Monday, December 31, 2012

My Top Ten Best Buys of 2012

With 2012 drawing to an end, I thought I would share a few of my favorite new finds this year.  From beauty to clothes these items all entered my life in the past year and I love them and can't imagine my life without them!

I am obsessed with Rag and Bone Jeans.  They are my everyday jeans and fit like a glove.  I swear they have spanx in them because they suck you in and make your legs look like toothpicks.  This year I got the "Legging Jeans in Midnight" and the "Skinny Jeans in Kennsington Wash."  Both changed my life.  Best jeans ever.

This is the best eyeliner.  I have tried so many eyeliners it is funny, I am never happy with them but this one is different.  It goes on super easy and doesn't smear.  Always creates a precise line.

This was technically a Christmas gift from last year because I exchanged a few gifts for it but I am counting it under 2012 because that is when I started using it.  This juicer has changed my life, I swear by it.  I am so addicted to starting my morning with fresh green juice.  It gives me more energy and helps me get in lots of veggies for the day.  It is easy to use and clean.  Hard to imagine life before the juicer.  Sterling loves it too and in the summer we use the juice to make Popsicles- added bonus!

Quite possibly the best workout clothes ever.  I am hooked.  I wear them even when I am not working out (which is more often that I like to admit as of lately). They are the most flattering workout clothes.  They look chic for daily wear. The Run for Your Life Crop are my favorite pants.  They suck you in and lift you up- enough said.

In my quest to find the perfect lounge wear I came across these beauties.  The best lounge pants I promise you.  They are flattering and comfortable.  I like that they don't look like baggy sweatpants, they are cute.  Looks like they are sold out online right now but the stores may have them or I am sure they will restock online.

I am not one to buy alot of nail polishes.   I lusted after this Chanel for so long that I finally bit the bullet and bought it and I am so glad I did.  I wear it all the time.  Such a great nail color.  A classic to add to your collection.

In keeping with my loungewear quest I found this sweater from the Gap.  It is so soft and looks great paired with my JCrew Saturday pants.  Loungewear that you can wear out of the house and still look cute!  Double bonus they are on sale right now for $24.99!  I have the black and royal blue ones- love them!

Both of these books are the perfect read for the new year.  I started the Happiness Project last New Year and it inspired me so much to clean out and organize many areas of my life.  Great tips on marriage and relationships as well.
Jesus Calling is a fabulous devotional.  Today will mark my final entry to read for this year.  It has provided me with alot comfort this year during personal struggles.  It is easy to relate to and easy to read.  I can't say enough great things about it.  I think I ear marked every other page I related to it so much!

I had wanted a denim shirt forever but it was hard to find one that didn't make me look too butch.  I tried on many and this Madewell shirt is definately the most flattering.  It is soft and light weight so you don't look bulky in it.  I wore it all summer with shorts and now I have been rocking it with colored jeans this fall/winter.  A great staple for any closet!

I am in love with these adorable wine glasses.  Stemmless glasses are always my favorite because you can put them in the dishwasher.  These make me happy while sipping my wine, always a good thing!

So, there are you have it, my favorite purchases of 2012!  I highly recommend all of them!
I hope everyone has a fabulous NYE tonight, see you in 2013!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Make This Recipe + Scenes From Our Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I know we sure did!  I am stuffed full of delicious food and booze and need to diet/detox but that ain't happening til after the New Year.  I had to share this recipe that I made Christmas morning for breakfast.  You will never want to buy the canned cinnamon rolls again.  These are the tastiest cinnamon rolls I have ever had.  Best part is you can add as much icing as you like.  The icing is always my favorite part and the packaged kind never gives you enough.  The amount they put in there is only enough for one roll in my mind.  These tasty treats are bite size so you can eat several without feeling too bad.  Pretty sure it will be made again for New Years!  I promise these will be devoured if you make them!



1-8oz tube crescent roll dough

2 Tablespoons butter


brown sugar

For the maple icing:

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 Tablespoon skim milk

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1.Preheat oven according to crescent roll dough package directions. Layout half the dough (4 triangles) and pinch all the seams together. Flip over and pinch the seams on the back side together too.

2.Using a rolling pin, smooth the seams and roll the dough into a square about 1/4″ thick. Brush with half the butter, and sprinkle with as much cinnamon and brown sugar as you want. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces.

3.Place mini cinnamon rolls into a non-stick sprayed mini muffin tin. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other half of the crescent roll dough. Bake according to package directions.

4.Meanwhile whisk together maple syrup and milk in a bowl. Add in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.

**One 8oz tube makes 16 pieces.  We doubled the recipe**
Here are a few snapshots from our Christmas.  Such a great time!  Get ready for picture overload:)

The craziest lights I have ever seen and there was a man dressed as Santa who came out to each car with a candy cane for the kids- Thanks Bethenny for the fabulous suggestion!

And Sterling's two favorite gifts!  His umbrella and bike!  Who knew a kid would love an umbrella so much??  It was quite fitting it rained the day after Christmas so he got to use it all day!  The problem is now teaching him we don't open umbrellas in cars or inside:)

Have a wonderful weekend friends!  I am gearing up for our annual New Years Eve party.  Lots of undecorating and cleaning to be done this weekend!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Wishes

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate)!   The past few weeks have been crazy busy and I need some downtime with my loved ones!  I want to truly enjoy the rest of this holiday because Sterling is so darn excited this year.  I want to savour every moment.  It is such a joy to see your child's eyes light up with excitement over all the decorations, presents, and food!  Each year it just gets better and more fun!  I am so thankful for my sweet boy.

  To all my friends I could not send a Christmas card to here is what ours looked like this year!  I think I may be the only person who still sends old school cards with actual pictures taped to them instead of the mass printed kind.  I am a freak about cards and I love the beauty of handwriting them.  

I hope everyone has a fabulous Holiday (and here's to hoping the world doesn't actually end today). I will be back sometime next week!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

A-Thread Giveaway!

Happy Thursday Friends! I have one more treat for my amazing readers before the holidays. A-Thread has graciously offered one of my readers a $75 gift card to use on their website.

Their website is filled with some really fabulous items.  Their prices are super affordable and they always donate 5% of sales to a non-profit Charity of your choice.  Shopping = Giving!  I own several pieces from A-Thread but my newest find is this amazing Peplum dress.  The royal blue is even more stunning in person.  Such a flattering versatile dress!

A few other gorgeous finds from the website.

$75 will go a long way on the A-Thread site because their prices are so reasonable!  Here's how to enter Make sure to leave a separate comment for each and your email:

1) Be a follower of Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers
3) Visit A-Thread and tell me your favorite item
4) Pin your favorite A-Thread item

You have til Christmas Eve to enter!  Good luck!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Roasted Golden Beet Salad

I have been majorly addicted to beets lately.  Random, yes,  but I sure do love them.  For awhile I added them in my juice daily now I am into roasting them.  They are so tasty and really good for you.  They cleanse the liver and for wine lovers like me this is muy importante. 
This is a great fall salad.  The colors are just gorgeous.  You could easily roast the beets + corn and make the dressing ahead of time and then just toss everything together when ready.  I used golden beets because they were on special and looked so fresh at Earhfare but you could def substitute red beets if that is all you can find.  Goat cheese and beets always pair together so well.  This salad is a great combo of salty, creamy, crunchy, and slightly sweet.  Get ready for new your favorite salad!

- 3 medium golden beets (peeled and diced)
-1 ear corn
-half a red onion, thinly sliced
-1/4 cup dried cranberries
- sliced almonds
-crumbled goat cheese
- arugula

- 1/4 cup good olive oil
-3-4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
-1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
*I always save and clean my old small jelly jars and use them for making dressings.  You can just put everything in and shake and then it is easy to store in your fridge.  The dressing should save up to two weeks.  Just bring to room temperature before using if you pre-make it.*

Toss beets and peeled ear of corn with olive oil and salt and pepper.   Do not dice the beets too small as they will shrink while cooking.   Roast at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until beets are tender.  Place all ingredients in bowl and toss.  Mix vinaigrette and drizzle over salad.  Less is more with dressing.  Don't add too much or lettuce will get soggy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


I found a fabulous new website (at least to me) called High Street Market.  They have some great house stuff for cheap.  I am obsessed with these agate coasters.  A great gift for anyone.  Only $38 such a steal.  They come in several different colors but I love the natural brown.

I have yet to own an Equipment Blouse and I really want one to add to my collection.  Loving this hearts version.  So classy yet fun at the same time.

{Cheese Knives Set}
As most of you know I am big into cheese trays when entertaining.  I recently realized I have only one cheese knife so I have been on the lookout for a great set.  I found both of these sets at Target (online only, not in stores).  They are a great price and so cute to put out when entertaining.

Been on the lookout for a pair of leather looking pants/leggings for awhile.  These are the best I have come across and best part they are under $100.  How great would the Equipment blouse look with these leggings?

I recently realized I have so many brown boots but no great black boots.  Love these Sam Edleman ones.  Would be so cute over jeans or leggings.  I have several pairs of Sam Edleman shoes and they always hold up really real and are a great price.

{Bath Room Tile}
Beyond obsessed with this bathroom tile.  Just gorgeous.

How awesome are these napkins?  They would be so fun to put out when entertaining.  Love them and I want a set of both colors.