I don't look good enough to go there

I don't look good enough to go there

Yesterday, I found myself out of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, which is like magic for my face, and I wanted to get to Sephora as close to opening time as possible, to avoid any crowds/traffic. So, I threw on a baseball (not really - Titleist) cap, JCrew chinos and a white t-shirt. I thought maybe the eye-hiding baseball cap would ward off the "Hi, can I help you with anything" questions that are always said in a slightly pitiful 'Are you makeup illiterate, sweetheart?' tone, as I knew what I needed - and just wanted to get in and out as fast as possible. 

Stepping in to Sephora at 10:45 a.m., I found that almost every woman in Orange County was there. Minus baseball caps. These women looked like they'd been up for hours getting ready for a Sephora trip, while I was decked out in an outfit I reserve for grocery shopping, walking Moxie and running to Home Depot. And apparently quick cosmetics runs.

I navigated my way through the buzzing, blinged-out women getting their eye makeup and eyebrows done, the gigantic displays and huge Louis Vuitton totes blocking a few aisle entryways. Finally, I grabbed what I needed, perused a couple other products nearby, and saw the Sephora uniform - a red and black dress - coming toward me. Gosh. I thought, here comes the "Are you finding everything alriiiiiight?" question. 

Except it wasn't.

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Hello, fall!

Hello, fall!

So, I'm not the first person to tell you that today is the first day of autumn. Chances are, someone on Facebook or Twitter clued you in, already. Or - maybe you saw today's Google Doodle. 

But, still. Hooray for fall! 

It's 11 a.m. here in Orange County - and it's 73 degrees. The high for today is a sunny 82. There are no leaves changing colors, no real chilly days, and so far, no one around here goes crazy for scarves, boots or anything pumpkin flavored.

It's really weird.

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Rings of memories

Rings of memories

Remember how difficult it was for me to find the perfect wedding band? Well, I found one (obviously).

The other night, we had dinner out with friends. During a pause in conversation, I found myself looking down at my hand, touching my rings - and a random thought of how beautiful my grandmother looked at our wedding came to mind.

Then I thought, these rings really do hold so much.

Growing up, I loved rings. It was the 90s, so I basically wore one on every finger. Then, I bought myself this really delicate gold ring with one of my first paychecks. I loved it so much I only wore that ring, and I wore it every day on my right hand ring finger. The ring was so light, that I barely knew it was there. And one day, I went to school and settled into my desk. I began pulling out my books, and noticed my ring was gone. I never found it. I was so heartbroken, that I shied away from wearing 'everyday rings' - and opted for big, statement cocktail rings I'd take off after a fun night out. It's like I thought, well, I'll wait until I get engaged/married and then it will really be special. Sort of like my fingers were practicing ring celibacy.

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Overheard in The OC

Overheard in The OC

I shared a couple of these via social media, so forgive me if you've already seen them...they were just too hilarious to wait to share.

“Starfish aren’t fish. Like, Starfish Tuna is *not* a good brand name.” “It’s StarKIST Tuna.” “No. That’s the fruit candy.” - Two bros playing bocce on the beach.

"I can't BELIEVE you've never been to the Hollywood Bowl! Astonishing fact to me! Simply." - A woman in San Clemente.

“Hey there! How’ve you been? I haven’t seen you around Facebook lately.” - Woman decked out in Lilly Pulitzer in supermarket.

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33

It seems like yesterday you were born. But, I know it was 33 years ago, because all of our memories wouldn’t fit in one day.
— My momma
Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/magnoliaandwillow

Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/magnoliaandwillow

Happy birthday to me! 

My wonderful husband is taking me to Long Beach, CA to a vintage/consignment shop I've been waiting and waiting to visit! It's called Magnolia and Willow. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram. I am obsessed with their Instagram account - that's how I found them, before we even moved here. And, oh, AND...you can order via phone and they ship! 

I'll keep you updated on my purchase(s)!

(I'm going straight for the item in the photo, for our front door)

Then, it's homemade mac & cheese for dinner.

33's lookin' pretty good so far.

OK, fine - I admit...

OK, fine - I admit...

...that I play the Kim Kardashian game on my iPhone. I'm an A-list celebrity, and I'm wayyyy busy with photo shoots and club appearances. 

...that I try shoes on in Marshalls without socks/disposable nylons.

...I watch way too much reality television.

...I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie

...I have a bit of a celeb crush on Michael Strahan, and Kelly Ripa's hair.

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Here's how I feel

Here's how I feel

You should never take a hair stylist recommendation from someone whose hair you do not love.

ALL OF THIS. I don't believe in 'victim-shaming.' But, I do believe in taking responsibility and accepting maybe you didn't take the proper precautions/choices when it came to your nude photos. Whatever happened to Polaroids? You can burn them, and they fade after so many years.

The very first second Rosie O'Donnell screams on The View (and really, with Rosie Perez? Talk about annoying voices), I will never watch again. So, I'm betting I'll only get 30 seconds in.

Jordan Knight has never looked healthy. I remember meeting him when I was 8 or 9 years old at a New Kids on the Block concert. So this was like, 1990. He wasn't my favorite (Joey Joey Joey!), but I remember thinking, "Oohh...he doesn't look good", and I refused to go shake his hand. He was pale and skinny and had bags all around his eyes. He's now touring with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and I have already said too much on this topic.

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Way too much makeup

Way too much makeup

You know when you excuse yourself to the restroom while out to dinner, and you wash your hands and check yourself in the mirror to see a piece of spinach between your teeth? And, you wonder, why didn't ____ tell me?!

I hate that.

I always tell someone when something's between their teeth - mostly because I wouldn't be able to stop looking at it, and it makes me gag - but also because I would want them to tell me. 

Back in my learning-to-apply makeup days, my mom always told me when I did a horrible job. She'd be like, "No. That's too much eyeliner, you look possessed." Or, "I can see the foundation line on your jaw - wrong color, honey." And, my good friends and I would offer advice and tips, as well. That's having your girl's back.

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Overheard in OC

Overheard in OC

You probably have some preconceived notion of people who live in Orange County, CA. Either you've watched The OCLaguna BeachThe Real Housewives of Orange County...or you've been here. Thing is, any sort of negative connotation you have about the peeps here in OC, the reality is that it's just pepper in this big, beautiful place. 

I would say 98% of the people I've come across are extremely pleasant, nice, and friendly - more than Chicago, and even more than Upstate NY. And, most people I find are not originally from Orange County. They're from other places in California, or even other states, like me. But, there's pretentiousness here, don't get me wrong - and hilariously head-shaking things I overhear in public. And, I just can't deal with it. So, I share it with you! Ready?

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The ocean doesn't have feelings for you

The ocean doesn't have feelings for you

For most of my life, I spent a great amount of time in the Atlantic Ocean. From Cape Cod to the Jersey Shore, from Florida to...the other side of Florida. And I've been to the Caribbean, but I'm 90% sure that's not the Atlantic.

I've swam, used boogie boards, threw myself into waves without a care in the world. If I got knocked around a lil' bit, I always came up laughing hysterically, and jumped right back in.

The Pacific, though? Totally different story.

It's colder than the Atlantic, but it's still refreshing in the California sun. However, it's so, so, so much stronger and unforgiving. I went diving into one wave, and got chewed up and spit out. I didn't emerge happily, like in the past - nope. I was terrified. 

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Dating for the ages

Dating for the ages

"Here. This is my online dating profile. Feel free to critique it", a neighbor said as she handed me her gigantic smartphone. I was a glass of wine deep and that means I'm feeling very opinionated - and if there's one thing I'm opinionated about...it's dating.

I read through her (a woman in her late 50s who has more energy and style than a 25-year-old) "All About Me" and actually liked it. I told her to consider changing her profile photo to one of just her - and not one of her and her handsome adult son. 

"Men won't click on your profile if there's a 20-something guy with his arm around you. They don't know it's your son. We're in Orange County - it could be your gigolo", I offered.

Cue head nodding and eruption of laughter. And a wine refill. 

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Let's have a (Twitter) Emmy party!

I'm currently indulging in the Emmys red carpet fashions on E!, and of course I'll be live-tweeting the show. Let's do it together! I have wine, but remember I'm on the West Coast, so I'm not indulging in that quite yet. Give me like, 15 minutes and we'll cheers. #Emmys and #Emmys2014

H2uhOh

H2uhOh

I used to let the water run while brushing my teeth.

I'm ashamed of that, and I don't do it anymore.

Moving from Upstate NY to Chicago wasn't as different than moving from Chicago to Southern California. There is plenty of sunshine...and we're in a drought.

Before we planted our feet in CA, I knew we'd have to make some changes. Shorter showers (ugh, no more daydreaming/singing), not letting the water run during teeth brushing and dish washing - and I stopped washing my hands altogether.

Joking. But, this isn't funny. It's devastating to farmers, and that impacts all of us. Fact: California supplies more than half of the US's fruits, vegetables and nuts - and is the TOP dairy producer. Cows and goats eat grass; grass needs water. 

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Books/shelves

Books/shelves

This is a two-topic post. 1) I'm suffering from literary memory loss and 2) I love bookshelves so much.

I most recently read If I Stay - the book about two Oregon teens that inspired the romantic movie that I absolutely cannot wait to see this Friday. I loved the book so much that I'm currently reading the sequel. There were a few 'Dawson's Creek' moments in the book, because I didn't think that a 17-year-old would use words like "bequeathed" but maybe in Oregon they do, so I rather enjoyed the intelligence.

As I finished the book, I started looking thru the other books I have on my Kindle, and because I always delete samples of books I don't intend to finish - every book on there is a book I've read completely. But, I can't remember a LOT of them.

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Dating naked

Dating naked

If you've ever had a first date, you know they can be quite awkward. You're sitting across from someone you maybe know next-to-nothing about, and either the two of you vibe and are able to talk like two human beings - or you're fumbling for social normalcy the entire time. And, if you are having a bad first date, you most likely are feeling vulnerable, annoyed and anxious for the date to end.

Imagine feeling like that...and being naked. Completely naked.

I can't stop laughing, even while I'm typing this. Hold on.

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Too old for a romper?

myselfie

myselfie

I perused the junior department's clearance section of Marshalls recently. I normally frown upon this, but now living in Southern California, I was in need of a couple tanks and tees and maybe a casual maxi dress - and those are always less expensive in the junior department (and cooler, too - not like, Liz Claiborne or Nautica). So, I whipped past the barely-there lacy tanks and ripped Billabong sweatshirts, to find maxi dresses and rompers galore!

I picked out a navy blue maxi for $15 and came across a romper that wasn't denim or skankalicious with cutouts like the others. The pattern, I think, is kind of wild - and so I immediately came to the conclusion I wouldn't wear it out in public. So, for $13, I decided it was a cute 'round the house/going for a walk addition.

I'm wearing it right now. Mostly because I'm waiting for our sofa to arrive in the 4-hour block of time they gave us, so I know I'm not going anywhere. And, I have to say - it's quite comfortable. I can see why toddlers and teenage girls with zero leg shape wear these thangs all over the place. And, I do see some grown women rocking 'better' versions, too - even with heels! Imagine that. They're all dolled up for date night in a romper. And, some women pull it off. Some don't. But that's how trends work, you know?

I'm just not sure I could go beyond the pool in this one while keeping a straight face.

Do you...romp?

Somebody get this guy a muzzle

Somebody get this guy a muzzle

The other night, I took Moxie out for her final business before bed - which is usually a quick trip in and out, with me in my jammies and also ready for bed. What I'm trying to say is...quick + pajamas = I don't wanna see/talk to anybody. 

As she finished, we began our (very short) walk back inside - and I saw a guy walking his three (one large, two medium-size) dogs. Of course, once the dogs spotted Moxie, they began barking and knocking into each other like idiots. 

"I'm sorry" the guy says while laughing nervously.

"Oh, it's okay - no prob" I reply and smile. And, I mean it. I know there's nothing like your dog(s) embarrassing you and making you look like an incompetent owner. Besides, I totally get the gang mentality of dogs, especially when it's against Moxie. She never falls prey to their crap - never barks back or appears threatened/scared. Instead, she prances by with her quiet little confident nose forward. So, I follow her lead.

As we kept walking back to our house, I noticed one of his medium-sized dogs was planted firm, staring us down and barking hysterically, even as the guy tried to walk the other way. 

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Where do you buy your jewelry?

Where do you buy your jewelry?

I have a few pieces of jewelry that I wear pretty regularly. Of course my wedding rings, as well as a David Yurman bracelet that my mom gave me - and simple ball stud earrings are my go-to. 

As I was packing up my jewelry for the move, I noticed that most of it is "costume jewelry." I have a handful of pieces that are probably considered "fine jewelry" - but I enjoy TJ Maxx's jewelry counter much more than I do dropping hundos in...wherever people buy fine jewelry. Macy's? Nordstrom? Zales? 

(SN: What exactly is considered 'fine jewelry'? If it's gold-dipped/filled, is it fine jewelry?)

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What makes you an unfollower?

What makes you an unfollower?

"Facebook makes me hate people."

I said that the other night, while having a glass of wine with friends. And, I meant 'dislike', because hate is a strong word. Mostly, it's because of the many, many animal abuse stories that makes me think that. But, aside from those types of stories, which I know need to be reported - and I support that - it's the ridiculous whining and complaining and airing of personal problems that really gets my goat. The over-sharing is rampant. 

I use Qwitter, which tells you when someone(s) unfollow you. And, whenever someone unfollows me, I wonder why. I usually chalk it up to not really being relevant to the Capital Region of New York anymore - and maybe the unfollower likes to keep things local. Still, I sometimes wonder, did I say something annoying? Did I overtweet? But, in the end, I don't really care because I have my own reasons for unfollowing/muting/defriending people on social media. 

I will say that I completely respect that people can put whatever they wish on their social media accounts. But, people also have the option to control what they see on theirs. So, here are more of my personal examples of how to get muted:

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It's a concert, not Halloween

It's a concert, not Halloween

I'm a big country music lover. I'm a huge Miranda Lambert fan, and have been for years - even when I wasn't into other country music artists. 

So, I've been to three Miranda shows in the past year and a half. One in Albany, NY - then in Chicago last summer, and just last night in Irvine, CA. If you've been to a country music concert, you know there's a lot of beer, ripped denim, boots, hats and...skin.

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