“Z” is for…Zillions of pins

Well, it’s the last day of the month and hence the last day of Beauty and The Butcher’s A-Z blogging challenge. I really enjoyed myself as I hope you did as well. I like the idea of having a sort of theme for the month, it helped me stay regular with my writing and got the creative juices flowing. As I browsed through Pinterest last night (the same thing I do every night Pinky) I realized just how many zillions of pins I have….

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Ok 3000 to be exact but that may as well be zillions. (Is zillions even a real measure of counting, does money really go to the zillions? I feel like this is something I should know the answer to and now you’re silently mocking me…) So this realization inspired me for not only today’s “Z” post (because let’s face it that’s a pretty tough letter) but also for my blogging project for May. What’s the use of all these pins if I don’t actually bring some of them to fruition?! {Also at this point in time if you still don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s ok don’t panic. Sloooowly lift up the rock you’ve been living under and check it out! It’s amazing (ly addictive) and can be really useful. And while you’re checking it out, find me and follow me so you can see what I’m pinning and vice versa!} I’m sick of the “pin now, do later” approach! I remember hearing a professional organizer on tv once say that the worst word we can ever use, is “later”. Putting things off leads to a lack of organization or in this case, a lack of action. When my niece Mahal was little (she’s still little but since she’s 10 now it seems like a lifetime ago that she was truly “little”) probably about 4, her favorite expression was, “maybe tomorrow”. No matter what it was, Mahal can you please pick up your toys, Mahal do you want to eat dinner, Mahal it’s time for bed…her answer was always the same, in the cutest little voice, “maybe tomorrow”. It was a phase she went through and a cunning way she had contrived to get out out of doing something she didn’t want to do. In light of that, I have decided to call this month “MAYbe Tomorrow” (get it?!) and each week I will do at least one Pinterest related project and try to work through some of my zillions of pins and hopefully show you some great stuff as well! Stay tuned!

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“Y” is for…You-er than You

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
~ Dr. Seuss

This is one of my absolute most favorite literary quotes. Although he was mainly known for his children books, Dr. Seuss really was a great writer and there is quite a bit of soul and meaning behind each anapaestic rhyme. Here’s a few more of my favorites…

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

“And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

Ever wonder where the name Seuss came from since his real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel? Geisel attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1925. At Dartmouth, he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, eventually rising to the rank of editor-in-chief.
While at Dartmouth, Geisel was caught drinking gin with friends in his room. As a result, the Dean insisted that he resign from all extracurricular activities, including the magazine. To continue work on the Jack-O-Lantern without the administration’s knowledge, Geisel began signing his work with the pen name “Seuss”. Thought that was an interesting little tidbit! What Dr.Seuss quote stands out to YOU?

“X” is for…wait for it…(dad will be proud)…XENIAL!

Of course you know what that word means so I shouldn’t have to explain…right? Ha, it’s ok I didn’t either, but I have to say I was pretty excited that when looking for words starting with “x”, I found one that suits me pretty well.
Xenial adj. (ZEE-nee-uhl) : hospitable, especially to visitors.
There are definitely many things I wish I was more (or less) of. But I really do pride myself in being hospitable, or, xenial. So today’s example of my “xeniality” (yup that’s a word too!) is a small anniversary dinner we had for our best friends. I don’t believe that you have to wait for a “landmark” anniversary year like 10 or 15 to have a little party, any and every year that someone stays married (especially in this day and age) is something to celebrate! So our dear friends Stuart and Angela were celebrating their 12th anniversary and I decided to help them! I love a good dinner party and seriously have so much fun setting the table, decorating, making invitations, and planning the menu.
My first step was the invitations. Obviously I have an inside track to a good greeting card and invitation source (wink wink shameless plug to my etsy site www.paperlaundry.etsy.com) but I decided to mix it up and try this cool new app I got called “Makr” where you create a lovely invitation (along with coordinating place cards, menus, etc. if you’re interested) and can order a hard copy or for a super low price, buy the PDF and print it yourself. Here was my result…

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Nice huh? Since yellow and grey is one of Angela’s favorite color combos I decided to make that the color scheme for the party. As far as dishes and table linens, I already had everything I needed from my growing dish collection. A few folding tables, candles, a cake from my favorite local cake lady, a delicious Italian meal (with much assistance from the butcher), and 10 of their favorite people, voila, we had a party! Check it out!

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yummy caprese skewers with balsamic glaze for an appetizer

 

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the curtains doubled as a backdrop for my little dessert table complete with white chocolate truffle pops, chocolate covered oreos, assorted candies in yellow and silver, lemon meringue cookies, mini panna cottas, and of course their delicious cannoli filled cake!

 

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The lovely couple posing before they cut their cake.They don’t look old enough to be celebrating their 12th anniversary right?!

 

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This was a little bit of last minute decorating to fill the empty table space, a cardboard letter covered in silver scrapbook paper, a small vase of fresh flowers, and a matching frame with some cute pictures of the couple all on top of a yellow chevron scrap of fabric I had that worked as a makeshift table runner.

 

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I set the table with my vintage yellow tablecloth and contrasted it with a velour metallic runner from tj maxx. Little mercury glass votive holders scattered around the table added to the ambiance and each table setting had a silver charger, white plate, napkin “bow”, personalized candy favor, and a striped straw/placecard.

 

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I found a cake I liked on pinterest, gave the picture to my local cake lady and she created this, so much easier than making my own, even though I could, but with everything else going on it was a big help.

 

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the table!

 

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Each guest received a little favor of either lemonheads or Hershey’s kisses with a little photo sticker of Stu and Ang.

Stay tuned for my next act of xeniality coming in May!

Sunday Style

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Can you tell I love a colorblock print?! This Carmakoma skirt from Gwynnie Bee (similar to the black and white number I wore here) is so flattering and comfortable to boot! But boots wouldn’t go with this outfit so I paired it with a black Worthington top from JcPenney and Mossimo for Target heels.

“W” is for…Waistcoat

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At first glance these pictures may look exactly the same, but if you look closely at the bottom of the butcher’s vest, or waistcoat, you’ll see the difference. A few weeks ago a friend of ours came up up my husband and complemented him on his “sharp suit” but she then looked down at his waistcoat, tsk’d, and unbuttoned the bottom button. (she’s an, um…”older” friend of ours which is the only reason why I didn’t smack her hand away haha!) “You’re supposed to leave that open”, she said. Now, to my credit, my husband is usually pretty well dressed (complete with matching pocket silk) but this was totally new information to me! It got me thinking about waistcoats and whether to button or not to button. So like any good blogger, I went straight to the internet. I found an article that satisfied my curiosity. According to Robert Johnston of GQ Magazine, there are, in fact, four possible answers. Johnston says, “All four would be equally acceptable as there is no definitive explanation as to the origin of this sartorial quirk. The four theories are: first, that when the future Edward VII was Prince of Wales he became so fat that he couldn’t do up the bottom button on his waistcoat so court followed suit to make him feel better about his body image. Secondly, that there was a time when young dandies would sport two waistcoats at the same time so left the top waistcoat’s bottom button undone so that you could see the one underneath. Thirdly, that it is all to do with comfort while in the saddle and to stop the waistcoat rising up the chest while riding. Lastly, that it was an affectation of members of Pop, the exclusive club at Eton, that was spotted and adopted by Savile Row as these spoilt young bucks tended to grow up to be good customers. I personally lean towards the first one, as there is nothing so weird as court etiquette.”
So there you have it, are you a “young dandy” or will you go against the grain and button all the way down?

“V” is for…very ladylike

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Nothing like a floral pleated skirt to make you feel like a lady! This silk pleated a-line ASOS skirt is yet another of my Gwynnie Bee scores and I paired it with a bright yellow top & headband from forever 21 (it’s hard to see but there is yellow in the flowers), a cream bolero sweater from Target, and of course my favorite Nine West blue suede heels! I’m ready for a tea party I think, feeling very ladylike indeed.

“U” is for…under the weather

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so I’ve been away for a couple of days for two reasons;
1) I’ve been a little ahead (mainly because I forgot you’re supposed to take Sundays off for the days to correspond correctly) on the A-Z challenge and wanted to catch up so I end with “Z” on the last day
2) I’ve been a bit under the weather, think I may have a little 24 hour stomach bug or something.
Which brings me to today’s post, my “tummy tea”. When I have a little bug or worse, the flu, and can’t keep anything down or even just an upset stomach, this is my “go to” drink. No matter how nauseous I may be, this always settles (and stays in) my stomach. Just 3 simple ingredients; water, honey, and fresh mint (even better if it’s from your parents garden). Boil them on the stove, steep, and then sip hot or cold, either way is delicious!