Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The trilogy is now complete

Bossypants is definitely this generation's Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. This book made me laugh until I cried. I have re-read it many times, it's sooo good!

Then the torch was handed to sweet Mindy Kaling with her hilarious Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?

It was one of those books that you don't want to end. I laughed so loud

...but every sequel needs the last chapter, The Return of the Jedi, the Phillips to the Wilson, right? So the obviy person to pen her magnum opus would be...

Alter Egos
Amy fucking Poehler!! Hooray! I am so stoked to read it. Her book is being described as "An illustrated, non-linear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons, the book will be a unique and engaging experience from one of today's most talented and beloved stars." This lady rocks my boat.

Season 11
So, Project Runway is back...are you lovelies watching? It's teams this year, yikes, they are really trying to make these people kill each other. One thing I love about PR is they love to eliminate s's on the end of words! A nude LIP, a cool slim PANT or a clunky HEEL. At least this year they are giving them a Lexus. I remember season one got a Saturn, and I think he turned it down, haha! I really want this dude to win.

Haters Gonna Hate!
As over of the peplum silhouette that I am, his version is rad!!
At least they have Zac Posen as a judge this year

I have such a crush on him...and I know that makes me a Fag Hag!

Hither & Thither January 2013

Los Angeles has a wishy-washy winter season. One day it's dark, cloudy and raining and then the next it's 80 degrees. We have been fighting colds and staying home but on sunny days we can't resist going out to visit Grandma or have dinner with Stephen & Leslie *so yum!*
Liv jumps
Mommy jumps

and Daddy jumps too!
Thanks to my BFF for the awesomest gifts ever. My sweatshirt is super soft and warm.
late night Pinkberry
tea partying with Grammy
I love her sweater, it's my absolute fave
 We had dinner with Liv's padrinos at Haven Gastropub

I tried some of Les & Stephen's brussel sprouts, really good!
I had the most delish applewood bacon wrapped shrimp and cheddar grits *this was my first time ever trying grits*
Antz had a juicy lamb burger and Liv had mac & cheese
My peeps!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner...oooh hearts!

These hearts are bedazzled with sequins and each are backed with a dual hair cilp/brooch so they can be worn in your hair or as a brooch. put it on your favorite tote, on a pair of jeans, or over your own heart!
Ban.do mini hearts
I really want to make this for our front porch *from Oh Happy Day*

Geronimo Balloon Troopers {huge red balloons}
Jihan delivering her rad Valentine balloons Geronimo Balloon-Troopers
I have a serious weakness for pretty balloons. I had a giant white one for our pop-up anniversary dinner but Antz said as soon as he arrived at the beach it flew away. I was pretty bummed I didn't get to take any photos with it. Lame!

So have you heard it through the grape-vine? This app is the video version of Instagram and it's spreading like the flu *but in a good way*. Please follow my video adventures at Lizzie Hall Conley.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Kitschy Kitchen

I can't believe in a few months we will finally have water pressure in our kitchen. It seems silly to live with it for so long but every plumber has told us they would have to break open the walls to fix the issue, so we figured we may as well wait until we can put in a new tile back splash and new cabinets when the old tile gets demolished for the repairs. You know the saying...

Not that I'm into killing birds but I really want to kill the fugly tile backsplash we have now. So now comes my annual conundrum, to spend or not to spend? I first set the budget at $6000, for plumbing, a new DIY backsplash, painting the existing cabinets, adding some new knobs and drawer pulls and refinishing the wood floor, no frills. Then we decided Ikea installing new cabinets was our best option and all their silly extra costs began to add up, a new dishwasher, sink, faucet and BAM! Just like that the budget ballooned to $10000. Today I fell in love with the idea of having an island

Small island in the kitchen (Ikea Groland)
Do you see that trough sink? So pretty!!
Can you blame me? We are installing butcher block countertops, so there's no way I wouldn't ruin it with scratches or staining it when I spill cranberry juice on them the first day we install them. If we had an island, we could use it for our food prep and save the countertops from my clumsiness. It's ridiculous how many kitchens I am seeing with the simple white cabinets, white subway tile back splash and wood countertops on Pinterest.

I love the color of this countertop, you can tell this is a European kitchen. They always has the tiniest sinks.
IKEA Akurum Base Cabinets Sink Image 680 IKEA Kitchen Cabinets
These are the actual Ikea Akurum cabinets in a "real kitchen" I love that they made custom toe kicks that gives them a vintage feel. *by real I mean not fancied up for a magazine shoot.

I would love open shelves like these but we need the enclosed cabinets, our shit isn't this nice. One day I'll have nice shit!
This one is pretty close to our existing layout

Wood Countertops + Subway Tiles - minimalist | The Kitchn
I wish my cabinets were high enough to fit my Kitchenaid mixer under them. That would be the perfect place to store it in the corner.

This is the look I want, clean white, vintage inspired but modern functionality. Geez, why do I sound like a HGTV host?

I was never a fan of granite countertops, stainless steel appliances or dark wood cabinets. Feels dated and old folksy to me. I have no idea what color to paint the walls in our kitchen. We have so much crown molding trim that is painted white, it would seem too stark to paint white walls. I'm having similar feelings as Nicole from Making it Lovely about all white kitchen walls.

I definitely want to stain the floors darker
Not that the yellow walls are helping brighten my kitchen currently
See, my mixer is a tad too tall to fit underneath the cabinets
Now I'm like, where's the color? Where's the fun, bright cheery kitchen, you know? I suppose staying neutral is best since we are focused on selling our house. There's so much to plan, decide and pay for *feeling overwhelmed* We had to return my lovely Hjuvik faucet since it doesn't have a regular spout attachment and it's too high for the wall. Bummer! In the end, as long as I have strong water pressure and a dishwasher, I'm happy!

PS: Wasn't Aimee's guest post rad?!! I love that lady so much!! XOXO!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Special Guest Blogger-THE NOTORIOUS BFF

Hi,everyone!It's Lizzy's Best Friend fo-eva,Aimee!Lizzy asked me to do another special guest blog post.It has been a long time since I last did this blogging thing.I will try to be as interesting and entertaining as I possibly can(I tend to be one of the most vapid people on Earth,so lemme try my best).

So...LET'S GET THIS SHIT SHOW STARTED!We shall title this blog post:BFF SHIT LIST # 2!All of my favorite things right now in the whole wide world...HERE WE GO!!!!!!!

Me and my soon to be Dream car!!
1.The Fiat 500 Pop(color:Verde Chiaro):
Ok.So,I have never been a car person.My Lizzy has never had a "broke-back" vehicle.She has always had the newest and cutest Volkswagen.Always top of the line.I have always had a rickshaw.It's just how I roll(...or not-HA!).I do not think that in our almost 16 years of friendship that she has ever taken a ride in my vehicle.Not that I blame her.I have been a single mother since my early 20's.I have always sacrificed for my son to have the best of everything.Now that he is almost a grown up,I am going to buy my VERY FIRST CAR!!!!!OMFG!I am so excited...Lizzy told me that I could totally do it(she really believes in me...),and that I deserve something nice!I do,Goddamn-it!I plan on getting my dream car in March!I am uber excited!!!!!The car is super fun to drive(I test drove it already)and has great gas mileage!It looks like a shoe and is super teeny tiny.I really love it!EXCITEMENT X'S INFINITY!!!!

2.Koreatown(a.k.a KO-REEEEEE-UHHHH- TOWN-UH):
I moved from Venice,Ca in November to be able to afford my car payments(very smaaaaat...).My rent is about $500 cheaper,all utilities,and my new joint is almost exactly the same as my old one.The only drawback is that K-Town is a 45 minute commute from the beach where I work.By the time I moved out of Venice,I was seriously over it.It was a total carnival atmosphere.It gets old.I lived there for ages.Korea-town is very "Third World",but,I dig it.I like dirty.I like different cultures.I like crazy foods...I feel at home in K-Town.And,Korean barbeque is so effing yummy!I am so lucky it is in walking distance from my house!YES!!!!

With my BFFs last summer
3.Las Vegas,NV:
Ok.So,I liked a guy(if you can call "IT" that)who moved to Las Vegas.I went there to visit that knuckle-head&fell in love with Vegas!OMG!I love that place...The last time I was there 2 months ago,me and my friend Erin stayed at the Cosmopolitan!


It was so lovely.Our beds and the bathroom were the best!
I love the freedom of having a cocktail at any hour of the day(they have those "Yard" thingies to get you WASTED for hours)

...smoking like a chimney,and playing slots!WEEEEE-HOOOO!The Michael Jackson slot is my favorite!

It plays music and the seats vibrate!

I won $500 on that thing!
I also found my new favorite bar(and I hate bars and anything to do with them,or the folks that patronize bars-ew!).It's called "Blue Martini". They had awesome live cover band playing(Ashley Red), I have a mega crush on the lead singer, shhh!I freaking love Vegas!That place is like a fantasy land for adults.It's all glittery&shiny and junk.

 Being tipsy is always a plus in my book...HA!I wanna go back and see Celine Dion(don't judge!)and Britney Spears(when she takes up residency at one of the casinos there).I love that place!Lizzy is over it,but,I'm a late bloomer...


4.Red Lipstick:
I always have a full face of make up at all times.This is a true fact about me.I will not even go down the street for a cup of coffee without a full face.Nope.Nothing natural about me.Not a damn thing.I love chemicals,perfume,make up and being feminine.Make up rules!So...my new "thing" is red lipstick!It really makes the mouth the focal point of your face.Mac Red(the name of the color by Mac Cosmetics)is the ONLY red that looks good with my skin tone.I also use Cherry (again,Mac)lip liner to line my lips.

5.Nars Blush Exhibit A:
Last time I blogged,I was raving about Super Orgasm blush...I still love that stuff.But,I felt that it wasn't "make up-y" enough for my tastes.I like to look like Baby Jane Hudson all day and night!

Exhibit A helps me to achieve this hardcore "Kardashian" look I need to make my life complete!Then,all is right with the world...(p.s. Exhibit A is BRIGHT red-use sparingly).

6.Gel Nails:
My new favorite thing!So,check it out...Lizzy says I have "Crypt Keeper Hands" *Liz note: so true, she needs to wear gloves with lotion all day & night!

It's true,I totally do.They look like they belong to a corpse. All dry and shit. ASH-Y...Whatever..so,my friends told me about Gel nails.These things last for 3 weeks!OMG!So shiny and purdy!They make my skin look waaaaay less crocodile.They do take ages to get(almost 2 hours).So be prepared to sit there for 5 years.But,it's worth it! Trust!

7.Karla Deras:
Karla Deras is a fashion blogger that attends FIDM here in Los Angeles.Her blog is OMG!She has the best style,best make up,nails,hair,and DIMPLES!I totally just copied her blue nails,too!I think she is the most adorable thing in life right now!She also sells her own line of jewelry at high end department stores.Her blog is called "Karla's Closet".

8.Megan Martinez:
Megan Martinez is a BAD-ASSED make up artist and co-owner of Chaos Make-up.She is based in Texas.She is so damn talented.I love her.She does unbelieveable work..I really want to take one of her classes(I have my estheticians license,and really want to get back into doing things with skin-maybe even make up school).Anyway,I love her!

9.Sophia Amuruso:
This chick is the shit!She is the owner of Nasty Gal.OMG!The clothes are fantastic(ok...some are real hoochie)!I buy a MEGA amount of my clothes from Nasty Gal.Sophia Amuruso was on the Forbes "One's To Watch" list. I don't even think she's in her 30's yet...Check out NastyGal.com

10.Stampd Dope Bathing Suit:

I need a one piece suit for this summer(I have to hide all my junk-i.e.stretch marks and saggy,old lady unsightly blubber).This is my favorite!So cute!Kinda last year,but,I don't care!Loves it!

11.The word "MEGA":

My favorite word right this second...I don't know why..I just love it! M E G A!!!!!!!!!!!

12.Gold Knuckle Rings:

My Lizzy gave me a set for Christmas!I love these things so much!I don't wear them everyday(I wish I could)...I don't want to ruin them...They are so special!LOVES!!!!!


Lizzy turns me onto all sortsakindsa things...She always says,"Oh,DO THIS!I am fucking begging you!Trust me!You will love it!"And,I am always like,"Yeah,right...I ain't doin' that dumb shit!"...And,then,I do...And then-I AM HOOKED AND ADDICTED TO WHATEVER IT IS...In this case,it's the PINTEREST!I have over 460 followers and I just love pinning!I do it for hours!!!!!It's so much fun!Lizzy knows me best...that's why I love my bff(don't try and steal her...SHE'S MINE!!!!!!)

Ok...this was my "Shit List #2"(hahahaaa...#2...).I hope you all enjoyed it list of crap.I hope to do it again really soon(Lizzy wants me to have a blog of my own...I cannot commit enough time to a blog,and I don't wanna half-ass it).See ya!!!!!!!