Friday, July 29, 2011

TGIF x 5

Hey everyone! So I could not be happier that today is Friday, and here's why:
  • My hubby comes home today!! He has been out of town for work since last Sunday morning, so almost two whole weeks! I am so excited to see him, and even though I had my NYC trip to break up the time, him being gone was still tough. I don't really know people in Colorado yet, and I (although I'm trying to work on it!) still tend to get really really nervous staying at the apartment by myself. I just never get a great night sleep when Cam is gone, so combine that with the fact that my little girls' weekend in NYC basically wiped me out, I am pretty much drained. So I cannot wait to go pick him up at the airport and finally have my best friend back with me (aka have someone to talk to besides Lola). 
I cannot wait to see that face...ok, so maybe not THAT face...hahaha...this was taken on camping trip last fall and clearly my need for a Myspace self-portrait in the pitch black of night was just not agreeing with Cameron's eyes...I just happened to be looking through some photos and stumbled across this gem which literally made me LOL...I love my sweet hubby :) (besides my it's not like my zits and crazy brows are looking so hot in this pic!)
  • Nutella-y goodness. My solitude these past few days has given me some extra time to waste on foodgawker, so I decided to whip up a few tasty treats. Yesterday I made this to give slices to our neighbors to thank them for watering our plants while I was in NYC. And then I also made this for Cam because I wanted to be all Barefoot Contessa and pretend he was Jeffery coming home from...actually I don't think anyone has any idea where Jeffery goes...probably not even Ina since she's obviously too busy loving the Hamptons, making desserts with lemon zest (to give them depth of flavor), and ironing her button-down shirts.
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Wow, sorry I just took that Barefoot Contessa rant a little too far so my apologies to those who just read that and thought wtf, and to those that actually appreciated my Food Network humor/Ina Garten obsession I'm glad you are reading my blog :) (Also if that's you, look at this.) Anyway, back to the amazingness that is Nutella. I'm not going to go into detail about either of these dishes in today's post, sorry. Why you ask? Because I'm actually doing a guest post tomorrow over at Sweet Tea Serendipity where I'll be sharing all about how these two treats came out! So be sure to check that out if you want all the yummy details!

Here's a little preview of what to expect...
  • NYC Shopping Scores. During my visit to see my sister, somehow in between the consumption of massive amounts of food and dancing my behind off, I was able to find some pretty great deals in the stores I visited. I was just looking through the stuff I got when I was unpacking this morning (yes, I am just now unpacking, it's fine) and here are a few highlights (via the links since I really don't feel like taking pictures of my clothes that have been shoved in my Vera duffel for the past 3 days): an adorable pink dress from Banana (that I got for $11...woo...couldn't find the link but I'm sure I'll be wearing it soon), this soft gray vest that I'm obsessed with and is the perfect transition piece into fall (also from Banana...seriously during my last 3 or 4 NYC visits I've had some great luck in the sale section at the Banana Republic on 50th and 5th near Rock Center, they always have the BEST deals.) I also got this white one shoulder top from the Banana on 59th and Lexington that was actually an online return because it's a Tall size, so it fits me perfectly. (This is also one of my key shopping tips: different stores have different things in their sale section! So just because you've been to one, doesn't mean that another store isn't going to have something great) I also got this sweet little romper at Forever and these pants which make me excited for fall clothes, as well as the fringe crossbody bag I wore all weekend from Brandy Melville (that my sister convinced me to buy and I'm actually loving)...I got a couple other random things, but those are just some of my fave pieces that I'm looking forward to wearing ASAP!  

    • Lola is a Gremlin. No, seriously. Earlier today she went in our office and somehow managed to find this DVD and bring it out to me which is really pretty impressive considering our movies are all unpacked and neatly organized and not just randomly strewn about the floor in our office in between the war zone of unpacked boxes. (Are you getting my sarcasm here or should I elaborate? Our office is a sick joke right now, such a mess.) Anyway, these picture says it all: part boxer + part lab + part Gremlin = the best dog ever.  
    I mean, the resemblance is really striking, no?

      • Our weekend plans. Tomorrow we're going to the county's oldest rodeo in Wyoming. And Sunday I'm shooting a commercial for an Italian restaurant. And the funny part is that neither one of those things is a joke. Oy vey.
      I hope everyone has a great weekend, and expect some interesting posts next week...never a dull moment around here I tell ya...Ciao for now! :)

      Wednesday, July 27, 2011

      NYC Recap: Visiting my little sister in the Big Apple!

      Hi everyone, long time no talk! I am back from NYC and I had a fabulous time visiting my sister in her new hometown! I am so glad that I was able to get out there for a few days and have a little girls' weekend, it really was a lot of fun. I thought rather than just writing all about my trip it would be easier to show you, so I'm going to apologize in advance there are a TON of pictures in this post. (My family always takes an obscene amount of pictures at every event that ever occurs, and I have definitely inherited this gene!) So enjoy my using ze blog instead of Facebook to post my photos from the trip, and look forward to lots more posts this week now that I'm back in town! (Also, thank y'all so much for all your sweet comments on my posts lately! I realize that I am fairly flaky when it comes to responding (I'm going to try to get better at that!), but I want let you know that I do see all of them and they really make my day! Also all of the new followers that have found my blog, I'm so glad you're here!)

      Reunited and it feels so good...my plane got in at 10:45pm, so I got right in a cab to head to my sister's place on the UES, and we headed straight out to meet up with her friends...it's funny some people think that we look like sisters and other people think we look nothing alike?
      Of course I promptly borrowed clothes/shoes from my sister since I'm 80 and have no good going out clothes...I was obsessed with this orange dress! I am really feeling orange lately, it's such a great color to go from summer to fall depending on the shade you pick...(also ignore the fact that I'm already sweating in this photo because it was still so hot out even though it was so late at night!)
      Since my sister and her friends are all young and adorable, they were all about going to the trendy clubs in the Meatpacking District...also thanks to Lauren for ruining this lovely shot ;)
      I am the old lady of the group haha
      My sister's friend from college who was her NYC roomie for the summer was also named Melissa...here we are hanging out at the second stop of the night...one benefit of going out with my sister and her friends is that they know all the club promoters so we were able to cut the lines and get free drinks all night...baller! (Seriously, drinks in NYC are like $14 a piece, so I was glad to have their hookup!)
      Late night pizza struggle...haha.
      Can't go to NYC without getting bagels...

      ...and black & white cookies! (Btw, some of these pics were taken with the camera and some were taken with my phone, hence why they are all different sizes!)
      Having lunch with my sweet friend Laura at Empanada Mama in Hell's Kitchen...She and her hubby are are one our absolute favorite couples, so I'm really glad they are coming out to Colorado to visit us next month!

       Nothing like white sangria to cool off on a hot day!
      Trying to enjoy NYC despite the abusively hot weather...seriously it was miserably hot, ugh.
      Shopping in Soho...Melissa just fits in perfectly in so perfectly in the city :)
      Friday night Mexican dinner with one of my college besties Dani...it was so great to catch up and share some laughs!
      My sister and I both love fro-yo so she took me to an awesome yogurt place in her neighborhood, 16 Handles...I loved this place and they seemed to have a pretty eco-friendly company philosophy which was cool
      Another night out in the Meatpacking District, another outfit borrowed from Melissa's closet (I loved this polka dot skirt)...this was the night we were at the same club with Ed Westwick aka Chuck Bass (I'm not a huge Gossip Girl fan, but my sister and her friends are) Apparently they have seen the Gossip Girl cast at this club before which is why it's one of their favorite going out spots

      Champagne time!

      Craziness
      This is also the night that we went out after walking around in the 105 degree heat all day...aka exhaustion setting in...time to go sleep...

      Saturday morning, my sister took me to this amazing little French cafe called Macaron...I was obsessed with this place.

      Most amazing cappuccino and macarons I've ever had outside of Europe :)
      Since my sister had to work Saturday, I was just walking around being a tourist :)


      Meeting up for lunch on her break
      Biggest salad ever
      The store where my sister works has the most beautiful leather bags
      Inside the store


      Love this city
      Middle Eastern dinner with my sister and her friends at Beyoglu, really cute place on the UES
      Girls getting ready to go out on Saturday night...
      Trying to get a good picture...thanks Lauren
      This one is kind of blurry, but you get the idea....my outfit was Melissa's, but at least this time the shoes were mine!
      Lauren ruining another picture...ha
      My sister and her friends wanted to go to McFaddens, which was basically just like a divey college bar...it was literally about 100 degrees inside and it was all 21-22 year olds and they let people dance on the bar...pretty much sums it up...
      Disgustingly sweaty from dancing
      Melissa & her college BFFs
      It ended up being a really fun night and I have a great time flashing back to college :)
      Sunday morning, I met up with another one of my college gf's Katelynn for coffee...it was so good to see her!
      I also went and saw the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the MET...his creativity and skills were really amazing...the fact that I had to wait in line 2 hours for the exhibition was not. At. All.
      Sunday lunch at Shake Shake...this was another NYC place I was excited to try out, and I think that they have great branding and a really green, community focused philosophy...
      ...but for me the food was just ok...it wasn't bad, the burger was actually pretty good, but that little chocolate malt I ordered wasn't worth $6...absurd.
      Blurry pic of Melissa and I in Union Square
      Melissa's friend Lauren thought it was funny how the instant the camera comes out we automatically pose...umm yeah because we're awesome like that :)
      Street yoga, totally normally
      Even though it's super touristy, I heart Little Italy
      Monday Manis/Pedis...like I said I'm totally feeling orange right now, and I'm loving the color I got on my nails (Essie Vermillionaire, basically the perfect orange)...as for my toes, I'm trying to savor summer with the most obnoxious shade of neon pink I could find...sort of going for a whole Day-Glo theme haha...also for how expensive everything is in NYC, manicures and pedicures are surprisingly cheap...basically every nail salon we passed had a sign to get a mani/pedi for $25 for both...you know I was not going to pass that up!
      Dylan's Candy Bar...seriously Dylan Lauren is one of the coolest people, she was a genius for coming up with this idea
      Kid in a candy store...I'm such a tourist and I don't even care
      Jeff and Laura's baby Barnabas!
      Empire State Building shot to end a wonderful visit :)

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