Everyday Moments

Caught My Eye No. 3

February 27, 2015

It’s Friday! Remember that Rebecca Black music video?  Watch it and now have it stuck in your head for the rest of your life.  You’re welcome.

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• I’m anxiously awaiting this canvas print to arrive for our bedroom. Then I’m calling our bedroom officially finished.

• We don’t live in my dream home (it probably doesn’t even exist), so I really like this article about important things to remember about living in your current home.

• Arguing with your significant other sucks, but it happens. It’s part of life. So keeping these things in mind can help. For me it’s: “…you’ve got to learn how to lose an argument.” I’m bad at that.

• There’s a lot of people in my life turning 30 this year. (Yay not me!) So I found this article of 35 Life Lessons to Learn the Closer You Get to 3o pretty great. Most are simple, but relevant ideas.

• I wish this and this portfolio were mine. You know, because I’m a graphic designer.

• And lastly, my sister and her boyfriend came down a couple weeks ago for Mardi Gras. St. Louis has the largest celebration in the country behind New Orleans. It wasn’t quite like last year, but it was still a good time.

The fact that March is in two days has me excited…so over this winter.

—m.

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Recent Purchases

February 22, 2015

I’ve made a few purchases since my 1 year of no shopping ended. For the most part, they’re items on my wish list or something I actually needed. And of course, a few other items sprinkled in.

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1. Pants—I picked up a pair of navy jegging pants and they’re seriously my new favorite pair of pants. Normally I have a hard time with the LC brand, but these fit amazing. Not sure if these were the exact pair I picked up, but they’re super darn close. Black jeans were also purchased.

2. Trench coat—I have been searching for a trench coat for a couple years now and absolutely love the one I found! It’s good quality, nice weight and its waist area is more defined so it fits really nicely. J. Crew Factory changes their prices quite a bit, and I was able to snag it 50% off. Oh, and it arrived on a hanger…fancy.

3. Brown “Leather” Jacket—To be honest, I wasn’t sure about this jacket when it first arrived. It looks pretty different when zipped up, but after trying it on a few times I dig it. (purchased here)

4. Candle—So not a clothing item, but I looove these candles. They’re the type that can make a room smell good without even lighting them. I ordered the cotton and vanilla pound cake scents.

5. Swim bottoms—Triathlon training season is quickly approaching and I needed a new pair of bottoms for swimming. You know it’s time to replace swim bottoms when the butt starts sagging.

6. Keds—Cardinal baseball season is also quickly approaching, so of course red shoes. Also great for every day wear.

—m.

Everyday Moments

Caught My Eye No. 2

February 15, 2015

Happy Sunday! This week flew by and the weekend went by even quicker. My sister and her boyfriend came down—we froze our butts off at Mardi Gras for a bit.

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• Speaking of siblings, sometimes it sucks being a middle child—I would know. But finally, there’s been some positive research done about middle children. Apparently we’re more likely to be successful, leave home, and hear both sides of an argument. Oh, and some other characteristics that don’t apply to me.

• My goal this year is to learn how to dance like Kim from Matt & Kim.

• There was a brand guideline created for Santa, and now there’s one for Cupid.

• I’ve started learning calligraphy. I like it, but I’m also finding it restricting. So I’m going to try it with a brush vs a calligraphy pen and nib.

• We may not have kids, but I find this article about having a pet before kids sad. I can’t image not having my cat or our dog. She needs to have more love in her heart.

• We finally got a waffle iron, so now I may order this book.

• I’ve been wanting a black and white striped dress for quite some time and almost bought this dress at Target the other day. I think I want something more casual, though.

• And finally, I’ve been looking looking at a new couch for the living room. I would really like to have a sleeper sofa. But until then, I may try this solution for slouchy cushions. The dog is to blame for the back cushions.

—m.

Everyday Moments

Caught My Eye

February 8, 2015

The thing I love about the internet is how I come across random articles and discover new things I find interesting. I always feel like I need to share these, along with my two cents sometimes, but never really do. So every now and again I’m just going to do a post with a bunch of random links!

• This article about two types of women (red or white wine drinkers) is so far from being correct for myself. I’m a red wine drinker 98% of the time and only half of the red wine characteristics apply to me.

• And then there’s this article about lady whiskey drinkers. I’ll give my dad credit for me taking a liking to whiskey. Though, I enjoy Canadian or Rye whiskeys much more than a bourbon whiskey. It’s still whiskey! My favorite part of this article: “A whiskey drinker is an old soul with fresh eyes. She can show you how to find the magic in an ordinary day.”

• And while we’re talking about drinking, the most romantic restaurants in St. Louis. Trying out Sidney Street Cafe and Taste have been at the top of my list for quite some time.

• This article about things to stop saving and start enjoying spoke to me. I have a hard time burning candles because I don’t want them to get all used up! Guess I’ll try and be better at that.

• I need to up my ab crunching game. Whoa.

• Great reminder for fellow designers on what to consider when designing a logo.

• And lastly, the how to pick the perfect pineapple. Because I can never tell.

—m.

Everyday Moments

January ’15 Recap

January 31, 2015

So…it’s the last day of January. How?! I mean, I know how, but man this month flew by.

• We rang in the new year out with friends as usual. However, we did switch up the venue we have attended in the past. For the past 4 or 5 years, we have gone to the Malt House Cellar but this year we decided to switch it up and went to the Crowne Plaza in Clayton. It was cheaper and we got a hotel room, but we all liked the vibe at Malt House better.

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• We booked our plane tickets for our Florida trip this spring and we’ve booked our hotel for Austin City Limits in October. I’m pretty excited about our trips this year!

• We celebrated a couple of our friends’ birthdays. Went to a Blues game and out to brunch at Bixby’s.

• My 1 year of no shopping ended! I’ve purchased a couple things, but am really waiting for spring/summer things to come out. Keeping focused on my wish list rather than a bunch of trendy things.

• Tim and I went to the Old Chain of Rocks bridge and looked for eagles. I did an Exposure post about it, too.

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• The last two weeks at work have been insanely busy. Worked until midnight several nights. Fun, right? No, it’s not.

• My new road bike came in! It’s all set up on the trainer in the basement. I have my eye on an Olympic distance triathlon this summer!

• And lastly, this video is so Tim and myself. So spot on.

We don’t have a lot planned in February, but that’s okay. Winter has been pretty mild so far, but I have a feeling that will change in February. It just means my bike will be seeing a lot more of me rather than the running trail.

—m.

Everyday Moments, Travel

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

January 25, 2015

There is a pedestrian bridge north of St. Louis known as the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, and it happens to be a prime eagle-watching spot in the winter. I didn’t even know this bridge (part of the original Route 66) even existed until maybe a year ago. So I, of course, had to add it to my St. Louis bucket list. Tim and I both love old bridges, so I was pretty excited about checking it out with the chance of seeing some eagles in the wild. We originally had planned to go last weekend, but then I found out it was Eagle Days. Thousands of people show up to the bridge for the annual event, which I didn’t want to deal with so we waited another week. I’m glad we did because we practically had the bridge to ourselves when we arrived around 9:45 AM. When we were leaving around 11:00, a couple large groups of people had arrived. I’m glad we took our binoculars because we saw an eagle while there!

Note: I had read several places to park on the the IL side of the bridge because of past car break-ins on the MO side, so that’s what we did and didn’t have any issues. (Click that link for directions.)

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There’s a few Route 66 themed signs on the bridge, which makes it feel a bit nostalgic. Looking south, you can see downtown and the Arch in the distance, which I think is neat. I’d love to go back when it’s warmer and the trees have leaves. After we finished at the bridge, we headed up to Fast Eddie’s in Alton for lunch and some great people watching!

—m.