Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Social {movie edition}

Sunday Social

What is your favorite movie of all time?
when I'm by myself

or Pitch Perfect

with my husband
Love Actually

What is your favorite movie quote?
 this makes me giggle every time

What is the best movie to watch for a girls night in?

What is the best break up movie?
I don't really have a go-to break up movie. I've never watched one or relied on one. I guess I'd go with any Disney Princess flick! Those always cheer me up.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Emma Stone
or Jennifer Lawrence

or Zooey Deschanel

Which movie star's closet would you want to raid? 
Zooey Deschanel's New Girl closet, most definitely!

sources :: dettoldisney, fanpop, imgur, wikipedia, hair4tomorrow, yahoo shine

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Love Affair

I am having a love affair with my Birch Box this month!!
I have used a couple of things from this box & absolutely love them.

I'm seriously loving this eyeliner. I normally don't go for liquid liner because I am horrendously bad at applying it. But, with this liner, I feel like a makeup goddess! It goes on so easily and makes you feel like a pro.

I was nervous to use this at first. As a girl with curly hair, I am always hesitant to use different kinds of curly hair gel. This, though, ain't so bad. The curls are definitely soft and not crunchy, which is always a win in my book!
Do you get a Birch Box each month?
What'd you get? And, what'd you love??

source :: sephora, bestcurls

{note: I was not compensated for my thoughts on these products}

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

W.I.R.W. #11

Alrighty, folks!
I'm slowly but surely catching up to my goal of reading 50+ books within the calendar year.
With the way I'm reading this summer, I might just surpass it, but that all depends on if I get a job!
Right now, I'm in limbo - cleaning my house, applying for jobs, and reading books.
But, here's what I've read in the past week.

Honeymoon for One
 I got this book through the Kindle Daily Deals series. I get a lot of good books that way.
I pushed myself through Etiquette for the End of the World knowing that this delightful read would be on the other side. 
This book was a great pool/beach read that flew by quickly. I probably would have finished it quicker if not for the fact that I left my Kindle at home one day when I went to the pool.
I was a sad girl that day and had to start a different book {The Bachelor}, and I absolutely hate starting another book while in the middle of one because then I get all the characters confused.
If you're looking for a quick, easy read out by the pool or at the beach, I recommend this one.
Murder on a tropical island. Best friend mishaps. A sea turtle named Fred. Who wouldn't want to read about that?

The Bachelor
 As I mentioned above, I found myself reading this book at my parents' pool because I had left my Kindle at home. This was one of the only books my mom still has at her house because she gets all her books by Kindle too.
I did really enjoy this book though. I liked the development of the characters, but it moved a little quick for my taste. At times, I found it a bit impractical but still fun to read nonetheless.
It too is an easy read out by the pool or at the beach.

A Wife by Accident
I bought this book as a desperate attempt to read something quickly.
I was at my parents' pool again {notice a theme?} and needed a book to read because I was fresh out.This was a book that I had gotten a sample of on my Kindle who knows when.I figured, try it out, and if you like it, buy the rest of the book.
I'm not sure if it was worth the $3 price tag, but I enjoyed the quick read. I finished it in a matter of hours, actually.This would be another one if you wanted to take your mind off of your life for a little while.
15 books down; 35 more to go!

source :: kindle & goodreads

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Great Character Conundrum

As you've probably guessed from my blog, I like to read. It's one of my favorite past times. I love to escape to far off or nearby places through different characters and their back stories.

I have a problem though. As I've been reading all these books the past couple of weeks to catch up on my goal of 50+ books this 2013 year, I've noticed what seems to be a pattern. All the heroines are short, like between 5'2" and 5'5" and all the heroes around around 6' tall or more.

Why is that?

I feel as if that is a bit impractical. Yes, we all dream of dating/marrying the tall, dark and handsome type that is taller than us so that we fit perfectly into him, but it's just not practical. For example, my husband is only about 3 inches taller than me, but he's still perfect. Why do we glorify the Greek god style of man?

Now, don't get me wrong. I love to drool over the descriptions of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome each time I read a book! But, why do they have to be that way? Why can't the men be under 6'? And, why can't the women be taller than 5'5"? When I read a book, I feel very out of sorts because I want to relate to the characters all the way around. It's hard when you feel like a monster against the height of each character.

Do you feel the same way? Do you think it's odd the height differential between male and female characters when you read a book?

source :: aliceinreaderland

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Social {fashion edition}

Sunday Social

 What's your favorite store to shop at?
If you could afford anything and everything, which designer brand would you covet?
 What is your must have closet staple?

What are your favorite kind of shoes (brand or type)?

What is the best clothing deal you've ever gotten?
I bought a Calvin Klein dress at Ross for $30. I love shopping there!!

What is a style you'd love to try?

source :: awakenedaesthetic, amazon, shopaholicinalabama, frillyfabulous, icedcoffeeandpeonies

Friday, June 21, 2013

happies & crappies

The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up

1. my parents came back from their trip overseas & brought presents for me! {I will never be too old for presents from my parents' trips}
2. it's the first day of summer & I cannot wait to go to the pool today!
3. I had a blast with my girl Lindsey last weekend which you can read all about here
4. I was told at an interview that I was overqualified for a job
5. I found out I get my last paycheck in July instead of in June {sigh of relief}

1. I didn't get either of the jobs I interviewed for this past week
2. I am still applying for jobs and not getting responses {worst feeling ever}
3. I blew out my tire on the interstate a week ago by running over a rock so I had to buy two new tires
4. my cat likes to cuddle with my husband instead of me {sad face}

It's always better when the happies outweigh the crappies!

source :: pinterest

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Harlem Shake: Wedding Edition

My wedding has come and gone. In fact, at the end of the month, the mister and I will have been married for 2.5 years. It's crazy how quickly time flies. Next time I blink, I might just be 35 with a kid!

Anyway, the other night, Mr. GrapeJuice found a Harlem Shake video online that he thought I'd like to see, and it made me beg the question: would you?

Here's the video:

So, after seeing that, would you do something such as this at your wedding?

To me, doing the Harlem Shake is a complete fad.
I'm not sure I'd want to look back on my wedding when I was 50 years old and see myself doing the Harlem Shake. And, I can only imagine the comments my kids would make.
{face palm}

But, I will say - to each their own & do what makes you happy because it's your day and not mine.
And, to be completely honest, it did make me giggle a little.

But, I wouldn't do it on my big day.
Would you?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

W.I.R.W. #10

Last week, I updated you on my progress. I was only 10 books into my 50+ book goal for the year.
Well, I am happy to report that I have read 3 books in the past week!

The Prince

This book goes along with The Selection series.
If you haven't explored these books yet you should, especially if you liked The Hunger Games.
This book is all about the prince's point of view about what is happening to him.
It was an interesting and quick read. I enjoyed getting to see things from his perspective.

The Elite

This is the second book in The Selection series.
If it tells you anything about the book, I finished it in less than 24 hours.
Basically, I devoured it.
It was a great book, and I wondered how in the world the book was going to progress without giving away the ending because there's a third book coming.
I was pleasantly surprised with the plot development and found myself just as conflicted as the character about the choices she had.
Now...I have to wait another whole year for the last book to come out.
Ugh, that's the only downfall of reading a series.

Etiquette for the End of the World

"Bridget Jones for the New Millennium?"
I think not!
The main character is not nearly as humorous nor does she find herself in such comical situations as Bridget does.
I knew what was going to happen because it was very plain to see, and I had to force myself to get through the book. I was hoping this was going to be a quick summer read, but I was seriously wrong.
Unless you want to be very disappointed, don't pick up the book.

In the meantime, I've got two more books on the burner to read in the coming week.
I will meet my reading goal for the year.
Just you wait and see!!

Stay tuned next week to see what I've been reading, but while you wait, tell me what you are reading!
I look forward to your suggestions.

source {for all} :: goodreads

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Weekend Adventures!

This past weekend, my gal pal Lindsey came in to town, and we had an absolute blast!

On Thursday, we went down to a relatively new restaurant called The Pharmacy and had some amazing burgers. We also had some phosphate sodas. Lindsey got the Orange Creamsicle, and I got the Cream Soda. Then, we played mini golf and visited the Opryland Hotel to get our picture taken at our favorite spots! I got my first ever hole in one during our mini golf game! It was definitely dumb luck. =] We also met a cute little froggy outside the hotel that was just chillin' on the wall.

On Friday, Lindsey and I wanted to go hang out at my parents' pool for the day, but God had different plans. He decided that a blown tire was in the plans for the day.

 Thank goodness Lindsey was with me because she was putting a positive spin on everything. And, thankfully, a random stranger stopped and helped us! He changed the tire for two helpless girls and then made sure we got to Discount Tire in one piece.

Once I got two new tires, we finally headed over to my parents' place. Lindsey got to enjoy the pool while I got ready for an interview via Skype. After my interview, I enjoyed some pool time, and then we went downtown. We visited the Corsair distillery. I didn't much care for it, but it was a fun time! Then, we went BrickTop's and enjoyed some delicious food thanks to a gift card I won back in February. I had the Sea Bass with some Chile Lime Buttered corn. O.M.G. I about died and went to heaven!

After dinner, we ventured over to Cheekwood but not before a little GPS snafu thanks to Mr. GrapeJuice. Poor guy, he put in the wrong address, which took us in the completely opposite direction. Eventually, we got it figured out and headed back to where we had already been.
When we got to Cheekwood, they redirected us to another parking lot because theirs was already full!
When we got to the other parking lot, we had to wait for the shuttle bus to come pick up.

The wait was totally worth it though. Just look at the photos below that I took!

Then, on Saturday, I got my pool time in finally, and then we hit up the East Side Hootenanny. There was free live music and food trucks. We really just went for the food trucks though. So delicious!! I got a chicken salad croissant and a Strawberry Colada cupcake which were divine. After our food truck visit, we went to a BYOB painting class. We painted the Nashville skyline with a beautiful blue moon. The class was loads of fun, and I can't wait to do another one!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Social {pet peeves & some celebrities}

Sunday Social

1. What is your biggest driving pet peeve?
I have a lot of driving pet peeves, but one of my big ones is when someone comes flying up behind you, goes around you, gets in front of you, AND THEN SLOWS DOWN! Not cool.

2. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
Well, for one, I hate all the spam comments. I've had to switch to approving all comments, which is one of my other pet peeves. I hate when comments are posted later. What if I misspelled a word, and I need to delete my comment so I can fix my mistake??

3. What is your biggest general pet peeve?
I cannot stand people who chew on things. My husband does it all the time - finger nails, bottle caps, straws, etc. I especially can't stand it when you're sitting right next to me.

4. What is your most irrational fear?
Flying Insects!!!! They can go anywhere quickly, land on you, buzz around your ears, etc.

5. Name 3 celebrities you would want to have dinner with.
I would want to spend dinner with: Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and...Ryan Gosling. I think we would have a kick ass time!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Country Music Half Marathon

Back in April, the mister and I ran the Country Music Half Marathon. Well, I say ran, but I walked up all the hills. I was so heavy from all the rain!

From the moment we arrived at the race to the moment we left, all it did was rain. The night before the race, I googled what to do when you're going to run in the rain. I did not want to be caught off guard. But, when we got to the corral Saturday morning, I was still timid about the whole experience.

While we waited for the race to start, we killed time waiting under awnings and in Panera. We tried to stay warm as much as possible. I even wore a jacket! Once I got wet though, there was no turning back. If the sun had been out, I don't think I would have minded as much, but it wasn't out so it was cold! At one point while we were waiting, I told my husband that if he hadn't bought our entry into the race for my birthday we probably would have left because I was so miserable! On our way up to the start line, someone was passing out garbage bags, and I grabbed one of them quickly!!

But, we did it, and I was so glad and proud of us afterwards. We even beat our previous half marathon time from the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. We ran the half marathon in 2 hours and 51 minutes, which is about 6 minutes better than our previous time!

Also, I obviously had to buy pictures as photographic evidence that I ran said half marathon as well.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thirsty Thursday

Do you love to sip cocktails poolside/oceanside?
I know I do!!

And, as my husband likes to say,
Today is...

So, being as it is Thirsty Thursday, I thought I'd share one of my faves!
Here's a drink that I was introduced to back in September 2012 at a wedding.
I've been kind of hoarding it but decided to share, in case you haven't discovered the deliciousness of Whipped Cream Vodka.

Oh, yes, you read that right!
Whipped Cream Vodka
The best invention known to man.
When I go out, this is what I will get nine times out of ten.
No more vodka cranberries for this gal!

So, what recipe do I want to share with you involving Whipped Cream Vodka?
Well, a pineapple upside down cake, of course!
It's not a shot.
It's not made with regular vodka.
And, it is absolutely heaven.

Here's what you will need:

Whipped Cream Vodka (I prefer Pinnacle)
Pineapple Juice
and ice, if you'd like

step one: fill glass with ice

step two: add one ounce whipped cream vodka

step three: fill remainder of glass with pineapple juice

step four: top with a dash of grenadine

step five: add straw and enjoy!

It's as easy as that!
Five steps, and you're done. 

Take some time and enjoy this wonderful concoction, and then come back and tell me all about it!

{special thanks to my husband for making the drink & then enjoying one with me!}

{also, as a note, I was not given any compensation from any of the product companies for writing and/or publishing this post}

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

W.I.R.W. #9: 10 down; 40 to go

So, it's June, and I thought I'd update you on my GoodReads reading challenge. 
Just to recap, I set a goal to read 50+ books this year.
Initially, I was hoping that I would be able to read one book per week, which is why I created What I'm Reading Wednesdays.
That didn't exactly happen...

Here's where I'm at right now 5 months in to the challenge though.
 I've got some serious catching up to do in these upcoming summer months.
At least, I won't be working so I can go to my parents' pool and read all day long in the sun.

If you have any book recommendations, let me know!

In other news, I did finish the Beautiful Creatures series last week.
I cried, but I loved every minute of it.
I felt as though the book escalated quickly because they were trying to wrap up all the details, much like the last book in The Hunger Games series.
So, when you read book four, be prepared for that!

Now, all I can picture in my head is...
source :: memegenerator