Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Taking a Happy Pretty Break!

Valentine's Day Cards - available on Etsy
Hello people!  I am suh-lammed with projects - which is a very very good thing.  I'm taking a break from blogging the next few days to focus on my illustration work.  Here's a couple of places where you can find me doodling this week...

(Superbowl Sunday's this weekend, why not send out some fun cheerleader evites designed by Yours truly?)

See you Friday!  xo ~ n

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Monday!

28012_513981631965955_1811215067_n                                                        (picture source: Creative Greed)
                                                Here's to the start of a beautiful week! xo ~ n

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Pretty Links!

Links 4Happy Friday!  Here are some happy pretty links for your chilly January weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sponsor Happy Pretty Things!

Interested in sponsoring Happy Pretty Things for the month of December?  Then let's "tawlk!"  Click here for rates and info or feel free to email me at happyprettythings@gmail.com.  

I look forward to hearing from you!  xo ~ n

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I'm Currently Obsessed...

Il_570xN.247761413...with this ADORABLE French bulldog necklace by Crave!  
I'm practically in love with anything that resembles my Rocco!

....Speaking of...The Crave Jewelry Giveaway is still going on!  Enter today to win your very own lightning bolt necklace!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pizza Brunch

Pizza brunch
Annnd we're back!  Hope everyone was able to enjoy the three day weekend.  My husband and I spent our glorious three days off brunching it up!  At home that is!  New Yorkers take their brunches seriously - way too seriously if you ask me.  It seems over the past few years, a casual brunch has turned into an over hyped event that I want nothing to do with.  When I'm hungover, the last thing I want to do is wait for hours in a packed restaurant and be served an overpriced dish that I can make for myself at home.  And that's exactly what Joe and I decided to do!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Monday!

I_Have_A_Dream_Martin_Luther_King_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_1600-600x450Happy MLK Day!  2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.  Today in our nations' capitol, the very place where Dr. King made his iconic speech, we innaugurate our 1st African-American President for a second time.  
Today lets us all reflect on the works of the Dr. King.  It's amazing to see how far we have come as a nation but we still have a long way to go.  Let us always remember that whether you are a man or a woman, white or black, a christian or a muslim, gay or straight, we are ALL God's children and deserve the right to be equal.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy Pretty Links!

Links 3Happy Friday - hope you all had a great week!
Here are some happy pretty links for your happy pretty weekend...

P.S. The Crave giveaway is still going on!  Enter now to win a FREE lightning bolt necklace!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Pretty Music - January 2013

Sharing my music has been something I've been wanting to do for quite some time.  I love music and I'm obsessed with making playlists.  Ask any of my closest friends and they will tell you that my playlists are like my personal journals.  I love all types of music and will listen to certain types of genres according to my moods.  For example, this past autumn I was feeling indie - so I had a lot of Mumford & Sons and Lumineers in my mix.  This month, I'm feeling Dance/Pop-y.  I think it's mainly because I want to feel motivated while I push through the gloomy weather.  And perhaps this mix will help me stick to my resolutions, to stay in shape and to walk more as oppose to using public transportation.

This is what I've been listening to this month...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crave Jewelry Giveaway!

I'm excited to announce a new giveaway sponsored by Crave Jewelry Design!  Crave offers a wide array of jewelry from edgy, fun and playful pieces to subtle and simple styles.  All items are hand crafted of quality materials, designed to make you smile and feel gorgeous!  Enter today to win this stunning Sterling Silver Lightning Bolt Necklace!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Oreo Macarons

Oreo Macarons 2I'm obsessed with cooking competitions.  My most recent favorite is the Next Great Baker on TLC.  I love Buddy from Cake Boss and his no nonsense attitude with the contestants.  What does this have to do with Oreo Macarons?  Well it's because during Christmas break I was watching one of the episodes where the contestants had to make a dessert using Oreo cookies.  As usual, everyone was crazed, trying to reinvent the wheel - in this case, the Oreo - but I was amazed how no one thought to make a macaron!
That was all the inspiration I needed to run to my grocery store and pick up a pack of Oreos.  As discussed in previous posts, making macarons is hard - but they become easier with practice.  Once you get the gist of it, you can turn almost anything into a macaron!  (Hmmm...I've wonder if anyone has ever tried to make a bacon flavored macaron?...)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Monday!

1493717_4746554_lz(art print by Jenny Highsmith)
Happy Monday!  Wishing you all a very happy and wonderful week! xo ~ n

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Pretty Links!

Links 2Happy Friday!  As always, here are some happy pretty links to get your weekend going! 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Pretty Things is moving to Blogger!

Hello my wonderful readers!  Today I'm sharing exciting news...
Why you ask?  It's because I'm lonely - I want to connect more with fun readers like yourself!  As much as I've enjoyed using Typepad, I still feel a disconnect (a Google Friend Disconnect) and I believe that being a part of the Blogger community will help bridge that gap. 
So what does that mean?
Starting February 1st, my domain name www.happyprettylittlethings.com will forward to www.happyprettylittlethings.blogspot.com
As of February 1st www.happyprettythings.typepad.com will no longer exist!
Starting today, every post I write here will also be here - so you can start reading HPT on Bloggerright now!
Please be sure to update your subscription feeds, your bloglovin', and however else you read Happy Pretty Things. (FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus, and Pinterest will still remain the same.)
Thanks so much for your continued support - now let's move the party over to Blogger!
xo ~ n


Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I'm Currently Obsessed...

...with Next Issue.  This is by far my favorite app on my iPad!  If you're obsessed with Magazines as much as I am then you'll LOVE this new app.  It's basically Netflix for magazines.  For as little as $9.99 a month ($14.99 if you want weekly magazines) you can read any magazine!  Anymagazine - such as Vogue, People, Elle, Food & Wine - you name it!  
I'm finding myself reading magazines I've never thought I would even like!  You know how women read 50 shades of grey on their iPad or Nook so people can't see that they're reading? - that's how I am with these magazines.  I'm reading issues I wouldn't be caught dead reading on the subway platform, like Good Housekeeping (which is actually good magazine - who knew!)  
And if you like to collect recipes (like me!) all you have to do is take a snapshot of the screen (press the power button and the select button at the same time) and voila!  I have an Evernote notebook dedicated to all the fashion and food finds I've collected from this app.  Evernote...that's another app I'm obsessed with - I'll save that excitement for another time...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Kitchen Sink Smoothie

Here's a healthy way to start the new year - make a smoothie!  
Ever since I got my immersion blender, I have been obsessed with making smoothies.  I call this concoction the Kitchen Sink Smoothie because I practially add every fresh produce I could find in my fridge.  You have to have a healthy breakfast in the morning - it's so important - but sometimes I just don't have the time to eat.  When I'm really busy, the idea of sitting down to chew something drives me insane - especially when I just need to jump into a creative project. So I serve myself a liquid breakfast instead!
It's a great way to get all of your healthy essentials out of the way.  Chomping away at salad makes me feel like a miserable rabbit.  When I drink this smoothie, I don't feel so guilty if I forget to eat my greens later on in the day.  Plus this drink is the PERFECT CURE FOR A HANGOVER!  That's because I've added coconut water and other key ingredients to help you recover after a long night of partying.
Check out my recipe for Kitchen Sink Smoothie below.  If you have a similar concotion - please share, I'm always opened to new and different ways to get me going in the morning!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!  Here's to a wonderful work week - never lose your passion! xo ~ n

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I'm moving to Blogger!

Hi Friends!  Welcome to Happy Pretty Things!

You may notice that there's nothing really happy nor pretty on this site - yet!  That's because I'm in the process of moving my blog from Typepad to Blogger.  Why you ask?  It's because I wanna connect with fun readers like yourself!

In the meantime, please feel free to check out my latest blog posts here.

You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks so much for stopping by - I can't wait to officially become a part of the GFC family!

xo ~ n

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Pretty Links

Happy 1st Friday of the new year! Hope the first week of 2013 was very good to you.
Here are some happy pretty links to kick off our first January weekend!
  • So pretty!  Birthstone Swarovski crystal earrings by DLaPaix
  • Can't wait to try this DIY Newspaper manicure!
  • Must have - this triangle apron spotted on Spark Living
  • Yummy white winter cupcakes by Tutti Dolci
  • Hilarious New Year's Sketch by John Roberts of Bob's Burgers. This is every woman in my family - I can't stop watching!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I'm Currently Obsessed...

...with the new Rifle Paper Co. Calendar and Journals that I got for Christmas!  Thanks, sis!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My 2013 Bucket List

Hope everyone is having a happy new year so far.  Boy am I happy to see 2012 go - good riddance!  I always do better in odd number years and since it's 2013, I have a feeling that I will have a very lucky year!
I'm not a big fan of resolutions.  Resolutions put too much pressure on myself to be the kind of person that I'm not.  And around February, when I've broken most of my resolutions, I feel like a complete loser.  Why set yourself up for failure?  I think this is why I love bucket lists.  They encourage you to live in the moment and to help manifest what it is your really want out of your life.  Here are some of the things I would like to accomplish in 2013....

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2013!  xo ~ n