Friday Five

i’m always stoked for Friday (duh), but i’ve been especially excited for thissss particular Friday all week, as it’s the beginning of what i’m expecting to be an amazing weekend. so much good stuff going on! i’m headed upstate to the lake for the weekend, which is always one of my fave ways to spend time, but there’s a very special reason i’m traveling upstate this weekend…so let’s start with that.

*something i’m excited about: Christine’s wedding weekend in Saratoga!
one of the things i’ve been most thankful for since i’ve moved to NYC is that i’ve had incredible roommates, and Christine is my prime example.

Peter & Tink celebrate their birthdays together

Peter & Tink celebrate their birthdays together

we lived together for just over two years and became great friends, and i couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate her wedding weekend in the charming town of Saratoga Springs (one of both of our faves, and close to where i grew up). i’m just itching to get upstate and start the festivities for this amazing friend and lovely bride-to-be!

at a luau in Hawaii

at a luau in Hawaii

congrats, my darling, to you and Chad. wishing you every blessing and happiness in the world. ❤

*something fun from my week: a concert at Summer Stage in Central Park.
on Wednesday night i saw Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson at Central Park’s sweet outdoor concert venue, Summer Stage.

photoGavin put on suuuuch a good show — that boy seriously has one of the sickest voices i’ve everrrr heard. pure amazingness. i’m semi-sure we’re some sort of star-crossed non-lovers, as he grew up in the same area i did, lived in the same section of NYC as i do when he first moved here, and i randomly worked with his cousin when i lived in Colorado. oh, and i just love his music, sooooo, yeah. set the scene for a fictional romance, kids.

*annnd the bummer of my week: running injury. the.worst.thing. i have the exact same injury in my left leg as i did last summer/fall in my right. like, how does that even happen? shin splint/something my PT called “posterior tibial strain,” even though mine is higher above the ankle, more to the side below the calf. i managed 6 miles on it last night, but it was almost unbearable the first 2-3. and afterwards, well, forget about it. i’m limping like whoa. so basically, i’m taking things day by day and playing this October marathon by ear. there will be other races, and i’m not going to get crazy about it. if i’m not enjoying it and in so much pain, well, i can sit this one out.

*a lil lol. Uncorked Wine Co. in the West Village never ceases to amuse me with their street signage. humor is always appreciated on these NYC streets!

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*inspiration, motivation, & just because i like.

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amen.

Highs and lows of your week?
Fan of weddings? What do you love about them?
celebrating friends/love, dancing, getting dolled up, cute dates…oh geeze i love it all.

 

 

 

 

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this Hump Day’s camel from the co-worker is trying to tell me something, i think — possibly that i either need to start wearing lipstick, or that i should invest in bow ties and tiaras. maybe all of the above. never hurts to stand out and be girlie sometimes.

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this week, i’m lovin’:

*love. i really, really enjoy weddings. i love being able to share in such joyful celebrations, and dance and get dressed up and have a genuine reason to believe, as everything else in the world stands still for those precious hours, that love and magic and happily-ever-afters really do exist, after all. and this past weekend, i discovered that i enjoy weddings so much more when i have the wonderful privilege of playing an integral role in such a special day, for two of my absolutely favorite people.

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my best best best friend in the entire world got married on Friday, and i was able to be with her for every second of the day (and night before) leading up to their wedding. it was a truly incredible experience, and i was just bubbling over with joy and love for the bride and groom on an unprecedented level. it was a lovely, intimate wedding at a beautiful venue in Lake George, and my bff chose to be hands-on in almost every aspect (which meant i got to be for a lot of it, as well!). from making her own cake to creating our own music playlist and playing MacBook djs, to decorating the tables and having her sister conduct the ceremony, everything was intimate and intentional and personal. it was an amazing day — and also my first experience as a Maid of Honor and a speech-giver. and i loved every single second.

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congrats, my once-in-a-lifetime friend.

*outdoor running. i had two great 7-milers outdoors upstate last weekend on Thursday and Sunday mornings. they were very hilly and a wee bit chilly (okay, so one of them was really darn cold and windy), but it just felt so amazing to be running outside again. of course i tackled this hilly course on Thursday and Sunday mornings — the two mornings after long nights of salsa dancing in heels (with a wedding stuck in there on Friday!). so smart. 🙂 i felt pretty good on Thursday’s run, but rather sluggish and tired on Sunday’s. regardless — i was outside!!

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 *statement t-shirt. i can’t say i have too many of these (i think my only other one is my “trouble maker heart breaker” fave from H&M), but i saw this adorable “Friday I’m in Love” cropped t and had to have it for Summer (annnd fuzzy pic):

fridaydef a fan of the Cure so this was a no-brainer. whether or not i’m in love on a Friday, i’m wearin’ it. and yes, on other days, too.

*messy hair, don’t care. not sure why it took me so long to buy this stuff after reading so many great things about it, but i made a smart (and very off-season) purchase last week about which i’m pretty happy:

041108_bumble_400X400Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray. and no, i didn’t buy it solely because my ultimate life goal is to move to a beach and be a surf bum. (and nope, that isn’t a lie. not even an exaggeration. that’s actually what i want to do with my life.) i’ve only used it twice so far, as it’s a million degrees of freezing here in NYC still (not sure what happened to the ole “out like a lamb” business, but March has been totally disappointing), and i’m really looking forward to seeing what it does for my thick wavy/curly hair once the humidity sets in. i think i’m really going to like it: i has a nice light but firm hold, a matte finish and it smells good. score.

although let’s be honest, i think they got me with the marketing on this one. totally a sucker for “beach-inspired” hair. my idea of “doing my hair” consists of a quick towel dry and some sort of wave-holding spray, so this should suit me juuuust fine.

*laughing at myself. this may sound funny, but i’m really appreciating my own ability to take life less seriously and to totally laugh at myself and find the humor in a situation. i’ll admit that i was a total perfectionist as a child and hated doing anything incorrectly or being bad at things — i took personal criticism really hard, and was so afraid of failure. the thought of messing up on anything would send me wanting to cry in a corner.

but lately, i realize i’m really learning to let go of that and just enjoy myself, and it’s my dancing that’s been the most obvious illustration of this for me. when i first started Latin dancing back in 2009, i used to get so upset with myself for sucking, or messing up, or not understanding what my partner was trying to lead, or just being too nervous to dance with people out of fear of being bad. i hate being bad at things. but when i was out dancing last weekend, i found myself cracking up — and having a complete blast — every time i missed a lead, or didn’t spin when i was supposed to, or whatever it might be. and i realize:  so what if i can’t dance in a straight line all the time, or if i dance with someone who’s way more advanced and he tells me he’ll dance at my level so i’m not humiliated. 🙂  i don’t even have an issue with comparing myself to other people — i love to rejoice in others’ successes and appreciate their skills. i would just get so competitive with myself, and want to do better for me, that it would suck the fun out of it. and recently, i’ve realized that this has changed somewhere along the way, and i can just enjoy myself and laugh at my mistakes and hopefully get that spin right the next time. or sometime in the next 10 times or so, even. 🙂 life is so much better when you’re laughing.

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xo

Questions:

Is it warm yet where you’re living? What’re you most excited about for Spring?

Anything you do (or want to do) that makes you supremely happy, even if it’s not always easy?

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