Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rainy Day Blues

Starting with Monday's movie marathon, my week has felt increasingly non-productive. 
 The weather has been atrocious, and I've barely ventured outdoors.
Since I've felt unmotivated to do an Outfit post (or anything else,) I'll share my musical inclinations.
Below are 10 songs I never shuffle through on my Ipod, along with an accompanying lyric.

John Mayer- Gravity
"Oh gravity, stay the hell away from me
And gravity has taken better men than me (now how can that be?)"

Jack Johnson- Better Together
"There's no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard,
No song that I could sing
But I can try for your heart,
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things, 
Like a shoebox of photographs,
With sepia-tone loving,
Love is the answer
At least for most of the questions in my heart..."

Something Corporate- Globes & Maps
"And dreams came around you in a hazy rain
You opened your mouth wide to feel them fall
And I write a letter, from a one-way train
But i don't think you'll read it at all"

Death Cab For Cutie- Lack of Color
"And when I see you
I really see you upside down
but my brain knows better
it picks you up and turns you around
turns you around
turns you around
If you feel discouraged
that there's a lack of color here
please don't worry lover
it's really bursting at the seams
absorbing everything
the spectrum's a to z"

Matchbox Twenty- You Won't Be Mine
"Take your head around the world
See what you get
From your mind
Write your soul down word for word
See who's your friend
Who is kind
It's almost like a disease
I know soon you will be

Over the lies, you'll be strong
You'll be rich in love and you will carry on
But no - oh no
No you won't be mine"

Damien Rice- Delicate
"We might kiss when we are alone
When nobody's watching
We might take it home
We might make out when nobody's there
It's not that we're scared
It's just that it's delicate"

Jason Mraz- If It Kills Me (Acoustic)
"Well all I really wanna do is love you
A kind much closer than friends use
But I still can't say it after all we've been through
And all I really want from you is to feel me
As the feeling inside keeps building
And I will find a way to you if it kills me
If it kills me"

The Honorary Title- Petals
"Petals broke from tips of roses hidden underneath my arm
All the framed, different poses of places I'll soon forget
That I'll soon forget

Tell me again that part how you didn't feel a thing
That part how you never actually really ever did
And lift yourself from my grip
But don't fall asleep"

Remy Zero- Fair
"Hey, are you lonely?
Has summer gone so slowly?
We found the ground,
but that damage was done.
It's cold as you fade into the sun.
Where'd you go? To me?"

Gavin Degraw- Over-Rated
"Take my home
Take everything I own
Take it, take control
You will feel better
You will feel whole
You're so good
You stopped me where I stood
And let me look at love and I feel better
Oh, I feel good
I just want to give it all to you
I want to share this with you
Make you mine and mine will be all yours
Whatever you want and more
What I'm anticipating
Everything else will be over-rated"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


{This gigantic Pink Hydrangea.}

{A glass of Velvet Devil Merlot was a great choice at Funky Monkey Wine Company.}

{My perpetual favorite at the Downtown Disney Art Festival. 
This artist transforms scrap metal & unused nails into amazing animal figures.}

{How gorgeous is this seahorse from the Georgia Aquarium!?}

{A ladybug landed on my purse!  Isn't that supposed to be good luck?}

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pecan Pie Cookies

Don't get me wrong, I love Pecan Pie as much as the next girl, but sometimes the buttery crust and decadent filling feel slightly excessive.
Using a basic sugar cookie base, these scrumptious snacks are filled with a topping that packs all the flavor of pecan pie.
Definitely a unique spin on a classic!

1.5 Cups Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1 Egg
2 t Vanilla
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 t Baking Powder
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
1/4 Cup low-fat milk (use heavy cream or whole milk if you're feeling decadent)

1.)  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.)  Combine 1 Cup Brown Sugar, butter, egg, & 1 t vanilla.  Slowly add in flour & Baking powder.
3.)  Shape dough into 1.5 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets lined with wax paper.
4.)  Use thumb to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
5.)  In a small bowl, combine chopped pecans, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 t vanilla, & milk.  Spoon filling into cookie indentation.
6.)  Bake 8-12 minutes, until lightly browned.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Top 10 Romantic Movie Moments...

On blah days (like today), nothing tops curling up on the sofa with a can of boiled peanuts, a personalized concoction consisting of equal parts Sprite & Cranberry Juice, a soft blanket, and a stack of movies.  
Here's a list of my favorite romance flicks (in no particular order), along with a memorable quote from each film.
Let the movie marathon ensue!

Slumdog Millionaire
"Jamal: Run away with me.
Latika: And live on what?
Jamal: Love..."   

"I'm going to miss your lips.  And everything attached to them."
-Claire Colburn

Pride & Prejudice
"Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you... I had to see you."
-Mr. Darcy

Garden State
"I don't want to waste another moment of my life without you in it."
-Andrew Largeman

The Princess Bride
"As you wish."

Breakfast At Tiffany's
"You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."
-Paul Varjak

"I sing you to me."

Beauty & the Beast
"Ohhh, isn't this amazing / It's my favorite part because, you'll see / Here's where she meets Prince Charming / But she won't discover that it's him / 'Til chapter three."

"You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate... It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves... You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and... What I'm trying to say, Tristan is... I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I'd know it for myself. My heart... It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange - no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine."

"Rose, you're no picnic, all right? You're a spoiled little brat, even, but under that, you're the most amazingly, astounding, wonderful girl, woman that I've ever known..."

Friday, March 25, 2011


{The way my Goldendoodle (Nahla) dotes on her ball.}

{The deliciousness of Bourbon mixed with the guiltlessness of Coke Zero.}

{My "On Safari" Romper.}

{A hot fudge sundae from Kilwan's.  They put a layer of marshmallow fluff under the whipped cream!}

{The understated simplicity of this gorgeous centerpiece at the Four Seasons, West Palm.}