Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not to complain (especially not on Thanksgiving!) but post college life has been very trying, and very stressful. Yet we all need reasons to put away all of lifes stresses and focus on the good, positive, happy, exciting parts of our lives. Here is my incomplete list of things I'm thankful for... both big and small.

  • Family- Thank you for all your support! I am so lucky to have a family that is there for me no matter what. They have been so helpful to me in all my 22 years, and even though they often drive me crazy I don't know what I would do without them.
  • Friends- Thank you for everything! Thank you for becoming my family when we could not be with our own. I am so amazed and pleased with the way that all of my closest friends have been able to stay connected now that we are no longer all living in the same city (or in the same house for that matter)! I can not imagine my life without all my amazing, wonderful, crazy friends.
  • My Car (her name is Layla)- Thank you for taking me up and down CA to let me visit all those crazy friends of mine.
  • Facebook/Twitter/Blogger/YouTube/etc- Thank you for allowing me to keep in touch with all those friends, to share my life and ideas with others and allow others to do the same with me.
  • iPhone cameras- Thank you for letting me document my life. And for letting me send silly videos to my friends.
  • iPod/Spotify/Pandora/iHeartRadio/any other music type things I use- Thank you for creating the soundtrack to my life, keeping me entertained at work, in my room, in the car etc
Ditching the explanations, my list continues:

colder weather and changing/falling leaves
foggy mornings
starbucks coffee
smiles from strangers
clean rooms
pumpkin patches and christmas tree lots
my comfy bed
snail mail
spinning classes
ice cream (even when its cold)
long drives
kindle books
anyone who takes the time to read my thoughts on this blog

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Fashions With A Non-Fashion Type

I am by no means a fashion expert. In fact I don't even claim to be fashionable in my every day life. But I have been making a bit more of an effort lately to take advantage of the colder weather and put some fun fall outfits together. As such I played around this past weekend taking some photos in my backyard showcasing a few of my favorites (and some of my recent purchases!). 

Any season that allows me to fully indulge in my passion for boots is THE BEST in my book. Other than the boots I've been wearing lots of sweaters and scarves and attempting to get better at accessorizing with jewelry. Clothes in these photos were purchased at all kinds of stores- Urban Outfitters, Brandy Mellville, American Eagle, Target, Forever 21, Banana Republic, and Macy's just to name a few

I actually had a lot of fun finding places all over my back yard to take some pictures. It made me realize that you can get some surprisingly cute backgrounds out of little random corners that might not initially look like anything special.

Here's a couple more random outtakes...

If you want to check out someone with real fashion sense, there are a ton of great fashion blogs all over the internet. But I would recommend starting out with my sorority sister Melina over at The Caffeinated Closet! Don't forget to tell her I sent you! And let me know what your favorite item of clothing is this fall!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthdays, Bruins, & Bring It On

I am finally getting around to posting about my Veteran's day weekend. The reason it took me so long was partially because I was waiting for pictures to get put up online so I could steal them for this post and partially because I was just using that as an excuse to not sit down and write this post. Procrastination aside; I had an AMAZING weekend in LA visiting my favorites. In an attempt to prevent this post from rambling on and on I will hold myself to listing only the top five best parts of the weekend.

In no particular order:

1. Silly pictures with my room six favorites. I got to spend a seriously needed, large amount of time with my former roommates this weekend! We celebrated Katie's birthday all LA. Father's Office, Third Street Promenade, the couches at the HOP, and our fave Westwood bars just to name a few! Our epic shopping adventure on Friday led us to the best purchase of the weekend... $6 Mustache rings! We took the obvious mustache picture, and numerous other ridiculous pics throughout the weekend.

2. Our first trip to Howl At The Moon. Howl is an awesome dueling piano bar at Universal City Walk in Burbank, CA. This was my first trip to a dueling piano bar but it will certainly not be my last. Any bar that encourages the entire crowd to sing along all night with a huge variety of well known favorites is a place for me. This bar was packed and we certainly had a fantastic time people watching. Favorite sight of the night- rooting on a young 20 something guy as he went after a not so cougarish looking 40+ year old woman. Sadly he was not successful in his pursuit.

3. Christmas decorations! Now I have generally been a proponent of the no Christmas decorations til after Thanksgiving. But for some reason, this year, I am all about welcoming the Christmas decorations/music/spirit! We obviously took every opportunity to snap some adorable Christmas pics =)

This one is by far one of my favorite pics of the weekend! We fit right in with little Cindy Lou Who!
4. I would love to write "WATCHING THE BRUINS WIN!" here but sadly the Bruins barely showed up to our game in Utah this weekend, essentially throwing away our chance to (magically) appear in the Pac 12 championship game. Instead I'll just say hours spent at Barney's Beanery with some of my favorite girls. We took over a table right in front of the biggest TV in the bar and at one point there were about twelve of us squeezing in to that one area. I always love watching the Bruins with my favorite Bruins, even when our team can't seem to get their stuff together.

5. Last but not least... Karissa and I saw Bring It On: The Musical! It was sooooo cheesy... But so much fun! My only reccomendation to anyone going to see it is go in knowing that it is a new Bring It On story, not the movie retold in musical form (a la Legally Blonde The Musical). If you are aware of that ahead of time you will enjoy the show that much more.

I had a seriously awesome jam packed three day weekend and am very sad that I probably won't be making another trip down until after the holidays. Having three days really does make a huge difference.. Unlike my other weekend trips I was able to fit (what felt like) so much more in to the weekend! If your looking for another perspective on the weekend, check out my roommate Jo's blog! Next week's post will probably be a little different since this weekend won't be nearly as exciting. Hope you all have a fab weekend!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

October Picture Rewind

Aside from Saturday's AMAZING Bruin win over Arizona State, this weekend was a tad on the boring side. That being the case I decided to do a picture re-cap of October (before we get too far in to November). Basically I am going to take a look back in my iPhone and pick out some of the best/most random picutres from last month and throw them all up on this one lil post. I apologize if there are a few repeats from prior post.Without further ado... Enjoy!

Pics from both the Stanford game and the Cal game!

Random pictures from the Fresno Fair

Random Shots. 1. Pet store mice loving their wheel. 2. Awesome barn off highway 41. 3. Another pic from my random drive through the country (I'm actually pretty proud of this one, I think it looks really cool). 4. My dream car (okay maybe not dream... but I really like it!)- Hot pink toyota 4runner (older model). 
That's all for this week. This weekend I am off to EL LAY once again, to take advantage of the three day weekend and celebrate my former roomie's 21st birthday! This week seriously can not go fast enough!! Leave me comments and let me know if you guys liked this post =) Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

LA Reminds Me That I DO (did?) Have A Social Life!

This weekend I was reunited with (almost) all of my favorite people from UCLA. My weekend- from start to finish- will be detailed in complete grammatical-incorrectness below:

10pm airport pickups/sneakily driving through the airport to avoid the crowded parts. Sailor Jerry shots to MALAGA...and BORJA! Fake fighting over bartenders. Real punching fake boxers. Late night stumbling. Early morning car moving (oh westwood two-hour parking). BJ's lunching. Traffic-sitting. Lateness. Rosebowl tailgating/fall weather grass sitting. UCLA WINNING! House of Pi visiting. Corner bakery eating. Presidential discussions. Future-questioning... Amazingness.

The weekend was honestly too much to put in to words, but I had a wonderful time. In catching up with all my friends I only realized how much I miss them when we are not together, which made me appreciate our time together that much more. I didn't take too many pictures but I've posted a few, plus some I stole from facebook.