Friday, May 30, 2014

Tee Gee Eye Eff

Another week has come and gone.
And another blog has been ignored.

Oh, hello there.

I'm currently sitting (more like crouched with my knees underneath me, propped up on my elbows as I type) on my bed, in my new bathrobe.
Have I told you how long I've been wanting a bathrobe for?
A long time.
Nothing fancy. Just something to lounge in.
Because if we can all agree on something, it's my amazing lounging skills.
So I said, enough already! I'm getting myself a bathrobe.
And so I did.
Thanks, Amazon.

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In other exciting news,
which I've known about for some time now but haven't really gotten around to saying anything,
my mother is officially moving back to California this September!
For those that don't know, she's been out in Georgia (random, I know)
for the last 4 years.
But finally, finally!, she is moving back.
Because she missed me terribly and that is the ONLY reason.
Okay fine, to also be with my grandparents.
So they bought a house and will all be moving in together!
Huzzah!

I always imagined planning a wedding and having babies with my mama nearby,
so when she moved to Georgia with no plans on when she'd be back 
it just about near broke my heart!
But my brother, who's out there for chiropractic school,
has thoroughly enjoyed having her out there with him for the last 4 years, I'm sure.
But step aside, brother. She's mine now.
(since when did I become so possessive over this woman? sheesh.)

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I shall leave you with this.
A little financial tip, if you will.
If you see something you love but don't want to pay an exorbitant amount for it,
look some more!
The cheaper version is out there.

Case in point:


Our new piece of art for our naked studio walls.

Saw this EXACT piece in the window of a fancy schmancy corner art/frame store
and thought, "I must have this!"
("This" being a map of San Francisco circa 1915.)
But then I saw it was $200, and well, though that may not be THAT much,
it certainly wasn't something I was willing to throw down at the moment.
SO.
I put my cheap Asian bargaining skills to use and brought up the ol' Google.

Same map on eBay: $27
Custom wood frame from here: $55
Total: $82

Can I get a what what!

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Tomorrow we're headed to The Dizzle's Mama's house for a little Dutch Soiree!
Got this lovely invite from his mom:


I sure do love that woman. :)

Hope ya'll have the best of weekends!
Until next time.

xoxo


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Schmooooozday.


I decided to take a break from my Stitch Fix styling so I could pop over here and say "'ello!" <---said in a British accent, obvi.

You see that picture up there? That is moi. Playing tennis. And when I say "playing," I mean running around the court like a chicken with its head cut off. I guess that ONE lesson I took back in 1999 didn't do a damn thing for my tennis skills. But, hey, that's okay. The view was gorg and the company was grand. Even the two men playing next to us were quite gracious and didn't seem to mind our balls flying into their court every 45 seconds.

Balls.

Anyway, I don't want to sound like I'm complaining or anything, but I think I need to make some minor adjustments in my life regarding my work schedule. I know I just wrote a post about routine and how I love it so, which, yes, in a sense I do, but this whole working 7 days in a row thing has got to go. I love working at the boutique and I love styling, but I don't love having zero days to do absolutely nothing or absolutely anything if I so chose to do so, you know? The Dizzle and I were discussing our work situations earlier today. He works 6 days a week, himself, and I think it's catching up to him, too.

The more I type this out, the more I keep thinking about how I JUST wrote yesterday how we have great schedules, and here I am posting a picture of me playing TENNIS on a TUESDAY, and again, I really am so thankful for my current work situation, don't get me wrong.

Buuuutttttt.... I just need a day. Give me one day where The Dizz AND I have off TOGETHER. Just us. Him and me. To do as we please. That "only eat cereal and watch movies in bed all day long" thing we keep talking about needs to happen asap. So I think we may try to pick a day that works for us. Perhaps Fridays. No styling. No personal training. Just us. Please and thank you. (Have I mentioned I can be quite selfish with our alone time? No? Well now you know.)

I must now get back to one more hour of styling, then it's Green Chicken Curry making for dinner.
Here's to hoping these Sour Patch Kids sitting here to my right will help sustain me without spoiling my appetite.


Mishi: Over and out.

xoxo


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Well why not make it a tradition?

Last year, around Memorial Day (which, I swear, just happened 2 weeks ago),
I wrote a post where I compared my "then and now".

It was fun to look back to where I was a year before compared to my "now".

So, since I've now done it a whopping two times, 
why not turn this into an annual Memorial Day tradition?
(Fast forward to next year when I've completely forgotten I ever did this...)

Last year, around Memorial Day, the picture was this:


And my words were these:

- We have recently returned from 6 months of traveling the world
- We are now 1 week in to our San Francisco adventure
- I am nowhere near able to run a marathon again, let alone 3 miles
- I wear loose tops to mask the 8 pound gain-age (see above)
- I still have no idea what this next year will entail for us
- But am I excited? Yes. Nervous? Definitely 
(as you can clearly see in my weird/nervous/fake-ish smile)

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Now, one year later, here's the most recent picture of my "Now":


Things I think about when seeing this:

- We've just had our 1 year San Francisco Anniversary
- We survived (and thrived) in our very first apartment together 
(which is saying a lot if you could see how small this box of a shack is ;)
- I finally did lose those extra 8 pounds I gained from traveling and have even gained a little muscle! #HearMeRoar.
- And whattya know, I was able to run 3 miles again. In fact, 13.1 to be exact.
- In one year I have held FIVE different jobs (uh...wow) and now, finally, 
I feel like I'm completely at peace with my San Francisco life. 
I no longer feel sad or lost when I think about our travels.
I feel good. Really good. 
We may have a small home, but it's our home.
We may not make millions of dollars, but we're comfortable and have created a schedule
that allows us to wake up without an alarm clock, enjoy breakfast together every morning, 
and work about 20-30 hours/week.

With a life filled with all those "little things" I love so much, what more could I ask for?

Okay, fine. A dishwasher. I could ask for a dishwasher. ;)

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Anyway, every time I do one of these reflection posts, 
it really does amaze me how much can happen in just a year.
It seems so quick and yet, if you want, you really can accomplish a lot, you know?

Who knows what'll happen by next year's Memorial Day?
Where will we be?
San Diego? San Francisco? Fiji? (I wish)
Will I be planning a wedding? (I wish again) ;)

Ooooh the joys of the unkown. :)


Happy Memorial Day, friends!

I hope your "now" is all you've ever wanted.
And if not, then let's shoot to make it happen by next year. ;)

xoxo


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Friday, May 23, 2014

If this doesn't make you happy, then I don't know what will.

This week feels like it's lasted 100 days. Maybe it's because I'm working 7 days in a row and there just doesn't seem to be enough time to do anything else. I feel like I do the dishes and then I blink and there they are, overflowing the sink again. I feel like I clean and clean, yet this tiny place just can't manage to stay that way. (Let's be honest here and know that I use the word 'clean' loosely. I don't know if I can qualify picking up my clothes and throwing them on the floor of my closet to be necessarily a deep and thorough cleaning. Or maybe it is?). It's been a busy and emotional week, but I think I'm in the clear.

Anyway. I snuck away from my morning styling so I could post a few things here.
Things that make me happy.


EXHIBIT A. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip.



I can't tell you how amazing this dip is. Actually, I can. It's fucking amazing. So amazing that I felt the need to drop an F bomb on this blog.

Make it. Eat it. Repeat.

Recipe found here.



EXHIBIT B. Celebrities Read Mean Tweets.


If you're a blogger, chances are you've had your fair share of mean comments. If you're as sensitive as me, chances are some of these mean comments have hurt your feelings. If you have a sense of humor, chances are you can eventually find hilarity in all of those mean comments. 

This little video of celebrities reading aloud meant Tweets sent about them is a perfect example. 
Laugh it off, man! It doesn't mean a thang!


EXHIBIT C. Advanced Style



I came across this Pinterest Board called "Advanced Style", and well, these older women make me smile. Big. I can only hope to have half the style and confidence these women do when I'm that age. ;) 

Go ahead, have yourselves a gander, it'll make you happy today. :)


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P.S. I've decided to make all ad spots 50% off through the month of June.
Use code: JUNE50 at checkout!
I'd love to have you! :)


I hope you all have yourselves a fabulous weekend!


xoxo


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Bay to Breakers 2014

Yesterday was the 103rd Annual Bay to Breakers Run.
And I use the word "run" loosely because I'm pretty sure I didn't see a single person actually running.
It's more like one ginormous Halloween party in the streets of San Francisco, slowly making its
way from one side of the city to the other:


However, if you're me, then you would NOT go all the way to the start line, you would instead take a $10 Uber ride from your house to Alamo Square (a.k.a. the Secret Start line) and then have 3 lovely older ladies give you their Bib Numbers so that you could hop into the race without being hassled.


This is the first time The Dizz and I have ever participated in this grand event.
Last year, we had JUST moved to the city and didn't know the gloriousness of what it entailed.
So I'm extremely happy we took part this year.
I'm also extremely happy that I have a man who is confident enough to wear a tutu.

After graciously accepting the Bib numbers from the chain-smoking older ladies,
we hopped into the sea of madness!


I saw more old naked men than I need to see in a lifetime.
It was amazing. Simply amazing.


And now you've seen it too. You're welcome.

This is how excited Verner and Justin were about the naked old guys:


Ha. kiddding.


At one point, we found ourselves at a secret Forest Party (I don't know why everything has to be secret). Basically just a giant dance party somewhere in the Golden Gate Park.


This one guy climbed up on a tree so he could dance half naked.


Another girl was telling us that she was a model.
So then Justin said, "Hey! So is Verner!" (no he's not.)
So then she said, "Really? Like, oh my god! Are you signed? I'm signed. I'm with Stars. Who are you with?"
So then Verner said, "Uh... I'm with Galaxy."

Then we left.

And after what seemed like DAYS of trekking across the city, we finally made it to the finish line!


And so did they.


And in honor of the chain-smoking Bib ladies, we fulfilled our promise of crossing the finish line and obtaining medals. (sshhh...no one has to know we didn't walk the whole thing.)

It was one heck of a day.

Verner was pooped.

So pooped, that he was fast asleep by 4:30pm.


To which he remained fast asleep for the rest of the night.
And I remained awake. Wide awake.
Left alone to devour all the pizza and watch all the girly shows I wanted.
Win/win.

xoxo


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Closet Revamping Experience

Happy Friday, yo!
I had a fun little experience this week and I blogged about it over on Heritage Row's Blog,
but I thought I'd share it here too!

It was definitely eye-opening and hopefully you can take something from it too, regarding your own wardrobe!

Enjoy!


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Something magical has happened to me.
In the blink of an eye, my closet full of old, I-have-nothing-to-wear clothes has suddenly turned into a wardrobe full of new and stylish outfits! That top I once thought looked hideous on me and had nothing to wear it with is now something I can't wait to wear again!
In just a matter of a few hours, my closet was transformed.
I know, it seems almost too good to be true, doesn't it?
Allow me to explain.



Does your closet look as atrocious as mine? Probably not. But I'm sure you've all had your moments of hating every article of clothing you owned and not knowing what to do about it, yes? Yes.
Who knew all I was missing was a 5'9" redhead?
The oh-so-talented Jenny came over this past Monday and worked her styling magic.



With all judgments aside (at least none spoken aloud ;), Jenny rummaged through my goods and began pulling pieces.
She then laid all her finds on my bed and began handing me pieces to try on together.
To be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first. I thought, "There's no WAY she's going to find anything that I haven't already thought of putting together."
W-R-O-N-G.

For example, I bought this skirt a few months ago but, up until Jenny came, had only worn it a few times because I only had ONE idea of how to wear it.
See below (Thank you, Instagram):



Black top. Black tights. Black shoes. Gold necklace.
Clearly I'm super adventurous when it comes to my outfits (not....).
After Jenny came, my eyes were opened to so many other ways of wearing it!



Hallelujah, because I'm kind of obsessed with the skirt.
Another item I had a hard time with were my bright blue skinnies. I just couldn't figure out how to make them match with anything.
But Jenny gave me great advice and said that as long as they're all in the same "color family," it's not about matching specific colors anymore.



What's also awesome is that for every Closet Consultation, Jenny brings several pieces from the store - both accessories and clothing - that she thinks will be good staple items or new additions to what you already have.

For me, jewelry has always been unfamiliar territory. I have one gold necklace and I'm not afraid to wear it.....over, and over, and over again.
But give me a bright colored necklace? Uhhh........huh?
So it was really great to have Jenny show me different looks and to realize I can spruce up a plain ol' tank top with a fab necklace - and voila! Instant style.



I'm so happy Jenny came over! I have a whole new outlook on my already existing wardrobe. And now, with her recommendations, I know a few key items to be on the lookout for that will compliment what I already have. Plus, I am no longer afraid of color mixing or bright necklaces! Holllllaaa!

**If you're in the Bay Area and in need of a closet revamp yourself (which, let's be honest, who isn't?), Jenny would love to set up an appointment with you, too!

Here are a few more details you should know!
- Cost: $100 for the first 2 hours (which is usually all the time she needs), + $25 for each additional hour
- If you choose to purchase any of the items she brings with her, you get 20% OFF!
- Jenny will tailor the visit to your specific needs: More business looks? Date nights? Travel friendly? Day-to-night looks? She's got you covered.
- Available to everyone in the Bay Area & Sacramento (unless you want to fly her to your home in Hawaii, or something ;)
- Inquiries can be sent to: heritagerow@yahoo.com


xoxo


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