baby / tots

Baby Loves Her Shoes

The other day I took Ava to the beach.  She loves the water and especially the sand.  We splashed around, dug holes in the sand, and smiled – a lot!

On our way back to the Jeep, we stopped at the playground so Ava could run around and swing [and hopefully dry off and ditch some of the sand].  When it was time to go, she didn’t want to leave [big surprise] and started to throw quite the tantrum.  She did that thing where she arched her back and let her legs go limp when I tried to pick her up, and I dropped one of the bags I was hauling.  When I put her down to pick up the tote, she took off running for the slide.  I caught her and started walking to the car.  She was sobbing and kept trying to say something, but I couldn’t understand.  I thought she was having a worse than normal reaction to leaving, but maybe she was just tired.  I still couldn’t figure out what it was she was yelling, and then she took a deep breath, looked at me through her teary eyes and said, “shoe, mommy”.  I looked down at her feet and saw one of her shoes was missing.  It must have fallen off when she went for the slide.  As soon as I acknowledged it and headed back to pick it up, the tears stopped and she was all happy-go-lucky again.  Baby loves her shoes.

The Shoes.

life

Out with the New and In with the Old

I have decided to go back to my original format for Furious Shirley.  This simpler style makes it easier for me to mix in some personal posts and to actually write more.  The ‘glitzier’ version made it difficult for me to put up quick posts about ‘what I made for dinner’ or about ‘what cute thing ava did’ and I felt the blog was losing some of its personality.  I’ll still be posting all the normal stuff too, but now I am hoping to connect a little more … hope you like it!  XO

decor

Beautiful Wallpaper by trove.

I have always loved wallpaper [despite my mother’s love for floral print walls] and I totally flipped when I saw the designs at trove!

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They also do custom prints and all of their wallpaper designs can also be purchased as window film.  And be sure to check out their printed wood veneers – gorgeous!

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Feel Good In Organic Shoes From Payless

In case you haven’t heard, Payless now carries a line of eco-friendly footwear [all styles under $30].  The line is made by zoe & zac and are packaged in recycled boxes printed with soy-based inks.  The styles are fashioned out of organic cotton, hemp, nickel-free hardware, etc. … and most importantly, they look pretty good.  Here are a few of my favorite summer looks:

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Learn more about these green shoes by clicking here. XO!

baby / tots

Shake Your Own Ice Cream Party Favors

This is an AWESOME idea from Vicky of The City Cradle.  GENIUS!  These DIY Ice Cream Favors are perfect for a child’s birthday party … or I’m thinking maybe even my hot August wedding!

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All it takes are a few simple ingredients and a little arm power [to shake it up].  She even provides you with the labels to print out!  Read the full tutorial HERE(photograph by Jackie Wonders)

XO!

cooking

My Favorite Summer Drink

A friend of mine [Kayti Haugh] first turned me onto this beauty a few summers ago back in Brooklyn [Thank you!].  Depending on where you are in the world, this drink is known by many names … Calimocho, Rioja Libre, and Joté to name just a few.  I call it a Cherry Coke and I take mine on the rocks.  Red Wine and Coca-Cola.  It’s as simple as that.  Ahhhhhhh, refreshing.  [Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.  Trust me – it’s divine.]

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cooking spotlights

Spotlight: Lucid Food Author, Louisa Shafia!

I love cooking, but I rarely follow recipes to the tee.  If I want to find out how to make something, I usually scan the ingredients list, close the cookbook and just wing it.  Last Christmas one of my gifts was Louisa Shafia’s cookbook, Lucid Food.  It is one of the first cookbooks I actually read and actually followed all the directions.  Food is personal and her cookbook tells a story through her appreciation of food.  She has had the honor of cooking at Millenium and Roxanne’s in San Fransisco and Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit in New York City.  Her love for food and eco-friendly practices resulted in the start of her catering business, Lucid Food in 2004. Her cookbook features seasonal recipes that draw from a variety of cuisines.  Indonesian Corn Fritters, Seven Vegetable Miso Soup, Crispy Yuba Rolls, Watermelon/Apple/Lime Shake, Dungesness Crab w/ Fennel & Orange, Poached Quince in Orange Blossom Water … is your mouth watering yet???  A wide range of delicious food peppered with eco-conscious tips and earth friendly alternatives – and it’s all pretty easy to make.  Cooking good food doesn’t have to be complicated and Louisa’s food is a testament to simple & sophisticated dishes.

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After featuring her recipe for Cucumber & Pomegranate Salad on my blog, Louisa sent me a thank you email [much to my surprise] and gladly obliged to answer a few questions for the blog.  Through our email conversations, I learned that she lives in my old home of Williamsburg [Brooklyn] – which made me like her even more!  Here is what she had to say ….

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Bright & Beautiful

In case you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting much lately it’s because I am up to my ears in wedding plans!  The invitations went out today and Ava is napping on the sofa, so I thought I’d take a moment to brighten up your day.

These gorgeous flowered enamel pieces from Viva Terra are on our wedding registry.  Perfect for dining al fresco or bringing a little summer pizzazz to the dining room.

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These “Casablanca Lanterns”  from Z Gallerie come in a variety of colors and two sizes.  I am in love with bright yellow right now, so these lanterns will make the perfect bedroom accent for us!

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These boldly decorated clocks are made from vinyl records and would look great hanging in the kitchen.  Available from Eye Pop Art.

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creativity

My Latest Obsession

I love Piccsy.  It’s a new image bookmarking site.  Instead of having a list of bookmarks in my drop box, now I can bookmark images that link to the site they are from.  Pretty cool.   Not sure when it will be open to everyone, but probably soon.

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wedding

Etsy Wedding Invitations

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I should have placed the order for my own wedding invitations [not pictured here, but yes from Etsy] today, but it was so nice outside and the day just ran away from me.  Maybe I’ll get around to it tonight – I really need to send them out.  The clock is ticking!!  Before we selected our invites, I perused hundreds of selections on Etsy and decided to share some of my favorites.

TOP ROW [from R to L]:

Beautiful letterpress “Bloom” invite from Pistachio Press

Unique fabric [yes, FABRIC] invite by Artful Beginnings

Very playful “Cirque de l’amour” invite by Orchard and Brown

A touch of modern in the invites from Stelie Designs

MIDDLE ROW:

Such a cheerful invite titled “Mexico City” from Earmark

An intimate Script invite by The R Studio

Rock and roll with this mock music poster invite from Raspberry Creations

BOTTOM:

An “Art Deco” booklet invite from Ruff House Art

Bright & cheerful carnival stripes invite by Paper + Pinafore

Gorgeous vintage look letterpress invite from Golden Rectangle Press

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