Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Swatch: Essie Knee High Life

My sister gave me this nail polish as a random gift one day and I am so thankful she did because not only is the color absolutely gorgeous BUT the name is totally awesome. We both went to an all girls private high school when we were younger and that came with a uniform, including knee highs. So I guess you could say we really did live the "knee high life" like this polish is named.
This polish is a really pretty berry/wine type color. It has an excellent formula and dries well.
And here is a photo of the infamous uniform....with knee highs of course! Turns out that after you graduate your private school uniform becomes a perfect go-to Halloween costume. Haha.
Check out those knee highs. And yes, Husband was Charlie Brown. Lol. Also say hello to some of my college buds!

I'm so glad it's Wednesday. This week has been so busy running from courthouse to courthouse. I didn't even make it to the office on Monday or Tuesday. And tomorrow is going to be the same. Can it be the weekend already?? At least the weather is nice so I can finally go for a run outside! How is your week going?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Food + Fitness

Ughhh. This week I contemplated not even putting up a Weekly Roundup because I have been sick. And it wasn't the...
...kind of sick. It was the can't focus, can't think, body pain, fever, sore throat, coughing, no voice, knock out cold that had me thanking my lucky stars that I don't have any kids. Seriously, how do moms do it?! I can't remember the last time I was sick like this. 13 years ago?? Anyway, because my husband can fend for himself I was able to curl up in bed and just focus on getting better--and that's exactly what I did. He was so sweet though and did act as caretaker when it was really bad. I guess we did take that "in sickness and in health" vow. Glad to know he'll stick to it! Lol.

I first started getting sick on Sunday morning which kind of sucked because it was Easter and all and I was visiting with family. Not that I let it stop me. I came in second in the Adult Easter Egg Hunt (don't mock me) only because of a certain fall and my sister stealing THREE of my eggs. LOL. But when we left I had a massive headache, fever, and chills all at the same time. I went right to bed and then worked on and off from home over the next two days. Food and fitness just wasn't a priority this week. But I will share some highlights, because consistency is key to establishing a blog serious, right?

Food
To be honest, most of my meals looked like this:

Yep, LOTS of tea consumed over here this week. On the plus side, the tea I was guzzling was imported to the United States from England's Fortnum & Mason store where Husband and I had our tea tasting during our honeymoon. It had the authentic taste and transported me right back to London so it was a really nice (and tasty) way to distract myself from the nastiness I was feeling physically. And I got to break out my rarely used high school mug, so that was nice. I could live at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly if they'd let me. I have a major obsession with their "hampers" but I won't buy one because they are so expensive and I can't imagine the importing would go very well.

As for meals, I honestly can't remember what I ate when over this week. I know that one of the nights I had some leftover Easter ham and mashed potatoes, which were delicious. We also grilled up some burgers (tonight) which has me soooo excited for summer. I cannot wait for summer cookouts, barbecues, and just grilling various dinners and hanging outside. Obviously it's too cold to grill in the winter so I'm super excited that the weather *should* be getting nicer. Any day now...
Husband is such a good doctor. He obviously knew I was sick and he surprised me with the "Doctor's Orders" AKA matzo ball soup and potato latkes. I neeeeed to learn how to make matzo ball soup. It is so delicious. I don't care that I'm not Jewish. Whoever said chicken noodle soup is the sick soup was wrong. Matzo ball soup is so much better.
And because I was too lazy to pack lunch this week I did stop at Chik Fil A after my doctor's appointment on Wednesday. When Husband saw the Chik Fil A bag all I could say was "I'm sick" and duck under the covers. Such clean eating, right??

Fitness
As for Fitness, if you count burrowing under covers, coughing excessively, and walking from the bed to the couch as a workout then I worked out A LOT. If you don't think those things qualify (you'd be right), then I did a whole lot of nothing.

I'm not 100% back to normal yet--I still have a decent cough--but my throat feels like it is functioning again so I'm hoping to get to the gym this week just to do a slow jog. I didn't need to get sick this month. My tough mudder is in like....a month! I need to be training! Lol.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Swatch: Sinful Colors Alfresco

Am I the only one looking forward to dining "al fresco" (which is fancy pants speak for "eating outside") during the nice spring/summer weather? I am dreaming of the day we grill up some kabobs, kick back with a raspberry/watermelon girly drink, and just relax. And this nail polish might just be perfect for those comfy summer nights outside enjoying company of friends and family. This is Sinful Colors Alfresco, a stunning blue polish which is as breathtaking in photographs as it is IRL. Look at that vivid color!
I'll admit it. I think Sinful Colors is hit and miss. But this polish is a big big big hit. Some Sinful Colors polishes take too many coats to cover visible nail line and lack the saturation I crave but this one is a gorgeous creme. To me, a good polish is all about the formulation.
This is from the Sinful Colors "Sinful Shine with Gel Tech" 2 step gel line and I think it's the only one I have in my collection. Obvi, that needs to change immediately because I cannot say enough good things about this color. The formula is so good, it went on even in 2 coats, it dried quickly, and it has that signature gel shine finish without the whole I-now-have-to-soak-my-nails-in-100%-acetone-for-2-hours removal thing. I'm a big big fan. Huge. In fact, I may have 8 more nail polishes in my online cart right now. Okay, okay, I have 11. Don't judge me.
I don't actually have the Sinful Colors "Step 2" top coat for this line but I used the top coat I got in my OPI Infinite Shine set instead. I didn't notice any issue so I think it's fine to mix and switch brands.
Worked like a charm and the nails looked great. Of course I topped the gel top coat off with Seche Vite for the quick-drying quality. Does anyone else notice that gel top coats take foreeeeever to harden (for the brands where you don't use a curing light)? Seche Vite cuts down on that dramatically so you can get on with your day that much faster. And when you're a busy gal (or guy), quick is the name of the game.
Stunning. And for $2.99? You can't beat it! I love really vivid polish and this might be my new favorite for the coming months. I'll have to see if it wears better/longer since it has that gel tech in it!


Have you ever mixed base, color, and top coat brands before? Ever had a problem with it?

Can you believe it's already Friday?! This week FLEW BY.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Shopping List: Athletic Wear

This post is kind of out of character for this blog BUT I figure why not??

I can't remember if I mentioned this yet on the blog but, if not, I have signed up for a Tough Mudder Half race in May! Luckily, I signed up along with my brother and my brother-in-law who will helpfully be able to lift me over the obstacles. But anyway, I needed to do an overhaul of my athletic wear for my "training" for the race. Hah! So I started online shopping at various places for not only "training" gear but also to try to decide what to wear for the actual Tough Mudder race. By far my favorite clothes have come from Target, Old Navy, Nike, and UnderArmour. And what do I notice today? A sale!
Uhm, yes please! I'm thinking of purchasing these babies:
Because those polka dot pants are ADORABLE--though I'm not sure about the high waist/drawstring thing. And can you ever have enough sports bras? I mean they won't be good options for running (I need SUPPORT do you hear me??) but I love the pink color and the multicolor stripe design. And that muscle shirt just makes me laugh. I don't think I'm fit enough for the whole workout-slogan-gear yet but it's so cute!

Does anyone know what to wear for a Tough Mudder? I know you're not supposed to wear anything you like because, well, mud, but I don't have any good moisture-wicking options and I have read that that is required for comfort during the race. Any ideas?? Looks like I have more shopping to do.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter 2018

As I write this I am cuddled up under my comforter on the couch because I am home sick from work. It feels so bad to take a sick day but I have no voice, a fever, and am fluctuating between chills and sweats. I don't know what is wrong and I usually would go into work anyway but nope not this time. This time I am actually sick and am spending the day on the couch watching TV and sleeping. But this blog party must go on right?

So, as many of you know this past Sunday was Easter. So, to all who celebrate, Happy Easter! Also, Happy Passover to all my Jewish visitors. For my nails I chose springtime pastels in a polka dot tip. I used a nude base and then dotted Zoya Ireland, Zoya Kristen, Zoya Cole, and I can't remember the pink-purple color!
Husband and I spent the day doing traditional Easter shenanigans before heading to my parents' house for Easter Dinner and a bit more shenanigans. For example, Easter baskets!
And then an Easter egg hunt...because I'm five years old and figured why not?

It was only 24 eggs and I filled them with Chex Mix and almonds instead of even more candy. How much candy do you really need??
My favorite hiding places were above the doorbell box and on the dining room light.
Then we dyed some eggs. My absolute favorite is the pink, orange, yellow one. It's like a sunset!
Yep, we basically pretended we were kids. Who says Easter baskets, dying eggs, and egg hunts are only for kids though?? Lol.

How was your weekend? What did you do?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Weekly Recap: Food + Fitness

Let's just say last week's food and fitness wasn't recapped because it was my husband's birthday and...well, birthday cake. And birthday french fries. And birthday cheesecake. And birthday macarons. And birthday Cheesecake Factory. And well, you get the picture. Suffice it to say there was an overwhelming amount of food and an underwhelming amount of fitness.

Luckily, this week was better. Sort of. If  you count getting back on the wagon Wednesday night as being back on the wagon. Oh well. I was out and about most of the week because one of my cases started trial and the partner I work for was handling that so I handled the other appearances throughout the week. That being said, there some tasty eats this week!

FOOD
For example, this parmesan garlic chicken with brussels sprouts:
It was a new recipe I tried from Delish.com, one of my go-to websites for food inspiration, and it was very "delish" indeed!

Other food throughout the week included a really delicious yogurt drink from Lush. I had never had it before but I figured you can't go wrong with strawberry and raspberry. It was so tasty and its also made from a dairy in Georgia that uses only grass-fed cows for the milk. It tasted just like my favorite Strawberry & Creme Frap that I used to get from Starbucks so it was really satisfying but only had 230 calories in it.
I also enjoyed Fawen Cauliflower & Broccoli soup with turmeric. I stumbled across it when I was in the soup aisle a few weeks ago and was intrigued by their bottled hot or cold "grab and go" capability. Naturally, I brought one with me on a court day and drank it cold. It was really tasty and the perfect lunch while I was driving down the turnpike. Then I used the second one to try warmed up in a proper bowl. It was also good--although--it's not the most beautiful soup you'll ever eat. Maybe that's why it comes in a non-see-through package! Lol.

FITNESS
Three days of workouts is not so bad, right?? Lol. I did some sprint splits on the treadmill on Wednesday night, which resulted in both my arms and legs being sore yesterday...and today. Am I the only freak who loves the feeling of soreness? Probably. Anyway, Husband joined me on Wednesday and I sneakily took this stunning photo of him on the stair climber machine. He would kill me if he knew I took it...oh well, #bloggergonnablog!
I did a little (emphasis on little) rowing too. My gym just recently got this machine and I'm slowly becoming obsessed with it. It reminds me of when I saw The Notebook and decided I wanted a house on a lake so that I could row every morning. Lol at that dream. Maybe one day! I like rowing because I CAN REALLY FEEL IT.

Thursday was gorgeous out--it made it past 60 degrees! Husband and I took advantage of the fantastic weather and took a brisk walk outside. Can I just say how nice it was to be able to open the windows and screen door again? I can't wait for it to be nice like that all the time. But of course, today is Friday, Good Friday in fact, and alas it is rainy. As I type this I'm watching the rain fall. Tonight feels like a 50 minute cycle kind of night.

So, how was your week? Did you have any good food? How about good fitness?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

5 Ways to Stay Healthy (and Sane) in Law School

I was going through my "drafts" folder here on the blog recently and I found a whole bunch of posts that apparently I wrote during law school but never finished/never posted! Whaaat? How does that even happen? I went back and looked at my law school years and seriously? I pretty much didn't share ANYTHING while I was in law school! Whyyy?! No clue. Anyway, rather than waste these posts, let's pretend I'm back in law school, shall we? After all, someone is always out there who wants to know more about the ins and outs of law school.

Here are 10 ways you can stay healthy in law school, brought to you by me....from 4(?) years ago! I was a 2L I guess at that point. So I knew more about law school than I did when I was a 1L but I wasn't yet a bored (or overworked) 3L.

1. "Study time" is not 100% of the time. Look, I get it. Between classes, reading cases, law review, honor societies, clinics, and possibly even a job or internship, you don't have much time.  And the time you do have you probably want to commit to getting ahead on your workload. I have spent many a Friday and Saturday in the library trying getting a jump on my coursework. However, take time for yourself.You won't regret it. Take a walk, go to the gym, cook yourself a healthy dinner, or just sit and stretch for a few minutes. You won't regret it. Escaping for a little while will help rejuvenate you for when you (inevitably) slog back to the books and work. And seriously, if the professor cold calls you and asks an off the wall question that isn't in the case you wouldn't have had a chance even if you spent more time reading the cases. Trust me. It's happened to me multiple times.

2. Drink water. You probably don't relish the idea of schlepping case books to class. And if you're like me and you don't live on campus, schlepping books can mean lugging (almost) all of your casebooks from your apartment, to your car, to class, to the library, back to your car, back to your apartment on the daily. I know the last thing you want to do is add YET ANOTHER THING to your bag to juggle throughout the day. But seriously, when I started bringing a water bottle with me everyday it was a game changer. Not only is staying hydrated good for your skin and all that jazz but it also can help stave off hunger. Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry you are in fact just thirsty?? That's why they say to drink a glass of water before you eat. And there are so many adorable water bottles out there. Plus, then you can be THAT girl who always has a water bottle with her and is super healthy! Lol.

3. Get involved in extracurricular clubs. You probably have a lot on your plate with classes and work and all but consider joining an extracurricular club. It's a great way to be active (I know one club that has pick up basketball or flag football games at least once a week) and you can meet fellow classmates. Law students notoriously live in a bubble of home, school, work, sleep. So if you join clubs you get your nose out of the books and some "people time" that will do wonders for your sanity!

4. Don't buy snacks/food at school. Or at least try your best not to. Too many times I have been hustling between classes and stopped into our cafe for a quick bite to eat. I'll admit that I never chose the salad options. But meal prepping and planning is NOT hard and packing a healthy lunch and however many snacks you need to get through a busy day does not take much effort. I like to pack my bag (yes, yet another bag to carry around) with some healthy options to eat throughout the day so I can control things like calorie intake, portions, and general awareness of where my food came from. It keeps me out of the caf (and  therefore their pizza!) and away from the vending machines. Plus, having a protein ball or tiny snack that I could sneak during class keeps me focused and engaged in class because I wasn't thinking about how hungry I was. Plus, on the meager law student budget I have, preparing my own snacks is a much better economic choice than buying lunch/dinner every day.

5. Get enough sleep. Don't fool yourself, pulling an all-nighter is never a good idea. Not getting enough sleep not only impairs your mental stamina and acuity but it also can seriously damage your health. Someone deprived of sleep is way more likely to get sick. I know law school is a mental marathon, but be sure to rest your brain each night.

Above all, the best advice is just to listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Sure there will be weeks you're slammed with work and can barely shower or eat let alone try to workout. And that's okay. Just do your best to eat well, stay active as best you can (maybe take the stairs!), and sleep a good amount each day. You'll feel better and you'll be better able to tackle the insane schedule that makes you wonder aloud to yourself what the hell am I doing here? at about 11:23 p.m. in the law school library. Not that I've done that or anything...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy 28th to My Husband!

Today's nails are a super special celebration of my husband's 28th birthday! Can you believe I posted birthday nails back for his 23rd birthday?! Sheesh, where does the time go? I decided I would do a variation on balloons ago because...why not?
And if that's not enough...
I love celebrating my sweets' birthday!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

First Day of Spring + Ritas

I don't know about you but I thought spring meant warmer weather? You know, running outside, denim jackets, short sleeves, eating on the patio, etc. But no, as it turns out the first day of spring brought us...more snow. Regardless I painted these -- let's just call them "abstract" springs flowers.
Whatever, I still got my First Day of Spring Rita's Water Ice. Of course I was wearing full on snow gear but it was still delicious.
Mmmm, grape...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Toetally Tuesday: Tropical Hawaiian Nails + FOMO

My sister and brother-in-law just returned from a recent trip to Hawaii with her in-laws and I had serious FOMO the whole time they were there. Can you get any better than calming palm tree breezes, sandy beaches, crisp blue oceans, delicious seafood, the freshest of pineapples, ukulele music, and overall gorgeous flora and fauna?? I don't think so. There's a reason that's called paradise! In order to reduce some of my FOMO I painted these Hawaiian-inspired sunset palm tree manicure and pedicure:
Hawaiian nails; sunset nails; sunset manicure; palm tree nails
I used OPI Flashbulb Fuschia for the base and then sponged Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow toward the tip and Sally Hansen Sun Kissed in the middle. It took me a few tries before I got the gradient I wanted. Then on the ring finger I free-handed a black palm tree. I am obsessed with these nails. They make me want a little umbrella drink on a beach.
Hawaiian nails; sunset nails; sunset manicure; palm tree nails
Hawaii is on my vacation "to do" list fo sho. So many places to go so little time (off from work, lol)! Do you have any "must see" locations on your travel bucket list?