Friday, March 29, 2013

Three Months Down

Not a whole lot to report this month (especially without shopping) but I do have a few book reviews.

Due to the flu, I fell a little behind with my 2 books a month rule so I decided instead of playing catchup all year long, I would make my goal to read 20 books this year (instead of 25).

First I read Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller
It was phenomenal! I literally could not put it down. I'm a huge fan of Jodi's and have read practically everything she's ever written but for the past two years I haven't really been drawn to the premises of her new books. But I read the synopsis and knew I had to read this one. It's about a young baker who develops an unlikely friendship with an elderly man only to find out he was a Nazi. I was fascinated with World War II when I was younger, especially after reading Anne Frank's diary so this book was extremely compelling. It is told in real time and through heartbreaking flashbacks. I highly recommend this one.

After that I started Penelope
I remember seeing this one at Barnes and Nobel over the summer and contemplated purchasing it so when I saw a positive review of it last week I figured I'd give it a shot. It's about a freshman girl at Harvard who is slightly (entirely) socially awkward. It was painful to read. Don't waste your time.

I'm also reading Ten Girls to Watch.
 I identify way too much with the main character (seriously, she actually says things I do). I may not finish this one under the wire, I've just been so tired lately, I fall asleep while reading almost instantaneously. But it's a quick and easy read thus far. It's about an aspiring writer who receives her first "real" job working for Charm Magazine on a feature looking up women featured in past "Ten Girls to Watch" issues. It's very inspirational to read all the women's words of wisdom (even though it's fiction) but if you're a girl in her early or mid twenties there is definitely some sound advice. 

I'll check in at the end of next month to let you know how I'm keeping up with the resolutions- hopefully April will be more exciting! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's Okay Thursday

This week I'm trying to tell myself that it's okay...

-That even though it's been a very short work week (snow day monday and Good Friday-friday), I'm dying for it to be over. It's been incredibly busy and my patience level is nil.

-That instead of reading before bed, like I usually do, I've lately been watching King of Queens on TV Land. (I think I've seen every episode but they still make me laugh every time) (P.S. Since when did shows that were on primetime less than five years ago qualify for TV Land?)

-That I spent my entire snow day rewatching season 4 and 5 of Mad Men- Cannot contain my excitement for the new season to start. (Betty and Don hook up this year).

-To be extremely excited to see all of my best friends from college this weekend for Nicole's wedding!!!

-To have broken my Lenten promise to buy, not one,  but two backup dressed for this wedding- I hope God will understand

-To be eagerly anticipating the return of warmer weather- 57 on Sunday!

Here's what others are feeling okay about today. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Who Wears Short Shorts

Even though I had a snow day two days ago, my mind has drifted to the 57 degree sunday we're supposed to have this weekend. I finally can see some light at the end of this very long tunnel known as winter! And since spring seems to be over in the blink of an eye here, I've been eyeing some great shorts options. Being a nanny over the summer, there is little opportunity to dress up. If I'm not wearing a coverup to run to the pool, I'm in my coolest sundress or in shorts. The key is to be able to be able to move and be comfortable! 

Every summer I live in J.Crew chinos. I feel like I own almost every shade at this point. But this year J.Crew has introduced plenty of more "formal" shorts options. 

I'm dying over these sailor shorts. These paired with a cute, white eyelet top and wedges would be perfect for a night out on the town. 

When you want to dress it up a bit, but still remain casual, Lilly's shorts are a perfect option. 
I love this pale pink and green version of their Callahan Short
This seersucker pair of Buttercup Shorts is too cute for words. I especially adore the scalloped edge. 

Vineyard Vines also has fabulous shorts this season. 
I'm in love with these Garden Party Shorts 

As well has these adorable Gingham Shorts

And finally this pair of Curtain Bluff Shorts are definitely on my wish list. 

What shorts do you have your eyes on this summer?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trendy Tuesday: Oysters and Scallops

Everywhere you look these days, scalloped edges are in front of you. I'm kind of obsessed with this trend. I think it adds a wonderful, unexpected element to an object that otherwise might be mundane. 

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I had to break my Lenten promise this weekend to purchase a backup dress for my friends wedding. I immediately fell in love with this scalloped dress from J.Crew. I bought it in the orange/red color. 

The scalloped bikini is really calling my name. 

And those pink and navy flats are just too cute for words. 

I'm also lusting after the Lilly Pulitzer Buttercup Shorts, they're seersucker! 

Have you bought any scalloped items lately? 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bloglovin

Well the time has come my friends, it appears the Google Reader is closing. This means that I am forced to transfer all of my info over to Bloglovin. I'm really not happy about this (and to be quite honest am still kind of confused about the whole thing) but we'll figure it out together, I suppose. So once again here is the link- follow please!! 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Jack Rogers USA

Since Spring has officially started, I am dreaming of warm weather. And what accompanies warm weather? Jack Rogers! I have been lusting over so many different pairs I don't even know where to begin to stock my wardrobe this summer. I do have to admit that my favorite pair of spring/summer shoes are my Tory Burch Miller sandals and I will most likely be buying another pair for the summer. But the beauty of Jack Rogers is that they come is so many different colors. Here are my favorites: 


Last year I had the wooden wedges and lived in them. They were the most comfortable things ever! I'm looking to purchase another pair of their wedges as well, this year. 

What are your favorite pairs of Jack Rogers? 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's Okay Thursday

This Thursday I'm reminding myself that it's okay...

-that I've been delinquent with my posts lately- I'm sorry!
-to be upset about something you thought you had long since gotten over
-to be extremely nervous about my dress for my friends wedding next weekend- say a prayer it's warm that day!
-to be scouting backup options for said wedding
-to still have that bag of clothing in the back of my car to take to get altered- I'll get to it one day!
-to be counting down the days until Easter, because that means I can once again shop!
-to laugh out loud at New Girl and to be slightly addicted to Dance Moms
-that no matter what I do, I still can't seem to get to bed any earlier every night

What are you okay with this Thursday? Here is what others had to say

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The First Day of Spring!

I don't think I've ever looked forward to the beginning of a new season quite as much as I have been anticipating today. It's the first day of spring!! 


Finally I can (hopefully) begin to put away those dreary sweaters I've been wearing for the past four months and pull out some pastels! Here's hoping mother nature gets the memo and keeps the temps warm around here. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Trendy Tuesday: All Tied Up

It should come as no surprise that I love anything that has to do with a bow. Well this is certainly a detail that is popping up everywhere this spring. A bow is such a whimsical, yet classic, detail. The key, however, is to make sure to not look too juvenile. Here are a few of my favorite bow themed items:











What bow items are you loving lately?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Tea Gee Bee!

It's Tea Gee Bee's One Year Anniversary! Wahoo! 



Last year I kind of started my blog on a lark. I never could have anticipated how much I would get out of it. This past year has been so much fun and I want to thank each and every one of my readers! I honestly cannot explain how flattered I am when a friend of mine tells me they enjoyed a post or saw something on here. To know that you take the time to check this page really means the world to me. Thank you for all your support!
And to those of you who are my new friends, I can't express how excited I get when I see a new comment or receive feedback from you. I've loved getting to know all of you!

This has been such a fabulous year, and I look forward to many more to come! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award again! (My original post somehow disappeared?) Thank you so much to Whisky Whimsy for nominating me (check out her blog here- you'll love it as much as I do!)

First, 11 facts about me. 

1. I'm an organization freak. You can ask me where anything is in my room and I can tell you exactly where it's housed. Everything has a specific place. 
2. I'm a huge TV junkie. I'm religious about watching my shows. If I have to miss it primetime I eagerly watch it the following day online (I actually prefer to watch them this way because a. there's less commercials and b. I can rewind if necessary, but sometimes I can't wait that long to watch)
2b. I'm so invested in my shows that I read spoilers regularly because I'm too impatient to wait until the following week to know what's going to happen. 
3. I'm obsessed with everything Jennifer Aniston and Kate Middleton 
4. My celebrity crush is Bradley Cooper (if you didn't already know this) and I genuinely believe the only thing keeping us from a "happily ever after" is the fact we haven't met yet. 

5. Before high school I hated reading. Someone gave me the Gossip Girl series (even better than the show, in my opinion) when I was a freshman and ever since I have been a veracious reader. 
6. I'm always late. No matter how much time I allow myself to get ready, I inevitably leave the house at least 5 minutes late. (All of my friends are aware of this and refer to it as "Tory time")
7. I'm a preschool teacher to three year olds- they are the cutest things around! 
8. In my eight grade and high school year book I received the same prediction- that I would one day have my own talk show. 
9. I didn't get my drivers license until freshmen year in college. I never felt the need because my lovely friends drove me around all the time! 
10. I have a terrible fear of spiders and snakes. One of my roommates in college bough a snake and I slept with a towel under my door for the rest of the year, in case it escaped. 
11. I love my sleep and detest being woken up, it's one of my biggest pet peeves. 

Now onto the questions: 
1. Which blog/blogger inspires you the most? So many choices it's so difficult to choose. I'd probably say College Prepster because of how successful she has become through blogging, I'm truly envious. 

2. What is your favorite clothing line/designer/store? Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Tibi would probably be my top 4. I do the vast majority of shopping at J.Crew, Lilly, Nordstrom, South Moon Under, and Anthropologie (but I also do tons of online shopping). My favorite designer of all time is Oscar de la Renta. 
3. What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I feel like I have so many. I'm addicted to my TV shows, reading a good book instantly puts me in a good mood, I adore napping, mani/pedis are one of my favorite past times, and I wouldn't be able to survive without Starbucks...oh and SHOPPING! 
4. What is your favorite novel? I think my favorite book of all time would be Jodi Picoult The Pact, followed very closely by Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, I've also read Eat, Pray Love more times than I can count. 
5. Which famous lady is your fashion role model? I'd say right now my biggest fashion role model is Kate Middleton, she's so elegant and sophisticated while still being relevant. She has flawless taste. I also adore Olivia Palermo's daring fashion sense, Jennifer Aniston's classic esthetic, Tory Burch's reinvention of retro styles. But my biggest fashion role model of all time would hands down be Jackie Kennedy. 
6. What piece of jewelry do you wear everyday/the most often? I literally never leave the house without earrings, my watch, and my David Yurman ring I received for my 21st birthday. 
7. What is your go to shoe? In the summer I'm always in flip flops (even thought I hate my feet)- either Tory Burch Miller Sandal or Jack Rogers. In the fall/ winter I'm wearing flats, riding boots, or my moccasins 
8. Are you a gymmer, a runner, or a yoga practicer? Definitely a runner, for some reason it's so difficult for me to stay faithful to the gym (I always say I'm going to go but never end up making it- with the exception of spinning). I love running and am counting down the days until it's warm enough for me to resume my normal routine. 
9. What is your favorite quote? I'm kind of a quote addict, just check out my pinterest board. But these are three of my all time favorites. 




10. To what event did you wear your favorite outfit to date? Probably my cousins wedding in September, I was really excited about the dress I wore. 
11. What is your biggest aspiration in life? I mainly just want to live a life my parents are proud of. I would say my greatest aspiration would be to be a loving wife and mother (everything else is superfluous). Career wise I aspire to write a novel that people can identify with and that one day becomes someones favorite book.  

Thank you again Whimsy Whiskey for the nomination! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Birchbox: March

Yesterday my March Birchbox arrived. This months theme is March Madness. The contents were slightly sparse this month but the bright colors help me to overlook this. 


1. Incoc: Nail Polish Applique: Eye-catching nail strips are the easiest way to get a flawless mani.
2. Evologie: Intensive Blemish Serum: Zero in on stubborn blemishes with this preventive serum, which works wonders on all skin types without triggering redness or irritation.
3. twistband: Headband: keep your hair perfectly in place with these colorful elastic headbands. 
4. Which: Shave Crave Shaving Cream: The organic shea butter in this foam-free shaving cream makes for an insanely close shave and leaves skin incredibly soft. We love the exclusive blueberry scent. 
5. Madewell for Birchbox: Emery Board: We teamed up with Madewell to create this adorable mani savior, patterned after a print from their new spring collection. 

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?


Monday, March 11, 2013

Time


Yesterday was the start of day light savings and I could not be happier! It signals the impending presence of spring and summer (it also doesn't hurt that we've had temperatures here in the 60's over the weekend). My only issue is I'm perpetually off schedule all week, trying to remind myself that it's actually 3pm. So inspired by the clocks "springing forward" I thought I'd share a few time pieces that I'm loving at the moment. 
I've been lusting after this Kate Spade Gramercy Grady watch for almost a year now. 

This Kate Spade Square Leather Strap watch is too cute for words. 

These Kate Spade Skyline watches come in such fun, bright colors. 

I love the idea of a bangle that is also a watch, this Kate Spade Delacorte Bangle watch is perfection. 

This Kate Spade Cooper Grand watch is a more economical version of the Michele watch below. 

I've been contemplating purchasing this Michele watch for awhile now. So timeless and classic. 

What time pieces are you loving lately?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Social: Week 27


This Weeks Questions:
1. What is one movie you are terrified to watch? When I was younger I was terrified of The Ring, like seriously couldn't watch it. I want to watch Silence of the Lambs and The Shining since they're such classics but I'm worried I won't be able to make it through. Also anything with ghosts scares the hell out of me! 
2. What is one TV show you have always wanted to get into but haven’t yet? I've always wanted to get into Pretty Little Liars (all my friends can't believe I don't watch it), I really want to start watching Revenge- definitely looks like a show I'd love. I'm dying to watch Homeland but can't find it online anywhere so I can catch up. I also hear great things about The Walking Dead. I also feel like I need to watch The Wire since I'm from Baltimore and everyone in other cities associated the whole town with it. 
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3. What is one daring activity on your bucket list? Sing karaoke alone! 
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4. Would you ever travel alone? Absolutely! I think that would be amazing, but my only concern would be that you don't have anyone to share the experiences with. I love to talk about things that happen and no one will be there to discuss it with. But I have contemplated many trips by myself. 
5. What activities do you like to do alone? I love to shop alone, I used to hate it because I didn't have anyones opinions but now I relish it. I like to run alone, I won't do that with other people. I like to watch TV by myself if I'm really into a show so I don't miss anything. 
Check out the other responses

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ready to Run

Last June I bought the greatest pair of running shoes I have ever owned. Nike Free 3's are honestly as light as air. They are the most comfortable thing to run in. 

My issue with them is the color I chose. I opted for this coral/orange color and while I love them they don't always go with my workout clothes (yes I'm crazy enough to coordinate what I wear to workout).  I have a lot (and I mean a lot) of bright colored exercise tops, think neon, so it's difficult when my shoes are also as bright as the sun. Plus I wear tons of pink which obviously clash with coral. So I'm in the market for a new pair of running shoes. 

I had no idea shopping for running shoes would be so difficult but I have been through the ringer. Every time I find a pair that I like, they sell out! I want a predominately grey pair so it will go with everything and it needs to be either a Nike Free 3 or Nike Free 4. 

These are most likely the pair I will ultimately go with. 

Even though it's a Nike Free Run +2, I think these are adorable. I just want to make sure they won't be too heavy. 
And I think I need to buy these for the Color Run 
What running shoes do you wear? 


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lately I've spent a lot of time thinking about my hair. I often grow tired of it in the winter and crave a change. This is around the point when I usually cut it short, then instantly regret it. I desperately do need a hair cut, my ends are unsightly, but don't want to lose my length. I'm thinking that cutting off about an inch will get rid of those burnt ends, and a few long layers around my face will freshen up the style. But I think my real problem is the condition of my hair. You know that I have made a conscious effort to treat my hair better, and I have seen results, but I want more! Especially heading into the summer, when straightening my hair is almost a nonnegotiable, it is essential to care for your hair correctly. 

I don't know if I've been living under a rock, but my friend Michelle just introduced me to a product that is apparently everywhere lately, Wen Conditioners. I had never heard of this but after reading through reviews for almost an hour last night I knew I needed to try it. This stuff is apparently like a miracle cure for your hear. It takes the place of a shampoo and conditioner and is supposed to leave is shiny, healthy, and soft. Needless to say I ordered it and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the package. 

After purchasing this I realized that I am in dire need of a new straightener. Mine has been on it's last legs for awhile now but I'm so used to it that I was hesitant to buy a new one. Well the time has come and I need your help. I currently have the Original Chi Straightener and like it but don't love it. I think part of the reason that I'm not thrilled with it is because mine is so old. I'm sure I would be happy with a new one. 


I've also heard great things about the Babyliss Straightener. I have a feeling this is the one I'm ultimately going to go with just because I'm dying for a change.

I'm desperate to know, what straightener do you use and are you happy with it?? 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Trendy Tuesday: Non-maternity Clothes

I'm the furthest things from a Kim Kardashian fan you will probably find. I  shamefully must admit that I do watch their shows, and I even really like her sisters, but something about Kim I just cannot stand. I think she's spoiled and conceited and am holding out strong hope that Kris Humphries can to deliver the kind of karma most self indulgent celebrities seem to have escaped for so long (i.e. Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton...but enough about that).

But aside from the fact that I find Kim virtually repulsive on her own accord, she has decided to team up with one of the most repulsive clowns in Hollywood, Kanye West. Now I've kind of hated him since the infamous Taylor Swift incident (even though she has plummeted on my list of favorite people) and thought that display was disgusting and beyond rude but like my friend Michelle (hi!) said, he is friends with Beyonce and Jay-Z there must be some redeeming quality! Turns out...there isn't! In fact, I think he's a little crazy. Not only did Kanye take it upon himself to tell how to dress when they started dating (because he's such a beacon of fashion even though the only thing I ever see him wear is a black t-shirt). But now he is telling her not to wear maternity clothes! I guess she can kind of get away with this since she is still pretty early in her pregnancy but come on, who wants to be sausaging themselves into regular jeans when they're nine months pregnant?! My personal opinion, her style has significantly suffered since teaming up with The Self Absorbed One.

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This doesn't even make her look good, she just looks like she gained weight and isn't pregnant. The thing I don't understand is that it's not even like she's wearing grecian maxi dresses or whatever, that could go either way. She's in straight-up regular closes. I think it's weird how possessive he is of her and if my guy were trying to tell me how to dress he would be cut loose very quickly!

And lastly, have you seen this monstrosity?

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So ends my little tirade on Kim and Kanye. But I'm curious, what are your thoughts on non-maternity clothes? And I'm even more curious, am I the only one who is so sick of seeing her/them everywhere?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Two Months Down- Two Days Late

I'm sorry I have been so MIA this week, I have been on my death bead with the stomach bug (and even had to go to the hospital-not fun). But I'm finally beginning to feel like myself again so we will return to our regularly scheduled posting.

Another month is already over, I know February is a short month but wow did it fly by! At the beginning (and even middle) of the month, I was kind of dreading my little checkup on how my New Years Resolutions were coming along. Several of my goals are kind of a one time thing, or involve some serious preparation, so it's kind of difficult to check in every month since so few of them have been checked off. But toward the end of the month I realized I accomplished more than I thought I did.

One resolution I have been determined to keep up with is Expand My Jewelry Collection. This month (before giving up shopping for lent) I added 



Lilly Pulitzer Goodie Good Necklace

I signed up for my 5K!!
My friends and I will be participating in The Color Run in Baltimore. I'm so excited to do this. I've wanted to do a color run for awhile and it's just great that I'm killing two birds with one stone!

I'm slightly behind with my reading goal. Okay so here's the deal, I wasted a lot of time trying to finish Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I loved Gone Girl and thought I would just fly through this one but it was terrible. The premise sounded so interesting but the execution was awful. It was boring and had very little plot progress. After spending way too long attempting to finish this, and basically forcing myself to do it, I gave up (something I almost never do). I hate not finishing things and it is still kind of eating away at me that I didn't finish this one but it was too torturous, I just couldn't do it. If you want to read a Gillian Flynn book go with Gone Girl, but skip Dark Places.

I read a great book Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison. This was such a cute story about a woman in her late thirties who was just proposed to when the image of her high school boyfriend pops into her head. It's told in both present tense and through flashbacks. It's a quick and easy read. I loved it!

The book I'm  reading now is called The Dinner Party by Jenny Ladner Brenner. I was on track to finish by the end of the month until that stupid bug hit me, so I hope to finish it soon but so far it's really good. It's about a woman who "accidentally" sleeps with her best friends husband one night, whom she hates then follows her as she simultaneously develops feelings for two different men while dealing with the guilt she has with keeping such a huge secret from her best friend. It's super juicy, I definitely recommend!

If you have any book suggestions to pass along for this month, please do!

Well there you have it, another month down. Here's hoping March finally bring the warm temperatures I've been craving!


 
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