28 October, 2014


So judge me or whatever but I've hopped on the clean train; I'm doing the Whole 30 challenge. I've been thinking about my eating habits for a while now. I knew I was eating too much processed food and not enough vegetables. I want to eat healthy. I want to be healthy. It doesn't matter that my metabolism lets me eat a cheez-its and diet coke and not result in obesity. It matters that I can give my body good sustenance and I should take control and do so.

So, while I could have just attempted to ease into it -- continue to eat some of the other foods and just incorporate more veggies into my diet -- I knew that, if given the option, I would eat all bread and salami and cheese instead. I decided to do the Whole 30 because it would force me to eat healthier. It would force me to find ways to put vegetables on my plate.

At this point I'm not sure I'll stick with the strict program after the 30 days. I mean, I really love cheese. But, I think this will kickstart a better relationship with food for me. We'll see!

p.s. If you've ever done paleo or Whole 30 I would love to get some recipe ideas! I made spaghetti squash with italian sausage and my own mayo so I could put it in tuna. It's kinda crazy how many things are in store bought items that you don't think about!

22 October, 2014

My best friend's wedding

I'm flying to California with a bridesmaid dress in tow. This'll be our third wedding in California this summer. Every time we go to a wedding I think about ours. The vows, the excitement. It's revitalizing to see burgeoning relationships - to remember that giddiness. Marriage gets comfortable in a really secure and safe way but it's nice to experience the feeling of newness again. Weddings are wonderful occasions and I am so excited to be celebrating with Katie and Clint as they embark on their new life together.  Marriage has taught me things I never thought I'd learn, it's given me the best friend I've ever had, and it's changed me for the better. Here's to a fun weekend and a life filled with love!

(Ya, ya. Cheesy but true!)

16 October, 2014

plaid days

Somedays, not all days mind you, but some days I'm like, "Damn, self. You look good!" This was one of those days so of course I yelled, "Dan, quick! Come take a picture!" And he obliges because he's nice like that. But seriously, Gap is on its game with this dress. The skirt is lined, it's plaid, it has buttons and pockets. There is not much more this girl wants in a dress.

I bought black booties. I just did it. ASOS was having a mega sale and I couldn't help myself. To be fair, because I do a lot of my shopping online these days and because it is really easy to just click and buy, I generally make myself wait like 2-4 days from finding the item I want to actually purchasing. My rule of thumb is, if I still want to spend that money in 4 days then I can get it. It may seem trivial, like, duh, you put it in your cart you want it. But it's surprising what a few days of thinking can do. Long story short: I bought these booties. The brown heel. Swoon.

One of my favorite things about booties is that when I put them on I always sing "Big booty" which is like this really dumb game/song that I learned from years and years of church summer camps. I usually do a little booty dance and Dan laughs at me or rolls his eyes depending on how in the way I am in the booty-dancing process (getting ready in the morning is serious business, people!).

13 October, 2014

Sounds like hallelujah for the first time

1. I've been listening to the Head and the Heart on, like, repeat since my dad told me about them over the summer (he's very in the know). I had heard one or two songs on my Civil Wars pandora station but finally put a face to the sound and haven't stopped.

2. Does anyone else feel like lipstick is only for mythical people who have an incredible skin tone with which any lip color looks fantastic and not garish or clownish? Well, I was with you until I found out that lipsticks come in a berry color. At first I was like, what? But then I bought it and tried it on and was like, ahhh. Nailed it.

3. In the last month I have also dispelled the idea that I could not layer with sweaters. I'm short and curvy and it always just ended up looking frumpy. But then I randomly bought a cropped sweater from Target (of course, always), and layered it over a dress and all my layering dreams come true. Shorties: cropped sweaters were made for us. A whole new world is now open.

4. I've been playing with makeup lately. It's fun and I love it in a way I have never loved makeup before. My favorite has been attempting the dewy look which sounds gross but looks cool.

5. Also, along the make-up lines I found two things that I have only been using for a few days but I love them. The first is e.l.f. lip exfoliator (my lips get so chapped all the time and that little exfoliating lipstick is magic). The second is Botanics hydrating night cream all bright. It smells divine and it makes my skin so soft -- like soft until I wake up. THIS IS WHY I CAN'T GO TO TARGET ANYMORE.

6. I really really really want black booties. I gave into the ankle boot last fall but stuck with browns/tans and now I think I'm ready for black. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. But, apparently I have expensive taste so I'll probably end up with these but really my favorite is option 1. Maybe I'll save my pennies.

7. I have so many exciting trips/things coming up in the next 45 days I can't stand it.

8. I am so so so blessed with the friends in my life. Things have been rough lately. Just a lot of shitty things all piling up at once #vaguepost. But I have friends in my life that take care of me and look out for me when they know I need a shoulder. I've been extraordinarily lucky to make some amazing friends in my life. Most are from home, childhood and high school, but in both Wilmington and here in DC, God has placed people in my life that I needed more than anything and I am so grateful for girlfriends.

9. School sucks.

xoxo, suckas.

13 September, 2014

The day I met Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Disclaimer: fangirling.

I met Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The notorious RBG.

She came to my school for a Constitution Day event they hold annually. Naturally, when a Supreme Court Justice comes, us law students go crazy.

Last year, they brought Scalia. This year, it was Ginsburg. Nice symmetry, the announcer said. And it is, I've heard they are friends in real life. Like, good friends. Despite their differing ideologies.

Anyway, how did I get to meet her?? Why was I so lucky? Well, I applied for a little research assistant position over the summer. Apparently, I chose wisely because my prof was the one who conducted the interview with RBG. 

I did some research for this event in particular and then she says, I'll get you VIP tickets. I'll get you on the list to meet her, she says.

To be honest, even just sitting two rows away from greatness would have been fantastic. The interview focused on women and the Constitution from the late 1800s to today. She deftly made her way through case after case, instances where women were treated as second class citizens and the landmarks when the Supreme Court gave women what they deserved: equal protection under the law. 

She even touched a bit on Hobby Lobby at the end and I really appreciated her in that moment. There wasn't a word against any of the justices. She calmly said: "As long as one lives, one can learn." She said her dissents are adamant and present for a reason. Some dissents of Justices Holmes and Brandeis have since become law which shows that where great minds differ there is room for growth and change. 

The interview only lasted an hour though I could have listened to her talk about her work with the ACLU and her arguments in front of the Supreme Court for hours. She was so instrumental in the fight for equal rights for women and to hear her speak on the subject was inspiring. 

So then I got to meet her. 

I got about 15 seconds in which my professor introduced me (they know each other from way back) and then I blathered on about researching and the Equal Rights Amendment. I wish I could say I had some really great question to ask her or that I dazzled her with my intelligent remarks but really it was nothing like that. 

I can't say I am really that disappointed in myself, it is Ruth Ginsburg, after all. Some hyperventilation was to be expected.