Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Trip Update

Here's a little video Heather and I made this morning about our trip so far! Hope to have some more posts later this week! Enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2011

on our way

Heather and I left bright and early this morning and we're on our way to Savannah! Our flight left at 5:25am and we have two stops before we get there around 4:30pm this afternoon. Heather and I had the hardest time EVER packing yesterday. We're sharing one SMALL suitcase (for 9 days) and then each have one carryon. I don't know how we did it. It's ridiculous! I'll do my best to update the blog over the next week and a half while we're on this crazy adventure. I hope you all have a beautiful week!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It

Love and Other Drugs
I had heard some mixed reviews about this, but with all things I like to decide for myself. I thought it was a good story, but obviously didn't need all the sex. Like seriously, we get the point. But if you cut that out then the movie would only be an hour long, haha.

An Education
I really liked this movie. I think it might have been another one of Heather's great suggestions. It's a story about a girl growing up in London and how her life changes when she meets an older man. I found it to be heartbreaking, but such is life and learning lessons the hard way.

Mean Girls 2
Really I'm 15 and not 25. I thought it was a good sequel. It was nice that it had a different story line than the first, but it slso portrayed some of the same lessons. It was nice to see Meaghan Martin in a role other than a mean girl (re: Camp Rock). Note: Check out the Kind Campaign.

Bandslam
I wasn't sure what to expect (do I say that a lot?), but I really enjoyed this movie. The main character, Will, is an outcast and forms a friendship with a popular girl over their love of music. They put together a group to compete in the local battle of the bands contest. It had a great story and was pretty funny at times.

Never Let Me Go
I say again, didn't know what to expect, but I LOVED this movie! See Heather’s recent blog post about it. To sum it up, like Heather said, it was beautifully tragic. I might have to steal the book from her when she's done reading it. Side note: Andrew Garfield is HOT! ;)

White Oleander
Heather and I watched this on Lifetime [don't judge, haha] back during our sophomore year at SPU. Last weekend when my dad was still out of town Heather and I watched it again with our mom. The relationship between the mother [Ingrid] and daughter [Astrid] was bizarre. It was sad to watch how the mother's decision affected her daughter's entire life. As one review I read said, "while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love."

Red
I added this to our Netflix queue knowing that it would probably be a movie my dad would like, hello Bruce Willis action movie. We watched it last Wednesday night and my whole family loved it. It was a great mix of action and humor and has an interesting story. Mary Louise Parker is gorgeous and added a fun element to the storyline.

Heard It

JJ Heller: When I’m With You
My sweet friend Janelle sent Heather and I this cd and then next one [The Head and The Heart]. I've only listened to it a couple times so far, but I think I love it.

The Head and The Heart
I haven't listened to this as much as JJ Heller, but I'm excited to add it to our epic road trip playlist!

Maroon 5: Hands All Over
More than once in this past week I may have turned this up way too loud and danced around my house. I love it!! I also forced my mom to listen to it once saying, "You know the guy Adam from The Voice? This is his cd." Haha!

Katy Perry: Teenage Dream
Really, what can one say about this cd? I love it! There are so many fun [and funny - re: Peacock] songs. It'd be tough for me to pick a favorite. I mean, Teenage Dream, California Girls, Peacock, ET... I just wish I could see Katy when she's here at the end of July, but tickets are expensive AND it's the same night as Steve Martin. OMG, I sound like such a nerd.

Read It

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Um, what can I really say about this? It's hilarious. I think it can easily be summarized by one of the reviews on the book cover, "Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her."

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
I always have a hard time with books turned movies. They're never going to be the same as each other, which is fine I guess. I usually try to read the book before I see the movie. I loved this story and it got me even more excited to see the movie. Have you seen it yet? I'm probably going to have to wait until it's on dvd. I was very excited to see hear Barcelona's song in the movie trailer!


Isn't it gorgeous?

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
Who else grew up reading Sweet Valley books? I didn't read a ton of them, but I always love a good "twin" story. I kind of want to go back and read them all. I may have a dozen or so on my book shelf. My mom recently told me that she hated when we'd read the books, because there was a "good" twin and an "evil" twin and I would always associate myself as the "evil" twin, haha. I don't remember this at ALL. Anyway, it was kind of fun to read this book from the perspective of ten years later. I had a hard time getting into it because of the infidelity and the fighting, but overall I thought it was a good story.

What have you seen, heard or read lately? Any suggestions for me?

Friday, May 20, 2011

my week in pictures

No fashion friday post this week. I thought I'd keep it simple today and post some photos from this past week. They're from my phone via my retro cam app. If you follow me on twitter you may have seen a few of these already. I hope you've all had a great week and have a fun weekend to look forward to. As for me, I'm working today, have tomorrow off and then work Sunday through Tuesday. But after that I'll only have one more day of work before I leave for the epic road trip, so I can't complain. :)








Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

It's been cold here this week and I would love something like this to wear. I love the denim on denim look! I found a denim button up at Target a month or so ago, but it wasn't as fitted as this one and so I didn't get it. I really like mixing the bright colors with it. I love how they pop! The neutral ankle bootie is like the icing on the cake. I hope you're all having a great week! Happy Wednesday!

Fat Face denim top
25 GBP - fatface.com

James jeans
$218 - boutique1.com

Ankle booty
122 EUR - shopfriiscompany.com

ASOS leather handbag
55 GBP - asos.com

Zad beaded necklace
$22 - nordstrom.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

time


We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time. -Never Let Me Go

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Music Monday: Wicked


Yesterday afternoon Heather, my mom, a friend and I saw Wicked at the Morrison Center. The last time I saw it I had listened to the book on cd beforehand so I would have a better understanding of the story. It was so great to see it again and pick up on things I had missed the first time. I understood the story even more and also enjoyed the songs because I knew them.


It was incredible and we had great seat on the floor. I caught myself silently singing along to the songs and was brought to tears throughout (more specifically Defying Gravity and For Good). Both my mom and friend hadn't seen it before or heard the story and they really enjoyed it as well. I've included a couple videos of two songs, although it's hard for a Youtube video to do justice.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday: Summer Dresses

I love maxi dresses for summer! I just wish I could find some long enough for me. I think this is the only downside of being 5'10" tall. The perfect maxi dress for me would cover my ankles and probably be an empire waist. My hips are a little wider and a higher waist would emphasize the smallest part of me and draw attention away from my hips. Here are a few of my picks for summer dresses via Polyvore.

Racer back dress
$60 - topshop.com

Miss Selfridge viscose dress
45 GBP - missselfridge.com

Miss Selfridge viscose dress
39 GBP - missselfridge.com

Embellished dress
40 GBP - republic.co.uk

Dorothy Perkins crochet maxi dress
31 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

Topshop shoes
$85 - topshop.com

Magid round handbag
$52 - endless.com

Spring Street wood jewelry
$28 - nordstrom.com

H M metal shade
3.99 GBP - hm.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It

Private Lives of Pippa Lee
This was a movie that Heather had added to our Netflix. It's definitely a chick flick. It's a story of a middle aged woman and her older husband who recently moved into a retirement community. She reflects back on her life and how to got to where she is now. I'm glad Heather suggested it!

Catfish
This movie has been on my list FOREVER! I finally got it from the library on Friday. I knew it was some kind of documentary about social media, but I really had NO IDEA. It's a must-see! I don't want to give anything away but to summarize, as one review said, "Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue."

The Virgin Suicides
Heather and I had a relaxing weekend and watched a bunch of movies on our Netflix instant queue and this happened to be one of them. It's beautiful and understated, and ultimately heartbreaking as the title suggests.

Ramen Girl
I love this story. It's about a girl abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo and ends up finding her calling in a ramen house.

The King’s Speech
I finally got around to watching this last week. I had been disappointed that The Social Network hadn't won the Oscar for Best Picture, but after seeing this I understand why it won. It was inspirational!

Heard It

The Voice
Technically this could fit under "Seen It" but I think it fits here too. Does anyone else love this as much as I do? Move over American Idol! I love that it doesn't bother with the bad, crazy and embarrassing singers. There's some great singers on the show and I can't wait to see what they do. Side note: I was happy and surprised to see Dia from Meg and Dia on last week's episode.

Andrew Belle: The Ladder
You might have seen some of my previous blog posts about Andrew HERE and HERE. I love his music!

The Honeytrees: Cover of Moonriver

Heather shared this with me yesterday. I'm so lucky to have an awesome sister! Aren't they amazing? This video is absolutely gorgeous!

Jayme Dee: Cover of ET by Katy Perry

I must admit that I've been following Jayme Dee on twitter for at least a month [if not longer], but didn't listen to any of her music until yesterday. I'm a horrible person. Brian Wurzell posted this video on his facebook and I was compelled to watch it. If you have a chance you must check out more of her videos on Youtube!

Read It

Kardashian Konfidential
I saw this on the shelf when I was walking through the library the other day. I didn't read it cover to cover, but I did skim through it and enjoyed looking at the pictures. They had some fun stories about growing up and life in the spotlight, beauty and style secrets, wisdom from their late father and lessons learn from their mom about life and business.

Remember by Karen Kingsbury
In my last Seen It, Heard It, Read It post [see here] I mentioned I read the first book in this series. I read the next three books in the series, which are all amazing. I'm waiting for the last one at the library, but right now someone else has it checked out.

Return by Karen Kingsbury

Rejoice by Karen Kingsbury

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury
While I was waiting for the other book at the library I read this one. It's an amazing story about making amends, forgiveness and redemption. Karen Kingsbury's Life-Changing Fiction trademark is serious business.