Monday, October 20, 2014

That time I got hit on....only not really

About a year ago, I was headed to meet up with some friends at one of Atlanta’s more popular bars. I arrived about 20 minutes earlier than the rest of the group and after I’d perused most of Facebook and Instagram in my car, thought “This is silly. I’m an independent woman, I can just go in by myself and wait for them at the bar.” So I did….marching my little stiletto-clad feet right up to the bar. The bartender came up and we chatted for a minute. I instantly recognized him as he is a local celebrity (once on a short-lived Atlanta reality show.) Apparently there’s only room for housewives in the reality TV market here. 

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I may have also remembered him because he looks like a Greek God.


This is the actual said bartender

A few minutes later, the Greek God bartender, walked up to me and placed a napkin in front of me and walked off. I looked down to see writing on the napkin that said “I think you’re cute. Want to go out?” with two little checkboxes below it – one that said “yes” and the other that said “no.” Nevermind that this was definitely a throwback maneuver from the first grade (I’d never been to public school anyway, what did I know?!)….this Greek god was asking me out!!
 


I could already picture our little angel-babies…we’d have to name them something cool like “Apollo” or “Hermes.” 

A handful of minutes later he sauntered back over, rested his chiseled elbow on the bar, looked at me and said “So what do you think?” In my efforts to be somewhat flirty back (why do I do this? This NEVER works in my favor) I laughed and said “A napkin? You’re so silly!” 

With a look on his face as horrified as the one I was about to feel, he said “Oh…that’s not from me…..” (cue inner panic/I want to die feelings)….”It’s from them.” He turned and pointed to two squirmy boys laughing (with what I can only imagine was accompanied by snorts) and one that gingerly held up a hand and waived, a watermelon Smirnoff firmly in the other hand. One was sporting a Justin Bieber shaggy ‘do and though I couldn’t see, I was almost certain they were wearing pants with some kind of fish or plant or school logo embroidered on them.

I was snapped back to my unfortunate reality when the Greek God (who was clearly not on board with having angel babies with me) said “So what do I tell them?

There was no salvaging the situation. I prayed for some sloppy drunk to spill his drink on me, fall on me, drop me to the floor and out of the site line of this human muscle…anything to distract from this moment. But no, there I was…. Just me, the Greek God, the embroidery twins and the napkin.

I gave a nervous laugh, said “thanks, not interested” and quickly turned and walked off…where someone did spill an entire drink on me. A little late dude…a little late.
Spilled drink
Thank God this was a bar with five different rooms as I spent the rest of the night with my friends in every room where the Greek God was not.

And that my friends…..is why you always….always….stick to the buddy system.

XO, A


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Letters....Rissy, The Soup Aisle and Guilty Pleasures




Dear Rissy....Today is your birthday! I am so thankful for you and your sweet (and spicy!) spirit. You always make me laugh. I wish we lived closer (this may be partially due to the fact that I wish I could raid your amazing closet!) This girl's got the best fashion ever. Dear Shalyn....You launched your print shop yesterday....finally! So so proud. You can see Shay's amazing work hereDear Body....I don't know what kind of mutant germ has overtaken you but apparently it's one that's immune to meds. Awesome. We'll just be over here keeping the soup aisle in business. Dear Carly Rose Sonenclar....Recently obsessed with you. This cover is my favorite. Dear Total Divas....You have so become my guilty pleasure. Do you all have any TV guilty pleasures?


Dear Friends....Grab a best friend and laugh this weekend!

XO, A

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sometimes Dreams Come True...

...and sometimes they even come true outside the gates of Disneyland. 
I know, it's hard to believe

But Saturday was one such day for me...a day when a lifelong dream came true (ok maybe not lifelong but there is no term for a dream that starts at 17.)

It all started when I was casually getting ready after a morning at Pure Barre. I was headed to meet some friends at the Chili Festival and, per my usual routine, was perusing Instagram as I was blow-drying my hair. I was about 25 posts in when I stumbled across this:

Which I read and re-read and re-read again. Cue inner freakout. Jessica was literally up the street from me! 

I have been a long-time fan of Ms. Simpson. Remember that famous Rolling Stones poster? Hung in every dorm room I had (now that I look back, it probably gave off the wrong vibe as it also hung in every guy's dorm room too.) 

I even endured an entire Rascal Flats concert once (sooo painful) just to see her perform the opening act WHICH was amazing (of course)



So to know that she was minutes away from me well....I just had to go. I texted my friends and told them I had something I just had to do. And the next thing I knew I was standing in a mile-long line inside the Dillards with 300 other Jessica Simpson groupies. A line where we waited....and waited....and waited some more. And then, finally....when I was just four people away.....she took a break. 

BUT THEN....after 20 more minutes of waiting, it was my turn! You know how like on all the TV shows when people run into celebrities and they get all star-struck and speechless? It's a real thing people! 


Ashlee was with Jessica and as I walked up, I said "Hey! I'm Ashley." Jessica told me that I was "so pretty" and that she "loved my outfit ensemble"  (which I realize she probably tells every female that crosses her meet-and-greet platform) however it totally made me giddy (giddy can be read speechless). I did manage to congratulate Ashlee on her recent wedding (see why you stay up to speed on celeb news - you never know when you might need to bust out some celebrity facts.)




It is real unfortunate that I look like a giant in this picture (Ashlee and Jessica are truly miniature people). It is also unfortunate that the Dillard's employee that took this picture was too busy chatting it up to get a clear one. Grrrr 




But for real...October 11, you are a day to be recorded, and remembered. One of the best days ever and ever.

XO, A


Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday's Letters....Colors, Bedazzled Bras and Shoeless

July to October Hair

Dear This Year....You've been a colorful one. Dear Ashley.....On Monday you brought a bag of rice to work for lunch....because that's something you would cook at the office for lunch. Dear Mirrors....I own you, I do. However the amount I utilize you may be in question. I went to work this week with a hot pink bra WITH rhinestones that showed right through my top. Nothing says professional like a bedazzled bra #blingbling Dear Person at the Gym who removes their shoes to stretch.....You should know that is more of a home thing and not really a gym thing. Dear Dad....you hate social media but this is one of those "ask for forgiveness later" situations because it was your birthday yesterday and that just has to be celebrated! So thankful for this guy. Dear Marc - It's your birthday today! Birthdays eeerwhere! I hope they have cupcakes in Saudi Arabia!


Me and Dad roadtripping to Disney. I was assisting in the fuel-up process. And by assisting I mean securing the combos and beef jerky car snacks. .

Happy Friday Muffins!
XO, A

Friday's Letters concepted by Ashley Slater 

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Goods


1. Gone Girl. Saw this on Sunday night and it was AMAZING. And scary....who am I becoming? I hate scary things! But this book and movie had me hooked. It is so twisted. I may have to see it again. 

2. Taylor Swift's new CD release. I think we can all agree that somewhere deep inside, we all want to be Taylor Swift's best friend. Girl keeps it real. 

3. New Looks. While I have loved my blonde(ish) hairs this past year, I all at once hated them about a week ago. SOO ready to go back to dark this week. I have also re-instituted my relationship with my tanning salon (spray only. Final Destination 3 ruined all tanning bed experiences for me.) 
Last picture as a full brunette. This also happened to be the day of my half marathon. In reality, Whitney was probably holding me up in this picture .

4. Chili Fest. I don't even like chili (ok that is a lie. I like chili when hidden under a mound of sour cream and cheese) but I am super excited about the festival in our hood coming up.
Clearly the sour cream to chili ratio is off in this picture

5. Wine Festivals. (are you sensing a theme?) Went to my first wine festival with Whitney and Lauren on Sunday and it was so much fun. I mean who wouldn't love sitting around with a glass of wine noshing on baby crab cakes and other things I don't know what they are but taste expensive? 

-6. Halloween. 99% of my friends hate this holiday. I happen to love it. I just think it's so much fun to get dressed up in costumes....on the one day it is socially acceptable.  
A clean dinosaur is a happy dinosaur #scrubscrub

7. Running. I have the bug. I went running on Sunday and the weather was amazing. I felt like I could have run forever. I feel my race blood boiling up! 
Me and Danielle after a particular humid run in Miami. This is also the picture in which I realized I look like a human anime character. 


What are you excited for this month?!
XO, A


Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday's Letters.....The one with the doors, the gym person and treat yo self

This cracks me up 


Dear Office Doors....The new rule is that you have to stay locked all the time now. I have now been locked out of the office 14 times in the span of three days. I even got one of those super cool fob clips that hang on to your sweater....only I keep forgetting to clip it on. Dear blonde....This is the last weekend we party together. After lusting after every girl with dark brown hair lately, I want mine back. Subconsciously I believe this is another step in my acceptance of fall. Go me. Dear Atlanta....I think you think you're Michigan. It is going to be in the 40s this weekend, and I just think someone must have forgotten to tell you that that is winter weather, not fall. Dear Person at the Gym....You came up to me last Saturday and said "It's so weird to see you here on a weekend!" and all I could think was "I've never seen you here. Who are you?" Some people are weird....and also a little creepy. Dear Lola the Car...It's time I learned you. Like read the manual learn you. I had to do an emergency pull over after the gym yesterday morning because my windshield fogged up and I couldn't figure out how to defrost you to see. Sweaty bodies and air conditioning can be a lethal combo in the windshield world. 


Dear Friends....Happy Friday!
What are your plans?!

XO, A

Friday's Letters concepted by Ashley Slater



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#hyatteverafter

This past weekend I attended my first bledding (totally made that up). And that would be blogger-wedding. I attended the wedding of my sweet friend and neighbor Chelsea who I met through this great blog world of ours.


Wedding Attire

Chelsea may be one of the sweetest people I know. I swear blue birds come in and help her get dressed in the morning. She married Austin (or "Stone" as many of us in the blog world know him as) in one of THE most gorgeous weddings I have ever ever seen (and I watched a LOT of TLC's A Wedding Story.) 


THIS was her insane wedding venue! Hashtag dope.

Favorite Pic of the whole night

I'm going to need them to have lots of babies....look at those profiles!


Prettiest little muffin

They're Married!

First Dance together!

Me and Chels


And they lived happily Hyatt ever after

some photo credits to all the people whose pics I stole off Chelsea's Facebook :)

XO, A
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