happy thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving. This day kicks off the best season of the year, Christmas, behind summer. My November challenge will be taking a small hiatus for the day, family’s coming over, and the parade is on. It’s going to be a good day.

Last year, I was pretty much doing the same thing. I love traditions and drama at family gatherings so this year should be nothing new. However, my brother isn’t able to come in town, so we’re missing him a little.

Shouts to my family, friends, job, good health, and shit love life today. I’m grateful for this crazy life I get to live, even though it seems like I’m not crazy enough for it sometimes.

Thank you for reading for over a year now- here’s last year’s Thanksgiving post just for fun- and for following, liking, and subscribing. It means the world to have an audience, however small, to share things, no matter how trivial, with.

thanksgivingfromredim
[via pinterest.com]
xx

instantblonde

Advertisements

doing a little extra

Lately it seems like I’m in overtime. I just got a new job on top of my existing one, and am still working on letters and applications galore all while trying to do my four-times-a-week workout regimen, get ready for the holidays, travel, help my parents out, and fulfill my other obligations. I’m doing a little extra in a lot of arenas of my life, and, so far, I like the insanity.

I think I’m not doing a little extra in one area, though, and that’s being nice and paying it forward. I am by no means a gung-ho, Kumbaya-singing, eternally sunny person, but, lately, I’ve been witness to a lot of terrifying things that make me want to be a little nicer.

For example, I saw one of my good friends humiliated and excluded for his apparent sexuality. I’m used to the whole boys being boys dynamic the crowd that day has, but this, for reasons I won’t delve into, hit a nerve. Then, my cousin’s wife, a thirty-something doctor and mother of two little girls, fell down the stairs and has been in a coma for ten days. We have no idea what will happen to her.

And maybe, most selfishly, it’s because I’m a little lost. I could be in any combination of the fifty states next year, doing God knows what, and I need people to show me those spontaneous moments of kindness. But I’m a firm believer that, for those to happen, I need to be putting a little more positive energy into this world.

So, for those reasons, I’m trying to do a little extra, but not for myself. I decided today that I’m going to start going beyond the realm of expected politeness to really be nice. 

It’s a tough world out there. Maybe it’ll be better if there are less people like me behaving like coldhearted wenches.

xx

instantblonde

reads iii

As I’ve done previously, here and here, sometimes I like to share cool articles, photos, or sites I stumble upon. It’s also a nice place to store these links since I hate few things more than a crammed Bookmarks bar.

For once, it would be just fair if any supermodel exposed old, bad pictures. I was originally excited to see Gigi Hadid’s prom pics, thinking they’d be a pre-transformation throwback with braces, ugly jeans, or something. Nope. They are beautiful, and they are on Harper’s Bazaar. 

Regardless of your political affiliation, I think we all can agree that Joe Biden used to be a looker. I saw these pictures in a tweet recently and tears almost rolled from my eyes. I can’t find the specific tweet to embed, but the caption was, “I would text young Joe Biden at 1:20 a.m.”

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned my deep love for the southwest vinaigrette dressing at Moe’s. With a little Googling I found a copycat recipe from another blog (shouts), and I’ll report back if I try it.

PSA: 10 Things I Hate About You is on Netflix!!!!!! I’m so excited I might die. I’ve already watched it twice this month and I might make it three tonight. Here’s a complete list of November additions. I’m excited about the Jungle Book coming out on November 30th!

I hadn’t heard of the Fallen Heroes Project until this week, and, wow, I am amazed. An artist, Michael G. Reagan, has devoted his life to drawing each fallen soldier for free. He’s done this for thirteen years so far. Isn’t that absolutely inspiring? Talk about service and selflessness.

Speaking of service and selflessness, I apologize for not posting anything on Veteran’s Day. Thank you to all of our brave men and women over the decades who have served in any capacity and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and safety. You deserve more than just a day to be remembered.

readsiiiim
[via nerdist.com]
xx

instantblonde

what i order at a….

At a girls dinner tonight, I realized I often get stuck in a rut of going to the same restaurants over and over. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to try new places and their food, drinks, and ambience. Of course, I rarely regret experimenting, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a few go-tos.

From there, I thought of this post. Everyone has their signature order at any type of restaurants, and these are mine. If you’re curious, here’s what I order at a…

Sushi restaurant: Tempura shrimp rolls and a Japanese salad, which is a specialty at a local place but deserving of a spot.

Pub: A burger and fries.

Salad bar: Spring mix with romaine, cucumbers, carrots, celery, green peppers, radishes, tomato, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and any sort of citrusy dressing. At my local spot it’s chipotle lime and it couldn’t be better.

Mexican restaurant: Soft shell carnitas.

Italian restaurant: Eggplant parmesan, linguine with any lemon-based sauce, or Bolognese.

Sprinkles: Strawberry or sprinkle cupcake. What dreams are made of.

whatiorderataim
[via sprinkles.com]
Chipotle: Chips and guac.

Moe’s: A Close Talker in a hard shell bowl with romaine, chicken, black beans, cucumber, medium salsa, guac, and loads of their Southwest vinaigrette.

Southern restaurant: Chicken and waffles, tomato pie, or anything with jalapeno grits.

Those are really the only types of spots I frequent. I’m not a huge sushi person, but that’s where I was tonight so I added it first.

What are your ride or die orders at any type of restaurant?

xx

instantblonde

 

 

 

the november challenge

Much like many men choose to not shave in November for prostate cancer awareness, I am also pledging to change my lifestyle this month, though mine is not nearly as admirable or generous. My cousin J and I embarked on a little health challenge that I affectionately dubbed it “the November challenge” just now.

It started because I have a huge event December 2nd that I need to look good for, and we both want to be on the right track before the inevitable weight gain that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas cookies. We both came up with this on a Google doc after a FaceTime spent analyzing what we pig out on, what we have sensitivities to, and what goals are realistic for us. I also incorporated elements from challenges I’d seen on Facebook, read about, or pinned, too.

I’m planning on doing a multi-part series to explain this, so today I’ll outline the do’s and dont’s of eating on this plan. For food, basically, you can eat whatever you want except the listed, which are:

  1. French fries
  2. Candy
  3. Ice cream
  4. Alcohol
  5. Pizza
  6. Chicken fingers/wings
  7. Soda
  8. Bread and butter
  9. Toast
  10. Cupcakes
  11. Tacos, unless with lettuce or no shells
  12. Chips and salsa
  13. Sour cream
  14. Packaged cookies
  15. Rice

It’s a random assortment, I know, but they’re the items we find ourselves most frequently indulging in. Most are greasy, processed, and carb-filled, so the hope is that, by eliminating those, we’re eating a lot healthier: less calories, less chemicals, less sugar, and so on. It also pushes us towards more protein and vegetables and less carbs, which I desperately need.

thenovemberchallengeim
[via PopSugar.com]
Jessica Alba probably hasn’t eaten a carb since the Bush administration. Ugh.

And again, I’ll elaborate more in separate posts, so stick around if you’re interested!!

xx

instantblonde

P.S. Get out and vote. Even if you hate the candidates waiting in line in an elementary school/fire hall/nursing home.

 

make me up: winter wishlist

It’s early November and I’m starting to see my skin transition to its drier winter state. Sadly, I can only escape to warmer weather a few times each winter, so I have to adjust my routine here.

Besides a thicker moisturizer, I’m making other changes. When cooler weather rolls around I’m always looking to get away from the bronzey, breezy summer looks. Here’s what I’m using, or going to if I can escape poverty to buy them:

makemeupwinterwishlistim

Naked Ultimate Basics $54

It’s ideal because it’s neutral and matte. I’m really not a huge shimmery eyeshadow user, so it makes more sense to buy these all matte. This palette would also make a great gift!!

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream $38 or Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum 35+ Sunscreen $28

Since it’s drier air, I’m thinking a switch to a more liquid foundation would be ideal. During the summer, I barely wore foundation. I was usually going natural with a touch of the original BareMinerals powder to prevent grease. But, I’d love to try the ItCosmetics or Supergoop versions.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish $33

Surprisingly, I’ve never tried a MAC Mineralize. I’m looking to get a highlighter that’s a little more versatile than my Becca ones, which I think are more suited for summertime tans and heavier makeup. I’m not sure if I want one in a more bronze color or a highlighter shade, though. I don’t wear blush, so a pink wouldn’t be an option. (Here’s a helpful article on the uses for Mineralize!)

Leave a comment if you want my Venmo/address for buying any of these. Thanks a million!

xx

instantblonde

 

in the light: it sucked, kind of

If you remember my post from last Friday, the precursor to me and my friends’ Halloween festivities, you’d know that I had to see my ex and my friend as a couple for the first time.

For the purposes of full disclosure, I’m a dramatic person. I am not ashamed to feel things and own it, and I am also not ashamed to admit that I hype things up. I probably did that anticipating this party. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad.

Yes, it sucked. He didn’t say hi to me or even wave and she ignored me too. Although, I did carry an entire bottle of champagne and basically took it to the face the entire night. It hurt to see her sitting on his lap in a chair that I sat on his lap on, and I certainly didn’t want to see them singing song lyrics at each other and being BP partners. I ended up leaving early, but not for the entire reason of their PDA. I was tired and drunk and I just decided to call it quits, but not necessarily because of them.

But such is life. It sucks, and that’s that. He sucks, too, and I decided he’s not worth investing all this time and worry into. I decided I have too many things to worry about than their childish relationship or fights or sex life, something, THANK GOD, she injects into daily conversations.

Thank God for champagne and A and her boyfriend who drove me home as I was listing in the backseat and slightly tearing up about how single I am. And for my beautiful, flannel-sheet enveloped bed at the end of a long night.

And when A’s boyfriend turned the music down and asked if I was okay from the driver’s seat, I stopped laugh-crying at the state of my life and said:

inthelightitsuckedkindofgif
[via giphy.com]
He and A just laughed and turned the music up as we pulled onto my street.

xx

instantblonde