Wednesday, May 30, 2007
But for those nights when I face the fact that I will be in several upcoming weddings (including one for my sorority little sister, J, in Hawaii), I have found a suitable substitution. OK, so nothing is "just as good" as the real thing. But these Edy's Fruit Bars are a solid second place. They come in the best flavors (my favs are coconut (3 g fat) and strawberry (ZERO fat!!)) and are the perfect size (I like the bars but could not get that picture to come out well so you are looking at the pops). And what's more- the fact that I am even eating ice cream and frozen fruit bars means that it is warm-even HOT- up here. Ding dong, the snow is gone. I am loving every sunny, warm moment of summer after our seemingly endless winter!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Today I ran into Target for exactly two items. Two. Toilet paper and toothpaste. That's all that I needed and I fully intended to just run in and run out. I have done it before so I know that it is possible to run in and run out. It is not urban myth. But oh, it is so hard to do sometimes. In general, I am not even a superstore shopper. I avoid Kmart and despise Walmart. But Tar-jay is different. It is just so fun in there.
So what gets me lately is that darn dollar section right when you walk in. It is always full of colorful crap that I just can't pass up at the bargain $1 price. Then I get it home and try to remember to return it- not because I need the $3 back but because I really do not need more junk at home. I am an organization freak who is still somehow always fighting a pile of random clutter.
But today I really did find my version of gold in the dollar bins. Super cute cards! I am a complete stationary addict. I have been as long as I can remember. I love stores like Papyrus and Crane's- they just suck me in and sell me boxes of pretty cards that I just can't live without. My dear friend E and I once stumbled upon a Papyrus outlet in Maryland one time. Not only was it an outlet but they were having a sale. Here is how the conversation went...
Store girl: All those boxes are $1
Us: EVERYTHING on this table is only $1 (gasping realizing that the boxes are all originally between $15 and $30)?!!!
Store girl: Yes (not at all amused by us)
Us: How much are these boxes (now over at a different section of the store)? Are these on sale, too?
Store girl: They are a dollar (even less amused by us)
Us: What about this box (still we are not getting it....talk about a double blonde moment!)?
Store girl: Everything in the store is a dollar (annoyed she even has to talk to us)
Us: What about the bags and ribbons and paper? OMG is it all on sale too (very very excited at even the thought)?!
Store girl: (huffs) Yes, everything in the store is $1 (very annoyed now that she has to both re-answer our question and pause her phone convo w her friend)
Us: (walking to the store entrance where we can see two other girls asking the same questions to themselves) EVERYTHING IN HERE IS ONLY $1!
E and I walked out with bags (plural) of stationary, gift bags, ribbons, and who knows what else! To this day, that is one of the coolest, unexpected shopping experiences. It really is all about the small things in life!
But I digress....so Target.....well just look at the picture. They have the most adorable birthday, baby, bridal and other random cards. They are colorful and dimensional and only $1! I do actually use cards and stationary A LOT. OK, so I will never use all of the paper that I own. But I mail cards and letters and notes to friends and family all the time. It's just one of "my things" in life I guess. But I love knowing that I am sending someone something that is purely pleasure to open. Oh, and what is cool is that I have several girlfriends who love stationary as much as I do. My best friend even has her own little (but rapidly growing) custom stationary business- her work is amazing!
So bottom line is that I walked in for TP and toothpaste and walked out with a bathing suit (I am going to HI for a wedding so that was totally justified....or so I am telling myself), two tops, a pair of capri pants (that I need like a hole in the head. Capri pants are one of my clothing addictions!), TP and a zillion fun cards. Totally forgot the toothpaste!
I will be sure to go to the drugstore tomorrow for the toothpaste- I am avoiding Target at all costs. It is a bargain black hole- just sucks me in and shows me things I "need."
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
So a few weeks ago I found this adorable pair of driving loafers in a cute little store. They are bright and fun and the logo looks identical to Lilly. They had my name all over them! So of course I brought them home with me. I love them- soooo comfortable!
Then I got to thinking, E needs these too. But while I do love sending random gifts to my girlfriends, these felt like they needed an actual occasion to be given. Her bridal shower! I rarely give shower gifts (bridal or baby) from a registry, thinking it is more fun to give something creative and often include a made-by-me component. But for the life of me. I could not figure out how to spin a pair of shoes into a bridal shower present.
It hit me- they are the PERFECT gift from me to E. They represent not only our history as friends, but also the comfort a bride needs during the last few crazy planning months. I wrote a great note and insisted that our friend, B, who was attending in person and brought my gift for me, make sure that E read the card before opening the gift. It was sweet and sentimental and it was a hit! I also made a belt and headband to coordinate- a fun touch I thought.
I know, it still doesn't make much sense at a bridal shower. But it is just so us, Preppy Pink Crocodile and E! She loved it! And I loved being able to give her something different and special in preparation for her Big Day.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This is using my full name....
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We have only recently been graced with heat up here in the far northeast. So until a week ago, all of my dinners were cooked in the oven as usual. But now that we are able to keep the windows open and eat on the deck, I am all about the fun salads and sandwiches and dips. And the bonus is that I have leftovers for my lunch.
The other day I made my favorite chicken salad recipe. It is an adaptation from one in a Junior League of Washington cookbook. It is so yummy - a must for a summer meal when you just can't bring yourself to heat up the kitchen with the oven.
Curry Chicken Salad
*2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and chopped into large chunks (use leftovers if you have them. I never do so I just season with salt and pepper and cook with a little EVOO spray)
*2-3 celery stalks, chopped
*3-4 green onions, chopped
*1/2 cup golden raisins
*1/2 cup chopped cashews
*1/2 ripe cantaloupe, chopped into large chunks
*1/2 cup sour cream (I prefer fat free but use your favorite)
*1/2 cup mayo (again, I prefer fat free but use your favorite)
*1/2 cup mango curry
*salt and pepper to taste
Chop, mix and enjoy. I love it in a pita pocket with mixed greens, but any bread will certainly be a yummy addition to this delish summer salad.
This is actually best if you make it ahead of time and let the flavors marry in the fridge for a while, even overnight if you are that ahead of schedule.
This was my lunch today. Isn't it just pretty enough to eat?
Preppy Pink Crocodile
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Well I hit the cheap-o shoe jackpot! I found this cute pink pair for a whoping $8! Now it is true that you get what you pay for. The sole of the pink shoe is very very thin and I would never make it on a day I was doing a ton of walking for hours on end. But they are adorable and comfortable for running a few errands or going to weekend meetings. The gold shoes look so cute with jeans and the black flats look just like ballet toe shoes. I feel like a prancy ballerina when I wear them. And what girl doesn't want to feel prancy now and then?! I have worn all three pairs already and have received masses of compliments on each pair.
I also find it hilarious that when given a sweet compliment, I get a little squeamish and almost apologize. I say something silly like, "oh no, I bought them for $15 at Payless. I don't normally go to Payless but...." As if I did something wrong. I always catch myself saying such things after the fact and laugh. I mean, they are what the are. They are cheap shoes that will last a single season. But they are cute and fun and because of the price I can buy out the store and not feel guilty.
Oh, did I mention that because of a buy one get the second half off sale, my total for the three pairs of shoes was ....(drum roll please!)..... $35!
Happy Shoe Shopping!
Preppy Pink Crocodile
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I love all things pink and green, Lilly, polo shirts with popped collars, monograms, ribbon belts, colorful fabric, and my very cute and preppy puppy.
This will either prove to be a successful obsession on my end or a brief fling with a new toy, so to speak. But either way, I hope to share with everyone, who has unknowingly shared so much with me already, my own take in being crafty, an entertainer, and a girl trying to bring a little pretty southern flair to my most un-preppy northern city.
Preppy Pink Crocodile