Thursday, March 31, 2011

a fling with green

spring has sprung
and i'm having a fling
with everything
G R E E N
lean and green smoothie
1 cup almond milk, 1 cup spinach and 1 frozen nanner
tea so beautiful you don't want to use it
a treasured gift from my way cooler, younger and hipper sweet friend laura
she's so cool she brought all the way from paris!
and she plays bass! watch her in action here and here
the smell of this delish almond black tea is to die for!
these cuties are a big fav of my cutie
not technically green but the bowl from anthro is
i'm a sucker for natural handmade soaps
especially ones that smell like lime!
you know you are smitten when you smell it and instantly want to
A
eat it
B
wear it as a fragrance
C
rub it all over you
uniquely beautiful succulents spotted at northpark
i have loved this sent for many years and i keep coming back
i cannot resist how fresh and clean it smells
and with 80% of 2.99 at the gap- hello?! i bought multiples

these paint chip place mats
make me want to through a dinner party asap
or perhaps a 'springy' themed brunch
spotted on etsy

i have been admiring this mineral green beauty for so long i could write a sonnet
about just how lovely it is

it was created using a shipping pallet
i feel a DIY project coming soon
check out this giclée print
illustration by aled lewis
visit the gallery for my personal favorite titled philosoraptor

is there any green headed to your scene this weekend?
i hope to get outdoors and enjoy this lovely weather
happy friday lovelies!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

wednesday widescreen


welcome to the first edition of wednesday widescreen
that's a whole lot of Ws

i have a confession
i'm a sucker for fantasy
and i thoroughly enjoyed the film
normally i wouldn't sing the praises of a film that has such extreme violence
and promotes women in such a sexual way
BUT all that aside
i'm not going to lie
THIS FILM ROCKED
the costumes, artistic direction and music were fantastic!
and despite the darkness of this film
it proved that goodness does prevail in the end
P L U S
who does love a chic warrior girl?


Monday, March 28, 2011

supper club

do you ever make one of those dinners
you want to write home about?
last night i made dinner or supper
as we like to call it down south
that i wanted to immediately blog about
what i loved is how easy it was

step 1
take 1 cup mushrooms/ 1 1/2 cup broccoli/ 1 cup diced butternut squash/ diced 1/2 onion
3 tablespoons olive oil and sizzle/cook on med-high heat for 5 minutes

step 2
add 1/2 cup of simmer sauce to veggies and cover on low heat
you can add more if you like it saucier
like i like my women:)
step 3
choose your protein- chicken, fish, or shrimp pair nicely
we used tilapia- 2 3-4 oz size fillets
cook with a little olive oil and add curry powder and 1/3 cup simmer sauce
(in a separate pan from veggies)

step 4
when fish is cooked - plate veggies and fish
serve and sprinkle with sri lanka flor de sal
(williams sonoma sells this brand & you can also find it in the bulk section at grocery stores like central market)

step 5
enjoy!

the sauce (more info here) is the key for this yummy dish.
i was SO happy to find a gluten AND dairy free sauce to cook with at newflower market.
after taylor took one bite i knew this was going to be a meal we would make again and again.
he gave me that look and then said
'you are the best cook'
well the secrets in the sauce;)
oh and another plus
real coconut flakes- yum!
plus it's certified organic
need i go on?
seriously you have to try it for yourself

enjoy!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

motivational monday

good morning monday!
the weekend never seems to last long enough
this morning i've been battling the monday blues
with some workout inspiration on polyvore


GREAT
message
inspiring
i've always thought it would be so cool to climb a mountain
and then i imagine getting frostbite ....and losing fingers and toes
so for now i'll stick to hiking
yes
i have a positive outlook today
it's monday- i have a lot to do and a lot to accomplish but
i'm not giving up
WATCH OUT YALL'!
i've had my spinach this morning and i'm feeling strong
like popeye
at the beginning of the week it always helps me
to re-evaluate things, write down my to-do list and goals for the week
to set my intention
what are YOU setting your intention on today?

whatever it is have a happy motivational monday!
XO
av

Thursday, March 24, 2011

happy friday

yo yo it's the weekend baby!
i'm in a really good mood
WHY?
i'm going to go ahead and state the obvious
because it's FRIDAY!
ok...and because of this video
ok,ok....AND because i love heather morris!


come on yall'
you know you want to
where ever your are right now this very moment
do the dougie
guaranteed smiles all around
have a great weekend!
LUV-AV

type thursday

type i love you
people who aren't in the design world look at me like i'm crazy
when i say i have a major crush on typography
maybe i am...but that's another story...

A+ for this hand-lettering!
i love the humorous message
this 'sign language' is communicating
my favorite is 'RAWR! i'm a dinosaur'
beautiful office art and a great reminder that occasionally
we must step away from the computer
and no one gets hurt ;)
great combo
hand type + chalkboards= loveliness!
matisse's quote inspires me

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

lately...

lately...
i've been feeling like this

and yesterday when my laptop got dropped at a coffee shop
and broke ?!!!*$%#&#
i felt like this
luckily tonight i have a date with my bathtub and some bubbles
and maybe a square or two of this....
how do you soothe your woes and worries?
xo
av

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

trust

title
wide eyed
subject
lee lou dallas multipass
{vieger}

i'm amazed at my cats
they constantly leap from great heights trusting they will land on all four feet
they are fearless and have nine lives

i on the other hand doubt my own life constantly
i was going to blog about spring fashion
but honestly this topic is weighing more heavily on my heart today
don't get me wrong- i love all things fashion:)
lately i've been struggling with trust
trusting god fully with my life and with not living in fear

i hold this verse close to my heart today

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

my fam

this weekend was dedicated to family
the people
that's you handsome hubby
who stick by me through thick and thin

making me die laughing
AND
some smiles along the way

making our home nice and cozy

and keeping it warm
corbin discovered fire this weekend:)

THANK YOU
your love makes the less than fun times
much more bearable

hey hey readers!
that's my new cheer for you- do you like it?
what was your weekend dedicated to?

Friday, March 18, 2011

stay-cation

it's been one of those weeks
between awakening to a 10 week old kitten crying in the wee hours of the morning
construction men ringing your doorbell at 7am
not having a shower for the past 2 weeks
construction men..oh i already mentioned that one
family, house, work stuff
it all can be a little much!
on a positive note
i'm absolutely thrilled it's the weekend
taylor and i have decided to stay here and chill
a mini stay-cation
our only plans are to cook at home, do some yoga, read in the sun
and enjoy some much needed down time
hallelujah
i feel better just typing it out
much love and have a great weekend!
xo-av

Thursday, March 17, 2011

his and hers- get quirky!

~GET QUIRKY~
i recently found this amazing online shop
with an array of beautifully designed goods with a sense of humor
for his AND her needs


a beardy dish towel for him and stylish retro pattern for her
a graphic cube vase masculine enough for him
a lovely feminine goudi vase for her
pub coasters for his frosty mug
an ampersand porcelain bowl for her
{and if 'she' happens to be a typography buff even better!}
mustache collection cards for him
orla kiely stem notepad for her
the qwerty wallet for him
twelve watch for her-perfect for the gym

if you aren't convinced yet
check out the QUIRKINESS for yourself!

do you consider yourself quirky? or are you cool as a cucumber?
i'll admit it-i lean much more toward the quirky side and i love it!
life is too short not to be

KOOKILY QUIRKY
after all NORMAL is just a setting on your dryer
:)

Monday, March 14, 2011

a fresh start

i like to look at mondays as a fresh start
whether it's

clean sheets
fresh cut lemons
(what a beautiful photograph)
(and approaching life)
some amazing inspiration
and a goal to shoot for!
AND
to get the week started off right
XO
AV

Friday, March 11, 2011

hello i've missed you

hmmm....
i know i forget something

oh yes- blogging
but i'm back
because i missed you so
and i wanted to say {with my sexy self}
have a lovely weekend!
and soak up the rays!
the weather in dallas is crazy beautiful
i'm going to enjoy it while it lasts
xo
bardot
ha!
{and av}

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

tickled pink

hello lovelies
happy fat tuesday
today i'm approaching a topic i'm a bit afraid of
COLOR
i'll admit it- i'm a black and white kind of girl
but spring is approaching
and i'm feeling girly!


beautiful bouquet
has me itching for a vacation
or at least a pool to lounge by
i love the effect of this
by illustrator hanna konola calms me
if i had a little girl
this would be hanging in her nursery
speaking of little ones...
the kiddos would love these fun dotty straws
and adults too!
bike riding season is approaching
and i can't wait to cruise around town
i'm off to attack my list of to do's for today
have a lovely day filled with {pink} tickles till your ribs hurt
xo~av