Thursday, April 17, 2014

I Never Thought I'd...

Every single day I open this blog and start writing, and nine times out of ten I quit halfway through. I feel like I've lost my blogging voice and I don't know how to get it back. I'm working on it though. I keep hoping for some kind of break through, something that gives me all the answers and puts me back in the place I was at a year ago. I refuse to accept that I may never get back there, it just might take some more time.

So that's where I'm at.. but today is fun because Juliette made a link-up and I kind of couldn't say no to participating. Let's do this!

The Other Juliette

I Never Thought I'd...


... do another link-up. Only for my BFF J. Also, sorry Faith but Weekend Shenanigans and I broke up and we are never getting back together. Ever.

... spend over 2 years working outside of the retail world. Fashion is in my blood and I'm itching to get back. Only time will tell!

... learn how to ski, and love it. I only went twice this Winter, but I can't to spend more time on the slopes next season!


... like Taylor Swift, but then I watched this video and she's just so genuinely sweet and it made my heart smile. Also, she awkward dances and so do I.

... love my life in Denver as much as I do. For years, I couldn't wait to get out and move somewhere else. Now I'm content to be here for as long as I can.

... have three tattoos and get annoyed when people talk trash about them. For a long time they were a non issue for me, and now I feel passionate about mine and how much I love them.


... learn to live without cable. The Bravo withdrawals are real, but I've found so much more productive ways to use my time.

... enjoy cooking and eating bacon. For almost my entire life I have told everyone that I hate it and won't eat anything that contains it. Now you can give me all of the bacon, please and thanks.


... fall back into the struggle of working out. Last year, I worked out 6 days a week for several months. Now, I'm finding it hard to get there at all. It's on my list of things to fix!

...  enjoy the Whole30. It has really jump started my desire to eat healthy, whole foods and be aware of what I'm putting into my body.

... like cats. I've always been a dog person and I still am, but cats are growing on me and I think I have to give credit to Grumpy Cat for that revelation.


... miss GIFs the most about not blogging. Without blogging I have no reason to use these little nuggets of entertainment and that is a travesty.

Okay, I'm done now. Happy Thursday! KThanksBye.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Talk Whole30 To Me

No, you're eyes are not deceiving you. It's me and I'm blogging.

One of my favorite things about blogging (and there are lots) is how motivating and uplifting the community can be and I'll be straight with you, I need some motivating and uplifting.

This all started when three weeks ago my lovers Alexes and Kym decided to embark on Whole30. At the time, I laughed and said no thank you.. because cheese and beer. Throughout their journey, I chatted with them and the idea became more and more interesting. I did my research and pinned my little heart out and before I knew it I had planned to embark on my own Whole30 journey on April 1.


Here's how that went down..


April 1- Aspen Juice cleanse (I have a complete review of this that will be posted at a later date)


April 2- Feeling awesome! This food is delicious. Sweet potato hash with eggs, pulled pork salad, and turkey burgers? Yes, I will keep eating that.

April 3- Feeling even more awesome! This is the best decision I've ever made. I am happy and light and energized.


April 4- Rockies Opening Day. I stuck to my food, but many vodka beverages were had because.. peer pressure.

April 5- Aftermath of Rockies Opening Day. Brunch was had and I ate all of the fries and cheese. My hangover needed them y'all. That night I also stupidly drank all of the beer and ate all of the grilled cheese sandwiches.

You can see where this is going..


April 6- Two nights of drinking and one day of bad food and I felt like I was dying. I slept almost all day and I couldn't fathom eating. I was finally able to manage some Wonton soup but I was in a complete and total body hangover, physically and mentally.

April 7- Time to jump back on the Whole30 bus and stick to it. Constant migraine all day but drinking water and pushing through it. Give me cookie butter!

April 8- Feeling better but constant migraine is lingering. I went out to dinner and stuck completely to my plan while the person across from me drank beer and ate mac n cheese. Success!

April 9- Almost human, but not quite. Enjoying my food and excited to try a new recipe for dinner tonight!

Here's the deal, in the first 3 days of Whole30 I knew that it was a game changer. Not only did I feel great but my whole demeanor was changing. My hormones were balancing themselves and it felt amazing. I thought that a few drinks wouldn't affect things but oh did it ever! After two days of cheating it was a complete 180 degrees from before. I was sad, tired, grumpy, and depressed. I desperately wanted the happies back, so I committed to getting back into Whole30 and not cheating. Cheating is just not worth it.


But now I'm second guessing myself. Can I really do this for 30 days? I don't have a ton of self control, so going out with friends is not really an option. Am I going to lock myself at home for 30 days? Is this really worth it?

Kym wrote this post and I loved it because even though she stuck with it much longer than I did, she got so much out of the experience. That's what I want. I want to change my relationship with food and come out on the other side with a better understanding.

So here's what I'm thinking.. I'd love to get other people involved in the process. You can start today, you can start tomorrow, or you can start next week.. but I need some support. You can read all about the program here. You can follow Whole30 support on Facebook here. You can find my carefully curated Whole30 Pinterest board here.

I'm telling you, there are some seriously delicious food options available, but it's all about planning ahead and being prepared. There is also SO MUCH information. This program has been around for a few years (and has become so popular) that the resources are really endless.


The most important thing is that we can support one another and hold each other accountable. Maybe we do an Instagram hashtag? Maybe we do a weekly blog recap? I'm open to ideas, and hey maybe this is just what I need to get out of my blogging rut?

So.. read up, do your research, and pretty please join in and do this with me!

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Oscar Awards- Hits & Misses

Awards shows are essentially my favorite TV events of the year. Yes, the shows can be boring and long.. but I love seeing the stars in their gowns and even more I love critiquing them. Am I an expert? Absolutely not. But I know what I like and what I don't. Since my dream job of being on Fashion Police isn't happening anytime soon.. you get my commentary here on the blog instead. Enjoy!


PS. This is everything.

Hits



Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab
To be completely honest, I'm not really a fan of Angeline Jolie. Team Aniston all the way! However, she knows to to work a red carpet and this dress is beautiful. I love that it's sheer, but it has sleeves which really makes it age appropriate. I also love the shimmer. Shimmer or glitter on the red carpet can go tacky in a hurry, and it doesn't do that at all here.


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture
JLaw can really do no wrong in my eyes, and this is no exception. She is rocking that short hair like nobodies business and while I do think it ages here quite a bit, I think she carries it well. I love how fitted and sleek the dress is, and it's a gorgeous reddish orange hue that stands out. The peplum adds just the perfect amount of flair so it's not just a plain column gown. Also, it's really not fair that she doesn't suffer from strapless dress armpit skin that the rest of the population does.


BONUS: She looked just as amaze (and youthful!) in Tom Ford at the Vanity Fair Oscar party!




Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
Sandy is perfection and never fails to be both timeless and gorgeous. Her hair is shiny and the navy works so well with her dark hue! I die for the sweetheart neckline and the delicate detailing, it's a very classic dress. Everything is working for me, although I would have loved a necklace because it feels like it's missing.



Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhullier
MY QUEEN. My favorite part about this is how girly and voluminous this gown is. Normally you see Chrissy in a lot of fitted and sparkle because it works for her, but I love that she looks just as good in a different silhouette. It's hard to pull off a pattern on the red carpet, and I think she nailed it.


BONUS: She went back to basics in a fitted black dress at the Vanity Fair Oscar party!


Julia Roberts in Givenchy
I can't get over how much better this dress is than her Golden Globes tragedy! Lace can be tricky, because it can be sexy but it can also go old very fast. I think this works so well for her and is flattering and gorgeous. There is a weird fit at the bust, but I can ignore it because I love how delicate and pretty she looks. Also love the simple up-do for her hair!


Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
This stunningly beautiful blond goddess wins my top honors from last night. She is completely flawless from head to toe. I'm pretty sure I gasped when I saw the look for the first time. It's that good! She's got the perfect old Hollywood glamour thing going on and it's working perfectly. That cape is everything.


BONUS: She killed it again in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscar party! I love everything about the second look as well.

Misses


Jessica Biel in Chanel
I'm probably going to burn in fashion hell for saying this, but this dress looks cheap. There, I said it. I insulted Chanel and I'm sorry. That's the problem with shimmer and glitter because this one falls on the bad side. The dress itself is also just kind of boring and blah. I just know she can do so much better than this! Also, the hair is boring me. She needs JT on her arm, just saying.


Charlize Theron in Dior Couture
Don't throw rocks at me! I know most of you loved this, but I'm just not a fan. I think the illusion that it's strapless looks weird and in most pictures she looked lumpy because the fit was off. Oh, and that choker screams 90's to me in a bad way. Again, we know she can do so much better so it's a disappointment!


Sally Hawkins in Valentino
Oh honey, embellishment should never cover an entire dress and it definitely shouldn't be long sleeved. She's a petite girl and this dress just dwarfs her. The styling is terrible too. Hair is down, close toed shoes.. it all looks heavy and uncomfortable. Better luck next time!


Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel
I'm really sad to do this, because I love Anna so much. This just isn't working. I love what's going on above the waist, and the back was also beautiful. The problem lies in the odd red band at the middle, and the awkward slit at the leg. I think this dress is too old and goth for her!


BONUS: She did comeback and slay in Versace at the Vanity Fair Oscar party!



Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward
I'm just going to be honest, Giuliana loves her a pageant dress and pageant dresses do not belong on the red carpet. The color is also very blah and drab. She would look stunning in something simple, long sleeved, and jewel toned! Also, did we notice that she's no longer allowed to interview celebrities? They stick her on a panel where she talks about the dresses from afar. So strange!


Kerry Washington in Jason Wu
I don't want to hate on the gorgeous pregnant woman, but I wore this dress in college. It was a bed sheet that I used to make a toga for a date party. It's so much more flattering when pregnant women just go for it and wear something form fitting that shows off the bump. This looks frumpy!

Marchesa


Suki Waterhouse
This would be Bradley Cooper's girlfriend. She looks pretty in the 20th nude, embellished dress of the night. Speaking of 20th, she's 22 and he's 39. Stop it. Also, fix the bangs girl.



Georgina Chapman
The gorgeous founder of Marchesa. Not loving this feather mess at all!

Can I just say I am devastated that Marchesa has lost their top spot on the red carpet? I don't know what happened but nobody is wearing them anymore.

PHEW. That was a lot. Now it's your turn, tell me who you loved and hated from last night's show!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm the Kinda Girl Who..


I'm the Kinda Girl Who..

.. listens to a song, loves it, and proceeds to listen to that same song on repeat for weeks. Right now it's Queen Bey's "Drunk In Love". PS. I just figured out how dirty this song is, and I love it even more. Don't know what I'm talking about? Google "surfboard beyonce".. but not when you're at work.


.. that is really bad at replying to emails, texts, tweets, comments, etc. I always read them right away, but then I tell myself I will reply later and I never do. I know it's rude, and I've tried to fix it.. but no such luck. Love me through it.


.. loves to cook for people and beams with pride when they enjoy it. Not only is there something calming for me about being in the kitchen and moving through the steps of a recipe, but I also love to do things for other people. Last night we had a farewell dinner for one of my friends that is moving from Denver to Oklahoma and I made this (I threw everything in the crock pot on low for 8 hours), this, and this. It was the yummiest meal I've had in a long time!

.. takes every single Buzzfeed quiz, and retakes them if I don't like my answer. The last one I took was "Which GIRLS character are you?" and I got Shoshanna. Yes please, no re-do on that one. My favorite is still "Why are you single?" and I got "Because you're a bad bitch." I mean.. obvi?


.. never says no to a Nordstrom shoe sale. I love shoes and I love a sale and there is no way I could pass up two pairs of sandals and two pairs of wedges for less than $200. Plus, they will all be delivered to my apartment and I can try them on in the comfort of my own space. I call that a win!

.. is a creature of habit when it comes to drinking. Basically, vodka and I are besties. Give me a vodka tonic or a Moscow Mule and we'll be good. If you come near me with tequila, whiskey, or rum? Nope.


.. freaks out when my plans are set in stone. I need to know where we are going, when we are going there, and who is coming with. If I don't know all of the details then I start to get really anxious and that is not good for anybody involved.


.. has to sleep in complete silence. I'm a really light sleeper so it might actually help me to have some kind of noise, but typically I don't. I have to turn my phone on silent, because even the sound of it vibrating will wake me up and it drives me crazy.

.. still picks the fun decision over the responsible one. Granted I'm not going out and getting hammered on a work night, but if I have the choice between working out or happy hour.. I'm going to pick happy hour. If I have the choice between cleaning my apartment or going to a movie.. I'm going to the movie. I'm a point in my life where I can do whatever I please and I am taking full advantage of that.

.. believes that birthdays are the most important days of the year. Not only do I like to make sure my birthdays are celebrated to the top degree, but I love to make sure my friends have great birthdays as well!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lemme Recap Ya

I can't believe that we are almost halfway through February. I feel like it was November, then I blinked and now it's three months later. Life has been a whirlwind, which is a big part of why blogging fell to the wayside. I had to make time for all of the fun things that were happening in my life!

Now it's time to recap..

 My Mom and I got matching tattoos


I think this is going to be one of my favorite stories for such a long time. My Mom and I have been talking about this for years, and thanks to my sweet friends Christa and Christan (they are twin sisters), we finally bit the bullet and did it. My Mom and I are so close, and I love having something that reminds me of her and our relationship. Plus the tattoo itself is pretty bad ass right? It's a hamsa (definition here) that was designed specially for us. It holds a Jewish star, our initials, and our astrological sign.

There were drama free Holidays


This one was a miracle within itself! My family is notorious for bickering and fighting during the holidays. This year everything was pretty peaceful and calm and it made the holidays a much happier time for everyone! I was so grateful for that. I also got the opportunity to bring my transplant friends into our family celebrations and that made my heart happy.

My Bestie came in town


I have two ride or die best friends, and their names are Katie and Alex. They live in Dallas and I don't get to see them as often as I'd like. Katie came in town for a trip with her family and we got to hang and sight see for a few days and it was so much fun! She also got to meet some of my Denver friends and I was so happy to see them hit it off and all love each other as much as I love them. A few weeks later I booked a flight to Dallas for next weekend and I can't wait to spend a couple of days with my best friends.

I Moved


When I moved to Denver from college, I moved into a family townhouse in a suburban area outside of the city. It was cheap, it was easy, and I didn't complain. Then I started spending more and more time in Downtown Denver with my friends and I knew it was time to make a change. I found a roommate and then I found the perfect apartment. It's been an adjustment for Lily and I to get used to city living (one of us has to be walked outside to pee and one of us has to park on the street), but overall I've been so happy with the change. The next time I clean, I will take some pictures and do a little home tour.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE


When Justin Timberlake announced he was coming to Denver, I scooped up tickets and impatiently waited months to see him. The day of the concert, my Mom and went out for dinner and drinks and then headed to the Pepsi Center. Our seats were in the nosebleeds, but because of the moving stage he uses there were really no bad seats in the house. I sang and danced the entire show and my boy band loving heart swooned. One might say I danced like nobody was watching.. and there were definitely people watching. It was hands down one of the best concerts I've ever been to.

We hiked Red Rocks


I have been to Red Rocks a million times, but I have never once thought about hiking the surrounding area. A group of my friends randomly decided to go after a night out drinking, and although it wasn't planned and we may have thought we were done when we were only halfway, it was definitely worth it.We laughed, we cussed, oh and we forgot to bring water.. but 3.5 hours and six miles later we were all pretty proud of ourselves. Not to mention we saw some of the best views in Denver, and it was 70 degrees in January.

The Denver Broncos went to the Superbowl.. and got smoked


The whole city of Denver was beyond excited when the Broncos made it into the Superbowl. We had big dreams and on Superbowl Sunday the city was packed with orange and blue ready to cheer on the team. From the start it wasn't pretty and we never recovered, but I was still so proud of how far we went and how much fun the season was! On the bright side, Doug won $400 in squares and we got ice cream to soothe our pain.

I think that pretty much covers the big stuff. Oh wait, I forgot one major thing. When I moved I got rid of cable.. GASP. I know, I know. It took me some time to recover, but then I started a very healthy relationship with Hulu Plus and we are very happy together. Except Hulu Plus leaves its socks on the ground doesn't have Bravo, so we really need to work on that. The withdrawal from Vanderpump Rules is very real.

Honestly though, besides that thing I talked about yesterday, the year is off to a great start and I'm pretty pleased. This weekend I am taking ski lessons for the first time, and yes I know how pathetic that is since I'm a Colorado native. I'm beyond nervous but excited and I hope it goes well. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Single One

"It must be hard being the only single person in your huge group of friends."

It was said nonchalantly, outside of a bar after a couple of drinks so I laughed it off and hoped that the subject would change. Later, when I was at home and alone, I burst in to tears.

Maybe it was because of the drinks, maybe it was because I had just stopped seeing a guy I had been dating for a few months, but more than likely it was because the thought hadn't crossed my mind until she said it out loud.

I've technically been single my whole life. There have been prospects, dates, and hookups.. but I've never once been in a serious relationship and it's never bothered me. I'm fiercely independent and I enjoy living my life for me and not being concerned about how my life affects someone else's. I've never been a girl who felt they needed a guy to justify being happy. I do just fine on my own.

Yet, the second the words came out of her mouth I felt all of my insecurities come to the surface and I started to panic. "Oh my gosh, I am the only single one. What does that say about me? If she noticed, who else has noticed? Does that make me a failure?" Granted none of the questions I was asking myself were valid (and I'm smart enough to know that), but those insecurities sat with me for a few days and forced me to think about some things.

During the time I decided to take a break from blogging, I started dating someone. We'll call him Mark. We went on dates, we got to know each other, and in most circumstances he would be considered my boyfriend. Except he wasn't, because the only time he tried to have the conversation with me I brushed him off. He was nice and respectful, but he was shy and reserved. I'm sarcastic, loud, and outgoing and I think I knew from the very beginning that it wouldn't work. But I was completely myself around him, and he liked me anyways so I kept it going. I kept it going when after a month and a half of dating we hadn't shared a real kiss, even though he had gifted me a plant for my new apartment and told me it was important to him that I help celebrate his birthday with friends. I kept it going when all of my friends expressed that he wasn't the right guy. I kept it going until the day he decided to come out and say what we both knew.. the connection wasn't there.

When he ended things I was stunned and upset. "I was the thinking that the whole time, why didn't I end it? I didn't want to hurt his feelings, and then he hurt mine." I told myself that I was the better person because I never hurt his feelings and that he would never find someone that put up with his shyness the way that I did. I told myself a lot of things to justify the way everything went down.

Then my friend reminded me that I was the single one, and I finally realized what had really happened with Mark. I think subconsciously I knew that it had been awhile since I had dated anyone, and I felt "normal" because I was doing the things that all of my friends were doing. I kept dating someone that I didn't have a connection with because I didn't want to be the single one. It wasn't fair to him, it wasn't fair to me, and it definitely came back to bite me.

There is something to be said for taking in the entirety of a situation, and coming out the other side with a different perspective. My different perspective is this.. there is nothing wrong with being 24 and single, but there is something wrong with dating someone for the wrong reasons. Lesson learned.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hits & Misses- 2014 Golden Globes

Oh hi, remember me?

I may not be back to blogging full time, but I can't miss an opportunity to talk red carpet fashion! I can't speak to the actual show though, because I don't have TV so I didn't watch. Sadz.

Here are my fashion picks from last night's Golden Globes:

Hits


Margot Robbie in Gucci
This is how you nail your first red carpet! She looks absolutely stunning and the dress fits her like a glove. Did you know she's only 23? I loved her in Wolf of Wall Street and I feel like she has a successful career ahead of her. I love the emerald green and sparkle accents against the cream dress, it's very classy and pretty!


Olivia Wilde in Gucci
The rest of the preggos on the red carpet need to take note, because this is how it's done! She is seriously the cutest thing ever and I love everything about this dress. Emerald green is one of my favorite colors to see on the red carpet and I love the glitz. The dress does photograph just a touch like reptile skin, but I still think this really works. I wish her and her baby daddy would have walked the carpet together!


Emma Roberts in Lanvin
I've been obsessed with Emma Roberts on American Horror Story and I think she looks so classy and gorgeous! The dress fits her tiny frame perfectly and the icy blue earrings are a perfect addition. You can't see it, but she was rocking a seriously awesome sleek long pony and I loved it. This is how Taylor Swift should be dressing, but unfortunately she just doesn't get it.


Jenna Dewan Tatum in Roberto Cavalli
I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Jenna when she doesn't just look endlessly chic and gorgeous. I'm not sure who styles her, but they obviously work very well together. There were a few dresses that were white with black accents and I think this was the best one I saw. The fit and styling are all perfect.


Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad
I'm sorry, but can you believe that she is 40 years old? She is one of the most beautiful and radiant women in Hollywood. Her skin is always glowing and she rarely gets anything wrong on the red carpet. I'd be willing to say that this was my favorite of the night. I'm a big fan of sparkle and this was styled so well!


Amy Adams in Valentino
Not everyone was a fan of this look, but I think she looks amazing. She is definitely taking advantage of her role from American Hustle and channeling that deep cleavage! I love the two tone red and how soft and flowy the skirt is. I would have liked to see something different with the hair, but I get what they were trying to achieve with the look.

Misses


Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
This just breaks my heart. Drew is such a gorgeous lady and this dress is wrong on so many levels. When you've got a pregnant belly going on, you should stick to simple silhouettes, because the embellishments just add too much. She is glowing though, and looks so happy!


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
Another look that makes me so sad. JLaw is stunningly beautiful and she's really rocking the pixie haircut, but this dress does her zero favors. She has the best curves and this frumpy dress does not accentuate them in the way it should. I also prefer to see her in color! Don't let me down for the Oscars.


Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford
This is just a really unfortunate look for Hayden. It looks like she recycled this dress from 1992 prom and nothing about it is a good look. I cannot believe that Tom Ford designed this dress because it's not anywhere near the chic level that he is usually at. Also, the hair is really bad and so are those shoes. No girl, no.


Kerry Washington in Balenciaga
Everyone though this dress was amazing, but I just can't agree. Not only is it not flattering on her, but it reminds me of something you'd buy from the Mother of the Bride at Dillards. Both this dress and the one above had brooches and to me they just scream old lady. I would have liked to see her in something more form fitting, similar to Olivia Wilde.


Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana
This dress gets serious eye rolls from me. The dress itself was pretty, if not a little boring, but the way to add to it was not with her husband's dress shirt underneath. It's an extremely confused look and the bouffant hairstyle is also not working for me. I KNOW that Julia can do so much better than that!


Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung
This dress says, "I got in a fight with the lingerie store, and the lingerie store won." It's risky to wear a short dress to such a high profile event, and the messiness of it just makes it way too casual. She's such a gorgeous girl and I was really expecting more from her.

Marchesa

This is really hard for me because I hate both of these dresses. Marchesa is letting me down so far this awards season!


Sarah Paulson
I hate the length of this. If it had been floor length I think I would have liked it.


Heidi Klum
This look confuses me and makes me uncomfortable. Also, chokers died a long time ago and they should never be worn again.

Alright let's hear it, agree or disagree on my picks? Who were your hits and misses?

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