Caroline’s Favorite Things {1}

January 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

I can already tell that this week will be a breeze compared to last week, knock on wood! Except… I’m preparing myself for an apocalypse tomorrow- 24 degrees and thunderstorms. Doesn’t sound too bad unless you’re from around here. That’s like incomprehensible to us. Anyways, new feature! My favorite things. Like Oprah, but not as glitzy.

{ Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich from Starbucks, $5.75 }

Roasted chicken, cranberries, celery, lettuce, and tarragon dressing. A whopping 480 calories (only 100 from fat!) but also a feel-good 35 grams of protein. How can you say no to that?

Also, I edited this below-average iPhone picture with Picnik. What a nifty site! I am addicted.


I Believe…

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • This week has dragged on, kicking and screaming and in general making a mess of itself.
  • A vanilla milkshake can that and everything else wrong in the world.
  • As can two burgers in one day– turkey and regular.
  • That the addition of avocados, lettuce, and tomatoes make said burgers healthy. Plus cheese for calcium. Or something.
  • That I could very well burrow myself into bed for the entire weekend without getting out, that’s how tired I am.
  • Chocolate cake from Olive Garden blows all fancy-schmancy chocolate cakes out of the water.
  • That this post is overwhelming about food. No shame.
  • A shopping expedition is needed. But probably won’t be had for a couple of weeks.
  • Next week should be abundant in cheer as it’ll be Chinese New Year’s! How’s that for poetry?
  • Pride & Prejudice is the best book in the history of books.
  • Tummy aches suck.
  • That this week was just not good. Oh wait, I said that already? My brain needs some shut-eye.
  • That it’s time for bed. At 9:20. Really? How old am I?



Cross Country

January 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m in need of pretty little cross-body bag for college.

I love that. How I can justify everything I want with “for college.” It’s one of those happy things in life.

Oh, hi. You are pretty. You are also $1500. But I guess if your designer’s name is Marc Jacobs, you have a right to be so frustratingly hard to get. Nicely played, purse.

This lovely number by Kate Spade just waltzed right in and stole my heart. But at almost $400, it’s still a reach item. Someday, someday.

Which brings me to Old Ye Faithful, the fine establishment called Gap. While this bag is affordable at $40 and pretty darn adorable, it doesn’t give me heart palpitations like the loud orange Kate Spade.

I’m imagining something: brown, utilitarian, worn-in, teensy but not too teensy. I’ll be on the lookout. Meanwhile…

I need shoes [for college].

I need loads of boxes [for college, and definitely not to live out my childhood dream of having an Out-of-the-Box worthy playhouse].

I need chocolate cake [for college].



I Believe II

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I believe…

  • in Friday night movies! Went and saw No Strings Attached with several friends today. Comical, but not as amazing as I expected.
  • that all weeks should have four days and all weekends should have three.
  • in paninis from Panera Bread. And hearty soup on the side.
  • chrysanthemum tea with honey clears the skin.
  • that the new Starbucks cup size is ridiculous, but in a really good way!
  • teachers should stop with all the projects. Bring on the textbooks– they are so much less work.
  • I need to go shopping. Stat.
  • that everyday should be National Hug Day.
  • in playing checkers with my daddy instead of studying.
  • in reading FML before bed every night. No matter how bad you’ve got it– somebody’s got it worse!

Have a nice weekend!


Me Time

January 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

It’s the best kind of feeling when you feel like it’s a Tuesday, but then you take a second look at the calender and realize… It’s actually Wednesday! A day closer to the weekend, hooray! But sometimes, I feel guilty for thinking thoughts like that. Last year, my teacher ingrained the philosophy of “sucking the marrow out of life” (good man, Thoreau) and enjoying every day and moment for what it is instead of anticipating tomorrow and the day after and the day after.

An introspective mood I’m in today, I see.

{ road trip home from Orlando }

I don’t have much to share today, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my new “me time.” For twelve years, I have been stuck working hard and late on schoolwork, club meetings, piano lessons, SAT practice, essay writing, the list goes on and on. Actually, that’s a bit of lie. It was more like… six years. The first six were bliss.

But the stress builds up and as we grow older, we take less and less time for ourselves. Now, I’m not talkin’ bout watching TV for an hour or going to a party or whatnot. I’m talking about time that’s totally dedicated to ourselves purely for thinking and philosophizing and relaxing and expanding the mind. (Pft to the last one.)

Now that my future’s a bit clearer than it was say, two months ago, I’ve started to make more time for me, myself, and I. I don’t do anything drastic– not hours of bathing and meditation for me. That’s a few years off for me yet. No, I’m reading more, creating more, blogging more. I shower longer, journal more, allow myself to get inspired by the little things. And you know what I’ve realized? I’ve become so much more mellow, relaxed, and less stressed out in the past weeks. It’s wonderful. Magic.

When I was wee lass, my sister and I went to the public library every week and hauled home piles of books to revel in. As of late though, I venture to the library only when my sister’s home (three-to-four week intervals last year and now a LOT less, sad face) and I come home with six or seven books and end up returning them with only a couple read. It’s tear-inducing. But it’s okay, I’m doctoring this situation all up and am planning to make more trips to the library, check out more books, and regain my love for the written word in story form.

I just finished two books by Ann Brashares (she of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame). One is called My Name is Memory and the other is called The Last Summer (of You and Me). Both are exceptionally well-written and easy to read, although the storylines and characters are so unarguably different. I’ve recommended both to various friends, in an effort to get them to take more time to read and guess what? They are totally going with it! While both novels are love stories in a sense, the reader is questioned and provoked to think time after time after time after time. That’s the best kind of book!

So yes, hopefully this long-winded spiel won’t end up dead on its stomach because there are several more books I am itching to read!

What’s your me time activity?


Oh and PS– I’m on Day 15 of the 30 Day Shred and it’s going well! I’m at the halfway point– I’ve noticed that my strength and stamina are revved up high, target spots are toning, etc. etc. And I’ve only skipped one day and that was because I had a tummyache! Go me!!!

Golden Globes 2011: Best Dressed

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

I think this may have been the best Monday of the year so far. Thanks, MLK Jr.

How ’bout some obligatory Golden Globe red carpet drooling? The show itself was sadly pretty boring. Ricky Gervais was a hoot but he barely made an appearance. And Robert Downey Jr.– yeah, I like him. I think the best moment was definitely when Chris Colfer won because you could obviously see how close the Glee cast is. It’s nice to know that you support a show with a wonderful, tight-knit cast!

{ Amy Adams in Marchesa, Olivia Wilde in Marchesa, Megan Fox in Armani Prive }

So stunning. That color on Amy Adams in divine, as is the laser-cut detail. Olivia Wilde’s dress was made for a princess– I wish she did something more with her hair. I loved everything about Megan Fox’s outfit, but girlfriend needs some meat on her bones! Some trends that I detected on the red carpet: lots of neutrals and pale pinks, lootttttsssss of glitter and shine, jewel tones, and backless dresses!

{ Mandy Moore in Monique Lhullier, Dianna Agron in J. Mendel, Scarlet Johanssen in Elie Saab }

I haven’t seen Mandy Moore around in awhile (I say that we’re like BFFs…) but that gown is to die for! All the tulle and that lovely, lovely blue. Her hair and makeup were perfect, as well! Yay for stars from my childhood 🙂 Dianna Agron always chooses to look very lady-like and demure at award shows and she usually goes a bit ‘over,’ but this look is right on target. And Scarlett– I love Elie Saab and any dress that he creates. It looks totally fab on her except that I think it’s a teeeeeensy bit boring for such a red carpet veteran… Just a teensy bit.

{ Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham, Catherine Zeta Jones in Monique Lhullier, Natalie Portman in Vicktor & Rolf }

Oh, Sandra Bullock can do no wrong in my book. Except… If only she had gathered her hair in a sweepy, wispy, wavy updo. It would’ve been goddess-ly. CZJ won Best Dressed in my book. She looked positively regal and that dress. That dress. That dress. CZJ is queen. Ohhhhhhhhh, Natalie Portman. I wish that ridiculous flower applique didn’t come with that dress and you didn’t wear that lipstick. You look like a Valentine’s Day card! But I put her on my Best Dressed list anyways because she is my girl crush and because she is the cutest thing ever with her baby bump. Don’t mess it up at the Oscars or I shall be mad.

{ Carrie Underwood in Badgley Mischka, Eva Longoria in Zac Posen, Michelle Pfeiffer in Roland Mouret }

Typical in her Southern Belle uniform, Carrie Underwood nevertheless looks very pretty and glam. Eva Longoria was smashing in that form-fitting anything-but-basic-black dress. I think it’s the diamond brooches that made the look. And finally, Michelle Pfeiffer looked effortlessly gorgeous– that color! The hair! She didn’t walk the red carpet, but was enchanting anyways.

That’s all, folks. I can’t wait for the big one– the Oscars!!! I’m especially excited because my boyfriend James Franco and my best friend Anne Hathaway are hosting. You didn’t know that, didja?


I Believe…

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

{I Believe} will be the new weekly feature on my blog! Part ‘Confessions,’ part guilty pleasures, part wishful thinking, and part good-old-fashioned philosophy, I was inspired by countless blogs that do something similar and by Glamour magazine’s “Hey, It’s OK!” feature, which is my favorite thing to read in the magazine any time. I’ll most likely do {I Believe} on Fridays or the weekends, but here’s the first one!

I Believe…

  • that my scale is broken.
  • in three day weekends.
  • in going for long car rides just for an excuse to listen to music.
  • Taylor Swift is real music.
  • that taking a few… 30 seconds… to switch songs while exercising is perfectly valid. Even if Jillian Michaels tells me to stop.
  • in carbo-loading.
  • that ‘getting dressed’ on weekends consists of a sweatshirt and yoga pants.
  • in new, fancy refrigerators with a working ice machine!
  • in planning vacations.
  • in girl crushes. Mine is Natalie Portman! And Jennifer Aniston! And Kate Winslet! And AnneHathawayKateMiddletonAllthefamousKatesVictoria’sSecretAngels, ohmygod this is unhealthy.
  • that there is nothing sweeter than sleeping in your own bed.
  • in waking up at noon.
  • in big, humongous dinners!


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