Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boys Behind the Blog

Today, I'm linking up with Amanda for Boys Behind the Blog where crazy blogger chicks' husband answer questions for a blog post! Because it's fun and I don't have a lot going on to blog about. Here goes!

He's so darn handsome, that one.

1)  Your significant other's blog - a blessing or a curse?

Mike:  Blessing; It's a way for friends and family to see what we are up to without any effort on my part, it's a fun hobby for her to do alone or with me, it's a way to catalog and remember all the things we have done, and it occasionally brings in money for us to do more fun stuff with.

2)  Do you read Val's blog?

Mike:  Not really, I'm usually a part of the stuff she's blogging about so I don't really feel the need to read about it. Every now and again I will binge read the last couple of months or read about a particular trip or something, especially since that's usually how I see the pictures we took.

3)  What is one thing you can do better than anyone you know?

Mike:  Make cocktails, which really makes it hard to go out for a drink. Margaritas and daiquiris are very simple drinks to make so I can't understand how so many places get it wrong.

4)  What is your favorite TV sitcom from the 90's?

Mike:  I don't have a favorite. I didn't get into TV watching until much later in life. I wasn't inside at all as a kid, especially as soccer started to dominate my life during high school.

5)  If you were opening a small business or shop, what would it be? What goods or services would you sell?

Mike:  Right now it would probably be a speakeasy style cocktail lounge. It's in vogue at the moment and I love it.

Val:  Seriously you guys, his cocktails are REALLY good. Also, I love him for using "in vogue" in one of his answers.  Love that guy.

Thanks Mike!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


While doing some styling for a client recently, I started browsing Amazon's dress selection. I'm obsessed with using my Amazon Prime and anything I can get with free shipping, I'm all about it. I was honestly shocked with the dress selection at Amazon. I cannot wait to get a job and start amping up my dress selection with some of these beauties!  (Okay, this post sounds crazy sponsored, but it isn't...I really am this excited about the dress selection at Amazon...I have so little going on in my life right now, you guys)

Here are a few of my favorites: Miss Sixty Women's Lanier Dress, Ivory, 6: Clothing
I love colorful dresses and this one can be mixed with so many different shoes and accessories. It also reminds me of one of my favorite Project Runway looks:
Find here Funktional Women's Discovery Color Blocked Dress, Block, Medium: Clothing
I love dresses with a jeweled neckline. This one is super short, but I'm super short so it should be fine. Would love to wear this one in the winter with some black tights and booties. So cute!
Find here Helene Berman Women's Brocade Dress, Gold/Black, Medium: Clothing
I love brocade. This dress would be amazing with some jewels, black tights, and black heels for a dressy event or even belted with some flats for work. Love!
Find here CATHERINE CATHERINE MALANDRINO Women's Carmeron Crepe Dress, Chartreuse, 6: Clothing
I love yellow and I love Catherine Malandrino and this dress looks super comfortable. Wouldn't pair it with those shoes though, needs black or a pattern, I think.
Find here Kenneth Cole New York Women's Jacquelyn Dress, Black, 6: Clothing
This one is one of my faves for sure. It's retro and modern at the same time and I'm quite the sucker for exposed zippers.
Find here

London Times Women's Sleeveless Stripe Mesh A Line Dress, Black/Nude, 6 at Amazon Women’s Clothing store
I really like this one because it can be so easily remixed. It's perfect for a fancier occasion, but throw a blazer over it and it would work for the office or tie a chambray top over it and it's ready for a more casual day. Great price too!
Find here Jones New York Women's Shift Dress, Scarlet Red, 6: Clothing
I love shift dresses because you can accessorize them so many different ways and they're super comfy for work. This one is an amazing color and has pockets. Winner!
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Mango Women's College Style Shift Dress, Medium Grey, 6 at Amazon Women’s Clothing store
Love the sleeves and cut of this dress SO much. I love how they styled it too, perfection. 
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Donna Morgan Women's Jewel Neck Drop Waist Color Block Dress, Cerise Multi, 8 at Amazon Women’s Clothing store
I've never worn a drop waist dress before so I'm honestly not sure if I could pull it off, but I'm just in love with this color combination.
Find here Jessica Simpson Women's Printed Back Pleat Dress, Cream/Primary Stripe, 6: Jessica Simpson Women's Printed Back Pleat Dress, Cream/Primary Stripe, 6: Clothing
I love the pattern mixing of this dress, the sweet little sleeves, and just the easy breasyness of it. 
Find here

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Happy Place

I've talked about my love for Slack Winery on here before, but since the weather has been nice (finally) it's really become my little happy place. We spend the mornings getting ready really slowly, walking the dogs in the sun, eating bagels for breakfast, Mike watching soccer, and me drinking coffee in bed. At noon, we zoom off to Slack and spend a couple hours sipping their delicious wines, chatting with their awesome employees, and sitting outside on the grass enjoying the weather and beautiful views. It's so nice and peaceful and oh man, I just love these days so much. Here are some pictures from Saturday's Slack trip, because I just can't help myself!

To be fair, Mike gets bored easily, so he brings his Kindle to read while I walk around and take pictures and yammer on about nothing.

Happy man.

Hanging my feet off the dock.

Awesome photo taken by the lovely Lauren of us hanging with the winery's rescue dog Doug.

Fun fact: this visit, we sat pretty far away by the back entrance to the B&B (the white building behind us). Since the weather was so nice, the door to the B&B was open the whole time. We kept noticing a nutria running up and seemingly thinking about running into the building to find food or shelter or whatever nutrias want. We closed the door and warned some people about it and it turns out no one there had ever heard of nutria. So in case you haven't either, these are them:

They kind of look like a mix between an otter and a beaver and are pretty dang cute, but I still don't think you want one running loose in your business or house. It was pretty entertaining to watch that thing run around while we drank wine and freak everyone else out by pointing it out and introducing them to a new species.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Sunday Currently

Currently I am...

Reading: The 5th Outlander book still. I've been the worst reader since I've been unemployed!

Writing: A couple blog posts and some e-mails to a friend I miss!

Listening: To the dogs freaking out and running around the house like crazy people after their baths.

Thinking: That I need to stop eating these sour watermelon candies or I will barf.

Smelling:  My sour candies and wet dog.

Wishing:  For a job and clarity...the usual.

Hoping: That I will get rid of this damn cough soon.

Wearing: I'M NOT WEARING PAJAMA PANTS GUYS!! Today I am wearing a black long sleeved tee with grey sleeves, grey gaucho pants, and black flats. Not super appropriate for where I live, but I feel cute. It's basically a less expensive copy of this outfit.

Loving: That the weather is so effing beautiful lately.

Wanting:  To feel better so I can start working out my fat ass again.

Needing: I would say a job, but oh man I don't really want one right now. (Lazy ass)

Feeling: Coughy, sleepy, happy, and full.

Clicking:  MD Unemployment to file my weekly webcert, Pinterest for some outfit inspiration, Reddit just because, and Facebook to chat with a friend.

A couple other things...

Now that the weather is nice, I can come out and watch Mike play on his soccer teams. So fun even though I have no idea what's going on.

These guys say hi.

Made gnocchi last night our fancy weekly dinner and they were delish!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Full Bloom

We took a quick trip to DC yesterday and finally got to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. It was an overcast and muggy day, but it was so nice to be able to wander around without a giant coat on (SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!) and get to enjoy one of our favorite cities. And I finally get the whole blossoms thing, walking under those trees while the blossoms fall onto your face makes everyone look and feel magical. It was so worth the sore feet.

Also, we ate here and had beers here and yep, tasty.

Hey DC, you were looking real pretty yesterday.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Life Lately aka iPhone Dump

Unemployment means I spend a lot of time taking obnoxious pictures of my pug. But he's so damn cute!!

I left the house AND wore actual outfits twice last week. What?!

Friday, we spent the day in DC for an interview and had a super tasty lunch at Mike Isabella's restaurant Graffiato. I am more than a little obsessed with Top Chef so I love going to alum's restaurants and seeing how successful they have been since the show. The lunch was delicious and exciting and I didn't spill anything on myself before my interview! While there, we picked up a signed copy of his cookbook and cannot wait to make gnocchi for our next Sunday Night Dinner (except we can't find a potato ricer anywhere in this podunk town so we have to order one online and wait).

The weather was amazing on Saturday so we spent some time wine tasting at Slack and enjoying a glass out on the lawn. We love their wine and the location, but an added bonus this time was the socially awkward man who showed up in sweatpants, thought that since a large group of people were standing at the wine tasting counter that we were all a party he accidentally interrupted, tasted one glass and then yelled at the woman pouring, "DO YOU HAVE ANY WHITES FOR PURCHASE?!", bought a bottle and a random bunny shaped vase, didn't taste any more wine, and walked out. It was very entertaining for some reason. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This Sunday Currently

Currently I am...

Reading: The 5th Outlander book and thinking of starting something else on the side. I got this recently because I just love musicals and Rent so much and figure it will be a quick read.

Writing: This blog post and not much else. 

Listening: To Mike watching soccer in the other room. In a bit, I'll be listening to nothing but an empty house when Mike leaves for his first of two soccer games he's playing in today. I guess I should read or watch a movie? Lazy Sunday, engage!

Thinking: That I should get off my ass and take a is almost 11:00...

Smelling:  Nothing, per uge. 

Wishing:  For a job and clarity.

Hoping: That I will make good decisions.

Wearing: Pajama always...

Loving: That my hair is finally growing out. I just really noticed this yesterday and I'm so excited (hashtag I have so little going on in my life right now).

Wanting:  For this damn cough to go away.

Needing: To feel better so I can start working out again.

Feeling: Coughy, sleepy, and lazy.

Clicking:  MD Unemployment to file my weekly webcert, to dissappoint myself about the rain tomorrow, and J.Crew to decide whether or not to buy those two sweaters that are on super sale.

A couple other things...

Sometimes I lay on the floor to read because I don't want to disturb the dogs. Who owns who in this house?

My TBT photo this week makes me laugh so hard. I look like a doll in this so much.

We bought Tuffy a new giant dog bed so he would stop stealing Gizmo's. I think he likes it...