Home, Life

Office Style

Okay, before I start this – I have a huge confession. We don’t have cable (we’re poor), so we have to rely on Netflix and my big monthly splurge – Hulu Plus. Anyway, ever since I passed the Bar (yay!) and started my part-time job I have not had anything to do when I get home! I went right from College to Law School – so I have had homework basically for the past 24 years. It has been a bit of an adjustment. But there has been a lot of baking, a lot of cleaning – and here is where my confession comes – a whole lot of Whitney Port. Seriously, why did they ever cancel The City? So much dramz. I love it. But really – I don’t get the Jay thing – Gretchen Weiner said it right “That’s why her hair so big… It’s full of secrets.”

At work I share an office with three other wonderful ladies, but our desks themselves are very drab. And they needed some funky additions. I was on C. Wonder looking for a gift for Natalie and I found this…

I don’t actually like orange very much. But for some reason I think this looks really sophisticated. I think it might be intended to be a drink tray or food tray. But I’m practical, therefore, it is a folder tray! Even better – it was $24.99 (+25% off!) what a steal!

I also have been craving a new pencil holder. Currently my pencil holder at work is a snowman pail. Needless to say, I needed an upgrade. I found Lime Tree Gifts. I am pretty sure Jill is my Etsy soul mate. She is absolutely amazing – and was willing to work with my big order. (My co-worker joined in on the upgrade parade). This is what we ended up with…

Everything looks SO nice – and it was very reasonably priced. The pencil holder was only $10 (including monogram!), the tray (which is actually a really nice larger size) was $14 and the little mini tray was $8!! Such a steal for something that looks so nice and put-together. So here is what my new ensemble looks like…

I love it! And I think it also kind of goes with the whole color-blocking style that is going on this summer, and also purple and orange look great! But back to Lime Tree Gifts… I already have a LONG wish list of things I will order if (hopefully when!) I get a full time job… (click on the picture to link back to their shop!)

1. 20 oz Insulated Acrylic Tumbler – $16.50, I drink more water than anyone I know (save Martha) I am currently sipping out of a normal water bottle… which is not nearly as cool as a personalized tumbler. 🙂

2. Acrylic Candy Jar – $12.50, One of the ladies at work always has candy in her office. So whenever I am having a bad day I will head to her office, grab a Starburst and chat – I am sure it doesn’t do wonders for her productivity, but it is appreciated on my end!

3. Acrylic Soap Dispenser – $10.00, Germs freak the heck out of me. ‘Nuff said.

4. Napkin Holder – $10.00, So I may not have napkins at work… but I think this could be a really nice letter holder! From the stuff I have received from Lime Tree the acrylic is super sturdy and I think it would look beautiful!

5. Recipe Box – $32.00, I don’t even need to explain why this is awesome.

6. Divided Catch All – $15.00, Paperclips? Check. Pushpins? Check. Binder clips? Check. Places for all = a happy OCD Amanda.

So this basically turned out as an ode to Lime Tree Gifts… but I love them! Go shop at their store and contact Jill if you want to do a bulk order – she has an incredibly fast response. Basically she’s awesome.

Happy Office-ing!

Amanda

Life

Chevron: A Love Story

I’ve joked with my friend who is six months pregnant that I have caught her nesting bug. I have been searching Pinterest, Michael’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s,  Home Goods – ANYWHERE looking for a gray chevron pillow… and this is why…

I absolutely LOVE chevron. And it has nothing to do with some childhood attachment to Peanuts and Charlie Brown. I just love the slightly preppy-zany style it adds to a room. My bedroom is currently all dark wood furniture…

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…with dark purple curtains.

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I have a white comforter as well as white pillows and a beautiful purple pillow that matches my curtains. I was also sporting this funky gray rug from Ikea. (Yes, it’s $20!!!)

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But something was missing – something zany if you will. So I started searching Pinterest for some inspiration… and I came across this chair… oh my heavens. I needed it, I wanted it, and most likely I couldn’t afford it…

…So I headed to where all people go when they can’t afford something, dearly beloved Etsy. There I found my pillow soul mates – The Pillow People. I literally favorited about thirty gray chevron pillows before deciding to purchase from “The Pillow People,” – and I am SO glad I did!

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The pillows came this weekend and are made of the most amazing quality fabric. The print itself is absolutely beautiful, and I am so happy with my order! Now I am starting to settle and the infectious nesting bug has begun to subside. I am including some of my favorite chevron Pinterest finds, for your viewing pleasure…

Happy Chevron!

Amanda

Food, Life

A very sad thing…

So when I was “overserved” one evening I took it upon myself to do some online shopping… for cookbooks. Needless to say two weeks later a European Cookbook showed up. Awesome. Especially since everything was in grams. So I invested in a kitchen scale. Which has thus changed my life. Why? Because those portions… you think you’re having? You’re wrong… Case in point…

100 CALORIES OF M&M’s

Yes… 22 M&Ms = 100 Calories… may I offer you a tissue?

I’m not even going to tell you how many goldfish you’re actually eating. That would be like spilling the beans about the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause in the same night… just cruel!

Healthy eats,

Amanda