"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fashionable Giving: The return!

Morning kittens! Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!! Sorry for the over zealous excitement, but tomorrow just so happens to be my favorite day of the year. To me, it beats Christmas hands down, because family and friends gather together and take time to be thankful, and there isn't any exchange of material goods involved. Now don't get me wrong, I love me some Christmas more than most, but Turkey Day has always held this special place in my heart! I'll be starting the festivities with a fun, easy Turkey Trot 5K to benefit the homeless, alongside my brother and best friends! I can't think of a better way to kick off the holiday. Oh, and while we are on the topic of running, (I know, again) I have decided to spare you all from listening to my rants/raves about running time and time again by creating a running blog! If you have any interest in running/ hearing about my adventures into the running world, check it out: http://laurasrunningjourney.blogspot.com/

Now onto the purpose of this post! As the title would indicate, it is that time of year again to start thinking about gift giving! Back by popular demand (don't you love how I think I am just so popular :)) I will be presenting 10 different Fashionable Giving gift guides starting Dec. 1! I will be doing it similarly to last year's guides, with several items listed in a variety of price ranges. So far, I have 8 categories that have either been suggested or were the product of my late night brainstorms. I'd love your input in selecting the last two. I'll list the current 8 below, and please leave comments, tweet me, facebook me or use any other means of communciation you know of (telepathy anyone?) to let me know what other types of gift guides you would like to be covered. Thanks guys!!

1. Grandparents
2. Empty Nesters
3.Travel Enthusiasts
4. Shutter Bugs (aka photographers)
5. Comedians
6. New Home Owners
7. Tailgating Kings (and Queens)
8. Hostess with the Mostess
9. UP TO YOU :)

Oh and if you are curious to check out last year's guides, you can click on the links below! Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey!) eating people!!

The Newlyweds, The New Parents, The Sports Addict, The Cusine Queen, The College Kid, The Friend with Everything!


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Confessions of a newbie runner

Salut babes! I hope you all enjoyed every last ounce of weekend-ness, and that maybe you are able to coast on through this Monday on leftover weekend-gloriousness-fumes! I am actually not sure that sentence even made sense in the slightest, but you know what? I am starting to think that half the sentences that appear on this little diddy don't make sense. So I guess it is safe to assume that if you are still here, putting up with me, you have developed some sort of Laura crazy-rambles tolerance. Mad props to you if you have achieved that feat. My family and friends would probably love lessons if you are up for it.

Well, my weekend was a blast but it made me feel so old!! I road tripped down to my alma mater, with roommate and another good friend, so we could celebrate a 21st birthday. That alone made me feel old. But the next day when I felt like a train had hit me the night before, until about 3 pm in the afternoon, and I saw all my college friends bouncing around seemingly fine, I felt about 108. Needless to say I was asleep Saturday night by like midnight, and wished it had been earlier. Like I said, old. I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself the next morning though, because I did 3 of my least favorite things: I set an alarm on the weekend, I woke up early while on vacation and I went for a morning run. All three are things I dislike individually, but when combined you get a really cranky Laura.

Roommate and I are at the tail end of training for the DC Hot Chocolate 15k, and we had our last big run before the race this weekend: 8 miles. But roommate and I both agreed we wanted to push for 9 if we could. Honestly, the farthest I had gone at this point was 6.5 miles, but for some reason I didn't think 9 would be that different. I had been able to do 6.5 several times with little to no pain or sturggle. And true to form, I felt pretty good until around mile 5. Getting to six was a slight struggle but nothing unbearable, and we decided to use our Gu at mile 6. It was my first Gu experience, and it wasn't as bad as I expected. The taste was actually decent, and the consistency wasn't as strange as I expected. The Gu made mile 6 fly by, and 7 was fairly decent. Then all of the sudden at mile 8, from my hips down felt like lead attachments, and I wasn't sure I could keep my legs moving. And let me just say, I know that 9 miles is a breeze for real runners. Which is exactly why I still don't call myself a runner. I am still learning and certain things are more of a struggle for me than I expect. 9 miles was definitely one of them. I felt awful, and if roommate hadn't been there encouraging me to keep running, I probably would have quit and walked the finish. So big thanks to roommate for motivating me to go until we hit that 9! I am proud of us for not walking, and I know we are going to rock the 15k in 2 weeks!! I may be really sore today, and hobbling around the office but that feeling of accomplishment right after you run farther than you ever have is unbeatable!

I actually don't even have photos for you today. And there is definitely no fashion going on up in here, so I don't really know what to tell you. Hopefully my little "running is still hard rant" will suffice for today, and I know I will have plenty of fun photos for you later this week as family and friends start to arrive for Turkey Day!! Until then, stay fashionable loves.


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Loving me some awk and awes!

Aloha ahiahi! Today I am declaring it "National Speak like a Hawaiian Day." You were unaware that I had such power? Then you clearly have not been reading this little space in the blogosphere as I have previously given you International Talk like a Pirate Day and Cowboy Day! But seeing as it has been months since we have played, I decided to reinstate the games! And since aloha is one of my all time favorite words, Hawaiian Day was a perfect fit. 

And you know what other game we have not played in far too long? The beloved little jeu where I share moments that are so uncomfortable that you just have to chuckle. And the times that are so wonderful you can't stop from smiling. Yes, you know what I am talking about: awkward and awesome Thursday!! The prodigal post has returned!! 
DC fashion week
Blazer: Shock Boutique, Tank: Banana Republic, Shorts: BCBG, Shoes: Kohl's, Ring: Grandmother's vintage, Earrings: Forever 21, Watch/Purse: Michael Kors, Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo
-The lovely awkward-moment-inducing Eli (my pup for those just tuning in) hates walking up the stairs after a walk while still on his leash. And he is so good about just running about the stairs and sitting outside the door until I get there that I let him off the leash as soon as we are in the apartment. But last week when I let him off the leash he sprinted upstairs and I knew something wasn't right. So I hustled after him, but when I got upstairs he was not sitting outside of our door. Instead he was INSIDE.... of our neighbor's apartment. Yep, my dog invited himself in to a neighbor's home, that I don't know at all. And of course I had to go in to retrieve said mischievous pup. Thanks, dude, thanks.
-Remember my friend "Sheila" who so graciously allowed me to utilize her awkward non-date mishap on the blog? Of course you do because Sheila is A-W-E-AWESOME! Well, in keeping with her total awesomeness she has allowed me to share more of the awkwardness from her life. Well Sheila is a reporter for a paper (like how vague I am) and the other day she was sent to cover a funeral. She dressed appropriately for the occasion in a classy and demure black dress. The photographer that accompanied her on the outing was known for being creeptastic, and the moment she steps out of the car he decides to be totally inappropro and whistle incredibly loudly. As if that wasn't bad enough, at a FUNERAL, for pete's sake, he follows the whistle up with "Damn girl, you look gooood. Look at you working the black dress!!" Poor Sheila was mortified by creeptastic photographer's outburst and tried to slink away into the onlooking crowd. Sheila, I just want to apologize on behalf of all women who have ever been embarrassed by the insanely poorly-timed comments of creepsters. We feel your pain Sheila!
-How Christmas starts earlier and earlier every year. Now, I love me some Christmas more than most, BUT it is not appropriate to decorate/listen to christmas music/watch christmas movies until Thanksgiving evening people!! That is the law, as decreed by roommate and myself. Yes, we are a very bossy household. (Addition: Roommate's coworker supports our decree, and he is from a different generation therefore we are indeed correct.)
blazer and shorts
Considering this was my outfit for DC Fashion Week, I'd say I am way behind. Thus, why I am wearing shorts. 
-Making a very exciting decision for plans in 2012!! Want to hear more?? Oh come on, I know you are hanging on my every word in anticipation :) So... I have decided.... to open a.... PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS!!! :) :) Sorry, but I literally can't contain my excitement. I never imagined myself as anything more than a hobby photographer, but the more I shoot, the more I fall in love with the sensation of turning moments into memories with my camera. I can't get enough of the smiles on my subject's faces when they see their images and I can't wait to have the opportunity to make a living doing something i am passionate about.
-Running in the National Race to End Women's Cancer last weekend! Not only did I have my best race to date (and I actually loved EVERY minute of it), but I got to run with two awesome ladies who pushed me and I had an incredible view of the Capitol for a large portion of the race. Oh and we refueled post-race with a delicious brunch from Gordon Biersch! A truly wonderful morning :)
-Starting the planning for my book!! Yes, I am keeping myself awfully busy lately and I love it! I don't want to release too many details about the book yet, but you will definitely be hearing more soon!
-Having a crush. It is just the most exhilarating feeling to have an actual legit crush after YEARS of barely more than a slight inkling of interest in a guy. Now, if he turns out to indeed crush me, I might recant this statement. But until then I will continue to live in 6th grade girl la-la-land, where I am quite content to dream about our (currently non-existent) future and doodle his name everywhere. Ok, so maybe I'm not doing the second one.... yet.
-And I absolutely must give a shout out to the Awkward and Awesome Queen herself, Miss Sydney, and say a big congratulations on giving birth to the cutest, most perfect looking little babe ever!! I hope you are enjoying every new exciting moment with little Ever, and I am REALLY loving the guest post series right now!! It just makes me even more excited to one day be a mama!!  
pink blazer, lace tee and shorts
I have never been sure of how to pull off the blazer and shorts look, so I was quite pleased with this outfit when it came together. 
nail trends
I am not usually very adventurous when it comes to my nails, but i was feeling particularly daring that night and decided to test out the one tipped nail trend. I intended for the polish to just be a light silver sparkle, but it ended up as a dark silver opaque color. I like things to be consistent, so this look was a little offsetting to me. But, I enjoyed mixing things up!
Ok, dolls, I hope you all can get a little laugh or smile out of these moments, and that your weekends are tres bien! I shall see you wiki wiki :)

Aloha nui loa!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Baseball style

Greetings chicas! I hope you are all staying warm and cuddled up as we have officially entered the season of unpredictable, ever-changing temperatures. We went from 68 last Friday, to having SNOW and sleeting rain on Saturday. Craziness! Never thought we would say a white Halloween...

So I am not even going to bother with my usual "I'm back!" and "I'm here to stay" and "I'm so sorry I left, but I'll never do it again" speech because I fear I have lost all credibility on that front due to my frequent and repeated absences. :( I do sincerely apologize, and hope to be back to normal one day soon. I never would have guessed that unemployment could keep me so busy! Between freelancing as much as I can (need to make that moolah somehow!) and job searching/writing cover letters 24-7, while still trying to be a good puppy mom/roommate/daughter/friend, I have been utterly overwhelmed, and if we are being perfectly honest, stressed! I have always tried to keep this blog an upbeat place free of complaints, and I intend to keep it that way, but just bear with me as I work through a fairly un-fun time of my life.

Moving on, I have taken several sets of outfit photos that I have been meaning to share! Today's is rather late, considering baseball season has come and gone, but humor me and pretend that talking about what to wear to a baseball game is still relevant, won't you? You dolls really are the bestest. Oh, and the funny faces are my way of saying "Thanks for sticking around, and reading my crazy ramblings :)"

baseball outfit
Shirt: Dick's sporting goods, Jeans: Levi's via Kohl's, Boots: Steven Madden, Watch: Michael Kors, Ring: Amrita Singh, Earrings: Gifted
No, I am not asking you to eye my chest. I was trying to call attention to the fact that my FAVORITE mlb pitcher was back!! Strasburg looked great that night, too. 
baseball pitcher
And here's where I get goofy... pretending to pitch. 
baseball style
Winding up... I hear it is all in the legs.
baseball dressing
And release!

My baby brother is a college baseball pitcher, so everything I know I learned from him. And I am totally aware that I have impeccable pitching form. I'm thinking of taking my skills professional. 
jump for joy
Jumping for joy that I get to watch Strasburg pitch. Or maybe it was jumping for joy for $1 hotdog night?? Either way, I jumped! 
leather jacket
September evenings in DC call for more than a tshirt. Enter my favorite leather jacket. 
pop that collar
I believe this was supposed to be my "Ya I'm cool" shot....
So you can't really tell but roommate did the ponytail with hair wrapped around the hair-tie look for me. All I see is hair that was desperately in ned of a good cut! 
I wish you all an excellent weekend, and hope that you will hear from me again before December. But looking at my track record as of late, I make no promises.


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