Birthday Weekend Recap

Despite being slightly under the weather, CAhusband and I had a wonderful weekend celebrating my 26th birthday.  I didn't really like the idea of my birthday being on a Sunday, so we kind of celebrated all weekend long! 

Friday night CAhusband surprised me by bringing home some Sprinkles cupcakes from La Jolla!  Ever since I found out they had a bakery there, I've been bugging him to bring me some home. My birthday weekend was the perfect time, YUM!

We had some amazing weather this weekend, so Saturday we went out to do some shopping, eating, and drinking!  I was so happy to be able to wear one of my favorite spring tops, but still ended up being way too hot!  I should have worn shorts and a tank!

We tried a new restaurant for lunch, did a little bit of shopping, and then ended up at our favorite Mexican place to grab one more drink before heading home! 

We then spent the rest of the afternoon watching Hangover 2 (absolutely horrible movie) before heading back out to our favorite restaurant for a late dinner.

Sunday morning brought a major cough and a birthday girl that didn't feel so great.  CAhusband got up right away and stocked the house with cough drops and cold medicine, and even brough me home some donuts!  If that man has learned anything, it's that frosting and sprinkles are the way to my heart!

I didn't end up feeling so great all afternoon, so we watched Moneyball, which was fantastic.  We both really loved it! 

After the movie we went to a local Steakhouse with our friends for a fun birthday dinner.  It was our friend Alan's birthday too, so it was fun to celebrate together. 

Overall, I had a wonderful and relaxing birthday weekend, despite being somewhat sick once again! 

CAhusband surprised me with the Coldplay tickets I wanted so badly, so we plan to pretend it's my birthday all over again when we go to the concert in May. 

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Odds and Ends

My plans to blog a little more kind of fell through, huh? I think I'm struggling for blog material because this time of year is so blah!  Anyway, here are some odds and ends that I've been meaning to share!
-I am on a huge Chobani kick these days!  These are the perfect mid-morning snack at school, and lemon is my absolute favorite.  I finally found the new blood orange flavor too, and can't wait to try it! 

-I bought this Animal Print Ruched Dress from Loft last week during a 40% off promo, and it just came today.  I love the pattern, and I think it will be perfect for church and dressier days at school this spring.  I know I'll be tempted to order it in the cobalt too the next time Loft has a great promo!

-I am tutoring after school 3 days a week now. I absolutely love the extra money it brings in, but my goodness, that one extra hour at the end of a school day really takes it out of me. It is embarrassing how unproductive I am once I get home on tutoring days!

-I know the Colts had a horrendous season, which I've accepted.  In turn I have been a pretty good sport about the rest of the season and have been pretty supportive of most teams... except the Patriots!  The fact that the Patriots will play in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis kind of makes me sick to my stomach.  We will definitely be rooting for the Giants next weekend!

-Melanie from Scout hosted a great Shopbop giveaway last week, and I won!  I have never won a giveaway before, and hearing that I won a $100 gift card Monday morning totally got my day off to a great start!  I instantly had plans to grab this fantastic Rebecca Pally dress, and after it was initially sold out in my size, I was shocked to see that it popped back in my size yesterday!  I can't wait to wear this dress a ton this spring!

-Girl Scout cookies are on their way, and the mere thought of it scares me to death!  The girl scouts at school are so darn good at selling these things, I think I bought over 15 boxes last year.  I am powerless against Thin Mints and Tagalongs (which are actually Peanut Butter Patties here) and hate to see what they will do to my My Fitness Pal daily calorie totals.

-My birthday is just 4 days away, and you guessed it.... I'm getting sick! As of now it's just a minor cold, but I'm so scared it will turn into a full blown illness just in time for my birthday (making it the 3rd sick birthday in a row). Ugh, the joys of working with children!

Alright friends, I think that's it for now!  I hope you're all having a great week! 

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My 26th Birthday Wishlist!

My 26th birthday is less than 2 weeks away (11 days to be exact)! 

Given how much I love to create a good wishlist, I just couldn't help but share what's on my list this year.

I've been stalking this necklace in the perfect color combo for awhile now.  I follow Elizabeth on Twitter so I can stay up-to-date on new releases, but no matter how quickly I try to snag one, they're already sold out.  This is one birthday gift I'll likely buy myself as soon as there's one available!

Naked2 Palette by Urban Decay
I use my original Naked palette constantly, and this second palette has shades that looks even better. 

Vogue Stripes Stationery from Minted
I've officially run out of my old stationery and it's time to get some more!  I love this beautiful striped stationery from Minted.  Isn't it just perfect?

Warmer Waters Bikini, Anthropologie
I fell in love with this bikini the second I saw it!  I typically go for a solid suit, and I adore this beautiful shade of blue, and the fun cut of the top. 
Clarisonic Mia
  I have always had problematic skin, and after hearing wonderful things about the Clarisonic Mia for years, I'm determined to finally give it a try.  I think it could make the world of a difference, and might even make me enjoy washing my face!!

I need a case for my new Kindle Fire, and I love this preppy Kate Spade version.  Too cute!
I wanted to go to this concert the second it was announced, and am pleasantly surprised that the tickets on Stubhub aren't too crazy expensive.  Coldplay will be in LA in May, and I'm really hoping to go!  These tickets would make the perfect birthday gift!  (CAhusband, this is your big hint!)

So there you have it, my 26th birthday wishlist!  What's on your wishlist as we head into spring?
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Golden Globes 2012

Well, what can I say?  I didn't intend to take nearly two weeks off of blogging, but these things just happen sometimes.  I plan to be back with a little more regularity now, and there's no better excuse to start blogging again than some red-carpet fashion.

Last night we went to watch the Giants vs. Packers game with some friends, and I planned to be home right at the start of the Globes.  We got home just at 5:30 which allowed me to watch most of the show boring acceptance speech free! 

The Golden Globes are one of my favorites because they honor both TV and movies... 2 of my favorite things.  Sadly, I watch or have seen nearly all of the TV shows that were nominated.  I haven't done so well in the movie department this year, but plan to remedy all of that before the Oscars!

Here are some things I learned from the Golden Globes:

-I knew Homeland was an amazing show!  It's 2 awards were extremely well deserved.  If you haven't watched this, it's time you start!
-I absolutely must go see Descendants, and am going to remedy that on my day off today. 
-My Week with Marilyn is the next flick on my must see list!
-I need to get season 1 of Downton Abbey on Netflix!
-NBC really wants us to watch Smash, and I'm completely falling for all of their ads.  I can't wait for this show!

Now, here are my favorite fashions from last night:

Heidi Klum in Calvin Klein Collection
This perfectly simple nude dress with turqoise jewelry was perfection. 

Salma Hayek in Gucci
Such a gorgeous dress.  I love the beading on the top and the sparkle of the skirt.

Claire Danes in J. Mendel
This is black and white done in such a fun way.  I love the back!

Jessica Alba in Gucci
I normally hate this color and it didn't do much for me on the carpet, but when she walked on stage to present her award I was blown away by how beautiful she looked in this dress.

Charlize Theron in Dior
I wasn't so sure about this at first, but I think I've decided I love it. 
 I think the hair and headband are what sold me on this look.

Paula Patton in Monique Lhullier
I'm not sure there's ever been a Monique Lhullier dress I don't love, and this
beautiful yellow looks amazing with Paula's skin tone and hair color.

Now, I have to say my biggest disappointment of the night has to go to Jessica Biel.  I think she is such a gorgeous girl, and I was hoping she'd make a killer red carpet moment to really draw in the press after her recent engagement to JT.  Sadly this was a huge misstep and I agree with the press, she looked like she borrowed her Grandma's wedding dress.  Major fail.

Who were your favorites last night?

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This January

Aside from the fact that my birthday is this month, I kind of hate the month of January.  It's just kind of a blah month for the most part, and it always seems like kind of a let down after the excitement of the holiday season.

We're having some gorgeous weather right now though, so I'm trying to find the fun in the month that lies ahead although things will be pretty low key around these parts.

This January I/we will...
  • Focus on getting my 2012 resolutions off to a good start!  This year I an keeping it simple: exercise more, cook more, read more, save more!
  • Try not to get sick for my 26th birthday!  If I'm sick this year, it will be my 3rd sick birthday in a row, and that's just not acceptable.
  • If I can come through on the previous goal, we hope to make some fun plans for my birthday on the 29th.
  • Go see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  I think this movie looks so good!
  • Plan our President's Day weekend getaway (we're thinking Scottsdale or LA, feel free to weigh in).
  • Enjoy a long weekend at home with CAhusband for MLK day.
  • Hit the half-point in the school year, and do a major happy dance! 
  • Try my hardest to resist buying all of the darling new spring clothes I'm spying everywhere.
  • Try not to get sucked into too many of the new TV shows that are starting up.
  • Go to at least one new (to us) restaurant that's on our list.
  • Track my exercise and what I eat on my new My Fitness Pal app. 
What are you up to this January?

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