Thursday, January 28, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

And a winter storm is fast approaching. Which would be fine if I didn't have a road trip planned for this weekend. Coincidentally, and this is just my luck, it's supposed to be worse the further south you go. What? That's never the case. And cancelling is not an option. I have friends flying in from Jersey and Boston to meet me in Nashvegas for a girl's weekend. So here's hoping the Jeepster can handle a little snow and the girl's have no delays.

Despite the storm, I am so ready for Spring. My hair is getting blonder (not from sunlight, but from a bottle) and I'm headed to Mexico at the end of February - I'm ready for warm weather. And Spring fashion. I just got an email from ShopStyle today about nudes in for Spring - which I love.

Personally, I'm a fan of these Jimmy Choos:

The other Spring trend I am loving? FEATHERS. Since I live in the city that hosts the Kentucky Derby...I love all things feathers. Especially when it comes to hats. The more, the better. They're fun. Like this fun little number from Jason Wu:

LOVE this skirt by ADAM:

The "school" look is in - but not a la Britney's Baby, One More Time.

Like the sock/shoe combo here seen at Alexandre Herchcovitch:

That's all from me...I'm off to brave a storm. ;)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My thoughts...

On the Golden Globes. Let me start with the women I am so over: Nicole Kidman. You are too pulled, too tight and too pale. Your skin should not blend in to your dress. A little color wouldn't kill you. Halle Berry. I get it, you have great cleavage. Stop showing it to me in such an obvious way. Fergie. Where do I start? I love me some BEPs. But Fergie - you're a hot mess. You look like a tranny. Lighten that hair a little. Jennifer Garner. ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Bo-ring.

So, on to those I did like.

1. Diana Agron. Apparently this chick is on Glee. I don't watch the show, so I don't know. But, she's gorgeous. Great hair, great make up, great dress.

2. Courtney Cox - loved her hair and make up. I'm not a huge fan of black dresses, but hers Nice. I like that it was by Victoria Beckham...that was pretty cool.

3. Sophia Vergara. She is hotttttt. I first saw her on Dirty Sexy Money (a show I am still mourning the loss of) and now I watch her on Modern Family. I loved the color of her Carolina Herrara dress.

4. Reese Witherspoon. Enough said. My god, she's always been adorable, but she has really come in to her own since she kicked Ryan Phillipe to the curb. Love her!

5. Jennifer Aniston. Are you familiar with the Kings of Leon song Sex On Fire? This is what played in my head as she came out on stage. Her notoriously beautiful hair was great, she played it conservative (as per usual) in black....but the slit up to there? AH-mazing. Eat your heart out, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, John Mayer....and any other man that has scorned her.

6. Samantha Harris. I love bright colors - it's just part of who I am. So natch, I loved this orange dress. I did not, however, love the orange face Samantha Harris sported to match her dress. Too much spray tan is most definitely a bad thing.

7. Zoe Saldana. My favorite of the night. This dress could have gone so wrong...but it was soooo right. Perfect color to compliment her skin. The perfect amount of texture. It laid just perfectly on her body...I love it. All of it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

LOVE the Golden Globes!

And awards season in general, really. I will be blogging my favorites tomorrow. So far, I've seen some people that look fab, and of course, some that are downright hideous.

As for me, I had a great weekend, and I had one of those nights where I just loved my outfit. I get so happy when I am able to mix items I've had forever, with some things I just bought. My whole theory is "buy enough....something will match." Actually, it's every woman in my family's motto. You'd understand if you knew us.

But, here's my 'fit from this weekend. And excuse my dressed down hubby. And the fact that the picture was taken looking up at us. My thighs look huge. Not flattering.

Skinny jeans from American Eagle - $39.50 for jeans? Yes, please. Flat boots from DSW (see a few blog entries below), belt from Express about 3 years ago, bulk sweater/cardi from French Connection about five years ago, and gold sequined cami from American Eagle, this year.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Red Carpet Looks

Sigh. Life has been so busy this week, I've not even had the chance to think about a blog update. So, I gave my brain a break from work today and played around checking out some red carpet looks that I have been a fan of recently. These are in no particular order.

Dakota Fanning. I've never thought she was a remarkably attractive girl. But she rocked it at the New Moon premiere this year. Love the dress, love the shoes, love the simple hair and eye makeup.

Gawd. To be Carrie Underwood (but not to sing country music - not a fan). She is flawless. Great skin, great teeth, great hair, great legs, great style. To put it simply, I love her.

Moving there a word to describe the ubersexiness that is Eva Mendes? I can't think of one. She exudes sex appeal, confidence and class.

Um, gorgeous. And my husband's favorite - Kate Beckinsale:

And finally, I'll leave you with one of my favorite girls....Sienna Miller:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fit in 2010

I'm a pretty big health nut. I watch what I eat, I work out on the regular, and generally lead an overall healthy lifestyle. I was a little more crazy when getting ready for my wedding, so I was in uber shape. And then....I kind of blew it. We sold our house, moved in to a new one, worked on decorating, unpacking, etc. Life happened. And the weight crept up. Now...I'm definitely not overweight. At all. But, I still want the pounds off that I gained. I have 5 pounds to get off, but I'd like to take off 8 or 10. I'm working on it. I've developed an obsession with spinning. It's my new best friend. I usually don't go to classes at the gym, but I tried this once and I was hooked. I'm trying to get back in to my old pattern of getting up at 5 a.m. and heading to the gym. I used to do this religiously, and it's so hard to get back in to it. I love getting off work at 5:15 and being able to go home, cook dinner, do laundry, hang out with the mister....whatever.

I have purchased two "health" type items to get back in the swing of things that I am pretty excited about.

1. The Reebok EasyTones.

Now, I'm a personal trainer part time. I am sensible enough to know just wearing these shoes will make me lose weight. They actually won't make ANYONE lose weight. But they do work really well when I am doing squats and lunges to help add a little extra "oomph" to my toning. I can actually feel my leg muscles working more when I walk in them. So, are they a miracle shoe? No. Not by any means. But they are a great addition to your work out.

2. Body Media GoFit

This thing rocks. It's easy - you put it on your arm, and go. It calculates how many calories you are burning. How much sleep you are getting. How many steps you've taken. You log your meals on the website, plug this in to your computer and it syncs up - telling you how many calories consumed, how many were burned, how many you should be consuming to lose weight, maintain weight, etc. It's fantastic. I love it.
So...we'll see. I'm hoping to have the post-wedding weight off by the end of the month. I've had a set back with being sick for the past six days and not working out. And I have a girl's trip to Nashville at the end of the month that is sure to be 3 days of debauchery. But, I'll get there. I want to be as toned as I was on the wedding day, and like all things, it takes time.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snowy Days...

Our first semi-big snow in our new house!

And I thought the sky looked really pretty here...

Annnnnnd drumroll. I got my hair done last night. You know this because I blogged about it. After talking to my stylist, we decided to take it slow both for the health of my hair and for the simple fact that I work in a professional environment and I just feel weird about leaving the office one day with almost black hair and coming in the next day as a blonde. I don't know what that's all about, just a feeling I have. So, we started with a heavier bang and some caramel-ish highlights. Now, I have shitty lighting and couldn't quite find a picture that really represents the true color of my hair, but such is life. It looks a little reddish but it's not. Next time I go in, we will add more highlights and more blonde and just keep doing that until I achieve the final look I'm happy with. Hell, I'm so fickle I'll probably change my mind and want something else before then!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

7 Random Things...

I wasn't tagged to do this, per se, but as I checked out Saltwater Dream's blog today, she had done it and I thought it to be a great idea, especially since I am new to this whole blog thing.

I'm sitting at work passing the time until I can go get my hair done, so here goes:
1. I was an Art History major in college and art is my obsession. I started out as an Art major but loved Art History so much, I picked it up as a double. I wish I could go back and take more. I have seriously considered getting my Master's and teaching Art History one day. I think it's super important to start at the high school level. I took every art class possible while in high school, but was never taught about the history behind it.
Some of my favorite artists include Picasso, Warhol and Botticelli and Caravaggio from the Italian Renaissance. I also love Greek Art and Architecture. My favorite current artist is George Rodrigue based out of New Orleans. I own one of his silkscreens.

2. I love bourbon. Hence the name of the blog. I love it so much - I love it on the rocks, I love it with water, I love bourbon balls, I love the chocolate woodford ice cream at Corbett's. I can't get enough. I know it's somewhat cliche being from Kentucky and all, but I guess it's just in my blood. My preferred bourbon is Basil Hayden's with water. I cannot stand when people order bourbon and diet or bourbon and coke, or really anything with bourbon besides ice or water. It drives me insane.

3. I am obsessed with animals and particularly my two dogs. I have a mutt, that I've learned is part Australian Cattle Dog named Phoebe and an English Bulldog named Gus. They are the highlight of my day. I honestly think there is nothing more rewarding (at this point in my life since I do not have children...yet) than owning a pet. I am actually no longer allowed to go to the store to purchase pet food because I come home crying about some dog or cat they have their up for adoption that I'm convinced we need. And I'm completely biased because I think my two dogs are the cutest dogs in the entire world - just like every other dog owner.

4. Also like a true Southern girl, I am in love with fried chicken. It's kind of a problem, because I also love being thin. But, all things in moderation, right? Honestly, if I go to a restaurant and it is on the menu, I'm ordering it. I only eat white meat, and only boneless. I do not eat meat on a bone. That's disgusting. My mom makes a mean fried chicken, but the best I've ever had is at a restaurant very close to my house, J. Harrod's.

5. I have traveled all over the United States and Europe. I have visited many cities that I adore. BUT - I will never live anywhere other than right here in Louisville, Kentucky. I seriously love the city that I've been raised. It's small enough where you know a ton of people but large enough that it's still cosmopolitan. We have great local restaurants, boutiques, art museums, history museums, Broadway plays, music festivals - you name it. We are not the hick town everyone thinks we are. To me, this is home, and it always will be. I couldn't imagine raising my children anywhere but here. But just to throw out another random fact, my top five favorite cities of all time are (in no order): Chicago, St. Thomas, USVI, San Francisco, Seattle and Cabo. With NYC coming in at a close sixth.

6. My husband is my best friend. Insert gagging noise here. But seriously, he really is. We met in high school at a football game our junior year, but that's not when we started dating. I was driving a few of us somewhere after the game and I got a flat tire - and he was completely put out with me (real gentleman, right?). Then we both went to the University of Louisville together and we both rushed. I was a Chi Omega and he was a Phi Kappa Tau. As a group, we all hung out. The Mister was hilarious in college. Always joking, made fun of people (in a good way), very sarcastic. After graduation, he moved to the Virgin Islands and we lost touch for two years. About a year after he moved back, we ran in to one another. And boy....had he grown up. He was HOT. And we exchanged numbers and he called me and asked me out. And called, and called, and called. For two months he called! But I always turned him down. I had just gotten out of a rather ugly relationship, and I just wasn't ready for that. I remembered him as the guy from college that was all jokes and making fun, but not serious. I finally caved on May 27, 2006. It was the best decision I ever made. He completely proved me wrong. Oh - he still makes fun of people. And he is highly sarcastic. And I love him for it. But he is also selfless, and caring, and hilarious and built like a brick shithouse. That always helps. ;) I would pick him over anyone else any day of the week to hang out with.

7. My Dad is my hero. And yes, a lot of people say that. But he really is. He calls me just to tell me he is proud of me and that he loves me. He came from nothing. Literally nothing. And he is a true success story. He worked so hard to provide for me, my mom and my sister. He traveled all over, all the time - he is still gone about 3 - 4 days out of the week at 68 years of age. But he never missed a birthday, anniversary, soccer game, cheerleading competition - nothing. Ever. Family came first. He has instilled that belief in me this very day. He has been diagnosed with cancer not once, but twice in the past 8 years. He beat it both times. He is so strong, and so admirable. All of my friends love him - and he loves all of them. He has a genuine interest in every person he meets, and that makes him so special. You don't find many like him.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

new hair coming soon!

Tomorrow I am getting my hair done - finally. I'm in desperate need, but flat out did.not.have.time during the holidays. Now my hair is super long, in need of a trim, and my roots are ridic.

I just went dark a few months ago. However, my current obsession is Sienna Miller's look from the movie Alfie. Actually - I can't say it's "current" as I've always been obsessed with her look in this movie. It's just that I've always either had lighter hair and no bangs or darker hair with bangs, which is my most current look.

So tomorrow, I will begin the slow transition to lightening my hair. I've always been a fan of having it dark, but looking back at my wedding pictures when my hair was several shades lighter, I really like it. And I was a blonde in college and high school. So, this is what I'm aiming for. I doubt I'll go as light as Sienna in the movie, but definitely get lighter than where I'm at now. I'll post pics after its all said and done. Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wow. Sad news.

This post is not my typical post. However, my husband and I woke up to some bad news today. A man that was not only in my husband's fraternity in college, but was his little brother, was charged with murder today. He became a father six months ago and was no longer seeing the mother. He apparently went to her home at 3:15 a.m. and stabbed her to death, stabbed her new boyfriend (in critical condition) and left the baby at the scene. Please pray for this baby and the victim's family. Think about it....this baby will grow up now with no mother and a father in prison. What is wrong with people? I can't believe that I know someone that took another's life. It's very unsettling.

I apologize for the sad nature of this post, but this baby as well as the victim's families could use as many prayers as possible.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Ah...New Year's Day.

I'm not hungover. I can't believe it. But, I did have a faboosh time last night at the Hyatt downtown with some of my fav people. 20,000 balloon drop was the highlight of my night, for reals. It was awesome! I wore my new glitter headband from J.Crew, too, to add a little sparkle to the night. Please ignore the shiteous self pic:

And here are some pics of the Mister and I (along with my friends) from last night:

Here's to a happy, healthy and fashionable 2010!