Category — Thoughts On Grown-Upness
I can’t believe our vacation has rolled to a close and today is my first day back in the real world: coffee, law office, blogging, and all. But this trip was actually so refreshing for me. I kind of love vacation for that reason: it’s so invigorating. Hubby and I spent at least half the vacation talking about our goals, our plans for work, ways to decorate the new place, errands we want to run. We talked all about the blog, and my quickly-approaching launch of Glitter, Inc. (we’re almost there — I promise!) We used our time away from reality as a chance to re-think, to brainstorm, get excited and motivated, and re-envision our own reality – which I love. That’s not to say I don’t yearn for pasta, gelato, everything about London, and the whole no-responsibility thing, but it is nice to have a plan on the heels of vacation and to feel so excited about the future (especially of this little blog!) Am I crazy? Do you use your time off to think ahead and plan or is vacation a total break from reality?
By the way, in case you want that amazing gold arm stack complete with ID bracelet and knot bangle (because I know I do!), here’s how to get the look (at every price range):
Image via Stockholm Street Style
June 17, 2013 6 Comments
When I was little and we took big trips, whether we were flying or on lengthier car trips, my mom always had an arsenal of “presents” tucked away in a tote bag, kept for just the right moments (usually small toys, sticker books, paper dolls, car bingo, etc.) Well, Louis Vuitton has gone and designed their own set of couture paper dolls, and I’m half-tempted to print a few out at our last hotel to play with on our flight back from Europe.
The famous design house collaborated with Australian illustrator Kerrie Hess and stylist Kim Hersov to create these darling watercolor dolls and their trendy spring wardrobes. The outfits’ designs were taken from Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. You can download the fashion plates for free online here.
I also think they’d make awesome framed “prints” in an office or styled closet. DIY project!
June 13, 2013 4 Comments
So I know that word, the “G” word, is bad and all, but hear me out, ladies. Gossip gets a bad rap. I’m not talking about high school gossip, the kind that gets you into loads of trouble, hurts feelings, burns bridges (truth be told, that was never my cup of tea … mostly because I was shy as could be in high school); I’m talking about the kind of gossip where you go out for a bite to eat with friends (preferably at a restaurant that serves french fries and ice cream sundaes), swap war stories and seek sage advice, all over pretty cocktails, while laughing your pants off. That kind of gossip, it’s my favorite kind. Sex and the City gossip.
Women get this bad reputation, as though we sit around, clucking like hens, stealing secrets and spreading them around, but for most, that’s hardly the case. Gossip is sharing, laughing, commiserating. Gossip is sealing friendships and leaning on one another, to share the good, the bad, the ugly. I think that’s why I love chick flicks (see, guilty pleasure number two). And watching chick flicks amongst friends, well that’s just awesome.
So spill: do you love gossip as much as I do? What are your guilty pleasures?
Four friends. Four hearts. 13 weeks of seduction. Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery. These four friends find support and guidance with each other as they brave their turbulent journeys and life’s storms of excitement, secrecy and betrayal, all the while bound by the complex relationships they’ve created. “Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan. Don’t miss the series premiere Monday, June 3rd at 10|9c on ABC after an all-new “The Bachelorette.”
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.
May 28, 2013 3 Comments
I’ve come to a disturbing realization: I drink way too much coffee. I blame the office environment (because surely it can’t be me.) Working in an office, you start to develop this Pavlovian reaction to the smell of coffee. So much so that even when a pot of fresh coffee isn’t brewing, your mind plays tricks on you, it’s 3:00pm and you’re exhausted, and you could swear you smell coffee. So you make a pot. And have your third cup of the day. Or when you’re out shopping, you make at least two visits to the mall’s Starbucks counter. (In shopping’s defense, shopping can get really tiresome.)
So I’m trying to kick the habit. Or at the very least, curb the addiction. I’m at a quiet roar right now with a lame-o one cup of coffee in the morning. And I still cheat, because who am I kidding, three glasses of iced tea at lunch packs plenty of caffeine. But I’m trying to limit that too. I swear I’m suffering in the office most of all. The pots of coffee keep on getting brewed, and some days, I still go for cup number two. All suggestions are welcome. I love tea – but most of the teas I love are packed with caffeine (green and black tea). And the idea of chamomile tea puts me to sleep just thinking of it (also, it reminds me of a spa, and since I’m generally nowhere near a spa, I’ll spare myself the wishful thinking). I’m trying a box of decaf earl gray right now, but it’s not quite doing the trick. I like Starbucks’ passionfruit tea – so good – and caffeine free – but I’m spoiled and only like it on ice (the green straw is not half bad either … I’m a straw slut), so that’s not always going to work. Any thoughts or tips for kicking the caffeine habit (or tricking myself into thinking I’ve gotten my “fix”)?
Original Image via Cheetah is the New Black
April 29, 2013 18 Comments
Dear Dove, bravo! (If you haven’t seen the three-minute video that Dove posted on YouTube, that teaches a vital lesson about how we view ourselves compared to how others see us, do it. By the way, I love this quote from Dove on the making of the video: “Women are their own worst beauty critics,” Dove says. “Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful … we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.”)
Dear weekend, hello, I love you.
Dear perfect outdoor party, make me throw a dinner party, why don’t you!
Dear dreaded treadmill, I’m thinking of giving ballet a try again after reading about these five “real women” workouts. Anyone know of any (inexpensive) adult ballet studios in Miami?
Dear late twenties, you think someone could have warned me about all of the baby parties we’d be attending at this stage in life. I swear, first it was wedding after wedding, and now, all I do is buy baby shower and birthday gifts for friends. (Not that I’m complaining … okay, I’m complaining a little … but hey, at least there’s cake.)
April 19, 2013 5 Comments
This weekend, the plan is to stay in, catch up on work, make popcorn, watch movies (otherwise the popcorn would be lonely), and play supportive wife (hubby’s thesis defense is in two-and-a-half weeks, and then back to medical school he goes!) I actually relish in the weekends spent at home on the sofa. Sometimes it feels like we’re teenagers playing house when the parents aren’t home … maybe it’s that we actually dated in high school, but getting to sleep late, to relax (and do work) in our own living room, to make pancakes at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, it’s all kind of surreal, and we love it. Are you a fan of the lazy weekend?
Get the weekend look (a.k.a., one step above pajamas): A.J. Morgan Glasses // Madewell Striped Heartnote Cardigan // Abercrombie & Fitch Melanie Shine Cami // Joie Kaplan Silk Pants // Shopbop Memo Mug // Barefoot Dreams In The Wild Leopard Throw // Arboretum Bloom Notebook // Apple Mac Book Pro // UGG Australia Coquette Slippers // Honeydew® Intimates X Madewell Lace Bralette + Lace Boyshorts
April 13, 2013 3 Comments