crossing off my checklist

Sunday, January 30, 2011
So February is the shortest month in the year and this one will fly by for me. We have plans every weekend including a bachelorette party, wedding and then the Jump Back Ball to close out out the month.

This weekend the BF and my parents met for the third time when my parents invited them over for a post-holiday dinner at their house. It was relatively low-key with a great dinner and lots of wine flowing throughout Saturday night.

If you’ve been over since we bought the house, you know we haven’t done squat as far as decorating. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It's been on my list of to do's and has continually been pushed down to the bottom of the list.

I’ve been scanning catalogs, spending time in Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware getting ideas for how I want to decorate it. I needed to live in the house a little bit before running out and buying everything for each room. Some people think that’s backward but that’s what we’ve done. The BF said he didn’t care what I picked out so with the help of a friend, we picked out everything from bedding to lamps to curtains.

Sheets are a whole other topic. How the eff are sheets so expensive? And, no surprise here, I somehow pick out the $200 sheets because I see 1000 thread count. (I didn’t buy them because I’m determined to find a better deal for 600 count sheets before Friday when the mattress is delivered.)

We picked out paint and the BF started painted the bedroom. Here’s a half finished look at the baby blue it was and now the calm and serene grey you can see now.

It's grey but looks brown here

bedding and accessories

With this weekend past, we almost knocked out one room and it will be fully completed by Friday evening.

Now we only have four other rooms to paint and three more to decorate and make some changes to like the kitchen.

Ahhhhh, home ownership at its finest.

the one poster kind

I find myself always having the same conversation with people when they find out I have a blog.

Random person who isn't a blogger: "You are a blogger?"
Me: Sort of afraid to answer, "Yes, yes I am."
Awkward silence.
Random person who still isn't a blogger: More awkward silence, then finally "I -i-i-i-don't have time for that."
Me: "Well, you know, it's just like any other hobby, you make time for it," realizing this person thinks I'm now a creepy person online.

I slowly back away from the random person because there's often this hint of "you-are-such-a-loser or I-can't-believe-I-know-a-blogger."

I'm bringing this up because I haven't been making time to blog as of the last three weeks. I've been a one poster a week blogger.

You know, those kind......

On my iPhone, I keep a list of ideas that are the starting of blog posts. Like the other morning when I was listening to Q104, they were talking about the top 10 things that annoy the other sex. I was nodding along to the list and found myself agreeing, "that totally drives me nuts" when the caller was talking about sharing a bathroom with their significant other. I get it!

But I've been working a lot these past two weeks tightening areas that are in dire need of being tightened, and I'm exhausted when I arrive home.

The creative juices just aren't a-flowing like they used to.

I'll get them back

I swear. I'll be back with some better thoughts.

B. Lux meets my living room

As you  may know from reading my blog, I like to shop. I like to shop a lot. I like to shop for clothes, dishes, housewares or candles and can be regularly seen checking into every T.J. Maxx or Marshall's on the east side of Cleveland. I will drive and search for deals.

Last year, I wrote about the opening of B.Lux Boutique in Hudson, which is owned by two of my friends, Lia and Michelle. If you've never been, it's a stylish boutique filled with dresses, shirts, jackets, scarves and my favorite t-shirts from Michael Stars t hat aren't going to break the bank. Prices are anywhere from $36 up to $90 for jeans so it's completely affordable.

The girls approached me and asked if I'd be interested in hosting a bunch of my friends at my house and they'd bring champagne, cupcakes and a whole closet full of clothes. Beforehand, I described what some of my friends worked and where I thought they shopped, so they would have an idea of what brands/clothing would be of interest to my friends.

Living room taken over by clothes

Owners Lia and Michelle
Sampling of the clothes
About 15 friends showed to shop and eat and get a tour of my new house, which hopefully will change drastically over the next few months. (I have lots of decorating to do.) I walked away with three new dresses all for about $100. Prior to each season, I'm thinking about hosting one and it will be a great excuse to have everyone over again.

If you are interesting in having your own B. Lux shopping experience, contact Lia or Michelle for more details and booking information. They'll bring their rolling racks to wherever you want. As a hostess, you will also receive a $50 gift card to spend that day or later at the store. Plus, you get to have first dibs on any of clothes you see while they are setting up. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

birthday rewind

Monday, January 17, 2011
This past weekend, a few friends of mine gathered at the Battery Park Wine Bar to celebrate my impending birthday - I'm turning the big 2-8 this week. Hooray!

Somehow not one picture was snapped. I had not one but two Flips, a camera and the iPhone and I managed to take nothing to document the evening. But let's talk about what was missing - the cake.

I love cake. Cupcakes, mini cakes or a slice of cake, you name it, I love all things cake. As I looked through my photos of past birthdays, you can see my love of cake from a very young age.

Clearly, I'm loving some cake here

On my birthdays, my mom created a monster and let me order not one but two cakes, depending if I had just a family or friends party that year. My mom says I took picking a cake very seriously, so seriously, that I often picked the same theme for a few years.

Not only is the cake She-Ra, but I'm playing with one too

She-Ra two years in a row - check out those bangs

The next few years is when I started getting a little more creative with my cakes. I switched to my love of fairy tales and went with unicorns, a natural switch of course. After all, She-Ra did ride on a unicorn of sorts.

My brother creeping in on my unicorn cake - don't lay a finger on it, Greg.

I heart pink unicorns and crimped hair.

While I didn't order a cake this year, I would like to take this opportunity to request a few red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from the White Flower Cake Shoppe. (BF - that's the shop inside of La Place that I always talk about. Mapquest it if needed.)

When it comes to your birthday, are you a cake or ice cream person?

baby boomer meets cell phone

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Ever since my dad started texting a few years ago, I have received some pretty funny texts.

In the beginning, it was a learning process for him because "my fingers are too damn fat for these small keys" and his messages were garbled with letters and numbers and I needed to decipher his cryptic messages to understand what the hell he was saying or asking me.

As time has gone on, he's gotten a lot better, even better than my mom. My mom responds with "YES" or "NO THAnks." (I still can't figure out why she turns the caps off and on.) My dad can almost keep up with my fast texting too. I may send every two messages for every one he sends.

While sitting at work today, I received the most hiiiilllarious text from my dad in history.

Text: "Do you have a pair of christian louboutins. They are only $2,000."

My jaw dropped.Whhhhhattttt?

So, let me break this down for you, readers.

My dad spelled Louboutins right???? My dad doesn't know shoe brands and he sure as hell doesn't know one of the top designer shoe names.Ah, the power of the Style section with the Plain Dealer.

I explained to my dad that a pair of black pumps are an essential item to any closet. 

His response: "To add to the 50 pairs of shoes you already have?"

Correction - I don't have that many.

What's the funniest text you've ever received from a parent?

oh, TRL, how I miss you

Monday, January 10, 2011
To avoid trudging around NYC in snow (and avoiding a majorly delayed flight), my friend and I pushed back our trip a few weeks.

I didn't end up seeing how much snow NYC received but I did know that  I wasn't interested in spending any more time than necessary inside of LGA or any airport for that matter. So, let's hope in a few weeks there aren't any snow storm threats from Cleveland to NYC.

Instead of living it up in NY, I got back on the workout wagon and spent hours inside of at least five T.J. Maxx's and Marshall's looking for artwork and bedding. I found one I loved at Restoration Hardware and then on West Elm but I don't want a duvet - I want a big, comfy hotel-like comforter.

Anyway, the boys had their night out, which wasn't getting canceled the BF informed me on Friday just because we weren't going to NYC. Oh, you better believe boys night happened!

But that's beside the point. Let's get to the important things this Monday. Let's talk about B. Spears new single - Hold It Against me.If you have Palladia, they've been playing the Lady Gaga and Britney Spears takeover the couple of weeks. That's 4-6 hours straight of Gaga and Britney. When I was off over Christmas, I owned the TV singing at the top of my lungs to every song. Oh, how it brought me back to TRL and my sophomore year of high school.

The BF (god bless the kid) stared at me in amazement (and probably utter shock) as I danced around singing, "she's so lucky, she's a star, but she cries cries cries in her lonely heart thinking...."

 "Ooooohhhh, I love this song," I said as I danced around the room.
 "You say that about EVERY song that's come on. They can't all be your favorite."
"I remember when MTV's Making the Video showed behind-the-scenes to Slave 4 U and watched it over and over to learn the dance routine."

And, I give you, the next song to annoy every male on the planet and bring the 17-year-old teenager in all of us.

visiting the concrete jungle

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Hello New York!

To celebrate my impending 28th birthday, I've convinced a friend to join me to trek around the beautiful (and cold) New York City for a few days this weekend.

I've never been a tourist in the city with the exception of a college trip, which honestly at this point is a blur. Plus, I've been there another time last year for work but I was in and out in 18 hours. I couldn't see much other than the inside of a few buildings and my hotel room.

We have three full days in the city and we've already mapped out where we want to go, including the Empire State building to take pictures, Macy's, Bergdorf's and Saks to see the holiday windows and pick up a few things, eat some NY pizza and make a sign to get on the Today Show. (Watch to see me Monday morning!) We are going to spend the afternoons shopping and seeing Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown and Tribeca.

For those of you who live in NY or visit often, any must do places to shop or eat you can recommend? We have a running list but feel free to send any suggestions my way.