Daisy- Marc Jacobs

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I usually buy a new fragrance once a year. Right before our wedding I bought Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Almost a year later, I still love it and I’m not quite ready to wear something else everyday. Luckily, there are also other options within the Daisy family to choose from. I love these shots our wedding photographer captured while I was getting ready with the bottle!

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Persnickety Prints- Instagram Poster

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I saw the above image on Pinterest and thought the clean collage format in an all white frame looked really chic. Another bonus is that it instantly showcases a lot of pictures, which is perfect for New York apartments that don’t have much wall space.

I made my own for a friend and can definitely see myself using this site again. The poster was glossy and the printing quality was great.  Although the frames are square-shaped like Instagram, I used some non-Instagrammed photos as well. After receiving the poster I bought a frame and wrapped it.

You can visit the Persnickety Print shop here to make your own.

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Hiking in Upstate NY

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We spent Saturday hiking in Upstate NY. Obviously, we love it up there. We got engaged and had our wedding in the Hudson River Valley. My friend used to live in Tarrytown and we’ve spent many weekends apple picking and wine tasting. The Hudson River Valley is only 1-3 hours from New York City, depending on which town you’re going to and it’s the perfect weekend or day escape.

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January 2014

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<clementine season is the best!>

I was sick most of January so I’m a little relieved the month is over. I restarted my resolutions on February 1st since barely making it to work was an accomplishment for a while. I’m starting to feel like myself again and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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<The Doughnut Plant. Seriously amazing. Try the Carrot Cake, I promise! Now they have a location in Chelsea>

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<Made spiced pancakes from this book with this pan>

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<love this cozy scarf from gap, similar here>

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<walking home at night, love you nyc>

Craft Coffee

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I’m usually at a little bit of a loss when it comes to buying presents for The Canadian, so I was thrilled to see InStyle feature a list of monthly subscription companies. They mentioned Craft Coffee and I knew it would be a great gift idea for Christmas. We love our coffee on weekend mornings, and lots of it. We just received our first box and I’m really happy with the results. Each month you’ll receive four ounces of coffee from three different roasters. It’s the perfect amount; just enough to make a little more if you love it, but not too much if you don’t. You’re able to create a coffee profile and then buy larger quantities of the ones you love.  They also provide a lot of information about the roasters, flavor notes and the best way to brew each type. We rarely buy the same beans twice and with Craft Coffee we’re able to try a much broader variety than before.

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Valentine’s Day Card Making at Paper Source

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I love cards. I’ve kept most of the cards The Canadian and I have given each other throughout the years, save especially sweet birthday cards from friends and always get excited when we receive a save the date or wedding invitation. I found a Valentine’s Day Card Making Class at Paper Source and convinced a friend to go with me. We learned how to make 5 cards and it made me want to invest in stamps all over again.

If you’re looking for some paper related inspiration my favorite blog is Oh So Beautiful Paper.

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Be Mine Card

Materials:

Recipe Tips:

  • Punch out flag shapes before stamping.
  • Using a clothespin to hold shapes, (to avoid burning fingers) heat set stamped images with embossing heat tool to dry ink.
  • Apply lace tape to card and wrap ends of tape strip around card to prevent it from peeling up.

<all instructions via papersource.com>

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Happy Valentine’s Day Arrow Card

Materials:

Recipe Tip:

  • Heat set using embossing heat tool. 

<all instructions via papersource.com>

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Spring/Summer 2013 Reading List

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Dark Places

I really enjoyed this suspenseful thriller. Perfect for reading by the pool on vacation.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

You might want to read this one at your home, I laughed out loud several times and thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures.

What Alice Forgot

 A nice easy read that puts things into perspective and makes you appreciate what you have.

The Dinner

 This book surprised me. What started out as just a snarky narrator turned into something much deeper and darker.

The Light Between Oceans

A well written story about a couple and what each one is willing to do to have a family.

Divergent

I loved The Hunger Games series and this was a great book to satisfy my ‘futuristic dystopian society plus love story’ craving, I’m excited for the movie next year.

Insurgent

That’s the thing about trilogy’s, once you start, you need to finish! The third one comes out this Fall.