Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Exhausted.

...is what I am.  Why?
  1. I'm just now starting to feel better after having a cold for like two weeks.
  2. I started my new job!  It's going really well, but now that I've been there for a few days, I have actual work to do.  And lots of it, because we're preparing for the annual gala, which is a little over a week away.
  3. Speaking of events, Prom is the week after, and I'm spearheading decorations.  How many times emailing the committee does it take to get them to do their part?  I'll let you know when I find out.
  4. Apartment hunting.  It's mostly a weekend thing, but still.  Aren't weekends for relaxing?  Despite it being exhausting, it is a lot of fun.  And finding the right place will make the search worth it...especially once we're in and my commute isn't an hour anymore!
  5. Tenant searching.  Since I'm moving, someone has to take over my lease.  The search is slow-going, though, because I don't know my exact move-out date yet.  But there has been some interest.
  6. Personal business.  If you read this (ahem, Mom and Bobbie), you probably know what I'm talking about.  Although nothing is official, I'm already feeling pressure (from people and those dollas).  But even though I feel like I don't have even close to the amount of money I need to get things done, I know this process is going to be really fun and meaningful.
Is it the weekend yet?!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Biz Lady

I need to start bringing in some extra dough, and soon.  Moving is always so expensive, and this one might be a little bit more expensive than the others because I am actually going to be hiring movers.  I can justify this, so it's okay.  (Richie is hiring movers, and because you pay them by the man and by the hour-- not by location/how much stuff you have-- I'm throwing my place/stuff into the mix and chipping in.  I don't have NEARLY as much furniture as he does, so it will not even be close to half of the bill.  And sooo much less of a head/backache.)

One way that I've brought in a little extra money in the past was from ebay and etsy sales.  I have yet to post a few things on ebay (I have a couple un- and gently-worn dresses and shoes that will probably do well), but I just finished putting a few items on etsy!  Check them out here.  I have more things set aside to post, but I think I'll start of slowly so that I don't get overwhelmed.

Another thing I plan to do is sell a couple DVDs on Amazon.  We all have the ones we bought on a whim and only watched once!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Playing Dress-Up!!!

So, as I was talking to my amazing ex-facebook girlfriend today, I realized that I really need to be better about taking pictures of things.  And then posting them.

As it turns out, my phone has a pretty kickass camera.  Kodak, in fact.  So I really have no excuse when it comes to being out and about without my camera-camera.  Or being out of batteries.  Only thing is, I haven't figured out how to zoom.

ANYWAY, I'm home sick today, and while I feel like crap, I definitely have enough energy to play dress-up and make a pile of the clothes I don't want anymore.  I'm still so productive!  Dress-up is especially fun this time, because I actually have a few events for which I needed to do some outfit planning.

First up: Yelp's Homegrown Party!  It's the biggest Yelp event of the year, with free food, drinks, mini-manicures, shoe shining, mustache-trimming, hair consultations, retail showcases, and music!  The first hour of the event is for Elite members, and the dress code is Eco-Chic, Cocktail Best.  I thought I'd bust out an oldie (8th grade graduation) that's perfect for spring:



Next event: Prom!  The theme is Through the Decades, and we're supposed to dress according to our favorite decade.  I don't have the dough (or figure) to buy a glamorous '30s gown like this one:

[from creditcrunchbride.wordpress.com]

So I went to my closet to see what I already had.  In chronological order...

1920s:

Sorry about the picture angles-- it's hard to capture the details of this dress when taking pictures by myself.  It's very flapper, and I would wear it with some gray Madden Girl heels (very retro), and some DIY ostrich feather headband (I already have the feathers, I would need the band).  Oh, and I can't forget the long string of pearls!

1950s:
[please ignore the bra straps and crew socks!]

This was my senior prom dress!  I don't know what shoes I'd wear with it...probably some black patent leather pumps.
[from overstock.com, but can I just say that I bought a pair of shoes like these from Payless like 4 or 5 years ago and they're still going strong!!!]

1970s:

If you remember, I bought this dress for Richie's annual gala at work.  Well, it's my work now instead (!!!), and since I'll be an employee instead of a guest, I'm going to wear something else (more on this next).  I'm not sure about this for prom though, because I think the fit was more of a compromise than I had originally thought.  Here it is with a belt (WARNING: major boob shot):

[See what I mean about the fit?  Look at where the under-boob seam is.]

I'd definitely go with all yellow gold on this one!!!  Not sure about the shoes, because believe or not, I DON'T have a pair of cherry red heels.

I'm leaning towards the 1920s because I can do the most with the outfit.  Richie's just going to wear a nice suit, a shirt with French cuffs (so that he can snazz it up with some cufflinks), a skinny tie, pocket square, and I'll lend him a fedora for a classic (early) 60s look:

 [from esquire.com]

Finally, the Annual Gala!  Since my new job will have a lot to do with running this thing, I want to go with a slightly more polished, professional look.  I think last year's Prom dress might be just the thing:

[at Prom, 2009-- wearing the Payless shoes!]

Except, to add visual interest and a little more personality this time, I'm going to switch out the belt for this beaut I bought at the vintage store down the street from my apartment:


As for shoes, again, not sure.  I think these look AMAZING (actually, my legs look amazing in them), but I'm concerned that they'll be too much if I'm running around all night:

[Kenneth Cole Reaction]


What do you think???


Also (and this is exciting stuff), I decided to straighten my hair for the first time in AGES, and this is what it looks like:
[I'm pleased!]

Monday, March 15, 2010

What I'm Doing

Tiny ponytail...SUCCESS!  Today I actually blow-dried my hair (instead of letting it air dry for waves), and did a serious flip.  Too serious, really, so I MODified a bit, and ended up with a really 60's 'do.  Sorry, no pictures...this time!

When I got home, I pulled it back into a ponytail for the first time since summer, and dashed out to get some take-out soup (chicken tortilla!).  A few pieces fall out here and there, but it's always exciting to know I've made enough progress to be able to put it up.  I also gave my bangs a little trimmy-trim-trim.

Today was my last full office day, and my department surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers (daylilies, irises, spider mums, carnations, and a gerbera daisy or two), a really pretty card, and a little box of delicious chocolates!  Tonight I'm going to write up personal notes to each of my coworkers (the ones in my department and the ones I've hung out with, at least) and sneak them in their mailboxes when I'm back in the office for a bit on Wednesday.

And now for something a little new:

What I've Been Watching:
  • Mad Men, Season 1: I'm almost done with the season, and must say that I'm mostly entertained and intrigued.  Pretty much, the fashion initially gets my attention, and then the characters and story keep it.  And I can see why everyone loves Joan so much.  She is smokin' (get it?!).  And she makes me even prouder of my hourglass figure!

  • The Wire, Season 2: Richie and I just started season 2 this past rainy, rainy weekend.  So far so good, but Season 1 was decidedly amazing.
  • Project Runway, Season 7: Same old PR, but I still love it. 

What I've Been Listening To:
  • wxpn: Totally hooked-- I never listen to CDs or my ipod in the car anymore. 
  • Justin Townes Earle: Just saw him in concert a couple weekends ago.  Great, great sound.


What I've Been Reading:
  • Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins: I've been working on this one for far too long, considering how good it is.  There are some stretches that are harder to get through, but I'm really enjoying it and wish I had more chunks of time to read.




Oh, and one last thing to mention: I got an adorable little dress for free today!  A coworker of mine bought it and it was too big, so she offered it to another coworker.  She tried it on and it was too small.  Two other coworkers proceeded to try it on (no dice), and it finally got to me...I'm not sure what the logic was for the order of offers, but oh well, because it fit me perfectly!  SUCKAS.  Also, I was surprised to check the tag and find that it is Dear by Amanda Bynes.  Don't judge me.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GLORIOUS

Today was, without a doubt, the most beautiful day of the year so far.  Yesterday was nice, but today was magnificent.

I work very short days on Tuesdays, so after teaching, I changed into jeans and sneaks, and took a walk up the hill to the next neighborhood over where I found a beautiful park with benches and (the best part) so many dogs!  I ended up sitting there watching the pooches play for about an hour.

I kept trying to remember if the beginning of spring was this satisfying last year, and you know, I don't think it was.  Probably because winter was so much milder last year.  I don't know.

Anyway, besides gushing about the weather, time to gush over the fact that I got a new job!!!  I start on the 25th and I am so, so excited.  It's a position that was made for me (and I mean that as in the figure of speech and, to some degree, literally), and I really can't wait to get started.  I'm also PSYCHED to be leaving my current place of employment because they have been playing games with me about my future there since September.  September!!!  Don't get me wrong-- there are a lot of things I really love about where I work and what I do.  But it's time to move on.

So move on I will!  And what better time than spring, when everything seems new and exciting again?

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"  ~Mark Twain (I always loved that quote.)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Big Hairy Monster

When I posted the other day about my hair, I had no idea I was creating a monster within myself.  A Hair Thursday--addicted monster.

This is going to sound crazy coming from frugal-ass me, but I am actually really excited to go out and buy all sorts of different styling products to experiment and have some fun.

Maybe Hair Thursday will give me the strength to keep with the growing out.  Also helpful: thinking about the fact that I'll be able to put it up (and not necessarily in a default, I'm getting lazy ponytail!) by the time it gets hot.

That is all.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Marching through March

The sun woke me up.  And not in an annoying way.

Can it just be spring already?!

Honestly, I was never that into spring.  Because it meant that summer was coming, and summer was just too hot!  But when I moved to the east coast, suddenly summer was a good thing, and spring was even better (for a little while anyway), because it meant people would actually start to leave their houses again, my skin would stop being so chapped and rashy (sexy, I know), and the sun would be out more days than not.  Pretty soon I'll be able to take my lunch breaks outside, go for walks without purpose, and start running again, which I actually really enjoy.

 

And isn't it weird/amazing/great that in the spring, we suddenly feel like we're capable of anything?  The winter just feels so...heavy.  But in spring, we (or at least I) have so much more energy, so much more gusto to do the things I want to do....heck, even the things I don't want to do but I know I have to do them!

Some great things happening this spring:
  • Events, events, events!  Four, in fact: two major fundraisers, one lecture/awards ceremony, and one dance.
  • House-hunting with the boy.  Yes, we are indeed moving in together (this summer), and we have some pretty strict criteria, so it could be a long (and grueling?  nah, I love this stuff) process.  
We're looking for something like this:
 
[image from bletchleypark.org.uk]
  • Hopefully some weekend trips taken by me/to me!  (Although the by me part is unfortunately unlikely given my hectic work schedule-- see bullet #1-- and my dismal financial situation.)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hair baby; there, mama

It has been a while since I've posted about my hair and the progress I've been making in growing it out/finding a new style.

The reason?  I got it cut back in November.  And then trimmed it in December.  It was a fun jaunt into punky asymetry (seen here, kind of), but now I'm growing it out again.  It's still asymmetrical, but because I usually wear it curly, it's harder to tell.

I know I look/feel better when my hair is short (from a pixie to chin-length), but the trurth is, I am SO CURIOUS about what I'd look/feel like with longer hair.  I cut my hair into a pixie right before high school started, and the longest it has been since then is about shoulder length, which didn't last long because I got impatient.  Another reason I want to grow it out (for real this time) is because I really want to accomplish a goal!  I've done this a couple times before and always end up cutting it.  I know it will be frustrating, but I bet it will feel good to actually reach my goal length (which is pretty long).  And how am supposed to know if I like it if I never make it to the length I (think I) want?  Two more reasons: 1) As women get older, they tend to cut their hair.  Why not do the reverse?  I have a lot of silver hairs coming in that I really love, and I can better embrace them with longer locks.  2) I'm obviously totally into accessorizing, and I think different hairstyles will be yet another way to change up my look from day to day.  Not to mention the fact that a log of hair accessories are better used on longer hair (like headbands, fascinators, etc.). 

Some looks I'd love to try when my hair is long:
[image from hairthursday.com --highly recommended hair source]

[oops, lost the original source-- found it through google image search]

[image from hairthursday.com]