unrelated life things

a couple unrelated things for your morning.

First things first, thanks for all of the sweet support yesterday.  i was in tears because of so many sweet comments and emails.  also because i know this is what i am supposed to be doing.  that’s a nice feeling(:

secondly.  wrapping paper.  i love brown paper packages tied with kitchen twine.  a little trimmings from the tree.  probably the cheapest option out there too. where my money hides is in the gift tags.  i can’t help myself.  particularly at pottery barn.  they are so darn cute.

did i tell you JB and I met up with Em at Ceviche in St. Pete.  You know the Emily that is in the airforce and is a doctor and looks like  Barbie?  That’s the one!  love her.
{and yes, i am wearing my swagg}

Lola.  don’t be fooled by those eyes … ok, so i am pretty much a sucker for those eyes every second of the day.  But she is cah-ray-Z.  she has this little yip going on every once in a while.  she’s pretty vocal, that little lambiekins.  there’s more youtube videos of her here. and I’ll be adding more.  which i’m pretty sure is what some of y’all want… since when i called questions for a vlog – 95% of them were rooting for a vlog with Lola.  i am old news.  i see how it is.

{what we drank in:
prague, germany, alsace, amsterdam (but brewed in holland- apparently that’s important), dominican republic, & france

need another present for the beer loving guy in your life?  my sister and i made our own 6 pack at Total Wine yesterday.  We had so much fun looking at all the bottles.  If I wasn’t going for a different beer that we drank while in a particular place, I would have been seduced by the pretty bottles.  Cute packaging wins over taste.  a little too often for me.

i love this mask.  when i found it for $2 it was u-g-l-y, no allibi.  but metallic spray paint to the rescue!  soft pink velvet ribbon went in place of the terrible cheap purple ribbon.  but speaking of masks… I got seduced by the old Hillary Duff remake of Cinderella the other day.  I’m not quite sure how wearing a mask makes you unrecognizable, but whatever.  also that time in gossip girl when they did the masks and no one could tell that girl was being serena… huh.  there’s something called face structure? any person who knew someone would be able to know.  okay, ending this rant before i admit more embarrassing things I watch.

Happy Thursday!

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  • Reply Erin

    The wrapping looks amazing and Lola is just too cute for words! I am thinking of getting a puppy soon 🙂

    December 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Ugly Duckling

    Awww lola is so cute!

    I so know what you mean about that scene in Gossip Girl, I thought that myself too!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    Enter my GIVEAWAY to win a China Glaze nail polish set! I WAS AN UGLY DUCKLING BLOG!

    December 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Brooke Cushman

    Ha, that made me laugh. Don't worry, I watch Gossip Girl too, and have seen Cinderella Story one too many times I think.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply yours truly, melissa

    Lola does have the best eyes! She's SUCH a cute puppy 🙂

    I love brown paper too. I wrapped several if our gifts with brown paper & red and white yarn.

    Wishing you a Merry Merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Ash

    i love all these pictures! your packaging is amazing, and you and em are sooo gorgeous! i found her blog through you so thank you for that! and the beers? what a great idea! and yes, doggies are so silly as puppies- i remember those days (: what an adorable mask but i feel you- how do you NOT KNOW who it is?! gah! but that cinderella movie is still so cute, in my opinion (:

    December 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Sarah Burton

    Love the wrapping paper! You're totally right about the masks. Glad to find another GG lover.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    hahaha i love the rant.

    and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLA. those videos! i want to jump through the screen and cuddle her.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Your presents look so pretty! And I LOVE that you bought beer for all the different places that you had tried it together. So cute and thoughtful.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Taylor

    i just watched the gossip girl masquerade episode…like…a day ago! weeeird! and i am loving your gift wrap, so quaint and so inexpensive. love!!

    December 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Celeste

    metallic paint = best thing since sliced bread

    confession … secret gossip girl lov-ah here. (oh, and so is my husband.. woopsie. He'd kill me if he knew I spilled the beans ;)!)

    December 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    love love your wrapping!! wish i had more patience for wrapping presents. just hand me some decent looking wrapping paper tape and scissors and i'm done

    December 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply K

    a vlog from Lola sounds terrific! Also 1664 – oh man I haven't had that in ages. When I was studying in France we definitely went on beer runs to mcdonalds and picked up our 1664. oh the crazy antics of students 😉 I hope JB enjoys!

    December 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply jillian :: cornflake dreams.

    yes yes yes to a lola vlog 🙂 happy holidays chickadee! xo

    December 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Pamela Michelle

    I wrap in the same paper! Have it in bulk and I'm obsessed w it! Love you sweet thing!!

    December 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Michelle (michabella)

    HAHA I have thought that same thing about masks and that Hilary Duff movie! Which I secretly love… even with all the corniness. I love Lola so so much!

    December 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Joshua and Ashley

    Brown paper packages always seem the most mysterious! Love all your photos! Merry Christmas

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Laura Nelson

    love the wrapping!!! 🙂

    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Flora Moreno de Thompson

    I love the beer idea as a gift. I might have to go buy some to put under the tree for Jeff.

    Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Natalie

    what a great idea about the beers from your travels! i might have to put one of those together for my husband!

    December 23, 2011 at 2:27 am
  • Reply chanel

    (lowers head in shame while knowing exactly the gg scene above)

    I LOVE love love seeing where life has taken you these days. It's always amazing to get to see God's perfect plan played out.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Simone

    You are funny, that last paragraph really made me laugh!!!

    Gorgeous images, love the giftwrap shots :)X

    December 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    what a cute idea for the beer!! might have to steal the thought…

    oh, and that whole "can't tell who a person is in a mask thing" in movies is so stupid. duh. obviously. 🙂

    December 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Lottie

    I know what you mean about the masks…I thought it was just me! How could they think it was Serena? Especially Blair who is supposed to be her best friend…so much for that! Anyway rant over…sorry for ranting!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Jessi @ Life, The Epic Journey

    We've always used brown paper, I LOVE it! I change up the "string" every year. Sometimes ribbon, sometimes greenery…this year is twine. 🙂

    December 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Oh hey…it's me up there! We look very yin and yang: white dress/black dress, blonde hair/brunette hair. Love the dichotomy. I've decided that I refuse to allow Christmas to be over. So Merry Christmas! Again.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Along Abbey Road

    Hello! I just found you via Across The Pond! LOVE your blog.

    And I LOVE Lola…cah-ray-z is the best attribute in a dog. I have 2 chihuahuas, and I legitimately think one is schizoprehnic, no lie. He is cah-ray-ray-z.

    Along Abbey Road

    December 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Carla

    Oh Lola is too sweet! And I couldn't agree more with wrapping in brown paper! So cheap and looks so classy!

    December 28, 2011 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply nicole

    oh jealous that you and em got to hang out. we're supposed to be going to Florida sometime this spring with friends, hopefully on your side of the state!

    January 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm
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