Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Working...

Hola! I want to re-do my blog formatting. I want to re-design the banner and several other things, cleaner, sleeker maybe. I'm working in InDesign today and they say it's intuitive and my intuition must be off because I feel like I'm walking through molasses with this stuff! Ughhh! I'm going to move into Illustrator soon enough! Anyone out there with good tips?
I guess I've been in a redesigning mood lately. If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll see all the DIY's and party planning things I have recently become obsessed with. Here are a couple things Chris and I definitely plan on doing:
We are already saving up toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls!
I haven't been able to sleep because I'm thinking of what color fabric we would use!






DIY Fabric Chandelier from 100 Layer Cake on Vimeo.


That's all for now! Cheers!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Commuter Benefits

As a regular commuter I have found a need that I need to fill, an itch I need to scratch, a hole I need to punch, a dog I need to walk, what? Seriously, I need 2 things that are dormant in my closet. Flats, and an awesomely cool backpack. I walk .9 miles to work everyday and occasionally take a MARC>Metro>walk to the DC office. I would also love to go to the gym right after work. Luckily it is located right between house and work! Here lies the problem: I have no cool backpack in which to tote all of my gym wonders. I also need more flats so I can stop wearing my Sperry's to work and changing into heels. ALSO I need a backpack to put those heels in when I do choose to tote them to work. So many problems so little time. Solutions:



Commuter Pack

Are there any special needs you have for work? A dress code you need to follow? Let me know!

Cheers.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend Update

There were a lot of “supposed to’s” this weekend. On Friday I was supposed to go to a concert at Power Plant Live! to see The Amish Outlaws but it started to rain so we had friends over and drank on the deck instead. We were supposed to go into DC for a party given by one of my best friends but Irene gave us other plans. I didn’t think it would be a big deal but the news kept comparing it to Isabel from 2003, I was in NOVA then and it was really bad! So I figured we should play it safe and stay a home. WRONG! Outside of a little wind a rain Irene gave me nothing to fear. Is it odd that I’m kind of upset there wasn’t anything more? If I’m going to miss a party it had better be worth it! We did a lot of cleaning, eating, laundry, cooking, watching TV, eating, online shopping, eating and cooking instead.
On Sunday it was beautiful, we laid out on the deck and read. I swept up our patio from our awful crabapple tree. And Chris checked out the electricity on my car so we can hook up a trailer hitch to my car to go to Charlotte this weekend!!! We tried to go to the gym to make up for all the laziness and eating from Saturday but it was closed! We had a little home-gym session instead!
We made this super easy and delicious pasta twice because it is so stinkin’ easy and yummy! First you want to start boiling the water for the pasta.
Chop some tomatoes: Layer on some chopped olives: Add some fresh mozzarella (or shredded): A dash of olive oil, pepper and salt… The water should be at a boil now so add your pasta. When that’s done to your liking put it on top of your ingredients and enjoy! (We usually end up adding more pasta to our bowls mid-way through because there are so many olives and tomatoes!)
Cheers to Monday!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Harbor East - Shops

So I wrote about going to Harbor East over the weekend and thought this would be a good way to start my "Baltimore: The Greatest City in America" Guide. Harbor East is (shocker) just east of the much more well known Inner Harbor. It is a brand new development fitted with hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment and flanked by the Legg Mason Building and several other commercial office buildings. The first time I ever went there was last fall and I loved it! There was a festival going on and the streets were blocked off and there was live music and vendors all over. But you could still go into all the shops.
Many of the shops carry more high end items like Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Nannette Lapore and Badgley Mischka but also carry more affordable items. I like to go into these shops but have yet to find my comfort zone within them. Some of them seem so odd, they are either over packed or under packed with merchandise. Does that make sense? You feel like you're for sale in the store because there is nothing around you? There is too much open space or everything is over crowded. That's how I felt in several of these places.
I said I had been to Amaryillis, and I loved it. They carry a mixture of handcrafted jewelry that is all unique and has a variety of prices so there are options for everyone's pocketbook.
Chris and I went into Arhaus last time we were there and they sold knockoff Barcelona Chairs so I'm not sure if I can ever go back inside. But they did have some cool stuff but it was all too big for our little rowhouse. They have kind of a rustic meets modern vibe to their merchandise, with a little traditional mixed in.
I went into Handbags in the City the first time I went, mostly because they sell MCM bags which I haven't seen since the store left Tyson's in like 1997! They have a ton of beautiful high-end bags and shoes for both men and women as well as accessories and clothes. I wish I had the funds to shop at this store. It is beautiful to walk in and I'm totally jealous of anyone that walks out of there with a bag!
This was the first time I went into Sassanova. I don't know how to describe this place. 1. I hate the name, Sassanova. Casanova basically means a philanderer or a womanizer so Sassanova is a sassy lady the spends way too much money on something that you can easily buy from an art show and probably better quality? I don't know the store rubbed me the wrong way. 2. It was one of those stores that I felt like I couldn't turn around without knocking something over. They had a great selection of shoes but with five people in the store I felt cramped and if I tried to get a shoe on I would end up on the floor. 3. The little couch that was meant to house a Cinderella trying find her perfect fit was full of not-so Prince Charmings rolling their eyes at their wives and girlfriends feigning interest. Lucky mine was not one of them. I would go in again, sans husband, to check out the shoes, they had great high-end shoes but otherwise I would pass it over for Handbags in the City.
We went to South Moon Under as well, and they had a great array of designer and no-name brands AND they had a men's section! A great men's section. I will definitely be stopping by there for gifts for Chris, they had Penguin, Jack Spade, Seven, but also North Face, Quicksilver and other 'surf shop' brands. The women's section is just as good and varied. They carry shoes and accessories as well. Loved it, highly recommend.
We ran in and out of Urban Chic mostly because 1. Their stuff was quite expensive. 2. I felt like I was an item for sale because there was too much open space. 3. They had a security guy at the door and 4. We were pretty exhausted. I wasn't super impressed, but I'll try it again.
That's all for now on Harbor East, I hope this helps!
Cheers!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Get out of the building!

Well that was terrifying. If you didn't know there was an earthquake yesterday the shook most of the eastern coast. I heard from South Carolina to New York. It was a 5.8 magnitude quake that centered in central Virginia. I don't know if I have ever been in an earthquake before. I think there have been several tiny tremors but that's about it.

Yesterday around 1:50 I thought someone was shaking the back of my chair to get my attention. Then everyone in the office was looking off to the left and I thought maybe one of the trucks setting up for the Grand Prix had run into the building. Then the building moved again and I thought of course, go to a door frame. Well, our entire office is glass and surrounded by glass. During this time my boss comes out of his office to see what's going on then he tells everyone, "Out of the building. Everyone get out of the building." It was scary, but he was calm and we all fast walked out of the building onto the street. We could see the windows in the buildings around us still moving. We stood outside for about 30 minutes, most of us with nothing but the clothes on our backs some, even without shoes! (We have a shower facility in our office.) Luckily, it was a gorgeous day and there were no aftershocks that we felt.
I may have wanted to cry a couple times mostly because I missed my family and knew that if I were in Charlotte I would have at least had my dad with me and my mom and Noelle close by. It made me think back to 9/11 when I was in high school and my dad was working in DC and Noelle was away at school in Richmond. How scary it was that Noelle was far away, she was only about 3 hours away but it was still hard to have her be so far and maybe we wouldn't know where she was if something happend. How scary it is when you're in a situation like that you just want to save yourself and you don't think to bring your purse or anything with you. I guess that's how people get so lost in crisis situations. You have no form of identity and who knows how incapacitated you are? Okay I'm a drama queen. But it was scary okay!?

In Charlotte everyone was alright, Noelle didn't even feel it! Our DC office was evacuated as well and apparently the Washington Monument was damaged. But we're all safe and sound and now we know what to do next time!

When I got home I just wanted to relax! Chris got the rest of the day off and got his haircut and I caught him relaxing on the deck when I got home. I snuggled up in some comfies with some snacks and a glass of wine while Chris made me dinner. I took advantage and did a little online scouting for some things I may need to add to my list of things I need!


Cheers to a good night and solid ground! :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Think I Wanna Marry You!

The morning of my wedding was very relaxing, I got up and had some coffee with my dad and we saw a double rainbow! We made everyone come outside to see it. Definitely felt like a good sign! Little did we know we would see several others later that day!
I made everyone in our house breakfast and then we packed ourselves to go to the beach. Our friend Shemeh couldn't come because she had just started a new job and couldn't take time off so we brought her with us! Hannah had brought a picture of her from my bachelorette party and we glued her to one of my programs and brought her with us everywhere!
We had so much fun with her! We went to Poipu beach and sunned and snorkeled for a few hours and ate some lunch then came home so we could all get ready with plenty of time! After a long shower, a little nail painting session and hair (?) and make up I was all ready. Our wedding wasn't going to take place until sunset, around 6 p.m. at The Beach House Restaurant. We got there and hung out in the bathroom so I wouldn't see my groom. We took some pictures and chatted for what felt like a really long time. Then it was finally time! I heard the our musician blow the conch to all four cardinal directions. My parents walked me through the restaurant and out onto the lawn. All the people at the restaurant were watching and I could see the people in condos close by looking from their balconies! There was even a rainbow over the ceremony. Which was convenient since my song was "Somewhere over the Rainbow" played by our musician on his uke.

I was good up until I started walking down the actual aisle. I broke down a little but made it through and we all exchanged leis and kisses.

Our officiant told us to take a breath and calm down a little and then she started the ceremony. The weather had different plans! It started to rain! Usually rains in Hawaii are pretty light and last only a few minutes but we decided to take a break and let everyone stay dry for a few minutes.
It was actually really nice because it broke the tension, and I got to chat with some of my guests! The rain stopped after a couple minutes and I walked down the aisle again! We started all over and everything was beautiful! I arranged everything we said and I was so happy with how it all turned out! I was afraid with me arranging and writing everything I would remember all of it but I didn't and was still emotional over what I was saying. We kissed and walked down the aisle as Husband and Wife! :) We then took a ton of pictures with all combinations of people! We got to include several traditions from Hawaii and my family. We had a conch blown to the four navigational points and a ukulele player. My cousin's kids were our lei and ring bearers, my cousin was in my parents wedding. The pillow that our ring bearer held was also in my parents wedding. I carried the same handkerchief from my sister's wedding, and Chris' Brothers wedding! After pictures we sat down to a delicious meal and toasts from Chris' brother and my sister. They were both hilarious, sentimental and so sweet and lovely. Both of our parents also gave toasts which were equally sweet and tear jerkers! After dinner it was time to boogie! We went to the Hyatt for a late night dance party and drinks. It was so much fun and we had such a ball. I'm so thankful I got to spend so much time with people I love and truly care about me and Chris.

I'll never look at Eggs Benedict the same...

Last night when I got home I came home to hear Chris talking on the phone with his brother. Of course I could hear all of this from the bottom floor of the house! He was talking about the dinners we make and how I like to spice things up and add a ton of things that normally Chris would leave plain. Of course he used the example of bacon in salad, which, what else would you put in a BLT salad? But also grilled teriyaki pineapple or cheese. It is always nice to walk in on someone saying something nice about you! :) Makes the warm fuzzies come out! We hung out for a bit on the deck then I headed down to the kitchen to make him his Pineapple Upside-Down cake.
After that I wasn't feeling like trying too hard on dinner so I figured breakfast for dinner would be easy. Oh naive me...I thought this would be a fine time to try to make hollandaise sauce for Eggs Benedict, oh yes and for Chris to learn to make poached eggs. Honestly what the hell was I thinking? I used this recipe for the sauce. I created a double broiler out of a small pot and a skillet and used lemon juice instead of vinegar. There has to be an easier way to make this besides buying a pre-made packet! I don't know where on the internet Chris learned how to make poached eggs but in the instructions it clearly said "DO NOT PANIC"! I would recommend making these in the microwave with a little water next time. Everything actually turned out better than I expected:
But we will never do that again! Our kitchen was a mass of chaos! It was delicious and I was too full to try my cake but Chris enjoyed it. It was a great night full of insanity but well worth it! Tonight, we're going to take the easy route with some pasta I'm sure. I'm exhausted just writing this!





Cheers!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekend Update

On Friday Chris and I went to a sing-a-long Jamboree at our friends Chris and Shelley's apartment. Of course lots of drinks were had, the drink of the night was a Toasted Almond. Delish! And we all munched on appetizers of drunken pineapple, home-made macaroni and cheese and of course, crab dip!Saturday was gorgeous so we utilized our rooftop deck and sunned before we made our way to Harbour East for some afternoon shopping. We perused several shops and fawned over several puppies before we found Amaryllis. Amaryllis is an awesome jewelry store full of unique hand crafted jewelry. So of course I had to ask them how they found their jewelers because MY SISTER is a jeweler too. I happened to be talking to one of the owners who was very sweet and we exchanged cards so hopefully I can see some NMJ in Baltimore! :) Speaking of Noelle put up buying buttons on her website today!!! So exciting! We went several other places but were slightly disappointed. Harbour East is cute to walk around but we ended up going to the Harbor for a little H&M action! I bought a gray work skirt which they don't feature online, but it's a gray pencil skirt with a sweet black belt with a bow clasp. Chris helped me pass on the lace number and the khaki (that I wanted in navy) skirt.
The lace shirt is a little too short, but could be so cute tucked into a high waisted skirt...maybe if it goes on sale! And the skirt wasn't great quality and the pockets were in an odd place for my body. Why did I not take pictures!?
That night we treated ourselves to an old favorite: A BLT salad with chicken instead of steak and what turned out to be Old Bay baked chips instead of thick potato slices. Whatever, it was delicious!
Sunday we went to the Baltimore Farmers Market with Chris and Shelley and our friend Kristin. It wasn't very nice out so I didn't take any pictures. :( It was very rainy here so Chris and I decided we were done with our chores and took naps. :) I was feeling a little homesick so I made a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for my office. It turned out perfectly...
I used this recipe without the dark rum and cardamom. (because we didn't have any)! I'm making another one tonight because Chris was sad he didn't get any! :)



Happy Monday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Currently Obessing Over...

It's Friday, Friday gotta get down on Friday! Honestly, every Friday I have a 'Friday' Song in my head {I apologize for getting them stuck in your head!} But it's the end of the week and I'm going to enjoy a little jam session tonight with friends, food, and booze. While I am still catching up on some back logs here is what I'm currently obsessing over...



These items I picked up from Forever 21 during lunch yesterday:

Blue nail polish which is actually really awesome and dries super fast.

Spiked bracelets that I can't find online so here is the one I'm wearing today.











My jade necklace from Hawaii.

My custom, one-of-a-kind Noelle Munoz Jewelry {before she was NMJ} ring! :) I wear it everyday!




The Fall Collection from H&M! Seriously, I want it all. Having it so close to my office is DANGEROUS!


AND this almond chocolate dipped horseshoe from Coffee Coffee in Bel Air.


Cheers to the Weekend! :)


marisa

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Forever is three months!

Ohhh man it has been forever since I last posted! Almost 3 months! That is terrifying! But I have several great excuses for not posting. I really want to get better at this especially since I want to change up my format a bit! :) I don’t know how some people do this every day and have a full-time job! And have interesting things to say daily! Okay so back to business…

The list of excuses begins:

I was planning my wedding!

I had a wedding shower! {May 21}

I had a bachelorette party in Charleston with the best friends a girl could ask for! {June 3-5}

I moved to Baltimore! With the help of my sister (birthday girl) and her wonderful husband! {July 1-4}

I went to Hawaii to get MARRIED and HONEYMOON! {July 11-26}

I moved into a rowhouse with my HUSBAND! {July 27-August 1}

I started a new/old job! {August 8}

So that brings us up to today! Since moving to Baltimore I only have a few friends here and am adjusting to my new little house and finally living with my now husband! I miss my family and Charlotte so much I have been counting down the days until we can finally be reunited! {15!} I would like for this blog to chronicle my life here as a married lady learning about Charm City and exploring all the things Baltimore has to offer, good and bad! Here’s to a new year, a new city and new life along with a little southern hospitality sprinkled in! :)

As always, cheers to life!

Marisa
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