Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review

I always like doing these posts since they're a fun way to remember all the things that have happened over the year.

1. I rang in 2011 surrounded by a few of my best friends at Gustavino's...and convinced a boy to buy me a $600 bottle of vodka.  Hey, I had to start 2011 off in style, right?


2. I had a chance to attend NYC fashion week.  A.Z. Araujo's swimwear was fantastic and there were some wonderful fruity cocktails.


3. Woke up at the crack of dawn to have a champagne and cake party with my roommate while we watched Kate and Wills get married.



4. Journeyed down to the dirty dirty South and spent a weekend visiting one of my very good friends in Hotlanta.



5. I had a little too much fun during fleet week...and got my heart broken 2 months later.



6. I saw NKOTBSB in concert and swooned over my boys Donnie Wahlberg and Nick Carter.



7. I wore a pretty dress and attended the Preakness.



8. I had a split Fourth of July celebration in VA Beach and DC with my GW loves.


9. I went on both my first business trip and my first trip to the West Coast...where I finally had the chance to try In-N-Out Burger!


10. I fell out of love with NYC and moved back to DC, the city that I left my heart in.


11. I lost my best friend.




Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up: Christmas Edition



I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!  Our Christmas was nice but very crazy...we had 27 people at my mom's house!  It was the perfect mix of delicious food, family, friends, and games...with a little chaos throw in.  We played some intense Sour Apples to Apples and Pig tournaments (this girl right here was the big Pig winner *woot woot*).

Even though we had so much excitement going on, it was a sad Christmas for us without my dad.  However, we woke up on Christmas Eve and found our porch full of Christmas presents.  Our sweet neighbors had bought gifts for my mom, sister, and I and left them anonymously on our porch.  It helped keep a little bit of magic in our Christmas this year and I'm still overwhelmed by their generosity.

Besides the surprises from my neighbors, I must have been a very good girl since I once again got everything on my list....well almost everything.  Apparently there are no iPhones left on the East Coast but within the next 2 weeks, I will have everything on my list. haha

I did get two unexpected presents that were absolutely perfect too!

This Mary Phillips "I have high heels and low morals" calendar.  It's full of sassy sayings like "why limit happy hour to an hour?" or "housework can't kill you buy why risk it?".  I'm kinda obsessed.

My Aunt, Uncle, and cousins got me unlimited coffee at Starbucks for the month of January!!  That's right kids, with this special tumbler you can get free coffee every day in January.  Can you think of a more perfect gift for me?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday

I had one wild night on Friday and wrote out my Christmas cards while watching White Christmas.  My work schedule was absolutely nutty last week (lots of things to wrap up before the end of the year!) so I really needed a night to unwind.  Plus, White Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies and it just wouldn't feel like the holidays if I didn't watch it!

Saturday


On Saturday, we had our, "I'm Dreaming of a 1% Christmas" party...complete with plenty of champagne, martinis, cocktail dresses, pearls, and bowties.  It was AWESOME!  There was a lot of laughing...and maybe a video made of me doing the The Right Stuff dance and the Everybody dance...typical.  Christine also brought the best grab gift ever...Whipped Lightning.  Try the mint chocolate kind if you ever have a chance!  I'm thinking I need to pick some up for Irish coffees while I'm home at Christmas.

Sunday


On Sunday, we stuck to our normal routine and went to Murphy's to watch the Pats.  Almost the whole crew made it this weekend and we had so much fun watching Tom Brady CRUSH Tim Tebow.

Also, you can tell we're some of the few girls that sit at the bar to watch football/eat brunch...here's how the waitress named out check:

I think that makes us pretty epic.  How was everyone else's weekends?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday Silliness

Did anyone see this on Jimmy Kimmel?  He challenged parents to give their kids a terrible Christmas present...and video tape their children's reactions.  This is what happened. It's pretty darn funny!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stuff I Like

1. Rapido Red

My mom's friend is a wine distributor and she recently brought us a couple of cases of wine.  One of the bottles was this Rapido Red.  Not only was it delicious, it also came with an adorable label.  If you ever see it in the store, I recommend giving it a try!

2. Receiving Christmas Cards

I've received a bundle of Christmas Cards from relatives and some of my favorite bloggers over the past few days and it has made me so happy!  There's nothing like looking at all the cards and their sweet messages to help put you in the Christmas spirit!  I'm a little late with getting my cards together but I promise they'll be in the mail by Saturday at the latest.

3. Pure Ice Heart Breaker

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My mom sent me a bottle of Pure Ice Heart Breaker nail polish and I am obsessed!  If you opt for only 2 or 3 coats it'll leave your nails with a pale frosty look that's perfect for winter.  Plus, I'm loving the little touch of sparkle.

4. Snickers' Nutcrackers

It's Snickers' Nutcracker season...one of the greatest seasons of the year!  I don't know why, but these just taste so much better to me than normal Snickers bars....and I know they're made the exact same way as the Snickers' Halloween Pumpkins and Valentine's Day Hearts but they taste better than those too!

5. International Delight Iced Coffee

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Klout recently hooked me up with an amazing perk that allowed me to try a quart of International Delight's new iced coffee before it hits the stores.  I'm the kinda girl who drinks iced coffee year round...no matter how cold and snowy it gets out there...so this was the perfect product for me.  I received the Vanilla flavor and although it was a little sweeter than how I usually like my coffee, it was still delicious.  It was also a huge time saver in the morning to reach for the pre-made carton of coffee instead of having to brew my own.  I'm definitely looking forward to trying the Mocha and Original flavors once they are released.

**I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Want to be a Princess When I Grow Up...


I was always one of those little girls that grew up dreaming of being a Princess....ok who am I kidding...I'm still one of those little girls that dreams of being a Princess.  I love the glitz, the glamor, and the romance.  But I also love the idea of being a leader and a role model...which are aspects of being a Princess that are often overlooked. 


That's why I wanted to share this New York Times article, Mommy, I Want to Be a Princess, with all of you lovely bloggy ladies.  There's nothing wrong with indulging your inner Princess...as long as you embrace the good parts of Princess-hood too.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday

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On Friday we headed over to the Brightest Young Things Greatest Holiday Party of All at the Kennedy Center.  It was a lot of fun!  The crowd was amazing, the music was great, and I can now say I've been to a party at the Kennedy Center which is pretty darn awesome.  My favorite DC band, The Dance Party, played and they absolutely killed it (seriously take 10 minutes and listen to Sasha Don't Sleep, Hush, and Snake Eyes and you'll love them too).

There were only 2 downsides of the evening...the mixed drinks were $10 and the space was a little too big for the number of people there.  But that definitely didn't stop anyone from having a good time!  You can check out all the pictures here...and don't worry my friends have already called me out several times on the picture of me blatantly exchanging numbers with a certain drummer...it's fine.

Saturday

Since it's Christmas Party season, we had another holiday party on Saturday.  I brought this wine bottle in a little Santa suit as a hostess gift.  I was almost sad to give it away since it was so cute!

Before the party started, just the girls went to her place for a Lia Sophia jewelry party.  They have such cute stuff!  I restrained myself to just one pair of earrings but I am lusting after this ring hardcore.  The boys all showed up once the jewelry party was over and we had a night full of great conversation, a few drinks, and lots and lots of laughing.

Sunday

We went to the Patriots/Redskins game at FedEx Field on Sunday.  Rach and I took the metro to the stadium to meet up with the boys for the tailgate.  The boys were pretty terrible at describing where they had parked but after wandering for 45 minutes we FINALLY found them.  They grilled up some delicious food, we had a few beers, and then we headed to the game.  It was a little bit of a cold day to watch a football game but we were bundled up in plenty of layers and still had a great time!  Tom Brady had me a little nervous at times but, he pulled off the win.  Gronk also made some killer plays.  And speaking of Gronk....my mom has entered me to win A Very Gronkowski Christmas.  In her words..."I'd be sad not to see you on Christmas but I'd much rather have you spend it with Gronkowski".  She definitely has her priorities straight!

I had every intention of heading to Blogger Blitz after the game but I was just too cold and exhausted to make it.  I hope everyone had a wonderful time!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stuff I Like

1. Chocolate Coffee Spoons


My mom sent me some chocolate coffee spoons in my advent calendar and I have been loving them!  They're the perfect way to perk up my morning cup of coffee.  You can order similar ones here.

2. The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause has always been one of my favorite Christmas movies.  I watch it every single time it's on tv and I never get sick of it!  It always puts me in the holiday spirit.  What's your favorite Christmas movie?

3. Orchids

Orchids have always been one of my favorite flowers.  I love the little pop of color they provide and how delicate they look.  I've got a blue orchid at my office right now that I adore.  I'm just worried that I won't be able to keep it alive...they can be difficult to take care of!

4. Mio

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I had lunch with some coworkers at Mio today and it was delicious!  The atmosphere was great, the service was fast, and the menu wasn't outrageously priced.  I opted for the salmon sandwich and I definitely recommend ordering it if you ever eat at Mio.

5. Vera Bradley Umbrella

I picked up a Vera Bradley Umbrella last month but today was the first time I had the chance to use it.  The colorful pattern makes a rainy day a little bit brighter.  Plus, I was impressed with how sturdy it is!  The wind was whipping like crazy today and the umbrella didn't break.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday


Rach and I hit up U Street and had such a great time!  We started out thinking we wanted a mellow night and headed over to Solly's, but once we were out we decided we felt like doing some dancing instead.  We walked across the street to check out U Street Music Hall.  We'd been once before and had just an ok time but Friday night we fell in love with this place.  It's full of hipsters and their awkward dance moves but they just look like they're having such a good time you can excuse their bad dancing. haha  Plus, the music was amazing!

Saturday

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On Saturday, Rach, Courtney (who I met at av's NYC blogger meet-up over the summer...it's great to have a bloggy friend living down here now!), and I went to the Christmas Bazaar at the Swedish Embassy.  I definitely ate my fill of Swedish cookies and bought waaaay too many Christmas gifts.  The most beautiful part of the day was the Santa Lucia Procession at the end of the bazaar.  Candlelight Christmas caroling was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.  I was also a big fan of the sassy lady conducting the Lucias who kept cueing the crowd to sing by yelling "Everybody!  House of Sweden!"  Amazing.

Sunday


I went to the Jets/Redskins game with some of my coworkers on Sunday.  It was a lot of fun!  Although now that I've been spoiled with club level seating idk how I'm going to feel about sitting in the nosebleed seats for this week's Pats/Redskins game.  This is definitely a #whitegirlproblem (yes I just used a hash tag...it's fine.)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Make My Wish Come True, All I Want For Christmas Is....

My bloggy Christmas list worked out pretty well for me last year...so well in fact that I got everything on my list!

Here's what I'm lusting after this year.

1. Longchamp Bag

My Lesportsac bag is absolutely falling apart and I am in desperate need of a new work bag!  I'm dying for a Longchamp bag in either graphite or navy to cart my stuff to work in every day.

2. An iPhone

I'm definitely not expecting to get this for Christmas...but I am planning on using my Christmas money and my phone upgrade to get one!  My camera, iPod, and cell phone are all on the fritz right now.  This is the perfect solution!

3. Diplomacy and Diamonds


I'm fascinated by the story of Joanne King Herring.  She's both a socialite and a diplomat...she's my kind of woman!

4.  Warrior

It's no secret that I love this movie (and Tom Hardy *swoon*).  I seriously need the DVD to add to my collection.

5. Bed Bath & Beyond Giftcards

I still need a few things for my apartment and Bed Bath & Beyond giftcards would be the perfect way to allow me to pick them up.

6. Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on Tables Poster

I think this one's self explanatory.

7. The Happiness Project

Yet another thing I've discovered from reading Krystal's blog is The Happiness Project.  I think reading it'll be the perfect way to kick off 2012. 

What's on your list this year?