Awkward and Awesome Thursday

AWKWARD
          Somewhere in the past few weeks I stumbled upon this website called SoupNextDoor, which serves as forum for foodies to host dinners or tasting events, often in their own homes. Since I’m just getting in tune with my foodie tendencies I have to admit I’m intrigued, but every time I get an email from the website I feel creeped out at the thought of entering a stranger’s home for dinner. Am I alone? Is this concept weird? I plan to keep my eye out for interesting restaurant hosted events.
          Comments are showing up in the backend of my blog, but not making it to the live site. What’s the deal, Blogger? At first I thought someone had commented and then deleted their comment, but after the third time I think it’s a techno error. So, if you comment and you’re not seeing your lovely words – I’m sorry! L
          While I’m ranting about comments…it appears that people are reading Feel Good Foodies, but we’re 33 posts in and yet to receive our first comment. What’s up with that? Does our writing suck the big one? Do the recipes look gross? If you like talking about food, give us some feedback!
AWESOME
          Please excuse this shameless pat on the back, but I’ve been going to a personal trainer and it’s paying off. I feel like I look exactly the same, but today my belt buckled on the last notch! Time for a new belt, and to keep up the good work! And to keep celebrating small victories I guess, because the more weight I lose the more purchasing a new Spring wardrobe is justified.
          SALES. It’s Friends and Family season and I’m a happy camper. A few deals you can spot today:
o   Ann Taylor –  40% off everything with code FRIENDSAF, plus 2.5% cash back with Ebates. Expires 4/22
o   Lord & Taylor – 25% off select merchandise (almost everything) with code FRIENDS, plus 3% cash back with Ebates. Ends 4/23.
o   ASOS– 70% off the mid-season sale, no coupon code required, plus 3.5% cash back with Ebates. Ends 5/1.
o   Bobbi Brown Cosmetics – Friends & Family 20% savings plus free standard shipping with orders of $65 or more, and 4% cash back through Ebates. Expires today.
o   Theory– 25% off with code THEORYFF, and 3% cash back with Ebates. Expires 4/22.
Please share any other sales in the comments!
Happy almost Friday day, and happy shopping!

Spring Trend: Bright Blazers

My frustration with the weather is bubbling and I may soon boil over if we do not get some consistent sun and warmth! I’ve been walking the streets of SoHo in my in-between seasons, long wool coat, fantasizing about all the BRIGHT beautiful blazers in the storefront windows. I love love love this trend.
Here are some affordable favorites:

Are you stocking up on beautiful brights? Which blazer do you like the best?

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Awkward & Awesome Thursday – What Are You Wearing for NYE?

This is my last A&A post before the New Year. Today is also the only day that I’m in the office for the week, and it is at about half capacity. I actually miss my co-workers and am excited to come back to a full bustling office next week (next year?)! I skipped A&A last week and I’m sorry! I don’t have much to offer to compensate this week, but here it is:
AWKWARD
  1. Two days ago I had my brother and sister over for dinner at my apartment. I bought Jamie a Meatball Shop cookbook for Christmas (which is incredibly awesome), and he decided to cook a recipe called “Grandma’s Balls.” This recipe was quite interesting, and produced delicious delicious balls. Why is this awkward? My brother is the pickiest eater I know. When we were little he would cry if a mustard bottle touched him. No joke – the BOTTLE not even the mustard. I refrained from telling him that there was chicken liver in the meatballs. I felt super guilty until I spoke with my mom and she said that he mentioned seeing the recipe in the book. I’m surprised he wasn’t more fazed by the secret ingredient, but now I’m evilly plotting to find a way to make him eat mushrooms or seafood.
  2. We still don’t have concrete plans for NYE. There are a bunch of parties/ bar outings, but for some reason we just can’t commit yet. New Year’s is two days away and I don’t even know how to dress, because I have no idea where I’ll be! How’s a girl supposed to pick out her finest sequins without knowing the dress code? Some ideas:
 
ASOS – Sequin T-shirt Dress With a Scoop Back (also comes in black!)
($90.90 – 10% off with code LATE10)
 
ModCloth.com – C. Luce Midnight Kiss Dress – How appropriate! ($62.99)
No Matter which style I go with two things are certain: tights and high-heel booties! Oh yes, and a metallic clutch.
 
AWESOME
  1. The holidays were incredibly awesome. Boyfriend and I experienced a traditional Swedish Christmas Eve dinner with some of his family, and Christmas dinner with mine. And everyone decided to spoil me rotten this year. EVERYONE.  Highlights include a new wardrobe courtesy of boyfriend, which includes Diesel, Free People and other random, lovely things, and  a MacBook Air (!), from my parents! It was excessive in all the best of ways and I can’t even begin to list all of the other wonderful gifts from the wonderful people in my life! I hope that I made them all happy this holiday too!
  2. Jamie and I booked a trip this February for Paris, Prague and Copenhagen! I’m so beyond excited! Project find warm outerwear starts now! We’ll be staying with friends in Paris, and then venturing out to Prague and Copenhagen on our own. Recommended winter activities in these cities are more than welcome!
  3. EDIT: Also awesome, this website. Thanks Dave!

 
What’s awkward and awesome about your week? Do you have NYE plans? Will you be decked out in sequins??  X0 Happy Shopping!