Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OOTD- Tuesday's Hot and Cold

I never ever thought I would say this, but...I am going to be so sad when summer is over. My whole life I've hated this season...the heat, the humidity, the sweating... but this year something is different. I can't put my finger on it and I'm sure I have had better summers than this particular one, but for some reason I've been having such a great time the past few months I can't bear the thought of the colder weather rolling in and ruining all my fun. This is a total shocker to me since a few months ago I was in a pretty bad place. (This isn't really the post to get into that, although I'm sure I'll address it at some point.) If you had told me my summer was going to be awesome, I would have laughed in your face. I guess that's the beauty of life- the unexpected, the twists and turns. I figure I've got about one month left of late nights, the warmth, buzzing around like a busy bee, always on the go before the fog rolls back in and I settle down with some hot cocoa for three to six months. (I envy bears who can just fatten up and then sleep all day every day until they wake up, go outside and the sun is magically shining!)

Here's what I wore today... I felt like making a statement...literally. This is my motto:

Rainbow shoes!!!

I had lunch at this great deli I had never been to before. I tried the "blue cow" which had roast beef, caramelized onions, blue cheese and a really good sauce on ciabatta. I also sampled a turkey with pepper jack on a sourdough roll. The bread was so soft and good. And in the bowl? Chipotle potato salad- my new favorite. Yummy!!

Also, I went to see The Help. I am still reading the book- about halfway through- and I was going to wait but I just couldn't hold out anymore. Friends were going so I tagged along. I wouldn't normally do this because I have to read the book first and then see the movie after, but oh well...I broke my own rule! I can't say enough how good this movie is. I have to admit when I first heard the buzz around this book, I wasn't that interested. The wait list for it at my library was pretty long. I signed up, even checked it once or twice, but never actually read it. Then when I saw the previews for the movie, I thought the same thing- looks good, but not that interested in seeing it and also didn't understand what all the hype was about. It wasn't until my mom read it, my sister started reading it, and I got a copy handed to me from a friend, that I finally dove in. I was hooked from the first page. Was not expecting that, but I love it when that happens. I don't know why I didn't think the premise was that interesting because now I am fascinated and obsessed. The movie is one of the best I have seen in a long while. Def one of my top pick come Oscar time. Acting, casting, everything was spot on. And the costumes were beautiful- so colorful! I was mesmerized by the fashions. I held it together as long as I could, but about 1/2 hour from the end, I lost it. I think I entered the ugly cry. It was so emotional! (I am a crybaby anyway, but for some reason, the story just really brought it out of me.) I know the feeling when everyone is raving about something and you automatically kind of don't like it because all you hear is how great it is. That happens to me all the time. But I just had to say I now get it. The book and movie just speak to me I guess. I'm kind of surprised, but cannot recommend either enough. Thanks for letting me ramble, just had to get all this off my chest.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

OOTD and Fashion Police

If you watch Fashion Police on E! you will know that they totally panned this Alexander McQueen dress worn by the Anne Hathaway. I agree with them about 75% of the time, but I couldn't believe they hated this! They said it was not tailored correctly, too long, wrong color, and needed to be hemmed. I think the shape and lace is cool, plus the shoes are a neat shade that compliment but still stand out. I think she looks beautiful. What do you think?

Breaking out my new shoes!

Worn with this anthro skirt from
a year or two back and old navy tee. Does anyone have other ideas for styling this skirt? Would love to hear them, since I would probably wear this more often if I could come up with new ideas for it. Leave a comment and let me know!

Dancing With The Stars New Cast

Here are all the "stars" signed on for the next season starting in September. Do you watch DWTS? Who are you rooting for?


I watch, but I am not obsessive. If the people I like don't stick around I lose interest. Every year I pick who I want to win and who will actually win.

I have to say out of everyone I'm rooting for my girl Ricki Lake. I love her. Only time will tell if she is any good.
As for who will win, that is harder to say. It's a very precise mix of talent, fans, and the judges. I think they all have a pretty equal chance, but some have never danced before so we have to wait and see if they have rhythm or not.

I think David Arquette is gonna be fun to watch...he's so crazy and out there that can't help but bleed into his routines.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Knitted Goods

A few months before the Royal Wedding, my mom saw this book on Amazon called Knit Your Own Royal Wedding. Being obsessed with Will and Kate but also having no clue how to knit anything, let alone a seven person wedding party, she did what any sane person would do. Find them on Ebay? No... Buy the book, give it to my sister in law who happens to be an uber talented knitress and then wait for the results to be presented to you. Aren't they cute? They look even better in person.

VMA Fashions

So I have a confession to make...I didn't actually watch the VMA's, I just looked at red carpet pics. Kinda feels like cheating and reading only the cliffs notes. I may watch them at some point if they are replayed some time next weekend, but this weekend was too busy and something had to give...couldn't wait to check out the pics tho!

Beyonce and her baby bump...I think it's safe to say her and her fetus stole the show.

Adele. She always looks great. I love her big hair!
Now onto this. There are no words. I guess they look ok...(except Dina who is having a "what was she thinking?!" moment.) And Sami- you're looking a little like cheeto dust there, girl. I like your hair though. Jenni, I think is trying to pay homage to Amy Winehouse's eyeliner techniques? So many questions, not enough answers.

Another weird look. Selena usually looks put together and fresh. This is way too severe and a little all over the place. Hopefully her next event will find her looking less Miley Cyrus more Taylor Swift. (trashy vs classy)

And of course, everyone was wondering how she was gonna top the meat dress. I guess once you've worn raw steaks all over you the only thing left is to dress like a dude. Is it just me or does she look pretty good as a guy? No? Anyone?

(Made me think of on ANTM when they had to become guys for the photo shoot. I thought Jaslene looked pretty believable!!)

Sorry gaga- she beat you to it! lol!

My Weekend- Part Three

Saturday night the fam had an anniversary party for my parents. What better way to celebrate than a chocolate dessert buffet? We even had a fountain. A chocolate fountain. It was a gluttonous display and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is what I wore:

The theme of the evening:

Vanilla and peanut butter cupcakes

Mini Nutella cupcakes with white chocolate hearts
Heart shaped cake with Ghiradelli chocolate frosting
Chocolate and vanilla cheesecake with a sour cream top
Goodies about to die a glorious death of drowning in liquid chocolate

Of course there had to be champagne too!

My brother's sweet kitten....I am in love with him

And finally, the man and woman of the hour. The year was 1970. 41 years ago. Who knew what their life together would bring... Six children, five grandchildren and hundreds of friends, travels, and memories later, I would say their marriage has been quite a success. I know there are many people out there who don't have the good fortune of having parents they know, see, get along with, or even like. I understand how rare it is to have the most supportive and generous parents anyone could ask for. Happy Anniversary, mom and dad!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Weekend- Part Two

Saturday the other mister and I headed down to the lake to relax. It was such a pretty day. We had a whole little beach to ourselves and enjoyed the sunshine.

I found a nice place to lay down and almost took a nap. This was the view from my towel:
This is what the tree saw:

Our baby finally got over his fear of water. (isn't he cute?)

My Weekend- Part One

On the way to pick up my niece from her school on Friday. Can you believe this view?

These are the conditions I had to ride home in... What's that smell!?!??! She got a real kick out of this!

Sunday there was a concert in the park complete with dinner and dessert. The pink truck is an ice cream cart!