Things I Love, Things I Hate – Kate Spade v. Vera Bradley

In order to help you, my lovely readers, to understand me, my lovely self, a little better, I am introducing a new series called “Things I Love, Things I Hate.” The first showdown is between Kate Spade and Vera Bradley. These handbag heavyweights represent two opposite aesthetics and lifestyles. Can you guess which one I love and which one I hate?

Kate Spade - image swiped from katespade.com

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Vera Bradley, image stolen from verabradley.com

…. aaaaand the winner is: KATE SPADE! By a landslide.

Aren’t you glad you know that now? It will make buying me gifts so much easier ; ).

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Making Cubicle Life Bearable Part 2

Earlier this week I tantalized you with some cute accessories that form the foundation of a survival kit of sorts intended for us working folk (Making Cubicle Life Bearable Part 1). While thanking my lucky stars that today is a work-from-home day, I spotted a few adorable accessories on Etsy that I just had to share. These items are specifically intended to make your cubicle, aka depressing home away from home, more appealing. Happy people are more productive, so why not use office supplies that bring a smile to your face? You might even be able to use these purchases as a tax write-off. These would make *me* smile, and at a respective $7, $10, and $20 each, they are relatively affordable indulgences. I’m a sucker for cute pencils, though, and these sassy red implements are at the top of my office supply wish list. What are your must-haves for outfitting your office workspace? Would you be more likely to splurge on lumbar support or fancy pens? Do you buy yourself office supplies or make do with the work-provided selection, content to get in and out with a minimum of fuss and expenditure? I never used to “believe” in buying things for work. They pay ME after all, not the other way around. But, the older I get and the more time I add to my lifetime punchcard, the more willing I am to shell out a few extra dollars in order to make my day more pleasant.

XOXO Pencils by simplesongdesigns

Fabric Covered Button Pushpins - Eye Exam by LeBoutique

Letterpress Desk Calendar by katemajoie

Pretty Little Things

While looking for white pom pom trim for the nursery window treatments, I found a lovely Etsy shop chock full of amazing trims and adornments. Christopherpines’s store has hundreds of different notions, some of them vintage and all of them adorable — AND fairly priced! I ordered three little things for the nursery (which I will show you later!) but had to restrain myself from getting all sorts of lovelies for myself. These items are great not only for sewing, but for making jewelry and accessories, decorative items, crafting greeting cards or decking out presents. On my wishlist:

Classic Silver Vintage Style Wired Tinsel Roping Trim

Light Fawn Velvet

Champagne Vintage German Glass Glitter

Making Cubicle Life Bearable Part 1

After more than a year of working primarily (luxuriously!) from my bright, sunny, well-appointed home office located conveniently near to a high-end coffee maker and accessorized with a loveable doggie and uber-comfortable easy chair, I have received a “promotion” and been ordered back to the office: back to the cubicle, in fact. This life is neither comfortable, convenient, nor stylish, so I plan to do something about that. My search for coping mechanisms will be ongoing. Here are a few items I’m adding to my survival kit/wishlist:

1.) Large thermos. Sometimes (for me, all the time) 12 ounces of coffee is not nearly enough. Enter this snazzy Nissan stainless steel vacuum seal thermos. This baby comes in several sizes, but I’ve targeted the 26-ouncer as an ideal portion. Available all over the web for roughly $25, if you have this now, check out Amazon (and no, I don’t get paid if you buy it.)

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2010 Explorations – Ongoing

-EXPLORATION – Push myself to try new things, go new places, and challenge my routines.

One of my goals for 2010 is to explore. These explorations don’t have to be grand adventures (although I wouldn’t rule one of those out), just small challenges to try something new.

January

  • We took Rory to the Arkansas River to walk, meet geese, and play in the water. This was a new experience for her, too! It’s especially fun to try something new with a friend, whether of the human or canine variety. Witnessing their exploration and experiencing something new together is both fun and stimulating. As it happens, Rory did not care for the geese, although she loved sniffing their poop. We also learned that she is not averse to water, just baths. Even though it was winter, she loved wading into the water and splashing around.
  • I prepared pork ribs and a HAM for the first time. I’ve never been much of a meat-eater, and hence not much of a meat-cooker, but it was nice to add some variety to our weeknight menus, which had fallen into a bit of a winter funk. Next time, we are not buying ribs at Sam’s, though. We ate them for five nights. Two people should probably not buy meat in bulk. The ham was great, too, although I would recommend the same advice. Less is more, people.
  • Tyler and I have been sampling beers. We both enjoy different styles of beers and by sampling each other’s choices, we have been exposed to an even greater variety. I have three new favorites that I can’t wait to buy again. Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat (a stout), Tommyknocker Maple (mmmm…), and Avery White Rascal, a Belgian style wheat beer.
  • Now that Tyler and I are “morning people” as his coworkers call us, we’ve started getting out earlier in the day. Instead of treating ourselves to a late dinner out at a restaurant, we’ve begun splurging on breakfast. I’m totally fine with this as breakfast is my favorite meal. In the past couple weeks, we’ve gone to two “new” places: Jimmy’s Egg and Good Egg. Good Egg is a local breakfast spot. I thought it was a little overpriced, but the pancakes were HUGE. I should have only ordered one because it was at least a foot in diameter. These pancakes were the size of the things you see on Man Vs. Food. I liked the fact that you could choose various “mix-ins” for the pancakes batter and whole wheat pancakes were an option at no extra charge and the flavored coffee was excellent. I can see us going back. The chairs were all park benches, though, and not very comfortable ones, so they do get a demerit for that.