Friday, March 2, 2012

Weekly Round-Up

Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.
Illustration by Katie Evans
I stumbled upon this image in this month's Matchbook magazine, and a grin was instantly painted all over my face. There's just something so charming and perfect about it! I don't think I've ever seen an illustration by Katie Evans that I didn't absolutely adore.

Keep on the bright side.
I was completely overwhelmed by the feedback I received from this past Monday's post. Thank you! I wish I could reach out and hug each and every one of you, and I'm not even a touchy feely kinda gal. I know I've discussed many of those topics before, but I wanted it to be a reminder that although life isn't perfect, it's really all what you make of it. I think it's important for us to know there are others experiencing many of the same feelings, doubts, and insecurities. Stay authentic and unleash your original, shimmering self!

March Matchbook Magazine
Oy with the poodles already! I love that the month starts off with oodles of charm and cheer once Matchbook's issue goes live. I've yet to sit down and pore over every word and page, but from what I can tell it's going to be another fabulous issue. I've got bubbles in my stomach just thinking about Sally King Benedict and her art studio! The layout is gawgeous, darling! I think it's what we've come to expect from such creative talents as Sarah Tolzmann and Katie Evans. I only wish I had a print copy so I could cut out my favorite articles and graphics and plaster them all over my inspiration board -- kinda like I did with my American Girl magazine eons ago. Some things just never change...

Gold Foiled Happy Notes / ASOS Bow Skinny Belt / Pink Scarf / Fine Note Card Set / Cocktail Swatchbook
My soapbox has gone postal (again)! 
You know how much I love sending and receiving snail mail. Well, I also have a thing for my mailman. It doesn't matter where I live, I don't really feel at home until I purchase a new Woolite Rug Stick, crack open a bottle of gin, and meet my mailman. Around Lil' Puna, the mailman part doesn't happen often. I've met Paul (that's his actual name) once. All envelopes and small packages are left in my mailbox at the base of the hill. If there's a large package, I've got to make a pit stop at the Post Office for pick-up. I'm a big fan of online shopping, so the local mail crew has gotten to know me quite well. Unfortunately, I haven't ordered much lately, so I went three weeks without visiting. Blasphemy! My dry spell ended when I stopped by this past Monday. Just as I'd hoped, I was warmly welcomed. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I honestly feel like they missed me! I guess I got that warm and fuzzy Cheers feeling -- where everybody knows my name.

Ain't it Jay?
I worked a few times this past week, so there was a lot of commuting into Honolulu. As I've mentioned before, it's best to leave an hour early to ensure a timely arrival. All of this time in Das Auto got me thinking about my iPhone playlist and song superlatives. It was also a great reminder that it's time I update my playlist.

 Michelle Williams & Gwyneth Paltrow / Bethenny Ever After / It's A Brad, Brad World / Sophia Grace & Disneyland
My picks for best dressed at this year's Oscars goes to Michelle Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow. That red dress suits Michelle Williams to a T! It was both classy and elegant -- feminine perfection. Gwynnie showed up and rocked a cape à la Tom Ford. Who else could pull that off?

I'm a big fan of Bethenny Frankel. I think she's hilarious, honest, and tenacious. I love her even more when I see her interact with her food blogger friend, Nick. They're a hoot together! Tune into Bethenny Ever After to see this duo in action. You'll be thoroughly entertained!

We need to discuss It's A Brad, Brad World. First off, I was so depressed when I found out this past week's episode was the finale. Why so short, Bravo? We'll blame the eight-episode season on Brad's commitment to Kate Spade, which I think is a great excuse! Anywho, did you see Gary's surprise flash mob for Brad? I bawled. We're talking tears of joy. I just love them as a couple. The sentiment was so sweet and thoughtful, and Brad's reaction was priceless.

And finally, Sophia Grace and Rosie went to Disneyland courtesy of Ellen. My heart swells when Sophia Grace Brownlee visits. She is the most adorable little girl that ever lived, which got me thinking... If I ever have a daughter, I want her to be just as animated, genuine, and girly (bonus!) as Sophia Grace. I don't even really care about the talent part. She radiates sunshine and happiness, and I can't seem to get enough. I wish I could bottle her energy and enthusiasm! If you missed them on Ellen this week, watch this clip. Best. Day. Ever.
(Note to Self: Must get my hands on a crown, some cotton candy, and learn the words to Princess Swagger.)
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Happy Friday, and have a swell weekend!
Toodles,
ANF
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3 comments:

mary kate said...

that gin and berry cocktail sounds so good! I too wish my child is as in love with the world as sophia grace is. have a great weekend!

Julia said...

OMG I love Sophia Grace & Rosie they are just too adorable.

Mai-Brit @ thisfulllife said...

I'm with you for the Brad Brad World Finale. I was doing that weird laugh cry thing - it was so sweet and orignal when Gary did the Les Mis flash. Loved!