Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Hope you celebrated this holiday in an awesome way.

Here is what I'm grateful for today:

Everyone who has ever served in our country's military -- especially my dad, a retired Army pilot

Watermelon

Pools

My mom's homemade blackberry cobbler


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FYI

Andrew just said this in his sleep:

"We'll keep a little bit of each on record for, you know..."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Haahaa.





Funny shirts from http://www.theseshirts.com/

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Girls' Night!

























Andrew is at a bachelor party tonight so Tillie and I are having a girls' night. Here are some of the things we have planned for our evening:

catch up on episodes of Glee
organize my closet
finish my current book
paint nails
wrap some pretty presents

there may or may not be a little facial action going on as well.


P.S. I am listening to the newest installment of the CD Exchange Club! Thanks LB! I am digging it. I know the rest of you are wishing you were in on this.

Friday, May 28, 2010

New hair

























Got my hair done today by one of my very best friends. It's cute, yea?

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

THE OUTFIT

Wedding 2010



So, I'm not really sure why I have been obsessing over what to wear to a wedding that isn't even mine, but I have. And I mean literally obsessing. As in, I dream about finding the perfect shoes, earrings, etc. A little pathetic, I'm aware. I guess I just don't have anything else really exciting going on these days. But now my brain can rest because my outfit is finally complete. The dress came in the mail today and when I finally tried it on, it was just what I was hoping it would be. And as of this afternoon, I have all my accessories. And tomorrow I am going on a little visit to Kat's salon to get my hair done. I love being pretty and polished. But I think I like being organized and prepared even more. So, Hannah and/or Chad, if you're reading this, look for me at your wedding. I'll be wearing the above outfit. And looking fabulous.

The pool was closed today because of the weather so I have to do yoga tonight before I catch up on some 30 rock. Boo.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some blog lovin'























100 Abandoned Houses -- a collection of photos of abandoned homes in Detroit. I want to buy every single one of these houses, fix them up, and make them beatiful again.

Cupcakes and Cashmere -- cute cute cute clothes and outfits.

Young House Love -- full of interior decorating ideas, great remodeling before and afters, inspiring DIYs, etc. Love this couple and I've never even met them.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Music Monday
















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Today I'm loving:

1. Tigerlily -- La Roux
2. Witch -- The Bird and The Bee
3. Turn A Square -- The Shins
4. Perfect Teeth -- Motion City Soundtrack
5. Brightest Hour -- The Submarines

SHOES.




















Love these shoes. Got them to go with the dress I got to wear for our friends' wedding in a few weeks. So cute. I should be getting the dress in the mail tomorrow. I'll let you know what it looks like then.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A little action from our camping trip

























Highlights:
taught my nephew to play badminton (he loves it now, btw)
hiking to the waterfall
Tillie rolled all over a dead snake and bugs came flying out
scary/funny stories around the campfire
late night rummy games by lantern light
DQ Blizzards on the way home


When we got home, we met up with Schuck and hit up the Greek Food Festival but it sucked after a gyro and souvlaki we left and went to Layla's and had some real Greek food. Their falafel platter is heaven. And their baklava is a million times better than anything we would have found at that pathetic excuse for a food festival.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Camping.

What are you doing this weekend? We are going camping. And I am so looking forward to the following:

sleeping under the stars
badminton
s'mores
hiking
reading by the lake
relaxation

I'm thinking this might be the best camping trip I've been on in a while.
So have a good weekend. And look for pictures coming soon.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

CD Exchange Club

















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So my friend LB and I have started something incredible called the "CD Exchange Club". Its basically us taking turns sending each other music that we are listening to at the moment. So we're learning about music that we haven't heard yet and getting surprise mail at the same time. Its fun. Anyone else want in?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Silver Lining

Take a listen to my current song, Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley:



Andrew and I have been swimming laps every day for an hour. Its fantastic. You should try it.

Then spent the evening catching up on Glee. Hilarious.

Also, I have an interview in the morning only I have no idea what company its for. True story.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Tina!

Happy Birthday to one of the cooliest/funniest/loveliest/most incredible people on the planet. Tina Fey, I love you. P.S. You look pretty awesome for 40. I couldn't even tell. Just saying.

I will be watching past episodes of 30 Rock and laughing my face off to celebrate this very special day. Feel free to join in.

Job Fair

























About to go to a job fair. Wish me luck!


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Music Monday

















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New music for your head:

1. October -- Broken Bells
2. Eat That Up, Its Good For You -- Two Door Cinema Club
3. Tin Man -- The Avett Brothers
4. Susan's House -- The Eels
5. Meddle -- Little Boots

This is what's new



















So last summer, this fish planter appeared on the shelves of Pier One and I was instantly smitten. My mom went back to get it for me as a secret surprise (I later found out) but it was gone. And then I was browsing the other day and I stumbled up this adorable planter again. Well today my mom and I went to see what new things they had in (and check out the clearance shelf of course) and there he was -- only one left and in the blue color I wanted! So mom got him for me as a belated surprise and I am thrilled to report that he is sitting in our living room holding our umbrellas until the day he can sit on our front porch with bright red geraniums in his mouth. 























And then I spotted this beautiful bright red metal chair. And if I had $80 laying around, it totally would have gone home with me. But I bet you could find something similar to this at a garage sale or flea market for a lot cheaper and spray paint it a glossy red. Maybe I should be on the hunt for one. Or four.























Oh and my mom finally cut off the curtain that Tillie put a hole in at our old apartment and it's now hanging on our window. Its perfect -- lets light in without waking me up.
And check out our facebook album, "Best Day Ever", in case you missed it to see what we did this weekend. Here's a sneak peak:



Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wedding choices

June wedding
Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore


So, we've got a wedding to go to this June and I am still trying to figure out what to wear. Its an evening wedding so I really wanted to wear a navy blue dress but I've had a really hard time finding ones that I liked. These are the top 3. They're all from Victoria's Secret. I think I'm leaning to the bottom dress. I think it'll be great with a nude heel, gold clutch, gold bracelets, and some cute gold earrings. What do you think?

























Rearranged our makeshift kitchen cabinet. It's some old hanging cabinet that I stole from my mom and painted partly red. I moved some things around to make room for our cute new glass pitcher (see bottom left) that we scored on the super cheap. Isn't it so cute? It makes me happy just looking at it.



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday night party

























Painting my nails Barbie pink + watching Glee on DVD = my kind of Wednesday night.


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Monday, May 10, 2010

Musical Monday























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Some new vibrations for your eardrums:

1. Lingering Still -- She & Him
2. Rich Girls -- The Virgins
3. My Love -- The Bird and the Bee
4. No Radio -- Dirty on Purpose
5. Quiet Houses -- Fleet Foxes

P.S. Made some pink lemonade pie this afternoon that would rock your world.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!




















Look at the pretty flowers I got my mom. 2 different kinds -- I am an exceptionally good child.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Hope your kids are as appreciative and generous as me.


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How we spent our Saturday




















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Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Lost Symbol

























I got this book for my dad for Christmas so I could read it. I am finally getting around to it. I started it yesterday. It's just now getting good.

From the inside cover:

"In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling -- a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths... all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object -- artfully encoded with five symbols -- is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation... one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon -- a prominent Mason and philanthropist -- is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations -- all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth."

Sounds a lot like all his other books. And so far it is. But then again, like his other books, it makes for a pretty interesting story. I have always been really curious about the Masons and I'm learning a lot by reading this book. I have to keep the computer handy whenever I read this book to stop and check to see if the things he talks about actually exist -- and so far, yes.

If you liked The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, then you'll like this book because it is a lot like the previous two. Okay, so maybe its pretty much the same story just the setting and details are different. But what did you expect from a Robert Langdon book?


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I wish I had a beach vacation 2010

Beach Vacation 2010
So, I have a friend who is going on vacation to Jamaica next week (on the super cheap -- I know, I'm jealous too). And while talking with her about her packing progress (I'm a nerd about packing and planning for trips) I got to thinking about what I would wear if I were going to be lounging around some exotic location for a week. And so here it is, my fabulous pretend packing list. Everything can be mixed and matched to make about 15 different outfits. And it's all stuff that is pretty much low maintenance and will still look great if it gets wrinkled or wet. Plus there's some really versatile bags, shoes, sunglasses, and jewelry (there's that sailboat necklace that is currently the object of my affection).

Trips like this are great because everything you need to pack is small and light so there's no use for a huge bulky bag, even if you're planning on being there awhile. You don't even have to bring a hair dryer. Just let your hair be beachy and beautiful, just don't forget the moisterizer, sunblock, and lip gloss.

This will have to tide me over for now as we don't have any beach trips on the horizon -- all our extra cash is going into a different project. But take a look at these pretty clothes and join me in dreaming about sipping a fruity drink in a hammock on the beach. And LB, I hope this helps you in your packing.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

FYI:

The next time it rains, listen to Jamie Cullum (doesn't matter which album or song) with the windows open. It completely compliments the weather. Lazy and beautiful.

Rainy weekend clothing

Rainy Saturday afternoon
Its been really rainy here the past few days so I've been dreaming about walking around in this outfit -- lots of color to brighten up the blanket of grey outside, ankle boots can easily be replaced with wellies, and with the large tote, can be stored away until needed. Plus, the cute red lady umbrella makes me smile. And I've thrown in the aviators in case the sun decides to make an appearance. I am also loving the sailboat pendant necklace since I have recently become obsessed with owning a sailboat and learning how to sail.

Oh yea, don't forget to watch Conan O'Brien's 60 Minutes special tonight. As of yesterday, he can legally appear on TV again. Prepare for some serious NBC/Jay Leno bashing.

Team Coco 4-ever!