Best Valentine’s Day Ever and WINBT Update

This whole not shopping thing is killing me dead. January was a breeze – who cares about the fall and winter has-beens? I don’t! However, February has been a different story. Spring fashion issues of my favorite magazines are in the mailbox, fresh and breezy looks from my favorite stores are popping up everywhere I turn, and new color palettes (silver grays! muted coral pinks!) are tempting me something fierce.


I am not ashamed to admit that I almost shed a tear over J. Crew’s spring catalog. Thumbing through the entire thing was just too hard for me – I had to break it up into tiny, manageable 10-minute increments over the course of a week. Of course, Southern California’s year-round beachy weather makes these catalogs nearly impossible to deny. See this darling bikini and cover-up?



Hello, I would like to wear this to the beach next week. (Love the detail on the top.) No need to wait for Old Man Winter to take a hike around these parts, thus fanning my Want Want Want flame.

I will remain steadfast.

To be completely honest, the reason I WILL remain steadfast is mainly due to my husband’s complete AWESOMENESS. For Valentine’s Day, he bought me the Wayfarers, the Martin+Osa pink top AND this fun navy cardigan:


Martin + Osa

(FYI – He scored a great deal on all three of these items at Martin+Osa. The sweater was originally 30% off PLUS he got an extra 30% on all three items.)

((I feel strongly compelled to tell you that I wore the navy cardigan with a white wife beater, trouser jeans, orange flats and a gold necklace yesterday.))

(((The one thing I learned this week about the not shopping thing is when you DO receive something, you appreciate it MUCH more.)))

((((I serenaded my sunglasses yesterday. Everlong by Foo Fighters.))))

However, not the best part of the day by any stretch of the imagination! I received these beauties:


Wito helped select the flowers, which trust me, he would tell you if you were here. “I LOVE picking some flowers!” came out of his mouth 1,236 times yesterday.

Though, still not the best part!

D offered to make me dinner, take me out to dinner, whatever I wanted. My choice was an In-N-Out Double-Double (animal style, holla), french fries and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. All consumed while watching the NBA Slam Dunk contest last night on my couch. (12-foot dunk, Dwight? HOLY SHIT. Did you see how easy he made it look?)

Valentine’s Day, please visit again soon.

  1. Heidi

    February 15, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Stay steadfast in the not shopping, sista. I actually survived a trip to an outlet mall yesterday by only buying kid clothes (that doesn’t count, right?).

    Oh, and Everlong, by the Foo Fighters? Best Song Evar. I put it on way too many playlists.

  2. Angella

    February 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I never made it to In-N-Out when I was down there and now I am kicking myself.

    D spoiled you, but I am in no way surprised. You got yourself a gooder :)

  3. Courtney

    February 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    That’s so sweet – your family definitely knows how to make you happy. Always a good thing.

  4. Jen

    February 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    You’re one lucky lady. Happy Valentines and may it come your way again soon!

  5. Liz

    February 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Not to be Negative Nelly (or Do-Gooder Debbie), but it this a personal mission to see if you can do it, and save a little dough in the process or do you think you and the others who aren’t shopping until April might pool a bit of your saved money and give it to charity? Just a thought. An a massive run-on sentence.

  6. Darcey

    February 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Spring had a little fling with us here in GA the last couple weeks, but we’re getting colder temps again, which is helping my willpower greatly.

    And the double-double Animal style + fries + beer = heaven in my book! The closest I’ll get to In-N-Out for a while is Five Guys (which is pretty good, admittedly)… my trip to LA got pushed back to this week, and then it conflicted with another work obligation, so I’m not traveling. Boo. There goes drinks with the ever-adorable Whoorl!

  7. Kerri Anne

    February 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Here’s to tasty brews and husbands who kick ass, amen.

  8. joslyn

    February 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

    yes, that’s a ROCKIN valentine’s day. i was going to ask if you got the shirt, and boy you got so, so much more. your husband is a rock star.

    my hubby also got me a shirt i was coveting + built a frame (finally) for a huge wallpaper panel i’ve been wanting to hang up for six months.

    is there another holiday before this spending hiatus ends? do people give gifts for st. patricks day??


  9. Renée aka Mekhismom

    February 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I love, love, love the sweater. Absolutely. Hubby did a great jog. And the flowers are beautiful too.

  10. Jamie

    February 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    How lucky you are. Very nice gifts. I am mostly jealous over the In-N-Out burger and fries. It has been way too long since I’ve had one. I am totally craving one now and it’s 12:22 am and I am on the wrong side of the country. Boo!

    Yeah for you though. Love the flowers Wito picked out for you too cute.

  11. Anonymous New York

    February 19, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Niiice. Sounds like an awesome Vday and some sweet gifts. I must know what orange flats. I’m lusting after these: http://tinyurl.com/bvqgny. I think they will be mine since my husband made me throw away a pair of red flats this weekend.

  12. wide open spaces

    February 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I’m so glad to know there are other people who feel this way. i hate to cancel my J.Crew catalog subscription. it was just that painful to receive.