Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Not so graceful


It's been several months since I've experienced self inflicted humiliation.

Why can't I just be like Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn? I swear I have two left feet. It's physically impossible for me to remain graceful at all times.

So it shouldn't have surprised me when the other day I had not one, but two mishaps.

I was eating lunch alone at the cultural center. Of course, I didn't want people to feel sorry for me that I was eating alone so I kept busy on my cell phone. Once my food arrived, I got up to get a fork and when I came back (still playing on my phone, yes, I was walking and creeping on facebook at the same time)  I sat down at the wrong table.

The sad part: it took me a few minutes to notice, it wasn't until I reached for my tea that I realized what had happened! As soon as I realized that I wasn't at the right table, I did a quick sweep of the room. Yep, everyone noticed...and they were laughing at me.

It gets worse...

Once I finished my meal, I got up to throw my trash away and somehow I tripped over my heels. My tray went flying out of my hands and all of the food scattered across the floor.

A nice man came over to help me pick up the trash, everyone else just gawked.

I could feel their eyes on my back as I picked up ice cubes off the floor with my dirty napkin.

Yep, that's me! Grace Kelly wannabe with a tear in her stockings, pickin' up trash.

Classy.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, January 25, 2013

High Five For Friday!

Yes, I’m still alive.

It’s Friday and this is my first post of the week.

It’s also my last.

I’ve been a busy busy girl!

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Bonfire with good friends.
 
Scrumptious Desserts! Pudding, oreos, & whipped cream. nom nom!

 
Gushing over old pictures of my baby sister and me.
 
 
Wrapping presents.

 
Eating a birthday dinner at our favorite restaurant.

 
Cookie cake.

 
Book club with my best gal pals.

 
Oh how time flies when you’re having fun!

As we approach the end of January, I’m perfectly content with my life right now. Yes, I’d like to write more and focus on this here blog but I’ve got good friends, family, and an amazing job that act as my distractions...and what wonderful distractions they are.

Happy Friday!

We are linking up with Lauren for #H54F!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I dream of tulle

So yesterday I promised you a lighthearted post...I'm sorry to all of my man friends out there, but you probably wont be interested in today's topic (if you are, that's totally okay! no judgement here).  

But...I'm swooning over ballerina skirts! I've got it bad!

For YEARS I've been in love with this look.

It all started when I first saw Carrie Bradshaw wearing one on the opening credits of  Sex in the City. At the time, (back in middle school) wearing a fluffy skirt to class wasn't socially acceptable.

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Today, 10 years later, I'm beginning to see signs of a new trend...yes, that's right people, it is finally "cool" to wear tutus!

In the last month, two of my favorite fashion bloggers have donned this adorable look.

Check out La Vie Petite in her makeshift skirt. Would you believe me if I told you this is the bottom of her prom dress??? Brilliant, I tell you! Brilliant!

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and I love the way Pink Pistachio has belted hers:

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I came across this skirt from the Shabby Apple. It's not too expensive but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. The problem: I have absolutely no where to wear it! 

Also, I'm not sure the trend has reached my small town. I think I might get a few looks if I decided to wear this to karaoke night at Apple Bee's.

What about you, do you think ballerina skirts are in?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blah.

Last time we spoke I mentioned having a bad day; I blamed it on my sour attitude. I made it a personal goal to turn my frown upside down; unfortunately sometimes it’s just plain hard...and because this blog is titled: Brittney's Life, I figured it would be okay for me to be honest about my current disposition.

Just for one minute, pretend that we are best friends, catching up on our weekly phone date because you live in a different town and we can’t meet face to face.

What good is a best friend if you can’t complain to them about the minute issues bogging you down?

Today I was supposed to be leaving for a fabulous ski trip with my girlfriends. We were going to spend the next 4 days in Breckenridge.

Sadly, the trip was cancelled (at the last minute) due to reasons outside of my control. Honestly, I’m somewhat relieved because work has been crazy and I really shouldn’t be taking off right now. However, I need a break. I desperately need a break.

So yesterday, I booked a flight to Galveston. In a month’s time I will be sitting seaside, with my feet in the sand, snacking on fresh shrimp. Sweet mother of Jesus, it can’t get here fast enough.

I don’t know if this perpetual slump is something I can blame on my gender or if I really do have too much on my plate, but I’m ready to nip it in the bud!

Thankfully, this weekend is a three day weekend.

Here is a list of things that I plan on doing (all of which should help lift my spirits):

-Go to the movies, I’m dying to see Les Mis.

-Clean my house –and by clean, I mean “deep clean.” I’m pulling out all the stops: mopping, dusting, polishing, vacuuming, and scrubbing.

Side note: I swear my apartment is shrinking. I’m not kidding. It seems like the cabinets and drawers are getting smaller and smaller every day. I can’t keep up! I have made THREE trips to the donation center this year –and by “this year” I mean the past three months. I’m growing out of my small space and have the itch to move. 

-Spend an entire day in my pajamas.

-Do something “crafty.”  Creating something is the best way to relieve stress; it gives you a sense of accomplishment. 

Yes, I realize it is only Wednesday…believe me Friday seems like forever away…and yes, I realize that this is the second post in a row that has had a “complainy” tone…

Complainy...is that a word? I don't often make up words, but when I do they are really good. Like when I was 3 or 4 and I referred to being naked as "snaked." Or when I called a wedding dresses with a train "a draggin' dress"...(because they "dragged" get it?) anyway...what were we talking about?
 
Feel free to leave me a comment (via facebook, blogger, email) about what’s going on with you. This friendship is a two way street and I’d love to catch up!

I’m so glad we had this talk, I feel so much better already.

Please forgive me for being so whiny, I promise to write something lighthearted tomorrow!

BFFL!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

You're So Vain

Yesterday was supposed to be a very exciting day. I woke up before my alarm clock and hopped right out of bed with a big smile on my face.

I was like a little kid going on a field trip, anxiously awaiting school.

See, I’m working on a new project (one that I’m not able to share with you yet, however, stay tuned! I will be making the big announcement in a few weeks).

Anyway, yesterday was the day of my “photo shoot.”

I wore a new outfit and curled my hair; I left my house feeling pretty good about myself.  

Of course, it was raining.

By the time I got to the shoot, my hair was a frizzy mess and my face was oily from all the humidity. My confidence was dwindling.

The photographer stopped several times to “tuck in loose strands” (read: tame the frizz). He even asked me if I had hairspray…It was that bad.

By the end of the shoot I felt horrible. I wasn’t happy with any of the photos and began picking apart every flaw.

As I was leaving, all I could think about was the terrible pictures. My mind was racing “Am I really that pale? …do I have wrinkles? …wow the camera really does add 10 pounds! …maybe we can take them again?… I wish I had gone tanning…maybe I should get a spray tan…note to self: never wear turquoise again…do you think it would be rude to ask for another shoot?…I wonder if people will think I’m a “primadonna?” ...you get the idea.

It was about that time that I heard sirens behind me. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a police officer. I pulled to the side to let him pass and to my surprise, he pulled over next to me!  

“That’s odd” I thought. I wonder what I did wrong. I wasn’t speeding, I had my seatbelt on.

He walked to my window and asked: “ma’am, was something distracting you?” I replied “no, I don’t think so...”

My heart was pounding. (Did I mention that I was driving a company vehicle?)

Apparently, I drove through a red light.  I had no clue. I was too busy obsessing over my silly pictures.

Really officer, that red light came out of nowhere!

The officer was very nice; he let me off with a warning.

Unfortunately, my day didn’t get any better. I dropped my phone in a puddle of water, I was forced crawl under my car wearing a skirt to retrieve my credit card (which I dropped in the parking lot at Sonic).

Yep. It was one of those days. I let my bad attitude get the best of me.

I may or may not have called my dad crying because “I hhhaaad a bbbbad ddday!” (read it again with a sob, I promise it will make more sense).

Anyway we talked for a while and by the time we got off the phone I felt much better.

I just wanted to publicly thank my dad for listening to my silly problems and giving me the most heartfelt advice.

Now I realize how vain I was being and I am a little embarrassed.

Isn't it crazy how much a bad attitude can affect your entire day?

Today was much better...I'm still undecided what to do about those darn photos but I'm not going to let myself get wrapped up in my own insecurities!

I have no idea what made me write all this, it really isn't that big of a deal but you all are the best listeners!

I hope you are having a GREAT day!

Monday, January 7, 2013

One. Last. Christmas.

Last weekend was too much fun.

I've been anticipating the arrival of my niece, Reagan, for weeks. She lives in Florida with her mamma (my stepsister Heather). I only get to see them about once a year...



My stepbrother, Kevin, traveled from Charleston SC to visit as well. Side note- I've decided to move to Charleston. He doesn't know it yet, but he mentioned a spare bedroom in his apartment. I think I could totally adapt to that lifestyle. Southern men, charming town, the beach...fresh fish. A girl could get used to that! 

Last time Reagan visited I made a complete arse out of myself, you can read about it here. At the time, Reagan wasn't sure about her Aunt BB. It took her a while to warm up to me.

This time, however, it was a whole different story! She wanted to play pretend, she shared her ice cream with me, she even gave me hugs and kisses! I die!

I can't get enough of those cheeks!

It has been so long since our house has been filled with squeals and giggles. I think it's safe to say, she has us all wrapped around her finger.

Also, I enjoyed late night chats with Kevin and Heather. For those of you with siblings, I think the best hours for bonding are those between midnight and 2 a.m. after everyone has gone to bed. We laughed, we cried, we made fun of our parents...it was a good time!

I was so sad to see everyone go home...I really do wish we lived closer to each other.

At least I have an updated photo to hold on to,



Aren't we a good looking family?


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello there, 2013

The calm after the storm. I always feel a little relieved after the holidays. It's nice to have my house back in order, to be done shopping, baking, and traveling (I hate being in the car).

Speaking of traveling...last weekend I went to Kansas City. Oh, how I loved it there.

I finally got to try out a "Beauty Bar." It's basically a one-stop-shop for makeovers.

They washed, dried, and styled my hair to perfection. It was ah-mazing. I cant think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

I asked for "Victoria's Secret" hair...I think they did a pretty good job!

 



The rest of our trip was spent eating at delicious restaurants & shopping.

As always, I was so busy enjoying myself that I forgot to take photos...oh well.

We never left the Country Club Plaza...it's one of the most charming place's I've ever been to. It looked so beautiful under the snow. I highly recommend it if you are wanting to get away for the weekend.


As we enter a new year, I'm excited about the unknown. Like most people, I've spent the past couple of days pondering the future. What will happen to me in 2013? Where will I be this time next year? Only time will tell...
 
Until then, I've set a few goals.
 
1. I want to give. Living alone has made me (somewhat) selfish. I can't help it, I only have to worry about me! I simply want to make someone else happy. Maybe a stranger? Maybe a friend in need? I don't know but I'm making it a goal.
 
2. De clutter- my house, my office, my refrigerator.
 
3. Socialize. -This is an easy one because I'm already pretty social. However, sometimes it's hard because I love being at home in my pajamas (especially after a long day of work). I love my friends and we have so much fun together. I want to make it a priority to maintain old friendships and develop new ones.
 
What about you? Do you have any goals for the coming year?