Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beer To Pick Up This Weekend: Workman Common Lager

Ok, I know it's not the weekend. And to be honest....these pictures were taken yesterday. In no part of the world is Wednesday considered the weekend. But my weekend starts early this week (I'm off tomorrow, booyah!). And it's been a bit of a sad week. If you wanted to start your weekend early, I think the world will understand.

I picked this beer up randomly about a month ago. I'm not a big lager person. I mean - I'll drink a lager, don't get me wrong! I'll drink a Bud Light. Or a Yuengling. Not a huge Boston Lager person (everyone is collectively scoffing at me). But something made me pick up a 6-pack of this Workman Common Lager by Blue Pants Brewery. I think it was the packaging (another collective scoff). What can I say? I'm an artist, I like cute packaging (though that guy needs to be careful - drinking while using a chain saw! For shame!)

What a surprise this beer turned out to be! What a very un-lager-y lager (un-lager-y?). It has a great bite on the end and a really pleasing piney-ness. It's a bit like.....dare I IPA? I think we all know how I feel about IPA's.

I'd love to know what other people think of this beer. Especially people that love lagers. Too piney? Or perfectly piney?

Give it a try and let me know how you feel about it! Have a great weekend! I've officially decided today is the weekend. We deserve it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chicks With Books

I remember seeing this picture of Blake Lively about a year ago. When I saw it I thought that it might be one of the sexiest images I've ever seen. For a moment, I couldn't figure out why. It's a simple enough look - messy bun, evening gown, a bit too much boob. And then it hit me. The book! I love that instead of a clutch, or a date, Blake Lively is carrying a book. It really completes the whole look. It wouldn't be the same without it.

I used to be an avid reader. You couldn't separate me from whatever book I was reading. Oftentimes, I'd have two books going at once - one for school and one for home.

And then....I don't know what happened. Friends with cars and boyfriends and blogs: I got distracted. Which in a way was probably a good thing, I read a bit too much. But recently I've picked up the habit again and I'm loving it.

Reading is like yoga for your brain. It stretches it in ways you didn't know it could stretch. When I'm reading I find myself saying the most ridiculous words. The other day I said, "this bag is so cumbersome." I thought I was so cool. When was the last time you said cumbersome?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also recently got a smart phone. This may seem like no big deal, everyone has a smart phone. But I've been holding out for years. I don't like the way people behave with their phones. Please stop taking selfies. Please stop texting and look at me while I am talking to you. Please stop liking everything on Facebook. Manners and smart phones don't seem to go together. So I held down the fort. I wasn't going to do it. I didn't need a smart phone.

I caved about a month ago. I bought a new iPhone and got a teeny tiny data plan. I was so worried that my phone would change me, but thankfully nothing has really changed. I do like being able to look at my bank account whenever I want. And I like the GPS (I wish I had a dollar for every time I've gotten lost. Olie and I could both retire). Ok, and Instagram is pretty cool. But no selfies for this girl.

I think that books may be the cure for the smart phone. Chicks with books are the sexiest. Chicks with their eyes glued to their phones? Not so much. I think about this image every day when I pack my book into my purse. It's my new favorite accessory (despite the new phone) and honestly it makes me feel incredibly chic.

So what are we reading ladies?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tips For Second Hand Style

I've become a bit of a second hand shopper. I'm pretty obsessed actually. There is nothing like the thrill of the hunt. And the big payoff when you find that great dress/top/whatever for next to nothing! I mainly do my second hand shopping at Plato's Closet: it's close to my house, I have great luck there, and I can sell back some things that I don't wear anymore (a big thanks to SaidMelanie for encouraging me to give it a try). I used to be a big thrifter as well, and I have found that the same skills apply. So if you've never done any second hand shopping, or you get overwhelmed when you do, here are a few tips that should help you find some great pieces!

1. You don't have to look at everything. Some people look through item after item, one at a time. I never do this. I let my eyes do the work. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you look at everything.

2. Look for quality. In a sea of fake chiffon, real silk is easy to spot. That's how I found a beautiful, 100% silk top the other day for $6. Quality fabrics stick out.

3. Look for interesting patterns. You can really find unique things second-hand, and a crazy awesome pattern is easy to spot.

4. Limit what you buy. I usually only allow myself to buy four things at one time. If you buy too much, you aren't really getting good stuff. There is a lot of crap at a second hand store (usually). We're looking for diamonds in the rough.

5. If you are unsure, don't get it. This stuff is cheap, so it's easy to justify making a purchase. But there is no point in buying things you will never wear. The same rules apply when shopping second hand as shopping full price stuff. If you don't need it or won't wear it, don't buy it!

6. Quality, quality, quality! Buying second hand is a great way to buy quality items you normally couldn't afford. I've bought Cynthia Rowley, BCBG, Nine West and many more higher end brands all second hand. This is stuff I would normally never buy, it's too expensive. Don't buy a Forever 21 top second hand. Go to Forever 21 instead.

Any second hand shoppers out there? What are your tips? Oh and yes, this dress is from Plato's Closet! It's Cynthia Rowley and it was $12. Need I say more?