An Interview With My Husband (men say the darndest things)

interview with ryan

After seeing Maeg from The Modern Tulip post this fun and silly interview with her husband I just knew I had to participate.

I talk about my husband, Ryan a lot but we don’t really ever get to see things from his perspective that often. So today he’s getting his chance to shine by answering a few very important questions:

Me: What is the name of my blog?
Ryan: A Beautiful Little Adventure

Me: What do I typically write about?
Ryan:  Either food recipes or reflections on life

Me: What’s a popular fashion item for women right now?
Ryan:  Seriously? Um…Um…jeggings? (Barf Ryan) I have no idea. That’s what I see all the girls wearing in Center City Philadelphia all day. Isn’t that what they’re called? (let it be known that I do not own a pair of jeggings)

Me: Why do women go to the bathroom together?
Ryan: To talk and gossip 

Me: What do you know about Pinterest?
Ryan:  It’s a place where people post different idea about things, anything you can possibly think of is on there, like all the meals you cook for me or craft you want to do. 

Me: If you could have any job what would it be?
Ryan: A weather guy in California, because the majority of my job would be sitting outside saying, it’s sunny, it’s warm and they get paid a whole lot of money to be on TV for like a minute. And it’s one of the only professions that you can be absolutely wrong  but still keep your job. That or get paid to sleep all day. (wow he’s really thought this through)

Me: What about me?
Ryan: Most definitely a mom. Or  an author or the executive producer of Teen Mom 2. (I have no idea where the producer idea came from other than the fact that I love watching Teen Mom 2 haha)

Me: What’s the best place to shop for women?
Ryan:  J Crew outlet because the real store is too expensive. Also Old Navy because it’s affordable and you can’t go wrong with basic generic stuff.

Me: What does YOLO stand for?
Ryan:  You only live once.

Me: What About OOTD?
Ryan: Am I supposed to know this?  I have absolutely no idea.

Me: What is our favorite thing to do together?
Ryan: Go on long weekends or day trips. 

Me: What do I do when I’m home alone?
Ryan:  Cook, watch all the girl TV shows that I don’t like to watch. Clean. Blog. 

Me: What is my favorite activity?
Ryan: Reading

Me: What do women keep in their purse?
Ryan: wallet, receipts, tampons, little make up things, pepto bismal, sunglasses, endless pit of other stuff

Me: And what do you do when you’re home alone?
Ryan: Go CRAZY! No. I watch tv shows like The West Wing and The Wire and Family Guy, pick up around the house, and sleep. 

Me: What’s my favorite accessory?
Ryan: Big necklaces and bangles. 

Me: What celebrity would you let me have a free pass with?
Ryan: Leonardo DiCaprio because I know how much you love him, maybe that will help him win an Oscar. (Too cute Ryan, too cute)

Me: What celebrity would you like to have a free pass with?
Ryan: Crap now I have to think of one. Jennifer Anniston. (This kind of shocks me)

Me: What’s an acceptable amount to spend on a makeup item?
Ryan: $10. (yikes, don’t look at my Sephora bills!)

Me: What’s an acceptable amount to spend on a dress?
Ryan: $200. (Wow, good to know! Let is be known that the only dresses I’ve bought over $150 were for wedding related events. After I told him that he said, “I take it back! I take it back!”)

Me: What is your favorite trait about me, not physical?
Ryan: I love that you’re always optimistic and that you’re always reminding me that life is an adventure and to not let the bad overwhelm me and to not lose sight of the big picture.

Me: What’s my favorite TV show?
Ryan: Gilmore Girls (Cute that’s one of my top 3! I didn’t even know he knew about it)

Me: Who is a current celebrity “it” couple?   
Ryan: Um. No clue. Can I flip through one of your US Weeklys quick? Um…is Selena Gomez seeing someone these days? (he starts flipping through an Us Weekly) Oh! I got it! Kim and Kanye! (I guess he doesn’t listen when I blabber about this stuff)

Me: Anything else you’d like to say?
Ryan:  Sorry, what? (he was busy still flipping through the Us Weekly) Look it’s Taylor Swift taking her Scottish fold cat out in NYC. (Blank stare) I know how much you love Taylor, so i thought i’d tell you. Is that all the questions? 

xoxo Katie

Passing Notes – blast from the past

high school notes

Confession: I am a hoarder. I keep EVERYTHING. I have boxes of old school papers, notebooks, ticket stubs, toys, cell phones, printed out emails, programs, brochures, gift bags etc.

Last night I came across a dusty shoe box (which used to contain Mia platform sandles circa 1997) stock full of middle school and high school notes. I lost myself for a good hour, pouring over the thoughts of 14-year-old Katie and her bff Kay (who still is my bff which makes it all the more fun!). We were huge boy crazy dorks. Some days we passed at least 4 notes to each other. We kept each other sane during our freshman year of high school when hormones were high and we were desperate for boyfriends.

This blast from the past got me thinking about “today’s youth” (oh god I sound OLD!). In 1998 we teenagers didn’t have cell phones. We didn’t have texting, facebook, twitter, instgram, or snap chat. We relied on good old paper and pencil and sly ways to pass paper to one another during and between classes.

Nowadays, kids can type as many text messages as they want, developing a good back and forth banter. With notes, you had to think out how you were going to use that one piece of paper, what important things did you have to share? What couldn’t wait until the end of the day? Hand written notes have more value and more permanence. I can positively say that in 15 years I will not be going back and looking at old text messages the same way I browsed through notes from 15 plus years ago.

So I’m here to see what being a High School Freshman was like. The year was 1998 – Leonardo DiCaprio was the king of the world, skater culture ruled, the members of Weezer were our idols, boys were mystical creatures, and no one understood us.

Most notes were intricately folded. They are full of code names for boys. Half the time I have no idea what we are talking about. Here is one of my favorite finds. Turns out we were pretty mean and terrible girls!

high school notes

 So poor Kay thought she’d fail science (even though she currently has a 93%) and then suggested that we stage a fight so that we scare the freshman next year? (we so couldn’t wait to be sophomores). I also love that it is written to “Kate”. There was a time that I thought “Kate” sounded SO much more sophisticated then “Katie”.

Don’t worry – we never staged a fight. We actually took freshman “under our wings” that following year. Look forward to more freshman girl insight next week!

xoxo Katie


Five Friday Favorites, Fashion Fails – October 4, 2013

Five Friday Favorites

Because I am bogged down with allergies I’m making this post short and sweet.

Here are 5 Fashion Trends that we really must dispense of immediately:


Graphic Leggings


The ones in the first photo make me feel like I’m looking into one of those crazy drawings. The ones that if you stare at it long enough a crazy face appears. No need to draw extra attention to your cellulite ladies.

graphic leggings


Platform Shoes

Like these from Chanel Resort 2013. Who is real life if buying these? I don’t know. I just don’t know.



Excess of Sheer

In a constant debate over whether or not you should show more skin? Just wear sheer! There has been an excess of sheer lately, the long sheer skirts make me the most uncomfortable. Also, am I the only one that excessively sweats when wearing sheer fabric? Gross.

This just looks like Spanx covered in tulle. Granny panties don’t even look good on Julianne Hough. Jenny Packham, You’ve disppapointed me.

sheer dress


Crop Tops

These only look good on anorexic 16 year-olds. Please make it stop!

crop tops


Harem Pants

No No No. Who looks attractive in these? They look like something I’d find deep in the Halloween costume box in my parent’s basement. To me, this would be the same as wearing your printed pajama pants out.  DOUBLE fail as these harem pants are worn with a crop top! Also, whenever I wear hats I feel like I’m playing dress up.

harem pants

Have a nice weekend!

xoxo katie