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TGIF

Shockingly, this week actually went by sort of quickly.  Who would have thought?

On the docket for the weekend:

  • Tonight Kevin & I are going to see This is Where I Leave You & I am psyched!  Haven’t been to the movies in a few months so it will be a nice, low key treat.
  • Tomorrow I have no plans other than going to visit my nana with my dad in the AM.  I think I am going to tackle the dreaded “closet switch over” in the afternoon.  It’s starting to get really chilly around here so unfortunately unpacking my boots and sweaters is sort of a necessity.
  • Sunday I will be participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk as a part of Team Tara.  I’m really excited to be a part of such a great team & to raise money for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.  I will be completing the walk in memory of several family members who have passed away from cancer & in honor of my younger sister who battled and defeated cancer at the way too young age of 18.  It will be really nice to spend a day honoring those I love who bravely fought the beast that is cancer. My team is just shy of our fundraising goal, so if you should have a few extra bucks lying around & would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts- I would be forever greatful :)  Contributions can be made here.

I hope that everyone has an amazing weekend :)

Today, someone I went to HS with posted some bullshit article on facebook about how people who sit too much & binge on Netflix are likely to die much earlier than those who don’t.

I have never unfriended someone so fast in my life.

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My most horrifying moment

(I decided to share this story after I had flashbacks while reading this post yesterday)

Before I landed my current gig, I worked at a large public accounting firm.  While working there, a few of my clients were super high profile and high demand so it wasn’t particularly unusual to be working late nights and weekends- especially as the audits came to a close.

Typically when you are working on an audit, you sit with your team members in close quarters.  In this particular instance, there were about 30 of us crammed into a conference room sitting at cafeteria style tables.  The seats at these tables were assigned by the Managers & I was sitting directly across from my Senior, which the majority of the time worked in my favor.

After four or five 15 hour days in a row, I was deliriously miserable and my senior was on my ass about some sort of formatting issue she had with the work I had stayed up until 1am the night prior doing.  Obviously I was super annoyed that she wanted to me to pretty much start from scratch on all this work that I had slaved over for a personal cosmetic preference (the client didn’t give a shit about the formatting), so I did what any normal person would do & I went to IM my work BFF to complain.

So I IM’d my work BFF saying “Working for <redacted> is a fucking nightmare”, hit send, & went back to fixing all of the work that I had done the night prior.  After 5 minutes and I noticed that my work BFF never responded, I opened up the IM and my stomach dropped.

When I opened the IM to my work BFF, my senior had IM’d me with more tasks she wanted to do so the text that I was typing switched over to my senior’s IM box.  This meant the IM  ”Working for <redacted> is a fucking nightmare” WAS SENT DIRECTLY TO MY SENIOR WHO I WAS SITTING DIRECTLY ACROSS A CAFETERIA TABLE FROM.

I literally thought I was going throw up all over the table.  I couldn’t even bring myself to look up and look at my senior, who had obviously by this time already read the IM- so I did what any asshole would do and I looked down, got up, walked my idiotic ass to the bathroom, and called my mom hysterically crying flipping out.

5 years later & I still get sick to my stomach anytime I think about it.

Most horrifying moment EVER.

Edited to Add: After flipping out to my mom for about 10 minutes, I got the guts to walk back into the room.  I IM’d my senior (the only reason I didn’t say it out loud is because there were a lot of people around and I wasn’t sure if she told anyone and I didn’t want to embarrass her) and apologized. I let her know that even though there is no excuse for what I did, I was stressed and delirious from lack of sleep so I said something that I didn’t mean.  She really needed me to do her bitch work for the next few weeks so she graciously accepted my apology and surprisingly, we actually laughed about it a week or so after so I don’t think she was super offended.  But even so, it still completely mortifies me and I will never forget the feeling in my stomach when I realized that I sent the IM to the wrong person.  Horrible.

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.
J.K. Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (via glamour)
Friday Five
  • Today is the day…. for the first fall mani of the season!  I was able to run by my nail salon during my lunch hour & all of the pretty burgundy fall colors were just screaming my name.  I decided to go with OPI’s “Skaing on Thin Ice-land.”
  • Kevin & I are officially on a healthy living kick until we go to Miami the first weekend in October.  So far this week we have made every meal at home & worked out almost daily.  I hope that maybe we can see some results come time for the beach in a few weeks.
  • Healthy living kick also means no booze or soda until we go away.  Surprisingly (for those who don’t know me), the soda is MUCH harder to give up than the booze for me.
  • I finally put my big girl pants on and last month I created a budget spreadsheet so I can see where exactly my money is going.  While I know this is good for me in the long run, it’s sort of devastating to see all the useless spending on stupid crap I have been doing- but I must say, since making the spreadsheet and being aware, my spending has gone down so freaking much.  It’s sort of crazy!
  • This video has me literally crying from laughing so hard.  Please, please watch you won’t regret it. 
I feel like in my 28 years I have (mostly) lived by the manta, “treat others how you would like to be treated.” From here on out, I will be living by “treat others how they treat you.”

#Sarrinotsorry #Sarriforpartying 

This past weekend, Kevin & I headed down to Newport, Rhode Island for the wedding of two of our close friends, Jon & Meg.  We had quite the weekend celebrating the two lovebirds!

We both took Friday off of work and headed down to Newport early.  We arrived at our hotel, The Hyatt Regency Newport, around 11:30 and were able to check in.  We dropped our bags in our gorgeous room and had a beer on the patio bar (see view above, helllllo!) before heading to the rehearsal.

The rehearsal was at 1 at the venue, Ocean Cliff.  When we pulled in, Kevin turned to me and said “Wow, I think this is the nicest place I have ever stepped foot in”- and he was probably right.  If you ever find yourself in Newport, do yourself a favor and go have a drink there.  The facility itself is top notch but nothing trumps the outstanding view.  It really is honestly breathtaking- I’m so happy our friends were able to start their life together at such a beautiful spot.

After the rehearsal, we all headed into downtown Newport for a delicious five course Italian meal at Lucia.  I think that I pretty much had to get rolled to the bar called The Landing where we closed out the night watching the sunset and enjoying some Landsharks.  Perfect day one!

Saturday we woke up bright and early to a sky full of FOG!  I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous.  When I went downstairs to meet up with the bride and her bridesmaids around 10- it still hadn’t cleared.  I was panicking a bit inside, but Meg was literally cool as a cucumber- smiling, joking with all of us.  We took the limo up to Ocean Cliff and just as the guests started to take their seats, the fog broke and the sun came shining through.  It literally was like something out of the movies, the timing was impeccable- some sort of higher being wanted Jon & Meg to have their perfect moment.

The ceremony was beautiful, the cocktail hour had a plethora of delicious passed apps, the drinks were flowing, the dinner was unreal, and the reception venue was decorated beautifully.  After the fog scare, the day was picturesque. Kevin was the best man & in my (completely biased) opinion, he nailed it!  His speech was perfect amounts funny & heartfelt- and I know it truly meant so much to him that such an honor was bestowed on him.

Unpopular opinion time: I usually hate bands at weddings, DJ always (in my opinion)- but holy crap, the band that Meg & Jon had may have turned me!  They were AWESOME!!  Once they started playing, the dance floor was never empty.  Everyone had such an awesome time dancing their hearts out.

After the reception ended around 5, everyone headed back to the dock at the Hyatt and boarded the Aurora Schooner boat for a two hour sunset cruise around Newport Harbor.  We rounded out the night with a few drinks at the Hyatt hotel bar…. and an order of Dominos for Kev & I :)

Congrats to the newlywed, Mr. & Mrs. Guissarri!  We love you very much- & we hope you have an amazing time starting off you new life in tropical Hawaii!

littlelaur:

Elie Saab - Spring Summer 2014

Dream dress.
Quick- someone invite me to a fancy pants party &amp; gift me a couple of thousands of dollars so I can buy and wear this.
Thanks! :)

littlelaur:

Elie Saab - Spring Summer 2014

Dream dress.

Quick- someone invite me to a fancy pants party & gift me a couple of thousands of dollars so I can buy and wear this.

Thanks! :)

Crowd Sourcing

This Saturday two of our great friends are getting married down in Newport, Rhode Island- wahoo!

I’m in a bit of a pickle because I can’t decide what to wear!  I have narrowed it down to two options & I was hoping that you guys, being the fashionistas that you are, could help me decide between the two.

Options are as follows:

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or

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A little background info about the wedding in case that helps you sway one way or the other:  The location is the beautiful Ocean Cliff & it is taking place during the day (12-5).  I busted open my toe pretty badly so I am planning to wear nude closed toe heels with whatever dress I decide.  As always, I think you so much in advance for your help- I don’t know what I did before this little blog!

So what do you think?  Which dress should I wear?

Chicago trip, Labor Day Weekend.

Kevin & I had the most AMAZING time in Chicago this past weekend.  We booked this trip on a whim because we had Southwest credits about to expire & had heard good things.  

I am happy to say, the hype is totally real (which duh, I’m sure most of you know that).  We are obsessed.

We stayed at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown hotel and I have nothing but great things to say about our experience there.  Our room was big, the staff was super friendly, the view was awesome (see above), & the location was great.  We were able to walk almost everywhere and we loved that.

We lucked out with the weather- we had two absolutely phenomenal days.  We kept ourselves busy too- in our two days we saw almost every tourist spot: architecture boat tour, millennium park, Lincoln park, oak street beach & the lakefront, top of Hancock tower, shopping on N. Michigan Ave.  The only thing that didn’t go in our favor was that we walked to the Willis tower & the elevators were down, so we were unable to go to the top.  But I guess that is okay because now it just gives us a reason to visit again sooner rather than later…

I honestly think that this past weekend was the best weekend of our summer- we just had so much fun.  Both Kevin & I had a little bit of the Sunday Monday scaries yesterday because we were so sad that our trip was over.  

Thanks so much for all of your recommendations for Chicago.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to hit up a lot of the restaurants but I have them all saved in a note on my iPhone & I plan to make my next trip to Chi more of a foodie trip… and believe me, if it’s up to Kevin I think that trip will be very soon :)

I was tagged by dosesofpms &amp; rosestoreality to post the most recent picture in my phone- so here you guys go :)
I try to keep the selfies to a minimum (ha!)- but my mom just got home from moving my cousin Angela into Ohio State and she bought me this awesome sweatshirt.  I can only assume it&#8217;s quite difficult to move half-way across the country to go to a college where you don&#8217;t know a single soul- so when I put the sweatshirt on I decided to take a pic of me in it &amp; send it to Angela to let her know I am thinking of her and rooting for her from home.
&amp; also to let her know that I never have enough good, comfy, college gear.
Since I completed the challenge- I now tag the-enc-diaries, kcmac1030, happinesshighlights, kellykovetskouture, and peoniesandcocktails :)

I was tagged by dosesofpms & rosestoreality to post the most recent picture in my phone- so here you guys go :)

I try to keep the selfies to a minimum (ha!)- but my mom just got home from moving my cousin Angela into Ohio State and she bought me this awesome sweatshirt.  I can only assume it’s quite difficult to move half-way across the country to go to a college where you don’t know a single soul- so when I put the sweatshirt on I decided to take a pic of me in it & send it to Angela to let her know I am thinking of her and rooting for her from home.

& also to let her know that I never have enough good, comfy, college gear.

Since I completed the challenge- I now tag the-enc-diaries, kcmac1030, happinesshighlights, kellykovetskouture, and peoniesandcocktails :)

I love this!

I know a lot of people are upset about how the Emmy’s seem to be the same thing year after year- 

& I actually do get that- Modern Family? Again? Seriously?

BUT

I think that Breaking Bad sweeping the drama series awards was quite the well deserved swan song for one of the best television shows to ever grace our small screen.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t I cheer & smile every time one of the incredible actors and writers got up on the stage to accept their award.

Especially the two above.  

Love them.  Love their sincere friendship.  Love the mutual admiration & respect.  Love, love, love their FANTASTIC work.

Thanks for a great few years, Breaking Bad!  We’ll miss you.

Scenes from a fun summer weekend :)

Friday night after work, Kevin & I headed over to Gillette Stadium with my parents to attend our first (& possibly only) Patriots Game of the season.  It was a little chilly for an August night but still beautiful nonetheless.

Saturday morning, we got up bright and early to participate in the Jamie Fund 5k.  My aunt & uncle are the founders of the Jamie Fund- so it was a fun morning spent amongst family.  We also lucked out with the weather- again, it was a little chilly for an August day but no one can complain about that while completing a 5k!

After the race we headed into the city for an afternoon/evening spent with a few different groups of friends.  We hit up a few bars, had some delicious apps, ran into a “furry” bar crawl (as seen pictured above, I can’t even make this shit up!) and laughed our asses off for the entire evening.  It was a ton of fun… the perfect way to wind down summer.

Yesterday I literally did not move off the couch.  Kevin came home from the gym with a delicious pizza from Pizzeria Regina that I promptly inhaled.  Other than that, I just spent the day rewatching Grey’s season 4 on Netflix and napping.  Lately, completely lazy days like those are sort of far and few between, so I really enjoyed just doing absolutely nothing.

Now only 4 and a half work days stand between me and a long weekend in Chicago.  Bring it on!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

In less than 10 short days, I will be boarding a plane to Chicago for my first visit to the Midwest ever.
Excited doesn&#8217;t even seem to describe how I feel!

In less than 10 short days, I will be boarding a plane to Chicago for my first visit to the Midwest ever.

Excited doesn’t even seem to describe how I feel!

A worthwhile read for the all the cynics out there.

(It’s a worthy read for all you non-cynics as well!)