Thursday, August 25, 2011

JCrew Ballet Inspired Ad

I never get the JCrew catalog, but for some reason I got it today and it featured dancers from the Mariinsky ballet school in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The photos are beautiful and I love how they paired their white tutus with JCrew cozy, cashmere sweaters.

I always wear old sweaters and shrugs in the winter for ballet I definitely related to these photos and admit it makes me want to buy one. It also makes me wish for cold, winter weather.

I do wish they had wrap sweaters, shrugs, and legwarmers...but I guess that's too "ballet" literal. But I love ballet inspired fashion...then again, I'm biased. :)

Ok, enough of me blabbering...enjoy the photos! All photos copied off of JCrew's website.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You say it's your birthday...duh nuh duh nuh duh... it's my birthday too...

Well... not anymore anyways. My birthday was officially Sunday... and it was a pretty big one. I guess I need to update my bio over there to the left, because I am no longer a 20-something...sigh. I've officially started my 30's!

Duh duh duuuuuh...

Lol. Even though everyone swears your thirties are your best years... we will see. My twenties were pretty fun, so... :)

Anyways...the whole weekend was full of celebrations. My family drove up from Birmingham to Charleston for the weekend,and I had lots of out of town friends come as well.

Friday night my parents took my sister (and my niece!), my fiance, me, and a few of our friends out to dinner at Tsunami in Mt. Pleasant. I ordered what I always order there - Shrimp Hibachi - yummy! I helped kill two bottles of wine and opened was so fun! I got lots of great gifts including Seasons 1 through 4 of Mad Men (great show!), a Lilly Pulitzer cooler AND koozie, and this Lilly dress that I told my mom I absolutely didn't need, but wanted so bad... I was so excited to get it! :) I really don't need any more Lilly dresses...but this one is too cute to pass up.

Me at dinner with one of my presents!
Saturday I was so blessed to have a girls' wedding shower thrown for me by my sister and six of my bridesmaids... it was an Alice in Wonderland theme (love Alice in Wonderland!) and my friends went above and beyond... the pictures can explain it all...

Tha amazing 'EAT ME' favors! Included a picture of me from when I was Alice for Halloween, lol.
The food!!
Me with the lovely hostesses wearing the cute aprons I got them as part
of their hostess gifts. And dress has tea cups on it!
Yummy green punch with tea cups - my friend brought her china.
Fun themed decorations.
Me waiting to open gifts. One of my bridesmaids handmade
the Chesire cat above my head - it was awesome!
Me with hostesses again holding picture of missing hostess from
up North who couldn't make it. She made the favors and shipped them down!
Then after a quick nap, it was off to Locals in Mt. Pleasant for my big birthday celebration - and of course it was a theme party... "Saying Goodbye to the Roaring 20's". It was packed! I was so humbled by how many people showed up and by how many people actually dressed up! DJ CNile (former Off the Hook DJ, and currently DJ's at Suede) was there to DJ for us... everyone had so much fun and we closed the bar down. Definitely a great way to end the very last night in my 20's...

Me and my fiance.
Some of the guys...
Some of the girls!
Me and DJ CNile
Me and old college roommate and my future bridesmaid.
Sunday was a day of relaxation and recovery -- my fiance treated me all day long to lunch, a movie and dinner. He's the best!

This week has been kind of depressing as I come off of the high from the weekend and it being all about me... :) I started Monday off with the threat of a hurricane which puts our whole company into storm mode (which can be crazy!). Luckily it looks like it's blown east and will be missing us (hallelujah!).

This week is back to the normal day to day...still busy as ever in the wedding plans. Trying to decide on a final menu for our dinner so I can order our invites. Hope everyone else is having a great week!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Come on Irene

This should make for an interesting weekend... :-/

And now I have 'Come on Eileen Irene' song stuck in my head...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Christy's Closet - Shoes

I have a problem - it's called online shopping, and I do a lot of it. I'm working on curtailing this vice of mine and with overflowing closets, I recently did a massive purge...

I took a huge bin of my gently worn clothes to Uptown Cheapskates - and they took more than half of it and paid me only $76. I can't be too upset with that though because I went in there knowing it would be that bad...but...I still made a little bit of cash, the clothes are off my hands, and the clothes they didn't take went to Goodwill.

I did, however, keep the nice items that I've either only worn once, or never worn at all - i.e. tags still attached (like I said... I have a problem....another post, another time) - to try and sell myself.

I've seen other bloggers sell their items on their blogs and thought I'd give it a try - seriously this stuff is brand new, take advantage of my online shopping habit.

I'm going to do a flat shipping rate of $5 for all items. If you live in Charleston, we can meet up if it's easier and I can just hand them to you if you want to save $5. Just email me and let me know... :)

Today's Category will be Shoes... these are all never worn, like sat in a shoe box in my closet since I bought them.

Orange Wedge sandals from Wet Seal - Size 7
Size 7, Never Worn, Price Tag still attached (originally $26.50)
Selling for $12

Khaki Peep Toe Platform - Size 6.5
Size 6.5, Never Worn, in original box (originally about $30)
Selling for $12

Dark brown, side ruffle knee high boots - Size 7
Size 7, Never Worn (originally about $40)
Selling for $25

Brown almost knee high boots - Size 7
Size 7, Never Worn, Price tag still attached (originally $34.80)
Selling for $20

Khaki sweater boots w/ poms - Size 7
Size 7, Never Worn, Price tag still attached (originally $26.80)
Selling for $12

JCrew navy strap wedges - Size 7*
I bought these in a size 7, but never wore them because they fit more like a narrow size 7 -- so if you have narrow feet or a smaller foot (size 6.5 or less), then these shoes will be perfect for you. Never Worn. I can't remember what I spent on them.
Selling for $25

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"We're Pretty!"

Just saw this commercial tonight and I don't know why, but it cracked me up... the end is the best... "Ba ha ha ha... we're pretty!... ha ha ha".

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend Recap

It looks like the new trend in blogger-land is to recap your weekend activities... and so I am jumping on the bandwagon and following suit. Here goes...

Friday night was intended to be a wild ladies' night -- almost all of our guy friends were in Cancun this past weekend for my fiance's Bachelor party. So all of us ladies decided, "While the mens are away, the ladies will play!" and Friday was our designated night to do so.

We started the night off with dinner and drinks at the new Basil in Mt. Pleasant -- and unlike other Charleston area restaurants, eh hem, our expectations were met and exceeded!

Parking wasn't fun though because Basil doesn't really have their own parking lot (something they probably should have figured out maybe?) so you have to park in the limited parking along the street OR in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot about a block away - which is where I parked and it really wasn't a bad walk. Basil should work something out with Piggly Wiggly and offer valet parking - I think that would be awesome.

A few of us got there early and headed upstairs to the bar area that has a nice wrap around porch with couches, tables and flat screen tv's. This is going to be an awesome happy hour location come cooler weather. As soon as I sat down a waitress was out there to take my order and promptly brought me my glass of house Chardonnay - which was delish.

When most of us had arrived, I was sent down to let the hostesses know our party was there -- we had a reservation at 8pm, but we let them know about ten minutes prior we were there, just in case we'd have to wait. We actually expected to have to wait even with a reservation because they were packed! However, when I let the lady know we were all accounted for and ready when they were, she said, "Oh! Your table has been ready - come on down!" So I scurried back upstairs, grabbed the rest of the ladies, and we were quickly seated at a nice long table.

The food was delish! I have never had Thai, so I was pleasantly surprised. We started with bottles of wine (of course) and several apps -- we had a coconut soup that was pretty good... but it tasted like a warm pina colada to me, and I think you can only have a few spoonfuls, not a whole bowl. My description of a warm pina colada actually kept a few girls from trying it, lol. Oops.

We also had the stuffed shrimp which was SO good. It came with a sweet and sour sauce that was pretty good too.

And we ordered a few Fresh Basil Rolls -- which are wrapped in rice paper, which I noted made the rolls look like a certain male body part... but despite the appearance, lol, they were very good... but I avoided the house sauce that came with it because several girls were gulping down their water after tasting it, telling me to not go near it because it was so spicy.

I am not a spicy food connoisseur. I order mild salsa at Mexican restaurants (which, I don't even like Mexican food because most of it is spicy) because the salsa they put on your table is too spicy for me. I know... everyone says I'm crazy, but for some reason I just can't handle spicy food. So when I ordered my Pad Thai at Basil, I was pleasantly surprised that I could order it with no spice at all.

I didn't get a picture of it, but it was very, very good! I haven't had Pad Thai ever before and it tastes to me like pasta with peanut butter mixed in... lol... but it was good! And the portion size was great -- I ate half and was full with half to take home (that may or may not have gotten eaten late night later in the night).

So I definitely recommend Basil (in Mt. P!) if you get the chance to go - but a reservation is a must!

After dinner, several of the girls went home (lame!), two headed off downtown (we should have followed),  and the remaining five of us tried to rally for a girls' night out. And then there were five....

We just couldn't get motivated to go downtown and two girls actually said they'd probably go home if we went downtown... so we decided to pick a place in Mt. P to just have a beer, let our food settle and then decide on the best place to go out. For some reason we picked Hatchell's Tapas bar in Towne Center. Ugg..why did we pick there? The whole place smelled like a bathroom...for real. It was so gross. And there were three people working there: two girls on their phones texting, standing around, and one guy bartender who was awful.... I ordered a beer, handed him a $10 and watched as he held onto my money and had conversations with patrons instead of giving me my change. Finally got my change. We quickly finished our beers and were trying to get the heck out of there because the smell was so bad, so one of my friends asks the bartender to close her tab. We then proceed to watch the bartender fix other people's drinks, talk, etc. while we just sit there staring at him... he finally heard us saying, "Uh... any day now please?" and finally came over with her tab. Geez! Needless to say we won't be going back there any time soon.

One of the girls then left us to go to the Windjammer to meet up with some other folks to see a concert (she didn't get to bed until 3am, we should have followed)... And then there were four.

We. must. move. on. We tried to rally...we really tried...

The last fun night we had in Mt. P. started with a quick stop at Art's Bar for we decided to try and recreate that momentum by going to Art's on Coleman Blvd. Art's is fun and random. It's either dead or it's packed. It was pretty dead when were were there, but the live band (forget the name) was really good. We had a few beers, took that shot, sat outside and talked... and next thing we know it's almost 1am. For some reason we just couldn't get motivated to go anywhere else -- so we all agreed that while we tried to make a valiant effort, wild girls' night just wasn't in the cards for us. So we all agreed to call it a night.

Can't remember what it was - something cherry lifesaver maybe?
Fell in love with my friend's Michael Kors purse and wanted to steal it - it matches my outfit! I want it!!
We did take some fun pictures at Art's though...including our own makeshift photo booth. Turn your camera timer on, balance on top of Bud Light bottle placed on top of the bar, lean back and pose. Ha!

The rest of the weekend was pretty lazy....Saturday was quality beach time on Sullivan's Island, followed by a matinee viewing of The Help -- it was great! Totally met expectations, did the book justice, and would definitely see it again!

After the movie we went to Los Arcos for dinner where I had my mild salsa and a chicken quesadilla, the only Mexican menu item I will eat. Since my fiance and his friends were living it up in Cancun and posting pictures to Facebook, we decided to post one of our own... hey, if he's partying with Mexican girls, I can party with Mexican boys, right? Lol... these waiters were good sports.

To go box says, "She misses you Bradley". Friend posted to Facebook and tagged my fiance. :)
After dinner I was excited to head home, put on my PJ's, and snuggle up on the couch with my Willow dog. Sunday was a day of cleaning out closets, trying to get organized and cleaning -- trying to get ready for all of the company coming in town next weekend.

This week is officially the last week I will be a 20-something... ahhh!! My 30th birthday is Sunday. This coming weekend brings family and friends in town for an Alice in Wonderland themed girls' shower for me (YAY!) and then my big birthday bash at Local's in Mt. Pleasant Saturday night -- if you're a 'Local', consider yourself invited. The theme is "Saying Goodbye to the Roaring 20's" and we're all dressing up as Flappers and Gangsters. :) I can't wait!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends as well... time for me to get back to work. I will try to be better about commenting on your posts today... Cheers!