Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dash and Albert Rugs

I got this gorgeous rug for a great price last summer at a boutique that was closing. It was a sample rug, so they were reluctant to sell it to me, but it was just so pretty I had to have it! I was walking around downtown with my sister today, and spotted a rug that I loved and think will be perfect for my room next year! I looked up the company that the rug was made by, Dash and Albert, and figured out that it is the same as the Bed of Roses wool hooked rug that I purchased last year!


This image doesn't even do it justice!



Other rugs I am liking on their website:











Always,
Alyssa


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday

I know my blogging has been lagging lately, but the only excuse I have is that the weather has just been too darn nice that I've been spending so much more time outside than inside, and therefore far less time on the computer. I started off my summer last week, when MC and I ventured down to florida and stayed in my grandparents condo. It was a nice way to start the summer, because we never really got a spring break. Now I'm at CB's family's house which is on the south shore, near Boston. Time has been flying by! I can't believe almost two weeks of my summer is already gone. At least I'm getting a break, until I actually start working again!


1. Summer Sunsets. I took this picture when I was down in Florida! The one's in the Northeast aren't quite there yet, but give it a few weeks and they will be!


2. The Peonies CB and I gave his mom. They look so pretty on her kitchen table!



3. RJ Graziano bangle bracelets I found at a shop in a town nearby! I might have to go back and get them...so colorful and pretty!



4. Personally Yours bracelets, from Maximal Art John Wind signature collection. I saw these in a boutique nearby as well, and loved them! They look cute plain, or with added charms!




5. Brightly colored nail polish! It's perfect for the summertime. I'm currently wearing Essie's "One of a Kind," that I borrowed from CB's sister.



What have you been loving lately?


Always,
Alyssa




Friday, May 20, 2011

Stephen Bonnano: The Original Palm Beach Sandal



Many people have heard of Jack Rogers sandals, but not everyone has heard of Stephen Bonnano. Well, as it turns out the palm beach sandal (aka navajo sandal) was originally designed for Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960s with help from designer Luigi Pucillo and hand-crafted by Eva and Benny Bonnano of Stephen Bonnano Sandals. Today, the palm beach sandal is still one of the most popular sandals in the family business, and each pair is handmade entirely of leather in the USA. I learned this all this week when I was down vacationing in the palm beach area with MC. There are so many different colors and styles you can choose from. You can even customize your own width and length to fit your foot perfectly! Now if I could only envision my perfect pair of sandals...

Here are some of my favorite combinations:








What do you think? Are you as surprised to know these fun facts as I was?

Always,
Alyssa

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

King of Prussia: Kate Spade.

This weekend when I was racing in Philly, we stayed at a hotel in King of Prussia, which neighbors the city. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to go to the King of Prussia Mall, which is arguably one of the best malls in the north east. This was my second visit to the mall, and although it has many great stores, my favorite store to visit this time was Kate Spade. If I wasn't near broke, I definitely would have bought up most of the store. But I did end up walking away with the Twirl Roller Ball perfume. It smells so good!



Other current Kate Spade favorites:
















I hope everyone is having a great week!

Always,
Alyssa

Friday, May 13, 2011

True Life:


One of my favorite bloggers Christine, from Bun and Borough brought this ad to my attention, and I absolutely love it, so I had to share. I've been feeling insecure about my legs lately, but sometimes I need to remind myself just to embrace what I've got!

The text states:
"I have thunder thighs and that's a compliment because they are strong and toned and muscular and though they are unwelcome in the petite section, they are cheered on in marathons. Fifty years from now i'll bounce a grandchild on my thunder thighs and go out for a run."


Have a great weekend everyone!

Always,
Alyssa


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Passion for The Sea





When I heard that Sperry Top-Sider was hosting a sweepstakes with a grand prize of a one week stay in Nantucket, I was beyond excited. Will I finally win something? I hope so. I'm almost reluctant to tell other people about this awesome sweepstakes because I don't want anyone else to win it, but it's just too great to keep it to myself! In the meantime, You can check out the blogs Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore and Nautical by Nature for their own Sperry Top-Sider shoe giveaways!

Always,
Alyssa


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Toga, toga, toga.

So I'm not exactly done with finals, but I've already "checked out", if you know what I mean. I actually didn't have any "real" finals this semester, just a drawing portfolio to hand in and an art history paper that's due on friday. Despite my lack of work to do, I still feel like I have been bogged down and have hardly had a break! I went home last week for a night to drop off a bunch of my stuff from school, and then I had one more full day here and then I was off to CB's graduation. I was back to school sunday for an afternoon practice, and I just feel busy busy busy! I can't believe I only have a couple more days left in this semester. I leave on thursday morning for a race in Philadelphia and shortly after, MC and I are going to my grandparent's condo in florida for a little vacation. I can't wait! It will be a great start to the summer. Afterwords, I'm going to visit CB at his family's house. Then I'm back at home, working and coaching!

I am sad to leave Saratoga Springs for the summer though. It is such a beautiful area. Last summer I was so ready to be home, but I really am going to miss it this summer. This year I've done even more exploring in the area, and there is still so much to learn! I love going to college in such a great location. Saratoga Springs is located in the heart of New York state. It's 3 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from Montreal.

The town has great restaurants and shops. I wish I could eat out every night! Saratoga Springs is so historical too. We're home to the Saratoga Race Track where prestigious horse races have been happening since the 1800s! Horse racing is "the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the U.S." (via).  I took this picture when I went to the track last summer with CB and his family. It was an amazing experience!


There is also history in the lake that I row on! Rowing is the oldest collegiate competitive Sport in the United States. This is surprising because a lot of people still don't really know what rowing is. The very first crew race took place on Saratoga Lake during the mid 1800s between crews such as Harvard and Yale, teams that are still very competitive and prestigious today. I've been rowing in Saratoga Since my freshman year of high school, and it's still one of my favorite courses to race on! This is a picture of the boat I raced in my senior year of high school. This is just before we shoved off from the dock at one of our races. I'm the only one turning my head to the side (of course).


Anyway, this is just a tiny portion of some of the important things to me about Saratoga Springs. I'm hoping to share more in a later post! And stay tuned for my summer plans ;-)

Have you guys been feeling super busy as well? What are your plans for the summer? Do you guys have a lot of pride for the town or city that you currently reside in? Fill me in!

Always,
Alyssa

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I know it's a bit late in the day, but I did already call my mom this morning, and checked in with her a couple times later in the day. I do enjoy mother's day, even though I am nowhere near close to being a mom at this time in my life. I think motherhood is an incredible thing though. It is clearly one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs you can have (right up there with fatherhood of course). I hope I can one day endure the challenge when I'm older,married, and financially stable. I've always wanted to be a mom, and that probably has to do with the fact that I have an amazing mom! Happy mother's day to all those incredible mom's out there!



Always,
Alyssa

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Graduation!

CB is graduating today! I can't believe he's been in school for four years already. I met him at the end of his freshman year. I'm so proud of him and can't wait to see what the future has in store. I'm sure graduating is a very bittersweet experience, exciting yet nerve-wrecking at the same time. I wish him and all the other graduates the best of luck!



Some cute graduation favors/gift ideas:

cupcake toppers!

money lei's! how clever?

glass lightbulbs filled with candy? yes.


Congratulations to everyone graduating in the next couple of weeks!

Always,
Alyssa


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Favorites

1. Jack Roger Sandals. How pretty is this pair? Sad to say I don't own these...



2. The awesome beachy Coach shoes I just snagged from TJmaxx. Gotta love that store.



3. Lilly Pulitzer Printed Cruiser. How awesome would it be to ride around town on this baby?




4. Lilly Pulitzer Shelly Jelly Sandal in Aquamarine Docksider. I guess my mind has been on warm weather foot apparel?

5. The Kentucky Derby Collection at Vineyard Vines. The men's collection is really cute! I'm loving the belts and bowties =)



Have a great weekend everyone!

Always,
Alyssa

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Weather is Getting Warmer

And you know what that means? Sunglasses on, windows rolled down, wind in your hair...carjamming. Ever since I got my license and was finally able to drive my friends around, carjamming has become a staple in many of my friendships. For those of you who do not know what carjamming is, it is blasting music at slightly unreasonable levels and belting out lyrics that may or may not sound like the songs coming from the speakers. WARNING: Some may find that this type of activity may result in the closing of eyes in order to reach high notes or flailing of limbs. Carjamming is not recommended for all types of drivers.


The current playlist I'm listening to in the car, an "oldies" mix:

1. I Want You Back     by Jackson 5
2. Fly     by Sugar Ray
3. Summer girls       by LFO
4. Tubthumping     by Chumbawamba
5. Mambo no. 5      by Lou Bega
6. Come on over baby    by Christina Aguilera
7. Steal my sunshine     by Len
8. Bouncing off the ceiling    by A*teens
9. Girl on tv    by LFO
10. S club party     by S club 7
11. Someday     by Sugar Ray
12. Here comes the hot stepper    by Ini Kamoze
13. Semi-charmed life     by Third Eye Blind
14. Livin' la vida loca     by Ricky Martin
15. That don't impress me much    by Shania Twain
16. mo money mo problems     by the Notorious B.I.G.
17. Bring it all back     by S. club 7
18. Genie in a bottle     by Christina Aguilera
19. Every morning     by Sugar Ray



What songs do you enjoy listening to in the car? Do you enjoy singing along to songs like I do?

Always,
Alyssa


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Monday, May 2, 2011

Cheers


...because tomorrow is my last day of classes, so I will have more time for blogging, yay!

Here's to a good week for everyone!


Always,
Alyssa


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