Monday, August 24, 2009

Hey Carrot Top

Long story short, my hair got ruined this weekend. RUINED. I've spent one day in complete isolation (I swear I'm only slightly vain) and the rest answering to every red-headed girl name ever thought of at work.

I went in asking for my hair to look like this:

And instead it looks like this:

So today I've been:
1. Mary Jane from Spiderman
2. Joan from Mad Men
3. Jessica Rabbit
4. Ariel the Little Mermaid
5. Just plain Kirsten Dunst
At least I haven't gotten Little Orphan Annie or Anne of Green Gables. I must just not have an Anne kind of look. I'm hoping to make an appointment with a different hair person tomorrow or Wednesday to go darker and cover up the mess. I've officially dubbed this "Hair Disaster 2009," and may make myself a shirt if I make it through in one piece.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dress Your iPhone in Plaid and Argyle

Sorry for my lack of posting - I am still without a laptop and have had a sorority-related meeting every night of the week. All I want to do is curl up with my new Charlaine Harris book and fall asleep on the couch!

I'm learning that becoming an Apple advocate is expensive! I've been researching the new iPhone 3Gs to use as a social media device for work and realizing how pricey it is to have that cute little Apple logo on the back of my phone. I think my biggest issue besides the price is the lack of the push-down keys like my Blackberry has. I have acrylic nails (not dragon lady-type nails) and the iPhone I tested in the store presented a challenge. Oh vanity.

I did find out that the iPod Touch that comes with my new Mac (that I still don't have because I'm waiting for the darn finance card), and would be great for social media, except for the fact that it doesn't have a camera, which is vital in my position. The video doesn't hurt either.

And then there's always the issue of what your new phone should wear.

When they have Lilly Pulitzer covers I'll be set.
Sorry for all of the tech-y posts, I promise I only occasionally nerd out.  :)
Also so excited for the premiere of Project Runway tonight! Oh Tim Gunn, how I've missed you.  I would love if he and Clinton Kelly from What Not To Wear would be my children's godparents. I would have the best dressed children of all time. Make it work!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Guest Blogger: Undomesticated Newlywed

A guest blog post from the fabulous Miss Mrs. Undomesticated Newlywed - one of my favorite bloggers!
Hi fellow bloggers! My name is Leanna and I have been blogging for almost a year now. I started blogging as a way to journal my life and vent. It felt good to know that there were other women that were going through the same things as I was and could relate.

So why am I taking over Katie’s blog you ask? Well, my new friend Katie here at Bees and Bows both signed up for a fun swap through 20something bloggers. We were partnered up and instructed to write a post for each other’s blogs.

So here I am…

To keep true to myself, I am going to keep this post light and show you my favorite fall fashion must haves and loves. Sound good?

To begin: There are a few women that I think have impeccable style and if I could raid for their closets for just 5 minutes…I’d do it!

Elizabeth Hasselbeck

Kate Middleton

Sophia Bush ( I just think she’s beautiful!)

Carrie Underwood (She has amazing hair!)

Kelly Ripa

All of these women are classically beautiful. They are simple, classic, sophistically and beautiful. They make a pair of jeans and t-shirt look runway worthy.

So I kept these women in mind when thinking of my new fall must-haves!

The Trench Coat:


How cute would these be with a pair of skinny jeans tucked in?

Long Cardigan:

DVF Wrap Dress (It’s a classic!):

So what about all of you? I’ve been feeling pretty uninspired lately. What do you all do to keep the style mojo going? And what are your favorite items?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mad About Plaid

I was poking around the internet the other day and found the cutest bulletin boards that were decorated with plaid fabric! It totally took me back to my sorority days of making boards for my littles (that never turned out cute - sorry littles!!) and nixing the whole fabric idea at the end in place of painting the whole board.
Regardless, the other day I found an article about making plaid boards that I can't find now for the life of me, but did find this picture online:

I think these are so cute with the little ribbon push-pin details! And with recruitment around the corner they'd be great for house tour decorations.
I can't remember if I announced on here yet but I have big news..I'm getting a Mac! Yep, I'm switching over from my dearly departed 5-year-old Dell Inspiron to a MacBook Pro. I'm actually pretty excited, but totally scared about spending so much money on a computer.
While I was online searching in vain for the bulletin board article I saw this in a collage:
Look how cute that computer cover is! Does anyone know how to have this done? I could even match my letters sweatshirt:
Kind of hard to see, but most definitely plaid.
I'm heading up to LA to see my in-laws for the 3rd annual chilli cookoff. Not making anything this year, but should be a good time. Be back on Sunday!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Buy My Dress


I'm honestly no good at eBay - so if you're interested please let me know. I think I still have time to take it down. This dress will make you good-looking, smart, and help you find Mr. Right. Might possibly also help you win the lottery.

The infamous dress

Monday, August 10, 2009

Roaming With the Gnome Weekend


Woke up and head out to Mission Beach to meet up with the famous Travelocity gnome. Took photos all along the boardwalk and on the beach. Had way too much fun taking him along with me and posing him, and was fortunate enough to have some great lifeguards there who let me play with all of their gear.

We packed up all of our things and head out to SeaWorld, where the gnome was part of the Shamu show. I got to go to all of the behind the scenes places like the Sea Lion & Otter show stage and inside the Arctic Penguin exhibit. I'm a huge animal person and was seriously more excited about doing this than working with any celebrity.
Came home after my day-long adventure and totally crashed out. Woke up and had dinner with Mr. Bee and made cinnamon rolls, which were immediately devoured. Passed out again (re-passed out?)
Woke up early again and head to the San Diego Zoo to meet up with my new BGF (Best Gnome Forever). Got to see the pandas (but not the new baby), a binturong, and feed the giraffes. One of my work friends was taking a picture of me and a giraffe came up from behind and blew in my ear!
Finished up for the day and head to Michael's to pick up some supplies for my fall blog swap partner. Was tempted into Loehmann's and Nordstrom's Rack while I was there, and picked up another pair of black flats. Yes, this is coming from the same girl who swore she's be an 80-year old woman wearing 4 1/2 inch heels in her motor scooter. I can't help it. I eat my words. Ballerina flats are amazing. Like these, but better:
Ran home to change and head to my friend's baby shower. She's having identical twin boys and I'm so excited to meet them! Got to enjoy a fun afternoon of shower games and hanging out with my awesome sorority advisor friends. :)

2 of them are pregnant and one already has a baby, so I am looking forward to being auntie to all of the cute babies my friends are having in the next couple months. I think I have 8 showers coming up! This was worse than wedding year!


Woke up early and took Eleanor to dog park. While we were there we ran into an Ellie look-alike who we found out is probably one of her littermates! They were born around the same time and are pretty much identical twins. They have the same temperment and the same health issues too.

Ellie + Penelope

After my little doggie was all tuckered out I took her home and Mr. Bee and I went out for a day of window shopping. He let me spend longer than expected at Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie, and even wanted candles for himself from both places. We had a great lunch at Cheesecake Factory and ordered the forbidden Red Velvet Cheesecake to bring home, which was AMAZING! I'm not even a cheesecake fan and I basically devoured it. If I was out I might have made a scene. Spent the rest of the night resarching Dells and Apples. I don't know if you read, but my hard drive crashed and I lost EVERYTHING on my computer. I was not expecting to get a new laptop anytime soon so it's a pain I have to have one now, but hopefully it'll all work out for the best.

Was too full to eat anything after that cheesecake, so we lounged on the couch (Ellie too) and watched True Blood before I tried to go to bed. Also ended up reading Jodie Picault's Tenth Circle. I like trashy books as much as the next girl, but I wasn't head over heels about the book. It was kind of awkward having to tell my husband it was about, "comic books and rape". If you're looking for a good Jodie Picault book I'd definitely recommend My Sister's Keeper over any of her other books. Some of her books are enjoyable to read, but it almost seems like she has a formula where she inserts new names and different locations for her characters and comes out with the same books she's written before.

I've also been reading the Sookie Stackhouse series and am hoping to read the Time Travelers Wife next. I need to put together a cohesive reading list so I don't need to run to the bookstore for anything!

It was a long weekend for me - I feel like I need another day to recover!!

Gnome Monday

This is too funny not to share - I wish every day was "Gnome Monday"!

I got into work this morning and saw a beautifully wrapped present on my desk.

I was totally excited when I saw it was in a Neiman Marcus box.

The verdict - 3 types of Travelocity gnomes!
Now I can look at my desk to recall the fond memories I had with the gnome this weekend.

Weekend recap to come later.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Birthday List for the Fam

My husband and family asked for a birthday list, so here it is. And it's only slightly ridiculous. ;) Ok, it's not really based in reality, but a girl can dream!

Jetta TDI wagon

Apple 3Gs iPod

  • Pass to to Zoo or Disneyland
  • House
  • English Bulldog puppy
  • DVD/VHS Recorder
  • iPhone 3GS
  • Subscriptions to Real Simple or Lucky

  • Gift Card to Borders/Target/Trader Joes

.........Ok, can we compromise on next year??

    Thursday, August 6, 2009

    R.I.P. Lappy

    I took my laptop in the other week to have my internal charging adapter fixed. Somewhere between then and now I got back a computer that was making a whole lot of racket, was missing a piece, and today, died. Literally died.

    I've written the company and started dealing with that, but my husband has asked me to start looking at other computers. Even though it's too soon since Lappy passed over into that great Motherboard in the sky, I found some nice Dell laptops that you can customize. Even though I'm still very much in mourning, laptops with polka dots kind of make me happy. Can you really frown at a polka dot?

    Or these birds?
    Ok, what is up with this bear??
    At least I'd never confuse my computer with anyone!
    Maybe I'll just save up for a Mac. Arghh, so frustrating.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    My First Guest Blog Post

    Check out my first guest blog post on Tucker Blair! They have some of the cutest preppy headbands I've ever seen, and I think my doggie deserves a needlepoint headband. Taylor of Tucker Blair was also nice enough to send me the lobster needlepoint headband I've been coveting. I'll be checking my mailbox daily.

    Ultimate lobster cuteness!

    Mad About Mad Men Dresses

    I love 1950's style, and the few episodes of Mad Men that I've seen I've loved classy feel of all of the outfits worn on the show. I'm so happy the show is out on box set so I can catch up on it before the new season starts on August 16th.

    Banana Republic has come out with Mad Men-inspired apparrel for men and women, and it's a huge hit. I loved walking into the store with their custom vintage looking displays in the windows and tried on every dress that was still in stock that represented that era.  Seriously shopping-spree worthy, plus they're perfect for work or to dress up for a date or a night on the town. Classy never goes out of style. Here are a few of the listings in the style guide you can pick up in the stores through next week, and some of the iconic dresses (I hear they're quickly running out of stock, so if you're interested I'd head to BR asap!)

    In addition, they're also hosting a contest where you can win a walk-on role on Mad Men by submitting a photo of yourself in your finest 1950's attire and also win a $1000 BR gift card! Can't beat that! If I had just won the darn lotto last night I would be all over these dresses.

    Has anyone bought one yet? Do you love it?

    Speaking of 1950's style, Anthropologie has a ton of their amazing aprons on sale in store only for $19.99!

    How cute is this (disclaimer: Not on sale. Don't get mad when you become obsessed and it's $32)

    Doesn't it make you want to bake things and try not to eat them?