Friday, April 26, 2013

Spaz Patrol!

...Name what movie that is from! No, really. I can't remember. I want to say Little Giants, or Heavyweights or Rookie of the Year.. Same diff. My fiance says it to me, at least once a week. I am a naturally anxious person. I am always in a "hurry to get nowhere" as I like to say. This week has been extra spazzy, my friends. I have been crazed with things to do. Nothing major. Just TOO MUCH to do, and no time to do it. You will feel it in this post, because I'm pretty sure we're about to enter into some pretty random territory. You may want to nap, or at least have a drink after reading about my all-over thoughts.

*As for this weekend, while I have work tomorrow, I am kicking it off by going to the lake with friends tonight. I have made the pinterest popular Skinny Funfetti dip. And let me tell you, it's setting in the fridge now, but from what I can tell, it's amazing! Amazing! Like crack. I also made up a pizza thing out of puff pastry. So far, so good. We'll see. If I feel like talking about the recipe, I might. Might not. I don't think anyone really reads this yet, so I might just take advantage of writing down nonsense, before it catches on.

*Can we talk about The Great Gatsby trailer?! Here's a confession: I never read the book. I don't know how to read. That last part isn't true, but I never had to read it, therefor just never did. This movie though...oh em gee. The clothes, the sets, even the font on the poster (which totally looks like our wedding invites!) makes for the most beautiful looking movie. I cannot wait, and hopefully I can get some last minute ideas for the wedding. Everything we've pretty much picked has that Art Deco feel, so it looks like this summer will be filled with glamorous inspiration. Love it!

*I got my Birchbox in the mail! This week has been so ridiculous, that I haven't even gotten to try any of my new beauty products! Now that is busy. Once I do, expect a review. Maybe. I'm really glad I started to get these cute little boxes, because I had been thinking all along they would be a really nice gift for some of our wedding vendors. That is still a possibility, but the standard size is TEENY! So I  may need to rethink my options, or at least see what else Birchbox offers.

*You all caught up on your RHOC? Here's another confession: I love to read the girls' blogs on Bravo's website, and see the comments from the viewers. People are calling Gretchen, Tamra, and Heather on their mean girl behavior, and because I'm tacky, I love that they're being called out.

Ok...Guess it's back to work, then maybe fitting in a workout, doing my hair for later...blah blah blah.

Have a great weekend, everyone xoxo

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Livi's Chicken Salad

There are two very special little people, that I am lucky enough to spend two days a week with. Back in, I think October, I was looking for one more "little" job to fill my time, and maybe give me a little extra spending money. With my fiance's schedule, it's smart to have things that keep me busy. Thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook, an old friend of mine and I were able to connect, and she asked if I wanted to watch over her babies on a regular basis. The rest is history, and I am now Fran Fine Mary Poppins a nanny. When this started, Anthony asked me what the difference was between a nanny and a babysitter. Well, I guess because we have a set schedule, and I'm not 13, I'm a nanny...?

Let me tell you guys, it has become so much more than a "job."  I am so beyond crazy for these two little people. Besides our wedding, my Mondays and Wednesdays, with Olivia and Grant are what I look forward to more than anything. It's ok- their mom, Laura, knows how much I adore them, and thank goodness doesn't think I'm a weirdo. People have asked me if this makes me want to wait until we have children, because while fulfilling and so much fun, it can be tiring. The answer, is honestly, it makes me want them sooner. Anthony is wincing right now. He and I will figure all of that out, but this 5 year old boy, and 1 year old girl have opened a place in my heart, that I didn't even know was there. I think this is how most people feel when they get a pet. Never took for me. But babies? Well, at least I know I'm not completely heartless.

Olivia celebrated her first birthday last month! And girlfriend is walking all over the place, and talking to us all of the time. It's amazing how fast they change. Her wonderful parents had a lovely party for her, and we were lucky enough to be a part of her big day. Laura- who I could stay and chit chat with all day if the kids allowed, has given me some great recipe ideas. She shares things that are easy, and make great leftovers. I know about the leftovers, because I eat pretty much everything in their fridge. One of my recent favorites, was the main dish at Olivia's party. Chicken Salad Sandwiches. A favorite anyway, but once Anthony actually took it upon himself to mention it, and asked me to get the recipe, I knew we had found a great staple for at our house. And a staple this has become. It's the easiest thing to make, and gets better the longer it sits. (Within reason, obvi)

Ok, so really it's Laura's recipe. Olivia didn't come up with it on her own, or even make it for that matter, but it does remind me of her special day.

1 Rotisserie Chicken, Shredded
Handful of Cherry Flavored Dried Cranberries
1 Fuji Apple, diced
Chives
(Combine all in a bowl. Chicken absorbs the dressing (to follow) better, if warm.)

Dressing
1/2 cup Mayo (I used the kind with Olive Oil in it. Haven't tried it with yogurt yet, but probably doable)
S&P to taste
1/2 tsp Curry Powder
Juice of one lemon

Mix it all up, and chill for about an hour. 
Customize it to your liking

We have had this twice now for dinner- served once with corn on the cob, and another with macaroni and cheese. Both times- awesome! I love to use this as a dip for pita chips, too, usually for lunch. 

I have to give a shout out to Grant, since he just celebrated a birthday! I have learned more about Bruder trucks than I ever thought possible, and was able to actually pick one out, with a little help from his Mama. Since we're talking gifts, I have to mention http://www.mybambino.com/. Olivia and Grant each got a sweet keepsake from here, and with all of the other babies and kids in my life, I will be shopping for more. The My Bambino company doesn't even know that I exist, it's just a nice idea, and thought I should share. If you're around my age, and reading this, you know what I mean when I say there are lots of special little people to shop for in your life.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Most Hairdressers..


...Have skipped many a lunch, and (if they're like me) have more than made up for it when getting home

...Are the last to get their own roots done, and ends trimmed off

...Have folded more laundry at work, than they will at home

...Have gone home with incredibly achy, but always fashionable, feet

...Have talked about things in a break room that would make most of their clients blush. Surprisingly, not the roller set clients

...Have wanted to strangle a bride. Not you, though. Don't worry.

...Have worked on a Saturday morning, with the same make-up on that they wore the night before, to go out

...Have not done their best work, when told by a client how to do their job. Sorry, guys, but it's so true. Such a vibe killer.

...Have done countless at home hair services in their kitchens, bathrooms, and rooms at their mom and dad's house- just a guess on that last one. Calling all "Kitchen Beauticians"

...Have played with more new products, colors, nail polishes, make-up, etc than any girl (or some guys) could even dream of! A great perk

...Have prayed for some kind of health insurance or benefit to come along

...Have mastered the tease. It's all in the shoulders

...Have met the most creative, smart, and fabulously weird people in this business; and traveled to some really great places and great classes

...Become super attached to clients, especially if they are weekly

...Have dreamed about going for a spa day, completely anonymously

...Know the town gossip


Well, time to go wash out my highlights that I had to put in myself. Did I miss anything? From a client's point of view?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Stepford Ramblings

Happy Friday! It feels a little strange to be starting a post about hair and shoes, when is there is so much going on in Boston. I was going to catch up on my Bravo DVR's while I wrote this, but thought it smart to at least put the news on..


*While I have been feeling pretty good about all of my "bridal styling" there has been one thing that I just cannot decide on. I may decide on the morning of August 31, and that's fine. It's what to do with my hair. I have it narrowed down to 2 options. However, each hairstyle requires a different haircut. Maybe. Unless I can get pretty clever.

Option one is an updo. I mean, you have to have an updo option. Without giving away too much, my dress is sexy. I'm 30,  it's fine. My first inspiration for styling this most-wonderful dress, is Sophia Loren. If I wear my hair up, it will be big, tousled, and maybe even a little messy.

The thing is, I don't like updos. From day to day, I do wear my hair up a lot (well, I did...keep reading for the most exciting thing going on right now.) My hair typically goes into a ponytail, because it frustrates me. Plain and simple. Well, my other option was a "lob" (see here for the original inspiration.) If this were the case, I would wear my hair down, on wedding day, but blown out to perfection! Honestly, I think I would feel more like me.

My mom and I were discussing this the other night, and while I think she's toeing the line of updo, she is so wise, and suggested that I cut it now, at least a little bit, and see how it feels. And by now, like as soon as possible, in case it needed to grow back. That's where we are now. I got that mess cut off yesterday afternoon! I feel like myself. I also feel like Faye Dunaway, circa 1978. (I love a good reference that no one my age gets, in case you haven't noticed.) It still grazes my shoulders. Nothing too crazy happened. I told my friend Katie, that my long hair was bringing me down, and was the reason that I was snacking so much at night. I will justify anything.

I don't have any pictures right now, because it's first thing in the morning, and my photographer is at work. Rude, right? The girls and I are going out for dinner tonight, so hopefully we'll get some good pictures.

So far the "poll" I've been taking, on updo vs. styled lob for the wedding, is pretty split. It will come down to what I feel the best in. My friend, Scott had my favorite idea so far. Both! Up for the ceremony, blown out for the reception. This would require some major logistic planning, but isn't impossible.

Everything else has been pretty easy to decide so far...and then the hair thing came up.

*Totally unrelated, but let's talk boyfriend jeans, and subsequently shoes. About twice a year, for the last 3 years, I set out on a very specific shopping excursion. It's the quest for the perfect boyfriend or skinny jean. I always leave with the same attitude. Discouraged, fat (I know, I know, really...), and like the jean think is pretty much hopeless. Don't get me wrong, in the right pair of jeans, I feel fine. Skinnies have just not been my friend, and finding the perfect boyfriend jean (which I really love the look of) has been impossible. Last week, for a nice night out with my man, I had some fabulous new wedges that I wanted to show off. I just didn't know what to wear with them! I was planning the outfit around the shoes, so it was non-negotiable. I had to get a little creative, and this happened..

I cuffed a pair of jeans. Jeans that never let me down in the fit department. And ya know what? I liked it. I've been doing this a lot since, actually. These are bootcuts, so they get a little bit of a weird flair if I'm not careful, but it works.

These jeans are from Nordstrom Rack, not sure the brand (they're in the other room dryer.) I highly recommend shopping for good denim at Nordstrom Rack. I have had the best luck there.

Shoes are from Gabrielle Bothers, and they were $10.99. I haven't taken them off since I bought them 2 weeks ago. Now that I think about it, they were strays over near the dressing room. I hope I didn't take anyone's shoes...

*Totally not girly-stuff related, but my parent's new dog's name has been changed from Caliber to Chandler.  He loves it, and we love TV in our family, so it was a no-brainer.

My brother said it best: "Could I be any cuter?"

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Just Joined...

...Birchbox!

For those of you that don't know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription of beauty products- samples, new make-up trends, etc- sent to your house every month (hence the "monthly".)  I have been meaning to do this for years. There are a lot of sign up options, and you can personalize your profile to what you are interested in.

There are also tons of gift ideas, a men's version, and home/garden sections to look through on Birchbox. I don't know about you, but looking at home decor, kitchen gadgets, and the like is my idea of a good time. I could walk around Hobby Lobby or Home Goods for hours. Doesn't mean I'm the most domestic, but it's fun nonetheless.

I digress.. If you'd like an invite to join Birchbox, let me know, along with your email address; you can also fb msg me if we're friends on there, and if we are really close, text me!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Everyday Beauty Staples

I was pretty excited this morning, when I woke up and had an idea for this post. I was even more excited, when I got an unexpected break in my day, and my favorite movie happened to be starting. As the guys of Tropic Thunder keep me company, I thought I'd share with you my everyday beauty products.

When I say everyday beauty products, I am talking bare minimum. While I shudder to think about what all I really use from day to day, these few things I'm about to share are my staples. Truth be told, I'm pretty low maintenance during the week. Shhh, don't tell anyone. I use the following every. single. day. And then, depending on the day, I'll add to it.





* I am a WEN girl. Through and through. Anthony's family happens to live about 5 minutes from QVC, and a few months ago, I bit the bullet, and went in to buy some Wen. I had lived there for about a year, and never went! Looking back, that was probably for the better. When we did go in, I had one thing in mind, and that was to try this shampoo cleansing conditioner. I didn't want to order online, because I just wanted ONE bottle to try. Keep in mind that if you order this from amazon, qvc, anywhere...they will do everything to lock you into a renewed delivery. Wen isn't for everyone, at least I don't think so, even with their varieties for different hair types. As for mine- my hair is fine, dry, brittle, and porous. Isn't it ironic? Dontcha think? You wouldn't know, most days, thanks to my wen. From a technical point of view, I get how this works for me. If you have thick or oily hair, you probably don't need to wen. (Maybe I should just do a WEN post. I can't stop rambling.)

* Palmer's Cocoa Butter, in the jar. Has to be in the jar. Since I was old enough to dress myself, I've been moisturizing. From head to toe. I cannot stand to have dry skin. ICK! I've tried everything, and I always come back to this cost effective miracle. I have a routine down, and that even includes applying this to my eye area, and using it as a lip balm every night.

* Pardon my sad looking MAC quad. What I'm trying to show here, is MAC eyeshadow in Nylon. The perfect base shade. I will never use anything else. In fact, I plan on getting a quad of just Nylon sometime soon. Most days I just do a good swipe of this, with some eyeliner, and good lashes and I'm all set. It's very neutral, and can be worn with warm or cool colors, and has just enough shimmer to make eyes look a little more awake, without giving that 9th grade sparkly look.

* Speaking of eyes, I have been using the same eyeliner for 15 years- Loreal Liquid Liner. I'm sure there is another name for it, but that's pretty much all it is. All you need to know is that is in the gold tube. I have tried others, and I have tried colors other than black, and I always go back.

* Mascara. Mascara is huge! Right now I am using Loreal Express Volume in blackest black (always the darkest color available), and I love this mascara, but I'm pretty open to whatever. The "better" brands that I have found, that are a nice treat to myself every once in a while are Chanel, Dior, or Bad Gal Lash by Benefit.

* No mascara would be all that it could be without the right eyelash curler. Ladies, I am telling you, this is the game changer. If you aren't comfortable using an eyelash curler, start practicing until you are. Most are good, but there is one curler to blow them all out of the water. The Shu Uemora bad boy is famous in this industry. Totally worth it, and, I think, pretty easy to use. Mine has been going strong for 2.5 years now.

* Another staple of my eye-makeup routine that I have been using since at least high school, is Neutrogena's under eye concealer. This is something else, where I have tried other brands- "nicer" brands- and they are never the same. At least not for me. I have only ever seen this product sold at Target. Fine with me..gives me (yet another) excuse to go to Target, and walk around an absurd amount of time.

This list doesn't include my skin care routine, which is also an everyday thing, because I think that warrants its own post. I also use some kind of blush or bronzer everyday, but it changes, depending on what is sitting closest to me. Seriously.

Would love to know what the rest of you use for your everyday looks!



Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bridal Fun


First things first, as you can see...New name (same domain) and new look. This is all still a work in progress, and while I need to eventually get a professional look, with tabs and buttons, etc, Blogger offers some good places to start. Although, while browsing their templates and colors, I was getting total My Space deja vu.

Now for the fun stuff! I thought I would share a little more on the wedding and how it applies to our lives, and let the ladies of Bridesmaids help me out. To be clear, I'm not always represented by the bride, Lillian. Before I met Anthony, I was Annie. Total Annie. She's still in there! Be honest, if you're a fan of the movie, how many times have you watched the airplane scene? We're probably at around 50-something at our house.

We'll dive right. in. Yes, I am 30, and no, that is not old at all. Has it been easy being one of the "last ones" to start a life with someone? Not always. Worth it? Absolutely! If there is one thing that I could tell every girl in her early 20's, who might be looking to settle down (because it seems like the right thing to do, or whatever) Do. Not. Settle. While I have been so incredibly happy for all of my girls, my bridesmaids if you will, I probably could have been more enthusiastic at times. Had I only known that someone totally incredible was just around the corner.

Don't get me wrong. Being a single gal in her 20's or 30's (or any age really) can be fabulous! (I'm feeling a Sex and the City post coming up..)
 One day, when I really didn't care, and really wasn't looking- it's true what they say- he came along. The quietest, classiest, most gentlemanly guy. However you describe him, he's perfect for me.

My friends were so happy for me, and so welcoming of the new addition in my life. It's been a good time ever since. I had a super fun date at weddings, and he welcomed all of our weird inside jokes, and respected my close friendships right from the start.

 Then, after many years of Anthony's getting through school and incredibly hardwork, that still continues, we were ready! Engagement time! It was a whirlwind few weeks. Parties here and there, and celebrations to be had
 Then it was time to buckle down and plan. Holy overwhelming. I wanted to come home everyday, and watch old sitcoms, rather than figure this all out.

 Sure enough, it has all come together, and it will be the most wonderful day! I even thought I would start writing about it, along with all of the other adjustments we are getting used to.

We are at the 4.5 month mark to go...Holy Heck!! When did that happen?! We are having the best time, and I can only hope it stays that way. I have been in enough weddings, that hopefully I have learned a few things here and there. I couldn't do any of this without the help of some wonderful girls in my life. None of this would be as special, if I didn't have special people to share it with.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

California, Here We Come

...Right back where we started from

No, I am not going to California, or watching that OC, but I have decided to write about The Real Housewives of Orange County, RHOBH style. Not sure I'll be recapping every week, but they are fun to write about.

As most of you know, we're back with Season 47594 (actually I think it's 8.) Honestly, last season didn't do it for me. Don't worry, I never missed an episode- Blasphemy!- but I did feel it was pretty negative overall. I could say the same for the last few seasons of RHONJ, but we'll save that for another time. Let's break it down, housewife by housewife.

Tamra: Meow! What a B! I don't even know where to begin. If we're getting deep, I think she's a damaged person, and therefor reacts to a lot of situations in a really, really nasty way, and it all comes from a place of hurt. She should be pitied, if anything. Or she's just not a nice person. Fun? sure. Hot, in a super trashtasic way? yeah, why not. I don't even think she's a bad mother, except her mean-girl stuff is not I would want my daughters to see on tv or anywhere. Bottom line, we are dealing with a total negative-nancy, but in a weird way, I can't imagine the show without her...even if she is fighting with at least one person, for an entire season! It's getting old.

Vicki: Ok, ok I kind of have a soft spot for Vicki. I truly think she is a good person. Even when yelling at a shuttle service about having a "LITTLE FAMILY VAN" pick up her family for a trip. If you know the show, you just read that as her yelling it. Vicki's daughter is cool, and they have a close relationship. It's fun to see Vicki as a Grandma (even if that storyline is a little snoozeworthy.) She has definitely had her moments, and ugly fights with the other ladies, but I think she takes accountability for it most of the time. Also, you just know she is missing something fun and social, as you read this, because she has to work! Doesn't anyone work anymore?!

Heather: She's definitely Stepford-y, but she's got an opinion. I like that. Do I like her? Not all of the time. I really liked Heather at first. She's a good wife and mom, but she's fancy (the perfect combo in my book.) Her banter with her husband kinda reminds me of Anthony and me. Her house is perfection, and so fun to see. Heather also comes off as a girl's girl, and can pretty much hang. Oh wait, then we went to Costa Rica last year. I didn't care for Heather, Gretchen, or Tamra (that was a given) during the whole "friend-tervention" on poor Alexis. FYI, calling it a cute name, doesn't make it nice to tell someone why they suck. Then we had bow-gate. Girl just could not drop the fact that that hot mess Sarah, another one to be pitied- for different reasons, was acting a fool.



This year, I am glad Heather is being fair in the Vicki-Tamra thing, so that makes her a little more likable this season. Time will tell if it sticks.

Gretchen: Cutesy, bitter, Gretchen. Before she got all bitter, and started "Standing up for herself! Yeah, chicks rule!" Gretchen annoyed me. The giggling in her commentary. Couldn't. Still can't. Now she's a mean girl, so there really isn't much redeemable there. One more thing, how long does it take her get ready? I have never seen such perfect, hair, make-up, and clothes. Not to mention that bod! See, I can say some nice things. The girl always looks perfect! (Very Stepford, right there)

Alexis: I realize this blog isn't going in the most positive direction. For instance, my first thought was to write something about how Alexis is as dumb as a box of hair. Well, that wouldn't be nice, or uplifting. The truth is though, I know she is not very well liked (how do I know? I just do, ok,) but she seems to have a good heart, and definitely doesn't deserve the terrible treatment from the other girls. She's pretty much harmless to me, which means she should be left alone. Even her husband isn't too bad this season, granted we've seem him for a total of, like 7 minutes. Alexis' haircut this year? Cute. Cute. Cute.

Slade: Yep, Slade. He's been with us since the beginning. Slade and Vicki, the OG's of the OC. He's pretty gross. I used to secretly root for him, and feel badly for him, then he became really mean-spirited, as opposed to just doofy, and slimy. It will be interesting to see what happens with him and Gretchen, or which housewife he can hook up with next. Well, it will be interesting to me.

If nothing else, I'm leaning towards doing an end-of-the season recap; which won't be for awhile, since these shows seems to go on and on, for the longest time. Thank goodness! 

Happy viewing!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lazy Cooking and Baking

Believe it or not, I have been pretty busy in the kitchen lately, and I have loved every single moment. I haven't been reinventing the wheel or anything (should I have said the cheese wheel, there? Didn't think so)

Let's just get down to it:

Anthony is working a pretty bad schedule this month. No fun, but it does mean that I cook a little more. He doesn't have time, and I like him to come home to something nice. I was craving Planet Hollywood's Cap'n Crunch Chicken, which is weird for a few reasons. Not because that doesn't sound delicious, but because I'm pretty sure I haven't been to a Planet Hollywood in like, 15 years. Has anyone? I had seen a "pretzel honey mustard chicken" recipe on, you guessed it, Pinterest, but couldn't find if I had pinned it, so I just googled it, and picked the first one that came up. 

Recipe that I did here for Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken.

My finished product:
Couple things..The homemade marinade/dip is in the background. Don't get it twisted: Please do not dip your finished chicken into what you dipped your raw chicken into. I pretty much followed this exactly. Next time, I don't think that will be necessary, although it was SO good. We also had french fries that night. Don't let the chicken and veggies fool you. This was an easy, and really yummy, one.

Next up: Pinwheels for an Easter appetizer. I had been seeing recipes all over for "pinwheels" with lots of different options. The only consistent thing is that you use frozen puffed pastry, then jack it up with whatever you want. Love that!

I filled my thawed puffed pastry with prociutto, asiago cheese, and a little honey mustard. Similar recipe here

Finished guys straight out of the oven:
They looked even better on their serving plate
I would do this again, anytime that I entertain. So easy, and everyone seemed to love them. A few ideas I have are using jelly as a filling..or nutella...or a pizza version. Really whatever sounds good at the time.

Speaking of easy..S'more treats. A friend had requested something totally different for a dinner together one night, and well, I took the easy way out. I'm positive this has been done before. In fact, my friend Brooke and I made a similar version of this. Believe it or not, this was even easier than what we had did. If you haven't guessed by the name, this was pretty much a cereal square (think Rice Krispy Treats) but in s'more version.

I followed the Rice Krispy Treat recipe, but used: Golden Grahams Cereal, threw in some chocolate chips, and even drizzled some melted chocolate on top, to make it look like I did at least something.
I've been known to make different versions of Rice Krispy Treats. A favorite was using Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I love cereal, and will eat it in any version that I possibly can. The best, to me, is out of the box, in front of the tv.

I could probably just dedicate a post to another blog, alone. The Mix and Match Mama makes things that make sense to me. The recipes are nice to serve to company, and are really easy, and fairly healthy. Plus, Shay, the author, is just so darn cute! I have made a few things based on her blog. In fact, the pinwheel idea kinda stemmed from there. In case you haven't noticed, I like a recipe that you can change up. Psh, I don't need rules. Shay has a ton of customizable recipes.

A recent favorite, her Chicken Pot Pie.

I followed it pretty closely, except I used Crescent Rolls, instead of Grands for my topping. I would eat a shoe if it had a Crescent Roll wrapped around it. And if it was a really expensive shoe.

My finished Chicken Pot Pie:
So pretty, so yummy, and so comforting after a long day for my Doc. This was so easy, that it was almost embarrassing. 



Happy cooking, friends! 



Friday, April 5, 2013

High 5 For Friday



 1. The beginning of this week was stressful, wedding wise. I was having some anxiety about programs and ceremony music. (It's ok. I'm rolling my eyes, too.) By the end of the week? Major relief. Thank you Brooke, and thank you Lauri for your help! Exciting things ahead for the big day!!

2.  Let's just go ahead and dedicate this one to Anthony. It happened again, you guys. I heard "From This Moment On" by Shania, and got a tad choked up. Mind you, this was in public. Not that it would have been any less awkward in private. Still rolling our eyes? I am. Let's just blame it on true love. And for good measure, lets revisit the first night that we met..

 3. This is a big one. There is a new dog at my mom and dad's! He is so sweet.. The little guy's name is Caliber (and he does respond to it..not that my mom and I haven't tried Callie, Cal, Little Boy..) and he is 18 months old. For those of you that don't know, they lost one of their Goldens at a young age, just a few months ago. It was devastating. Caliber and Jackson (our little guy who is no longer with us) have the same mother. Cody, their oldest Golden, is beside himself!!! 
 4. You ever have one of those weeks where you feel like the stars align, and you get quality time with friends overload? This was one of those weeks. "Supper Club" (are we calling it that, guys?) on Tuesday night, lunch with the girls today, and a dear friend coming into the salon tomorrow. I am one lucky girl.

 5. The Easter Bunny was super thoughtful, and dropped of some fabulous finds for me at my parent's house.

I love me some Toms! Love them, love them, love them. I'm just not the ballet flat type, and while I was hoping to be the boat shoe type, it just wasn't feeling right. So thanks to my very smart mother/fashionable Easter Bunny, my feet are ready for spring.

Here's hoping for an awesome weekend XO
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Beverly Hills, What a Thrill

I have been having a hard time getting inspired about a new post. (Already? I know, I know.) Maybe it's because I know that I should be doing my taxes. I started one about exercise, and then I started one about Joan Collins, and then I remembered that I just did one about Barbra Streisand. Let's try to space our divas out, shall we?

So I thought about some other things that I know best. Then it was easy. When I was getting ready to start this bad boy, a friend had suggested that I do a Real Housewives recap. What a fabulous idea! Since my favorite girls have just gone off of the air, save for a lost footage thing coming up, I thought I would do a general recap. For the few of you that are still reading, after I said "housewives," I present to you, my thoughts on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (So much for not giving you all diva overload)

Kyle: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Girlfriend was my absolute favorite in Season 1. That finale though, and the fight with Kim in the limo? Just chalked it up to a bad night, and an even worse dress. Then her loyalty, and choice of friends kept taking her down a notch. I think we can all agree that her association with Faye, alone, is cause for some serious eye rolling. I do want to believe that she means well. Kyle does seem like an awesome mom, so we'll give her a pass there. Also, I can't decide which house of her's I love more. The old or new one? Both beautiful!

Yolanda: Yolanda is tough, but I like it. I like the no BS attitude. I also don't mind the constant doting on her husband. I think it's nice, even if he totally irritates me.

Brandi: Another one I like, that is a little polarizing. When I say I like Brandi, I mean that I want to see her succeed and do good things. I also want her to stop saying really stupid things, but still get her refreshing point of view across somehow.

Taylor: Taylor I had always wanted to like, but just couldn't get there 100%. Anyone see her on Watch What Happens Live recently? I have to say, I really liked her. She was honest and funny; and not trying to fit in or start a fight to stay relevant. This might get me some flack too, but I really like how Taylor dresses. Let's hope she can get the other stuff (ie that whole drinking thing) figured out. What a sad situation she had been through.

Kim: Snooze! Ok, I get it. Her journey is touching, and sweet, and sad all at the same time. Still boring. Next. Best of luck, though.

Adrienne: Ugh. Can't even. I'm going to try to keep this blog positive, so I won't say too much. I don't even think she's worth the space to write about. The only other thing I will say about her, is that in Season 2's second-to-last episode, when Taylor was trying to apologize for all of the trouble her lying/abusive marriage had caused (they were at SUR or Villa Blanca; and Kim was with that gross guy. Remember?) I felt that Adrienne was being really mean, and really unfair to her. I was pretty much over her then, and this last season just sealed the deal. BYE.

Lisa: Oh, Lisa. I have saved the best for last. The way she and Ken treat each other; the house; the closet; the fact that they frequent the South of France; the closet; the dogs; the closet..I could go on and on. I just think Lisa is cool. She handles things well, and she can be tough without being mean. Some people will disagree, but isn't that the point of these shows? She is so fancy, and so domestic all at the same time. I smile just thinking about being fancy and domestic someday. She has even gotten me to watch Dancing With The Stars. That says a lot.

I can see how this will come across like I think I know these ladies personally. Duh, I do. Can we also see why I needed a new hobby desperately? Thank you blogging world. 


Monday, April 1, 2013

This & That in the blogging world

Disclaimer: Only after I post, do I realize that I missed a lot in terms of editing. I just get SO excited to get my thoughts out there.

Disclaimer 2: I think that whenever you make a disclaimer, you are just drawing attention to a fault of your own, that otherwise wouldn't have been noticed by others. Hmmm...

Moving on..

Although this has been a bit overwhelming (I am not the tech savvy type), blogging has been fairly easy on me. There has been one thing that has been frustrating, and discouraging I might add, and that's the "follow" situation. How do I enable this stupid button that supposedly exists/get my bloglovin thing activated?? This is pretty much rhetorical, as I know I will eventually figure it out, but it's making me a little antsy in the mean time. Patient, I am not.

Moving on for real...

I had a quite a few ideas for this post. I wasn't feeling the Easter recipe wrap up, because well, I didn't quite make enough of a variety. I assure you though, what I did make, was super yummy, and will make an appearance at some point. Easter fashion wrap up? Nope, didn't take pictures. My favorite beauty products? Talk about overwhelming! Some wedding stuff? Sure, why not..

Well, this is easy. Some wedding info for new readers:
Our little website, that Anthony put together (I'd like to brag here for a second. He does A LOT to help, around the house, for the wedding...you name it).

If you are reading this, because I posted it on FB, I apologize for the wedding overload. I can't promise it will get any better for at least 5 months :-)

I have decided that my "something blue" will be my shoes. Fun, right? For the time of year, and other colors we have going on, I have a light blue in mind. Probably go with something like this..

or 
I mean, that color!
Any other brides out there? Links here or here

Have you ever been on http://www.6pm.com/?? I think its Zappo's discount site.. Either way, it's a no brainer.

The New will, of course, be my dress, that I am so completely in love with, that its ridiculous. It is my dress! Enough said. The Old will be something sentimental, and most likely an old piece of jewelry (or 2) from our beloved grandmother's, that neither of us got to meet. The Borrowed, I haven't asked about yet, so we'll leave it that. I already covered the fun stuff, anyway.

Any other brides out there? I never thought I was the "fussy" or sentimental type, and then we got engaged. I love to hear about other people's wedding plans; and I may get weepy over really cheesy songs (think From This Moment by Shania Twain). Yeah, that happened. I would love to hear about anything else "bridal" out there, that I might be missing!