Friday, June 21, 2013

Simple Pleasures

So I've ultimately decided that having a midweek day off really is pretty fantastic because I woke up this morning and was so thankful it was Friday and it barely felt like I worked all week. Don't be fooled by that statement because I worked my tushy off while I was at work...busy busy bee! Now that it's officially the first day of summer, here are some things I'm currently enjoying.

Bright Nails

This is the pedicure I got on Wednesday and it's so much fun to have a pop of color on my toes! Since I've been wearing solids the past couple of days, I've been showing off my salsa colored polish by wearing sandals. 

Kate Spade Bag

This was one of my impulse retail therapy buys and one of the last things I spent a significant amount of money on. I was going back and forth between wanting the bright Maraschino color or the softer Mint Cream. I ultimately went with the bolder color, because it seemed perfect for the season and at the time I wasn't sure I could pull of mint. Anyway, I tried to photograph this purse, but the color wasn't translating correctly, so I had to use a screenshot. You can find a similar clutch here.

Every since I bought these Sperry shoes, I've been dying to get another pair and I think I may have found them! Yes, they are ├╝ber preppy, but I think I'll be able to pull them off just fine. Besides, on the off chance I should ever be on a sailboat, I'll be ready.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Are you Gelish?

Yesterday I took the day off and while I was making my way to Starbucks, I suddenly wondered why I don't regularly have Wednesdays off because it's pretty awesome. Then I woke up this morning and realized that the hardest part about having a midweek day off is that I wanted it to be the weekend and I didn't really feel like getting up this morning. It was all worth it though.

After I had my Chai Tea Latte in hand, I hopped on the freeway and headed over to the peninsula. I couldn't wait to see Rachel and get pampered again at Bella Nails. We got the same Milk & Honey pedicures that we got before, sat in our massaging chairs and sipped on our Jamba Juice. I was debating on whether or not I was going to spring for a manicure since they never seem to last more than a few days, but when Rachel was getting her gel mani, I knew I wasn't going to pass it up. Instead of getting a bright color like I chose for my toes, I went for a neutral hue so the growing out process is less noticeable. I've been painting my nails a similar shade for months now (I've been using Sephora by O.P.I.'s Don't Feed the Hand Models) so I'm ridiculously pleased with the results. Not to mention the instantly dry effect, which means I didn't dent, smudge or destroy my manicure while I was impatiently waiting for it to dry. It was just hard as a rock DRY. Plus, it makes my nails feel stronger, which is a huge plus. I won't be looking forward to the day they have to come off, but in the meantime I'll be alright.

We left the salon feeling prettier than when we entered and headed over to Half Moon Bay for a lunch at It's Italia. We shared a half bottle of Prosecco, a caprese salad, and a delicious gourmet pizza, which may or may not be named The Tunnel. Since you can't really go to HMB without going to the beach, we trekked down and put our manicured toes in the sand. It was awfully windy, so we didn't stay long, but I emerged chip-free and decided my feet had received just a little more exfoliation! On our way out, we stopped at the Half Moon Bay Nursery where we intensely perused the succulents and killed some time admiring all the pretty plants. She left with three small succulents that she probably didn't need, but one of them was so unique (it looked like an underwater plant) there was no way she could've passed it up. ANNNNNND, I was able to verify that my mystery plant was in fact a white Gloxinia, which I had determined only days earlier from an Internet search.

Anyway, once we were back at her place we indulged a little further and had a couple of cocktails, which were absolutely delicious. Raye is quite the mixologist! We sat and sipped and visited some more before heading out to a sushi dinner with her boyfriend at Barracuda Sushi, the restaurant where we had gone to dinner last month. This time I ordered the Nagiri Combo and definitely ate far too much. There was a little bit leftover on my plate, so I stuck my leftovers in with Rachel's and sent it home with the two lovebirds. Once back at their place, plans to watch a movie fell through because we were all a bit tired. I stuck around for a few minutes and then decided I needed to make my way back home. Even though we had enjoyed a rather relaxing day, we were out for hours and we were both thoroughly exhausted by the end of the evening. I truly couldn't have asked for a better day. I only wish we could consistently spend more time together, but our schedules don't quite match up very often, which is a shame because she's one of my bestest friends. I'm just grateful for any amount of time I get to share with her because we always have such an amazing time. Until the next time....


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Guilty Pleasure

I don't generally watch "reality" TV (with the exception of Kristin's show that aired last year and the occasional Bachelor episode), but I'm seriously hooked on The Only Way is Essex. I don't know what it is about British television, but I just can't seem to help myself!

I've been watching for a quite a while, but when episodes suddenly stopped on Hulu, I had to resort to watching it online since I realized I wasn't up to date with the current season. After navigating through some questionable websites, I managed to find one that would let me stream all the episodes I needed. I'm sure I now have some kind of spyware embedded in my computer that is logging my every keystroke, but it was worth it. Now that Hulu is FINALLY streaming them again, I can *hopefully* get myself back up to date.

I'm not sure what I love most about this program, but it's definitely my guilty pleasure. I simply love the girls on this show. There's just something about the towering high heels, plastic surgery, blown out hair, and made up faces (complete with lush fake eyelashes) that won't let me tear myself away. Although it does bring out a superficial part of me that secretly thinks I should get a nose job and consider Botox in the near future (don't worry mom, I'm not getting Botox). So I have to watch with care or I suddenly become overly concerned about the way I look. Whether I'm admiring Lydia's ensembles, Lucy's gorgeous hair, or Chloe's sweet demeanor, I'm completely invested every time I watch an episode.

It makes me want to plan a trip to Essex and visit Minnie's Boutique, Bella Sorella, and Lauren's salon (if it were still open). They could turn me into an Essex girl in no time. I like to get dressed up and you know I love stilettos, so I'd fit right in! Well, after I donned my best push up bra to lift these tiny ta-tas of mine anyway. They could call the episode "An American in Essex." In my dreams! In the meantime, I'm diving in and enjoying as much of the drama as I can.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Simple Pleasures

I'm not sure what's been keeping me going this week, but I've miraculously made it to Friday. In one piece. Well, I may have lost a piece of my mind along the way, but I'm hopeful that it'll grow back. Not only am I'm thoroughly exhausted, but this weekend isn't going to provide me with much downtime. I'm hoping to find a way to sneak in a power nap or two. Or maybe just a good solid two hour nap. I think that sounds a little better. In the meantime, here are some of my simple pleasures.

 Birthday Scarf
I'm still basking in the afterglow of my birthday, even if it has been over a month. The temperatures here in the Bay Area aren't quite like those in L.A., so there are some days when it's still just chilly enough for me to don a scarf. And believe me, that's most mornings. So, I decided to add a pop of color to my ensemble with this floral scarf that Jenn sent me for my birthday. 

Blooming Fleurs
Further proof that my black thumb is turning green. I've been loving this desk plant of mine for months now and I've been taking such good care of it that it actually bloomed this time! Last time it was met with a premature demise, but this time I've staked this little guy up and it bloomed! There just might be hope for me yet. 

Antique Store Gem
I found this book in an antique store and I must have spent a solid fifteen minutes reading passages from it. Not surprisingly, some of the tales inside still hold true for today, although there were a few that revealed their age. It was definitely filled with wit and humor and I'm a little sorry I didn't buy it. It would have been interesting to read it in its entirety. 


Thursday, June 13, 2013


It's literally only been 15 minutes and I'm already hooked on this app my seester shared with me. It's called ToonCamera. Basically, all of your dreams about becoming a cartoon character are going to come true. And if you didn't have the dream before, you'll have it now. Not only can you take photos with it and use existing photos in your library, but you can RECORD VIDEO.

I discovered this feature completely by accident, which is apparent from the terribly unexciting video above. But seriously, the video function takes cool to a whole new level. And it's FREE. As in, you don't even have to fork out a paltry $0.99 to get this puppy...well, at least it was free today.

I cartooned this photo from an earlier post
Sitting poolside
Me and my great aunt
And this photo of me and my seester
I'm going to literally waste countless hours using this app. I thought Candy Crush was going to destroy my life, but I think this one is going to be just as useful in contributing to my lack of productivity on a daily basis. I'm not upset, I'm just going to have to learn some self-control. Until then, I'll be self-indulgent and cartooning myself, others, and my surroundings.



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Boat Shoes

I have had an unhealthy obsession with boat shoes for quite some time now. I don't know when it started, but I've been pining away for a pair of Sperry Top-Siders and after months and months of searching I finally found the perfect ones. I've slipped my foot into more than one pair that just didn't feel quite right. Each set felt like something was poking or pinching my feet. Not these ones though. These puppies made me feel like I was walking on air, like I had pillows on my feet. My toes had room to wiggle, my heels didn't rub when I walked, and they have a small zebra print on the side. It's like they were made especially for me.
Photo found here
I've already worn them more than once and they might just be my new favorite shoes! I just want to wear them all day every day because they are so amazing. Not to mention that I got them on super sale, which makes them even more appealing.

Sperry Bluefish 2-Eye Boat Shoe

This may be a case of impulsive vacation shopping, but how do you say no? I'm still on my retail therapy kick and this shopaholic has a few more purchases before curbing the habit.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

See Me in Simi

Last week I took a few days off from work and had an extended weekend in Simi Valley. My mom, seester, and I had a little girls road trip down to visit my mom's aunt and cousins in SoCal. This was only my second time there, but after the first trip three years ago I found myself wondering why we had never been there before! Such a shame.

It was the perfect weekend with the exception of being woken up at 630AM by the hotel fire alarm on our first morning there. No one argued with each other, we had coffee by the pool, my mom did shots of tequila (okay, they were sipped), and we took in a Dodgers game and enjoyed the Friday night fireworks show. Her cousin even invited my sis and I back and said we could stay there if we decided not to do a tropical vacation in October. It's tempting since he did say he'd take us dirt bike riding.

Poolside coffee session.
Root, root, root for the home team.
First time inside Dodger stadium
Giant bobblehead? Of course I'll pose next to it!'s what we do.
My new scarf I bought to keep me warm. I didn't put on my new blue sweater until later.

My mom packed a Dodger blue shirt without knowing we were going to the game. Only her. 
Drinks are on the house
I love my great aunt!
Yeti, the tireless dog. We played catch ALL day long! 
Cash, the friendly Boxer
I already miss southern California. I was more than a little melancholy when we were driving home, although at least part of the reason I was so quiet was because I was a sleep deprived. Despite not sleeping well, I can at least look back at memories and know I had an amazing time with family. I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to see them!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Little Miss Grumpy Pants

After an incredible four day weekend in Simi Valley with the family, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I'm not really sure what was ticking me off so much, but every little thing was setting me off. Of course I kept my discontent under wraps because no one likes a Negative Nancy, but my feathers were perpetually ruffled all day long. I may as well have been the female version of this mister...

Photo found here
Anyway, I have a sneaky suspicion that my irritability is stemming from the fact that I'm being uprooted from my current living situation and I keep learning new facts about the sale or someone else has to come traipsing through my home for one reason or another. Today, a realtor other than the one who has the listing apparently needed to take photos. I'm not sure if it was because they needed the place assessed by an outside party, or what the deal was because I pretty much let it go in one ear and out the other. The fact that I'll be moving home is really starting to settle in. On one hand, it'll be nice to save the money, but on the other, I'm losing my privacy and my space. I'm also going to have to put most of my stuff in storage because the bed I have now isn't the bed I moved out with and my childhood room wasn't exactly made to house a king size bed and gigantic furniture. My room right now? It's filled perfectly without feeling overcrowded. I'll also be kissing my walk-in closet goodbye and trying to figure out how to fit my clothes, shoes, purses, and accessories into my tiny closet. 

I'm dreading the entire moving out process. The packing (though I've already started that), the purging of things I don't really need (which is always hard for me to do), the storing of furniture (annoying), the carrying of said furniture down the stairs (exhausting). I nearly cried when I signed the contract for the storage unit. Moving back home feels like I'm failing. I know I'll be able to save up quite a bit more for a down payment on a house, but I feel like I'm regressing in life. Times are tough. All of the apartments in the area are too expensive for me to afford on my own and real estate is moving back out of my range. I try to reassure myself that everything happens for a reason, but what is THIS reason?  What is in store for me? And why can't I seem to figure any of it out right now? I'm stressed. I'm sad. I may even be slightly depressed. This new year of mine started off with a bang and now it seems to be fizzling. I need to find a way to get myself out of this funk ASAP and also try not to sink back into it once I'm settled in at home once more. At the very least, I hope I can actually get some sleep tonight. Maybe that'll help quell my current cantankerous disposition.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Orange You Glad?

I'm already loving my spontaneous Sun Safety Kit purchase from Sephora, but what I didn't mention was that I also have a habit of spending $50 at a time there. At least when it comes to online purchases. For some reason I've justified it to myself that I might as well fork over the extra money to get free shipping, even though I know it would've been cheaper to pay the $5.95 for shipping and pocket the extra dough. Quite frankly, it's usually only a matter of spending a few dollars and getting something in the sale section because my foundation costs so much, but now that I've conditioned myself to expect free shipping every time I shop at, I relinquished the extra money just because. I mean, I was already making an impulse buy...

Sephora is literally the only online shop that I can justify spending $19 on a nail polish...and then, only because my compulsive side expects free shipping. What kind of nail polish could possibly cost NINETEEEN dollars?!?


NARS Nail Polish Orgasm

I picked up a bottle in the company's arguably most famous hue - Orgasm. Since I had never tried their nail polish before, I figured the color was a safe bet. I love my blush, so why shouldn't I love this? In my opinion, it turned out to be a little less peachy-pink and a little more peachy-orange, but I'm not complaining. It's still a lovely color. And since I still needed one more dollar, I kept with the orange trend and...

I picked out a new, colorful eyeliner sharpener for $3. I needed a new one anyway since the one I currently have opens up and dumps the shavings all over the place at the most inconvenient times. This one is fantastic and does not! And what is a Sephora purchase if I can't get something extra?

Clinique 'Happy' Fragrance

I always see what types of beauty deals they have to offer, and this time I got a deluxe sample of Clinique Happy and of course the three regular samples that come with every order. Was I satisfied? Completely. My retail therapy felt great. I may have had a twinge of buyer's remorse initially after placing the order, but that quickly faded when Tom, the UPS driver, delivered the goods. And, it was a mere coincidence that everything just happened to be orange...I guess it was my color du jour!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Vertigo, A Case of the Sober Spins

This past weekend I experienced vertigo for the first time. No, not the infamous Hitchcock flick, but actual vertigo. Or what I like to call it...sober spins.

It was a revelation I would have preferred not to have had at 2AM, but when nature calls at that hour, you have to answer. Or at least I do. So, I stumbled to the bathroom, attributing the lack of balance for grogginess, and when I returned to the comfort of my king size bed I was met with the unsettling feeling that I was on a fast whirling merry-go-round. Had I been drinking heavily that night, I wouldn't have been surprised by the feeling, but since I had barely consumed half of the beer I opened to drink while I ate my pizza for dinner, I was confused...and disoriented. So I did what I do when I've had a bit too much to drink and I try to control it until I can get past the inevitable motion-sickness and I fall asleep. I was successful, but I wasn't much better in the morning because merely turning over made it start all over again. I decided I could shake it off and overcome it, so I got out of bed and decided to get ready for the day. I made it to the shower (looking back, it probably wasn't exactly the best and brightest idea to take a shower while I was dizzy), but as I washed my hair, I realized I wasn't doing so great. Then, while I was drying my hair, I actually became nauseous from moving my head. It was a new type of motion-sickness I had never experienced before. That's when I realized vertigo was no joke. So, I put on my super-comfy-crazy-soft C&C pants, my orange and pink tie-dyed StyleMint T, and my favorite permanently borrowed hoodie and crawled back into bed. I was out like a light for two hours. I felt slightly better when I awoke, but I was so weak I barely moved from my new location on the couch. It was a day filled with leftover pizza and endless streaming Netflix. I did manage to be somewhat productive by paying a few bills online, but my computer time was seriously short since I could barely focus on the screen. By the time bedtime rolled around, I was exhausted. It's amazing how tired one's back becomes from staying horizontal on the couch for 10+ hours. Luckily I'm feeling much better today. Though I'm still not 100%, I'd say it's a vast improvement from yesterday. I mean, today, I at least knew I was still capable of driving without endangering others. I'm just hoping I don't have to go through that again any time soon. The next time I lie down and feel like I'm spinning, I hope it's from twirling around in the grass or from having just one too many, not from an inner ear issue.