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things i’m loving lately: january/february edition

The theme of this things i’m loving might be best described as “yearning for spring while tolerating a hellish winter”.

My deep love of Paper Source is news to no one.  (By the way, Indy peeps – did you know WE ARE GETTING A PAPER SOURCE THIS YEAR?!?!)  This mention is probably too late unless you already live in a city with an existing Paper Source, but I am crazy about this “love” ribbon.  I bought a couple of spools a few years ago and I still love using it (no pun intended).  Last year I used it to package up caramel corn for V-day treats for the coworkers – it just makes everything cuter.

Back in the fall I mentioned that I had a mini shopping spree on Etsy after passing my boards.  I purchased a few pieces of jewelry from Nest Pretty Things and I have to tell you, I love each of them so much.  Really everything in her shop is just bright and beautiful, and I just love the aesthetic overall.  Highly recommend!

I have a little problem called want to buy aaallll the yellow clothes.  With spring coming (maybe? someday?), this may become a problem.  I have had my eye on this pretty little number for.ev.er, and last month I decided it was time.  Even if it is too cold to wear it now, I am very much looking forward to the day I can.

I know mint was the official color of spring last year or whatever, but I’m still all about it.  I bought these mint stud earrings recently and they are so incredibly gorgeous.  They are even more lovely in person and I want to wear them all the time.  I also love that since they are studs, they are low profile enough that I can still wear them even with my scrubs.  Nice change from my usual pearls.

And on a completely different and much darker note, who is a Breaking Bad fan?  I don’t normally watch a lot of TV so this show was not on my radar when it was on during the regular seasons.  But last year when the series finale happened, my Facebook feed blew up with everyone talking about it and what an amazing show it was.  I needed to know what everyone was talking about.  Once I heard the premise of the show (high school chemistry teacher goes rogue and starts cooking meth), I was not so sure.  When I saw the first two episodes, they shocked me so much I didn’t know if I would be able to keep watching.  But watch I did, because I still really wanted to know how everything would turn out.  It’s kind of impossible to even begin to summarize my feelings about the unbelievable writing, the incredible acting, and the series as a whole other than to say – it’s in a class of its own.  It hooked us like no show ever has before, and now that we are finished, we have no idea what series (if any) we will pick up next because we can’t imagine how anything could compare.

Even with a show as engrossing as Breaking Bad, I am really not good at sitting still and watching any TV show or movie for an extended period of time.  Knitting is the perfect solution, as it keeps my hands and mind busy enough to sit and watch something.  And thanks to the frigid weather, knitting is even more handy now than before.  I’ve been all about cowls lately.  The herringbone cowl (left) is my most recent addition and I am in love with it.  It is so soft and warm, and the neutral color has made it an instant wardrobe staple for me.  I also adore the red cowl, which I made to wear in our recent family photos.  The next project I’ll cast on is a cowl for my girl Tara, since she is in Connecticut and experiencing her share of harsh winter weather – can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The summer before middle school was one of the best ever, for many reasons.  The usual teenager things – tons of time with friends, being carefree and silly – but there was one other thing that made it especially awesome and that thing was the movie Clueless.  One of my BFFs and I saw it in the theater no less than four times (and by the way, a matinee, small coke and popcorn cost $8.25 in those good old days).  She recently sent me a link to this ModernClueless Twitter feed (summarized nicely here).  Oh how I love this.  I keep trying to pick a favorite but I just…can’t.  They are all too good.

Now for something to just put a gigantic grin on your face – please, go check out these photos of an amazingly lovely proposal shot by some of my best friends.  Then if that weren’t enough, watch the brilliant video of the proposal made by my friend Ben.  Have tissues ready.

And last little thing – yes, t-shirts are back, but they are almost sold out again!  I am loving the new designs and apparently you all are too.  It looks like we will be shutting down sales late tonight so if you are still hoping to order, do it ASAP!  Next round of sales will be in a month or two.

  • http://tideandthyme.com/ Laura @ Tide & Thyme

    First of all, I’m in love with everything in that Etsy shop – and those stud earrings. So, thanks for that! And secondly, love Breaking Bad – just you wait! :)

  • Erica

    Love, love, love the herringbone cowl!

  • Amelia

    Cue the waterworks!!! That is the most romantic proposal ever. They are such a sweet couple. Wish Bobbi & Mike were in Charleston, SC. Neither our engagement photos or wedding photos were good….wish we could do them over.
    That yellow dress is SO cute! Looks perfect for you. :)

  • cookie_o_clock

    My husband and I were the same way with “Breaking Bad”! Started watching it after Thanksgiving last year, blew through the whole series by New Years and really don’t know what to watch next because nothing will ever be as good. A series like that and knitting seems like just the thing to get you through this winter!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I started watching Breaking Bad about the same time you did and was hooked immediately. The show is so well written and while I find the pacing slow sometimes (I don’t know if you’re at S3 yet, but I found the beginning of that a bit slow) the OTHER times make up for it completely.

  • annieseats

    It really was. I feel like all of January was just dark and cold, but knitting + Breaking Bad made it so much better :)

  • annieseats

    Oh dude, we finished it a while ago :) We blew through the entire series in probably 5-6 weeks. It was amazing.

  • annieseats

    If we ever move to Charleston (a distinct possibility), they’ll have to travel down to keep doing our family pics. And if that happens, you will HAVE to book a session! They just do amazing work.

    (I also bought the dress in mint. I have a problem.)

  • Angela

    I have that yellow dress (in gray). I wore it for my friends wedding last summer- its so comfortable!! I got tons of compliments. You will love it.

  • Liz N.

    You are seriously enabling me! Hahaha! I am impatiently waiting for the yarn to come in so I can start making that herringbone cowl…and now I see that beautiful red one?? Now that the “Walking Dead” is back on, I’ll reserve the “Breaking Bad” series for summer, when TV shows are on repeat. Those earrings are darling! I have my eye on their rose gold crystal earrings! The proposal is just too, too sweet. Bobbi & Mike and Ben did an incredible job capturing such a momentous occasion!

  • Katie Maliszewski

    If you’re looking for a new series to enjoy, I’d recommend Downton Abbey. It’s kind of the opposite of Breaking Bad, but it’s extremely well done and totally addictive.

  • annieseats

    That’s definitely one one our list. I have heard so many raves about it, I need to see what it’s about.

  • annieseats

    I can’t help it, I’m a knitting enabler! I wanted to start the cowl for Tara last week but the store didn’t have the right needles and I had to order them. I said I was going to just wait until they arrived before I knitted again, but had cast on a new pair of fingerless mitts within a few hours. It is truly an addiction!

  • Ashley

    Wow, you weren’t kidding about needing tissues for that proposal video. Sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time!

  • casey dunne

    Man, I just love a good cry over my first cup of coffee. So adorable. I bet that wedding is going to be amazing.

  • Amelia

    You better email me & keep me updated on that possibility!! :)
    No way did you order mint. That is the color I am ordering!! It’s my favorite, along with those earrings.

  • annieseats

    Oh I will for sure. I will keep you posted! And yay, we’re dress twins :)

  • AEOT (Up North Preppy)

    Your herringbone cowlneck is amazing. I wish I knew how to knit!!! I would wear that all the time. As someone mentioned below, Downton is incredible. The acting is fabulous, it’s so very British, and the characters are compelling. It is not fast moving at all, so it might be a refreshing change of pace after BB. If you are still looking for non-stop, shocking, go go go action, then YOU MUST WATCH SCANDAL!!!!!! I’ve just started from the beginning over the past month. It’s a total time suck b/c it is just that good. My husband and I both love it. Highly, highly, highly recommend.

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Ahh, Annie, being 33 weeks pregnant, watching that video of the proposal didn’t so much put a grin on my face as it caused me to ruin my makeup by crying like a big baby but it was sooo sweet and lovely and adorable.

  • Kelli Z

    Oh yes, you need to watch Downton Abbey so we can discuss :) It is highly addictive!

  • Angie

    St.Louis is finally getting a Paper Source too, and I literally “eeped” at work when I saw the email!

    And for a new show after BB… not many will ever compare, but The Wire is fantastic! It’s dark, but great.

    And now I have to check out that Clueless feed. I was OBSESSED with Clueless and could totally still quote the entire thing I bet!

  • annieseats

    Oh yes, that’s another one that a few friends have recommended. Dang, now I have too many ideas of what to watch next :)

  • Lori Haase

    I am so with you on Breaking Bad! I too was late to the party. I had heard of Breaking Bad but never seemed to catch it. After the series ended I kept reading about how great it was. Over the 2 week Christmas break I hunkered down and watched every episode. Man, I am so glad I did! I didn’t want it to end. It is definitely one of the very best shows ever on tv. Kudo’s to Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and the rest of the fine actors. I miss them so!

  • annieseats

    If you are interested in learning to knit, look into a beginner’s class in your area. Taking a class set me up with the basics and now using Ravelry and YouTube are pretty much all I need to figure out what I’m doing. Really, following a pattern is a lot like following a recipe in cooking or baking – just follow the instructions and it will probably work out.

    I am highly intrigued by Scandal – that’s another one I have seen a lot of people mention on Facebook. And I think it’s Shonda Rhimes, right? I’m a big Grey’s fan, and hence, a Shonda fan.

  • http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/ Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Your friends have an amazing talent. Ever since you shared your holiday video, I’ve been following along and love each and every one of their videos! I am a huge paper source fan too, but there are none here in Florida :( Beautiful cowl!

  • Britt @Perpetually Daydreaming

    I am so excited that we’re getting a Paper Source in Indy!! You just made my day. I don’t know how I missed that memo. Thanks for sharing! I love that love tape and that jewelry is gorgeous. Love the colors.

  • http://arhubarbrhapsody.blogspot.com.au/ Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)

    I love, love, love your chevron cowl. I wish I could knit! Wow, Clueless, that’s a blast from the past! My friends and I also watched it over and over again. :D

  • Joy

    ok…your knitting is awesome! I am definitely going to check those recipes…I mean patterns. Haha! Cooking…knitting…it all runs together for me :D

  • Laura

    I have those exact same green earrings, and in fact, I wore them today too. They are so sparkly!

  • annieseats

    Thank you!

  • Angie

    Or Game of Thrones! Not sure how I forgot to mention that?!

  • Miranda Froehlich

    I just learned how to knit a few months ago and I’m working on my first basic cowl. I absolutely love the 2 cowls above (printing off the patterns now)! Did you use the yarn that was suggested in the pattern? Or did you use something different? For me the hardest part about knitting is picking out the yarn :)

  • Karen

    Ha, my husband and I just started watching Breaking Bad, too (had to start something after we caught up with Glee!). We’ve only watched the first 4 episodes, but after the first 2, I told him I didn’t know if I could handle it! Now I’m getting hooked, and I, too, knit the whole time I’m watching it. I may have to try that herringbone cowl!

  • Lindy

    Love that clueless link! We were so obsessed with that movie. Tons of good memories! :) :)

  • Kayla W

    Indy is getting a Paper Source?!? Best news ever!
    I love the Clueless twitter feed. Such an awesome movie. Your knitting is awesome. I was totally drooling over your cowl in your family photos.

  • annieseats

    Ben is reading those books and is obsessed! He definitely wants to watch that soon :)

  • annieseats

    Believe me, when I started that truly was my biggest stumbling block. For me, Ravelry has helped with this immensely. If you are looking at a pattern, click on the “yarn ideas” tab at the top. That will show you what yarns other people have used to make the same pattern, and if you click on the “___ people used this yarn” under each icon, it will show you all of those projects so you can see how the different yarns look with different patterns.

    Of course if you are wanting to use a yarn/brand that isn’t listed on Ravelry, check the gauge listed for the pattern/recommended yarn and then just make sure that whatever alternate yarn you choose has the same gauge listed. (Of course, you also need to make sure the needle size is comparable otherwise it isn’t an equal comparison. Does that make sense?)

    For my cowls above: the herringbone, I did use the recommended yarn. It is expensive but it was worth it.

    For the red cowl, here is a link to my project on Ravelry where you can see the yarn and needles I used, as well as my comments: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annmarsh/stockholm-scarf

  • Miranda Froehlich

    Awesome, thank you!! That makes perfect sense. I will be using ravelry a lot more than I have been, now that I know what to look for.

  • Tai

    House of Cards is pretty darn good!

  • Hoi

    Wow, the dress is gorgeous! And I looked at the site — everything is beautiful!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    I just started watching Breaking Bad. My husband was insistent that I joined him. I am three episodes in. I wouldn’t say I hooked just yet but I want to see what happens next.