Saturday, May 23, 2009

An Awesome Photographer YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT!

Happy weekend, my friends! Today is Family Picture Day. My family hasn't had a professional photo taken (outside of my bro's wedding) since I was in 4th Grade. Needless to say, it was time for some fresh cheese. This morning, the parents, bro, sis-in-law, their son, and I laughed and smiled our prettiest at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum during our photo shoot with the incredible talented Melissa Darst of Melissa Darst Photo. Melissa is a friend of mine, and I am honored to feature her work on An Awesome A Day! Here are just a few of my favorites from Melissa.

She has the patience of a saint and is extremely well-priced. A mom of a 2-year-old and an 8-month old, she knows how to capture kids, families, teens, couples, parents and pets, while adding her creative vision to all the shoots. I keep checking her blog to see some of the shots from our session. I'll be sure to post them asap.

Tell Melissa I sent you.

CHEESE! (Muenster, preferably)
Pia The Pig

Friday, May 22, 2009

Awesomely Frugal Fashion Fridays: Bike Chic

Rike your bike poster, from Etsy
Okay, okay, so this isn't about an online retailer, but there's nothing more adorable than a happy person in flip-flops on a bike, cruising around the neighborhood. And that's exactly where I have been lately (does that mean I am adorable? I'll take it.), pedaling in style. And on the heels of a beautiful long weekend, I am strongly recommending you GET ON IT and get yourself (and your tandem bike partner if you are so inclined) rolling! For less than $200, summer never seemed so fun. Plus, throw on one of the handy baskets listed below, and save the gas to the market or Starbucks. Your calves will thank you! (Does this mean if I ride over to Society Bakery that it's a washout? Again, I'll take it.)

Here's my bike. Her name is Betty. Because according to Lynn, "Every bike needs a name." The best less-than-$160 I have EVER spent. And if you don't see this in your local Walmart, the Site-to-Store feature online is a great deal: free shipping when the item is shipped to the store. I even asked nicely and the guys in the back assembled it for free. Score! Order it now!

Here's Lynn's bike, Shirlz. Shirlz is a new addition to the neighborhood and has immediately become BFF with Betty. Be a Shirlz, order now.

Here's Kellyn's bike, Blue Lightnin. Kellyn's bike is for men, but who cares? I love the color and with her long legs, it looks great. Lightnin fast and waiting for you. Order it here.

Next, you must have a helmet (it's the law!) but a true must-have is an adorable basket. I recommend the Bell Quick Release basket at Academy, but check out this number. Yes, it's $69, but it's awesome. Get one here, and I'll be jealous.

Complete the look with appropriate footwear, or something cuter, like these new flip-flops from Old Navy. Find 'em here, for under $20.

Or, a classic standby, in my favorite, metallic. $5 at Old Navy, in loads of colors.

Happy Pedaling!
Pia The Pig

Holy Awesomeness: Eat this

There are no words. Peanut Butter Cake.

And another.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's That Time Of Year: Awesome Sales

Ladies (and Gents), tie on some tennies. It's time to hit Nordies and Victoria's Secret. Their semi-annual sales have begun! Get it going.
Shop Nordstrom.
Shop Victoria's Secret.

Buy me something!
Pia The Pig

An Awesome Win!

Shawn Johnson and her adorable partner, Mark Ballas, totally rocked it on Dancing With The Stars! Shawn's amazing sportsmanship at the Olympics paid off in awesome karma and a hot dance partner. Here's the (hopefully soon-to-be-real-life) couple killing it during the freestyle competition for a perfect score of 30. Congrats on the win, Shawn. A gold medal and a big ass shiny disco ball trophy. What a year!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Springtime = Time To Eat And Drink All Things Awesome

Last night I whipped up a quick, impromptu, Peach Sangria. It was killer! I love sangria, especially with white wine. It's so light and delicious, and feels so much better to drink than a beer when it's warm out and I am wearing a skirt. I don't know, it's like, the feminine way to drink...or something.

Anyhoo, I have made a few sangrias, but this one was great and not too sweet. Here's what I used.

2 bottles cheap (2 for $10) Savignon Blanc
about 8-10oz Peach Nectar
maybe 1/3 cup sugar, to taste
3 peaches, sliced

That's it! It will be gone in no time. I found an organic Peach Nectar at Newflower Market and I think that helped tone down some of sugary sweetness out of it. Finally, I poured it into my favorite spigot jug, and voila! Peach sangria, ready to enjoy, all spring and summer long.

A spigot jug is a must-have for all your sangrias, lemonades, and that delicious cucumber water I never seem to make but always enjoy. I can't remember where I found mine, but here's an adorable one at Crate and Barrel.

And a ridiculously expensive one from Anthro.
Happy Entertaining!
Pia The Pig


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