weekend wrapup: parents and birthdays

This weekend my parents came to visit, which was awesome.  I knew it would be a busy weekend so I took it easy on Friday night and worked on my Mug Club at Parish Cafe.  I currently have about 87 beers to drink in about 100 days.  I made some good headway recently considering I was way behind in my numbers just a couple of weeks ago.  This Mug Club is something that definitely requires dedication.
One day my name or sassy slogan of sorts will be engraved on a mug hanging from the ceiling.  Someday…
On Saturday my parents drove up from New Jersey.  Being the great parents they are, they schlepped my winter clothes and boots and newly tuned-up bike, had a couple meals with me, and left the next day.  My mom also started me on my newest addiction–Alex and Ani bracelets.  She picked up the “E” bracelet as a belated birthday present to me and insisted that we stop in the store on Newbury Street for another.  I’m super excited about my new arm candy!
On Saturday night I had a girl friend’s 30th birthday party.  We rented out a trolley to take 40+ people around Boston for drinking shenanigans.  I got all gussied up in stilettos for the first time since my ACL surgery and went heavier on my makeup for the occasion.  I’m finally getting a handle on cat eyes, I think.
My hair is looking pretty auburn in this pictures, which is an inspiration for my hair appointment on Friday because I’m going full auburn for the fall.
On Sunday my dad took me to Ikea for a power shopping excursion.  I needed a wardrobe to make up for a serious lack of closet space.  We were in an out of Ikea in 30 minutes and I only bought 2 things over what was on my shopping list–score!
I planned to spend the rest of Sunday putting this bad boy together but it took less than an hour and then I took a nap.
I’m super excited to fill the top shelf with fall and winter sweaters and the bottom with boots!
So that was my busy but productive weekend.  How was yours?

what I’ve been wearing

Remember when I used to take pictures of my outfits on my deck in New Jersey with a fancy tripod and shutter remote?  Yeah, well, now I’m in Boston, still haven’t set up my fancy tripod and take pictures in my bathroom in front of my toilet.
Buttttt I’m now getting dressed for work everyday and have more outfits to post so it evens out…sort of.  Below is a lazy woman’s fashion blogging, brought to you by crappy bathroom lighting and a mirror that got wiped down after that last pic.
It is official.  I need something more than black, white, and magenta in my wardrobe!  Those are also not the same black pants I keep wearing–they’re 3 different pairs that seemingly photograph the same.  Yeah, let’s go with that until I can go shopping.

day and night: red shorts and stripes

The weather in Boston has been hot as balls lately, or if you don’t have balls, hot as the underside of your boob rubbing against an underwire.  Yesterday I saw a window washer who, after washing a window with sudsy water, went back to squeegie it off 10 seconds later but the water had already evaporated.  Yeah, it’s that hot.
While my plight isn’t as bad as a window washer standing on a scaffolding in the sun for 8 hours a day (or however long unions allow them to work in scorching heat), I’m a delicate flower and this heat is just too much for me.  Thankfully, I received a package of shorts from Old Navy’s Stuff and Save sale that I placed last week.  In it were two new pairs of their 3.5″ chino shorts in a reddish coral color and black.  I also got them in yellow but they’re hella see through and even I have standards so those puppies will be returned!  While I love my cutoffs, they’re not appropriate for all occasions so I needed some “adult shorts”, if you can call 3.5″ shorts “adult shorts”.
I love these shorts so hard that I wore them all day to work (I work at home or at Panera or anywhere with wifi) and then all night to meet a friend out for drinks.  I could have changed because they got a little wrinkled but instead ran my straightening iron over them because I’m cool like that.
Here are my two looks for these awesome shorts.  I was feeling the nautical vibe–I’m living in New England after all–and paired it with a chain link necklace and stripes.
DAY
Not pictured are mustard leather flip flops in which I smashed up my toe because I’m a klutz and might now have only 9 1/2 toenails.
NIGHT
I dressed up the shorts for nighttime by pairing them with some awesomely cheap wedges from Target.  If you’re wearing heels, follow the Hemisphere Rule–if you’re baring your legs, keep the top covered, if you’re bearing your boobs, cover them legs!
There’s my day and night look.  Annnnnd now I have the Kid Cudi song stuck in my head.  Awesome.

blushing

As a blogger I find myself doing things that other people would be otherwise embarrassed about.  Today, as I was completely self absorbed in the act of photographing myself on my deck, some neighbors walked by.  I could hear them walking with their dog ::step step, pitter patter, step step, pitter patter:: and kept on with my shoot ::beep beep, click::  turn and look away ::beep beep, click:: turn and look at the ground ::beep beep, click::
But no more step step, no more pitter patter.  I looked around to see two people and a dog staring up at me, quizzically.  It was as though they’d never seen a woman taking pictures of herself in the middle of the day on the deck.
I returned the quizzical look.  Did they not understand the importance of documenting my outfits for no one in particular?  ::step step pitter patter step step pitter patter:: and they had moved on, likely laughing at the strange woman on her deck.  Which caused me to laugh, perhaps maniacally, at the thought that these unsuspecting people (and their dog) had borne witness to my weirdness.
::beep beep, click, beep beep, click::
Mwahahahaha!

Jeans: American Eagle // Sweater: Joe Fresh // Jacket: Forever 21 // Necklace: similar // Heels: Target
Has anyone ever caught you being a weird blogger?

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the green dress

You know that piece of clothing that you just love and pull out when you want to feel like a million bucks?  Perhaps it’s because someone one commented on it and called you The Girl in the Green Dress (or Red Pants Girl or Spiky High Heel Chick) and you took it to mean that you look fabulous in it instead of the fact that they might have just used it as a physical identifier?
Yeah, well I do and it’s this green dress.  I wore it last night out to a fancy steak dinner because I wanted to feel all fancy and shit.  And, while my wedges were a second choice to stilettos that I can’t wear because of my healing ACL (asshole knee), they got the job done and I felt all fancy and awesome in my green dress.

What’s your “I feel like a rockstar” piece of clothing?