Sunday, January 31, 2016

5 January Things

I have to say that January has been a pretty awesome month,  
…filled with many awesome things:

Nike Air Max "Thea" 
I really didn't need new trainers, but I saw these on sale and just couldn't resist.
What can I say, charcoal leopard ...I never stood a chance. 

Young Sherlock Holmes :
I rediscovered this recently, and fell in love with it all over again. It might not be the best movie (and yeah some parts are a tiny bit over the top) but it's just one of those awesome 1980s Spielberg movies that's a pleasure from beginning to end.

Ciaté "Prima Ballerina": 
This is one of the shades that came with the Ciaté advent calendar, and while it didn't look like much it seemed perfect for that "I'm so over sparkly reds and gold" after Christmas manicure. The shade is a nude-ish mink, goes with pretty much anything, and might even replace Essie's Sand Tropez as my go-to toe-color.

It's nothing we haven't seen before, it's predictable as hell (no pun intended), but it's exactly the type of fun procedural I've been missing ever since Forever was cancelled. And Tom Ellis is a joy to watch.  

You may have noticed a pattern lately…  I slipped into a sunday morning posting routine that has been working rather well.  Now, I'm not saying, that I will only post on sundays from now on (as you never know when something post-worthy might happen), but I think blogs and lazy sundays are a winning combination.

What are your favorite January things?

Peace, Love, and Lobsters

Sunday, January 24, 2016


We finally got some snow (a lot of snow!) last weekend. Sadly it's already melting away, but I'm not quite ready to let it go, and cuddling up with a good snow-com  (a rom-com set in a winter wonderland) is a pretty good way to hold on to it.  Here are my top-picks.

Chalet Girl:

This is hands down my favorite (and not only because Ed Westwick is in it). I love movies about sports, and I'm a sucker for a classic cinderella tale,  that paired with the gorgeous scenery, a stellar cast, and a killer soundtrack  …there's no better recipe for a feel-good movie.  

Cloud 9:

Another sports movie, and probably the first Disney Chanel Original Movie in a long time that actually has that classic DCOM vibe that has been missing ever since the musical craze.  Much like Chalet Girl it's a simple feel-good movie in a gorgeous setting. 

Better of Dead:

I can't write a movie round-up without including an 80s flick, and "Better of Dead" has to be one of the most hilarious films ever made (and that skiing date scene is so beautiful).

Snow Day:

It might be for kids, and you're gonna have Hoku's "Another Dumb Blonde" stuck in your head all week but it's alright, it's okay…

Honorable Mention: 
Two Night Stand

Technically there isn't that much snow in the movie, because most of it takes place inside an apartment, but the snow is the reason the characters are stuck in that apartment, so there you go.  

Do you have a favorite snow-com? 

Peace, Love, and Lobsters

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Closet Cleanse

I'm a bit of a neat freak, and actually love to clean out my closet,  but I also know that it can be a bit overwhelming if you didn't do it in a while, so I wanted to share my closet cleansing philosophy:

I always start by taking everything (and that means everything) out, this way you can be sure that you won't overlook anything when it comes to deciding what to keep.

Many people like to use the "throw out what you didn't wear in a year" rule, but I don't like that approach at all. I have a ton of things that I did not wear in a year, but sometimes there's a good reason.  Maybe it just wasn't cold enough to wear that lambskin jacket, or you simply didn't have an occasion to wear that beaded dress.

I also hate it when people say you should only keep items that bring you joy. I mean honestly, what does that even mean? A white tee isn't likely to bring you joy, but it would still be a good idea to have one… 

So my approach to cleaning out my closet has always been a little simpler:  Just get rid of everything you don't feel comfortable in. This means everything that doesn't fit (and can't be altered) or just isn't "you". Think of it like this, if someone else were to pack your bag for a surprise getaway you wouldn't want to be miserable just because they reached for that one pair of jeans that's way too tight, or that cat sweater that makes you feel like an overgrown toddler.

I'd be lying if I said that I've been good about following this rule in the past, but during my last "cleanse" I really went for it.  There was, for example, a pair of moto jeans that I just needed to have when I saw them in a sale two years ago…even though they were a size too big.  I kept them because I liked them, but not because I liked to wear them, so last week they found a new home on Ebay, and I might use the money to invest in a pair that actually fits me.  

So whatever it is that is filling up your closet, make sure that your wardrobe doesn't turn a good surprise into a bad one. 

Peace, Love, and Lobsters

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Weather Sweater

First of all: Happy New Year! I know I'm a little late with the New Year's wishes, but my number one New Year's resolution is to get back into writing. And by that I don't mean this blog, but actual story writing. I can't remember a time in my life where I didn't constantly have my head in a notebook, but last year I simply didn't have the time, so I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't write anything else until I had at least 3 full pages of a story …and that happened  to take 9 days. But hey, you can't force inspiration. 

…There is, however, one thing that always helps me to get into the the writing grove: a good old rainstorm. Sadly I can't control the weather, but my first purchase of 2016 might help to summon a couple of storm clouds: 

I squealed when I saw this in the catalogue and pretty much ran to the store the next day. I'm usually not big on sequins, but they just work on this sweater …and it's just so freakin' cute.  And who knows, maybe it will even inspire some stories. I'll definitely keep you updated on that front.

Here's to Sweet 16!

Peace, Love, and Lobster