Idolizing

After watching #theoscars, I realized how much I look up to the men and women walking the red carpet. They are so impressive! These actors and actresses work so hard to entertain us and I love watching movies because it’s a great way to escape the every day. That got me thinking about all the people I idolize, outside of my family.

Side bar: I will say I idolize Hubby the most for being so hardworking and the most loving hubby ever. I also idolize my mom, dad and sister. No explanation needed. None of them can do any wrong in my eyes. They are pretty awesome people!But, I digress. Here’s my list of women I idolize:

I’ve had a wide variety of “dream jobs.”  It pretty much changed every year growing up, ranging from a teacher to a nurse to a journalist to a stay-at-home mom to a marketer.  Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I love marketing and writing.  (Why I started this blog!)  And I look up to women who follow their dreams, work hard and laugh along the way!

Tina Fey + Amy Poheler 

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-I mean, do I need to say more?  These 2 are powerhouse comediennes who changed the landscape of women in comedy.  Their SNL lifetime was a little before my time…like I wasn’t allowed to watch it….but 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation are in my lifetime and 2 of my all-time favorite shows.  Their writing is hilarious and the fact that they are best friends is the icing on the cake.  I love that they don’t compete with each other, but embrace each other.  True role models for following your passion, working hard and not letting the glass ceiling hit you on the head!

Lisa Vanderpump

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-Is it silly to have a Real Housewife as an idol?  Well, you should probably stop reading because my next one has appeared on Bravo, too.  Lisa Vanderpump is the epitome of elegance, class and a no-bullshit attitude.  She and her husband have owned and operated more than 20 restaurants in 3 countries!  You can’t doubt this woman knows a little bit of how to run a business and how to make money…I mean, look at their house!  She also owns an online journal with her daughter, loves her doggies (Why, Hello, Giggy!)  and admits that she can’t just sit around and let people do the work for her.  I love how she tries her best to stay above the fray and that this season we’ve seen her more as a mother. She is truly an example of how to be a lady.

Bethenny Frankel

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-Say what you want about Bethenny – she’s a raging bitch, she is never satisfied with her success and she steamrolls people.  I would agree with some of these comments, but you must also mention her ability to see a gap in the marketplace and pounce on it. I’ve had her Skinnygirl drinks (which are just ok, BTW), read her books and obsessively watched her on Bravo.  I think she is one of the hardest working women in reality tv who worked her butt off to get to where she always wanted to be. She is the epitome of anything can happen. You can go from living in a one-bedroom apartment barley able to make rent to pregnant, married and buying a $5 million apartment in NYC.

Emily Schuman 

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I ready Cupcakes and Cashmere daily. Emily Schuman’s style is so chic and she takes everything in stride. There are many articles out there about how she doesn’t have any original ideas and is making money from being a copycat. While that may be true (she does link all the recipes to someone else), I think she speaks to the women of my generation who want to have it all. She throws great parties, has a strong marriage, is creating a thriving business and just had a baby. She lets me know you can have everything you’ve ever wanted.

Kelly Ripa 

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Kelly Ripa is amazing. I love her show, I love her personality, I love how much she loves her husband. She is a working mom who puts her children first. I mean, look at the above picture. She’s just like the rest of us! Running around town with her family and trying to get through the day, and she does it so elegantly. And, I mean, she’s friends with Andy Cohen. Need I say more?

Mindy Kaling 

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Mindy is HILARIOUS. There’s pretty much nothing else to say. Just like Tina and Amy, she is killing it as a comedy writer. She can do no wrong. She makes references to Bravo, watching TV and is so smart. She followed her dreams of being in Hollywood.

Runner-Ups:

Sheryl Sandberg – no explanation necessary.

Jennifer Aniston – She went from being a “nobody” to the most sought after actress in Hollywood.

Giuliana Rancic – G is Italian (BTW, I’m Italian) and has used her celebrity to bring awareness to breast cancer. And, she’s married to Bill Rancic, love!

I think it’s safe to say that I admire humor, hard work and giving a huge middle finger to anyone who stands in your way. So, here’s to women who push boundaries to get what they want!!

Who are your idols?

Weekend Wrap-Up {February 22}

Holy Monday! I felt like Garfield all day.

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I had quite a weekend. I had fun with some girlfriends, watched Birdman and the Oscars. I’m going to switch it up and go through the the events instead of days. And this post is going to be more of a movie review since I watched 2 movies this weekend.

Drum Roll, Please…

Fifty Shades of Grey

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A group of girlfriends and I went out to dinner and to see Fifty Shades of Grey and it was pretty good. I would give it a C. I did read the books, so I had some frame of reference. I thought Dakota Johnson did a great job and whoever the dude is did okay. He was awkward, but I think that Christian is meant to be awkward at first. The best part was we went to a theater that serves alcohol. I drank a cosmo while watching the movie and that certainly helped. All in all, I’m glad I saw it and am invested, so I’ll probably see the rest of them.

Birdman

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Saturday night, Hubby and I rented Birdman on iTunes. I had semi-high expectations for this movie since I heard it was up for all the awards. And actually, it did win the Oscar for Best Picture. But, I will say, that I don’t get it. I don’t get what this movie was about, what the point was, why it’s so cool, none of it. The one cool thing I will say is that the entire movie is shot with only one camera, which is pretty neat. It’s way better than Blair Witch Project if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s nothing like that. I actually fell asleep during the movie, woke up for the end and have no idea what happened. Hubby didn’t even and he watched the whole thing. I can’t believe it won. I won’t believe anything the “Academy” says is a good movie anymore.

The Oscars

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Let me first mention that I really like Neil Patrick Harris. I thought he did an okay job hosting. It’s definitely a hard job and I wouldn’t want to do it. He gets mad props from me. I was pretty much underwhelmed though. And don’t even get me started on the fashion. I thought I was watching a Red Carpet from my high school prom. Nothing really wowed me. It was lackluster. The only saving grace of the whole night came from Lady Gaga, which is something I never thought I’d say. She did an incredible job and Sound of Music is one of my all time favorites!

How was your weekend? Did you see any nominated movies? Do you love Lady Gaga?

Marathon Training {Does It Matter? It's So Cold}

It’s been quite a mental weekend. I seriously had a few moments where I wanted to go to Home Depot, pick up some boxes and pack up everything and just get in the car and drive. Drive until I ran out of gas. I’m just overwhelmed. This weather is awful.

I am hating this winter. I am hating this snow. I am hating being cold. I am hating being stuck inside. I am hating that my nostrils instantly freeze when I step outside.

I’m not sure if I should even write this post because it’s not going to be positive. And I want this blog to be positive. “There’s always room for the good things in life” is my tag line for goodness sake. But, sometimes the good thing in life is to sit on the couch, with a glass of prosecco and get a blank mind.

How did I get on this topic? This past week was also bad for marathon training. I can’t even tell you.

It was snowing this weekend so we couldn’t do a long run outside. We ran 6 miles on the treadmill on Saturday and 3 today. I hated it. The gym was so hot today! There weren’t any fans going and I thought I was going to pass out.

I didn’t learn anything, I hated what I was doing and have nothing positive to say.

We can’t all love everything, right?

I’m glad this weekend is over, but I wish I had more time to relax and do nothing. I’m looking forward to this week of getting back to my old self. And the weather looks like it’s going to be nice enough on Saturday for a long run outside. Here’s to finally running those 14 miles.

Do you ever have bad runs? How do you handle bad runs? If I say bad runs again will you think I have food poisoning?

Friday Favs {February 20}

TGIF! I have never been so happy for a Friday, I swear!! This has been a trying week and I’m super excited for this weekend.

Here are some of my favs from the week!

Panera Hazelnut Coffee

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Thank you, Panera, for making hazelnut coffee. You helped start my Friday off on the right foot!

Trina Turk Notebook

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I’m doing a weight loss challenge with a few girls at work and I’ve started keeping track of my exercise and food in this little journal. I love the design and the size. It’s perfect to fit in my purse so I can easily jot down what I’ve eaten. I’m not tracking calories or anything, just getting a general idea of what I’m eating. I know that eating 3 Girl Scout cookies and half a chocolate chip cookie isn’t a good idea. I’m hoping by having some co-workers on the same page of being healthy will help curb my workplace eating habits.

Fifty Shades of Grey

I’m going to see 50 Shades with some girlfriends tonight and I’m really excited for a girl’s night!! No photo needed.

National Marquette Day

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As a Marquette University grad, all we have is basketball. Tomorrow is our last home game of the season and it’s a BIG DEAL. Since Hubby is a grad as well, we’re planning on watching the game at home, drinking and chowing down on some good snacks while we cheer on the Golden Eagles! MU RAH RAH

What’s on your agenda this weekend? What have you been loving this week?

Time to Give Up Something

Hi All! Happy Ash Wednesday to those who celebrate it. Happy Wednesday to everyone else! 🙂

I was brought up Catholic and went to a Catholic, Jesuit university, so Ash Wednesday has pretty much always been in my life.

Love it or hate it or don’t give 2 sh*ts about it, I like what Lent symbolizes. This is just my opinion, obvi. I like that there is a time of year when one can and should reflect on the things in his/her life and make a sacrifice. Lent is a good reminder that I have a pretty great life and there are many others less fortunate.

So, this year, I am giving up…..

SHOPPING!!

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And this is a real sacrifice. I don’t shop super regularly but when I do, I make it count. I believe in quality clothing over quantity, so when I buy something, I make it the best I can afford. Read: designer jeans, nice(ish) shoes, Kate Spade purses, Ugg boots, if it’s sold at Nordstrom, I must have it.

I don’t necessarily need anything, but I WANT ALL THE THINGS! Shout out thanks to my Hubby for teaching me the difference between want and need…sense any sarcasm?

Also, Hubby and I are saving for a romantic trip to Europe next year that we hope to serve as our final couples only vacation before we start having kids and owning a home.

So, giving up shopping is really two-fold:
1. I will learn that retail therapy isn’t a real thing. At least, I hope!
2. I will put the money I would have spent on yet another pair of shoes into the savings account we opened (or at least plan to) specifically for our trip.

That’s a win-win! Wish me luck!!!

What are you giving up for Lent?