Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Muy Caliente

i totes forgot to write about this years hell night experience.  what's hell night you ask.  well it takes place at east coast grill in inman square in cambridge.  basically this awesome restaurant conjures up a special menu of delicious food with extremely crazy spices/peppers.  it's so hot that the waiters, bartenders, and cooks wear bandanas over their faces so they can stand the spicy steam.  this was mine and AJDs second year going and it was a delight per usual.  we sat right at the raw bar so we had a extra fun seat for the evening.  our table tried loads of things that were uber spicy.  we didn't finish it all but the spices were spectacular.  here's what our table had:
Apps:
-4 Island Creek Oysters with Pequin - Napa Kimchee Puree (for free for sitting at the raw bar!)
-Phucket Style Wings of Ass Destruction with Bird Chiles, Nuoc Cham & Aromatic Herbs
-Crispy, Hell Hot Pork Spare Rib with Guava - Lava Glaze and Inner Beauty Hot Sauce
-Buffalo Style Smoked Beef Bone with Great Hill Blue Cheese & Smoked Cayenne Buffalo Sauce
Entrees:
-Low Country Crawfish Boil with Beer, Butter & Chipotle Chile 
-Azazel’s Fire Blackened Sirloin with Housemade Guajillo Chili Steak Sauce, Habanero Mashed P otatoes & Old School Broccoli Casserole
-Lamb 2 Way: Corainder - Trinidad Scorpion Rubbed Lamb Shoulder and Pequin Chile Merguez with Sweet n’ Hot Eggplant, Curried Chick Peas & Trinidad Scorpion Date Chutney

and here's a quick pic of AJD's and my main dishes:
next i wanted to give a quick review of the girl with the dragon tattoo.  first off it's a david fincher film so it had that david fincher like quality (if you've seen his other movies).  the locations where the movie was shot was perfect.  it was exactly as i pictured while reading the book.  i was much happier with the casting of blomvquist and erica in the u.s. version.  the swedish version (i assume had far less funding) had actors who weren't what i pictured while reading, save for one.  for me noomi rapace was lisbeth salander.  rooney mara in the u.s. version did a great job no doubt, but i loved noomi more in the swedish version.  it was definitely a good movie, but for me i don't think that it's worth all the hype.  although i think i liked the swedish version a lot more than most people.  definitely go see it if you've read the book.  if you haven't read the book, you should do that first.  i am excited to see the next two movies as i think the swedish versions for movies two and three weren't as good as the first.

finally, the pictures on this blog are about to get an upgrade...
santa AJD is making this blog supa fancy.

Friday, December 23, 2011

so i know i said that it would be a while until i buy a new wool coat, but.......
isn't she purdy?!  i saw online earlier today that it was on sale, down from $75 to $50.  so when i was running errands today i decided to check it out in store.  so the original price was $75 and i picked it up on sale for $29!!!!  i couldn't pass that up.  the sleeves are 3/4 length, which i always poo poo-ed at, but then i realized that i can wear it when it's not deathly cold out and definitely in the fall.  plus how awesome is the color and the striped lining?!  merry christmas to me!

AJD and i are heading to an early morning show of the girl with the dragon tattoo before the christmas eve festivities begin.  review to follow.

merry christmas eve eve!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Green Like a Christmas Tree

so i saw a girl on the t this morning in an emerald green jacket.  it was refreshing to see a non-black or gray winter coat.  i've always wanted a bright colored wool coat since when i wear my wool coat with black pants and black shoes i look like i'm in mourning.  i've always wanted the lady day coat from jcrew in either green or navy.  this season they don't have a navy one.  check out the delightful green version:
image from www.jcrew.com
i think the next time i need a new wool coat i'll finally invest in a jcrew one.  i usually buy one super on sale at macy's or some department store at the end of the season to save some loot but i've re-rationalized it in my mind.  i live in massachusetts where you wear a coat more than you don't over a year period so it really does make sense.  yes, yes it does.  unfortunately my wool coat is only a couple years old so this purchase won't be happening anytime soon, but a girl can dream.

oh yeah, one more day of work and then it's christmas!!!  hollerrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bring the Beat In

so over the past weekend i downloaded the new beyonce cd and i'm now a huge fan of her song "love on top."  it's the song she performed on the latest vma's when she announced she was preggo.  it's seriously the happiest/most upbeat song and puts me in a good mood even when a larger than average lady squeezes into the seat next to me on the t but can't really fit but she still jams herself in and thus sits on my leg and gives me dead leg.
check it out.

Monday, December 19, 2011

One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater

i'm a lucky gal and got an early christmas present from mama s.  check it out:
it's an awesome brown leather/purple stone bracelet from banana republic.  mama s suggested in her card that i stack some bracelets with it (since she is a blog reader and remembered my earlier post regarding my new found love of stacking bracelets) which is exactly what i was thinking.  my brain is already churning about how i'm going to wear it on chrismas day with my striped dress.  oh the possibilities.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Flashing...Lights

so on friday AJD and i planned to go out to dinner after returning something to banana republic so i wandered around some stores (lots of stores) until he was ready and then i met up with him at his office.  look at how festive the lobby of his office is:
we stopped by the banana in fanueil hall and got to see some lovely decorations:
i've lived in massachusetts all my life and in the boston area going on seven years and i don't think i've ever seen the fanueil hall christmas tree.  i must say it's pretty spectacular.

we had a super dinner at hillstone, which replaced houston's.  it's kind of pricey but we had the roasted artichokes for an app and then i had a salad and AJD had a french dip sandwich so we didn't get any of the fancy entrees.  delicious.

AJD and i are heading for an early morning showing of the new sherlock holmes.  i'm excited.  movies before 10 am are super cool.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

so giuliana rancic had a successful double mastectomy surgery.  her hottie boom bottie husband bill tweeted that all went well.  i've always been a fan of giuliana and bill.  bill is a total babe and knows a thing or two about real estate (the houses/property they buy and sell on their reality show in chicago is insane).  hope giuliana recovers quickly and can get back to life as usual.  double mastectomy would be loads to handle, but i think she'll be able to come out even better on the other side.
see what i mean. bill is a total fox.

so i went to banana republic earlier in the week to get a gift card for the boss lady at work (she also has a shopping problem like myself and i like to aid her addiction).  when i was waiting in line, the store manager came up to me and asked if i was there for an interview.  when i said no she got very embarrassed and told me my outfit was great.  ok, so maybe she was just trying to be nice, but it made my day.  i think it had to do with my knee socks that i had over my tights and under my boots.  if you haven't tried this stye i highly recommend.  it adds warmth and it's super trendy.  see example below from one of my favorite blogs, what would a nerd wear:
she's not wearing tights under the socks, but you get the idea.  do it.

there was less than nothing on tv when i got home today so i perused hbo on demand and voila, season 1 of the wire.  welp, guess i'll have no life until i rewatch these four episodes.  the wire just sucks you in.

oh yeah i'm also attempting to make baked sweet potato fries as a side for dinner tonight.  we'll see how that goes...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yikes! Stripes! Fruit Stripe Gum!

everyone must run, not walk to the gap (or to your computer and connect to the internet) and buy this dress:
image from www.gap.com
it's stretchy, comfy, and totally a work appropriate length.  it looks extra amazeballs cinched with a belt.  do it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's a Chinese Christmas

last night my old roomies came over for a good old fashion chinese christmas.  we had delicious chinese food and exchanged gifts.  it was delightful and i came back with quite the haul:
brown sweater/sweatshirt from banana republic factory store
bare minerals eye shadow
pleione shirt from nordstrom
undies from victoria's secret
 earrings from coldwater creek and body wash from victoria's secret.

as i said, quite the hall.  i am one lucky duck this christmas already.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bargain Hunter

no i'm not a bargain hunter, but my AJD is.  as i mentioned in an earlier blog, AJD has been on the hunt for a new watch that has a brown leather strap.  he already has a silver tag heuer watch but now wanted one with a leather strap and since he hearts blue suits (which he has to wear everyday at work) brown leather was the way to go.

side story: AJD did not buy his tag heuer watch.  tag heuer is supa fancy and expensive.  AJD's nanny actually found the watch outside a few years ago and turned it into the police, but called back to see if anyone had claimed it.  apparently the police only hold it for a certain amount of time and then it's up for grabs, so nanny called back up, claimed the watch, and gave it to AJD so he'd be supa fancy.

anywho, he was looking into getting a watch from jcrew, but it was too pricey for AJD's tastes.  so he did some internet research (AJD is a whiz on the internet.  whenever i cry when a site has sold out of something in my size he always finds it from some random website for me.  i now proudly receive sale announcements from a store in wisconsin where i once bought a coat.) and found a few options.  then he asked me opinion.  this is what he went with (and it also happened to by my fav):
it's a skagen and it's a beut.  he got it from macy's which was having a 15% off sale (i think 15%, might've been 20%) plus AJD had an old gift card so he got this sucker for under $100.  pretty impressive.  i'm happy AJD has a new watch and i like it so much i may borrow it in the future (he doesn't know this yet).

AJD and i differ on our shopping styles, but we also differ on our usage of gift cards.  i get a gift card and it burns a hole in my pocket.  i legit need to use it as soon as possible.  sometimes i save it if there's something specific i'm looking for, but that's once in a great while.  AJD, on the other hand, saves his gift cards FOR-EVER (word up sandlot).  he's one of those people that keeps gift cards so long that they depreciate in value and he has to call the number on the back of the card to make sure there's still money left on them.  this is not a bad thing.  he just takes his time while shopping and only buys things that he really really wants or actually needs.  i clearly don't do this, but that's why i have a blog about clothes and other things and he does not.

it's finally the weekend and i'm super excited, except that i think i'm getting sick.  boo hiss.  i have 2 christmas parties this weekend and a sore throat cannot be on the agenda.  time to hydrate!

p.s. big baby left the celtics in a trade and went to the orlando magic.  i'll miss the loveable dude.  good thing i follow him on twitter so i can still get my fill.  also marquis daniels is back with the celtics.  this doesn't excite me a whole lot.  he's good but he's very skinny and he reminds me of someone who would've been fredro starr's homey in save the last dance.  i can't explain this at all.  just go watch save the last dance cause it has an awesome soundtrack and julia stiles has some seriously terrible hairstyles in that movie.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Say No To Jorts

so i just got back from wrapping up my christmas shopping.  i still need to buy some gift cards but i don't count that as shopping.  everything i bought except one thing was on sale.  this is very impressive for me.  i literally would prefer to pay full price than be in a crowded store that's having a massive sale.  black friday is my definition of a nightmare come true.  when i was younger, i was a big fan of express.  i rarely bought anything on sale there.  express would have these blowout sales but would just dump clothes in boxes separated by sizing (until people mixed the sizes and then it was extra aggravating).  dear all stores, never do this.  it's the biggest turn off ever.  i don't want to dig through clothes and then pay money for them.  i want them nicely hung or folded in size order.  maybe this is my ocd kicking in but it just always bothered me.

anywho, sad news.  i previously wrote about the crazy duggar family going for baby#20.  i read today that mama michelle found out she miscarried when her and papa jim bob went to the drs to find out the baby's sex.  regardless of my feelings on the number of children they have, this is the worst thing ever.  it's one thing to choose to terminate a pregnancy but miscarriages are unreal to me.  i don't know how people handle this.  it has to be one of the most crushing things to ever happen.  i'll be curious if she gets preggo again.

so the biebs and selenita are on vacation.  a lot of blogs are commenting on how happy they look, how great selena looks in a bathing suit, and how skinny the biebs is.  take a look at this picture and try to figure out what my first comment was:
ummmmm, why is he wearing jorts?  jean shorts.  hells no.  jorts at the beach.  double hells no.  come on biebs, lock it up.  also eat a cheeseburger or seven.

oh yeah, i bought this for myself while christmas shopping for others (its hard to tell but its a cardigan sweater with overlapping sides...also hard to explain):

its different for me (less prepster, more hipster) but i like it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Good Egg

so remember when i said that i've been playing caretaker to AJD for the last week.  well i came home today to a super surprise:
what a good egg that AJD is.  it was an awesome surprise that made my tuesday.

on top of that, i am no longer in a fight with gap/banana/old navy etc.  after i emailed inquiring why my package was taking so long to ship they gave me some lame excuse but then shipped my package via fast fedex instead of regular ups so i'll have it in time for my present swap with my old roomates.  since i'm not in a fight with them anymore, www.gap.com is having 40% off everything until 12/9 so if you need any on sale christmas gifts, go nuts.

glorious tuesday all around.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Frozen Banana

sorry the blog has been lacking posts as of late.  i've been playing nurse/caretaker to AJD.  he got some shoulder surgery on wednesday and is basically without use of his left arm.  he's progressing back to normal quite nicely but has about a 6 inch incision so it will be a long recovery. 

i've been in charge of doing most things around the apt and let me tell you i miss AJD's left arm.  we had been bad and hadn't cleaned the apt in let's just say a while.  so i cleaned the whole apt myself yesterday.  it sucks cleaning by yourself.  AJD is da bomb and doesn't mind cleaning.  we normally split up the cleaning and frankly our apt would be a pig-sty if i didn't have his help because frankly i wouldn't want to clean as often if i had to do it all myself.

before his surgery i did get some christmas shopping done.  i headed to copley place in boston.  yes, it's one of the more expensive places to shop in boston (2nd to newbury st.) but the stores are all so nice and i swear they have sales.  i got a couple gifts at jcrew but what i was most excited about was the shopping bags.  yes, i know this is super lame, but i was looking forward to checking out the jcrew holiday bags because i read the jcrew blog (http://jcrew.tumblr.com/)(yes they have one and yes i read it...i also read banana republic's blog (http://bananarepublic.tumblr.com/).  i love blogs, what can i say) and they did a post on the upcoming shopping bag.
some people get excited about starbucks switching their seasonal coffees or getting the red cups for the holidays, i get excited about holiday shopping bags.

besides jcrew and a couple other stores, i did the bulk of my shopping at banana republic.  they were having awesome sales and i cleaned up on christmas gifts.  i also may have bought a few things for myself.  a bunch of the purchases that i made online from jcrew arrived and weren't up to snuff so those got returned so i felt it a-okay to buy a few items for good old me while christmas shopping.  i picked up this awesome navy blue/gray striped sweater dress that i'll most likely save and wear for the first time on christmas.  i had tried on a striped sweater dress at jcrew that was more than double the price of this dress so i was happy i held out for the banana.
unfortunately i am now in a fight with banana/gap/etc.  i ordered a bunch of christmas gifts online on 11/28 and they still haven't shipped.  what the hell.  i'm supposed to exchange gifts with my old roomies on sunday and their gifts are contingent on this package.  so, we are in a fight.

on a lighter note, i miss will and grace.  not random people, the t.v. show.  one of my fav episodes took place in what jack referred to as "the banana."  they bought turtlenecks and it was awesome.

also i watched the pilot episode of arrested development this weekend.  AJD is a fan and with the upcoming movie, he wants me to become a fan as well.  i did enjoy baby michael cera making out with his cousin and working at the family's frozen banana stand.  i heart will arnett and portia derossi so i'll be watching more episodes.

also i realized that the timestamp that happens when i add a new post was always hours off.  yeah so it was on pacific time and has now been updated to eastern time.  what an improvement.

Monday, November 28, 2011

If You Love Cyber Monday Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah!

merrrrrrrrrry christmas.  yup thanksgiving has come and gone and now for me, it's officially the christmas season.  and you know what that means...shopping ban is lifted!  wahoo.  i took full advantage of cyber monday.  i got free shipping plus 15% off at crate and barrel, 30% off and free shipping at banana republic and gap, and best of all 25% off and free shipping at my beloved jcrew.  i put a solid dent in my shopping.  it was delightful.  to keep with the christmas spirit, AJD and i decorated our tree tonight.  it's legit the sharpest/pointiest tree i've ever touched.  it's so painful.  but it's got a ghetto booty so i love it.

the tree was so fat that we actually ran out of lights at the bottom.  i found some that matched at target.  conveniently i've been jonesing to go to target for some new tights.  target has these awesome tights by merona in all kinds of colors and patterns that have the greatest sizing ever.  i'm talking about m/t aka medium/tall.  literally my dream come true size.  the tights not only stay up and don't roll, but they're long enough and they last for a long while.  i took full advantage of the fact that there were loads of m/t options and picked up navy, brown, heather gray, and black.  maybe after christmas i'll load up on patterned tights.
since i was so proud of myself for holding true to my shopping ban, i may have ordered a few things for myself at jcrew.  around this time of year i like to get myself a new outfit for christmas eve.  i'm not sure if anything i got will make the cut but this gem is at the top of the list:
image from jcrew.com
i personally would not wear an all white outfit but i'm hoping to find some black skinnies or another color pants to pair up with this.  i also could opt to wear it with jeans on christmas day since christmas day is usually a tad more casual than christmas eve.  i still have some time before the next holiday, so i'm sure i'll make at least one trek to copley place to check out what my fav places have in store instead of just online.

happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkey Lurkey Doo and Turkey Lurkey Da

hey-yo.  happy almost thanksgiving.  my thanksgiving kicked off on monday with a work thanksgiving party where the main event was a turducken.  chicken stuffed in a duck (or the other way around) stuffed in a turkey with crawfish stuffing.  no bones, all goodness.  it was a whole lot of meat but all of it was tasty.  even with all the meat, my favorite part was the stuffing.  spicy crawfish and rice, how can you go wrong?

tonight i have to make my (i think) 5th round of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the year.  i'm actually tired of making these cookies.  unfortunately there was a request for them at AJD's mom's house tomorrow, so I'll be making them once again.  i'm also in charge of the vegetables (not including potatoes).  i know i'm making roasted brussel sprouts, but for the second dish i'm not so sure.  i went to my trusty foodnetwork.com for some ideas, and i think carrots with dill may be the ultimate winner.  i know green bean casserole is what most people do but frankly i don't like mushrooms even though i like green bean casserole.  i think if i made it myself and saw the amount of mushrooms that actually go in, it would deter me from eating it.

my goal this thanksgiving is to not throw up.  ha.  yes throw up.  last year AJD and i went to 3 thanksgivings.  i tried to eat small portions at the first 2 since my parent's house was last and their food is my favorite, but i think it was just all too much so my stomach literally couldn't hold it in and i threw up everything i ate in the middle of the night.  the only good thing about it was that i didn't have a food hangover the next day like everyone else did.  so i'm dreaming big this year and hoping for a puke-free turkey day.

so since i've put myself on a shopping ban, i only have one outfit to talk about.  (btw, the shopping ban is lifted after thanksgiving so get ready for packages!)  so when banana republic announced that they were doing a mad men themed collection, i fell in love.  the fact that it came out right around my birthday in august made it even better (birthday coupons say heeeeeey).  unfortunately i didn't end up getting anything mad men themed, but the banana on newbury st (which is 4 floors - take the elevator to the top and work your way down - learned this the hard way) got the whole fall collection at the same time.  I ended up getting this awesome fall watercolored dress that you can see in the picture below:
sorry the pic is so small.  in the pic they pair the dress with a beige turtleneck.  i don't do turtlenecks.  so i did what every fashion mag and fashion show and fashion blogger has ever told me and that is to take a summery/early fall piece (like this silk dress) and winterize it.  i paired it with brown tights, brown knee high boots and a navy blue sweater cardigan.  if i do say so myself, it was superb.  i got 2 compliments on it at work and if someone compliments me on my outfit i like to give myself a pat on the back.  i even did my hair nicely which is a rarity for work.  they may have just noticed me since i didn't have my ever popular low ponytail and/or bun like i usually do.

today i'm wearing the closest thing i could come up with that wasn't my pajamas that can still pass as work attire.  we had serious rain this morning so i really didn't want to get out of bed.  so a trendy outfit and getting my hair did was not in my plan this morning.  AJD did not enjoy the rain either so he opted to wait for me to get up and then we drove into boston.  carpool lane holler if you hear me!

so i hope everyone has a fantastic thanksgiving and try not to puke!

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's the freakin weekend...

remember that awesome r. kelly jam ignition?  ah college.  a bunch of my friends and i are having a mini college reunion this weekend and so i cannot wait for everyone to arrive.  in the meantime, here's a recap from the last few days.


last night i went to a super dinner party thrown by an old coworker.  it was held at her apt (which also happens to be with her 2 uncles).  the apt is in charlestown literally across the street from the bunker hill monument.  weirdly i'd never been to the monument but conveniently they live next door to it so now i can say i've been there.  the apt was beyond gorgeous, specifically the roofdeck.  apparently it's been featured in the boston globe as one of the best roofdecks in boston and i totally concur.  here's a view of the monument from the street right outside the apt:
anywho, besides that i finally got the jewelry that i was having made/resized in the mail yesterday.  as i mentioned before my grams has cancer and so when she moved up to the great white north, she started bequeathing her jewels to the whole fam.  when i was growing up i always loved this emerald ring of hers that she said i could have when i was all growsed up.  she even had it resized for me in high school.  unfortunately that was during my sheryl swoops' phase during my bball career so my knuckles were usually jammed so the resized ring was too large and in charge for my now shall we say delicate (ha) fingers, so i had it resized round two:
i also had some old jewels that grams had given me remade so i could get more use out of them.  i had a pendant made into a ring and a ring made into earrings.  i had them all set in white gold since i wear that more than yellow gold.  both are my birth stone, peridot (shout out to august babies woop woop).  i should have taken before and after photos but the blog didnt exist before.

it's the week of new jewelry.  this one i had to pay for.  but thankfully i accumulated a lot of gold growing up and since i don't wear it, i traded it in to offset the price of these new jewels.

and in celebrity gossip, demi moore finally announced she's filing for divorce from ashton.  thank god.  the two of them together always pissed me off.  they were always parading all over eachother's twitter.  laaaame.  i like how the hoe that ashton cheated on demi with is now back in the tabloids saying i told you so and now do you believe me?  way to soak up the last 3 seconds of your five minutes of fame hoe.  hopefully the break up will inspire demi to eat something.  girlfriend is looking emaciated.

also, how long ago was daylight savings?  cause i still haven't changed my watch.  its closer to the weekend that way.  at least on my wrist.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Banned in the USA

so i'm attempting to not shop.  its been hard.  i have a problem as i've said before.  i really want to start christmas shopping, but i'm holding out a little longer.  today, i came into work with a nice surprise.  a new necklace!  and no shopping/spending money required.  one of the docs i work with has been in haiti for the past few weeks.  she brought me back this awesome red necklace completely made out of seeds.  its unique and beautiful and i don't have a red necklace so its perfect to add to my ever growing collection.

so AJD has been on the hunt for a new watch with a brown leather strap.  he's much more frugal than i am so he searches for things for a long time before he'll actually buy something, especially when it's a big purchase.  and voila, jcrew new winter arrivals come through:
image from jcrew.com
isn't it purdy?  well so AJD, being the smart shopper that he is, wanted to see it in real life, wanted to know if it was available in stores or just on line, and what the dimensions are (some men's watches are bigger than my head).  so at first i thought, oh just call the store.  but then i remembered jcrew has this chat function on their website where you can chat with people directly at jcrew in real time.  you don't have to send an email and then wait forevs for a response.  so i chatted with stephanie and she answered all my questions in about 5 minutes.  she even hand measured the band since the dimensions weren't written in the watch write up.  super helpful.  another point for jcrew.

got to cut this short. law and order svu is on.  who doesn't love olivia and elliot and my fav b.d. wong.  happy tuesday!