Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What is wrong with this picture?

I was browsing the daily discount emails I get on RueLaLa and came across a "sale" for a Birkin bag. For those of you without a mountain of money or those who don't watch Sex and the City, the Birkin bag is one of the most coveted purses in the fashion world. The bags have years of wait-lists to buy one and they sell for ridiculous prices.
I always knew they were expensive, but I didn't know how expensive. This is what I saw when I went to the "sale" website:

$19,000! And that is at a discounted rate! I had never actually checked the full price of these bags, so I went online to see what I could find. That is when I came across this:

They want $52,000 for a bag. Something I put my tampons and granola bar wrappers in. My favorite part of this though, is the advertising the seller used as an incentive. "Free Shipping!" Like someone out there is saying, "hmmm, I would buy this, but I really don't want to pay $12.50 for the handling fee."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Will Run for Chocolate and Fur Coats

This past weekend Jonathan and I ran our 15k by the lake in downtown Chicago. It was a Hot Chocolate themed event, so they gave us chocolate and fondue after the race. It sounded appealing at the time we signed up, but I could barely stomach the chocolate after the race!
A fellow Oak Parker that we know, Matt, ran in his wife's place, so we ran together until about mile 7. At this time my body said, "F-You! I didn't sign up to run in 40 degree weather!" So, the last two miles were a bit of a haul for me, but I still ran it in my personal best time at a pace of 9:59/ a mile. We were running at a 9:30 pace up until mile 7, but let's not talk about those dark 2 miles!
Excuse the grainieness of the picture, I jacked it off of the race photo site.

Jonathan was my momma kangaroo and supporter through the race, which was probably why I did so well. He had a hoodie with a front pouch on it, so I could strip down my clothing layers and he would store them until I needed them later. Mind you, he could run circles around me on this run, but he stayed with my pace and we finished together.

I also got an early Christmas present in the mail, due to a great find on Etsy.

Again, don't mind the orginal posting picture, I will have to update with one of my own.
It is a vintage fur capelet and I am in love! I don't count it as buying fur if it I'm buying it second-hand, but that's just my own logic.
 I have wanted something like this for a while now and it was a great price.

Busy week ahead of me. Found out I will be traveling to New York and Los Angeles/possibly San Francisco for work in the next month, so that should be fun and will give me more to blog about!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Weekend and other stuff that has been keeping me from the Internets

Oh, hi there. Work has vastly picked up for me, as there have been many events in the past few months. Also, it isn't slowing down!
At the encouragement and help of Mairead, I wanted to post a recipe of these AMAZING cupcakes that I had the chance to make this last weekend. They take some time, but are soooo worth it.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes:

Here is the recipe I worked off of:

For a first time made-from-scratch cupcake baker, the directions were simple enough. It gives you directions for the cake, the frosting, and the filling (yes, salted caramel filled)!
The best advice I can give if you decide to make these is make the filling and icing first, as they will need time to cool in about the time it will take to make the cakes.

Another great thing happened this weeked: The question was finally answered if Sham would look like Jonathan if he grew a beard and had curly hair:

The answer is Yes! Very much so!

At one point, Sham had his back turned to me and I kept saying "Jonathan, Jonathan," to get his attention.
Please also notice the half-way ninja turtles costume. I had pants, but they were cut from a child's sized costume and might have been inaapropriate for climbing in!

To complete my overachieving halloween celebration, I spent a ridiculous amount of time carving a pumpkin for our building's contest:

It had a mohawk and press-on tattoos! I was pretty proud, but got won out by this:

Stupid Chilean miners, who even thinks of that?!
Kind of funny though that they used chilies. Also, it is hard to see from this angle, but I believe they used a lit-up bong as the tube to get from the top of the box to the pumpkin-mine.
Oh well, I will have to use my political wit and Fedex boxes to try and win next year.