Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
And I'm glad I did, because how cute is this black sweatshirt dress?! And--it's only $15!!! I'm in LBD love for sure!!!
But a few years ago I started reading about how hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap could actually be doing more harm than good by killing the good bacteria that lives on our skin along with the bad. I cut out using anti-bacterial hand soap in favor of Kiss My Face's Organic Grapefruit and Bergamot Liquid Soap and started looking for a natural on-the-go hand sanitation alternative. The natural hand sanitizer I like the best is made by CleanWell. It's a spray--not a gel, has a light citrusy scent, and doesn't dry my hands out at all. But the best part? I can now be as OCD as I want!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Anyhoo, when we found out about the twins a few weeks ago, we decided to start taking a picture of my belly each week to document my "progress." This is the first picture we took. Can you tell how giddy I am?!
Three months of fertility drugs, plus two rapidly growing babies means the pair of jeans I have on in this picture, plus one other pair, are the only pants that fit me. Honestly--I've completely exhausted my supply of fat pants! That said, look forward to several upcoming posts about how to build a versatile maternity wardrobe! LOL
I have the world's most temperamental sinuses, but the combination of Alkalol, a nettie pot, and regular chiropractic adjustments has almost completely pulled me out of a cycle of one sinus infection after another. If you are feeling a little sniffle-ish or dried out from the raging heat in your office (like I am), try this herbal-infused wonder! It breaks up mucus, kills bacteria and moisturizes your sinus and nasal passages gently and naturally. You can either order it directly from the family-owned company that produces it or find it at your local pharmacy.
I think I'll just call is pure genius and start scouring my local thrift stores for some ratty faux-Chanel to make a copy-cat version!
Friday, January 22, 2010
We found out we were pregnant back in December, but just learned about the twins two weeks ago. We are feeling so thrilled and blessed and overwhelmed (well...I'm overwhelmed, anyway). It's been a really long, hard road to get here (more on that at a future date), and that just makes it all the more exciting.
I'm sicker than a dog and beyond exhausted, so I hope you'll forgive me for my VERY sporadic posting and lack of e-mail-checking the last few weeks. Most days it's all I can do to get myself to work and then I come home, try to eat dinner and am asleep most nights by about 7 o'clock. It seems the first trimester is all about survival at it's most basic!
Next week I promise I will pick back up my tips for staying healthy and will tell you more about this baby business, but now I'm too nauseous from my lunch to type any more! LOL
Have a great weekend, ladies ! Many Xs and Os!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Just to go on record, the Brahler household is staunchly a member of Team Conan. I hate Hollywood anyway, and the longer this silliness goes on, the more incensed I get. I don't understand how someone as smart, funny, and downright nice as Conan can get shafted so badly. Is there no justice in that God-forsaken town?
(stepping off of soapbox)
This band has so many positive associations for me, not the least of which being all the times they were featured in Sassy. Anyone else remember the awesome pix of them at the Museum of Natural History next to...you guessed it: the dinosaurs?! Oh Sassy--you were so cheeky! The magazine world hasn't been the same without you!
Hmmmm...I think my weekend plans now include putting on my purple Doc Martens and pulling out all the issues Sassy I saved from high school.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Tip #1: Traditional Medicinals Organic Echinacea Plus Tea
Much has been written in the last decade about the health-promoting effects of echinacea. Whether you buy into the hype or not, I know that as soon as I start to feel a bit run down or sniffly, I reach for this delightful herbal tea and after a few cups I always start to feel better. I love how the light, minty/citrusy flavor immediately clears my head and soothes a scratchy throat. The fact that the echinacea is helping to boost my immune system is just an added bonus!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I've been functioning at the most rudimentary level. I'll try to regroup this weekend and be back on Monday with some good stuff for you. Many thanks to the hubby for his guest post yesterday! XO, ladies!!!
(via Booklover, Audrey Hepburn Complex, and LOOKBOOK)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Super Bowl weekend is approaching fast. And I do enjoy the game, but mostly because it is a good excuse to eat something naughty. If it weren’t for the bad food, I probably wouldn't care about the event. I am not a football fan; my sports-love is baseball.
I’m going out on the limb and assuming the majority of you readers are not counting down the days until whatever-number-it-is. (What the heck is up with the Roman numerals anyway?) So while the rest of the country is watching the big game, this is your shot at bucking the system.
Here are three suggestions for Super Bowl alternatives:
1. Organize your makeup kit. Once a year, take out your cosmetic bags, sit in front of the TV, and organize your makeup during the game. In fact, my family actually calls Super Bowl Sunday "Tackle Box Sunday," because for years our tradition has been that my dad and I organize our tackle boxes and my mom and sister do the same with their makeup. Of course, it's essential that you take a break when the commercials come on so you don’t miss out on the water cooler talk . Make it an annual tradition…it’s a new year, time to get rid of the old and make some room for the new (except you, Rebekah. You have enough makeup. You don’t need to wear it anyway).
2. Buy stuff on eBay. At least 90 million people will be watching the game. Less bidders means better deals.
3. Go out to dinner. Every area has a few restaurants that usually require reservations many days in advance. This is the one time where you can get in (provided they do not have a TV).
What ever you do, have fun...and drink a beer and eat some nachos for me, okay?
Monday, January 11, 2010
2. I'm in a total cooking funk right now. Nothing sounds good, and moreover, I'm bored with all my recipes anyway. Does this ever happen to you? What inspires you in the kitchen?
(via Like Neely O'Hara)
Friday, January 8, 2010
Have wonderful weekend, ladies!!! The windchill is supposed to be under zero here tomorrow, so I guess I'll hunker down and finally pack away my Christmas decorations...I'm feeling like a total loser because they are still up. xo
Thursday, January 7, 2010
(via Lulu Letty, LOOKBOOK, and StyleClicker)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
That said, a friend recommended the new chocolate flavor of the Odwalla Super Protein drinks to me the other day, and I decided to give one a try. It rocked!!! Seriously, it's like a chocolate milkshake that's healthy! What's not to like about that?!
I would guess this room is probably from the late '60s--and how awesome is it?! And more importantly--how come no one decorates like this any more? It's so fun and matchy-matchy and wacky!!! I mean, Jonathan Adler espouses wacky, but not like this!
Those chairs look totally uncomfortable, but that's really beside the point because who doesn't want to sit in a polka-dotted chair and play Chinese checkers?!?!
(via Sweet Home Style)
And p.s. S&D is also having a big 50% off sale--check it out!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Honorable mention: anything by Gaga; Empire State of Mind, by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys
Honorable mention: Star Trek - Now you all know what a sci-fi nerd I am!!!
Honorable mention: It's Not You, It's Me, Lily Allen; The Blueprint 3, Jay Z; The Resistance, Muse
Accessory: the hair bow
Honorable mention: the hair bow - That's how much I love it!
Honorable mention: Golden Girls - Another non-2009 debut, but as I mentioned in a few posts last fall, we spent a lot of time since September escaping to Miami Beach circa 1987, so I couldn't leave it out!; V
Honorable mention: celeriac - Terrifying to look at, but totally worth getting past the fear.
Honorable mention: The Historian - The Dracula saga revisited and beautifully written--what's not to love?
What were your favorite things of 2009?
That said, JetBlue is have its big winter sale right now--$109 flights to Bermuda!!!--so maybe I'll be baring some skin sooner than I think! Check it out!
(via Like Neely O'Hara)
Monday, January 4, 2010
...like lots of crisp, dark denim...
...and more stripes...
...and pencil skirts.
Sadly...here I am in uninspired cords, a giant wool turtleneck, and a gray blazer. How many days until spring?!?!
(via W by Worth and Anthropologie)
(via Sweet Home Style)