Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What I'm reading: November

Snore. This story tells the tale of a woman (I forgot her name...I was that bored) and what impact one decision would have on her life. It tells two parallel tales - one where she cheats on her husband, one where she doesn't. The man she has an affair with in one story plays snooker and you will want to throw the book out the window after 500 pages of snooker stories. Or maybe that's just me. 

Ok, I feel like I missed something reading this book. Like there was some forward that explained what the heck was going on, and my book didn't have it. Beyond being confused, I just didn't like the writing. There was a lot of backtracking, like "let me tell you something, but oh wait, I forgot to tell you the thing that happened first, ok now let's get back to what I really wanted to talk about..." Over and over. Not my best month for books. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

24 by 24

Inspired by posts such as this and this, and because I love lists and making goals, I've decided to make a mini life list to do by the time I'm 24. 

My 24x24:

1. Move out. Time to leave the nest (for real this time). 
2. Go to LACMA. I especially want to see their exhibit on European fashion and their outdoor Urban Light installation.
3. Donate my time or money to a good cause. 
4. Improve my mile time to 9:00 (currently clocking in around 9:45).
5. Go on a fabulous vacation.
6. Buy a quality pair of jeans.
7. Go kayaking.
8. Learn to cook something new. Thursdays are my night to cook around here, and my parents are getting a little tired of my standbys of pasta or breakfast for dinner. 
9. Have a technology-free day. No internet, no phone, no ipod, no tv. 
10. Go to a baseball game. I must admit baseball is not my favorite sport to watch, but going to games is so much better than watching them on tv.
11. Bake these.
12. Hike Half Dome
13. Deliver a really good maid of honor speech at my cousin's wedding. My dear cousin is getting married in February and I'm a little really nervous! Public speaking has never been my strong suit. 
14. Go to the FIDM museum. 
15. Have a picnic. 
16. See the World of Color at Disneyland. (Ok, confession, I saw this when I went to Disneyland on my birthday! When I made the list, I hadn't seen it. Does anyone else add anything to their to-do list simply for the satisfaction of crossing it off?)
17. Expand my brown bag lunch options. PB&J can only go so far. 
18. Get a massage. 
19. See a movie at our local theater that serves dinner and drinks. 
20. Have a totally lazy day. Stay in bed, read magazines, watch movies. No guilt.
21. Watch the first seasons of Mad Men, the Office and Big Bang Theory.
22. Learn more about Edith Head. Currently lusting after this.
23. Take a nice family photo.
24. Go to Vegas with my friends. This is becoming a yearly tradition for us. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Girl Crush: Rose Byrne


Ok, I'm gonna confess that I've never actually seen anything Rose Byrne has been in. Yet. But based on her style choices alone, I clearly need to familiarize myself. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lust List: Holiday 2010

Since my birthday is a mere week away (eek!) and Christmas will be coming up not too long after that, here is what I'm wishing for:

1. A wear-everywhere Fair Isle cardigan [Old Navy]
2. A classic leather jacket destined to be in my closet for years and years [Old Navy]
3. A swingy, 60's mini dress that would be perfect for New Year's Eve [Forever 21]
4. A Hepburn-esque little black dress [Anthropologie]
5. A trompe l'oeil jewelry box [Anthropologie]
6. A style book to add to my ever-growing collection [Amazon]

Friday, November 12, 2010

Paris vs NYC

Have you heard of this blog? They make impossibly cute prints all about two of the most amazing cities in the world. I want this one!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


[Image: Christie's]

Sketchs of Grace Kelly done by costume designer Edith Head. Those are two of my heroes! My birthday is coming up...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


So, after seeing this picture:

[Images: Women's Health (top), net-a-porter.com (bottom)]

I decided I needed this Elizabeth and James dress in my life. But if I'm being honest with myself, it's only because I want to twirl in it. 

Monday, November 8, 2010


[Images: weheartit]

I apologize for my lack of real posts lately, but I went out of the town this weekend (for an absolutely wonderful birthday getaway with some of my favorite girlies) and I barely made it through 2 hours of work before I went home sick. My body has been feeling of out whack lately, and it's really poor timing since now we are on the fast track to the holidays (and I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet). So, to make a short story long, all I have to offer you are a few pictures from one of my favorite old movies. Rome, I miss you. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy November!

[Image: gossipgirlfan.org]

Happy November my dears! It's my birthday month (and my blog's birthday month!). Coming up in the next few weeks: 

-my holiday lust list (mom, are you reading this?)
-what I've been reading
-my 24 x 24 list. On (or around) my birthday, I'm going to post my list of 24 things I want to achieve before I turn 24. Ideas?