Binge Worthy

Speaking of wearing robes and being cozzzzyyyy…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!! My favorite part of the holiday season is the part with no plans in sight and nothing to do. Does it count as “dolce far niente” if the TV is on? Yes, it does. I’ve done my research, and have found the best shows to binge watch (and which to avoid) during your well deserved time off. So kick back, relax, and turn on the ROKU.

NETFLIX

  1. The Office/30 Rock/ Parks and Rec- The holy trinity of goofiness. Everyone needs some comic relief in their life! We re-watch one of these annually and rotate between them.
  2. Breaking Bad- Seriously, this show is probably the best show ever made and it’s EVEN BETTER when you go back and watch it again. So many Easter Eggs and so much foreshadowing!
  3. Gossip Girl- I was v anti GG when it first aired because I was loyal to the books, but what started as a guilty pleasure show to watch while I drink coffee in the mornings or when Joel’s working late, has turned into a full-on addiction. So bad, it’s good.
  4. Pretty Little Liars- FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT GET SUCKED INTO WATCHING THIS. We made the mistake of binging the first two seasons when we had the flu and it was such a waste of time because nothing ever happens.
  5. Skins (British Version)- I may be pushing 28, but I guess I have this thing with teenage drama.
  6. The Great British Bake- YAAAAAAAAS, but don’t watch if you’re hungry.

 

HULU

  1. The OC- Speaking of teenage drama, this show singlehandedly shaped my youth. I was obsessed in 2004 and with the exception of the fashion choices and the cameo appearance of Paris Hilton in season 1, it holds up. Even the last season was not as terrible as I remembered it.
  2. The Mindy Project- Danny and Mindy 4ever!
  3. Younger- Another guilty pleasure show that I couldn’t turn off.
  4. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills- If you’re going to watch any housewives series, this is the ones to commit to because they’re the most glamorous and the most dramatic.
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale- One of those rare occurrences where the movie/tv adaptation is better than the book!

 

AMAZON PRIME

  1. The Grand Tour- IDGAF about cars, but Joel got me looooving this show! It’s so over the top and ridiculous, plus I love me some dry British humor.
  2. The Man In The High Castle- Nope, sorry. Great concept and cool intro, but terrible execution.
  3. Z: The Beginning of Everything- I read the book version of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life and loved it! I only watched the first episode of the show, but my BFF and sister love it and I trust their opinions.

 

Well, it’s been fun, but I have to go see what happens between Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass… Happy binge season to you all!

XOXO, Gossip Girl Sarah

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How To Get Away With Wearing PJs In Public

Fashion, much like art, is at times simply “what you can get away with“….

IDK about you, but I am definitely an advocate for wearing pajamas in public places. I’ve been known to go to the movie theatre in an American Flag print nightgown (worn as a dress, obviously) and I’ve graced quite a few strangers at the grocery store with the presence of my Darth Vader boxer briefs (I originally bought them for my husband, but kept them for myself). Since it can be annoyingly difficult to find “dressy” clothing that can hold a candle to the comfort of sleep clothes, I decided to test drive wearing a bathrobe in lieu of a jacket to see if I could get away with it.

Long story short: If you looked up “pulling it off” in the dictionary, you’d probably find these photos.

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Bathrobe/Target, Skirt and Top/SheIn, Sunglasses/Forever21, Mules/ASOS

Speaking of bathrobes, when we were getting ready for Paris back in September, I ordered this beautiful floral kimono to wear around the city of lights. When I opened the package from my online purchase, Joel said “ohhh that’s a pretty bathrobe” and that’s part of where the inspiration for this post came from. Bathrobes (and bathrobe inspired kimonos) are, like, so IN this season.

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“Is that a bathrobe?!” -The man in the striped shirt

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Floral Bathrobe Kimono/Zara

Confidence is key to wearing pajamas in public. Just try not to accessorize with a shower cap and/or bunny slippers and you’ll be golden.

Blumer Birthday!

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO MY FAVORITE PERSON, BEST FRIEND, CAT DIDDY, PARTNER IN REAL ESTATE AND PARTNER IN LIIIIIIFE, MY HUSBAND, JOEL TIGER BLUMER!!!!

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I have a lot to be thankful for in life and having Joel is always at the top of the list. Turning 30 is a big freaking deal and I’m so glad I get to celebrate with you!

p.s. this post counts as the written portion of your birthday gift. xoxo.

 

Fall Foliage

Ugh. I hate to be one of those bloggers who always talks about the weather, but here we are. At least I haven’t mentioned, on any form of social media, whether or not I’ve had a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet (I haven’t) or anything about #SweaterWeather. I promise to try not to complain about how cold I am from November through March…

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Does Fall even, like, happen if you don’t take a photo of your feet on leaves?

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When my friends from the Southern states and/or California talk about how they wish they had “real Fall” where they live, I totally get it. Fall in the Northeast is stunning! When the leaves change and everywhere you look you see luscious shades of reds, yellows, and oranges, it is a feast for your eyes for sure. Here in Pittsburgh, though, Fall is a prize that we all collectively receive because we made it through humid AF August/September. It also helps tide us over until Springtime because winter here feels like it lasts a little bit too long and can be annoyingly bleak. Womp womp.

I try to squeeze in a Fall photo shoot every year because the foliage is so ridiculously pretty and photogenic (like this one from last year), but with Joel working longer hours to finish up a big project at work, I settled for a mini session in my neighbor’s leaves with my sister as the stand-in photographer. Yes I got a lot of stares from people driving by or busy bodies peeking out windows, but I just told them to mind their own business and leaf me alone….

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get it, “leaf“…..

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Bad jokes aside, try to enjoy Autumn while it’s here because we all know what comes next…

Winter. Winter is coming.

 

Woman Of The Hour Vol 6

Anyone who comes from a family with multiple kids knows that the relationships between siblings can be, well, complex… Especially with sisters. Feelings toward sisters are notoriously contradictory; we tend to love/hate each other more than brothers. I should know, I have three. Even though I have a twin, whom I love dearly, I’ve always been the closest with my oldest sister, Annie.

Annie is the most narcissistic, pretentious, sarcastic, moody, goofy, and hilarious person I know. She may not be particularly nice to your face, but she has that low-key kindness that only truly good human beings possess. Even though we have similar long, messy blond hair (hers is natural, mine not so much), we couldn’t be more different. I am honored that she has graced my blog with her presence as my next Woman Of The Hour…

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Annie was my Maid Of Honor (emphasis on the Maid)
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we both rocked bangs in 1993

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Describe your style in 1-5 words.

Dolly Parton is my spirit animal??? Not that flashy but when I do get dressed up, I like to channel the queen of country. I’ve also described my style to others as “Lesbian Trucker with a Feminine Side”.

Who is your style icon? I have a few icons- Bridget Bardot, Debbie Harry, The Olsen Twins, Alexa Chung, Aleksandra Zee, and Blake Lively.

What is your best feature?  My thick af hair and some would also mention dat ass. [best hair and best butt and best hairy butt i’ve ever seen]

What song would you want to play when you walk into a room to make you feel bad ass? Good as Hell by Lizzo or Boss with The Hot Sauce by the Detroit Cobras.

What beauty product can you not live without? Mascara and a good moisturizer!

If you were an inanimate object, what would you be? Probably a cast iron skillet.

What is your Myers Briggs score? It’s funny I used to be an ENFJ when I was younger. Now I am a solid INFJ. Definitely cherishing my alone time as an adult. [emphasis on the J]

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literally the only time Annie was ever taller than me

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What was your first aol screen name? motorcycleAC [this is because Annie once asked someone if motorcycles have air conditioning…]

Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? Not really binge watching anythings rn. There is a new Netflix series with Michelle Dockery that I will probably watch. I am watching This Is Us on a week to week basis on Hulu! Guaranteed to make me cry! [Annie used to watch a lot of fan-made Downton Abbey videos on youtube, like this one]

What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had? One year when I was little, I was little red riding hood. My twin brother was the wolf. When he wasn’t around, my grandma’s long-haired german shepherd, Annie, was his stand in. Annie the dog & Annie the girl. I came second! I remember having really curly hair and getting to wear red lipstick, too. [not sure why she answered this question like I don’t know who her twin brother, grandma, or grandma’s dog are, but whatever]

If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why? Germany!!! The week when November turns into December so I get fall and Christmas!

What is your drink of choice? Topo Chico with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and a squeeze of lime.

Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake. Biggest fashion win for me has been developing my personal style. In the last 3 years I have really figured it out. Forgoing most trends, neutral colors, and quality over quantity. Biggest fashion mistake: Walmart gaucho pants 2005.

What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends? I hate that most of the 90s is alive again. Like, the only thing good to come from that era fashion-wise was grunge, imho. I don’t think bell sleeves are functional. Choker necklaces are stupid. Pretty much not a fan of fast fashion at all. Favorite trends? Mules and bandanas?

Go-to karaoke song? Rilo Kiley! Portions for Foxes or A Better Son/Daughter if i’m feeling angsty.

Favorite song of the moment? Most of my music tastes are stuck in 2009. I’m liking the newest Brand New album and listen to it almost every day on my commute to work when I’m not listening to Waylon Jennings. [so you could say she likes that brand new Brand New]

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Who is your favorite sibling? You know who you are but I’m not going to go on the record. [IT ME.]

Best childhood memory of us? Waking up to Chumbawumba on the clock radio and jumping on our beds. The fights we had were pretty funny, too. [one of my favorite memories of Annie growing up was that she would leave for school early for Student Council meetings/Swim practice and I’d go into her room and I’d listen to her CDs while using all of her makeup/hair straightener, then I’d wear her clothes and she’d see me at school and get soooo mad… that’s what happens when you convince mom you deserve your own room and I had to share with the other two.]

Who do you think is mom and dad’s favorite kid? Whichever one of us who still goes to church. Probably you. [probably me]

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Best advice you’ve ever been given and would like to pass on. Work hard and be nice to people.

It was four years a go that I decided to move to Pittsburgh, and I don’t know what I would have done if my recently graduated from Grad School sister hadn’t decided to move with me. She’s my best friend and I hate how much I love her.

It’s Only Natural

 

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There are two ways of getting into a pool: the first way, you use your big toe to check the temperature and if that feels good, you slowly lower your body in as it gets used to the water. And the second way is… AHHHH! YOU JUMP!

I like to think of this scene from Superstar as metaphor when it comes to taking the plunge into living a more “granola” lifestyle. Though, unlike Mary Catherine Ghallager, we prefer the former method and are going ever so slowly into all-natural, organic living…

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Now that we are officially closer to 30 than to 20, we’re getting to be more aware of the products and foods we are putting onto and into our bodies. Did 21 year old Sarah care about how the synthetic fragrances and aluminum in her deodorant could potentially cause breast cancer and/or kidney problems? No! I just wanted to smell nice! Did I give a crap about all the plastic I was wasting by buying the tampons with plastic applicators?! Nope. I cleaned everything with bleach and other harsh chemicals and I never really cared about the effect it had on myself or the world around me. Had Joel, at age 23, ever even heard of Whole Foods or knowingly been within 100 yards of a Farmer’s Market? Probably not, too busy eating chicken wings or whatever… Ha! Just kidding, Joel’s parents are actually two of our healthy living gurus who raised their kids on lentils. Luckily, somewhere along the line, our eyes and minds started to open (thanks a lot to all of our gurus). That old saying about how “our bodies are our temples” always struck a chord with me; and since I plan to live a long and prosperous life, I need to start treating it as such…. Plus, we all need to start caring a little more about this world we have to leave to the generations to come.

The thing is, buying organic versions of all of your beauty/bath products (shampoo, soap, makeup, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, etc), cleaning products, plus all of your food can be ungodly expensive and ridiculously overwhelming. “Whole Foods? More like ‘Whole Paycheck’ am I right?” Hence the whole “taking it slowly” thing I mentioned earlier. We are implementing holistic teachings as well as plant based meal options bit by bit. I mean, I spent the last 2 years trying to find a good replacement for my old deodorant and I just now found one that actually works. Slow and steady wins the race, doesn’t it?

Going all natural is really not as hard or as expensive as I had originally thought it’d be… I didn’t know until recently that tofu could taste so good or that I could clean the bathtub with just baking soda and white vinegar! I’m glad that that being a little more “crunchy” is the cool thing to be these days. This is a band wagon that people should want to be on and I can’t wait to talk more about it!

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Hypothetically Speaking

I’ve spent the last 27.5 years trying to truly know myself. I know my favorite colors, my favorite things to do, my natural hair color (not blonde), what foods I hate, my Myers Briggs score (ENFP), which Hogwarts House I’d be sorted into (Ravenclaw), and a million other things only I care about. I think it’s important to get to know yourself a little more every day so you don’t go through life being dazed and confused about, well, you.

The other day, in an attempt to further this relationship with me, myself, and I, I thought of some hypothetical questions to ask myself. I asked the same questions to my two best friends, Joel and Allie, and we had so much fun laughing and comparing our answers. Scroll down for answers to 10 hypothetical questions I randomly decided to ask myself…

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  1. If you could reign over any one thing, what would it be? I’d be the Queen Of Crumbs or the Queen Of Unmatched Socks… All hail the Queen!
  2. If you could only have ONE for the rest of your life, would you choose pizza or coffee? COFFEE.
  3. If you could have not only the friendship but the respect of any celebrity, who would it be? Probably Larry David.
  4. If you had to choose one, would you rather lose your ability to see or hear? Hear (art major, hello!).
  5. If you had the opportunity to pack your stuff and move anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go? Germany or India.
  6. If you won the lottery, what would be the first three things you’d spend money on? Charity, Real Estate, and Shoeeeeeees!
  7. What would your low-key super power be? Talking to animals.
  8. Who would be your side kick if you were a low-key super hero? My cat, Peter.
  9. If you could resurrect three dead people for a dinner party, who would you invite? Carrie Fisher, Albert Einstein, and Michael Crichton.
  10. If you could travel back in time and hang out in any era for a weekend, which one would you pick? The Triassic Period… or the 70s.

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These would be really good conversation topics that you write on a notecard and hide in your purse for a first date… But since I’m already married and we have so much family coming to town in a few weeks for the holidays, I’m definitely going to be the (drunk) busy body at the table asking these questions…

GET YOUR ANSWERS READY NOW, MOM.