Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Love it or Hate it?

I saw an alarming amount of people traipsing around NYC this weekend wearing variations of this outfit:



I'm sorry sweetie, but did you forget to put on your shirt?  While you could maybe and I mean MAYBE get away with this look at the beach, you DO NOT need to be galavanting around Times Square like this.  It just doesn't translate well while surrounded by concrete or you know at 2pm on a Monday.

Apparently, this outfit is also an epidemic sweeping DC as Secret Lover was also appalled by what he witnessed this weekend (and trust me, that man has some fashion sense).  You can gauge his horror from the following text messages:

Secret Lover: Omg!!!! I saw so much of that outfit yesterday I almost threw up everywhere

Me: Omg I know! Who thinks that looks nice?

Secret Lover: People that don't own mirrors...or shame.

What are your thoughts on this new trend?  Is there any situation where this outfit works?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

One of my co-workers sent this around the office on Thursday and I think it is just too cute.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stuff I Like

1. Fleet Week

It's Fleet Week ladies and given my propensity for dating men in the military...we all know I'll be causing some trouble.  Seriously, a white officer's uniform may be the most attractive piece of clothing ever invented.  I will definitely be hitting up the bars in Midtown this weekend...wish me luck!

2. Misery Loves Cabernet

Kim Gruenenfelder delivers another hilarious story with Misery Loves Cabernet.  I'm not kidding you, I loved this book so much I missed my subway stop...twice.  I just love the main character Charlie, she's so easy to relate to and the book of advice she's working on for her great-granddaughter is amazing.  My personal favorite piece of advice is "When picking a man, the man who automatically orders you a large ice cream is the keeper".  If you're looking for a great beach read, this book is for you!

3. Brunch

While I was in DC, I had brunch with the girls at Hank's Oyster Bar (delicious btw.  I definitely recommend checking it out if you find yourself in DC).  It was the first time I'd been to brunch in months and I forgot how much I love it!  It's just so nice to put on a dress, sit outside, sip a cocktail, and gossip...oh and critique the outfits of fellow brunchers.

4. Real Housewives of New Jersey

I just love these cray cray housewives from New Jersey.  Caroline Manzo is my girl.  I love how focused she is on her family and how she doesn't put up with nonsense from anyone.  Teresa's family is such a hot mess this season.  Is it just me or do the two new housewives seem like they are just insanely jealous of Teresa?  I'm sorry that you didn't get invited to be on the previous season but GET OVER IT.  I really can't stand those two.

5. The Lonely Island "Jack Sparrow" (ft. Michael Bolton)


This video had me laughing hysterically when I first saw it!  I love The Lonely Island's songs but adding Michael Bolton was too much.  He looks fabulous dressed up like Jack Sparrow and Erin Brockovich.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A $1200 Pair of Jeans?

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Like most girls I struggle to find jeans that fit right.  At 5'11" most jeans I try on (even the long sizes) end up being too short.  Then there's the dreaded, "they fit fine this morning but by the end of the day they've stretched out so much I could fit two of me in them" jeans.  Or my personal favorite, "my butt will never be able to fill those jeans out ever...oh and thanks for reminding me of my lack of curves" dilemma.

So imagine my excitement when Urban Daddy featured an article about 3x1 a new shop in NYC where they will custom make a pair of jeans for you.  I figured for a few hundred bucks, I too could own the perfect pair of jeans.  True, it would take me a few months to save for it but all of that would be worth how amazing I would look in these jeans!

Unfortunately, my dreams were crushed when I discovered the price tag on these babies..$1200.   Seriously people, $1200 for a pair of jeans.  It looks like this lady will have to keep dreaming about her custom fit jeans.

I'm curious, what's the most absurdly priced clothing item that you've seen?

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Day at the Races

I headed down to DC for the weekend to see my girlies and attend the Preakness!  We boarded a party bus at 10am on Saturday and headed up to Pimlico for the races.  I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.  I apologize for not having any pictures of Bruno Mars...I was too busy sitting near the fence and chanting "horsies! horsies!"  No judging.

The crowd at the races

Train

Kegasus, the mascot of the day

Puddle of Mud...I think it's been a good 5 years since they had a relevant song, oh well!
 
Loved this guy's hat!

Proposal!

One of the smaller races

The lucky winners cashing in their bets

I think a few of the highlights were the ridiculous people we saw and some of the conversations we overheard.  For example, at the mimosa and bagel breakfast before leaving, "I only go to church when my daddy promises to buy me something".  Or during the bus ride back to DC, "I bet on all the horses with jockeys named Jesus.  I had to get ready for the Rapture somehow".

Some of the more outrageous moments included:

This lovely gentleman big pimping at the Preakness
This group of bros getting kicked off their bus (luggage and all) for being too belligerent.  It didn't phase them though, they started a game of pick up football.
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My all time favorite moment is featured above.  This older gentleman decided he would like to ROCK out to Bruno Mars covering the Jackson 5.  AMAZING.

Oh and did I mention our bus driver got into a fist fight?  He won of course.  Our day at the races was certainly an adventure and I am so glad we went!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stuff I Like

1. Bridesmaids

Have you seen Bridesmaids yet?  If not, GO!  I admit, I was very skeptical at first but it was absolutely hilarious.  I don't want to give anything away, but the scene where Kristen Wiig is trying to get pulled over had me laughing so hard I was crying.

2. H&M Sundresses

I don't know about you, but I am THRILLED that sundress season is back.  I tend to be a little bit rough on my sundresses.  I wear and therefore wash them a lot.  No matter if they're more pricey or the cheap ones they never last long.  H&M has a huge selection of sundresses right now and some of them even start at $12!  At that price, you don't have to feel guilty if they only last you one season AND you can afford to stalk up on a bunch of different styles.

3. MacBook Pro
I've finally abandoned my PC and am now a proud MacBook owner!  I'm still learning all the little tricks, how to use the tool bar, and all that good stuff but so far I am completely obsessed.  I can't wait to have more time to play around with all the features!

4. Something Borrowed the movie

We all know I enjoyed the novel Something Borrowed but I also really liked the movie.  Even though I will always be on Team Darcy, I thought the movie made Rachel's character a lot more relatable than the books.  It did a better job providing some backstory on her relationship with Dex.  Plus, giving Ethan a bigger role was a wonderful decision.  I already told Secret Lover that I could totally picture him sticking up for my the way Ethan defends Rachel during the badminton match.

5. Bitter is the New Black

Jen Lancaster's memoir Bitter is the New Black is probably the funniest book I've ever read.  She is so sassy and brutally honest with this book.  She's not afraid to share her shortcomings, drama queens moments, and struggles adjusting to her new lifestyle after losing her job.  I was sucked in as soon as I finished the first page.  If you're looking for a perfect beach read...this is it!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oh, How Pinterest-ing!

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I discovered Pinterest today and to say I have an obsession would be an understatement.  It is so much fun to use!  If you're on there make sure to look me up.

Today's inspiration is Hollywood Glamour.







Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Freshman Year of Life



So this is it.  My freshman year of life is officially over.  A year ago I graduated college and started my first full time job.  In some ways it seems like yesterday and it some ways it seems like ages ago.  While I can't promise my post will be as good as The Frenemy's or as ridiculous as Hyperbole and a Half's here are some of the lessons I've learned during my freshman year of life.  Hopefully they will help all you new graduates navigate the coming year.

1. Never in your life will you have friends like you did in college.  When we arrived at college we were a bunch of scared teenagers that had never lived on our own before.  We had to form an instantaneous bond as we tried to grapple with taking care of ourselves and dealing with our problems *somewhat* independently.  My girlies became my family for those four years and that isn't so much how it works in the real world.  You'll make some amazing friends but it will take you a little longer to find them.
2. Working a 9-5 is pretty amazing.  You mean I don't have to go home after work and write a paper or study for an exam?  I can go to happy hour anytime I want?  I don't have to spend Saturday afternoons in the library?  Yeah, it's a pretty nice perk.
3. No one expects you to know exactly what you want to do at 22.  It's ok to flounder a little bit.  If you don't like what you're doing, find something else.  And don't be afraid to speak up for yourself.  Your employers hired you because they want you to contribute.  Share your ideas, volunteer for a new project if it sounds more interesting than what you're currently working on, and learn as much as you can from whomever you can.
4. Your life won't be as glamorous as you thought.  Things like student loans, electric bills, and groceries are a lot more expensive than you think.  You'll learn to budget and make do with what you have.  On the bright side, just think of how much better it'll be once you don't have to budget anymore.
5. You'll learn to rely on yourself.  There will be a week where everything goes wrong.  When you're working 12 hour days, your sick, your computer breaks, oh and that guy you've been seeing...he'll choose that week to break things off.  I give you permission to crawl into bed and wallow Rory Gilmore style for a day or two.  But you'll be ok.  Get up and work through it.  That first time feels impossible but it leaves you feeling more confident and the next time everything feels like it's going wrong...you'll brush it right off.
6. Find something you love to do.  Is working out your thing?  Join a gym.  Do you love to read?  Find a book club.  Are you an oversharer like me?  Start a blog.  Making time for something you enjoy can transform your whole day.  It's also a phenomenal way to meet people with similar interests.
7. Don't be afraid of new experiences.  Thinking about moving to a new city?  Do it!  Never again in your life will you have as few commitments as you do right after graduating college.  Take risks and meet new people.  Save your money and go on trips.  Accomplish as much as you can.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Peace Up, A Town Down

I'm back from the D-d-d-dirty South and I absolutely LOVED it!  Loved it in the "if my dad wouldn't disown me I would pack up and move there right now" sense (he thought DC was too far from home so I can't imagine how he'd react to Atlanta haha).  It was literally nothing liked I expected.  I pictured it to be more urban and big city like but other than midtown it was very suburban.  Lots of gorgeous houses with porches and lawns...in other words, pretty shocking to a girl who's spent the past year in NYC.

Ana and I are very similar so she was the perfect person to visit.  Our idea of a good time is lots of eating, happy hours, shopping, and a little bit of site seeing.  I don't know about you, but I think experiencing the local restaurants and people watching is a lot more interesting than a lot of the site seeing activities.  It gives you a chance to really get a feel for the city.  So here's a picture filled recap of our weekend adventures...enjoy!

TRENTA coffe finally acquired.

A Trenta dwarfing a Grande
Obviously it was an early morning so my very first stop in the ATL was at a Starbucks where I FINALLY acquired that elusive Trenta.  I shamefully let down coffee drinkers world wide and couldn't finish it.  Apparently I am not up to the challenge of drinking a coffee that is bigger than the average human stomach.  You may have won this time Trenta...but I see a rematch in our future.

SweetWater Brewery

The Vortex

The Vortex

Burger at The Vortex
We spent our Thursday evening at the SweetWater Brewery where you can snag yourself 6 beers and a souvenir pint glass for $8 (try the Blue...it's blueberry flavored and delicious!) and then headed over to The Vortex.  Due to my not so secret obsession with Man v. Food this was definitely a highlight!  While I wasn't quite brave enough to down the Double Coronary Bypass Burger...I did really enjoy my Chili Cheeseburger...and all the stares we got for wearing sundresses into a biker bar haha.

Me at the Margaret Mitchell House

The Margaret Mitchell House
On Friday we visited the Dekalb Farmers' Market, where unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures.  They had so much delicious fresh food and we had an amazing lunch there...plus some ridiculously good dessert from the bakery!  Afterwards, Ana supported my Gone with the Wind addiction and we went to The Margaret Mitchell House.  She was one sassy lady and I definitely think she modeled Scarlett after herself!  We rounded out the night with some traditional Southern food at Mary Mac's Tea Room (if you find yourself in the ATL I highly recommend checking it out!), a trip to see Bridesmaids (HILARIOUS), and some drinking outdoors (I was seriously enjoying that nice weather).

Turner Field

Turner Field

Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri!!!
Saturday was definitely a day for the record books.  We watched the Braves beat the Phillies and then were treated to a Ludacris concert!  Seriously, I think all my dreams came true when he and Jermaine Dupri performed Welcome to Atlanta.  And hearing What's Your Fantasy performed live and seeing DJ Khaled join him on stage for All I Do is Win...unbelievable.

But don't worry...the day kept getting better.  I experienced the ATL club scene for the first time at Flip Flops...where they are known for their hot jams and grain alcohol slushies...yes that's right...grain alcohol slushies.  As I kept telling Ana, "This place is seriously way more fun than anywhere I've ever been before...even in New York!".  They were playing some of the GREATEST music I have ever heard, the people were a ton of fun, and the slushies were obviously delicious.  Most importantly, I learned how to Swag Surf...which I will now be adding to my Dougie and Cupid Shuffle repertoire.

I also highly enjoyed the Kountry Gentlemen I met.  It's kinda nice to be called "Miss Leanna", to have someone politely ask you "So are you engaged?" before trying to dance all up on you, and of course it's very charming to wake up to a text message from a skinny white boy saying "Hey ma, u betta holla at me next time you in da A"...ok well maybe not the last part but everything else! haha




Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Welcome to Atlanta...

Clearly, I should have had my coffee before scheduling this post since it was supposed to be for tomorrow...oh well, I'm just going with it haha



As you're reading this, I'm on my way to Hotlanta to spend some quality time with this lovely lady.


It's my first time in the Dirty South (let's be real people, Miami and Orlando don't count) and I'm excited to channel my inner Scarlett O'Hara, eat at all the fabulous restaurants Ana's picked out, do ridiculous amounts of site seeing, oh and go to a LUDACRIS CONCERT.  I'll fill you all in on our antics when I get back!