I’ve been hunting for a fun summer handbag for a while now, and when I spotted this one at Express (of all places) a few weeks ago, my heart skipped a beat. I absolutely love it. I know that by the end of the summer, it will probably be dirty and stained and falling apart, so until death do we part, I vow to enjoy every second spent with it!
I like this bag because even though it’s small, it fits quite a lot! Here’s a look at some of my staples:
1. ESCUCHE HEADPHONES
Riding on the T to and from work, I sometimes agree with Studs Terkel; other days, I just want to quietly listen to some tunes (lately, these guys or this blast from the past, or even perhaps this tune) and chillax a bit. These headphones which I got at Urban Outfitters last winter are the bomb dot com. They totally block out all the crazy talk going on around me so that I can just zone out. They also work with my iPhone so that I can answer calls and speak through them. BONUS!
I really need a small bag to carry this type of stuff around in … usually when I attempt something like that though, everything just ends up at the bottom of my purse anyway. Such is life. I usually try to always keep the essentials (dental floss, baby powder, Tide pen, Burt’s, and a sample size of Advil) rattling around down there somewhere. Also, lipstick. This one is BRIGHT PINK.
3. CHARLIE CARD
Charlie just had another fare increase. It’s now $70 for a monthly pass. Hmph. I can’t complain too much, because I totally get my money’s worth, but it’s fueled my passion to start riding a bike. Now I just need to buy said bike…
4. WORK MUST-HAVES
Quarters for parking. Pens for taking notes. Stamps for bills. Hair ties to use when I’m transitioning from working-office-girl to landscaping-city-gardens-girl to what-is-wrong-with-this-air-conditioner-girl! I can never have enough of any of this stuff. Also? My new iPad. I bought it for personal use, but have been using it for work as well to keep photos, floor plans, documents, etc. on it for easy access. It’s a dream. I’m just discovering all the new applications for it, but so far I’m very pleased with that purchase.
Usually I’m running to the market right after work, and I love these bags. I usually keep 1 or 2 in my purse so that I don’t need paper or plastic bags. Envirosax fit a lot more and I can throw ‘em over my shoulder and keep my hands free.
6. SWEET SHADES
I wear my sunglasses
at night all year round. Everyone always tells me that they’ll never buy expensive sunglasses because they always lose theirs or they break. I must say, I’ve had this pair the longest out of any other pair of sunglasses. When you know you’ve paid a lot of money for something, you treat it that much better. Such is the case I guess with my shades. Also, that pink thing under them is a really cool coffee sleeve that my friend Natalie’s mom made. I use it all the time. Oh, and next to it is my Nars Illuminator in Copacabana. I love that stuff – I usually mix it with body lotion for some shimmer.
That’s all, folks!
Am I the only one who wishes the 4th of July would always fall on a weekend? This was a strange year for America’s independence celebration – it feel smack dab in the middle of the week, leaving me with just one day to enjoy out of work. But one is better than none, right?!
The weather held for the most part, but not enough for me to get to the beach for a few hours. Instead, I drove up to the house of my good friends, Natalie and Bob. It was the perfect afternoon of relaxing, grilling, playing lawn games with Moseby the pup, and gobbling up delicious sweet lobsters and washing them down with some tasty beers.
For the past few years, the 4th of July has meant a much more uproarious occasion to me – lots of people, lots of sun, lots of booze, lots of food, and very little sleep. I certainly look back on those memories with fondness, but I think this year’s festivities were more suited to my lifestyle lately. It got me thinking about what is absolutely necessary for a good 4th celebration, and I think this year I realized that the only absolutes are good friends and family. Other than that, here’s what I think are added pluses:
+ Food in some capacity. It tastes better if it’s a) made outside, and b) prepared as a team!
+ Something to toast the occasion with. It could be a berry spritzer, a beer, or a gin & tonic. So long as it’s cold and refreshing, you’re good to go!
+ Good weather … or a roof to seek shelter under. The weather this year was a bit temperamental. It was partly sunny most of the day, but the late afternoon and evening threatened rain, and at some point we got a few sprinkles. No worries there though; we just dragged our chairs under the garage and ate our lobsters and grilled corn on the cob at the picnic table under there!
+ Fireworks. Whether it be sparklers in the back yard or a grand exhibition on the commons of your town or city, everyone enjoys a good pyrotechnics display!
Next year the 4th will fall on a Thursday. Another mid-week celebration. Perhaps I’ll choose to host some friends and family here in Boston. I’m definitely looking to start a tradition of a morning run on Storrow Drive, which closes down that morning for the Esplanade celebration. It was pretty cool to take a slow run on the three lane road that is normally jammed with speeding cars. There are very few days in the year that one has that opportunity!
This past weekend I made the trek from Boston to upstate to see two women who are near and dear to my heart; two of my roommates from WSC, Megan and Marianne. It was a Suite 16 reunion!
I managed to sneak out of the office a bit early on Friday, armed with my Ray Bans and an updated playlist! I90 west plus a setting sun is beautiful, but killer combined with the 13904734 bugs that hit my windshield over the course of the trip.
6 hours and one pit stop later, I arrived at Megan’s house. It’d been about 2 years since the three of us were in one place at the same time, so there was lots to catch up on! And new people to meet!
That’s Brooke. She just celebrated her first birthday! Brooke is Megan’s very adorable daughter, who can sign ‘more’ and ‘book’ and ‘hat’ like a champ! She may have stole the show this weekend, but I’ll allow it; the kid’s a cutie!
The weekend consisted of all of the things we loved from college: gossip, junk food, wine, lounging in the sun, crappy movies, and sleeping in. PERFECT!
Other cool things this weekend? I got the cutest new dress and bathing suit. We went to the greatest supermarket on earth. It was 90 DEGREES! We grilled hot dogs and ate cheese curds and Megan’s mom’s famous brownies. Marianne and I enjoyed a ride in her Mustang with the top down.
It was a long and sad-ish ride back to Boston on Sunday. I miss my college friends. We’re scattered so far from each other, it’s hard to make time to travel the great distances to get together. I’m glad I made this trip. Facebook and e-mail and Twitter make it so easy to think you’re caught up with what’s going on in everyone’s lives, and I hate how social media has made us (or me, at least) somewhat complacent in maintaining far-away friendships. Because there really is nothing better than sitting around the dining room table late into the night talking with your girlfriends about all of the things that DON’T make it to a status update. Or commiserating about the good ‘ole days of college. And it is truly amazing thinking and talking about how far we’ve all come since college. It’s fuel for the soul, right there. I need to do this more often…
This week is my last of the Couch to 5K program. Yesterday I nailed out 3.5 miles (mostly running, walking for some of it). I felt great the first half, had to walk a few blocks on my loop back, but then finished with a hill run and a cool down at the end. Overall, I was pleased, but I’m finding it hard to get past 2.5 miles without my head playing games and eventually taking over my body. There are two things I want to work on to try to get over it: one is some interval training. Two is hills. Not looking forward to either, but if it will help my overall performance, I guess I have to suck it up.
I checked 5k’s in the next month or so, and got scared and didn’t pick one. Perhaps I need a running buddy to make me accountable?