Live Well: First Weekend of 2013 Recap

I couldn't have asked for a better first weekend of 2013. It felt like it included a little bit of everything - dinner with friends to quality time with my husband, breathtaking views of the city to the tiny touches at home that make me love where I live. Some of the highlights were:


Dinner and walking around in Japantown. I found Japanese Mickey (Minnie?) Mouse. I think I like him/her. And yes, I did rob a bank after this. I'm glad you like my (husband's) hat.


Hopping over to the Sundance theater to see the best movie I've seen in quite a long time. Go see it!


Powering up for my first Pure Barre class with a delicious combination of oatmeal, peanut butter, strawberries, and blueberries. (My thoughts on Pure Barre coming after I finish the rest of the classes in my starter pack!)


Finally taking down our Christmas tree. This picture was taken during the brief period where we considered lowering the tree out of our window and onto the street. Yes, that was idea #1 generated by the resident Stanford and Rice grads. Don't judge.


Rediscovering the beauty of our bedroom due to my husband's New Year's Resolution to make the bed every day. Needless to say, I have been very supportive of that resolution!

DSC_9852Going on a gorgeous walk in a gorgeous park in my gorgeous city. Could I be any luckier?

I would also like to take a minute to say that my love for J. Crew has grown after this weekend (who knew that was possible?). I wore a J. Crew silk blouse I got for Christmas for the first time on Saturday night, and at some point in the evening two threads on the front snagged and essentially ruined the entire shirt. I took it into the store on Sunday (seeing as that level of quality is pretty unacceptable) and they gave me a refund immediately, no questions asked, and were very apologetic and accommodating. I was so grateful!

I think life will finally be returning to its normal pace this week - are you ready for it? I'm not sure I am. I guess I'll have to keep my mind on the next weekend, which always seems to be better than the last. Have a great week!

Live Well: Christmas Tree Decorating

DSC_7610As you've probably gathered from yesterday's post and my recent Instagram pictures, I spent my Saturday night decorating our Christmas tree. It was the perfect low-key night - while it rained and rained outside, we stayed warm and dry inside, in pajamas, with our new tree and our beautiful ornaments.

DSC_7514What says Christmas quite like a 40-inch TV? Oh, and a garland...







DSC_7547She looks exactly like me, right?

DSC_7586_2Me next to our masterpiece. We'll only get to enjoy this beautiful tree for a little less than two weeks (we head to Texas December 14th for the holidays) but it's worth it all the same. Also, if you gave us a Crate & Barrel gift certificate as a wedding present, gaze upon the fruits of your gift! Getting to go on an absolute ornament shopping spree in Crate & Barrel last year with our numerous gift cards was an awesome way to kick off the Christmas season.

Have a very festive Tuesday.

Dress Well: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

DSC_7398This past weekend, my husband and I decided to go buy our Christmas tree. Despite the torrential and seemingly never-ending rain, we managed to sneak out of the apartment and around the corner to our local Christmas tree lot while it was misting, instead of pouring.

DSC_7479Our urban forest.

J. Crew plaid shirt, J. Crew puffer vest, J. Crew leggings, Unknown scarf (similar), J. Crew rainboots (similar)




DSC_7438The joy of finding that perfect tree. Pictures of our decorating session coming tomorrow!

Also, could we please take a minute and reflect on the futility of attempting to defy nature? Below is a picture of my curls before I left the house on this Christmas tree excursion.

IMG_0999The really depressing part is it took me about 30 minutes to curl and about 30 seconds for them to completely unravel. Oh well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!