Friday, March 30, 2012

Flashback Fridays

Let's concentrate on the 90s this week.  The 90s where good enough to me although the music scene changed from 1993 on once Curt Cobain died and then were stuck by the boy bands galore. Luckily, I didn't grow up as a teenager in this time frame. There was still good music nonetheless.  Mostly, I discovered the indie scene and Brit Pop scene (which I had from the beginning).

Here's Creep by Radiohead. Loved this band.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What I've Worn

I made sure to take a few outfit photos this week and here are a few.

 dress: Tucker for Target
jacket: Ebay

 black suit: Gap
top: F21

top: Loft
trouser jeans: Loft
green cardi: Target

Hair is doing weird things this week and am planning to get a trip on saturday.  The reason it looks short is that I have the side(burns) tucked behind my ears. You can tell how bushy it's gotten in the last photo, plus the humid weather hasn't helped much.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Few Purchases

I know, I know. I have lots of excuses and not enough time to post but I'm back with a few purchases.

 Banana Republic Navy Polka Dot trench

Banana republic cardigan
Target necklace
Ann Taylor curvy straight leg jeans

LOVE. I need to create an outfit around these shoes.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Good Sunday Outing

After yesterday's 1/2 marathon,. I developed 2 blisters on two toes  on both feet and I NEVER get blisters.  Luckily, the toes are fine today as the blisters never really formed and I'm not even that sore at all. Later last night,  hubby and I also indulged in some fine St. Patty's Day festivities.  Sorry, no photos!!

Today, a good friend from Philly came down to visit and we decided to take advantage of the quiet DC morning and walked around the Capitol grounds, then headed to Eastern Market to check out the flea market but didn't really buy anything, and finally stopped for refreshments at Boxcar Tavern. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon.

We also brought our SLR cameras so we could take advantage of practicing our macro shots so we headed down to the Botanical Gardens to see the orchids and flowers in bloom.  Here are a few of my shots:

We ended coming back to my place to relax and have a quick dinner  before she had to go back to the train station to head back to Philly.   It was a perfect Sunday and we didn't even have to shop.

Until next time....

Post Race

Wow. That's all I can say.  My first half marathon was a success.

It was a beautiful morning here in DC. The weather was perfect: crisp and cool at 55 degrees but warmed up shortly after. I got up at 6:00, made coffee, had a banana, an egg and turkey bacon sandwich. I changed into my running gear after eating and decided to leave at 7:00 a.m. in case we had subway breakdowns and whatnot. There was quite a wait at one of the stops but I finally made it to my corral by 7:45. 

The race began at 8:00 but since I was at corral #22, there was about 25 minute wait before our group could head out so my start time was at 8:25. Meanwhile, I rushed of to use the toilet since I suddenly had to go. It must have been the coffee I had this morning.

The crowd wore lots of green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. There were all types of runners: young, old, heavy, skinny, tall, short so it was nice to see that. I was nervous at first when I realized I shouldn't  since I've been busting my bum the past 12 weeks training for this thing.  There were 25,000 runners registered and it was really cool to be a part of this large group of runners. 

As for this race course, DC is pretty flat but for some reason this group managed to find many hills which probably slowed me some and I rarely train on hills. I guess I'll have to Hill train for next year and see if I can beat my time. What? There's gonna be a next year? LOL!!

All this training finally paid off with my finish time of 2 hours and 8 minute which is a pace of 9 min 45 sec. (and accrued 20 APs too) I had to use my watch since we won't get final official finish times until after 7:00 p.m. tonight. I'm very pleased with myself and to think that at one time I thought I could never do any kind of race. Anything is possible they say. And "they" were right.

Until next time...

Friday, March 16, 2012

My First Half Marathon - Pre Race Musings

Hello all.

Some of you may know that I've been training for a half marathon, the Rock and Roll marathon series to be exact, which is a nationally known event that takes place in many major cities. The DC race is tomorrow. Starting and finishing at RFK Stadium, this is the only marathon to run entirely in Washington, D.C. The scenic race goes through historic Washington, past the White House, downtown and through quaint neighborhoods. I'm actually looking quite forward to seeing the city in this perspective.

Yesterday, I had the day off and picked up my race packet at fitness expo. I also managed to pick a few more items which I probably didn't need such as a pair of running sun glasses,  a St. Patty's Day which says t-shirt O' Runner Girl,  and bought a sleek sports belt to put my ID, subway card, cash, and Iphone because I can't NOT run without music and IT IS the Rock and Roll race after all.

Until next time...

Flashback Friday

Hello All.

The Flashback Song of the day is:  Blur's Girls and Boys! A great song to dance to and still sounds new to me!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's ONLY Thursday?

I have the day off today so it feels like a Friday. Anyway, I almost posted a Flashback Friday's music video but that will have to wait for later.

Here are a few outfits worn in the past 2 weeks.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Black Keys Concert

The concert started with a good performance by the Arctic Monkeys as the opening band.  My favorite song: "Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor. " The Black Keys started the show at 9:40. What I love about this group is that they have such a wide age range of fans, from 18 to 60, and I truly believe this makes for a great musician.  The show was incredible.

Unfortunately, our seats were nosebleeds so we could barely see anything but the sound quality in the Verizon Center was pretty good.   Here's a few photos and a video I managed to take via IPhone.

Yikes!  What's up with my hair?? and why are small concert t-shirts so damn big???? and I'm so not a Wizards fan!! (Go DC UNITED!!)

Verizon Center - pre show

Hubby and I being silly.

Below is a video and bad Iphone photos although the light show was amazing during the Black Keys Concert.  Enjoy.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Great Friday To Begin, Plus Flashback Friday

Hi all. Lots to do and I'm currently at work so I'll make this quick.  Spring is on it's way in full force, the daffodils are blooming, and it's still light out at 6:00 (time change this weekend). Gotta love these days. 

Tonight is the Black Key's concert which I'm so excited about. Here's a litlle outfit I put together last minute before rushing to work and for some reason this photo does not want post right side up.  Oh well.

Anyway, here's an oldy, but a goody. It makes me want to dance. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Errands

It's me and I'm back to post more outfits if I can. I will try whole heartedly to do so this week.  Here's an outfit I wore today running errands:

jacket: H&M
top: F21
jeans: Loft
boots: Enzo Angiolini

What's new with me?  I've been very busy with work and what spare time I do have has been spent on training for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon here in DC on March 17th.  If you had asked me if I always into fitness, I would say a big NO!!  Ever since hubby started working at a bike shop and discovered a new hobby, we been more active than ever.

Anyway, hopefully I'll get to be more consistent in posting.  Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Music Is My Life - Part 1 (the 70s and 80s)

I always wonder why I never got into music biz but I know the main reason why: I can't play a darn instrument if my life depended on it.  I hate to say this but I'm also biased toward the kinds of music I listen to. I do remember taking guitar lessons in 8th grade and learning to play the "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John, but no that's not the style of music I was into later on. Would you believe I still remember the darn notes?  Funny what  you remember in life.

One of the first groups that made me interesting in listening to music was my dad's record by Donna Summer and to this day I still love her music. Disco wasn't my thing and I was a bit older when disco hype was in but I'll remember Donna Summer forever.

The next step in my my music evolution was listening to the the Beatles in my 6th grade class when my teacher played the song"Eight Days a Week" and asked us what was wrong with the title. I didn't care. I loved the music and from then on they were a big music influence in my teenage years.  From the Beatles I discovered 60s fashion, movies, groups, mods, Vietnam War, feminist era, birth control, and the list goes on.  This was a period of change where I so wished I had experienced.  Too bad I didn't grow up in that era but I've tried to carry on the Mod fashion today.

Then I remember watching something on the telly one night. I can't remember how old I was (maybe 10 or 11)  but old enough to remember the show but it was Blondie singing the famous "Rapture" and then I was in love with "New Wave" from then on.  This was the start of my teen rebellious years. Parents were strict, friends were far and between and music was there for me during those lonely times.

I remember my very first album that I bought with my own money was Depeche Mode's "Some Great Reward." It was in Georgetown at Kemp Mill Records which is now a Restoration Hardware furniture store.  I loved that album to death (and still have it) and it was perfect for me at that time of my life at the age of 14.

Then I remember trying to get a college radio station on m boom box (yes boom box): the famous but now defunct WHFS - 99.1 and listening to The Smith's "How Soon is Now." One of the greatest songs ever!!

Funny thing was the I was a total Duran Duran fan but I never got their records until much later. I was in love with Simon Le Bon and John Taylor and Nick Rhodes. Gosh I sound like my old teenage self.  Oh Duran Duran!!     You guys still rock!!   I love it!!  Here is one of my favorite songs:

and their new video: Girl Panic - you will have to click on the link to watch another great video.

Anyway, end of Part 1.  Next eventual blog will be about the 90s music in my life.