Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Lovin'


Folks! I'm happy to report that WAWA has extended their
Hoagie Fest summer. It runs until August 9th. I was missing it since it ended the other day, but now it's back for an encore! This time around, all four varieties will be available for $2.99, so you now have a choice between the Italian, Cheese Steak, Turkey or Meatball. What's not to love? I plan to get high on hoagies until it ends! Oh wow...reading this I sound like a friggin' commercial! I assure you that I do not work for WAWA corporation nor am I being paid for my endorsements....I just really like their hoagie deals......$2.99 people!!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lazy Days



It's been very hot and humid this week, and I've become quite lazy, which is the reason for the lack of posts. I'm also getting ready to go on vacation mode too, because I'm heading down the shore in a couple days, and I can't wait! I'm not taking the beasties with me this time, one of my neighbors is kind enough to take care of them for me, and in return I will take care of their beasties when they go away, which is coming up soon. I hope that this arrangement works out well, because I worry about my babies. I posted a couple of pics from last month when we all went on vacation together. Makes me wish I was taking them with me, but unfortunately there will be too many people down at the house this time and the beasties would just get in the way. I'll be sure to give them all a big kiss before I leave.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So cute that I vomited up jellybeans!

Ultra Kawaii, is such a fun site. They mainly show super cute videos of animals, usually babies, doing cute things. LOL cats is more humorous, but this site just reeks of cuteness! No matter how bad of a mood I'm in...all I have to do is watch a couple of their videos, and all is right with the world again. It is cuteness...to the extreme!

This video is in honor of Gidget, the Taco Bell Dog who passed away at the age of 15.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ugh!



I hate to complain, but I have to take off yet another day of work for the electrician so that they may spend their time in the basement replacing some equipment down there. The electrician informed me that it will take him approximately 5 hours to complete the job...which makes me most unhappy, because I'll have to spend the day sitting around, with no air conditioning, fans, computer or tv. I'll be stuck inside with the sweltering heat, trying to occupy myself with some reading....because its too damn hot to do anything else. My boyfriend tries to see the silver lining by saying that "at least you get a day off work". I'll try to put a smile on my face tomorrow...and think about how crazy the office usually is on Mondays...and be glad that I'm stuck at home. I know that Aspen will be smiling because I'm home with him all day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

For the love of Drew

I recently watched the movie 'Music & Lyrics' on TBS last week and I must admit, I fell in love with Drew's wardrobe in the film. She wore some lovely kimono style dresses, gorgeous Indian scarves, and all of her accessories were fabuous. There is one scene where she borrows someone's red dress, and she looks incredible in it. Here are some pictures of some of my favorite outfits from the film. These outfits have definitely inspired my wardrobe.


This outfit was just too cute. She wore tights with shorts, a striped shirt and super cute vest. I adore the pin on the vest too. Just adorable.



I absolutely adore this outfit. The dress had kimono sleeves... but unfortunately I could not find a picture to fully showcase the dress. It looks fabulous paired with her brown suede boots, colorful indian scarf and green army style jacket.


This red dress was absolutely gorgeous (It's too bad this was the only picture I could find, b/c this picture does not fully showcase its fabulousness.

Love this purple and pink scarf paired with her white top and black vest. Very stylish looking.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Before and After

Who doesn't love makeovers? Don't you just love to see how someone or something can be vastly improved with just a little effort? Well, on one of my favorite blogs, Design Sponge, they occasionally post 'Before & After' segments, which has to be my absolute favorite thing to check out. The transformations are incredible and inspiring. After viewing some of these posts you just may take a second look at a rickety piece of furniture and be able to imagine its real potential. See below for some of those amazing transformations.






Friday, July 10, 2009

A few of my favorite things!

I love Zooey Deschanel's fashion sense. She has created a style all her own, but with a vintage flair. Makes me wish I could raid her closet! Her fashion sense is definitely an inspiration for me....plus the girl can sing and act! I'm so jealous of her talent! Is there anything she can't do??











I love vintage milk glass. Everytime I'm in a thrift store or yard sale, I always zero in on any pieces I see. This lovely photo represents what I want my collection to eventually look like, my collection is somewhat smaller than this, but its slowly growing. I really love those milk glass hands on the top shelf with the palms facing up. It's very unusual, and I've never been able to come accross a piece like this one. The main reason I like milk glass is because there is something serene in things that are all white, being grouped together.




Philly AIDS Thrift...one of the grooviest thrift shops in the city. My only gripe with them is that they stopped carrying 8 track tapes. A couple years ago, a friend informed me that Philly AIDS Thrift had an entire wall dedicated to 8 track tapes. When I finally made it over there to check it out, not one 8-track tape could be found! I asked one of the workers there if they had any 8-track tapes and he informed me that they had quite a few but they weren't selling, so they ended up throwing them out...TRAGEDY! Other than that, this is truly a fun place, but you need to be patient, and look through stuff, but there are lots of gems to be found here. They seem to have furniture available for sale, but only on the weekends. Definitely worth a look.



The chocolate peanut butter cupcakes at Naked Chocolate Cafe are simply divine! What could be a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate? Their cupcakes are so moist and delicious, and lets face it, one cupcake is never enough. This wonderful place also has free chocolate samples at the register. The staff is incredibly nice, and they don't give you the stink-eye if you are only buying one cupcake or a few pieces of chocolate. Yum!



Recently featured on Design Sponge, this orange sofa owned by Linda Ketelhut is total fabulousness, as is the rest of her home! If I could marry a sofa...this would be the one! Such a wonderful find, and I love that it's vintage!


The 2XL Robot has to be one of the cutest 8-track players around. I managed to get this sweet baby on Ebay a few years back. It plays any 8-track cartridge and his eyes light up in time with the music. He also came with a few educational tapes as well. Here are some vintage commercials circa 1978:




Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oh Ikea..how do I love thee?....let me count the ways!


Ikea, I love you, I really, really do! Enticing me with your wares at every corner. Making me buy things that I don't need, but you make me want...oh how I want! Tempting me with your special deals which can only be taken advantage of on the weekends, and forcing me to fight the throngs of people in order to obtain them...because you know I have to have them!

I've tried to break it off with you permanently, but I find that I'm weak and cannot resist you as I wait with anticipation for your new catalog in the mail. Why is it that once I feel like I've finished decorating my apartment, you come out with a new product that makes my home feel inferior, unless I own it. You make me spend all my money and when I leave you, I feel lifeless and worn out. Damn you Ikea! Why do you make me need you?!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Spooky the cat





Spooky the cat lives about a 1/2 block from my home. She is an adorable tuxedo cat who is incredibly friendly. I met Spooky while I was walking my dog one morning and she came right up to me and allowed me to pet her head, while showing no fear of Aspen. Her story, as told to me by the neighbors on the street, is that she was a stray who had been hanging around the neighborhood. Since she has such a nice disposition many of the neighbors tried to adopt her and bring her into their homes, but all of them were unsuccessful. Finally, one of the neighbors went out a purchased a dog house so that Spooky could have a refuge from the bad weather. So far, she really seems to like this arrangement. She loves being outside, and she even has a big orange tomcat who hangs around to protect her...and eat some of her food as well. Most times you will find her napping in her little habitat.

One day, while petting her, I noticed that the tip of one of her ears was cut off. It looked like a clean slice and not something that was from a fight or injury. I was telling one of my co-workers about this, and he informed me that when stay cats are captured, the tip of the ear is sliced off to indicate if they are spayed or neutered. I've never heard of this, but I think it's a great idea...I just hope it doesn't hurt too much when they chop it off.

I think it's terribly sweet of everyone to take care of this poor little stray. It's nice that all the neighbors look out for her and I even find myself checking in on her just about everyday, while I'm walking the pooch. It seems that everyone always stops to pet her and say hello when they walk by her home....and this makes me smile.

Monday, July 6, 2009

I hope I don't kill you...



I recently trekked out to Lowes Home Improvement to check out their selection of succulents (which have become an obsession with me as of late). They had a fabulous selection as well as lovely pre-filled pots. I picked up two lovely succulent displays, one in white and the other in orange. As soon as I saw the orange one, I knew I must have it!

My obession started last year when one afternoon I was walking my dog and was admiring my neighbors lovely potted plants displayed outside their home. They looked beautiful and I even took pictures of them on one of my walks. One day, my neighbors were hanging outside their home and I decided to ask them about their beautiful plants. They were both kind enough to fill me in about their succulents and how easy they were to care for. Not long after this encounter I was at Ikea in their plant department, and managed to pick up a few sad looking succulents, apparently the pickins were a bit slim, but I bought some anyway. Unfortunately, they all died before the end of the summer. I think I was a bit overzealous in my watering schedule and managed to kill some of them within a few weeks. Then I killed the rest of them because I was afraid to water them..and then they all shriveled up and died. I vowed to not let that happen again!

While at Lowes I also picked up some supplies to make my own succulent terrarium. I already had a container that is perfect for this project and did a little research online on how to make a terrarium for succulents. It's actually pretty easy, and I easily found all the supplies I needed. Basically all you need is pebble gravel, sand, cactus soil, succulents and a container with a large opening at the top. In order to prevent succulent death, I've made up a schedule for watering them which is about every 2 weeks. I have my fingers crossed that there will be no succulent casualties this summer!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!




I brought out my 4th of July...or actually my Bicentennial throw to commemorate the holiday. This originally belonged to my grandmother, but she did not make it herself, but I remember her having it in 1976 at the height of the Bicentennal frenzy in Philadelphia, where we all lived. She was not good at crafts, but she could make a mean rhubarb pie and her tapioca pudding was the best....just thinking of that makes me hungry. Anway, I'm not sure where she got this fabulous throw, perhaps a friend or family member gave it to her? It is definitely handmade and not mass produced, because there are some flaws where the squares don't line up perfectly. Nonetheless, I love this throw and will cherish it as long as I have it.
Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Aspen goes to the shore










This past Tuesday I came back from vacation in Cape May, NJ. My boyfriend and I were there for six days, that unfortunately, went by in an instant. It was really nice and relaxing. We rode bikes all over town, walked on the beach, played some skee ball, hit the water park at Morey's Pier in Wildwood, NJ, took advantage of Wawa's hoagie fest on several occassions and even managed to hit a couple of garage sales. On this excursion I managed to bring along my cat and dog with us. Aspen (the dog) really loves it down there, as does Sam the cat (although he would prefer we left Aspen at home). The main reason I brought Aspen is because he is getting old, and I'm not sure how many more times he will be able to come down to the shore house. The average life expectancy for a Samoyed dog is 12-15 and he just turned 14 this year. I'm not sure that this was his last trip down there because he still has plenty of spunk, but I decided to take some photos to document his visit, just in case. I love bringing him down there because the shore seems to give him new vitality. Here's to more visits to the shore house with Aspen. Hope everyone is having a safe and happy 4th!