Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Retro Nina- 2003

 [from here.]

On this day in 2003, I posted the following to my blog:

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and I'm already getting into the Christmas mood...yes, I am listening to Christmas songs.  Do you blame me?  Artists of all sorts of genres united in the mission to spread holiday cheer.  Isn't it wonderful?

Sure is. Almost all of my shopping is done and I'm counting down until we leave for California to celebrate.

What I have noticed since moving to the East Coast is that my love for Thanksgiving has dwindled. I used to get jealous for Thanksgiving when Christmas would push it out of focus even before it happened. Thanksgiving is the best. It's about family and home and warmth.

But I haven't spent Thanksgiving at home since 2002. And I haven't spent Thanksgiving with family (my family) since 2003.

Thanksgiving was the best. Now, it's a gateway holiday to Christmas. When I get to spend time with my family, at home, and feel the warmth.

Christmas is the best.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shopaholic. But not really.

I mentioned a while back that I was going to post monthly spending totals for self accountability.

The reason I haven't done that is pure laziness/forgetfulness. Not that I'm ashamed about how much I spend (because I'm not). So, with that, some things I've purchased over the past couple months:
  • September was a very expensive month for me, mainly because of the big-ticket purchase that was my wedding dress. With alterations, it came to about $300. (Which is a lot for an item of clothing, but practically nothing for a wedding dress.)
  • While at a conference in Philadelphia in the end of September, I stopped in a great resale (not quite consignment or thrift) shop and picked up a cute skirt ($8, originally H&M) and a gorgeous black cocktail dress ($20, Maggy London). I wore the dress to our PA reception:
 [the best shot of the dress I could find, which, admittedly, isn't very good.]
  • I also bought a basic black v-neck shirt to replace an old flame at Gap ($7).
  • As you know, I got that Nine West bag ($35) I had been visiting in October. What a good purchase.
  • When getting my makeup done for the PA reception at the Clarins counter, I fell in love with this concealer/highlighter, and bought that ($30, ouch!).
  • I've been pretty good in November so far: two pairs of black tights (all of the ones in my drawer lost their elasticity) and one pair of black leggings (only to be worn with tunics! I promise!). All three for $23 (Hue, FTW).
But mostly, November has been a month for buying presents for others. But I can't tell about them here, because then my mom will know what I got her for Christmas.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Retro Nina

 [18 year-old Nina. Self portrait.]

The other day, I stumbled upon the blog I kept up from March 2003 to June 2005. In other words, from age 18-20. I spent some time reading it, and let me tell you: I was freakin ' HILARIOUS. And, at times, pretty deep. I was all sass, though, so not much has changed.

So now that I have this amazing trove of high-quality blog posts, I'm going to use it to my advantage. I want to republish some of my early adulthood (yes I know I'm still in it) musings here. Perhaps weekly? We'll see.

One thing I admire about 18-20 Nina is how disciplined she was in her blog posting (and getting almost straight A's in school at the same time!). She posted at least every couple days* which is something I'd like to do, though I'm lucky if I fit in a post every week.

So I'm going to try and post more often. If anything, it will make me a better writer and provide me with a creative outlet that I will soon be lacking at work (more than I have in...maybe ever).

*And most of those posts had things worth reading. Although I realize that's kind of odd to say because she is me, after all, but it almost doesn't feel like I wrote those posts.