Nespresso: Delonghi Lattissima Plus

I sometimes wonder where my love of coffee came from. I certainly wanted it before I had ever tasted it, probably because I thought it looked so chic when my Mom would wake up early and sip from an oversized mug every morning. My Dad used to tell me I couldn’t have it until I was 16, mainly because it “stunts your growth”, which was an argument that didn’t go far, as he was talking to a thirteen year old who was the tallest in her class… and taller than most boys her age, as well as boys three years older than her. In fact, stunting my growth sounded like the exact thing I needed.

Long story short, on my sixteenth birthday, my Dad and I woke up early to enjoy a Starbucks drink of my choice before school. He drove me there, like he did everyday, beaming with excitement. We walked in the door and the barista blurted out, “Morning, Taylor! Want the regular?”. My Dad is still recuperating from the disappointment I caused him that day.

Flash forward to this Christmas, when I received the coveted Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Plus. Hands down – changed my life. Not only in the improving my morning routine kind of way, but also in the ‘Oh My God – I’m on my fifth latte and can’t stop’ kinda situation. I’m learning to control it. In any case, it’s a great buy.

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Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Plus $399.95

I’ve been enjoying coffee’s, latte’s and espresso’s with these clear mugs:

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Crate & Barrel Cafe Mug $3.95

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Crate & Barrel 12 oz. Tumbler $9.95

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Crate & Barrel Espresso Cup $7.50

Holiday Hysteria

I remember being consumed with the idea of Santa when I was younger.  Obsessed with him.  I mean, this guy didn’t even really know me… I stopped buying into that ‘good girl’/’bad girl’ threat at the age of four when I stole a classmate’s fruit roll up, lied about it and still got Christmas presents that December.  The physical reaction that took place on Christmas mornings for me were like what I only assume dropping Acid in a room full of cash, while simultaneously being cheered on by your closest friends and family would be and just like a drug, it happens in stages.

First?  Anticipation.  The nights leading up to Xmas day were filled with angst and high hopes and around the 20th, sh*t got real.  Sweating, the shakes, scenarios running through my head… I needed it.  I needed it to be the 25th.  This hit a high point at the end of Christmas Eve dinner when I knew it was really in sight.  We got the goods.  To describe the night’s of 12/24 between the years of approx. 1992-1999 would basically be similar to a multiple personality, caged animal with a bad case of tourettes breaking out in random laughs, cries and keywords from my Christmas list.. “KABOODLE!!!?!?!??”, “TOMAGATCHI!?!??”, “CASH REGISTER!!!?!?”.  I really don’t have any recollection after this, so I can only assume my parents had to step in and slip me some kind of sleep aid and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I wake up, deceived.  HOW did this happen?  I fell asleep.. impossible.  No time for thoughts – C$H$R$I$T$M$A$S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Later in life, I learned the only way to describe this moment is…

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taken from here

The sad reality is that this process, although traumatic, is magic and as we get older, it fades.  You learn that not everything you believed in was true (in my case, I found out when my Jewish best friend asked me when I found out that my idol, my beloved, my rockstar, Santa Claus didn’t really exist.  I responded confidentently and carefree, “HA, seriously.. I’ve known for ages………  I must be going now”, quickly turned my back and cried the entire way home).  But, then you fill the void with the memory of innocence and with appreciation for your parents going through all kinds of trouble to make the day as mind blowing as it was… I mean, my Dad once drove three hours north to meet a woman in a parking lot in the freezing cold to exchange a sold-out-everywhere Furby for more cash than than that loud, needy toy (that doesn’t turn off, by the way) was ever worth.  And yes, I still love Christmas.  Some part of me reverts back to that selfish, bratty, unappreciative eight year old every year and the spirit of children lives on.

*Reference to drugs was used for humor’s sake.  Don’t do drugs.  Just love Christmas.

Top Items On My List (in no particular order)

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Prada 0PR 23OS Sunglasses $245

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Proenza Schouler PS1 Wallet $165

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Gorjana Alphabet Coin Bracelet $60

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Vince Camuto ‘Tipper’ Boot $179

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Lulu Guiness Blush-Perspex Lips Clutch $390

 

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Etsy’s Naomilingerie Black Satin and Cotton Cat Eye Mask $23.07

 

 

 

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Nixon Time Teller Watch $99.99

 

 

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Coach Legacy Leather Large Wristlet $108

 

 

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Urban Decay Naked2 Palette $50

 

 

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Rebecca Taylor Giselle Leopard Zip-Around Wallet $78

 

 

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Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool $22

 

 

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T by Alexander Wang Inverted Pleated Dress $129

 

 

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Nars Night Flight Nail Polish $18

 

 

 

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Current Elliott Stiletto Jean in Day Glow Pink $65

 

 

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Boutaugh Bow Tie in Pink $68

 

 

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J Crew Vintage Short Sleeve Pajama Set $78

 

 

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Anthropologie Kismet Knit Turban $48

 

 

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Ka’Oir Wifey Lipstick $15.99

 

 

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MAC Pro Lip Palette $40

 

 

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Kate Spade Colorblocked Silicone iPhone 4 Case $35

 

 

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $19.50-39

 

 

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Nespresso Latissima Plus $399

 

 

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Sephora by OPI Gelshine At Home Gel Colour System $159

 

 

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Jiffy Steamer $58.12

 

 

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Frends Taylor Rose Gold Headphones $199

 

 

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Ciate Mother of Pearl Caviar Manicure $27.95

 

 

 

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Nikon 1 J1 10MP Digital Camera $399.99

 

 

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Current Elliott Stiletto Jean in Camel Leopard $198

 

 

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The Little Dictionary of Fashion $19.95

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Paige Denim Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jeans in Cheer $167.30

Oops… I Forgot _______ (Insert Celebration/Holiday/Get Together Here)

Listen – I’m busy.  Not busy enough to ignore things on my daily checklist for weeks (akhem… blogging), but c’mon – I really have been busy.  Summer has ended and even though I probably enjoy Fall the most as far as weather and really like dressing the part, some part of me subconsciously reverts back to pre-teendom, moping around the house (or I should say – around my small, 1 bedroom apartment), cursing the world that Summer is over.

I remember one particular night before School started – when I’d be making the leap from Middle to Upper School (Junior High to High School for you cooler kids).  I was positive things would finally change for me…  I’d go to parties, I’d be skinnier, I’d wear amazing outfits.  Two months into 9th Grade, I began to fear for this dream as I sat alone in my room, eating ice cream… in my uniform.  That’s when I realized I’d never be a freshman, I was a ninth grader and for those of you who don’t understand the difference, consider yourself lucky to have had a better experience than I did.

This would lead to lots of tears, total confusion while watching Dawson’s Creek (I spent hours plotting how I could be more like Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley, when my life looked much more like the Grandmother she lived with), and a little later in life – a full out rebellious attempt (I literally couldn’t even pull off the real thing).  I moved to California and tried to convince everyone that I was a bad, out of control, nonconformist.  The only problem was – I cried all the time, totally misjudged how black and purple hair would suit my fair skin (yes I use fair – pale is just harsh), and had struggled with severe anxiety my whole life.  I call my parents every day, I have personal relationships with every doctor, specialist and vet (all which have received panicked voicemails at all hours of the night graphically explaining what normally ends up being a mosquito bite), AND I fold at even the chance at confrontation (I once got into a small, verbal fight at a bar with a girl and then after telling my friends I was going to the bathroom, chased after her down the street and apologized – true and very ridiculous story I’ll save for another time).

SO, in the spirit of embracing the person you so desperately try not to be, but know you always will, I thought it would be useful to come up with a list of things that you should probably just buy now, because if you’re anything like me, you’re losing your mind and forget birthdays/cards/etc all the time.  End scene.  (P.S.  After re-reading this entry, I realize I will probably lose viewers.)

Purchases That Will Save You In A Pinch:

Oops… I Forgot A Birthday

Olive & Cocoa Birthday Cake Tapers $28

Olive & Cocoa Chapeau de Fete $44-64

Save On Crafts Sinamay Jute Wine Bags $18/12

The Twinery {I Dream In Twine} Sampler Pack $32

World Market Sock Monkey Kraft Wrap $4.99

Gift Couture Cheeseburger Wrapping Paper $25

Oops… I Forgot I Need To Bring A Gift To Something I Didn’t Want To Go To In The First Place

Pigeon Toe Optimist Tumbler $48

Amazon S’More To Love STL-600 S’More Maker $19.99

Jonathan Adler Enamel Cake Server $58

Etsy’s Primele Custom Return Address Stamp $35

Oops… I Forgot A Card

Crane & Co Letterpress All Occasion Gift Set $35

Etsy’s Pounouheartsyou Greeting Card Set of Five $20

Target Mara-Mi Flat Panel Diecut Note Card Set $12.99

Russell + Hazel Quips + Queries Cards $12

Oops… I Forgot To Be Prepared

Safety Girl Kit Original $21.99

Urban Outfitters Festival Essentials Kit $9.99

Neiman Marcus “Kelly Stripe” Travel Accessories $58

Autobarn 100 Piece Roadside Emergency Safety Kit $32.95

Quake Kare Emergency Survival Kit $49.95

Reiko Kaneko Tableware

To say I am completely obsessed with Reiko Kaneko is an understatement.  I just read about her in this month’s Lucky, immediately logged onto the website and have yet to close the page.  My adoration of all things gold has been alive and kicking for as long as I can remember and I’m finding a theme in my home decorating with equal parts luxury and witty.  There’s something about achieving that fine line that creates a well-kept, but still comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Reiko Kaneko completely got it right.  Her uber professional ceramics with just the right touch of fun instantly moved them to the top of my lust list.

Pieces From Reiko Kaneko’s Collection I’m Dying For:

Drip Tease Mug in Gold $17.50

Drip Tease Cup and Saucer in Gold $28.50

Drip Tease Milk Jug in Gold $25

Lip Tease Mug in Gold $17.50

Lip Tease Cup and Saucer in Gold $28.50

Set of 6 Crack and Thunder Dinner Plates $112

Set of 6 Crack and Thunder Side Plates $90

A+R

Although most kitschy items usually cause me to roll my eyes, I am oddly attracted to fun, unique household items that scream personality, but also offer a useful function. While strolling Abbot Kinney the other day, I visted A+R and was overwhelmed by the whimsical accessories I am now lusting for. They have a great website and offer lots of gifty (for others or for you!) brilliance for pretty much any age group or occasion.

My A+R Favorites:

Hay + Scholten & Baijings’ Tea Towels $32

Menu & Christian Bjorn’s Steam Tower $100

FusionBrand’s Food Pod $15

Gaia & Gino & Aruliden’s Fishscape Fish Bowl $170

MYdrap’s Perforated Roll of Cotton Placemats & Napkins $25-36

Thea & Mehl & Teroforma’s Avva Tumblers & Carafe Set $46

Normann Copenhagen & Aurelien Barbry’s Cork Wine + Bar Set $29

Karim Rashid & Move Collective’s Bobble Filtering Water Bottle $7-15

Domestic & Ich & Kar’s I Love Me Heart Wall Stickers $96

Hector & Serrano’s Air Heads Animal Balloon Set $14

RS Barcelona’s Indoor/Outdoor RS#3 Foosball Table $3450

Harry Allen’s C’mere Hand Gold Edition $85

Yuen’to Design & Idea International’s Hand-Cranked Paper Shredder $44

Yuen’to Design’s Balloon USB Speaker $35

ByWhiteDesign’s Le Petit Dej’ Breakfast Tray $92

Harry Allen’s Rollerstop Bookend/Doorstop $95-185

Rablab’s Agate Candle Holders $110

Found Art

Like most things I put in my home, the art I select is particular.  Sometimes my favorites are out of my price range, most of the time it has to accent the decor, but always – every time – it has to make me happy.  I had been on the hunt for a dreamcatcher in an attempt to help with nightmares (it can’t help, right?!), but was consistently running into the problem that the ones I selected were too kitschy or clearly belonged in a room for a person that hadn’t reached the double digit age range.

One of my favorite pass times is navigating around Etsy to try and find unique items.  When I found Ana Victoria Calderon, an artist out of Mexico, I practically jumped.  First of all, her eye for precision and color amazed me, but it was her Woven Web Of Life Dreamcatcher $17 that made this discovery feel meant to be.  I’m a firm believer that art can be outrageously expensive or free, but doesn’t really resonate with a person until they look at it and smile.  This piece currently sits framed on my wall, right by my bed, and whether it’s magic or my naivety, I’m sleeping soundly.

‘Woven Web of Life Dreamcatcher’ feather’s series

Some of my other favorite’s from Ms. Calderon:

*find her work on her Etsy page (anavicky) or her website

‘Foliage Dream’ dreams series

‘Help!’ the beatles series

‘Feathers’ feathers series

‘Black Mamba’ flora series

‘Dharma’ mandala series

 

Cupcakes & Cashmere Book

I’m a huge supporter of bloggers.  I find it inspirational to see the wide range of perspectives and personalities that has developed over the web.  I read lots of blogs daily, as well as fulfill my daily dose of creativity by scouring look books and websites before I begin my day.  I’ve never looked at blogging (and try not to look at anything career wise) as a competition, because although at times that drive may lead to an opportunity, I genuinely believe there is enough room in this world for anyone to become successful.

Emily Schuman from Cupcakes & Cashmere was one of the first blogs I followed religiously.  I’ve found her journey so exciting to watch and admire her ability to take on collaborations that stick so true to her vision.  I picked up a copy of her book (found here, $11.85) yesterday and to be honest with you, was expecting a lot of content that has been featured on her blog, not knowing if it was something that would bring more value than things I’ve already read.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a true guide to things I can see were carefully selected in order to be sure its’ contents were useful for longer than the first time you read it.  I definitely suggest checking it out!  There’s great advice ranging from beauty lessons, seasonal recipes, gift giving, throwing parties, dressing/shopping effectively and fun tutorials like creating the perfect bouquet or popping a champagne bottle.

LEIF LOVE

I love shopping for little things that bring joy into my home.  I’ve forever had a knack for gifty items and enjoy finding a quirky or colorful detail to add to an open space.  Leif is a website I frequent for their fun and unique small home accessories.  I’m embracing the “no rules” decor idea by incorporating dinner bowls into my jewelry storage system, pencil jars for hair accessories and pretty magnets for keeping bobby pins in one place.  Thinking outside the box only makes your home more you.

Some Of My Favorite Items from Leif:

Square Color Chip Box $56

Striped Taper Candles $24

Small Jar in Sugar Sunset $85

Gemstone Magnet Set $36

Spear Print Tray $80

Tree Bark Wine Stopper $8

Batik Tray and Spreader Set $48

Oblong Color Chip Box $84

Confetti Tumbler $35

Atomic Salt & Pepper Shakers $50

Pastel Sorbet Cup Set $78

Madelaine Necklace in Lavender $228

Small Knit Color Cozy Mug $26

Stacking Dots Rings $26

Drink Tags

With the 4th of July coming up, expectations include fireworks, friends and food.  I love holidays where people are able to come together and spend the day without a list of things that have to get done.  Party planning is something I enjoy, but this year I’m opting for a more casual environment where friends can come and relax… no RSVP necessary.  Although I’m not going all out, I still think it’s nice to provide a few personal touches when people come over.

One accessory any party appreciates are drink tags.  They’re fun and something to make guests feel a little more welcome.  Don’t want to pay for it?  It’s an easy DIY.  Cut stars out of thick glittery paper, hole punch a place to tie a colored string and offer holiday tags in different colors for people to use for the day!

Drink Name Tags:

Etsy OhioWoodandIronWorks Chalkboard Beverage Tags $12.95

Etsy PolishedTwo Skull Wine Glass Charms $10

Etsy AnyWhichWayBoutique Paper Drink Tags $4.50

Etsy GlassActSupply Mason Jar Pendant Drink Tags $9

FredFlare Wine Glass Name Tags $9

My Drink Label Personalized Drink Labels $7.99

Prepping For 2013 Already??

This year is going by at a terrifyingly fast pace.  I’m constantly saying that, but it seriously feels to become more and more true as I get older.  If you’ve been reading this blog somewhat consistently, you know I love trying out new things – restaurants, beauty products, scoring a deal on a new top, etc., but there are certain things I have found to work for me that I stay very loyal to.

I’ve always had a thing for calendars, and although most of my schedule is on my phone for convenience, I feel more organized and on top of things if I can physically write the things I need to do on a large calendar.  My absolute favorite is the Paper Source Academic Great Big Wall Calendar $29.95, that normally sits below my laptop.  Of course I stock up on new Gel Pens to color coordinate for the new year as well, and the light brown paper really makes the colors pop!

In the past, I’ve run into trouble forgetting to order one in time and finding myself a quarter into the new year feeling lost because it has been sold out, so last year I decided to sign up for an email reminder, which I just got!  I love Paper Source for fun gifts, stationary, and find this particular product useful because it is big enough to pack in my busy days within its’ squares and also write notes on the side.  I like to put a small resolution on each month’s notes column like “Drink More Water” or “Clean One Drawer/Week” to remind myself that little goals are easier to obtain.  I’m experienced enough to know that year-long resolutions (at least for me) go right out the window.