Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday GIVEAWAY!

Perhaps you remember when I recently linked these fabulous rings...

all images via

The owner of Aiden Modern Vintage has so kindly sponsored a giveaway for you all! Her handmade fashion jewelry & accessories are inspired by vintage style. And her knuckle rings, in my opinion, are total eye-catchers. Someone will be tapping your shoulder wondering where on earth you got them. (See the entire knuckle ring collection here.)

One lucky reader will win a set of knuckle rings and will get to choose their favorite style! A reader will be chosen at random on Monday, February 4th

How do you enter? 3 easy steps!

1. Become a follower (if you're not already) of this little blog o' mine - Little Lady, Big Apple.
2. "Like" Aiden Modern Vintage on Facebook (if you have Facebook)
3. And most importantly! Leave a comment below telling me which ring set is your favorite :) (see them all here!) 

P.S.  You can also use offer code littlelady15 to receive 15% off your order until February 15th!


the winner is: I heart Veuve.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. Don't forget that you can use the discount until the 15th!

until next time,


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

For Sale! One Last Valentine Treat!

wanna wear some love?

wanna send some love?


new to the shop....temporary tattoos!

yes, that's right. 
this is my latest fun little calligraphy adventure.
now let's share some love, shall we? 
makes a great (& cheap!) gift to send for Valentine's Day or for any occasion, really.

purchase here.
update! these are sold out! thank you for your interest.

 follow me on the new Vine app 
to see a short video I made about them.

until next time,


Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Links

This is me trying to inspire myself to test some new lipstick shades. There's something about winter. It's cold and dreary and dreadful and bleak and blah. I mean, I fell asleep on a crowded subway last night. It's like I'm constantly fighting sloth-mode. Also, my current wardrobe consists of black on black on black. I gotta brighten things up a bit! I think lipstick helps, don't you?
:: friday links ::
do you tell if avocados are ripe at the grocery store by squeezing them in a death grip? yeah, me too. apparently there's an easier way.
whenever i trip and feel embarrassed (happens quite a bit...) i watch this and feel better.
first there was Keek (I think of it as the video version of Instagram. honestly, Kourtney Kardashian's are the funniest) and now Twitter has released their new video platform called Vine.
an interesting article in the NY Times: "What Is Middle Class in Manhattan?"
do you & your significant other want to incorporate more fun & different dates into your life? need ideas? check out the new HowAboutWe service that'll do just that.
You can see Bethenny Frankel's Tribeca loft in Traditional Home.
this quilt is soooo out of my price range, but i still think it's incredible.
this would make a funny gag gift for that friend who always has to cancel plans and eat at work.
are you going on a tropical vacay? wana take me with you?!! pssst, here are some fun retro one-pieces.
my new favorite kind of jewelry? above-the-knuckle rings.
Volvo's new braking system in their semi-trucks is seriously impressive.
i leave you with this inspirational video. if you're like me, you'll be wiping your cheeks here in a few

until next time,


Thursday, January 24, 2013

This Week On My iPhone

valentine photo shoot for these cards // red nails // calligraphy practice 

i only rarely see patrick cry. and it's always a result of laughing too hard. like at this dinner :)
(we went here! a favorite of mine in the west village.)

a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

throwback thursday! aka, a monkey dressed as a sailor. 
my college roommates always teased me that i looked like Haley Joel Osment. 
ok fiiine, they're so right :/

OMG yay! yesterday was National Handwriting Day! 
i honored it by finally doing something i've been meaning to do for a while...
i joined the Society of Scribes in NYC.
it's an organization that "promotes the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy and related disciplines." they offer great classes, workshops & events! maybe i will meet some cool people?!? 
ooooo, i am so tickled about it :)

until next time,


To & From

If you don't know about to & from, it's time you do.
I linked this online magazine over the holidays (their first edition!), but I wanted to highlight it again.
Because it will be your new favorite gift-idea subscription.
(You're welcome.)

Peruse their Valentine's Day issue here!


until next time,


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

For Sale! Valentine Cards for Friends

 I have a limited supply of Valentines for sale!

I don't think Valentine's Day is just an excuse to show your significant other extra love. Brighten your friends days, too! Purchase here while supplies last.

***UPDATE: these are sold out! thank you for your interest!***
if interested in buying my stationery, I still have the multi-packs available.

until next time,


Monday, January 21, 2013

My Nike+ FuelBand

Like most people, one of my personal resolutions is to focus on my health and fitness. And there is one glaring problem with my daily lifestyle that I hope to address. Ladies & gents, I sit too much. Not only is my day job sedentary, so are many of my hobbies: blogging, illustrating, calligraphy design, etc. As a child, you are praised for the ability to sit still for a long time...but as an adult, we need to think differently. If you are unaware of all the health downsides & risks of a sedentary lifestyle, check out this article in Women's Health.

Seeing as I don't plan on switching careers and/or personal interests, I have to counteract all that sitting with...moving! I think we (myself included) are unaware just how detrimental immobility can be, especially if we're eating the amount of calories recommended for someone much more active. Basically, an hour at the gym isn't going to cut it if the other 23 hours are spent hunched over your keyboard/on the couch/in bed/in the car/subway/eating.

How do I plan on integrating more "movement" into my day-to-day? Living in Manhattan, I have the advantage of forcing myself to walk more. I don't own a car and fully rely on public transportation which means I can get off the subway at an earlier stop and take 20 minutes to walk the rest of the way home. I can get up from my desk more during the day and choose to tackle a few errands during the work week that require me to walk for a bit. I can also always walk the subway escalators instead of just standing and I can make sure I take advantage of any opportunity to exercise, walk, move.

The problem with all of this is finding a way to really track it. Which brings me to my newest gadget, my Nike+ FuelBand! 

I'd like to tell you what I've learned so far... 

A Nike+ FuelBand is a bracelet you wear that tracks daily activity with something called a triaxial accelerometer that measures arm movements in order to calculate the number of paces you take or, for example, whether you are running or walking. Unlike a pedometer, the band can identify different activities and uses an algorithm to convert that activity into fuel. (i.e. Running gives you more fuel than walking.)

What all counts as daily activity?

(*I've heard that if you are biking, it's better to switch the bracelet to your ankle/shoe.) 

You have the option of three different colors.

As you can see in the first photo above, I chose the ice/white/clear version and I bought it at my local Apple Store. While the black version would hide dirt better, I figured the ice version would appear less bulky when paired with my other arm candy. Priorities, people! ;)

They come in different sizes and each size also comes with an extra link as well as a removable link to truly enable the perfect fit for your wrist size. I went with the small and actually took out the link since my wrists are teeny tiny -- the kit comes with a little tool you can use to custom fit your band.

Directions are also enclosed in the box to help you set up and configure your band. You can unhook your FuelBand and plug it directly into your computer or use the USB cable included in the kit. During the set-up process, you will create a profile with your weight & height as well as your goal for daily fuel. You will also tell it if you are wearing the band on your left or right wrist. The system recommends 2,000 fuel points for an inactive day, 3,000 points for an active day, and 5,000 points for a really active day. The advantage of fuel being the amount by which you measure your progress is that it's a level playing field across individuals. 

By pressing the single button on the band, it will tell you your fuel amount, calories burned, steps taken, and the time. By holding down the button, it will allow you to sync your band to your computer or phone (a free app) which will show you graphs of your daily activity as well as other progress reports and "trophies" for conquering different levels. You can also compete with friends who have the band! To charge the band (you only have to do so every few days), you can simply plug it back into your computer or USB cable.

What are some downsides I've noticed? While you can wear your band in the shower, it isn't waterproof "enough" for swimming. If you're walking and your arm is pressed inside your pocket and not moving, it won't calculate as much fuel as when your arm is swinging. A con of the colder seasons, I suppose. I don't pay close attention to the calorie amount because it doesn't take into account calories you naturally burn throughout the day nor can it tell if, for example, you have a 15-pound weight in your hand when you're moving your arm. Therefore, weight lifting and certain exercises (squats, etc.) might not allow the band to accurately depict what you're burning. However, the graphs do seem to match up to my levels of exertion throughout the day. Let's just say it's very clear when I am sprawled out watching Friends reruns versus sweating it out in bootcamp :)

It starts in the red at the beginning of the day (resets at midnight) 
and you want to get to the green.

Bottom line is that I am really enjoying the ability to track my daily activity. It's nice to see when I am reaching my goals, but also to see when I am not...and to realize that it's 3PM and I am not where I need to be and I need to do something about it. While it's unclear whether or not I'll be as amped about this in 6 months, I think this is exactly what I need right now to reevaluate and improve my daily lifestyle. Gotta get my groove move on!

I hope this little post was helpful to anyone considering buying the Nike+ FuelBand. You can see more here. I'm off to tally up some fuel points... :)

until next time,


Sunday, January 20, 2013

New TV Show - "The Following"

If you haven't already heard, a new show is premiering tomorrow night (1/21) on FOX that is called The Following. The premise? "A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic, serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command." -IMDB

The Following is a psychological thriller from the creator and executive producer, Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries, Dawson's Creek, Scream franchise); you can read more about the show here.

some of the faces in the show ::

Kevin Bacon
James Purefoy
Shawn Ashmore
Kyle Catlett
Natalie Zea
Annie Parisse
Nico Tortorella

--all images via--

Why am I telling you about this? Because A. I'm excited to check out the show and B. I was with all the above people on Friday night at the world premiere event!! 

Yes, my Friday night on-the-couch-with-a-glass-of-wine plans turned into a last minute "in" to the event (thanks to Patrick's brother!) so I quickly changed out of my pajama pants into something a wee more fancy :) 

some of my snapshots from the evening ::

the event took place at the NY Public Library, which is just breathtaking.
(you might recognize those stairs from this movie.)
our personal VIP
NYC & LA brothers
the really cool ice sculpture behind the bar
art from the show's set
That's the back of Kyra Sedgewick (Kevin Bacon's wife) right before I chatted with her! I told her she was fabulous and that I adore her as an actress and was very excited for her husband's show. She couldn't have been sweeter.
(pssst, Kevin Bacon in the corner)
After I talked to Kyra, we noticed that she & Kevin were making their way out the door. Patrick tells the story best, but it was literally like Kevin knew I was hoping to speak to him. He strolled past all of these people, came straight up to me, paused and looked me in the eye. I smiled and said, "I wanted to tell you that you are great." He smiled back and gave me a big thumbs up. It was a magical little moment.

So! Tune in or set those DVRs for tomorrow night to record the premiere; 
it airs at 9PM EST on FOX!

until next time,


Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekend Challenge + Links

Happy Friday! I have a little weekend challenge for you, mkay? It's to create something lovely. Whether it's artwork, a happy corner in your home, a colorful meal, or that thing you pinned ages ago that you said you'd make one day...create something and have fun with it! And if you take this little challenge, please show me what you make :)

Any fun plans for this holiday weekend? I'm spending the 3 days (hooray!) in this little city of mine. Two big things I'm looking forward to? 1.We get to see Patrick's brother whose in town from LA working this premiere. 2. I have a fun meeting to discuss designing another wedding invitation. (cue me jumping up & down!) It should be a wonderful few days.

before I sign off, here are some links for your day ::

are you a parent or do you work with kids? here's great advice on encouragement.

one smart kitty.

currently reading.

have you ever heard of this pink lake? so cool!

i want to see this musical mainly for the scene with Bruce Bogtrotter & the chocolate cake.

this made me snicker.

Valentine's Day is coming up. What's the manly go-to-gift equivalent of flowers for girls? These.

a cute case for an iPhone 5.

i could watch this video of my friend's Boston Terrier (the one I drew here) allllll day.

these are always so funny...bad lip reading NFL version.

a great post...35 things a 35-year-old has learned.

live in NYC? make sure you take advantage of the restaurant week going on. also! you can book a cooking class at Dos Caminos.

don't know what to write to your Valentine? write this. they'll love it.

and finally, a little perspective.

until next time,


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bits of Lately

here are some bits of lately -->

my glittered up logo.
i might be adding something to the shop soon - stay tuned!
I came home to our Crock Pot cooking its first meal last week.
(that was before I made this.)
Patrick threw in chicken, potatoes, carrots, and cream of chicken soup.
...and it was mighty tasty!
a tea & nibbles date at L'Amant to hear about a girlfriend's holiday adventures in India.
her gold details.
ginny & minnie
oh you know, just climbing over abandoned Christmas trees.
polka dot overload + shorter/slightly lighter locks.
have you heard about this, Kate Spade enthusiasts?
truly exciting. (& smart!)
C'monnn. I vote Seyfried over Stewart, R.Patz.
Well. I actually vote myself but don't tell that tall guy around here.
chevron + my Erica Weiner pen nib necklace I wear nonstop.

also, LOOK. kinda screaming my name, haha!
[p.s. you can follow me on Instagram here.]

until next time,


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