Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I think I prefer Lauren!

A bitch is always fun and arguably, more interesting than a wholesome girl. But I found myself turned off by Miss Kristin. I LOVED her (and Stephen) in Laguna Beach...but now her behavior just seems contrived (or maybe that's just the ENTIRE SHOW) and a bit much.

Maybe I shouldn't be judging after one episode.

And what's with Spencer and the way he put the deposit on that house? I wonder how many years they'll last.

I am much happier with The City thus far. Olivia is a trip!

Being Present

Last summer, I read A New Earth.

(Yes, Oprah does control certain parts of my life. Side note: how bad was that Abhishek/Aishwarya Rai interview?! I just don't feel that she represents herself well on interviews. Thank God she's gorgeous. Abhishek was funny, though. )

For me, really reading means taking Post It tabs and a highlighter to mark quotes that I like. Anyway, he kept emphasizing the importance of being in the present moment. I uncovered the book, which was sheathed in a layer of dust, the other day and realized that I, and most of my family and friends, are not living in the present. It's much more difficult than it seems. We make so many plans for the future (ex. future spouse, wedding location, dream house blueprint, number of kids and their names, etc.) but what about now??

So on that note, I made a quick list of things for this week that absolutely have to be done:

1. Sign up for a photography class. It's one of those things I said I've always wanted to do. Well, why not do it now???

2. Get a new haircut or at least, start wearing my hair differently. The most daring jump I've made is from a middle parting to a side parting. Right now, I'm loving the waves:

And poofy ponytail:

3. Get in the best shape of my life. The 20's are supposed to be my prime. I sit there and freak out about how my body will be after pregnancy, but why not focus on its current state?? I've been going pilates and P90x happy, but maybe a stricter regimen is in order?

Current book recommendation: The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum
If you've ever hit rock bottom or not understood things that everyone else seems to get, this is the perfect book for you. She's a riveting writer and I'm surprised this one isn't a best seller. Rumors are that a movie is being made starring Anne Hathaway!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

You Know You Love Me XOXO, Gossip Girl

Sometimes---more times than not--- I don't completely get myself.

I just finished watching the latest Gossip Girl episode and found it...pretty bad. But I know I won't stop watching it. I can't wait until next Monday night so I can distract myself with the newest episode.

I was talking to Ameya about this the other night online and got to thinking about it more afterward. Right now my top reasons for watching it are:

1. Dan and Rufus are hot

2. Cute clothes

3. It's overall just mindless so requires minimal effort to watch
4. Love to hate Chuck and Blaire (I'm not even one of the girls who finds Chuck Bass hot...actually more of a Dan or Nate girl).
5. I have a dysfunctional devotion to T.V. shows. When Grey's Anatomy started going downhill, I continued to watch every episode.

Oh well. Gotta go; The Hills and The City are starting soon!!!


P.S. Latest guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's About the Little Things

I absolutely love Audrey Hepburn: her chic style, classic movies, timeless grace...

Her Recipe for Beauty is one of my favorite quotes out there. One particular line says:

"For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day."

I recently played with these 4 year old twin boys for an entire evening. The more style conscious twin innocently asked me if he could braid my hair. "Of course you can," I replied. Within seconds, he grabbed a tiny, plastic hairbrush and began raking my hair with it, occasionally asking me if it was hurting me. "No, no, you're fine." I kept repeating, as I thought about how great of a boyfriend he would be someday.

The hours passed as he braided my hair and his brother intermittently asking me which move to make next on his X Box games. At the end, my hair was knotted in several places, with a halo of frizz to accompany it. But I walked around proudly, eager to show it off to the world. There was so much care and purity poured into my hairstyle, instead of the usual, daily monotony that I give it.

I frequently talk about how badly I want a career, something that is my own, something that will transcend the years of when I raise children and they go off to college. But something about that evening reminded me of how much I also want to be an integral part of my kids' upbringing, a constant in shaping who they become. It is those tiny slivers of the day that give us something to hold onto and more importantly, look back on. There isn't anything that can substitute for those moments.

I conclude this post with the entire Recipe for Beauty:

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.