Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I die for

Men in suits and tuxedos, literally.

I'll take one of each please. Thank you.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Keith.

Dear Keith, 

I can't believe that thirteen years have passed since you were born. You're a real teenager now! Wow I feel old. I want you to know how much I love you and how very proud I am of you and all of your accomplishments. Katia, Papa and I couldn't be more blessed to have you in our lives, you're the perfect example of a gentleman (thanks to my guidance right? :)). Happy birthday little brother.



So today is my little brother Keith's birthday. Thirteen years ago we were in a hospital room at Swedish in Seattle, patiently waiting for Keith to arrive. Both sets of our grandparents came into town to welcome Keith- Katia and I were over the moon excited to meet our new baby brother and our dad had his five million cameras and lenses all ready to document the historic event.

I write and tweet a lot about my family. Without them I wouldn't be who I am today. I like to say my heart is broken up into three parts, Keith and Katia are like the 2nd and 3rd parts of me. We're that close, it's pretty awesome. The pictures posted were taken a year ago by my friend Michael Rowley, he's an incredibly talented photographer. Thank you Michael for taking these fantastic pictures and for capturing the essence of Katia, Keith and I. You have no idea how often I go back and look through these pictures, I smile every time I see them. 


Christmas last year I had the HARDEST time coming up with gift ideas for the guys in my life (my brother, father, grandfather etc). If you were following me on Twitter at that time you would have remembered that I tweeted a ton asking for gift ideas, I Google'd just about every single possibility too, phrases like "what to get your dad for Christmas' or 'clever gift ideas for men'. Luckily after much time and sweat went into all my research I found some great gifts, I think anyway. So, I thought I would share them here, maybe shed some light for those of you who also have trouble coming up with ideas.

1. Noise canceling headphones- these are great for any guy, especially those who travel.

2. A Flip camcorder- great for the techy dad who likes to catch all those special family moments with the push of a button.

3. A watch- obviously great for telling time!

4. A Burberry polo- because I think every man should have one.

5. Cologne- my final and most favorite/clever idea of them all. Getting a guy cologne, especially a guy that you like or that you're in a relationship with is a fabulous idea. You know why? Because its something that he'll wear every day (so long as it smells good of course) and every time he wears it or puts it on he'll probably be reminded of you, because you're the one who got it for him. Or when other people or girls tell him he smells amazing, he'll be reminded about what great taste you have because you are the one who gave it to him. Trust me on this one, it's a GREAT gift idea. My pick would be L'Homme Yves Saint Laurent Eau de Toilette Natural Spray- available at my favorite department store Nordstrom of course.

So there you have it, just a few fun gift ideas for guys.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Do blondes really have more fun?

I am naturally a brunette. One morning a while back I woke up and decided I wanted to be blond. I remember going to my fabulous hair dresser Deanna, I told her I wanted blond hair, she thought I just wanted a few highlights. Boy did I shock her when I pulled out a photo of Holly Madison, and I said, "I want my hair to look like this." Deanna about fell to the floor, I vividly recall her telling me how HUGE of a change it would be and how big of a responsibility becoming a blond was. Boy was she right. Being blond is seriously like becoming a new person. I had to wear a lot more make up, and dress very differently- people would say I looked like Holly Madison with my blond hair, what do you think (I love her BTW)? It was definitely exciting, I do truly believe that blonds have more fun. Though as a blond I was treated VERY differently than when I was brunette. People in professional environments and at school didn't take me as seriously, people cracked blond jokes at me ALL THE TIME and I really think I got more attention when I was out. (I don't say that to sound conceded, I'm just saying I was approached a lot more as a blond). I don't know if its the misconception that blonds are easier? Who knows. Now that I'm brunette again I find that people take me seriously, no one cracks any jokes at me and I'm left alone when I go out. Its quite the contrast. Blonds I don't know how you do it, being blond was a great life experience but an exhausting one at that. Maybe someday I'll do it again, I miss it every once in a while. I'll have to write more about my blond experience in a later post. But for now I thought I would share this.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I want harem pants right now

My best friend Molly inspired me today to get a pair of harem pants. Or maybe several pair, all I know is that I want some right now. I think harem pants are best paired with a pair of really high heels and a more fitted top or a cropped jacket. Because the pants are more baggy and loose fitting its probably more important to off set that by wearing a more fitted top and heels. I think keeping jewelry to a minimum can help in completing the outfit, wearing a cute bangle or maybe a big chunky necklace? Nothing too crazy. I will be getting a pair very soon. Thanks Molly!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I want my picture taken

Like this.

I think it would make for one amazing engagement picture yeah?


Fall/Winter are my two most favorite seasons. I really like the cold weather and bundling up with a chic trench and scarf. Pairing those with some pretty gloves and a cute hat makes the outfit almost complete. Once you have a Starbucks in hand you're set. There is nothing like walking through Seattle wrapped up with a coffee in one hand and an umbrella in the other. In preparation for the cold weather I've already been building my new Fall/Winter wardrobe. Can summer just be over please?

One of my staples is my Burberry scarf. It's warm, goes with everything and will never go out of style! If you don't already have one you might want to consider investing in one, I promise its a purchase you won't regret.

Secondly a trench coat is important to have, they're easy to go throw on, they keep you warm and go very well with the scarf above! Nordstrom and The Gap both have great coat selections. 

Hats are of course a must, Nordstrom has lots of cute ones. Here are some of my picks.
I love the flowers because they're feminie and pretty, the black goes with everything and the red hat is fun because it adds some color to your outfit (and goes with the Burberry Scarf!)

Gloves are key in keeping your fingers warm, duh! I prefer leather gloves. Again Nordstrom has many to choose from.

Both of these I like, the long leather gloves are sure to keep you warm, and the gloves with the bow have again that girly twist, (and you know what else? they both come in colors that go with the Burberry scarf!!!)

Finally you must have a cute pair of boots to wear! Whether they're flat or they have heels, they're a must. On second thought, it's good to have three kinds of boots, flat ones, heels, and rain boots. You need to have options right? I mean if it's rainy and wet rainboots like these Ralph Lauren 'Odette' Rain Boots are perfect.

Whereas if you're going to be walking around the city all day you might want a pair of cute flat boots that are more comfortable like this Stuart Weitzman '5050' Boot.

If you want to look uber hot, get these high heeled boots, they're sure to make your legs look so good! They are the Charles by Charles David 'Model' Boot.

Ok well there's one more pair that I can't help but share because they are so fantastic, they are by Elizabeth and James.

You know the great thing about all of these boots? They match PERFECTLY with the Burberry scarf I started out with. So hopefully you'll get the idea that I like to plan my outfits around that one scarf. That is how much of a staple it is. It's classy, comfy and warm. Get one!

Finally, the most important component. The Starbucks. This is a MUST in order to look like you're from Seattle. Either a venti soy toffeenut latte or a venti non-fat vanilla latte. Yum.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? I do believe that statement stands very true. I mean Snooki from The Jersey Shore says that she looks for tan, Guido, juice heads. Who probably wear Ed Hardy and gel their hair so that its like a rock. Whereas Danielle Staub from The Real Housewives of New Jersey just wants a rich old man to come in and "save" her and her girls, I bet she isn't quite as picky on looks as she is on the number of zero's in a man's pocket. Me personally I don't really know what I "look" for but I do know what to beware of. Signs if you will, that when I see them, in my mind a big red flashing light comes on that says, "Yeah, no thank you."

It's obviously good and desirable when a guy cares about his appearance and what he wears. It's also nice when men can appreciate designers and labels. The line does have to be drawn somewhere. Me personally I get freaked out by guys who care a little too much about what they put on their bodies. Boys who like to be walking billboards for designers/brands. You know what I'm talking about right? Ed Hardy t shirts with all those weird designs on them, True Religion studded jeans or Dior sunglasses. I mean come one. When people are overloaded with labels like that it's just too much. I tend to associate guys who cover themselves in labels with douchebags. Because typically guys who care so much about their appearance tend to be a little too obsessed with themselves to appreciate anyone else. I really like the Urban Dictionary's definition of a "douchebag"- An individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intellegence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic he appears. Ever met anyone like that? And it's not even always about what they wear because that isn't everything its also how they act and treat their girlfriends/significant others and those around them. I don't even know how you would characterize being a douchebag completely, but let's say it's a disease or a syndrome that infects certain individuals. It's unfortunately a disease that there is no cure for.
Some signs of a douchebag are as follows-

1. If they're always texting on their phone at all hours of the night and won't tell you who it is. Or they hide their phone all the time. That's just shady. 
2. If they never include you in any of their going out activities. I realize that it's important to have boys night, believe me I'm all for it. But if he's going out 3-5 times per week and he's not including you, something is seriously wrong. 
3. If he's telling you what to wear or telling you what not to wear there's a problem. He should be your boyfriend not your stylist. 
4. If they talk about how much money they make or if they brag about their sweet ride, whatever it may be. It's just not classy to talk about money or boast about yourself. No one like anyone who is conceded.
5. If he wears sunglasses at night inside. It's even better when they have sunglasses that say "Dior" or "D&G" on the side. Blah.
6. If he pops his collar and think its looks good. It's never looked good and it never will. 
7. If he cheats on you. And when you call him out on it he says its that he has a problem and wants to change. Let me tell you ladies any man who has the gull to betray you in the most disrespectful way possible by cheating on you is no man. Cheaters don't change. And you really only look like a fool if you forgive them, by doing so you're telling him that treating you that way is ok. They'll do it again. 
8. If he goes tanning on a regular basis, real men spend time outdoors and get tanned that way. I think at least.
9. If he drives a super lifted truck with that gross ball bag hanging from the back. That's just gross. 
10. If he wears backwards hats and sideways visors you're in trouble. People wore backwards hats in the 90's, they should be left there.
11. If in pictures he doesn't smile and puckers his lips instead. Or if he throws up the old backwards Peace sign in pictures. 
12. If he takes creepy "Myspace" esque photos of himself in the mirror with his cell phone and no shirt on. 
13. If he only drinks light beer like Coors Light and whatever that MGD 64.
14. If he refers to things he doesn't like as "Gay". It sounds so ignorant.
15. Starts fights in bars over stupid things.
16. If he wears tons of jewelry- rings, necklaces and bracelets. My favorite is when guys wear huge crucifixes or cross necklaces, when you know they're so not religious because they believe in pre marital sex and haven't been to church since they were four. 
17. If he spends more time at the gym working out than he does at work.
18. If he's 25 and still lives at home.
19. If his chest is bigger than his girlfriend's.
20. If he displays the brand of his car/truck prominently on the windshield of his car. 
21. Excessive use of cologne, especially bad cologne. 
22. If every other word that comes out of his mouth is a swear word. 
23. Clearly trying way too hard to impress others.
So there you have it 23 signs/characteristics according to myself of a douchebag. Now you may be wondering who is at risk right? Well sorry boys, but all men are at risk to catching this syndrome. Those who are very high risk however are those who are very easily influenced by others, or are insecure and feel like they have something to prove to everyone. Like I mentioned there really is no remedy for being a douchebag. 
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