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Bon Voyage!


Today, my best friend and Maid of Honor Roey starts the ultimate adventure- she and her new husband Mark are moving to China.

Yes, you read that right.

My best friend is moving to China. Today.

I'm so unbelievably excited for them, and look forward to living vicariously through them as they embark on this crazy adventure.
Ro & Mark, Wedding Day 2009

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't the least bit sad that they're moving halfway across the world- since we both got married 6 months apart, I've become quite accustomed to spending fun-filled weekends with her... I feel so blessed that we were able to cram in so much time together during 2009- our bachelorette parties, birthdays, *weddings!*, and one of the best New Years Eve celebrations I could have imagined.
Words can't properly express just how much we're going to miss you both, but I'm going to let my excitement for your journey override any sadness I may have for now...

Travel safe, Roey & Mark- we love you bunches and can't wait to visit you in China!

Big xoxo,

Lulu

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A Little Blogger Support, Please?


I think that the best part of blogging would be the friendships I've built, and the support I've received during the tough times.

I wanted to pass along a little bit of that blogger camaraderie to one of my IRL friends... My dear, sweet sorority sister Megan is 35 weeks pregnant with her 2nd little bean, and has been unexpectedly put on strict bedrest. I can't even imagine what it would like to be immobile- with a 2 year old in the house, no less- and just counting down the days until the new babe arrived.

She's pretty new to BlogLand- I think it would be *wonderful* if you could pop by her blog, leave her a comment or 2, and give her some virtual company? You can find Megan, and the rest of her handsome crew, here:

Just One of The Boys

Thanks, darlings! :)

xoxo,
Lulu
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Show Me Your Frosting!


I've got a *serious* case of the cupcakes today, which is a bit strange for me, as I have practically NO sweet tooth to speak of. I've been daydreaming of fluffy little cake bites, wrapped in delicate paper cups and capped with a ginormous swirl of gooey frosting...
Image courtesy of Pumpkins and Fairy Dust


I know I live in the Land of the 'Cuppycake' (as one of my favorite Twitter peeps Blair awesomely refers to them), where there is a Magnolia Bakery and a Crumbs within lazy girl bus riding walking distance of my apartment. However, the whole $2.50 a pop pricing scheme doesn't actually fit into my recession chic budget. Thus, In order to get my sugar fix I'm going to go the "I Mix Sh*t" route.
I would *love* to know what your favorite go-to frosting recipe is, for just such an impromptu baking session? I'm a plain Jane vanilla cake girl myself, but am partial to any and all frosting options... Please let me know what curbs your cupcake sweet tooth/makes you feel like a hostess with the mostess!
xoxo,
Lulu
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The One Where I Pretend To Know Something About Fashion


One of my favorite things do do while visiting Dallas is get my outlet shop on. I know I live in arguably the best shopping city in the entire world, but shopping in Manhattan? And affording rent and food and other such things as well? Let's just say the last time I purchased clothing was right before my bachelorette party. Last February. I savor my yearly pilgrimage to visit my parents, eat way way WAY too much Taco Bell (my favorite), and traipse through all the Last Calls, DSWs, and Targets I can find.

One new resource I've come to lurrrrrve, when it comes to the land of bargain shopping, is the outlet mall. I've never been much of a bargain-hunting fashionista, and grade myself a complete and utter FAIL when it comes to stores like TJ Maxx, but have always had amazing luck when it comes to shopping the outlets.

I'm always a little leery of the more 'style-inclined' brands at the outlet mall (aka anything that is not J. Crew or Ralph Lauren, or the 'unmentionables' store. Love me some Wonderbras on the cheap). For some reason, I always lumped BCBG's stylings in with bebe, and any store like bebe give this conservative dressin'-girl a *serious* case of the heebie jeebies. (Maybe it's because my style inclination could best be described as hybrid nerdy corporate American/repressed 1950's housewife, but I just don't believe that 'mesh inset cutout' should be a part of one's style vocabulary.)

That said, one of my *favorite* ever dresses, as white frilly BCBG number I sported for our rehearsal dinner, changed my mind about the brand. (and, may I mention that it was only $20 at Last Chance in Phoenix? It was like 4 sizes too big, but after a trip to my mom's seamstress, I had a custom-fitted BCBG dress on my hands for less than $40. Natch.)

With some of my childhood besties at our rehersal dinner

While on my yearly pilgrimage to the Allen Premium Outlets, I hesitantly agreed to visit the BCBG outlet store.

Oh. My. Goodness.

For some reason, the retail gods decided to part the inventory clouds- and instead of an expected sea of badly-woven, shiny spandex dresses and fishnet/sequin/lame combinations, I found a *fantastic* amount of day-to-evening work ensembles.

I'd like to introduce you to my new favorite work brand- Max and Cleo.Max & Cleo
Max & Cleo by dirtymartinidairies on Polyvore.com

I think that the best thing about these dresses is that they completely take the guesswork out of the whole blouse + skirt = fabulous, stylish outfit combination that seems to have eluded my closet for so long. You could throw a suit jacket over any of these for the look of a polished 3-piece outfit, or add some dark tights, heels, and chunky jewelry for cocktails with your girls. And, getting them for 60% off at the outlets. That, Darling Reader, A to the Mazing.

xoxo,

Lulu

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A Bit Of A Pick-Me-Up


I wanted to share with you all one of my all-time *favorite* videos on the interwebs. If this doesn't make you smile (and also simultaneously make your uterus twitch/make you want to buy Rosetta Stone French immediatement), then I don't know what will... enjoy.


Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.



xoxo,
Lulu

(p.s. I originally discovered this video on Cardigan Empire... Go visit!)
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A Somber Day in New York City


I try my darnedist to be a glass-half-full kind of gal, but even the most optimistic person has a grey day every now and then... Even though 2010 jumped off to a crazy productive start, for some reason yesterday just seemed to draaaaaag on. Work has been insanely busy for the last 2 weeks, which has been a bit taxing. Also, there is nothing more depleting to the soul than being surrounded constantly by the sounds and images of the utter devastation in Haiti. I can't mention my job on this blog, but I'll just say that it is just so tough to sit in a cubicle, crunching numbers, while listening to stories about the hundreds of thousands of people trapped or missing on the TV screens behind me. It just makes me feel so helpless, makes me wish I was a doctor, nurse, or aid worker that could rush out of country and go help.

All I wanted to do was go home, blast some Adele on the new laptop, and get in the bathtub for a long, reflective soak, but the clock wasn't in my favor.

Until about 3:30, when my coworkers and I started smelling a weird, smoky smell in the office.

And the fire marshal came over the PA system, announcing the presence of a 'condition' in the building attached to us.

And we were evacuated.

And that's how my work day abruptly ended like this:


Firetrucks surround the building on all sides

I'd be lying if I said I didn't welcome the abrupt end to the work day. I had my first non-10 hour work day in quite some time, and was able to soothe the soul with a bit of Adele and Ray Lamontagne. However, the Mr. and I just can't shake the haunting stories pouring in from Haiti. When you're so far away (and quite strapped for cash), how can you help?

Are you planning on supporting the relief effort in Haiti? If so, how?

xoxo,

Lulu

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Here's to 2010... And A Resolution-Free New Year?!?


Happy 2010, lovelies! I hope your New Year has kicked off to as great a start as mine has thus far!

I suppose things could only have looked up for me, considering where I was this time a year ago... I rang in 2009 as an unemployed bride-to-be, struggling to find a job, throw a fun yet cost-effective wedding, and frankly, a little bit lonely to live SO far away from friends and family in such a big city. Fast forward to a year later: I'm married, gainfully employed, and am surrounded by friends daily- granted, it's mostly over Twitter and in BlogLand, but still! You, Dear Reader, really kept me going through all of last year's highs and lows. Thanks to you, 2010 is going to be one for the record books!

I had an absolutely spectacular Christmas- it was a quiet, cozy 4-day weekend with just the Mr. and myself in New York City. Contrast that with a very wild New Years weekend (we had a total of 6 people jammed into our little 1 bed/1 bath apartment for 4 days!). It was overall the second best New Years Ever I've *ever* had (the first place award goes to New Years Eve '07/'08, the night we got engaged). I'll recap the full madness when I can coax some photos out of one of our guests (yes, Chels, I mean you!). Shockingly, my memory card was full of blurred pics taken during some of our late-night 'interpretive dance' sessions to the musical stylings of Hall & Oates. Not my most flattering angle, you see.


The Mr. and I, New Years Eve in snowy Central Park


As for my 2010 self-improvement plans... I made an executive decision not to commit to any official New Years Resolutions this time around. Frankly, the thought of setting some hugs goals for myself this year really stressed me out. I was a huge whopping failure with the resolutions I set for myself this time last year- there was nothing more humbling that going over this list and realizing I didn't do a single, solitary thing I set out to do (well, besides get married, of course!). Sure, I read a little bit more than the year before. I tamed the wild stacks of papers strewn all over our old apartment, but only because I moved halfway through the year and was absolutely forced to. And as for the 'eBay Guru' status- I donated everything I planned on selling to Goodwill during the move, and just tried eBay for the*first* time (and won!) yesterday.


The Hype 'Jackie' Zip-Top Satchel, purchased new @ 70% off of the original purchase price! Super swoon.


What I've decided to focus on this year instead is a bit of self-reflection. Namely, 2010 i going to be the year I figure out WHY I never stick to a goal or resolution I set for myself. This may sound silly, or like a bit of a cop-out, but I really think my lack of self-imposed accomplishment needs some serious contemplation. Is it a matter of learning how to repriortize? Probably. A lack of understanding how to set the perfect SMART goal? Sure. A bit of laziness? Abso-freaking-lutely.

So, Dear Reader, why don't you help me kick off the big 2010- how do you go about setting and achieving goals for yourself?


xoxo,


Lulu
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