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I Would Make a Damn Good City Girl

AKA Save Me San Francisco

You’ve been sitting there with bated breath, waiting for me to write about the big things that have been happening over the past few weeks. I’ve been so secretive, keeping you in suspense, driving you crazy with all the mind games. (Just go with it…)

Bay Bridge

The past few weeks I have been spending a lot of time in San Francisco. I have been driving out there (and BARTing out there) at least 3 times a week for many different reasons – coffee with friends, doctor’s appointments, apartment showings, meetings, interviews.  I have been applying for jobs, talking to companies, scheduling informational interviews, and a whole lot more. It has been getting exhausting, not to mention expensive.

Baby, whatcha doing today
What are you doing later?
I don’t know my way through a maze
Of gray skyscrapers
But I’m willing to learn

-“Manhattan from the Sky” by Kate Voegele

But as of last week, all of my hard work paid off. In a matter of 24 hours I not only got a call that the apartment we saw on Sunday was ours if we wanted it, but I also got a job offer! On Thursday I signed a lease to an apartment in Russian Hill and then, on my drive home, I got a call that SHIFT Communications wanted to hire me for their three month internship position. It was the best day of my life. (My dad argues that the best day of my life was the day I was born, my counter argument was that Thursday was the best day of my memorable life.) By Friday I had signed a lease, signed my offer letter, and started packing for my new apartment on the fourth floor of a 1920’s style building with no elevator.

Yesterday we got the keys to the apartment, showed Christine’s parents and my mom and step dad, and moved some boxes in. We will get all of our furniture into the apartment next weekend. I can’t wait!

Every day’s so caffeinated
I wish they were Golden Gated
Fillmore couldn’t feel more miles away
So, wrap me up return to sender
Let’s forget this 5 year bender
Take me to my city by the Bay

-“Save Me, San Francisco” by Train

I can’t wait to move to The City! My mom saw my apartment on Saturday and a) didn’t have anything bad to say about it (which was  a HUGE deal) and b) she almost cried because she was so nostalgic about the nine months she lived in San Francisco. She said that she absolutely loved living in San Francisco and she was so happy that I was going to live there now. I was shocked.

If I could wish upon a star, I would hitch a cable car to the place that I can always call my own. - Train

Since I’ve been in San Francisco so much lately (and permanently starting this upcoming weekend!) I have been able to take a lot of pictures on my iPhone. Some are of pretty views, some are from Christine and my accidental trip into the Marina, some are from walking around, and others are just random. Here are some that I’ve been saving up to share with you, they all make me so happy.

I sent this picture to my friend Kara telling her that our apartment is right over this club.. she believed me. Nope, it's definitely not.

BART on my way to my interview!

Take me to my city by the bay - Train

I can’t believe I will be a City Girl in less than a week! I have never lived in a big city like San Francisco, and I just can’t wait to move in and figure out what the city life is all about.

Now the big question: to match or not to match my bedside tables. (I know, I know, really? That’s my big issue now? Life is pretty great!!)

But in all seriousness, should I match my bedside tables or not? Different colors and different styles? Same color but different styles? Same style but different colors? What do you think? Seriously.

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Happiness Project: Status Update: January

Wow, I have been epically failing on my schedule to post on at least one of my blogs every day. So, that means that I haven’t been doing well on at least one of my resolutions.

It doesn’t get better from there.

In January I was supposed to focus on my finances – making sure I didn’t spend frivolously, save money, etc. Welp, that didn’t quite happen.

Sorry Mr. Hamilton (image via: DreamsTime.com)

I did manage to save some money, but not as much as I’d hoped. Since I am entering into the work-world, I have had to drastically improve my business-professional clothing collection. It doesn’t help that I loooooove business-professional clothing and that every time I see a cute blazer, pencil skirt or pair of heels my wallet just jumps out of my purse, my credit card swipes itself on the little machine, and I can’t control my hand as it picks up the pen to sign my name on the receipt. It is completely out of my control!

Okay, so I might have a problem. But at least it’s a fun one!

In any case, as you can probably tell, January did not go the way it was supposed to.

That doesn’t mean, however, that I haven’t done well on some of my other goals. If you are a regular reader of my blog (as you should be, hehe) you know that I have taken a picture every single day of January and plan to continue that for the rest of the year. (You should value my dedication to this. It is an even bigger commitment than it would have been last year. Not only do you get to see 365 photos as you would any other year, you actually get 366 photos because it’s a leap year. Lucky you!)

Other things that I have succeeded in are as follows:

  • Eating healthier and spending less money at restaurants than I did before – this is made easier by living at home with my parents who do most to all of my grocery shopping, cooking, paying when we are out, etc.
  • Applying for a job/internship and setting up informational interviews with people who are in positions that I would like to be in some day
  • Spending more time with my parents and attempting to talk to my sisters as often as possible (I could probably do better on the sisters part)
  • Focusing on my friendships with my girl friends rather than getting wrapped up in boy drama (the year started out a little bit rocky, some minor frustrations, but that’s about it thus far)
  • Apartment searching
  • Not biting my nails – I am doing soooooo well on this. It has been something that I have had a problem with for my entire life – you wouldn’t have wanted to see how short my nails were. It was one of my nervous habits, and since I get stressed/anxious really easily, I was always biting my nails. It wasn’t just biting either, I would pick at them as well. Not a good habit. I have not bitten my nails in so long, I keep them painted, I have nail growth stuff, etc.
  • I have started taking vitamins on a regular basis (a multi-vitamin, biotin – for nails and hair, vitamin D and calcium)
  • I have put together a schedule for myself which has helped me manage stress, anxiety, and worry

Even though I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked thus far, I am really looking forward to the rest of 2012. Normally I start a new year with low expectations – it is just part of my nature. In my attempt to be more optimistic and think more positively, I came into 2012 forcing myself to believe that this year would be better than the rest. So far, I’ve been right. Although it is difficult to change who I am and how I feel about certain things, I am trying my hardest and I think I will be a better person for it.

How ’bout you? What progress have you made with your resolutions and goals? Has your 2012 started out well? What are you looking to improve on this year?

Living the Dream

…Or at least Googling pictures of the dream and saving them to my desktop.

That’s how I feel every time Awards Season is upon us. And, of course, it always kicks off with the Golden Globes. As with any awards show, the Red Carpet is a huge part of the show’s broadcast. The fashion is not only talked about over the next few days, but years to come.

Now, some of you might cringe at this, but I tend to care more about the fashion of the night than who actually wins the awards. There is a reason for this, and that is that I am not very well versed in pop culture and movies/TV shows.

  1. I don’t have enough time/money to go to the movies every time something I want to see comes to theaters
  2. I don’t have enough time to watch all the shows I want to want (Revenge, that means you)
  3. Even though I read Glamour and People, watch the TV shows I have time for, pay attention to entertainment news, I STILL can’t remember the names of actors and actresses, who’s dating whom, and who starred in which film. As much as I wish it did, my brain just doesn’t work like that.
This makes it very difficult to contribute to conversations surrounding such topics. Especially when my best friends are so well versed in pop culture that they generally know who in Hollywood broke up, got back together, is engaged, is having a baby, or is starring in which film before the actors themselves even know.

So anyway, although I do watch the full show and see who wins, place my predictions, etc. my preferences are generally unfounded and only come from which movies I have heard about in conversation and which (few) actors I can remember.

I do, however, LOVE the Red Carpet. I love watching the coverage, switching through all the channels that have coverage of the night so as not to miss a single dress, earring, or sequin that makes its way down that carpet. I love reading the best and worst articles that come out over the course of a few days after the event. I love watching the TV specials about who looked surprisingly fantastic, and who completely bombed the night in their attempt to be fashion forward.

Because of this, I tend to develop my own opinions of the best and worst dressed of the night. I am not a fashionista (despite my desire to be) which means that my opinions don’t always parallel those published on sites such as Glamour, E!, and just about every other entertainment website online. That doesn’t stop me, however, from dreaming about wearing any and every dress that appears at an awards show (yes, the good, the bad, or the ugly – I wouldn’t be picky).

Although the fashion at the Golden Globes tends to be known for its fun than it’s elegance (like the Academy Awards), it is still known for its beauty, high end designers, and daring choices.

Alright, how that I’ve written your eyes off, if you will, here are my favorite dresses from the 2012 Golden Globes (not in any particular order).

Charlize Theron (via Glamour)

Didn’t like the big bow (which she always does), but I loved the cut of the dress, shoes, clutch, and the hair/headband.

Shailene Woodley (via Glamour)

Glamour thought this dress looked like a wedding dress. I loved it anyway. I missed her on the runway so every time The Descendants won an award I just wanted her to stand up so I could see the dress in its entirety.

Selma Hayek (via Glamour)

She always looks so beautiful. I wonder how heavy that dress was, though…

Jane Fonda (via The International Business Times)

I don’t know why, but I loved this. She looked fantastic when she was presenting!

Nicole Richie (via Glamour)

I don’t know what it was about this dress, but I though it looked great on her. I loved the back. Also, her hair looked awesome.

Kate Beckinsale (via Glamour)

Pure elegance.

Emma Stone (via Glamour)

Perfect for her age and attitude.

Diane Lane (via Glamour)

I loved the gold color. It was elegant, sexy, and classy all at the same time. Diane looked fantastic.

Claire Danes (via Glamour)

Although I would not choose this dress for myself, I absolutely loved the back of it. Somehow, it just worked for her.

Julianna Margulies (via FabSugar.com)

I just want to say that I love Julianna. At first I wasn’t a fan of the green in the earrings with the purple of the dress, but as I saw her more and more, it began to grow on me.

Jeannie Mai (via MyStyle.com)

Every time they showed Jeannie interviewing somebody, I swooned a bit. She looked fantastic! Too bad I couldn’t find a picture of the back of her dress which was stunning.

Debra Messing (via PurseBlog.com)

Love the dress. Love the hair. Love the makeup. Love the accessories. Love her.

Sarah Hyland (via NY Daily News)

This was a perfect dress choice for Sarah. It made her look sophisticated at her 21 years of age. Too bad her zipper broke as she was walking down the Red Carpet!

Reese Witherspoon (via NY Daily News)

Always a favorite. Need I say more?

Michelle Williams (via NY Daily News)

Although the dress wasn’t necessarily one of my favorites, I loved Michelle’s cute haircut and headband. It tied the outfit together perfectly. I always love her. Not to mention that I think she is so poised and speaks so eloquently. Hello, when she thanked her daughter? Can you say waterworks?!

Laura Dern (via NY Daily News)

Another one that took a bit of time to grow on me. Still not a fan of the belt, but I love everything else about it.

Sofia Vergara (via Glamour)

Of course. Love the cut and the color. To quote LMFAO: Girl, look at that body.

And now for the dresses I didn’t like, or was disappointed by:

Busy Philipps (via TheSimplyLuxuriousLife.com)

Oh come on Audrey (Busy’s character in Dawson’s Creek), what were you thinking? Loved the hair, but the dress?

Tilda Swinton (via NY Daily News)

I never like her. I mean, the dress is one thing, but the hair? Ugh, it makes me upset to look at. Sorry.

Natalie Portman (via NY Daily News)

Now, before you chastise me, I love Natalie Portman. But she can do better than this. She was even pregnant at the 2011 Golden Globes and still managed to be on just about everybody’s “Best Dressed” lists*.

Mila Kunis (via NY Daily News)

Another disappointment. Love Mila, like the dress, but not for the Red Carpet. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally wear that dress, but after last year’s gorgeous green number, this dress made me sad.

Kate Winslet (via NY Daily News)

She always looks pretty, but we all know she has the ability to look stunning. Unfortunately, this wasn’t one of those times.

Jessica Biel (via NY Daily News)

Sorry, but who picked out the doily for Jessica? Not my fave.

Freida Pinto (via NY Daily News)

Beautiful, but not exciting enough!

Dianna Agron (via NY Daily News)

That last dress didn’t have enough excitement, this one has too much. Even though the color was great, I just don’t like everything that the dress has going on! Dianna was another woman who looked stunning last year, but didn’t bring it for me this year.

Amanda Peet (via NY Daily News)

All I can say is: nope.

Other thoughts that crossed my mind as I was watching the broadcast:

And just a bit of Madonna humor:

What are your thoughts on the fashion from the start of the 2012 Awards Season? Do you agree with my selections? Which ones would you have included that I didn’t?

*As a general rule, I think I liked last year’s fashion a lot better for some reason. Don’t know why, but it just spoke to me more.

Splurges

This weekend I drove down to San Luis Obispo for my friend Stephanie’s 23rd birthday. Weekends like that always end up costing more money than fit into my budget. Normally I don’t think about how much money I want to spend while I’m down there, but this time I did. I was so proud of myself! I didn’t spend more than $50, and that included meals, bars, taxis, and shopping. How did I do it? I have no idea, but it was amazing.

I have been budgeting, paying attention to my finances, figuring out how to organize my receipts, and working with my online banking/accounts to get myself organized and keep myself on track. It also helps that GOOD does their “30 Days of Good” and this month they are targeting finances.

But this post is more about what I AM going to spend money on, than how I’m organizing my finances. I’ve decided that there are some things that are worth spending money on. Like BufferApp – the application I use to schedule my Tweets. Or a stand and an external keyboard and mouse for my laptop so that I can be more comfortable as I work – ergonomics aren’t a joke! My back has been killing me!

Oh, and I’m also willing to spend money on clothes… because I  love clothes. And I have to build my professional wardrobe. And my every day wardrobe. And my shoe collection. And jewelry. And things for the apartment in San Francisco that I will move into in the semi-near future.

But you know, those are the only splurges I’ll make 🙂

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