Month: August 2015

Friday Five: Bachelorette Parties, Taylor Swift and More!

I say it every week but…. TGIF!

We made it!

I’m so glad it’s the weekend. I’ve been extremely tired this week. So tired that as I was doing my make-up yesterday morning, I couldn’t figure out why the cap to my concealer wouldn’t fit back on. It took several tries before I finally realized my error.

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I had a good, maniacal, sleep deprived laugh at myself.

Why am I so tired?

Funny you should ask. I’ve been on the GO lately. I spent almost all of August housesitting for family and friends. This past weekend, I went all out to host a Bachelorette Party for one of my best friends.

*Warning, if you’re under the age of 18 please be advised that you’ll see some phallic images after the cut. I’m not your Mom, so I don’t care what you see. Just giving you a heads up. Pun intended.

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New Music Swap – Carrie Underwood

I have a big post to put up about how I hosted a Bachelorette this past weekend, but I just came across new music from Carrie Underwood and had to share.

My suburban self has a country heart, and Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood has been on repeat ALL DAY.

Hair as gold as the sun!

Teeth as …bright as the sun!

Voice like an angel!

That’s Carrie Underwood in a nutshell.

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The Duggar Double Standard: Why I’m finished with all 19 Kids

It was recently reported that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of TLC’s cancelled show 19 Kids and Counting, was among the millions of users on the website, Ashley Madison.

This comes months after it was revealed that several years ago, Josh molested multiple underage girls including his own sisters.

Let’s review.

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Welcome to 28

It’s here.

Today, August 18th 2015, is my 28th birthday.

I usually have major birthday anxiety. I put so much pressure on myself that every time a birthday rolls around, I would look at my life and feel unsatisfied. I’m usually a little weepy. A little panicky. A little drunk. But this year feels different.

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Keep it classy. Or Maggie Smith sassy

I feel like I’m finally giving myself a chance to be a work in progress.  After hitting an unusually low point during the late Spring, I knew I had to make some major changes in my life, and take some time to work on myself.

A little vague? Maybe.

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Friday Five – Blog love, chest tats and more!

Another week has come and gone!

For almost the entire month of August I’ve been living like a gypsy, housesitting/pet-sitting for friends and family. Even though I love to go out and be surrounded by friends, I need my alone time. I’ve had a chance to catch up on some of my summer reading,  watched even MORE Netflix than usual, and I’ve managed to get some colour on my sickly, alabaster, translucent skin.

I’m looking forward to the weekend because I’ll be celebrating my 28th birthday (which is actually next Tuesday) with my closest friends!

I don’t want cake, no presents, no hoopla or attention, I just want all of my favourite people in one room, completely tanked. That would be the best present of all!

Before I can get started on my weekend celebrations, let me share with you 5 things I’m loving this week!

Lola Evie Love

My best friend, Marie, just launched a blog to document her growing family. I may be biased because it features my nieces, but Lola Evie Love is perfection. When talking to Marie about her plans for the blog, she told me how excited she was to have a creative outlet that focuses on family.

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Photo by Nathan Nash Source Lola Evie Love

I may not have kids, but one of my guilty pleasures is mommy-blogs. I can’t get enough. Marie and I always talk about our favourite sites and bloggers and really admire when people are honest and open about how hard it is to be a parent sometimes. Babies cry, there are temper tantrums and sleepless nights, but at the end of the day family really is the most important thing in the world.

I consider Marie, Nathan and their daughters to be my family! I’m so unbelievably proud and excited for Lola Evie Love!

Visit them at www.lolaevielove.com

 Jessie James Decker – Lights Down Low

I’ve been coming at you hard with country music. #SorryNotSorry

One of my favourite people/artists/women just dropped a new single and it’s EVERYTHING. Jessie is married to uber babe and NFL player Eric Decker, which is the ultimate in relationship goals. Having followed their careers for a loooong time now I can safely say this new single is 100% Jessie, 100% addictive, 100% fantastic.

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And if you’re not into country music then just creep her Instagram and have serious hair envy.

Click here to listen on Spotify

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Nugget of Joy

Bad news makes headlines. I was taught in university, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

Somehow Facebook has become inundated with people sharing articles of tragedies and ominous warnings about people and products… posts asking you to “Share if you love your mom/son/daughter/husband/god/cat/dog/grandma”

Click bait is everywhere.

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I came across this video today on Facebook and it made me smile. It was nice for once to have something sweet and inspiring appear on my newsfeed that didn’t include puppies. Although I would have enjoyed at LEAST one puppy.

Here’s a small nugget of joy for you, about a resilient little boy working through his grief.

Kill the Lights with Luke Bryan (Don’t mind if I do!)

I’m a huge Luke Bryan fan. Like, official fan club member, entire discography on iTunes, will pay ridiculous amounts of money to see him in concert, denim and plaid forever, die hard fan.

Yesterday I (legally) purchased Luke Bryan’s fifth album, Kill the Lights, and spent all two hours of my commute home from work desperately trying to learn the lyrics to his latest release.

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Despite many touting him as the leader of the bro-country trend, I maintain Luke Bryan is the biggest name in country music because he continues to release music that makes people FEEL good, and Kill the Lights doesn’t disappoint. You can sing-along, drink-along and pretend you’re not from a town nicknamed Steel City and can actually relate to life in the Southern United States.

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Fans will love that Luke still talks about cowboy boots, friendship and the beautiful girls that will break your heart, but Kill the Lights presents a more nostalgic, mature, Luke Bryan; a grown-ass man with responsibilities who can still unwind with some shots and please his woman.

Case in point:

Strip It Down, a song that’s as close to 50 Shades as I’ll ever get with lyrics like, Dirty dance me slow in the summertime heat/feel my belt turn loose from these old blue jeans.

Um, yes please.

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Tracks you must listen to:

Just Over, Razor Blade, Move  and  Home Alone Tonight,  my personal favourite that is destined to be the biggest hit from the album. The song is about two lonely people meeting at a bar, drinking their troubles away and sending a revenge selfie to their ex with the message, “We ain’t going home alone tonight.”

I’m excited to hear and see this album performed live. Luke’s shows are a party from start to finish. I encourage you to check out the rest of the album!

Like, right now.

Seriously, go!

GET!

Friday Five: Jennifer Aniston gets hitched and more!

Happy Friday!

Thanks to a civic holiday, this week has flown by. I’m looking forward to laying out in the sun and hopefully evening out this ridiculous sunburn. My face is peeling, making me look like a meth addict, but it’s worth it for that “sun-kissed glow” right?

Here’s what I’ve been talkin’ bout this week!

Jennifer Aniston finally ties the knot!

Ok. I may be against popular opinion here, but I find Jen to be sweet, but a little boring. Just a smidge. She would be the perfect person to hang with if I ever wanted to say, shop for bikinis, chain smoke and do yoga. That being said, I’m ridiculously happy that Jennifer finally wed super-babe Justin Theroux! You know what this means? NOW WE GET TO LOOK FORWARD TO TABLOIDS SAYING THEY’RE DIVORCING BECAUSE SHES PREGNANT WITH TRIPLETS!

It’s the nature of the beast.

I’m hoping there are pictures from the wedding. Give me something. Donate the money to charity. I don’t care – just GIVE me some exclusive shots. I’m picturing Jen in a very form fitted, sexy, gown. No veil. Maybe not even in white.

How much do you want to bet she wore her hair down?

Gwen and Gavin Call it Quits

DEVESTATED. Ok. Not really. I think I’m just numb to celebrity break-ups these days. After Blake and Miranda, nothing can shock me. Nothing. Gwen and Gavin were the 90s power couple. The functioning answer to Kurt and Courtney. Sure, both of their careers have kind of teetered off, but still. They were an iconic pairing for their time. IT’S THE END OF AN ERA!

Ben Affleck and the Nanny

Really, Ben? Really?

First you cheat on JLO with a stripper, now you have an affair with the Nanny? Do you just love clichés or something? What’s next, are you going to cheat with your secretary?

Maybe it’s not really Ben’s fault. I mean, have you seen the Nanny? We’re all thinking it, but I’ll say it. If I had to hire a nanny for my children, it would be someone who is over the age of 55, dry as the Sahara down there, probably someone who speaks English as a second language, and most importantly I WOULD NEVER HIRE A NANNY.

Geez. What is this Downton Abbey? Am I that busy that I can’t take care of my own progeny? Was my mom busy? NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.

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Shout out to all you nannies out there though, I hope you insert yourself into a Hollywood scandal and get the compensation you deserve.

Nicole Kidman ages better than you

I’ve always loved Nicole Kidman. Always. Ever since Far and Away. She’s charming – there’s a certain quiet humour about her. When her face isn’t injected with fillers and botox (or once it settles) she’s still a stunner!

Look at this cover from Australia Vogue – #BeautyGoals

Whine About It

If you haven’t seen Matt Bellassai from Buzzfeed’s weekly video where he drunkenly complains about things, you’re missing out! The idea is so simple, but so amazing. Comedy gold!

What are you loving/talking about/hating/complaining about this week?

Let me know!

Enjoy your weekend!

It’s almost my birthday, and Kim Kardashian isn’t coming (but Ed Sheeran might be)

I turn 28 in thirteen days. 13. 1-3.

While I’m usually knee deep in an annual existential crisis, this year I’ve got recent love troubles and several weddings to distract me from my aging ovaries. I’ve decided to keep my birthday low-key, and have invited a few of my closest friends for patio drinks at a trendy-ish Hamilton restaurant as I edge closer to the abyss that is thirty. Given what’s been going on lately, I think having my nearest and dearest (vodka and chocolate) as well as my friends surrounding me is the ticket to a happy birthday.

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Someone who didn’t get the memo of a low-key birthday is Myleeza, a Kim Kardashian super fan from New Orleans who recently celebrated her 21st birthday WITH the reality star. That’s right. Kimmy flew to NOLA to hang with her biggest fan.  Um, a birthday with Mrs. Kardashian-West, and in-utero future West baby?

That’s pretty f*cking cool.

Which leads me to ask you the following question…

If you could have any celebrity attend your birthday party, who would it be?

There’s only one person I would like to come to my birthday this year: Ed Sheeran.

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Here’s why I need some Ed in my life:

Homeboy’s good looking, loves to drink, won’t judge me when I inevitably get a little sloppy, and looks like someone who would say, “I like older women, and yes, I’ll hold your hair back if you throw up at the end of the night. Why don’t you kick off your shoes and dance barefoot in the street, just watch out for crack pipes.”  (This is Hamilton, after all).

*swoon*

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My guest list this year might be void of a Gingerbread-babe, but a girl can dream, right?

Tell me who would make the guest list at your birthday bash!