A few tips for making your day a little brighter/healthier/lovelier/better:
Because….there’s no day like today:
Try replacing the milk/cream in your coffee with soy: If you want to get fancy- ask the barista to steam your soy.
Smile at strangers: You may surprise by how many smile back.
Push-ups: Do as many as you can, as often as you can. I don’t just make this suggestion for the obvious strength-building benefits…but also because you get the prettiest flush on your face after just a few push-ups. Let’s just say, it’s not uncommon for me to drop to the ground and bust out a couple before snapping a photo.
Listen to the song “A Little Priest” from Sweeney Todd. Wordplay at it’s finest.
Wear cute underwear. (Hanky Pankies for me.)
Play the game “the next 30 minutes will be the most productive 30 minutes of my life” and try to beat your own “high score” (If you play this “game” daily, you will always be a high performer.)
Compliment someone. And mean it.
Spend an 5 extra minutes on your hair or makeup or accessories: Feeling put-together provides me with a healthy dose of confidence
Tonight I swung by my neighborhood nail salon for a much needed mani/pedi and I couldn’t help but peer over my US Weekly and check out the girl next to me getting the OPI no-chip manicure.
Far be it for me to be left out of a polish trend…I decided to give this sounds-too-good-to-be-true product a shot.
The no-chip manicure cost about $30 (vs $13 for a regular mani) and is supposed to last 2-3 weeks. The color goes on your nails as a gel, not a polish. Fear not- it isn’t that tacky thick gel of the 90’s or anything. It feels more like several thick coats of polish.
I obviously can’t write a full review yet, not until I have seen how well it wears. However, I will say that the color is slightly flatter than regular polish. Not as much shine as I typically like. But maybe that’s ok.
I will report back in 2-3 weeks (closer to 3, I hope) and let you know if OPI lives up to its no-chip promise.
I really want this to be answer to my polish prayers.
What a joyous day…. a monumentous occasion… oh glory of glories….Today is your Birthday!!!!!
From the moment you brought us the most beautiful dress the Internet has ever seen, I knew I liked you. And then you did awesome shit like this, this and this, and I knew I loved you.
And in honor of your special day, I share a story:
Rewind to about a year ago. Emphasis Added had been around for just a few weeks and I stumbled across a “Smile Friday” post on your blog. I thought it was the most clever idea I had ever heard of….a post, every Friday, about a smile. Word. For the following 6 months I believed YOU had started “Smile Friday” on Tumblr (proof here). Even after realizing that nearly everyone does these posts, I just thought you were a very influential internet sensation! Come to think of it…I still do!
Thank you for brightening my dashboard and for giving me awesome stories to come home with on a daily basis. In the sake of full disclosure, when I am running short on tales to share with the world…I often regale people in my offline life with your antics. They all adore you.
I think you are so great and wish you a year filled with immeasurable happiness and lots of material for Smile Friday!
I received an email today notifying me that “Fresh Whipped Egg Nog” was being served in our company cafe.
Oh, and on Friday, I was I was invited to visit one of the cookie decorating tables set-up throughout our office. And, in the off chance sugar cookies weren’t tempting enough, they offered up several different choices of icing colors in piping bags to meet our caloric/creative needs!
I have mentioned the musical “In The Heights” seven separate times on my blog. I have listened to the songs from the soundtrack on every single lakefront run and 20+ mile car drive over the past two years. I have fallen hard for this show without ever having actually seen it.
But Saturday night that all changed! This weekend, Simon and I had tickets for the touring production of “In The Heights.” I was just so darn excited to see it, that I right before the curtain went up, I was visibly quaking with joy from my front row seat.
(Digression: When living in NY, I went through this phase where I viewed every show through a critical lens and dismissed anything that wasn’t serious theat-ah as fluffy, therefore unworthy of my attention. Sure, maybe I was a really informed patron, but to be honest…it just wasn’t as fun going to shows expecting to hate them. Since moving back Chicago, I decided to re-embrace musicals in all their cheesy glory. I decided to start appreciating the type of show that initially captured my heart and I have given myself permission to love some shows just for being sparkly.)
So, how was “In The Heights?” I loved it!
I sang along (in my head)! I started the standing ovation! I posed in front of the marquis! In other words…I did the things that would have made a more urbane, NY dwelling version of wretch, but dang…this Emily had a darn riot!
"In the Heights," Thank you for being everything I hoped you would be!
Friday night date night included a trip to the mega Whole Foods and back home to our Husb/Wife Christmas Card Assembly Line (I tape, Simon signs, I label, He licks).
I wish I could pretend that the grocery store isn’t one of my favorite date spots in the city…but um, it is. Come on, it is not as lame as it sounds…inside this store there are two bars, about 6 different cafes and a copious amount of free samples.
After a week heavy on salads fruit, I was craving something vegan AND satiating. I cased the joint (the largest Whole Foods in the country) and stumbled upon the most delightful little treat!
Quinoa Sweet Potato Cakes: Quinoa and wild rice bound by sweet potato and cranberries. So freaking DELICIOUS!
I think one of the toughest things about vegan eating is finding food that feels like a meal, but thanks to the far end of the prepared food case at the market up in Lincoln Park this task got a whole lot easier.
Try it one night…visit your local health food store and find yourself a meat, dairy, animal free dinner. You might be surprised!
I took a few days off from writing to prepare and participate in the Christmas season that more or less snuck up on me!
I am happy to report:
Christmas Cards have been signed, stamped and mailed
Stockings have been stuffed
Christmas gifts have been procured (please note: 48 hours ago, approximately 10% of my gifts had been purchased. Last minute shopping is so not like me, but between New Job and Children’s Choir…the big day snuck right up on me!)
We braved the blizzard like conditions and ended up finding an awesome collection of treats for our peeps!
I suppose it is probably for the best that I just finished my shopping today…I LOVE buying gifts, but I hate keeping secrets…especially when that secret is wrapped in a beautiful bow!
(After all the gifts are opened…I promise to blog my favorites!)