Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: The Matador - Part 2

I guess I think The Matador is so amazing that it needs another Tasty Tuesday post. You may have seen my post from two weeks ago. I tweeted about the post and got a message from The Matador inviting me to their launch party the Thursday before they opened. I was surprised and excited!

Heather and I got off work that Thursday, rushed home, got ready and headed downtown. The place was packed when we got there a little before 7pm. The wait for a table was 45 minutes, but we found a place at the fireplace.

We had Matador Margaritas, Tex-mex Spring Rolls and their AMAZING nachos.

Everyone was so incredibly friendly and not just the servers. There was a man who accidentally hit me in the back pretty hard when he went to hug his friend. He apologized quickly right after it happened, but then came over a little later and apologized again. Besides that, we had so much fun!! It felt like home! The atmosphere and decor was fabulous like their other locations. I love their huge mirrors with the ornate frames. The bathrooms are awesome, especially the sinks. Haha, I'm a nerd.

I'd like to thank The Matador for inviting me! We had such a great time. Since then we've been there two more times with friends. I'm already dreaming of going there again. I want to try the crab cakes and grilled stuffed jalapenos.

I figured, I'd also share the outfit I wore this night.
Shorts: Mossimo at Target
Black Bangle: Forever21
Other Bangles: JCrew

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fashion Friday: The September Issue

Have you seen The September Issue? If not, then you're missing out. I absolutely love it. It's a documentary with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine. Directed by R.J. Cutler, it follows Anna Wintour and her staff as they prepare the single largest issue of a magazine ever published, 840 pages and weighing almost five pounds. [Sidenote: I LOVE Grace Coddington! Who else is excited about her memoirs?] After watching this you'll understand why Anna is "the single most important figure in the 300 billion dollar globarl fashion industry."

Favorite quotes from Anna in The September Issue:
"This type is too large, it looks like it's for blind people."
"Fashion is about looking forward."
"Just because you like to put on a beautiful Carolina Herrera dress or a pair of JBrand blue jeans instead of something basic from K-Mart, it doesn't mean that you're a dumb person."

A fabulous editorial of Snejana Onopka as Anna Wintour shot by Mario Testino for Vogue Paris, August 2007.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 Things I Love: Workouts

I am not a gym girl. I've been to the gym like one time in my life. I don't know what to do there. Besides the fact I don't have money for a membership, I find it pretty intimidating. In my journey to be healthier and more toned, I've come across these gym-alternatives. These are my absolute favorites and they don't take much time. I come home from my 10 hours at work and try and do one of these things. If I can do it then so can you! NO EXCUSES (gotta love Jillian Michaels). :) I've seen results (aka more definition) in less than two weeks.

1. The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max (approx. 30 min): INTENSE! This dvd is crazy and amazing. It has so many options for workouts. You can choose warm-up, cool-down and 3 levels of workouts or there are 3 separate workouts for the 6 week maximum results program. I like that this pushes me beyond what I think I'm capable of. Plus, nobody's as motivating as Bob and Jillian.

2. The Girls Next Door Workout (approx. 15 min): Laugh all you want, but it works. Senior year of college I became a GND fan. I was extremely excited and curious as to what the workout dvd would be like. Each of the girls have their own 15 minute workouts. This is my go-to workout. I start with Bridget's warm-up and leg routines and end with Holly's arms, abs and cool-down routines. It still ends up being around 15 minutes. I've only attempted Kendra's twice. It's not as easy to follow, but I'm sure if I did it more frequently I'd be able to catch on.

3. Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred (approx. 20 min): Unfortunately I don't have my own copy of this, but my local library does. I love her 3-2-1 interval system. This workout is simple and very effective. My goal is to get my own copy and consistently do it for 30 days for maximum results.

4. From Couch to 5k (approx. 12-30 min): Anyone love a free workout? I know I've mentioned this before. Heather and I got through week two and then life (and bad weather) happened. We're planning to get back into it next week.

5. Winsor Pilates (approx. 20 min): This workout is not strenuous, in fact I find it very relaxing. I usually just do the 20 minute workout and haven't ventured much into the accelerated. This is a good option to do in between the more intense cardio workouts.

If you cannot afford to purchase any or all of these, check your local library. Check outs for dvds are between one and two weeks long (at least at mine they are). If the library doesn't have it, you can always check youtube for snippets of the different workouts. I got my copy of BL Cardio from the used section of Hastings. I'm pretty sure I'll go there to get Jillian's too. The one thing I love about Hastings is that they guarantee their used dvds, so if it doesn't work you can always exchange it for one that does. I think the most important thing is to stay active, whether it's working out or even just going on a walk. Like Bob says on BL Cardio, "Just keep moving." Also, when looking for a workout (or a way to stay active) find something that you enjoy doing. Working out is much more bearable when you're having fun. I'd love to hear your favorite workouts or workout motivations.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

Saturday, Heather and I went to the mall to use some gift cards we had gotten for our birthdays. We each had a $15 gift card to Express for having their credit card. I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but when I came across this dress I knew I had to have it. Who doesn't love a fabulous shirt dress? There were some other colors, but the denim is fabulous. I wore it on Sunday and I can't wait to wear it again!

Dress: Express
Shoes: Anne Klein
Gold Bangle: Forever21

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. But this is the first and greatest commandment nonetheless. Even in the wilderness--especially in the wilderness--you shall love him.

-Frederick Buechner

Monday, August 23, 2010

Music Monday: Lady Gaga

Last weekend while Heather and I were gone my mom borrowed my car. Tuesday she asked what cd we had in, because she had a song stuck in her head. We asked her how it went and she goes, "ra-ra, oh la la." Heather and I about died laughing. When we told her it was Lady Gaga, she said, "I want to die now." It was pretty hilarious. So this week's Music Monday goes out to my mom, Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. Love the Alexander McQueen in it!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Black Swan

No Fashion Friday post today. I'm exhausted and couldn't find what I had in mind to post. Here's the movie trailer for Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. There's some gorgeous costumes by Rodarte. It looks kind of creepy, but it also intrigues me. If nothing else, at least the costumes will be worth watching.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Whistler Weekend

Here's last weekend in pictures! Sorry there are so many, but it was hard to choose!