Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Pretty Links

Today is Good Friday which means Easter is right around the corner!  Before I head out to celebrate the holy holidays with family and friends, I leave you with some happy pretty links that I hope inspire you.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...



AND THE WINNER OF THE SOULFUL-LEE YOURS GIVEAWAY IS...

***JOY SANDIFER***

CONGRATULATIONS!

HAVE A HAPPY EASTER! xo ~ n



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spotted & Hearted

Right now, I'm looking to spruce my place up for the spring.  Here are some lovely home items on Etsy I spotted and hearted... 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chatting with...Misty Chappelle of Soulful-Lee Yours


Today I'm chatting with Misty Chappelle, jewelry designer of Soulful-Lee Yours.  Misty creates trendy, eclectic handcrafted jewelry from semi-precious stones, sliver, glass beads and crystals. (One of Misty's creations can be yours too if you enter our Soulful-Lee Yours giveaway!)  In addition to running a shop on Etsy, she is also a wife and mother of 4 and runs an in-home daycare.  Talk about a woman who is doing it all!  Let's learn more about Misty and her soulful collection of jewelry below...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Soulful-Lee Yours Giveaway!


Today I'm excited to announce an amazing giveaway by Soulful-Lee Yours!  Soulful-Lee Yours creates trendy, eclectic handcrafted jewelry in semi-precious stones, sliver, glass beads and crystals.  My favorite item is the wire-wrapped statement necklace - which can be yours for free if you enter the giveaway today!

Happy Monday!

(Print by PrintBasement)

Happy Monday! Here's to a great week - now go out and get it! xo ~ n

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy Pretty Links

Happy First Friday of Spring!  If you haven't guessed - I'm in a yellow mood today.  Before I get a jumpstart run on my weekend, I leave you with these happy pretty links to brighten your day!
  1. So cool!  Wire Ear cuffs by SOMETHiNGMONUMENTAL
  2. Do I really need a Disco Giraffe hanging in my living room?  Yes.  Yes I absolutely do. DIY by Aunt Peaches
  3. I love the patterns on this Screen Printed Tote Bag by Slide Sideways
  4. I ordered polka dot jeans from Forever21 - they look terrible.  So I can't wait to exchange them for this High-Low Chiffon Top instead!
  5. Let's Go Anywhere - print by Jump Off The Page 
  6. This DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Mousepad is Lovely Indeed if I don't say so myself!
AND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops

Lately, I've been working really hard to be healthy and stay in shape. However I find it to be challenging since I possess an extremely intense sweet tooth.  My days start off ok but by the time it's 2pm, my blood sugar drops and the Sugar Zombie takes over.  Luckily, these banana pops have comes to my aid in combatting these cravings.  They are really quick and easy to make and leave you feeling satisfied.  Just like a snicker - only it's actually good for you!

I'm Currently Obsessed...

...with wearing white nail polish!  I spotted a model rocking white nails in the issue of Essence and I was like "OMFG! I'm doing this now!"  It's hard keeping up with all the crazy nail trends but this one is so easy to pull off.  In my opinion, low-maintenance never goes out of style!  What I love the most is that white is a color that can go with anything!  So it's perfect for spring!  What color is on your nails today?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crave Jewelry Design Sale

Exciting news! Crave Jewelry Design is hosting a sale exclusively for HPT readers!  

Enter promo code:
happypretty15
and get 15% off your order!  

(Offer expires 3/23.  Minimum of $10.  Not valid on custom orders.)

Happy Monday!

(Print by Kensie Kate)

Here's to a beautiful week!
xo ~ n

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Pretty Links

Top of the morning and hello Friday!  Before I kick off my [green] weekend, I leave you with some happy pretty links that I hope inspire you...
  1. I love anything that Leah Goren creates, like this floral tie-front tank - the colors make me so happy!
  2. Broccoli is very good for you...to wear at least.  Check out these adorable broccoli earrings designed by  Petit Plat
  3. These floral flats by Madewell are perfect for spring - and they're on sale!!
  4. I'm loving the patterns on this green table runner designed by Keri of Too Cute Custom Crafts
  5. Delicious green smoothie ice cream by Inspired Edibles - who knew that eating healthy could be so sinfully good?  
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

AND ON A SOMBER NOTE...

Google plans to pull the plug on Google Reader in July.  To help ease the pain while you grieve the lost of a best {blog} friend, here are five worthy alternatives for you to check out.

...And don't forget! You can also follow Happy Pretty Things on  bloglovin'twitter,  facebookpinterest & instagram

HAVE A HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEEKEND! xo ~ n


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Brunch at Eatery

The weekend brunch scene in New York is out. of. control.  It's more than just a scene - it's an event.  No matter how hard you try, you can't avoid it - so I just say embrace it!  One of my favorite places to frequent is Eatery located in the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, just steps away from crazypeopleland Times Square.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spotted & Hearted

Today I'm showing some Etsy love - in the shade of grey! Here are couple of choice items this week that I spotted and hearted...

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Monday, March 11, 2013

My Life in Instagram

As winter [happily] draws itself to a close, I thought it was time to finally download the old pictures lingering on my iphone and run them through the good 'ole instagram...

Field trip time!  Joe and I at the Museum of Natural History

Looking at my anthropologie "N" mug gets me so inspired in the morning.  On the other hand, looking at Rocco's face bums me out.  This is his, "you never take me to the park anymore" face - soon, buddy! We'll be back there soon!

Throwing some "shade" with my dear friend Justin at Eatery (more on that later in the week!) And here's Joe modeling his "J.J. Abrams" frames at the Chelsea Market's Artists and Fleas.

The book club that reads together also know how to play together too!  Here I am at a Oscar party hosted by my book club friend Pamela (third one in.)  She gets special props because she introduced me to my new winter obsession: The Bachelor.  I'm in love with Sean! There I said it! I've even made Joe watch it - once.  You can see from the photo above that Rocco was more intrigued...

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Happy Monday!


Here's to a great week! 
xo ~ n

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Pretty Links

We made it to another beautiful Friday!  Before I start to enjoy my weekend, here are a couple of links to some happy pretty things that I hope inspire you.

1. Adorable! Chalkboard Planters spotted on West Elm.
2. I need this - Geometric 3D Ring designed by Butterscotch of Brooklyn.
3. So cute! Holepunch Flats by Madewell.
4. I need this to match my ring! Geometric V-Neck Tee also by Madewell.
5. And this would match the planters!  DIY Chalkboard Calendar spotted on Craft Tuts+.
6. I'm also in love with these Paper Mache Bowls DIY'd by The Pink Doormat.
7. I know that this recipe will be love at first bite - Roasted Banana Cake spotted on The Fauxmartha.

...AND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...



HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I'm currently obsessed with...David's Tea & MATCHA!

David's Tea is my new favorite tea spot in the neighborhood.  I mean, look at the place - the interior practically screams Happy Pretty Things!  There are only a few locations in the U.S. and I feel very lucky to have one in walking distance. They have these huge canisters of loose tea leaves that anyone is more than welcome to sniff for themselves.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Creamy Orecchiette with Mushrooms and Peas

My husband and I love pasta.  This is a no brainer.  We're New Yorkers.  We're Italian. (I'm half, he's full.)  In our home, pasta is our number one comfort food.  This recipe is one of our favorites - it's derived from a Giada recipe that has evolved overtime by switching out rigatonis for orecchiette and adding peas.  I love peas!  My grandma would add peas to our pasta plates so adding peas is my special tribute to her.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New in the Etsy Shop

Spring Cards is here!  Check out the new items I added to my Etsy Shop!

Music Monday: March 2013 Playlist

It's Monday and you're tired.  So how about some new music to kick off your week?  January's theme was dedicated to workout/dance music, February was Robyn Appreciation Month...so I guess the theme for March is indie/electronic/dubstep?  I just noticed that Dubstep is a theme that occurs a couple of times in this month's mix.  Don't be scared - Dub step can be your friend!  And not all the songs have that bassy "BWAAAMB! BWAAAMB! BWAAAMB!" I also added some fun pop and hip-hop to the list...

Happy Monday!


Happy Monday!  Here's to a great week - stay positive! xo ~ n

Friday, March 1, 2013

New Month New Blog!


I gave my blog a Happy Pretty Makeover!  I'm excited to share the new blog design with you all - mainly because it took hours to complete.  I'm exhausted! I am definitely an artist first, graphic designer second.  All the code I had to teach myself - it's like learning a language!  

Hats go off to the people who professionally design blogs and websites on a daily basis.  You guys are awesome - I don't know how you do it...right now my brain is 2dkv;jaKH(*alsidjfdp1y8p93ey1jgnzq0!!!

Happy Pretty Links

Happy First Friday of March!  I'm over winter - I need some spring color in my life.  Here are some links keep me inspired - I hope they inspire you too...

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n