7.09.2013

Holiday Weekend

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There's nothing better than a long weekend. It's always like a mini-vacation. A much-needed reboot. This past weekend was pretty fun: Fourth of July dinner, drinks and fireworks downtown with friends; a weekend in Hannibal; and the John Mayer concert in St. Louis.

In Hannibal, I ran (ha! mostly walked) my first 5K at the annual Hannibal Cannibal. Originally I signed up for the 10K; being the overachiever that I am, I actually thought I would have the time and energy to train to run 6.2 miles after not having run for exercise or leisure in, oh, I don't know, years. What was I thinking? I have been really stressed lately with projects and work, so I never had a chance to train properly, and after a minor panic attack, I downgraded to the 5K at the last minute. Great decision, because I would have never survived a 10K with those Hannibal hills! Dan accidentally downgraded himself to the 5K when he missed the route for the 10K, so we ended up "finishing" together. Meaning he finished first, ran back and waited for me so we could cross the finish line together. He's cute like that. Dan's parents ran the 10K and both placed in the top 3 in their age groups. They're pretty inspiring. I'm more than a little embarrassed people three decades my senior can run laps around me. The race made me realize just how out-of-shape I am when it comes to cardio, and that's definitely something I plan to work on. Pure Barre isn't enough if I can barely run 2 miles! In Hannibal, we also visited with Dan's family (it's his dad's hometown) and went to nearby Quincy to have dinner with his parents' friends. We managed to do a lot in our day and a half there.

Sunday marked the long-awaited John Mayer concert, my anniversary gift to Dan. Can I be honest? We both left disappointed. The last time I saw John Mayer perform was in 2006, and he blew me away then. Not just with his talent, but with his personality; he was such a personable and excited performer. He didn't seem nearly as in to it this time around. And he didn't play a single song from his first two albums. That was pretty disappointing for Dan, since his favorite is Room for Squares a.k.a John's debut. I understand he can't play the same songs for years, and I don't expect him to, but even the most legendary performers throw a bone to their fans and play one classic. I mean, if Mick Fucking Jagger can do it... Also, I will never understand an audience that sits in their seats the whole damn concert and doesn't feel the need to stand up and dance! I was bobbing in my seat the whole time, waiting for the moment our section would get with the program and stand on up. Didn't happen. Dan and I always have fun together, though, and we made the best of it. We jammed out to Eric Church's live album the whole way home with the windows down.

I'd love to hear how everyone spent their long weekends! Please leave a comment and tell me what you were up to.

P.S. What I wore this weekend:


7.04.2013

What to Wear for the Fourth of July



I have such warm memories when I reflect on the Fourth of July. It was one of my favorite holidays as a kid. Growing up, my parents always hosted a big barbecue on July 3, when our town had its fireworks display, and all our family friends and extended family would come. We'd have dinner on our big back deck, and shortly after stuffing our faces with hot dogs and pasta salad, the pack of kids would venture off to the neighborhood park two houses down, while the adults stuck behind to chat and relax. By sundown, we'd pack up our number of wagons and walk a few blocks to the golf course to watch the fireworks explode over the lake. Back at the house later, we would always put on our own fireworks display, much to my mom's chagrin, fueled by my dad's adventurous spirit... and maybe one too many beers. He'd be the life of the party wowing us in the backyard with fireworks he'd smuggled back illegally from Wisconsin. Later in high school, we'd have the same party, but my friends and I would go off on our own to the beach for the fireworks — usually after smuggling away a few beers or wine coolers.

Those were the days.

Since I moved to Missouri, I haven't always made it home for that big family celebration — but even if I'm just at a bar on the Fourth with some friends, I love to get in the holiday spirit by dressing with some American flair. 

Above are my suggestions for what to wear on Independence Day. I'm not one for wasting money on tacky garb from the dollar store that you'll never use again when instead you can sport cute red, white and blue items that are wearable again and again.

What are your plans for the Fourth? 

More importantly, what do you plan to wear?

More Fourth of July outfit ideas:

7.01.2013

Lazy Summer Weekend Uniform





























Lately my weeks and weekends have been booked up — with commitments of both the fun and not-so-fun sort — but this past weekend was wide open, and my boyfriend and I really indulged in a leisurely two days off. 

Going from brunch to the pool to a movie to drinks at a dive bar in a dinky town 40 minutes north of us (spontaneity in its simplest and best form), I found myself reaching for the same five things to see me through the days and nights. I barely put any thought into my appearance, and wouldn't you know, my boyfriend said I'd never looked better.

Maybe he's just a nice guy, maybe boys are blind, or maybe there's something to be said for a simple summer uniform that lets you have fun without the fuss.

This weekend I lived in my favorite pair of distressed (and I mean, distressed) boyfriend jeans, a few neon tanks, and my go-with-everything summer sandals from Target. I topped it off with my favorite moto jacket and stowed my essentials in a colorful crossbody bag (I just got a hot pink Coach Legacy Penny bag, and it's perfection). 

It was nothing revolutionary — just easy, breezy, and fun, as summer should be.

What's your summer weekend uniform?
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