At the beginning of every year everyone starts to think of all the areas they would like to improve or change in their lives. I myself do the same thing, but the problem is making these potentially helpful changes stick. This year I am trying something new. Instead of writing down a long list of things I want to change in the year, I’m choosing one change a month. One of the largest downfalls of most resolutions is that we set several goals at the same time, which means you’re not giving any one goal your full attention. Losing weight and working out is one of the most common resolutions that people set. Research says that consistency is the key; you need to dedicate at least three consecutive weeks to establish a routine. Here is one goal that needs dedication for a full month to just establish a habit, and while you will still need to put in effort once it becomes a part of your schedule, it is no longer a chore.
So here is my plan; at the beginning of every month I will assess what I feel needs to be accomplished and work from there. The great thing about this approach is that each month I accomplish a goal it will encourage me to move forward instead of discourage me for the entire year. And if for some reason I don’t reach that month’s goal, it has only been a month. Let’s be honest, when setting a goal for the year it’s easy to push it back because you feel you have plenty of time to get to it.
January – Increase my exercise, decrease my stress.
- I started yoga again through my 24 hour fitness membership. I can’t make any excuses not to go it’s a free class.
- My wonderful boyfriend and I have been hitting the gym together in the evenings. While we are not working out side by side, the encouragement to get out of the house and making the arrangements before has helps my motivation.
- I started taking breaks and walking around the block with a co-working. Monday through Friday we take at least 2 ten minute walks, fresh air and a little venting and I feel more balanced when I return to my desk.
- I joined an arena soccer league that I paid for. Nothing motivates more than the thought of wasting money when I could be shopping Now that I have paid for an entire season you better believe that I will be at the games, working out while having fun.
Two weeks in and I’m still motivated…let’s see how the next two weeks unfold and where my next month’s goals will lead me!
Every year there are a plethora of holiday themed parties, the most common being ugly sweater and Santa related themes. This year I had the pleasure of attending a “Where’s Waldo” Christmas party. Everyone was instructed to take inspiration form the classic Where’s Waldo outfit and make it their own, while the host of the party was coming in the classic Where’s Waldo get-up glasses and all. You may think…where is the Christmas in Waldo? But what is basic Christmas other than red and white candy cane strips.
- Red “Bombshell” Shoes
I personally was looking for something more holiday literal that looked Waldo. My vision was a blue sequenced skirt, a nice white blouse, a little red half jacket and some red heals but what I ended up with was much better. After combing almost every store in the Irvine Spectrum, Charlotte Russe and Reflections ended up completing my ensemble. I found a blue dress with a white strip in it at Charlotte Russe, one of the last 2 they had and the only one that was in my size! Reflections had the cutes Mary Jane style red velvet red shoes that I couldn’t walk away form, my big $10 purchase. All topped off with some red earrings and a flowery red ring. What Where’s Waldo outfit wouldn’t be complete without the classic Waldo beanie?! I was fortunate to have a friend that knits and made me a special mini version that made my outfit complete.
Hair was a separate component that took a little research. Wenda, the female Waldo wore what looks to be short shoulder length hair and since mine was long, curly pigtails felt appropriate. But to balance out my mini hat I needed some volume. So here are my steps to Wenda hair;
1) Blow-dry your hair with a light mousse, something flexible.
2) Part your hair down the middle making two sections.
3) Take one section and pull up about two inches of hair at a time and tease the section half of the length of the hair your holding. Do this to the entire section and then repeat to the other side.
4) Once the sections are teased, begin to smooth the sections down to the amount of volume you would like, preparing to put the rest of the hair in a ponytail. The rubber band should sit right below your ear. Do this to both sides, adjusting in a mirror so the volume of both sides match.
5) Once your pigtails are in I would use a medium size curling iron to curl the ends of your hair with a firm hold hair spray. I prefer Redken hairspray products.
6) Do not soften the curls! You want them to be tight and defined to keep the cute girly feeling.
7) Add any type of hair bedazzle you would like.
Outfit complete with actual Waldo!
Where’s Waldo is a fun theme that you can do a lot with. But don’t be fooled, if you have some true Waldo fans you will find Odlaw (evil Waldo) will crash the party!
This past Friday I attended my first Fashion Island Christmas Tree Lighting Event! It was amazing. While there were a lot of people to maneuver through, once you found your spot it was quite a sight. The tree standing 90 feet tall, unlit, was a strain to see the top. The ornaments that covered the tree were large and in charge. There were some family’s at the base of the tree taking photos and some of the ornaments were half the size of the children.
Fashion Island Tree
Fashion Island truly put a lot of hard work into this night, not only with the tree but with the musical entertainment that kept children on their fathers shoulders. While we didn’t have snow, everyone was bundles up and enjoying the Christmas spirit awaiting the lighting moment. As the tree lighting commenced the entire court yard began to glow and the top of the tree came to life!
Now usually I would attend holiday events with a cute sparkly cocktail dress, but not this time. Knowing it was going to be chilly I opted for some black slacks paired with my glitter Toms, a cream longs-sleeved shirt topped off with a wintry scarf for good measure! Hair, while I would recommend doing something down to keep in the most warmth, I ended up with a teased and braided pony tail. Overall I would recommend taking a night to see the amazing tree and check out some of Fashion Island’s amazing holiday window displays…its well worth it!
From a Distance...
Fashion Island Tree 2010
Tomorrow night is the official Tree Lighting event at Fashion Island in Newport. After 30 years of living in Orange County this will be my first year attending this event at Fashion Island, and I am very excited. From what I have heard the 90 foot tree is an amazing sight that is viable outside of the outdoor mall. Of course my #1 question is: What am I going to wear and what am i going to do with my hair?! Stay tuned…the event starts at 6pm on Friday and I will be sure to keep you posted!
As always, I had the privilege of styling my moms hair last week and as always her hair is the most difficult to work with. She has a lot of very fine hair and to top it off the bottom of her hair grows in a forceful “V” which makes cutting clean short haircuts a task. So this time I used a different approach, I flat ironed her hair and took wide “v” shape sections in hopes to create a workable A-line bob that would make her happy. Why this technique provided me with the desired results, I stumbled on to a new issue…massive static hair that made it difficult to control and cute.
“Grab a laundry sheet and rub it on the hair, it will take the static out!” say’s Lana Douroundian (my mother).
This is were I laughed in disbelieve at what my mother was suggesting, yet found myself headed to the laundry room to see if this remedy could really work. A few swipes later and an amazed look on my face, my mother had silky straight hair…no static to be seen. I used the sheet once between each part and cut what I believe was my moms best haircut yet (even with her stubborn part)
I would highly recommend keeping a few laundry sheets in the bathroom now. Especially if you have static hair after flat ironing and don’t want to grease up your hair with unnecessary products. This little tip can also help your bank account if you have been constantly using anti frizz products. There will always be a need for great styling products but in between you can visit the laundry room!
OC Blog Crush
I had the pleasure of attending the OC Blog Crush and OC Press Club event last night held at the Marriott Hotel in a Anaheim. I was surrounded by fellow bloggers, students and journalist form Orange County, all giving their undivided attention to a panel of successful professionals in the media industry. Out of the four knowledgeable professionals, Chris Epting, grabbed my attention. His enthusiasm for writing inspired me to look at my own blog and the journalism industry in a whole new light. His outlook on story telling and social media, bring people together that would have never crossed paths or opinions, really gave me so many ideas.
I am officially taking on the title of a “Citizen Journalist.” Kevin Sablan, from the Orange County Register, expressed this title while speaking about the future of the media industry, bloggers in particular. Bloggers, “Are recording a bit of history everyday.” One of the many statements of the night that really hit home. While bloggers are writing things about their individual lives and opinions, they are sharing observations and experiences with other that may have never been recorded in the past. People are constantly looking for a way to not feel “alone” in the world, even though we are surrounded by other. With bloggers expressing themselves freely, it makes it easy for others with the same views to connect in a way that wasn’t possible before.
Do opinions get translated into fact? Sometimes, but that’s why structured media is still an intricate part of everyone’s daily lives. This is only one of the many topics that was discussed on such and impressive evening. As you can see this event has started my wheels turning and now that I am an OC Press Club member I look forward to attending more events like this one in the future!
The fall weather is starting to creep in and cold weather wear is stocking the shelves. I recently found myself at Express and Guess purchasing some cold weather attire where I was surrounded but glitter and sequenced tops and dresses. They were being paired with large sweaters that hid most of the glam but gave it just the right touch. The part that I found most appealing was when you paired a glitter tank with an over-sized sweater you had the opportunity to take off the sweater and have an evening ready outfit. Needless to say I purchased some well-deserved outfits, that added the just right amount of bling to my winter wardrobe.
Now that I had these great outfits I started thinking about the finishing touches…what to do with my make-up? Of course MAC is one step ahead of me with the winter make-up line “Glitter and Ice: Holiday Colour Collection.” This new collection gives just a touch a glitter without being overpowering. I would recommend a more natural overall make-up application with the lite application of a glitter shadow and a touch of color on the lips. My personal favorite is to keep my lips natural with a touch of gloss but when I’m transforming my everyday winter outfit to an evening wear, I recommend breaking out some color that will transform the richness of your face.
Natural with a touch of Glitter
What better way to complete a glittered up outfit then with the perfect feel good shoes. Glitter Toms have been making a slash, giving you comfort while maintaining their charitable aspect. I am a proud owner of a pair of black glitter Toms and I’m finding I can pair them with work outfits on casual days to keep a touch of glam.
Needless to say I would jump on the glitter bandwagon because it’s here and is a great way to bring in the holiday season!
After the amazing OC Style Rack Rave at the Irvine Spectrum, I was left with a bag full of goodies on behalf of the shops in the Spectrum. One of which was from the Irvine Improv. Who doesn’t love a good laugh? So for my boyfriend’s birthday we went on a random Wednesday night and found that every Wednesday night should be filled with a little giggle. The improv was about half full, which made it an intimate bunch that could easily interact with the comedians. I find that a comedian’s life has to be a nice one, seeing as you get to go to work looking like you just got out of bed. Must be nice! My boyfriend and I decided the “bed look” was to low key for his birthday so we took the advice of Nick Verreos and add a touch of plaid to the evening outfits.
The Improv was very accommodating, from helping with the cake to having the comedians poke at my boy for his birthday…our Wednesday night was worth every moment! Out of the few comedians that were featured we walked away with a favorite for the evening, Omid Singh! I hear he is going to be at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, I wouldn’t miss a chance to check him out again!
As you know I am always running around getting into Mischief and last Friday night was no exception! I was very excited to find myself at Style Week 2011 at the Irvine Spectrum! I had the privilege of mingling with some very well rounded OC bloggers and gained some valuable inside into my upcoming wardrobe…not to mention the talented Nick Verreos from Project Runway gave me some insider information about the ins and out of one of my favorite shows (Project Runway).
OC Style Week 2011
The Irvine Spectrum is one of my favorite places to shop so it was no surprise at the amount they put into this event. From the exclusive candy bar to the individual vendors participating in the event, they pulled out all the stops. The bloggers were treated to an amazing boxed dinner from Nordstrom’s and with how picky I can normally be about my tastes, it was as if a chef had personally prepared each of our meals. The fun didn’t stop there either, the show started, the models were representing the clothing well and Nick (our host) did an amazing job of keeping the crowd laughing and interacting with the show. My personal favorite part was when Nick pulled up a trendy gentleman and had him runway walk with his orange flannel shirt. It was amazing!
The night continued to move forward with a raffle provided by Target for the attendees and a bloggers raffle provided by The Irvine Spectrum, which I was one of the fortunate winners. Don’t worry I will be turning around and spending my gift card at the Spectrum to update my fall wardrobe. And lastly as a proud blogger at the OC Style Event I was left with a parting gift bag off goodies form some of the great retailers in the Irvine Spectrum…but pictures are worth a thousand word, so check it out!
Nordstrom's Boxed Dinner
Irvine Spectrum Gift Bag
This year hair flair has seemed to be on the rise. First we saw the return of the hippy head bands with the overly teased top hair…then we were introduced to the feature hair extension… and now we graced with the glitter extension. Question; are glitter extensions a flattering new addition to an everyday women’s style? or does it breach the kindergarten barrier and we will soon be seeing adult light up sneakers?
I personally think that it all depends on your individual look and style. Which is the case in most extensions. For blonds I think its flattering and adds shine to the hair but that’t not the case for red heads and brunettes. I find with darker colors Glitter Extensions almost look gimmicky…like you should be going to a Vegas party or out for a wild night, not the ever day work attire.
These extensions can be found for a pretty reasonably price on-line and they are clip in so that makes it much easier for the non hair guru. The only way to know what your take would be is to try it and let me know!