jolly



Hoping everyone's holiday was as sweet as mine!! I was surrounded by love, delicious food, & spoiled with gifts. Four days off work, without a care & an alarm clock... ahhh-ma-zing! Not gonna lie, I was practically dying to get into all the pretty presents wrapped beneath my tree yesterday morning while my mista was laid out in dream land in my bed. Guess what!? I'm going up in a hot air balloon in a couple of weeks!! I'm beyond excited - i really can't even believe it's happening! i've wanted to since i was a little girl, lots of kisses to JKD for making my little (big) wish come true!!

XOXOXO
hoping yours was merry & bright!

Wild Ride

It's been a little over a year since i left the mundane corporate world of banking & started working at a local recycling company known as S&S. Which means i made it just in time to celebrate the inaugural & second annual wild Christmas party:



short dresses, strong cocktails, a ridiculously awesome party bus, sensationally seasoned food, shots, dancing, solid company, VIP, bottles poppin & incase you're wondering just what this all results in? ...a highly intoxicated blend of people, & a couple girls who think riding a mechanical bull is a genius idea (myself included), a little madness & a lot of fun!

i am so thankful to be part of such an amazing crew.

xoxo

Virginia

I was born one warm Wednesday in Virginia, & though i only lived there for six short months of my new life before moving home to Florida, i hold VA very close to my heart. My father was born & raised there, he grew up the son of a farmhouse man & wife with his four siblings. He joined the Navy & left town, thus resulting in his brief relocation to Scotland where he met my mother. See: love, marriage, children.

My brother & i loved going up to Virginia to visit Grandma & Grandpa's house. Life there was so vastly different to what we were used to in whichever corner of Florida we were currently situated, & it was incredible. Acres & acres of farm to explore, homemade breakfasts ready at the crack of dawn, Farm animals to play with that i just adored (Ringo, Boots, Boo-Boo), fireflies to catch at night & just being around our Grandparents... we loved it. My Grandpa would take us out to explore the fields, sit on his tractor & tell us stories, my Grandma would load us into her sharny green sedan & shuffle us over to her friends houses or the store. We adored it all. My only snow day was held in their front lawn- snowball fights, a snowman, it was completely legit and magical, especially for a couple of elementary school children from Key West, Florida.


& oh how i loved catching fireflies in Grandma's mason jars, I never see them in Florida & it was so exciting to capture those little lightning bugs. Every time i hear Copeland's Brightest Little Firefly it always brings me back.


Recently, i made the reminiscent ten hour drive from Florida up to Virginia with my folks. Only it wasn't a venture with a cheerful, exciting tone. My grandfather is dying. It breaks my heart to even write those words out. My parents, my brother & i were heading up to say goodbye to my now, frail & very ill grandpa. Words cannot even express the intense sadness that derives from seeing him so helpless and weak, or from watching as my sweet Grandma clutches his hand into hers by his bedside like she does everyday... hoping for a response.

I know that every life eventually comes to an end, but this was the first time i've felt so close to it. It was a very emotional trip, but i am beyond happy & endlessly grateful for the opportunity to see him alive again, an opportunity to tell him i love him, that most do not get. On the last day i visited him, he was awake, & he looked into my eyes, and gave me his cheek to kiss. I did & told him i loved him. It was the first time i felt he knew what was going on, sure it was something small, but something that touched me, that i know i will never forget.

nerding out

Ten hours in the backseat makes for some serious phone activity. Lets just say I'm more than a little acquainted with my Sammy Samsung at this point. Oh hello, new background, new font settings, serial texting, troubling tetris, words with friends, etc. I've discovered something new in the android market & i'm intrigued...

As if blogging, tweeting, facebooking, & pinning weren't enough... I've also created a Path.

Three cheers for excessive nerding out via social media!

its the most wonderful time of the year...


2011 has been flying by (like a G6?!) & i can hardly believe it will soon be the new year!! December, you've arrived. Hello, hello there! Not gonna lie, I've tried desperately to embrace the holiday season by decorating my baby penthouse whilst channeling Martha Stewart. Whats a girl to do with no snow in sunny Florida? Well, purchasing a bright white Christmas tree & endlessly spinning my snow globe has seemed to ease the pain while i pretend that i'm not really wearing a tank top dress & sandals today... & that secretly, its a white Christmas all up in here!






My tree was naked for about a week with it's blinding bright white lights beaming... i kind of enjoyed the simplicity of it, but gave in & hung up all my ornaments this weekend. I love it even more now. I splurged on some stockings & stocking holders also this weekend, & stitched a variety of buttons on Button's stocking. Yes, my weenie dog not only has a stocking, but also a classy stocking holder. My mista may or may not be a little envious that my dog gets a custom stocking, while he gets store bought. What can i say? She's my little girl.






I've even been baking. Clearly, i'm definitely channeling Martha. I've got a few more crafty projects in store (completing my yarn wreath & painting a few ornaments & maybe a mini canvas) & my x-mas decor will be complete! Now it's on to the shopping.... i'm anticipating a lot of online shopping in the near future... i cant handle the claustrophobia in shops this time of year.

xoxo

melodic mondaze


i've owned three Christmas albums in my lifetime. The first being Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas, circa 1994. It was coincidentally the first compact disc i owned. It's still amazing, in fact i listened to it yesterday, resulting in a tweet to Nick Cannon to let him know how lucky he is to get to hear his awesome wife sing carols live this time of year... for me it's a classic that i just love listening to, BUT, i'm getting off track. The second being *NSYNC - Home for Christmas circa 1998... equally awesome Christmas album, not that i'm bias due to a slight obsession with them once upon a time.

SO! It's been over a decade since i broke down & picked up a Christmas album, & a couple weeks ago i simply could not resist & have fallen in love with this golden gem:


Is it possible for me to have an even bigger girl crush on Zooey Deschanel? Cause I do, big time. Her voice has this nostalgic twang, & she absolutely nails these songs from the fifties. I can't help but love the creativity & quirkiness she puts into everything she does. Props to M. Ward too!! They work great together!

she&himxmas by erin jessie on Grooveshark

This album is just beautiful, & spreads so much holiday cheer! It literally makes my heart wish Florida had snowflakes.

getting into the spirit of the holidays

my new bright white christmas tree:

& dashing dachshund ornament:


fa-la-la-la-la, la, la, la, la.

cuteness overload

Alright. Seriously, i'm in love with this little guy:



squees, eeeee's, awwww's & all that jazz.

On being thankful

Last November i wrote about my thoughts on Thanksgiving, this year i've decided to make a little list of things i'm thankful for this extra sunny & warm November of 2011.


for growing up in an era with mixtapes, where i could play outside til the streetlights came on, & for having a brother to play nintendo with.

for being a Seminole: so proud to have a degree that took a ton of hard work & was accompanied with a whole lot of fun.

for having a gentleman who spends an ungodly amount of time in a vehicle traveling to see me. thank you satellite radio for making it a little more bearable lately.

for Miami Dolphins games on Thanksgiving with my family, even when we aren't victorious.

for Blondies, delicious homemade creations made by none other than my beautiful Scottish mother.

for the love shared between my little wiggly butt, button & myself. i mean, i pick up her fecal matter on the daily. l-o-v-e.

for having a job that i actually really enjoy, for co-workers & a boss who make me laugh five days a week.

for giggle fests with friends, who although they live hundreds of miles away are forever there for me.

for cheese. Yes, delicious cheese, & the availability of it- so that i can have some every single day. in a variety of flavors & ways.

for making it alive to 2011... i srsly can't believe i'm twenty-six & at the age where people i know are getting married & having children... on purpose. Needless to say, my mind isnt there yet.

& lastly, i am thankful for every day, the beauty & unknown of each day. I take it for granted often, too often... but, life is a beautiful thing.

a couple of things im currently loving;

pretty flowers from my mista:


& this beautiful cover of Grease's "You're the One That I Want" by Austin based band - The Lennings:



the video is absolute garbage, but i am so loving this song. What up Austin! I'm still ever so longing to explore you...


boo birthday celebration!

On November sixth, nineteen-eighty-two a wonderful individual was welcomed with loving arms to Planet Earth. I'm so delighted he was, & that twenty seven years later he would stroll through my work place & eventually own my heart.

He just had a birthday! Darling... twenty-nine looks great on you!


My mista, a once upon a time hockey hero himself, is a die hard Philadelphia Flyers fan. For his bday, i thought long & hard about what i wanted to do for his birthday, after all he does so much for me, so i really wanted to make it extra special. I finally decided I would surprise him with center ice seats to watch his beloved Flyers take on the Lightning in Tampa. Actually i was pretty stoked about it! I scored these seats three rows behind the glass, behind the Flyers bench & was dying with excitement to give them to him & see his face!! I couldn't settle with just that though, i felt that i needed something tangible, something thoughtful, something.... that he could have to remember that day forever, with me.

So, i got out a blank canvas & in honor of him & his flyers i began to paint. This was the end result:



A little orange, black & orange. A slight change of the Flyers logo, incorporated with a bit of the Philly skyline & it's pretty fly.
He loved it!



His birthday was so special. We had an amazing time together... I'm so lucky to have found him, the happiness shared with him is like nothing else in this universe. The hockey game was an absolute blast... they weren't victorious, but that didn't even matter. My first Flyers game ever, but hopefully not my last!!

I love you immensely mista dolski. Happy twenty-ninth!

betty & johnny forever ♥

This year we stepped back in time to an era where my mista can fittingly refer to me as toots.


say hello to betty & johnny!

not gonna lie, i really, really loved putting on my blonde wig & this get up.... even more so, i adored getting Jake's costume ready & enjoyed every minute surrounded by him in character as Johnny at the 2011 Hocus Pocus Party.


my friends looked pretty damn awesome too!


I can't help but love Halloween... it brings back the happiest memories as a child, teen & adult. I love dressing up, getting into character & being someone else for a night.

I even went to work in this getup, although slightly altered with black leggings & wedges, it was pretty outstanding. Did i mention i was the only one in costume? Hah, Oh & the children i passed out candy to in the evening too really appreciated my efforts. I hooked up some seventh grade girls with a little history lesson on the ladies who went to work during WWII... they didn't know a thing about Rosie the Riveter, but we're really excited to hear about it. I obliged... & felt pretty great about it.

a date with death cab

Friday night. I finally was graced with the opportunity to have my ears absorb each and every glorious note live from the wondrous fingertips and vocal chords of none other than Ben Gibbard. In a word - amazing. For you see, my girl Caitlin bought us tickets to see one of my (our) favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie.


Doesn't their name look absolutely breath taking in bright lights!?

In 2005, i met Caitlin - we spent a week vacationing together, along with six others inside an incredible beach house situated on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We were instantly friends over mondo shots, beach walks, outdoor showers, drenga, dance marathons / singalongs. The following year we were living together attending Florida State University. It was a whirlwind & the beginning of a great friendship... one thing we both had in common was an undeniable love for the lyrical sounds and stylings of death cab.



We were both elated upon hearing that DCFC would be playing in Florida, & for my birthday she surprised me with tickets for us! I arranged for a driver to chauffeur us to & from downtown while we drank, sang, danced & stood in utter awe of Death Cab.


just as you might have imagined, it was incredible!


cheers to an incredible evening with one of my very best friends. It was so very special, thank you Death Cab for the serenades... & thank you Cait, for making it possible!

& thank you Cait, for making it possible!!

penny for your thoughts

Maybe its because i love innovative ideas, or the luster of a bright & shiny new penny... or maybe it's an appreciation that came with nineteen months in the banking industry, or that i now work in the recycling industry & spend a lot of time around copper... either way this ridiculously creative floor is all kinds of awesome:



The shoe shop, Revolver placed along an ordinary street in an ordinary Indiana town is anything but ordinary. Pennies rained among the skies littering their ridiculously awesome store with a bed of copper & zinc left to dance on with your new kicks. I think i'd go for a pair of PF Flyers... if for nothing more than a simple shout-out to Smalls & Benny Rodriquez.



Its kind of amazing & at $1.44 a square foot it's something i would definitely consider for my own dream boutique one day. Hello dreamy Mr. Lincoln...



i'm thinkin you'd look mighty fine beneath my feet.

Sweet Octobre


you've been a lovely month thus far, & thinking back ... i feel almost guilty for not greeting you with sparklers & giant smiles.

For sweet October, you have already brought some serious wonderfulness into my life:

  • A date downtown to see one of my absolute favorite bands, death cab for cutie with my dear Caitlin. [pics to follow shortly.]
  • An afternoon adventure to Orlando to watch college football during a torrential downpour, it sounds pretty terrible, but i actually really enjoyed it.
  • A lovely wedding where my tear filled eyes watched as my old friend promised her life to her husband. It was beautiful, & the bouquet literally fell into my arms, resulting in a very entertaining dance once my love snatched the garter.
  • The realization that Netflix is now streaming The Wonder Years, thus resulting in an excessive amount of the Arnolds, Paul Pfeiffer, & Winnie Cooper in my living room. It's kind of amazing.
  • A shabby new look to my patio, my mista spent a few hours hanging pretty lights, wind chimes, & paintings to surround my table & chairs... I've already made & enjoyed two special meals on it. love it.
  • Fall festivals, Halloween planning, hang time with JT$, crafting, a serious score on a vintage typewriter whilst treasure hunting....
i kind of love you beautiful October. I'm more than a little excited for pumpkin carvings, Caitlin's Hocus Pocus Party, pumpkin pies, & spiced lattes.

hey Martha, i hear you're a raging biatch --- but, this pic makes me swoon,



Happy Haunting!!