Awkward & Awesome Thursday

AWKWARD

  • ONLINE VERIFICATION CODES. Does anyone else have trouble with these? I promise I am not a robot, robots could fill these things out better than I can! I cannot read the scrambled letters; it takes me two or three attempts every time I try to prove that I am a warm, living body that wants to comment on a friend’s blog. Usually, once one that is easy enough for me to do pops up, I wind up adding a typo of some sort and have to do it all over again.
  • Sinuses. Seriously, what are they good for, except getting infected every season-change? If you guessed that I am sitting at home with a sinus infection right now, DING DING DING – you are a winner!
  • Sad news came today, a very dear family member passed away. In the midst of intermittently sobbing, eating Shake Shack and scrolling facebook, I came upon a friend’s status that honestly helped a bit, even if for a short moment. I had resolved not to blog about things so personal, but I am sharing the status, just in case it could help anyone else out there feel better during a tough time:

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered: “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

AWESOME

Now that I’ve probably made you all sad, let’s turn this post around, shall we? Awesome things that made me happy this week:

  • Jamie and I went on a random, for no reason date Tuesday night, and I found a new favorite cocktail spot on the Upper East Side: Jbird Cocktails. A proper blog post is in the works.
  • These boots:

Jamie got these puppies for me something like two or three Christmases ago. I had never seen anything like them, not even around NYC. They’re Turkish and hand-stitched, and I’m always so afraid to ruin them, that I don’t wear them nearly enough. I finally brought them out of hiding this week, and smiled every time I looked at my feet.

  • Target and Neiman Marcus’ holiday collaboration with all of my/your favorite designers. Read this post for more info!

What’s the most awkward experience you’ve had this week? 

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Awkward & Awesome Thursday

I haven’t done an Awkward & Awesome post since May. MAY! That’s six months! And trust me, there has been plenty of awkward to go around (and quite a bit of awesome too). Let’s see what I can come up with off the top of my head for this week:

AWKWARD

  • I’m not hungry this week. I have been forcing myself to eat for three days, without actually being hungry at any point. I’m the kind of girl who usually wakes up starving, and can’t go to bed without a midnight snack, so I’m going to chalk this one up to stress, and really hope that it passes soon. I miss enjoying my food! Fellow foodies can sympathize, I’m sure.
  • Cockroaches. Oh. My. God. COCKROACHES. A couple months ago my building underwent major construction on the ground level. They dug up the basement in two apartments made them bi-level. I think the cockroaches that were living down there decided they would “move on up,” to the fifth floor, to be exact. We’re not infested, but the frequency that we find these suckers is increasing, and I don’t have room for any more roommates. I’ve done my homework and I know it’s not my fault that they’re there. If you’re thinking I must be a slob, read this awesome post.

…seriously? Gross.

  • Our uninvited visitors are actually the least of our worries. Our hot water has been out twice this week, and for no good reason. We live on the Upper East Side, we were lucky enough to be untouched by Hurricane Sandy, but I still had to choose between a freezing cold shower this morning, or dirty hair and smelly feet for my client meetings. I chose the cold shower, and my body has not worked its way back to normal temperature yet.

AWESOME

  • First off, like I said, we were lucky in regards to the storm. So many people have lost so much, and Sandy was only a category one. I cannot begin to imagine what people went through with Katrina. Another “awesome,” is all that everyone is doing to help. I have seen so many posts on Facebook of people rallying together to get donations and volunteer to clean up, and I am proud of my city (NYC), and my home state of New Jersey. I know we will get through this, and I hope those impacted don’t have to suffer much longer.
  • I’ve been to three concerts in the last week: Grouplove, Shiny Toy Guns and Motion City Soundtrack. Grouplove was AMAZING. The others were great too, but Grouplove just stands out. We danced our faces off in a confetti cloud during the finale, it was an amazing night.

Grouplove’s magical looking set

Shiny Toy Guns

Motion City Soundtrack

  • I have a bunch of upcoming travel plans that I’m getting very excited for. In exactly three weeks I’ll be hopping on a plane to San Diego to visit my sister. I’m going to try on bridesmaid dresses, taste wedding cake, and bake cookies with my sister. Then, on Christmas night, Jamie, our friend Casey and I are going to Zurich, Switzerland. We’re going to pick up our homeboy Kevin who ditched us for European life a few months ago, and we’re all going to head to Berlin for New Year’s. I love America, but there’s something so exciting about knowing that I will ring in the New Year in another country.

So there you have it, a big, old Awkward & Awesome post. And now some questions:

Have you ever had a cockroach/rodent problem? Please tell me your horror/success stories – I want to know that I’m not alone!

Have you been to any good concerts lately? Do tell!

Any holiday travel plans?

 

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Awkward and Awesome: Playing Dress Up

My poor blog has been dormant for over a week, which clearly means I owe you an awkward and awesome post. To be extra awesome, I’m going to tell you a long story. So, close your eyes and pretend its last Thursday… No wait, keep them open so you can read… and soak in all of the awkward and awesome that is me. This week’s theme? Playing dress up, and “partying” with the band.
Last week, the boyfriend and I packed up and ventured to south NJ for a Rammstein concert with his parents and sister. Rammstein is an industrial metal band from Berlin, Germany. We decided to dress for the occasion, donning our best steam punk accessories, kilts, lace-up boots and Hannibal masks for the occasion.
 
The show was at the Wells Fargo Center, which is located where all of the Philly sports teams play. While we tailgated in our fabulous outfits, others ran around decked out in Eagles wear, apparently on their way to an Eagles party of some sort. Judging by the stares, they obviously could not mask their adoration of our killer style (awesome), and clearly felt that they themselves were under dressed (awkward).
After we made our way in to the venue, Jamie’s sister Genna and I were approached by a German roadie who gave us wristbands to the after party with the band (Awesome!)! When he found out we were a group of 6 which included 3 big men, he begrudgingly forked over wristbands for the rest of the party (awkward).
The concert itself was beyond awesome. Rammstein live is more of a theatrical event than anything else. The costumes and pyrotechnics are off the hook.
After the show we went to the designated meeting spot for the after party. Another German roadie was waiting there to escort us. I asked him what the party involved, and he said it was a dance party on the floor of the stadium and the band would likely join.
The group was small- 20 people tops, mostly pretty women. They proceeded to lead us down stairs into the belly of the stadium (nowhere near the stadium floor), way behind the scenes. It took a while to get to the dressing room door, all the while suspicions that we were walking straight into a human trafficking situation were brewing in my head (awkward).
We waited outside the door, until finally someone came out and told us that the band wasn’t feeling well and the party was cancelled (more awkward). They started to lead us out a different way than we came in, and I could hear some suspicious comments over the staff’s walkie talkies…”Red shirt” (Genna),…”Black hat” (Dawn). They proceeded to take Jamie’s mom and sister back to the dressing room, while another staff member tried to get us to leave the premises (awkward). I told him that wasn’t happening, and we waited. And waited. (Awkward, awkward).
And then we heard shouting in an unmistakable voice, and received notice from Dawn to meet them outside. They had apparently been escorted into a small room full of young “easy” looking women. Dawn, being the hot mom in the group decided to attempt to give the girls a wakeup call of sorts, explaining to the girls why they were there. Dear readers, please tell me I don’t need to explain the reason to you! One girl responded, “It’s all about the metal.” (AWESOME).
I’m not sure whether Dawn and Genna were kicked out or just stormed out after getting loud, but I think that’s more of a chicken-egg situation. Both were inevitable. So the moral of this story is screw the after party. It’s much cooler to say you were invited but didn’t go, than to tell the story I just told you. If you do go to the after party, make sure you bring an awesome mom to protect you from the big, bad metal band.
This is my 100th blog post – big smiles!

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!

Awkward and Awesome Thursday – on a Thursday for Once!

Do you ever feel like you’re in a hamster wheel? Round and round it goes until you stop to go to sleep. And then you wake up and hop right back on. I’ve been feeling this way on and off for a few weeks, but today I finally feel like I’m setting my own pace. I want to “spring clean” everything (!), and I think that’s the antidote to my hamster wheel feeling.
 
Anyway, if that isn’t an awkward way  to start off an awkward & awesome post, I don’t know what is.
 
AWKWARD
  • My volume of posting has gone down down down. I think about my blog and you readers all the time. I take pictures, I draft ideas for posts…but do they make it to the web? Not so often. I have “posting block,”…or maybe “blogger’s block?” Is that a thing? Can anyone relate? Am I…insane? (Probably). I’m also feeling some serious deja vu right now. Have I had this problem before?
  •  I started working with a personal trainer last week. While I’m proud that I’m making this commitment to getting in better shape, I will never get over how embarrassing it is to do burpees in front of people (or at all). Good thing I usually go at 7a.m. when the gym is pretty much empty.
  • And the most awkward of all – I had something incredibly, wonderfully knock-your-socks-off awkward to share with you. It’s the reason that I started drafting this post, and now I can’t remember what it was. It is killing me. Short-term memory of a goldfish? Awkward.
AWESOME
  • Television is awesome. So many shows, so little time. This sounds lazy and counter-productive, but I don’t care one little bit. I am loving everything on HBO and Showtime right now. Cheers to being a Sunday night couch potato.
  • Like I mentioned, it’s officially Spring cleaning time and I’m starting with my closet. This weekend I will undergo an organizing spree, and then I will plan my belated assault on Spring shopping. Look forward to some updates on everything I’m coveting, buying, getting rid of, etc.
  • I’m also planning some diet ‘spring cleaning’ and am contemplating a raw food cleanse. Read my blog post in Feel Good Foodies about refocusing on health this month. Have you done a cleanse? How did it go?
  • The new arrivals at Kate Spade are too wonderful. I WILL update with my favorites soon.
That’s all for now. No promises, but I’m going to definitely try to post more next week.

Awkward & Awesome – The 12 Day Week

Many apologies for the lack of posting lately – I have been a busy bee! Here is a quick overview of some awkward and awesome happenings from the past week.
 
AWKWARD
  • It turns out that it’s easier to blog about food than fashion when you’re busy. You have to eat to live, but do you have to shop to live? Most would argue no. As a result, I have been updating my food blog a lot more than this one. Check out Feel Good Foodies. But be warned, side effects include sudden mouthwatering, hunger and the urge to cook.
  • I tried to attend a blogger event (which I will not name, because it probably was an awesome event), but I was so frustrated with the crowd that I just left and got a glass of wine with my friend. Hello cranky pants Christina! So not like me – awkward.
AWESOME
  • On Tuesday, I blogged my colleague’s entry in the Mionetto Mixology Masters Challenge. His concoction sounds so delicious, and I fully intend to serve it this weekend with a nice home-made brunch. I thought I would share with you classy readers, as you might want to do the same! Click through the post to vote on the WhiteTea Bulger, and be entered to win a trip to Vegas! Voting ends TONIGHT.
  • It’s Sephora sale time! Enter CHICWEEK at checkout to get 15% off. Don’t forget to go to the website through EBATES, in order to get 4% cash back. That’s a combined 19% savings – not too shabby!
  • Last night I attended Digital DUMBO’s monthly happy hour. I love these events! I’m not sure why I ever stopped going, but they’ve worked their way back onto my calendar now. I’ll be sure to share future happy hours in advance so you can join me! Here is a photo of myself with my friend Tiffani and the lovely camera man from the event – silly faces only (awkward). All photos are posted on the Digital DUMBO Facebook page, including some very weird, embarrassing ones of yours truly. 

Awkward & Awesome – March 12 – 18

This week was busy and jam-packed with Awesome (special announcement below), so I decided to wait until Sunday to write my Awkward & Awesome post. But first, let’s start with the short list of awkward happenings this week.
AWKWARD
  • On weekdays, Jamie Schupack on New York 1 is my homegirl. She always tells me when there’s something up with the subway. So on Tuesday when I was already running a little late and there were delays on the F, I thought it would be smart to switch up my routine and take the NQR to work. All would have gone smoothly, except when I was running down to the track and saw two trains stopped at the station, I quickly jumped into the train on the left. The doors immediately closed behind me as I looked at the board and quickly realized I was headed for Queens. Oops. Needless to say I probably would have gotten to work quicker on the delayed F train.
  • We have been out of coffee in my apartment for about 2 weeks. It hasn’t been an issue because I drink lots of coffee at work, and Jamie had been making me delicious espresso drinks on the weekends. But yesterday we were in such a hurry to get out and celebrate St. Patty’s day, that we completely skipped coffee. The result? By 8 p.m. I had the most enormous migraine you could imagine, and it was still here when I woke up today. Now I’m faced with the decision of trying to curb my caffeine intake so this won’t happen anymore, or making sure the apartment is always stocked with coffee. Which would you choose?
  • This Thursday I really wanted to go to the Birchbox and Dermalogica event on Grand Street. I was so disappointed when I found out I had to sign up on the wait list. I had pretty much written off the event. On Thursday I received an email from the event saying that a spot had opened up – halfway into the actual event. I was already home and was not about to go back downtown. Big bummer. Did anyone attend? How was it?
AWESOME
  • My friend Alycia and I have started a food blog called Feel Good Foodies.We love exploring the city and the rest of the world through food, and trying to re-create those experiences in our own kitchens. Love food too? Check out my the corned beef and cabbage recipe I posted earlier today?
  • This Wednesday I attended my first blogger meet-up: a Swap ‘Til You Drop event at Wix Lounge in NYC. Spark Rebel, a collaborative fashion and shopping inspiration web site, graciously sponsored wine and snacks for the evening. The room was full of bloggers, who each brought at least 4 items to swap. I personally took home a blazer and some great beauty products. After the event, Goodwill accepted all items that were not swapped. Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. serves roughly 160,000 persons a year, from veterans to single mothers to immigrants and more by helping them get back to work, building up pride and paychecks at the same time. You can visit them on their Facebook Fan Pageand follow them on Twitter. Please keep them in mind when you’re thinking of making a clothing donation in the future. The overall experience was great, and I’m happy to have some blogger friends in the area.
That’s all for this week. I leave you with this photo of Jamie and I plus some green moustaches. I hope everyone had a happy and safe St. Patty’s Day!

Awkward & Awesome…Friday

AWKWARD
  • It’s Friday, not Thursday. Awkward & Awesome is posted on Thursdays. I was too busy yesterday to blog and I cannot let another week pass without filling you lovelies in on the awkward and awesome. So my breaking tradition = awkward, but not unprecedented (yes, I’ve done this before).
  • My first VoxBox from Influenster came today! Influenster is an online community where trendsetters can provide feedback on products. This should get filed under awesome –  I’m so excited to be part of this program and share product reviews with you! But the theme of the box is Love, so the side has a bright pink sticker that says “Love VoxBox.” It’s just sitting pretty on my desk in the office and people are probably wondering what’s in the love box. I assure you it’s nothing naughtyJ.
  • I woke up late for work this morning. Like SUPER late. I then proceeded to spend 15 minutes looking for my “Go The Extra Mile” Kate Spade bangle, only to find it on my desk when I got into work. Then I left my BlackBerry in a conference room for half a day. I wonder where I left my brain, because I’m pretty sure it’s not in my head.
AWESOME
  • I’m staying in New York this weekend. Wahoo! I’m so happy to be here now that the weather is warming up. I’ve made a point to not make plans this weekend. I just want to wander and go to the park all day on Sunday. What are your weekend plans?
  • I’m going to tell you all about my new blog next week. Are you excited? I am!
  • Birchbox and Dermalogica are holding an event on March 15, and it’s right near my office!  They’ll be giving complimentary skin analyses and treatments, and of course samples. The only problem is that the guest list is already full, so fingers crossed that some spots open up.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Awkward & Awesome Thursday: The Blues

For some reason, this week feels like it is dragging. The mid-week messy weather is totally bringing me down, and I’m wondering why Mother Nature decided to tease us with such lovely spring like weather last week. Doesn’t she know this is how people catch the Blues?

AWKWARD
  • I have about three blog posts that are 95% written, sitting as drafts. I suddenly can’t finish anything I start! Finishing these posts is my goal for the weekend and now that it’s here on the internet for all of you lovely readers to see, I have to do it, right?
  • Jamie broke my juicer this morning, and I’m totally letting it ruin my day. Juicers are expensive, and I use mine almost every day. I should probably just look at this as an opportunity to upgrade, but I so was not ready to do that yet.
  • My friend Alycia shared this interactive map from the New York Times, and I feel so uncomfortable seeing the violations of  some of my favorite restaurants. Cockroaches? No thank you. The difference between grade A and grade B is astronomical! It is good to be a knowledgeable consumer though –they need to turn this bad boy into an iPhone app.
AWESOME
  • Alycia and I went to The Smith last night for dinner. It was my first time in their ‘new’ location in Midtown East, and it was just as good as the downtown original. The Smith is officially my favorite spot for girldates. From cocktails to dessert, dinner was perfection.
  • Blogger Makenzie Horan of Design Darling launched her Design Darling Boutique today. I highly recommend hopping over there to see her selection of preppy interiors and accessories.
  • My favorite NYC salon has a Bloomspot deal today! It’s $35 dollars for a haircut, style and Moroccan Oil treatment. You really can’t beat that in NYC. I bought this last time they had a deal and LOVED it! If you purchase, make sure you schedule you’re appointment with Nick, he’s the best.
Since I’m blue (da ba di) today, here are some other lovely blues for you:

 

Awkward & Awesome: Back from My Eurotrip

AWKWARD
  • While in Europe, Jamie and I walked 5 to 8 miles per day, maybe more, and still managed to party until the wee hours of the night. When in NYC, I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, and can’t keep my eyes open at the bar on Friday. It is amazing what less stress and more exercise can do for your energy levels! (I didn’t know if this should go under awkward or awesome).
  • Drinking more beer than I have in the past 6 months over a 10 day period, and losing weight. Not sure how many pounds, but I fit into the jeans that I outgrew exactly one year ago. Now all I have to do to maintain is find time to walk 5 miles a day, right? (Again – both awkward and awesome).
  • Everybody in Copenhagen looking stunned and asking us why we were in Denmark in February. Apparently summatime is where it’s at over there!
      AWESOME
  • Aside from the beautiful monuments, seeing friends in Paris and visiting my company’s Paris office. The hospitality given to us by the people we know in France was outstanding, and it made the trip.
  • PRAGUE. Prague was my favorite. Seeing Reel Big Fish in Prague was awesome. The street food was awesome. The bars were awesome, the absinthe was awesome, the castle was awesome, the apartment we rented was awesome. Dancing with my boyfriend in the basement bar of a hostel on our last night was awesome. I felt so relaxed in this city, and I cannot wait to go back.
  • The local bars that our new friends in Copenhagen brought us to were awesome. Also, the city was just stunning, but in a ghost town way. I want to go back in the summer and see it thrive.
This list doesn’t put a dent in all of the good times we had and wonderful things we saw. I’m leaving so much out! Hopefully after I sort through my pictures this weekend I can put a real highlights reel together for your viewing pleasure.
I did miss my blog and all of you readers! Bear with me while I get back on track!