May 27, 2014

studded in starbucks

this past weekend was a fun one, although i had to work, dek & i were able to squeeze in some quality time :)

we also met up on sunday at the allen outlet mall with my sister and her bf to walk around and find some good deals. the sales weren't all that amazing, but i did score two peplum tops (my first ones ever!) at charlotte russe for only $10 each! after the mall we went to eat at chilis & then continued on to old navy, marshalls and tj maxx. dekel got some items for his family back home in israel & we are going to send them a care package here in the next few days. his family asks for him to find things here in the US that are way cheaper than in israel, like athletic shoes and work out apparel, so we got them some good stuff :)

yesterday was memorial day & after i got off work, we went to visit my grandmother. 
she had been to visit my grandfather & was having a sad day so hopefully our visit cheered her up. 
we just sat around and ate and joked and laughed for a few hours. we love going over there and spending time with her! she really is the best listener/ advice giver, etc...

mel and i stopped in starbucks for a little pick-me-up yesterday, so i'll leave you with a few photos of my new top (& rockstar jeans from old navy, which i'm in love with already)

what did you do this past weekend??

May 20, 2014

wild in the flowers

happy tuesday to ya!

i am off work today, but have tons of other stuff to do around here for sour melan, so this is just a quickie post to share some of our "outtakes" from last nights photo-shoot. mel & i decided to revamp our business cards since we are about to order more and we thought it might be nice to include our photo on one side of the card, so people actually know and understand what our products are, instead of just the logo.

so dek was our photographer and we went down the street to a pretty wildflower park where we brought different flower halos to try to to get a great shot. we wanted it to look professional, but not too posed.

here are some outtakes & the final business cards are coming sooooonnn!!! :)

& please check out the sour melan!! 

May 17, 2014

graduation weekend & more

last weekend was an event-filled one!
with my brother's college graduation, my dad in town from israel & mother's day, it was busy, to say the least. 

my dad flew in town to attend my brother's graduation at a&m and he stayed in dallas thursday-monday, which was nice. we got to hang out and catch up. we always have really great, long, honest "talks" about anything and everything. this time the topic was my brother. he's been isolating himself for a while now, claiming to be "busy in school" or whatever, but there's no excuse if you actually want to make family a priority. so we all sat down and talked and finally turned a new page in our relationships to work harder at communicating and contacting each other, especially with my dad living across the world and my brother moving to new york now. 

it's funny how "easy" it was for us to be a family when we were younger and lived under the same roof, but as i've grown up i've really seen how important it is to stay in touch, even with the smallest details of your life, in order to maintain those relationships and to keep those people close to you. 

welp..."i think i might be an adult," like my friend katelin would say. 

we had a wonderful mother's day this year. 
mirelle & i took my mom, grandmother and aunt carol out to brunch at a new-to-us place called eden restaurant on lovers lane here in dallas. it was buffet style with different salads, prime rib, corn soup and different quiches with a whole dessert spread as well.

we were even able to squeeze in a stop to the grand opening of bask boutique in snider plaza, here in dallas. my friend (& college roommate!) ashley opened it with her friend, megan, and the place is amazing! they carry amazing swimwear & accessories lines, so if you are in need of a hot piece this summer, go check 'em out!

here are some photos from last weekend, if you'd like to see.

today, dekel & i are headed to deep ellum brewery to take a tour and have some beer. 
i'm working tomorrow, but only until 1, so after that we will probably do a family lunch.

mel & i have lots of work to do for sour melan, we were accepted as vendors for the lake dallas 4th of july festival! so we are working like crazy to build our stock & prepare for a successful event! 

i'd love to know!
what are your plans this weekend? 

May 4, 2014

lovely little saturday

i had the best day with my boo!

we woke up around 9 & decided to go have breakfast and with the weather as amazing as it is here in texas right now, i opted for a crisp white ribbed tank tucked into an easy,breezy navy blue maxi skirt & my new nude sandals. i also wanted to debut this amazing necklace i scored at a jewelry swap my girlfriends from work & i had a few weeks back. it's from my friend marissa, who used to live in bahrain. it's real silver and actually has some weight to it, but it's so unique and gorgeous in person that i know i will wear it often! also, please don't mind my roots, im not sure if i'm loving my natural lazy ombre look or if i want to get some more blonde highlights...

we decided to try a new-to-us place called "southern recipe cafe," & while we were turned off by the out-of-dateness of the place, the food was actually amazing & delicious and we will definitely be going back! i had the breakfast quesadillas with egg, sausage, chives and cheese and a side of hash browns, while dek enjoyed the veggie omelet with seasoned potatoes. we both wanted a taste of something sweet, so we also ordered a short stack of pancakes with warmed syrup to share :)

after stuffing ourselves silly, we decided to work on organizing the sour melan craft room at my mom's house. she has a few spare rooms in her home & she's letting me make one of them into an arts & crafts room for our small business. before, we were keeping all of our stuff in here, like flowers, materials, products, labels, boxes, etc..but all in a jumbled, messy way. i never knew where anything was or how much or a certain thing we had because everything was everywhere and not organized. so today dek & i took everything out of the room, cleaned it & totally reorganized, putting to use some storage bins we bought from walmart and even hooking up a desktop so mirelle & i can catch up on our shows while working! i hung all of our earrings from a photo holder & dek put these hooks up for me so i could drape my necklaces all along the wall as well. i love the final look & feel to the room. it's a very small room, so placement was key but with the reorganization and the storage, it feels more spacious than before and i am so relieved that everything has a place and that alike items are now grouped together. whew to that project!

here are some photos our progress:

   peanut is our official supervisor 

have a great weekend!

May 2, 2014

the end to my week

i am super happy because i am off work for the day & it's only 2 pm :)
one of my favorite parts of working at starbucks is getting off work at noon, it's like you have already worked and have the rest of the day to work out, run errons, meet up with friends, grocery shop, etc... 
yes, you do have to begin your day at 4 am, but hey, there is caffeine for that!

so after work today i stopped by a few estate sales that were on my way home (i love estate sales!), i gassed up my car & then redeemed a "free half snap" at snappy salads for lunch that i had sitting in my inbox for a few weeks now. and for someone who salad is their favorite food, snappy's is my favorite restaurant! today i built my own with mix of lettuce and spinach, carrot shreds, sliced mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese crumbles & sunflower seeds with a low-fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing. omigoodness, amazing! the possibilities are endless, too! i love that place.

tonight i think dekel and i will meet up with my sister and her bf for dinner & drinks at an unknown location (probably chilis) and then i am off work tomorrow and planning to spend some much needed quality time with my hubby. maybe i'll surprise him with a hike? i really want to take him to do this indoor skydiving experience, but i think ill save up on that one. 

i work sunday, but then we will probably do our usual sunday family lunch, which i always enjoy to the max!
what are your plans this weekend? 

photo of me on a bike ride with dekel in vang vieng, laos- january 2012