Saturday, October 23, 2010

Yeah, Yeah, Another Gorgeous Brunette

I loved The Social Network, and while I was fully engrossed in the storyline, I was also fully engrossed in the lovely Andrew Garfield.

Well I decided to read up on this "hottie patottie" (just watched the first episode of the new season of The Millionaire Matchmaker) and just fell in love even more after reading the following sentence: Garfield was raised in Surrey, England and was a gymnast during his early years. HELLO! He's a Jew, too. Sorry, Mom, that "gymnast" is more compelling than "Jew," but are you surprised? Probably not.

Looking forward to seeing much more of this face as the new Spiderman and hopefully the new gymnast Mensch boyf of this little blogger right here. OMG just realized if we got married, I'd have the last name of one of the most famous cats in history.

Mazel Tov to ME!

Pia The Pig

Great Deals at LOFT and More!

Happy rainy Saturday in Dallas my friends. AAAD Reader Lynn and I saw The Social Network this morning. That was excellent. On the way out, of course I had to stop in a couple of stores at Mockingbird Station. First, Urban Outfitters. My partner at work, Robin, has had great luck with the flats at Urban. They had a few in the past few months with a pointed toe that almost fit me but not quite. Well, being on the lookout for great red flats lately, I was more than excited to find these Kimchi Blue Patent Skimmers. I got the red and they are a great shade and a great fit.

For under $30, you can't beat 'em! Can't wait to wear these with black tights.

Then I headed to Ann Taylor LOFT to check out their additional 50% off sale sale. I quickly picked up this great top, which I waited about two months to try on, convinced the fit would be awkward. Instead, it's fabulous.

My BFF Katie is very in to silk shirts right now. If they had another small, I would have definitely snagged one for her. It was only $15! It looked much better with the black skinnys I tried it on with, instead of these fug light jeans. I HATE LIGHT JEANS. Anyway, there is a ton of sale at the Mockingbird Station LOFT, a good amount online, and hopefully even more at the store near you. Oh, and if you can't resist, it's 30% off new arrivals now as well.

Don't forget to get your $5 performance fleece vest at Old Navy today!

Happy Weekend!
Pia The Pig

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Gina and Greg!

Today are AAAD Readers Gina's and Greg's birthday. Happy day to you! In your honors, I present to you The Very Best of Birthday Cats. Here are a few faves.

Happy Birthday. Hope your years are MEOWSOME!
Pia The Pig

Awesomely Easy Lasagna

Last night I had friends over and decided to whip up my first lasagna. I found this article from Cooking Light about their favorite slow cooker recipes. Well, this Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms looked delicious, light-ish, and easy enough to whip up for a weeknight dinner.

I read the comments and actually adapted this to be an oven recipe. I cooked it for about an hour on 375. I never used the "oven-ready" lasagna noodles before but they were easy to find and came out great. Even better, this made enough for an army. It fed my two friends and me, and enough for at least two batches of leftovers.

My friend Melissa wasn't feeling well so I decided to bring dinner to her husband and make her day a little bit easier. I packed up leftover lasagna, salad and bread, and even the AWESOME salted caramel cupcakes my friends brought over from Whole Foods. I added some sprinkles and Halloween marshmallows to the container for her kids to decorate the cupcakes for Halloween. It was easy to put together and very appreciated.

I've been trying to cook more meals at home, but sometimes the thought of cooking a dish that serves 4-6 for just 1 seems a bit ridiculous. I've decided to go for it, to try new recipes, and bring leftovers to friends to surprise them with a nice heat-and-eat dinner. Any suggestions? You might be next!

Pia The Pig

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Beautiful Madness

Last night I had the pleasure and privilege to witness a performance beyond belief with my friend Bari, the Sufjan Stevens show in Dallas at the lovely Majestic Theater. If you are devoted enough to this blog to remember this past post, you will know that my heart is atwitter for brunette boys. Yes, of course, the sexification of the brunette, thin, awkwardly-dancing, passionate, brilliant nerd was not lost on me last night but I was also treated to what I (and Sufjan himself) described as "a beautiful madness."

The first time I heard Sufjan was when I lived in New Mexico. I knew I was in for something different, a sweet surprise around every note, every other second. That is how I felt during the performance last night. The word "concert" doesn't begin to cover it. I haven’t had a cacophony of visuals and music come alive in front of me like that since I saw De La Guarda in 2002. He had this video behind him that totally added to the experience. He combined art from a folk artist (the name escapes me), with his new weird but genius music and some monologues all about the heart and love and heartbreak and the cosmos and space and the end of the universe. He had an 11-piece band and these two hipster girls who sang and dance and actually gave half a reason why anyone would ever need to purchase a leotard and pink “blacklight” shorts at American Apparel. They were awesome. Nothing made sense yet it did, perfectly.

It was also a fantastically respectful crowd in a beautifully perfect venue. Very silent at the right times, standing ovation when required.

For a big fan of "weird with thought and passion behind it," and a sucker for a nerdy brunette skinny dude singing and dancing and unabashedly pouring his heart out about being troubled (see: Seth Cohen and Zach Braff in Garden State, DreamMen), I was all in. Check please. My type to a fitted graphic tee.

Or, to answer the question, as my friend AAAD Reader Brad put it this morning who was also there, “Did you have fun at Sufjan’s ‘Existential, Psychosomatic Internalization of the Divine Within Our Own Universe of Heartsickness of Tragedy and Frenetic, Kinetic Energies’ Tour?” Yes, yes I did.

Oh, and at one point Sufjan described the performance as “Cats. Andrew Lloyd Webber meets Grease meets Tron meets Sesame Street--fun for the whole family."

And then my head exploded.

allow me, Sir.

Marry Me, SS.
Pia The Pig

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cupcake Liners and Wraps, Oh My!

For all of you lovely bakers out there, ahem, KBakes, I have found the mecca of all things cupcake liners, The Bakers Confection on, where else, Etsy. There are a ton of colors and they are really affordable.
Great colors:

Loving these for a UT football party:

Love these mini ones as well.

And if you are looking for cupcake wraps, there are a ton of cuties by That's A Wrap. Love these for the holidays.

And these for a little kid's party.

If you are throwing a party, search on Etsy and you will no doubt find some fun stuff.

Bake me something!
Pia The Pig

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

World Championships Photo Of The Day + Coverage

This photo is bomb. Not sure where it's from or who it is, but it's screaming WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. And I am loving it.

For all of you who would like to follow the worlds coverage, here are some of the sites I am following. Enjoy!

Gymnastike is killing it with coverage. Her tweets are NONSTOP. Loads of pics and videos on her site.

USA Gymnastics has a ton on their website. As does Inside Gymnastics. I am enjoying their tweets as well.

Blogs I am reading include Couch Gymnast and the snarky Aunt Joyce. And of course my very beloved GGMB.

You can catch all of the coverage on the AWESOME Universal Sports site and TV channel if you are lucky enough to get it.

And here's how to follow all of the action live starting tomorrow at 11am eastern for the women's team finals.

This is our US team and this is world-class as we call it BITCHFACE.

Pia The Pig

I Love My Hair

And I love this video and the story behind it.

Pia The Pig

Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Awesomely Frugal Fall Fashion Finds For All

Not gonna lie, sometimes Old Navy can be hit or miss, but ever since I have been hearing of their Sweet 16 deals and I saw the adorable dress that Amy of OldSweetSong posted, I had to be sure to stop in. You already read that I picked up some of these awesome performance fleece zip vests. I also snagged a couple of these Rosette Cardigans.
I purchased five of the 3/4 length-sleeved cardigans for fall and wear them all the time. They wash well and are super versatile and cheaper than even those at Loft. LOVE.

Those would be super cute with these Women's Pom Pom Ballet Flats.

Love the colors, too, although I'm not sure who is naming them. Mineral deposit? SEXY.

For some bolder color, I love the two-tone colors of this Women's Tipped Cardigan.
At $16, you can and should snatch up every color. The yellow is superfresh.

These would go perfectly with any of the new jeans at The Limited. I tried on every pair last week and all of the cuts are different, but really flattering. I had been on the hunt for new black skinnys and I am already living in these from their 917 line.
Right now all of their jeans are 30% off, too!

To round out the outfit, let's pair those with these adorable embellished ballet flats from Target. These are only $19.99 and look WAY CUTER in person.
I couldn't decide between the black or pewter, but for that price and how much I live in flats, I'm getting both.

Not to be outdone, I am LOVING Old Navy's entire line of graphic tees for baby girls. Little fashionistas need some new clothes, too!

And finally, I couldn't help but think of AAAD Reader Amanda and her little dog Olive, sporting the streets in their matching houndstooth. This little dog coat is totally adorable!!

I hope you have enjoyed the latest finds. If you frequent these stores and aren't on their email lists, get on it, girl! There are email coupons galore.

Have you found anything out and about that's blogworthy? Let us know!

Until then, happy shopping!
Pia The Pig

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Great Sunday Dinner Recipe

My family is coming over for dinner tonight and we'll be grilling hot dogs and brauts, but last weekend my parents came over and I whipped up this easy and delicious Pork Cutlets with Arugula and Apple Salad recipe from Real Simple. This was SO GOOD and light. I loved the sauce and since I am obsessed with arugula lately, I just loved the side. Try this! You won't be sorry. My mom made it again this week and it was a big hit.

Pia The Pig


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