Monday, March 28, 2011


I found this awesome product on a blog recently and I knew some of you would be interested in it as well. I had yet to purchase a camera bag for my Canon DSLR because they all seem so bulky and masculine. I know they are vital to your camera's life, but I just had not taken the plunge yet. I would rather stuff it in my purse  -- with the lens cap on, of course!

So, I introduce to you the 'ONA' bag insert. It fits into your bag, purse, suitcase, etc. and provides ample protection for your camera and lens. The canvas bag itself is pretty stylish in my opinion, and is waterproof! It also has plenty of pockets and dividers to fit all you may need. Check out these images from the site:
tucks neatly inside of your purse

Mine is on the way so I will try to update ya'll with my review. Do you have a stylish camera bag that you would recommend? Please share!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I wanted to share some pictures from our week in St. Lucia after the wedding. If you want to hear all about it, then please read my Trip Advisor review. Otherwise, I think the pictures can explain it all! [click on all pics to enlarge]

our complimentary champagne, local Rum, fruity drink, and banana chips

1st sunset
breakfast at bayside
brandon read a lot so I got bored and took a lot of "feet" shots

breakfast at bayside
entering the tunnel to the spa

gros piton -- the larger of the two

dinner at ladera resort up the road - amazing view of both pitons - this is the petit piton

by the infinity pool at our villa
drink please!
lounging at the pool

dinner in the great room

before the couples massage
after dinner drinks at the cane bar
zip line tour

and met some fabulous new friends

I have more pictures of the beautiful resort itself that I will post as well. It definitely lived up to all the expectations from the website images!


No, not an addition to my family. My parents have recently added a few new friends to their farm house and I wanted to share. As you may have noticed in earlier posts, my parents raise chickens ... for the fresh eggs, of course. Currently they have 1 rooster (Bob) and 4 hens that roam the yard. Chickens have really become a neighborhood trend and I like to think my Dad started it.

Dad has attempted to incubate eggs before, but it hasn't always been successful. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. So, he is giving it another try. He has 38 Rhode Island Red eggs in his incubator now that should hatch sometime Friday. He expects 60% to hatch and 50/50 roosters to hens. 
There is more -- Dad also purchased 12 Black Australorp biddies (baby chicks) from a friend that seriously raises chickens. I know, I know, you are thinking "wow, this is a lot" but, in the end, Dad hopes to have a mix of 12 Reds and Blacks and 1 Rooster. He can give away the excess hens.
the batch

the one's Dad chose 

Over Christmas our beautiful weimaraner, Greta,  tragically passed away. It was devastating and completely left a hole in our families' hearts - especially my Mom's. Recently Mom was put in touch with a breeder nearby and she was able to find a blue, female weimaraner similar to Greta - not to replace her - but to share the same companionship Greta offered.  We present to you, Ava! She is about 8-9 weeks old and looks so cute.
I have not met Ava yet, but I will be home in 3 weeks so I can't wait to meet her. I will be sure to snap some photos and document the chicken experiment! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

GIRL CRUSH: olivia palermo

So, after posting my wedding slideshow I think I am in the clear to post a few pictures of my girl crush. Not literally, just in a fashion sense. Her style is remarkable and I love how she is always setting the bar. I have seen numerous posts on her in the past 6 months, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites.

Olivia is in Tibi's 2011 Spring-Summer campaign via everything fabulous:

Check out her gorgeous, vintage inspired photo shoot in Spain's Vogue:

And, check out her steamy photo shoot with boyfriend Johannes Huebl for Elle Germany last December via socialite beauty

Olivia and the handsome bf are also doing some duo modeling. Check out a few images from their campaign for Mango.

And, a few miscellaneous shots of her roaming the streets:
trend :: tights with shorts

simple, sleek, and sophisticated

trend :: bright colored accessories, the orange & yellow combo is so summery!

I know Olivia was a total bia on The City, but I can't help to adore her style. It seems so effortless and chic. Word around the town is that she is getting her own reality show. Bet your bottom dollar that will be on my DVR schedule!