Shoestring Blissful

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of designing the logo for Shoestring Blissful, my friend Leeland’s new business venture.  Through Shoestring Blissful, Leeland offers affordable, stylish wedding inspiration for New York weddings.

I love to spend smart, save always, and splurge when necessary. Shoestring Blissful is blog and website devoted to beautiful, budget-happy weddings in New York City.

-Leeland Allen, Shoestring Blissful

This lady knows what she’s talking about.  Her wedding a year ago was the best wedding I’ve ever been to (mine included).  I pitched in a bit with her programs and menus, and it was a gorgeous, casually elegant, thumping great time.  Listen to Leeland.  Even if you’re not getting married in NYC, she will inspire you to create a wedding that is absolutely Shoestring Blissful.

Visit the website:

Swoon over photos on Instagram. @shoestringblissful

Follow on Twitter. @shoestringbliss

Get inspired on Pinterest. @shoestringbliss

Online Spectacles

Not to brag, (OK, maybe just a little) but I tend to get a lot of compliments on my glasses.  This leads into the inevitable “where’d you get those” question and my overly-thorough 20-minute presentation on the how, where, and why of buying eyeglasses online.

The last time I was giving this eyewear dissertation, I said, “I really should write a blog post about this”, thinking that it would be helpful so I can stop overwhelming the listener with facts and tips, and it would give me a place to leave the links to the websites I recommend.  So here we are.  Let me start by giving you some tips and bits of information you’ll need before ordering, then I’ll give you some of my favorite online spec sites.

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This Wild Idea

Are you on Instagram?  You should be.  Go check it out, download it on your phone, then come back here for this username that you’re going to want to follow: @thiswildidea

I have become obsessed with this guy and his dog, Maddie.  They’re traveling the country, meeting new people, recording stories, and best of all (for me) taking photos of Maddie in strange places and positions.  She’s been balanced on a bike, laying atop a wall mounted TV, or tip-toe on top of the golden arches. This week she was on a pool float, enjoying Las Vegas.  You should hear the debates in my household over some of these pictures and whether or not they’re Photoshopped.  (THEY ARE NOT.)

The photos of Maddie are great on their own, but when you read the story of her owner, Theron Humphrey, and the “wild idea” that he’s working on, it’s just amazing.  I used to love Steve Hartman’s “Everybody Has a Story” and I listen to every one of NPRs Storycorps broadcasts.  This project has the heartwarming goodness of both of this programs, AND a dog.  Check it out at

And don’t worry, if you’re not on Instagram, you still can enjoy Maddie’s photos at her website

Get Lucky

Are you a loyal follower of Thursday Night Smackdown? You really should be. Not only is Michelle hilarious and fun to read, but her blog will make you cook better, covet expensive kitchen crap, and, as evidenced by yours truly, it will make you lucky.

I won (again)! TNS was celebrating its fourth anniversary and Michelle offered a cookbook giveaway to her readers. Lo and behold, last night I see on Twitter that the winners were announced and I am one of them!  Woo-hoo!.

Now you may remember that I won another giveaway from TNS a couple of years ago, a gorgeous set of prints, and now check me out: winning again.

So now the hard part, choosing a cookbook.  Here’s the list I have to choose from:  I’m leaning toward Curry Cuisine since it’s been on my wishlist for two years or so and no one will buy it for me.  But then again there’s The Perfect Scoop, which I’ve always coveted, but I would really like a book of ethnic recipes, like The New Book of Middle Eastern Food… Oh I don’t know. This is a tough one.  Any opinions?  Which book should I choose?

And thanks again to Michelle at TNS, you’re the best. Happy blog birthday,  I can’t wait to visit Sweet Biscuit Barbecue in 2017!

I didn’t know Urban Dictionary knew me so well.

The other day on Facebook I saw another one of those “go here, do this and post it as your status” things. Generally I ignore them, but I was bored so I followed along.  The instructions were to go to and type your first name in the search box, then copy the first returned definition and paste it into your status.

I went, I searched, I received:

“One of the most popular names for a newborn girl in 1970. Most Lisas are hot.”

Nice. I do like where that one is going, but as I went further down the page, they got even better.

“An intelligent and sexy female with LUSCIOUS physical features. Usually attracts weird guys named David who do absolutely NOTHING for her, but she still remains independent.”

LUSCIOUS, huh?  That’s new.  And I’ve never even been hit on by anyone named David.  Weird.

“A freakin AMAZING chica…anything but unattractive. Hell she is totally far from that. Can we say delelctible….Loves Chinese food and tattoos. Loves moths doing there own kamakaze suicide attempts into flames. Usually a very good speller. And loves her little, should be, foreign car. And is always ready for a fun time.”

(I corrected some of the spelling errors because, ironically, as the author put it, a Lisa is “Usually a very good speller.”)  This definition is mostly true.  I do love Chinese food, tattoos, my little foreign car, and fun!  The moth thing, though… that’s just creepy.

This next one is that one I most wish was true:

“An extremely smart and sexy female with great hair and a great face. Nice, sweet and generous are words that go along with Lisa. She is funny and giving. Not a slut by any means but does like to have a good time. Always ready to party and her phone is always ringing. She will even fly to another state for a house party. She is self confident and blessed with good genes. She just has it all; all other girls are extremely jealous of her.”

Don’t be jealous.  I’ve never even been invited to a house party in MY state.

Lastly, this is the sweetest one:

“Someone who has a great zest for life, always remain[ing] calm and collected and able to be in control of situations. Has an unprecedented sense of humor. It is rare to cheer everybody up in different situations, yet she always manages to do it. Moreover, she is the life and soul of a party, which makes her extremely sociable. She is not quick-tempered, in fact deep down, she is really an amiable person. Lisa has a very unpredictable lifestyle, for this reason she spends a lot of time exercising. Intelligent and very focused. Strong set of character, which makes her stand out from the rest. Never one who gives up. Extremely beautiful. Great lover.”

Which reminds me I should head to the gym. Also where are all of these parties I’m not being invited to? Don’t they know I’m the life and soul of the party?

So tell me, what does Urban Dictionary know about you?

Winner! Winner!

I guess have to start by thanking the Gilmore Girls.  You see, I used to read the recaps of the Gilmore Girls episodes on Television Without Pity and the ones written by Pamie were my favorites. I poked around and found Pamie’s website, which eventually led me to her friend Glark, and Glark led me to the Damn Hell Ass Kings, which led me to Thursday Night Smackdown, who so generously hosted a contest to win merch from Roosevelvet’s Etsy shop.  Which I won.  So thank you Gilmore Girls!

Actually, thank you Nathan from Roosevelvet for your generous contribution, and thank you Michelle from TNS for picking me!

I chose these two beauties from the shop as my super prizes:

Let Them Grow print

Contarex Special SLR Camera print

Beautiful, aren’t they?  I’m so excited to get them in my hot, little hands.  I’m sure they are twice as gorgeous in person.  Go now to the Roosevelvet Etsy shop and buy everything he has in stock!  I recommend this one and this one (my third and fourth choices).

What I Love: Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses

I’ve mentioned my love for Zenni Optical before.  Many times, actually: here, and here, and here for starters.  Well move over, Zenni.  There’s a new place on the Internet with cheap prescription glasses stealing my affections: Global Eyeglasses.

This fabulous pair is called Stardom SD 403 (which appears to no longer be available on the site.  They’re very much like these but without the blingy letters on the temples.)  They’re comfortable, they fit perfectly, the prescription seems to be spot on, and they arrived just one short week after I ordered them.  Best of all?  With shipping they cost me $24.97.  I want to wear them all the time and pretend I’m a move star.

Next I’m getting these.  I love you, Global Eyeglasses!