Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekly links (Late Edition)

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Links...

learn how to use Craigslist to find the perfect apartment at Apartment Therapy

make gluten free and vegan Three Sisters Posole at Gluten A Go Go

make cherry blossom garlands from disposable tablecloths at Creative Jewish Mom via Craftzine

make a flowery pom-pom pendant lamp at Craftynest via Curbly

use old jigsaw puzzle pieces to create a heart pin or recycle crayon pieces into swirly, usable Valentines at Family Fun (Twenty-three more Valentine's Day crafts here.)

create your own rub-on letters at Can't Stop Making Things via Craftzine

learn 4 new indoor ways to grow a little green at Apartment Therapy

(Photo via People)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Moist and delicious gluten free chocolate cupcakes covered in chocolate-coffee ganache. Sounds like an OK recipe.

I was looking for a chocolate dessert recipe (yeah, Valentine's Day) and found this one from Gluten-Free Girl at The Daily Green. Sources say these cupcakes are even better than those at the famous Magnolia Bakery in New York.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Celebrity encounter

I know you must be thinking...Oh, no. Here she goes, with yet another celebrity-themed post. But I just HAD to share with you that last night whilst picking up a few groceries at Whole Foods...I saw, and spoke with, actress Marion Cotillard. She only happens to be the star of one of my most favorite films EVER, La Vie En Rose. Not to mention she's currently in new fave Nine. LOVE her. (That's all I'm telling.)

(Photo via weheartit)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Weekly links

It's still more New Year greeting won't hurt. (Couldn't resist the tamale balls.) What's on your agenda this weekend? Perhaps you'll try one or more of these...

make chalkboard hangers at Craftzine via WhipUp

make gluten free peanut butter and jelly chocolate sandwich cookies at Grandma's Gluten-Free Baking N Cooking

make junk look good at Apartment Therapy

discover tips for camouflaging thermostats, radiators and air conditioners at Apartment Therapy

make olive penguins at Serious Eats and Cut Out + Keep via Curbly

build a kitchen banquette with storage at 5 Minute Videos via Curbly

learn how to keep technology quiet at night at Unplggd

(Photography by Keith Davis Young)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is your big (black) bag too big?

Well, mine is black. I happen to have a bag very similar to the one pictured above, though I'm happy to note that I paid nowhere near $720. A few days ago in the Target parking garage, a woman noticed me searching through my bag for keys and referred to it as "the black hole." And just yesterday, Jezebel tackled this very subject in "The Burden (And Beauty) Of The Bottomless Bag." Some items women carry? Hand sanitizer. Three take-out menus. Pepper spray. The remains of a pumpernickel roll. A cat.

Dare I ask what you have in yours?

(Via Marie Claire)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fashion inspiration: Angelina Jolie

Recent posts seem to be all about the fashion and/or celebs. Nonetheless, I really like how this mom of six rocks a Loro Piana cable-knit sweater dress and Ferragamo knee-high boots.

(Photos via Jezebel and People)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Stellar performance and style in An Education

I watched the movie An Education two nights ago and while it's not my fave, I was happy to discover relative newcomer Carey Mulligan. (I was already familiar with Peter Sarsgaard whose performances are always good.) Carey's charm plus 1960s period detail make it worth seeing. Do you think she resembles Audrey Hepburn a little?

This just in...Carey Mulligan secured the No. 92 spot in's Top 99 Most Desirable Women 2010 ranking.

(Photos via Flickr)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tattoo stockings

While on the subject of tattoos, do you have a real one?

(Via Etsy shop Tattoo Socks)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weekly links

Have a wonderful weekend! Here are your links...

make a stylish superhero headband at Curly Pops via WhipUp

make gluten free butternut polenta lasagna at Gluten Free Gidget

discover 5 places to use a rubber stamp in the bedroom at Apartment Therapy

make a very simple loop window shade at Two Straight Lines via Curbly

make a "Team Conan" t-shirt at Vickie Howell via Craftzine

learn how to keep your neighbors sane during renovations at Apartment Therapy

learn how to stencil with freezer paper at How About Orange via Not Martha

make chestnut flour crepes with ricotta and honey at Martha

(Photo via Ffffound!)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Do you know about The Catorialist? (I didn't.)

It's one of Refinery 29's four favorite unconventional street style blogs. Featuring "fashion-forward felines," The Catorialist combines Sartorialist-esque photography with "Cute Overload-preciousness." I like the post titles.

"On the Street...Full Tortoise, Chinatown, LA"
"The Catorialist for Purrberry's Art of the Trench"
"Sunset Sharpening...Los Angeles, CA"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Turn an outfit from drab to fab with these trendy pieces from Forever 21. (One might think I write ad copy for a living.)

Circle Accented Mesh Necklace, $8.80
Patent Ballet Slipper, $16.80
Metallic Elastic Belt, $7.80
Furry Trim Cardigan, $26.90
Pearlescent Symphony Tunic, $19.80

What's your favorite way to jazz up your look? Moi? Black nail polish--a little edgy and a lot inexpensive.

This New York couple wed on the 100th day of their relationship!

Talk about a New York minute. New Yorkers Sarah and Peter met on the online dating site After three dates they knew it was meant to be and after just 45 days, they were engaged. And after 55 days of wedding planning, they exchanged vows in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood where Peter had lived for several years.
The couple hosted their 150 guests in the street-like alley outside the carriage house which had undergone a 20-month renovation that ended just before the June nuptials.
In traditional Jewish weddings, the couple spends a few minutes just after the ceremony's conclusion alone together. So Sarah and Peter walked down the street to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade which overlooks the New York City skyline.
The newlyweds enjoy a quiet dance in the courtyard here, although later in the evening, remaining guests joined them in the basement of their home for dancing under two disco balls and an array of votive candles tucked into the nooks of the walls.

(In contrast, Jodi and Jon of Utah found true love after 15 years of friendship.)

(Via Martha Stewart Weddings)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Weekly links

Last night my husband and I watched Up in the Air starring George Clooney. Both of us really liked it. A little trivia about the movie: With the exception of the famous actors, every person we see fired in the film is not an actor but a real life recently laid off person. The filmmakers put out ads in St. Louis and Detroit posing as a documentary crew looking to document the effect of the recession. When people showed up, they were instructed to treat the camera like the person who fired them and respond as they did or use the opportunity to say what they wished they had. What do you think of that?

This weekend we're planning to visit Babycakes' new digs in L.A.--I can't wait for my son to have this bakery experience alas! Here's to a delicious weekend, and here are your links...

though New Year's has passed, you still can learn 20 ways to pump up your next party at Delish via Curbly

make gluten free orange fennel salad at Food Network via Cupcakes and Cashmere

make a vintage-inspired 70's style string lampshade at Instructables via Craftzine

make a modern statement ring at The Swell Life via Curbly

make a chocolate iPhone using the iPhone packaging at Craftzine

discover 5 new uses for old t-shirts at Apartment Therapy

dust and dust mite proof your bedroom at Apartment Therapy (Beware of photo as you click through.)

(Photo via weheartit)

When you have five minutes and fifteen seconds to spare, watch this parody of Dirty Dancing.

(This is for my daughter who has already watched the 1980's movie classic 37 times--a conservative estimate.)

(Via Cinemash)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

So do you think Emma Watson's right leg was Photoshopped?

No leg.Leg.As New York Magazine puts it: "Either she's been horribly disfigured in a tragic ski accident, or someone on Burberry's Photoshop team is in trouble."

More photos of the Burberry spring 2010 campaign can be viewed here.


While these art walls inspire me to do something about the un-hung artwork, empty frames and hundreds of photos still scattered about a small corner of our living room floor (we moved four months ago), I probably won't. Or maybe I will.

(Top photo via Flickr; bottom photo via The City Sage via Elle Decor)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Glamour on gluten (or...Gluten on Glamour)

Gluten: Friend or foe? Some of you may be interested in reading yesterday's post on Vitamin G, Glamour's daily health and fitness blog.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Babycakes opens in Los Angeles!

I just found out that New York-based Babycakes opened this weekend in the Pacific Electric Lofts at 6th and Main in downtown Los Angeles. Though we never made it to their East Coast headquarters, Babycakes L.A., here we come!

I love seeing "gluten free" written all over the display window...

No writing. Just yum.
(Photos via Style Section L.A. and Quarry Girl)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Get{ty} inspired.

We kicked off the New Year with a visit on Saturday to the Getty Villa in Malibu. The weather was beautiful, as was everything we saw. Here's a peek at the grounds of the Villa.

(First two photos via here, third here and last one here)