Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Finished!!!!!!!

Now that I've recovered... 

I can finally blog about my 10 mile run.

I woke up at 5:15 on Sunday, April 13 and didn't really know what I was in for that day. 

It was so dark outside the morning of the run, on my drive to the meet up spot at 6 AM I was blasting one of my favorite rap song to pump me up, wake me up, and get me in the mood. I met up with a bunch of other runners on my work team and we drove to old town Alexandria where large buses picked everyone up and transported us to the start line of the GW 10 Miler!

There were so many people out there that even with probably 100 porta potties we stood in line for about 10 minutes (seemed longer!!!!) and only got to the start line just in time! Exactly at 8:05 AM when they yelled START the huge group of people all started to run and jog and I was in the midst of it all... it was amazing.

During the actual 10 miles... Ehhhhh not so amazing. It felt like it lasted forever. Every mile that went by while i felt a sense of accomplishment I also grew to be dead tired and couldn't wait for the whole thing to be over. Every water stop, which turned out to be about every 2 miles was a welcome scene.

One of the best feelings in the world was running the last VERY long block, crossing the finish line at a jog and seeing that my time was under two hours and 30 minutes which was my ultimate goal. That means that I ran approximately 14 minute miles and I was so happy with that!!!! I got handed a metal, a water bottle and a snack box and as I turned the corner I saw all my friends from my part-time job, my wonderful boyfriend, and my two very very very very supportive parents all waiting for me to cross the 2nd finish line into the crowd of supporters.

Hugs and an high-fives where everywhere and a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders along with a real sense of achievement.

The recovery from the run hasn't been too fun, especially that first day- just ask my boyfriend... But two days later I'm feeling close to 100% and back to my usual hydrated self (water has been my best friend the past two days.) 

As I said throughout this whole approximately four months of training for the 10 mile, I'm not sure that running is necessarily my cup of tea. However, to be able to say that I've done something like this and using this as my starting point to really try to have a healthier lifestyle (eeek!) is really important to me.

Yay!!!!!!!! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Favorite Blogs

Every morning when I get to work and sit down at my desk, the first few minutes are all about catching up on my blogs while I sip on my latte.

I like to keep my eyes open for new ones- usually via Instagram- but I have a select few that I ALWAYS check, no matter what:

Purseblog - probably my favorite! - http://www.purseblog.com/

The Fashion Bomb - love the writing, commentary, styles and the founder, Claire!- my favorite fashion blog - http://fashionbombdaily.com/ - Claire also has her own personal fashion blog that I am also fond of - http://www.thebomblife.com/

Snob Essentials - for when I'm feeling snobby - http://www.snobessentials.com/

Cheetah is the New Black - I like this blog so much that I started from the beginning of her posts and read all the way up to the current posts- she is fun and I love the pictures - http://cheetahisthenewblack.com/

Outfit ID - This blog is celebrity pictures with info about their clothes and accessories.. Something fun to scroll through - http://outfitidentifier.com/

Those are my main blogs I keep track of but if I think of any more I will be sure to post them!

Mandarin!

While my boyfriend has yet to admit it (see here !), he made me a Michael Kors fan. I had never had a Michael Kors bag- more of a Coach girl at the time, until he got me one as a Christmas gift almost two years ago. Since then, it's been on! The colors are great, the quality seems to be awesome, and I love the whole aesthetic of most of his bags. One of the new colors Michael Kors has out right now is Mandarin and it was love at first sight!
 
The color is the perfect mix of red and orange and awesome for Spring/Summer/Fall (hey, Winter too) and I've been looking at all the bags that came in this beautiful color for the past few weeks. A few days ago my boyfriend left me up to my own devices and I found myself at Bloomingdales and circling the MK bags. They had these two bags on display (Hamilton, 1st picture shown and the Selma, 2nd) and I picked up both, checked price tag, put down.. and repeated several times.
Finally I decided on the Hamilton- I have this bag in lime green and really love it because my clothes are usually neutral- gray, tan, white, black, etc. and it really adds a pop- and took it to the register. To my surprise Bloomingdales is having their Friends & Family sale (until April 6) and most everything is 20% off! My day couldn't get much better... Until he told me I would have to pick it up on Wednesday or after because that was when the actual sale started... AHHH!
I couldn't say no to the 20% off and hopefully I will be picking up my new baby today!!! Can't wait!
 
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gel Nails at Home

Something that I have learned over the years is that I am pretty good at doing my own nails. I like to get the occasional manicure (no pedicures, thanks) but for the most part I do a really good job on my hands and feet.
I usually stick to nude colors on my hands and no color on my toes in the winter but now that Spring and Summer are here I love using bright colors and having my nails done at all times.
Lately I have been doing gel nails at home using Sephora's at home gel kit. My dad bought the kit for my mom for her birthday (I think?) one year and while she liked it she said she didn't like the way her nails were after she took off the polish.
The past 3-4 months I have been using the gel kit on my fingernails and I can honestly say I love it. There is zero dry time, the colors I've used so far (nude, light blue, light violet) have been really nice, they make my nails stronger, last a lot longer than regular polish, no chipping, etc.
There is a process for taking the polish off but I've always been more of a peeler… Maybe not as great for my nails but oh well!
I would recommend the Sephora kit to anyone who is interested in doing gel nails at home. It is quite pricey at $159 - the kit comes with the light, top & base coat, and all the other tools you need, with the polish priced individually at $17.50 each. You are no doubt spending a chunk of change at one time, but if you think about how much gel manicures are plus tip (let's say on average $40) the kit is paid for in 4 manicures and the nail polish will be used WAY more times than that. I would suggest going to the actual Sephora store to look at the different colors- there are a lot more colors available and you can get a better sense of what the colors are.

The whole process is easy and your nails look like they are professionally done. I just finished doing my hands and feet using the violet color. Pretty!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Breakfast for One

It's a rainy day in DC and I've been enjoying my morning at Panera with a latte and soufflé.
               
 
It's nice to have some alone time on my day off to catch up on me time and some reading. 

                  

I am on the last half of Allegiant (the 3rd book in the Divergent series) and while it does drag a little, as I was warned, I am enjoying it.
Most of all I am enjoying looking out the windows and watching the rain fall while sipping on my latte. 

My Saturday...