Sunday, October 15, 2017

My Happy Dress

It was Andy's birthday a few days ago, and he took the day off. Unfortunately, we both ended up not feeling well all day. Since we both felt a bit better in the afternoon, we kept our reservations at La Fondue in Saratoga.

Since I didn't feel all that great, I wanted to wear something that made me feel better. One of the items in my closet that always makes me feel good is my Desigual dress that I bought in Germany several years ago.

Question: What do you wear when you don't feel well?

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Be well,

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Casual Outfit at Avaya Stadium

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Yesterday, Andy was a judge at the Taco Takeover Festival at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. It was a beautiful day, and I decided to keep my outfit casual by wearing my favorite white jeans and my brand-new LuLaRoe Lynnae Top.

I bought the top the night before when an old co-worker of mine stopped by to chat for hours - which was wonderful - and share some of the LuLaRoe clothes she sells. The top is super soft, and I always have a weakness when it comes to stripes. I know the top will be a favorite of mine.

I've never liked cotton candy and didn't have any, but I thought it made a cute prop (and Andy really liked it).

 Outfit Details: White jeans, Striped Top (this is a fun option), Silver Lace-up Flats (similar), Desigual bag (I love this Desigual backbag).

Questions: What did you do on the weekend? Do you like stripes? What's your favorite striped clothing item? 

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Be well,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sentence a Day: September 2017

I first joined Sarah and Leslie in writing one sentence a day in January, and this is my eighth sentence-a-day post. You can read my January sentences here, my February sentences here, my March sentences here, my April sentences here, my May sentences here, my June sentences here, my July sentences here, and my August sentences here.

September 1, 2017
The heat wave is going strong (105+ F); to avoid having to cook, we took my in-laws out for dinner.

September 2, 2017
It's still super hot (107+ F); we went for a 5-mile walk at 8:30 a.m., and it was already 90 degrees and we were miserable.

September 3, 2017
We invited some friends for a blind cider tasting, but since I have been having a lot of gallbladder issues, I stuck to tasting kombuchas.

September 4, 2017
I started the day with a challenging barre class, but since the kid is fighting a cold, and we took it easy for the rest of the day.

September 5, 2017
The kid felt a bit better and was able to go to school; I also finally got around to installing our new printer (our old one broke sometime in June...).

September 6, 2017
The kid had a play date with a friend from his old school, and I enjoyed catching up with his mom.

September 7, 2017 
I bought lots of produce and other foods in preparation for the cleanse and made a big pot of cleanse-friendly Thai Coconut Soup, one of our favorite cleanse foods.

September 8, 2017
I had several appointments in San Francisco today and got a bit dressed up in my Karina dress.

September 9, 2017
Today was a busy day as Andy and the kid had Saturday school in the morning, and the kid went to a birthday party in the afternoon.

September 10, 2017
We discovered another leak in the ceiling - will it ever end???

September 11, 2017
We will never forget.

September 12, 2017
Lots more very costly home repairs.

September 13, 2017
I got some work done in the morning and then I made a couple more trips to Home Depot and Osh and prepped a couple walls to be painted.

September 14, 2017
I'm certainly not the world's greatest painter.

September 15, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, and we did more home repair/improvement work.

September 16, 2017
I started the day with a barre class again and then met up with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time; the rest of the day was spent prepping for the new quarter.

September 17, 2017 
I started the day with a barre class again (I'm participating in a 20 barre classes in 30 days challenge but got a late start because of all the home repairs and life "stuff") and we were invited to a very yummy brunch at our friends' house in the late morning.

September 18, 2017
I took the car in for two recalls only to be told that they only had the parts for one of the recalls; there were also more trips to Home Depot.

September 19, 2017
The hardwood floor installer was supposed to be here bright and early; instead he showed up in the afternoon and got barely started.

September 20, 2017
The hardwood floor installer flaked completely today; he says he'll come tomorrow. This is getting really old...

September 21, 2017
Finally! The floor is installed!

September 22, 2017
I took the eighth barre class in a row and am really, really sore; I also got a pedicure, which was lovely.

September 23, 2017
It was a busy day of cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry and buying some rugs.

September 24, 2017
I started the day with another barre class and was sore like never before; the rest of the day was spent on getting ready for the fall quarter, which starts tomorrow.

September 25, 2017
The first day of the quarter went well, and I even got to sneak in a lunch time barre class.

September 26, 2017
I started the day with another barre class, went for a long walk and then worked from home.

September 27, 2017
Today was an emotionally exhausting day; thankful for the lunchtime barre class.

September 28, 2017
Took another barre class, went for a long walk, worked from home and took a nap as I didn't sleep much the night before.

September 29, 2017
The first week of the quarter went pretty well, which is always a relief.

September 30, 2017
We attended the Oktoberfest in Mountain View today.

Question: What were your highlights in September? Are you going to join us this month and write one sentence a day?

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Be well,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Oktoberfest Outfit

Yesterday, we attended the Oktoberfest in Mountain View (local readers: it's also going on today, October 1!), a quite festive and elaborate production. The spirit of the crowd was definitely fun.

I wore the only traditional German blouse I own but paired it with jeans to give it a more modern and "me" feel. 

By the way, I only drank water but had to borrow the beer for the pictures... 

I even translated for a bit for Heinz, the MC, which was fun. 

I can't believe how tall the kid has gotten...

After a stressful month on multiple fronts, it was good to get out and have some fun. 

Questions: Have you ever attended an Oktoberfest celebration? 

Be well,

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017

It's time for our fall bucket list posts. Thanks again to Leslie from Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After for keeping us all organized!

But before I jump into my fall bucket list, I'll give you one final update on my Summer Bucket List.

1. Make at least five day trips to the beach. - We didn't make it to the beach five times, but we went one more time in September and we also spent a week at the beach in July. So I think this is actually a success!
2. Read three fun books.- Yes! I read three fun books in July and then another three fun mystery books the end of August/beginning of September.
3. Go to the farmers' market at least once a week. -Nope. Nope. Nope.
4. Go on one hike per week. - We did very well with this one!
5. Take two barre and/or yoga classes per week. - Yes, after a very slow start, I got my groove back.
6. Sleep in at least once per week. - Even though I was off from my teaching job in July and August, life was very hectic and stressful. Unfortunately, that affected my sleep.
7. Barbecue at least once per week. -We did okay at the beginning of summer but then not so much.
8. Spend time in the patio every day. - I spent some time every day watering and pruning but didn't utilize our outdoor sofa as much as I would have liked.
9. Swim at least four times per week. - Nope. In fact, I think we swam less than last year!!!
10. Make good use of our Great America and Monterey Bay Aquarium season passes. - Yes, we made good use of both passes. 

I really liked having the list to keep me accountable and to remind me of the things I wanted to do. 

And now on to my 2017 Fall Bucket list. I know fall will be hectic, and I'm keeping this list pretty simple.

  1. Continue to take at least 2 barre/yoga classes per week.
  2. Visit a pumpkin patch (that the kid deems not too childish.)
  3. Visit an Oktoberfest celebration.
  4. Get one Pumpkin Spice Latte.
  5. Read at least three fun books. 
  6. Put up the fall decorations and add a few more. 
  7. Make pumpkin spiced oatmeal.
  8. Organize one section of my closet every week. 
  9.  Light a candle when I work from home.
  10. Visit the Farmer's Market once a week.

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Question: What's on your fall bucket list?

Be well,

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My History with the Color Blue

The color blue and I have quite the history. When I was young, it was the color I wore the most - in fact, most pieces in my closet were blue. But then, sometime in my twenties, a friend of mine kept telling me not to be so boring and to wear other colors. After hearing the message that blue was boring over and over again, I started to veer away from blue and actually didn't wear it for many years. After all, who wants to be boring?

It was interesting when Sabina from OceanblueStyle at Manderley reached out after seeing a photo of me wearing blue on Instagram and asked if I wanted to collaborate with her on a post about the color blue. Little did she know what a history blue and I have...

It was also interesting to look through my closet and blog photos of the past few years to see how much blue I actually own and wear. I have definitely come a long way from the days of no blue. But blue is still a color I am a bit timid around, which I really shouldn't be because looking at the photos, I like myself in blue, and I like blue!

Most of my blue outfits are quite casual, but I did recently buy a blue and white blazer, which I like a lot.

I bought these palazzo pants last year before our Germany trip and got lots of compliments on them.

I've always liked light blue, and I also quite frequently wear the necklace with the different blue stones.
Cobalt blue is one of my favorite shades of blue, and I love my cobalt blue corduroys and my cobalt blue cashmere sweater.

I got my light blue coat last year and really enjoy wearing it.

Here is the cobalt blue sweater again. This time I paired it with a cobalt blue scarf and did some color blocking with my funky red tights that I picked up in Germany.

Below is another cobalt blue top that I bought before our Germany trip last year. It's one of my favorites, and I always feel great when I wear it.

I have several blue/white striped scarves, and I love them all.

One of my favorite maxi dresses has a lot of blue in it. Since I bought it on the way to our vacation week in Lake Tahoe, I'm always a bit in a vacation mood when I wear the dress.

I'm really curious what Sabina has to say about the color blue and to see her outfits. Check out Sabrina's blog OceanblueStyle at Manderley to find our for yourself! 

Questions: What's your favorite color? Do you like blue? If so, do you wear it a lot? Why or why not? 

Be well,

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Karina Dress and I in San Francisco

On Friday, I had several meetings in San Francisco, and I decided to wear my black and white Karina dress, my black and white Adam Lippes for Target flats and carry my small Coach satchel.

I love that the dress moves when I move and that it doesn't wrinkle, which makes it perfect for traveling.

I'm still always surprised by the steepness of some of the streets in San Francisco, and I don't think it shows completely in these photos. We saw a woman go down this street with a stroller backwards and slightly to the side. I'm sure she had lots of practice as I don't think I would have dared to do so.

Here is a close up of the dress.

And here are a few shots that show that we actually had some fun when we took these photos.

Questions: Do you own a Karina dress? What's your favorite dressier travel outfit? 

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Be well,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sentence a Day: August 2017

I first joined Sarah and Leslie in writing one sentence a day in January, and this is my eighth sentence-a-day post. You can read my January sentences here, my February sentences here, my March sentences here, my April sentences here, my May sentences here, my June sentences here, and my July sentences here.

August 1, 2017
The kid and I went to Great America for several hours and had a great time.

August 2, 2017
After starting the day with an intense barre class followed by a long neighborhood walk with the kid, I got caught up on some work; in the afternoon, we walked to the kid's Taekwondo practice in 95+ degree heat (not very smart!).

August 3, 2017
I started the day again with a barre class, and then the kid and I went on an early morning walk before the kid's piano practice, where I started not feeling well; in the evening, I realized that I had a gallstone "episode" - luckily, it ended up being not too bad, but it left me very fatigued.

August 4, 2017
Andy had an appointment to renew his passport, and we were supposed to go hiking afterwards, but the kid had injured his leg a bit, so we went for a neighborhood walk instead.

August 5, 2017
I started the day with a barre class, and then we were invited to a beautiful wedding - it was fun to get dressed up and lovely to witness the beginning of the life journey of a wonderful couple.

August 6, 2017
I went on an early morning hike with the older kid, went to a brewery with Andy and did grocery shopping and food prep.

August 7, 2017
Another barre class to start the day, and then the kid and I decided to use our Great America season passes to spend a few hours at Gilroy Gardens; we used to take the kid there all the time when he was younger, and it was a bit like time traveling...

August 8, 2017
I started the day with another killer barre class and then got caught up on some work; in the afternoon the kid and I walked to his Taekwondo practice, and I went for a walk during his practice.

August 9, 2017
The kid had a friend over, and we went to the pool.

August 10, 2017
I realized late last night that I pulled a muscle (?) in my left thigh after thinking all day that I was just super sore from Tuesday's barre class (but, no, there is no pain/soreness on the right side); I also discovered quite a bit of swelling on the left. I hope ice and some rest will get me back to normal quickly.

August 11, 2017 
I'm very thankful that my pulled muscle feels much better!

August 12, 2017
We went on a little road trip to Sacramento where we saw friends who just moved back to California and whom we hadn't seen in several years.

August 13, 2017
We visited friends who just had a baby three weeks ago; always fun to hang out with tiny babies...

August 14, 2017
It was the kid's first day at a new school, and we were all nervous.

August 15, 2017
I went hiking with a good friend whom I don't see often enough.

August 16, 2017
The kid's third day at his new school went very well, and we were all relieved.

August 17, 2017 
I got lots of work done in the morning, and I walked almost 20,000 steps.

August 18, 2017
Today was a productive day, and I got my first professional pedicure this year.

August 19, 2017
We went on a long morning walk, played ping pong, and went out to dinner with my in-laws and BIL and SIL.

August 20, 2017
I started the day with a challenging barre class, we went on a long neighborhood walk, and I got caught up around the house.

August 21, 2017
I didn't make it to the studio for a barre class but completed a Tracy Anderson workout that I had purchased years ago - I like how at-home workouts save so much time!

August 22, 2017
I didn't sleep well at all, the home phone rang at 3 a.m. and we later realized that the caller id stated the call was from a local hospital, and when Andy tried to reach his parents at 7 a.m., there was no answer. We finally tracked them down at 10 a.m. after being really worried.

August 23, 2017
I started the day with a challenging barre class and then had to deal with some not-so-fun things.

August 24, 2017
Andy and I got to attend a fabulous media preview dinner at Fleming's in Santa Clara.

August 25, 2017
We were able to harvest lots of figs from my in-laws' fig tree; it's a miracle that the squirrels didn't get to them first...

August 26, 2017
I started the day with a long walk and then did a quick workout at the gym; the rest of the day was spent cleaning the house and relaxing.

August 27, 2017
We had good friends and the older kid over for brunch. 

August 28, 201
Unfortunately, my gallbladder bothered me all day.

August 29, 2017
We had to get some costly car repairs done. 

August 30, 2017
I'm still consistently walking 15,000+ steps a day and also made it to the gym for a weights workout.

August 31, 2017
It's been very hot in San Jose, and Andy and I were lucky to be able to escape to Monterey for a few hours, where it was cool.

Question: What were your highlights in August? Are you going to join us this month and write one sentence a day?

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Be well,