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Giveaway!

 

One of my bestest homies, who now lives in Barely Civilization, Montana, writes a pretty great blog called A New Kind of Normal. She’s a mom raising two VERY strong willed little girls (who happen to be GORGEOUS) and she writes about the craziness of being a stay-at-home mom. For April Fool’s Day, she’s giving away a pair of earrings that I made for her readers! They’re really cute and I definitely had a hard time giving them up. Go check out her site and sign up to win these too-cool-for-school earrings!

 

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Wherein we disover the meaning of life.

 

Like many Americans, I love ice cream. There’s something about the texture, the creaminess, and the endless flavor combinations that I can’t get enough of. Growing up, my parents and I loved to go to the same Chinese restaurant and I would always end the meal with their mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was inexpensive, the ice cream and the restaurant in general, but it was just so good. So from then on, my favorite flavor was mint chocolate chip. I loved the refreshed feeling I got from the mint, and the chocolate, well, it’s chocolate. It was perfect then, and still is, as far as I’m concerned.

But as I grew older, I discovered more flavors in general, which translated into more ice cream flavors. I realized just how much I loved peaches: the fruit, artificial flavors, and of course, ice cream. Breyer’s and Edy’s both make great peach-flavored ice creams. I lived for Breyer’s strawberry as well–it’s just too perfect.

Then puberty hit (like a Panzer running into a brick wall) and I discovered the truly medicinal capabilities of any form of chocolate ice cream. Bad heartbreak? Rocky Road. Teenage friend drama? Turtle Tracks. Cramps from the depths of all hell? Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, which I still turn to on occasion for non-judgmental solace.

As a Southerner, vanilla ice cream is ubiquitous, making appearances more as “á la mode” than a stand-alone flavor. I mean, there’s just not much to vanilla by itself, but throw it on top of some just-out-of-the-oven blackberry and/or peach cobbler? I can die a happy camper. Someone’s grandmother just made her famous apple pie from scratch, so what do you do? Cover it in vanilla goodness, of course. There’s something about those flavors that cause them to work better together than apart. It truly is a beautiful phenomenon.

More recently, as I’ve become a coffee aficionado, I’ve learned to make room for coffee ice cream in my life. Add some chocolate chunks and some strawberries? I’m done for. It’s also great to use in various recipes, adding a depth to the dish that is hard to put your finger on upon devouring the dessert, thanks to how well the coffee ice cream blends with the other ingredients. (Check out this recipe for Killer Coffee Dessert.) (It might be called “Killer” because if you eat too much, that’s exactly what it’s going to be.)

 

So, I’ve just got to know…


Ramblin’ (wo)Man

 

So apparently the Oscars were Monday night, at least that’s what my favorite fashion blogs tell me. As usual, I  haven’t seen a single one of the Best Picture nominees this year, though I think if there was ever a year where I would watch any of them, it would be this one. I’ll probably watch “The King’s Speech” while I’m at home this weekend and I definitely still want to see “True Grit”. Which is out of character, considering how much I’ve cringed in the past when forced to watch Westerns with my father when he was playing Couch Commando (name that movie). Clearly, the wounds are deep.

My best dressed award goes to…

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The daring Cate Blanchett. Who else could pull this dress off effortlessly and make it look amazing? Let’s face it: this is dress is weird, but on her? LOVE. Besides, any woman who played Katharine Hepburn as well as she did in The Aviator has my vote by default. And if you look at the rest of the group, most did predictable shapes, colors, and/or a combination of both, while a good handful did of designers did just plain wrong by their celebrity models. Case in point:

 

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This is Melissa Leo from The Fighter and no. Just no.


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I also decided today that I’m kinda sorta maybe possibly definitely living more like a bachelor and less like a bachelorette right now. There’s FOUR BAGS OF TRASH that need to go out (I’m way too lazy to walk behind the dorm to the dumpster) (in case that wasn’t obvious), I’ve definitely worn jeans that I’ve picked up out of the floor (okay, that might not be shocking to some of you), and there’s hair in the sink, which is typically an abomination. On the other hand, I do have well-organized drawers for all of my unmentionables, so that’s something.

In all seriousness, I need to buy a drawer set to put my overflow of office supplies, etc., in. I’m thinking this:

HELMER Drawer unit on casters silver color Width: 11 " Depth: 16 3/4 " Height: 27 1/8 "  Width: 28 cm Depth: 43 cm Height: 69 cm

Of course it’s from Ikea and it’s only $40! Granted I’d spend all afternoon putting it together, but isn’t that what your 20s are all about? Figuring out life the hard way? I also like that I could use it in a normal home someday (assuming that college doesn’t turn out to actually be a purgatory of some sort and the Catholics were right).

 

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I recently promised a friend I’d make her some earrings to give away on her blog that she maintains to keep her sanity while raising two young’uns while her husband works and goes to school. I’ve been looking for some inspiration, as I’m going to finish them this weekend, so of course, I went to Etsy.

Here’s a few of my favorites (click on the pictures for buying information):

 

Bubble and Vintage Blue Earrings on Sterling Silver Earwires

I really like that these are simple enough to wear during the day, yet they’re still fun and flirty.

 

RUBY BRIOLETTES and GOLD Oriental Earrings (242-715)

Wouldn’t these be great with a little black dress? In Paris?

 

Silver Chic and Unique hoops with yellow glass

White t-shirt, dark jeans, tan wedges, great summer bag, and these earrings.

 

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Speaking of summer, I’m actually looking forward to it.

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(No, this isn’t my way of telling you I’m going to Hawaii this summer.) (Much to my dismay.)

 

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Much love,

Lo

 

P.S.- For the record, the Ikea picture and the Etsy pictures belong to their respective owners, while all the others are courtesy of whoever posted them for me to find on Google.