Archive for February 2013

25 February 2013

Oscars Fashion Recap!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

Happy post Oscars day!!! Yes, last night was the Super Bowl of fashion, and it was fabulous.

I love the Oscars. Not only because I’m a movie buff, but also because I just love the formality and celebration around it. Oscar parties, predictions, pools, etc. LOVE IT.

And last night, there was some pretty good and a few bad pieces of fashion too (this from a girl who is not exactly…”fashionable” all the time).

So below is my list of my favorite and least favorite looks from last night.

Favorites

Sandra Bullock

Stacy Keibler

Jennifer Aniston

Jessica Chastain

Jennifer Hudson

Octavia Spencer

Not So Favorites

Anne Hathaway

Melissa McCarthy

Salma Hayek

Kristen Stewart

I debated not adding KStew because she was on crutches, but seriously, you have a stylist, use them. Same with a curling iron. This is coming from someone who doesn’t know how to use one though. And Anne Hathaway, oh you’ve been knocking it out of the park lately, but this, is just…awful. Like Jessica McClintock circa my teenage years wanting to try on homecoming/prom dresses.

Well, sadly now the Oscars are over until next year :( I don’t know about you, but I’m already looking forward to it!

What were some of your favorites?

18 February 2013

Hard habit to break

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

This year, I decided to give up chocolate for Lent. I was planning to give up alcohol but multiple friends told me “that’s f*cking crazy.” They’re right, I wouldn’t have lasted two days.

So, if alcohol is out, that means it’s time to test my will to give up my other vice: chocolate.

I have a massive, massive sweet tooth and love a bite of chocolate or even a little chocolate dessert when dining out. I cannot help myself.

But there is a difference between a “bite” of chocolate and, well having too much of it. And because I moved to the latter part of last sentence, that’s why I decided to give it up.

Yeah, this hasn’t been easy.

Friday, while in the throws of a massive cold, I ate a bit of chocolate, and didn’t even realize it until after. My giving-up-something-for-Lent coach told me this was a pass. I was sick. Then…Sunday night I had a chocolate chip cookie (or three) my friend made for dinner. But…I feel like I get a pass because that would have been disrespectful to turn down this as the final part of her homemade dinner.

Again, hasn’t been easy.

And to keep my mind off of chocolate, I’m trying to eat more veggies, chew gum and have other sweets that taste good, but, well not as satisfying.

When is Easter again? Kidding, I can do this, I think :)

Did you give up anything for Lent this year?

 

 

14 February 2013

Valentine’s Day

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

Happy Valentine’s Day (evening) everyone!

Yes, I am that girl who likes New Years and Valentine’s Day, even though she’s single. I mean, don’t get me wrong, sometimes these holidays make me want to gag, but I prefer to focus on the positives of both. And today, it means celebrating and acknowledging the loves in my life.

Last year, I sent text messages to friends and family, reminding them how much I loved and appreciate them. I thought it was a nice treat to celebrate love on this most magical of days. There may not be a steady guy in my life, but there are a lot of people I love.

And sending these little love reminder texts isn’t about needing people to reciprocate it (even though it’s nice to hear!), it’s about just putting a little something out there, and hoping they feel the same way back.

Along with doing these little acts of good, I also decided to “love myself” (long story) by treating to something sweet.

Behold…..HEART SHAPED DONUTS.

Yes, this is exactly what I wanted on Valentine’s Day. And there is nothing wrong with that. My day included those donuts, a bit of wine and ribs.

Absolutely no complaints here. Hope you all had a lovely day as well!

 

13 February 2013

Run JB Run!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

I am not a runner.

The most consistent running I’ve done (that’s not a sprint to be a crowd at a store or to chase food trucks), is when I played tennis in high school and had to run before practice.

My coach was super strict and insisted all of his players run a 9 minute mile. Anything less than that was unacceptable. I could play tennis and run around the court but I just was not a proper runner. And thus, shin splints, tears, and 9++ minute miles later, it was just an awful experience.

A lot of my friends are runners, both marathon and social. And it got me thinking, I never beat that 9 minute mile before and even though I’m well past high school and that coach is no longer in the picture, I kind of want to make that goal one day. Or just test myself to know I can run, run properly and complete a race.

And after years of saying I’ll do it, thinking about it or just procrastinating on it, I’ve decided to do it. It’s one of my 2013 goals.

Thanks to a friend, I’m signing up for the Chicago Endurance Sports No Boundaries program, which teaches you how to run, run properly and train you and a group for a 5K in April.

I’m a little nervous but also really, really excited.

Sure, 5K/3.1 miles is probably nothing to some, but it is to me.

As part of my 2013 change, I need to push myself mentally and physically, and this is the first part of that.

Hopefully, this goes way better than tennis practice did years ago.

07 February 2013

Single girl at the wedding

By: Jessica B.

SCG is back! And this time, Arielle and I are taking a trip down the aisle, not as the bride, but as a wedding guest.

And not just any kind of guest, but the single girl guest at a wedding.

Being single at wedding, which is all about love and the celebration of it, can be tough.

Sure, there are options of single men and/or groomsmen who want to just get a piece of ass, but really, it can be a minefield of insecurity and frustration with your own dating life too (or lack thereof in certain cases).

In the next year, I have two weddings I’ll be attending (one family, one coworker) and I will be going to both solo.

And there is nothing wrong with that.

But, since I’m a tad snarky around couples blissfully in love, I have to get my game face on and be able to navigate the wedding scene with the most gracious and charming of ease…and not hit the bar too hard.

So here’s how I plan to kick ass at both weddings as a singleton:

  • Social butterfly – I know people at both weddings (win) and with a few drinks, I’m much more talkative with strangers (and that doesn’t include trying to make out)
  • Open bar – I mean, it takes the edge off, and is a great place to meet people (see “social butterfly” above). Just remember, it’s not a race to see how much beer/wine you can consume during the reception. Must write that down
  • Dancing machine – Oh man, sometimes, the answer to any situation is just to dance it out. And those heels will be off and I will be a dancing machine. I also need to use this time to identify a guy to be forced to slow dance with me so I don’t return to my snarky state

Yes, despite these comments about snark, I am so happy for both of my wedding couples and really, I can’t wait to be there and celebrate their day. And if there is a guy there who is as willing for a random make out and doesn’t repulse me, let’s discuss.

How do you handle being a singleton at a wedding?