Have a Lovely Weekend...

As the work day approaches its close and with the weekend right around the corner..I couldn’t be happier.

Things to do this weekend should include but are def. not limited to:
a. enjoying some “me” time
b. begin and finish a project
c. eat something sweet and tasty
d. spend some time with loved one {pets included}

As always, have a beautiful weekend, be safe and be lovely!
{photo courtesy of Miette}


Yesterday my co-workers and I surprised my supervisor and took her to lunch to celebrate her birthday. Her actual birthday is on Saturday but we thought we’d do something early so that way she wouldn’t expect a thing. It worked. We had a series of clues {that I made} delivered to her by a few people and we even had our security guards play a role.
Her 1st clue let her know that the next day she would have to keep a watchful and observant eye as she will begin to receive a series of clues within that day. The 2nd clue was given to her manager to give to her after their Manager’s Meeting. That clue read that at 12:45 she needed to gather her belongings, turn off her office light, head to the elevator, and once in the lobby, stop by the guards booth and give her name {I had given them the envelope to give to Theresa}. The 3rd clue told her to head out of the building and head to the following address {which was the address of the restaurant}. She was given the 4th and final clue by one of our co-workers who met her outside of the building and it said SURPRISE & Happy Birthday! I love happy surprises and making people pleased as punch!

Mark Twain Humorist Award..Bill Cosby

I’m so excited that I have an opportunity to head to the Kennedy Center and be in the audience as Bill Cosby accepts the Mark Twain Humorist Award tonight! It should be a wonderful evening celebrating Bill Cosby and his comedic stylings over the years with special guests, dining, entertainment and just an overall fantastic evening! Some past awardees include, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Carl Reiner.
I’m taking my camera and prayerfully I will have some wonderful photos to share. This is most assuredly going to be a GREAT night!

Go Pirates Go.....

I just want to give Victoria Secret {Pink} a rousing round of applause for finally allowing my alma mater & Home By The Sea, Hampton University to grace it's store, well online store that is, for it's Collegiate Wear!
I'm so super excited. They weren't selling Hampton U. items online and you could only purchase their wares in stores in the Tidewater Area. I'm doubly pleased as punch because I love Pink sweats as they are def. comy and this wonderful surprise just added an extra inch of smile to my day! Go Pirates Go!

Little White Dresser is so so Nice...

I'm so glad that I stumbled upon Little White Dresser and as usual I'm filled with glee. Eveything is so very beautiful and just warm with fuzzy thoughts at how creative people really are. I can't wait to purchase a few items from this shop.
{photos courtesy of Little White Dresser}

Oui Oui Paris....

these cards are so cute from Darling Clementine!

Have a Heart...

Now who wouldn't want to have this beautiful heart near the original ticker?

{photo courtesy of Finn Jewelry}

I {heart} Movies...

I will admit that I have yet to see Paris Je'Taime, but I do have the DVD at home and I think that I will watch it tonight and once I finish, I really do want to see New York I Love You that comes out in theatres today.
{photo of Real Simple}

Portable Sunshine...

I wouldn't mind toting around in this jacket this Fall and Winter season. Please kind ma'am or sir {cough cough, DB} make me extra happy and surprise me..oh yeah and you can put a big, fat bow on the box and/or bag.

Oh and don't worry about how I will keep warm, I'll wear long sleeves and wear a belt to keep my beautiful coat secured.

Thank you bunches!

{photo courtesty of Anthropologie}

Recipe to Try: Mini Lemony Loaves of Yummy Goodness...

I would love to walk into my kitchen, look over to the counter and find on a nice little dainty saucer, these nice Mini Lemon Pound Cakes ready for me to devour..lady like of course. yum yum yum

Tried and Fried

After my last showdown with trying to fry something, the end result was tasty but somewhere in the middle things got a little smokey and widows and the front door had to be opened. But alas, I will/shall not be defeated so I really do want to try my hand at pan frying and prayerfully there will be no smoke, the dog won't go bonkers and DB won't need to shoo smoke out the house!
While viewing the net, I happened upon a delightful and mouth watering recipe via A Cup of Jo courtesy of The Parsley Thief. The Parsley Thief gives a wonderful step by step directional of how to perfectly execute Parmesan Chicken Cutlets, my pan frying recipe of choice.

Parmesan Chicken Cutlets
{Adapted from Barefoot Contessa, Family Style Cookbook}
Serves 6
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 extra-large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Grapeseed oil

Trim the chicken breasts & remove the tenderloins. Reserve them for another use. Place the chicken between plastic wrap, or inside a resealable plastic bag & pound to a 1/4" thickness. Combine the flour, salt & pepper on a plate. Beat the eggs with the water & pour onto another plate. Grate the Parmesan cheese & combine with the bread crumbs on a third plate. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour, then dip into the egg & finally into the bread crumbs. Press down on the chicken slightly, so that the breadcrumbs adhere. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of the grapeseed oil in a large skillet, over medium low heat. It should be about 1/8" inch deep. When the oil is hot, cook 1-2 chicken breasts at a time for about 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip & cook an additional 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat & serve immediately. Or, place on a cooling rack set over a rimmed baking sheet in a 250 degree oven, until ready to serve.
{photo courtesy of The Parsley Thief}

And it would really make me Happy…

To stay at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. It officially opened on September 29th and if I were a New Yorker, I would have been oh but too thrilled to walk down its quaint cobblestoned road and dreamily sigh at its magnificence.

I’m thinking that if only I could have some sort of lovely little party there and then go upstairs to my room and stay for a few days, it would make me uberly happy. And there’s nothing better than a Happy Princess!

{photo courtesy of Crosby Street Hotel}

Ruffles can add pizzazz to anything...

Even on a pillow. Check out this simple tutorial via Kelly + Olive couretsy of Merrilee of Mermag.
{photo courtesy of Mermag via Kelly + Olive}

DIY..My oh My...

I found this wonderful tutorial on how to make your very own grosgrain chain necklace or "bands of bling bib" as it’s affectionately called, from the super de duper fantastically talented & Glamourai Blogger Kelly Framel {who is also featured in the November Issue of Lucky magazine}.
Kelly is not only amazing style wise, but she is also an phenomenal jewelry designer. Visit her Etsy store here.

I’m literally so pumped to do this project, I pray that mine looks as astonishing as Kelly’s! I’ll keep you posted!
{photo courtesy of Glamourai}

Have a Lovely Weekend...

I will be spending my weekend purging through “old” clothes/things and deciding:
a. What to Keep
b. What to Donate/Give Away
c. What to Throw Away

It should be interesting and fun filled? I think that I should invest in “spring cleaning” with each new season, living a cluttered life does not make me happy, it only jitters my nerves.

Here is a wonderful quote I found while perusing Flickr’s tribute to Domino Magazine by Michelle Adams, “if you surround yourself with things you love, then your home will make you happy”. I think that I’m going to recite this while I purge, remembering that I can be surrounded by things that I love but that they can be orderly!

{photo courtesy of Flickr}

New Dandies...

I have some new fun filled and wonderful blogs that I happened upon..they make my ♥ {heart} happy!

1. Loving.Living.Small
2. Smitten Kitchen

3. Making it Lovely
Be sure to check them it, it'll bring a smile to your face, and insight to your life in their own special way!

Farmer's Market

Today I had the great joy of going to a Farmer's Market in downtown DC. I was extremely excited and let me tell you that I had a ball. Fruit, cheeses, vegetables, flowers, gelato/sorbet, breads and meats galore..I couldn't contain myself. Well actually I did well because I walked away with only three peaches, four apples, and a loaf of bread!
It happens every Thursday from 3:00pm-7:00pm and trust me I will be there or be square!

Lonny Magazine...

Lonny Magazine {the name is a combination of London and New York} is a most wonderful gem of a magazine that I spotted over at Design *Sponge today. The magazine was founded by teamsters Editor in Chief, Michelle Adams, maven behind Rubie Green and Co-founder & photographer, Patrick Cline & has launched today!
It looks like this is going to be a wonderful treat to invest in & I really hope that it has beautiful longevity. This magazine seems to be an equivalent to our beloved but now gone Domino Magazine.
{photo via Little Willow}

I'm no Julia Childs..but I too like to cook...

So it’s now common knowledge that I like the cook, really like to cook, but don’t look for me on shows like Food Star, Iron Chef, Chopped and the list can truly go on. But since I do enjoy experimenting and trying to cook things that "whet my whistle", I think that I’m going to make a mini “cookbook” of all the recipes/things that I want to try out and then follow in the footsteps of Julie Powell {a la Julie and Julia} and keep a tiny log of how each "experiment" turns out.This should be fun and interesting and most of all non-disastrous . I’m excited.
Here is a small glimpse of some of the delectable treats I want to try my hand at:

*Vanilla Lemonade
*Macaroni and Cheese
*Lamb Chops
*Cream Cheese Pound Cake
*Cornish Hens
{photo via Design *Sponge}


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