Friday, April 29, 2011

at least Harry's still available!

My best friend C. and I, armed with croissants, lattes, champagne, and raspberries, woke up at 4 am today to watch the Royal Wedding.

C. had already planned her wedding to Prince William in her tween years (sorry C., I had to), so I expected her to be distraught about this "other woman." But it was a happy day, and though the words "Kate looks so pretty I just want to kill her" were uttered, believe us when we say we l-0-v-e that girl.

But who I really love?

I've always preferred Harry to William. When everyone was all, "William William William" I always knew he'd grow up to be the cutest. He's like a mix between Ron Weasley and Matt Czuchry. It doesn't get much more adorable than that. Plus, he's built so much bigger and is always pleasantly ruddy-faced, like he just came from ski patrol in the slopes. Love love love.

So I had no envy watching Kate marry William today, but I was super happy for them. It was especially adorable when Harry whispered to William "she's here now," and William told Kate she looked beautiful. I also thought Pippa looked GORGEOUS, and thought it was hilarious when Lady Eliza (or was it Lady Grace?) scowled and covered her ears when the jets flew over Buckingham Palace. The kiss was l-a-m-e though. I just feel like William is such a cold fish! But I loved how flirty and playful they were.

Monday, April 25, 2011

hilton head style

In three short weeks (!), I will have finished my last class ever at Williams College.

One week after that, I will be jumping in my car (along with the rest of the senior class, though not all in my car. That would be cramped) and heading down to Hilton Head for a week of sun, fun, and RELAXING.

It will be one of the only times in my life when I won't be a student, I won't be employed, and I really won't be doing much of anything. That's really weird to think about. I'll be taking book recommendations, if you have them.

With Hilton Head fast approaching and my pre-HH diet (or, "operation leafy greens" as my suitemate Steve is hilariously calling it) well underway (I've already lost almost ten pounds! Woo hoo!), I thought it was time to start thinking about what I'm going to wear!

I definitely want to have an effortless selection of clothes: beachy things that I can throw on during the day and cute, but simple, sundresses that I can put on at night to go out. Here are some of the things, which I already own or are planning to buy (or just really, really want!) that I'm packing:

1. My trusty Tommy Bahama coral bathing suit, which I scored for 50% off when it really wasn't on sale at all. I love the bright color (works great for blondes and brunettes), and how the top is kinda retro.

2. My adorable new Express ruffled halter dress, which only just recently came back in stock in my size (thank the lord) and which is going to be perfect for either having lunch/shopping during the day, or can be dressed up to go out at night. It's one of the cheaper dresses they have in stock this season, and, imho, one of the cutest/most versatile. [Update: It's out of stock! So sorry if I sent you lusting after it! They do have them in solids though...] They didn't have the belt in stock, which was a bummer, but they did have:

3. Express quilted wristlet, in coral. It's going to be way too hot--and sandy--to carry around a nice bag, so this wristlet will hold my id, credit card, phone, and Burt's Bees, but I don't have to worry about ruining it. Plus, it will match almost everything else I'm bringing.

4. J. Crew Factory sequined strip boatneck top, in rose. I haven't splurged for this yet (considering that, you know, I just took out a loan to buy a new computer, but more on that later), but I really, really, really want to. Mara rocked it a few posts back, and it looked terrific on her. It's so perfect for a beachy vacation because it's nautical but in a bright color, and it's glam enough to wear out at night with white or black shorts.

5. Last season, Gap had these super cute hemmed linen shorts. I can't find any pictures of them now, and am way too pale to try to take some for you, but I'll be bringing those in raspberry, dark gray, gold, and white. They're chic and effortless and perfect for walking around town or for wearing over a bathing suit (they dry really fast if they get wet!)

6. My ubiquitous H&M striped top which almost every blogger I know seems to have also bought last summer. (That was actually a pretty fun post-- I showed how four different girls in four different parts of the world wore that one darn top. Pretty cool stuff!) I am ob-sessed with stripes, as I mentioned above, and I think nautical tops are always good to have around on a beach vacation. I like to wear mine with the gold Gap shorts, or skinny jeans and red flats, and gold jewelery. (And there's L., looking really cute and indulging me in my requisite nightly summer ice cream. Hi L.!)

7. Jack Rogers Navajo sandal, platinum. Want. Want. Want. I have the Target knockoffs now, but they're ill-made and the base is starting to peel. I just can't justify paying over $90 for sandals. Sigh. Someday...(looks longingly into the distance).

Other beach essentials? My Burt's Bees pomegranate lip balm, a bright beach tote (I use a yellow one with green handles--fun!), cocoa butter and aloe for dehydrated post-sun skin, TONS of water, which should be easy since L. was so sweet and bought me a Nalgene from the university he'll be doing research at for the next two years!, and obviously great books! I need lots of book recommendations--I'm planning to have a second post where I ask you all your opinion on what I should bring! It's been ages since I could read something that wasn't for school. (But who am I kidding? I'm the person who, when she has her choice of what to read, ends up with Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina).

Finally-- halp! I'm not a big hat-wearer or sunglasses-wearer. I know that's really bad! I just feel like both always look weird on my head/face. Does anyone have any recommendations for universally flattering (or round-face/heart-face flattering) brands of either?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


113 pages

9 months

70 books

200+ footnotes

1 meltdown

and I am DONE with my thesis!


Now what?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

what if i told you...

...that Ari Gold could potentially be my boss next year?

Okay, so not really Ari Gold, [since, you know, he's not real and all] but I think you can connect the dots and get my general insinuation. I can't really spell it out more than that.

(But if it really were really Ari Gold? How amazing would that be?)

Exciting? Nerve-wracking? Terrifying? Is there enough anti-anxiety medication in the world for this? All of the above?

(I don't actually take anti-anxiety medication, fyi. But as someone who has panic attacks every time she flies, can't sleep in the dark, can't sleep near a mirror, can't sleep with the door open, can't see a spider without crying, and can't be in a room full of people without feeling completely overwhelmed, I wonder if that should be changed.)

(I also can't handle non-verb agreement, misused punctuation, misspelling, and txtspk, but that's another issue. Non-capitalization in informal settings, i.e. AIM messages, used to really get me too, but as you can tell from my post titles I've realized that it can be stylistic even in its severe wrongness.)

Nothing's for sure yet on the job front, but let's just say I'm going to have some tough decisions to make soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

my thesis

is due in six days. SIX days. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was like, "I have ten months to work on this project, it'll be fineee."

Luckily, I'm in a little better shape--just editing and clarifying and tightening the 106-or-so pages I have now--than some of my other fellow English honors students, who just started writing their theses over break.

No way. I am wayyy too Type-A for that.

Until I turn it in, here's what I'll be repeating to myself daily in the mirror.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

cambria estate winery

I promise that my spring break trip wasn't all interviews and meetings! (It sure felt like it sometimes, though!) One rainy Saturday, L., his parents and I took a fun trip up north to Santa Maria to go wine tasting at Cambria Estate Winery.

They're known primarily for their Chardonnays and their Pinot Noirs, and honestly I'm not a huge fan of either! (I like citrusy, fruity white wines that are a little less oakey than Chardonnays, and I'm not a HUGE red wine drinker, though I'm working on it!)

Of course, that was the perfect reason to do a tasting, so I could try all sorts of different wines that I wouldn't normally order for fear of wasting them! L.'s parents are members, and besides for getting bottles of wine shipped to their house monthly (jealous), they also get to come tasting anytime and bring guests for free.

Guess we all know what L. and I will be spending our weekends doing once we move to LA!

My favorite by far was the Riesling I tried, and L.'s parents were nice enough to buy me a bottle, which we promptly opened the next night when L.'s mom and I cooked up a delicious Tuscan white bean pureed soup. Mmm. I definitely never fail to eat well when I stay with L.'s family, that's for sure!

Cambria was also recently featured on the Bachelor! Jealous they weren't shooting when we were there...sigh.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

diddy riese

I am in love.

Completely obsessed.

L. and I went to Diddy Riese, in downtown Westwood, last Friday to celebrate his getting the news that he officially has the research job, and my life has since been forever changed.

Mint chocolate chip with white chocolate chip chocolate cookies. Cookie dough with snickerdoodle cookies. Vanilla with peanut butter cookies. The combinations are endless.

Something tells me the fresh home cooking and trips to Whole Foods, and our after-dinner walks in the evenings, aren't going to do too much for L. and me if we are talking those walks to Diddy Riese every night.

Especially since we'll be living basically right next door.

Especially since those beautiful babies are only $1.50 a pop.

At that price, with our budget, I might just be eating these for dinner. Every night.

Summer can't come fast enough.

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