Friday, September 28, 2012

Random Happenings

It's been a rather fast paced week. I was slow to bounce back from last weekend. It was tough to get caught back up, but once I did I hit the ground running.

I hit up the salon this week.

I went a little darker for the fall. And let's be honest... it's hard to maintain a false identity. I'm no natural blond, (shocker) so I felt like it was time to tone it down at least for a bit.

gratuitous self portraits

It's growing on me for sure. I did have one lady at the salon tell me it really made my sparkly blue eyes really POP. I'll take it!

This week I also mailed out invitations for my brother's 30th Birthday Bash!

Don't mail any letters to my cousin, Celinda since I just posted their address on the INTERNET. However, she would gladly accept cash probably.

Katie Beth hooked me up with some killer invites that are sure to encourage people not to miss out on the good time. Katie is super creative... you should probably use her for your next event.

And in between all of this nonsense Lacey and I have been burning the calories.

She's currently training for the Susan G. Koman 5K-- She wants to be super fast because she's #inittowinit or something.

Feel free to donate to the cause at her Susan G. Koeman page by clicking here. Just do it!

Happy Weekend Crazies!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nail Trends: Metallics

A few weeks ago, while on Alana's Bach Party in Nashville my friend, Brittany, showed up with the best nail polish.

She had hurriedly painted her toes with Essie's Good as Gold before heading to Nashville.

Here's Brittany:

Now, pretend this is a diagram of feet instead of hands:

Her toes (on both feet) were painted similar to the hand on the right.

We had a good laugh and I was sold on the color.

I have, since, purchased the Good as Gold as well as the No Place Like Chrome. Both are from Essies' Summer Metallic Collection but of the collection of colors I feel like the gold and silver can transition in to Fall.

Thanks for the heads up Britt!

Monday, September 24, 2012

O.T.W. AU vs. LSU

Good Monday to you.

Let's talk about what an awesome weekend Ryan and I had.

Friday night we stayed in, caught up on our DVR and had a pizza party. Perfection.

We turned in early because we had a big day ahead of us on Saturday.

Ryan and I were in Auburn by 10:00 a.m. Saturday ready for a day of tailgating nonsense. It was such a fun day.

Ready to take on the day; Blair, moi, Brittany, Kristen;  Katie Beth and me. 

I was so excited to get to see my BF, Katie Beth. This is crazy but I haven't seen her in real life since last football season. So I was super stoked to get to hug her neck.

Ali and I went to to the game while Ryan stayed behind at the tailgate spot to watch the game on TV.  Ali and I cheered our hearts out in an attempt to pull us through. It was a stressful game, but I had packed medicine in the form of bourbon minis so we were able to take a little bit of the stress off.

It was close. So close, but LSU came out on top with a score of 12-10. I was proud of our Tigers for holding their own. (although Ryan says there is no such thing as a moral victory--just wins and losses)

Ali and I cheering on Auburn.

After the game Ali and I headed to SkyBar for a couple of drinks, but it was so crowded that we finally decided it would be more fun to ease next door for a little healthy late night snack of McDonald's. #quarterpounderlatenight

Sunday was definitely a day of rest for this gal. It took it out of me but was oh so worth it.

It was a great weekend. I love football season!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

On the Nook Shelf

I have been doing some serious reading this summer and plan to continue to do so in to the fall.

Let's talk about what I've been reading so you can download to your Nook (or Kindle) and read as well!

I finished The Fallen Series in a matter of a week. It's definitely in the Young Adult category.
The fourth book is Rapture, which isn't pictured. 
From the Barnes & Noble website:
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce—and goes out of his way to make that very clear—she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
These four books were easy reads.When I finished one, I couldn't wait to start the next one. A true battle of good vs. evil. Disney has picked up the rights to all four books so at some point they will be in a theater near you.

I recently read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Sounds like a crazy book and it is. As one review described it, it is one of the most fascinating depictions of american history. Lots of the historical facts were legit, so much so that I found myself asking Ryan if this certain facts were true and I did a good bit of Googling of good ole Honest Abe. Obviously I know that Abe wasn't hunting vamps or was he? but it made for a fascinating read. This book was recently released in the movie form.

Where We Belong  is also in my "recently read" category. I loved this book! Such an easy read and it touched my heart. I read it in a matter of a couple of days. I love a book that it fresh and relevant and this one is. The characters were so easy to relate to and had such a realness about them (if that makes sense).  Download this one today. You won't regret it.

From Good Reads:
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

This past week/weekend I finished off  the first two books in Janet Evanovich's Lizzy and Diesel Series. The first book in this series is, Wicked Appetitie.

From Goodreads:
Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

The second book is Wicked Business. In the second book Lizzy and Diesel are on the hunt for the relic representing the deadly sin of lust. Both books were a lot of fun.

Up next on my reading list is Gone Girl. I've seen on several blogs where people are reading this thriller and loving it. I'm hoping it's as good as I've heard.

If it all that it's cracked up to be I will let you know!!

I set a goal to read at least 35 book in 2012. To date at I'm at 23. I keep up with what I've read and plan to read on Goodreads. It's fun way to stay up-to-date on what books are popular and most importantly to be able to read reviews.

Now, go download a few books. As the weather is beginning to cool down it's the perfect time to do a little casual reading. 

Also, please feel free to make any suggestions! 

O.T.W. Auburn Football

Saturday Ryan and I ventured to Auburn for the Auburn vs. La. Monroe game. 

It was a beautiful day for football, albeit a little on the HOT side. I have sunburn lines in the shape of my dress to prove it. 

Auburn is having a tough year and I fear it's only going to get harder as we go up against even harder SEC Teams. I love my Tigers though and stand behind them 100%. It's hard to sit in a stadium and hear fans turn super negative during a game. 

It might be a very long season but the again we might just miraculously turn it around and dominate win several big games! Let's stay positive Auburn Fans. 

Please note how red my chest/neck is... Whoa. 

Tailgating with Ashley and Ali

Pregame with my main man.
See you next week for LSU!
War Eagle! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

O.T.W-- Take Her Down to the Little White Church

Whirlwind weekend, I am here to tell you.

We went hard and made every second count. It was tough on this old broad, but I am a go-teamer and we had a bachelorette to celebrate.

We arrived in Nashville on Friday afternoon around 4:30, and hit the ground running.

Friday night we had dinner at The Tavern, which I would describe as an upscale sports bar. I dined on the Lobster Rolls and had no regrets.

After dinner we headed to the Broadway for bar hopping. First stop was The Stage on Broadway.

Next stop was Tequila Cowboy for some serious bull riding.

(don't worry we had a pair of shorts we shared so that no one was indecently exposed-- keep it classy yall)

As we got ready to leave Tequila Cowboy around 1:30 am, we realized a terrible storm had blown in to Nashville. So we grabbed a cab and took it on back to the hotel for safety.

In order for you to fully understand the severeness of the storm I reenacted it for you the next day.

These are what the tress/bushes look like in front of the hotel on a normal basis: 

Disregard the lighting. You can still take note of the upright tree/bush

This is what they looked like as we were running in to the hotel during the wee hours:

Scary stuff!

We were drenched in a matter of seconds from running from the taxi to the hotel. After harassing the front desk about getting in the basement, we were assured that there was no tornado and that the hotel had proper safety protocol in place in the event of a tornado.

We eventually went upstairs to our rooms and were just wild and crazy. The next morning we decided that we must have been the only people on that particular hall because we were SO LOUD and wild.

After what I call a brief nap (because a few hours of sleep does not qualify as sleeping soundly) we eased out of bed. At that point some of us enjoyed the buffet down stairs and then we regrouped to hit the town.

Appetizers and cocktails were enjoyed at Rippy's Ribs so that we could watch part of the Auburn Football game.

From Rippy's we ventured on over to the ever touristy Tootsie's (because what's a trip to Nashville without it).

I somehow got called out to join the singer on stage for a rendition of Kenny Chesney's Come Over. I can check that off the life list.

I did a little improvising and sang this version: Come over, come over, come over, Ryan Sanford, cooommmmee ovverrrr. 

I will probably be getting some offers to go "big" within the next week or so.

We only intended to stay at Tootsie for an hour or so but several hours later we emerged ready to take on the world.

After some lingerie partying (which was naughty indeed) we headed to Whiskey Kitchen for dinner.

After dinner we went back to Broadway to The Big Bang Piano Bar for some serious fun!

It was a rowdy weekend. A good ole honky tonkin' good time! Now, we just have to get Alana married off to her main man, Clint.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend Outlook: Nashville Bound

I'm hitting the road around lunch today to head to Nashville for my wild, red-headed, friend, Alana's Bachelorette Party.
Alan as Miley Cyrus 2008

For one night (of the two) on the town the MOH asked that we all wear a pink dress of our choosing. I'm on board with any fun coordinating bachelorette nonsense, but a pink dress did not live in my closet. I'm not really a pink dress kind of girl.

Hence, the search for a pink dress ensued...

I found one at TJ Maxx, ordered one off of Tobi, ordered one from F21, and bought one locally.

Yes, you read that right I went from NO pink dress to FOUR pink dresses. I a little crazy maybe.

Here they are in no particular order. I will have a full report next week regarding our weekend in which I will reveal the winner and which ones I sent back.

80's Throwback, a little too much?

High low in a darker pink?

How about a short jumpsuit in NEON pink? 

Or maybe this black and pink number?

So which one do you think is the winner?
I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. I will be knocking around Nashville in a pink dress of some sort. TGIF!!
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