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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
|(Image courtesy of Apartment Therapy)|
With the help of the glamorous Tupperware recycling bin taking residence in the middle of our kitchen, we feel as though we do our part to keep our cities' shit in order. We'll even pick up the occasional Colt 45 can that finds it's way onto our sidewalk. But this Apartment Therapy tutorial takes conserving to a whole new level. For about $5 and an old light bulb, you can craft yourself an adorable bud vase. Recycled malt liquor containers could work too but they won't look nearly as fabulous.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
|(Image courtesy of Anthropologie)|
It may be our inner Jill Zarin speaking, but we can't help but want to flaunt this breezy Anthropologie caftan, chilled Prosecco, and a tan. Preferably in Curaçao, but we'll settle for Rehoboth.
|Pottery Barn $499|
|American Furniture Warehouse $199|
(Images courtesy of Copy Cat Chic)
Our affinity for luxury combined with our need for a bargain can make shopping a harrowing ordeal. We've shared our splurge vs. steal accessory skills before, but have never had the same luck when it comes to furnishing our homes. Lucky for us, we have just discovered Copy Cat Chic, and could not be more excited. Like-minded blogger, Reichel Broussard takes bank breaking home goods and unearths their wallet friendly doppelgangers. How brilliant is that? Whether you're craving Pottery Barn or Eames, you are sure to find a stunningly affordable option on her site.
Monday, March 28, 2011
You can stop daydreaming about the day you'll be rich enough to afford a blue koi vase because, friends, that day is here. While we were in Manhattan this weekend we saw this vase and thought of you! We're sweethearts, so naturally we bought it, and it can be yours free of charge, no strings attached*.
*There are totally strings attached. You have to follow us and write a comment below to be eligible for this fine decorative piece. We'll pick a winner at random tomorrow at noon.
Despite a lackluster response, we have declared a winner. Congratulations to Lauren Maxwell for not only winning the prized fish vase, but also for being one of two unsolicited commentors!
We headed up to New York this weekend to say hi to some friends and to remember what it feels like to get drunk somewhere other than Brewer's Art. We kicked it at the Brooklyn Flea Market, drank tequilla-Corona drinks at Blockheads, ended up with a massive bruise after ordering pizza too excitedly, and spent a while trying to figure out why our friend's roof was covered in a sea of pigeon cages.
All in all, a good time. Please enjoy the pictures below. Hipstamatic is being an asshole, so you'll have to excuse the blur and pretend like they're all just super artsy.
|You're not fooling anyone.|
|Drinking a nooner.|
|Whit's secret life as a pigeon trainer.|
|Watch out, guys.|
Posted by ACharmedCity at 9:53 AM
Friday, March 25, 2011
In an effort to salvage some almost funky bananas, we decided to try our hand at banana bread for the first time. Plus, a hungry boyfriend offered to tackle cleaning our meth lab-esque kitchen if we let him take the whole batch to work. Baking and leaving the (pre-existing) mess for someone else? Ummm, ok. We used all ingredients that we already had on hand, making this an incredibly cost-efficient treat. While we weren't privy to tasting any of the final product, the house smelled divine, and the feedback was fabulous.
Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
Recipe after the jump
Thursday, March 24, 2011
|(All images courtesy of ideeli.com)|
Despite the forecast for snow this weekend, we're pretending like spring has sprung, and so is our inbox. Ideeli sent over a sale on warm weather looks and after a wary glance to the cold drizzle outside the window, we plugged in our credit card numbers and defiantly started clicking.
Above are some of the looks we snagged. If you aren't a member of Ideeli (and seriously, you should be) click this link and sign up.
Posted by ACharmedCity at 2:33 PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
|(Image courtesy of Epicurious)|
With the fabulous Baltimore Farmer's Market mere weeks from gracing us with it's presence, we are making a pact amongst ourselves to utilize it more so than ever. In addition to our weekly South Mountain Creamery and Desert Cafe fix, we plan on stocking up on as much fresh produce as humanly possible.
As it stands, we probably earn a B- (D on weekends) for our vegetable consumption. Nothing to scoff at, but in typical lady-like fashion, we want more, more, more. How convenient that we just found this nifty visual guide to cooking greens over at Epicurious. With pictures, descriptions, and links to recipes for 10 dark leafy green varieties, we can finally do more than ''just toss it with garlic and olive oil'' with our organic finds.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
|(All images courtesy of Postertext)|
We just stumbled across these incredible Postertext prints and are insanely smitten. Pivotal scenes from classic literature are created using the actual text from the book. How awesome is that? We will most certainly be the proud owner of one of these prints just as soon as we can commit to a favorite.
Posted by ACharmedCity at 3:52 PM
Monday, March 21, 2011
|(We were enjoying our champagne and chocolate comas way too much to take pictures. Forgive us?)|
To kick off what was sure to be a most excellent (and amnestic) weekend, we rolled out of bed way earlier than usual for a Saturday and whipped up a batch of homemade Pop Tarts. Our filling of choice was a combination of Nutella and orange marmalade, but the possibilities are endless. These take about 10 minutes to construct, taste great, and make Brunch guests think that you're a fancy, culinary genius.
Nutella and Orange Pop Tarts
Recipe after the jump
Exciting news! Our lovely friend and fellow blogger Maxine (her name is Lauren, but due to some overlapping nomenclature she's Maxine to us) and her boyfriend John got engaged over the weekend! We're so happy for them and are sending lots of hugs and love to the happy couple in Cleveland.
Do yourself a favor and follow her blog as she plans the wedding... though they live in Ohio now, John and Maxine are both from the South and we're expecting a lot of southern influence (and even more Anthropologie) in their design for the big day. And we're also expecting-of course- that Maxine will make a stunning bride.
Posted by ACharmedCity at 10:02 AM
What a fabulously Baltimore weekend. We started it off eating Chipotle and watching Diner on Friday, sailed to Fort Carroll (aka Rat Island) on Saturday, headed over to Clipper Mill for the Gutierrez Memorial Lighting, had an impromptu dance party at Shine Creative, continued dancing in Mt Vernon until (yikes) the law had to shut it down at 6am and then spent Sunday recovering at Regis and watching My One and Only (the opening scenes of which were shot in our building!)
Here are some pictures from our weekend. And after work go get a cocktail at Woodberry to check out the new fire pit, for real. Or head to Gutierrez for First Fridays for fire side chats and lots of dancing.
|A sail and bridge|
|A heterosexual love story|
|A fall from grace|
|A fortress of curiosity|
|A break from dancing|
|A fitting memorial|
Posted by ACharmedCity at 9:24 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
You'll have to excuse this picture for a few reasons. First of all, it features underage girls in various stages of undress. If this gets us in trouble with Chris Hansen, please set up a charmed city paypal account for our bail.(Actually, just set one up for us regardless.) Second of all, despite the alleged photographic powers of the iphone 4, this picture is grainy. Because Mr. Jobs is under the weather we'll let it go and blame it on the writhing pre-teens, but just this once.
Unless you're a fan of Gossip Girl or really angry chick rock, this post probably hasn't made much sense. Last night we spent thirteen American dollars to see The Pretty Reckless at the Otto Bar, and it was weird. Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless' angsty front woman (girl? girl.), and star of the WB's Gossip Girl was exactly how we expected her to be; she's really mad, and she's going to not eat and bleach her hair until we all know it. Her dress looked edible, her avuncular band could have all used a shower and more age-appropriate group leader, and the crowd was a mixed bag . We were expecting teens and moms out for a spring break jaunt on the town, but instead the fans were middle-aged lesbians, local hipsters and young gays screaming the words over the PA.
Though we never did get down to the bottom of what makes Little J so angry, we did get cowboy boot hand stamps, Natty Boh on tap and stumbled across this sweet treat outside of the club:
Ahhh, youth. And before you get all up in our grill for taking a picture, please note that she was very rude, puked in front of the exit and refused our help.
Posted by ACharmedCity at 4:11 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Faced with the curious idea that an orange peel can taste delicious, we invested about two hours and nine dollars into proving that the bitter, tough, pockmarked orange peel could never be palatable. It took about three seconds to realize we were wrong. Who knew simmering something in sugar and then dipping it in chocolate could make it taste fantastic?
You win again, common sense.
Recipe after the jump.
Posted by ACharmedCity at 12:51 PM