Friday, July 1, 2005

July 2005


~This week has been a crazy but really great one. Since Tuesday we've all been so busy and yesterday Maureen took the whole office out for a little Mexican fiesta and margaritas! It was such a nice treat. Go tarte!-lallie


~The whirl wind events of our QVC one hour debut are winding down. The whole day was so exciting, not only because we did so well but it was really fun to be behind the scenes of a tv show. Being backstage, seeing all the sets, meeting the host, prepping the models and hanging out in the green-room was so surreal. Plus a big big cheer for our gorgeous Lallie, who modeled like a pro!-erica

~So Maureen introduced all the pale girls in the office (including myself!) to my new favorite product-
Comodynes tan towel. This easy to use little towel looks like a wet one and gave me a really natural looking tan in about 3 hours. It was so simple I thought it would be too good to be true! I highly recommend it for those fair skinned girls who burn up in the sun.-maria

~I had one of the best weekends of the summer. Had a bunch of my closest friends out to my parents house on Long Island and we just spent the whole weekend lying out, talking, playing games, and eating amazing food (courtesy of mom). The highlight was definitely playing "Celebrity" (sort of charades-like guessing game) on Saturday night. Truly, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen me pantomime Fozzie Bear or Anton Chekhov.-alexis

~This happens to me about once every three months--I get the travel itch and fantsize about going somewhere in Europe. Today I'm all about
Santorini, the island in Greece. I've seen it on TV and read about it so much...beautiful! I hope my tax return gets here soon!-lallie


~Nice to have a break from the humidity! As a light breeze comes in from the window behind my monitor, I can't help but daydream about chillin at the beach sipping a margarita. I think today I will daydream about being
here -telly


~I can’t believe I’m a married woman! The wedding was great and we had such a fabulous time on the first part of our honeymoon. We went to the
Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MI. We had the best time!!! We ate, we drank, rode horses, played some golf, rode bikes, read books and danced the night away! Everyone treated us like royalty because we were on our honeymoon. I can’t wait for the second part of my honeymoon!! Details to follow for sure!-nicole


~A new yarn shop opened up in my town called,
Purls of Yarn. I just picked up a class schedule and I can't wait to get knitting again. They have refresher courses, which sound perfect for me and even Stitch n' Bitch nights to just hang out. I need to drag some of my friends along so they can learn and stop making me knit things for them! -erica

~ This may sound weird to others, but I am actively planning our honeymoon instead of the wedding. We are down to two choices -
Australia where we can enjoy the sunshine and beaches in (brrr-cold) December or Japan where we (more specifically me) can shop like crazy and eat such good food! I wish we hadenough money and time to go to both places!-leonie


~I saw
Wedding Crashers last night...shockingly good. Vince Vaughn is so funny--loved him in Old School too. It was such a great Monday night event and now I'm thinking I might have to convince my boyfriend that this is the new movie night!!-heather

~Well since I will always be a sorority girl at heart, I have to love these very chic looking accessories by
Tag and Tom. These two sorority sisters from Duke designed a line of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and belts all from bold colored pearls and ribbons (instead of clasps). What’s better- a portion of the proceeds from any pink jewelry sold goes to breast cancer research. See, sorority girls can do more then shop and talk about each other behind their backs!-maria


~So I made my official magazine debut this week! I’m featured in a story about people’s skin care routines in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Nothing too earth-shattering, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited, I’ve never seen myself in a mag before! I know, I’m such a dork. Also, the other 2 ladies mentioned in the article, Ji Baek & Lily Garfield, own boutiques that also sell tarte (Rescue Beauty Lounge & the Cos Bar)! Yay! Total tarte domination.-alexis


~Since I've been sick this week I've been on a major tea kick (I'm a tea addict but this week it's been out of control). I've been drinking all sorts but my particular fave is called
Provence Rooibus. It's native to South Africa and comes from their red bush. All teas contain antioxidants but the red teas are particularly loaded. The only downfall, it's decaf--but it hasn't stopped me from drinking it all day! And I swear I feel better!!-lallie


~I've just about had it with this 'Brangelina' mess. Love Angelina: she's great, she's amazing and all that - and of course I love Brad: hot, and yea well that's about it, but I am so tired of the drama. And not for nothing, but if any of its true I think he is a total (insert bad word here) for cheating on Jennifer Aniston. You want to be a dad so bad? Try being a good husband first, thanks.-maria

~Now that Maria is done ranting about celebs...One of my favorite websites to visit is
PINK is the new BLOG, it's a great place to catch up the latest celebrity gossip and hijinks. The pictures and captions are always so funny and it's updated everyday!-erica


~I got to make the long journey out to QVC yesterday with Maureen and Maria. QVC is such an interesting place, it's so funny to see someone on TV and then turn around and see them walking down the hallway. But the best part of the day was when all the meetings were over and we went to pig out at the Cheesecake Factory!-erica

~I am so excited that I'm moving in two weeks! We are moving to a much bigger apartment with tons more space which means I get to buy
new furniture! I can't wait to have a new couch to sit on--what a great excuse for shopping!-leonie


~I'm reading such a good book for my book club meeting on Thursday. It's a new one called
A Long Way Down =, by Nick Hornby. He's the same guy who wrote About A Boy (one of my favorites!). I can't put it down!-heather


~So the booze cruise got canceled because of the crazy tropical storm happening on Fri...sad! But it was just as well since my sinuses went crazy on Friday and I felt SO sick by the end of the day. Luckily I was better in time for Nicole’s wedding yesterday...which was SO nice! The food was amazing (the Thai cashew chicken, yum) and Nicole looked like a little china doll. Maria made fun of me for crying but I can’t help it-I’m such a dork when it comes to weddings. I’ll probably pass out at my own. Anyway, congratulations Nicole & Larry!-alexis

~I saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith over the weekend. Despite the tabloids and all the hoopla around the supposed scandal, it's a really good movie. Highly entertaining and fun to see with a date. I went into it with low expectations but ended up enjoying it a lot! A definite "go-see". -lallie


~Going on a
booze cruise tonight on Long Island with my boyfriend’s family. Despite the dregs of the tropical storm that we’re getting in New York, I’m excited-last year’s was awesome. (Really, rain or shine, who can resist a well-mixed rum punch?)-alexis

~Since yesterday was chocolate day I decided to break out of my normal "I hate chocolate" mode (I know-shocking) and try some. Let me tell you all--I officially love
Lindt's Pistachio Bar. No one in our office can believe it since I'm always so anti-chocolate but this one was good enough to make me a convert-for now at least!-lallie


~I took my mom to Manayunk this past weekend. It's a cute little village in Philadelphia and has become my favorite place to go in my spare time. They have the best boutiques and restaurants. We had dinner at
Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant and I've started eating there everytime I visit Manayunk. I love their Chicken & Shrimp Christopher (an odd name but a wonderful dish with garlic, fresh herbs, onions and tomatoes)!-leonie

~Maria, being the good friend that she is, kindly informed me that today June 7th is Chocolate Day! So it's ok for all of us to go out and eat some yummy chocolate, which is of course well deserved. Check out some other strange candy holidays


~I just heard that
Cold Stone Creamery discontinued their cake batter ice cream - I'm beside myself. It was the best ice cream on the planet and if I'd known they were going to discontinue it, I would have stocked up with 20 "Gotta-Have-Its" in my freezer! Woe is me. Good thing their Sweet Cream flavor is pretty heavenly, I guess I can satisfy myself with that-for now.-heather

~I’ve been craving some authentic gelato for weeks and finally, this past weekend, the wait was over. My friend and I took our friend Patty to dinner for her birthday to this little Italian trattoria in Bronxville. The food and wine were soooo good, but it was all about the nutella gelato. Luckily there’s
Capogiro, a gelato maker who sells online and delivers straight to your door so my craving will never go unanswered for so long again! I order it for barbecues, dinner parties or just because-it’s the perfect summer treat!-maria


~Saw the best movie this weekend-anyone reading this has to go check it out immediately. It’s called
Mad Hot Ballroom and it’s a documentary about 3 groups of fifth-graders in New York who compete in a ballroom dance competition. I can’t even do it justice verbally—just go to the site, check out the trailer and then go see it. So, so good.-alexis

~So I was back in Myrtle Beach this weekend and I found the best, best wedge sandals at
White House/Black Market. It's sort of a hidden secret but I've been on a serious hunt for metallic wedges for the longest time and I walked right in and bought them. Now, I can't stop wearing them!-lallie

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