Tuesday, October 21, 2014

fiddle me this

after almost a month, we are finally settling into our new home.
which cleaaarrrrly is not the photo above. in case you slipped something in your coffee to get through your workday and needed clarification. 
I'm shocked at how "homey" it already feels, and how I haven't thought about our old apartment I called home for 5+ years at all too much.  If you know me, you would expect to see me standing outside the apartment staring at it crying, probably with a boom box overhead, but for the apartment not a person :) 
but I'm a big-ass-married-lady-grown-up now, so that means I magically handle change SO well. 
(I have, however, drafted a blog posted with the top reasons why I do NOT miss our old apartment….. if I had a therapist I think they would be very impressed with my self-soothing….. 
note to self :find therapist who makes me think I'm sane).

anyways, I'll be posting pictures of the pad in all its glory soon. 
this weekend when I was getting a stud finder at the local hardware store 
(listen to me, I might as well move to the suburbs, put on my mom jeans, and start painting tiny furniture for doll houses)  
I stumbled across this little beauty.
after years of loving and wanting one, I got us a fiddle fig. 
isn't she lovely??? (break into lionel richie) 

fiddle me this…
see what I did there? eh!? eh!? slaps thigh. 
when you google instructions for how to care for it - it never tells you an actual amount of water.
it just says on EVERY site to water so that the top inch is dry BUT the soil underneath is moist.
um. monogrammed planter. yes. now. 

so like…… how much water do I start with the first time I water it for that to happen? because it's like DO NOT OVERWATER. OVERWATERING IS HELL.  so I'm sitting here with my little monogrammed pottery barn pitcher pouring tablespoons of water out and then sticking my finger in the damn pot and asking kip what to do. I'm like it's dry but its wet but its dry? 
(kip internally : are you going to be this dumb as a parent.
me internally : oh, puh-lease……. yes.) 

so tell me all about your fiddle figgery and special tips :) 
also, tell me how you can't keep any plants alive like me and make me feel better. 


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Monday, October 20, 2014

scarf season

when the weather turns cool and closets switch from my beloved summer dresses to boots and sweaters,    
preppy scarves become my favorite accessory every year. 
I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon scouring the internet for a new addition.  
from upper left: 
one // two // three // four // five // six // seven 
*update : I don't know why my link is taking you to a japanese ll bean website for the first scarf, but it's LL Bean Irish Lambswool Scarf

and this scarf isn't your traditional plaid, 
but the simple check is perfect and the price point makes it a must. 
and if price point wasn't a factor…….. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

coffee talk

discuss amongst ya-selves…… 
let's just get the bad out of the way first.
Warning…. there's an angry fit up ahead. 
I am peeeyyyyyaasssssssed 
(thats exaggerated dramatic annoying "pissed" for this of you who don't follow).

I'm so upset with The People's Couch I could cry.
out of every show, this one ranks top of my list and I couldn't wait for it to come back on.
well, it's back, and the first two episodes have been awful.

first of all, what are they doing playing practically full episodes of shows and recapping them?
I don't need summaries of television shows…..and call me crazy, but I'm guessing the people who are watching a TV show about people watching TV are probably like me and are definitely WATCHING TV.  
seriously. what is this!?
There's like, 5% witty commentary and 95% crap!?
 What's happening?!
The shows they have been choosing the last two weeks are horrible.
They need to take a note from Season 1:  


Last week, they recapped American Horror Story for 10 minutes.

What the Hell people!!???
Why are you picking these shows?  

Perfect example : 
this week, they watch Homeland.
Now, I love Homeland. I'm all caught up on my Carrie Crazy.
but, um…….. No.

Yeah…...because thats why I'm watching Peoples Couch…..
for an anxiety ridden, horrifying blood bath to unfold right before my eyes while you TELL ME EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS.  It was 10:30 Tuesday night and they capped off People's Couch with HOMELAND.  
If you were planning on watching seasons 1-3, don't watch the Peoples Couch, because they will TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS. 
I don't need an hour of recaps of Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder.
I either A. already watched it and know what the hell happened so why are you discussing plot lines JUST SAY FUNNY STUFF ABOUT RANDOM SHOWS WITH RIDICULOUS PEOPLE ALREADY or B. haven't watched the episode yet and THEY TOTALLY JUST TOLD YOU EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED AND RUINED YOUR NIGHT.

Alright I'm done. 
Last week I got a little coo-coo with Joe and Teresa, and this week it's another rant.
sorry I'm not sorry
I just had to get it off my chest. My favorite show is crumbling right before my eyes.

In great, happy news,
Chrisley Knows Best is back and it is just as amazing as ever.
{speaking of, Chrisley would be a great person to call my boyfriend Andy Cohen and tell him to get with the program!}
USA. Tuesday nights.  Get on it. 

I KNOW you heard the biggest news of the week:
Friends is coming to Netflix.

This is great yet equally horrible news.
Let's take my 15% 5% productivity level and take it down to a 5% 0. 
I'm screwed. 

I'm off to write a heated e-mail to my boyfriend Andy Cohen.


as always, ignore my own blatant grammatical errors whilst I make fun of others poor grammar during coffee talk on a weekly basis.  
#hypocrite  #sorryimnotsorry
I write these posts late at night while simultaneously watching Bravo, taking snapchats of my snoring husband, and making to do lists of everything I was supposed to do and didn't do that day and likely won't do the next day either.  or the day after that.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

wishlist wednesday

 big news that you may have seen anywhere and everywhere.
shopbop is having their 25% off sale
code: FAMILY25
and thank goodness…. because I've been waiting for this bad boy to go on sale.
hopefully you can get one before it sells out.
oh, I jest.
seriously, people?! and it costs a fortune!

more realistic picks below 

:: yummy sweater lusts  ::


one // two // three // four // five

 I know every other blog in the world is tempting me, and probably you, with everything else on their website….
so I'll show ya the practical things you actually need to buy and the sale is the perfect time :)

I'm like your grandma….. getting you useful things for Christmas you hate to buy for yourself and don't get excited about, like socks and underwear. 

I present you with cute knee high socks for your boots, fleece lined leggings, spanx tights….. 
all kinds of cold weather goodies.

socks and tights

fleece lined // spanx leggings // spanx shaping tights // over the knee boot socks // hunter boot socks

and one splurge that is just so amazing and the 25% off makes it easy to go for it.
my favorite contrarian dress now comes in a long black sequined version.
// contrarian bibb dress //
also in short navy sequin (gasp!) and original version 
my other favorite parker beaded v-neck dress I wore on my bachelorette is another great pick!

I meannnnnnn someone wear this and be the sexiest, prettiest lady in the room. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

crack of the week :: shrimp and rice casserole

we had family dinner Sunday to celebrate Kip's birthday
so I made one of my tried and true recipes since it was a larger group and I was trying not to blow my new-housewife-husbands-bday-heres our new home-role.

my food photography is particularly awful today
 (I know…. how could it get worse…. it can) 
because I snapped a blurry picture on my iPhone as everyone started to dig in…. my apologies. 
one of these days I'll get around to learning how to have pretty presentation. 

Sooooooo as a total mind game, I put cute shapes around the photos….. it TOTALLY distracts from the bad pictures and makes the food instantly magazine cover worthy…… right ?? 
just smile and nod like you do when you see a child's painting and have no clue what the heck it is. 

This recipe is a favorite every time I make it.  
I often prep it the night before to make things easier.
Also, it doubles very well - I made two for the crowd this weekend and they turned out wonderfully.
So wonderfully that I was planning on having enough extras for Kip and me to have leftovers for two nights of dinner, but there wasn't a single bite left.  For real. That good. 

Bomb Diggity Shrimp and Rice Casserole

1 six ounce box Uncle Ben’s Original Long Grain and Wild Rice
2 TB butter
1 c diced green bell pepper*
(*I often use the precut tricolor pepper packs in the produce section instead. it adds nice color too.)
1 c diced onion
1 c diced celery
11/2 lbs cooked shrimp
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
¾ c mayo
Salt and pepper to taste
½ c white wine

Cook rice according to pkg directions and set aside.  Saute green pepper, onion and celery in butter until tender.  Combine with rice and all ingredients.  Pour into a greased 9/13casserole or round two quart casserole.  Cover and bake in a pre-heated 350 oven for 45 minutes!

Serve it with salad and Sister Schuberts Paker House Rolls, the worlds greatest rolls, 
and before baking the rolls melt a ton of butter and pour it on top.  

Like…. a TON of butter.

What people don't know won't hurt em….. and they seriously will think you make bomb ass rolls.  
Because YOU DO. 

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