Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 7: A Photo That Makes Me Happy

This is so easy. And I used this photo yesterday, but I'm going to use it again today. It's the obvious answer because it's the first picture that pops in to my head when I think of the topic. This after we had been announced as husband and wife and we were walking back down the aisle. One of Kyle's friends yelled out "yes!" and we both started laughing. Truly an excellent moment caught on film.

I would follow it closely with this photo:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 6: 20 things I love

This one should be fun! I can definitely think of 20 things I L-O-V-E:

1. My husband:
2. Without my husband, I wouldn't have had our wedding:

3. My family - specifically my parents and my sister:

4. My two dogs - Phoebe and Piglet:
5. Starbucks. Specifically, a skinny vanilla latte.
6. The gym. As a personal trainer, I live for my own, personal time in the gym.

7. Our pool. This was the best decision my husband ever made!

8. OPI Nail Polish. I want to work there. I want to create the names! They get me every time. Lincoln Park After Dark continues to be my fav.
9. Fried chicken. Like a true Southern girl, this is my favorite meal. I can't have it often (due mainly to the word "fried" preceeding the word "chicken") but I love it. Specifically from the local restuarant, J. Harrod's.

10. The Kentucky Derby - best 2 minutes in sports? Best 2 weeks in this city.
11. Bourbon (you could have guessed that, right?) - on the rocks, with water, as a mint julep, in a cocktail...just DON'T mix it with coke or I lose all respect for you.

12. Shoes. Shopping. Shoes. Good shoes. Expensive shoes.
Christian Louboutin:

Brian Atwood:

13. This.
14. Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas, USVI

15. Club Monaco

16. Cupcakes and Cashmere blog. It's addicting. Emily's writing is so clever, her style so inspiring and her photography so lovely that I've made it a habit to visit this site daily. And you should, too.

17. Owls. You heard me. Maybe it's the Chi Omega in me, but I'm obsessed with all things owl. Have been for years, and I'd imagine I'll continue to be. Here are my latest thank you notes I designed for myself:

I have a ton of owl necklaces, but I'm a big fan of this guy:
18. George Rodrigue. Amazing. Follow his wife's blog here.
I own this silkscreen:

19. Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities, but it shot to the top of the list once I got engaged there.

20. Anything that smells of coconut.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day Five: Favorite Quote

Hmmmm. Quotes are interesting. In my opinion, many people pick some obscure person who made mention of some topic that can be translated as deeply profound. Me? I prefer Andy Warhol. As an art history major in college, he was - and has always been - one of my favorite artists. Such a cool, quirky and odd human, I would have loved to have been around during the height of his popularity.

Here are a few favs:
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."

"It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are."

"When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them."

"In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes."

"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what." That's one of my favorite things to say. "So what."

"I am a deeply superficial person."
"I can never get over when you're on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own."
Smart man, no?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day Four: Fav Book

Why, oh why, did I agree to this?! All of these "favorites" are killing me. I'm an avid reader. I love it. I love the smell of a new book, getting lost in a story and that satisfying (or sometimes not so satisfying) feeling when the story is complete and you shut the book. In this case, I truly do not have one favorite book. I love anything by Jen Lancaster. She is laugh out loud funny, snarky, sarcastic and someone I feel that, if we met in real life, we'd be fast friends. I'm also a huge fan of the Twilight series. Other books that I really, really love:
  • Lucky, The Lovely Bones, and Almost Moon all by Alice Sebold
  • The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
  • The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel, by Lauren Weisberger
  • Something Blue, Something Borrowed and Baby Proof, by Emily Giffin
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
  • Maybe a Miracle, by Brian Strause
Clearly I enjoy my books like I enjoy my movies - simple, funny, and entertaining. I think enough during the day at work so movies and books are my way of relaxing. I am not looking for a complex plot, just enough to keep me interested, and not want to put the book down.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 3: Favorite TV Program

Again, another hard one! I have so many shows that I love: Flash Forward, Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, anything Bachelor/Bachelorette related, The Office, Modern Family...but one show stands out as my TRUE absolute favorite: Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This show is politically incorrect, awesomely funny comedy at it's finest.

With episode's titled "The Gang Gets Racist," "Charlie Wants an Abortion," and "Sweet Dee is Dating a Retarded Person" it's surprising that they can get away with what they do on tv and that viewers aren't up in arms because they've been offended. It's purely entertainment, and great, well-written entertainment on that. The new season starts Thursday, September 16 and you can catch it on FX. I highly recommend that you do!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 2 - Favorite Movie...and, go!

Simply put, this is too hard. I have so many favorite movies. Favorite comedies, favorite stupid movies, favorite dramas...how does one ever actually really REALLY have a favorite anything? There are a few that I will stop and watch, no matter what, if I find them on:
1. Fried Green Tomatoes. L-O-V-E.
2. Love, Actually
3. Old School
4. Wedding Crashers
5. Juno - one of the best!
6. Boondock Saints
7. The Princess Bride
8. Reality Bites
9. Steel Magnolias
10. Elf
11. Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (a few brain cells die each time I watch this)

Clearly, I only watch movies to be entertained. I do not want to have to think or figure anything out (hello, Vanilla Sky...). Movies are my entertainment, my break from everyday. My husband laughs because literally every preview we see on tv is quickly followed by the words, "ooh, I wanna see that" out of my mouth. I just saw The Switch last weekend and although it bombed, I absolutely loved it!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day One: Favorite Song

How nice that the very first topic I'm to blog about today would be one of the hardest (with the exception of day 2) to narrow down.

So I'm going to have a list (in no particular order, with the exception of number 1):

10: Anything from John Mayer spanning from his early career (circa 2001) with Room for Squares and then following with Heavier Things. I followed his tours for years - I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen him. Let me remind you - this was all before he turned in to the ultimate douchebag he is today. Such a waste. The last time I ever saw him was in Indianapolis in 2006, I believe, with my boyfriend (now husband) and he was mediocre at best. Fav songs include 3x5, City Love, Comfortable, Neon (any live version), Something's Missing and Come Back to Bed.

9. Britney Spears. Flame away! She's my guilty pleasure. I saw her Circus tour in Chicago last year, and it was an amazing show. Notice I said "show" since it's widey known she does lip sync. But I can't help it - it started with Baby, One More Time and the love continues to this day.

8. Rolling Stones. They. Are. EPIC. I've had the fortunate circumstance to see them live in concert not once, but twice. The first time, during their 40 Licks tour, in Detroit and the second was the first major concert to be played at Churchill Downs here in Louisville. It was awesome. I was with the hubs (before he was the hubs) and it poured down rain the entire time but still rocked. Fav songs include Beast of Burden and Miss You, both of which they did NOT sing either time I saw them live.

7. Eminem. I love him. LOVE. HIM. So happy he is back. He's another I've had the opportunity to see live which is amazing because he very rarely tours. He hasn't put out a song that I just don't flat out love. Some favs include: Shake That, Without Me and The Way I Am.

6. Jack Johnson. Again, anything this man puts out is nothing short of amazing, in my book. It immediately transports me to a happy place, and a state of uber relaxation. I love Sexi Plexi, Bubble Toes, Better Together and Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.

5. Love Shack by the B-52s...because it's my mom's favorite song and ultimately reminds me of her every time I hear it. And she loves, loves, loves to dance to it. I even put a "mother/daugter" dance in to my wedding reception so all the women in my family could come out on the dance floor for this:

4. Ray Charles. He reminds me of my Dad and when I was younger. Dad drove me to grade school every morning, and we would jam out to Ray Charles. I knew the words to most of his songs by the time I was 10. My all time favorite (and the ring tone assigned to me when I call my Dad on his cell now) is What'd I Say.

3. Taylor Swift. She brings out the 16 year old girl in me. I adore her and I think she's such a positive role model (unlike my previously listed number nine) for girls in a world of trash. Fav Taylor songs include Fifteen, You Belong With Me, Hey Stephen and Love Story.

2. That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings. Somehow, someway - this became "our" song. And by our, I mean my darling husband and me. We go crazy when it comes on, and now we are known for it. Here is some photographic evidence:
(at our rehearsal dinner at Duffy's Love Shack)

(at our wedding reception at the Ali Center)

1. This is a toss up. It's tied at 311's Love Song (cover of the original song by The Cure) because that's our REAL song - the song we dance to at our reception, the song that for the 4 1/2 years we've been together we still call one another when we hear it on the radio, the song that gives me goosebumps. We even saw 311 live in concert when we were dating and they sang this song. It's lovely. The only song that could tie with this song would be Somewhere Over the Rainbow, preferably the Hawaiian version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, as that's the version that played as I walked down the aisle. It's also the song that we had our actual first dance to as husband and wife, in St. Thomas, on our wedding night at Havana Blue as our dear friend Emily sang so beautifully for us, unexpectedly. It was, needless to say, very emotionally charged:

And here we are dancing to Love Song at our reception in Louisville:

Long post! But, as you can see, music is a pretty important part of my life. I could go on and on about it, but I won't. I promise all entries won't be as long as this one!

30 Days...

I am officially the worst blogger. Ever. Well...not really ever, I know there are people out there that forget about their blogs altogether or go much longer between updates than I do, so I'm not terrible. I digress - I'm starting a 30 day blogging challenge, sparked by Absolutely Ridiculous to get back in the blogger mode. While these entries may not all be about fashion or bourbon or anything of the sort, they will give you a better look inside the girl that is Superficial Bourbon.

Here is a list of my entries:

Day 1 - my favorite song
Day 2 - my favorite movie
Day 3 - my favorite television program
Day 4 - my favorite book
Day 5 - my favorite quote
Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 - a photo that makes me happy
Day 8 - a photo that makes me angry/sad
Day 9 - a photo I took
Day 10 - a photo taken over 10 years ago of me
Day 11 - a photo of me recently
Day 12 - something you are OCD about
Day 13 - a fictional book
Day 14 - a non-fictional book
Day 15 - my dream house
Day 16 - a song that makes me cry (or nearly)
Day 17 - an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 - my wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 - a talent of mine (this ought to be interesting)
Day 20 - a hobby of mine
Day 21 - a recipe
Day 22 - a website
Day 23 - a youtube video
Day 24 - where I live
Day 25 - my day, in great detail
Day 26 - my week, in great detail
Day 27 - my worst habit
Day 28 - whats in my handbag/purse
Day 29 - hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - a dream for the future

So this should be fun. Or a great big hassle. Either way, I'm sticking to my guns. So, get ready of at least 30 days of consistency (not my strong suit!).