Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WTF Leap Day?

Some people see leap day as a fun, once in a while event, and yet another another reason to celebrate [get inebriated, black out, and call in sick for March 1st].

I see it as something straight out of the Twilight Zone, where the strange exists and the unexplained occurs.
{Twilight Zone, 'The Masks}

Today has just been too weird of a day for me already and it hasn't even ended. Here are a few of my personal (somewhat neurotic) reasons why leap day enters the twilight zone (or Bermuda triangle - whatever supernatural phenomenon you prefer to psych yourself out with).

I hit every single traffic light on my way to work today.

I pondered the question: "Why isn't the extra leap day added to the end of the year?" - but really, have you though about it? Thanks, Julius Caesar.

I had more emails in my personal inbox than my work inbox. - that's a lot of emails considering my circumstances.

This article about how a Florida meth-head burns down a 3,500 year old cypress. - I'm going to follow Bugs Bunny's lead and do this to Florida if this madness continues.

'Leap year' is trending on Google Trends, not 'leap day.'

Davy Jones died today. - cheer up, Sleepy Jean. Read more.

Snooki is pregnant. - should she be allowed to spawn? Wah!

North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear weapons tests. - how did this happen? Only in the Bermuda triangle.

Bristol Palin got her own show. - who would even watch this?

Women are supposed to propose to men on a leap day. - now come on!
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Everything's Better in Paris

Everything's better in Paris...

I stumbled across this blog via one of my daily reads (A Cup of Jo) that compares Paris and New York. Although it makes New York seem impersonal and neurotic, and it makes Paris seem completely fabulous and delicious, I find these comparisons extremely clever and accurate.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Tour of Infamous Brentwood Celebrity Deaths

One week ago I went on a run to Pressed Juicery (on a whim, trust me I'm not a runner) and decided to check out the famous houses that are within blocks of where I live.

Now by "infamous houses," I mean residences where infamous deaths occurred. I'm not kidding - two infamous murder-suicides happened within a few blocks of where I live, and, of course, I had to check it out on my run.
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How To: A Fine-Haired Girl’s Guide

It's always been a struggle to maintain volume with my mane of hair. I'm guilty of having a lot of fine hair that tangles easily and needs to be washed daily (sometimes more often) to keep it looking fresh.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

How To: Ombre Color Blocked Nails

I am a huge fan of finding unique and trendy ways to paint my nails - I find it's a great way for you to express yourself and change up your style without completely (and expensively) changing your wardrobe. The ombre color-blocking fashion is easy to do, especially for the woman who buys nail polish in similar shades and hues.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Weekenders: Lake Arrowhead

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Lake Arrowhead with a group of people that we usually tailgate with during the UCLA football games. The cabin was very gorgeous, and very Republican conservative with a deer head mounted above the huge stone mantle, rifles nailed to the walls and crosses all around the cabin. The yard was huge with a porch swing and a 10 person jacuzzi.

The weekend events included lots of games involving drinking, horseshoes, tennis, and good food. It's funny - as you get older you find yourself bringing too much food and alcohol to these types of events as opposed to when you are younger and you're scrounging for leftover booze. It was such a pleasure to hang out with quality people outside of the city. The fresh air was just what the doctor ordered. What a great weekend away...
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Zesty, Low-Carb Italian Vegetable “Pasta”

Nothing is more delicious than pasta, but unfortunately pasta is also full of complex carbohydrates that make you sleepy, sluggish, and occasionally rotund if you're not an avid marathon runner. This dish is delicious, reminiscent of pasta, and low in carbohydrates. It's hearty, satisfying comfort food (with a makeover).

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Shopaholic Obsessions: Rue La La

I do most of my shopping online, and Rue La La is a dream come true for a semi-materialistic female who's on a budget (and let's be honest, usually "materialistic" and "budget" don't go in the same sentence). From designers to high end furniture to brand name kitchen appliances to one-of-a-kind art work and luxurious vacations, Rue La La has everything to offer (and nothing to lose!).

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Juice it Up: A Visit to Pressed Juicery

Instead of wasting my Saturday morning in bed or in front of my television, I decided to try and motivate myself to get out and be active while the sun was still out. Pressed Juicery is a brisk 2 mile jog away from my apartment in Brentwood - and I had been dying to try it.
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How To: Valentine’s Day Nails

Everyone loves a cute little DIY manicure to celebrate the holidays. For Valentine's Day I decided to keep it girly and fresh with reds, pinks, and lots of glitter. This take on painting your nails is sexy and trendy (and definitely a head-turner).

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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Pink Scandinavian Treat: Braised Radishes

I have found a new obsession and it includes radishes, garlic, butter, vinegar, and sugar. Yes, braised radishes sound somewhat odd and unconventional, but trust me, they're like a candied, low-carb treat of a side dish. It's a simple recipe to make, and tastes delicious. Radishes are these mini-sponges that absorb anything that you throw on them.

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