Friday, February 5, 2016

Fleeting Moments

In line to check-in at the doctor's office when a mother and daughter enter the waiting room. The little girl was full of energy, twirling her skirt & skipping around the room. Her mother looked on with tired eyes, letting her daughter run free. Moments later I felt a little tug on my coat, I glanced down to see the little girl's arms reaching up to me as she softly spoke "momma! momma!" wanting to be held but too distracted to notice that she was reaching for a stranger. Before I could respond the child's mother scooped her up and muttered "that's not your momma!" as she placed a gentle kiss on her cheek.  A fleeting, innocent moment that made me smile.

-I wrote this a few weeks ago but never shared it. I don't keep a diary (or journal), however, occasionally I'll write a blog post or letter for "my eyes only." On bad days, the best remedy (for me) is to write it down. Whether it be a letter airing my grievances or a stern note to the helps to get it out. Of course, I always hit delete. The same is true for happy moments. I love re-living them on paper. Lately, I've been wrestling with the idea of closing my blog. I don't have much time for it anymore and I'm not sure anyone (but my mom -hi mom!) is reading it...however, I can't bring myself to do it. It's a time capsule of the last five years -the story of my twenties. One day I'll look back and re-read these fleeting moments and smile.

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Right now my life is centered around the fit challenge & I've got one week left! I'm 10 pounds down and feeling better than ever!

Before we go, here are a few of my favorite things on the internet:

Can Young House Love Escape the Internet? -I used to read their blog religiously and watched in horror as is came crumbling down. I am so glad to hear they're doing well!
-NY Mag

57 small things to do for yourself this year. These are lovely.

These beautiful paper flowers. Swoon

Habit Shift: Cloth Napkins. My late grandmother always used cloth napkins. She even had napkin rings with our names on them so we could reuse them. I haven't thought about Grammy's cloth napkins in years but reading this took me back to her. I miss her so.
-Reading My Tea Leaves

I Don't Owe Anyone My Body.  Every woman needs to read this.

A Sweet Woman In Vancouver Held This Man’s Hand To Calm Him Down On The Train. Beautiful.

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Two Weeks In

Ahhh Friday. At last, we meet again...and a three-day weekend, no less! I wan't to live in a world where every weekend is a three-day weekend, is that too much to ask?

I'm two weeks into my fitness challenge and I think it's finally catching up with me. Getting up at 5:15 a.m. every day to go to the gym (which is kicking my butt!) has become increasingly difficult.

I am so sick of the meal plan, I crave red meat and cheese like you wouldn't believe. If you can't tell, I'm a little cranky. ...but I'm seeing results...results on the scale and small changes in my body. So that's what I'm holding onto. Five weeks to go, I can do it!

There's a little restaurant in town serving the meal plan and it has been such a lifesaver! I love getting to meet friends for lunch without cheating on the diet -not to mention those days when you just don't feel like cooking! Thank you Mojos!

Here's my favorite things on the internet this week: 

Shopping at 7-eleven got me through losing my father. 

-You can now stream Broadway shows online like netflix. Yay!!!
-Brit + Company 

-Actor's response to autistic boy interrupting play. Loved every word.

-This Lip Sync Battle , Who cares about Channing Tatum! His wife totally killed it!
-YouTube via. Lip Sync Battle

How to touch up your makeup at work.

20 makeup mistakes you might be making (secrets from a makeup artist)
-The Everygirl

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello 2016!

To be honest, I'm a little relieved to see the holidays come to an end. As much as I love Christmas, it's always nice to get my house (and life) back in order.

This Christmas was filled with lots of travel, Edmond - Tulsa - back to Edmond - Dallas - pit stop in Ada - back Edmond - it was an absolute whirlwind but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Some of my favorite memories include a magical night filled with old-fashioned Christmas carolers, mulled wine & beautiful lights that danced to holiday tunes, Christmas eve services at Life.Church, watching my family open the gifts I meticulously wrapped, multiple trips to BJ's for lunch & a tall Grand Cru, spontaneous tequila shots on Christmas Day, listening to Serial with my brother, dirty Santa with the Orr's, after Christmas shopping in Dallas, two trips to the movies to see "Sisters" & "Joy" -both so good! & a cozy New Years Eve. It was perfect.

I have so much to be Thankful for  & am so grateful for the opportunities that came to me in 2015. It was a wonderful year!

I have no idea what's in store for 2016 but I'm excited for the fresh start! Instead of a resolution, I chose a verb to help me prioritize and focus my goals throughout the year. My verb for 2016 is "grow" -specifically to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: "Do one thing everyday that scares you." If you know me IRL you know that I'm not a big risk taker. I am cautious by nature and this year I hope to break out of that shell.

First up? A 6-week fitness challenge that includes a rigorous workout & diet regimen. In February I'm taking a calligraphy class...something I've always wanted to do and never made time for.  And my crazy-overgrown-back yard that I've been ignoring for the past two years? I'm comin' for ya!

So here's to new adventures in 2016! Bring it on!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December in Review

Over lunch a friend and I discussed the magic of Christmas & I mentioned that I love coming home to the glow of my Christmas tree. It's warm and inviting -setting the perfect mood after a long day in the office. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy it! So this year I made it a priority to slow down and savor the season, do something nice for those less fortunate and remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

 Earlier this month, my mom and I went to the most darling Christmas tree farm. We each purchased a fresh wreath  (I love having fresh pine in my house -it smells divine and offers a bit of nostalgia) & watched them wrap the trees and hoist them up onto the cars. It was such a fun day, we both agreed to make it an annual event.

Mikayla and I went on a "sister date" which included a fabulous five course meal and a screening of It's a Wonderful Life. We laughed until we cried, then we *I* actually did cry at the end of the movie! 

I finished my Christmas shopping, hosted two parties (one of which was an earring exchange, so fun!) and baked a million cake well as a few other sweet treats for my coworkers.  

I truly love this time of year -I think I've watched Elf half a dozen times...and oh. my. gosh. I've got to stop eating candy canes! I'm addicted I tell you!

On a completely unrelated note, my geraniums are still in full bloom! Can you believe it!? Somehow I've managed to keep them alive since June ...which is pretty awesome considering I stopped watering them back in October! :-) 

Before we go, here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this month:

-Yes and Yes

-Tomy Prez

theSkimm story  -love theSkimm, loved this article! #GirlBoss

-Sugar & Cloth


Boho Chic Oklahoma Vineyard Wedding I was so excited to see my friend's wedding featured in Wedding Wire! Recognize that big white chalkboard? I was more than happy to loan it to her on her special day and beamed with pride when I saw these photos (taken by my super talented friend Savanna!) Also, I hand lettered the other chalkboards for the wedding. I loved the simplicity of the venue and decor. The bride has impeccable taste and it really shows in these photographs! (oh! be sure to read the photo camptions -their story is adorable!)
-Wedding Wire

Have a Merry Merry Christmas!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Brandon Goes Black Friday Shopping

Last week was Thanksgiving (in case you forgot) and I spent it in Tulsa with my Dad's family. We watched the Macy's parade -which holds a special place in my heart because when I was 16 or 17 I had the opportunity to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with my show choir. It was an amazing experience. It's no secret that I love am obsessed with NYC so being there during the holidays was truly magical. However, being away from my family on Thanksgiving was the pits. I vowed never to miss a holiday again...and I haven't. :-) Anyway, we watched the parade and ate all of the traditional Thanksgiving entrees. 

Earlier in the week I hosted my mother's family at the doll house. We also had the traditional meal which included my mother's homemade rolls. If I'm ever on death row, my last meal will include my mom's rolls...and probably a side dish of kung pow chicken with fried okra. I'm weird.

Every year my mom, sister and I brave the crowds and take part in the madness that is Black Friday. We are the people who wait outside Target in a line that wraps around the building to buy a $5 dvd of "Elf." Because, why not?

We laugh and carry on like a bunch of crazy ladies and I love it. We shop and shop and shop, usually taking a "half time" to fuel up in the food court before round two. Then we wake up the next day and do it again...this time hitting up the stores that weren't open the night before. Yes, we're insane but we have fun.

However, this year my mom was out of town and my sister had plans as well. So it was just me...I'm not going to lie I had a mini pitty party. I was worried that going alone might be a little sad...seeing other mother/daughter duo's having fun would only make me miss mine. I hesitantly asked my little brother to join in and to my surprise, he agreed! 

Brandon to the rescue! He was such a trooper! We had so much fun! Exclamation mark *!!* again because I am still so happy! We laughed and carried on just like a bunch of crazy people...he totally rocked Black Friday like a pro and I will be forever grateful! We waited in the Target line for a $5 dvd, we went to Ulta for their famous $10 doorbusters, we went to the mall (and ate in the food court). It was perfect. How lucky am I to have a brother that would forgo an evening of football to go shopping with his crazy sister because it would make her happy? Gosh, I'm getting teary just thinking about it. 

He is going to make the perfect husband one day. 

Oh and next year, he want's to do it again! and even agreed to wear a matching t shirt! He's the best I tell you!

On another note, we couldn't believe how polite everyone was...people would say "excuse me" after bumping into us. No one ran, no one shoved. It was nothing like the BF stereotypes I've witnessed before. So way to go polite strangers! You make the world a better place!

Anyway, the rest of the weekend was spent in OKC. I participated in #shoplocal on Saturday...visiting the adorable Holiday Pop-Up Shops

I walked through the most darling Christmas tree lot next door and thought about my childhood.

My grandfather (I call him Poppa) used to have a Christmas tree farm. People would come to the farm, pick out a tree and cut it down. I believe they made wreaths as well. He had a little red building that my grandmother painted to look like a red play house. My cousins and I would play in the house and give customers candy canes. 

One day I'd like to try a fresh tree. I love the way they smell. Also, there's something nostalgic about them...but for now I'll admire from afar and dream of red play houses and candy canes. 

Other than shopping & eating, I stayed warm by the fireplace and watched Christmas movies on Netflix. Pretty awesome holiday if I do say so myself. 

Tis the season!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Harry Potter Dinner Party 2015

When my friend Susan and I hosted our first Harry Potter party back in 2011, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into!

Susan is the party queen (see her son's amazing birthday parties here & here) and for years she has been hosting Halloween themed parties. The year we met, 2011, she chose "Harry Potter" as the theme for her annual event. Being newly friends (my first year living in Ada) and a devout HP fan, I offered to help her out. The party was a smashing success. All of our guests had a marvelous time -so much so that they begged us to do it again! 

Alas, a tradition was born.

Every year we add a new feature to our party and it continues to grow!

This year we added a Dementor...

the proclamation wall...

Which made the perfect background for my Dolores Umbridge costume!

and we added the Great Hall! (not pictured: floating candles...none of my photos turned out!)

The dinner was delicious and the company was wonderful!

So thankful to have friends that don't mind being a little goofy -yes we're total nerds but I wouldn't have it any other way!

(5 house points to the person that can name all of our costumes!)

My costume was thrown together the week before. I came across this Buzzfeed article and was sold on the very first idea! The jacket is from a thrift shop & I paired it with this dress. I found the hat at a local antique store. Not too bad if I do say so myself! 

Any other Harry Potter fans out there? I'd love to hear ideas for costumes and decorations! We're already making plans for next year -don't judge! :-)

Have a good week!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is this thing on?

Hello internet!

It's been exactly one month (to the date) since we last has been so busy!

Here's what I've been up to:

-I traveled to Austin, TX for a bachelorette party. On our way we stopped in Waco to checkout the Magnolia Market. 

We missed the Silo grand opening by a few weeks -however, it's probably for the best because I don't know that I would have been able to control my spending! Everything was so cute and perfect for the doll house! I brought back this wooden cookbook holder, it 's great for my iPad (when looking up those Pinterest/Pioneer Woman recipes!)

A few weeks later I attended the ionOklahoma 30 under 30 banquet. It was such an honor to be recognized and truly a wonderful evening. 

My favorite part of the entire experience has been getting to know the other 30 under 30 recipients. They are all exceptional individuals who've accomplished so many wonderful things in such a short time...but what impressed me the most was how welcoming and friendly everyone was to one another. Standing in a room filled with successful men and women can be a little intimidating but that wasn't the case with this group! They were delightful!

A few days later I donned the same green dress to a vineyard wedding! 

I know there is an unspoken rule about repeating an outfit in the same week...but I loved this dress! It was perfect for both occasions so I threw the rules out the window and never looked back!

Last weekend I attended a Halloween party & I went as Morticia Addams. 

I don't think I've dressed up for Halloween since college. It was so much fun planning my costume! I probably watched a dozen Morticia Addams makeup tutorials on YouTube and even broke out the Addams Family Movie for inspiration!

The other costumes were pretty clever -I especially loved the DIY McDonalds french fry costume!

In my spare time I've been binge watching The Mindy Project. Oh my gosh, she is so funny!

Also, my other shows have made their way back into my life. Shonda Rhimes is to me what Beyonce is to the rest of the world. Thank you Shonda for Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and my longtime friend, Meredith Grey.

I'm not ready to talk about The Walking Dead yet, however, I would like to address two of my (former) Facebook friends who thought it was socially acceptable to leak the major spoiler in this week's episode! Please read the following in Stephanie Tanner's voice: How Rude! #Unfriend

October is my favorite time of year. At the risk of sounding "basic" (did I use that new catch phrase correctly? please advise) ... I love the changing leaves, festive parties and pumpkin spice everything. I can't help myself!

Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this month:

You all know how much I love theSkimm! One of the founders was recently married in Chicago and it was gorgeous! 
-Style Me Pretty

-The New York Times

-Business Insider

-AD Week

31 Alternative Harry Potter Costume Ideas I'm co-hosting a HP party next week. I found my costume in this article & it's going to be perfect!!

The week ahead:
Halloween book club, trick-or-treaters and a cozy (scary) movie night with friends! Can't wait! 

Happy Halloween!