Monthly Archives: November 2013

black friday

xmas

In honor of Black Friday I have decided to share with you my personal Christmas wish list. It includes a number of Lululemon treats, wine accessories (I’m an old girl, it’s ok!), lovely love knot earrings (see Monday’s post), gift cards and, of course, (Mom’s go-to) socks (which I actually love). To be honest, I’m not hugely into Black Friday deals because I feel like most of the really good ones revolve around technology and I fell pretty set with that, but I do like the buzz and the excitement and the getting up early and I can always go for a good Target DVD deal bin so I might just venture out today… What’s on your list this year?

enjoy today!

enjoy today!

Happy Turkey Day, lovely followers! I hope everyone has a very thankful holiday filled with good food and even better friends and family! During Thanksgiving we (of course) always focus on all of the things we are thankful for. This is an excellent exercise (and actually something that I love to do when I am falling asleep each night), but sometimes I feel like listing all of the things I am thankful for makes me live in the past while today should be about appreciating the present. So, enjoy today! Have that extra glass of champagne, eat that extra bite of pie, and really soak in each and every conversation you have with your friends and family. I’ll be thinking of you (and am thankful for you), dear followers! xoxo, C

print worth celebrating

IslandCocktail_Wallpaper

I follow a lot of blogs, but one of the most colorful ones (literally) is the Lilly Pulitzer blog. A lot of the posts revolve around store openings here or there or travel guides to magnificent warm places (sigh…), but my favorite regular features on The Juice Stand are the “Print Worth Celebrating” posts. They’re so bright and beautiful and feature what Lilly is known for best: her prints! I have a thing about color… I love buying magazines not really for the stories, but for all of the wonderful colors (it must be related to the same part of my brain that enjoys reading blogs…). Colors elicit an emotional response from me; something is either “happy,” “colorful,” and “bright” or “sad,” dark,” and “dismal.” This time of year in particular I am super sensitive to colors and all the emotions that come with them. That’s why I love to set my computer desktop background to these delicious Lilly prints. They’re spunky and creative and help me stay cheerful when I’m doing work and the sun is setting at 5pm.

Lulu_Wallpaper1

Wallpaper

love knots

Attention all boyfriends! This is what your girlfriend wants for Christmas:

love knots

With Christmas exactly one month away, it’s time to start thinking about gifts (as if we weren’t already… see here and here). Love knot earring are without a doubt the most perfect gift to give your lovely lady. They are oh-so-romantic and oh-so-versatile. Not to mention nautical (ahhhh, they’re just too perfect!). Tragically, I haven’t been able to find the perfect pair just yet, but I know I prefer the ones with four loops over three and definitely like a smooth texture on the gold (see those ones in the upper right-hand corner? yeah, those are pretty darn close to perfect). With thirty days and counting til Christmas, it’s time to grab those wallets and get out there!!

pre-technology

pre-technology

The other day I was walking through one of the academic buildings on my college campus in between classes and glanced at a handful of students all silently working away on their laptops. At first I didn’t think a thing about it (why would I? Save for red solo cups on weekends, there is not a sight more common on a college campus), but then something struck me: what did college look like before technology? I have only ever known an environment where the library was just a change of scenery for doing work outside of your dorm room and where walking across campus checking your phone was just as natural as catching up with friends face-to-face. What did college look like before technology? Did people congregate in the library because they had to? Because they had to read actual books? Did students play card games and catch in between classes to pass the time instead of watching TV on their computers? How did students carry everything? And, most pressingly, what did you do if you found yourself walking towards someone you didn’t want to speak with and didn’t have an urgent text message to check? I wonder if we were smarter back then, or (counter-intuitively) more efficient… I am certainly glad I live and go to school during this age of technology (for, what would become of my dear blog?!), but sometimes I wonder what it would be like…

philosophy

philosophy

I read this story on one of my favorite blogs the other day and I thought it was just too good not to share again. Definitely something quite fitting for my life right now and probably your’s too. Read and reflect:

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

sweet & cinnamon-y

sweet & cinnamon-y

The other day I went on a Pinterest binge looking at recipes (check out by newest board ironically titled “hungry hungry caterpillar” for all of my delicious finds). I am not as much of a cook as I would like to be (although I try here, here, here, here and here), but I am certainly a lover of food and would like to try cooking a lot more. During my hours of mindless searching (when study breaks outweigh study time…oops!) I was inspired to create a breakfast experiment of my own. I tried the combo the next morning and it was remarkably delicious! For a sweet and cinnamon-y surprise, try the following:

Prep Time: 10 min (mostly due to seeding the pomegranate)

Ingredients:

– Non-fat plain Greek yogurt

– 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

– a pinch of dry, unused coffee grounds

Directions: Cut and seed the pomegranate. About half of the pomegranate will yield a healthy number of the sour seeds. Add pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, and coffee grounds to yogurt. Mix and enjoy!

breakfast

This was such a delicious breakfast, and something with tons of potential in terms of other creative combinations. I especially enjoyed the addition of the coffee grounds because it added a different, almost chocolatey flavor to the mix. I could also imagine making this same meal with yogurt, coconut shavings, vanilla powder, and cocoa powder for an even sweeter treat, or with yogurt, a little olive oil, small heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil for a simple lunch-time version. How would you put a spin on this sweet snack?