Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This dress is simple, but very me. Plus, I love the vintage feel, and how you could wear it many different ways, dressed up or down.
I really liked the boots too, and we know from the post below that I need a new pair. However, we also know how sad my bank account is at the moment, so new boots are on hold for now.
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Tell me: Are you a vintage store shopper? Do you have the patience to scour rack after rack to find the perfect pieces? It's hard work, but worth it!
It's pretty cool that I work in an industry that encourages--well, pretty much requires--me to wear clothes to work that reflect my own personal style. Wearing a suit is a no no, even for a job interview. I had fun selecting my outfit yesterday, but I have a feeling that excitement will fade by the end of the week. It's nice that I don't have to buy totally separate work clothes and going-out clothes, but it also kinda stinks because then my going-out clothes don't feel as special.
In this pic, I'm wearing:
-Tee: American Apparel
-Boots: Marc by Marc Jacobs (I've been wearing them in the fall/winter like crazy for the past 3 years, and the heels are about to fall off. I need to get them fixed!)
-Scarf: It was a present (Becca, where did you get it?)
I wasn't prepared for the cooler weather yesterday, so I threw on that dingy zip-up jacket because it happened to be in my purse. I so need a fitted denim jacket for fall! I know as the temps keep dropping, I'll wish I could work in my bed, under my cozy sheets like I did this one time. Ahh, that was nice.
So tell me: What do you wear to work? Do you wish you could wear something else??
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
However, it's not just vanity. I have been working out for as long as I can remember (two swim practices a day starting at age 11), so I think I would just feel weird if I wasn't working out on a regular basis. Going for a nice run or spinning class in the morning starts my day off right. If I go more than a few days without exercising (which never happens unless I'm on vacation), my body just feels out of whack and lethargic.
Now that I'm working in an office five days a week, blogging and doing outside freelance work, I need to reorganize my routine so that I still make time to work out. I had planned to at least do my Physique57 video before work this am, but I had some emails to write and blogging to finish up, so it didn't quite happen. I did 3 sets of 10 pushups before I hopped in the shower, but after the way I ate in Charleston over the weekend, I don't think that's gonna cut it. I suppose I'll have to hit up the gym after work!
If you want to share what motivates YOU for my Glamour project, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow at 6pm. I'd love to hear from you!
The Knot has an awesome website. Check it out here.
And I'm surprised I haven't asked this before, but tell me: What are your favorite magazines to read?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Here I am with my good high school buddy, Bull. I have great memories with him, mostly of just the two of us hanging out, making mixed CDs and going to the neighborhood hangouts to get a bite to eat. (And also not so great memories of the times I cried to him about the boys I liked that didn't like me). Luckily, he married one of my best friends, so I know he'll be in my life forever.
Here is a video of me, Liza, Michael (left), Bull, Lalla and her husband Diego (right) playing the "Name Game." Basically, the game is played by one person saying the name of a celebrity or other well-known person, and then the next person says a name that starts with the first letter of that person's last name. (ie. Julia Roberts, then Robert Downey Jr. etc. If you were to say a double-letter name, like Robert Redford, then you go back in the opposite direction.) Sounds simple enough, but it is a lot of fun!
Diego cracks me UP in this vid. The fist bumps, high-fives and just overall excitement during the game is awesome. Love the enthusiasm, Diego. It was also really cute how proud he was of Lalla every time she said an athlete's name. We suspect that Liza, on the other hand, made up a few names. Rick Owens? Do you still stand by that one, Lize? I suppose I could Google him to find out for sure. (Um, did anyone notice the LACK of drinking in this game?!)
So tell me: Do you have a lot of guy friends? Do you think it's harder to make them the older you get? WHY??
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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I ordered my oatmeal with strawberries and raisins, maple syrup on the side. I'm aware that too much sugar can quickly turn it into an unhealthy meal, so I drizzled just a little syrup on top. Luke was too tempted by the egg dishes on the menu, so he passed on the oatmeal and got:
Baked eggs with wild boar sausage, rustic bread, potatoes and mixed greens. Yumm. I had a bite of the eggs and bread, it was delicious!
With trips to Spain and England and lovely meals like this, I'm sure no one is feeling sorry for me and my current unemployment self. I don't blame you. I can't tell you how appreciative I am for everything, regardless of the annoying complaining I do from time to time.
Anyway, tell me: What's your favorite brunch meal? Do you go out or cook at home?
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Runningback: Lock (He scored the first touchdown! Interesting factoid: He originally came to UK on a track scholarship.)
Not bad, right? For extra credit, I met friends at the Village Pourhouse in the East Village to watch the game. I don't remember the last time I actually watched a football and tried to follow what was going on!
The saying, "No question is a dumb question" didn't apply to the riduclously basic questions I was asking, but I was with a great group of people that were more than happy to be my teacher. This is my friend Blair. She gave me a great explanation of what the job of a linebacker is: "A linebacker sacks people, and is like the quarterback of defense. He plays in the middle and organzies people." Quarterback of defense...I like that, and I will be using that phrase again :)
My friend Carla was in from out of town, so I left the Kentucky game a bit early and met her a few blocks away at Blind Pig to watch the end of the Clemson game.
I hadn't seen Carla in waaay too long, so we really didn't watch much of the game because we were to busy catching cup! Look at her cute beer koozie, isn't it awesome?!
I must have been a good luck charm today because both the Wildcats and Tigers won! Foster, what do you think, do I get an A for this assignment?
Who else did their football homework? And what games were you watching this weekend?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
5 AM Wake Up Call:
I have physical therapy on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7am, hence the ungodly hour. Before heading to PT, I had a bowl of my new found fave Trader Joe’s High Fiber Fruit & Nut Multigrain Medley w/ Light Plain soy milk. At only 100 calories a cup, it is surprisingly filling although I have to laugh that I’m buying High Fiber cereal. Isn’t that something reserved for 80 year olds?
Okay, so don’t think I'm psycho, but after being told that I had a fracture in my foot that may or may not need surgery I was willing to try anything. (I ended up having the surgery). So, I headed up to Whole Foods and spoke to Joe, the holistic, kosher nutritionist/herbalist—an all around interesting man—to learn which vitamins help bone growth. Here’s a picture of my vitamin routine: Liquid Calcium, Green’s Wild Berry Superfood (It is an acquired taste, but one 8-oz glass is equal to 5 servings of fruits and veggies), Multivitamin, Flax Seed Oil, and Vitamin D.
(I'm lovin' the pics, Al!!)
10 AM Snack:
I’m heading into a meeting I know is going to test my patience so I quickly eat a banana before the meeting really gets going. The second I get hungry my patience level is that of a two year old!
1 PM Lunch:
After putting on what felt like ten lbs. in my first month at Emory, I learned quickly that buying my lunch on campus was not a good idea for my wallet or waistline. I now plan ahead and pack my lunch every day unless I have a lunch meeting. Today, I brought one of my staple lunches: a Quorn “Chicken” Pattie, a small can of baby peas, and a kiwi. For any other veggies out there, Quorn has been my saving grace when in comes to getting protein it is the beats out any other soy, tofu, etc. “chicken” products out there.
So sad. I’m starving and stuck in a meeting yet again. I forgot the apple I brought for just this occasion on my desk as I “ran", okay still limped, to my meeting.
Finally home at 8:30 after running to meet the real estate agent to sign the lease on my new apartment J and forcing my now starving self to go to the gym (There was no excuse as I had to pass it on my way home and my clothes were in the back seat). I quickly made broccoli sautéed in olive oil and a Quorn Naked Cutlet (I’m telling you they are addicting). Admittedly, I needed a grain thrown in to truly make this a meal, but I was too tired to even wait for instant rice to cook. I am no cook, and I usually fall in my front door starving at the end of the day. So I try to keep easy, quick dinners on hand – 5-10 minutes tops! Craving something sweet, I treated myself to a Jell-O Sugar Free Dark Chocolate treat.
Thanks, Alison, you skinny bitch, you. Side note: Luke expressed some concern for my recent crudeness and constant usage of the word "bitch." People, if you haven't noticed, 9 times out of 10, it is a COMPLIMENT. The minute I stop calling you a bitch, is when you should worry ;)
So what do you guys think of Alison's day of eating? Check out Courtenay's food diary here if you missed it. Who are you more like?? I'm a mix of both!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Football is upon us, and I am here to help you take advantage of most men's favorite sporting season. Whether it's NFL or NCAA, there are a few basic things a sports novice should know. At the very least, know the Division 1 college or NFL teams in your area. Things you should know about them should include: whether they are good or not and who they play next. I would also recommend that you know one offensive player and one defensive player. The offensive player should be a skill player. That means he is an offensive player that will either run, catch, or throw the ball. Any defensive player will do, but I personally like when a girl knows about the guys that get a lot of tackles, sacks (tackling the quarterback) and interceptions.
To find out if a team is good or not, pick up a local paper or go to a sports info site on the web. I recommend foxsports.com because it isn't as overwhelming as many of the others. If you need detailed help navigating your way around the paper or internet, write a comment here, and I will be sure to help ya out. Find the name of the city your team plays in and see what their record (wins and losses) is. If you are touching up on your NCAA/COLLEGE FOOTBALL, you need to go to the rankings. There are many different rankings, but for the next few weeks, the AP POLL is the most important one. If the team you are looking for is not among them, just glance over the top 10 or so. Chances are, your team will play one of them at some point. Clicking on any of the teams will take you to some sort of homepage for that particular team. From that page you should be able to see who they played last and who they play next.. You can probably find out who the best players are as well.
It is not important for a girl to memorize sports trivia and stats, so if you think you need to, you are mistaken. Fact is, most guys want a girl to know something relevant. It doesn't need to be very in-depth. I always thought I wanted to marry a girl that loved sports. WRONG!!! If a girl loves sports like I do, then work would be my only breath from the relationship. Sports guys just want a girl who knows a lil' bit about what's going on, and can understand why we wanna know every detail.
Your goal by Saturday morning should be to know: who your local NFL or DIV 1 COLLEGE team play; are they good thus far; one offensive player and one defensive player. Yeah, you have homework, but its really easy!
Thaaanks, Fos! I'm gonna get on that homework—stat! I'll report back to impress you with my new fountain of sports knowledge. Btw, I read the cover article on Lebron James in this month's issue of Vanity Fair. Betcha didn't read that one yet. Proud of me???
Write your sports comments and questions for Foster here!