Fashion Police! 2014 VMA and Emmy Edition

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This last Sunday/ Monday were the MTV VMA's and on Monday night the Emmy's leaving me feeling old (who are all these Pop Stars?!) and excited for some good fashion (Gwen Stefani? Man I still want to be her when I grow up!)
Here are some of my Favorites from The Emmys!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a custom Carolina Herrera . She looks amazing, seriously. 
Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Couture. I mean, I kinda love this.. its fresh, formal, and that color?! Divine! I mean, how much fun does it look like she's having?!
Gwen Stefani in Versace. I mean she can do no wrong in my eyes. Classy but fresh. Who's to say I wouldn't mess up saying COL-BERT on live tv?
Viola Davis in Escada. If I had a shape like hers, i'd totally rock this figure hugging dress. The color and embellishment are perfection.
Faves from the VMA's
Kesha in Johanna Johnson. The color and sparkle were perfect for August and it's just sexy enough for the VMAs without being, well, slutty. She really looks amazing since her stint in rehab for her eating disorder.
Jamie Chung in Versace. Age appropriate, fun, just enough sparkle and that red is perfect on her.

Gwen Stefani is L.A.M.B. Couture. The color, the embellishment the way it's styled? I love everything about this. And it's her own design. LOVE!
And now for the fashion fails!
Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture at the Emmys. I mean, I can't even. I think she does this for attention, but seriously. Stand up straight for crying out loud. Also, I would have totally rocked this skirt with a white tank, good posture, and some big ass earrings.
Julianne Hough in D Squared at the Emmys. Ill fitting, heavy material and those white pumps? Ick.
Katherine Heigl in vintage John Hayles at the Emmys. UGH. Matronly, bad color... just no.

Amber Rose in chain mail Laura Dewitt . To her defense she looks amazing, but this is not a dress. 
Taylor Swift in Mary Katrantzou . I love her and her body is amazing, but no. Im loving her recent fashion risks, but this is just bad. maybe in a different print, or something, but this is one of her worst looks in my opinion. 
Arianna Grande in Moschino. Should 12 year olds, wear this much leather? JK, She's 21, but this is still awful. And does she seriously only wear her hair like this? Change it up girl.
What were some of your faves? Fails? Im sure I missed some!
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Our First Earthquake Experience

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I can literally sit here and tell you that once upon a time when we first moved here I said that I was bummed that we had been here a year already and hadn't felt an earthquake.

Fast forward to early Sunday morning.. I immediately regret ever saying that. Ever.

I was up taking care of Mr. B. I got up around 3am and was rocking him back to sleep. He was almost back asleep when all of a sudden i felt a little rumble become a bigger rumble. I panicked and yelled for CL. Since it was about 3:20am it was dead silent and I could hear our apartment shaking. I literally froze with fear. (Note to self, next time, get up and stand under the door frame.

just to show you how far away the epicenter was and we still felt it. scary, huh? (we are in san jose, at the bottom about an hour and 15 mins from where the quake was the worst.)
It was terrifying. The earth moving beneath you with no warning, and no time limit. It felt like really bad turbulence on an airplane except I was sitting in a chair in my son's room. Even the dogs freaked out. Molly was a shaky mess! CL thought it was the dogs crawling under our bed at first, then realized what was happening and hopped up out of bed. 
Being from Texas we are used to Hurricanes or Tornadoes.. things you know are headed your way. (well sorta with Tornadoes) Earthquakes just happen without warning. Hows that for a nightmare?!
Anyways, come to find out, it was a 6.0 magnatude earthquake in American Canyon in Napa Valley. The biggest earthquake in the Bay Area since 1989! The damage in Napa is terrible. Luckily no one was badly hurt, or killed, but the damage to the area is pretty devastating. People in the valley were without power, there were gas main breaks, lots of broken glass and lots of broken wine bottles (sad, sad, sad!)
They say this could be a precursor to a much bigger (ugh) earthquake, and that there will be tremors for a week. Im hoping its over with, but then again, we live here knowing that this can, and will happen from time to time. Yikes!
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#WeRunSF Training Week 2, 3 & 4

Monday, August 25, 2014

As much as i'd like to report that training is going seamlessly, unfortunately it has not. 

When I first started running before training officially started, I may have overdone it. I just jumped out there with whatever running shoes, no knee braces, nothing and went for it. When I needed to run 3 miles, I ran 4.. when I needed to run 4 miles, I ran 5.. instead of just taking it easy. And now that's coming back to bite me in the ass.
I have very flat feet and over pronate (foot rolls inwards and the arch flattens out) and have supination (Inversion is where the sole of the foot is turned inwards, plantar flexion is where the foot and toes point downwards and adduction of the ankle involves the toes pointing across the body. Combine all three movements and you have supination.) Every sole on every pair of shoes is worn out on the outside of the heel. This is a very tell-tell sign. 
Even in college I had a pretty bad case of illiotibial band syndrome that benched me for 6 weeks. You would like i'd learn, right? Nope.

So, what does that mean for me? PAIN. A lot of pain in both my knees and hips. Regardless of how much I stretch, do yoga, run indoors.. nothing helps.

 I've had to cut back a little on training and rehab my legs, which sucks, but has to be done. I also have to invest in a better pair of shoes. I went with Nike for shoes best fit my situation. Something with really good support, thats for damn sure. I also will be wearing my cho-pat strap forever, because im not taking any more risks.
Luckily this is something that can be remedied, but because I ignored the pain for so long, it has been extremely painful. I'm talking crying through 3 miles and sitting on the treadmill because I physically couldn't walk back to our apartment pain. It. Was. Awful.

So that's my little sob story. The mileage isn't the problem, my body is.

So, in the mean time, i've been cross training (biking, elliptical, and weights) getting my miles in any way I can! I also got a fancy schmancy new pair of shoes (the Nike LunarGlide 5 in turquoise.. what other color would I have chosen? hah!)
I slowly started running again yesterday afternoon! Felt great and NO pain! Hopefully it'll stay that way!
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Family Photos : Summer 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A few weekends ago we headed to the beach to get some family photos taken by the amazingly talented Jessie Salas (Jessie Salas Photography). We hadn't had any photos taken since Beckett was born (Jessie also took Beckett's newborn photos, which you can see here!) and it happened to fall over his 6 month birthday, so it was the perfect time to get some new photos taken!

I L O V E how they came out.. mornings at the beach are the best! Here are a few of my faves!

I've already ordered (2) 20"x16"mounted prints and a Shutterfly book with all of our images. I just love having these shots of our family!
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Recipe File: Chilled Corn Soup

Monday, August 11, 2014

I've never been a corn eater. ever. Something about the fact that it, well, doesn't digest just freaks me out. But then I realized how sweet and delicious it is when you puree it. And now I can't stop.

We stopped by the farmers market a couple of weekends ago after our beach mini photo shoot and picked up some amazing white corn, and I immediately put it to good use! With it being so hot lately, I decided to make a chilled corn soup! And Y'all, not only is this almost fat free, vegan, and super easy to make, but it is SO good CL asked to put this on the dinner rotation!

Chilled Corn Soup
5 white corn cobs
1/2 onion, diced
1 medium to large shallot, diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
salt & pepper, to taste
olive oil
chicken stock
ground thyme, to taste
shirmp ceviche (optional)
 After you have diced your onion, shallot and garlic, add a few teaspoons of olive oil to a large pan over medium heat.
Cook about 8 minutes or until onions become translucent. 

Add corn; add salt and pepper to taste as well as a teaspoon or so of the ground thyme (or really to taste!)
 Cook over medium heat for another 8-10 minutes.

Once you are done 'cooking' the corn mixture, transfer about half of the mix to a blender. Add about 1/2 cup chicken stock to mixture. I may have used more, but its up to you! Some like more liquidy soup, some like it thicker!

Transfer to a bow to cool, and puree the other half of your mixture. And that's it! Chill on the counter so that it doesn't condensate, then move your soup to the fridge!
I served it with a shrimp ceviche (thanks Fresh & Easy), and it was delish! 
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