Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I've really been missing my mom lately. Truly missing her. I just want to drive through our favorite Starbucks together in the afternoon or help her follow through with one of her "visions." (That's when you know I'm really missing her because that generally ends with me standing on top of some sort of furniture on a chair trying to hang lights up... Or 3,027 trips to Michaels for more ribbon... Or dipping 800 cake pops in neon sprinkles.)

When I watched this video (if you haven't watched it... You definitely need to!) I cried my little eyes out by the end.

With Mother's Day around the corner, it's an extra special time to think about our moms and treat them like the royalty that they are! #MomsRock

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Favorite Movies

I love watching movies. I'm normally not the biggest fan of rewatching movies... unless I absolutely love them. I watch all kinds of genres and have a few too many favorites. Really though, it takes a lot for me to dislike a movie. At the very least, I just love watching a movie– in a theatre, at home, when I'm tired, when I want to be entertained. When I'm working from home, I tend to put on Netflix or iTunes so I have background noise. I'll either choose a terrible TV show with a million episodes or an old favorite movie I don't have to pay attention to.

I'm also always so interested to know what other people's favorite movies are. I recently went to a group dinner meeting and that was the ice breaker question. It was hilarious how the movies everyone chose were so so so their personalities.

Okay, so I tried to gather some of my favorite movies. I excluded documentaries because, well, the whole list would have been documentaries. My list was well over 25 and I tried to narrow them down, but I'm sure I missed a few.

10 Things I Hate About You | Confession: I have a serious thing for guys with long hair. No but really. I'm pretty sure it stemmed from watching this movie far too many times. I love the plot and the characters and I more than love the 90s grunge. Driving to crew regattas would always be super stressful for me, some guys would watch sports movies to pump up, but I'd watch and rewatch this movie on my iPod just to keep my emotions and adrenaline in check. Sometimes I'll put this on iTunes and feel like I'm back in high school on my way to a regatta again!

13 Going on 30 | When this movie came out, I was just obsessed with it. I wanted to be 30, living in a killer apartment, and working for a magazine. Would I sing "Love Is a Battlefield" on repeat? Yes, followed by an intense craving for Razzles. (Not going to lie, I think this movie inspired me to start that digital magazine in college!)

A Walk to Remember | This movie gave me terrible unrealistic expectations about dating in high school. I really wanted the "hot guy realizes he loves the weirdo" thing to happen to me. (I also blame Boy Meets World.) Oh, I could watch this movie again and again. And you know, cry my eyes out. I also love the soundtrack for this movie.

Breakfast at Tiffany's | I was super late to this bandwagon. Mostly because I didn't want to like it because it's so cliche. Oh well, it ended up totally capturing my heart. I'll never look at a Little Black Dress the same way again. 

Crazy, Stupid, Love | All-star cast. I went and saw this with my parents (my dad is Cal). I don't know what else to say about this movie other than I'm just obsessed. (And I have a girl crush on Emma Stone.)

Dead Poets Society | This movie really gets to me. Beyond the clothes and scenery (and rowing cameo!), I just love the relationships in the movie. Coming of age films can be so overdone, but I think this one is done perfectly. 

Mona Lisa Smile | Julia Roberts is one of my favorite actors and I love her in this one. Well really, the whole cast is great. My mom went to a woman's college and I love watching this thinking of her on campus.

Phoebe in Wonderland | Definitely my #1 pick for movies. I would watch it every day if I had the time. My favorite line: "At a certain part in your life. Probably when too much of it has gone by. You will open your eyes and see yourself for who you are. Especially for everything that made you so different from all the awful normals. And you will say to yourself, 'But I am this person.' And in that statement, that correction, there will be a kind of love."

The Princess Diaries | Can't every girl relate to miss Mia a little bit? Who wouldn't want to find out that you're a princess and get whisked away for a royal makeover. (Fun fact: I used to straighten my hair, do a small French braid, but leave the pony-tail down and call it a "Princess Diaries braid.") We have the DVD at home and I loved watching all the behind-the-scenes footage. It's one of my favorite Anne Hathaway movies (I'm in the minority apparently, but I like her!) and Julie Andrews is my spirit animal.

The Parent Trap | My sister and I are OBSESSED with The Parent Trap. We know absolutely every single line and would watch it every Saturday morning essentially speaking the whole movie. I'm a huge sucker for kids movies and this has to be my favorite, especially since it was one my sister and I would watch together. #memories

Do you have favorite movies that you can watch over and over again? Please share! 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shopbop Friends and Family

Shopbop's Friends & Family sale started today and it's always drool-worthy. If you've been holding off getting something special, now might be the perfect time. Get 25% site-wide (only a handful of exclusions) when you use "inthefamily25" at checkout.

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Best Jenna Lyons Quotes

Jenna Lyons is just the best. I love everything about her. Her fearlessness to be herself. Her unique style. Her dedication to her work. Can we say... #girlcrush?

Sometimes when I'm having a bad day or feeling uninspired to to do great work, I read an article or watch an interview she has done. There's simply never enough.

I gathered some of my favorite Jenna Lyons' quotations to share!

"I eat a lot of ice cream, chocolate, and cookies, and I drink rosé champagne." Yep, a girl after my own heart.

"Amazing things happen when you're having fun and doing something you love." Amen, sister... A-men.

"There's this idea that everybody has to have everything right away... I wasn't the superstar. I had to work for it. Really long hours." Did you know that Jenna has worked at J. Crew for her entire professional life? Starting as an assistant and consistently working her way up from there. Now that is dedication!

A few more favorite quotations:

"You can’t fix yesterday. And don’t beat yourself up over it– the only reason to beat yourself up is if you don’t learn from it."

"In the end, it goes back to just wanting to change things and do a little better. It’s a constant process of always asking, ‘How can we be better? How can we be better? How can we be better?’”

"I am so not an insider, and that is O.K. I might feel like one in very particular moments. But I don’t feel the same pressure I did."

Who is your girl crush? Anyone else love Jenna Lyons too?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Poor Teddy

It's a sad day here with Teddy. The little guy hurt his leg. Unfortunately, it's a common injury with Toy Poodle puppies as the growth plate has completely sealed off. He does this little jumpy/bouncy/hoppy thing and just landed on his leg in the wrong way. He was limping around and I took him to the vet... THANK GOODNESS he doesn't need surgery. However, in order to prevent further injury and surgery, he has to stay crated for a month. A month!!!

I can't figure out who's more upset. Teddy or me. I've been quite upset all day and just feel so bad for him knowing he's not totally comfortable and happy. (He's probably gained two pounds today from all the extra treats I've given him.)

Oh, it's just been a sad day. I wish I could snap my fingers and have him be 100% healed right now. 

I don't know how parents do it. I'm a total mess right now.

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