Friday Finds

I came across this cutting board on Huffington Post in a section about the best wedding gifts and items found on Etsy – and I absolutely agree. This is the quintessential cutting board for any kitchen, and I am already thinking about who I can gift this to for the holidays. They have a large selection and are customizable in that you can choose something to be laser engraved on some of them, and you can choose what type of wood you would like. According to their website, it takes about 5-6 weeks for order fulfillment; looks like I’d better place my order soon!

Happy Friday (:

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My Weekend in iPhone Pictures

This weekend was particularly enjoyable, which helped to ease into the transition of being away from my family and not feeling terribly homesick.

one We went to Spence’s Bazaar in Dover to look for a bar cart (we ended up with this which we love) and we ended up finding an Ethan Allen mirror that I would have a hard time believing was ever used, and is still on EA’s website. Suffice it to say, I fell in love, and we got an awesome deal on it.
two One of the things that I enjoy so much about my boyfriend’s house is there is a pond maybe twenty feet from his backyard and there are always frogs, toads, and bunnies hopping around. I desperately miss my dog and cat back home, so I told him the next one frog I see I’m keeping and will name him Kermie
three I love Wawa, the food, the gas prices, and the delicious snacks, such as the chocolate milkshakes. I don’t often send texts to the wrong people, but now I know what I am going to pick up if I ever do in the future.
four There is a cute little ice cream shop within walking distance of my boyfriend’s house, we took a walk there and enjoyed some pumpkin cheesecake ice cream on the patio outside.
five In my last post, I linked to this and needed to make it. There is a pop-up Halloween store right around the block that had a “bag of bones”. I tried just about every glue possible to keep it together. Boyfriend/handy-man to the rescue – he drilled the pieces together and I mixed some paint to cover the screws.
six< Finished project which I am mildly obsessed with.
seven A local bar hosted a country jam / charity event at Old Dominion Brewery. They had a stage with rotating country bands as well as lots of delicious food and carnival type games and a rock climbing wall and a mechanical bull
eight The sunsets have been absolutely beautiful these past few nights. No filter necessary

Happy Tuesday (night!)

Pumpkin everything

There is just something special about this time of the year… When the weather finally starts to change and you can start wearing fall clothes (!!), when the leaves are changing color, corn mazes, apple picking, hay rides, and pumpkin everything!
Pumpkins, in my opinion, have an inherent relation to Halloween, you cannot have one without the other. I am so excited that it is finally the time of year when apple cider is available everywhere and you don’t have to hide your adoration for everything pumpkin flavored. I am currently on the hunt for a pumpkin bagel – lightly toasted with cream cheese? Yes, please.
Here is a small compilation of pumpkin and Halloween related things that I found on Pinterest (original links included) that I am so looking forward to enjoying this season.


one I love this butternut squash skull, it would make such an awesomely creepy decoration hanging by the front door to welcome guests, or maybe in a big bowl filled with small gourds and brightly colored apples
two Pumpkin pie french toast, need I say more?
three Pumpkin hot (white) chocolate. I can only imagine what this might taste like – pair this with a night in watching Are You Afraid of the Dark and you can’t go wrong
four I need to make this.

What are some of your Halloween favorites?

Vintage

I love looking through the vintage stuff on etsy, trying to envision where I might put this, or where I might wear that.
I think this dress is so beautiful.

The cut and color of the dress are so feminine, and the bow adds the perfect accent.
I also found this dress, which I don’t particularly love, but it is so similar to a style that American Eagle has.

I absolutely love this dress! It is an updated vintage style – it is a bodycon dress with a bead and sequin chiffon overlay. So cute for work and for the holidays!

Friday Fashion Finds

I found these earrings two weeks ago during Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale, and fell in love with them! I really do have such a soft spot for all things vintage and vintage inspired. I received these earrings last week and have already worn them quite a few times. They retail for $28 and are marked down to $16.80 (plus free shipping!). You can find them here


I love the simplicity of a peplum along with the beautiful drama it adds at the waist whether it be on a shirt or skirt. This skirt is especially gorgeous as it is a “high-low” peplum and would look great paired with a slightly off white peter pan collared shirt. It retails for $49 and is on sale for $14.99 and can be found here


And just because this is one of the cutest phone cases ever and because Kate Spade makes inherently awesome things…
This case retails for $40 and is on sale for $19.98 here


Happy Friday!

H&M and Lana Del Rey

Anyone that knows me knows that I have the smallest infatuation with Lana Del Rey – classic styles, big hair, and great music, what isn’t to love?
So when I heard that she was working with one of my favorite stores on a campaign, suffice it to say, I was looking forward to its release.
I had purchased a few pieces and thought what was displayed in the store was the whole line, until I received an email at the end of October with this picture enclosed:

A few hours after I checked the email I headed to my local H&M in search of it. I scoured the store and much to my dismay it was not there. After looking for about two weeks I had just about given up my search, and happened to stumble upon it this past Saturday and felt like I hit the lotto as there was only one left in my size!
I have been wearing this coat every day since and I love the versatility it offers.

I spent the day in it yesterday wearing it half zipped with a black and tan thick striped shirt underneath it, dark skinny jeans and these in black.
It is, in my opinion, the perfect coat to go out at night in, as it is the perfect weight, not too heavy, and not too light.
It is great as I wore it with jeans, and will look just as good used as a foil with a girly dress.
By far one of my favorite purchases and a steal at $29.95.
H&M does not have an e-commerce website, but here is the link to the jacket on their site.

Tapas

Saturday night was my first time trying Tapas, and it will certainly not be the last. Located in New Haven, CT near many of the bars and situated right next to a hotel is Barcelona. You will certainly miss it as I did at first, as there is no sign, just two wood doors.

Upon entering I realized I had made a rookie mistake by not calling ahead to make a reservation. We were directed to the bar to have a “glass or two of wine” which worked out perfectly as shortly after some seats opened up at the bar.
The bar had an open structure allowing you to see the kitchen right behind it, which I loved.

Narrowing down the selections from the menu was entirely too difficult. We ended up trying four dishes; crispy calamari with a smoked spicy pepper aioli, beef empanadas with smoky pepper sauce, chicken empanadas with an avocado puree, and potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce with a drizzled herb aioli. To finish we had crepas salguero, which were two crepes filled with vanilla and dulce de leche ice cream with a chocolate sauce on top.



I admit, I am a self-proclaimed “foodie”, and this food was so amazing. I had never had calamari that big and had only had it served with the traditional marinara sauce, so I was apprehensive at first that it would not be to my liking, but in fact it was the opposite; it was my first taste of Barcelona and I was in love.
I went to Barcelona with absolutely no expectations, and I was beyond impressed with everything. I am already planning to go back and try the steak paillard, the lamb meatballs, and the roasted garlic bulbs

Happy Veterans Day!