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Daydreaming of a Bedroom Makeover

27 Jun

If I had the funds to give my bedroom a makeover (which it desperately needs), here are a few items I’m dying to get my hands on. I also love the idea of a circle bed canopy with mix-matched curtains, but I’ve yet to find something I think would go with all this. One day, one day.

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Simply Stunning

12 Jun

Blake Lively… a true American Beauty and ingenious style icon. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the slightest bit jealous. I mean c’mon, who wouldn’t be?

I’m very eager to watch her career roll-out over the next couple years; she is just getting started. Here are a few photos from her July 2011 Glamour cover shoot. Simply stunning.

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Wine Recommendation: Salviano Orvieto

10 Jun

For those looking to try a new wine I highly recommend Salviano Orvieto. We celebrated my boyfriend’s 23rd birthday at the Meridian Restaurant & Bar and the waitress recommended this bottle with our meal- it was incredible. “Produced from hillside vineyards, rich in red clay and tufa limestone, this Orvieto is made by the family that owns Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame. This crisp, aromatic, clean dry white is the perfect aperitif or to serve with seafood and light chicken dishes.”

Enjoy and please share any wines you recommend. I am always looking for something new!

First Taste of New Orleans

6 May

Shrimp n' grits at Lüke

Last week I headed out down to New Orleans with my boyfriend and one of our friends to hit up the Jazz & Heritage Festival and explore the deep South. This was my first trip to New Orleans and I was pleasantly surprised with just about everything. From the food, to the music on every street corner, to the southern hospitality- I was loving every bit. We went to the Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday and got to see one of my favorite bands right now, Mumford & Sons, along with the Avett Brothers. Both bands killed it and the entire festival was phenomenal. We ending up meeting some great people from all over the country, tried some tasty food including crawfish and alligator pie, and jammed out to some incredible tunes.

Highlights of the trip included the Jazz & Heritage Festival, John Besh’s Restaurant August, John Besh’s Lüke Restaurant (best bloody mary and shrimp n’ grits EVER), Cafe DU Monde, wandering around Jackson Square, Frenchmen’s St. and the gorgeous houses in the Garden District. There were lots of cute shops around the city too! Here are a few pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

A Business Approach to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and Living Well

15 Apr

I’d like to start off by saying how lucky, and thankful I am to work in an environment with such an extraordinary and innovative group of individuals. Each person brings something unique to the table, allowing for us to continually learn from each other and our diversified, yet collective interests.  Now to the point… I think it’s safe to say the most IT guys stick to computers and other nerdy, tech things 🙂 Well, at Young & Laramore we are proud to not only call our IT guy, our IT guy, but also our new appointed CeVO, Chief Environmental Office. Aaron Kohn has big plans for how we, as a company, can reduce our carbon footprint, and live well. He kicked off the week with a stellar presentation of all the little and big, ec0-friendly changes happening around the office. I hope that you each will take something away from this and eventually share this with bosses, co-workers, friends and family.

Here are just a few things we’re doing at Y&L to help make our community and work environment a better place:

  • BIKES: Our agency supplies 4 bikes that employees can ride around throughout the day. Whether you are off to lunch, a client meeting or just want to get some fresh air, the bikes are available for anyone to use at anytime. Tuesday I spent my lunch hour biking down the Cultural Trail to the canal; it was perfect. Aaron has also added some bike racks outside, as he hopes to have 50% of the agency biking or walking to work by mid-summer. Lofty goal, but totally possible.
  • FUN FACT: Over the past year, Y&L has done over 5 tons of recycling, everything from paper, cardboard, metal, plastic and even electronics. Are you giving your employees places to recycle? Are you encouraging it?
  • NEW INITIATIVE: Trash cans will be removed from individual desks and be replaced with blue recycling bins, encouraging people to think twice before throwing stuff away. This is part of a goal to reduce our unrecyclable waste to less than 10% of our total waste, and maybe even reach 7 tons of recycling this next year.
  • COMPOST & GARDENS: We are adding a compost bin in the kitchen. Why? Because we are planting a community garden to eventually provide free, healthy, organic vegetables for all. Right now we have four raised beds filled with a mushroom compost mix, but we hope to try and high yield vegetables such as tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, beans and herbs in the coming year.
  • CONSUMPTION: We are also working to reduce consumption, and have signed up for an online portal that tracks our consumption, utility rates and plots its against local weather data. More to come on specific goals in this area, but you catch my drift.

Is your business on board? What other fun things would you add to the list to help reduce your company’s carbon footprint?

Kick off presentation (awesome display by Aaron)

Are you ready for a change?

3 Jan

Resolutions. Many of us are full of ideas on how we’d like to improve or what we’d like to change. However, many of us lose sight of these resolutions after the novelty of the New Year wears off. But guess what? It happens, and it’s okay.

As you all begin to think about your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to read this post from Brass Tack Thinking by Amber Naslund. The Brass Tacks of Resolutions aims to help us understand the concept of change while keeping in mind motivation and dedication.

Find ways to keep your goals a top priority and who knows, maybe you will be ready to take on even more challenges come 2012. It’s simple…

“You can do this. Today and every day. If you want it badly enough.”

Cheers!


HP’s New Commercial

22 Oct

The new HP ePrint “Happy Baby” Commercial is precious. Take a look.

The tune is catchy and the lyrics are spot-on for the theme of the commercial.

Features Melanie Safka’s, I’ve Got A Brand New Pair Of Roller Skates

I’ve got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You’ve got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and
Try them on to see
I been lookin’ around awhile
You got something for me
Oh, I got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You got a brand new key