Monday, November 26, 2012

Shop Update + Coupon Code!

A ton of new items have been added to the shop (some from my last Fab sale), and if (when) you find something you can't live without, you can use the coupon code "BLUECHRISTMAS" to save 20%. Happy Cyber Monday, Internet friends!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Finds

1. Scarf  |  2. Googly Eyes  |  3. Log Container  |  4. Tote  |  5. Boots  |  6. Case  |  7. Throw
I have approximately six million scarves (including my new favorite), but there's always room for more like this red and white wintery one.

I love googly eyes and think that they are infinitely hilarious. This extra large set would be great on pretty much anything (our fridge? They would go nicely with this).

If it's white, ceramic and faux-bois, I love it and have to have it. I blame Martha Stewart for this.

My true allegiance lies with all things feline, but there are a few dog-themed items that I make exceptions for, including all things wiener-dog-related.

These boots are a bit out of my price range, but that didn't stop me from pinning them to my gift wish list that I can only hope my man consults it, and soon.

I'm pretty sure I need this striped iPhone case, and it's matching laptop bag.

Is there anything more warm and cozy (and scratchy as hell) than a wool blanket? This one would look perfect anywhere in our house (like, on my lap).

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and are enjoying your long weekend. If you don't feel like braving the crowds today, or if you're already back home, you can take 20% off your Blue Carrot order with the code "BLUECHRISTMAS" until December 25th — I've added a ton of items recently, so there's a lot to choose from

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dumb Ways to Die



Have you seen this amazing PSA for the Australian Metro? A coworker of mine sent it to me with the preface that he thought it would be "right up my alley" and he was right. It's adorable and funny and macabre and incredibly catchy.

I think my favorite may be the Kidney guy but you can grab gifs of all of the dumb ways to die from this tumblr.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20th

These are all definitely, 100% authentic photos of my face. Really.
Today is my man's birthday, and for some reason I've been taking a photo of myself on every November 20th for the last five years. It started in 2008, when I was simply asking him to pick a lunch choice because I was (and still am) starving. Then I think in 2009, I realized that I was wearing the same sweatshirt again, so I snapped a photo. Then I made a point of wearing the sweatshirt the next two years in a row, until today, when I "dressed up" for a client meeting, and completely forgot my little photo experiment.

After finding the photos (I had put them in a folder labeled "NOV 20", imagine that) I knew I had to add one this year, regardless of my outfit choice. If I had to break tradition for anything, however, I'm glad it's for this infinity scarf that I just got in the mail today — it's so cozy and comfortable that I might not ever take it off. Maybe I'll do this outfit for the next four years.

At the risk of sounding incredibly arrogant, I think it's pretty obvious that I'm getting better looking each year. I think the hair color change helped a lot, but I've always felt like I'm middle-aged at heart, so every year that passes really just feels as if I'm catching up with myself, instead of decaying, you know? I think everyone peaks at different times, and I don't think I've hit mine yet (from the looks of things, it might be coming in 2013).

I would post photos of my super awkward teen years to balance out the aren't-I-beautiful tone of this post, but no one wants to see that.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my man, and happy November 20th to the rest of you! I got us him Book of Mormon tickets for this Friday (we'll be in NYC tomorrow thru Saturday), and I'm so excited to be back in my beloved city. The weather is supposed to be fantastic and I finally made reservations for a delicious-sounding Thanksgiving dinner, so we're all set.

I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend, and if you're in the mood for a little shopping, you can take 20% off your Blue Carrot order with the code "BLUECHRISTMAS" until December 25th — I've added a ton of items recently, so there's a lot to choose from!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Finds: Cat Edition

1. Tote Bag  |  2. Key Hooks  |  3. Calendar  |  4. Sweater  |  5. Measuring Cups  |  6. Phone Stand


It's no surprise to anyone that I like love adore cats, but lately it seems like there is a cat-themed everything, and (no surprise, again) I want them all.

Especially when a gray cat is involved (the best kind of cat), like this peek-a-boo bag, and measuring set, both from Modcloth.

We already have a key holder, which is pretty much the only thing stopping me from buying this cat-tail version.

Why have one cat, when you can have twelve?

I've decided that I most definitely do not have enough sweaters with animal faces on them, and if I'm going to wear an animal, my first choice is always going to be a cat.

I don't have much use for this iPhone stand, other that the fact that it's incredibly adorable. If it was gray, I'd probably definitely own it by now.

This weekend I'll be updating the shop with some goodies left over from the Fab sale, and my friend Emily and I are going to go see our old high school's production of a Christmas Carol. I'm sure revisiting our alma mater will make us feel incredibly old (it's been almost 10 years!) and extra tall  — am I the only one who feels gigantic when I revisit places from my childhood?

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

To-Do List: New York Edition (part 2)

Not that I'm hoping for snow, but how magical is Central Park in the winter?

My man and I are going to be in New York City this year for Thanksgiving (my fourth trip this year!) due to a particularly impossible-to-pass-up sale that the Ace Hotel was having earlier this year. We stayed at the Ace the last time we went to the city together (in 2009) and loved it, but it's been a little a lot out of our price range ever since.

It's strange because I booked this trip sometime in March, and it felt like Thanksgiving would never get here, but in just one week we'll be braving the holiday crowds and hopping on a plane to my beloved city. This will also be the first year I haven't spent Thanksgiving with my family (I even cooked the turkey last year), or shopped Black Friday with my uncle.

I don't know that I'll have much time to feel sad, however, with all of the exciting things I have planned, including:

Columbus Circle has changed a bit since 1938 (and can we talk about that nose?

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 

The parade, although touristy and totally not a cool thing to do, is the main reason (as if I need a reason) we're going to New York for Thanksgiving. As a kid, my dad and I would watch the parade every year, while flipping through Black Friday ads and arguing about whether the Macy's logo in Herald Square was a carpet, or painted directly onto the street (it's painted — I found out a few years ago, when I walked over the remnants during a December trip to the city).

We're planning to watch from Columbus Circle and I've been told that we should also try to see them inflate the balloons, which they do the night before near the Museum of Natural History.


Munch's Scream at MOMA

Since October 24th, one of Munch's Screams — a pastel on board, the only one still in private hands as well as in the United States — has been on view at the Museum of Modern Art, and will be for a total of six months. The Scream has always been one of my very favorite works of art, and I am absolutely beside myself that I will get to see one in person. I don't think my man has ever even been to MOMA, so it will be fun to show him around — I'm particularly excited for him to see this.


Murray's Cheese Bar

Cheese is one of my very favorite things in life. I've often considered (albeit very briefly) becoming vegan, and I think I could definitely do it, if it wasn't for the fact that I adore cheese. I haven't met many cheeses I don't like (I'm looking at you, bleu cheese), but I've certainly met a whole bunch that I do. One of our favorite weekend outings is going to a place in Amish Country called Heini's Cheese Chalet, where you can sample about 50 cheeses, and sample we do.

Inexplicably, I've never been to Murray's Cheese Shop (a Greenwich Village staple since the 40s) but last summer they also opened a cheese bar down the street, which they describe as a "dreamy cheese experience" — how could we not go?

I also plan on stopping by John's for my favorite pizza on earth (no slices!), the Strand to pick up one of these totes and if we have time, I think the whispering corners are totally romantic. I also have an extra special surprise planned for my man on Black Friday, which he won't find out about until his birthday, which is also the day before we leave. He doesn't read this blog, so I could tell you, but I've kept it a secret so long I just can't blab. Although it might have a little something to do with this.

Any suggestions on places to eat Thanksgiving dinner in the city? We might just forgo the turkey all together and hit up John's then (if they're open), but we're certainly open to suggestions. Have you ever travelled during Thanksgiving? Are we insane? Don't answer that.

To-Do List: New York Edition (part one)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Two Arms Inc.

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I've mentioned Two Arms Inc. before, but I recently got sucked into their site for a significant amount of time and their work is really exceptional. While it's hard to pick favorites, I naturally have a soft spot (and when I can afford it, an open wallet) for their New York-themed items, especially the bridges, bouquet and Updike quote prints.

Bouquet  |  Bridges
I still think they should make a Brooklyn Heights-themed print (like these Williamsburg and Park Slope versions) and my offer still stands to buy one immediately upon completion.

Check out their site for tons of good-looking work, as well as their shop to buy some of it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Big Blue Carrot Thank You!

This was at the halfway aka "eating white cheddar cheez-its" point.


So, I spent the weekend packing up 71 packages from my Fab sale, as well as a few orders from the regular shop. Then, I managed to fit 61 of them into my tiny GTI and ambushed a local UPS store (sorry guys!), where the employees have always been nothing but nice.

Is it just me or is UPS about a hundred billion times better than FedEx? I'm certainly not getting paid to say so (although, I wouldn't turn down a check, heeyyy UPS, heyyy), but it seems like every shipping experience with FedEx has been an absolute nightmare.

ANYway, I digress... So I dropped another 10 packages off at yet another UPS store, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be done packing things. I did manage to shave about three hours off of my time from my last Fab-sale-packapalooza (from 13 hours to 10), but after about 8 rolls of tape, two rolls of bubble wrap and one unfortunate box cutting incident, I'm tired, relieved (mostly that I can get into my closet again) and so very thankful to everyone who bought something, shared a link, or even browsed the sale.

And I should be recovered just in time to start packing packages for the holidays. I'll be updating the shop soon with some of the treasures that didn't get snatched up on Fab and adding a new coupon code so visit and visit often!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Finds

1. Fox Print  |  2. Fox Scarf  |  3. Cat Headphone Jack Cover  |  4. Bag  |  5. Sweater  |  6. Boots 

How cozy and perfect is this fox-print scarf? I've professed my love for foxes before (not to mention almost buying a real life one at a flea market), but I'm still not sick of them — as evident by the approximately thirty seconds it took for me to discover, then purchase this Andrew Bird fox print from Doe Eyed.

I can't stop thinking that I need this hanging cat headphone jack cover, even though I'm not really sure what purpose it serves (aside from being incredibly cute).

I've been marveling at these Jump From Paper bags for a while, but I recently saw this one in an outfit post over on the Dainty Squid and it made me want one even more.

Speaking of cozy and perfect, Best Made Company has some pretty awesome (and expensive!) things, but this Shawl Neck Sweater Coat is my favorite.

One more under the C & P category: these shearling boots from Blowfish. Unfortunately they're currently out of my size, but hopefully they'll be back in stock sometime during Ohio's upcoming 16 months of winter. 

I have an insanely busy weekend full of packing packages from the recent Blue Carrot Fab sale (thank you so much to everyone who bought something!) and the regular shop, so if you're waiting on an item it should be to you soon. Last time it took me 13 hours to pack 82 items, and this time around I have almost exactly that same number to pack — wish me luck, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Obamas

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So I'm sorry I'm not sorry if you're sick of political posts, because I'm still elated from the election results and I can't get enough of our First Family. I've declared my love for Obama himself before (those hand gestures! that smile!), but I love the entire family equally.

Michelle impresses and terrifies me in equal parts, but I love everything about her from her legendary discipline routines, to her nutrition agenda, fashion and of course, those arms. There's zero doubt in my mind who actually wears the pants in the family, even if she certainly knows how to work a dress.

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Who I noticed most when the four of them took the stage in Chicago Tuesday night, however, was Malia. Both Obama girls have always been examplemporary in everything from their school work to their fashion, but I did a double-take when 14-year-old Malia walked out and wondered how, seemingly overnight she had gone from an endearing, if somewhat gawky teen to a runway-ready stunner.

I mean, I can't be the only one that noticed that girl was having a good night. Is it weird to say that about a 14-year-old? Is it weirder that I'm obviously jealous that I'm twice her age and not anywhere near as stylish? Is it also strange that I've mentioned on numerous occasions that I would like to be adopted into the Obama family? But I mean, look at them. Can you blame me?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How I Spent Election Night

 I sat down on my couch, opened my laptop, turned on NBC's live coverage, and immediately was like:


There was stress eating.


And stress tweeting.


NBC kept declaring states "too close to call" and I was like:


The New York Times tentatively declared Florida for Romney and I was like:


And Justin told me not to worry and I was like:


Then Mitt's state of Massachusetts, Paul Ryan's Wisconsin and the home of Mitt's second home, New Hampshire, went to Obama and I was like:


Pennsylvania went blue and I was like:


 Then Savannah Guthrie mentioned that 200 lawyers' beepers just went off in Florida and I was like:


Meanwhile, at the Romney campaign "party" in Boston they turned off the network feed and began playing a biography video of Mitt and the attendees were like:


Meanwhile, at the Obama campaign party in Chicago everyone was like:


Then I saw the county in Ohio where I voted turn blue and I was like:


Then I spotted a widows peak in Iowa and I was like:


And when they cut back to Brian Williams who was like:


Then they declared Obama the winner of Ohio, and thus the election and I was like:


Then Fox News decided they wouldn't concede just yet:


And even though Florida still hadn't decided:


We finally got word that Romney would make his concession speech, eventually:


Which looked sort of like this:


But in my head it was more like this:


And then the Obama family took the stage and I was like:


And then Barack stared speaking and it was like:


And I was like:


And then I realized it was 2am and I was like:


So I went to bed and dreamed about 2016:

Victory!

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I could not be prouder today to call myself not only an American, but an Ohioan. In case you somehow missed it, our oft-forgotten, mid-western state was pretty much all anyone could talk about this election season, and we didn't let America down. There are not too many things that can drag me out of bed early and make me enter a church, but voting for Barack Obama was one of them.

I only had to wait about 30 min. in line and my voting experience could not have been smoother. I know it got pretty rough in some other parts of the country, but I am so proud of everyone that stood their ground and cast their vote. Yes, it sometimes seems that our individual votes are not heard, and don't matter, but this year I could not have felt more important as I made my choice.

Romney's concession speech was gracious enough, and I can't even begin to imagine how hard that must be to do. Barack's speech predictably brought the tears, and I am totally pumped for four more years of being able to call this intelligent, hardworking and compassionate man our President.

And to know that I may have had a 1 in 5,800 chance of helping make that a reality? That's pretty awesome.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Election: It's Finally Here!


Today is pretty important.

I voted this morning, and I'll be nervously following the results all night long (assuming there is a result — I was too young to vote in the 2000 election, but I have zero interest in repeating that fiasco, and the 8 years that followed it).

If you don't know where to vote or if you're even registered, you can check your info here.

Still not sick of election coverage? Check out my recaps of the convention and debates (firstsecond, third and VP).

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blue Carrot Shop on Fab


The second Blue Carrot Shop sale on Fab has been running for a week now, and will end Monday, November 5th at 7 pm EST. There are still a lot of goodies left (as I wrote this post, all of the above items were still available), so head over there and check it out!

The shop has also been updated recently with new items, and you can get 20% off your order by using the coupon code "FAB2012" until this Friday.