Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Amazing Movies

In the last month, I have seen two movies that I simply cannot keep quiet about. I feel like sometimes there's just a movie dead zone and nothing good comes out for months but then BAM all of a sudden there are like ten movies I'm dying to see. Right now, we're in the midst of major movie upswing, and I'm loving it! There's so much out right now that I'm dying to see, but these are two movies I've seen recently and feel I must share with you.

A few weeks ago, I saw Chef, and I'm still obsessing over it. Literally the day after I saw it, I already wanted to see it again. Yes, it was that good. It was just a really entertaining, uplifting, heartwarming movie, and the storyline was fantastic. Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, and I think it was such a great representation of his genius. I was sufficiently impressed. Chef is about a very passionate and acclaimed chef at a restaurant with an owner who won't let him experiment and flex his artistic cooking muscles in the kitchen. One poor review from a famous food blogger, a few twitter wars, and one infamous viral video later, the chef ultimately he loses his job. Through his struggle to find an alternate source of income while still fulfilling his passion for creating incredible food, he opens a food truck and finds joy in cooking again while also repairing his relationship with his young son. It's heartwarming and lovely and I highly recommend it. Plus, it just made me want to cook all the things.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Garden State. A lot. The movie, the soundtrack, the whole shebang. It's perfect. When I learned that Zach Braff was working on a new Garden State-esque project, my countdown began. I knew it would be another completely perfect movie from his incredibly brilliant mind. Enough gushing? Get the picture? If you don't know the story behind Wish I Was Here and its journey to theaters, let me fill you in just a little bit. This is the very first movie to be entirely crowd funded, a fact that completely blows my mind, especially after seeing the incredible production quality that came out of it. Basically, Zach Braff wrote the screenplay and had his brilliant story idea all planned out, but the production companies all wanted to change things about it, so Zach Braff was like "No! See ya!" He started a Kickstarter campaign and raised all of the money to make the movie through donations from supporters and fans. This made the movie that much more impressive. The cast was flawless and the attention to detail was something that could have only been made possible by the out-of-this-world creativity of Zach Braff himself. Wish I Was Here is the story of a struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) who supports their family through a miserable job, children at a private school they can no longer afford, and a father (Mandy Patinkin) who is rapidly losing his battle with cancer. His life hits a crossroads, but through homeschooling his children and repairing his relationship with his father, he begins to find the purpose in his life that he had somehow lost along the way. Eric and I were in tears through the entire movie. It was so gorgeous and inspiring and stuck with me for days after I saw it. Go see it immediately.

So now I've got the movie bug. After seeing these two, I'm having trouble staying away from the movie theater. Have you seen anything amazing lately?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Tory Burch Leather Aviators + Giveaway!

I can't even get over how excited I am about this! I'm so completely obsessed with sunglasses, so Eye Care Associates contacted me a few weeks ago about doing a collaboration, and I couldn't have been more thrilled! About a week and a half ago, I popped by the Cameron Village location in Raleigh to pick out a fabulous pair of sunnies. Everyone was so nice and so helpful, and there were so many gorgeous sunglasses to choose from...this super indecisive girl over here had a nearly impossible time picking some out.

However, I eventually settled on the ones that immediately caught my eye when I first walked in: these beauties from Tory Burch.
The orange leather detailing is so eye-catching, it's no wonder these were the ones I swooned over first. I think they're gorgeous. I love aviators, and I've always wanted some really good ones, but I've never taken the plunge past a few $15 pairs because I've always had a hard time finding some that properly suit my face. I guess I was just waiting for these bad boys. Holy guacamole they're perfect. I'm in love.
Even the matching case is adorable. Leave it to me to obsess harder over the packaging than the actual product, but really, I just adore the case. Maybe I'll actually use this one instead of tossing it in a drawer and scratching my glasses. Not like I've ever done that before.....#oops

Because Eye Care Associates is utterly and completely fabulous, they are going to give away the same pair of Tory Burch aviators to one of you lovelies! Join me in a giant round of applause! We'll be twins! Seriously, I'm so excited. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

Another exciting bit of news is that Eye Care Associates has a fantastic Groupon up for grabs right now. Basically, you buy the Groupon for $50 and it's worth up to $200 in prescription eyeglasses. OR for all you 20/20 eyesight folks, you can buy the $20 option worth $70 in sunglasses. Is that a deal or is that a deal?! Definitely something to look into if you have an Eye Care Associates location near you :)

Good luck to all of you!!!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Gold Striped Refrigerator

Pinterest made me do it. Really. I saw this pin, and I immediately needed it in my life. At first, I thought it was gold foil or paint or something super complicated that I'm not allowed to do re my renter's agreement nonsense, but OH NO, my friends. It's so much simpler than that!

I posted the picture above on Instagram, and everyone wanted to know how I did it. You wanna know a secret? Gold duct tape. Yes, it exists, and yes, it's life changing. I used 3 rolls, and at $3 a pop, I was able to give my boring white refrigerator a super glam $9 facelift. I'm completely in love with it, and shockingly enough, so is Eric. He says it's "like Kate Spade for Kenmore." Ha! What a trooper.

I just used the gold duct tape and tried to make it as straight as possible. It took about an hour and a lot of frustration and yelling from my perfectionist self, but I think it came out pretty great! I didn't even measure it!

Then all I had to do was style it up a little with some fun decor items (elephant, boxwood, and apothecary jar all from Homegoods...with an added pink bow courtesy of my ribbon box) and then I just spray painted a wine bottle gold. Let's be honest, I'll spray paint anything gold. I'd probably spray paint Hazel gold if she stayed still long enough.

Remember this print??

If you do this to your refrigerator, send me pics on Twitter or Instagram! I wanna see!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Initial Decor + GIVEAWAY!

Whaddya know??? I'm back after a superlong hiatus from the blogosphere. Oops. But I'm back, and I have some exciting things to show you! Namely, the cutest little monogram shop from right here in Raleigh, NC, Initial Decor. How 'bout that cheeky little play on words?!

I'm so in love with the clutch and earrings they sent me. The clutch is in my #1 absolute favorite color combo (#pinkandnavyeverything), and it's the perfect size to hold all of my essentials for a fun night out. Plus my cards and ID and things but, um duh I'm not including those in my pictures. Sorry, stalkers and identity thieves. But yeah, it's the perfect size for my phone, cards, lipstick, mascara, and a little perfume rollerball, and it has a divider inside to keep things organized. Which, by the way, can we talk for a second about my obsession with the Elizabeth And James Nirvana perfume? Listen, all these years later, Mary Kate and Ashley still do no wrong. That jazz is the BOMB.

The earrings were a super fun surprise, too! They're so darn cute, and I love the gold monogram. You know how I feel about #allgoldeverything.

I'm super excited, too, because Initial Decor is giving away a pair of these quatrefoil earrings to one beautiful Mason Like The Jar reader, and you get to completely customize them in your favorite color combination!

Just enter using the Rafflecopter below! AND you can use the code "SUMMER" to receive 20% off all Initial Decor orders, and lemme tell you, they have some seriously cute stuff. If it's not moving, monogram it!

Good luck, darlings!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

I've talked before about how obsessed I am with prints. I have too many plastered all over my walls already, but it's an addiction I just can't shake. Seriously, my list of "have to purchase" prints is probably a mile long.

Lately, that list has included a ton of prints from My Littlest Print Shop. Tara, the owner of My Littlest Print Shop was so so so sweet and sent me this "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" print that I had been obsessing over on her Instagram for days. Naturally, I'm swooning over it. It's just so pretty!

I immediately framed it and gave it prime real estate next to my refrigerator (if you saw my refrigerator on Instagram, a tutorial is going up next week!). It's the perfect addition to my still-in-progress kitchen.

Anyway, the prints in this adorable Etsy shop could not be cuter...or more affordable, for that matter. Hard copy prints are just under $15, but most of her prints come as digital downloads to print at your leisure, and they fall just under $5. I mean come on. Affordable? Chic? What more do you want?

I'll leave you with a few more of my favorite prints :)

Let me know if you get any! I wanna see!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kate Spade 2015 Agenda

Can you even believe it's July? I can't. I know it's such a #commonwhitegirl thing to be like "OMG where did last month go???" but, honestly, where has June run off to?! When I was in school, it was always July when I was reminded of the mortality of summer vacation. When July hit, I was always struck with "I don't have the whole summer ahead of me anymore!" realizations, but now that I'm older and out of school, I'm almost wishing for summer to vanish and for pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters to reappear. Once again, #commonwhitegirl. 

With those "summer's half-way over" realizations also came the start of back to school shopping, a habit I still can't shake. There's just something about new clothes and paper products that makes me all tingly. Since August is only a month away, it means that 17-month planners are popping up again, which means the frenzy of buying the best possible planner has begun. Everyone who knows me well knows that I can't function without my planner. Ever. Screw calendar iPhone apps. Paper planners or nothing, baby! In fact, I was so ridiculous about my planners senior year of college that I had two: a Lilly Pulitzer one for school and school related things (SGA, etc...yeah, I was that kid), and a Sarah Pinto one for fun, social stuff. Obnoxious, I know, but hey, it kept me organized! I also color-coded my class notes with my outfits, but we won't go into all that...

You all know the Kate Spade junkie that I am, so you can imagine the joy I experienced last year when their Lifeguard Press planners came out. However, I had already pre-ordered a planner from Brittany Fuson, which was fabulous thankyouverymuch, so I ended up missing the Kate Spade planner bandwagon because let's face it....this girl may have thought she needed two planners in college, but I'm just not that exciting anymore. Not sorry.

SO...you can imagine my excitement when the new planners started floating around the interwebz a few weeks ago. Not only are the Kate Spade planners back, but they are back with a vengeance and with two new prints and with a new smaller size. Holy guacamole. It's almost too much to handle. 

The fabulous people at Lifeguard Press sent me the new planner (the large one) in the new Bella Bookshelf print to get acquainted with and eventually fall head-over-heels-in-love with. This planner though. It gets a first impression rose from me, hands down.

The chic simplicity and the gold binding are completely swoon-worthy, and the reinforced monthly tabs and hard cover make it not only pretty, but practical and resilient, especially if you're like me and tote your lifeline planner around in your bag everywhere you go. 

The inside cover is the gorgeous signature Kate Spade white with gold dots motif, and the inside is chic and simple with plenty of spade to jot all of your exciting plans, blog ideas, homework, important dates, etc. My very favorite details are the cute and signature Kate Spade idioms and "call to action" quotes at the beginning of each month. 

Fitting. I happen to know one kitten who was particularly curious about this new planner of mine...

curiouser and curiouser...

Anyway, I know it's no surprise that this planner is absolute perfection. It's gorgeous, the new print is fabulous, and I'm so excited to fill it with all sorts of exciting things in the coming year.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

"Hula Sparkler" Recipe

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by POM, but all opinions are most certainly my own.

Okay, I know I said last week that there are very few things I love about summer. I'm more of a cold weather gal.

But! I forgot to mention one thing about summer that I just can't get enough of...and it's the super summery, fresh, and fabulous cocktails.

So today, I'm going to share with you one of my new favorites...one I'm calling the Hula Sparkler, so even though I'm so very not in Hawaii and in the middle of North Carolina instead, I can still feel like I'm lying in the Polynesian sun and listening to ukelele tunes.

For this drink, you only need 4 things: champagne, POM Hula, ice, and pineapple.

Just combine one part POM Hula with one part champagne. Pour over ice, garnish with a pineapple, and sip luxuriously through an adorable straw. How simple is that? And it's delicious! Sort of a tropical take on a bellini. 

You could also make it with white rum and soda to make it equally yummy and sparkly.

Hula is one of POM's three new summer flavors. The other two, mango and coconut, would also make fabulous summer cocktails...just sayin'. But Hula is my favorite, and in my opinion, the most tropical-tasting. It's 50% pomegranate, 30% pineapple, and 20% organic, so basically, it's delicious.

Hazel clearly loves it too.

Silly cat! POM is for kids!

For more information on POM Hula, POM Coconut, and POM Mango, check out their hilariously quirky "Yum Bunch" videos.

POM Yum Bunch
 Healthy, sweet and irresistibly delicious. Join the fun with the POM Yum Bunch at YumBunch.com.

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