Monday, September 27, 2010

Happiness is....

A heat wave in late September?  Well, since we basically froze this summer in California I would have to say YES!  Last Thursday when the local weather guy said there was "warm weather right around the corner for the weekend" I gave the tv the ol' eye roll and kept on walking.  "Suuuuure there is Dallas Raines," I said right out loud in my own home (where no one else was at the time except two cats who "pretend" not to know what I'm saying half the time - except when food is involved, of course).  Never in a million did I think I'd wake up on Friday morning to the scent of warm summer air - it's a real smell you know! - and temperatures already at 75 degrees when I stepped outside at 10:30am.  Cut to Saturday when we were full blazing hot at 8am and it became apparent that Dallas had struck weatherman gold aka his predictions were spot on.

Suffice it to say happiness is also the cool comfort of a movie theater after you've relived several summer dreams you thought you had been robbed of (read:  strolling in the warm air wearing a tank top, skirt and sandals at 10pm, visiting a few of your most fave brunch places to lounge leisurely in the warm air over early afternoon brunch, and tending to your fruit and vegetable garden in the warmth of the day). Saturday and Sunday saw us in LA with temperatures over 100 degrees both days.  After puttering around doing warm weather things all day we took the ultimate lazy day summer retreat to escape the heat at the movies where we saw Never Let Me Go (starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley) on Saturday and The Town (starring Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm) on Sunday night.  Both of these movies, in my opinion, were excellent.  If you haven't seen The Town yet I will only say that Ben Affleck must have taken some acting lessons because he did a great job.  I'm a huge fan of Carey Mulligan and she was brilliant in Never Let Me Go...it ended up being nothing like I expected. If you enjoy movies that make you stop and think then you will likely enjoy its themes - they will definitely be playing over and over in my mind for weeks to come.  Has anyone read the novel it's based on by Kazuo Ishiguro?  I'd be interested to get your take...

 this is the look of sheer "summer didn't abandon us after all" elation

I can't tell you how wonderful it was to be greeted by warm gentle breezes leaving the theatre.  We seized the moment to zip across the street to our favorite watering hole just to visit the bartender and sip on the best cold cocktails in town. I noticed so many people wearing cute summer outfits, sandals, up-do's...everything I saw very little of in June, July and August.  Even though we were all scorching I noticed no one looked unhappy, and for a moment we were all on the same happy team.  Now when does that happen in LA? hehe

Oh!  And happiness is also guest posting for another blogger!!  Jess at Cheap But Chic was so kind to invite me to her blog today.  I mentioned the post last week and it should be up around 6am EST - it is a side by side comparison review complete with pictures of Tucker by Target's signature blouse with one from the brand's regular line.  If you've been holding off making a purchase from either line this post might help you out.  Please stop by and take a look!!

Hope you had a great weekend!  Was the weather crazy warm in your parts of the country/world?

71 comments:

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Happiness is sunshine after a long cold week. =) Glad to hear that your weekend was warm and sunny. I love that outfit sweetie.

Katie said...

Don't hate me, but it appears the Southern heat traveled to you. It was cooler here today, first day in FOREVER it wasn't in the 90's. Not knowing if this will last I bought my fall tarts, pulled out my 4 Halloween decorations, and slapped the autumn wreath on the front door. It might only be for 2 days but I'm celebrating fall, or Alabama's version of it anyway.

I couldn't tell you the last time we went to the movies (oh I sound OLD right now...) but that Ben Affleck one has caught my attention.

FarmGirl said...

It's supposed to be summer in South Africa, but still very cold! Can't wait to get into all the strappy tops... Love your outfit!
xoxo

Leia said...

Summer at the end of September? Lucky girl! I hear London is freezing and I'm SO lucky I'm not there. Bangladesh is always steamy hot, like a sauna :P

Leia

Collette Osuna said...

Its currently 47 degrees here...expected HI Of 67....Fall is here.....:)

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Jess said...

It's up and looks fantastic!! I had a few spacing issues at first, but I think I have it all figured out now. Let me know if there is anything you want me to "fix"!

xo
jess

Diana Mieczan said...

I just read your guest post and I adored it...I left you a comment there too:)
I wish we could still enjoy a bit of sun here but its Autumn all the way!!!
hugs and kisses,sweetie pie

Jaclyn said...

nothing beats a happy, warm day in LA, wish you got more of it this summer!

Jessica said...

I'm a little jealous - right now it's 37 degrees out. 37! That's only 5 above freezing! Oh, what I'd give for an L.A. heat wave. Sigh.

I'm surprised that The Town was good - it looks so cheesy in the previews and when I saw that Ben Affleck was in it, I completely wrote it off. But if he did take up acting lessons for this one, it might be worth the time! (That and Jon Hamm is in it ... but I feel completely weird crushing on him since we share the same last name - no relation though.)

Anyway, have a lovely day, sweetheart!

Cara said...

Hi Carrie,
I was expecting a fall weekend her in JERSEY, but what I got was a hot 91 degrees! Weird...Going to check out your guest post!
PS. I know you drink tea but come enter our coffee giveaway, maybe you will win for someone else!
<3Cara

The Zhush said...

Love your summer look, and the polaroid affect as well! Off to see if your guest post is up!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

It's rather cold and crisp here today; perfect for an early autumnal stroll in woods. You look like summer itself, my lovely!;-)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I'm totally curious about "The Town" now - thanks for the review!

Oooh and you've convinced me to get some Tucker for Target pieces!

Oh and I now live in a tropical country - sigh, hot all year round but easy to go shopping!

Debby said...

Tim and I went to see Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps on Saturday too. I have to say I was smitten with Carey Mulligan, she made the movie and she it totally rocking that short haircut! xo

Monique said...

I'm from Florida and we had one hot summer but now that I'm in Czech Republic for my husband's hockey season, I miss the sunshine state SO MUCH! Love the top!!

annelise said...

Sounds like Sunday was sunny in both hemispheres! We had our first, proper hint of summer and it was GLORRRRRRRRIOUS!

Hot days, when you expect them all to be gone, are the best surprises. Your weekend sounds just about perfect.

Chas said...

Your outfit looks great, love the top! I wish we got your heat wave here. I've been wanting to see both of those movies, so hopefully next weekend I will get the chance!

Emy said...

Good to know you had a great weekend! Here in the south it was the opposite, it was quite cold yesterday :-)

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Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

Sat was great in Jersey - we spent it out on the boat in our bikini's and swim trunks gathering up the last rays to prolong our tans :o) ... Sunday got cool tho, need sweats - and today is rainy and cool ..

MerciBlahBlah said...

Gurrrrl, we are living a parallel life right now, because my post today is on the things I'm thankful for, one of which was getting date night with The Hubs where we saw The Town, and I ALSO mentioned Ben Affleck's acting ability. Weird.

Have a great day, lady!
Merci,
Shan

Ashley said...

I'm jealous. Don't complain! It's been freezing here. Temps have been below average for a while...I just checked and it's 40 F out right now. I'm happiest when the temperatures are above 60 F. I don't know why I live here. At least I get to layer, and you don't.

I've never even heard of either of those movies...I guess I don't get out much. Glad to hear they were decent, though!

Have a great week!!

Lacey in the City said...

So glad that you finally got your heatwave! My LA friend sent me a pic of her car thermometer reading 107...wowza. It's cold and rainy here in New York, exactly what you'd expect in late (oh boy I can't believe how time flies!) September.

jemina said...

Hi Beautiful, I live in the equator and it's darn hot here. Thank goodness for Air Con, and I can't believe that it is almost at the end of September. Time sure does fly :)). Love, Hugs and Kisses, Jemina

kirstyb said...

love this and i wish we were having a heat wave xx

Daisy said...

It WAS crazy warm over here on the east coast of New England - on saturday at least. Sunday cooled off though and today it's rainy. I can't wait to see The Town. It's actually based on Charlestown, MA where I work!! Ben Affleck was on my street (where I live) filming a chase scene. now THAT was cool and I must see the movie asap!

Margaret said...

I just found your blog and I love it!
BTW, I am so excited to see Never Let Me Go- what a sad but fascinating concept.
Following you now : )

heather yalin said...

Lucky you! With that crazy heat wave! I received word of the Norcal's heat wave (though I think it was more of a complaint, because it caused some power outages topping at 100+). Anyway, glad it hit you too and that you enjoyed it! :)

Going to check out your post at Jess' now!

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Its been raining and very windy. All the leaves are already falling too. Just checked out your guest post. I just discovered Cheap but Chic the other day, great blog.

Very cool to do a guest post. I love your fashion advice and comparison of Tucker and Tucker for Target. Very similiar indeed.

Jammer said...

I'm on the east coast with Daisy and you guys totally stole our warm weather! haha enjoy it! I'm going to go wrap myself up in a snuggie now.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I'm so happy that you got your taste of summer! And when I say summer I'm not kiddin...over 100??? How bout some nice days in the high 80s? You don't get a break do you? :)

I have to see both of those movies. I've been a bit gunshy about movies here in NYC because a few months ago there was a bugbed problem in one of the theaters here so I'm paranoid. I did manage to get to the movies last weekend though and I was unscathed so I'm ready to give it another shot :)

Have a happy Monday, sweetie! xoxo

Nikki said...

LOVE going to the movies when its hot hot hot out!
Also loving your outfit!


xx
Nikki

Lane :) said...

yes!! the warm weather is sooo nice. :)

Valerie said...

I never thought temperatures of 100 degrees at the beach would excite me THIS much, but they really do. Who would have though our hottest weekend of the year would be the very end of September?? Carrie, your weekend sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the fact that summer didn't completely abandon us (and I love your look in the picture). Just when I gave up on it altogether, it appeared and it was glorious!!! We enjoyed every minute of the blistering heat! I'd actually be happy if it continued for another month, but I'll take what I can get at this point. Glad you had a great weekend! Going over to check out your Tucker post now.

xo
Valerie

Josie said...

Girl. You are looking so cute and summery in your little tank. Glad you all got a taste of summer despite the late date! Also good to hear that Ben Affleck has been taking acting lessons; it may be incentive for me to go see The Town, haha.
xo Josie
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Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I am reading it right now!!
The Kazuo Ishiguro novel- about half way done- In fact- you are the last blog I'm reading (it was a sign) and I'm off to read my book- I really love it- I am planing on writing a post- probably next week- cuz my monkeys have another three day week- for some other Jewish holiday.

20 York Street said...

Love that photo and I'm seriously having weather-envy right now!

Babe, I know you got lots and lots of awards already but I really do love your blog so here goes:

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Any way you can send me those Tucker Love in Canada? Its so not fair we have no Target here!

Stacey said...

Glad your weatherman got it right, mine failed miserably. Great "summer is still around" look you have going on too:-) Happy Monday. xx

xoxoFashionLady said...

Enjoy your weather over there, cuz it sucks overhere. Let the warm sweaters come!
You look great on that pic!

xoxo.

HC! said...

you are the absolute sweetest! thank you so much!

Ebony said...

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Marie a la Mode said...

Yay to your heat wave! It was actually 24 degrees C on Saturday in E-Town, it was AWESOME!

I saw "You Again" with Kristen Bell and Jamie Lee Curtis this weekend and it was so bad, we wanted to see The Town but the timing didn't work out. It's on my list though!

Rachel said...

Great outfit! It's perfect for warm weather!

Honestly, I am so ready for cooler temperatures. The summer here in Maryland has been too hot for my liking with most days being in the upper 90s. I hate it! Fortunately it's finally starting to cool down here!

Half Dressed said...

While you are enjoying the sunshine, it's turned awfully cold here. Hello scarfs and coats! Glad you're enjoying it though :)

L x
Half Dressed

sssdawna said...

i'm ready for the hot weather to leave! bring on the 70s please : )

LyddieGal said...

Glad to hear you got some wonderful warm weather!
My climate is still playing tricks on me, one day its crisp cool 60s with frigid evenings and I get out my sweaters, and then it's 80 and perfectly balmy all through the night. Now it's back to 60s raining.

Hope you get to enjoy a few more days of summer!

Chic on the Cheap

Ashley said...

I am so jealous! It was warm on Friday, but all weekend it was in the 50s, and today it is 55 and rainy! I could definitely go for a little bit of summer heat right about now!

-Ashley
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la petite coquine said...

So nice to get a little warm weather here in SF, too! My Texan hardly knew what to do with himself without air conditioning, but a few cocktail made it all better!

Lovely finding your blog-can't wait to read more this afternoon!

Alicia said...

Ah the Indian Summer finally arrived in San Francisco too. It's a hot one!! And I can't wait to read your post on the Tucker vs Tucker for Target blouses!

ps: thanks for the bday wishes!

bananas. said...

i love this indiam summer weather! BRING. IT. ON! YEAAA!!!!!

and i'm so glad you like the town. did you catch ben's abs. they deserve an oscar. for real!

ps. yes i did get the info on the shorts. thank you!

Mimi said...

i totally agree, i was like "wow, summer is actually here". it's crazy.

<3, Mimi
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Mary said...

I'm jealous! I want summer :( I've been in boots and sweaters for a while now!

Glad you had a great weekend!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

geez 100!? crazy business! it was mabye 75 and sunny on Saturday, which is all a washingtonian gal can really ask for. :P
of course now we're back to rain rain and more rain.

hmm i've been leaning towards seeing The Town. glad to hear you liked it. :D

She Wore It Well said...

It hit 21C/70F in Melbourne.

Milijana was ONE HAPPY girl! WOOT! And it's sunny again today!!!

alli/hooray said...

glad you guys are getting some long awaited summer weather! we're full force fall here in MI - almost turned the heat on today :)

this free bird said...

It's 101 degrees at 5pm!! WHAT IS GOING ON?? It hit 110 today at the beach!

Marcie said...

I am so there with you!! Just as I finally put a disappointing summer to rest and got amped up for fall, we go and get in the triple digits! This is so not fair!! More on this topic tomorrow.

xo M

shari @ little blue deer said...

I talk back to the tv too, no worries! Glad you finally got some warm weather, you guys totally deserve it! Definitely going to see The Town this weekend, I'm all about a Boston flick. Have read Kazuo Isiguro but not this one, I will totally check it out! You're looking lovely as always!

Anna Walker said...

It is so freaking hot today here! So annoying!!! I would rather it be a bit cooler in LA!

Anna Jane said...

it's perfectly fall in chicago and was awesome this weekend...but now i'm in SF for work where i showed up in all black (tights, trench, skirt) and it was 80 degrees. suffice to say, i didn't pack well for this week.

but LA - I heard it was a freaking scorcher today!

xx anna jane

Sonja said...

Glad to hear you had a nice warm weekend!
and I have yet to see a movie with carey mulligan...but she does seem pretty awesome!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I was so surprised to hear about the hot weather down south this weekend. Crazy. It has been hot here too...but that's nothing new. However, I thought by now it would be feeling like fall! Pumpkins in the stores just don't make sense when it's over a hundred outside.
I enjoyed your guest post! :)

Style Attic said...

Nice job over there! Just came from there and I think it's so cool how you knew so much about that line :) Of course you did!! Love to you XO, Kelly

Lori said...

So glad you are finally getting some nice weather Carrie!! They are calling for humidex temps here tomorrow and Wed ~ 28 and 29 C ~ crazy for this time of year. Enjoy it! I am heading on over to your guest post now....

Claire Kiefer said...

Okay so you've inadvertently encouraged me to stop being such a sourpuss about the heat. I'm reading for some SEASONAL WEATHER, dangit! I'm supposed to be getting excited about Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I want to be wearing scarves and jackets! I love being at the beach in warm weather--don't get me wrong--but otherwise, I HATE BEING HOT. ha. What a whiner I am today!

MarchMusings said...

We're having a gorgeous spring day- hot with clear skies. Nice to know summer hasn't abandoned you totally!

Daniela said...

This weekend the weather was perfect, well Saturday anyway. Today it was raining and 60. Lucky you!!

laurenne said...

Dallas Raines! Hilarious.
I read this outloud to my boyfriend and now we're doing impersonations of him.
"I'm so excited about the weather. More at eleven."

Also, I saw 'Never Let Me Go.' Sooo good!
I cried. A lot.
Did you go to the Landmark on Pico. Westside Tavern is so good for a before-movie meal. Where do you live? We have so much to talk about.

Oh, and I appreciated your grammar corrections in my comments!
Grammarians are where it's at!

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

A cold summer is about the most depressing thing I can think of. Glad you got some sun!!

X Cristina

ruthy ann said...

Ok this is where I am totally envious of you....rain rain go away!

Taj Acosta said...

I totally should have gone to the movies over the weekend! I'm loving this weather too! Even though my poor pups are stuck with their little tongues out everytime I look at them! I'm going over to check out your guest post!

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