Back in Action

Hello to our followers and fans!

We have not forgotten you – that is a promise!

Rather, the past two or three weeks for both Char and Morg have been excruciatingly hectic. We are both in what is some of the busiest time of the year at our respective jobs, and we also just moved which is always so exhausting and time consuming. However, now that the new place is (somewhat) settled and we (finally) have wireless internet in it, please expect new and exciting posts as we resume our blogging gradually over the next few days into week or so.

As we ease back into it, we thought we would share with you a few laughs from our adventures in moving. Most notable was the purchase of a refrigerator.

Sometimes, being an adult is not so stylish. When really we would love to be purchasing jeans and jackets and shoes, we must make the choice to be grown ups and instead spend our hard-earned dollars on a fridge. Doesn’t that feel so adult? Buying large home appliances? Urghhh. We thought so too.

Anyway, we adventured off to the Sears outlet store to find a cosmetically damaged but functioning fridge. Along the way we encountered some mistakes, so we wanted to share for other prospective fridge owners. Do not be vulnerable to the same errors we encountered! You have been warned!

Mistake #1 was forgetting a measuring tape. If you haven’t already read the re-telling of this tale on our Wednesday Wisdom, here it is again:

“Can this one fit in that nook?” asked Morgan?

“I do not know, but I can find out,” replied Charlotte, who then proceeded to hug the fridge, approximating in her head that she could hug just about as much space in the kitchen, and therefore the fridge would fit.

While Morgan thought this was a very strange and embarrassing thing to do, Charlotte figured it could have been much worse. For example, she did not check to see if the refrigerator had a heartbeat like this other redhead did.

Moving onto Mistake #2. Our great pals Josh and Garrett came to pick up the fridge from the around the back pick-up area of Sears. They are so capable and wonderful that we really should have just left them to it. However, we decided to just pop around the back to investigate that everything was going along nicely. You know, that the fridge still had a beating heart and had not gone jumping out of the truck or dropped off a forklift or anything. What we unsuspectingly ran into was a RABID SKUNK LAIR. While screaming and freaking out about this sighting, we were then accosted by a posse of NASTY alley cats who were so dirty and matted that they looked like angry mops with tails charging at us to get off their territory! Umm, NOTED, cats! Never going back there again!!

Mistake #3. Allowing aforementioned great pals to stock the fridge entirely full of too much beer (transported in none other than a suitcase strapped down safely to a truck bed). There is really only space for one or the other when it comes to booze and groceries in there, and at first booze won out. But then we had a housewarming party, and the ratio seemed to more equalize, so there was room to go grocery shopping!

While some may think that the number one mistake in the first place was signing up for an apartment that didn’t come with a fridge already, we felt that our adventures in fridge shopping made us much older and aware of the wisdom of the world and what adult life is really like…

Sure to be more adventures in moving and living coming soon.

Xo.

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 anthropologie.com, 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 10.10.12

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!

In The Wise Words of DVF…

Do you ever have one of those days where you come across a little snippet of something or even just nothing that completely transforms your day into reflection and inspiration? That was Charlotte today upon finding this quote by Diane Von Furstenburg. DVF is such an iconic woman, not even as much for the clothing she produces but instead for who she is and how she carries herself as a woman. 

For both Morgan and I right now, we are at points in our lives where we are not exactly living our dream job. Understanding it is a long process to get there, something you have to work your way into as you journey through life, does not always reconcile the frustration felt in the moment that comes after having a bad day at work. However, neither of us are creatures who live to work, we are much more of the work to live type. And when it comes to living, we have realized, like DVF also did, that it is not about the job we have, but rather the women who we are trying to be. Putting this way of life into words, we have a few little philosophies to share with you:

  • Do not underestimate the power of a few kind words, nor take for granted the kind words of another. Kind words literally have the power to transform a day, and when you have the power to help make someone’s day happier, why not fully take advantage of it whenever a sincere opportunity presents itself?
  • Life is too short to get stressed out and uptight about things. We have both struggled with anxiety, insomnia due to anxiety, and the stressful pressure felt by being perfectionists and wanting to do well in all of our tasks and commitments. But when we look back at the number of times something drastically terrible or life-ruining resulted from what we were stressing out about…well, we’re still here today so it obviously cannot have been that bad. Instead of taking minutes off our lives by stressing out about things that are outside of our control, we are learning to just take one day at a time, and trying to find something to laugh about in the moments that are less than ideal.
  • Taking one day at a time and not stressing out about things does not necessarily equate itself with apathy which is a mistake we have seen others make. One conversation we have had recently is how we enjoy our time being around people who do not take life seriously, but rather take living seriously. This was opposite for Charlotte back up in Seattle, and learning to adjust to a new way of life is refreshing and fun. Think about it for a second and realize the distinction. What is your balance? Do you take living seriously, taking advantage of new opportunities? Do you participate in activities that enhance your health both mentally and physically? What do you have that makes your life worthwhile, and do you invest enough of your time in order to create that love and happiness?

Not that we are geniuses or think we have it all figured out by any means. Everything is always a daily work in progress as we try to figure out how to be better women in all the various roles of our lives. But since these are conversations we have been having lately and themes that we noticing about life, we just wanted to share a little of what is inspiring us outside of the whole world of fashion and trends.

We would love to hear your responses on this topic! What are your life philosophies? What do you do in order to make sure you take living, and not life seriously?

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 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!

Le Coeur De La Vie In 50 Words: Part II

Le Coeur De La Vie to Morgan in 50 Words:

Live your life for the things you believe in and never be willing to lose sight of your dreams. Cherish each moment like its a once in a life time opportunity, filling your life with experiences and opportunities that make you the best you you could ever imagine to be.

Charlotte passed on the challenge to sum up the heart of life in 50 words to me after writing her own. It took quite some time to think about what I’d want to say to someone in 50 words, but the above is what I find to be so important to remind myself in my own life. Take the time this week to think about how you would share your own ‘Le Coeur De La Vie’ with others in 50 words and share it with us here! And in case you missed the beautiful poetic words Charlotte shared last week, take a look at her post here: Le Coeur De La Vie In 50 Words.

What would your 50 words be?

Le Coeur De La Vie In 50 Words

Le Coeur De La Vie to Charlotte in 50 Words:

Life must be regarded as an unending treasure hunt to discover and live what is truly beautiful. Beauty is discovered in nature’s poetic simplicity and a peaceful inner awareness. Beauty is lived through constantly devouring new knowledge and experiences, as well as loving and encouraging the best interest of others.

A great friend of Charlotte’s once asked her if she had 50 words to share with the world as a sort of lasting legacy; the most important thing she had ever said, what 50 words would they be? As a total word nerd who loves to write, Charlotte saw it as a cool challenge to undertake. We thought it fit in so well with our blog, because when you narrow your worldview down to 50 words, what results is completely your own sort of ‘Le Coeur De La Vie’ – what the heart of life is and means to you. We thought we would share to give you a little inspiration and contemplation for today. Stay tuned for Morgan’s words coming next week, and, if you feel so inclined, share yours with us in the comments below.

What would your 50 words be?