Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Surviving Multiple Weddings in a Row

Starting the last weekends in June, the FiancĂ© and I did the Wedding World Tour: 3 weddings, in three different states, in three consecutive weekends.  And let me tell you, in the age of Facebook and Instagram there was no way I could wear the same dress more than once.  

Here are my tips for dressing for multiple weddings without needing a second job:

1. Recycle Accessories: I wore the same purse and the same shoes to all three of the weddings pictured below and I bet you wouldn't have even notice if I didn't point it out to you.  I also have the same earrings in picture #1 and picture #2 again, no one noticed.  Save money buy investing in quality pieces that are timeless.  A little goes a long way.

2. Changing your Hair, Changes your Outfit: I made the conscious choice to wear my hair in very different ways to change up my look.  Wavy, curly, straight...half-up, down, bangs, no bangs.  Hair is a free accessory.

3. Save, Save, Save: And I don't mean money.  If you are like me, when you get a new dress or a new pair of shoes you want to wear them immediately.  But in this case, I didn't.  I saved that yellow dress from the annual Lilly Pulitzer sale for almost 6 months to wear to that first wedding.  And the maxi dress?  I found that in my closet and I hadn't worn it in almost a year (which is basically like it being new).  Find a deal, and hold on to will pay off in the end.

4. Beg, Borrow, and Steal: That headband?  Borrowed it.  Curled hair in the third picture?  Made my sister do it.  Share closets.  Share talents.  Steal stuff from your sister.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taco Tuesday

Living in Los Angeles, there is no shortage of delicious Mexican food on almost every street corner.  From brick and mortar restaurants to shady food trucks (which really have the BEST tacos) it is hard to not want to go out for Taco Tuesday, well, every Tuesday.

But now that I have a wedding dress to eventually wear, I thought Taco Tuesdays for the foreseeable future where 100% out.  Enter the Flank Steak Taco...

Simple, healthy, and for those of us who dabble with Weight Watchers only 4 P+ a taco.


12 small corn tortillas
1 1/2 tsp salt (I only used 1 tsp because I don't love salt on my food...but to each her own)
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cumin
1 medium avocado
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
2 large red peppers
1 lb. flank steak
1/3 cup red onion
1/2 crumpled feta (I used low fat)
1/2 cup cilantro
2 limes


Heat grill to high. Stack tortillas and wrap in foil; set aside.

In a small bowl, combine salt, garlic, chili powder and cumin; set aside.

Core and seed red peppers; slice each into 6 rings and place in a large bowl. Trim scallions; halve widthwise and add to peppers. Drizzle vegetables with remaining 1 teaspoon oil; toss with 1 teaspoon spice mixture. Rub remaining spice mixture all over steak. 

Place foil packet of tortillas on top rack of grill; place steak, peppers, scallions and avocado on grill close to heat. Grill vegetables and avocado until charred, about 2 to 3 minutes per side; remove from grill and set aside. Grill steak, flipping once, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, for medium rare or longer to desired degree of doneness; remove from grill and let rest a few minutes before very thinly slicing against the grain.

To serve, cut each avocado half into 6 even pieces; mash one piece down center of each tortilla. Layer each with 1 pepper ring, 2 pieces scallion and about 1 ounce steak; garnish with onion, cheese and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce (optional). Yields 1 taco per serving.

Happy Taco Tuesday

Thursday, August 14, 2014

America Runs On...

Today I did a little investigating. I took a "walk" know to stretch my legs, to get the blood pumping, to negate the fact that I will sit in front of my computer for a few hours.  But I really went to confirm a myth. A myth bigger than the Lock Ness Monster, greater than Big Foot, and more mysterious than where exactly Jimmy Hoffa's body is....

The West Coast Dunkin Donuts

And I am happy to report that it does, in fact, exist...

Look at it in all it's French Vanilla Swirl Iced Coffee with skim milk glory. This east coast chic can't fucking wait...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014


So, the original plan was to come back to Los Angeles on July 30th.  But, big stuff started to happen and my trip got extended.  What big stuff?

I officially took a new job.  It is with a heavy heart that I leave teaching, but it was the right time for me to make the move. And I could never leave education totally. 

In fact, now I get to impact even more kiddos as an Instructional Coach for a new literacy iPad app.  I will be working with kids and teachers in LA to bring technology into their reading instruction and I can't wait!

For now I am "working from home" which means "working from a different coffee shop every day until I make my home office functional".

Wish me luck!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Getting to the DMV 15 minutes before it opens just means you have to wait in a line without air conditioning...

First full day back in Los Angeles and where am I, you ask? Oh you know...only the 4th circle of hell.

Yup, you guessed it...the DMV.  

I lost my license running a 5K back in CT and in California, the only way to get a duplicate license is in person. So I will wait with the huddled masses so I can actually drive legally again.

Updates on where the hell I have been after I make it out of this madness...wish me luck.
Monday, July 28, 2014

Lobsta Fingers

See that? That's a New England specialty. Lobster with lots and lots of butter (followed by lots and lots of kettlebell swings).

Friday night I went out with my parents and sister to celebrate my sister finishing her second to last clinical at a spot that any Comnecticution knows well...The Place in Guilford.

And if you know The Place you know two key facts: you sit on tree stumps and you bring your own alcohol. A winning combination. 

Everything at The Place is cooked over a huge fire and everything is delicous. We had clams, corn, and of course lobster...because it's summer in New England after all and what else would we eat?!

 And I know what you are thinking, "Are you ever going back to Los Angeles?"

Yes, and I'll explain why I've been back east so long soon enough. 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mercy, What Will Become of Us

Confession: I love the Dave Matthews Band

I know, could it get any more "bro" or "college" than DMB? 

Probably not, but since high school I have been in love with this band's music and been to almost 20 shows (which is nothing compared to my fiancĂ© who has been to over 40.  See? Match made in heaven).

A few weeks ago the boy, my sister, and her boyfriend got pit tickets to DMB in Hartford and the high school memories came flooding back.

And while we neglected to tailgate starting at 11 am (those were the days) we still did a little parking lot drinking for old tome's sake.

And while the rest of us had double-digit DMB concerts under our belts, it was my sister's boyfriend's first Dave show.

The tickets and the concert did not disappoint.

...people in every direction

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