maybe i'm way behind the times here, but did you know target sells flor tiles? yup, they do - and somehow i never knew this. probably because i only get the pleasure of stepping foot in a target every other month or so and well, i'm generally overwhelmed when i do by all the things i want. can't make it to a target store either? don't fret - you can buy them online too!
um, i think this top was made for me. buy one here.
what a whirlwind these last couple of weeks have been! from getting a new puppy, to coming home for the holidays, to endless hours of eating (who knew one person could eat so much?) - it's been pretty busy to say the least. i hope you all had an awesome holiday and i'll be back to regular postings this week...!

i was browsing through neon polish today when i came across a great post about makool loves you. i had heard about this shop from a friend, but totally forgot what the name was by the time our conversation was over, so i was elated to see a link to their site today.

of course, such handmade cuteness comes from none other then portland, oregon - yet another reason i absolutely love that town. who knew so many crafty people could be condensed into such a small place?

check out more of their awesomeness
they say when someone mimics you, you should consider it the sincerest form of flattery. i have to agree - it is VERY flattering. but sometimes, it's not a good thing.

i get a lot of emails from people asking for help with their templates or suggestions on where to get unique layouts for their blogs. after all, we all want to stand out from the crowd and to create something our readers will find aesthetically pleasing. but i think one thing most of us bloggers can agree upon is that we don't like our layouts ripped off - especially when we put considerable time into creating them.

as i've told many people who have written to me before, my layout is not available as a template for other sites. i'm more then happy to direct any of you to great designers, sites with more easy to use designs then you could think of or to answer any questions you have on coding, but don't steal mine. that's just tacky.

little elliott has been a riot to live with this last week and half. she's a little fireball and keeps me on my toes 24-7. naturally i couldn't stop working, so i've been going home in the middle of the day every day to let her out and play a bit. i couldn't help but wonder how and what she does for the rest of the day though...

since she's being crate trained i decided to set up my laptop in front of her with skype on - this way i can call my skype account from work and keep an eye on her. she's asleep most of the time, but sometimes i see her playing around like a little monkey with her toys or barking at diego.

i can't wait for this weekend when we all head home for the holidays where i can spend a lot of time with her and get her further trained. she's already housebroken and understands the sit command, but we still have a long ways to go with everything else. like holding onto my pants when i walk. last i checked, jeans weren't made to drag puppies across apartment floors.
i love colored pencils. i love their smell, texture and vibrant colors. i love sharpening them and shading with them. i love everything about them. so of course, i had post about this colored pencil fence. i am so making one of these one day.
i love jewelry. not fancy diamond type stuff - i'm more for the unique, vintage and handmade type. i tend to find a lot of amazing pieces on etsy - like luxe deluxe.

based in the uk, adrienne has tons of amazing little pieces that i absolutely adore. while it's a little late to buy anything in time for christmas if you're in the states, you can still check out her shop here.

tyvek tri-fold faux bois wallet
$15 and totally awesome as a stocking stuffer...
still wondering what to get people for christmas? here are a few ideas that are cute and totally practical...

egg breakfast set -
includes one egg cup, one spoon & one mini egg salt shaker.

memo dinner ware. (i am totally in love with these...)

when i was a kid i had all sorts of whacky backpacks that my mom would get me from germany. they weren't too big a hit at the time, but kids these days seem to be more progressive, or well, at least their parents are.

if i had a little one, i would totally buy one of these backpacks by zid zid. i especially love the little bus. too cute... buy them here.
thank you all for the wonderful comments and emails about little elli. she's acclimating well to her new home and is a total peach.

some of you have emailed about what breed she is - so i figured i would just answer that here for anyone else who is interested. she's a mutt, but predominately dalmation and lab. you can't really tell in the photos, but she is actually chocolate brown and white, not black and white.

she's amazingly mild tempered and LOVES hot dogs. she's under 12 pounds now, but we honestly have no idea how large she will get. she was a runt in the litter, so hopefully she won't outgrow me. =) above is a pic of her when she was just a wee one...

please welcome the newest addition to the family - our little girl elliott. =)


how cute is this owl necklace holder?
it would match my house perfectly! (hint, hint!)

get your own (or one for me)
this is the first year that i've been completely stumped on what to get my family and friends for christmas. i feel like everyone already has everything they want that i could ever possibly afford. so instead of large gifts, i'm making stockings for all my friends & family with little goodies i've found that remind me of them. this of course means i'm scouring the web for great little finds on all my favorite sites, which includes the always amazing fred flare. like this mixtape usb memory stick - how could you say no to such awesomeness?
there are few people in this world i admire, but ghandi is extraordinarily high up on the list. hence why i absolutely love this bracelet. so awesome.

i love christmas trees, but living in a small apartment sometimes makes it hard to get one that actually resembles an actual tree and not just a cone shaped bush.

if you have the same problem as me, check out this ornament tree. super cute and just the right size for any home. available at urban outfitters.

have i mentioned how much i love hotels? i love them almost as much as i love puppies. and the opus hotel in vancouver. lord have mercy. we had an idea that the little boutique hotel in yale town would be cool, but i really had no idea how amazing it would be.

the room was spectacular - large with a fabulous tub and of course the glass walled bathroom, which seems to be all the rage these days. there were a collection of cds all with awesome music for the room, books picked by the staff and l'occitane bath products.

the bar and restaurant were terrific (they get packed on friday nights) and the hotel was within easy walking distance of downtown and yale town itself has a ton of boutiques and restaurants. definitely check it out if you travel out that way!
i'm totally digging these felt pebbles.
(available at branch.)
still scrambling for holiday gifts? how about some awesome tee's from threadless! the $10 sale is going on till december 16th but get them now as the best styles always sell out fast. here are a few of my current favorites:

let me start off by saying that vancouver is an AMAZING city. completely metropolitan, yet surrounded by the natural beauty only the pacific northwest can offer. we fell absolutely in love with the place.

and the oh man are there a lot of shops. we stayed in an area called yale town which was full of boutiques and small restaurants. my favorite shop was
inhabit, a great little place with a mixture of home goods and items for kids. it was basically all the cool things you see all over the web in one place.

if you're no where near vancouver, check out their online shop here.
i LOVE these bags!

i'll take one of each please.
fill in the blank project found via pretty pretty.
this week oliver and i are heading up to vancouver for a little getaway during the thanksgiving holiday. neither of us are much into turkey and stuffing, so we use thanksgiving as a time to take little trips without having to use time off of work.

neither of us have ever been to vancouver and we're beyond excited. downright giddy actually. i've already started researching little spots we want to check out, like dear home - a great little home goods and gift shop. hopefully i can find some christmas gifts while we're there since i'm actually behind in my christmas shopping.

if any of you have any other suggestions on great shops, restaurants, or neighborhoods to check out let me know - i'll post some of my favorite finds when we return. =)

in less then a month my brother and i are going to see bjork in la! i am so unbelievably excited!!! we have perfect seats and i'm going with my favorite person in the world. yay!!!

WOW. seriously? i'm stunned.
orangina - you have left me speechless.
my mom once found some vintage shot glasses for my dad that revealed a naughty image when you filled up the shot. they were big back in the 70's, but hard to come across now. luckily, you can now order a new variation online! peepshow shot glasses come in two different sets - beefcake and cheesecake, each containing 4 glasses. i'm so tempted to order them for one of the many upcoming white elephant parties for the holidays...
i like having plants around - especially in my little cubicle. i have cute little bamboo plant, but i can't say it's the most exciting thing i've ever encountered. actually, it's rather dull.

perhaps i can pass it along to someone else in the office and get the i grobot. it's a little robot shaped planter that grows grass. kind of cheesy, i know - but way nicer then a chia pet. =)

get your own here.
ah, more faux bois goodness. urban outfitters currently has an exclusive woodgrain lomo fisheye camera! i personally love the lomo fisheye and would recommend it to anyone who still believes in purchasing film. at only $38 it can't be beat - get yours today here.
while we were in portland i saw charlotte wearing these cute gloves and insisted i immediately buy a pair. luckily they were from anthropologie and they still had them in stock. i actually got mine in brown, but this brick color is super cute too. you can buy a pair online here.
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