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Made By Nike...

4.30.2012







images from here

So I may have done something a little stupid, crazy, and downright impulsive today... yea those three words sum up my actions quite nicely actually... but all in a good way!!! Ive been thinking about it... day dreaming and fantasizing about it... it's even on been on my 30 before 30 list (I'll have that updated soon!) for quite a few years and is why I started applying to half marathons in the first place. What in the world am I talking about?!? Running a marathon!!! So after four halves and other smaller races under my belt, I decided to jump in the deep end and sign up for the Virgin Atlantic Marathon 2013!!! I decided I wanted to make 2013 THE YEAR and will try by all means possible (ie. ballot and/or charity place) to make this happen... I mean 30 is only 3 years away so...

And the delicious eye candy accompanying this post is from Made By Nike. Have you checked it out yet? It's a great way to showcase their current season's line while also highlighting some very inspirational and gorgeous women... Nike, if you are listening... I'd looove to pose for you all! ;)

***Today I am thankful for this burning feeling inside me that is helping me push forward and carve my own path... it's full speed ahead and you are either with me or stepping out of the way!!!***

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Link Love 4.29.12...

4.29.2012


image via my pinterest

It's Sunday... but not just any old Sunday... the Sunday before I start a new role in my life... please stick around as Jackie plays the newest role in her life... ahem, temp input data entry girl... oh the things I do to afford this newly developing (and fast I might add) running habit... that is all! =)

The London Marathon ballot opens tomorrow... hint, wink, cough, just saying!!!

I am loving this fun idea... and I personally believe everyone needs confetti in their lives...

Have you hear about the awesomeness that is the tweed run... it's happening in London on Sunday...

My desk needs some serious organizing... and this DIY lined wooden boxes might just do the trick...

RDCYoungers making a splash in RWD online magazine this month... double page (20-21) spread!!!

Dying for an excuse to try this recipe out... the best chocolate chip cookies ever!!!

This week's favorite little thing of mine is... not a morning person but always makes me smile...

I think I neeeeed this leather skirt in my life... you know, for health reasons...

If he can do it, well then I have no excuse... 101 year old runs the London Marathon!!!

Pin-up girls before & after in the 50's... would have loved to have been a pin-up gal back in the day...

***Today I am thankful for the cheeky 2 mile run with hubs that leads to me to conclude that my foot is fixed... it's about to get serious over here!!!***

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A Birthday Outfit...

4.28.2012

cardigan: express | belt: bottega veneta | dress: the gap | tights: target | socks: kmart | boots: urban outfitters | bracelet: mint julep | lipstick: m.a.c.

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Happy 27 Years Of Life!!!

4.26.2012


Hello, hello love bugs! So my birthday week (yep I insisted on a week this yr!) came and went... and Ive been doing a lot of soul searching, figuring out ways to be a wiser and a better self... with another year comes new responsibilities right? Been laying low and planning things out for myself... life, career, goals, running/fitness, etc... but I'm back and extra eager to share my birthday festivities!!! For those of you that don't know, I am a designer and obsessed with buttons!!! I made this really cool corset for my senior collection that was sheer and was completely covered in hand sewn buttons, covering the ta-tas and then trickling down... a time consuming and heavy masterpiece if I say so myself! Another fun fact about me... I like the idea of discreet, slightly hidden tattoos for me. For my 24th birthday I got a tiny dress form behind my left ear. And so after years of yearning and trying to convince hubs (he's not too keen on tats), the sweetheart surprised me with my button tattoos as my gift... best gift ever by the way!!!

I had it all planned out... I knew exactly the style and where I wanted them... it had just been a matter of doing it! We headed to Prick, where the lovely Adam and I exchanged ideas and thoughts. To anyone looking to get some tattoos done in London, I would highly recommend this place! A lovely hidden shop with some of the best artists Ive seen and great customer service. Adam and I struggled on placement a bit and played around with a lot of options (thanks for being so patient!) but I figured if there was ever a time to be picky, now was it! Once that was figured out, the pain began... and I mean pain like Ive never felt before! I had heard the foot was a painful spot because of all the bony areas but omgoodness... by far the most painful out of my other two. There were two levels of pain... just about bearable... and then as soon as I was getting used to it, he would start a different area and the pain level was kicked up a few notches! I remember silently thinking to myself "you can handle the pain, you ran a half marathon when you couldn't even do a mile in the past... and you want to run a marathon in the future so suck it up!" Just gotta be a little hard on myself sometimes ;)

After all that was done, I hobbled out of there with hubs and continued celebrating. We met up with friends in Camden that had thrown together a surprise little shing ding for me!!! In hind sight, maybe tattooing my foot on the same day that we had planned to salsa dance into the wee hours wasn't the best of ideas, but that didn't stop me! At The Cuban, we drank some delicious cocktails and I danced to the music of my Abuelo's roots. It was perfect! Everyone was really impressed with hub's dance moves too, and by the way he was teaching the other guys, you would have thought he was a pro! True, he did pick up some Latin dance moves back home this past xmas, and the boy has got some serious rhythm for a white boy! I remember my mom saying "he can roll his r's and move to a beat, he could have been Hispanic in another life". And if all this wasn't enough, I got some pretty amazing gifts, cards, emails, calls, tweets, and facebook messages... definitely felt the love from all over the world!!! So here's to another year... I am feeling unusually optimistic about the future (truth be told, I had originally planned to turn 25 for the rest of my life) and have realized I need to take control and make things happen for myself!!!

***Today I am thankful for such a great hubs, family, and friends that truly made my birthday feel special... I felt the love from near and far!!!***

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A Week In Instagrams 4.19.12

4.19.2012


Hi lovelies! Hows everything going? Good I hope!!! Well just wanted to let you guys in on a little secret... this week has officially been declared my birthday week... by me... because it's my birthday on Sunday... and I can!!! Didn't now you could do that hu? Well I did and it's official too. It's been all over Twitter... well my feed anyways. Here are a few ways the week (starting on Monday) has been special so far... 

1. free furniture... who doesn't like that?!? 2. coffee in bed made by hubs... made with love too! 3. reorganizing my career/life goals and feeling confident about it again... time to grow up! 4. reinstating the domestic goddess in the kitchen... aka my alter ego when I cook 5. booking my flight to Boston to see little k graduate... celebrating for sure 6. physio making me feel good about my running again... scheming some new running goals that may include track! 7. treating myself to a little dark chili chocolate... bitter and spicy! 

So there you go guys... and it's only Thursday so I can't wait to see what the rest of the week has in store. Oh and if anyone wants to send me presents, I love pink, sparkly, and diamonds... 

p.s. I live in London!

 1. happy friday indeed!!! 2. good evening camden town 3. oscar milo ladies night 4. a sushi feast at hi sushi 5. pre dinner snack at vintage emporium 6. cake doctor's lovely launch party spread 7. sunday walk home 8. my shadow knows me best 9. st. leonard's shoreditch church 10. yummy sampler at mason & taylor 11. hubs & the bright blue sofa 12. sitting in the sun 13. banned from shoe buying 14. mushroom stuffed with shepard's pie 15. giddy up coffee 16. it's coming!!! (the olympics) 17. home sweet home... less 18. shrimp quesadilla inspired by maraferreira

Awkward- Feeling surprising cheery and full of energy on Friday the 13th... I mean who said it was an unlucky anyways?!? The service at Hi Sushi... sigh, it was such a lovely ladies night... the food and atmosphere were superb... and then the waiters had to go and mess it all up... RUDE to say the least and I would add them to the boycott list if not for the fact that I haven't found many good sushi places in London yet so I'll give them another chance... but only one more! Writing a cover letter from a totally new angle... if you haven't heard yet, I'm available for work and will work for peanuts!!! The weather... omgoodness it's been nuts over here! April showers with mixed sunshine, grey skies, crazy winds, and drastic chills... Spring... are you out there?!? Moving furniture into our building... from across the street... a two-way street with lots of traffic... Rearranging our flat with our lovely new furniture thanks to hubs! Man oh man we must have tried a bunch of options (even did a paper cutout version) till we found the perfect setup... and it only took all night and caused one fight! Missing a RDC session, firstly to catch up on work and secondly because I can't run yet... sad times... Physio... but only because it was my first time... ever... and I didn't know what to expect... but it was fine =)

Awesome- The Oscar Milo ladies night reunion we had!!! It was the past, present, and future shop girls... so much was caught up on and just as much was gossiped about... all over scrumptious sushi and drinks of course... Coffee and cake dates with hubs... I have to say of all the things that have become a ritual of sorts in our marriage, I think that one is my favorite!!! Speaking of cake... the delicious cakes Cake Doctor had to offer... I tried at least five different ones and liked them all... and I don't even like cake normally! Not to mention getting to mingle with some RDC characters... The lovely walk I enjoyed on Sunday and because I was by myself, you know I stopped and took pictures of EVERYTHING!!! An improv double date that led us from pub to pub... great conversation to more great conversation... perfect all in all... Our new set up!!! The flat looks cozier and homier than ever and I just have to snap away so you guys can see... maybe I'll make it it's own post... Oh and added bonus, we got the new stuff for free!!! Who doesn't love free stuff?!? The new graffiti spotted around the hood... always brings a smile to my face... Physio (I know I also said it was awkward) because now I actually know what's wrong with my foot and what to do to improve it... to prevent injuries in the future... and when I can (roughly) run again!!! So it turns out I have weak calves... And officially declaring this week MY BIRTHDAY WEEK because it's MY BIRTHDAY on SUNDAY and so I can... and because I'M AWESOME!!!

***Today I am thankful for physio... man what wonders a little sports massage and exercise can make... I'll be running stronger in no time!!!***

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Just Dreamy...

4.18.2012






images from here

Always on the hunt for inspiration in one form or another, I literally stopped in my tracks when I came across these dreamy pictures!!! Just the perfect sort of visuals for this grey and gloomy, rainy London day. I really love how colorful while still subdued Amanda Pratt's first images are. They really do remind me of the bubbles and rainbows. The last couple of images have a more rich, saturated feel to them while still being fairly muted. Basically I couldn't get enough and just ended up scrolling through her entire portfolio... possibly pinning way too much... but all in the name of sharing! An added bonus, she does children photography too!!! Check out my favorite eye candies on my other blog, chi.qui.ti.tos but beware... there is an overload of cuteness going on over there!!!

***Today I am thankful for such great inspirations such as these lovely images... take that rainy day blues***

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Coachella Inspired...

4.17.2012


So it's no secret... I seriously heart Coachella... and thanks to the wonderful powers that is the blogging world, twitter, and instagram, I feel like Ive been able to enjoy it all the way from London!!! Well not quiet the same as actually being there but you know, certainly the next best thing. I mean talk about non stop greatness overflowing all of my social media feeds... everything from dreamy music, hippie style fashions, and yummy celebs... cause who doesn't like spying on celebs! It has been some serious stimulation overload... in a good way! Seeing some of my favorite artists on the line up sheet has convinced me to add a music festival of some sort (preferably Coachella) to my list of 30 before 30. But for today... I close my eyes to the grey rains and hail outside... listen to my Coachella inspired playlist... and imagine myself somewhere far, far away... dressed cutely and soaking up some serious sun... you can join me too!

image from here

my fave 10...
*Click through to the blog to view actual music player...

***Today I am thankful for music... cliche I know but I just couldn't live without it***

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I Would Run To You...

4.15.2012

Because I love running (sometimes)... I love Nike (always)... and I love commercials that tell a tale of romance and include some sort of singing (yes really!) Here's to a happy Sunday, enjoy!


***Today I am thankful for ads like these... both girly and athletic... making me feel good***

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Link Love 4.15.12...


image via my pinterest

Well it has surely been a good while since Ive done one of these posts... not that their has been a lacking of inspiring and eye catching things floating around the web... just a lack of time and proper planning on my part. Scheduled posts and all that... sigh... maybe one day I'll get myself organized enough. But for now, at least you can rest assured that every post is fresh and spontaneous... yea lets go with that...

Wishing I looked this good when I run... have you seen ridiculously photogenic guy???

Perfect for spring picnics... gourmet yogurt pops are refreshingly healthy snacks...

Have you seen our kissing debut in the new Greene King IPA ad... read about it here...

A funny illustrated how-to on dinner etiquette... who says it has to be a stuffy subject anyways...

This week's favorite little thing of mine is... especially when it's hubs that's cooking!!!

When great photography, great designs, and athletes combine... Made By Nike total eye candy...

Because who doesn't like taking sneak peaks into other people's closets... I know I do!!!

History captured on film... some rare photographs of the Titanic in all it's glory...

Right on trend and easy to DIY crochet bib necklace... half the fun will be choosing the color...

Completely smitten over this bloggers (Kelly Ann) design space... so dreamy and inspiring...

*Today I am thankful for Sundays... one more day of lounging around and relaxing with hubs***

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Rainy Day Walk...

4.14.2012

Nothing makes me happier than long walks with hubs... well except for maybe long walks in the rain with hubs... by the train tracks... with a bright fuchsia umbrella and my camera... oh happy days!


 







***Today I am thankful rainy days and long walks with hubs... both peaceful and romantic***

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Greene King IPA Crafted For The Moment...

4.13.2012

my styled look for the ad with fake glasses...


Some of you guys may know this... some of you may not... but hubs works in advertising. What this means for me you may be asking? It means I should add being an "extra" on my resume. Remember back last September I shared with you guys my adventures on the Clover Ad set? Well now you can see the final ad (hub's mom is in a peach top reaching for a crumpet!) So I had made it all the way to the final cut when the clients decided to take me out as I was "too pretty and not believable"... can you believe that?!? I mean I am a real person, I'm not a model, and I do eat butter... I was left speechless the way only a backhanded compliment can do. So it seems I'm more believable as a beer drinker and I think I like that better anyways! You can spot hubs and I kissing in the new Greene King IPA ad and if you pay really good attention, other snippets of us throughout. So about the kiss... well let me just say it's really awkward to kiss... over and over again... on demand... without drinking (did I mention all the "props" were non alcoholic!!!)... while everyone is watching... camera men and directors in your space... and me not being able to stop laughing. Yea, I'm pretty relieved that the final shot looks natural and real. Oh and Ive got a little secret... I have footage of a version that didn't air with me chugging my beer in the end but not sure if I'm allowed to release it... will find out since I don't want to get anyone in trouble... and if I'm cleared, you guys will get to see an exclusive one!

***Today I am thankful for the stylist that took one glance at me and said "perfect" as she placed these large tortoise shell glasses on my face... it was the last sign I needed to take the plunge in buying some over sized glasses***

 

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