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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

According to Mr. K...

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Over the last week, there has been a blogging trend of bloggers interviewing their significant others to get their perspective on things, and see how much they know about the beauty/diy/pop culture/lifestyle blog genre. I knew that my Mister would likely have some interesting things to say. so without further adieu, 
I present...

According to Mr. K

Me: What is the name of my blog?
D: Art of being Happy

Me: What do I typically write about?
D: A mixture of things. But I would say you write a lot of lists and talk about things that make your day...or don't make your day. Things that "grind your gears" and ways others can improve their happiness.

Me: What's a popular fashion item for women right now?
D: Vests are coming in. And people like wearing lace-up boots. I call it the "Han Solo look". 

Me: What's the best place to shop for women?
D: Can you be more specific? That's not a specific enough question.

Me: What do you know about Pinterest.
D: It's everything.

Me: What is a Hunter Wellie?
D: A store.

Me: What does "YOLO" stand for?
D: You Only Live Once

Me: What do you and I like to do together?
D: Eat.

Me: Am I good at staying on a budget?
D: <<silence for way longer than necessary>> yes.

Me: What is the Pantone Color of the Year?
D: What is Pantone?
Me: It is a color forecasting organization. They basically predict the popular colors of each season.
D: Oh. Turquoise?
Me: It's actually Radiant Orchid.
D: Trust me, I only said turquoise because I thought it would make you happy.

Me: What do women keep in their purse?
D: Their life

Me: What do I do when I'm home alone?
D: According to your blog, a lot of things I don't know about. I'm still concerned that you actually put your wedding dress on. But you do like to work out.
Me: What do you do when you are home alone:
D: I usually play my keyboard louder than expected. And...catch up on my shows.

Me: What's my favorite accessory?
D: Your dog. Or your Tiffany's Key Necklace. Or your initials (he is referring to my monogram necklace). Oh, and your wedding ring.

Me: What's an acceptable amount to spend on a makeup item?
D: $10?

Me: What jewelry do I wear every day?
D: Your wedding ring

Me: What's my favorite TV show?
D: Scandal

Me: What is a clarisonic?
D: It sounds like an acne treatment. How many more of these are there?

Me: Anything else that you would like to share?
D: Frances Bean would like to take the quiz next.

Me: What were you hoping this quiz would be?
D: I wasn't.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Carrie Bradshaw's Hits and Misses

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Since Tuesday (3/24/14) was Sarah Jessica Parker's 49th birthday, I felt compelled to do some analytical work on her best role EVER, Carrie Bradshaw.

And by "analytical work", I clearly mean analyzing the fashions of Sex and the City, styled by the amazing Patricia Fields. 
side note- I'm so mad at myself for acting like Carrie Bradshaw is real and has really made these choices, but #itiswhatitis

The Best of Carrie Bradshaw

This beautiful, full skirt frock is from season 6, part 2, when Carrie had moved to Paris with "The Russian". I always loved this because I would TOTALLY wear this...in Paris, in New York, in Springfield, IL! I also liked that is was paired with the champagne-colored blazer to make it a little less "Cinderella Ball".

Also from season 6, this fuscia Oscar de la Renta dress is TO DIE. 
And she went to McDonald's in this dress! Carrie is just like us!

I remember when I first saw this episode, I was OBSESSED with her coat. Never was much for the shoes, but didn't Miranda's water break on those shoes? 

I had a hard time finding photos of this one, but yet another beautiful coat from season 6!

This outfit absolutely KILLS ME. The dress, the coordinating jacket, the pseudo-gladiator sandals and the Eiffel Tower bag! Loooove!

This may be a more unconventional favorite, but I think that I like this so much partly because this I can recall seeing fanny packs like this one in Macy's months after this episode aired. This ensemble influenced the masses, people!

Here is another example of Carrie Bradshaw influencing the fashion industry. These flowers were freaking everywhere. I love this look also because it is more casual and laid back. Like she is just being normal and not dressing up in something too "costume-y".

Rounding out my favorites with this classic from the opening credits. Who knew this little vintage tutu would become so iconic?!

and now...

The Worst of Carrie Bradshaw

I cannot determine the rhyme or reason for this tragic ensemble, but I think she was going for a 
rogue Indiana Jones: the naked cowboy years.

Ohhhh if there is one thing in this world that I really dislike, it's ruching. This frock was likely purchased from your local Deb store, and the white pumps were borrowed from Molly Ringwald. And then the turban. Because, why not?

"Newsies" in volleyball shorts.

This vintage coat was a staple in seasons 1 & 2 and popped up randomly throughout the series and the 2 movies and I NEVER EVER liked it. I don't know if it was the color of the fur, or her hair, or both, but I always thought she looked like a hot tranny lioness mess.

I think I always associate this dress with Carrie being a home-wrecker, but it's confusing to me. Are you supposed to wear it or read it? Is it weird or socially unacceptable if you are reading her dress in an elevator? Because that's what I would likely do.

The belt is clearly functional: trying to keep her stomach taut and her organs smashed down.

This may be blasphemous, but I was never down with the dress or the bird on her head. Too much and doing ALL the things.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Current Annoyances...

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I'm all about keeping my little corner of the interwebs a positive one. However, sometimes, you just gotta let off a little steam. This being Friday, I decree that today is the day to share 
the things that are currently annoying me...


...potholes. Can we get the City of Springfield on it, pleeeease? If the roads don't get better, my little Ford Focus is going to continue bouncing around the roads and I am going to have to embarrass myself by going to an auto mechanic and trying to explain that I think I need new shocks.

...spring. Yeah, where you at, boo? According to my calendar, my half birthday is what signals you to come a knockin', and I haven't heard that knockin' yet, so what's the deal?

...Lindsay Lohan and her "sexual encounter" list. Hey LiLo, can you just do one thing...ONE THING that makes you look at least semi-classy?!

...emptying the dishwasher.

...everyone coming down hard on Malaysia. LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER LOST ANYTHING!?

...at-home manicures. Why oh why am I trying to be so responsible with money?!

...all of you beasts posting on social media about your amazing spring break plans. Just don't.

135 "30 Rock GIFs"...Just Because

...being not tan.

...along those same lines, the nasty smell of self-tan spray/lotion.

...that "Selfie" song. Is that a joke? 

...#confessiontime-- sometimes in the shower I like to listen to my rap music to get pumped up. I used to be really good at deciphering their lyrics. However, this has proven a recent challenge. If this doesn't improve, I'm going to be stuck only singing "Empire State of Mind" and the opening credit song to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air". Can y'all enunciate? 

 135 "30 Rock GIFs"...Just Because

...the check-out gal at Target giving me looks when my items for purchase include wine, gelato, a yoga mat, Glamour Magazine, nail polish and string cheese. Yeah, I'm about to have a solid weekend, so can you just look away?!

...that it would not be considered socially acceptable to flip off the meat-heads at the gym. 

...everything related to March Madness. All of it. I'm was truly more likely to create a bracket for who would have won that stupid Tila Tequila show than for basketball.

...that I haven't heard any new singles by Macy Gray OR Keane. Both of these popped up on my Pandora and my heart began to hurt. Can we get a well check on these two?! 

...that shoulder pads are no longer considered socially acceptable. I just saw this episode of Will and Grace and it made me really want some sequins and shoulder pads.

All of this aside, I'm actually in a really good mood.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I Can't Wait for Summer Because...

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Helene In Between

Today, I'm linking up with two of my favorite bloggers
 The Daily Tay and Helene In Between for a discussion on everyone's favorite current topic: SUMMER.

I'm looking forward to summer for many reasons, but here are the top ones...

...I can wear jorts! And who DOESN'T look good in jorts? 
Editors Note...I don't. I don't look good in jorts.

...everyone just looks better in the summer! Healthier, sweatier glowing skin...it's the best!

...ice deli opens. #thebest

...I can sit by any water source and pretend that it is my island oasis. Never mind that this might be a hose or a water fountain. With my eyes closed, shades on, and the smell of coconut, it's BORA BORA, ok?

...I can enjoy evenings under the stars watching some amazing theatre productions, wine glass hot dog in hand.

...I can take my pup on frequent walks and she thinks I'm awesome.

...sandals and pedicures.


...the Farmer's Market opens! What better way to spend a Saturday morning that looking at (probably not buying. That's what Schnuck's is for, duh) produce and other yummies. It's really a great social activity, truth be told.

...don't you feel extra amazing eating al fresco? Our favorite weekend activity is having breakfast at an outdoor cafe with the pup, then heading over to the Farmer's Market.

...iced coffee tastes even better. 

...wine tastes even better.

...who am I kidding? Even CHALK tastes better in the summer. Or so I'm told...

Friday, March 14, 2014

What Your Favorite Disney Pricess Says About You

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Ok, so I kind of really like Disney and kind of really LOVE a good Disney Princess. This is mostly related to my love of dressing up, glitter, and a good pair of false eyelashes. Plus, Vaseline on the teeth. Who DOESN'T love that?!

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As a result of my Disney love, I have taken all of those ridiculous Buzzfeed quizzes to determine what my favorite Disney Princess says about me. I think they are completely inaccurate and dumb, so I've created my own. This is what it REALLY says about you...

Girl, you can make magic happen with some Scrubbing Bubbles! You know your way around a Swiffer Wetjet and you can clean grout like no one's business. You may also know your way around 'shrooms (how else can we explain the talking mice and pumpkin turning into a carriage). You enjoy dancing and a stiff martini. 

You are a closet narcoleptic. You may be a mute. You definitely enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky and horticulture. You like your men in swanky, sophisticated outerwear, such as a cape. You enjoy dancing and if you lived in a different time, would probably enjoy high-kicking it with Nicky Kidman at the Moulin Rouge.

dat cape though...

Snow White
You are the little people's princess. You brake for animals. You suffer from claustrophobia and possibly some degree of social anxiety. Some may call you a "shut-in". Your favorite beauty product is Mac Russian Red lipstick, and Posh Spice is your favorite Spice Girl.

You are the poster-child for "nautical chic". You are likely a product of the '90s, and Zach Morris was your childhood crush. You may be an environmentalist and are a hard-core recycler (seashells for a bra, and a fork for a hairbrush, helllooooo). and your dream-date is Michael Phelps. 

You love to read (mostly back-issues of Cosmo and periodicals), but you don't own a library card. Your OKCUPID name is "Likes Them Hairy", and you're kind of a whiner. You may also frequent shrooms or other hallucinogenic drugs as you think inanimate objects are real. You and Cinderella could go into business Walter White/ Jesse Pinkman style. Plus, you're like, really pretty.

You are one hot tamale and you KNOW IT. You love the Kardashians and always know what is trendy. Sephora is your mecca, you love a man with a tool belt and/or harem pants, and your favorite type of music is gangsta rap.

You are a woman who wields a spatula and you are not afraid to use it. No, but seriously, you are a fierce chef and an amazing hostess. You may have hoped that Martha Stewart would have had to face a longer jail sentence so that you could have swooped in and become the next big thing. You love a good fleur de lis and anything related to the Big Easy, and you get seriously annoyed when people ask you if Popeye's Chicken tastes anything like the chicken in New Orleans. Spoiler alert: It doesn't. 

You love burlap, mason jars, antiquing, and wine-bottle crafting. You might like to canoe, kayak, or engage in other river bend water sports. You are an outdoors woman and find beauty in odd woodland animals such as raccoons and opossums. You probably have very defined calf muscles, and enjoy Willow Smith's I Whip My Hair (Back & Forth).

You generally shirk at most conventional gender roles and are a human and civil rights advocate. You likely volunteer at the local humane shelter. You are opinionated, determined, and you do what you want. Your favorite "Friends" character is Phoebe. 

WHO DOES YOUR HAIR!? Seriously, you must use a product made from the tears of Swiss virgin milkmaids or something because no one's hair looks good all the time. You are optimistic, and a total morning person, but you still drink 3 cups of coffee (at minimum) every morning. You mostly drink coffee because you have a super cute travel tumbler that you love to use on your morning commute. Your favorite song is "Sympathy of the Devil" by Rolling Stones.

You are confident, fearless, and Katniss is your spirit animal. You don't care what people think of you, and do what you say you will do. You want to be a role model because your role model growing up was Vanessa Hudgins and she really went off the deep end, guys. You know that you are different, but you aren't afraid to let your freak flag fly.

You are responsible for this nasty winter. Go find a toboggan and take a hike.

You are the quintessential girl-next-door. Your spunk and optimism are contagious. You believe in yourself and in the capabilities of others. You love a good boy band  and wish Mandy Moore would come out with a new single already! It's been like 10 years! #letitgo #toosoon? #adeledazeem

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