Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday's Letters...The romper, the passport and ice buckets

So obviously, this has to be addressed....

Dear Taylor Swift....Your new song is my new jam. 

Dear Little Romper...We had big plans to go out last night. And then we didn't. Sorry for the fake out. Maybe soon we'll actually make it past the front door! Dear Ashley....It is officially time to passport it up...and buy a MUCH bigger suitcase. #bigplansahead Dear Nikki Minaj....Here I thought you were turning normal with your new look and then you bust out with Anaconda. I'm going to need you to step away from Miley Cyrus. Dear Gone Girl....I am reading you and let's just say you are a HUGE departure from my usual romantic-not-scary-in-the-least-read. I think this qualifies me as a real edgy girl now - just call me Ange-ley #wheresmybradpitt?


Dear Emily Blunt....You had the best Ice Bucket Challenge of ALL Time


Dear Week...You've been a weird one, definitely one for "the books." Dear "the books," you actually don't exist. I don't even know what you are. 

.....and, Happy Friday

XO, A

Friday's Letters concepted by Ashley Slater 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Un-Censored and Un-Organized

I was reading back through some old posts this weekend and, I have to say, I like that girl from circa 2012. She was rather uncensored. She let the words just flow from her pen keyboard whenever they came which was usually around midnight (unfortunately still is - why can't creativity hit at say like 7pm?)...And she put far less thought into what people would think about her posts. 


circa 2012.....and I still suck at cooking 

So in a throwback post to my two-years-younger-self and on a day that is not technically "throwback Thursday" (gah, I am such a rule-breaker), I present you a cluster of unorganized ramble....
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I actually have "learn snapchat" on my to-do list. I have no clue how to use big fancy fonts or make a snap longer than 10 seconds. I feel this is a skill I need. I don't know if this makes me insanely cool and hip or an old lady hanging on to a teen app. (Too bad if it's the latter....I adore snapchat) 



The basic snapchat....and my man business attire. I'm seriously going to need our dress code to embrace something called the open-toe-shoe. 

Demi Lovato's new cd is ooonn POINT. 

(I probably should have spread this out from the snapchat thought to minimize my inner tween persona but as I said....unorganized we are today.) 

Look what my best friend did. And still manages to look like a supermodel in the hospital! These things amaze me. Cannot wait to meet this little girl in a couple weeks!

I am a terrible liar. I have the "I am guilty" look on my face before I even engage in any shifty activity. This is the cross us rule-followers have to bear. 

But I traveled last week with my boss who flies so much I think he's going to change his last name to Delta. When we were waiting in the Atlanta airport, he decided to take us into the Sky Lounge - where I'm about a mere 95 Billion sky miles short of gaining access to. He told me to just walk through and keep going - "sneak in." Cue inner panic! But I rocked that sneak-in like I was walking into the Target. Owned that bia.  
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As we entered the Sky Lounge in La Guardia, we realized there was no sneaking past this desk that was manned by a middle-aged lady with thick smears of blue eye shadow and hair that rivaled Dolly Parton's. We went to the desk together where my boss asked if I could get in. And she responded that he had Executive status and had two free guest passes. So, basically, I didn't need to sneak in to Atlanta but, let's be real.....it was way more fun. Life skills were gained that day. 

I used to wear fake lashes to work. Like every day. When I worked on Hilton Head, in an office of 5 where I was the youngest by about 20 years. I now don't even glue those suckers on for any event short of New Year's. I wondered the other day if this is the definition of "getting old." 


The End. 

XO, A

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Letters....The one with the pat down, the flight home and my top model walk

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Dear this picture....you make me laugh every single time. Dear Lotions and Hair Products...After testing "positive" for explosives on my hands at airport security and then being taken to a back room where I was locked in and patted down by possibly the world's largest woman, it's safe to say that I will be reviewing your ingredients in depth this weekend. Dear Readers....I'm kinda published
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Dear New York...You are so sneaky you. For a moment I could totally see myself living in you. You are SO fun. But then I had a vision of me walking in the freezing snow for months on end and then the dream died. Dear man that played Bejeweled Blitz the entire 2 hour flight home from New York last night...I would like to point out that there is actually a silent button on those iPads as well as a screen brightness dimmer. Go technology! Dear Ashley...We've fallen off the wagon in terms of diet. Time to mount the clean eating horse again. Remember there are important reasons....like Labor Day in two weeks :) Dear Andre Leon Talley....You were on my flight last night and I so wish I would have stopped and said hi. Instead I just started at you past the point of creepy and strutted down the aisle with my best Top Model walk. 

Happy Friday Muffinheads 
XO, A

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday's Letters...The one with the baby, the song and New York


Dear Tara....Hard to believe that just a few years ago, we were running the campus of USC together at all hours. And today you become a mom. CANNOT wait to meet Savannah. 

Dear Property Management....I judged you too quickly. Apparently the "tarp" to protect the smokers from the rain was really just the start of whole curtain room to trap the smokers in their with their gross smoke It's like the Delta Smoker's Lounge....only without like the complimentary nuts. 

Dear Rather Be.....You have been my favorite song for about two months. For some reason I feel a little upset that you've gone so mainstream. You're like the next "All Of Me." I preferred it when no one knew about you. To make up for it, I've selected some new completely So-Top-40 songs as my favorites: namely Girls Chase Boys #obsessed
 

Dear New Yawk....I will be seeing you next week. And by seeing you I mean glancing - late afternoon flight and red-eye out the next night. To make up for this I totally sprung for the hotel view of the Status of Liberty. I have to get some sight-seeing in somehow. Sshhh....don't tell corporate! 


Happy Friday Chicks!
XO, A

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life Lately - Part Uno

I have been a poor blogger when it comes to keeping up with life events....well my own life events. I can tell you that Taylor Swift was in Boston on Monday and Andi just did a fabulous article spread in Jezebel Magazine. 

But MY life lately...well that I should fill you in on....going back to June and July


Brunch dates with my godsister. Can't believe this girl is going to be a college freshman
I also can't believe how "rooty" my hair looks in this pic. I swear it looks better in real life (I think).

Bachelorette Party for Laura. We spent the day by the pool and went out by night. 
This would be the "out by night" portion



July 4th Fireworks with Kelly and her sister-in-law. So much fun!

Charlotte to celebrate Katherine's 30th Birthday. The birthday may or may not have definitely was centered around a Justin Timberlake concert (which was awesome!) And shopping. I thought I could shop. These girls put me to shame. We stayed in the mall for seven hours. When we came out I felt like I was emerging from a casino in Vegas after countless hours....a little bit foggy, a lotta broke. I'm just going to say we spent 75 minutes in Sephora....in ONE store. #marathonshopping  #goodthingswerepurchased 
Also, I would like to point how accessorized Charleston people are. With every outfit, these girls had on the most elaborate necklaces, bracelets, bags and earrings. I typically have an armful of bangles and that's about it. I think it's a Charleston thing. I need lessons from them! 

We have so much fun!

This girl has been one of my best friends for about 6 years now and we always pick up right where we leave off. SO wish she lived closer



Random Happy Hours!


Food Truck Wednesdays with Candace, Kelly and the boys. This is something I've wanted to do since I moved to Atlanta! #bucketlist

Painted Pin - the newest hotspot in Atlanta - with Kelly, Candace and the men. I came in hot on my last game bowling an impressive 27. I mean, some days I just can't be tamed.
I've gotten to spend so much time with these girls lately and it's been so much fun! Love them!

Whew....Part Two to occur when I get the 876 pics off-loaded from my phone and organized.

What was the highlight of July for you?! 

XO, A


Monday, August 4, 2014

I Confess...An important purchase, Smokers and Andi and Josh

Mondays are a great day for confessions....

I Confess...I bought a Sonicare toothbrush the other day and it might be my most exciting purchase in months.
I Confess...I learned an important lesson about the Sonicare. And that would be to turn it off before taking it out of your mouth. Otherwise you have a similar situation to taking a blender out of the bowl before turning it off....except a lot more saliva and toothpaste is involved instead of delicious frosting
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I Confess....We had mornings in the 50's last week and everyone was all like "OMG, fall is coming!!" "Feels like fall!!!" You know what I thought? Back off fall! Like you and Devil-Winter will have your way with this city again I'm sure.
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I Confess...I am OBSESSED with Andi and Josh from the Bachelorette. Josh is like 1,000% the kind of guy I would normally go for and I completely love that they got together. Atlanta represent, what!!

I Confess...There's this gross corner in the parking garage where all the smokers gather and I noticed the other day that they put up this rain tarp/curtain...and it kind of ticks me off. Like, yes, let's make it nice and dry and cozy for you to stand here and slowly kill yourself with your cigarette. What was property management thinking? You know how to get a woman to stop smoking?....Wet, frizzy hair
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I Confess...I feel bad when people are leading a phone call with a dud audience. I"m that girl that will unmute her phone just to laugh at their jokes...and then remute. It didn't occur to me until this week that this might be annoying. However, when I'm leading the calls, I know I am thankful for signs of life on the other end.
Michael Scott Quotes

I confess...This week's goal is to catch up on life. This includes bloggging, reading your all's blogs and (unfortunately) cooking.

XO, A

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy to Announce......


The blog world is a fabulous place. It's a unique place, really unlike any other. And through it, I have met some of my very best friends, including my two Michigan Muffins, Ashley and Michaela

I started following these two probably about three years ago and over the course of time we grew into real-life friends. I even vacationed with them in Michigan last year. 

So I am over-the-moon excited  that they are bringing their quickly-growing Bloom workshop to Atlanta this fall for its third installment and first out-of-town location! 

I have to tell you that after spending time with these girls, I left Michigan thinking I wish I had skills! Like give me an excel sheet and I'm your girl. Run 5 miles, no problem. 

But after watching them pull together the most amazing styled shoot over the course of a day and a half, I realized I must have been out running when God handed out the crafty genes! 

Ashley can personally attest to this after weeding through the thousands of photos I took as a third shooter at a wedding that weekend... (Sorry about that again Ash!) 

So I am personally excited to attend to learn how to hone in on some skills  and make my blog space better. Maybe I won't have to be so reliant on stock photos to make my blog pretty! I mean, I literally googled "pictures of Reeses Pieces" the other day for 10 minutes. Wouldn't it have been MUCH easier to grab a bag, spill them out and snap my own photo? I think yes. 

And make my home space better too. Michaela has incredible vision when it comes to taking something ordinary and making it this amazing talking piece in a room. And anyone who has visited my mostly-neutrals home can attest to the fact that it could use a good talking piece.  




I hope you'll come meet these two incredible ladies (and hang out with me too!) in October. 

For details or to register, visit the Bloom Workshop Website. 
October 23rd
Vinewood Plantation 

XO, A

This is not a sponsored post....I just really love these girls and am super pumped about Bloom!



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