Tuesday, March 24, 2015

oh hey i'm back.

I survived Vegas, but with not much too show for it (in terms of pictures). 
I DID walk away UP a couple hundred from the craps tables so I call that a success.
I love Vegas.  I left Vegas last time (about 3 years ago) and Vegas had kicked my ass, but I was more prepared this time (read : I had packed every kind of vitamin possible my very bradley dop kit made it look like I was smuggling who knows what).  
I think I may have it down….. good thing I'm back in 3 weeks for a wedding to see if I can handle it one more time. 

Friday we spend the day at the pool - 80 and sunny and pure heaven.
Friday night we went to Foundation Room and ended up buying a table on the patio with a view of the whole strip.  It was ah-mazing. 
moments after the picture below, we were informed me missed channing tatum and ryan reynolds by mere seconds.  DAMN! 
Saturday I actually managed to walk around a bit outside and "do things with my life."
slow clap for me.  
Mimosa in hand every step of the way of course. 
We saw Absinthe Saturday night and I CANNOT recommend it more.
I laughed my head off.  If you are easily offended, do NOT see this show.
Everyone else, the best hour ever.  Quick show and you are off to the rest of your night.

Kip and I capped every night at Smashburger and each night it did not disappoint….. especially when our last stop there was after I cashed in my $500 chip.  
I basically handed it over the lady at smash burger I was so excited to late night eat their one more time.  whoops. 
I love me some craps. 

THRILLING pictures, right?
apologies.


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

:: vegas baby ::

I'm heading off to Vegas this afternoon for a weekend getaway. 
{add me to your prayer list…. just kidding…. kinda…...} 
there is so much TV I have missed this week that it's embarrassing.
I can't wait to get started on Southern Charm - the previews alone make it seem like Catherine is back to her old ways, sleeping with everyone at the dinner table, and I'm looking forward to Witney sitting in his mothers room while she acts like a total freak day in and day out. 
  
Vanderpump Rules reunion was very blah.  I'm mad at myself for having that be one of the things I saw this week.

Ummmmm Dancing With The Stars is back and I cannot believe how good Rumer Willis danced and I really cannot believe how annoyed with myself I'm going to be if I start to cheer for Rumer Willis.  What is wrong with me!? But seriously she was so good.  Also, I am fully a 50 year old housewife with how much I LOVE THAT SHOW.  I get so giddy and laugh way too loudly at Tom Bergeron's jokes.
(Erin Andrews already showed nothing has changed and she is HORRIBLE at her job and cannot interview people to save her life in my opinion, which is clearly the same opinion everyone has because it's the right one….. I thought we were booting her for Leah Remini?! Come on ABC!)
pps. THE MODEL'S BOOBS.  I kept yelling to Kip "seriously look how big those things are! how does she even walk! this is fascinating!"

RHOBH : um. Brandi with the teenage twenty something boy in Amsterdam.  I can't even. There are no words to describe her level of trash.  SO GROSS. like….. you're on a girls trip in a foreign country and you sleep with a stranger while yolanda hosts the final dinner???  the number of sexual partners that chick has had must be MIND BOGGLING and HORRIFYING. 

KUWTK : um. bruce. his lips. his face…… the same can be said for the 17 year old daughter.  khloe's house looks amazing. the family is still the strangest group of people to ever live and I will never understand any of it.  kris jenner has a cookbook ? like….. what?  why?  just stop.  next up the family made famous from a sex tape will be selling crosses and chastity belts. 

The Blacklist : so many episodes with kip this week.  we love it.
well…. we love it and then he just yells at the TV about how unrealistic something is and then I yell at him "ITS A TV SHOW!!!  QUIT RUINING IT!!! GAHHHHH."  ah love :) 
I know what you're thinking "I thought you said you didn't get to watch shows this week?".
in my opinion I really didn't because there are about 10 episodes of things (you know its more than 10 and so do I) on my DVR calling my name. 

packing for vegas has required far too many brain cells than I care to admit.
it's  difficult to walk the fine line between stripper and classy grandma lady. 

sometimes people can judge you based on your lucite heels alone, ya know what I mean? they don't realize its just because they make your legs look miles long.
beauty queens wear them too, people! not just strippers! 
just kidding i swear I draw the line at lucite heels. but I DO think it would be awesome if they were acceptable.  our legs would look banging ladies.  we should do something about this……. 
ps. how sad is it that I feel the need to clarify that I am joking about the lucite heels? which means I worry it really isn't that far fetched for me….. ugh someone help me. 
anyways, a reader had asked me about my vegas attire, so a few of the items in my suitcase are below : 

the white jeans below are my favorite purchase for spring. they are $50, perfect amount of stretch, and comfortable fit.  I'll be pairing them with a printed tank for daytime, and also packed some of my go-to silk dresses since the temps are going to be HOT.  
I have a herve-leger-ish bandage skirt  I've had for years from BCBG and its high waist goes perfectly with the crop top (plus really sucks you in).  sold. 
my black leather leggings are going on as soon as I arrive at the hotel tomorrow night - throw on any top and its the perfect, easy outfit change. 


both of these tanks were fairly recent purchases and both are worth every penny.
you've probably seen the purple tank on here once or twice, I LOVE it so much.  
the coral scalloped tank is cropped with an open back. be still my beating heart! 
at under $50, I may have to get the white and blue version as well. 

I ordered the black dress on the left last week.  It was $100 and looked to be the perfect choice.  I was not so in love with it when it came and it got sent back.  The fabric was great, the draping looked super flattering from some angles and then made me look like I was pregnant from others.  The opening in the center you could adjust to show no midsection or slightly more, but it never looked normal like it did on the model.  I felt like I was trying to look like Kim Kardashin in it but without the right body for it at all.  So….. I say it was a miss - but it was really cute - just didn't work for me.
Instead I am packing the  beaded dress on the right - I wore it for my bachelorette party and figure there aren't many occasions other than Vegas where it is acceptable. 

planned outfit combos below. 
bandage skirt with scalloped crop top 

white jeans with printed tank. 

leather leggings with one of my other tops, or this joie leopard (the lighting in my pic is awful but almost identical here) top I scored at Nordstrom Rack.  

now, picture me in all of those outfits,
but picture a pizza stain or spilled drink somewhere on each of them, because realistically thats what'll happen.  
I'm just kidding……. I'm totally married and responsible now!!! 
 and its going to be a family affair !! 
and we all will be little angels just scooting around Vegas on our rascals. 


hopefully something in between…… 
but I really do look forward to the day I go to Vegas and just zoom past people on a rascal with beverage in hand.

follow along on instagram !!! 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

:: wishlist wednesday ::

lusts for the week……… 

bb dakota gets me every time.
they always have pieces at the perfect price point. 
this sleeved striped dress is a lust too! 



one of my other favorites, J.Crew Factory,
 always has perfect items to wear all summer long. 
and 30% off or more sales at least once a week!


and I don't even know how I came across this,
but abercrombie (yes, you read that correctly) has cute swimsuits. 
their sizing probably runs as ridiculous as it used to (fits 12 year old boys), but it is adorable! 

two other maxi dress lusts…… 



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

:: crack of the week ::

 a few weeks ago when I needed a gluten free dessert to take to a friends (where someone was gluten free obviously) and I came across this chocolate ricotta ice box cake. 
turns out it may be a perfect little treat for an easter brunch 
THE jewel was as helpful as ever with not having chocolate wafers,
so the next best thing was auntie annie's little bunny wafers. 
  
this dessert is perfect for those of you that love chocolate but want something more savory than sweet. 
another great part, it takes only 30 minutes to make and it's meant to be made ahead.  you can make it up to two days in advance.  perfect for an easter brunch! 

:: chocolate ricotta ice box cake :: 
recipe from martha stewart

INGREDIENTS

    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 14 ounces semisweet chocolate (do not use chips)
    • 2 containers (15 ounces each) part-skim ricotta cheese, room temperature
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafers (about 44 cookies)*
    • *or a box of aunt annie's bunny wafers 
    • ** springform pan 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare pan: Remove sides from a 9-inch round springform pan (see note, below). Place a sheet of waxed paper over bottom, leaving an overhang; lock sides onto bottom, firmly securing paper. Spray inside of pan with cooking spray; line sides with a strip of waxed paper 28 inches long and 4 inches wide.
  2. Make chocolate-ricotta mixture: Break 12 ounces of chocolate into pieces. Place in a heatproof medium bowl set over, not in, a pan of simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, blend ricotta until very smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl. Add warm chocolate; blend until smooth. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in chocolate-ricotta mixture.
  4. Assemble cake: Arrange half the cookies in an overlapping pattern to cover bottom of pan. Spoon half the chocolate-ricotta mixture on top of cookies; smooth top. Cover with remaining cookies; top with remaining chocolate-ricotta mixture, and smooth top. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to 2 days.
  5. Before serving, release sides of pan and remove waxed paper from sides. Using bottom piece of waxed paper, pull cake onto a platter; with a metal spatula, lift cake and remove waxed paper. Using a vegetable peeler, shave remaining 2 ounces chocolate over top of cake. With a knife dipped in hot water, cut cake into 10 slices (wipe off knife, and dip in hot water after each slice).
  1. after refrigerating it turns into a deeper, redder brown.  



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