Archive for January, 2012

HAR.

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

mad men countdown begins!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Ready to rock!

Due to some discrepancies between AMC and the show’s creator Matthew Weiner (in short, the network is greedy and wanted to cut time off the show for more ad space and have more product placement in the show itself and, understandably, this pissed the guy off because his show is one of the the network’s hottest commodities so he should have a little more say as he’s protective of his show …blegh).  ANYWAY, because of that noise, season 5 of Mad Men has been held off for a long time.  Considering it’s one of my favorite shows on the air right now …this has left me with DVDs.

I cannot watch anymore old episodes for a while.  I managed to burn myself out on them.  It has been a long time.

Two months from yesterday and counting!…. (but who’s counting?)

DRINK MORE WATER!!!!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The best way to make sure you get your daily water intake …totally practical!

This is an age-old piece of advice, and one that people tend to ignore and then sheepishly chuckle and admit to one of their bad habits as “not drinking enough water …or any …does beer count?”  There are TONS of reasons and benefits to drinking water, but here’s the incentive of the day: Drinking water aids in weight loss.

In fact, a recent study has shown that drinking 16 oz. of water before each meal can help you lose weight AND keep it off.  The study showed that people who drank more water not only lost more weight, but kept it off over the next year, while those who went off the water-drinking regimen gained a little weight back.  By the way, they tested water that was regular ol’ water, not mineral water as I had written about previously (guzzling mineral water is supposed to help plump out wrinkles better than “regular” water).  I wouldn’t stress too much about what kind of water you’re drinking, so long as it’s clean (I run my tap water through a Pur filter).

If you’re finding it difficult to stay hydrated, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and drinking throughout the day.  If you have it around you all the time, you’ll find yourself taking swigs.  On an on-and-off basis (it is really hard to make good habits stick …even if it’s as simple as swigging water) I’m amongst the countless people who don’t drink enough water.  I’ve been keeping a liter bottle around with me and have found that I now drink 2-3 liters a day.  I’ve cut out (almost completely) sugary juices and sodas and have noticed a large difference in my energy, skin …and I have to pee ALL the time (annoying, yes, but clear them toxins, yeah!).

It’s one of my “optimistic goals” I’ve spoken of.  I’m still “on the horse” as of now.  My biggest trick is to not keep tastier drinks easily accessible.  I don’t have a hard time turning down soda …but lemonade (or Arnold Palmers …mmm…) or even juice …those are harder to pass up for water.  It really is nice not feeling dehydrated though.  I don’t think people notice how “blah” dehydration makes them feel …unless they’re beaten over the head with it via hangover.  I don’t know about that weight loss claim as of yet but then, I like to eat.  So …I would always encourage drinking more water.  It’s the most basic primary thing your body wants.

And hey, science says so.

a new take on “breakfast at tiffany’s”

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

THIS is what is hanging over my stove (har har …breakfast …kitchen …har)

And THIS is what I’m going to replace it with when the day comes.  Yesss!

Hanging something over your stove or sink …well, you have to do it with the understanding that its shelf life may be shorter than other parts of your home.  I don’t mind replacing my Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster knowing this is out in the world waiting to be hung up!  Perhaps I’ve shown too much of my dark sense of humor?  Nah.  I love Holly Golightly.  The movie version more so than the book (don’t hear that very often) …too much literal hookerdom …I found it harder to want to emulate.  I don’t actually want to see Cat attack her …but yeah, it’s pretty funny.

Most people find Banksy on the over-exposed side.  I think he’s successful for a reason.  It does sort of contradict the principles of street artists in certain ways, but whatever, I love most of what the man does.  Just assume you’ll be seeing more of his work here (and in my home …prints not originals …obviously, I’m not Daddy Warbucks, geez guys).

No, seriously, I love Holly Golightly …I own a replica of the sleep mask …and I’d be sad if a cat mauled it.

foot candy (steve madden L-wedge to be specific)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

LEOPARD foot candy! Delicious.

Every so often, a fashion piece comes along that truly rocks your world.  These shoes rock my world.  Height while still maintaining comfort? Yes please! (It’s almost unheard of in the shoe universe).  They do rub on the ankle a smidgen, but I’m not going to let that rain on my fancy feet parade.  I’m a big fan of instant statement pieces.  It’s almost fool proof to keep the outfit simple and then pick the right mind blowing accessory.  The beauty of these beauties is that they can be paired with another interesting pattern and it’s not too much (if you have the balls to mix patterns …I do).  You can effortlessly pair these with MOST things and it’s a chic result.

My fella seems to hate animal print.  That’s his loss.  For a while it was mine.  I’m ashamed to say, but for some time I refrained from buying animal print pieces because I wanted to wear things he thought I looked nice in.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice for someone you love.  But then I remembered something: I should wear what I like.  I have pretty great taste if I do say so myself.  Sometimes it isn’t executed properly and I look back with a little cringe -but that all comes with taking textile risks.  I’d rather risk being on a “don’t” list (and like what I’m wearing anyway) than be boring.  I picked up a cute cropped fake leopard print coat *complete* with hot pink lining when I was selecting pieces for my Edie Sedgwick (basically my style hero) Halloween costume a couple of years ago ….and the closet became liberated from there.

Anyway, I like to share things that excite me.  These excite me in that trivial materialistic way I quasi hate myself for indulging in …but to covet is human, right?  It’s a give and take balance (donate or sell older things to make room for the new …or simply new to me in most cases).

***HAPPY DANCE …tall and snazzy happy dance!***