olympics are awesome

Only one week left until opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics! Are you ready to watch some of the greatest athletes complete for the gold?

I would love to deck myself out in some patriotic gear, and I just can’t decide on the personalized official collection by Ralph Lauren or the vintage tees at the Gap. Trixie already has plenty of vintage olympics gear from the 1984 olympics, when she became obsessed and even had an olympics themed birthday party. She is no less enthusiastic about the games today, as obviously they aren’t getting any less awesome.



Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere looks great in her official gear.

I wonder if I could get the husband into these:


I need some art on my walls and I’m toying with the idea of an olympic photograph. This is my current fave:

I personally love the sports that are a little old-fashioned. Rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, table tennis and badminton are my favorites. I hope they get their fair share of airtime this year. Get in on the action with some props. I fully intend to participate with my own rhythmic gymnastics ribbon wand. Which, by the way, is so much cooler than the balls or hoops.

Get excited, be patriotic, just don’t wear this sweater.




i don’t get it?

I once bought a pair of jeans that were artfully ripped and I loved them. I was going through a break-up and buying expensive denim makes me feel happy. When my mother saw me wearing them she asked “You bought them like that? You paid for pants with holes?”

Maybe I’m getting old, or God forbid turning into my mother, but this sweater by Wildfox Couture looks like something the Goodwill would reject and tell you to toss out. But it isn’t garbage, it is brand new and costs $198! And did I mention it is sold out?

I should also mention that celebrities are wearing it everywhere. You can’t pick up an US Weekly and call it “the newspaper” without seeing this dumb sweater.

*Celebrities is used as a loose term here, referencing such people as Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Ashley Tisdale.

Maybe I am getting old, because I don’t even know who that last girl is. Research tells me her name is Ellie Goulding and she is a singer. At least she is wearing pants. Is pantsless in style?

I know the 4th of July was just a few weeks ago and the olympics begin next week, so stars and stripes are everywhere, but I just don’t get this particular sweater or it’s apparent popularity and celebrity following.



poncho love

poncho: h&m, skirt: h&m mama, tights: pea in the pod, boots: target, bracelets: duchess, watch: michael kors

When it makes me so happy when I can fit into something that is non-maternity, can you imagine my glee at fitting into a size small! I was so excited I bought it in every available color (I didn’t go crazy, it only came in two colors, navy and khaki). It helped a lot that they were only $20 each. So, yes, it made my day to fit into a size small, even if it is a size small poncho, which should probably have been maked one size fits all because I couldn’t tell the difference between sizes.

Check out how much cuter the poncho is on someone who still has a waist! I wouldn’t think that would matter when wearing a poncho, but I clearly fill mine out in a different way than the slender Anh from 9 to 5 Chic.


The photos were taken on our last hike of the year. Not only are the conditions getting to be too wet and muddy, but pregnant-me walks at a snail’s pace and I’m even slower when walking uphill. This hike took twice as long as our pre-pregnancy hikes and Mr. Lola just doesn’t have that kind of patience. Even now that we keep to the flat paved trails, Mr. Lola frequently finds himself a few yards in front of me before he remebers that I am a glacier and slows down to walk beside me.

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

Fall puts me in the mood for baking, and by “baking” I totally mean box mixes and rice krispy treats. This weekend I kicked it up a notch and used actual ingredients that didn’t come in a box together and used a recipe that wasn’t printed on the side of my cereal box. I have a strong objection to raisins in my food, so I found a great recipe that excluded them. I also believe that they count as part of a healthy breakfast, as oatmeal is the main ingredient.


Dear Katie Holmes….

Dear Katie Holmes,

You are a beautiful woman with the body, confidence and means to wear almost anything. Did you notice that I said almost? Yes, Katie, I said almost. 

First, you need to know that you have a large noggin. I have heard that celebs often have big heads, something about photographing better than the rest of us. This is fine, nothing to be ashamed of. No one even notices your giant melon… until you top it with a too small hat that is forced to sit atop your head like a cherry on an ice-cream sunday. You are a stylish lady with stylish friends and an army of staff at your disposal. I cannot believe that a stylist hasn’t mentioned that your hat doesn’t fit. I know she just had a baby, but your bff Posh Spice hasn’t found a moment to call you and recommend that you stop stealing hats from Suri? Aren’t you worried about the wind? These hats are going to blow right off their perch at the tippy top of your head with the next stiff breeze.

I am really not trying to be mean. I, myself, have the opposite problem. I have a pin-head and thus will never be famous. Regular hats cover the tops of my ears and I have to buy junior-sized hats. I feel for you. Sometimes you see a cute hat and you want to make it yours. all I am asking it that you look in the mirror and be honest with yourself.



photos from here, here, here, here and here

sweet little side pony

jeans: seven for all humanity, shirt: j. crew, sweater: vince, boots: steve madden, necklace: banana republic, watch: michael kors

I would like to acknowledge the inspiration for today’s hairstyle… Kailyn from Teen Mom 2. She rocks a side pony in every episode and might not be aware that other hairstyles exist. That show is junk food for my brain and I love it.

How many photos should be posted on the internet of me in a casual jeans outfit with nothing really special about it? Well I think four is the magic number for today.