What’s New? Happy Hour Talk

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We’re starting to get into winter hibernation mood. Tons of blankets, Christmas music, and cuddles over here. 

Raise your hand if you’re glad it’s Friday. Dumb question. 

This has felt like a very long week. The last week before the Holiday season REALLY begins. I’m anxious for a three-day work week next week followed by Thanksgiving and then everything Christmas. I’m ready for everything merry and bright and eating and drinking everything. 

It’s been awhile since I popped on here to tell you what’s new with me and what’s going on in my head. So if we were to get together for happy hour today this is what you’d hear from me:

  • Do you know why/how do women work out at the gym with their hair down? Seriously, I start sweating like crazy after jogging for 3 minutes and the woman next to me is smiling and has her hair blowing and bouncing behind her like she’s in a tampon commercial. 
  • How is it possible that my body forgets what the cold feels like. Every year? It’s been the coldest winter in my neck of the woods in 55 years. It felt like 9 degrees the other morning. It’s only November. I forget what it feels like to be hot now. 
  • Did you know that I’m secretly a 16-year old girl? Last week my best friend and I secured tickets to go to our third Taylor Swift concert this June and last night I attended the Hunger Games premiere. It was very very good, very intense. I’m glad they broke up into two parts to drag it out. 

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  • One of my dear friends is moving this weekend. So this past Tuesday we do what we do best, drank cosmos, champagne, and shots of tuaca, ate a bunch of comfort food and talked for hours. Bittersweet. It’s so hard to make new friends as an adult and she is one that I made only four years ago. New Jersey isn’t too far away though!
  • Speaking of champagne; when I went to the liquor store to pick up some regular old $7.99 Cooks champagne I  was very excited to see a basket up by the register displaying a $29.99 bottle of champagne for only $9.99. Of course I put the bottle of Cooks back on the shelf and came home with the more expensive option. I felt so fancy. But upon drinking it my friend and I both agreed we couldn’t taste a difference between the more expensive bottle and the budget friendly cheaper options like Cooks or Yellowtail. What is you experience?
  • I go through bouts where I want to get rid of everything in my closet except for my current favorites and most worn pieces. Simplify. But then a few days later I have the urge to buy buy buy. 
  • This weekend we are going to visit an Alpaca farm this is about 4 minutes from our house. I’m more excited than I should be. 
  • I’m almost all done Christmas shopping! I’m sorry if that sounds like a humble brag, but I’m proud of myself for spreading out the shopping this year, it really helped the budget, not having to buy everything in one month. 
  • I’ve been gradually going darker with my hair color. Since college I have been very very blonde and I’m starting to add in some more low lights and go a little bit darker. I like it!

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  • I’m so happy that legging and baggy sweaters are in style this year. It’s so easy to throw on and I can hide whatever I want under my sweater (like a few extra pounds from the holidays)
  • I need mascara recommendations. I used to wear Dior black out, but then didn’t feel like paying $25 for mascara anymore. I switched to Maybelline Rocket Volume Express and hate it. After a hour or two it just turns into black rubbery tubes that cover my lashes and glumps them all together. What mascara that is budget friendly ($15 or less) do you LOVE?

Well that’s all that is new with me. What about you? What have you been up to?

Jennifer Lawrence Love Fest

I have one thing on my mind right now and that is how I’m going to be seeing Catching Fire in a few hours.

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I like to make a point to go to the midnight premieres of fun movies – just makes it more of a celebration – an event. We all know how much I love celebrating everything I possibly can! But, I’ve been feeling old lately and when my friend Ashley and I went to go buy our tickets back in September, I was SO HAPPY that they also had an 8 p.m. showing tonight, before it is “officially” released nationwide tomorrow.

This  means I can get home and into my PJ’s and get all snuggled up at a reasonable hour. It also means I won’t only get a few hours of sleep and have a very long Friday at work.

So, like every other woman in America I LOVE Jennifer Lawrence. I thought she was amazing in Winter’s Bone, rocks it out in Hunger Games, and stole my heart in Silver Lining’s Playbook. In spite of being in a blockbuster trilogy and winning an Oscar she appears to be so down to earth, funny, and NORMAL. I have no doubt in my mind that if she was my next door neighbor we’d be best friends.

I would love to sit around in sweats all day with her eating cheesy fries and watching reality TV.

I also love the fact that she’d probably roll her eyes at what I just said.

There are countless articles, buzzfeed lists, and gifs out there highlighting the hilarity of Jennifer Lawrence. She just keeps the funny coming! I feel the more famous she becomes, the harder she tries to make sure her “real” self is shining through.

So, today, I’m simply sharing some of my favorite JLaw quotes and gifs because she is just so fun and real. See you tonight girl!

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On making movies: “Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.'” – Vanity Fair

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 “If I don’t have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on.” – Glamour magazine

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I too plan my days around my meals. “What is for dinner?” is my first thought after finishing lunch.

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On the contents of her Oscars purse: “Candy, almonds, my phone, a Baby Ruth, Laffy Taffy.”

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Woody Harrelson, recalls his first meeting with the actress for the mag: “I was on my bus, and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody, I’m J– is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.”

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On an early Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot: “None of my pictures ended up getting used, and when my dad called to ask why, they sent over the negatives — like, here’s why! All the other girls are looking cute, modeling while playing football, and my face is bright red, my nostrils are flared, and I’m mid-leap, about to tackle this girl, like, ‘Rahhrrr!’ I’m not even looking at the camera. The other girls were like, ‘Get her away from me!’” 

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On red carpet appearances:“It’s so scary. And then I end up getting so nervous that I get like [I am] now. I get really hyper. [Squeals.] So then I go in interviews and I’m like, ‘I’m like a chihuahua! I’m shaking and peeing!’ And then afterwards, I’m like, ‘I just talked about peeing on the red carpet.’”

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 “We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing,” she explained. “Girls see enough of this body that we’ll never be able to obtain . . . It’s an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry. And also, I think, it’s better to look strong and healthy. I feel like somebody like Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn’t really be scary.”

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Don’t you go changing! 

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xoxo katie

Five Friday Favorites – 5 Things That Made Me Feel Old

Five Friday Favorites The weight of my thirty years felt a little heavier this week.

Sure little things make me feel old daily, like twerking, the ignorance of kids, and the newest fashions at Forever 21 (kids these days ammiright?). But this week, there were 5 other moments that kind of made me pause and think, wow, this is happening – I’m half way through my thirtieth year. I swear that sometimes I have to remind myself that college was 12 years ago. But then I remember, we didn’t even have Facebook until the last semester of my Senior year. Facebook people! The one thing that I now check countless times a day.

So here were the five things that made me stop and think that I’m officially closer to adulthood than I am to twenty something.

1. Hunger Games Catching Fire Tickets

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One of my bff’s Ashley and I always get tickets to see the midnight showings of movies generally set aside for the teenage population like Hunger Games and Twilight, oh and Sex and the City. So it was a given that we’d be getting tickets for the Nov 21 midnight premier of Catching Fire.

Imagine my delight when I went online to buy my movie ticket and discovered that they now offer an 8 p.m. showing!!! I yelped in my office chair. Yes! I do not have to take a disco nap in order to see the midnight showing. I won’t get home at 3 a.m. and be a complete waste at the office on Friday.

2. Discarding Some of My Party Dresses

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I love dressing up. I think I have more little black dresses, bandage dresses, and sequin dresses in my closet than work pants. But, lately they’ve been hanging in my closet unused. Just not really my scene anymore. Some were a size 2. I was just hoping that maybe, someday, I could shrink myself back into them.

Who am I kidding? These dresses deserved to be out partying with some new hot young thing. So, I did the mature thing and accepted my 30-year-old hips and donated them, only keeping the ones that fit me and that weren’t designed for a 17-year-old.

3. No Desire to Go Out For New Years Eve

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Going along with the above, this is the first year where I have zero desire to do anything for New Years. Most of you are probably thinking, New Years?! That’s two months away – but yes, I like to plan.

Can we all agree that NYE is usually a big fat disappointment? I usually get all dressed up and go to some fun party, but it never lives up to your expectations and you usually go home with an empty wallet and some dried tears or vomit.Last year, Ryan and I escaped to an island off of Puerto Rico for NYE. We just can’t beat that. This year I’d be perfectly content staying home in sweat pants, watching Netflix and drinking wine.

4. Spending Money at the Grocery Store

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In my mid twenties I’d spend as little as possible at the Grocery Store so that I could spend the majority of my paycheck on clothes and trips. I basically lived off of lettuce, ketchup, Boca Burgers, yogurt, rice cakes, and canned green beans. I made it to the grocery store maybe every other week.

Now I feel like I’m there almost every other day. I get a thrill on produce sales and live to stock up my fridge with goodies. I’m constantly trying new recipes and actually consider myself a cook! Gasp!

5. Newfound Forehead Wrinkles

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I’ve noticed some fine lines creeping their way across my face in recent years but while I was dabbing on some sample wrinkle cream I received I was completely shocked to notice the deep wrinkles forming in my forehead. Like Grand Canyon deep!

Okay, I may be exaggerating and all of the above may have made me obsess a little more about my aging., but is this normal at 30? I don’t buy in on all those ridiculously priced wrinkle creams and line fillers.  So what do you do? I say pour a glass of wine, turn on Netflix and say cheers to the next 10 years!

What makes you realize you’re no longer a Spring Chicken?

Have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo katie