Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lucy's first snow


Our dog is a California dog... in the same sense that I am a California girl
She was born and raised with sunshine and occasional rain
But never anything as cold as what happened Thursday morning.
I went to sleep with everything brown and dead looking
And woke up to a winter fall wonderland
Devin was working mids so he came home right when I woke up
we grabbed the camera and took our little Lu outside for her very first snow.
 
You could see it in her face, "What the heck is this cold white stuff!?"
She didn't even want to step in it until Devin did.
And then... she was in love.
Frolicking away and being crazy
Although I will say that she doesn't like it when snow gets on her ball
Snow on the ball is off limits.
I just wanted to stay and play with her all day
I am also happy to report that I survived 2 days of driving to work in the snow
Sadly the snow is going away and revealing all the dead, brown stuff again
But I know it will be back... and I will probably get sick of it really quickly.
 


Monday, October 29, 2012

It's OK...

(Shoes: Enzo Angiolini. Pants, Sweater, Scarf, Jacket: J Crew)
 
It's OK...
-That I have almost gone through the entire (Trader Joe's) care package my mom sent to me from home... I got it on Friday.
-That all I wanted to do is stay home and curl up with a blanket this weekend.
-I still haven't finished my Halloween costume
-The candle Devin bought for us from Bath and Body reminds of me churro's from Disneyland
-That I have been falling asleep before 8:30 this entire past week
-How I never realized the movie Twilight is completely blue
-Speaking of Twilight, now whenever we see something that's Hunger Games or Twilight Devin says, "Is that Cotfish Joe or Keeeevin?" (reference: bad lip readings from youtube)
-That I bought a new shampoo/conditioner set last week and I already hate it
-To watch Finding Nemo and any other Disney movie you own to prep for Disneyland in... 9 days.
-That I think that jet fuel smells like adventure
-That my husband does most of the laundry

 
Happy Monday my friends! Let's make it to Halloween!
 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Ghosts of Halloween Past...

I never thought I would marry a man who likes to dress up for Halloween.
Most of the guys I knew thought it was lame and that it was just for kids.
Imagine my surprise when we spent our first Halloween together and Devin wanted to dress up!
We ended up running to Walmart ON Halloween to find these very very last minute costumes.
 
(2008)
 
We vowed that the next year we would be more prepared. So we bought our costumes in September since we were moving in to our new home the weekend of Halloween. I remember putting away dishes in the cupboards in between trick-or-treaters.
 
(2009)
 
The next year was harder to choose. I wanted to be a princess and Devin wanted to do something scary. So we comprimised and did something that was cute and scary. It's probably one of my favorites that we did because we both got to wear our costume's twice! Plus my makeup was super fun to do.
 
(2010)
 
Then last year. Oh last year was the biggest. We went "all out" as far as costume's go. We made Devin's. Mine? No way. We bought mine. But the makeup, the green contacts, the giant bowtie. We vowed never to do it all again.
 
(2011)
 
So this year we are going a bit more low key for Halloween. Yes we are still dressing up. We do have a bit of sewing to do... But I don't think any costume will top 2011. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The Truth about me and J Crew
By, Whitney Zufelt
(My very first week of college in the dorms. Note: The Abercombie shirt. January 2007)
 
I am an obsessed woman. O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. with J Crew. I honestly can't help myself. Back when I was in High School I used to dream of owning something from J Crew. My closet was mostly American Eagle... and a few choice pieces from Abercrombie and Fitch (Hollister didn't come around until I was in college). Want to know where I used to mostly shop? Pac Sun. I worked there for a year during High School and why not? I got a discount! Oh, and I also wore colorful Dickies and Hurley pants (anyone else remember those?) And those mary jane doc martins-those were super cool. Needless to say my wardrobe was teeny-bopper to the fullest. And then it was time for me to go to college and my mom decided I needed a more sophisticated look. Did we go to J Crew? No. There was not a J Crew for miles and miles. So mom took me to Express. For 3 years she took me there buying me wardrobe "staples" but I always went back to my Pac Sun/Abercrombie staples. I wanted to be stylish! I really tried to look cute on Sundays... but those were the only days I felt like getting out of my old tshirt and jeans uniform. Then I met Devin. And he created a monster. He took me to my very first J Crew right after we were married. I remember walking in and hitting that warm store and my eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store. Oh the cardigans! The pencil skirts! Oh the color and the beauty! And I was a goner. Ever since that December day almost 4 years ago J Crew has been my go to store. Most of my closet now is in fact J Crew. Husband says I need a new store because I have most everything that they sell there. I disagree. Why mess with what works? I will always love J Crew for it's preppy goodness.
So thank you J Crew. For making cute stuff so I can fill my closet.
And that's the truth about me and J Crew
 
(One of my very first J Crew purchases was this jacket. February 2009)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Things I can't quite seem to master...

#1. Not getting my nail polish everywhere (literally). No matter what I do I somehow get it all over my hands.
#2. A head stand. there is just something that freaks me out about it... like my neck is going to snap in 2 or something.
#3. Using an electric can opener. I guess I am just old fashioned but electric can openers hate me.
#4. For the life of me I cannot make homemade mac n cheese... not for a lack of trying.
#5. Parallel parking. I go out of my way to avoid parallel parking. I have horrible depth perception.
#6. Not missing a spot while shaving... and its usually on my knee. Why oh why knee can't you get cleanly shaven? Its a mystery to me... not matter how many times I atempt it I have a few spots that refuse to be hairless.
#7. How to do the "cat eye" eye liner. It might just be that my eyes are too round but the more I try it the worse it looks
#8. A true blue whistle. Sure I can make sound while putting my lips together and blowing... but a for real whistle? It's just not in my genetics to do.
#9. Mowing the lawn in the correct "pattern"... It's kind of the same principle as my one spot on my knee that refuses to be hairless... although my lawn mowing skills have no particular order or pattern.
#10. Relaxing. I am the worst person at relaxing. Seriously I need assistance to relax. And I really believe there is a difference between "resting" and "relaxing"... but that's just me. Luckily yoga is helping me to empty my mind and be in the moment.
 
Happy Wednesday friends. I can see the weekend from here!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The truth about me and green beans.
By, Whitney Zufelt
 
You see them on most every dinner table come the Holidays. You know... the green bean casserole that mom/grandma/Aunt Judy made. Perhaps its toped with the magical fairy dust of culinary arts (aka bacon). Or maybe there is something crunchy and delicious on top like french fried onions. I'm sorry my friends, but I just can't stand green beans. Honest and truly I think they taste like warm grassy feet (not that I have ever tasted anything of the sort. It's just what I would imagine warm grassy feet to taste like). I just can't bring myself to like them no matter what anyone does to them. Even fresh ones can't break the spell. I suppose this hatred dates back to somewhere in the 1990s when my mom would make green beans and would make me sit at the dinner table until all my green beans were gone (sorry for telling on you mom). I literally sat there for hours until she told me that I only had to eat as many green beans as I was years old (the older I got the harder this was). I ended up taking them as a "pill". Yep, I pinched my nose and basically swollowed them whole with my milk. I guess my mom thought that my tastes would change as I got older (I no longer wear high heeled tennis shoes thank goodness) but my feelings about green beans have remained the same. I do not like them and there isn't anything anyone can do to change my mind. Because if bacon can't fix it, nothing is going to fix it.
And that's the truth about me and green beans. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Things Cinderella taught me

The last time I watched Cinderella was on VHS while snuggling my rainbow blanky inside a blanket fort my mom made me while I was sick... when I was... um... 9 maybe?
So when I heard that it was coming out of the "Disney Vault" I knew I had to have it
So husband made a special trip for me to the store and let me watch it that very night
And I realized that I learned a fair few things from Cinderella

#1. My love of dogs
Bruno is the hero and Lucifer is pure evil (not that I think all cats are evil. I had a really cute cat named Kitty only I was allergic to her)
#2. Black flats are a working staple
Other than her yellow clogs she wears outside to feed the chickens, Cindy is rocking the simple black ballet flat.
#3. Gus-Gus or Jack should always be the name of any mouse you meet
Let's be honest... who doesn't love Gus-Gus?
#4. If at first pink doesn't work out, try blue
(I also learned this from sleeping beauty)
#5. If you can't buy what you want... make it instead
Cinderella's cute little mice are the original up-cycler's
#6. Singing while you do your chores always makes a difference
How beautiful is sing sweet nightingale? I mean really.
#7. My mom was always my fairy godmother
Who always helped me get ready for dances? And most importantly, my wedding.. My mommy. And sorry fairy godmother but my mom is cuter.
#8. One pair of shoes can change your life forever
Before I ever got married I bought a little plaque that says, "One pair of shoes changed my life - Cinderella." and now my wedding shoes reside by it on display in our guest room.
 
So thank you Cinderella... and thank you Disney.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The truth about me and pencil skirts.
By, Whitney Zufelt
 
There once was a time where I despised the pencil skirt. To me, it was sononomos with "old lady". My grandmother wore pencil skirts. My mother wore pencil skirts. And I don't think I ever saw any of my sister's wear pencil skirts. (Granted I never wore sandals or flip flops until my senior year in high school, which tells you a ton about my fashion sense.) Then it happened. My mother took me shopping before my first semester away at college. We went to one of my favorite (back then) stores... Oh Express how I spent so much hard earned (smoothie makin') money there. My mom was absolutely convinced that I could not go away to college without a pencil skirt (or black roundtoe pumps... or a shirtwaste dress but I digress.) So, rather reluctantly I let my mom bring this hideous tweed pencil skirt into the dressing room with us. I placed in the back of my pile and persisted to try on my many other pleasing items. And then we got to it. The tweed old lady pencil skirt.
I tried it on... and something magical happened.
 
I no longer looked like a teenybopper... I looked like a woman
Classic, elegant... and dare I say it... timeless.
And it is a love afair that has lasted ever since.
So here's to you tweed pencil skirt
Thank you for still being in my closet
And for changing my mind for forever
 
And that's the truth about me and pencil skirts.
 
P.S. Yes I am apparently obsessing with leaving my right hand on my hip

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Awkward and Awesome!

(Shoes: Macys (old). Cords and headband: J Crew. Top: The Limited. Sunglasses: Rayban)

Awkward:
-Apparently you aren't supposed to wear boat shoes on really short carpet... I slid into way too many things at work wearing them (including a patient... awesome).
-I am the worst person at remembering names of people... especially when it comes to music. The other day husband said, "Hey, want to go see Bob Dylan?" And I said, "Who the heck is that?"... fail.
-Our dog has now claimed the guest room (ahem... bed) as her own and takes up the entire thing so no one else can get on. Looks like we now need to move and get a 3 bedroom house so people can visit us without having to sleep with our spoiled dog.
-Trying to eat spaghetti quietly in the break room while everyone is reading something.
- I am in desperate need of a haircut but I am having anxiety over someone I don't know cutting my hair... What if they give me a mullet!?
-Oh the lengths I went to get these 2 gap sweaters I wanted. 5 different phone calls and 2 trips to the mall later and they are mine.
-This entire week. Honestly I have no other words. It has just been one weird awkward mess.

Awesome:
-CINDERELLA came out again!
-We are going to a pumpkin patch tomorrow!
-It's supposed to snow on a day I don't have to work.
-Pumpkin spice hot chocolates
-We are going to play kickball tonight... I haven't done that since I was in 3rd grade.
-Husband has SATURDAY OFF!!!
-TOMORROW is FRIDAY!!!
(This is how excited I am about having a day off with husband!)
 
Happy Thursday my friends!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's the truth Tuesday

The TRUTH about me and Disneyland.
By: Whitney Zufelt
 
The thing about me and Disneyland, is that it represents happiness to me. Happy memories with my family, happy memories with my husband...
The first time I ever went to Disneyland was when I was 2
I told my mom that I wanted to go to Disneyland after finishing potty training
So we went and I peed my pants on The Haunted Mansion... classic
(my mom likes to remind me of this every time I go)
But I remember bits and pieces of that trip
I remember the mickey sweatsuit my mom had to buy me
I remember driving on autopia...
 
And then we didn't go back for a little while
You see when I was younger, a few bad things happened to me and my family
And they kept being brought back to remembrance until I was about 9 (having to do with my biological father... who is probably reading this post the same as you all are)
Then finally when I was 9 his parental rights got terminated
And my mom and my sister took me to Disneyland to celebrate
 My mom and I have gone back pretty much every year since...
Disneyland is full of magic if you have the attitude to see it
I mean come on... Devin and I got to be (kind of) on Modern Family there!
So judge me if you must about my Disneyland obsession (although I never plan on owning a Disney jean jacket... and I don't wear anything Disney outside of the park EVER) but Disneyland is a happy place, a place to celebrate, a place to forget the bad things that have happened in my life, and place that lets me become like a little child...
 
And that's the truth about me and Disneyland

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Coming...

I can feel it in the air... The nip... the smell... the leaves changing...
FALL is officially here
My bliss in planning all things fall (apple picking, going to the pumpkin patch, salted caramel hot chocolates...) has been thwarted. Yes Thwarted by the ever looming presence that right around the corner is WINTER... and SNOW.
You see, this past Thursday husband took me to see a skiing movie called "The Dream Factory"
And that's when it hit me... I am going to need a winter wardrobe.
This might not put some people into a panic... but me being me, I freaked slightly.
You see, I was born in Las Vegas and grew up in California... where its basically 70 degrees year round... So here are some things I am going to be on the lookout for this coming winter...
 
#1. More colored denim
Factory skinny jean in garment dye
 
#2. Fun tights!
 
#3. Fabulous scarves
 
#4. Cute mittens!
 
 
#5. Gorgeous riding boots (that fit my big calves)
 
#6. Sweaters!
 
 
#7. A fabulous statement coat... that doesn't make me look like a snow beast!
 
Double-cloth lady day coat with Thinsulate®
 
 
For those of you who are more knowledgeable in this area... please feel free to let me know what is absolutely essential... I'm still a little worried...
Happy Monday!
P.S. Happy OCTOBER! It's time to bust out the pumpkins!
We will be celebrating by having pumpkin hot chocoalte ;-)