Archive for March, 2014

March 30, 2014

People Will Come

Tomorrow, Opening Day, is one of the most American days of the year, surpassed only by Independence Day.  While the Fourth of July is the Bald Eagle, Team America, Middle-Finger-To-The-Rest-Of-The-World kind of day, tomorrow celebrates a much gentler side of this greatest of nations.  It is a day where fathers take the day off from work to spend time with their sons in the warm glow of a spring afternoon.  It is the day that truly marks the end of winter, as Americans from sea to shining sea usher in the new season by singing the Star Spangled Banner in the bleachers of their home team’s ballpark.  It is the day were we are all reminded of our childhood, where an afternoon at the ballpark was the most amazing thing you could possibly imagine.  In the great words of James Earl Jones, “This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”  This inherent Americness of baseball is the reason why the petition to the White House to make Opening Day an official holiday warranted a response from the White House, in which they acknowledge the important place the sport has held in the growth of our country.

I know that baseball has its difficulties competing with other sports in terms of television viewership and other marketing factors, but it truly has been the American constant over the past century.  It might not be as fast as basketball and as violent as football, but do we really always need thing to be fast and violent?   What about enjoying the moment, and not wanting it to fly-by?  There is much to be said for simply sitting there, watching the subtle chess match between pitcher and hitter, and enjoying the moment, enjoying the sport, and enjoying America.  Baseball will always be here for us, and for that we love it.

Here’s to the Great American Pastime – may we always appreciate it and never take it for granted.

March 28, 2014

Your Friday Jam

Yeah…… So this week you’re not really getting a song for your Friday Jam.  Instead you’re going to get the pure awesomeness TURTLE POOOOOOOOWWWWWEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (read that in Terry Crew’s voice – the jacked dude from the Old Spice commercials). I don’t care that Michael “ruin your childhood” Bay is directing it (OK, that fact actually bothers me a lot).  But who am I kidding?  It’s a freaking TMNT movie!  Of course I’m going to get overly excited, watch every shred of film they release, and be in line at midnight to see it like a kid on Christmas morning.

Cowabunga, Dude!

Raphael 4 LYFE!!!!!

March 23, 2014

Out walking

Out walking

I put this outfit together while thinking about going for a trip to wine country.  It’s good to have layering options for a cool morning and warm afternoon.  Wedge sandals are great for walking.

March 20, 2014

Stepping slowly into spring

Stepping slowly into spring

Happy first day of Spring!  This outfit combines an element of a winter wardrobe (black sweater dress) with a happier color.  This way, you stay a little warm if it’s chilly in the morning.  It may be nice to combine this with a black trench coat.  I like this one on the more expensive end, and I also like this one and this one from Macy’s.

March 18, 2014

A weeknight out

A weeknight out

This is something I’ve worn on a casual weeknight out to the restaurant across the street.  If you want to be a little nicer, you can replace the leggings with something slightly more presentable – like some fun Caché pants or a pair of skinny jeans.

Crazily enough, I got a foot injury at soccer that made it much easier/less painful to wear heels than flats.  So I ended up wearing a pair of black pumps with silver back.  These Jimmy Choos have similar coloring, and so do these from DSW in a more moderate price range.

Instead of this blue top, I had a similarly shaped gray top that I found (unbelievably) at a thrift shop several years ago.  It’s my favorite sweater ever.  I couldn’t really find anything else like it online, but this sweater comes close.  Victoria’s Secret also has a low key option.

The leather jacket is something I got pretty recently, and mine is slightly different.  Belle from Capitol Hill Style has some good tips on how to select a leather jacket.  I love how the ruffle makes it a little more feminine.  I also got mine tailored – something I usually have to do for jackets.  Here’s a useful post on tailoring from Recovering Shopaholic.

March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of this great feast day, enjoy this epic Irish tune!

March 16, 2014

Black & White

Black & White

This is an easy outfit to wear to work, and a black pencil skirt is a staple. Tim Gunn advises that a pencil skirt should fall at the bottom of the kneecap, but I’m too tall and they generally all right above my kneecap.  This bag continues to be the best thing ever.

March 13, 2014

7 reasons it’s great to have a motorcycle in the city

motorcycle in winter

1. It’s easy to pass bicyclists.

2. You use less gas.

3. A commute becomes fun… much less road rage is involved.

4. It’s possible to go around traffic sometimes.

5. You are automatically excluded from having to give anyone a ride or having to transport any materials for anyone.

6. There are generally passers by to help you pick up your bike if it falls over.

7. **Parking.**

Update: I thought of a eighth reason on the way to work today – If you’re turning left in a busy intersection, you don’t necessarily take up a whole lane and hold up traffic.  

March 10, 2014

Zumba time!

Zumba time!

I started going with Zanahoria this year, and it has been fantastic.  I LOVE it.  Not surprising, because exercise and dancing are some of the most joyful activities.

We do a lot of jumping, so I usually wear a regular bra and a couple sports bras.  Under Armour leggings are great, and I usually wear sleeveless tops so I can move my arms.

March 7, 2014

Remember the sea

Remember the sea

So because this H&M suit fit me so perfectly, I got it in all the colors.  I was trying to figure out how to make the blue version not look too stuffy, hence the sea green earrings and fun shoe.  I also like this blouse.