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Friday, December 30, 2011

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy (almost) New Year! This was a light week on the blog, but next week we'll be back to our regular scheduled programming. Do you have any fun plans for tomorrow night? Alex and I will be heading to our friends' apartment for blinis and Champagne, while Toby will sleep in his travel crib in their bedroom. Quiet New Year's Eves are my favorite. Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

The world's best new affordable hotels.

A sweet take on a bedtime story.

Fun shoe clips to jazz up black flats.

Fashion from a book.

Three years.

The world according to Michigan. (Fellow Michiganders will chuckle:)

Inspiring tomboy style.

How to host house guests.

Did you see this insane pie in Oprah magazine?

Louis C.K. makes me laugh.

Remember A Very Young Dancer?

Plus, three Cup of Jo posts you may have missed:
* Winter bicyclists.
* Chop onions without crying.
* Adorable families.

(Photo of Hitchcock as a grandpa)


Melissa Blake said...

Happy New Year, Joanna! Sounds like a wonderful way to ring in 2012...I can't believe how fast the year went!

Mal said...

Happy New Year! Hope the start of 2012 is fabulous for you!

Miss Molly said...

Happy new year Jo! I have similar plans to you for tmr night

Trina said...

My plan is to hit the early seating at Homeroom (, this mac 'n' cheese joint in Oakland, for a mac 'n' cheese pairing with beer or wine. It's supposed to be a low-key alternative to all the fancy-shmancy expensive NYE blowouts. Just my thing since I'd like to go out this year but not have it be too crazy. :)

Aly Debbas said...

Lots of cuteness in this one! I especially loved the Michigan shirt ... Sent it to a friend who has michigan tatooed on his body :)

Happy New Year!

Eternal*Voyageur (Venusian*Glow) said...

Wishing you a great 2012! Can you believe I still haven't planned what I will do? Long live spontaneity (I hope!)

Christina Marie said...

Sounds like you'll be having a safe and restful celebration! I'll be doing something similar with the fam. I've never been one to get all crazy to ring in the New Year.


PS... a note on chopping onions, if you wear contacts you're good to go. I'll be in the kitchen chopping them up and completely fine, while my mom is three feet away crying! :)

For those who don't wear contacts, I hear putting it in the freezer for a little bit helps, too!

alex said...

did you see the weight of that pie on the website? 14 lbs. fourteen. pounds! i can't even.

happy new year!

Stacy Chiavaro said...

Thank you Joanna for making 2011 a little easier. Your blog is a gift I can count on to bring me at least 5 mins of rest and inspiration (who knew they could go hand in hand?) each day. I adore your talent & taste. Best wishes to you & yours in 2012. In adoration, Stacy

Christy said...

We're going to Key Largo for New Years with my fiancee's family! Happy New Year Joanna! Best wishes in 2012!! cmm

Catherine Masi said...

Oh my gosh, Louis CK is great. I am so thankful for that guy being out there. We just started watching Louie and though I feel like I am clinically depressed after watching some of the episodes, it's still one of the very best shows ever.
All that aside, have a wonderfully relaxing and festive new year's eve!

Liana M. said...

Happy New Year, Joanna! And thank you so much for your beautiful, honest, fun blog that I look forward to reading every day. You're an inspiration!

jessica quadra PHOTOGRAPHY said...

happy new year! we'll be celebrating our first new year's eve abroad. my sis visited for christmas and left this morning, so i'm still sad. but my husband and i will run a 10k tomorrow evening and then going to a party. :) happy holidays joanna! xo

The Egg said...

have a happy happy new year! your blog brightens my day every morning. thanks for inspiring!
p.s. love the young dancer. she know lives in my neck of the woods :)

Lydia said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for the article on A Very Young Dancer. So glad not to have missed it!

wonderchris said...

I cherish these Friday posts. :)

Love that pic of playful and fun.

Happy 2012!!!

Aya said...

Thank you for brightening my days Joanna.Your blog was such a happy find.

My family and I always pass the new year backpacking or camping somewhere. This year we'll be on the California coast with a fire and some sake.

Have a happy new year!

Jocy said...

I am flying to snowy Colorado to celebrate the new year in a mountain cabin. Happy New Year!

Charlotte Wilder said...

Sound like such a lovely New Year's Eve plan. Mine is very similar, and I can't wait to hear about yours. Love this blog, thanks for making my year a bit brighter.
All the best,
Charlotte Wilder

Dennise said...

I'm gonna be going through some of our wedding pictures and deciding which to send out to friends and family. Also, probably catching up on some Breaking Bad. :)

P.S. Love, love, love that picture of Alfred Hitchcock! The mister and I like to snuggle up and watch Alfred Hitchcock presents every Wednesday night. It's this weird tradition we have. :)

Beatrice said...

Really nice the links you posted!
Happy new year!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I'll be staying home...but will have champagne for sure! Happy New Year! Have a wonderful and safe one! Thanks for the great Friday posts once again

Tam said...

Happy New Year! I adore Louis CK. He really makes me laugh out loud and love life a little more. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hello, Framboise!

Molliee said...

Happy New Year!!

Carpet Bag Vintage said...

Recently found your blog-I enjoy! Happy New Year and thank you for taking the time!

On a more important note..I live close to the Blue Owl and those pies are fandamntasti...there cookies ain't bad either!

alice said...

such fun links. Thanks for posting. I love your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Staying home and playing games tomorrow after dinner. Your New Year's sounds like fun!

Caity said...

Happy New Year! Enjoy.

Thanks for sharing the fun links. :)

Sonia said...

Happy New Year everyone! 2011 was great as I discovered your lovely blog (yes I am a bit behind). Friends are coming over for some bouillabaisse and we are taking turns: boys, girls then couples for heading up the road for a drink while babies sleep! Can see us girls staying out too long and missing the countdown back at home tee hee :)

Rose said...

Happy New Year to you too!

Girlie Blogger said...

Champagne - yum! Always New Year's favorite. I think the kiddo and I will just stay home and chill. Happy New Year!

liza said...

Happy New Year, Joanna. I just finished the Very Young Dancer article. Wow. I remember the stories well. I grew up riding with the girl in A Very Young Rider and was boarding my horse at their house, taking lessons from her older sister, when her book came out. Crazy where life takes you...

Nusa lembogan said...

pls posted about new years eve in new york square if you are there...I heard there will be fireworks

domestikate said...

Your lists of links are always the best! Hope you have a happy low key new year's eve!

jean goddard said...

i love how Ohio to Michiganders is Cedar Point! So true. :)

Sara said...

I live across the road from the Berlin hotel that's featured in the link .... always wondered what the rooms look like behind those curtains I see out of my window. Happy new year!

Kim said...

i love quiet new year's eves, too. i'll be heading to a friend-of-a-friend's apartment for a party...should be interesting! happy almost 2012 :)


jessica said...

such a cute photo!

Honorata said...

How to host the guests wins!!!
Have a Happy New Year!!!

Michelle Lee said...

Happy 2012!

kitten roar said...

the world according to michigan cracks me up. being from michigan, i can totally agree with some of those. especially the "chicago" and "not chicago" part of it. even Cedar Pointe :)

happy new year, joanna! hope you, alex, and toby have a great evening!

Maria said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Jo! Thanks for sharing the article on budget hotels - perfect timing for fulfilling my new year resolution to travel more!

Maria xx

astrid irene natalie said...

Happy New Year Joanna! Thanks for all the smiles you brought to my face this last year. Have the most amazing start for 2012 x

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Joanna! Your blog is so inspiring. I am looking forward to reading your posts in 2012.

kater said...

I was trying to figure out where I was getting all these new comments from, and lo, it's from you! Thank you, dear lady, for the link! Wonderful list, as always!

Martina said...

Hi Joanna! Happy New Year from Italy!!!

blogmilk said...

Happy New Year, darling!

NotesFromAbroad said...

Feliz Año Nuevo, Candice

Harija said...

Wish you all the best for 2012!
Happy New Year 2012!
My Lyfe ; My Story

Clara Turbay said...

Happy new year, i wish you the best love this post!

Sammi said...

Jo- Happy new year to you, Alex and Toby! Hope you have a fantastic year this year. much love Sammi x

cozette said...

Happy New Year Joanna! Hope you guys all had a great day. I love reading your blog and look forward to all the fun posts you'll bring us in 2012!

I started my New Year off with a dip in the ocean - in Maine!

Take care,

Lilly said...

Happy new year! Already waiting new posts :)

Alexa said...

Sounds like the perfect New Year's Eve. Kind of wish we had done that instead of going to a club. So not my scene anymore. Haha...guess I'm getting old.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Now, that is a surefire way to make your house guests happy :-) Except then they won't leave!

I saw the shoe clips too, so adorable!!

Happy New Year Joanna!

Leigh said...

Happy New Year! 2011 was an amazing year for your amazing blog. I know 2012 will be even better :)

Carolyn said...

Wishing you, Alex and Toby a wonderful new year filled with laughter, love and new discoveries! I've been reading since the Erstwhile jewelry post, and I am still so happy to have stumbled upon your blog (curation?). Thank you for writing about such interesting things.

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