Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Luxurious, soft, warm bedding...drooolll...

We have a set of really nice sheets already...but they are so cold to climb into! Even with our temperate California weather, it's still cold at night and cold getting into those sheets.

This Bostonian weather (and the flannel sheets we're sleeping in), sparked this idea of getting flannel sheets for our bed at home in the winter. Sides, I <3 looking at textiles and bedding, and Air <3's bedding comfort. We're trying to replicate our stay at the fancy pants Hotel Monaco when we went to the company holiday party. We sank so comfortably into that bed! It was the most comfortable bed ever.

We looked for a replacement for our featherbed at the day after xmas sales - the feathers have shifted all around and it's so thin in the middle boxes! Bloomingdale's didn't have any flannel sheets! The sales person recommended Garnet Hill for luxurious German flannel.

Of course, I have to find more about this German flannel.

it looks sooo soft (source)

From Orvis.com:
Most flannel sheet sets come from three sources: England, Portugal, and Germany. English flannel sheeting tends to be very dense and heavy (usually weighing approximately 6 ounces or more), with only a slight nap. Legendary for its durability (said to “ wear like iron”), English flannel sheets are remarkably warm and can be used all year long. Renowned for its ability to hold color saturation and prints, Portuguese flannel usually has a lower weight and looser weave, making it ideal for use with rich colors and patterns. Sumptuous German flannel is celebrated as the softest and most luxurious, generally weighing approximately 5 ounces per square yard.
I checked out Garnet Hill's Signature flannel and it's not cheap. There are less expensive alternatives:

Overstock - $60 for a set (flat, fitted, and cases)
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Ultra-soft-Heavyweight-German-Flannel-Sheet-Set/409649/product.html#custreviews

Other places to buy flannel sheets:
http://thestir.cafemom.com/home_garden/111172/flannel_sheets_dont_have_to

But looking more there were several posts/articles on Garnet Hill being excellente.

http://windlost.blogspot.com/2008/11/quality-but-at-what-price.html

http://aproperbostonian.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-praise-for-garnet-hill.html

I picked up some of Garnet Hill's printed German flannel since it was on sale...and we liked the pear print too. 

no more crawling into a cold bed! (source)

I believe it's also a Chinese tradition to get all new bedding, including bed, for newlyweds. We did receive a beautiful Chinese red cover and cases, but my aunt said it was more for decoration since it will easily fray :( New sheets will do!

This article is all about getting a good night's rest and that includes recommending Garnet Hill's German flannel:

Sleep is so crucial! It can affect all sorts of things - hormones, mental and physical health, beauty, weight gain:

I really need to get me 8 hours of sleep a day during a regular week. Okay, add sleeping 8 hours a day to my goals for 2011, next to dress nicer (sometimes).

What goals do you have for 2011? Do you aspire to make your bedding emulate a hotel?

Monday, December 27, 2010

It's a snow blizzard!

The weather forecast predicted 2 to 3 inches an hour and a snow emergency was declared. Luckily, the weather should be clearing up along with the snow on the airport tarmacs so I'll be able to make it back to the West Coast on Wednesday. In time to attend L&Q's winter wedding!


Look at all the snow that fell last night!







Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shopping Time! Uh oh!

It's that time of year where I do some shopping! There's several factors that goes into this.

  • Everything is on sale and I like bargains. But not cheap crappy stuff. 
  • I'm on the east coast on vaca and there's not much to do. 
  • The shopping mall is walking distance and has a small number of decent typical mall stores. (Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Ann Taylor Loft, Sephora, Apple, etc.)
  • Hardly any one is at the mall! (I refuse to go to the mall on the weekends in the bay area, it's MADNESS)


I believe I don't shop very much comparatively and that  I'm below average. All I wear at work is jeans (haven't bought any new denim for 3+ years) and the free tee shirts they give me.

Mint.com says I've spent around 1k this year on clothing (prior to this online pre-xmas shopping spree!).

Mint Trends says the US spent on average $3200 and $3700 for the state of California.

I can recount all the clothing shopping trips this year (non-wedding related):

Bloomingdale's (east coast) - down jacket for the frigid winters in Boston
2x Frugal Fannies (east coast) -  a black skirt (haven't "owned" one since 7th grade), a few warmer/thicker base layers for winter snowboarding
2 x Marshalls - a few dresses for special occasions (just in case, so tired of wearing that one dress for every wedding and baptisms and partie)
H&M (east coast) - couple skirts and tops to wear to a nice dinner (we went to Morimoto's yum! in NY)
Target - our annual after Thanksgiving stop in Los Banos, Calif.; couple $10 sweaters and a thermal
Coach Factory Outlet - my first purse
Champion - sports bras & a pair o shorts

These were all pretty basic stuff, and I've used most of it. I'm thinking I want to start to dressing a little nicer. Air thinks my transformation into a girl is complete with that purse.

So here's to an attempt to dress nicer. (Or having non-work branded clothing to wear.) What I'm wondering is, is the amount that Mint.com has what people actually spend? What a normal amount to spend on clothing? What do you allow yourself to splurge on? Where do you go to find good deals? ;)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Breakfast in bed gets me...homemade fusilli with mushroom bechamel!

This past couple weekends have been packed...we flew out to Boston this week to spend time with the in-laws but I'm still working on PST time...poooped.

Friday night was our company holiday party. Our first holiday party as a married couple...awwww. Traffic was horrendous and we were starving when we got there. I was more excited about this year's because it was at the Exploratorium at Palace of Fine Arts in SF.


Good thing there was food! The party would not have enticed me otherwise.



Alcohol + science toys = Good


Scotch whiskey tasting? No thanks...smells funny...


Chocolate torte with caramel? YES!

D&D & us

Photobooths are fun.

Saturday I still had to wake up in the morning to drive down for my last letterpress class! Then it was off to an engagement party.

Sunday, I woke up at a decent hour to get ready to go to SF again, but to take engagement photos of L&Q. Got a little delayed, so I had some time beforehand...Air made offered to make tortillas if I picked up milk. The market had panettone! Came home and decided to make panettone French toast for my honey to have breakfast in bed! 



I <3 French toast. 

I used the powdered sugar spoon from our gift registry to dust some sugar. (Thanks E!)


When I got home, Air had made some fresh pasta from the Kitchen Aid pasta extruder we received from the wedding registry (Thanks D&D!) and was making bechamel sauce with chanterelle mushrooms. 

We were really overwhelmed with the gifts that we received...on that note, I should go do thank you notes now! 

Air says I'm less busy now than before the wedding...but I still feel like a busy body (in the good productive sense). How are you keeping busy?