Crazy running around this week- thrift stores, halloween shops, target, costume planning, birthday cake making… ahhhh… so much to do before Friday. And that’s only for prepping Chris’ arrival. I also have two meetings/ lunches with travel people (could be good news…) and working every night. I will be working on zero sleep for the next few days. Hope everyone is having a great hump day!
outfit details: pants- old navy, shoes- jessica simpson, shirt- gift from mom, jacket- free people, sunnies- fossil
yup- today I wore blue tights and a blue feather headpiece. And I felt FANTASTIC!
This shirt dress could be worn so many ways- great thing for variety- bad thing for a person who can’t make up her mind about how to wear it. So instead of the four long sleeved shirts I had underneath this (that everso snuck out from the 3/4 sleeves)- I put on blue tights, my favorite new-ish belt and a headband that was a gift from a highschool friend.
It was super windy today- you can tell because these are the only two shots that my hair was completely covering my face or standing straight up! It was windy but still sunny- kind of strange actually.
Anyway- i hope you had a great Monday. Ours was so-so, but we are super excited about this weekend (My friend from Vegas, Chris, is coming into town!!!) and about Halloween!
outfit details: shirt dress- BB Dakota, tights- Gap, belt- Anthropologie, shoes- bcbgeneration, necklace- gift from Carolyn, bird feather headband- gift from Marley
This is this super cute white jacket that I DID NOT buy and am now having huge reverse buyers remorse. Why didn’t I just buy the damn thing? I always wanted a white jacket and with ruffles- Are you kidding me?!
Sundays are for Ladies who Brunch… and this Sunday took us to Beverly Hills. (I’m loving trying all the different places and different neighborhoods)
We went to Jack N Jills on Beverly Drive (right near Rodeo) and had such a lovely time. One thing they are famous for are their crepes- which my meal came with one instead of pancakes- and mac n’ cheese. Since I was eating breakfast, I skipped the m&c and went straight for the side of cheese grits. I actually split them with Rebecca, who also from the south, shares my love for grits. They were delicious- like the perfect blend of cheese- no salt or pepper needed! OMG- i wish I could eat their cheese grits every single day.
On another note- the bacon was super crispy- just the way I like it, and had a real smokey flavor. My mouth is watering as I remember the flavors.
I wore my new gap jeans- which i love how long they are- and a cute new shirt from the Nordstrom Rack that just opened in my neighborhood. I don’t really own anything like this shirt and fell in love with the birds and loose ruffles at the bottom. Simple clogs and my go-to Betsey bag and I was set! Hope you had a great weekend, too!
This is me. After a lovely afternoon lunch with Zane, we walked around the empire center and wandered around Target and the new Nordstrom Rack. We talked about life, bought some stuff and then hugged goodbye. Such a great afternoon…
Gloomy weather is always made better by laying around the house with a bundle of blankets , hot chocolate, warm/ barely done cookies, watching episodes of SVU and The Office. Yesterday, though, I decided to get dressed up and go with Bob down to Santa Monica for a few of his auditions. It was a crap cold day, so I wore two dresses (I mean, that one is barely long enough to be called a dress), knit tights, ankle boots and my trusty Betsey. I felt warm, chic and fun. After we took the first round of photos and none of them were turning out, we walked inside a store just to look around and the saleswoman said to us, “You two are a very stylish couple”. Love a nice compliment and so we went back outside and tried again. This time the photos came out a little crazy with Bob saying, “more spins, more spins”… and so, I thought I’d share one of the spinning photos with you!
The last few days (and probably because of the weather) I’ve been like little Suzy Homemaker. I’ve cooked Turkey Chili, homemade white chocolate/macadamia nut cookies, Grilled Cheese (w/ 2 types of cheese!!!) and tomato soup, and today, I made white chicken chili with slices of avocado on top! What, What?!!!
Today, Bob and I also went to the gym. I did tons of weights that I don’t normally do and while I was washing dishes, had the worst muscle spasm of my life. Literally, I fell to my knees and had to lay on the floor with a hot compress for about an hour. It was awful.
This morning, Bob and I picked up Zane from his car appointment and went to brunch at my favorite neighborhood spot- Magnolia Bakery. Nope- not that Magnolia Bakery- Magnolia Grille that I have for some reason always called Bakery. Eh- anyway- brunch was lovely and the pumpkin bread was the best it’s ever been!!
Afterwards, we walked through our park with the doggies. The weather was overcast and gray, again, but it was actually really nice weather for a stroll with the guys!
Then, this afternoon I went for a run- a 5 mile run- and though I am really proud of myself- my legs are killing me!! I’m excited to run a short 3 miler on Wednesday- that’s for sure!
Now, I’m cooking up some grilled cheese and tomato soup for me and Bob. I’m thinking of making an avocado, tomato, cheese… I think that sounds absolutely delicious!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Autumn… doesn’t really have the same ring to it as Christmas does, but the feeling is there, nonetheless. It’s been drizzly and overcast for about three days now and it feels so nice to be bundled up in sweater dresses and knee socks cooking a huge pot of chili for friends. Meagan brought over some cider and we also made a huge jug of rum and cider. After filling our bellies, we played a round of the “questions” game that we made up in college. Always fun times because the questions are simple and all over the place and you always laugh while learning something fantastic about the other people! Favorite question last night was “favorite moment when overcoming a bully”.
After game playing and cider was done, we finished the night with pumpkin cheesecake that Glenn brought over… Delicious!! (also, this is why i’m fat.)
outfit details: Dress- Banana Republic (like two years), boots- BCBGeneration, socks- target, rings and bracelet- lucky, ear rings- ralph lauren.
*The last picture is when we were snapping photos and the curtain fell on top of them! Hilarious!
Bob, Glenn and I got all bundled up (okay- so it was 60 degrees) on Saturday night and ventured out to a local bar for beer and boardgames. We ordered two sets of flights (4 beers apiece) and two pale ales for me. Glenn and Bob really loved trying all the different types of beer and mine was pretty good, too. While we were trying our drinks, we played a mean game of scrabble. For a chilly night around town, we had such a great time!!
This afternoon I met my college roommate (who just moved to L.A.) downtown for a late birthday lunch and all around catch up session. I LOVE that she moved here. I’ve had lunch with her twice now, and it’s pretty great every time! We just float right back to where we were years ago at school, but also easily transition into our lives now and what’s going on.
We ate lunch at a new (to me) place in DTLA called Bottega Louie. It’s an Italian place with a huge dessert, bakery bar. I loved the space- a huge open, really white, clean lines… stunning. I didn’t feel like I was in L.A.- I’m not really sure where I felt like I was… maybe Milan. New York isn’t as clean, London isn’t as new… (I realize Milan isn’t new either… but it felt like Milan.)
The food was really good- I had one of their pizzas and we split some macaroons on the way out. What wasn’t so good was the parking situation. I should have known and just taken the subway, but, like always, was running late and figured would get there quicker by driving. This is part true because I did get there fairly quickly but then drove around in circles trying to find meter parking. A big fat- BOO.
Since I knew it was going to be a bit cooler today, I wanted to wear tights but without a jacket. So, I after staring at my closet for a good ten minutes or so, I picked out this trusty BCBG dress that is really perfect for any occasion. Added the tights and the scarf and kinda/sorta felt like something out of an Anthropologie ad. Too bad my camera died and I had to take photos from my iphone… cause i looked good today!!
Below are some photos off Bottega Louie’s site so you can get an idea of the place!
and the macaroons…
outfit details: dress- BCBG, scarf- F21, tights- Anthropologie, shoes- Nine West, Necklace- gift from my momma!, bracelets- gift and from Hong Kong.
After yesterdays pity party of one, I woke up feeling a heck of a lot better. In part to my great friends (who I should spend more time celebrating instead of being sad about a lone few) who saved the day yesterday and helped me out of a crap car situation, and in part to a long walk with my doggies. I needed to go on a long run today, but since they’ve been couped up in the house with Bob and I both working crazy hours, I felt like they deserved a long walk, too. Seriously, dogs are the best. They love you no matter what- they just want to be pet all the time- they want to lay with you and sit with you always, and they always make me laugh. Sometimes when Bolt wants to eat/play/hide something that he shouldn’t- I just start laughing because he’s totally playing with me and that’s cute.
other news- car is fixed. new battery (that i didn’t have to pay for) and expensive new brakes. I guess it’s good that at least one of the things was free, right?!
really excited that Chris is coming into town for halloween- making plans, making plans, making plans… so much to do! parties, parades, dinners, costumes, yay!
planning a trip to vegas at the end of november to meet up with chris again, but also meet up with my roommate from college! I can’t wait to see her again- I haven’t seen her since her wedding last year!!
this weekend, bob and i are doing a date-night weekend. what that means- i’m not totally sure of yet, but very excited! hayrides and pumpkin picking for sure.
anyway… i hope everyone has a fantastic friday- I’m meeting up with another one of my friends from college who recently moved to L.A. for a bday lunch. we are going to a place i’ve never been before but have read really great things about! the macaroons are calling my name!
Wow- I look really happy in these photos!! Yesterday was a pretty great day- simple, but easy. I wore my Tucker for Target dress again, but fall’ed it up a little with the leggings, scarf belt and fun accessories. I like both of these looks!
Today was a completely different story! and has nothing to do with my outfit photos!
Lately, I feel as if I’m trying to do everything in my power to get ahead- progress- find better solutions for certain problems and no matter what I do, nothing seems to be going right. After last week, I thought maybe I’ve been hit enough for awhile- maybe things will go my way… but nope. This morning I went out to move my car for Bob (we have tandem spots) and my car wouldn’t start. Not the end of the world- per se- but also not the best way to start your day. Luckily, Zane was able to come over and jump it for me. I quickly took it to the shop in hope that they would find nothing wrong with it (I did say- “hope”). Still waiting to hear back from them about that…. I just replaced my battery two months ago- so if it’s that then that’s not a big deal- take it back to the battery place and get a new one. But I’m just crossing my fingers its nothing else. I finally had a plan- a good one too- and this will just ruin that plan. (UPDATE: The Battery was bad.)
Also, I’m just not feeling L.A. right now. I think a combination of crap things happening, unhappy with my job (even though I have that really good plan…), friends who let you down- I just feel kind of lost. I feel as though I lost a big part of my core group- for me, one of my best friends. And, as much as I try to let it go- let them go- other people consistently bring them up and so I feel like I’m always having to let them go- always having to rehash those memories, those hurt feelings, that anger. I don’t like being an angry person either- I like being happy!
It’s just so sad when you look at someone you were really close with and they don’t resemble any of that anymore. They aren’t the same person you first became friends with, connected with, fell in love with (because i love my friends)… they aren’t the same… and I’m not the same anymore, either. I don’t want to settle for the occasional friend- the “when it’s convenient for them” friend, the won’t return my calls, much too busy friend. I want you to hang out with me on a simple Tuesday night, just as much as I want you to hang out with me at a concert or fancy party. I don’t care what you do for a living- how much money you make- what type of car you drive- how many followers you have- or don’t have- I don’t care about any of that. I just liked when we had a standing order of watching certain tv shows, or eating lunch together, singing in the car, cooking for friends, unplanned road trips. I miss that. As angry as i am, I miss that. ((They are a skeleton of the friend they were.))
The last time I lost a friend, it took several years but we became friends again. They still think of us as best friends- but I’m not going to lie, there is a separation there. I have a lot of fun with them, but it’s always there- how do you know that one day they aren’t going to do it again? How much of your heart do you give them again?
This week has been crazy! On Saturday I was hanging out in San Diego with my friends from Nashville, Monday I said goodbye to my friend moving to NYC and yesterday I hung out with my friend from college who just moved to L.A. It’s pretty great being surrounded by good friends every single day.
Yesterday was pretty rainy and muggy and layers were a must. I kept pulling on jeans or throwing a thermal under this dress, but no matter what I did, I felt like i couldn’t get the look right. anyway, this is what I ended up with. The jacket is warm and I love the drawstring effect to nip in at the waist. But overall, not in love with this. I’ll have to try this dress another way soon because I absolutely love the colors and swingy-ness of it.
outfit details: dress, jacket- free people, thermal leggings- target, boots- bcbgeneration, purse- gift from erin, necklace- gift from mom- lucky brand.
So… yeah- I know it’s fall and in September I was pulling out the heavy olives, browns and sweaters… but this past weekend I went to San Diego with a bunch of friends and drank margaritas, laid out in the sun, hung out by the pool and took long walks on the beach. I wore all my pretty, dainty summer clothes again and wasn’t really ready to part with this dress quite yet. (The skirt is a dress.) I wore it out to Old Town San Diego last Friday and have yet to get the pictures from my friend, erin, but couldn’t wait to wear it again. It is the softest fabric, most beautiful pretty pink flowers and fits perfectly. To fall it up a tad, I added a Tucker for Target button up, long sleeved shirt. I like how the patterns are totally different but the pink in the butterfly shirt totally goes with the hot pink in the dress… and because I was loving all the pink- I threw on my pink clogy platforms, too. When something feels right, it just feels so right!!! (Bob said my look was interesting… which I took to mean- most awesome outfit ever!)
Also, recently I started a new diet/way of life/ don’t be a fatty/ start training for 10K again. I’ll try to update you guys every so often with how I’m doing. Today I ran 3 miles in 31:48 minutes. Pretty freakin’ fast for me. (Actually it’s about the exact same time I had last year when I ran my first 5k… so that obviously means I need to keep working at it.) Basically, I noticed that I had gained a little bit of weight (read= 5 pounds.) and I didn’t want those 5 to become 10 or more. First order of business, cut back on drinking. With the start of football season again, I started drinking more than I usually do (read= I don’t really drink ever.) Also, we eat a lot of dessert. (read= I like dessert after every meal!) So, I just decided to cut back on drinking and dessert. I’ve committed to running a 10K on Thanksgiving (maybe smartest idea ever?!) so next week I’ll be uping each run. That extra 5 pounds coming off will definitely help in my running, too, so that will be good.
Anyway, happy weekend!
outfit details: Dress (worn as skirt)- Free People, shirt- Tucker for Target, shoes- Kenneth Cole, headband- Anthropologie, bracelets- F21
Monday night was Jackson’s going away party for his big move to the Big Apple. We’ve hung out so much lately that I hate that he’s leaving again. He pointed out that it’s just like the other times he leaves for work, but for some reason, it feels different. It’s more permanent, i guess. I am so excited for him and this new chapter in his life. yay- Jackson!
The weather has been crazy- 113 last week, 68 this week. I was kind of excited to get out my boots and trench coat, but at the same time, I had really enjoyed San Diego’s sunshine and laying out by the pool. My new tan won’t be seen… too bad, it was pretty good. (We had such a good time in San Diego- as always- and I’ll update with photos soon!)
I put on a striped shirt from Gap and a big blingy necklace that I got as a gift from Bob’s mom last Christmas. I felt pretty chic- not going to lie.