Clockwise from top left: Incognito in Sausalito, I knead sour-dough, muir muri on the wall, embarca-dare ya, dining al-frisco
OPI has done it again. A new amazing Fall collection of completely gorgeous nail colors for Fall 2013. And you guys, this time it’s named after and color themed to match one of my favorite cities in the world: San Francisco.
If you know much about San Francisco you’ll probably have a little giggle at the nail polish names. Embarca-dare ya? Come on. Lost on Lombard? Stop! The clever is almost too much to handle, and the colors are to die for, as always.
Check it out:
in the carpool lane, lost on lombard, peace & love & opi, first date at the golden gate, keeping suzi at bay, a-piers to be tan, haven’t the foggiest
wharf-wharf-wharf, it’s all san andrea’s fault alcatraz rocks
I’m currently sporting ‘haven’t the foggiest’ which is a gorgeous metallic silver, but embarca-dare ya, and incognito in sausalito plan to get on my nails at some point in the next 7 days. They’re all insanely good. My teenage daughter is a fan of the liquid sand which are the bottom three colors, but I’m … >> find out more…
A few weeks ago I went to see this movie, About Time (a film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral). I love Rachel McAdams and romantic movies and was super stoked to see it, (check out the About Time movie trailer, good grief, you’ll want to go see it asap). But it’s totally not a romantic movie (it is and it isn’t), it’s mostly an amazing movie about how to live the best life ever, no regrets. It’s out in a handful of theaters November 1 and everywhere November 8th.
Go put it in your date book right now, I’ll wait.
I beat the drum of living your best life all the time because I feel the frailty of life in a different way than most. Living with Lupus has of course changed everything. I don’t take much for granted, I can’t afford to. Parenthood has affected me deeply, to the end that I think twice about everything, mull over my life’s experiences and how I can pass on the most important wisdom I’ve earned while taking my own advice.
One of the … >> find out more…
Boots are as much a staple for a stylish outfit for Fall weather as the white tents during fashion week in NYC. They’re a thing, an institution of Fall you might even say. Exactly which boots you should wear is totally up to you, but there are a few standard boot choices, with a million and one variations to consider. Here’s a whole DIY post from Robyn on how to’s: transitioning into Fall Fashion, and another from me on 3 ways to wear booties this Fall. Because really, what does one wear with a skinny jean? What about a super flared boot cut pant? And if you were to wake up and decide you absolutely must wear a dress to work that day, because your legs are too fabulous not to share, what on earth should you wear on your feet with that situation going on?
I’m so glad you asked! I have a very fashion-y answer to all of those questions, just for you.
5 boots you should be wearing this Fall
- The tall high heeled boot: perfect for a flow-y dress or gorgeous knee length or above skirt. Not to be worn with a long
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Guys, the holidays are officially almost upon us. And for whatever reason (just a guess – mom guilt?) at Christmas time, I get super Type-A obsessive about making sure my holiday cards are finished early and mailed out before the serious crazy sets in. Life is insane during the holidays, and I really prefer to do tiny little things all year long in anticipation of December being the worst month of my life, in the history of ever.
ALL OF THE THINGS happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and for some reason having my holiday cards done ahead of the choir, orchestra, and drama performances, not to mention the swim meets and candy-cane-read-a-thons and all of the homework the world has ever known, well, it makes me feel like a better human. It just does. That way I can sit back and
smugly relax and enjoy the holiday panic about everything else that needs to be done immediately, if not sooner.
This year I really do have reason to feel all extra celebratory, because it’s not even Halloween yet and my holiday cards are D-O-N-E.
Let’s talk about that for a second.
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Energy bites with chocolate + pumpkin? Welcome to Tuesday. I know! Stop it. They’re healthy too!
I need confess something: I really like candy. I try to eat healthy 90% of the time, and the other 10% is my sweet tooth getting the better of me. This time of year puts me into full split personality mode. I love healthy, hearty soups and stews and leafy greens. But the flip-side? Gimme the candy. I know I’m not the only one raiding my kids’ Halloween buckets for the Snickers. And Reese’s. And Butterfingers. And anything with chocolate, nuts, nougat, or caramel.
But hey, I made some delicious Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Energy Bites which are now stowed away in my freezer for when that morning (afternoon and evening) sugar craving hits and I have to have something sweet. Preferably that includes chocolate, which these bites do. With these, I’m not going to feel guilty for having three or four at one time. No. They’re loaded with healthy, satisfying things like sunflower butter, pumpkin puree, oats, dates and pumpkin pie spice for a quick hit of energy.
Did I mention chocolate chunks? Yeah, that’s my … >> find out more…
I haven’t done a Friday news round-up for a long, long time. Mostly because I’m distract-able and life is distracting. Something along those lines, but I refuse to commit to a solid reason because I don’t really have one.
In other news, it’s Friday news round-up time! It’s probably been longer than I care to admit so I’ll remind you about what this entails: me including links of news-y stuff you might have missed on the internet and want to read because the internet is made of magic.
- Let’s get started with shirtless / never-nude / almost nude photos of David Beckham swinging on London rooftops. Don’t ask why. All I know is I love the Fug girls more than life itself and photos of David Beckham almost as much.
- I write a weekly Babble Voices column, about anything and everything. This week I wrote about how Being weird is cool, especially when you’re a girl and hear all sorts of mixed messages in your life about how to be / look / act / dress.
- Tomorrow I leave to go spend time with some of my favorite women at a photography retreat in
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You want home made wood polish? I’ve got your home made wood polish.
I’m your best friend like that.
A little while ago I needed to have the kids clean the wood floors and dust the wood furniture, (I’m a mean mom) only to discover we were totally out of wood cleaner / wood polish. I’m no Becky Home-Ec-y, sometimes we run out of cleaning products and it takes me months to notice.
Shut up, I’m busy.
Anyway, two things happened at once that day: I didn’t have time to go buy some new wood polish at the store (see above re: busy) and I realized before Lemon Pledge people were dusting and polishing their wood all by themselves with ingredients from home. So I decided I’d try making some home made wood polish, and I’ll tell you what: I liked it much better than the store bought stuff. I think
I’ll be the kids will be making natural home made wood polish from here on out.
It’s easy. Let me show you how it’s done.
Ingredients for Natural Home Made Wood Polish
(not to be confused with natural home made POLISH people, although I’m good at making … >> find out more…
It’s playlist time. Well, for me it’s always playlist time, but right now it’s time to listen to a little Fall something, something. And since I’m currently listening to a great playlist I made on Spotify, I thought I’d share what I’m loving right now. P.S. if you aren’t already on Spotify, go sign up right now. My dear friend Jane Maynard made me do it (I’ve been listening to Pandora for years) and I can’t tell you how much I love it. The basic version is free! (for the fellow cheapies like myself), and I can make playlists and listen to entire albums on demand. I can’t get enough Spotify in my life. Thanks Janey!
Maybe you’ll love this playlist, maybe you won’t. Hopefully you hear something new and interesting, and at the very least if you listen to different stuff, the neurons in your brain will fire like crazy and connect to all sorts of new neurons, and boom, you’re already smarter for having read this.
There literally are only about 2 genres of music I hate: Western (very twang-y) and death metal. I love everything else. Every type of music has a mood, and I have … >> find out more…