Friday, October 24, 2008

Seriously...A month without a post?

This always happens...a whole month goes by without me even logging on to type hello to my three faithful readers! In case you're wondering where I've been:
1. My mom had shoulder surgery and I was helping her out (terrible excuse)
2. Rosh Hashanah
3. Yom Kippur
4. Sukkot - was closed so there goes another day!
5. on with the post!

The first weekend of October brought us to New York for a long anticipated wedding. My college roommate, sorority big sister and fabulous friend Lisa finally married her long-time love Cem. Poor Cem has been across the US at all of our weddings (he's been to Omaha, Cleveland, Baltimore, and San Francisco) over the past 10 years and it was a joy to finally be able to celebrate their big day. The wedding was excellent! Lisa was a beautiful bride. Of course, since we traveled all they way to New York, we were able to visit with best college friend Chris, cousin Mikey, old friends Jon and Maureen and their new baby, Lucy, and Amanda, Park and the girls. It was so much fun seeing everyone. I am only sorry we didn't get to spend more time!

We spent the bulk of our time in New York sight-seeing and walking. Really - we walked everywhere and it was great. I was amazed at how the West Village has changed. Perry Street is absolutely fabulous! The meatpacking district is really cool as well.

So, I know you're all wondering what trends I observed in the Big Apple. My favorite - jeans tucked into tall boots. I have long resisted this trend. However, it really does look nice (when worn with the right jeans and boots). The key to this look is an equestrian-style boot and a tailored top such as a classic black cashmere turtleneck. I found a great pair of Born tall boots that are both comfy and cute! Of course, everyone is wearing statement necklaces, chunky sweaters and in New York...lots of black!

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Dana Kaufman Project

So, I've been watching the Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo these days. And, I have to say, while she is quite entertaining, and she has built a rather impressive empire by dressing celebs, I would be much better suited for the position. First, I've never insulted Anna Wintour. Second, I live in the real world, not on planet Rachel. That chick is wiggedy wack! So, if anyone out there wants to give me their AMEX platinum and send me shopping - just point me to the nearest Neimans, Sak's, Barneys, or Bendel's and I promise, I will not dissapoint! I have impeccible taste (most of the time!).

If you are against anything (aside from the issue I pointed out in my earlier post, Where've I Been?) I hope you will join my campaign against men and jean shorts. Whoever is out there, and has ever seen a man look good in a pair of denim shorts is plain lying! If your husband, fiance, boyfriend, friend with benefits, best guy friend, brother, son, cousin, neighbor - you get the picture - if anyone you know and respect has a pair, please instruct them to get rid of them immediately!!! Men in demin shorts is a definite no no. Totally unflattering, you look like you're trapped in 1989 and it's just not a good idea. So. Get rid of them. Now!

Where've I been?

You might be wondering where I have been for the past month? With so many things to complain about, you would think I'd be blogging non-stop. I can't really explain where I've been. First I was wrapped up with Marti's wedding, which really deserves its own air time because it was truly fabulous. Then I was consumed by the political conventions. Now I am just plain obsessed with how much Sarah Palin scares the ever living crap out of me. I don't like to talk politics on my blog, but are people really considering electing that sack of shit?! Really? You want someone who just got her first passport an hour ago to be one heartbeat away from leading the free world? This is a woman who went to seven undergrad programs before she finally graduated from college and who has absolutely nothing on her resume for like 7 years and then suddenly becomes mayor of her small town. And boom. She thinks she can help solve the largest financial crisis our country has seen since the great depression?! GET REAL PEOPLE. WAKE THE EFF UP!!!

OK, that's enough. I feel much better now. Except that I have to start a fresh post now that I tainted this one with political talk. Sorry!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back in Business

We're back in business around here...the business of being back in school and on a routine. My ever stylish brood started school this week and they are doing great! Just a few photos to tide everyone over until there's more time to write.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

How Does One Lose a Whole Month?!

Seriously?! How do you lose an entire month?! I just realized I haven't posted anything in a month. Terrible. Terrible! So, here's what I've been up to.
1. I've been settling into my regular works schedule which takes me to the office from 8-5 two days a week and keeps me working from home the rest of the time. It's been great!
2. We've been enjoying the pool. Sadly, the pool days might be winding down. But we've had a great time and while it took about 6 weeks my Benjamin did finally learn to love the pool!
3. We spent a week on Cape Cod. Not nearly enough time, but we did have a great trip! Next year we're hoping to go for longer, but we'll see....
4. I've been to many bridal showers for one of my oldest and dearest friends who is getting married at the end of the month. We've only been waiting for this one for 12 years!! I've been helping Marti with some minor wedding prep and it's been a blast, so Marti if you read this thanks for letting me participate in the big day (I mean other than being a bridesmaid).
5. This weekend we are visiting another very old and very dear friend (and the mother of my G-d Children) and her equally as fabulous husband in Kansas City. We try to get together regularly and enjoy a nice night out. KC is just a few hours away and we love to get away every once in a while. This trip will be especially fun because we are visiting the Truman Library. My husband is a HUGE history person, and we are both fascinated by Harry Truman. This is one place we will both enjoy!
6. School starts a week from Monday. Abby is in her last year of pre-school and Benjamin is just beginning his adventure in education.
As you can see, I've been a little busy. I guess that answers the question, "how does one lose an entire month...."

Monday, July 7, 2008

Did You Look in the Mirror?!

First - happy 4th of July to all of my loyal readers (all three of you). The fourth is my second favorite holiday, just after Thanksgiving. I love that it's a day to spend with family and friends and I love the traditions my family has for that day. I have been celebrating the 4th the same way since I was a baby and I wouldn't change it! We spent the day at Lake Manawa (thanks Marti and George for carrying out the tradition I love so much) and then went to the annual 4th of July BBQ and Jewish food fest complements of the Gilinsky family. It was a great day for all of us!

So, on my way to work on July 3 I stopped at me neighborhood Starbucks for my daily dose of chai and noticed a woman who was taking the red, white and blue seriously. But, my friends, if you are over the age of, say, 8, it is really inappropriate to dress up for the holiday. There really is no way that this woman looked in the mirror and said to herself, "damn, I look good," or "this is appropriate to wear to work." Just no way! I know you're dying to know what she was wearing: A softball shirt (no joke - white shirt with red sleeves and red piping around the v-neck), a too-tight navy blue skirt that hit her below the knee, nude nylons (I didn't even know they still sold nylons!), and open toe sandals in brown cheap leather. There's someone who woke up in the morning and pulled out their "4th of July outfit." I bet she has a hideous christmas sweater, too.

Ladies, I urge you.....if you own special holiday gear, put it in the garbage. Tonight. Please. Get rid of it!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Vegas and Shopping!

It's been a while since my last post. For whatever reason, we are completely busy. Our schedule is packed from sun up to sun down. Oh, the joys of summer!

A few weeks ago I went to Vegas for a weekend of shopping, sunning and eating with two girlfriends. We were celebrating Marti's upcoming wedding and it was the perfect girl's getaway. We stayed at the Bellagio and spent lots of quality time at the pool. When we had taken in all the sun we could manage we were off to Fashion Show Mall, the shops at the new Palazzo, or The Forum Shops. We also did our fair share of eating and drinking. As usual, our dinner at Tao did not disappoint!

Because we visited so many shops I made a huge mental list of what I need for my summer wardrobe. Now, you would think that since it's already almost the end of June I would have my summer wardrobe, but since we didn't have a day over 60 degrees until 2 weeks ago, I am a little behind in my shopping. That, combined with the fact that I barely have a free second to spare would be yet another reason I am still missing some summer "must haves." A few items I decided simply cannot wait:
  • A strapless swim suit so that I can avoid having weird tan lines at Marti's wedding (hwich should be arriving from Nordstrom any day)
  • A new pair of seven "Ginger" jeans (again, on their way from Nordstrom). I wear my Gingers quite often and I think I need at least two pairs in my wardrobe. I love the dark, wide leg and have yet to find another pair I like as much.
  • A black cotton maxi dress
  • A summer-weight gauze-y scarf
  • A black tube top for girls nights out (thank you forever 21)
  • A black tank with sequins (complements of Old Navy)
  • A gray cardigan (cute, with a bow enclosure, because my office is FREEZING - from Gap)
I know it's not a very exciting list, but when your office has no dress code (I wear jeans and flip flops!) and you have small children, a tank top with sequins is considered black-tie.

Oh, and I am thrilled to report that Forever 21 and Sephora have finally opened! I haven't visited either store yet. The reports from my girlfriends are that both stores are very crowded so I am giving them a few weeks. I need the amateur shoppers some time before an expert such as myself goes in! I like to shop early in the day, on a week day, when the crowds are smaller so I have room to browse.