Tuesday, July 24, 2012

5 Things That MATTer

We're trying something new today...my husband is blogging.  

If he is any good, it may happen again.

I told him not to hold his breath..but he says this is easy.

You be the judge!

Let's preface this by saying he's a weird cat...but I love him

5 Things That MATTer

1. Click play, high five yourself afterwards.

2. Every man should know a couple different ways to lace their dress shoes, or at least have this link to click on.

3. Chuck Close is partially paralyzed and, according to "60 Minutes", suffers from a rare neurological disorder that causes face blindness (no joke).  Amazing.

4. I know, I know...made in China and overpriced.  But still awesome.  What is more American than a
Ralph Lauren sweatshirt made in China?  Go USA!

5. Guilty pleasure - Hipster Runoff blog.  The Perez Hilton for hipsters...careful N100%SFW - yeah I just made that up.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Music Monday

It's been forever since I have posted Music Monday.  

Kishi Bashi - very talented.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Wants

It's that time again...my weekly wish list.  

 My list is a little fall because it's cold and yes still freaking raining here.  

Please stop raining - that is all I ask London.  I'll take clouds and wind but no rain...please!  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday's Thoughts: Lunchtime

This is my thinking face - just go with it people

I'm typing this on my way to a meeting - mainly to distract me from all the annoying passengers and it helps me avoid making awkward eye contact.  I had a fiasco at the train station this morning.  My admin booked my tickets (that will be the first and last time - lesson learned) and instead of hitting the collect at station box she clicked the courier box.  So I went to collect my tickets and I got an error, awesome! Now I have to wait in line to talk to someone.  Well, they couldn't find my reservation anywhere and I ended up buying another set of tickets and I don't have a seat reserved.  I hate not having a seat reserved especially during peak hours.  I'm currently sitting in my original seat waiting to get kicked out by the ticket man.  Hopefully I can use my American charm on him and keep my seat, I mean technically it is my seat I just don't the ticket for it.   Needless to say, I am off to a great start this morning.  Hopefully by time I post this tonight I will be in better place.  

I like to call this - Lunch has me stressed face

Anyway, I wanted to talk about the lunchroom in the UK.  Actually not the room just lunch in general. This is my second job since moving here and I have had the same problem at both.  Well, I shouldn't say problem more like problems.  First problem is the food.  I am one of the pickiest eaters and British food is not really at the top on my list.  Trying to figure out what to eat is one thing but am I going to like it.  Do I ask what is in it or do I just order it and hope for the best.  I decided to stick to safe options and for me that is tuna in a whole wheat wrap with lettuce and tomatoes.  Very exciting I know. I'm a creature of habit but I am not sure I can eat this everyday and my coworkers are going to start mocking this I am sure of it.  I guess the resolution to my problem is waking up earlier to make a lunch but I love sleep too much and I am just a difficult human being.  I will just have to see how this is going to play out.  I may need to switch from tuna to chicken.

 Onto my second problem - having a beverage with my lunch.  Seems normal right?  Nope, not here I am usually the only one at the table with a beverage (diet coke).  I seriously don't get it.   Someone said ( I believe they were American) that it is because they get tea after lunch.  Not sure if that is true but either way I still don't get it.  

My third and I am not sure it is my final problem because something else will surely come up, but for now final problem, is the conversation.  I'm not sure if I am going deaf or what but I can't hear these people.  It's fine all morning and then I go to lunch and I am like what?!  I can't hear you or understand you.  I think they talk softer on purpose to mess with me.  I have been in London a year and half I should be able to understand a british accent, but apparently not.  The other day my boss was like you are quiet and I blurted out "I'm sorry I just can't understand what you are saying."  I think everyone heard me and the room went completely silent.  Yes, it was awkward.  I tried to recover by saying "I meant I couldn't hear what you were saying."  It wasn't a total lie, I couldn't hear or understand them.  So basically I think the lunch room is killing my chances of making friends.  I mean who wants to sit with the American girl who orders the same wrap everyday except on fridays, (fish finger friday - word) actually drinks a beverage and has a crazy confused look on her face.  I know!  Not me either but I am stuck with myself.  However, I do think I making progress.  I was brought in on some office gossip.  Usually this would excite me but I couldn't make out the names they said so I basically have no idea who the gossip is about which makes it useless.  I guess I am back at square one.  Till next time folks...

Oh by the way the ticket man came through...my charm worked!  I'm amazing,I know.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Distracted by Sales

Sunday I went shopping to find a navy blue dress for a wedding I am in next month.  The bride is being super easy going about the dresses.  We just need a blue dress she doesn't care length, straps, shoes etc.  

This should be easy, right?! 
Well, I was in one of those I really don't want to shop or try anything on moods.  This is a very rare occasion but it can happen.   On top of that I was really dreading the crowds, people are everywhere right now.  I had to give myself a pep talk to get out the door.   It's not really a pep talk more of a bribe - I can make a stop at the American candy store..ha!   With Reese's Peanut Buttercups on the brain I finally made my way through the masses to Oxford Street.  As I was walking I started to notice bright red signs with the words SALE on them.  They distracted me and I totally forgot what I was shopping for.   Three hours later I was happy with my amazing purchases and melted chocolate on my face.  I didn't realize till I got home that I forgot to get a dress.

There is always next weekend right?    

My favorite purchase of the day (not on sale) was this All Saints Belvedere Leather Jacket.

How was your weekend?

Stay tuned for tomorrow - I have a little rant about lunchtime in the UK.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fashion Friday

My Fashion Friday is work related...blah I know, but I need some new stuff.  

So this my list.

Happy Weekend and Shopping!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What I want Wednesday

This list is a little random....but random is good sometimes.  

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Happy Hump Day

Monday, July 9, 2012

Dress Smart

So I started a new job - that's why my post is so late.  I'm trying to get used to my commute - found out today that 5 of the Olympic tube stops are on my way to work...awesome.   

Anyways, the first day of work is already stressful enough without having to worry about what to wear.  In London instead of Business or Business Casual it's called Smart.  Dress Smart-what exactly does that mean???  Well, I thought it meant business casual but now I am more confused.  Some people at my company were dressed in jeans and the others in suits.  I stuck to my rule of thumb...

I asked my boss today what the dress code was and she said to me "just look smart."  And that doesn't help.  So I will be overdressing till I figure this out.

Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

story of my life

Sorry I was MIA for the past two days.  I have been busy with a huge to do list or as I like to call it...

My shit is done and I am enjoying a huge glass bottle of wine.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Hey friends keep posting facebook and instagram pictures of how much fun your having...doesn't make me jealous at all.  What, next I'll see a picture of you in your stars and stripe bikini.  Don't deny it, you have one.  

But seriously, Happy 4th!  Wish I was in the States celebrating with a cold beer, lighting smoke bombs and fountains.  Yes, I'm terrified of fireworks so I stick to the kid stuff.  It may be because my brother would put 100+ black cats in a coffee can behind me when I wasn't looking.  It's no wonder why I ended up in tears every 4th of July.      

Here is a little red, white and blue inspiration.  
Key is to wear it all at once!

Go 'Merica!

Don't worry I didn't forget the bikini!  

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesday's Temptation: Gold Leaf Mirror

So I am still sick...ugh

At least I'm not working right now.

I am laying on the couch online shopping and came across this awesome mirror.  

Guess where it is from....just guess.  


I know, I thought the same thing and its only $210

Only thing is the picture quality online isn't that great so I would want to see it in person.  

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Big One

Sorry I have really sucked at blogging lately.  I finally got over my jet lag but now I'm sick.  I spent the majority of my weekend in bed with a mountain of kleenex...joy. 

Last week my blog turned 1 and I totally forgot.  It just slipped by me.  So, yesterday I celebrated with cupcakes and wine...naturally!  Yes cupcakes is plural - I ate more than 1 :)

When I first started this blog it was more of a way to keep my family in the loop on what we are doing and our life in London.  It quickly turned into a place for me to escape and focus on things I truly love and enjoy.  It's helped me grow and realize what I am passionate about.  It's kind of crazy what this little blog has done for me.   

I also wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for reading!