By August 29, 2014 About Me

I’ve been following The Art Assignment for some time now, but this is the first assignment I’ve actually completed. If you’re unfamiliar, The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Studio Production that meets working artists to solicit assignments for viewers and readers to complete. This latest assignment is to choose a person you either know or want to know better, take a look at their bookshelf, and create a self-portrait of them with 3 stacks of books. You can learn so much about a person from what they read.  This is especially true of strangers – in fact, I’m the girl on the train peering at what my fellow riders are reading. In this case, and for blogging sake, I decided to pick just one stack from my own collection. I chose titles that I both love and that describe my current state of mind.

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It could be fun to do this every season or so – to look back and see which titles have changed and how often.

I chose:

The Painted Drum, Eliot’s Banana, Timmy Failure (Mistakes Were Made), and The Garden of Last Days.

(Janelle Andrea, Sorted Self-Portrait)


By August 20, 2014 My Life

August, where’d you go?

I can’t lie, Fall is my favorite season, it seems as though I blinked twice and summer is gone. Pretty soon we’ll be cozying up in sweaters, leather jackets and boots. And fall foliage. And sipping our saccharine hot drinks. And holiday shopping. Okay, I got a little carried away with that last one. But, it’ll all be here before we know it.

Anyway, we still have a couple of weeks before Fall is officially upon us, and I’ve been making a ton of mental notes (read: wish lists) of what I want to usher in the new season. The struggle to not buy everything I see is real, but I have narrowed it down to just a few things. For now. Or until I make another wish list.

While browsing UncommonGoods (and ogling all of the collections), I fell in love with so many pieces. I’m partial to handmade goods – and especially biased towards Brooklyn-based businesses. I know, it sounds ridiculous. But after living in the best borough, you’re kinda biased for life. On a more important note, through their Better to Give program, they donate $1 of every purchase you make to the non-profit of your choice.

Sound good? Keep reading to check out my some of my new favorite things, and click here and here to view more collection items.


ADORNMENTS – State Quarter Ring, Kaleidoscope Necklace

AROUND THE HOUSE – Vintage Camera PillowsWooden Wrap Lamp

KITCHEN WARES – Footed Bowl, Self-Chilling Wine Glasses, Set of 2

…Have a fantastic weekend!

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Uncommongoods. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep the doors at Love, Andrea open!


By August 11, 2014 My Life


There’s only a few weeks of summer left and it’s time to savor every last moment. Autumn goodness is already tempting me and I’m not ready.  Press play to hear what I’ve been listening to on repeat lately – it’s a little happy/sexy/cool mix that’ll take you through September.


By July 11, 2014 My Life

Ever see one of those “what’s in my bag?” posts and wonder how people carry so much around? The kitchen sink syndrome is real – I’m so guilty of toting 4 lipsticks just because, random receipts, thank you notes, a stamp set (don’t ask), and everything other than what I really need. Well, hotter weather calls for a lighter load and I’ve managed to rid my bag of nonsense. Bonus? My back and shoulders thank me. Especially when I’m melting on a 110° NYC subway platform and it’s too hot for clothing. And the only bag you want to carry is a bag of ice. But I digress.

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What’s left are the essentials – one of the books I’m currently reading (sidenote: it’s a crazy good page-turner), the only lip balm I’ll ever need, my block out everything sunglasses, playing cards (you never know!), charcoal blotting papers as to avoid looking like an oil-slick, and the genius bronzing oil that makes my skin glow. And of course, my jolt of caffeine in the form of the Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Yep, I’m still buying these by the 6-pack, and I grab one on my way out of the door.

Details: Marni Tote (sold out but similar here), Westward Leaning Sunglasses, The Garden of Last Days novel, Dior Creme de Rose lip balm, Sephora Blotting Papers, Theory 11 Playing Cards, Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soleil


Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep the doors open at Love, Andrea!