Saturday, April 30, 2011

Travel Inspiration

AND I'm getting ready excited!! I made a travel inspiration board on pinterest, and I decided to share my favorites in a little collage. My sister and I are going to study in Edinburgh for 2 weeks, London for one week, Paris for one week, and Cannes for one week! Eeep!! We studied abroad in the UK two years ago, so this will be our second trip to Europe. It will also be my first time to visit France! I've been practicing my French a little, but I'm wishing I had opted to take French instead of Spanish. As our departure date gets closer, we are getting more and more excited about our trip. I've been a little stressed about our finances, but I'm hoping that everything works out as well as it did last time we went. 

Have you ever been to Europe?? I'd love to hear all about your trip!

Do you have travel plans for the summer?? Details, please!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Happiness is...

Happy Friday, Lovely!!

"No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life."

- Barbara de Angelis fudge sundaes with extra hot fudge!

...long afternoon naps!

...bubble baths!

...freshly baked cinnamon rolls!

...a smiling otter!

...having a pasta-fest after a bad day!

...bear hugs!

...swingsets! tulips!

...camio jewelry

What is your idea of happiness, Lovely??

all images from pinterest

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Feeling Artzy!

Brittney Lee is one of my favorite artists! I discovered her etsy shop a few months ago, and I immediately fell in love with her work & style. I really wanted to share some of my favorites from her blog & etsy shop! AND if you love her as much as I do, check her out! I love to browse her blog when I'm in need of a little inspiration. Her work is very colorful & creative. Last year, she illustrated a children's book for Disney called Tangled: A Dazzling Day. I absolutely adore her style because all of the characters in her illustrations just ooze adorableness. She also does some amazing 3D illustrations using paper. The detail used in her pieces is just incredible! Hope you enjoy a few selections by Brittney Lee! Click on the images to go to their original source:
First Sight as in love at first sight! 

Paris, which is very inspiring for my trip to Paris next month! 
Birdie Ballerina 

Lagoon Love

Paper illustration of The Little Mermaid

Paper illustration of Edward Scissorhands

Sending lots of positive vibes your way!

All images by Brittney Lee

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Style Crush

Style Crush: Reese Witherspoon

I recently saw Water For Elephants with Zeth, and we both really enjoyed the film. I immediately downloaded the book on my iPad and started reading it. I'm about half-way through it. I thought they did a wonderful job with the adaptation from what I've read so far. I don't think that everyone is going to love the film, but it's definitely an interesting story. I also realize that a lot of people may not see the movie because Robert Pattinson plays the lead male. I have to admit I was a little skeptical of his acting abilities since I have only seen him in a handful of roles including the first Twilight  movie. I've never been into the Twilight hype, although I have absolutely nothing against it. I was pleasantly surprised with his acting, although I felt he definitely could have done a lot more with the role. I could go on, but I really don't want to bore you with my theatre major babble.

I really enjoyed Reese's performance in Water For Elephants. I feel that Reese always brings something very unique to her roles, and I find her characters all very different. Outside of her acting, I find Reese to be a little quirky and very real. She has admitted in many interviews that she makes hamburger helper for her kids, and that she has her own body issues such as cellulite. I think that we all relate to celebrities like her because she isn't afraid to show her imperfections. 

"I don't believe in perfection. I don't think there is such a thing. But the energy of wanting things to be great is a perfectionist energy."

--Reese Witherspoon

Have a HAPPY happy day, Lovely!

All Images from Tumblr

Monday, April 25, 2011

I Heart...

Oh, has been an absolute suckfest! I always try to make my Mondays marvelous, but I failed miserably today. My brother and sister-in-law have been trying to adopt a baby for quite a while. They have had several possible adoptions fall apart, and today, their latest attempt at adoption fell through. It's a very difficult and emotional time for my family.  I decided to make a little list of things I'm loving right because I really need to cheer up. Hope it works! If you're also having a rough day, I hope things get better for you!
Today I ...

Barbecue brisket & sausage Purple bunnies ♥ Makeup Pallettes ♥ Shopping trips with Zeth ♥ Vanilla bean cheesecake ♥ My new Coach iPhone case ♥ Cotton Candy  Glitter Eyeshadow  ♥ Late night tater tots ♥ Holding hands with someone who gets you ♥ Trips to Sephora ♥ Cinnamon flavored toothpaste ♥ Digging out old Betseyville purses from the depths of my closet & making them new again ♥ The Minnie Mouse plushie that Zeth bought me ♥ Watching old Disney movies while snuggled up in bed ♥ Michelle Phan makeup tutorials ♥ Chocolate covered pretzels ♥ Colorful fine point Sharpies ♥ Jogging with George ♥ Easter lunch with my family ♥ Llamas ♥ Ordering an entire table full of desserts at Olive Garden with my favorite people ♥ Hello Kitty Coloring books ♥ Starbucks Passion Iced Tea ♥ Making travel plans for next month♥  Going to see Water For Elephants with Zeth ♥ Cutesey Post-its ♥ Mini pickles ♥ Moleskine journals  Tuna fish sandwiches ♥  Movie night with my lovely friends ♥ 

What are you loving today, Lovely??

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rub A Dub Dub!! George in the Tub!

There's nothing better than 
being squeaky clean! 
Well, maybe having that 
extra special spot behind 
your ears scratched. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Photo Explosion: Travel Diary of A Quirky Girl

Hello Lovely! I'm so glad to be home! I've been out of town for most of this week with my boyfriend, Zeth. He's a graduate English student at my university, and he was presenting one of his papers at the American Culture Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas. So, of course I went along for support ( and shopping)! We had an absolute blast together! 

We left town on Wednesday morning and drove to San Antonio while listening to our favorite oldies on Pandora. After we checked into our fancy hotel room, we freshened up & headed over the conference to scope things out. Zeth presented his paper that evening, and I attended his panel to hear his reading. He presented on contemporary masculinity as present in (500) Days of Summer. He was BRILLIANT, Lovelies! Oh, my scholarly boyfriend is a dreamboat! 

We met up with some of our friends and had a late dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe on the San Antonio riverwalk. We spent the entirety of Thursday driving around the city, eating lots of food, and shopping at the malls. It was exhausting but lots of fun. We ended the day on the outdoor terrace of the hotel with big slices of cheesecake from the Cheesecake factory. We came home yesterday and slept for the entire afternoon. We were starving when we woke up, so we went out to eat and met up with some friends at this retro daiquiri bar. 

Needless to say, my pets were not thrilled when I got home. Apollo wouldn't come out from under the bed until I offered him some treats, and George had a panic attack when I went to the restroom and he couldn't find me. I guess that means they love me.

Zeth is going on a 14 day trip to France in two weeks, and I'm leaving for my month long study abroad trip on the 19th of May. We realized that we are going to be apart for almost 7 weeks. Ugg...I know that doesn't seem like a long time, but we've never been apart for more than a week since we started dating. So that is going to be an interesting experience.

I'm getting really excited about my study abroad trip to the United Kingdom & France in May. I wasn't a blogger last time I studied abroad, so I plan to blog A LOT while I'm traveling. Expect lots of image-heavy posts soon! 

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top 5 Wishlist: What I'm Obsessing Over At The Moment

What I'm Obsessing Over At The Moment!
Just for fun, I decided to make a little list of my current lust list! It changes almost every week, and usually depends on how full (or empty) my wallet is at the moment. 

♥ Kate Spade and Coach iPhone Cases & Besteyville Laptop Cases!

♥ Burlesque Style Lingerie & Accessories!

♥ Fancy Filofax! My old planner fell apart! :(

♥ Neon Colored Cambridge Satchels ( I saw these on Gala Darling's blog!)

♥ Dior Makeup!!
It's soo expensive, and I'm soooo obsessed! Whaa! 

What's on your lust list this week??