Saturday, April 30, 2011


35 would be the number of hours since I last slept, but I snuck in an hour long nap, so now that number has dwindled to 34. Still impressive if you ask me. I might be partial though because I know I worked all day Friday and then went down to Santa Cruz Friday evening to start the 24 hour Film Festival. It. Was. Awesome.

I sat down with the director, producer, and some other writers and we came up with concepts for the script. We nailed down a plot, assigned character roles, and waited for the theme to be posted to the website to see if we could incorporate it into our preconceived idea. The theme was completely different from what we had originally planned (an idea based around death), but we were able to tweak on of the characters to accommodate the theme. Turns out, I actually liked this idea better than our original. It seemed to have more substance and fluidity.
A snapshot of the set.
There were some mishaps that occurred. One of the actors was a no-show. I actually had a feeling earlier on that he wasn't going to show for some reason. Maybe it was his brooding headshot, or the fact that he looked like he wanted to be a model more than an actor. We also got off to a bit of a late start, but overall, we nailed it. The director stepped in to fill the role of the depressed patient and he did it easily. I was really impressed. I could talk about my qualms about another somebody, but I'll hold off. Momma always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," and that is exactly what I'm going to do. The crew was amazing and the producer's roommate made us all a really great dinner. Besides the super long schedule, I had a really great time.

Now I'm biding my time and attempting to tire myself out even more so I can get a solid night of sleep tonight. I'm EXHAUSTED. I feel like all of our hard work was well worth it and I hope the editing goes smoothly and everything is able to be submitted. I'll go more into detail about this all later, but right now, my bed is calling my name. This girl has an early bedtime tonight!



Friday, April 29, 2011

Do You Shampoo?

I have a confession to make. I haven't been washing my hair everyday. Some people may cringe in disgust and others may just shrug their shoulders because it really is not that big of a deal. For me, it is a BIG deal. Some people can go days without washing their hair and I have heard it is better for your hair if you simply do not wash it daily. For someone like me who has oily hair, it is a preposterous idea to not wash my locks every single day. I know what you're thinking...if I don't wash it everyday, I will eventually train it and it won't be so oily. The key word in that sentence is, "eventually".  To suffer through a day with unclean hair is trying. It makes me feel dirty. I could not possibly fathom going days or weeks without sudsing up. Then I read yet another article touting the wonderful effects of not washing. I have no idea where it is, or I would certainly cite it, but it got me rethinking the daily washing.

What to do when you don't shampoo? Use dry shampoo. I have it. Right now I use 7Seconds Dry by Unite. I use it occasionally. I am not completely sold on it. I'm also considering trying Bumble & Bumble's Hair Powder in Brown. Yes, dry shampoo soaks up the excess oil and it does allow you to style your hair a little easier because it gives you texture, but I still have that I-need-to-shower-ASAP feeling. I can move past it if I occupy my thoughts and disregard the urge to stick my head under the bathroom sink to wash my hair with hand soap. Then I read an article online. I wish I could find it, but I can't seem to find it again even after searching through my web history. Anyway, essentially what it said is this woman stopped washing her hair six weeks ago. I cringed. Did you? I kept reading on. She doesn't "wash" it, but she has been rinsing it. Hmmmm...something I might be able to get behind. Then she uses some kind of oil and works it into her hair. I am leery about adding oil to my hair, but the rinsing was something I hadn't considered. So I tried it.

Tuesday morning I washed and dried my hair. Wednesday morning I rinsed it and dried it. I had to add some leave-in conditioner though because my hair was really tangled. My hair looked great! Thursday morning I woke up, rinsed again, conditioned the ends, and dried it. Even though it was still styling well, Thursday was a struggle. I was having that need-to-wash feeling again, but I stuck it out. I pulled it up in a bun before bed and pinned back my bangs because I didn't want to feel my "dirty" hair on me. I woke up this morning and seriously contemplated only rinsing again today because it certainly didn't look dirty and surprisingly it didn't feel dirty, but I have that film project and I thought it would be best if I had clean hair. So I broke down and lathered up.

Though I highly doubt I will be attempting 6 weeks without really washing, I may have found a time saving beauty routine for some mornings. I seem to have found the trick for me and my hair, so I think I'll be rinsing a lot more and washing a little less.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Victory Lane

My mom has recently started shopping at Lucky. We have been faithful Safeway shoppers for quite some time now, but with Lucky located in the same parking lot as the gym, it makes sense to stop in for a few things here and there. When they started the Victory Lane game, we started going there a little more regularly.

I know, I know. We changed supermarkets because of a game? It seems silly and it probably is, but at least it gives me something to do! With each qualifying item you buy, you receive a game ticket. Inside each ticket are three game pieces, a code, and a coupon. You find the appropriate box on your game board and affix the game piece to it. Then you go online to enter the code to see if you win anything else (most often a 6-month membership to some NASCAR thing, but sometimes two new tickets), and then decide if you want to keep the coupon for 25 cents off of whatever. Or sometimes, you win an extra two game tickets. 

Okay, so that's all the boring stuff. The fun part is the possibility of WINNING something. Like $1,000,000, or a new Toyota Truck, or $5,000, or a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle, or an Apple iPad, or a 42" Plasma HDTV, or a Wii game system, to name a few. The prize that I'm hoping for is the 15" MacBook Pro. There are 20 chances to win this one and I am pretty sure that the one I am waiting for is the game piece that there are only 20 of. Ticket #235. That is the last one I need to win a new laptop, which I desperately need. I certainly would not complain about winning the $1,000,000 prize, but if I can't have that, I'd certainly welcome a new laptop. 

I'll continue to lick and stick game pieces until the game ends and while it's running I'll keep manifesting so I win that new computer! Or the $1,000,000. 


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We Would Like To Offer You The Part

Yesterday I received a phone call from a girl named Tali telling me I had been selected to be a part of their film. Needless to say, I was stoked! I did a phone interview with her late Sunday afternoon while  driving and it sounded like a project I wanted to be a part of. After I finished speaking with her, I started doing some manifesting because I really wanted to be in this. She told me she would get back to me within a couple of days and she certainly did! So what part will I be playing? I actually have NO idea.

The project is The 24 Hour Film Race and it is exactly what it sounds like. You have 24 hours to complete the project. The filmmakers are emailed a theme and a surprise element (prop and/or action), then a script is written, the scenes are filmed, and finally the editing team gets together to  put the finishing touches on it before uploading it to the site. All within 24 hours. Doesn't that sound exciting?! I think it does. I don't know if they paid the screening fee to have it premier in San Francisco, but if they did, that would be awesome!

I will also likely be a part of the writing team, which is equally exciting for me. Last month I essentially rewrote an entire script for a webisode I was in. I kept the opening monologue by the "Boss" and created entirely new characters and further developed the story to make it cohesive. The script was okay before, but there were too many characters to just cut and paste dialogue to make it work. So I took it upon myself to write it the way I wanted to see it done. And we used it! I am really looking forward to being a part of the creative process though. It will certainly be nice to get and give feedback. Besides, I like the idea of helping to develop my own character.

So Friday afternoon after work I'll be heading down to Santa Cruz to meet up with the cast and crew. It will definitely be a new experience and I am thrilled to be involved!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Ever since I got sick I have been slacking on the gym. I am not the type of person who can work out while sick, so I took time off to get better. Then I went to LA. Then I had my meeting. Today, I had no excuse, so I forced myself to get back into the routine. So how was the gym today? It was gymtastic!

I rode the bike on a random hilly setting for about 30 minutes. I got 11 miles in and then I moved over to the StairMaster. I could have just used the StairClimber, but I wanted to use the StepMill. Not exactly sure what I'm talking about? This is the StepMill by StairMaster.
It has revolving steps so it's almost like you are climbing actual stairs. I was never a fan of the StairMaster until I spotted this machine. It's actually kind of fun, but I definitely made sure I had one of my hands near the railing. Just in case. Knowing my luck I'd trip on a stair and bite the dust in front of everyone. When I was standing at the top, I was pretty high up there, so if I fell it is quite likely I would not just be injuring my pride. Anyway, after just ten minutes on this thing alternating between a 4 and an 8 speed setting, I was getting tired. I don't think my heart beats that fast when I'm running on the treadmill! It wiped me out, but it was a good way to end my workout. 

Now that I'm feeling better I really have no excuses for missing a gym session. I should be going regularly so that I'll be in prime shape for bikini season. If that isn't motivation enough I'll just remember that I should be going because I'm paying for it every single month. Don't want to be wasting my money!


One Step at a Time

I have been taking acting classes at Bay Area Acting Studio for well over a year now and I can honestly say that I can see a huge difference from when I first started until now. I have grown immensely. Every time I do a new scene, it feels more and more authentic. My first instinct is no longer to put on a great performance for those watching, but to focus on my scene partner and really put myself in my imaginary circumstance and feel what is happening in the scene. I listen to the words my partner is saying rather than anticipating my own lines. Surely I have evolved from the beginning days of "Your shirt is blue" and so on.

Last night I finally was able to have the scheduled meeting with my acting coach Christy English Wioncek. She is truly inspiring and definitely has pushed me to be the best actor I can be. Our original meeting was rescheduled and then rescheduled again. Unfortunately, luck was not on my side as there was a problem with the calender and she had no idea that we were scheduled for a meeting last week. I was frustrated at that point, but really, what can you do? So I let out my frustration and had a sense of humor about the whole debacle. Last night when we sat down to discuss things, I was more than relieved. We talked about my progress, what I am working on, and where I am going. I now have a little road map of what I need to do to get to where I want to be.

Now that my headshots are retouched and printed, my next item of business is submitting to San Francisco agencies. Luckily for me, I have acting experience and modeling experience. I'm hoping it will increase my chances of landing an agent and getting some commercial and print work. If I can do that, I'll be making even more progress and I'll be getting PAID. During our meeting, I told Christy I would have my envelopes sent out to the top six agencies here in the Bay Area by Friday. It's Tuesday already, so I definitely have some work to do! I'm not stressed and I'm not planning on procrastinating. Really though, who ever plans to procrastinate? So Friday is my deadline and I will be working to get things together to send out when the mailman comes that morning. After that I'll be crossing my fingers, holding my breath, saying some prayers, and sending good thoughts out into the universe in hopes that I hear back from at least one agency wanting to meet with me. I'm secretly hoping for 3. Well, I guess that's not much of a secret anymore!

So think positive thoughts for me in the coming weeks!


Thursday, April 21, 2011


I'm feeling a little tired today from my most recent bout of insomnia, so I'm lacking motivation to write a captivating post. I also don't really have anything terribly exciting to talk about. Not that I talk about terribly exciting things anyway, but you catch my drift.

Anyway, after finally falling asleep, I woke up at exactly 3:33 a.m. 3:33 in the afternoon is fine. My mom and I will suddenly look up and say "3:33!" for no other reason than my mom really likes that time. 3:33 in the morning is a little bit different though. I don't know if you've watched The Fourth Kind, but I have. Now all I can think about when I wake up around that time in the morning (which is far more often than I like) is aliens. Or that creepy white owl in the movie. Or ghosts. Ghosts have nothing to do with the movie, that's just my natural progression of thought after I think of aliens. I guess you'd have to see the film to fully understand what I'm talking about, but Milla Jovovich's voice echoes through my mind whenever this 3 a.m. awakening takes place. And it scares the shite out of me.

She starts off by saying it is inspired by true events. Then they do the split screen with the "original" footage and the cinematic footage. Regardless, whether I believe it's real or not, it scares me. And when I see 3:33 staring me back in the face, I'm suddenly wide awake. Until after 5a.m. Then I somehow manage to slip back into slumber for a short time before my morning alarm jump starts my ticker less than an hour later. *sigh* Someday I'll get to sleep.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is It Nap Time Yet???

Photo Cred
Over the past week I have not been sleeping well. Whether it is my inability to fall asleep or my inability to stay asleep, well, it's all irrelevant when I wake up exhausted in the a.m. After I drag my sleepy butt out of bed and into the shower, I dread the day I'm going to have at work. 

When I'm sleep deprived I get crabby. Like a 3-year-old who needs a nap. But worse. It's a little ironic because when I was younger, I could NEVER take naps. I just didn't know how to fall asleep. Now, I can nap like a kitten basking in the sunlight. Right now, I could use a nap. And not just a quick 15-minute power nap. I'm talking about a second sleep kind of nap. The type that spans two to three hours if I'm lucky enough to not be disturbed for that amount of time. Unfortunately, it's not likely I'll be experiencing that today.

So while I try to put on a happy face and think positive thoughts, I can't help but get ticked off by all of the "little things" that keep happening. Like how the sandwich shop yet again flubbed my order and gave me the wrong sandwich (my boss offered to take it back, but I wouldn't let him because he had already been back once for the salad they forgot to give us). The only thing worse for me today than being crabby and tired, is being crabby and tired AND hungry. Or how I keep getting phone calls from people I really don't want to talk to. One person in particular has a voice that is like nails on chalkboard to me. Or how I realized after I put on my watch that it was dead and I needed a new battery. Or how I have to deal with the incessant rumbling and vibrating of the building because new asphalt is going in. If I'm lucky, some of those fumes will enter the building and I'll be able to relax from the contact high. I don't even know if it's possible to get high off of fresh asphalt fumes. Anyway, I'm sure I could walk past any smoke shop in town and get a contact high from a different sort of substance. It is 4/20 after all. Happy Holidays to those who celebrate!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Soul Papa

I'm the kind of girl who falls in love with a voice. Jason Wade from Lifehouse. Johnny Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls. Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon. Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. Dave Matthews from The Dave Matthews Band. John Mayer. Andy Nicolai (who many of you probably don't know, but here's a link). Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars. And Papa from Soul Papa.

Album art found via Facebook

I went to school with Papa and also had the privilege of being in the school choir with him. During our school trip to Hawaii one year, him and a few other guys were standing around outside and busted out in harmony like a barbershop quartet that nearly made me drool. Literally the moment I first heard Papa sing, my knees became weak. He opens his mouth and honey pours out as he plays his guitar. I was one of many, many girls who fell head over heals simply because the music that came out of him was intoxicating. Whether him and his band were covering another Sublime song or they were trying out their own tunes, I was hooked.

The Infamous Papa
Papa's bad boy vibe certainly didn't hurt either. With his long curly hair, laid back attitude, and inherent charm, Papa could make any girl melt...and he did. He probably still does! I haven't seen him in ages, but I've been casually following the progression of his band, and I figured I could use this as a forum to share the love. So enjoy some free tunes while they last and "like" them on Facebook.


Nylon & Makeup Forever

Last week I was flipping through some of my Nylon magazines while I ate a late breakfast and I came across an ad that claims it is the only makeup ad that is not retouched. Obviously I was intrigued. How many makeup ads have you seen with models with flawless skin? Only EVERY makeup ad you've ever seen. So when this one said it was verified by a notary, I concluded what you see is what you get. If I buy this makeup, chances of it looking like it did on their models is likely. Providing, of course, I choose the right shade for my skin tone.

So what brand of makeup is making this bold claim of being "not retouched"? It is Makeup Forever and it is from their HD line. After viewing their website I decided to pop over to Sephora to check it out first hand. While trying to determine which shade of Invisible Cover Foundation I should choose, one of their helpful employees asked if I wanted to be color matched. I internally cringed because I know they do not often match me correctly, but I gave her the chance to prove me wrong. She did not. I told her I was already wearing makeup and she told me it was fine. Instead of having me wipe some of it off with makeup remover, she applied it over my existing makeup. At that point, I knew I was going to have to do it on my own. I let her decide which shade she thought was best for me and I put the bottle in my basket. She also gave me a sample of their Microperfecting Primer, which was really great and the best thing she did for me that day. Needless to say, I was NOT sold on the color she gave me. I knew it was not going to be right when I got it home and put it on the next morning. As an artist, and also as someone who has experience color matching makeup, I knew I needed to make the switch. I just didn't want to hurt her feelings. She matched me at a 118, but I knew I was a 117. It isn't a huge difference, but it was big enough. Turns out 117 could not be a closer match. So glad I trusted my instincts.

The best part about this makeup is it literally looks and feels like I'm not wearing any makeup at all! It evens out my skin tone, covers imperfections, and is not heavy in the slightest. It barely has a fragrance, if it even has one at all. I tried out the primer sample and decided to go back the next day to get it. They have a variety of color options, but I chose shade 0 which is Neutral and acceptable for all skin tones. Besides, the scent was something I could handle. Shade 6 in Apricot, just had an unpleasant smell. Neutral all the way! I also got a small Microfinish Powder to finish off the look.

After a week of using this makeup, I am pleased to report it is by far the best makeup I have used to date. It is on the pricey side, but it is well worth it. Even with my sensitive skin, I haven't had any problems at all. Not at all like the stuff from CoverGirl I reviewed earlier. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Makeup Forever's HD line has proven to be a worthy investment.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

As much as I would love to say that I spent my Sunday afternoon in a field picking buckets of strawberries, sadly I did not. I did, however, see a very nice man standing near the intersection at the end of Niles Canyon selling flats of strawberries. I had already passed him by once earlier last week, but this time I decided to stop. For only $10 I had the most delicious looking, bright red strawberries and I could not wait to get them home!

Now that they are all washed, dried, and ready to eat, I have already enjoyed more than a few. I am really looking forward to adding them to a batch of lemonade. There's nothing quite like fresh, homemade lemonade...especially strawberry lemonade! So happy it's springtime!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jasmine Lime Tea Cooler

Some people are loyal to Starbucks, others to Peet's, and some who refuse to support the chains and only go to their local coffee shops. Well, I go to both of the chains and support some of my local places as well, but every Thursday afternoon I go to Peet's. One hot afternoon last summer I discovered Peet's Jasmine Lime Tea Cooler. It was the highlight of every Thursday afternoon from that point on.

When summer turned to fall, and fall was almost winter, I ordered my thirst-quenching drink, but they no longer had it! I was momentarily distraught. Starbucks alway had their Iced Green Tea Lemonade, so why shouldn't I be able to enjoy my Jasmine Lime Tea Cooler year round as well? I understand that it is a seasonal beverage, but personally I think it should be on the menu at all times!

Last Thursday I was delighted to see that my iced beverage of choice is back on the menu! I've been waiting rather impatiently for the return, but now I don't have to wait any longer. I had one today and it was exactly what I needed. Cool, refreshing, and absolutely perfect.

While I will certainly enjoy this for as long as I can, I found a homemade recipe for those days when I don't feel like running out to get one or when they take it off of the menu again. Can't wait to try this out for myself!

Found via FitSugar
Green Tea Lime Cooler
Inspired by Peet's Green Tea Cooler

This recipe serves one, but is easily doubled. You can make a pitcher as well.
1 tea bag of Jasmine Fancy from Peet's
juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 to 1 teaspoon agave nectar
handful of ice
  1. Boil water and steep green tea in about 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water for about five minutes.
  2. Add in lime juice and agave nectar (or sweetener of your choice). Stir until mixed.
  3. Add a handful of ice.
  4. Drink up and enjoy!


Friday, April 15, 2011

The Joy of Cooking

I have yet to experience the joy of cooking with the Joy of Cooking. I have the book, I have a desire to cook (sort of), but I haven't experienced the pure joy so many people say they get from cooking. I certainly experience the joy of baking, but why not cooking?? What gene am I lacking that prevents me from wanting to cook delicious meals? Is it simply that I worry my meal might not turn out quite as scrumptious as I hope it will? That others won't like it? Is it that I am not as confident in my cooking skills as I am my baking skills? Am I just plain lazy? Or am I just more simple when it comes to feeding myself?
Photo found on

Cooking for one has never been particularly appealing, at least to me. I know I can cut a recipe for 4 in half and have leftovers for the next day, but I just never seem to want to cook. After a long day at work and my after work workout, I really don't have much motivation to feed myself anything more than a bowl of cereal or some macaroni and cheese. I have some sure-fire recipes in my arsenal, but if I want to keep a tight hold on a man's heart, I'm pretty sure I should learn to cook a few more staple meals.

When I cook for myself, which you already know is rare, I tend to make meatless meals. So I'll be searching for some meatless options and also possibly adapting some meat-filled recipes to accommodate a meat substitute product. I have a couple of vegetarian cookbooks in my cupboard also, so I'll pick out some of my favorites and see what I can do. Even though I shy away from meat, I should probably consider delving into the slaughterhouse recipes in the future, just maybe not quite yet.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oh Sugar, Sugar

I love sugar. A lot. Cookies, candy, chocolate, cake, brownies, pies, brown sugar by the spoonful, sugar cubes. You name it, I like it. Or I probably like some version of it.

When it comes down to it, I realize that sugar has an addictive effect. If I suddenly get the silly notion to deprive myself of sweets, I get headaches and become irritable. Withdrawal symptoms? Perhaps, but those do not generally occur for that reason very often since I literally consume sugar on a daily basis.

This morning, I came across an article in the NY Times. Is Sugar Toxic? I realize that sugar should be eaten in limited quantities (like that faulty food pyramid shows), but to suggest that sugar is toxic was something that immediately piqued my curiosity.

The statements made within the article classify what sugar is as well as take a cold, hard look at the potential effects sugar has on the body. Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert Lustig is the video on YouTube behind the whole thing. I have yet to watch it because it's nearly 1 1/2 hours long and I simply did not have that kind of time this morning before work, but it is on my list of things to do today. I did, however, read the article in it's entirety and found it to be quite informative. I am rather looking forward to seeing what the video has to offer.

Really though, is it any surprise that sugar is the enemy? This is a concept that is far from "new" at least for me. Having read books like Skinny Bitch where there is a chapter called "Sugar IS the Devil" and The Kind Diet which also touts "More Nasty Stuff: White Sugar and Processed Foods" I know how terrible sugar is! I know! I know! I know! Yet I still refuse to wean myself off of it. I am attached to it! That awful, sweet, goodness. So good, but so bad.

If I completely nixed processed sugars from my daily diet, I am almost certain I would lose 5-10 pounds without even trying. Not that I need to lose any weight, just that this gives you a fairly accurate idea as to how much sugar I ingest on a daily basis. Translation? I eat A LOT of sugar. I am going to attempt to reduce my sugar intake. If I were Catholic, I suppose I could have given it up for Lent, but since I am not, I will just have to try to eradicate this sugar addiction for my own personal reasons. Skinny Bitch, The Kind Diet, the article I just read, and the video I'll be watching shortly should help build a good argument to justify to my tummy why I am ousting sugary treats from my day-to-day life.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Your Name Here...

Sorry for the delay in posting today. I was distracted by various happenings of the day including, but not limited to, a screaming fire truck blazing down the street, the sheets of rain that sporadically poured down, the sudden loss of power in the office, the brief visit of my gay husband (not my actual husband - more on him some other time), work itself, and the frustration of trying to figure out a domain name.

Yes. A domain name. For this little bloggle of mine. was already taken. I came up with name after name, but many of them were registered and often to sites that didn't have a dang thing on them. Damn those people stealing our possible domain names and not having anything to show for it! What a waste of web space.

Nothing I pondered up really had enough pizazz for me to commit to, so I haven't made myself official yet. I have some musings that I'll continue to mull over for the rest of the evening, but until then, I'll just be seeing different interpretations of

flashing through my mind. Here are several more renditions for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What's the Story Morning Glory?

Okay, so I know this post is going to be just a little misleading because the first thing I think about when I hear those words is Oasis. Others might think of Bye Bye Birdie. I'm not going to be discussing either one of these topics.

Ever heard of "Morning Glory"? I had through previews, but I failed to remember the name until I was scanning through movies to watch on On Demand. I remembered how I thought it looked like it would be a pretty good movie when I saw the previews and wouldn't you know, it was!

The movie stars the beautiful Rachel McAdams along with the ever talented Harrison Ford. The combination was fantastic. It's a feel good movie that may not have gotten top reviews, but Rachel McAdams' character was great. She's a little neurotic and overly obsessive about her job, but very dedicated at the same time. She talks too much and seems to get herself into embarrassing situations, but she's downright adorable and you just can't help but love her.

If you haven't seen it, add it to your Netflix queue because it is simply delightful!

Feel the Burn

Last December I bought myself a gym a membership before the mass of New Year's resolutioners flooded the place and took up all of my treadmills. My goal? The same as everyone else's. GET INTO SHAPE! I wanted to tone up, build up my endurance, and prepare for the rapidly approaching bikini season.

The Flawless Miranda Kerr/My Beach Body Inspiration
At the time I wasn't in bad shape per se, but I knew I could be in better shape. So I decided to take a tour of the gym nearest my home and I signed up the following day. Even though the monthly price was twice that of another gym a few miles away, I knew I would be less apt to go if I had to drive across town. So I swapped price for convenience because two minutes from door to door isn't so bad! At first I was going regularly, but then my gym excursions became less frequent and my desire for a bitchin' bikini bod started to dwindle, or at least it was pushed to the nether regions of my brain.

When an entire month had passed me by without a single trip to my sacred gym, I realized I needed someone to kick my butt back into shape. Since I simply cannot afford a personal trainer, I began relying on my mom. When I signed up for my membership, I received a free six-month pass to give to a friend or family member. I knew my mom wanted to lose a few pounds, so I gave it to her. She's been going regularly, which means she's keeping me accountable in going regularly, too. 

My gym routine has consisted mainly of walking/jogging on the treadmill, but I know I need to step up my game if I really want to see more results by summer. I turned to an athlete friend of mine, Dan, who created a 4-week workout regime for me to do. I have yet to start (partly because I'm dreading the sore muscles I'll be feeling), but it is glaring at me on a day to day basis. I have added some variety to my workout by switching between the treadmill, the elliptical, and bicycle machines, but I need to do more. For now, I'm just trying to build up my stamina and get a good momentum going before I delve into the wide world of weights.

I have been avoiding the rowing machine like the plague, but I know it is on the workout list Dan gave me, so I need to jump on it and give it whirl. Maybe today? That's what I said yesterday. I might be a little intimidated. 

With warm weather and sunshine just around the corner, I'm hoping all of this exercise will pay off! Next exercise adventure? YOGA!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Longing for the Impossible...

It's times like these that I wish I had a wealthy grandparent who would bestow upon me the glorious gift of a house. Unfortunately, that was not my destiny, so there goes that wish. Winning the lottery doesn't exactly look very promising either.

This is not just any house. It is a house that I have always loved from the outside. It is a house that I said I wish I could own from the first time I saw it. It is a house that I jokingly said I would go knock on the front door and ask the owner if they would let me rent a room. That is how much I love this house.

As I am reflecting on the vision board I made earlier this year (I'll talk more about that some other time), I suddenly find out that this epic home is up for sale. Wouldn't you know that it was a long-term goal of mine to own that house. The timing couldn't be more wrong. It has not been up for sale in over 30 years and I am in absolutely no position to even attempt to buy it. I couldn't afford the monthly payments if I tried! Besides, there is no way that a bank would give me a loan with little to no money down and no co-signer.

Knowing that this house will probably never be sold at its current price (which is more than reasonable), I will probably have to make the big bucks before I can even think of owning it. In fact, it is likely that I will have to go knock on the front door and have the owner name his price if I ever want to have this house. If I could come up with some way to buy it, I would...until then, I'm just longing for the impossible or attempting to manifest ownership into a reality.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Mix & Match

These days it's perfectly acceptable to mix florals and stripes. With Spring sometimes upon us (Winter, you need to relinquish control!), I can't wait until it's always warm enough for me to wear patterned skirts with a bold colored top...or vice versa! 

Here are some items I spotted on Gilt this morning that I thought were fun and flirty and perfect to wear on a sunny day.

Not all of them are advertising the clothes, there are a few that are just highlighting the accessories. Still, it's inspiration to see what I can go mix and match in my own closet!

Silk Garden Print Strapless Jumpsuit by Reem Acra
I was drawn to this immediately! With the $1,599 price tag, it's out of my range, but it's an improvement over the original price of $4,660

Close Up Detail of Reem Acra Jumpsuit. Adorable!

Tie Dye Scarf by Yarnz
Love the polka dot and stripe combination. The scarf is a nice little touch, too.

Leopard Coat by Gryphon
This is one of my favorite combos!

Neo Zebra Scarf by Yarnz
If the skirt were a little longer, I could wear this little ensemble to work!

Biker Clutch w/Strap by Rebecca Minkoff
Asymmetric Pleated Ruffle Silk Skirt by Twelfth St. by Cynthia
Personally, I was more intrigued by the floral skirt and blue polka dot shirt. It's soft and flirty and perfect for Spring!

Oversized Python Belt by Pucci
This t-shirt/skirt combo really come together with the belt. Casual and effortlessly cute!

Printed Drape Dress by Ali Ro

Here are a couple more inspirational ideas from Emily over at Cupcakes and Cashmere. She certainly is a fashionista! If I ever make the move to LA (like I've been meaning to for years), I hope I cross paths with her! She is a fellow Bay Area native!

Zara Blouse and Skirt, Coach Bag, Dannijo Bracelet, Gifted Elizabeth and James Booties
Emily makes this look good! The color combination isn't something I would have immediately thought of, but I'm liking it! She pulls it off well.

Zara Blazer, Madewell Dress, Vintage Belt, Mulberry Bag, Steve Madden Heels
Emily easily pairs a bold blazer with a more subdued floral dress. This girl knows how to dress!
Are you inspired to try this new fashion trend? I'm going to be combing through my threads to see what stylish combinations I can come up with to spring into Spring. Happy mix and matching!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Taxes Shmaxes

With the deadline for filing just around the corner, I once again procrastinated and failed to file my taxes sooner rather than later like I had planned. I started them early on, but I never finished them. I suppose I should have just sat down and really made them a priority. At least I improved on my timing this year and didn't wait until the night before they were due! That's progress!
I chose easy!
Every year that I've filed taxes I've received a tax return. This year was no different and I'm happy to say that it's a good one! I've been using TurboTax for quite some time now and they make it so incredibly easy to e-file. As they take me step-by-step, I watch the ticker at the top and it's like I've won the jackpot! You should've seen me the first time my parents weren't claiming me as a dependent anymore...I literally woohoo-ed with joy when I saw those numbers increasing on my return! This year I kept my cool and silently woohoo-ed when I saw the numbers jump. I couldn't be happier. 

As much as I'd like to blow my return on, say, a new laptop, I'll be depositing it into my savings account so I don't touch it. No use spending it anyway until I need to. Besides, with my ever aging car, it's safe to say that I should probably start socking the moolah away just in case she decides she's tired and has had enough driving all these years. I'm praying she'll stick around (I'm more than a little attached to her) and we'll have a few more years of joy riding together. 

Anyway, if you haven't finished up your taxes...get it done! TurboTax baby!


***UPDATE*** I'm only following up because I was completely flabbergasted! After I finished on the TT website I received an email from them at 3:20 explaining that my e-file was successful and it takes between 24 and 48 hours for the government to process and accept the returns. At 3:32 I received another email saying the IRS had accepted my federal return and 14 minutes later my state return was accepted as well! 24-48 hours?!? Pssssssh...not for this girl! I didn't even have to wait half of an hour! Woohoo!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Let's Get Some Shoes...

Like many girls and women, I have a thing for shoes. I love them. If I see a pair I simply cannot live without, I snatch them up. Most of the time. When I do decide to pass on a pair I really love, for whatever reason, I think about them almost obsessively. When I can't get them out of my head, I know I need to have them. Sometimes I'm too late and I never get the chance again, but sometimes I do. If by chance they present themselves to me for a second time, I take advantage of the situation and assume it's meant to be!

Once or twice a week I get another Victoria's Secret catalogue in the mail. I know I've mentioned VS on a couple of occasions when I talked about my boots and my pants, and I've bought a great deal of clothing from them. I'm pretty sure I should have invested in their company. I practically support them! Anyway, when their spring shoe selection came out, I nearly drooled as I flipped through the pages. I was suddenly introduced to the glorious shoes of House of Harlow 1960.

Veronika Platform Wedge
Also available in Black, Black and White
One of my personal favorites.
House of Harlow 1960 is Nicole Richie's brand. She started off with a simple jewelry line and has expanded to shoes and some other accessories. Within the pages were wedges galore and I was drawn continuously to the HOH brand. Of course their price tags are more than I can afford right now, but a girl can dream! Further web-searching revealed more wedges than are currently listed on the VS website. NR really knows what she's doing.

Like with most brands, I don't love every single item within the line. So, there are some shoes that just aren't "me" and that's okay. Here are some of the wedges and a few other styles I found online.

Open-Toe Studded Wedge
Another one of my favorites! I could wear these shoes with so many things in my closet!
Violet Espadrille Wedge
Also available in Black, but definitely cuter in the neutral tone.
Fannie Wedge
Perfect for everyday wear!
Cut-Out Platform Wedge
Not my cup of tea, but worth showing nonetheless.

Nell Open-Toe Pump
Love the neutral tones!

Jeweled Strappy Sandal
A wear-anywhere flat sandal that'll jazz up any plain white T and jeans ensemble.
Black Beaded Maddie Fold Over Moccasin
Super cute to wear whenever! I'd love to add these to my shoe collection!
Sydney Peacock Sandal
Practical and versatile. I'd prefer to add a peacock feather to a pair of my own'd be more economical!
While I enjoyed fantasizing about wearing these towering wedges and some of the others, I cannot vouch for how comfortable they are since I haven't walked in a pair. I can tolerate some discomfort, but if I can't wear them for more than a few minutes, they just aren't going to make it into my closet. Though I don't quite reach super model heights, I am fairly tall, but I still love to make myself just a few inches taller whenever I have the opportunity. Many of these wedges are 5" at the heel and 1 1/2" at the platform. I can certainly handle the heights. The question is, can you??