Archive | March, 2013

What Happened in March 2013

31 Mar

Time for some hi-hi-hi-highlights!

  • New Years Resolutions update: finished Never Eat Alone & made the miso soup as I mentioned a few posts back. Also made this cauliflower cous-cous from A House in the Hills — didn’t get the flavor quite right, but the texture was great!
  • After missing it in theaters, bought & watched Breaking Dawn Part 2 — I was very surprised by the “twist” they had rumored about for so long. Can’t believe the series is over now!
  • Semi-annual dental cleaning where I found out I have yet another cavity (followed by a subsequent filling). I am the worst almost-dentist’s wife ever…
  • Got a series of blood tests to try to diagnose why I’ve been feeling so fatigued/exhausted/headache-y (more on this later, hopefully)
  • Long overdue visit to the Massage Therapy Center — I love Sophia even though I’m killer-sore afterward and she was concerned by how tense I was… uh oh.
  • Attended a free seminar by the Green Smoothie Girl with M — convinced to drink more green smoothies and added a Vitamix to my wishlist
  • Banana Republic Friends & Family promotion weekend — 50% off in-store is *so* hard to resist!
  • Took two Fridays off to spend some quality time with B (short one-week spring break) — Tried a few new(ish) restaurants on lunch/dinner dates — the famous ramen at Tsujita, the new Chipotle in Culver City, Palomino in Westwood
  • Awesome month for music — new releases (JT 20/20 & OneRepublic Native), tour announcements (John Mayer & Sara Bareilles) & the premiere of the Voice
  • A lot of quality time with LA friends, including Lakers games, some poker & discovering how awesome the Seafarers expansion for Settlers is!
  • Some quality time with Non-LA friends too, including a mini class(+friends) reunion in Irvine @ Pieology and lunch at the French Market in Abbot Kinney with J and J
  • Activity at church is picking up a lot — planning for a spring college retreat + an influx of new members and families led to the official launches of a Planning Team and a Children’s Ministry (yay!)
  • Babysat an adorable almost-9 month old named B so a co-worker could go on their first real date night since he was born!
  • My first organic/vegan/non-toxic mani-pedi at Color Me Green in Manhattan Beach (thanks to aforementioned co-worker)

Here’s to April! Can you believe 2013 is a QUARTER over?

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Musings on Music

30 Mar

LISTENING: Obviously listening to the new JT album (along with the rest of the world — I still love Mirrors but also love Pusher Love Girl–that intro is killer!) and also picked up the new OneRepublic Native album (thank you J&W for the gift card!). Also hooked on this super addictive/catchy P!NK song (duet w/ Nate Ruess of fun.) thanks to H.

WATCHING: Okay, I know what I said… but I was so curious about the dynamic of the new judges on the Voice and ended up really enjoying the first two episodes. Shakira and Usher are totally different in personality and it’s a ton of fun, even though I completely missed out on Season 3 (but apparently it wasn’t the best anyway…). So far, the two contestants everyone’s talking about are:

Judith Hill (from episode 1, who is a straight up PRO and sang with Michael Jackson and at his memorial)

Sarah Simmons (from episode 2, who is definitely not as polished, but she gave me goosebumps & made me tear up!)

It’ll be really  interesting to see if any of the other contestants can even TOUCH either of them… but who knows! Season 4’s off to a great star.

GOING: Summer tour season is almost upon us, friends! I used to be a concert/show fanatic in college but this is the first year since that I’m really going all out.

  • Psyched to hear that Sara B was doing another small-venue tour and snatched up tickets (F5 is my friend) to see hear at the El Rey in May. The last time I saw her at Cafe du Nord was pure magic.
  • Going to see Daughter at the Troubadour with C & G the week after… not as familiar with their stuff, but will hopefully be by then!
  • Also just bought tickets to go see John Mayer in Irvine with B (lawn picnic style) — saw him in Mountain View a few years back (SO much fun) and was really shocked by all the stories around his surgeries and recoveries… I had no idea.
  • Already mentioned the (very expensive but hopefully very worth it) tickets bought to see Bey and TSwift @ Staples with J…
  • I was a tiny bit devastated to find out JT’s stopping in LA, but only on a Sunday… and Sundays are for church.

I don’t think I can afford any others… so… other favorite artists? Please do not tour this year. Kthx.

Stitch Fix #2

26 Mar

Background on Stitch Fix for those who aren’t familiar: Basically, you sign up, fill out your “style profile” with lots of info around your style and the clothes you like to wear, then pay a $20 styling fee to receive a “Fix,” which is basically a box with 5 items (clothing/jewelry) specifically picked out for you! You get to try them all on at home with other pieces you own, then pay for & keep what you want (the $20 styling fee also counts as credit toward anything you keep) and send back what you don’t want (shipping both ways is free). You can check out their website for a lot of the nitty gritty details around how it works, but a friend posted about StitchFix on Facebook, I saw their website, and I was sold!

I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to keep anything from my first fix, but have heard that the stylists & items in the fix typically get better with each round so I was hopeful! Fix #2 came this week and it’s definitely more “me” (and less “who I want to be”!

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Hello, my beautiful Fix! I was a little surprised that my stylist changed (is this typical?) but regardless, thank you, Margaret!

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The colors in my fix are so me… less “trendy” and kinda less “springy” but definitely classic, which is what I asked for.

sf4Piece #1: LoveMarks AUSTIN DENIM BUTTON UP TOP ($68) – I still do not own a chambray/denim-y shirt (late to the party?) so I was open to the idea of one in my fix… but I didn’t love this one. The fit was okay & it’s super soft, but something about the color and the wash I didn’t like.

sf5Piece #2: Kersh HERERRA COTTON BUTTON UP SHIRT ($58) – I also do not have a great white blouse (my closet is full of non-essentials, apparently!) but this wasn’t quite right… I liked the fabric (super super soft cotton) but it was too wide (you can kind of tell in that picture).

sf3Piece #3: Chris & Carol ABRIANNA LONGSLEEVE KNIT CARDIGAN ($48) – I LOVE THIS. I probably own more cardigans than a person should, but I love this for a variety of reasons: 1) I want more “open” cardigans 2) I love the color and don’t have anything like it 3) lightweight fabric but not see-through 4) perfect for spring and 5) dress-up & dress-down. Keeping this!

sf7Piece #4: Collective Concepts IVY SOLID TAB SLEEVE V-NECK BLOUSE ($58) – You can’t tell perfectly in the pictures, but it’s a really nice color – a little more nuanced than grey, but not so dark as black. I actually really like this piece– it’s loose (but not in an unflattering way), is SUPER comfy (you can probably tell), plus has super cute little tabs on the sleeves (you know I love the little things). I’m still trying to figure out if I’m going to keep it… If it wasn’t for the cardigan that I fell in love with, this would be a no-brainer.

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Piece #5: Tart SALMA FRENCH TERRY STRIPED BLAZER ($128) – I had liked the cotton blazer in my last fix and put it in my feedback (that you fill out when you send things back) so my stylist sent another– I actually like this one MORE than the previous minty one because it fits a lot better & it’s a little more practical and easy to mix-and-match. Butttt… since it’s slightly out-of-my-price-range… it’s a go-back 😦 Sidenote: SHOULDER PADS!

Sooooo, that was Fix #2! I’m super happy that I found at least one thing I love (cardigan!) and am going to think through whether or not to keep that Collective Concepts top… thoughts? Want more pictures?? Help me decide please!

Would highly, highly recommend the service to anyone who’s looking for a few new pieces for spring and is down to try something totally fun and new. (It’s seriously so much fun… I have to stop myself from scheduling another one!) Thanks in advance for using my referral link if you’re interested in signing up for the waitlist!

Myers-Briggs

21 Mar

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment (and resulting classifications) fascinate me. I’m not sure if that points to something narcissistic in me, but I love reading what it says about me, about others, and potentially about how the two mix. I’m actually pretty sure I’m not the only one since Facebook posts about someone’s Myers-Briggs always seems to pop up here and there and they become eventful threads.

I remember taking it in high school and thinking that ESTJ perfectly described me… and I remained an ESTJ through much of college (we took it again in Organizational Behavior, if I remember correctly). The %s of each dimension have changed over time (I’ve become less of an E, still a strong J) but the biggest change is that now, technically, I am an ESFJ. Strange! The ESTJ descriptions still super describe me, but more so in my professional/work life. The shift from T to F is probably driven by the fact that I answer some of the questions thinking of my personal life and relationships and those have dramatically changed over the past 10 years or so.

I know it’s not fair to clump people into these groups and make generalizations, but they serve their purpose. I know that I don’t love working with ENTJs (we have a lot of them at work…) and do like working with other ESFJs, but I think a lot of my friends outside of work are more Is and Ns… I think. Friends?

Want to take yours? This is the online test I default to–I’m partial to it because I don’t like having to write down your answers by hand. Once you get your %s, here’s a clever BuzzFeed article that classifies you as an animal (so cute–I’m an elephant (ESFJ) and honey bee (ESTJ)) and another that’s a little less cutesy, but equally interesting (I’m a Provider (ESFJ) and Supervisor (ESTJ)).

JT

16 Mar

Two months ago, Justin Timberlake took the world by storm with this video, revealing that more music was coming, after many, many years of waiting.

 

Since then, he’s been seriously a promotional marketing machine with impeccably timed releases of music (Suit & Tie and Mirrors, one of my absolute favorite songs in a long time), videos, album announcements, appearances at the Grammys, revealing his tour with Jay-Z, and in the past week–hosting SNL (5 timer’s club!) and a week’s worth of appearances on Jimmy Fallon that I am just catching up on. Seriously, how is he still standing??

My top two highlights from Jimmy Fallon were Justin singing a medley of his biggest hits (oh, Senorita!) and History of Rap 4 – this never gets old…

 

You better believe I’ll be at Target on Tuesday for my deluxe edition of the 20/20 Experience!

Stitch Fix Fix #1

16 Mar

If you haven’t already heard about StitchFix, boy, you’re in for a treat! Basically, you sign up, fill out your “style profile” with lots of info around your style and the clothes you like to wear, then pay a $20 styling fee to receive a “Fix,” which is basically a box with 5 items (clothing/jewelry) specifically picked out for you! You get to try them all on at home with other pieces you own, then pay for & keep what you want (the $20 styling fee also counts as credit toward anything you keep) and send back what you don’t want (shipping both ways is free). You can check out their website for a lot of the nitty gritty details around how it works, but a friend posted about StitchFix on Facebook, I saw their website, and I was sold!

I was waitlisted for a little bit, but got a happy email a couple days after their big series A funding announcement (here’s a great interview and article on TechCrunch) and got my first fix a week or two later. Without further adue… here was what was in my fix!

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Hello, fix! I love their branding and the personal touches (little note from my stylist, Jackie)

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Piece #1: Everly Mineh Cat Print Tab Sleeve Top ($58) – the print is SO cute and I wanted to like it, but it was a little too big/loose and wasn’t very flattering, and lastly, the color kind of washed me out. I’m also a little conflicted about the “trendiness” of the critter print–I typically want to buy pieces I’ll love and wear at least for a few years! In picture 3 – each garment has a tag with outfit ideas, which can be helpful for the fashion-challenged *raises hand*

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Piece #2: Kensie Lola Ankle Length Skinny Jeans ($88) – My stylist saw that I had pinned a pair of black jeans to my Pinterest (I provided the link with my “style profile”) and included these — they were SO comfy! My current black jeans are definitely ready looking a little worn and ready to be donated, but my higher priority is a pair of black cotton pants that can be worn both casual and dressy/professional, and these were a little too casual. Regardless, I serrrrriously considered keeping them and the big reason I didn’t was that they were a tad too small

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Piece #3: Very J Doreen French Terry Blazer ($78) – When I saw this in my box, I thought I’d HATE it, but putting it on, I liked it! It was super comfy/soft and Jackie made a note about how the light cotton blazer is a great piece for the spring-y weather coming up in LA. Didn’t keep it, though, because it was also a tad too small on the sleeves and bust (you can tell in the picture, I think).

Piece #4: Sweet Rain Cherry Hi-Low Racer Back Tank ($48) – I wanted to like this one (Super soft fabric and I don’t have any hi-low tops!), but it was a definite no for a few reasons: 1) too big 2) shapeless/made me look pregnant (ha) 3) wouldn’t spend this much on a tank top, I don’t think, unless I could wear it to work… and church… and out? Yep, this one is going back.

stitch5Piece #5 – 41Hawthorn Chevron Bangle Set ($38) – After realizing I wasn’t going to keep any of the other four pieces, I was SO tempted to keep this one, especially because of the $20 credit that you lose if you don’t spend it on this fix. I love that these bangles stack and I love the Chevron shape, buuuuuut ultimately decided against keeping them because they were just too big. Bangles are really hard for me to pull off because of my small wrists.

So, that was my first StitchFix fix! I was a little disappointed that I didn’t end up keeping anything (and “lost” the $20 credit), but to be fair, that $20 paid for a super fun experience and probably covered shipping both ways, right? After you try on everything, you check out online and you can give notes and feedback as to why you did or didn’t keep things. You can also request specific types of things, like if you’re going to a wedding and want all dresses, or something like that.

I already scheduled my next fix and am crossing my fingers that my stylist will be able to hook me up with something (or somethings!) that I keep! If I stick with the system long enough, one day I’ll end up keeping all 5 pieces and you get a 25% off discount. Woo!

If you’re interested in trying out StitchFix too, you can do that here! (Disclaimer: I’m using a referral link and would receive a $25 credit if you end up actually scheduling a fix)

Clorox Greenworks Commercial

16 Mar

This was the first longer than :05 commercial I’ve ever watched on YouTube, voluntarily. Good job, Clorox!

I see a lot of me (terrifyingly) in these women… that’s a bad sign right? When I recognize myself in obviously over-the-top parody commercials?