Category Archives: Lifestyle

Office Redux

Working and Being Fab

Recently, I relocated.  Moving to a new place is always fun and exciting; learning how to get around, what your new favorite restaurants are, etc.  Plus, it’s always a great opportunity to redecorate.  Since I am now working out of a new office, I have this blank, empty cube that is depressing to no end.  It’s time to get it Filthy & Gorgeous, stat!  I’ve been poking and perusing on Pinterest to get some ideas and so far I keep getting pulled in by rich aqua and reds with splashes of my favorite hue:  GOLD.  My cube will be looking fab in no time!

San Francisco Print


1.  A fun new print of your fun new town.

Decorative Monogram


2.  A decorative monogram to claim the cube as your very own.

Brilliant Ideas NotebookEnamoured Pencil Set


3.  A notebook and sassy pencil to jot down your genius.

Acrylic StaplerAcrylic Tape Dispenser


4.  I don’t think the stapler or tape dispenser need any explanation.  Their website also has a ton of other great work and office accessories.  LOVE.


5.  A custom Jambox to play the tunes that keep you motivated.

Gold Paper ClipsGold Binder Clips


6. Gold paper clips and binder clips to keep with the theme.

Carnaby Mug

7.  A jazzed up mug to keep you jazzy.

Minimergency Kit


8. A minimergency kit for her.  Honestly this thing is only about as big as my palm and has 22 items in it.  TWENTY TWO!  I have one in my purse and one at my desk.  Best.  Invention.  Ever.


top photo via The Glitter Guide Tumblr




Goals for 2013

It’s not too late for resolutions, is it?  Besides, I don’t really like “resolutions” anyway – always vowing to give something up – why not vow to add things – life goals –  that will enhance your life.  Focus on the positive!  These are my “goals” for 2013…


I will probably get started on learning how to make marshmallows before anything else, because I have a certain idea for some homemade Valentine’s Day treats, besides the fact that I think “Marshmallow” should be its own food group.  Priorities!

photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Fall’s Most Wanted (Home Edition)

Were you aware that Zara had a home collection? Yeah, me neither!  Until today – and I have seeeeeeen the light!  I could peruse this site for hours.  If you are unfamiliar with Zara clothing – it’s basically an H&M from Spain.  Great, thoughtful, forward design all at really reasonable prices.  The home collection is no different.  And I have seriously been searching for a horn soap dish for about six years – of course they have it.  Dreams do come true.

Now that we are in the full throes of Fall (brrrrrr!) I’ve been feeling inspired by warm metals, spooky skulls and natural materials.  I’ve picked just a few of my favorites above, which was a difficult task – believe me.

1.  skull flatware | 2. pitcher & tumbler | 3. cozy throw | 4. black vanilla candle | 5. chain link frame | 6. horn batch accessories | 7. pub stool

Get Loose With the Juice!

{ my “lunch” the other day: apple/beet/carrot/ginger/spinach juice }

Do you juice? Are you a juicer? Does pulverized fruit get you all excited? Yeah, me neither.  Buuuuuuut – I thought I might give it a go. I keep hearing all the benefits and advantages to juicing and wouldn’t mind any of that.  In my poking around the internet, I’ve found a lot of juice “cleanses” – which also don’t sound like a bad idea.  Everybody needs a good detox every now and then (especially this girl: lover of all things champagne/cheesecake/smoked pork product related).  There are some out there that are one day, three days, or five days.  I think the most I could last is three.  Solid food and I have a had a pretty good run, I’m not willing to break up quite yet. 

What about you?  Have you ever tried juicing? Have you ever tried a cleanse? What about the master cleanse?  Did you think you would kill for some real food?  I’m dying to try it out – here a few of the options I’ve been looking at:

1.  The “Can Can Cleanse” – based in San Francisco, owner/founder Teresa Piro blends up and presses seasonal fruits and veggies for this one, three, or five-day cleanse.  You get 8 juices a day, which also includes some herbal teas and a nut milk.  Teresa includes some pretty helpful guidelines on her website for the cleanse like how to prep before you start, how to come down when you finish and what to eat if you’re really feelin’ the need for some solid food.  And how cute are those reusable mason jars?!

2.  The “BluePrintCleanse” – these juices are freshly made in New York City, but the juices can be shipped out in coolers so you could get them wherever you are!  They are numbered in the order you drink them, pretty easy to follow.  Similar to the Can Can cleanse, it includes fruit and veggie juices along with a nut milk.  There is also a “Juice ‘Til Dinner” program that includes food if the juice alone is too intense.  BluePrintCleanse also has three different levels, so that if you are a rookie or a more “advanced” juicer there is something for everyone.  I’d be an advanced juicer…no, no that’s a lie.  I’m a rookie.  Sigh.

3. The “Goop Cleanse” – created by Gwyneth Paltrow’s doctor, Dr. Junger, this cleanse is composed of not just juice, but soups and solid food including steamed salmon and greens, detox teriyaki chicken and smoothies for breakfast.  There are also helpful lifestyle tips to follow while on the cleanse and recipes for all of the juices and food.  One tip I particularly liked addressed “sluggish bowel movements”, mostly because it made me giggle like a 10-year-old.

5. The “Juicey Lucy’s Cleanse” – Also San Francisco based, this juice business actually operates out of a food truck and can be found at area farmers markets. The ingredients are fresh, local and you can pick a cleanse that lasts three, five, seven, ten days, or one day a week for however many weeks you choose.   According to their website, one 16 oz. Lucy’s Juice is equivalent to three servings of veggies.  Now that’s some serious nutrition.

I think that a cleanse would be difficult, but in the end would also probably feel totally amazing.  I think I need a juice cleanse buddy, however – someone in the trenches with me as we starve, hallucinate, and snap at one another due to low blood sugar.  Who’s with me?

*photos courtesy of Can Can Cleanse, BluePrintCleanse, Goop, Juicey Lucy’s

Best of 2011

This year has just flown by.  I can’t say I didn’t make the best of it: great girls weekends to Vegas, Miami and New Orleans, concerts with my brother (and a very memorable Snoop Dogg concert with one of my best friends), joining a women’s charity group, turning the big “3-0”, trying new recipes, much-needed spa days, catching up with my college freshman-year roomie for a weekend in Seattle, working in a career I love (and some amazing grand openings), celebrating weddings and babies, and spending more time with the people who matter the most to me.  I’m excited for what 2012 will bring – namely more positive change, weddings and babies, recipes, traveling, and finally learning how to play mahjong (Santa must read my blog, because I found a set under the tree)!

Gifts for Gal

I’ve been told that my “Gifts for Guy” post was so great, that I needed to do one for the ladies too.  Well, I’m never one to disappoint – so with no further ado –

Gifts for Gal

Pink Mahjong Set, $72
kate spade iPhone Case, $40
Babushka Carafe, $24
Deborah Lippman “Trendsetter” Polish Set, $35
Large Monogram Necklace, $115
Madewell “Foxtrot” Earrings, $18
Fresh Body Oil, $45
Clare Vivier La Pochette Clutch, $145
“Ideal Bookshelf” Print by Jane Mount, $20                                                                               Cake Pops DIY Kit, $21
iSi Twist ‘n Sparkle Direct Carbonation System, $50
Knit Texting Gloves, $32

Gift shopping for girls can be just as tricky as shopping for guys – it all depends on who you’re buying for.  I like to pick up things that are fun, quirky and personal.  Things like giant gold monogram necklaces, a  babushka water carafe for bedside humor, a pink mahjong set because she’s been wanting to get a group together to play, a direct carbonation system to make any beverage sparkle, luxurious body oil in an intoxicating scent, an adorable cake pop kit, glitzy glitter nail polish, a sleek envelope clutch, and tech-savvy gloves that allow her to text and keep her digits nice and toasty.  Any of these gifts are sure to delight and will always remind the recipient of the special person that gave it to them!

Gifts for Guy

Gifts for Guy


Lomography Mini Diana White Camera, $65
Nixon watch, $500
Eshu Road Warrior Travel Pack ($40 Value) Road Warrior Travel Pack, $32
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, Imperial Grey, $350
Beer Making Kits | Williams-Sonoma, $40
Momento Vitae, by Alexander Beeching, $50
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest iPad Cover, $35
The Meatball Shop Cookbook, $14
Crew socks, $9

I find gift-shopping for guys so much harder than gift-shopping for girls,  so when I’m buying presents for dad, bro, or the special guy in my life I try to find things that are fun, useful and something they would proudly show off to their friends (stuffed animals are out of the question).  Although, gift shopping for my brother has become incredibly easy as over the years we’ve developed a “comedy DVD/gag gift/item of clothing” system that works remarkbly well.

p.s. How cool is that iPad cover?