Archive | February, 2011

Snow Angels

9 Feb

You would think with the obscene amounts of snow blanketing the North East right now, I would be sick of snow. When it comes to snow shrinking the already skinny streets of the city and making them impossible to drive on and thus forcing me to add thirty minutes to my commute to ride public transportation, I am eager to book the next one-way flight to California and never look back. However, when it comes to my friends ski house and seeing all my besties from college, I’m super enthusiastic. (It’s anecdote time.) Ever since I turned thirteen, I have lied about my age. Always looking for ways to avoid maturity and growing up. I pledged my sorority when I was sophomore and half my pledge class was freshmen. Those are the people who became my best friends. This ended up making graduating, which is already traumatizing for someone who doesn’t believe is growing up, even harder. I was leaving behind most of best friends and venturing out into the scary “real world” all alone. I have now come to terms with the fact that they still get to live a care free lifestyle while I work 40 long hours a week. (Okay, anecdote over) This weekend I get to escape my reality. I will be building snow men, skiing, drinking hot chocolate by the fire (spiked with baileys), and making snow angels.

While beginning to pack for my fun filled weekend ahead, I made sure not to forget a few of my cold weather essentials. Growing up in New England you learn how to survive in the cold. Check out my mini cold weather survival guide below…

Redkin Outshine. Obsessed. I have used this for years to eliminate static in my hair during winter months. Static is not what it this product is marketed for but my hairdresser let me in on this secret. Put a small dot in your palm and rub through your hair. Poof. Static gone.

This isn’t just a necessity for winter, LypSyl is one of my necessities for life. At any given time I have about ten of them. In every bag, every coat, my desk, my car, etc. I’m addicted.

After going through an average of three rain boots each winter, I finally sprung for Hunter Boots. They are 100% worth the price. Bonus: you can get fleece inserts for the colder months!

 

With that sun glaring off the snow you are guaranteed to need sunglasses. You can never go wrong with classic Ray-Bans.

 

 

Things that make me happy today:

  1. Friends inviting me to their ski house
  2. Homemade Valentine’s Day baked goodies (I will be making some to bring this weekend)
  3. The iphone 4 on Verizon, should I upgrade to it?

“The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!” -Coco Chanel

8 Feb

If I could only choose one hobby for the rest of my life, I would have to choose shopping. Some people may argue that shopping is not a hobby but the way I shop, it is. I spend most of free time engaging in activities that are somehow related to fashion and shopping. Whether it is reading a magazine, browsing stores online, window shopping, or reading other blogs with fashion advice, it somehow just always consumes my life. I thought I had already learned about all of the “cool” places to go online for everything fashion. However, today I learned about a new amazing tool.  It is called Polyvore. You can shop on all your favorite sites and pull outfits together. (Added bonus: you can even add a Starbucks cup!) I find my style is often evolving so this is really fun to try different combination’s and experiment. Recently I have found myself being attracted to Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Free People, and Tory Burch. So here it is, my first attempt…

Pictured above: Kate Spade Earings, Tory Burch Shows, Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, Piperlime.com leggings, Free People Vest

 

Things that make me happy today:

  1. Annual Work Parties – Ours is tomorrow, that means half day!
  2. Home made sweets – Tonight I had some Saltine Chocolate Bark, yum.
  3. Yorkshire Terriers

Superbowl Sunday

7 Feb

I figured Superbowl Sunday was a perfect day to begin my blog since for the past four years it has a been a prominent day in my life and thus, is forcing me to reflect on my life. Besides the basics, I do not know much about football. I could name ten players, maybe. I have never really cared who was playing unless it was Patriots, my local team. Superbowl Sunday has been important to me for different reasons. I majored in Communications and I watched the Superbowl for the commercials. Always being focused on one day working in an Advertising Agency, analyzing the commercials was always a favorite assignment of mine.

This is my first Superbowl since graduating. Had you asked me one year ago what I would be doing with my life one year from that moment, I wouldn’t have guessed this reality that I am currently in. I thought I would be living in a converted brownstone, working at one of the top 3 Advertising Agencies, and have an exploding social calendar. I worked hard in school, had a bunch of internships, and networked according. While my life isn’t exactly as I had pictured it, it isn’t bad. I love where I live, I have a great first job, and my social calendar keeps my busy. There are just a few things I wish I had known. Looking back on the steps I took after graduation, there are many things I wish I had done differently. I wish there was a resource I could have gone to for information. A survival guide. While I do not have all the answers, I do have experience, stories, and advice.

This day makes me think about my chosen career path. Advertising is something I have always been passionate about, oddly, since a very young age. I never once questioned the drive I had towards achieving my goal of working for a big agency. I never once asked myself is this really want you want to do? Can you see your self doing this for the next million years. I loved all my advertising classes, why wouldn’t I love it as a job? While I still do enjoy advertising, and am currently enjoying these Superbowl ads, I have begun to rethink what I want with my life. What I truly enjoy. What I can see myself doing everyday for who knows how long. My conclusion: it is not advertising. I haven’t fully figured out what I want to do with my life, but I do feel I am getting closer to figuring it all out.

I never thought life post-grad would be this hard. I have never been more emotional, or broke. I have always made it a point to not wish time away, yet now, I find every Monday that I wish I could skip the week and get right to Friday. No one prepares you for this, at least I never got any advice about it.

Right now, I am not exactly sure what the point of this blog is, but I do know one thing, it is an outlet to keep me happy. It will be my domain to discuss and share everything and anything that makes me smile and helps me get myself through this weird emotional stage in my life. I hope it helps.

Things that make me happy today:

  1. Celtics games with the family
  2. Trader Joe’s Gnocchi
  3. My gold card from Starbucks (today I used my free drink!)
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