Where am I?

Less than an hour after I checked in, I got the email.

We see where you are departing tomorrow and hope that you had a wonderful stay here at _______! We realize you have many options when traveling and appreciate you choosing to stay with us.  We wanted to reach out to you and ensure that everything with your stay exceeded expectations.  On behalf of the staff, we wish you a safe trip home, and we hope to see you again sometime soon!

Soon after, the airline sent me an email suggesting I check in for tomorrow’s flight now.

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My favorite James Corden segment (not Carpool Karaoke!)

I really like James Corden and his show. Let’s face it – most things are genuinely better with a British accent.

Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segments get a lot of love, but it’s this Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts video that cracked me up more. As a picky eater, I cringed too

 

I thought it would be a basic Truth or Dare-type bit where the dare is to eat something gross. However it’s so much better than that. The questions are beyond awkward to answer – for example, Niall Horan is asked “who is your least favorite member of One Direction?”

This iteration of the bit is even better because it’s two versus two–if your teammate declines to answer, you both eat the gross item.

I thought we could all use a laugh right now. Enjoy!

My New Year’s plans involve a giant kiss off to 2016

I had just assumed that 2016 would end on one high note – the Bowery Collective‘s annual festivities. And I would have been perfectly content to do so. It’s a beautiful, fun gathering with amazing food and drink.

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But then, one of my friends from my July vacation asked “any interest in going back to Saint Martin for New Year’s?”

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The perfect sweater – via @Athleta

For someone who loves Sweater Weather as much as I do, I struggle to find the PERFECT sweater, seemingly over and over again each winter.

I am never Satisfied.

(Sorry, I am presently listening to this song from the Hamilton Mixtape on repeat.)

The perfect sweater to me is one that just works whether I’m going to a movie with friends or running errands. It’s comfortable and yet stylish, a step up (at least) from your nicest sweatshirt. The perfect sweater can’t be itchy or too tight or so loose it makes me look like a trash heap.

After a few wearings, I often decide something is wrong with the newest sweater. The sleeves or body are too short. It isn’t soft enough. The material has pilled. It shrinks with laundering. Etc.

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Image via totallystitchin.net

Recently I had a week-long business-and-personal trip and, as usual, I packed poorly for it.

I had business in Dallas (somewhat warm), and then flew to Scranton (via Charlotte) for a night before driving to Pittsburgh with my mother. Pennsylvania temps were noticeably cooler than Dallas – DUH. I had only brought my new motorcycle jacket as outerwear which was stupid given that we were going to be outside a lot, including at a nighttime outdoor football game.

So I went shopping in Pittsburgh and luckily I found a new favorite sweater (as well as another coat. More on that later).

Athleta’s Ravine Tunic is my Perfect Sweater. I love its relaxed fit and loose turtleneck. It keeps me warm, but not too warm. And because it’s a wool blend, no itching!

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Via Athleta

I got the sweater in black which has, unfortunately, sold out, but it comes in other colors. I’m buying the white for sure, and maybe the red too.

Athleta has some other great items. I want these pants for lounging around, and am waiting for this cashmere tunic to go on sale

Here are a few other sweaters with Perfect potential:

Via Splendid, DVF, Target, Madewell, Etsy and French Connection

Motorcycle jackets are over

I wanted a moto jacket for years. Black, leather, classic. So what if I’m not cool (anymore?) and don’t ride motorcycles.

I knew I was opposed to suede. And I didn’t want a color. Although I had a flirtation with a dark pink Haute Hippie one, because you know me and pink.

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The challenge? My long torso and a desire not to spend a gazillion dollars on another coat. I have a lot of coats.

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Cheap thrills

You know how I started spending all kinds of cash on skin care? I’m still doing that.

But two of my current favorite makeup products* are inexpensive items I picked up at CVS.

[Although both are Maybelline, this is not a sponsored post.]

First, this brow pomade crayon. You know I love to talk about eyebrows.

I started using the crayon – in blonde – after this other brow product (which I bought in transparent) started making my skin breakout.

I like the way it fills in my brows without making them look too strong.

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I wore Berry Bossy to Hamilton

Second, I found another lipstick I love.

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Summer of Suck 2.0: a sort of sequel

“So it was benign, right?”

“Well…it’s complicated”

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And so begins an awkward conversation with well-intentioned friends and colleagues. I know how to answer the question – sort of – but responding almost certainly requires me to veer into TMI territory. I am comfortable talking about what I have been through and what I face next. It helps me. But I am not a mind reader so I don’t always know how much people can handle or truly want to know.

If I have already told you too much, or if you were just being polite, I’m sorry…kind of. Not really.

I don’t know.

 

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