Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Banana Republic 4/20 Jewelry Sale

Today only - take 40% off all jewelry at Banana Republic. It almost feels like my birthday! Here are my top picks  - code is BRBLING. Why is this sale on 4/20? I imagine it's because BR knows that stoners like shiny things.

This post may or may not also be serving as a helpful hint to husband...

Flutter Wings Bracelet

Flower Buttons Bracelet

Eclipse Necklace

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shot Out to Shape Ups

I will preface this by saying I have not bought tennis shoes since sophomore year of college. In fact, I did not buy a pair of flats until I bought my Revas last year. I've been hopelessly addicted to high heels for as long as I can remember.

After a doctor's appointment, I decided to head to the Skechers store to test drive the Shape Ups. First of all, they are not cute. Quite the opposite of cute. Second, the moment I stuck my foot inside these babies I felt like I was on a boat. Third - I'm a cheap shoe lover. I wear my shoes hard and till they die, and I rarely spend over $50. That being said, I sucked it up and paid $100 for these. For the sake of my health and my butt.

And you know what? I most definitely feel the burn. After wearing them around my house I stopped feeling like I was on a cheap cruise, and now can't even tell that I'm wearing ginormous boat shoes. And the padding! Did you know that insoles can be built with clouds? Because I swear these shoes are. Beauty over comfort, but if you're already over the fact that you're wearing ugly orthopedic shoes it sure does help that they're amazing to wear.

I know, lately I've not only blogged about ugly workout shoes, but the purchasing of banjos. Where did my fashion posts go? I have to say that when it gets warm out my love of fashion fails me a bit, but I'll work on dressing well and looking good for you guys, I promise. No take backs.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The One About Kids in Inflatable Hamster Balls and Banjos

I haven't been blogging and I only feel slightly guilty because I've been feeling awesome lately (for me). I'm getting back into the swing of things at work again, running errands, spending time with my husband and living my life. I'm still having some setbacks, but (knock on wood) nothing as bad as being housebound for 3 months.

This weekend one of my favorite friends came down for a visit, so some of my Alpha Phi buddies got together for brunch at the Firehouse.

(Insert Brandie in photo)

Afterwards, Mr. Bee and I headed to the mall to replace his sunglasses, which were stolen last week when someone broke into his car. Long story short, 3 guys broke into cars at our complex last weekend. Two of them were caught, but the one who broke in my husband's car made out with my CD's, some old medication, my husband's cologne, a credit card, and his sunglasses. Fortunately the car wasn't damaged and though the guy ended up charging $1300 on his credit card at a local surf shop, we were reimbursed. Just a note: if you are reading this and you stole my husband's things, my husband would like 5 minutes alone with you.

Anyway, the point of that post is that while we were waiting for his new prescription sunglasses, we came across a wading pool filled with kids in inflatable hamster balls. No joke. In fact, to prove that I'm not kidding, I took a video. I hope this makes your day as much as it made mine.

This morning, my busy day consisted of a morning at dog park, feeding ducks and eating sandwiches at the beach, a trip to Home Depot, and buying a banjo. Yes, I actually bought a banjo. My husband had taken my guitar in to get restrung and while we were picking it up I fell in love with a banjo. Video will be posted as soon as I learn how to play the song from Deliverance.

Life is pretty amazing right now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Miss MCW's Kate Spade Giveaway

The adorable Miss MCW is hosting a fabulous Kate Spade giveaway on her blog. For those who aren't currently following her blog, she is definitely one of my favorite bloggers, leaves the best comments, and I always look forward to her posts. I'm not just trying to get on her good side to win this bad boy, I really do adore her.

Click the link above and enter to win - good luck!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

You're Cordially Invited to my Future Clambake

I am obsessed with the idea of winning the HGTV Green Home. The past few years I was more into the thought of actually owning a home, but this year is different. This year, the house is in Massachusetts, and I would give up my favorite pair of shoes to move back to the east coast. Maybe even two pairs, but I don't want to throw the thought out there unless I absolutely have to make that sacrifice.

I can't even imagine how wonderful it would be having fall foliage, snowy winters, and summer clambakes again. So even though you can't physically "nominate" someone to win, if you all could mentally vote for me I'd appreciate it! :)

I've been loving these Anthropologie dresses and I'd actually have a great excuse to pick them up.

Salty Seas Dress

And although I couldn't pull this off, someone should definitely come to my clambake wearing this romper from Forever 21. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

The One Where I Embarrass Myself

I slept with my hair in a high ponytail last night. When I woke up to get ready for work this morning, this was the result. I guess I'm taking my cues from Jessica Simpson's new magazine cover where she claims to wear no makeup. So yes, this is the actual KatherineBee, makeup-less (not even trying to fake it with a little foundation or mascara) and the worst hair I've ever seen.

Ok, seriously? 

The pinnacle of my mushroom-head.

Ok, a bit better. Could have used some lipstick and some poof in the hair, but really, I can't believe that through the magic of the straight iron my hair was magically transformed within 10 minutes. 

Living two years in a sorority house in college, I found out that normal people do not magically wake up and look amazing. In fact, most of us woke up with makeup smudged down our faces, hair half-up, and looking might sexy in a fraternity sweatshirt. And boy, was I so happy when I discovered this.

I think what I'm trying to say is that everyone is beautiful, no matter what you look like when you wake up in the morning. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Earthquakes, Sushi, and Cheers to Better Health

Mr. Bee and I celebrated the beautiful Easter weekend by spending the day in Old Town and having dinner at our favorite sushi place. We've been going there since we started dating 6 years ago and used to be able to walk there, sake bomb all night and stumble home. Even though we're older and slightly wiser, it still has some amazing food. Plus, I had my first Diet Coke in 6 months. Straight from the can baby! And I have to say, it was probably one of the best Diet Coke's of my entire life.

Love the little tags on all the menus

Celebrating date night

Our polaroid on the wall from 5 years ago.

Thanks for all the kind words about the earthquake - we're fine, just shaken up (sorry, couldn't resist!), and we're all safe and sound. Ellie is slightly grumblier than usual, but that's to be expected. When I was younger my house was very close to the Northridge quake, and this was a cakewalk compared.

On the health front - I'm actually driving again and back in the office for half-days! I'm so grateful for every single thing I've been able to do lately. I've definitely been working hard trying to recondition my body and push through everything, but I'm hoping that all of my hard work is paying off. Now if I could just get my body back where it was pre-illness. I know that body shape is one of the last things I should worry about when I'm trying to get better, but not fitting the way you're used to in your clothes is just not fun. 

Also, I have a very dear friend who is going through a major rough patch I can't even imagine. She's a very strong person and someone I've always looked up to and admired, and it truly breaks my heart to know that she is going through this. Any prayers for her would be appreciated.

Hope everyone is coming out of their food comas and had a wonderful Easter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

J+T's Hipstastic Wedding in Palm Springs

Last weekend we were so privileged to attend the wedding of our dear friends, Jon and Tasha. It was held in a beautiful church in Palm Desert, and the reception was rocking out at the Ace Hotel, which was a super hip resort in Palm Springs. We had a great time celebrating with the new couple and seeing lots of my old friends from high school. Here are a couple photos of our trip up and the reception.

I absolutely can't wait to see the pro photos (they used the same wedding photographers that we did, who do AMAZING work), and am so happy to share in Jon and Tasha's new stage of their life.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Impromptu Eleanor Shoot

Yes - I am "that mom" who thinks knows that their dog is the cutest.