Wednesday, November 30, 2011

christmas traditions.

I wouldn't call myself a traditionalist but there are times when tradition is very important to me. Like many others, Christmas is that time for me. Guy and I enjoy traveling together and we wanted a way to remember all of our travels through the years. Years ago we started buying Christmas ornaments and it's become my favorite thing about our Christmas decor. Last night I was staring at my tree, taking in the ambiant lighting & yummy tree scents. I couldn't help but smile as I looked at all the different memories that hang on our tree. I'm very thankful for these memories and am so glad I have a way to remember them every year.
Siena, Italy/ homemade from Guy/ Austin, TX
Florence, Italy/ NYC, NY/ Las Vegas, NV
Siena, Italy/ Maui, HI/ Lexington, KY

Do have a favorite Christmas tradition??

Monday, November 28, 2011

a mish mash of thanksgiving photos

Who can't believe the Thanksgiving break is over?
Is it just me or did this holiday fly by??

But I need to live in reality and it's over so let's recap the weekend and move on shall we?

{some pictures from the day of. my lovely parents had us and Guy's brother & sis in law over}
{i'd like it on the record that I made a fab chocoloate bourbon pecan pie for the first time!}

{the best parents. officially}

{oh you know, sitting on the roof, putting wreaths and lights up}

{Christmas tree decorating during the Badger game!}

Hope everyone had a relaxing, family filled weekend. Can't wait to read all about it on your blogs!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

yay or nay: backwards cardigan

So interested to hear your thoughts on this one loves. I've seen bloggers and celebrities alike style the 'backwards cardigan' but I've yet to see someone in the flesh with it. I *think* I like it for the most part but haven't found the right way to do it myself. I definitely think belting it is the way to go to add some visual interest to the front.
So how about you? Yay or Nay?

{a la Satorialist}

{from Academic Chic}

Can't wait to hear what you think!
Hope all the Thanksgiving preparations are going well! I'm attempting my first pie... we'll see how this goes!

Monday, November 21, 2011

christmas gift guide: where my ladies at?!

With it being Thanksgiving week, I can't help but *start* to think about Christmas gift giving. I hate feeling rushed the week before Christmas so I start shopping early. I thought it would be fun to do a little series of Christmas gift guides and first up is for us ladies. There are so many goodies out there... it was hard to narrow the lot down.

Christmas Gifts

Where are your favorite spots to gift hunt for your sisters/girlfriends/besties?

Friday, November 18, 2011

let the countdown begin...

Let's see a show of hands... who is ready for the Thanksgiving holiday?!?! I need this holiday.
I need the time off from work.
I need the big gluttonous meal (and the many gluttonous leftover meals after).
I need the couple of stress free days with Guy to just enjoy ourselves with family and friends.

It's been a stressful weeks folks. Not for one glaring reason... but for lots of little, tiny reasons. But even with the stress... I'm thankful for the upcoming holiday. Thankful for a job that gives me the time off from work. Thankful for my family living close and getting to spend the holiday with them. And certainly thankful for Guy and the ability to spend our first Thanksgiving together as a married couple.

As long as my 'thankful' moments outweight my 'stress/need' moments - I know I'm heading in the right direction....

Wishing you a quick end to your work week and a lovely weekend ahead!
And here's to a short week next week!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

morgan's book corner

Time for another round of my book corner. I've read some great books lately, have a few on deck, and would love some more recommendations from you!
Some recent reads....
{devoured this in two days. it's not quite as funny as Tina Fey's Bossypants but close}

{so amazing. I'm mad at myself for waiting so long to read it!}

{currently reading and loving! such a unique read}

I have these books waiting in queue....

{my friend CLo recommended and I always trust her judgment... this will be next up}

{another book I'm years behind on but will finally read}

So what have you read recently and loved? I found an amazing new used bookstore so I'm itching for another reason to head out there and pick up a few more reads.

Monday, November 14, 2011

less than impressed hunger games.

Did anyone else see the Hunger Games trailer?

For the hype that was made around it's release... this really isn't all that impressive. I hope they step it up for the next! The book deserves way more hype than this!

UPDATE! Thanks to Meghan I now realized I had the wrong trailer!

So much better!!!

the post about what will only be referred to as 'the incident.'

You know how in the show 'Revenge' the series started with the last scene? That's what I'll be doing in this blog post.

Guy: Hello?
Me: I'm 79% sure I was just taken advantage of.

Now, unto my Friday afternoon of horror. Earlier in the week I decided I wanted (neigh...needed) a massage. Luckily I had a gift certificate for a 60 minute swedish massage. Now, it wasn't to my preferred salon but I felt the need to be cheap and the use of the gift certificate outweighed going with that I knew. This was a bad decision.
I arrived Friday to the salon (name being withheld...for now) early and waited for the two receptionists to quit chatting so I could check in. Once they completed their important conversation on Receptionist A's cleavage (seriously), A brought me around, told me where to change, and asked me to wait for Beth (name not being withheld). I did as I was told and soon Beth arrived in all her glory.
Beth would have been a nice enough woman if she hadn't been barefoot, with holey, stained sweatpants, and a shirt three to four times too big. I immediately shook this off thinking a) she likes to be comfortable or b) her house burned down and this is all she had. I secretly hoped for b.
Beth asked me where I hold my tension. I told her my shoulders and neck. She asked me how much pressure I like. I said 'medium' to be safe. (Beth looked like she could hurt me).
Beth starts the massage focusing on my right leg. This strikes me as a bit odd since I told her my tension was in my shoulders but I figured she had her own method.
I was sadly correct in my thinking.
15 minutes into my 60 minute massage, Beth is still on my right leg. And my butt. I'm starting to mildly panic, feeling my nose start to sweat in fear. Beth continues to tell me to breathe (by making the pregnant woman breathing noise He...He.. Hooooo) and continuingly tells me I can "take pressure" and "this should be fun."
She then stops, puts her Bath and Body Works lotion down ( I kid you not; I can pick out Moonlight Path anywhere) and tells me she thinks I can handle a 'Shih Tzu' massage.
Now, and only now, do I realize she said 'Shiatsu' massage but my brain was scrambled trying to figure out exit strategies before things got weird.
Things got weird.  
First, the rainforest music pumping through the speaker system abruptly stopped and Beth immediately leaped into action by bringing out her boombox and putting in a music selection of her choice. It can only be described as a mix between Enya and Sade. I started panicking more.
Then... it happened.

Beth mounted me.
I'm talking got on the table, put all fours on me, and shimmied her way up and down. And when I say 'shimmied' I more mean beat me with her four limbs.  I started hyperventilating into the face hole and looking around to see if there was any way I could reach my Blackberry. There was not. 
This continued for the last 20 minutes. 
Longest 20 minutes of my life.  

By the grace of something, Beth left the room and I was free to curl up into the fetal position to try and wrap my head around what happened (and to make sure I could move).
And then, on the wall, I saw this:

:sigh: Really? I had to get out of there. I threw on my clothes, and went out to Beth who acted like I just had the most relaxing experience of my life and said I should come back in two weeks for the 'Muscle Mend' package. I was so traumatized I think I just nodded, took her card, and practically ran out front to avoid making eye contact with her.
I practically threw my gift certificate and tip (yes, I tip even when I feel I've been taken advantage of. I'm not a monster) and ran out dialing Guy as fast as I could.

I'd like to end this horror story with a letter.

Dear Ben at Urban Nirvana,

Hey, it's me, Morgan. What has it been- three, four months since I last came in? I've always sang your praises as the best massage therapist in Charleston but that now means so much more. I'll never go anywhere else. So please don't ever leave. You're my safeplace.

Yours, Morgan

I spent my weeking recovering from both the physical & emotional pain of Friday.
If anyone touches me I may go apeshit.

Thanks for making it to the end of this... I needed to get it out. If I had a therapist, I bet she'd be proud. I'd also like to say I'm proud because I typed my longest post on a computer without a space bar. THAT, my friends, is talent.

Friday, November 11, 2011

have two minutes to help a gal out?

Hi friends!
I have a quick 9 question survey that I'd love to get any and all former & existing brides opinions on.

Care to help? Won't take more than a minute of your time and me (and a friend) would be very grateful!

Happy Friday loves!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

love for letterpress.

Have I mentioned my love for all things letterpress? When I get bored, I'll surf Etsy for  letterpress anything and end up wanting most of what I see. Here are just a few of my favorites...






I really need to get my stationary addiction under control stat.
Happy Thursday friends!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

this ain't yo mama's monogram.

I was browsing my Lucky mag last night and stumbled upon maybe the perfect monogram necklace from Moon and Lola.
You see, living in the south, means that everyone monograms everything. And while I enjoy my monogram as much as the next's never been my 'go to' thing. This necklace, however, is just different enough I may have to change my tune.

I love the acrylic monogram mixed with the choices of font, chain, and color. It breaks up the monotony of the standard gold monogram.

How's a girl to choose a color?!

Monday, November 7, 2011

six months and counting!

 :sigh: Monday already? Can it be? How does the weekend fly by so damn fast?
Guy and I had a lovely little weekend filled with friends, family, and as usual... good food! I didn't take my camera along with me many places but I did snap a few shots with my Blackberry camera (yes, I have a Blackberry. ugh. Bonus that my work pays for it but I'd loooove an iPhone. Beggers can't be choosers right?!)
{my new bust that I'm in looooove with}
{currently displaying some of my favorite necklaces}

{my nephew Max was in town for the weekend. this meant a Sunday stroll looking for pumpkins was on the agenda}

{i melt for those baby blue's}

{snack time!}

{a little mexican to celebrate my Badgers big win!}

Yesterday was Guy's and my 6th month anniversary. No, I will not be one of those people that counts in months but I figure we'll never have our 6 month again so why not celebrate it! We kept it low key and true to us which was just perfect.
Hope you all had as nice a weekend as we had! What did you get into??
*effect via Poladroid

Thursday, November 3, 2011

stereotype map.

I'm not feeling very inspired this morning loves. I need to get my blogging mojo back.
I did see this on Pinterest last night and it made me laugh so I thought I would share. And don't get all up in arms... I know these are ridiculous stereotypes...they're just for fun. The southern stereotypes are a bit weak though. I feel like I could come up with better. I'll add that to my 'to do' list.

Hope y'all are having a great start to your Thursday! It's almost Friday!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the faces of hunger games.

Have y'all seen the promotional posters for The Hunger Games? They are SO good and I can hardly believe we have to wait until March 23rd for the first movie!!

And my personal favorite casting decision... Lenny Kravitz as Cinna!

So what do you think? Do these promotional posters get you even more excited for the movie?!
And for those of you that haven't read the books.... there is still time! Read the books before you see the movies!