Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Since leaping back on the workout wagon I've had so much energy - good energy, positive energy, happy energy.  Yesterday afternoon I got a rad call from a shop girl informing me she'd nabbed a leather skirt I've been coveting that's been sold out for weeks.  Score!! Rather than freaking out about work I let myself quit a bit early and scoot out with the Chef for a game of cat and mouse aka skirt.  The night was whimsical and fun; lighthearted, filled with shared smiles and laughs with people we've grown to love and appreciate in LA - a city that once seemed so unfriendly, but has become a warm community.

After I nabbed my skirt - oh yes I did - AND made a great new friend in the fitting room (who says you can't make friends in LA??), the Chef and  I found ourselves wandering about semi-emptied stores admiring the early phases of Christmas/Holiday.  I do love this time of the year.  It leaves me nostalgic and hopeful, sentimental and happy - but also just enjoying every moment.  Sounds cheesy, but couldn't be more true.  So in the spirit of the season (before someone jacks my parking spot and flips me off) I thought I'd share some of the things that are topping my giddy list right now...whether for self or others - they bring a healthy dose of cheer!

$5 from each purchase will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
(pardon me while I purchase all 3 - this takes my newfound sequin love to a whole new level
and satisfies a need to give back to innocent ones who need our support)
  • Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I'm thinking this golden wishbone might need to arrive within the next week.  We've got a lot of wishes over here at this free bird!!
  • The Weepies newest album - 'Be My Thrill'.  To say I adore The Weepies would be an understatement.  I've been listening to their music from the beginning and am so happy to have their current album mixed into my faves right now and for always. 
  • Last night when I was strolling Anthropologie I saw the cutest Christmas tree ornaments.  Admission: my tree is filled with quirky cat ornaments, but I sense a change.  Thanks Anthro!!
  • The Holiday season is upon us...let's fill our homes with sparkle and shine like this peony candleholder from Eighteen Karat.  Makes me want to run to Vancouver right now.
  •  Speaking of sparkle and shine, I can't seem to escape these Siwy sequin pants...I might need an intervention.
  • But not before I get this ring on my finger.  I can't seem to get enough silver right now.
We closed the night at one of our fave restaurants - a place we started frequenting when we were "just friends".  It was heartwarming to have familiar servers sit down with us to catch up and dish on the latest in all our lives - people who have become our friends.  Suddenly, in the middle of everything, I recognized feeling so ridiculously happy, content, and at peace.  Living in the moment is where it's at.

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  Thanks so much for sharing your Holiday lists recently...so many great ideas to contemplate.  If you get a chance check out a list I contributed to over at Elleinad Spir - super fun!

75 comments:

annelise said...

That's enough to make me want to start exercising again, Carrie. It all sounds pretty good. I'm glad you're feeling it!

Marcella said...

I recently picked up a gym class too, I know what you mean, I should have done it way earlier, feel so much better for it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Carrie...just found your blog and I LOVE it! This post made me smile, and I'm kind of having a craptastic day, so thank you!

Krystal said...

I might be in love with that wishbone, how cool is that????? I thought it was going to be a little gold wishbone necklace, shows what i've been thinking about lately :)
hope no one jacks your spot girl!

Diana Mieczan said...

That ring is so beautiful:) Wow...Wish you a wonderful day, my dear..Im off for a swim now:) Kisses and see you later

Ps: I’m hosting a Pistacho Press GIVEAWAY later today, so please join in :)

Signe said...

I am totally smitten by those Sequined Animals, think I need to get me some of those as decoration for the holiday :)

Emilie said...

loved reading this post :) I actually love gym class, I never have to force myself to go :)

xxxx

lifeisroyalty.blogspot.com

Lori said...

Fantastic list Carrie ~ love it! I am a list girl myself ~ make em for everything ~ I really need to sit down and make a gift list for things that I want!

jemina said...

Oooh those sequined animals are so cute!!!

XOXO
J

Debby said...

We both have Christmas on the mind today! I love how you make friends wherever you go! That Christmas ornament from Anthro made me smile because she's a little fashionista in her own right.! xo

hip hip gin gin said...

Oh my god sequin squirrel?!? Must. have. now. I am so glad you are all over sequins right now, my husband is starting to look at me funny as my sequin collection grows (and grows and grows) and now I can show him it is not just me!

Cara said...

I have been eying those sequin pants for a while now-I just hate that you can't try them on...
<3 Cara
Giving away a Beau Ideal hand screen printed card!

Jammer said...

Happy Wednesday! Ornaments are the best! I somehow managed to walk out of crate and barrel the other day without buying my weight in rudolphs

Chas said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Those sequin animals are super cute!

Closet Fashionista said...

Haha I love those sequin animals! I would have bought them all too! :D
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Dawn said...

You have great taste:0)

Sounds like things are the way they should be...,my workouts are the only thing that keep me sane most days.

(as for your question about marriage on my post....I never did find a way:(
It's one of those things I wish i could go back a re-do.
Hence my running and triathlons=escape and peace;)
Don't let THAT scare You though;)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

How funny, I saw that wishbone last night and that 'I want!'. And I'm loving the squirrels too.

Isabel said...

those sequined animals are adorable!

Taylor said...

I am getting that wishbone....and maybe a sequined BUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

this is the 2nd post today talking about West Elm - i'm going there this weekend looking @ furniture!!!

i've been COVETING the sequin harem pants from JCrew - just not the price tag - especuially knowing me - i'd wear em' once! .. every time i go to wear sequins - i change into something else!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

SiSi said...

Good morning Carrie, I've given you a blog award, come check it out :]

Dancing Branflake said...

I love that you have a restaurant like that. So incredibly sweet!

Daniela said...

I love the Anthro ornaments!

Anna Jane said...

your attitude is contagious! i feel happier just reading your post. and, i'd like to see this leather skirt, please :)

Lacey in the City said...

What is this great secret restaurant you visited???

And I love how you described the way you and the Chef whisked away into the evening with shared smiles and laughter...made me feel like I was there enjoying time with friends too!

Jessica said...

A girl after my own heart!! I love your list. I'm so glad that you are happy and at peace. I love to hear such positive thoughts! Can't wait to see this leather skirt you speak of!

Kristen said...

You are definitely inspiring to start working out again, like as soon as possible, I have SO much to do until Friday though so after I finish my paper (due Friday morning, eeep, I need that motivation to start kicking in asap!) back to the workouts for me! I'm excited. I'm pumped. I want that energy back and that feeling of accomplishment!

Also, the Weepies are lovely.
I have only heard a few of their songs but I've loved them, their sound, their essence, they just make my heart happy.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh so happy for you- Sounds like you had a great day out yesterday!
Can't wait to see the skirt!!

Daisy said...

more sequins but this time on decorations. love it!

I completely agree about living in the moment and embracing positive engery. wise words to live by!

Santina said...

I love the sequined animals - too cute! And, that golden wishbone reminds me of one of my favorite necklaces, which bears a wishbone...now I kinda want to wear the necklace!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Can not wait to see what you'll wear with your new skirt.
I too love this time of year for all the same reasons. Thanksgiving and Christmas is all about family and traditions in my home.

And I love the sequin little bird, too cute. I donate to St. Judes every year. They are a remarkable organization.

20 York Street said...

Not that I'm glad to see others stress over their jobs too like I do, I'm glad you've taken the higher fitter road too!

I haven't taught yoga in almost 7 weeks but last night, I forced myself to go to one, boy was that great!
And boy does my body ever hurt right now!

When are you coming home babe?

besos,

ML
Come say hello:

20 YORK STREET

Courtney Erin said...

So glad it's all going well (and I'm in love with that sequined rabbit)!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Yay for more energy! Sounds like a good plan to me.

Kimbirdy said...

oh i'm so happy that you're so happy! congrats on the skirt! and i haven't heard the weepies latest album yet... i'll have to change that right away. thanks for spreading the good energy to all of us! :)

Mary said...

Great post!
I just found your blog,it's very cute.I added to your followers:)
xx Mary
Ps.I love tea too!!

LyddieGal said...

I like that you are getting swept up in the holiday spirit - and you wishlist sounds wonderful (hello sequined pants)!
I also can't wait to see this fab leather skirt!

Chic on the Cheap

Nikki said...

Awww I love this post! and I love this time of year too!!
XOXOXO

TheChambrayCountess said...

Happiness is practically radiating off the computer screen right now- Good for you to not only feel good about taking care of yourself, but also to appreciate the little things (like a little sparkle!). Happy Wednesday!

http://thechambraycountess.blogspot.com

Miles Of Style said...

i love your list Carrie...and those animals are adorable too!

p.s i hope you had a chance to enter my new giveaway here: http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/2010/11/le-mode-giveaway.html

Anna Walker said...

The ring is gorgeous! :)
You have great taste in sparkley things! :)

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

Marie a la Mode said...

I'm not surprised you make friends in dressing rooms, you're just that type of person : ) You're like my mom, strangers just seem to open up with her everywhere!

I love those cute animals and that they go to a good cause.

It snowed in Edmonton by the way. I'm not a happy camper. I so envy you! I would LOVE to live in California!

LAURA!!! said...

yea! I heart your blog!!1

Alicia said...

Aww what a wonderful little date / skirt adventure. And those west elm sequin animals need to come home with me asap!!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

You are so entertaining...love reading your posts! And those sequin pants?! Um. Yes Please. xo

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Love those sequined animals--so cute!

Josie said...

I'm positively ADORING the Anthro ornaments right now. So chic. I've informed my roommate that we're going to have to decorate really hardcore for Christmas, to which she looked at me and said "I ordered stuff last week." Reason #45869704719476 we're best friends.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Jude said...

Here's to non-jacked spots and exercise! Wow, I'm totally drafting off your exercise endorphin rush and happy goodness :) Also, why do I suddenly need those Anthro ornaments? They know how to win a gal's heart! (Btw, yes that woman in the Pink Martini post really looks like Anne Hathaway - didn't think it until your comment!)

Marcie said...

Your enthusiasm is contagious, Carrie! And you do such a great job of conveying it in your writing! I can just see you making friends in the dressing room!! I am so excited for your skirt score! I am scared because I have some things on my "must have" list and think it could get out of control at the mall on Friday!

M

Taj Acosta said...

Hi doll, sorry I haven't been able to comment lately, my internet wasn't showing your comments section and it was driving me mad! Loving your last posts;) I am feeling the upcoming holidays spirit too! I am ready to start baking! xo

CHECKS AND SPOTS said...

Oh, those sequined animals are just the perfect type of sparkle! Such a great find...

Alleen said...

You are so inspiring...anthro ornaments are beautiful! I have been collecting wonderful gift ideas this season!

xx

Nikki said...

OOh I LOVE those sequin ornaments. I get a high from working out too. Last night I did not want to go to hot yoga, but I always have the best classes when I don't want to go. So I did. Now I'm happy ;)

Mo Pie, Please said...

I can't wait to decorate my apartment in shimmer and shine! I went to Target last week and stocked up on the cheapies so that we can have some glitter in our lives. I'm not big on glitter throughout the year but the month of December is my exception! I can't wait to get started!!

Valerie said...

I feel the exact same way this time of year- so sentimental/emotional/overcome with happiness. I'm trying to take it all in and cherish every moment as well. It sounds like you had a great night, Carrie! I love those nights when everything falls into place and suddenly you realize how great life is. I love your list, did you get that silver ring??? Thanks for the reminder to live in the moment!

xo
Valerie

Kara said...

Cute sequin animals! They're a great price AND a great cause. I'm obsessed with sequin Siwy pants, just waiting for a good sale!

xo Kara
http://sprinklesinsprings.blogspot.com/

Annie said...

So glad you got your skirt! Sounds like a really perfect night.. What a difference staying in the moment makes when it comes to happiness, right? It's so the key! Those little animals from West Elm are adorable.. cannot believe it's almost Thanksgiving - so exciting!! Have a great night! xo

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Glad you got the skirt AND had a good time doing so :)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Fabulous! So cool that you got that skirt! And glad you're feeling so full of energy. It's amazing how working out does that to a person isn't it? Oh and yeah, I so want that ring! xoxo

Angga said...

I probably should start working out again, I've been in a regime of a healthy eating and been successful enough on losing those fat weight that I've been wanting, now I should be off to gaining muscle, but I'm too lazy..sigh.. anyway your post just makes me in spirit of holiday again...lol and in spirit of decorating my house for holiday..hmmm dont have the extra money right now, but will be buying after x-mas stuff to start next year
<3
http://reserveradefashion.blogspot.com

its simple love said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing the links!

Rachael

p.s. Be sure to enter my cupcake kit giveaway!!!

la petite coquine said...

I couldn't possibly tell you what I loved most-a fabulous evening out, those amazing sequined squirrels or your new leather skirt-can't wait to see photos!

Jess said...

Aww, this post put me in a good mood! Glad you're doing so well!!


And p.s. I saw a girl who looks EXACTLY like you at the gym yesterday. I had a minor freak out.... ;)

Emily said...

I LOVE those sequin animals! How adorable!

Margaret said...

The little sequin creatures are so so cute.
And our Christmas tree is completely covered in quirky cat ornaments, also! Yay for cat-themed everything!

Styles 'n Cream said...

I love the Anthro ornaments. Adorable.

Stacey said...

I'm really loving the sequined animals and the anthro ornaments! I'm so looking forward to putting up my Christmas tree:-). XX

She Wore It Well said...

so happy you're happy darling!

M xoxoxo

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I have been wanting to exercise lately and this is very motivating for me. I need to feel this happy, positive energy!
I love this holiday time of year. It is wonderful and happy!
Hope your week is going well! xo

style-haus said...

this time of year certainly makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. :) all outdoor lighting, the holiday window displays and time spent w/family & friends...it's simpy the best. congrats on scoring your leather skirt!

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

S.I.F. said...

The Weepies are my all time favorite! Totally make me smile always...

Ashleigh said...

I know exactly what you mean about the spirit of the season, I'm in it right now. Getting all heartwarmed at the sight of decorations and talk of family meals :)
Loving your sequin love, those pants!! Those cute little animals!! And you must have that ring!

alli/hooray said...

Aww, this time of year is so festive :)
loved your sake bath suggestion over at Elleinad Spir...so indulgent!

heather yalin said...

YAY! I love your happy contagious energy, your list and that sequined squirrel... oooohhhhhh!!!!!

Oh, My Darling said...

Is that seriously a sequined squirrel? Love it!

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