Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Rant

Today, in the rant, I bring you....

I'm an avid Walgreen's shopper (see), or CVS, Duane Reed, General Pharmacy/Bathroom/Shower/Medicine Cabinet supply stores. If I could look it up, and I may seeing as all my bills are sitting in front of me for organizational and tax purposes, I think I may contribute to much of their success.

And about 6 months ago, Walgreen's, Chicago's pharmacy chain aka my pharmacy whilst living out here, did the greatest thing. They decided to start carrying Essie Products. (Don't even get me started on Duane Reed's products i.e. Lucy B perfume and more, THANK GOD they are not in Chicago). See, I'm a firm beiever in the idea that there is no reason to frequent local salons. I'd rather not pay to be made fun of right in front of me in a different language and I have reallllllly dry feet so I know they are judging. What I do have though: A VERY steady hand, thanks Dad!, and great nail beds. Yes, someone once told me I had great nail beds....weirdest compliment I've ever received. And at $8 a pop, I can buy a new color every week and still save money, and no, I don't buy a new color everyyy week, but most weeks, yes.

Now, yesterday I went in to pick up all my monthly prescriptions and was smart enough to have a list in my head of what additional items I needed. Cause, as you may know, if you're an avid reader of said blog or know me at all, I tend to be an impulse shopper, Emphasis on my last statement. Confession: I am an impulse shopper. Sooo I knew what I needed: conditioner, toothpaste, batteries for my new vintage (yes oxymoron) alarm clock, cocktail bling, my monthly magazines: i.e. cooking light and food & wine, lactose drugs and prescriptions. All good right?

Yah, you like how I just threw in the nail polish color casually.

[Isn't it pretty?]

Anyway, It was all good until I walked towards the aisle where the nail polish is. See last week when I was in there to get a water bottle, I looked and it appeared that they were restocking the aisle. But the Essie wall insert was down. My thought: GREAT, they're getting updated colors. No, No, it's gone.

So no cocktail bling...and I forgot the batteries

On an unrelated but related note: I once dated a guy who thought that Walgreens (WALL-GREENS) was pronounced WALL-GRENS. How weird is that?

Friday, January 27, 2012

5 things

I'm not feeling very inspired today, it's been a pretty EXHAUSTING week of work. So without further ado, I'm blogging the last 5 dinners I ate this week. I highly recommend trying 'em...especially with Chicago Restaurant Week coming up.

1. Slurping Turtle
2. Emilios Tapas
3. Gemini Bistro
4. Bistronomic
5. A nice bowl of Cereal

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DISH: Quotable

-The Chicago Magazine

Monday, January 23, 2012

A look inside my drawers & shower...

Get your minds out of the gutter! My make up drawers and shower rack to see all my products.

Yes, I said drawers, plural. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at the Container Store. If I haven't said this already, the container store is literally HEAVEN to me. I'd LOVE to live there when I die. Not only do I live for an organized life, I love almost everything in the store. I was feeling my bathroom needed a little reorganization and in search of a lucite tray to make more of these. So when I came home to put some of their products to work, I put together this blog for you. Here are some of my swear-by, proven throught he years products. What are your favorite products?

Below, I've listed out all the products and what shades, colors, etc I use!

1. Clinique 3 Step Program: Liquid Face Soap Mild, Clarifying Lotion 2, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
2. L'Oreal Voluminous False Lashes in Black
3. Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Shampoo & Conditioner
4. Arbonne International No Sun Intended Bronzer
5. Mac Powder Blush in Pink Swoon
6. Mac Bronzer in Refined Golden
7. Benefit Poise Tint
8. Benefit Waterproof Eye Liner
9. Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub
10. L'Oreal Outlast Lipstain in Everbloom Kiss & Flirty Nude
11. Benefit Primer Potion
12. Laura Mercier Waterproof Mascara in BlackBrown
13. Benefit Playstick in Spin the Bottle
14. Mac Eyeshow...in A LOT of colors: Beautiful Iris, Black Tied, Tilt, Surreal, Silver Ring, Prussian, Beauty Marked, Shadowy Lady, All That Glitters, Trax, Plum, Bronze, Jest, Pink Freeze & Dwight
15. Maybelline Lipstick in Pink Freeze, Are you Red-dy, Pink Wink, Mauvilous Shine
16. Benefit Bad Girl Lash in every color they make, brown, black, plum, blue, you name it, I have it.
17. Neutrogena On the Spot Treatment
18. Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Pink Frosting
19. Urban Decay Heavy Metal in Silver
20. Clinique On the Stop Treatment
21. Olay Body Wash with micro beads and seaweed extract
22. Urban Decay's Coveted Naked Palette, every color is fantastic, currently I'm wearing Sin, Smog & Half Baked
23. Urban Decay Shadow Pencil in Morphine, Sin & Virgin
24. Urban Decay High Beam

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Coming Soon:

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To my faithful readers

To my faithful readers,

Thank you for your continued support of my blogging. I know many of you, mainly mom & dad, subscribe to my blog by email. A lot of times, I receive your responses to these via email. However, I'd love for you to start leaving these responses directly on here. You can do this by making an account and simply commenting on the bottom of the posts. If you need help, mainly mom, please let me know and I can assist in this process!

In the following months, I'd like to step up my Blog with it's design and nature...maybe even make it a REAL blog as opposed to something I write so my dear mother knows I'm alive and well. Love ya Barb. Thus, I'd love your responses to what I'm writing.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

5 things

I've been on a healthy kick this week. I think it's due to the amount of food I consumed this past weekend in New York. Also because it's the first time in awhile I know I'll be home for awhile. So my five things, quite lame, are my 5 favorite work out classes. I'm a BIG fan of work out classes. BIG FAN. Currently, I'm trying to find something like Soul Cycle for Chicago. Do you know of one?

1. kickboxing
2. pilates
3. spinning
4. zumba
5. yoga

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I left my Team Mike T-shirt and my heart in NYC.

This past weekend, I went to En.Why.See. to visit my best friend Rachel. How did I spend my weekend, you ask?

Eating, Relaxing, Sleeping, Shopping and did I say eating?
...wish I was kidding. Today marks another, let's get back on track day. I say that as I sit here instead of in my Wedn night pilates class. Oops, I blame it on the 6am EST flight!

Here are some highlights:

-Our Cookie Tour of NYC
Here's a point of contention. Rachel likes her cookies crunchy, I like mine soft & chewy. She likes hers in the chocolate variety. I like mine in the opposite. But, we always get a plethora to make sure everyone is satisfied. And sooo we were: A delicious Italian Bakery with the best lace cookies I've ever tried. Eleni's Cookies. Gotta have snack food.

-Eating at ABC Kitchen....and visiting ABC Kitchen
A picture or description cannot explain to you how much I love ABC and ABC Kitchen. What are they you ask? Well here's the only way I can do it, one picture and the website. CHECK IT OUT...then buy me the entire store

Side note: I decided I want a chandelier above my bed. Even picked a few out...

-A trip to Chelsea Market
Confession: I've never been to Chelsea Market before. Shocking, YES! What's Chelsea Market you ask? To quote Wikipedia: an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility. It is home to my favorite The Food Network. Lastly, it is the former National Biscuit Company Factory where the Oreo cookie was not only invented and produced. It was LOVE.

-Sales, Sales & more Sales
It's still that post christmas season and the department stores are now trying to move clothing out to allow the new season's clothing in....and even some resort wear too. We hit up Bergdorf's, Bloomingdales and more. J.Crew too. Even Rach shopped 'em.

-The Perfect Patriots Game Day Snack...for the Giant's Packer's game, details

Lobster Avocado Salad Nacho's. Enough Said.

-And relaxing with Rach<3

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Rant

Happy Friday the 13th!

In today's news, a new addition to our blog here, The Rant. What's bothering me today.

It's been a mixed week. Work has been VERY VERY busy, days spent with a minimum of 5 meetings, seminars and more. But it's also been fun, plus I did turn the big old two three. However, it takes A LOT to make me rant. So without further ado:

1. The accident I found myself quite literally caught in the middle of. The girl behind me sneezed pushing her car into my car and my car into the nice lady in front of me's car. That was not fun.

2. Sierra Mist Natural. Now see, let's take a quick look at this label.

Now, you'd think this was healthy right? Well I'm sure it is. Got all sorts of natural sweeteners.  BUT: Wouldn't you think it was Diet? Natural often seems healthy and the type of person who would drink Natural Soda is probably also likely to be trying to stay healthy and fit, and probably not drinking sodas that pack 140 calories per can.

What did I do? Drink a can before realizing it was not diet. God damn.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I have the bestest best friend in the entire world.

Yes, today was my 23rd birthday. Mother nature even surprised me with a beautiful snowy day just like the day I was born 23 years ago. Maybe that's why I love it. If I could have taken a picture that did it justice, I would have.

But instead, I'll show you this. Just look what my bestest friend mailed to me my birthday.
How cute is that?

If you can't tell what they are, she removed the tea bag labels from all the teas and made her own ones such as the Motion W, Loubs, Sun, Birthday cake, snowmen and more

...soon, she'll be living in Chicago and maybe I'll start cooking and blogging while I cook with her/make her cook for me! Get excited.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

23 things: Birthday Edition

In honor of my looming twenty-third birthday this week, and because it was so successful for Hanukkah, you'll notice there's hardly any repeats, I bring you, 23 things I'd accept as birthday gifts. 

So you don't think I'm completely shallow. This list actually took forever. I'd say life is pretty good when I got stuck after about 4 or 5.

Check me out, already using Indesign for my Blog, take that New Year's Resolutions

You ask and you shall receive, Links, where applicable (everything minus the two outfits, the Jcrew logo & the adorable puppy!):
1. Harry Allen’s C'mere Hand Gold Edition $95 (seen here)
2.Kate Spade Cloverdale Vase $145 (seen here and my own version here)
3. Urban Outfitters Body Form $300 (I'll take the Floral Wood or Zig Zag)
4. Urban Outfitters London Calling Tea for One Set $20 
5. Essential Faith Perfum Oil Roll On $65
6. Jonathan Alder Elephant Lamp $395 
7. Tory Burch tumbled Leather Ballet Flat $195 
8. Kate Spade Taxi Mittens $39 (on sale from $65 (Big Bro: check your email for the link as well)
9. Nike Tempo Track Shorts $32 (my favorite for running, wearing a pair right now)
10. Chicago Boroughs Poster $35
11. Home <3 Love  by Megan Morton $29.70 (now I can't remember if I just ordered this book or this one in my last amazon purchase, I think it was the other, did I mention I love these coffee table interior design books?)
12. Chinti & Parker Polka Dot Sweater $560
13.Jonathan Adler Sunglass Case $38 
14. CWonder City Bike $249
15.  State Pillows: England Pillow $150 (although not a state)
16. Urban Outfitters Wake Up & Smell the Roses Pillow Case Set $34
17..CWonder Diamond Pillow $22.99 (on sale from $34, dare I call it fate?)
18. Zara Glossy Ballerina Flats $39
19. Swing Top Bottles & Other Craft Supplies $1.95-5 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Arts and Farts and Crafts

When I was at camp, my favorite activity was always arts and crafts. Or, as we used to call it: arts and *farts* and crafts. 

Actually, it wasn't at all. I was more partial to sailing and photography rather than walking through the Dell and up the seemingly large hill to the Arts & Crafts Building. Since revisiting camp, that hill doesn't seem so steep and large as it used to, funny how that works. By the way, bonus points if you can tell me where that above quote came from!

I digress. Now, I love arts and crafts. You can ask my boss, on a weekly basis I tell him I want to stop doing work and do an arts and crafts project. I'm not sure he ever really takes me seriously but I do often spend time in Michaels & Jo-Anns finding craft supplies. Take that new year's resolution, I am CRAFTY.

So this past weekend, I found myself exhausted on Saturday afternoon so I did a few different crafts. I meant to photography the whole process but I forgot until it was too late. So instead, I'll share with you the final product as well as a link to where I got the idea....with other blogger directions!

[DIY Kate Spade Cloverdale Copy]

[DIY Tray]

I also got the wrapping paper in a few other patterns. I'm planning on finding some more trays, particularly a lucite tray, and making some more. I also HIGHLY recommend an exacto knife for this project. Any other ideas for me to use the wrapping paper? It's so pretty : )

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My new favorite nail accessory

Hello, Hello from the land of Essie love and not believing in wasting money on a manicure of pedicure. I figure even if I buy a new nail polish from Walgreens ever week, it would still be cheaper than even 1 mani/pedi a month.

So the newest thing I've added to my collection: Nail Art Pen. No, I'm not drawing flowers all over my nails like a little 13-year-old girl, I'm drawing other things: like stripes and other patterns.

Check it out.

Only issue, it's even harder to write with my left hand on my nail than it is to write on a pad or paper. Hence, the picture is of my left hand!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

5 things: New Year's Edition.

So it's January 1. I'm sitting here in a lazy state watching old episodes of Dawson's Creek. Blogging. Thinking about my New Year's resolutions. Currently, I'm thinking drinking less should be one of them. I told my mother this morning that I don't know how I used to do this every night in college, was a hangover just how I normally felt?

So, what are your New Year's resolutions?

In 2012, I will...
1. get fit & healthy, be one of those people who works out daily and eats healthy.
2. blog more often, and maybe even start to use a more advanced layout
3. actually and successfully craft all those projects I pin
4. become a runner
5. be happy : )