"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

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Things that are awkward and those that are awesome

golden hour lighting
Bonjour kittens! I hope you are ready for a weekend, which is all yours to fill with lounging, brunches, cuddling, parties and the likes! Ah, glorious weekends. How will I be filling mine? With family time, baseball stadiums, running through cherry blossoms and indulging in a delicious post-race brunch with mes amis! Bliss, if I do say so myself. Et toi? 

So, I've been wanting to share some of the lovely awkward-filled moments that have occurred during my last few months as a fact checker, and I think there is no better time to share than AWKWARD AND AWESOME THURSDAY!! So enjoy the awkward life of a fact checker. You're welcome. 

The Awkwards (work edition)
-Asking the owner of a brewery if he served craft beer- a question that I thought was nearly rhetorical- and getting a very emphatic and offended-sounding NO!! Trying to figure out how I had offended said brewer, and repeating/rephrasing the question, and hearing a booming laugh on the other end of the phone. "Oh I thought you asked me if I served CRAP beer, and I thought that was just really rude!" Man, oh man, I don't even get the benefit of the doubt these days!
-Question to interviewee: Would you describe yourself as a shy, awkward child? Interviewee:....Um no? But thanks for telling me that someone else did...Yea, there isn't really a way to recover from that.
-Having to ask a man if he had started wearing a toupee in his 20s. Ok, so this wasn't one of my fact-checking awks, but it was awkward enough that its awkwardness seeped throughout the intern bubble and I just absorbed it right on up for my own purposes. That's called making lemonade out of some majorly awkward lemons.
-Apparently being five years old, and laughing uncontrollably asking a restaurant manager of a very fancy restaurant if he had a pianist. It gets worse. Having to hang up because I couldn't get the laughter under control, and then call back and blatantly lie, saying we had been disconnected. Yea, I don't think he bought it either. And I'm not sure he bought that I was indeed a 24 year-old-grown woman capable of not finding the word pianist funny.
-Being asked to call 16 different restaurants that pretty much all specialize in serving wings, and asking if they serve wings. No, not some kind of prank. Just my job. You know the waitress at Hooter's hung up and told her co-workers about the dum dum that had just called asking if Hooter's served wings!
*note: please don't take this as me not liking my job in any way, because I freaking love it! I actually think these moments make my days that much better!*
denim and lace
Denim dress (masquerading as a coat): Charlotte Russe, Lace dress (actually worn properly as a dress): Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Vintage (mumsicle's from the 80s) Necklace: Onyx Feather Belt:Urban Outfitters, Ring: gifted. 
golden hour lighting
So I made it home today just as the sun was setting, and this park near our apartment had a beautiful, clear view. It was just lovely! 
The Awesomes:
-The fact that I haven't worn tights a single day in March! Now, I have worn pants (which is kind of cheating) and there are days where I nearly froze my lil tooshie off waiting for the bus after work, BUT the  tights are retired for the reason (no ifs ands or buts) and that qualifies for an A-W-E-AWESOME!
-Shooting my first professional photography client! I met up with Jack and Sarah, friends of a friend, for a gorgeous cherry blossom inspired engagement session, and we had a blast! I absolutely adore meeting couples and working with them at a point in their relationship when they are so in love they can't even contain the giddy feelings. This couple was not only sweet and gorgeous, but also clearly head over heels in love, which made capturing moments of love that much easier :)
-Long, leisurely walks home from exercise classes. This would usually be something I despise, as I get bored so easily, but the amazing weather has just been calling my name to enjoy a stroll in DC. Last Friday I walked from Logan Circle after a barre class down to M St to meet friends for an amazing tapas dinner, and had a huge grin on my face the whole time. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, the people watching and the cool breeze. I also really enjoyed the stop at LOFT, and my new snake skin blouse! And last night I strolled home from another barre class along M st, and somehow wound up with a new black clutch. Perhaps I think these walks are awesome because they turn into shopping excursisons...
-Birthdays filled with an overload of pink presents, including these hot pink pants, and this stunning handmade necklace! Check out more of Sola's beautiful and socially responsible jewelry here. I have my eye on another one, and can't decide if a necklace truly is more important than food...
-My thighs burning when I sit down, and my abs aching when I laugh from all these ballet barre classes I've been trying out! If I keep this agony up, I'll have a washboard stomach by the time bikini season rolls around, right?? Note: The only acceptable answer to this question is a resounding without-a-pause yes. Thank you.

chambray and lace
The weather these past few weeks has been an itty bit bipolar. One day it is mid 80s, and the next, it is 30 when Im waiting for the bus. Today was manageable-mid 50s-and really only called for a light jacket. Since I didn't have any great options, I invented my own by using a chambray shirt dress that is currently missing a button and layering it over my favorite for-spring lace number. Belted it all together to keep my shape, added the punchy neon heels and voila! Outfit success. Added bonus: The coat added extra warmth inside our freezing office. win. 
tree poser
Man, oh man does someone need a haircut or what?? If you follow me on pinterest, you might notice that I want to change things up next time I head to the salon... Thoughts? 
So bellas, what do you have planned for this weekend? High doses of fabulousness, I assume. Any super duper awkward moments you care to share, besides the fact that you just heard me say super duper? Ignore the talking head. It knows not what it says. Except for when it says to have a fantastic weekend. Then it speaks the truth! 
onyx feather necklace
I am crazy about this necklace!! I had the pleasure of interviewing its maker, a few months ago, and have been obsessed with it ever since. Enter birthday present begging asking time! And my wonderful mumsicle came through, as always. Thanks mom!! And thanks to Sola for creating such beautiful work! 
mermaid's tears nail polish
Polish: OPI's Mermaid's Tears- reminds me of Tiffany blue though, and who wouldn't want to be reminded of that??

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The 24th anniversary of my second day on this planet...

...otherwise known as the day after my 24th birthday. Evening gals and happy first few days of spring to you! My week has been packed with goodness after goodness, so I think spring is off to a fantastic start. I think spring may be my favorite season (except I say that about every season, so take it with a grain of salt)The cherry blossoms are in full, beautiful bloom, it is light outside when I leave work (even when I pull later nights like tonight), I don't need to worry about a jacket and my birthday happens to be the first day of spring (some say March 20th, but I say March 21st!) And when you factor in that I got to attend my first Embassy event this week, and that it was a St Patty's Day celebration, we can basically suffice it to say, I'm a happy camper! Oh and did I mention what I came home to tonight after a really long day??

birthdayawesome roommate

Yea, that would be my room completely streamer-ified in birthday pink-ness thanks to my AMAZING, wonderful roommate! I don't know what I'm going to do without that girl when she leaves me to go get married and stuff. But not thinking about that! Combined with my family birthday dinner last night at a chocolate boutique (think chocolate in everything: chocolate steak sauce, chocolate mojitos and chocolate banana foster), it was quite he 24th birthday! Annnnnd I got a pair of hot pink jeans! So exciting! 

Speaking of colored jeans, I broke a fashion rule today and busted out my white denim today! Heck, the weather feels like post-memorial day already so I'll wear white after labor day if I wanna (kinda like its my party and I'll cry if I wanna). You'll have to excuse the terrible photos- it isn't the photog's fault. It's just what happens when I don't get home until after dark, love my outfit and think there is still time to photograph. Oh well, some days you just have to make a blog post out of crummy photos (again, kinda like making lemonade out of lemons- I'm just reinventing cliches all over the place today)! 
Abbey Road shot
Shirt: Kohl's (?), Jeans: Madewell, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: Forever 21, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
black checkers and white denim
It takes talent to look this down-town chic, baby doll. Actually, all it takes is a little pattern mixing, rule breaking and lounging, but don't say you heard it from me. 
downtown girl
I'm caaaaaarazy! 
bus stop chic
Try not to be distracted large-headed and very sad looking thermometer-wielding man in the backfground. Clearly we are taking about more important things here, people! Duh, clothes! 
headless photo
Ugh, so I had a long explanation for this pic, that got deleted, about how I spent money I shouldn't have on necklaces from Forever 21 but they make my old outfits feel new so really it was a good investment blah blah blah. Ok, now you are caught up! See I can summarize... sometimes. 
python shoes

statement necklace
The accessories were my favorite part of today's ensemble. Although the necklace stood out more in real life than it is in these photos. My bad. But the shoes are my latest love of life. They were a gift from the mumsicle and I am kind of obsessed. I can't wait to pair them with my new hot pink Rag & Bone jeans!!! Seriously, it is kind of sad how excited clothes can make me :) I realized how much of an effect the way I dress has on my overall confidence for the day though in the last few months. But that is for another post! Until later (god knows when it will be with my unreliable-ness these days), my loves! 


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: Misikko Hana Air Premier Hair Dryer

Hiya dolls! I hope wherever you are, you are experiencing this unexpectedly beautiful March weather! Today is a little gray, but overall the week has been amazing, and has left me craving out of the office moments as often as possible. And, yes, that may have included intern excursions to track down some fro-yo and food truck deliciousness. 

A few months ago, I was contacted by Misikko to review the Hana Air Premiere Hair Dryer. And let me tell you, it was what you call fortuitous timing, because my hair dryer had died that morning! I kid you not. So I was completely thrilled to be upgrading from my $30 target hair dryer (which had served me well) to an incredible, professional dryer that was receiving rave reviews throughout the blogosphere. What I wasn't anticipating was how quickly the dryer would arrive. They shipped the same day they contacted me, and it was waiting for me at home the next day! I was speechless.

But the true amazement was still to come. The next morning I got ready to embark on the 30 minute adventure that is drying my way-too-long hair; and that's not including the straightening process that follows to solve the static mess that is left after drying. Yet, after 10 minutes my hair was completely dry, shiny, and far less static-y than usual. I was thrilled! It wasn't a surprise after I did some research about the technicals of the dryer. With 2300 watts, pure tourmaline crystals, 2 adjustable fan speeds and 3 heat settings (plus a cold shot), your hair drying experience is quick, easy and virtually customizable. The 12' cord is an added bonus, as you don't have to play the lovely tug of war game with the outlet. Plus, Misikko is known for their superior customer service, which was evident not only b the speedy delivery but also by the exquisite packaging. Just look at all the goodies I received, including Paul Mitchell products (love) a heat proof pouch for your Chi Straightener and HANA shine shield thermal protectant. All in all, if you are looking for an upgrade, I highly recommend the Hana Air Premier Hair Dryer!

Hana Hair dryer
Adorable uniform packaging, and overflowing with goodies!
Hana hair dryer
The hair dryer itself is sleek and shiny- just as it will leave your hair. 
paul mithcell shampoo
This stuff is so awesome that it was stolen from me at the work gym! haha
Hana hair dryer
Yep, that is me. drying my hair. Notice the lack of frizz!
hana hair dryer
Without any straightening or product whatsoever! Including makeup on my face. Please excuse! Haha. 

Check back soon for an actual outfit post (gasp!)


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Disclaimer: This product was provided by Misikko for review.  As always, my opinions are honest and all mine. 
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