L + T Foreva

This past weekend, my good friend L married my other good friend’s brother (and a friend), T.

Married!!

The weather was perfect, the bride was gorgeous, and the groom cried. We had a slight hiccup with some dress zippers breaking, but thanks to my handy emergency kit and the MOTB’s excellent sewing skills, we made it to the church on time.

Airry and I trolleyin’ it up with Gushers, Cheez-its, and Bud Light. This was taken with a disposable camera. Did you know they still made those?

The whole thing was a whole lotta fun, but more than that, it was such a beautiful celebration of two great people, two awesome families, and mixing’ it all together! Even if you didn’t know L&T well, it would have been pretty obvious that they were greatly loved and in love.  I hope to someday be on the receiving end of something so great. Here’s to the happy couple!

Pinterest Inspiration

Pinterest Inspriation:

OPI’s Skull & Crossbones (apprx $8)

Cheaper Alternative:

N.Y.C’s Sidewalks (apprx $2)

I actually wasn’t trying to cheap out, but the OPI selection at Target is very limited (I mean, really Target? You have 3 shelves of Essie colors!). So this was a cheaper option anyway. It’s not quite as light though, so I think I may still be on the lookout for the inspiration color. I’m digging the gray nails though (they’re a little off color in the picture – thanks, iPhone!). Perfect for Fall!

Let’s Go Cards!

Last Wednesday, I had the awesome privilege of scoring tickets to the NLDS game 4 Cards vs. Phillies. The BF ended up having to work, so I brought my old friend, Bobby. We ended up having seats the row behind another friend.

Section 371

And, late breaking news, they won! and proceeded to win on Friday night 1-0. Amazeballs. Rally Squirrel made an appearance in our section and made his way around the 300 section. It was like watching the wave in one single row. Not sure why everyone was freaked out about a squirrel running past…

Last night was another amazing win in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Brewers. This may make me a bad Cardinals fan, but I never, ever saw us getting this far. I could not be happier we are, but still. I think the Cardinals really, really thrive on being the underdogs and proving people wrong. Pretty excited for tomorrow night’s game back in the Lou.  Hoping we can knock this out in 5 Friday night, and we won’t need any more “Happy Flights.”

It’s far away, but the jumbotron says “Happy Flight”

Bottle Bronze

Happy October! October is my favorite month of the entire year! Making it even more special is that my very good friend, LEH, is getting married next Saturday. I’m so honored to be a part of their wedding (guess which bridesmaid I am on her bridesmaids post!). I also think our bridesmaids dresses are super cute:

They do, however, show a lot of leg and arm. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem, except I am paler than pale. I’ve always been pale – save for a semester in college I spent tanning. My nickname in jr. high was Albino. I’ve learned to live with this – somewhat. However, I recently tried on the dress (to make sure it fit) and noticed it made my legs look grayish. Not pleasant. Time to hit the (self-tan) bottle.

I began using self-tanner in 7th grade, with mixed results. After one poor attempt, classmates started calling me Toasted Marshmallow. Clever. I’ve always used drug store brands (Loreal, Jergens, etc), but I’d heard good things about St. Tropez.

I purchased St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse from Sephora. It was $30 for this 4oz bottle. Definitely a splurge, but I’d heard good things and needed great results.

Before:

Process:

It’s definitely a mousse and is tinted so you can see where you’re putting it. The smell is so much better than most – more like aloe vera rather than chemicals. It dries incredibly fast. I can feel it on my skin, but it doesn’t feel sticky. In the product reviews, some people noted it rubbing off on their clothes, so I’m wearing shorts to be safe. So far I’ve just done my legs, in case it’s awful. I could always wear nylons at the wedding but can’t really do anything about stripy arms! I would recommend using mitts when applying, which I have never bothered with. I used bare hands and really had to scrub to get all the product off. I even used a body scrub to make sure I got it all!

And after:

[Ok, so here was where I was going to wow you with my golden legs]

The color was very subtle and when I took a shower Sunday morning, it almost all washed off! I had read that some of it would in reviews, but I thought I’d still have some color! [Note: I double checked this was a tanner and not a temporary bronzer]. Balls! I started this post on Saturday and have been so mad about it, I couldn’t finish this post until now. Hoping to try again tonight and possibly use less lotion beforehand.

Tomorrow night we’re going to Game 4 of the Cardinals/Phillies NLDS series! That should sufficiently distract me from my paleness 😉

Being Positive

I’ve never been what you would call an optimist. But, I’m working on it. This quote (found on pintrest) was particularly inspiring today. In this spirit, these were the things that were good today:

  • My dad making it through his surgery well and feeling better
  • Free gelato at work this afternoon
  • Lunch with my manager at J Bucks
  • My new peacock feather print top (it’s cuter than it sounds)
Hope everyone else can find something good in their day! Goodnight!

Fall is my Favorite

Today is the first day of Fall and I for one could not be more excited! This is my absolute favorite season. Winter obviously blows, spring is bleh, and summer forces me to expose my super pastiness and St. Louis humidity is nothing to laugh at. But Fall is something special. Case in point:

  • Gorgeous foliage & decent weather
  • Delicious flavors – pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel
  • Cozy fabrics – wool, flannel, denim
  • Cute fashion – boots, sweaters, plaid
  • Great holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving
  • Fun seasonal activities – pumpkin/apple picking, bonfires, trick-or-treating

This summer kind of sucked – extreme heat, working a lot, having my shit stolen – so I’m welcoming Fall with open arms! Lots of fun up ahead – my friends are getting married in 15 days, football tailgating, Halloween parties and more!

 

Happy Friday!

Introducing our cat, Beaker!

He was born April 30, 2011, so he’s now 4.5 months old. He’s all black, but has a faint black-on-black striping. He loves laying in the windows, cuddling, and playing with jingle balls. ❤ Happy weekend!