Friday, December 31, 2010

Datey date date

A few of you have asked for details about my recent dates.  I have this weird sense that I shouldn't tell you guys too much until I know if it's serious.   Like I'm a divorced mom and you're my kids that I don't want to get attached to potential beaus before they check out.  But that's silly.  And it's a good story, so here goes....
This photo is not from my date night but it's essentially the same outfit so....

First off, it was way cool of him to ask me if I had any dietary restrictions (which I do, being a vegetarian and all).  Even cooler was that he then took me out for sausages.  Yes, sausages. Apparently he knew about a restaurant that makes amazing vegetarian sausages.  Let me tell you, it's a MAJOR plus to find someone who doesn't go, "Oh... vegetarian?  That means, like, you only eat lettuce, right?"  Secondly, despite it being a chilly night in the city, he took me out for ice cream after.  Not only do I not have any problems eating hot food in hot weather or cold food in cold weather, I actually like ice cream when it's cold out.  So, all around good date #1.  

For the second date, I took him to sushi.  He ordered all vegetarian so we could share (swoon).  Afterwards, we went to this cool saloon-y place I'd be wanting to check out for months (but not by myself).  We played went through all of the songs on the jukebox, sharing our pasts through the music that defined it and singing along to our selections.  Good date #2. 
I like what I know of him so far, but I don't know much after two dates so I'm trying very hard to keep a level head about it.  It's just so fun to have a crush! :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I.R.L.O.P.

That's in real life on purpose.  So I've met a blogger I followed and met a blogger who read my blog but never purposely met a blogger, let alone one who I both followed and was followed by.  Got it?
A few days ago, I got to finally hang out with the lovely Katie (formerly of Life Of Piefairy and currently of Doctors Terry).  Katie kindly played hostess and showed me around Berkeley.  We ended up going to Buffalo Exchange and both had success with acquiring some items for Winter Fashion Week. :)

It was a lot of fun to meet a fellow blogger but what a weird situation!  It felt like a cross between a blind-date, a job interview and a brush with a celebrity.  I found myself stressing the night before about what to wear (normally, when meeting someone new, they have no idea of what outfits I've worn before), knowing odd little facts about this person without a unified whole and composing what to write about the meeting in my head afterwards.  Haha!  But in all seriousness, Katie was everything you would have expected and hoped she would be from reading her blog- smart, interesting and beautiful.  Just look at how darling she is in this alice-in-wonderland dress she tried on...

(I wish I had my other lens so you 
could see the whole dress but it 
was missing that day)

Afterwards, I dashed off for cappuccinos with another Berkeley-ite and then dinner with my mom, brother, step-dad and the littles.  All in all, a wonderful day.

How's your Christmas break going?  Or are you already back to the grind?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


I'm 50% deeply ashamed and 50% incredibly proud of myself... Anticipating the temporary closure of all my caffeine suppliers on this most merry of Christmases, I got myself an extra latte yesterday and fridged it.  Is it horrible that I'm addicted to caffeine and that regular coffee gives me a awful stomach-ache?  Indubitably.  But as I sit here sipping my warm, delicious latte, I have no regrets.

This is what I'm wearing to go visit my family in Petaluma.
dress - charlotte russe
tights - target
boots - aldo
shirt - h&m
flower - h&m
This is my dad playing with his new toy....
I'm sure there will be many more photos yet to come.
Merry Christmas everyone! What are your holiday plans today?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Whew!

What a whirlwind the past few days have been!  I worked until Wednesday evening, then on Thursday morning I killed two birds with one stone by combining a family friend's very generous offer to teach Dad and I portrait lighting techniques with an old schoolmate's request for headshots.  She modeled, Dad and I learned, it was fantastic.  Here are some outtakes (there will be definitely be more when I get time to go through them).

Yesterday evening was date #2.  This is what I wore.
Weirdly, our waitress and I kinda matched...

I did not have access to my computer for much of today... such a weird feeling.  I wasn't as productive craft-wise as I would've thought internet deprivation would make me buuuut, I don't feel THAT bad for having a lazy day. ;) And I mean SUPER lazy.  I may or may not have stayed in my pajamas and watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  Twice. In a row.
I'll never tell.
(Photo credit: all photos of me were taken by my dad)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My weekend in pictures

Thursday night (hey, Thursday is almost the weekend right?), I made dinner for my dear friend.  This is what we ate:
It's one of my recent creations.

Friday morning, I had a meet-and-greet interview-y thing for graduate school.  Nothing super official but definitely important for my future.  This is what I wore...
dress - h&m
tights - gap
shoes - target
flower - f21
Friday evening was our company's holiday party.  I wore the yellow dress from a few posts back.  I loved ALL your suggestions, especially Deborah's idea to have a sparkly sash.  Unfortunately, the yellow sash was built in and I did not have time to find sparkly material but I ended up going with maroon tights and was quite happy with the result.  However, I don't have an outfit photo where I didn't look like a goon, so no pictures for you guys.  Sawwy.

On Saturday, I went to my friend's fancy christmas cocktail party.  This is what I wore.
dress - h&m
tights - target
shoes - target
jacket - charlotte russe
flower- f21
 (Proooobably could've used some ironing but it didn't 
look so bad when there wasn't a camera flash on it....)

Today, I got to see one of my very best friends and meet his new, wonderful boyfriend. 

And.... Tomorrow, I have a date! 
***Squeal***

I hope you guys had a great weekend too! What did you do?
Photo cred: Thanks to Steven, Brutharrr and Dad for taking these pictures!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Help!

I found this dress at a thrift store (score!) and want to wear it to my work's holiday party tomorrow but would like to make it more Christmas/winter like... Any suggestions?  Someone told me I add a tiny shrug or jacket.

What do you guys think?

*****EDIT******: Thanks for your suggestions so far!!! Keep 'em coming.  I specifically need help on the color.  With most dresses, I throw on black tights and black shoes.  But if I did that here, I'd look like a bumble bee!  What color tights/shrug/cardigan/tiny jacket/scarf, etc would go with yellow?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dirty Hair Halo

I stumbed upon Shannon's blog, Dirty Hair Halo the other day and was floored by this post-Thanksgiving outfit.  

I know, right!? She's got style....

Anyways, I just HAD to recreate it....

I don't know what's happening with my hair there but speaking of things that are weird... Dear California winter, you look like fall.

P.S. These photos were taken by my dad, who I'm sure would want me to say that he got plenty of non-blown-out shots.  I just happened to like the look of some of the ones that were tests.
P. P.S. SEVEN APPS DOWN, ONE TO GO!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I love you Mr. Internets

Today, I got recognized.  From this blog.  It was absolutely surreal.  And here I thought it was strange enough when I recognized someone else.  Apparently, this friend and follower of Chelsea (from Three Birds) works down the street from me (and must be very good with faces)!

World wide web magic #2: Back in high school- the heyday of my thrifting- my favorite things to find were the ones that people may or may not have meant to give away.... scrapbooks and wallets and the like.  I always pictured finding these people to return what I assumed were very misplaced treasures (there were tears and hugs involved).  BUT, this was back in the day when the computer was known as TheMachineThatMakesMyHomeworkNeater.
So, as I was digging through my treasure chest this weekend, I came across one such wallet and it (finally) occurred to me that I could use good ol' facebook to track down this mysterious stranger.  A few messages back and forth and now the wallet will be reunited with it's long lost owner.

Pretty nifty, Mr. Internets... pretty nifty.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bachelor Omelettes


Coincidentally, I came across compost cookies today, which bear a striking resemblance to my bachelor-omelettes. 

Oddly, only of the ingredients listed above was a mistake and it just happens to be a purposeful addition to the cookies...
 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Too much information

It's been one of those weeks--- Ah, who am I kidding, TWO weeks--- where groceries, laundry and bathing get put on the back burner.  T.M.I.? Probably so. 
'Why?' you might ask (if this were an actual conversation instead of just me talking at you).

GRE.  

Applications.  

Abstract. 
Three little words, three massive time suckers.  With the GRE over, my attention shifted to turning in the first round of apps and submitting my very first abstract!!!
If you're fortunate enough to not be indoctrinated into academia jargon (just kidding, I love you science.  We're cool, right?), an abstract is a brief summary of a scientific paper.  Or, in my case, the gist of what I intend to talk about at an upcoming conference (which will ultimately be made into my first published paper).  How exciting is that?!  (Now, when do I actually start feeling like a scientist? Anyone?)

In other cool news, yesterday I won something!  A $100 gift basket from this store near my work.  A vitamin store... Hahaha! Now I gotta get sick so I can enjoy it!
Though, after the go-go-go pace of the past month, I have a feeling that wont be a problem....

(I slept so hard last night, I bruised my face with my hand). 

Annnd, last but certainly not least of the good newses, my brother's December mix is up!  I've been rockin' it at work (cuz he burns a copy and mails it to anyone who wants it FOR FREE).