February 2010

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it’s friday! hip hip hooray! it’s also one of my best friend’s birthdays – kendall j. beller! happy birthday benny! i hope you have a great day!! today’s links are all about birds!! they have become such a fun element of design! tweet tweet!

shout out to my mom today who designed this adorable coffee sleeve for kendall’s “bird” themed bridal shower. it is so precious!! great job momma t!

absolutely stunning bird cake {via inspired by this}

love love love this “flights of fancy par avion” fabric {via etsy shop – bitty blossoms}

decorate your house with these antique birds {via pottery barn}

cute table decoration for shower, wedding or party {via things are better with a parrott}

please welcome a new guest blogger to m.pressed – Ashley Nelson – as she talks about what to look forward to for spring!

Gearing up for spring!

On Sunday I had my first glimpse at spring in NYC, it cannot come soon enough in my opinion. It was simply wonderful to NOT have to wear my massive black puffy coat that has become my standard uniform these days because it’s warm and protects  me from the snow which we’ve suffered through for the past few months. Sunday was glorious, I pulled out the shorts and a blazer for my standing brunch date with my lovely girls at none other than Café Mogador. I layered the shorts on top of black opaque tights, over the knee riding boots, a grey t, black blazer and a very chunky antique necklace all topped with sunglasses and a perfect day. As we all look (eagerly!) to spring I thought this would be a great time to get our minds looking forward to what WILL BE replacing those puffy down coats, snow boots and dreary “stay inside all day” kind of days all too soon! I hope you enjoy the links below as much as I do, it’s what gets me through each bitterly cold snow filled day.

Spring, spring, spring …

I am looking forward to spring more than anything because my friend’s weddings are getting me to TX and OK! I love wedding season! (via flickr)

I love this Ultra Chic (yet adorable) Bicycles! To bicycle around the village in (via Habitually Chic)

There is nothing better than springs first Floral prints, lace and NO tights! Day (via Cupcakes & Cashmere)

Shorts, sun and the beach– I think that sums up everything that makes me happy! (via Dress Design Décor)

 Central park is one of my favorites thus picnics and park days are crucial (via destined to design)

Fresh flowers from the Farmers Market are the best, nothing compares.  (via coco+kelley)

Ahh, and last but not least, putting a little down payment on that essential cozy summer rental! (via pink-to-green)

i designed these for my good friend ashley who is hosting a bachelorette party in san fran. it was fun incorporating the skyline in the design as well as all their weekend events! sounds like a great trip girls!

oh how i miss spring break; the smell of banana boat, the pina coladas and laying out for 6 days in a row. i miss boarding the plane to mexico and getting a free tecate. i miss driving to esperanza in our own personal escalade while we sipped on cervezas. most of all i miss the girl bonding on the trips and being able to go on vacation for a week and having nothing to do. oh spring break, i do miss you…oh mexico…

{super cute bathing suit via anthropologie . love this umbrella and outdoor setting via pottery barn . wear this nautical rope headband via anthropologie . how fun are these pom pom sandals via tory burch . loving these aviator sunglasses by oliver peoples via nieman marcus . most amazing resort in cabo san lucas – esperanza resort . wear this coral reef star pendant with your bathing suit via kate spade . perfect pink lipstick via mac . decorate table tops with these shell vase fillers via pottery barn}

happy friday y’all!! hope each and everyone one of you is relaxing or doing something fun this weekend! i’ll be going skiing at mary jane on saturday and hopefully getting some work done on sunday! oh, and of course, watching the olympics! go team USA!

{amazing frozen yogurt by cefiore . super cute diy flower workstation via 100 layer cake . i need this 4 petal sweater via anthropologie . why are vintage hot air balloons so inspiring? . love this modern stapler via see jane work . gorgeous wedding dress by amsale}

Please welcome a new guest blogger to m.pressed – Ashley Armstrong!

Life’s Short:: Find what makes you happy and do it with ALL your might!” – Rev Run

Many of you have heard of or may even be part of the wonderful world that is Twitter.  If so, I encourage you to follow the great Rev Run (@revrunwisdom). His words are the inspiration in most of this blog.

I start my first guest blog (and first ever blog actually) with a quote about seeking happiness.  I am a recently single, 26 year old woman. To most, this may seem normal if not ideal; however I live in Oklahoma and the majority of my closest friends are married, engaged, have kids or one on the way.  Though I’m beyond happy for all of them and will continue to celebrate each, it’s not hard to feel like you’re behind or missing something.  I choose to think of it how it is; I’m not ready for those things yet and that’s ok.

So what is a young single woman supposed to do to make the most of this time before the next big chapter?  I’m traveling through that now and here are a couple things I’ve come up with…

Do things for passion not position.”-RevRun

Go after the job that makes you HAPPY not necessarily what your parents or society has told you you need to be! After all, most of the time you spend awake; you spend at your job. I sought after and landed the job of my dreams working for an NBA basketball team in my hometown…building relationships with people in order to make their life happier. My job is to make people smile and I get paid for it! (…while watching the OKC Thunder morph into a real NBA contender- SO exciting! No one thought we could do it!… Sorry, I’m just really proud!)  Finally holding a job I thoroughly enjoy has built my confidence in myself knowing I did it on my own without help from anyone else.


Sometimes you have to stand alone just to prove you can still stand.”-RevRun

Buy a house!  Do something big on your own that proves you don’t need anyone to rely on. Picking out the place you want, decorating and even paying the mortgage is hugely uplifting and fulfilling.  One of the first things I wanted to do after moving into my first place was change the horribly outdated kitchen.  I sifted through many the “home improvement/decor” magazines and came across a picture of a LAUNDRY ROOM that I was drawn to. I spent an entire day drilling and installing my own kitchen cabinet knobs.  With a “man’s” drill in my hand, personally transforming my kitchen was a huge reminder that I’m ok on my own.


“It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I’m alive!” – Bon Jovi

Be spontaneous and have some fun… like taking an impromptu trip to New York City (which is where I’m headed in 7 short hours)!  This is the one time in your life that you don’t have to ask permission or fit into anyone else’s schedule. Go out, treat yourself and make some memories!


Although I can’t wait to find the man that I’m meant to spend my life with…that time will come. That DOESN’T mean I have to wait to “find what makes me happy and do it with all my might”!  So that’s what I’m doing…

And finally I leave you with this arbitrary addition to make you smile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rsEnwKrsvc) cutest Super Bowl commercial.

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