The Monday Rundown

Anthropologie Hand Painted Folk Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers: I’m not usually one for fancy salt and pepper shakers but I REALLY like this set. And, I might actually purchase it. For faaaancy dinners, you know.

AVEDA Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze: I recently tried out this minty-fresh lipgloss in a beautiful shade of dark red and I LOVE IT. Obsessed.  It’s just the right shade of red and it’s super hydrating.

Dia de los muertos cookies: I saw so many amazing dia de los muertos halloween costumes that I was instantly inspired when I saw the cookie version.  These are a must-do in the next few weeks.

Belle Noel Glam Rock Triple Drop Earrings: I’ve been on the search for a fun black drop earring and I love this version, designed by Kim K. herself…allegedly.

The Monday Rundown


Ashley Duncan Black & White Heart Bangle: I’m always a fan of the black and white combo.  This bangle, currently available for pre-order, is such a cute addition to my jewelry collection.

NARS Thakoon nailpolish in “Amchoor”: Yellow is “so hot right now,” as I’m currently always saying.  I’m loving this whole collection, available May 1st.

Cinco de Mayo Pinata Cookies: When I saw these on Pinterest, I nearly fell out of my chair.  Read the directions and see if you’re up to the challenge…I’m currently begging my baking-friendly friends to make them for me.

Lee Industries Linen X Bench: I’ve been eyeing this bench for a few weeks and was reminded of it tonight while watching Girls.  The hilarious virgin cousin had two white versions lined up as her coffee table. LOVE that idea.

Fashion Star: pure marketing genius

Say what you want, NBC’s Fashion Star is pure marketing GENIUS.  Seriously, there are just oh so many (too many) fashion reality shows these days but the fact that you can actually purchase the winning clothing ONE DAY AFTER the episode airs…well, it’s one of those “I wish I had thought of this” moments for me.  I’m also obsessed with Nicole Richie…but I digress.

Suave Professionals is the official hair sponsor for the show  (LOOK AT THOSE COOKIES) and the fabulous Theodore Leaf is the head stylist.  I was lucky enough to meet Theodore at an Emmy’s party back in 2010 and he is absoulutely lovely – I LOVE it when nice people achieve success!

Theodore doing my hair, circa 2010

Anywho, I watched the first episode and fell in love with Sarah’s blue dress, as did the rest of the country…selling out in 45 minutes online.  I had hopes that I would find some time to stop by the actual H&M store (ugh, I hate actually having to go to a store) but yeah, it never happened.  My girl Kristen pulled an amazing and ended up finding me the last size 4 and gave it to me for my birthday BUT, being that H&M sizing is as wonky as a lazy eye, the dress didn’t fit.  H&M- get your shit together and use ONE FIT MODEL.  GOD. (breathing heavy).

OK.  I searched eBay to go up a size and ended up finding a bigger size…for an extra $40, of course.  Not to worry, I sold the size 4 for $42 (a $22 bonus!) so I really only had to pay an extra $20 for the dress.  Whatever. I LOVE IT. (full disclosure: I bought it in black too.  UGH. I have problems).

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Graduation Gifts

Ah, graduation.  I just got back from a quick weekend trip to New York and during my visit, I visited my friend Vanessa at Hofstra, my alma mater.  Vanessa lives in an apartment on campus as a professional resident director which, in my opinon, is totally bitter sweet.  I would’ve killed to be able to stay in college and live that lifestyle for a few extra years but at this point, at 28 (or 29 for V), she’s started calling the students “the kids” and says she feels like an old woman around them.  I totally get it. And, I digress.  It was nice to visit Hofstra, a place that I still consider to be the happiest four years of my adult life, but I’ve definitely moved past that point and I think I’ve finally let go a bit and realized that my memories there are mine and they’ll last forever or as long as I want them to.

Cheesy rant aside, this got me thinking about graduation gifts.  Of course, money will always be the number one gift of choice but I’ve also come up with a few more creative gifts that any grad would be thrilled to receive.

“Do what you love, love what you do” pillow: This is an excellent motto for any optimistic graduate.

David’s Cookies Cookie of the Month Club: Um, I can’t think of anything more exciting than getting a new batch of delicious cookies mailed to me every month.  In fact, I’m thinking about gifting this to myself.

Wine Grape Bosai Tree: This is both a challenge and entertainment.  I’ve always had a hard time keeping plants alive and since this plant actually grows wine grapes, it would be fun to see if I can get the grapes to actually grow.

“Thrilled For You!” Wine: No card necessary.  I love that the bottle expresses exactly what you want to say…and what college graduate doesn’t love wine?

Tory Burch business card holder: Getting a little profesh here.  I love Tory’s business card holders and if any entry-level candidate whipped out one of these on an interview, I’d be super impressed.