Labor (of.love) Day


Labor day is finally upon us, the official last hurrah of summer! BBQs, picnics, parks, swimming and being outside are great ways to celebrate. It’s a time for reflecting on the great summer that has come to pass, and the amazing autumn that is before us.

I for one, and extremely excited for autumn, as it is my FAVORITE season. My two favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving, are the highlights of this season, as is stepping on brilliantly hued crunchy leaves while taking a walk in the crisp weather. Coats, layers, boots, and scarves all start to make an appearance. Hair becomes darker and richer, the summery highlights no longer needed. I was particularly thankful this past summer was not one of the hot ones, and I got to enjoy autumnal temperatures unseasonably early, but there is nothing like the bite to the air that can only be found in November. Living in Northern California, we don’t get to experience all of the seasons in their purest form, but we do get a spectacular autumn, however short-lived it may be, wedged in between the dry, dusty summer and the wet, cold winter. Welcome, the most glorious season of autumn!

Some of my favorite things about autumn:

Celebrating birthdays! Lots of friends, family and my hubby all have fall birthdays

Planning a Halloween/birthday party with Billy and Fraggle

Dressing up!!!!!

CANDY!

Way too much yummy Thanksgiving food

Brightly colored foliage

Crisp bite in the air

Stepping on crunchy leaves

Pumpkins

Halloween and autumn decorations, EVERYWHERE!

Layering my clothes

Scarves and mittens

First rain storms

the vacation plans


I feel like a kid out of school for summer vacation! I know some schools started today, but for me, it was the start to 5 days off, so it’s summer break!

I started my vacay off productively, with a 6:45am run with my good friend Sharon (you know, the rockstar that does triathlons and marathons whom I sometimes run with?) and then promptly went back to sleep for a few more hours. Once I deemed it late enough to wake up for a vacation schedule, I put on my adorable turquoise bandeau top bikini with the ruffle skirted bottom and headed to the pool with Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. This book so far is amazing. I have really enjoyed reading it, and am taking my time because I am enjoying it so much, which is unusual for me. It was actually warm enough for me to venture into the pool for a bit, and I clung to the side and read while I submerged the rest of myself under the perfectly cool water. I love that the pool is pretty much always deserted when I happen to be there, it’s like a private pool! Oh, I decided I need some sort of big floppy sun hat to wear, so my face can stay shaded while I am out in the sun. I will have to look for one this week!

After I was nice and toasty, I headed back to the apartment and spent the afternoon trolling Facebook, catching up on my favorite blogs, and being deliciously lazy. I did hit my wall of lazy though, as there is only so much I can handle before I go crazy, and decided I would head to the mall for some retail therapy. I took my time, heading to my favorite stores (NY&Co, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and Ann Taylor Loft) and happened to pick up a fun dress! I had several to try on, hoping to find one for my friend Michelle’s annual birthday dinner in September, and though I like the one I chose, I don’t know if it will be my pick for the dinner.

Billy had some priceless responses to the dress when he got home and I tried it on for him. First, he said  I looked “like the bee girl from that Blind Melon video!” and then “oh, if you pull it down a little, you would look like a slutty Hamburgler!” Neither of those were what I was hoping for, but once I accessorized it and had on fun heels, he liked it better 🙂 Silly husbands! What do you think of the dress? I was attracted to it because it has a tutu like skirt, and a comfy stretchy striped top. Mind you, I am much curvier than the Forever 21 model in the photo, but you get the idea. I ended my mall trip with awesome raspberry and dark chocolate gelato, which was to die for! I love ice cream, but there is just something about gelato that just does it for me. I think I would gain 10 pounds if I ever made it to Italy, because I would eat my weight in gelato while I was there!

Billy and I took in a later dinner at the Elephant Bar in Campbell. They have a late night happy hour from 9pm to close that is a super good deal. I had lettuce wraps, Billy had a burger and fries, we split macaroni and cheese, and a brownie, and had a drink a piece, and our bill was $24 and change. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me! The portions are smaller, so it was nice to not have giant plates of food that I would probably have eaten too much of, and the prices are a steal. Our waitress seemed to be having a bad night, so we tipped her well. I hope she wasn’t angry about having to work the bar closing shift and serve the people who kept coming in even though it was late. I am not that compassionate for the service industry. I work in it, so I know what it takes to gives good service with a smile, and how lame it is to be mean, rude or dismissive of your patrons, but Billy was nice and was stoked to be on his “Friday” and have two days off ahead of him, so he was good to her. I wish I were a nicer person sometimes, but it takes too much effort!

Tomorrow, I will be teaming up once again with the wonderful people of Element 151 productions, and doing hair and makeup for a music video for a local band called Northern Son. My friend OJ is their guitarist, and I went to school with a few of the band members (though I wasn’t friendly with them), so I am excited to be a part of this project. The treatment for the video sounds really neat, and I can’t wait to have a video to post up for everyone to see, but I can’t get ahead of myself now 🙂

Wednesday and Friday my plans are much the same as today, sloth it up, hit the pool, run, but nothing definite. Thursday I am heading to San Francisco to do some sight-seeing and really check out the city with my lovely friend Lexie, and  I can’t wait to take lots of pictures to show you! We want to walk the Golden Gate bridge, check out Golden Gate Park, eat at lots of great SF gems, and see more of the city than I am used to. My regular repertoire for visiting SF is hit the marina and Embarcadero for Fisherman’s wharf, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, or Union Square for touristy things, or head straight to whatever venue the concert I am attending is at, and leaving immediately after. Do you have any SF must lists for me to check out? We plan on spending the entire day there, so I want to fit in as much as possible.

More updates and details of my excursions to come!

Happy Friday!


The end of the week is upon us, and the weekend stretches forth in front of us. I have a wedding this Saturday for the lovely Tiffany Stevens at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, and clients at the salon both days, too.

I am looking forward to next week, as it begins my 5 days off, and I can’t wait to sleep in, lay out by the pool, read for hours on end, and see friends. I usually plan out my days and weeks into minute detail, but I think I will just go with the flow for this one, and only have a few things planned so I can actually enjoy my time off, rather than need more immediately after to recuperate from hectic planning.  I say this now, but we shall see what comes to pass when my days off are here, as my overly organized nature is very hard to fight!