Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Hudson Love Affair

Hudson jeans are by far my most favoritest jeans ever.  If you don't own a pair, you really need to do yourself a favor and buy one.  (Be careful, though - you'll get hooked!)  Their fit is just fantastic, and I love their look.  The first pair I bought was at full price, since I didn't know any better, but since then I've wised up!  I knew I wouldn't be able to grow my collection if I kept spending $200 each time, so I found ways to get them at a discount.  Occasionally you can grab a cute pair at Nordstrom Rack for $99, but the selection is usually limited.  The best place I've found to buy Hudson Jeans at an affordable price is when Rue La La features them.  They did that recently and I picked up two pairs for $79 each.  That's a heck of a deal considering their normal MSRP.  Seriously, these jeans are worth it. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Riley Weight Loss - Update 3

Meezy recently took Riley to the vet for his weigh-in and to buy him some more diet food.  I can't tell you how excited I was when I heard the results!  His current weight is 44.5 lbs.  That's 5 pounds less than it was in September, and more than 15 pounds less than he was at his heaviest!  We're so proud!  We felt horrible knowing that his weight gain was entirely our fault, so we're happy now to be responsible for his weight loss.  Now that I'm getting mobility back, 3 months after my kneecap fracture, I'm excited about taking him for more outdoor activities.  We'll continue regulating his diet and definitely increase his exercise in the coming months.  I am confident we can get him back to a healthy weight before the year is over.  The vet said that when he reaches 40 lbs, they will examine him again and decide on a target weight.  Then, when he reaches that, we'll just work on weight maintenance.  Yay for getting this guy healthy again!!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Never Thought I'd Buy This

If you know me personally, then you know that I'm not much of a cook.  I enjoy hosting parties and get-togethers at my house, but you won't find me cooking up dinner feasts every day of the week (really, any day of the week).  About the only times I cook are in preparation of family gatherings, Supper Club, or when friends are coming over.  I don't like getting fully ready before I start the cooking, because then I run the risk of getting schmutz on my clothes.  I also don't like waiting until all the cooking is done before I get ready, because chances are something will take longer than expected, and I'll be rushing to change while guests are arriving.  When we hosted game night at our house a couple of weeks ago, I really wished I had an apron.  I was working on fajitas, queso, 7-layer dip, bean and corn salsa, etc, and it started to get pretty messy.  I have never bought an apron before, because I just really didn't think I'd use it enough to justify its purchase.  After that night, though, I made the decision that one would definitely be purchased, and even a single future use would make it worthwhile.  Anthropologie has some of the cutest aprons I've ever seen, so I knew that's where I needed to go.  I picked up the 3-D Toile Full Apron in Sky.  It's adorable!

Now I won't mind having to worry with the food right up until the last minute because my outfit will be safe underneath, and I'll even be cute enough to open the door for guests while still wearing this!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Killer Heels

If you don't have at least one pair of "killer heels," you need to get one.  They are the shoes that make you feel like a million bucks when you wear them.  For me personally, they're the Christian Dior platform pumps I bought in Paris last year. 

After seeing the pic, is it surprising the style is called 'Lolita'? Haha.  But seriously, you can't put these shoes on and not feel sexy.  The cutout feature by the toe is very flattering, and the little silver button (one saying C and the other saying D) is a very nice touch.  I think what drew me to them initially was the cork bottom.  It makes the shoe a little more wearable in my everyday wardrobe, instead of having to just reserve them for extra fancy occasions.  Today I'm pairing them with a black pinstripe skirt and a white button up blouse, both from Ann Taylor Loft.

I think the thing that surprised me the most about them was their price.  If you try to buy them here in the States, you'll go broke quickly.  They were much more affordable when I bought them in Paris! Who would've thought?  I do also love that the website I linked to describes them as "killer pumps."  See, I told you! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Oh, the memories!

When Meezy and I traveled to Europe last year, I tried to save as many souvenirs and mementos as I could, to help us document and remember our trip.  Up until this past weekend, those items had just sat in folders on the desk in my office.  I finally decided I needed to do something with them, and set aside a few hours yesterday for that purpose.  I've done scrapbooks in the past, and they tend to be TONS of work, with very few people ever seeing them.  They also usually get stuffed in a drawer or under the coffee table, and quickly get forgotten.  I figured I would do something differently with these special items, though.  I'd organize them in such a way that they would be seen more often, and by more people.  Here's the finished product:

I used a 30" x 24" frame (with glass), and just attached my items to the cardboard that came with it.  I'm so proud of it!  It includes postcards, receipts, tickets, business cards, hotel keys, newspaper clippings, maps, pamphlets, and coins.  It's hanging in my living room now, so every time I walk by it I can remember how much fun we had.  It was really awesome just to put it together because I got to relive the amazing memories we made.

My favorite items on the "memory poster" are:

1) The Wimbledon ticket stub from the Ladies Final (near top center)
2) The Musee Oceanographique ticket stub (near middle center)
3) The Nurburgring access card (near bottom center)
4) The newspaper clipping with the aerial shot of the 200,000 Dutch fans (including us!) cheering on Holland during the World Cup Final (bottom right) 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Haverty's - They're Doing it Right!

I love it when I come across a company that provides awesome customer service.  I don't just mean "customer service" in the sense of handling a complaint; I mean it in the sense of really serving their customer's needs.  I bought a chaise lounge from Haverty's this week, and it was scheduled to be delivered today during a 2-hour window of time.  If you've ever dealt with deliveries or repairmen, you know that there are often large discrepancies between when they say they'll arrive, and when they actually do.  I recently dealt with a company that gave me a 5-hour window, and that was pretty atrocious.  If you work full-time, outside your home, you dread having to set up any appointments like this.  You're pretty much at their mercy, and can't risk trying to venture a guess at when they'll show up. 

When I logged into my account on Haverty's website to review my order, I was given the option to "Follow the Truck."  This. Is. Awesome.  I was able to see the schedule of all the deliveries for the day, their general location, the truck's progress, and where I stood in line.  This way, I would know if they were running behind, or in my case, if they'd be early.  Here's what it looked like halfway through the morning:

How great is that? I kept tracking it as the day went on, and then I even received a call from Haverty's at noon to let me know they'd be a little early.  I already knew that, though, based on the truck's progress!  They ended up arriving around 12:50, and took all of 2 minutes to unload and set up the chaise.  They even put felt on the legs before bringing it in so it wouldn't scratch my hardwood.  I can't tell you how impressed I was with this experience with Haverty's.  I'm definitely going to consider them for our future furniture needs, and recommend them to anyone who asks.  This is how customer service should be!   

Premium Brands at a Discount

Shopping has gotten even more fun these days with the advent of various online sites that offer premium products at discounted prices.  Some of my favorites in this category are:

Rue La La

Beyond the Rack

Gilt Groupe

I bought some Seven jeans from Rue La La last year, and they have quickly become one of my favorite pairs to wear.  I can't remember exactly how much they were, but they were at least half off the normal department store price! 

 Rocker in Soho
Another great purchase from Rue La La was these fancy gold shoes by Guess by Marciano:

I call them my "one hit wonders."  You can't wear them with very many outfits, but when they work with an outfit, they really make it shine.  The retail price is $187, and the cheapest I have seen them on Amazon is $75.  But, I got them on Rue La La for $59.  Love that site!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Welcome, Baby Ryan!

This week I was able to meet Ryan, the newest addition for my friends, Matt and Kari.  It's not like I haven't seen numerous newborns in my lifetime, but I always seem to say, "Oh, he's so little!" everytime I see one.  LOL.  I guess, as time passes between holding one, you forget how small they start out!  He was so incredibly precious, and bore a very striking resemblance to his older brother, Connor, at that age.  I spent an hour holding him, and he was the perfect baby the entire time! 

Besides being thrilled to meet the little guy for the first time, I also loved having the opportunity to catch up with Kari.  I miss her being my coworker, because then we could hang out all the time!  I will definitely make a better effort to see her, and the rest of her awesome family, more often this year.

Since it seems like 80% of the women I know are pregnant, this will be the first of many "Welcome to the world" posts this year!  Stay tuned.  :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Content of One's Character

I could write a long paragraph about this video, but I'll let it speak for itself.  My only comments are this:  I wholeheartedly agree with this young man.  Very well said, Zach Wahls.