Monday, May 31, 2010

A couple things to mention

1. Well it's true I recently turned 30. oh mon dieu! ...I feel like it was awhile ago, but none the less it was a great birthday celebrated with the people I love....and of course up at the cottage! Champagne, Tiffany's, Wine, The Byrd, Roses, After hours, Kayaks, and pressies. Good times! Though I have much to reflect on as I have left my 20's, my new mentality in life is let the good times roll ;) 30 is where it's at!
2. So while ending my 20's I also finished my first 'guy' sweater, and created a Beer Pong Inspired Cardi for Lover (Dave Love). Exhibit B.
3. My mom, Steph and I are all doing a 30 day cleanse. We are all at different stages, but I am on day 8 and am STARVING!! I have never been on a cleanse in my life, and I really don't know if it's right for me, but as I always take on new challenges this is one for the books! Today is the toughest day I have ever had, and I keep saying I have run 4 marathons, I can definitely get through today....argh! Today is the super cleanse day which consists of cleanse powder and water. oh dear! One day at a day at a time!
4. Spent a fab weekend in Smith Falls/Perth and Ottawa - playing golf, boating, witnessing Chris become a godfather to Brody, and sharing in some laughs. Good times.
ok I am soo brain dead at the moment....I might have to shut er down, but I thought posting might take my mind off of the bag of pretzels in our lower cupboard. ha! night night!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Carrie Diaries

Seeing as this is the month when Sex and the City 2 comes out....why not read the new novel out by Candace Bushnell: The Carrie Diaries
Meet the teenage Carrie Bradshaw before ‘Sex and the City!’Before Carrie Bradshaw became the queen of the New York City social scene, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? THE CARRIE DIARIES opens in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends are inseparable – and then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy – older, intriguing and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school – until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realise it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted. Fans of SEX AND THE CITY will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. And we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next CARRIE DIARIES book will take place.
ps. yes it is very high school of me to be reading this...but I am reading way too many high level thinking books to become a better teacher...that I need a little breather ;) plus the book resembles a louis vuitton clutch....hello!?! - will let you know how it goes! Josie the count down is on!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Met Gala 2010

In between doing my online AQ course, preparing for my NTIP and preparing lessons I tend to browse the Internet to see what's a shakin' you may find me posting a wee bit I tend to procrastinate when stuck in a moment. Anywho the Met Gala was on last night, and of course the stars came out to walk the red carpet in style. Here are my top 2 choices for fav couple of the night! Of course fashionista Sienna Miller and Jude Law tied with timeless Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson! okee back to work and then off to yoga!
ps. I miss running!! I'm starting to get a little teary even thinking about it! Tomorrow I pick up my road bike from the shop so hopefully I will get my groove back! Anyone like to join..drop me a line!

Monday, May 3, 2010

10 staple items

so this weekend I had my long over due hair appointment ... decided to switch things up and try out Civello's in Oakville. Sunday is the new Saturday at Civello and I was pleasantly surprised by my visit. As always I browsed the tables and gathered my collection of magazines, so that I could tune out and relax. I started with Flare, went through Vogue and still had time to read through Oprah's mag. I've never been a huge fan of the O magazine, but this time around it was great! O is celebrating her 10th year of the magazine and she has a whole bunch of top 10 lists about different fav!! I couldn't get enough...I read the mag from cover to the last page. Here is an example of what I am talking about - but can I just say my 30th birthday (ahhhhh!) is way too close for comfort and I lack some of the mistake proof items!! How is that possible?? I am usually always on par. hmph!:

10 Mistake-Proof Items Every Woman Should Own
1. Touches of animal print. On a bag or shoe, a little bit of zebra or tiger operates like a neutral. Michael Kors and Ann Taylor bring them out almost every season. - check - but I wouldn't say my representation really counts.
2. A Leather Jacket. Now a year-round staple, they come in lighter weights and pale colors, like Tory Burch's in camel or Banana Republic's in beige. - don't have one...and it was only up until last fall that I desired one....gotta love my new found budget
3. A men's watch. I like men's styles because they're not too fussy or dainty. If you wear a lot of gold jewelry, go with gold tones (Tag Heuer's are great); if you wear mostly silver, pick stainless steel (Citizen and Swatch have affordable options). - Technically yes I have one...My Michael Kors one does the job...a definite staple in my wardrobe!
4. Diamond hoop earrings. More youthful than studs, hoops polish off a casual look and complete a dressy one. Unless you want to be mistaken for one of Beyoncé's backup singers, find a medium size. I love Daniel K's, and Carolee makes great faux ones. - No :( ...and I think you can only do the real deal for these
5. A sequined scarf. Every woman should have sequins for day. I think the unexpected combination—plain plus fancy—is key. - Dont think I agree with this...I do like a little sparkle though
6. White jeans. CJ by Cookie Johnson's and Gap's come in nice heavy fabrics. - yuppers! Love my white jeans! Top Shop...boooya!
7. A neutral shoe. In leather, patent leather, or fabric, a pair of heels that matches your skin color visually extends the line of your leg. - check, check. However, when I visualize a must have neutral shoe...I dont think of a stylesense shoe, but rather a red soled Christian day?!
8. An oversize blazer. The "borrowed from the boys" look isn't going anywhere. At the office, throw on a jacket—black, navy, or pinstriped. - check...but it's not a staple for me! My jean jacket is more like it!
9. A pencil skirt. Sexy without being revealing, and appropriate at any age—it works for every woman. If you have a boyish shape, it gives the impression of curves; if you're curvy, it plays up your figure; if you're plus size, it's more flattering than a full skirt. - ya ya check check
10. A laced trimmed bra or cami. Peeking out from under a V-neck, a little frill on a Soma bra or Mary Green cami adds a touch of femininity. - I do have one....but should pull it out more if it's a must have!

ps. So I have been brainstorming a new goal for myself...and for some reason climbing to base camp or one level higher on Mt Everest came to mind! I of course need a partner in when presenting my idea to Chris I think he thought I was crazy...but I'm serious...and he's coming with me, he just might not know it yet! Within the next 2 years I will accomplish this goal!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


check and check! It's taken me awhile to really sit down and reflect on the fact that I accomplished one of my all time participate and finish the Boston Marathon! It took me 3 marathons to finally get a time under 3:40 that was to allow me to take part in a marathon that all runners dream of one day saying that they were there, they ran it, and they got the jacket to prove it! sigh! The entire weekend was a weekend I will always remember. There were 26,776 entrants, 23,071 starters and 22,588 finishers in the 114th race. The entire city was buzzing with excitement and was a feeling I really can't put into words. I wore my jacket all weekend, and so did the rest of the 23,000 runners...and to know we all were there because of the dedication, hard work, and determination was something to be proud of! The actual race day turned out to be somewhat of a different experience then I had hoped, in that it turns out an injury really can stop you...but I crossed the finish line after a long 4 hours and more of crying, smiling, sweating, crying, cheering, walking, running and crying some more and was so happy to see close to the finish line the poster my parents created for me. The mental and physical battle I had throughout the race seemed to somewhat disappear when crossing the big blue line that I knew that i would have done it all again!! Being part of the Boston Marathon is one of the greatest feelings in the world!! 15924 boooya! Congratulations also to Sarah and Katie who also put a big check mark on their bucket list! Onto the next goal as dreams really can come true! Hugs and love to my parents, Jodie, Chris, Heather, Lyndon and John who helped to make it a weekend to remember! xo