Category Archives: Little Things

Elbow Pad Love

Adorable elbow pads from Honestlywtf – so cute!!

The elbow pad is in my future.

This winter I blew through sweaters. Emphasis on sweaters.

Perfectly good sweaters that now happen to have quarter-size holes in the left elbow.

All because when I’m on the phone at work I lean on my elbows.

I didn’t really realize this until I had discovered a fourth elbow hole in a fourth shirt. Then *lightbulb*.

Look at this adorable DIY one from A Beautiful Mess!

This post is fairly ill-timed, as I just put all my winter clothes away and got out my summer clothes.

Sidenote: I love this day!!!

Like this swanky one from Ralph Lauren.

But, as the winter progressed, every time found a top with an elbow hole I put it on my sewing table… now that winter is over I have a toppling pile (okay, five sweaters) with elbow holes waiting to be fixed!!

But I digress.

This is a teenage boy sweater, but I’d probably wear it.

I’m happy to add that it appears elbow pads are (erm, were) totally “in” this winter.

As usual I am late to the fashion party. I can’t even remember the last time I read a fashion magazine!

Another adorable DIY one from A Smile Each Day… I think I see a project in my future… x 5!

And they even make fancy ones! That’s a far cry from the classic professor leather elbow pads!

Couldn’t find the original post. Found it on this Pinterest board linked to Cupcakes and Cashmere

Elbow pads unite?

Who’s with me!?!?

Grab Your Wellies Folks, It’s Springtime!


While we have been experiencing an unusually warm March here in Boston, rainy spring can’t be held off forever.

Rainboots, or “wellies”, are one of my favorite types of footwear.

I like to wear them while doing yard work.

Sometimes I wear them when I shovel (with wool socks!). I like them better than snow boots because they are less bulky. However, they don’t have much traction against ice.

I started wearing them to prevent the dreaded “wet pant ankles” epidemic.

I love rubber boots because they come in all sorts of fun colors (for example: I own a bright red pair and another pair that makes it looks like I have giant rolls of Lifesaver candies on my feet).

Rainboots are very durable. I’ve had my striped pair (from Filene’s Basement) for 7 years! I think a new pair will be in order soon.

Maybe I’ll pick up a new floral print:


Or these blue polka dot cutie booties:


There’s no better way to brighten up a dreary day than a classic pair of yellow galoshes.


Maybe someday I’ll win the lottery and will splurge on fancy rainboots like these classic Hunters:


These Sperry rainboots look nice and sturdy! And particularly warm.


We shall see!

Happy Monday and Happy Spring!

Katie Spade, I love you

I’m fairly inept when it comes to fashion designers. Like, really inept.

I like what I like and never really pay attention to “what’s new”.

Except for the miniscule fact that Kate Spade has weaseled her way into my pysche and refuses to budge.

And that’s okay.

Girlfriend’s got style.

She’s colorful.

She takes all the things I loved about Lisa Frank pocket folders in second grade but makes them socially acceptable for adult to publicly admit to liking.

She’s quirky. She doesn’t take her business too seriously.

We share a deep bond of communal love for polka dots.

She’s classic.

This bag is called the Beantown Bag. Kate, if that means you need someone in Beantown to test the waters… sign me up.

She’s got a sense of humor.

And her storefronts are my ideal playground…. I wonder if they do birthday parties…

And she minds her manners.

Kate, when you are ready to release some products at a deep discount, I am oh-so-ready.

Until then I will just lovely look at until unicorns and rainbows are dancing before my eyes.


For my fellow Boston friends, if you are looking for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, make your way down to Newbury Street. After scoping out the fabulousness that is the Kate Spade store, stop in at Sweet Bakery, also on Newbury Street (although they have several Boston locations).


We tried out the Sweetcake, Cookie Dough and Blueberry Pancake cupcakes.

The Blueberry Pancake cupcake with Maple frosting definitely took the cake.

Pun intended.


Happy President’s Day!

I hope you are also enjoying a fine vacation day today!

Measuring Cup Cabinet: Variations on a Pin

Ever since I joined Pinterest there is ONE idea I saw from here that I knew I needed to replicate. Now is the time!

I found this pin and I think it is genius!


This weekend was finally the time to make it happen.

I have dedicated the cabinet next to my oven as an easy-access supply station.

While I have other measuring cup/spoon sets near my mixer, I thought it would be very useful to have another set on hand right next to the stove.

However, I made a few changes to the original idea.

First, I was definitely NOT planning on putting any nails or screws into my new cabinet doors. Maybe someday, but for now these are my clean, brand new beauties and I will not bring a blemish upon them!

So what’s a girl to do? 3M hooks of course! (A college kid’s best friend. I got my room deposit back ever year, thank you very much.)

I purchased two packs from Target of these mini wire-hooks (actually called “utensil hooks”) for $6.00.

I also opted to skip the measurement labels – don’t most have them printed on the cup/spoon anyways?

Then I just eyeballed it and made sure that the door would close okay with hanging the cups in certain locations.

If you have never used 3M hooks, they come with sticky tabs. One side is for the hook and the other side you stick to the wall. (No worries about confusing them, it says “wall, wall, wall, wall, wall” on it.) I like 3M hooks because you can remove them from anywhere without any damage. Perfect for my new cabinets!

Inside the cabinet is where I keep my olive oil, my Misto (my favorite kitchen “thing” ever!), my timer and a few other frequently-used cooking odds and ends. I also keep my salt and pepper grinders in the cabinet.

I store them on top of two of those little tea bag holders to keep any stray grounds of salt and pepper from spreading all over the cabinet.

And that’s how I created a easy-access cooking supply station next to my stove for $6.00!