Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Series Recordings on my DVR so I never miss a show.
Pumpkin flavored anything.
My lovely parents and brother.
Belly-aching laughs with my friends.
Celebrating Thanksgiving with those I love while on a vacation. 2 for 1!
Enjoy your time with friends and family!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
B. Best current show on TV: Parenthood
C. Chore you hate: Putting laundry away. Ugh.
D. Dessert?: Tiramisu or Cupcakes
F. Favorite color, month and beverage: Blue, October, Dr. Pepper (And yes, I could have written down 30 more things)
G. Go-to gift for others: Hmm, everyone I know loves a Starbucks card. But I also like to give Bliss, Kiehl's or Philosophy gifts.
H. Height: 5'7.5"
J. Job: Attorney
K. Kids: Now? Zero. Future? Maybe 2?
L. Last Trip You Took: Copper Mountain in August.
M. Musician: Too Hard! Ray LaMontagne, David Gray, Coldplay, Adele, Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry... the list goes on and on.
N. Nickname: Erbear, Er, E.
O. Oprah or Ellen?: Ellen! So Hilarious!!
P. Pets: The love of my life, Ozzie
T. TV Shows: Get ready...Parenthood, Dexter, The Big Bang Theory, RH of Atlanta & Beverly Hills, The Good Wife, Bones, Fringe, Vampire Diaries, Glee, Giuliana & Bill. My DVR works overtime. And I'm always behind on shows.
U. Underwear: Calvin Klein or Hanky Panky
V. Veggie: Green Beans or Asparagus
W. Wallet: Marc by Marc Jacobs
X. X-rays you've had: Wrist, Collarbone...both broken!
Y. Yahoo or Google?: Search on Google, News Stories on Yahoo
Feel free to share your ABC's!!
Friday, November 19, 2010
I totally understand why everybody's working for the weekend :)
Hope each of you has a fabulous weekend!
Mine will include:
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday we went to a cooking expo which was kind of a bust and then shopped. I actually started my Christmas shopping. Go me! Then we saw Morning Glory which I thought was both funny and cute. Love Harrison Ford!
Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft
Jeans: Joe's 'Muse'
Flats: Cole Haan Air Ballet Flats. Similar ones here.
What did your weekend entail?!
Monday, November 15, 2010
First. The Ultimate. The Mimosa.
You really can't mess this one up. Buy some champagne. No need for Cristal, just a nice bubbly. Or sparkling wine.
Pour the champagne in first. Top with the same amount of chilled orange juice. Enjoy!
I like to use white wine glasses for a bigger mimosa ;) Also, if you don't like OJ just have a glass of bubbles and drop frozen raspberries or strawberries in the bottom of the glass. Yum.
Secondly. The Meal in a Glass. The Bloody Mary.
So tasty. So filling. Endless possibilities!
-Bloody Mary Mix (I use Mrs. T's or you can make your own)
-Wedge Limes. Cut lime in the middle on the "flesh" so it can sit on the rim of the glass.
-Cut cheeses & sausage into small cubes.
-Skewer cheeses & sausage, alternating flavors.
THE BLOODY DETAILS.
-ICE, ICE, ICE FIRST! KEY!
-Vodka over the ice. (I don't use shot glasses, I count)
-Top with Bloody mix.
-Squirt in lime.
-Stir with celery.
-Place skewer in drink. Makes for a tasty treat!
You might want to have Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, and pepper on hand for those who like it spicy! You can put anything in a bloody. I swear. Bacon. Okra. Pickles. Olives. Whatever!
This water is not only refreshing, it's pretty to look at too!
What you'll need:
-Bottled water/Filtered water/good water/whatever you want
-Drop in bottle (use a pitcher, carafe, an old reused bottle)
-Put cold water on top of cucumbers.
The cucumber will give the water a light, refreshing flavor. Enjoy :)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I recently got a facial and was told I should use a toner after cleansing. I took the aesthetician's advice and bought Aveda's Green Science Replenishing Toner. After 10 days of using it, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. It has a great smell and really feels like it's shrinking my pores and closing them off to dirt, etc. I bought the travel size which was $14.50 compared to the $39 for the larger size. When I'm done with this, I'll definitely buy the large one!
Anyone looking for a light, gel-like moisturizer that will work overtime should try Clinique's 'Moisture Surge' Extended Thirst Relief. It's the lightest moisturizer and it is so good at what it does! I use this nightly.
With cold weather and sharp winds coming our way, it's more important than ever to keep your lips soft and smooth. I have used countless lip exfoliators but Philosophy's is my favorite. It's sweet and simple. Put it on your lips. Smush (very proper terminology here) them back and forth. Rinse. Baby soft lips ;) I'm a big fan of Philosophy and swear by their Purity face wash. I mix it up between the cream cleanser and the foaming cleanser.
For traveling I like to bring Pond's Cleansing Cloths with me. I just saw Philosophy makes Purity cleansing cloths. Although Pond's are quite cheaper....If it ain't broke, don't fix it :)
For my day moisturizer, I use MAC's Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15. I use this under my make-up and like that it has SPF in it. However, I just saw they make one with SPF 50 in it and I'm thinking I've got to go try that now....but I'm worried it might be more primer, less moisturizer. Anybody have it?? Details, please!
Monday, November 8, 2010
...and a celebration isn't complete without delicious chocolate cake! Mmm. We stopped by a favorite of mine in the South Loop: Gioco.
Then Saturday night it was time to party for my cousin J's 30th birthday.
Or as we so lovingly called it, The Dirty Thirty.
I, being the ever so responsible one, left early. At 3:30am. WHAAAT? Yeah. MMM-HMM. That, my friends, is what I like to call a PLD (Poor Life Decision). The rest of the gang made it home at 5:30 (or so I'm told) I guess the Dirty 30 brings out the crazy in all of us! Here was my outfit of the night:
Top w/ built in necklace from Collective Concepts (looks like this)
Skinny Jeans from Old Navy (and honestly my fave, from last fall)
Intyce Boots from Steven. The ones everybody seems to have.
H&M Red Crossbody bag that I love even more since it was a whopping $19.
I recommend the Palmer House Hilton for anyone coming in to Chicago for the night or weekend. The hotel is very 1920's Chicago glamour and really is something. Potter's Lounge has good drinks and was a relaxing start to our fun filled night. Plus, PHH has tons of mirrors everywhere for my random self shots...haha
How amazing are these door knobs?! So intricate!
The Lobby area of the hotel. So glam :)
Hope you had a fabulous weekend and got the most of your extra 60 minutes!! Did you do anything fun?!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Today I wore this soft wrap cardigan with jeggings and couldn't have been more comfortable. It's long, and the cotton is incredibly soft & cozy. I also love fair isle patterns :) Plus it was so cheap. We're talking $39 for a sweater, holla!
What are your go-to sweater styles for the Fall/Winter? I'm a sucker for anything that wraps and/or has a belt. The softer the better!
Happy FRIDAY! Have a fabulous weekend!!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thanks to everyone who helped me over the past three years, especially during the hellish summer of bar prep. It's finally ALL DONE!!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
"Nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone."
Nostalgia is hard. It's difficult to explain. I'm happy for where I am today, but I miss the days of college life. Or even my life a year ago. But memories are great and pictures are a fabulous way to remember what once was. I always find that certain songs bring me right back to a specific night or experience.
Here are some snapshots of my weekend down memory lane...
And last but not least....Halloween in a college town. Where students think less is more. It's not.
Monday, November 1, 2010
While cleaning out my jewelry the other day I came across this necklace that I haven't worn since I was a junior in college. I don't like the way it lays but I love the beads...I knew I had to revamp it somehow.
So I changed it up. I've made jewelry before so I had all the wire, clamps, etc. If you don't know how to make jewelry, I promise you it's not too difficult. Head to your local Michael's or bead store and I'm sure they'll give you some insider tips :) Google helps too!
I wanted to show you the before and after so you'll know that you don't always have to ditch your jewelry or throw it in the back of the drawer...you just have to restyle it!