Hiatus Over + Etsy Shop Coming Soon

1 Oct

I’m back from what turned out to be a longer than expected Summer hiatus. I took some time to myself and also started a long overdue project that I’ve been telling myself I’ve needed to launch for quite some time now (why yes, I am a procrastinator, thank you).  For the past few years I have been tossing around the idea of doing something creative, and I think I used blogging as a stepping stone. I finally decided I was ready, and have spent the past few months working on tweaking my graphic design skillz with the intent of opening an Esty shop by the end of the year!

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I am sticking with what works for me and going with the name “Good Girl Graphics” with the idea of incorporating my shop into my blog. I’ll continue to do posts on whatever I feel like blabbing about but will throw in some posts on my latest graphic projects, as well.  Good Girl Graphics (GGG) will feature party supplies like invitations, thank you cards, and cupcake toppers, as well as announcements and prints. All items will be sold as digital files to be printed by the customer. My goal is to have my shop open by Christmas.

So what do you think? I am constantly looking for inspiration in the form of party themes for invitation ideas, so if you have any please leave me a comment below! Did your child have a birthday party or go to one that had a cute and popular theme?

Oh and by the way…

Happy October!!

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Character Fashion Inspiration: The Girls of “Spring Breakers”

13 Jul

Spring Breakers movie poster

My husband and I watched the movie Spring Breakers last night. Let me start by saying this is not a movie for the faint hearted. This extremely controversial film follows four best friends as they embark on every college student’s rite of passage – Spring Break (obviously). It stars Disney alums Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Pretty Little Liars Ashley Benson, and relatively unknown (to me, at least) Rachel Korine. With a cast like that you are expecting good girl behavior, right? Well my friend you couldn’t be more wrong. These girls are wild, unpredictable, rebellious, and extremely violent.

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Spring Breakers was fascinating to me. I honestly can’t say that I didn’t like the movie but I also can’t say that I particularly liked it. It was very intriguing, kind of like a car wreck – you don’t want to look at it but you can’t help wanting to see what happens. In addition to a graphic snapshot of our current society’s Spring Break beach activities (think lots of drinking, drugs and promiscuous behavior) the girls set the tone of the movie when a few of them decide to rob a restaurant for the money they’ll need to go on Spring Break. And that doesn’t even come close to the drama that ensues after James Franco’s character, Alien, comes in to the picture.

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Spring Breakers

I am a huge Franco fan, and think he was brilliantly funny / disturbingly realistic as a dangerous rapper and drug dealer. I found myself wondering several times throughout the movie if this is what it’s really like to be a young adult in the world today, and I will admit, it scared me.  The fashion of Spring Breakers was really fun, though. Set during Spring Break, the cast mostly wore bikinis or beach attire the entire movie. There were some really cute bathing suits and accessories, and it definitely gets you in a summery, beachy mood. Here are a few fashion inspiration boards that I created with Spring Breakers in mind via Polyvore (click on each board for info on the pieces). You can also shop official Spring Breakers inspired clothing and merchandise here.

Spring Breakers Fashion Inspiration
Spring Breakers Inspired Bathing Suits 
Spring Breakers Inspired Accessories
 

Have you seen Spring Breakers? If so, leave me a comment telling me what you thought of it.
Did you love it or hate it? 

Quick and Easy Meal – Chicken Spaghetti

18 Jun

We eat a lot of chicken in my house. Like, a lot. I’m talking 3 out of 5 meals will have chicken in them. Eating the same thing all the time can be very monotonous and boring, so we try to think of different ways to cook it. There’s the Paula Deen Chicken and Rice Casserole (which I’ve already shown you how to do), Chicken Alfredo, chicken salad, baked chicken, grilled chicken, etc, etc. But my absolute favorite chicken recipe is one I got from my mom that her mom gave her. Chicken Spaghetti was my favorite meal growing up – I always requested it on my birthday or for special occasions.

This recipe is near and dear to my heart, and I hope you and your family enjoy it as well. It’s a great, big casserole that can be eaten throughout the workweek. Here’s my recipe for Chicken Spaghetti.

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3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2/3 package thin spaghetti noodles – noodles broken in half
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup
1 yellow or Vidalia onion, chopped
1 green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 jar diced pimentos
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Olive Oil

Boil your chicken in a large pot of water, transfer cooked chicken to a plate but reserve broth. Dice or shred the chicken, whichever you prefer. Cook the noodles in the reserved the broth. Sauté diced onion and pepper in olive oil until translucent.

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In a large mixing bowl combine chopped chicken, onions, peppers, pimentos and soup. Spoon noodles into the mixture and stir well.  I usually add a few large spoonfuls of the reserved broth as well (this makes it less dry – you want it to have a juicy consistency but not too watery). Season it with salt, pepper and garlic powder (however much you like). Last, add 1 cup of cheese and stir it up real good.

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Transfer to a large casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cover the top of the casserole with the remaining cup of cheese during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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Let me know if you try this and like it, or if you are already making a version of Chicken Spaghetti! Enjoy! 

Music Monday – Ben Howard

17 Jun

Ben Howard Every Kingdom

Life gets hard sometimes. We all have things going on and from time to time it’s easy to get bogged down and let the negativity take over. I want to remind you all (with the help of a song) to take a minute and be thankful for your life and what you’ve been given. I can’t think of a better song to lift everyone up than one by Ben Howard.

I’ve been listening to my Ben Howard Every Kingdom record a lot lately (a gift from my wonderful husband) and wanted to share one of my absolute favorite songs off of it today. Ben’s music is so beautiful – if you’ve never heard it before I encourage you to check it out (especially “Only Love“). Originally from London, he’s an avid surfer and you really get a feel for his free-spiritedness in his folksy lyrics. I find his music to be almost spiritual, and turn it on lately when I’m in need of some positive vibes.

So turn that frown upside down, y’all! Have a wonderful week!

Music Monday – Fitz And The Tantrums

3 Jun

Fitz and the Tantrums

It’s June! When June rolls around every year, I start to feel like it’s really Summer. And that means long days, beautiful weather, and lots of fun and happiness. So let’s celebrate! Here’s a groovy new tune by Fitz and the Tantrums that will certainly make you want to celebrate. “Out Of My League” is the first single off the band’s new sophomore album, More Than Just A Dream. You may know them from their other hit, “MoneyGrabber“, which is equally fabulous. If you’re not familiar with them yet, you need to be!

Fitz and the Tantrums was formed by lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick in Los Angeles in 2008. Backed by a female vocalist and instruments like guitars, keyboards, trumpets, and even harmonicas and flutes, the band has a very eclectic sound. It almost reminds me of 70’s disco music. Fitz and the Tantrums got their start opening for Maroon 5 in 2009, played the Austin, Texas SXSW festival in 2010 and gained fan support after appearing on several late night talk shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Here is “Out Of My League” – go have yourself your own personal dance party!
Have a groovy week!

Bag Envy

1 Jun

While perusing through a local department store last weekend, I suddenly found myself in the handbag section gawking at all the amazing bags on the shelves. I quickly convinced myself that I absolutely need a new purse, since I haven’t had a new one in almost a year now. Plus, a lot of them were on sale so this helped in my convincing tremendously. However, the ones that I liked the most were not on sale, so after nearly stroking out at some of the price tags on the bags I left the store without a purchase, telling myself that I’ll shop around and find the perfect new purse at the perfect price somewhere else.

I’m looking for an everyday bag, which for me means giant big enough to hold all of the crap that I carry around everyday (because one never knows when they’ll need a mini flashlight, dental floss, or wet wipes, do they?). In my search efforts I have come across many bags that I am totally in love with, possibly borderline obsessed with in some cases. Most of them are way above my budget but a girl can dream, right? Here are some of the latest bags that I am currently in awe of.

Available here for $1,471

Balenciaga Lambskin Large “Giant Work Bag” available here for only $1,471

Kate Spade Cobble Hill Small Leslie, available here for $348.

Kate Spade Cobble Hill Small Leslie, available here for $348

Hobo Kinley, available here for $328.

Hobo Kinley, available here for $328

Fossil Explorer Tote, available here for $238

Fossil Explorer Tote, available here for $238

Frye Vintage Stud Tote, available here for $348

Frye Vintage Stud Tote, available here for $348

Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel, available here for $495

Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel, available here for $495

I would take any of these bags in a heartbeat!

Which one would you choose? 

Quick Chick Flick: “Confessions Of A Shopaholic”

21 May

I recently read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and really, really liked it. I had seen the movie years ago not knowing it was a series of books. But when my best friend suggested I add it to my to-read list on Goodreads, naturally I took her advice. After finishing the book obviously I wanted to watch the movie again to compare. This won’t be a “Book Vs. Movie” post since the two were SO different, but rather just a review of the movie (definitely read the book, though!).

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Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood, a girl with a serious problem. And I mean serious. She has a shopping addiction so severe that she comes up with the most outrageous (and hilarious) stories in her head to justify her spending problem. She’ll do anything to make it to a designer sale, and her problem has gotten her over $9,000 in debt. Living with her rich best friend, Suze, (played by the adorably quirky Krysten Ritter) Becky finds herself out of work as a journalist and constantly dodging pesky debt collector Derek Smeath.

Rebecca Bloomwood at a designer sale

Rebecca Bloomwood at a designer sale

Rebecca Bloomwood: Shopaholic

Desperate for money, she creates a very elaborate if not completely false resume and goes for an interview at her dream job – a top fashion magazine – only to find that the position has been filled. However, she finds out there is an opening at another magazine within the publication family – a financial advice digest. Thinking she can work her way to an “in” with the fashion mag, she goes on the interview at the financial digest and meets handsome editor Luke Brandon, played by charmer Hugh Dancy.

Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon

Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon

Following a very entertaining interview, Becky lands the job after Luke reads an article she writes for the fashion magazine that accidentally ended up in his hands instead. Seeing journalistic potential in Becky, he takes her to press conference where she shines with her tough, relevant questions about corporate raises after customer fund cuts. She writes a piece on it and becomes an overnight sensation in the financial advice world. The public love her. But what they don’t know is that Becky Bloomwood is the last person anyone should be taking financial advice from. Several hilarious plot twists later – including Becky telling Luke the debt collector is her ex-boyfriend turned stalker; getting into a pickle by being forced to speak Finnish (which she said she was fluent in on her resume); and her misadventures at a Shopaholic’s Anonymous group – Becky and Luke find themselves attracted to each other after spending more time together.

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That is where things start to get interesting. Can Becky continue lying to Luke about her financial troubles and shopping addiction? Will her problem come between her and her best friend? The truth comes out in the end in a very shocking and embarrassing way for Becky, and she must finally confront her problem head on instead of running away from it. I won’t ruin the ending for you if you haven’t seen it, but I will say that everything works out in a way that none of the characters could have ever imagined.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is such a fun, absurdly amusing chick flick that I think anyone would enjoy. Be sure to check out the books, too! Sophie Kinsella created a character with Becky Bloomwood that girls everywhere will adore. She makes us laugh out loud, gasp at her ridiculousness, and find ourselves routing fiercely for her in the end, so proud to see her succeed that we may even shed a few tears (sniff). I’m currently reading Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, the second book in the series, and so far Becky still has a knack for getting herself into hilarious sticky situations.

What did you think of the movie and/or book? 

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