ENGAGED AND ENRAGED

Christmas Eve morning, Larry presented Corie a box of Dom Perignon knowing she would immediately want to pop that bubbly and begin the celebration. 

To Corie's surprise, she opened the box to reveal a little box of major engagement ring bling. 

A pretty sweet and chill [ed] proposal for an equally sweet and chill couple. 

Corie is kind, clever, crazy funny and incredibly compassionate. She is also the most laid back person I know. 


In the group text of her new rock, she exclaimed "I'm going to be the biggest Bridezilla ever. And it is going to be awesome".

It is Corie. IT IS.  

I made her this card to go with her new attitude and wrapped up a little Chanel "Vamp" nail polish so that her new nightmare bride nails can always be manicured.

Not only does VAMP go along with my card theme but it reminds me of the time Corie and I were getting our nails done before we boarded our flight to the Bahamas for Meg's wedding. 

 Charissa Thompson, Me and Miss Corie Best
Corie thought dark nails would look great with our gold gowns. She was right, but first cardinal rule of bridesmaidsing, you'd don't go rouge with nail color. 

Meg wasn't answering her phone so we did what any good bridesmaid would do and tracked her down.  The spa paged Meg out of her pre wedding weekend appointment so we could ask her approval. Poor Meg was out of breath and panicked when she answered the call at the landline at Bliss because she was worried it was an emergency.

I mean, it was an emergency.

Of course Meg was completely on board with it and totally appreciated  our tenacity in asking.


The only shot of the nails. And my subtle arm accessories. 

So then yesterday... THIS happened. 
Champagne creativity? Get outta here! BEST. EVER. 

Corie! I am SO excited and honored to be your bridesmaid. Let the Bridal festivities commence!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY MY PETS

Valentine's Day can get a little rocky. Not that I would know from an experience last year or anything.

BUT. 

You Rock My World.  


Happy Valentine's Day, my Pets. 



Fifty Shades of Grey... pet happy heart rocks.


You know what is not cost effective? Mailing ROCKS. I hope they arrive by the Fourth of July. 

I wish you all a rock star Valentine's Day!

My first Valentine and my favorite Tequila Valentine. And last year's too. 

RENTER TILE REMODEL

It's time to talk about Tile.
This was what my kitchen looked like when I moved in to my spacious  abode. 


Because I can see it from pretty much anywhere in the apartment... I felt it needed a little face lift. 

There will be a full [ha] kitchen reveal but for right now we are talkin about back splashes. 


Renters. Remodelistas. Tile Lovers who don't care to learn the ins and outs of grout. I have the coolest and easiest thing on earth for you. 


I am absolutely obsessed with Smart Tiles from the 'Po. It was so easy and fun to use.

It's a great removable tile option for renters. 

Part of me worried I would feel cheap/fake with the fact that I stickered my kitchen but it ended up looking so good and being so easy it doesn't bug me one bit.


And it was so fun!


My Maison Midi Salt and Pepa shakers guarding the great orange Hermes.


This is just a sneak peak/I haven't finished the kitchen yet. Excited to share some more with you!

Bring on the cheap and easy. 

CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR CARDS!

I'm going to tell you something that I poorly attempted to keep a secret for years.

I was a cheerleader in High School.

One of my best friends Brittany Ross also cheered in high school and college and on most scripted shows on TV. And some movies. Not only is she a brilliant comedic actress, Brittany is a friend who makes everything better... sometimes times just by looking at her. And it's not just because of her beautiful face, she is an awesome friend.

Who  happened to ask my advice on New Years Cards.

Cheerleading was the theme and easy was the name of the game.

Cheer Cards

Purchase fold over cards and matching envelopes of the size and color of your choice.


I attempted to make my "C" from scratch but that didn't go well so I bought it at M & J Trimming, ripped off the black backing and replaced it with IVORY felt because heaven forbid I make something that isn't beige.

 I suggested self proclaimed non crafter Brittany purchase these:

Cheerleading Stickers

To utilize the alphabet I would put the recipient's initial on the front. 

Then you can print or WRITE [easy!] in the inside:

CHEERS to the New Year! 

Sign it. Stick it in an envelope and high kick all the way to the mailbox.

Brittany's reaction to the card idea.

ABC
ABC's The Middle

Brittany's final product definitely lifted my spirits when it arrived in my mailbox.  My enthusiasm for snail mail cannot be suppressed.

NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK

Hi Friends.

Happy New Year!

I pulled a Cher Horowitz and did a full blown make over on this blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  If you don't, I will celebrate you for your own individual style and secretly question your sanity. As If!



For some reason I'm not blazing into 2015 with a burst of kick ass. Don't worry, I'm not depressed or a Debbie Downer, quite the opposite. I'm happily inspired, calm [OK KINDA CALM]  and rolling into the new year with an easy, let's see where this goes attitude!

I feel that this year is going to be all about releasing the epic amount of pressure we put on ourselves. Life is a big old roller coaster and we are just along for the ride. Enjoy it. Roller coasters are a lot of fun.

My Instagram: @courteandresen

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If you have any interest in following me on the blog and social media, I would be honored. I'm always amazed anyone other than my mom reads this and thank you so much for stopping by.

I cannot wait to see what 2015 brings for me, for you. I have a feeling it's going to be a fun one.

Here's to a year full of fun crafts, wedding  and DIY home projects!  

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014

This year my wrap was inspired by the Queen of Bling herself: Cartier.


Happy Holidays Everyone! 
Wishing you lots of love and Christmas cheer with family and friends! 

Now I'm off to see what Santa left for me.

XO


Lights Up

I love lighting. I always have. I love dramatic lighting, light fixtures, chandeliers, natural lighting, most importantly... flattering lighting.

One of the first things I do when I move into a new place is swap out all of the outlet and switch plates. It's a cheap and easy way to feel fancy. 


And because sometimes you move into a high end paint job.




That photo makes me laugh.


Exciting Stuff. I'm aware. 

Other than my tiny little tip about improving electrical outlet esthetic, I'd like to share that I'm about to flip the switch on my new blog design, which I'm pretty lit up about. 


I used these from my favorite store! 

It will be the same blog about crap that I make but with a new outfit and stage name! I'm excited about upcoming posts about my new little home and holidays. 

I only wish that NYC was called the city of lights so I could make one more bad light joke... But I am pretty excited about the big blog remodel, new digs and life at the moment.

via pinterest 

Me right now. 
 

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