February 19, 2017

Warm & Cozy Living Room Inspiration...

Despite the fact that it is sixty degrees in New York on this fine February day, we are still in the middle of winter. And even though it's warm out today I know that in a day or two it'll be chilly again and all I'll want to do it be warm and cozy in my living room.

So in anticipation for another cold day and with a inspiration from Arhaus Furniture, I've put together a little inspiration board of items to make ones living room nice and cozy for the remainder of the season (Because I know not all of you are enjoying the effects of global warming today and are indeed still in need of some warmth and coziness).

I don't know about you guys, but nothing has screamed warm and cozy this season like the big chunky knit arm blankets that have been all over the place. Since the minute I saw them I've been obsessed with the idea of buying one, specifically in my case one from Ohhio because I love the story behind the brand and that it was a successful Kickstarter campaign.

In addition to chunky knit items, I think wooden pieces are just the epitome of warm and cozy. Especially this tuffet/ottoman which combines the chunky knit aspect that I've been loving and wood details.

Other pieces I'm in love with are Arhaus' Martin Antique Brass Trunk Coffee Table, which is reminiscent of an antique steamer trunk and is just classic in my mind. As well as, Arhaus'  Hidalgo Round Black Floor Basket which I think would be prefect to throw a blanket or two in. And to top everything off, just simple throw pillows. Since chilly weather just makes me want to melt into my couch I thought this "Let's Stay Home" message was perfect.

So, what kind of pieces do you think make for a cozy living room? I would love to know!

February 10, 2017

Getting Ready For Spain...

After years of talking about it and then traveling to other destinations, Justin and I are finally going to Spain and I cannot tell you how excited I am for it! So in true me fashion (OCD librarian who likes organized information), I've yet again collected links to articles and blog posts about traveling around Spain (We are specifically going to Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Ibiza) which I thought I'd share because someone else might find them useful. So here's what I've put together as of thus far...

Adventurous Kate
Allspice Abounds -- Highlights From My Trip To Spain
Bruised Passports
CNN -- 11 Things To Know Before Visiting Spain
College Tourist
Fathom Way To Go
Huffington Post -- My Spain Travel Diary
Nomadic Matt -- Spain Travel Guide
Oh Hello, Spain
Solo Traveler
Sunshine & Siestas
Tasty Eating
The Blonde Abroad -- Madrid Archives
The Blonde Abroad -- The Ultimate Barcelona Travel Guideturess
The Pretty Blog -- What to Pack: Spain
The Shooting Star -- First Time to Spain? 10 Travel Tips to Plan Your Trip
The Travel Hack
Travel Fashion Girl -- What To Pack For Spain Vacations
Travel With Kate
Young Adventuress

As we have in the past, Justin and I watched some of Anthony Bourdain shows to check out his recommendations.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012)
  • Season Four, Episode Seventeen: Spain
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–Present)
  • Season Two, Episode Four: Spain
That's it for now. We are going to Spain in June, so I'm sure there will be plenty more of these.

Have any of you been to Spain before? If so I'd love some suggestions!

February 6, 2017

Being K's Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Dress Shopping...

Over the weekend my sister, Lisa and I went on our first outing to look for bridesmaids dresses. We started off the not-so-long shopping excursion at Here Comes The Bridesmaid here on Long Island.
Aside from being lazy and not wanting to travel into New York City, we made an appointment at Here Comes The Bridesmaid because they told my sister that they had a selection of plus size dresses. And as you can probably guess, they had all of two actual plus size dresses so Lisa was the one who was really trying on the dresses.
After having Lisa try on a handful of dresses at Here Comes The Bridesmaid (She didn't wanna be photographed, so I have no pictures of her in the dresses we were kinda interested in) we decided to go to the mall to check out the selection of Adrianna Papell dresses at Macy's. They ended up not having a single dress we wanted to look at from our hours of Pinning but we found a couple of new dresses to throw Lisa in, all which were just okay.

All in all we aren't 100% on any one particular dress but we going to look into a couple of Mori Lee Geometric Patterned Sequins dresses (Not in the color below, but in taupe) because they go with her art deco theme.
So yeah, nothing is definite but I'm sure we'll pick something out soon and then I'll have to do it all over again for Phil in a few weeks.

February 2, 2017

Mini Life Update + Month In Review: January 2017...

As you've all probably noticed last month was very light on blog post and it's not for a lack of doing anything (Just look at the highlights from my month). It's because when I came back to work from my annual end of the year vacation I had to reassemble my desk because we had new carpeting put into our office while I was out. Then a couple of days later I had to disassemble it again because my Department Head decided that she wanted to have a bookshelf installed behind my desk and that just became a whole big deal. So for a good couple of weeks I was displaced with no access to my computer (I was literally sitting in the middle of our office in my chair sulking at one point because there was no place for me to go). And also because I caught the stomach bug that has been going around and was just miserable for a sold week and a half (I honestly still don't feel great) -- All of this while I was taking turns watching Nella with my sister because our parents were in Florida. So yeah, that's why there has been a serious lack of post this month but I promise that I'll be on the ball next month.

Now on to my first month in review of 2017...
♥ Justin booking us a trip to Spain.
♥ Celebrating my mother's birthday with my family.
♥ Watching The Driggs play at The Bitter End with Day, Justin, Phil and Steph.
♥ Attending an advance screening of Split (2017) with Nicole in New York City.
♥ Fat Kid Sunday with the crew.
♥ Justin's belated birthday dinner with his family.
♥ Dinners and video games with friends.
♥ Starting my final semester of school for my Directors certificate.
♥ Beginning to bullet journal.
♥ Hiring my favorite library volunteer to be our newest Page.
♥ Applying for graduation.
♥ Receiving an e-mail from a reader that followed my Sherlock Inspired DIY tutorial.
♥ Finally going to The Dead Rabbit (Voted best bar in the World 2016, where Day's friend Jesse works) for drinks.

♥ White Rabbit Project (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ Restored by the Fords (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ Kids Sweets Showdown (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ La La Land (2016) ♥
♥ Atlanta (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ The Crown (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ Split (2017) ♥
 ♥ Hidden Figures (2017)
♥ Trolls (2016) ♥

Nikita Dragun

February 1, 2017

Preschool Yoga & Wary Grandparents...

Here's something I haven't had for you in a while, a work story...

So yesterday I was sitting at the reference desk after one of our bigger programs ended and one of the regular grandmothers walks up to me. She starts asking me about various age appropriate programs that she and her husband (Who looks like the grandfather from Jurassic Park, so much so that I refer to him as John in the office) could bring their granddaughter to. I start rattling off programs and the last one I mentioned was yoga for preschoolers. Once the word "yoga" left my mouth she made a face and said that they were wary of yoga because of "All of the Middle Eastern stuff and that they are good Christians..."

As taken aback as I was, I just looked at her and said that since the class was targeted towards preschoolers that I was pretty sure that there was no actual "Middle Eastern stuff" and it was more like little kids in a circle on yoga mats stretching. I assured her that I'd check for her, so right now I'm waiting for the yoga class to end so I can tell the yoga instructor about the ridiculousness of the grandmother from yesterday, as well as report back to our good Christian grandparents.

January 31, 2017

February Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for February 2017...
How To Take Part In February Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

January 10, 2017

Year In Review: 2016...

♥ Traveling to Asia with Justin.
♥ Seeing Hamilton: An American Musical before the original cast left with Justin.
♥ Driving to Vermont with my sister to attend "Favorite Page #1's" wedding.
♥ Chas showing up & surprising me at the amazing 31st birthday party Day threw me.
♥ Going on Phil's annual rafting trip.
♥ Calling my dad getting to tell him that Fidel Castro died.
♥ Seeing Beyonc√© at Citi Field with my sister.
♥ Chas moving back to New York (Then leaving us less than three months later to move back).
♥ My sister and Phil both getting engaged within a week of each other.
♥ Awesome Fat Kid dinners with my friends.
♥ Watching new Gilmore Girls with Liz.
♥ Going on random adventures.
♥ Hotel parties.
♥ Booking mine and Day's trip to Las Vegas for my sister's bachelorette party.
♥ Visiting the Ben & Jerry's factory.
♥ Getting tickets to see Hamilton: An American Musical for next spring.
♥ Changing up my hair color.
♥ Attending Phil and Rob's engagement party and being asked to be one of Phil's groomswomen.
♥ Boozy brunches in New York City with my friends.

Road Trip To Vermont | "Favorite Page #1's" Wedding & Some Ice Cream
Craving Adventure | Places To Visit In 2016
Makeup Bag | Two New Favorites
Two Year LASIK Update

Fat Kid Sunday | The First Fat Kid Dinner Of 2016
Valentine's Day Wishlist
Incubus Cassettes, Reposts & Me | Mike Einziger Reposted My Picture
Library Life | An Apology To My Readers
Library Life | Shit Show

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Press Junket
Facebook Bucket List Survey
Happy Birthday To Me | My 31st Birthday Weekend
From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read) -- #19
Last Saturday | My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Empanadas & More

Fresh Ink | Getting A Matching Tattoo With My Sister
Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong
Podcast | You Must Remember This (Charles Manson's Hollywood)
Doodlegraph | Tomfoolery In Party City
LASIK Enhancement
Fat Kid | Not So Grand Fiesta
Slowly Booking Japan & Hong Kong
Bottles Of Champs & Hotel Parties | Brunch
Night Out In Brooklyn | Homegrown Heroes Music Festival

Mexican Food & A Concert | Beyoncé At Citi Field
The Story Of Wednesday Night | Hamilton On Broadway
Life Update | Personal & Library Life

Still Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong | Tattoo Issues
Cry Me A River | Our Annual Rafting Trip
Booze, Karaoke & Dancing | A Welcome Home Party For Chas
Coming This Fall | Netflix Is About To Take Over My Life

Exploring Long Island | Sagamore Hill
LatinTRENDS Dominican Influencer Event
Girls Afternoon | Paint Nite
Yup, Still Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong
First World Work Problem | Lost Tile
Exploring Long Island | Pictures From Sagamore Hill

Guess Who's Back | Home From Japan & Hong Kong
Engagements All Around
Monday Morning Chaos

Adventures In Asia | Our First Week In Japan
Life Update
Sunday At Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Wedding Crashing | Lyle & Mollie's Wedding
From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read) -- #20
Day's Halloween Party


Sunday At Muttontown Preserve
50 Random Facts About Me
Things I Hate | Commercials Featuring Librarians
Adventures In Brooklyn | Exploring Green-Wood Cemetery

Being P's Groomswoman | The Engagement Party
Early Christmas Gifts + Giveaway | JORD Wood Watches
From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read) -- #21
Cookin' Librarian/Day Drinking | Holiday Treats

So yeah, that's my year in review. I hope you all had a great 2016 and that 2017 is even better!

January 8, 2017

Closed | Split Prize Pack Giveaway...

M. Night Shyamalan's newest offering Split (2017) is coming out January 20th and in honor of it's release I'm giving away two (2) prize pack featuring a #SplitMovie beanie and a t-shirt to two (2) lucky winners.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.  Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.   

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.     

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others.  Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.   

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015.  Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

Genre: Thriller      
Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson
Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Executive Producers: Ashwin Rajan, Steven Schneider
Rated: PG-13

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December 30, 2016

January Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for January 2017...
How To Take Part In January Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.