January Recap

Y’all know how to show a boy some love!  Aside from the birthday wishes, you all made January the BEST month to date for Courtney Out Loud.  2012 is kicking off to be a banner year so let’s take a moment to look back  and highlight at what made January so very awesome……

I started off the year giving myself some directives on how I want to live my life in 2012……

I was pleasantly reminded why I enjoy blogging when two readers shared their own projects inspired by my living room paint stencil.

January also found me working with one of my “design crushes”, Thomas Wold on a new design project for a client….

Even with all the work I somehow managed to snag this month (3 new jobs in January – go me!), I was still able to put out some kick ass recipes from the kitchen including a delicious one for Butternut Squash and Pear Soup as well as a manly meal of Rib Eye Steak with Whisky Sauce and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes…..

Even with a full tummy (and an expanding waist line), I found time to tell y’all about a few items I have been coveting in my ongoing “Loving Out Loud” series including the Roberts DAB Radio, Hudson Bay Point Blankets and the Alpine Bed from Modernica …..

I also officially kicked off a new ongoing series for the blog called “Guest Vignettes” where I am asking some of my favorite bloggers to share a vignette in their home and explain its sentimental meaning to them.  I was lucky enough to snag Holly from the Almost 40 Year Old Intern and Alycia from Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One…..

Finally, I shared with you all my pending article in Adore Magazine, my day at the Clars Auction House and my first give away of 2012.

February is gearing up to an even better month with some new interviews, another give away and maybe a video or two!

So did you have a favorite post from January or have a suggestion for something you want to see on the blog?  Drop me an email or comment and let me know!

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Loving Out Loud: Roberts Revival DAB Radio

I believe that the holiday shopping season doesn’t really start until December 26th.  Shopping the day after Christmas may seem like a crazy notion to many but for myself, it’s the only way I roll when shopping for those winter “must-haves”.  This is a time where I don’t have to worry about Great Aunt Brenda or if my MIL will like it…..this is solely “me time”.  It’s where I find those wonderful baubles and whatnot that make my heart race, fill my closet to the brim and empty my bank account.

This year was no different and I happily filled shopping bags with new coats, sweaters and shoes…..simply gorgeous stuff that I am excited to share with you in the coming weeks.  However, the thing that made me the most giddy was the Roberts Revival DAB Radio I got for $100 at Anthropology……

I am by NO means an audiophile but sweet meats and cheese this sucker is gorgeous.  Encased in a baby blue leather and brass shell, the Roberts radio not only look beautiful, but sounds fantastic thanks to some superior engineering and “doodadery” (it’s an official term)……

My one complaint about the radio is that the DAB function will not work in the US since we don’t have DAB frequency.  It was a nifty selling point but it is lost on American buyers which is why I think it ended up on sale.  Fortunately, it does have ports to support your iPod, so you can blast your favorite tunes to your heart’s delight.

I am quite stoked that I was able to find such a cool radio for the music room for $100.  With some slight jiggering, I was able to find a nice home for it on the shelf…..

It blends so well with the decor of the room that I think it was meant to be and thus I feel 100% justified in my purchase.  I like to think that I paid $1 for every percent of justification and since justification is priceless, I got the radio for a steal.  Hey….don’t judge my warped retail math.  Try it.  It works.

So did you all partake in the post-Christmas sales?  Leave a comment and tell me what new thing filled your heart with delight and left your wallets a little lighter….

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