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

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My Favorite Online Shopping Spots

I do a lot of online shopping.  It’s super convenient and I like to be able to scour different sites to make sure I’m getting the best deals and sort through sales without feeling like I’m digging for gold amongst designer thirsty style enthusiasts in my way.  There are also a lot of free shipping incentives, along with discounted departments every day.  The easiest way to find out about deals and savings?  Sign up for the website’s daily email.  Yes, this can be incredibly annoying and as someone who wakes up each day with a minimum of 50 new emails all saying, “Indulge on _____ today, you deserve it!”, I get it.  That person definitely does not know my life.  If she did, she’d probably say “OK, Taylor, you can probably pass on your fourth pair of strappy sandals, don’t you think?”.  BUT, if you can develop a level of self control, it’s a great way to look out for things you are looking for.

I narrowed down my long list of online shopping sources below to include my very favorites.

Department Stores/Specialty Stores:

Bloomingdales.com

NeimanMarcus.com

Nordstrom.com

Barneys.com

SaksFifthAvenue.com

ShopPlanetBlue.com

Zara.com

Designer Websites:

BCBG.com

DVF.com

MichaelKors.com

AliceandOlivia.com

RebeccaTaylor.com

Online Retailers:

Shopbop.com

RevolveClothing.com

Net-A-Porter.com

ShopTheTrendBoutique.com

Refinery29.com

Asos.com

Topshop.com

IntermixOnline.com

FarFetch.com

Piperlime.com

Couture.Zappos.com

Madewell.com

PinkMascara.com

LesNouvelles.com

Specifically Shoes:

Zappos.com

SteveMadden.com

FryeBoots.com

DolceVita.com

Jewelry:

FavorJewelry.com

RachelRoy.com

Handbags:

ELuxury.lm

Look for Less Spots:

Forever21.com

DorothyPerkins.com

AE.com

FredFlare.com

Sale Sites/Daily Mailers:

Gilt.com (I belong to all of the off price sites, but I find Gilt features the best products for the best prices)

LastCall.com (Neiman Marcus Off Price)

LuckyMag.com (Sign up for their deal of the day)

DailyCandy.com

PopSugar.com

OpenSky.com

LuxeYard.com (You can sign up for their clothing and home goods mailers)

OneKingsLane.com (Home Goods)

Beauty/Hair:

Sephora.com

ElfCosmetics.com (great deals!)

Beauty.com

Drugstore.com

DermStore.com

RickysNYC.com

SkinStore.com
MACCosmetics.com

Home Goods/Office Supplies:

Amazon.com

RussellandHazel.com

KateSpade.com

Williams-Sonoma.com

WestElm.com

CrateandBarrel.com

CB2.com

ZGallerie.com

PotteryBarn.com

RestorationHardware.com

JaysonHome.com

FishsEddy.com

Anthropologie.com

WorldMarket.com

GretelHome.com

GandGWebstore.com (artificial flowers)

LindaandHarriett.com

DesignPublic.com

SeeJaneWork.com

Tech Stuff:

FreshlyPicked.BigCartel.com (love their mouse-pads)

AhaLife.com

AplusRstore.com

ThinkGeek.com

CoolestGadgets.com

Entertaining with Ease

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to have people over for dinner.  It can often times save money by foregoing restaurants and bars, gives you a reason to clean up the house and more than anything, provide for a night of good conversation with people you love.  When it comes to entertaining, I like to have pieces that are easy to use, but still have character.

I like to mix and match my pieces to create a unique feel, which also allows me to trade out new finds with ones that may have broken (I have a clumsy streak) or add in a new piece I don’t have yet.

Here are some Serveware options I’d love to entertain with:

Chalkboard Cheese Tray  from West Elm $34/medium board and Cheese Knives from Jayson Home $28/knife photos taken from websites

Printed Bowl from Jayson Home $42 and Five Section Bowl from Neiman Marcus $50 photos taken from websites

Butter Dish from Williams-Sonoma $19 and Two-Toned Wood Spreaders from Anthropologie $18 photos taken from websites

   

Soda-Lime Pitcher from Anthropologie $28 and Banana Bark Three Section Dish from Neiman Marcus $36 photos taken from websites

   

Chip and Dip Tray from Williams-Sonoma $49.95 and Madras Caddy from World Market $14.99 photos taken from websites

Beverage Dispenser from Anthropologie $298 and Round Chalkboard (to hang on the dispenser) from Pottery Barn $22.50/set of 4 photos taken from websites

   

On Ice Condiment Set (keeps them cold) from Crate & Barrel $16.95 and Wood Circle Server from Crate & Barrel $21.95 photos taken from websites

Multicolored Salad Bowl from Crate & Barrel $26.95 and Green Tiered Stand from World Market $29.99 photos taken from websites

Farmer’s Market Baskets from Anthropologie $14/basket and Patterned Trivet from Anthropologie $24 photos taken from websites

     

Flower Market Tray from Neiman Marcus $140 and Metal Rolling Party Bucket (see the bottle opener on the side?) from Pottery Barn $199 photos taken from websites

Straw Dispenser from Fishs Eddy $12.95 and Striped Straws from Fishs Eddy $4.95 photos taken from websites

Polka Dot Cake Server from Fishs Eddy $14.95 and Pink Cake Stand from Fishs Eddy $56.95 photos taken from websites