Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Beautiful Evening . . .

I am in Huntington this weekend as an early birthday treat!

I have gotten to spend a whole lotta time with this guy:

Malakai Berry

And this beautiful girl:

Piper Poole

We ate at an amazing new Huntington restaurant,
Thai House.

Almost all of us ordered the same thing
(because it was sooooo amazing!!!!)

 Pad Thai with Peanut Sauce and Chicken . . . PERFECTION!!!!!

I had to make sure pretty Piper ate too!!!!

And Look at Malakai's AMAZING Shirt!!!!

It says: My Aunt Rocks!!!!

Hope you all had as wonderful an evening as I did!!!!

Love, Ambria Monqiue

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Single Girl's Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I am single. 
I am more frequently single than not. 

I, in many ways, enjoy being single.
I do NOT enjoy stereo-types about single people, and one of those is that we all hate 
Valentine's Day!

I often find myself giving in to societal pressures to, as a single, hate Valentine's Day.
I get on Facebook and see all the cynical status updates about
"anti-singles day" and "singles awareness day" and think,
"This is how I am supposed to feel about V-Day"
But then, in moment's of self-realization, I realize how much I really truly love it!

It's a day all about LOVE!  And I am a person who loves LOVE!
It doesn't have to be all about a significant other!  
I can use this day to celebrate love of my friends, my family, and myself!
(This is a Valentine my 5 year old sister made me!)

So far, I have enjoyed this Valentine's Day greatly!!!!
It was proceeded by an AMAZING weekend.
The weather is beautiful. 
I didn't have class till 2, so I was able to wake up and unwind at my house, 
reading homework while both of my very loving cats cuddled up on me. 


All in all, I am in a VERY happy place in my life!  
I feel love every single day.  
I have a beautiful "niece" and "nephew"that I love all day, every day,
even though I do not get to see them often.  

BFF Tommy holding my lil Malakai

The Beautiful Piper Poole!!!

There are people in my life that I love deeply, and just because I am not in a romantic dating relationship, that does not mean that I do not feel love and passion every day, I do!

And most importantly, I am surrounded by the most beautiful, loving friends that human being could ever be blessed with.  
Some I see every day, some I see every few weeks, some less than that, 
but I love them all with my whole heart

So, today, no matter what your "relationship status", 

Give it freely to all of those you encounter and are blessed to have in your life, 
and you will feel so blessed, you will be forced to get rid of your cynical Facebook status!!!

Ambria Monique

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lovely Lady Law Bloggers

Today, I have an EXCITING post!!!!  

Some beautiful fellow law students and I are starting  a fun blog group!  

We are going to have dinner parties and other fun events and blog it all!!!!!

Here is a post the lovely Jessica put together this morning to introduce our group!!!


I am SO excited to bring 
you this  post!

Allow me to announce our SUPER AMAZING new blogger group- The Law Ladies!

This new group is going to be full of such great things- fancy dinner parties, styling 
and photo shoots, surveys and guest posts, and much much more!

Here is the first of our photo shoots:

 From Left to Right: 
Cole, Ambria, Jessica, Lauren, and Chelsy

Here are all the pics- the good, the bad, 
and the FUNNY!
For example, I think the one above 
was our "law faces." 
Well, it was SUPPOSED to be haha.

The Arrested Development 
"Chicken Dance" even made appearance!

Trust me, when you are studying LAW 
you need alllll the humor you can get!


Here are descriptions of each of the 
Five Members, 
and a little bit about their blogs.

I am a law lady who is learning to find balance and 
beauty in all the craziness of life.
A Space of My Own lets me focus on the good things, 
vent about the difficult ones and document the process of life
 and all its twists and turns.


I started my blog Luxlucy randomly after finding 
and following a few amazing blogs. After reading the
 blogger's posts for a few months I decided to give blogging a shot.
 It was a rocky start and I rarely kept up with my posting. 
When I started law school a year and a half ago
I began to see my blog as a creative outlet instead of a burden 
and have started posting more and more.
 I love that so many of my law school friends also have blogs--
I enjoy reading their posts and am inspired by them everyday! 


I’ll be brief is a place where I can channel my daily
 frustrations, revelations, and inspirations :)
 For me, blogging has been a very necessary outlet 
during this crazy era of my life. 
Law school brought with it tons of new experiences, 
new friends, and new challenges. Having a place to sort things
 out and bounce ideas off other bloggers
 has been so helpful—and having this small community 
of fellow law ladies/bloggers within the vast blogosphere 
has been the icing on the cake!


Inter Alia (should be italicized, in legal language, 
means "among other things" During my second semester
 of law school, I realized I needed an artistic outlet 
that had nothing to do with the law. 
My best friend Jess always inspired me with her blog, 
so I decided to try it out!!!
 Currently, my posts have focused on my journey
 to lose weight and become more healthy, 
but the beauty of "among other things"
 means I can talk about anything my lil heart desires
 (Including tributes to Michael Jackson and 
Kanye West v. Charlie Sheen debates)!!!!


AND me,

Crafting Happiness is my project to celebrate the 
creative spirit and passion in all of us, one day at a time. 
 I want to encourage the creative spirit is each one
 of my readers through: daily inspiration, fashion outfit posts, 
vintage finds, thrifting advice, various cute collections, 
home decorating, advice on translating your style 
to all the areas of your life, yummy food, 
supporting local businesses, music reviews and suggestions,
 and all sorts of lovely guest post by inspired souls.


Be sure to visit all the girls' blogs (linked in their names),
 and keep checking back for more of our fun projects- 
starting with a dinner party Sunday night!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


"I cannot let you burn me up, 
nor can I resist you . . . 
No mere human can stand in a fire and 
not be consumed"

I watched the movie Possession for the first time last night.  
(This is the one starring Gwyneth Paltrow)

It is a beautiful story about an inconvenient romance.
It is complicated, secret, and opposed by culture
but it produces beautiful results.

I LOVE stories like this.
I deeply  believe that all relationships do not have to follow a cookie cutter format for the people in them to experience true romance.  
Sometimes, not being able to be together at all creates a type of romantic passion that would not exist under other circumstances.

I highly recommend this movie if you like Victorian England, poetry, tortured romance, and/or Gwyneth and Aaron Eckhart.  

Another AMAZING movie along these same lines is "Dangerous Beauty"
One of my favorite movies of all time, I highly recommend it!!!!!

Do you have any tortured romance-type movies to recommend to me????

Ambria Monique

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My life is FUN!!!

Sometimes, in the craziness of life and law school and all the obligations I face, I forget to acknowledge the fact that my life OVERFLOWS with FUN!!!

* These photos are from a great little night last week where I took a couple of unplanned hours and met my dear friend Molly to watch a classmate play open mic at Blue Moose
(Some extremely fun, flirty texting was involved!!!)

Recently, I got to go to DC with my bestie and her boyfriend and we went to see her bro's band, Loose Lips
(Love them!!!)

This past weekend was epic, but I forgot to take pics!!!  There was a law school party, dancing at 123, the King's Speech, many brunches, hours spent at Barnes and Noble, and a Super Bowl Party!!!

Today, I helped my class sell nachos (which was fun!), had class 2 - 3:15, a job interview at 3:20, and class 3:30 to 7:30.  It has been a CRAZY day!  Right now I am finishing up my 4 hour class and looking forward to a more relaxed schedule the next couple of days!