Wednesday Wisdom 10.24.12

Another Wednesday is here already but we are all heading over the hump & are one step closer to the weekend. Enjoy our Wednesday Wisdom this week that gives you a little insight into our move to a new apartment this week!

√ DO become grown-ups and become fridge owners together. Our apartment didn’t come with a fridge, so we went out shopping to get ourselves one. When the boys were loading up the fridge in the truck in the back of the store, the two of us decided to drive around back to check out what they were doing. X DO NOT go into uncharted territories behind retail stores unless you want your car to be swarmed by alley cats and a skunk. Yuckkkkkkkk. X DO NOT try Charlotte’s refrigerator measuring technique. As we were shopping I looked over and Charlotte, in the middle of the store, is hugging (yes, I said hugging) a refrigerator. When I asked her what she was doing her response was “I’m hugging the fridge and then determining if I could hug the empty space in our kitchen the same way.” I then proceeded to ask an employee for a measuring tape…

 DO make priority lists when shopping for a new place. We’ve realized that we can’t afford our dream home and our apartment isn’t going to look like it belongs on, but that’s okay. Five major priorities were (1) refrigerator (2) beds (3) couch (4) microwave (5) wine glasses. We’ve purchased all of those things, so we’re set at least for the time being!  DO have great friends who are willing to sacrifice their weekend & evenings to drive all over with a truck and move large heavy items  DO have pizza & beer at the end of the each night as a reward.

X DO NOT leave your purse at Chipotle and your phone at In N Out in the same day.

Have any wisdom for us today? Any Do’s or Don’ts you are experiencing?!


Wednesday Wisdom 10.17.12

Well, it appears to be Wednesday again. We have taken the time to gather our abundant wisdom (which we suffered strange personal experiences to collect) in order to help you and your week out with what to √DO and X DO NOT in life.

√DO purchase a beginner’s unlimited yoga special so that you can begin using your brand new Manduka mat that your best friend so graciously got for you! X DO NOT be the weird old lady in the back who farts during yoga class. X DO NOT say you are teaching a beginner’s yoga class if you plan on doing moves that involve balancing your whole body on one hand while poking your other limbs out in all different directions. X DO NOT work the front desk of the yoga studio if you are going to act like you have never seen technology in your whole life before. √DO show up to yoga many minutes in advance if this front desk scenario happens to be occurring, because there will be a lineup around the block of people waiting to just sign in for class…

√DO be independent women and go apartment hunting, making the switch from college housing and crashing with parents to real-life rent-paying properties. X DO NOT be mislead by Craigslist properties that seem far too good to be true, and go visit them alone, because they will actually be blatant lies with photoshopped pictures that lead you to ultra Scaryland crime zone where you nearly get shot while waiting for the property manager who never shows up…

X DO NOT laugh in someone’s face when they ask if you are a personal trainer, because though this might be a very funny joke to you, they could actually be quite serious. √DO escape as quickly as possible from this individual, otherwise he might ask you to be his personal calorie counter who accompanies him everywhere. When you politely decline he will then follow you, trying to sit at your table and chat to you all about how hard it was for him to find a hotel room with WiFi, telling you that you are beautiful and sweet, when all you want to do is enjoy a coffee on your break from work in peace!

We KNOW you have seen some √DO and X DO NOT moments, so stop being shy about sharing – we would love to hear your own personal wisdom!

Wednesday Wisdom 10.10.12

It’s Wednesday again, which means it is time for Wednesday Wisdom. Here’s out take on the week’s √ DOs and X DO NOTs!

DO Spend the week outside of the city with coworkers having a fun time in the mountains, working hard but also laughing more than you have had in a long time. Cool temperatures & cozy fires made for quite an enjoyable week. X DO NOT get so used to the 90 to 100 degree California heat that you forget to pack according to the Colorado mountain weather. You will then spend your time running from buildings to cars to attempt to avoid the cold and wearing the same warm outfit again and again.

X DO NOT get woken up by a flight attendant who sneaks over and yells ‘Ma’am WAKEY WAKEY’ and scares the living daylights out of you as he startles you awake to have you move your bag one more inch under the seat in front of you for landing √ DO make sure that no one sits in the middle seat next to you on a flight on Southwest where everyone choses their own seats. While sitting in the window seat, have your coworker sit in the aisle seat and pile all of your stuff in the middle seat to make it look occupied. When there are only a few seats left and people start eyeballing your seat full of junk, cough obnoxiously while making eye contact with the person who is contemplating sitting next to you. This plan ensures that one of the only two seats left on the flight will be the middle seat next to you. Success.

√ DO go to the Princess Diana exhibit on the Queen Mary on your day off and observe Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s fashionable pieces. X DO NOT drive into the ‘NO GO’ zone that Morgan tried to explain to you when you first moved here as it will cause you to encounter a man getting out of his car at a stop light and yelling and throwing things from his car at a semi. Trying to take on a semi with measly objects from your car is never going to end up with a win.

Do you have any Wednesday Wisdom to share with us? We’d love to hear what your √ DOs and X DO NOTs are for the week!

Wednesday Wisdom 10.3.12

Yesterday we brought you a post a little more serious in its wisdom. However, as usual with our Wednesday Wisdom today we are keeping it much more light-hearted with our weekly advice for what to do and avoid.

Is it really October already? √DO enjoy the flavors of the season. Our personal favorite is the pumpkin cream cheese muffin. Throughout recent weeks we have found ourselves developing strange justifications just to get our hands on one of these muffins. The most legitimate is probably when Charlotte decided that if she was going to be drug along to line dancing, she should probably eat a muffin first, because it would make her happier and and in a better mood to accept country. (The muffin was great and she still hates country, so mission accomplished). X DO NOT live in Southern California if FALL is your favorite season. We are stuck in the 90s here and getting sort of mad about it. And by sort of, I mean drastically. Morgan is yelling up a storm about being in heat (as usual, as you can see in this photo below from us in Paris last summer. Maybe the story about this will be coming soon, if she lets me…) Charlotte keeps wasting money buying sweaters that she will never wear when in reality she needs to expand other areas of her wardrobe, namely how it includes zero pairs of shorts and only one bathing suit.

√DO be a wonderfully awesome friend and use your job perks to score your BFF an awesome Manduka yoga mat! X DO NOT store your new yoga mat rolled up at the end of your bed when you are going to be rushing around in the dark late to work at 5:00 AM unless you want to trip over it go flailing across the room in the dark, attempting to be as quiet as possible in your thrashing and crashing as to not wake up the rest of the house. Oops. Why is it that two of Charlotte’s consecutive WWs involve falling down? X DO NOT use your old cheap yoga mat as a seat cover before you put your entire life in your car and drive it down to California. It will end up all warped, dented, and scraped, and possibly with some orange nail polish stains on it. When you are a newbie Yogi, bringing a mat like this to a yoga class would be highly embarrassing…

X DO NOT smoke inside a mall. This is neither Europe, nor a time several decades previous in life where smoking inside buildings would be somewhat acceptable. In fact, really just X DO NOT smoke in general. Yuck-o!

Wednesday Wisdom 9.26.12

It’s another hump day & we’re hoping it goes by quickly so we’re one day closer to the weekend! I mean, how is it ONLY Wednesday?! Enjoy the below tidbits of knowledge we have to share with you today for this week’s Wednesday Wisdom!

√ DO purchase a pair of killer Dylan George black leggings with leather down the inner seam while shopping La Brea Avenue on Sunday afternoon. X DO NOT try to show off how bad ass you are to your father unless you want to hear “you look like you should ride a horse… I mean, you look so equestrian. I guess you better add one of those horse riding helmets to your outfit.” Thanks dad, I was feeling so cool until you mentioned that helmet.

Excuse me sir at Starbucks, X DO NOT wear a purple shirt, a pair of purple ombre pants, and purple shoes. One, of all colors, did it have to be purple? And two, it’s just TOO much. √ DO play with mixing color. Have fun mixing prints and colors to create eye catching ensembles. Try mixing and matching some pieces in your wardrobe you wouldn’t normally wear together & see what you come up with!

√ DO both take the time to have great conversations with your brothers this week (coincidentally both named Connor). With one being in Oregon and the other in Buenos Aires, it’s nice for us big sisters to talk with our younger brothers and catch up on life!

Have you seen any X DO NOT moments out and about that we need to know of? What √DO examples have inspired you lately?

Wednesday Wisdom 9.19.12

√DO step outside your comfort zone and try something you never thought you might, such as Charlotte going line dancing last Thursday night. You’ll realize that as long as you are with people who matter to you, you can have fun doing just about anything, even if you may feel like you look like a fool! X DO NOT mess up perfectly good dance songs such as Michael Jackson by making up this whole stupid step by step spin stomp choreography BS to them. But if you happen to be in an environment where this unfortunately has taken place, X DO NOT try to free style all over the dance floor. Line dancing is SERIOUS BUSINESS and you may get kicked off. X DO NOT sit at the bar where “KAY’S RESERVED SPOT” happens to be. Kay is apparently quite famous on the line dancing scene and despite being about 60 years old and 4 feet tall she is VERY menacing and may just beat you up for ordering a drink all up in her zone.

Charlotte with Morgan’s boyfriend Josh during her first line dancing experience.

XDO NOT neglect your health and wellness unless you want to end up like Charlotte falling down flights of stairs and creating scars by dropping shelves on her shoulder while playing Bob The Builder at work, or be like Morgan tripping over bicycle racks and smashing into things at her job. Clearly we could both use a little more gracefulness and coordination in our day to day lives, hence: √DO consider your health and well being. We spent part of Sunday afternoon chatting about the week ahead and planning out time to play tennis, go to yoga class, go on early morning walks, and participate in Jillian Michaels videos. This makes us feel so much better, mentally just as much as physically, and it is so much easier to conquer the week with less unfortunate accidents.

Let us know if you have any Wednesday Wisdom of your own!

Wednesday Wisdom 9.12.12

√ DO Get outdoors before summer is over and enjoy the end of the summer/beginning of fall events that are occurring this month. For example, classic car shows or the ever popular Lobster Festival both happened in our city this past weekend!  X DO NOT wander around for hours in the sun in a tank top with your messenger bag across your chest. If you feel like you are getting sun burnt on your arms and chest, and are carrying said messenger in one position all day, it would probably be best to put two-and-two together and realize you will end up with a very undesirable tan line. The last few days have required creative outfitting to cover up the white ‘strap’ across my chest (√ DO – chunky necklaces are a great option for anyone out there who may be in the same boat). Also X DO NOT Google image search “bad sun burn” when looking for graphics for your Wednesday Wisdom unless you want to be highly disturbed.

√ DO Decide you should get another job just for a clothing allowance. √ DO Go on random shopping trips with your mom to help her find a new purse & get ice cream out of the deal. √ DO Go shopping at Buffalo Exchange for a little retail therapy & unique affordable items. X DO NOT try on a pair of ill-fitting jeggings that instantly remind you of the quote Michael Kors said on Project Runway the night before: “Something should’ve been in that crotch that a girl doesn’t have.” –Michael. I thought I learned my lesson with the first pair of jeggings I owned, but clearly I didn’t. I think from now on I’m REALLY making a promise to myself to stop trying them on… not matter how good of a deal I find.

X DO NOT ask the woman at the DMV to look into her crystal ball to tell you if you will pass your driver’s test or not. She won’t think this is funny. X DO NOT Tell strangers at the DMV that you are going to have a hot flash FOR REAL. X DO NOT go around dropping your laundry & ‘bending and snapping’ at the laundromat when you a 40 year old are wearing a miniskirt.

Wednesday Wisdom 9.5.12

It’s Wednesday; you know the drill! This week’s edition is inspired by our recent road trip from Seattle to Long Beach via a stop in San Francisco for the night. Throughout the weekend we definitely saw plenty of √DO and XDO NOT moments, so read on for some good advice and hopefully good laughs.

√DO enjoy complimentary wine at weddings, well enough to the point where you are getting REALLY into the YMCA dance and decide to rewrite it to be the WINE-MCA which actually stands for WINE MORGAN & CHARLOTTE are ALCOHOLICS or WINE MORGAN & CHARLOTTE ANONYMOUS. Winos are the life of the party, after all. √DO revisit WineMCA later in the weekend when you are enjoying a delicious dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf after an incredibly long day of driving. X DO NOT, when it comes to alcohol, sneak an entire 40 oz into your purse when you are underage and riding public transportation in San Francisco. Yes, we get it, you just want to fit in with the smell and inebriation level of everyone else on the trolley, but you are so not hiding anything when you are pouring gallons of vodka into your cold to-go Starbucks cup which is half filled with blue liquid. Nothing on Starbucks’ menu is blue, and we would know.

√DO challenge your existing ideas of music and experiment with Charlotte’s “creepy crawly” iPod library. You might find you enjoy new bands you never knew of before, such as Oh No! Oh My!, the Black Keys, Citizen Cope, and Tegan and Sara. X DO NOT ignore Charlotte when she tells you that you for sure will not enjoy a particular band, such as Panda Bear, and decide to listen anyway because “Good Girl/Carrots” makes you giggle. You will likely find yourself screaming “OH SHIT I AM GOING TO DIE” as soon as the song starts while flinging everything in your seat vicinity around in a desperate attempt to change the song, causing Charlotte to laugh so hard she cries and can barely concentrate in SF traffic.

√DO clean out your cosmetics collection as the new fall season dawns. The shelf life of your makeup is often much shorter than you might keep it for, so we aren’t always getting in there enough to purge and replace older products. Charlotte found that moving was a great chance to clean hers and is so glad she did! X DO NOT expect Southern California cosmetics retailers to stock your pale pale Seattle vampire white shade of facial makeup. Or the next darkest shade. Or the next darkest after that. Either get your butt to the beach for the entirety of your next four days off or expect to have to import your makeup from Seattle.

A few extra driving and road trip X DO NOTS:

X Have sex hair while driving. Combs exist for a reason.

X Display stupid bumper stickers such as “AND ON THE EIGHT DAY, GOD CREATED BOARDER COLLIES.” ….of all things?

X Try to be a photographer extraordinaire while driving by maneuvering your camera-phone across the skyline in a series of arm-stretch resembling motions out the top of your roof. There’s really not going to be anything worthwhile to show for this.

X Sit in the bed of a truck while driving down the freeway if you are the only one who knows what direction you are going. The driver inside may or may not see you as you attempt to flag them down by banging on the back window, wildly gesturing that you have just missed the exit.

Wednesday Wisdom 8.29.12

Wednesday is back and for Char & Morg it means just one day until they are reunited… and with the day off Friday for a friend’s wedding, it means a shorter work week for both of them as well! Whatever your Wednesday looks like today, take a few minutes to enjoy today’s post and may it bring a little extra joy to the middle of your week.

√ DO Have a dog named Cooper. One interesting fact about Morgan & Charlotte is that they both have dogs named Cooper. Charlotte’s Cooper is a fun loving Chocolate Lab that her family has had for a few years, while Morgan’s Cooper is a Siberian Husky who she adopted a few months ago (and he came with the name!). We love dogs & the companionship they bring to our lives, and on Friday Morgan will be waking up to Chocolate Lab Cooper while in WA, while Charlotte will be spending more time with Husky Cooper after she makes her move down to Cali this week. X DO NOT go to the dog beach if you are high-strung, stressed, can’t-handle-fun individual, or have a stupid dog. If you fall in one of these categories and decide you should go to the dog beach X DO NOT try to tell me my dog nearly drowned and killed your dog or kick at my dog/splash water in his face. Also, when I kindly try to talk to you and your chihuahua X DO NOT scream back that my dog nearly knocked over your sister-in-law. If you don’t want other dogs to play with your dog, stay at home & keep your dog in your backyard. Personally I thought that was common sense.

X DO NOT wear rainbow socks with your Vans & shorts. It made me uncomfortable while standing there waiting to fill my car up with gas. What also made me uncomfortable is that every time I was about to snap a picture while pumping my gas this individual would look back at me & stare. I guess I need to figure out how to be a little more sly with my photo taking. √ DO begin to layer socks & tights with shorts and mini skirts for fall. While it’s still very warm as we transition into fall, don’t start layering up with bulky sweaters and jackets and pants quite yet. Adjust the thickness of your tights and lengths of your socks to modify this look to be perfect for whatever your climate may be this coming month.


What have your X DO and your X DO NOT moments been this week? Leave us a comment below!

Wednesday Wisdom 8.22.12

Is it really already Wednesday again? Well, good thing we are prolific in our Wednesday Wisdom and have another round of our life advice to help you make it through the rest of the week.

√ DO take a few minutes out of your day to pay a sincere compliment to someone, whether a close friend, acquaintance, or complete stranger. These days, a little bit of kindness goes a long way, especially on a smack dab in the middle of the week on Wednesday. Plus, compliments work both ways: giving feels just as good as receiving. X DO NOT spend an entire bus ride staring at someone trying to work up the courage compliment them, and then when the courage is still not there, follow them off the bus. They will become aware that you are totally following them and be very creeped out, starting to walk much faster, weaving in and out of lamp posts, trashcans, and other city sidewalk obstacles. If you are still on the chase now would be an extremely good time to give up, NOT break flat out into a run up behind them, and tap them on the shoulder just to say that they are “incredibly beautiful.” You might be an otherwise normal seeming and looking person, but this is a disaster way to compliment!

√ DO take an evening to yourself. Pick up a favorite bottle of wine, favorite bottle of nail polish, and a good facial mask and spend the evening in relaxing and rejuvenating.Turn off your cell phone and pick up that book you’ve been meaning to start. (Charlotte’s Picks: Stonecap SyrahSinful Polish “Rich In Heart,” New Zealand brand Living Nature’s halloysite clay Deep Cleansing Mask, and Chuck Klosterman’s The Visible Man). X  DO NOT mind me if you are my pizza delivery man and I happen to answer the door with a face frozen in place by the green clay goop that is all over it. You are not hiding your look of surprise very well and consequently your face happens to look a whole lot more unattractive than mine…Duh, pizza perfectly compliments a little personal pampering!

√ DO purchase yourself a car, if the time is right; for example you happen to be moving your life down to California in a week and a half. X DO NOT attempt to sell your car to a gas station stranger from “Fontucky,” allowing him to take you for a test drive all around the middle of nowhere after dark while abandoning your girlfriend to fend for herself. Unless, of course, you are trying to be the pilot episode of some new horror film / reality show mashup.

√ DO trade in your summer sandals for fall boots. It is that time of year, and the two of us could NOT be more excited about it. Unfortunately the dilemma of which boots to purchase has Morgan in a bit of a predicament, as you may have seen yesterday. Luckily in just under two weeks we will finally be living together again and able to shop until we drop. X DO NOT think that this transition to fall footwear means it is acceptable to just add socks for warmth with your flip flops. Particularly if you happen to be participating in a grab and run shoplifting robbery. You will find this attire will hinder an effective getaway and make you rather distinguishable to police as you waddle around the downtown streets with armloads of clothing.

Just like those compliments, we’d love Wednesday Wisdom to also go both ways! Comment your √ DO and X DO NOT moments!