Friday, March 29, 2013

Being A Friend

This post is going to come out like word vomit, excuse my French, but my thoughts have been all over the place the past few days.

In the past 2 weeks I have found out that my three closest friends are moving, one to London, one to Singapore (this hasn’t been 100% confirmed, but is looking pretty good) and one to Seattle.   Two live in Atlanta so we are used to long distance, but one is in LA and my heart is broken.  Honestly, I couldn’t be more excited for them, they are following their dreams or their husband’s dreams and I know exactly what that is like.  You are going some place new that is full of potential opportunity.  You have no idea what life will be like tomorrow, much less 3 months from now.  It is an adventure.   These three women have taught me so much about friendship and I couldn’t be more grateful.  I've learn so much about myself and what I value in others.  I have never been one to have a lot of friends, it just wasn’t my style, but I have come to realize it is quality, not quantity.  With that said, I am foreseeing wonderful trips in the future.  We are not breaking up, we are now just in long distance relationships.  That’s what we have to tell ourselves.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013


This time last year we flew up to San Francisco to meet our college best friends from Atlanta for a wine tasting weekend.  We had talked about this trip many times over the past few years but finally followed through and it was nothing short of spectacular.  We rented a cabin near the Russian River and spent our days enjoy copious amounts of wine.  

Take me back please.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Get Your Soul Cycle On

Late last year I was introduced to Soul Cycle.   It is an NYC based spinning class that feels like a club.  Think dark room, amazing remixes, crazy energy, bodies close together, yeah not your typical spin class right?  My co-workers and I became mildly obsessed when I planned a ride late last year for our company.  Being a girl who really doesn’t enjoy spinning I was hesitant at first, but one class changed my mind. 
The classes are expensive {$25} plus shoe rental {$3} so I don't go as often as I like, but they do offer community rides once or twice a week.  Free classes + free shoes=totally there!  Tomorrow is my first community ride at 6 AM.  Wish me luck…that is early! 

If you are in NYC or LA I would highly recommend checking this out.  


Monday, March 25, 2013

St. Lucia

If you are looking for new music to listen to with your windows down and your sunroof open then St. Lucia is your band for spring.  A friend of mine discovered them through Twitter two weeks ago and they have quickly become one of our favorite up and coming bands.  They also do Foster the People remixes, seriously I'm in love! Check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  

Check them out here


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yes Please!

I mean, have you ever seen a more perfect pin?  I think not.  
Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Two weekends ago some co-workers and I made the treck up to Mammoth for the weekend.  It was my first time to this tiny ski town and I loved it.  We were welcomed with fresh powder which is always a plus.  Although we didn't ski, we spent the weekend hanging out, drinking, dancing and bonding.  It was an amazing weekend that I wish I could re-live again.

On the bus ride up.  We were a little excited for 7 AM.

Riding the gondelas up to the mountain

Night one at the Tiki Bar

My work bestie and I on the second night.

Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18th

Today is a very special day in our home.  
It is my parents 35th wedding anniversary and M proposed to me 7 years ago.  
I hope in 35 years M and I as strong and successful marriage as my parents.
Cheers Mom & Dad!!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sunday Social

I've taken an unintentional blogger break this past week.  Between Mammoth and work it has been a whirlwind, but I'm glad to be back.  Today I'm linking up with Neely for Sunday Social.

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
I am convinced that every rainy day in LA should be an automatic "work from home day."  Although that never happens a girl can dream right?  My perfect rainy day is to be at home, watch movies, read, eat crappy food and listen to thunder, which I have only heard twice in the 4.5 years we've lived here.

What is your favorite thing to do on a summer weekend?
Run by the beach and go to the beach with friends
What is your favorite spring activity?
Run by the beach and hike 

What is your favorite way to spend a winter day?
Um...what's winter? 
What is your favorite season and why?
Summer.  Warm weather, my birthday, vacations and college football {which starts in August}.  
What is the best birthday you ever had?
This is a hard one.  Growing up we spent my birthday every year at Pawley's Island, SC with my best friend and her family.  Now that I'm older, I would have to say when my SIL, Allie, threw me a party for my 26th with out LA family.  It was such a fun night! 


Friday, March 8, 2013


This weekend I am spending some quality time with friends in Mammoth.  
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Take This Waltz

Take This Waltz is a 2011 Canadian romantic comedy-drama film. The film centers on Margot, a 28 year oldfreelance writer who lives in a charming house on a leafy street in Toronto's Little Portugal neighbourhood, as she struggles with and examines her feelings for Lou, her husband of five years, while exploring a new relationship with Daniel, an artist and rickshaw driver who lives across the street.

On Sunday night M and I watched this (him for the second time) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  In my mind, Michelle Williams can do no wrong.  The roles she chooses may not be the most main stream, but they are real.  There were many times throughout the movie where I felt like I was looking through a window into a relationship. Knowing how un-real movie sets are, anytime a movie can a capture moments like the ones in this movie, it makes me like it that much more.  The film was directed by Sarah Polley, Avonlea anyone?  We joke about how she is the only woman M would leave me for.  She is such a talent.  If you Netflix queue is lacking check this movie out.  You won't be disappointed.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

February Book Reviews

February was a great month for books!  I have already exceeded my goal for the year.  I love that I have found something that I enjoy so much.  As always please send your recommendations my way. 

Collide by Gail McHugh
This was my favorite book I’ve read this year!  I found it on GoodReads and am so glad I took a chance on this ebook.  I loved that this book took place in NYC with the young, rich and fabulous.   The sequel comes out this summer called Pulse.  Let me just say Gavin Blake is the Christian Grey of 2013.  After reading the book, I emailed the author and she was so gracious to receive fan mail.  I highly recommend this book.  It is the perfect beach read.  A++

Gideon’s Rapture by Sylvian Reynard
This is the second book in the series.  Last month I read Gideon’s Inferno and enjoyed it enough to want to see where their story went.  I enjoyed this book much more than the first.   B+

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
What a bummer this book was!  I pre-ordered it after reading on Perez Hilton the rights had been optioned to make a film.  Out of all the books out there I truly don’t understand why Hollywood would want to make this one.    It was completely awful and while I should have known by the title I gave it a shot anyways.  F

Thoughtless by S.C Stephens
Another book I found though GoodReads recommendations and I am glad I took a chance on it.  This book made me happy, mad, sad and want to date Kellan Kyle in my next life.  At 520 pages, this book takes you on a roller coaster ride of a college relationship dissolving while a new one buds-at the exact same time.  This is the first book in the series of three.  A

Effortless by S. C. Stephens
This is the second installment of the Thoughtless series.  I enjoyed this book more than Thoughtless and I didn’t think that was possible.  Without giving too much away if you haven’t read Thoughtless yet, the journey for this couple continues.  Their relationship is tested while Kellan goes on tour.  There are two twists in this book that I didn’t see coming.  I also emailed this author to let her know how much I enjoyed her books and she was very appreciative.  A Reckless comes out on March 5th and you better believe it is already pre-ordered! 

Fate Interrupted by Kaitlyn Cross
I bought this book on a whim.  After I finished Collide this book came up as a recommendation for $.99, I thought even if it isn’t that great it is only a buck.  Well it wasn’t’ that great.  It kind of left me feeling blah.  There was no real character development.  This is the first book in a two part series.  D

Rush by Maya Banks
This is another Fifty Shades of Grey type books and is the first of the series.  What I liked about this book is the first book follows one relationship of three successful hoteliers.  The next two books follow the other two guys.  I am sure the characters from book one will be involved throughout the other books a little bit.  B+