January 29, 2010

Adventures in Working From Home

Yesterday we got hit with a huge ice and snow storm, needless to say I am working from home today. It took my husband an hour and 15 minutes to get in to work this morning - normally takes him less than 30. Yikes!

I have my laptop set up on my breakfast counter, green tea in hand and this is what is going on in my living room. Totally dinkulous.


Notice Lexie is in the crate and Owen is trying to drag the crate around the living room. Ugh.




January 28, 2010

Scrunchy

Thought I would share this totally dinkulous shot I snapped of Owen with my iPhone last night (sorry about the quality). I pulled his ears back in a scrunchy, he was not too happy about it until I offered him a treat.




And of course his piggy sister Lexie was next in line, sans scrunchy.


January 27, 2010

Bragging

Pay attention ladies because this does not happen very often, I am about to brag BIG TIME on my husband.

This past weekend we didn’t have any set plans so we ran some errands. While we were out my husband told me he wanted to go to the mall in the city. That in itself is a big deal because he 1) never likes going to the mall and 2) he hardly ever takes me up to the city. When we got there I wanted to go to Williams Sonoma (of course) and he said to make that our last stop. So we finally make our way to WS and he makes a beeline over to the Le Creuset cookware. He knows I have wanted one of their dutch ovens for eons. I have the knock off brand from Sam’s and it just is not the same – the porcelain is chipping off and the interior enamel is a pain to get clean.

Long story short, my husband tells me to just get one. I am like “Um, it is $260”, he continues to tell me to just get it. Mind you it is not my birthday, anniversary or anything special, just an ordinary Saturday. I ended up bringing home this 6 ¾ quart beauty and have already broken her in with a delicious lentil soup recipe (which turned out FAB!).

Thank you to the best husband EVER!

January 22, 2010

Troop 312

In case you have yet to be approached, it is Girl Scout cookie time again. We got hit up by a cute little Brownie of troop 312 this past weekend and she has already delivered them. Next year I am going to put a sign on my door that says “No solicitations from girls in uniforms peddling cookies of the gods”. Needless to say, I think the cookies are already adding inches to my hips. Ugh. Guess I have to up my exercise routine stat!

With that being said, how chic is this picture below?



This landed in my inbox yesterday from the ever alluring Michael Kors. I love everything about the picture, the trenches, the shoes, the totes, the shiny hair, the models’ tan slim legs. I will take one of each, please.



Have a good weekend, I have a feeling I will be knee deep in cleaning supplies. Speaking of which, I am interested in testing out Martha’s new line. Or not after reading this blog.

January 21, 2010

Inspiration in a Catalog?

Each time I open my mailbox and pull out a new Athleta catalog I get all sorts of giddy. I don’t know which I am more excited about, the clothing or the models. I got hooked on Athleta a few years ago, before they were bought out by the Gap. I think their items are of good quality – none of the pieces I have are falling apart or show any signs of such, they wash and wear well. I do think their sizing is a bit scattered, but now they have a feature on their site for customers to leave feedback, which often includes sizing suggestions. Their items are a bit pricier, but I do believe you get what you pay for. Besides, they are always adding new items to their sale section.





Then there are their models. Their models are usually athletes in some form or shape and actually have muscle on their bones, unlike some fitness models. I am always curious who these women are, and after some searching on the web I did find out who a few of them are, most of them I found via this blog. My favorite model they have used in the past is Monica Carlson, whom some might know from The American Gladiators show. She is now appearing in GNC ads, but I hope she makes her way back to Athleta.




Athleta usually goes to some exotic location to shoot for their catalog, so the background plus the models definitely gives me some motivation to get my butt moving. And speaking of moving, check out these yoga poses! This is one of their newer models, Drisana Carey, a Syracuse University graduate who was a Big East Academic All-Star in volleyball.




And some inspiration to get my butt up and running is the pretty Lauren Collins from the University of California Irvine. Collins rocks at pretty much all track events, including high jump, shot put, long jump, javelin throw, 100-meter hurdles, 200-meters and 800-meters. Wow.



And if all of this isn’t inspiration enough, Athleta also is good at giving us doses of it in writing via their blog AthletaChi. Here you can find articles by all sorts of women athletes on everything from running, to yoga to kettlebells. They also post behind the scenes shots of their photo shoots on their Facebook page, good stuff.


And for those of you that think you’ve got what it takes to be a model in their next magazine, they even tell you how to apply. Good luck! Until next time, keep on shopping!

January 19, 2010

Thank the Lord, Blame the Husband

Yesterday I had the day off, thank you MLK, so my friend and I decided to take a little road trip up to Tulsa to shop at Whole Foods. Yes, that's how we roll around here. Since we don't have a WF here in Norman or Oklahoma City we road trip. And yes, our husbands think we are nuts to drive and hour and 15 minutes to go to a "grocery store". They just don't understand.

My husband programmed my Garmin to the address and off we went. After about an hour of driving we turned on to some country highway and started asking ourselves where the heck we were. The only thing I could think was that my husband programmed the Garmin to avoid toll roads, because normally we take the turnpike to Tulsa. Next thing I know I look in my rear view mirror and see red flashing lights zooming towards me. Crap! I pull over, the cop comes up to the car and asks where we were going. I am sure he was amused to learn we were driving from Norman to go to a grocery store. He asked if I knew what the speed limit was and I told him I had no idea where we were let alone what the speed limit was. He then informed me I was going 81 in a 65 mph zone. Oopsie! We were literally in the middle of the country and just going with the flow. Guess that is what I get for having the little red car. So he takes my license and comes back a few minutes later. Double crappers! He then hands me this leather bound book with his initials branded in them and tells me to open it and read it. I thought it was a bible or something or that the all-of-23 years old officer was going to make me recite the law. Much to my amazement he gave me a warning and wished us a safe drive. You know I was totally going to blame my husband if I got a ticket. Long story short we took the turnpike home.




And thanks to my dear friend Krys she now has me hooked on this Pirate's Booty goodness. I stocked up on these at the "grocery store".

January 15, 2010

Who's Zumba Who?

Once again I have been living under a rock and just recently tried out the latest fitness craze that is Zumba. I took a little intro class the other night, only 8 songs, and by the end I had worked up a sweat and laughed my butt off the whole time.



For those not familiar with Zumba here is a description from their official website:

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got a Zumba® class!
In the past years, the Zumba® program has become nothing short of a revolution, spreading like wildfire, and positioning itself as the single most influential movement in the industry of fitness.
As of July 2009, the Zumba® program is being taught at over 40,000 locations in 75 countries, has sold millions of DVDs, and has changed the lives of Zumba® Fanatics worldwide with an astonishing five million participants taking Zumba classes every week.






Anybody that has seen me dance before totally knows that I am that white girl who thinks she can dance. With that said, I love music and love to dance and totally loved the little taste I got of Zumba. The songs we danced to were both hip-hop and Latin and were easy to get into the groove. The moral of the story is try Zumba, even if you think you can't dance give it a shot. You will get a workout just trying! I am now on the hunt for a good studio to take regular classes. Here is a good article worth reading from the NYT on Zumba.

And for those of you looking for a little more fashion inspiration, be sure to check out Erin's post today over at EOS. Also check out Valerie's post at Society Stylist.

January 12, 2010

Accessorizing Intro

Today will be the first of many posts I do on accessorizing. What I know about this subject I have learned through trial and error over the years. My particular taste in clothing is fairly plain, meaning I don’t have many clothing items with prints or designs on them, therefore I rely on accessories to jazz up my outfits. My two main sources for trendy (ie cheap) accessories are Forever21 and Francesca’s. When I don’t mind spending a little more on jewelry I like items by Kenneth Jay Lane and Amrita Singh, most of these items I get from online sample sales.



Here are some articles on the basics of accessorizing for those needing to start from scratch J

Spice up Your Winter Wardrobe with Accessories Pt.1
Spice Up Your Wardrobe with Accessories Pt. 2

Another place I like to look for inspiration is Polyvore. I often visit this site for inspiration, especially for new ways to outfit a certain piece of clothing. You can type in your item and it will populate several Polyvores put together by others with the same item. Cool huh.

And in case you haven’t heard, The Rachel Zoe Project just got picked up for Season 3. I. Die.

January 11, 2010

Thawing Out

At lunch today my car read 53 degrees and the sun is out, 'bout time. Granted there is still a bunch of snow laying around, might be a while before it goes away.

Okay, can somebody please remove the rock that I have been living under for the past year? Just the other day I heard somebody talking about Pandora radio and I was like what is that? Low and behold I have now discovered Pandora internet radio! Too bad I can't access the site from work, but that is okay because my handy husband downloaded the app for my iPhone. Just in case you are living under said rock, according to wikipedia, Pandora is an automated music recommendation and Internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. Users enter a song or artist that they enjoy, and the service responds by playing selections that are musically similar. Users provide feedback on approval or disapproval of individual songs, which Pandora takes into account for future selections. How awesome is that.


I will leave you with this image of Lexie at the vet today, right before he came in and told her she was borderline overweight at 7.8 pounds. Poor girl needs to go on Biggest Loser for Dogs stat!

January 8, 2010

Still Cold



Yep, that is the temperature reading from my car as I rode in this morning. Yuck!

So I decided to wear something warm to work today.


And speaking of staying warm I read this great Q&A section in my Marie Claire magazine last night. The article was written by the ever proper Tim Gunn.

The question to Tim was: My office is freezing in the winter. What are some good pieces to add to my wardrobe to stay warm without resorting to bulky, unflattering sweaters and turtlenecks?

Tim's reply: I agree that bulky sweaters can be unflattering, but turtlenecks? I don't think so. If it's layering that you're after, then the turtleneck would be a piece to layer over. I have three suggestions: a chic, polished shrunken cardigan; a blazer, the style of which is up to you and your taste and lifestyle (cropped, unstructured, and classic are examples); and scarves, which can be draped, wrapped, or tied in a myriad of ways. If done correctly, an oversize scarf can be terribly chic - Parisian women are born with the talent to make this work. But think about the colors and textiles that would work best with your wardrobe. I lean more toward black and navy, but it's so much easier for men! With women's scarves, you can go wild with patterns.

Could not have said it better myself Tim!

January 7, 2010

Scenes from the Weekend

Yes it is still very frigid here in Oklahoma and doesn't show any sign of warming up for a while, sigh. I did want to share a few more dog pictures from our adventure in dogsitting. By the end of the week the dogs were all well behaved. Owen moped around the house for days after Wrigley went back home, he is such a baby!

I love this picture, totally shows what a bully Gucci (the pug) can be!


A mug shot of the boys just back from the groomers.

A close up of Wrigley and his favorite toy at our house.
And this here is a perfect example of why we call Owen dinkulous. He thinks our couch is his personal bed, pillow and blanket included.

And I could not post pictures of all the boys without a shot of my baby!


Hey, at least all this cold weather is giving me an excuse to wear my faux fur vest everyday. Love it, and yes it is the Rachel Zoe one from QVC. It truly keeps me warm.

January 5, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

I cannot believe how cold it is here in Oklahoma. Growing up in Ohio I expected winters full of cold days, but not here in the south.


The temp reading on my car at lunch today

So to stay warm I layered up in corduroys and a turtleneck. Notice the new Frye boots I got for Christmas from hubby and the boy (worn under the pants at work). Thanks boys!


January 4, 2010

Wanted: A New Stylist

I rang in the New Year from the comfort of my own couch, how about you? Hubby and I spent a nice evening in watching all the New Year's Eve shows. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this:

What the heck was Jennifer Lopez thinking when she put on that horrific body suit? All I can say is that I hope one of her resolutions this year is to find a new stylist!
*Edited to add this: According to the tabloid, the catsuit was created by costume designer Paula Bradley. We did a little digging and discovered that she's done stage outfits for Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and the Pussycat Dolls in the past, and she's also lent her sewing skills to a Bebe runway show and Scary Movie 3.
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