Big Adventure

Today we’re taking off to a big adventure: I’m running three races over the course of five days as part of the Disney Princess Half-Marathon series.

Accompanying me this year will be my sister (Spouse is busy with work and she was game to go!) and my kids. Today’s also Trixie’s sixth birthday, so that’s a bonus to celebrate.

Schedule for the weekend is to fly to Florida today and pick up my race stuff tomorrow, then run a 10k on Saturday and half-marathon on Sunday.

But that’s just part one: on Monday, the four of us are getting on the Disney Dream for a short (four night) cruise to the Bahamas.  The kids have spring break next week, so the timing is perfect.

While we’re on the boat, there’s a third race that I’m running, the Castaway Cay Challenge.

Billed as From Parks to Paradise, join the first-ever Disney Castaway Cay Challenge,” this is a 5k race on Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

I can’t wait! 

 

 

Sriracha Ketchup

Gross confession: I love condiments.

If I’m eating, say, chips and guacamole, I’ll recklessly pile so much avocado goodness on that tortilla chip that it’ll break in the bowl.

And while I rarely eat the fried foods that it’s usually associated with, I’m still a big fan of ketchup, which is why I freaked out when I learned about the launch of Sriracha Ketchup from Heinz.

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I’ve got to get my hands on this! A website search shows that it doesn’t seem to be available locally, but I’m not giving up.

Sriracha fries will be mine.

 

Stitch Fix #4

It was a great surprise when Stitch Fix #4 showed up, since I’d basically forgotten it would be on its way.

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I could tell when I opened the box that I was going to be happy.

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This Skies Are Blue shirt was the first item I pulled out. Here’s a close up of the print:

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This is really more of a blouse than a casual plaid shirt, but that makes it good for work.

It also matches this J. Crew necklace well:

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The next piece was an Olive and Oak sweater that I had posted here on the blog, so I was thrilled to see it in my Fix!

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Next up: a light gray vest with a subtle herringbone print:

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It also looks good layered with the blouse or the sweater:

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I haven’t received jewelry in a Fix before, but I got a quartz bangle this time:

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The bangle’s pretty, but at $78 it was the most expensive item in the box and the wire it’s made from isn’t very sturdy, which makes me nervous that I’ll break it sooner rather than later.

The last item in the Fix was a pair of chocolate brown Kut from the Kloth cords. It didn’t seem like they’d photograph well, so I didn’t include them here. Sorry! They fit well and worked with everything else, so I was happy.

In the end, I kept it all and I’ve already been getting a lot of wear from every single item. Great fix!

 

 

 

 

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

My little daughter, Trixie (5), would love this Unicorn Horn bubble bar from LUSH.

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We haven’t tried them before, but the instructions are to crumble under running water to create a bubbly, fun mess.

At only $7.95, I think this is worth picking up this weekend as I buy gifts for her sixth birthday next week.

I hope our nearby LUSH store has them, because it looks like they’re out of stock online.

Another thing I plan to pick up is Tenzi, a dice game that seems easy to learn and adaptable to multiple players of different ages.

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The kids and I are going on a vacation with my sister next week, and this seems like it might be a fun way to spend some down time.

And, since it’s Trixie and I love her in a way that makes my thinking about money even more irrational than the usual state, I predict another painful trip to the American Girl store to spend my hard-earned dollars buying things like a $68 baking set. For dolls.

Design Advice From Jonathan Adler

I adore everything Jonathan Adler.

Like this glam brass orb:

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I’m culling these tips from a recent interview with Mr. Adler, but they’re worth passing on.

First up: How to add glitz at home

I think a room is like an outfit. It all needs a bit of gold to crank up the glamour. A little glitz is good for the soul.

On candlelight:

Candlelight is every fun-lover’s best friend. It makes everything look a little more glamorous than they really might be. You don’t need to have scented candles going all the time, but you do need to entertain with an abundance of candles.

Regarding home as sanctuary:

Every time you open your front door, you should breathe a sigh of relief. It should feel like you feel when you hear your favorite song on the radio.

I love you, Jonathan Adler!

P.S. Adler’s spouse, Simon Noonan, wrote a best-selling book called “Eccentric Glamour.” The title alone makes me want to buy it.

Winter Travel Packing

Have you ever gone on a trip and felt like you’d packed perfectly?

One of my many obsessions is packing for travel, and while I don’t always get it right, there have been a few times where I felt like I absolutely nailed it.

My trip last fall to Vancouver, BC, for work was one of those times.

Since it was November, the clothes I brought were decidedly on the warm side, but I anchored almost every outfit around just two great pieces:

Comfortable flat boots for walking everywhere:

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(Unfortunately, I’ve been wearing these boots to death since I got them a year ago. Just last week I thought to myself, “These boots are perfect!” And then the zipper broke about twenty minutes later when I was taking them off. Argh. I hope I can get them repaired, because it looks like my size in black is now sold out).

A stylish but warm coat:

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One thing I discovered is that if you’re traveling somewhere in the fall or winter, it almost doesn’t matter (almost!) what you’re wearing under the coat if you’re walking around sightseeing, because all most people see is the outer layer, anyway.

Hence, the importance of a really good coat topped off with a few bright accessories.

Recently I went way down the rabbit hole reading a series of posts about living and traveling in Paris on Oh Happy Day, one of my favorite sites.

The post I kept coming back to was titled “How to Pack for Paris in the Winter with Just a Carry-on Bag.”

This packing list really hits a home run. It took major restraint for me not to buy every single thing on it, plus airline tickets to France.

This is exactly what I want to wear.

P.S. If you, too, are obsessed with all things packing and travel, I highly recommend Travel Fashion Girl.

 

 

Valentine Gifts

When I was a kid (cue “Back in my day” geriatric voice), my parents always gave me a small gift for Valentine’s Day.

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It was never extravagant, although one year there was a red sweater AND a pair of black Gloria Vanderbilt jeans.

I really don’t bring this tradition forward, although I am susceptible to all things gifty.

So, how about these?

Ok, this is starting with a splurge: a Jennifer Meyer Pave Ruby Necklace ($950) at Gilt.

 

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A pretty scarf from J. Crew:

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A flight of truffles. Yes, please.

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Candy hearts PJ pants:

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Cristal!

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P.S. I predict a family pizza and animated movie party here at Fancy Pants Ranch on 2/14.

 

 

 

Kate Spade Charm Bar

I fell in love with the new Kate Spade Charm Bar.

Here’s a sampler:

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These charms are adorable and well-priced, ranging from $18-32.

The glittery champagne bottle and the  funky eyeglasses are my favorites.

I already have a fun costume charm bracelet from Juicy Couture that I could add to, but this KS collection also has a large link bracelet, a small link one and a charm necklace.

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Large link bracelet, only $38!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Pops of Color

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Dang! I was planning to order these Gap shoes when I had a coupon for 40% off (started yesterday), but then two things happened:

  1. I realized the coupon was for in-store purchases only, not online, and our local store does not sell shoes.
  2. The shoes are now backordered.

Sigh.

I ended up ordering them for full retail – which I hate to do at the Gap – and now they’re delayed. Double d’oh.

But that hasn’t stopped me from still being obsessed with all things orange.

Maybe it’s the subzero temps lately and the happy (and tropical) associations I have with the color orange, but it’s really been a magnet for me, even more than usual.

(Did I ever mention that I drive an orange Jeep? Fact).

Current Orange Obsession (COO) #1: This bag.

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I used to be squarely in the camp that a designer bag should be a classic, period. The thought of buying an investment piece that turned out to be a flash-in-the-pan trend seemed like a total waste, and that mindset carried over to color selection, too. (Hello, black!)

A few months ago I was traveling and saw a chic woman carrying the same classic Prada handbag that I own (in black), but hers was electric blue.

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The color really stood out, especially because in the winter most people tend to be so bundled up in heavy coats that you can’t really see much of what they’re wearing, and many winter coats tend to be dark colors.

COO #1.5: This bag. Ninety percent less than bag #1, and you may be able to get it in-store for 40% off at the Gap right now. (Grrr again on those loafers).

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COO #2: This scarf, a total burst of Vitamin C, was a recent birthday gift courtesy of our amazing babysitter (who, sadly, is leaving us soon. Sniff).

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I’ve been wearing this non-stop with my blue Patagonia coat. Blue and orange look great together!

COO #3 and #4: Ok, I am dying over these socks from Woven Pear. I saw them online and immediately ordered four pairs.

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Also from Woven Pear:

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COO #5: Tory Burch York Multi-Task Smartphone Wallet. I still need to get my phone updated, and when I do, I’ll be carrying it in style.

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COO #6 and #7: If you want to smell like an orange, start here and here:

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 Just creating this post made me happy. It’s the Orange Effect.