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I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
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Entries from October 1, 2010 - October 31, 2010


Wigging Out!

Happy Halloweenie my little goblins! Is everyone doing something fun for Halloween Weekend?! The hubs and I are headed to see Saw 6 3D tonight (yikes!) and then we are off to a big costume party on Saturday. I can't wait to arrive with these! And Costume Spolier alert (ok maybe not...) Geoff is going as a dirty old man & I am going to be his gold-digging trophy wife (Check out my cute blonde bob wig!) If you don't know us, then it might not make sense, but its sort of a running joke since we are 13 years apart. HAHA! And my coworker Natalie and I decided to wear our wigs to work for fun today and I have to say, we look pretty cute. Now off to enjoy some Halloween Krisy Kremes...



POST Blogger Social in Dallas!

OMG! I am so excited! I have read about fabulous blog socials people are having all over the country and now one is coming to my stompin ground! Fabulous Dallas bloggers Beth of Hello Splendor & Kelly of Fabulous K are hosting this lovely event at the new location of Nest on November 4th. If you are a Dallas blogger, this will be a great event to meet and greet, make new friends & snag dsome goodies. Be sure to RSVP- I will be there!


P.S. You may have noticed the blog looking a little different...Please bare with me as it gets a makeover. XO


Suede Heels Under $50 (& H&M is Coming to Dallas!!!!!)

Christmas has come early this year to Dallas shoppers-it was just announced that H&M is FINALLY opening a store at Northpark Center in Dallas the second half of 2011!!! YAAAAAYYY! I am so excited (I think my hubs might be a little afraid- haha!)

Ok, Lauren, breathe. Moving on. I have been on the hunt for cute fall heels that I could wear to work or on date night. I am thinking something in a yummy suede will fit the bill, but I am really sticking to my shopping budget so they need to be affordable. Good thing there are so many cute bargain options right now. Check out some of my fave options here...

What are you craving for fall right now?





Halloween Party Treats

Happy almost Halloween lovelies! Geoff and I are super excited to be going to a friend's Halloween party this Saturday. And being a Southern lady, I can't head to the festivities without homemade goodies in hand. I have been trolling the interwebs for ideas and came across the perfect gory treats- witches fingers! These are so gross and cool at the same time. I might even use some green food coloring to dye some of them green for that extra "witchy" effect.

Of course, Miss Hostess With The Mostess herself Martha Stewart had a great recipe for these on her site (its also written below.) They are super easy to make- I'll let you know how they come out! Anyone have any fun Halloween plans?



Makes 30

  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 30 blanched almonds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats) or parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Place food coloring in a shallow bowl. Using a small paintbrush, color one rounded half of each almond. Set aside to dry.
  3. Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together yolk, remaining egg, and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add egg mixture, and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic, and chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough in half. Work with one piece at a time, keeping remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and chilled. Divide the first half into fifteen pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece back and forth with palms into finger shapes, 3 to 4 inches long. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with the back of a small knife. Transfer fingers to prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white. Position almond nails; push into dough to attach.
  7. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
From Martha Stewart Living Television 

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Ladies' Fingers - Martha Stewart Recipes

Witch Finger Cookies via RecipeGirl.com

Bloody Finger Cookies via Studio Surface Blog


Things I Never Knew Till I Met You...


This post is dedicated to my bestie, my partner in crime, my playmate, my fellow dog and cat parent, and the best part of my day. You have taught me so many things during our three years together, and I look forward to every day I get to spend with you. I thank my lucky stars everyday you chose me to be your wife. I love love love you to the moon and back sweet baby. Happy One Month Wedding Anniversary!

Things you have taught me to appreciate:

1. The supreme awesomeness of The Cure, The Smiths & a bunch of odd British Bands.
2. How to be a dog person.
3. How to feel totally overwhelemed by love, and how to feel totally safe in a relationship.
4. The beauty of the Buffalo Chicken Wing.
5. The rules of football (still learning to love it though...)
6. Not to take myself so seriously.
7. All the words to several ghetto rap sings (um, Let a Ho be a Ho?...) Oh dear.
8. Having 30 Nicknames rocks. (Especially when you sing to me about them.)
9. The perfection of a Sunday without a list of planned activities
    (that's hard for me you know.)
10. That I love being married.

Thanks for loving me no matter what.
-The Mrs.