We had a really good 3-day weekend! Friday night I cleaned half my house. Saturday morning I cleaned the other half. I feel like the house hasn’t been clean in months (at least not all at the same time), so I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
On Saturday afternoon we went to the wedding reception for friends of ours who got married a couple weeks ago in the Dominican Republic. This was their celebration for everyone at home. It was at the bride’s parents’ house in New Jersey, about an hour’s drive away from us (luckily, GG knew the shortcuts to avoid all the Memorial Day shore traffic). The party was really nice – a catered tent backyard thing. Just two complaints: 1) I totally destroyed my shoes, between the long gravel driveway and just wearing heels in the grass, and 2) I was eaten alive by bugs, especially as the the afternoon turned to evening. It was a lot of fun, though – we sat with a bunch of GG’s friends from college, and they are all so funny. Now the newly married couple is moving to Arizona! We’re following their journey via photos posted on Facebook.
My brother and his friend came over on Sunday, because I mentioned that I had some house things (a lamp, a table, kitchen stuff) that I was going to get rid of, but maybe he’d need them for his new place, so he was going to come check them out. Well, he wants to take everything, so that is awesome – we’ve had it hanging around for this long, so I’ll just keep it for a couple more months until he moves. Then GG and I took them out for lunch, which was nice.
Since we were at the mall for lunch anyway, GG and I spent the rest of the afternoon shopping. I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to get for summertime (Bermuda shorts, capri jeans, tops for work, sunglasses, a cross-body bag to take on vacation, brown sandals), and I found quite a bit of it while we were out. GG also got some shorts and things he wanted.
Now, here’s the vacation purse saga. I’ve been looking for a cross-body purse with some specific requirements: top zip (no flap), a couple inner pockets, big enough to hold a small umbrella and light sweater, and nice looking enough to take me from a day of sight-seeing to a night out at a nice restaurant. I’ve been looking for weeks, and couldn’t find anything that worked – they just don’t make cross-body purses that size! While we were at the mall, I stopped in at the luggage and travel store, and they had the perfect purse! It has even more travel features (like, it’s slash-proof, you can lock the zipper shut, etc.). Only problem was that it was $90, which was about $40 over my budget. So I spent the rest of the evening researching this bag and similar bags, and finally found a different one from the same company that was a little bigger, a little cheaper, and seemed to be perfect. I ordered it from Zappos, and thanks to the magic of Twitter and Zappos’ awesome customer service, I got upgraded to 1-day shipping. So this thing should be here tomorrow. Then today, I went to Target (where I’ve looked for my ideal bag several times in different stores, in addition to online) and guess what I saw: the perfect purse! $19.99. So we’ll see how in love I am with this fancy bag when it gets here. If not… Zappos has free returns!
I am really not a fan of the show-off, “fashion haul” video, but since a lot of people were asking, here’s what I picked up this weekend. I’ve pretty much checked everything off my summer wish list now, except for a pair of casual brown sandals. I’ll find some.
- Old Navy: 3 tank tops for wearing to bed, 2 pairs of lounge shorts to wear as PJs, 3 pairs of Bermuda-length shorts (these are awesome, why did I never try them until this year?)
- H&M: 4 striped short-sleeve blouses (stretchy and without buttons, so perfect for me to get that button-down look without the unfortunate gaping and stretching)
- Target: cross-body purse (see above for that story!), capri jeans, embellished t-shirt
- Ross: 2 pairs of sunglasses (including one big, but not crazy, pair), cosmetics bag, pink and white sleeveless trapeze top (Natalie would so love this!), blue and black flowered top, black t-shirt with tuxedo pleating detail