Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wanting to Know you Wens.

i have celeb crushes. There's the forever crush (as in i still would marry him variety) in Robbie Williams and Penelope Cruz, who i call my girlfriend. 

it's fun to get slightly obsessed. My twin sister Marianne is more than slightly obsessed with last season's Texas Rangers Ace Pitcher C.J. Wilson (fingers crossed he stays in Texas!). So much so, she joined twitter just to read his tweets.  

the other day i get this phone call from a very excited twinkie saying that they had tweeted each other!!! as in THE Cj Wilson, her celeb crush, had replied to one of her tweets about working out after turkey day. Proof: 

A hot guy she loves talking about working out? a big deal. {I love seeing his twitter name and her name}

i think i would melt if Robbie Williams ever replied to one of my tweets.

who's your celeb crush? have you ever had a celeb reply to one of your tweets? i wanna know! please share below xo

Monday, November 28, 2011

here's to co-workers who become close friends.

{the pretty girl on the far right is the maker of these bracelets i love}

i'm going to miss my work bff Kristi who's leaving on the 1st to go back home to Michigan. This weekend we celebrated her last work shift by going out to the first place we all went to together (this outdoor karaoke bar called Erin's).  

In a few short months, we've become so close that i don't think it's hit me that she's not going to live across Mesa St. from me or that we'll never laugh behind the registers at work together again. Or make cupcakes at midnight. 

Don't you love those "natural friendships"? i can't think of a better description because that's how it felt... natural we were friends. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

the date.

even though we've decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary the day after Thanksgiving every year, i did purchase a hand stamped necklace from k. byas impressions that i absolutely love.

Kristin is a friend from back home in wichita falls and sells these for $30 (a steal!). It has my last name and our wedding date, exactly a year ago today. 

thank-you for all your sweet congratulations on making it to the first year mark.

my darling husband got me three 1-hour swedish massages and all he got was this mug filled with bite-size snickers :)

i happen to whole heartedly believe i do indeed have the world's greatest husband. 

are you married? how long have you been married and what's your advice for marriage bliss?

Happy Ornament Mailing Day!

Don't judge me, but after my coffee and pumpkin scones on Thanksgiving morning... i put up our little (we have 3 dogs) Christmas tree. 

Todays' the day when hopefully ornaments should be in the post. I wanted swap partners to have enough time to hang the ornaments chosen for them on their Christmas tree this year (how special is that for all you participating? i love the idea!).

So this is just your friendly reminder. I can't wait to see all of the ornaments you get! don't forget to send me pictures and a link to your blog post about it so i can showcase them on my dolce vita. 

THANK-YOU to everyone who joined! xo

Friday, November 25, 2011

"knit your hearts with an unslipping knot." -shakespeare

a year ago i became a wife.

a year later, i keep falling in love all over again with my husband.

{We got married the day after Thanksgiving November 26, 2010. And just because it's our day, we've decided to celebrate it the day after Thanksgiving every year.}

cheers to our first year of marriage bliss! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Lovies! xo

making pumpkin spice scones to go with our coffee... perfect way to start the holiday! 

i hope you're surrounded by friends and family--- or if you're like me and can't be home for the holidays, i hope you're sharing it with someone who thinks you're wonderful (because you are). 

p.s. Go Cowboys!

oh and... i loved it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

finally finally finally! & i couldn't be more excited!!!

as my first year wedding anniversary gift, guess what i asked for? for my darling husband to take me to see Breaking Dawn : Part 1.

i mean it's only fitting... Bella & Edward say i do in this one. I saw the top movie still and had to put our wedding photo underneath. Hilarious right? and proof it's the perfect wedding gift for this "Team Edward yet loves how Jacob loves Bella" girl.

and because he's such a good husband (like Lacey's!), he's taking me on a date this evening. Honestly, i think he's taking pity on me that this is the first one i didn't get to see on opening weekend with my twinkie. I am so sad i don't get to watch it with her {after all, these books hold a special place in my heart thanks to marianne-- they were what helped me through being homesick}.

"In that moment, as the minister said his part, my world, which had been upside down for so long now, seemed to settle into its proper position."  pg 49

lovies, i can't wait!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

since i do live in "sun city" ...

i saw these cat eye sunglasses on hello again vintage and couldn't stop thinking about them. 

when i decided to treat myself, of course they were sold. and of course, i saw kourtney kardashian wearing similar ones around the same time (hence the photo of my tv screen that i sent marianne & april venting about how i should have bought them). 

luckily for me, grace was expecting more sunnies and reserved a listing just for me. i love them! because did you know the sun shines 302 days per year on average in El Paso? that's a lot of sun which means this girl can never have too many a pair of sunglasses

and since i'm all about sharing a good sale, get your own pair during hello again vintage's black friday/cyber monday sale...25% off! 

ps. they also come in tortoise

Friday, November 18, 2011

happy things to end the week with.

♥ proof my husband does love me : he recorded Coldplay's Chris Martin for me on Howard Stern's radio show (Coldplay is the soundtrack of my life). We listened to it drinking michelob ultras and eating grilled cheeses in front of the fire place {my kind of friday night}.

♥ breaking out my stockings ... anyone have a good way of storing them besides a pile on my closet floor? 

♥ i'm excited my oldest brother decided to follow his passion and get serious about photography. i may be biased, but his landscapes of Germany could be postcards i'd send to you lovies. :) would you do me a HUGE favor and "like" his photography page on facebook? it would mean so much to me but more importantly, it would mean everything to him. thank-you for your support! xo

♥ getting ornaments packaged (including the ones for my ornament exchange) to send out while listening to christmas music. Erin, this one is for you!

Happy Friday Lovies!!! what happy things are you ending the week with?

+please leave a link below if you do post-- i'd love to share in your happiness xo

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wanting to Know you Wens.

mixed tapes are my favourite.

i always say they are our own personal time machine, reminding us of certain times in our life (the exciting thrill of a new relationship, of college summers, heartache and the in between, childhood...).

i made this mixed tape as a thank-you for the amazing one sharni made me in a mix share swap. you can always count Coldplay to be on any compilation tape i make because theirs would be the soundtrack of my life. And of course i have to throw in a song by my Robbie Williams and that needs no explanation.

what songs/bands/singers do you always put on a mixed tape? 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ornament Exchangers : Check Your Inbox!

with plenty of pumpkin spice lattes (and the best blueberry scone), i managed to email everyone signed up--- hurray!

if you signed up and for some reason don't have an email from me, please email me and i'll get it sorted, promise.

i'm so excited for this and hope you are as well!!! thank-you so much for playing along and for each one of you lovies that blogged about my swap. Don't forget to take photos of your ornaments so I can showcase them, one of my favorite posts to share.

happy ornament shopping!


Friday, November 11, 2011

happy things to end the week with.

 thrifted score (one of my absolute favorite love stories)
♥ because i lurved these over the knee boots in black, i had to get the grey pair. Since it's still BOGO (+ my 15% off coupon) i scored these faux vintage oxfords for $6.50. I'll be pairing them with stockings to wear with my dresses.

love this ornament from 12 legs curiosities
♥ today was the last day to sign up for my ornament exchange and i am thrilled by the response! it seems each year just gets bigger and better (what a mundane description on my part ha but you know what i mean). i'm going to tackle getting everyone paired this weekend... wish me luck! 

♥ and lastly but most importantly, we end this week remembering our Veterans. Here's my favorite one, my pappa. There's not enough thanksgiving in my heart for all our troops currently serving. 

Happy Friday Lovies!!! what happy things are you ending the week with?

+please leave a link below if you do post-- i'd love to share in your happiness xo

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

only TWO more days to enter the ornament swap!

I'm so excited about our 3rd year to swap ornaments across the miles...

already 70 lovies have signed up so far and if you haven't yet-- there's two more days to do so. We'd love to have you!


*special thank-you to everyone who's spread the word xo

(doily vintage fabric velvet scraps stocking & crochet snowflakes from ItchinStitchin)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

proof we once existed.

"I have scars on my hands from touching certain people." 

-J.D. Salinger

i need to spend more late nights reading him.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sharing Sundays... Homako.

i can't get enough of her designs.

etsy : Homako

Saturday, November 5, 2011

hello, sales!

when it's not a thrifted outfit, i love a good sale-- especially when it comes to shoes. I have never really worked part-time hours until my most recent job so watching my budget has taken some getting used to (meaning, sometimes i'm down to single digit dollars before my next paycheck). 

Since i work in retail, i've been on the hunt for flat boots. Where does a girl on a budget go? Payless BOGO sale! incase you're a babe on a budget, check out my savings: 

Lower East Side's Riley Tall Slouch Boot (reg price $39.99 / sale $34.99)

what i love most is you can pull the boot over your knee or cuff it, as pictured

i got these wedge pumps half off (reg price $26.99)

(side note : does anyone else but me notice shoe names? i love the name of the brand... i'm such a dexter nerd obviously) these are so comfortable! (they also have them in a beautiful red and leopard print. ugh, it took will power not to get them also)

speaking of BOGO... my girlfriend tiffany told me about target's online deal :

go "like" them on facebook for a promo code and you can buy the perfect cardigan to wear over dresses this winter like i did, because i'm a sucker for elbow patches and a good deal (thanks tiffy!). 
Mossimo Grandpa Cardigan $24.99

scored any good deals lately? do share, please! xo

Friday, November 4, 2011

happy things to end the week with.

♥ my brother's beautiful girlfriend Christina (who's expecting their first baby) wearing the maternity necklace by maid of clay and holding Texas Rangers pacifiers; gifts from me and twinkie.

♥ the onset of chillier weather is my favorite. not my favorite? drier lips. thankfully, i was reminded of a simple DIY lip scrub. amazing!

♥ felicity and ben (and noel)-- every free second i get has been spent with my netflix remembering why i loved this show so much. 

♥ this woodland deer diorama christmas ornament would be perfect for the ornament swap. have you signed up yet? 

♥ and to start your friday off with a laugh and an awww... you have to click play on this video! (thanks to my little sister for this)

Happy Friday Lovies!!! what happy things are you ending the week with?

+please leave a link below if you do post-- i'd love to share in your happiness xo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wanting to Know you Wens.

what time is it where you are?

what are you doing?

and describe how you're feeling at this very moment.

it's a little after 6 a.m. in el paso, texas

i've just had my first cup of coffee

the sliding doors are opened to let in the delicious autumn air and i'm thankful the chill is literal this time round 

because how my heart drops remembering the last time i sent this curious question to the universe.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ornament Swap!

can you believe it's already that time of year again? this year marks the third year of hosting the ornament exchange on my dolce vita and i couldn't be more thrilled! 

getting to spread Christmas joy and connecting with another blogger is my favorite. 

to join: 

* email me, with subject line: ORNAMENT SWAP! 

* include your postal address + blog link (also indicate if you can't send overseas)

* cut off date is Nov. 11th {i'll try and get everyone partnered by Nov. 14th; ornaments will be mailed out by Nov. 26th}

* ornaments can be bought/vintage/hand-made... whatever you fancy but $10 is the max spend amount because i know it's about to get crazy with holiday shopping. Please put some thought into your ornament-- check out your partner's blog and see what her style is etc. 

* DO include a Christmas card for your person. Tell them your favorite Christmas quote, song, or why you chose the ornament for them. 

Have fun with this! snap a photo of your ornament sent/received so we can share them on our blogs (i love the actual exchanges and showcase them). 

via corner mouse house

feel free to use the button on my sidebar lovies! i hope you'll join- the more the merrier!!! xo
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