Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Got my tech on....

Choosing a new laptop took a lot of thought! Many people recommended MacBooks, but when I tested them out in person I just wasn't drawn to them. As I wandered around Best Buy the only laptop that called out to me was this one:
The Sony VAIO VPCEH25FDP. Yes, it's pink...I can't deny that I was mesmerised by the color! I also loved how lightweight it was, how big the screen was (15.5 inches - my Dell laptop had a 12 inch screen) and the full-size keyboard. Hubby is my own personal "geek squad" and he was happy with the technical specifications on this model.

We also upgraded my phone (finally!) to an iPhone 4s. Now I can take better photos on the go! I didn't know how much I'd been missing out - I love reading eBooks and watching Youtube videos on my phone. I don't think it's possible to be bored with an iPhone around!

I went Boxing day shopping for the first time in YEARS - and it was NOTHING SPECIAL - the bargains are not worth the crowds - online shopping is definitely the easier option. I tried on a couple of items at Old Navy:
Striped Boat Neck top - on sale for $9
Draped Sweater and Floral Top ($15)
I wasn't crazy about anything, so I only purchased the floral top.
Was also excited to see Express is finally here on a recent mall visit. I picked up this gorgeous cream ruffled top and pretty pearl and disc necklace.
I have SO much to catch up on, but I think I've written enough for today. It's SOOO good to be back!

By the way, I'm in need of new photo-editing software. I've previously owned and used Photoshop Elements - what would you guys recommend?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Design Project: Entrance Room

No new laptop yet - but I've found my camera memory card - yay! I'm writing from hubby's clunky desktop - but I'm not complaining, at least I can post!
Here is a picture I took of our Entrance room today. This room is the only one on this floor (we live in a 4 storey townhouse - I get lots of exercise going up and down the stairs LOL!). As it's the first room you see when you enter the house, I want it to look pretty. However, I have to balance this with the fact that a lot of our furniture is from when we were living in Manhattan (2-3 years ago). Since we're planning to move again (to a larger house within the next 4 years), I'd rather wait and invest in furniture that is suited to our future new house. So this room has some elements I can't change (the well-used microfiber sofas and HUGE Ikea BESTA storage). This room also houses hubby's computer (where I'm writing from today) hidden in an Ikea ALVE corner cabinet.
Since moving here I've purchased the coffee table and mirror (Ikea) and carpet (Style at Home's collabaration with Korhani). I've also hung up my mother's embroidery on the wall (above the wooden chair).  I'm not expecting perfection from this room - I just want to make the best of what I have. I'd love suggestions on how to spruce it up and make it more fancy.
  • There are 3 different wood colors in this room - I'm so tired of the Ikea Birch color, I couldn't bear to get more furniture in that shade. I didn't have any choice with the ALVE color, but since it's tucked in a corner, I hope it doesn't really stand out.
  • I'm not too happy with the cushion combination, but I can't seem to find appealing cushions anywhere.
  • I'd like to replace a wooden computer chair with a more decorative one.
  • Should I slip-cover the sofas? Is it worth it?
What colors or elements would you introduce into this room - I'd love any suggestions. Please link to any suitable photos - especially on Pinterest.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Teeny-tiny break

I've been longing to blog, but the tech powers are conspiring against me! For starters, I've lost my camera memory card and USB card reader...I still have my camera phone but the quality is very grainy. Then my Dell laptop of 5 years died last week! I've kidnapped hubby's iPad until we buy a new laptop....but it's not ideal for blogging on.

If anyone has any laptop suggestions, please comment below. I mainly use my laptop for web browsing, watching Youtube, blogging, some photoshop and Microsoft word and excel. I don't want a net book as I find their screens too small. I also don't think I want a MacBook.
Hopefully I'll be able to post by next week or the week after.


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