Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Red White and Blue

I cannot sit still at work. I leave tomorrow for Newport for the weekend with 15 friends, and cannot stop thinking about it. I still think the week before a vacation should just be time off as well. I might as well have not been in the office this week...

REAL work aside, I did accomplish a lot this week. Most importantly, I compiled my packing list! (I know this sounds totally lame, but I LOVE writing out a packing list. Or any list for that matter. I think I have 4 different ones for this weekend alone). Anyways, this trip is a bit different. Not only did I OBVI want new clothes, but I told my friends that I would wear nothing but red, white and blue all weekend long. This is what I have come up with...

I fell in love with this Rebecca Taylor Printed One Shoulder Dress when I saw my sister, S, wear it to one of our cousins graduations. Naturally I ran over to Saks after work, and had them do a search of S's purchase. Success! Dress was in the mail! Sorry I didn't tell you I bought it, S, but I knew you would be mad! And if you don't read this post, you will be even more mad when you see me wearing it in my facebook pics! Oops! (Sorry, I'm not sorry!). Anyways, got the RED portion of the holiday covered.

Now, on to the white portion. S had this Velvet Dimona Long Dress in navy last year, and I was obsessed with it (sounds like I should just go shopping with S from now on). I purchased it in white. Probs going to rock it with a navy cardigan and some big necklaces, duh.

Lastly, the Blue portion of this national holiday. I LOOOOVE this Rugby Maxi dress (which unfortunately I cannot find online anymore). Def wearing this on the 4th with this equally as awesome necklace that I just made last night. Two words: Red, Coral. Pictures to come.

Nothing says "God Bless America," like a Red, White and Blue wardrobe! Haven't begun to think about the small things that need to miraculously make it into my suitcase by tonight, but I have a feeling those things are on a list on my desk somewhere.



C, do you need to slim your neck?

Then check out the Neckline Slimmer, just one of The 9 Craziest Beauty Gadgets!

Or The Face Trainer.

Hahaha. Ew. Some of these are just plain weird and I do not understand why anyone would fall for these traps.

Then again, I did have the Food Saver on my Christmas list for a good 4 years in a row. . . never got it. Never got over it, either. . .



Stumbled Upon....

This Tory Burch laptop case just screams HLR.

And the fact that it's on sale? Pull the trigger, HLR. Pull.the.trigger.



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bad Hair Days.

They come a lot more frequently than I had anticipated when chopping 11 inches off my hair 2 years ago. No more throwing my hair back and running out the door. Unless, of course, it is 90 degrees out when you wake up, and have no interest in blowing heat at your head for 20 minutes (yes, it STILL takes 20 minutes to blow dry my little bob).

So this morning, I decided to let it dry while walking to work, and thought I would just throw it up when I got there. Wrong. Forgot a pony tail holder at home....

Instead of my hair looking like this picture of Kate Bosworth's beautifully styled bob,

I look like this 5 year old, who's mom forgot to brush her hair before dropping her at preschool for the day (minus the crazy eyes)...

You may think I'm kidding, but I am not. I actually think I may look worse than this child. Needless to say, I scrounged around the office for a rubber band, and have resorted to using that to pull my hair back. It's a look, right?



Monday, June 28, 2010


We had a crazy storm last Wednesday - take a look at this video to see lightening strike our three tallest buildings in the city (Sears (Willis), Trump, Hancock).



Friday, June 25, 2010


He is a lyrical genius. And I want to be Beyonce, just so I can spend time with him. Oh, and the fact that he loves New York as much as he does, makes me love him more. This video merely backs up obsession. Yah, I went to that concert-no big deal.



we are great online shoppers.

Gchat convo from today.

R: OH man.
the shoshanna dress i ordered? with the ruffle?
tried it on last night.

C: OH GOOD!!! yay

the orange is AWESOME

we are great online shoppers.

Our lives are a little lame, but it's fine.




Friday Fun Fact from H-Ster:

The 1997 Jack Nicholson film As Good As It Gets is known in China as "Mr. Cat Poop."

Not sure where that translation came from, but I like it.



I'm so excited. . .I'

Don't pretend like you don't know that Jessie Spano quote.



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Welp. It was going to happen sooner or later. . .

Jake & Vienna split.

Whoopty-freaking-do. Of COURSE that was going to happen. What do you think will be the outcome when you put an ex-Hooters girl (who cheated on her husband when he was deployed in Iraq) and a cheesy / douchey guy together?

I don't think anyone is more happy than HLR, whose Facebook and gchat statuses have been "DIE VIENNA" on several occasions.




Isner (finally!) won 70-68 in the fifth set over Mahut.

Dang! That match what cAHrazy!



ps. Isner is kind of a stud.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weekend Plans!

Thanks to Urban Daddy, I know EXACTLY where I'll take N this weekend when she comes to visit!

Says UD:

Prepare yourself for the National Cougar Convention, an evening of Mrs. Robinson-style romance set amidst the glamour of an Embassy Suites ballroom near O'Hare, prowling into town this Saturday.

If you remember reading
The Most Dangerous Game in high school (CliffsNotes version: some rich guys hunt protagonist through jungle for sport), you'll find that this is exactly like that. Well, instead of blowguns there are Cosmos. And the jungle is a Rosemont hotel ballroom. Oh, and the hunters are seasoned ladies who simply enjoy the company of a younger gentleman. With a vengeance.

The evening starts as all good nights should: with a keynote address from an author, lecturer and onetime novelty candidate for California governor (oddly, it's not Arianna Huffington, Larry Flynt or Mary Carey). That should get your engines revved for an evening of playful feline pawing on the dance floor.

Then, naturally, comes the moment you've been waiting for: a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (who really never became a cougar, but Demi Moore impersonators are so in demand these days) announces which of these slinky lovelies won your vote to be crowned Miss Cougar America. The prize: a Bahamas trip on the Cougar Cruise.

So pack your Speedos.




absolutely crazy.

Is anyone watching Wimbledon?!

Isner and Mahut are in the fifth set and the score is 44-43! That's in GAMES! They are breaking all sorts of records right now. . .and have been playing for over 7 hours total.

Umm. . .WOW.



America. F*** Yah!

Sooo I have to admit, I was not glued to the TV this morning for the USA vs. Algeria game, but I managed to know we won, the second Landon Donovan scored! (Sidenote...hes a total stud). Not only was my entire office going nuts, but the streets of NYC were blaring! Let's go USA!



Thursday, June 17, 2010


It's packing time.

I head to Charleston bright and early tomorrow morning for L's girls' weekend before her wedding! (Also known as a "Bachelorette Weekend," but honestly, I hate that term. I associate it with hot pink boas and penis straws. Gross.)

We haven't told L ANY details on the trip (don't we all love surprises?!) so all we gave her was a packing list:

- bathing suit(s) & beach cover-up(s)
- 2 nice outfits for dinner
- workout clothes & shoes
- other outfit for walking around, etc.
- pajamas

And that's alllllll she got. Meanwhile, we sent an extensive itinerary to the 11 other girls invited on the trip. Muahaha.

I've obviously been thinking about outfits for the past month, but it's crunch time now. It's time to pack.

Here's what I'm thinking for Friday night.

I really think I will live in my J.Crew Ankle stretch toothpick white jeans this summer. They are absolutely perfect and I love dressing them up and down.

I'm going to pair them with one of my Shoshanna tops.

Shoshanna Floral Print Silk Top

Or my Shoshanna Floral-Print Chiffon Blouse

And my Michael Kors wedges you've seen before.

I really plan on being in a bathing suit during the day as much as possible. Might pack this J. Crew Marin dress to throw on over my suit to walk around the quaint town! Ha.

I am still working on my Saturday night outfit. Definitely wearing a dress. Kinda want to buy a new dress. Oops! Planning on hitting up one of the boutiques by my office after work. . .

I will be sure to divulge deets about the trip when we return. L (obviously!) reads this, so my lips are sealed until we get back. Sorrs!

I am so excited for this trip I can barely concentrate on work! (Clearly.)



Wednesday, June 16, 2010


What can I say. C is correct. I had a blast at the Golf Outing. And it may or may not have been due to the fact that my group was soo fun and we were boozing. Ha.

I also didn't play as badly as I thought I would (see scorecard above) - imagine that! It was a scramble, sooo we played best ball each time, so that's also why our scores were low.

I seriously am considering asking for clubs for my birthday this summer!



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Don't Let R Fool You.

While she may have alluded to the fact that she was completely dreading today's office golf tournament, she has successfully misled us.

She checked the weather forecast all morning, hoping for thunderstorms in the near future. I'm pretty sure she was willing to fake a broken limb or contageous illness as well.

All things noted, I texted R about an hour ago, asking how the golf was going. Her response?

R: It's fun! I have a fun group! Haha
R: (also, drinking)

Yup, that's right. R is not only enjoying herself, but she's busy getting crunk during her 9-5 hours. Maybe it's just me, but I'd have to say this day turned out pretty well for her after all.

Yesterday I thought, "Poor R doesn't know how to play golf. She is going to make a TOTAL fool of herself in front of her co-workers."

Today I'm thinking, "Poor R is going to get drunk and miraculously smoke her co-workers in a game she doesn't know how to play." TYPical.



Monday, June 14, 2010


I am playing in my office's golf outing tomorrow and I am freaking out for a few reasons.

1.) I don't play golf.

2.) I don't own clubs.

3.) I am nervous people are expecting me to be good - I play other sports, and they automatically think I'm a natural at all sports. (Not the case when it comes to golf.)

4.) What do I wear?!

I've known about this golf outing for a year now. Last year, I did not participate and the head of the event has been riding my butt about it ever since. For some strange reason, she seriously thinks I am a big golfer. In fact, a lot of people in the office think I am! It is really weird. Like, yes, I have played golf before. In fact, when I was younger, I used to play a lot in the summer with my dad and grandfather (circa 2000). But have I played recently? NO! P has taken me to the driving range a few times with him this year and has given me some pointers, but that hardly counts as "playing."

Coach P is out of town and has been since last week, so I haven't even been able to spruce up my game at the range with him before the big scramble tomorrow! Eek! This could be interesting. . .

On top of all this, I have no clue what I'm going to wear. Huge dilemma. I will admit I own some Bermuda shorts (ew they look soo bad on my short legs), because my dad took me to the range last summer and I had nothing "appropriate" to wear (apparently you can't wear 3" J.Crew shorts and a Hanes V-neck to the club?) so I had to invest in some longer shorts. . .much to my dismay. So maybe I'll whip those babies out for this occasion. Ugh.

Welp, at least I heard that my coworkers booze pretty hard during this event, so that's something I can look forward to.



Saturday, June 12, 2010


C-Mac didn't come over until noonish today, so naturally we went through her suitcase to check for undies....not a single pair to be found.


She is wearing a little cocktail dress tonight. This should be interesting.....



Friday, June 11, 2010

no biggie.

Oh no biggie. The Blackhawks were at my favorite Chicago bar last night, which I just so happen to live down the street from. E and I ran down the street (me in my shinguards and cleats from a league game last night, E in her pajamas. . .) to greet them!

Here's a pic of them (and the STANLEY CUP) driving away in their bus.




THREE HOURS til I see C's face! ! !




In case you thought I was kidding....

A real gchat convo between HLR and C-Mac, yesterday:

C-Mac: HI!
HLR: HIii!!
C-Mac: going to the phish concert tomorrow night...
C-Mac: what should i wear no undies obviously
C-Mac: i'm sOOOOO pumped to be a hippie!

Yup. That happened. Seriously, I can guarantee 100% that C-Mac did not pack a single pair of undies. I will confirm this when security has to go through her bag at the airport (C-Mac has not travelled with carry on luggage in a while, and is convinced the TSA is going to confiscate all of her makeup. If there is any underwear in the bag, I will let them know they can confiscate that as well) and I will report ASAP.




Whoop whoop! The time has finally come! C&R (and C-Mac) will be reunited in Chi-town! My first trip there since New Years Eve 2006 (that makes me feel old....even though in comparison to C-Mac, im just a babyyyyy).

C-Mac is headed to the Phish concert tonight, where she is planning on wearing a Lilly P "hippie" flower power outfit, sans undies, and is borrowing my Foley and Corinna Mid City Tote, so she can wear it across her body in true hippie form. She also hasn't gotten a hair cut in over 7 months, and decided not to so that in true C-Mac form, her hair could be all over her face in pictures while she is noodling the night away!

While C-Mac is a the concert, running around barefoot, R and I will be galavanting around The Windy City (hopefully not in the rain!).

A full de-briefing will come on Monday (if im not too depressed by my separation from R).

Can't wait to reunite!



Friday, June 4, 2010

"I make good grilled cheese and I like girls."

Oh Biebs.

On inspiring tweets: "People write to me and say, 'I'm giving up, you're not talking to me.' I just write them a simple message like, 'Never give up,' you know? And it changes their life."

"I also try to read all of my fan mail. A lot of them send me candy, which I'm not allowed to eat 'cause my mom says it might be poisonous."

On The Word 'German': "We don't say that in America." *Though to be fair, he likely misheard the word.

"I'm just a regular 16 year old kid. I make good grilled cheese and I like girls."

"It's kind of hard to balance school and work sometimes. But sometimes, like, if I'm going to the White House and I'm in there doing a tour and stuff, that's like school."
"I'd like to be an architect. That would be cool. I like drawing."

On Kim Kardashian: "I think she’s cute. And, no, she’s not too old for me. Above 40 is a little too old for me. "

On bad habits: "Eating too much candy. I like Sour Patch Kids."



Thursday, June 3, 2010

cookie monster.

I kind of hate when coworkers bring in food to work. I mean, there are definitely days when I appreciate it (like when I open my yogurt after the due date and find it like with weird bumps on top - see below - and have to text this picture to C and HLR to make sure it's ok to eat. . .then I eat a few bites and it tastes sour so I am thankful for the Dunkin Donuts munchkins that were brought in that morning), but for the most part, I am not a fan.

Here's why: I generally try to eat healthy. (Generally being the key word. . .sigh.) I also generally try to be nice. (Again, key word = generally. Oops.) Put those two together and it's a tough life when my coworkers bring in baked goods ALL.THE.TIME. I just feel bad saying "no thanks!" I also work with several middle-aged women who probs think I'm an annoying 20-something girl who cares too much about what she eats. So, I don't want to sound anorex by turning down their food every time. Therefore, I accept their goodies more often than not.

This morning, the woman who sits next to me brought in iced sugar cookies that looked like little lady bugs. Yes, the little bug cookie looked delish, but no, I did not want a cookie at 8:15 a.m. Butttt I accepted and proceeded to eat it.

Since I was satisfied by my nibbling, I tried to restrain myself from eating more. Didn't work. Accidentally ate off all the lady bug spots and one eye.

Aaaand then I couldn't stop so I ravaged it. And clearly I couldn't throw it away beacuse she sits right next to me so just had to keep on chowin downnn. Dilemma!!

Oh, and don't worry. I documented all of this so I could update C on my cookie status. Is our relationship unhealthy?



Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Not sure if you were aware, but I LOVE Roger Federer. Love.


But ohh man. I just found out Feds (ranked #1) lost in the quarterfinals of the French Open to Robin Soderling (#5)! ! !

I haven't been able to watch many of the matches in the tournament, but I was really looking forward to seeing him in some this weekend! Sadness.




Why is Dancing with the Stars everyone's fall back when their career is going down the drain? I don't get it. Granted, I am not a fan of this show, so maybe I'm biased, but seriously.

Lindsay Lohan is the most recent star to consider the dance compeition. . .maybe if she joins the cast I'll tune in for this trainwreck.




Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Just got back from Dewey and naturally I am already impatiently waiting for the next summer holiday...4th of July. A TON of us are going up to Newport, Rhode Island, for a weekend of fun in the sun. As we all know, every Monday, I ask myself if it is Friday yet. Now I am working with a new it time for my next vacation yet? (I guess thats not really a NEW trend, but whatever).

So, in anticipation of this next trip, I have been browsing the internet for things that could make the weekend the best it could be. And what could be more fun than an above ground pool for 15 20 somethings on a patriotic vacation?! Yup, that's right. This might have to be my next big purchase. I mean, how much FUN do these people look like they're having?! Some may call it tacky, I call it necessary. DEF making a trip to Walmart this weekend!