First off, Preppy Player directed my attention to this J. Crew Long Boyfriend Blazer and the minute I saw it, I loved it. At $215 I thought I'd wait until Christmas and get it as a gift. (Although J. Crew is having a 20% off sale this weekend, so you can get it for $175.)
But then, I saw this...
Then I saw NieNie wearing it on The Today Show and I had to have it. I went into Anthropologie and tried on the latest version in this cream color. Bummer. It looked stupid on me. Some people remove a couple of stones from the ends and they say that can make a difference. You might try that.
What I did find was this necklace. The Anthroplogie Radiant Necklace. It comes in this gorgeous berry color, and an awesome pale slate blue.
It was so hard to decide, but since I could only get one, I went with the slate. It was on sale for $28, on-line it's still $48, so I guess I got lucky!!
I might go back for the berry in a few weeks.
In return, I hope you will let me in on any of your latest fashion finds.
We fashionistas need to look out for eachother! (Yeah, that's right, I called myself a fashionista...you got a problem with that?)
It's that time of year again. The time to take a moment to give thanks for all our blessings.
So, without further ado, here are some things I'm thankful for, some profound, and some shallow as can be!!
1. My beautiful daughters who I love more than words can ever express.
4. Tennis. Thank goodness I got back into it 6 years ago. I love everything about it, and if I come back in another life I want to be a child who picks up a racket at the age of 2 and trains non stop at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Don't tell me that it's not good for kids. It's my reincarnation and that's what I want!!!
5. My blog friends. I love that I have so many people who I can turn to make me laugh, give me fashion advice, debate politics with and who give me a peek into their lives each and every day. Isn't it amazing that people from so many different backgrounds and parts of the world can get together everyday for a little visit? So much fun.
6. The last things I'll mention are some goodies that I can't live without:, my "Mother's Little Helpers," Diet Coke, the Keurig coffee maker and my friend Kate's amazing peanut brittle. Each one is such a pick me up for me, when I need a boost and they're all legal.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Catch you on Monday.
Posted by Caffeine Court at 10:16 AM
My daughter and the girls in her 5th grade class were paraded to the nurse's office on Tuesday for "The Talk."
You know what I'm talking about. Anyone who went to public school remembers the moment in 5th or 6th grade, when the boys got sent to the gym and the girl's headed to the nurse and they all learned "the facts of life."
The boys were educated about wet dreams and the girls learn about breast buds and periods.
When I was a youngster we received the book "Growing Up and Liking It." See the cover above? That is the EXACT cover of the book I had. My friends and I used to pull it out every once in awhile for laughs.
Someday I'll tell you some of my goofy adolescent stories. We were very inappropriate.
We also got a sample belt and pad the size of a Sealy Posturepedic mattress. They came in a little blue box. Freaky.
Anyway, my daughter's nurse added a little twist to the period talk that I never experienced.
A tampon demonstration.
Before you scream, or call protective services, she didn't actually show them how a tampon REALLY works. What she did do, unknowingly, is to cement in the girls' minds that they want to use pads. FOREVER.
She took out a tampon, removed in from the applicator, stuck it under running water and showed the girls how it E-X-P-A-N-D-S and absorbs moisture.
They were informed that if they laughed or snickered they would be ejected from the demonstration.
Wow. What a challenge that must have been.
The minute my daughter got into my minivan after school, she informed me that she is AFRAID of getting her period. I guess the vision of a tampon the size of a cow's udder sitting in her privates was a bit shocking.
Great job Nursey.
In a couple of years it will be time for the birth control talk.
Maybe she can show them a video of a woman experiencing natural childbirth. Or better yet, maybe she can attach a condom to the faucet to show them how much liquid THAT holds.
And they better not laugh.
Tampons, condoms and wet sheets are serious business.
And don't you forget it.
Posted by Caffeine Court at 10:26 PM
With that in mind, I will now write a post. Before I do, I'd like to ask for your assistance. I don't make any money, or receive freebies for writing, but what I do get in return for my efforts is the wisdom and advice passed on to me by my blog fiends.
I wish I could take each and every one of you on a shopping excursion to find my Christmas gift, but since I can't, the next best thing is a virtual shopping trip.
You're going to have to use your imagination. Imagine you and I meeting at The Grove, in Shrewsbury, NJ. First off we hit the Starbucks. I will get a Venti Vanilla Rooibos and I will buy you the piping hot beverage of your choice.
We will proceed to catch up on each other's lives. When we he have finished our $7 cups of steaming hot yumminess, we will proceed over to the Coach store, where my friend works, to pick out a bag, which she will purchase for me at 50% off.
So many choices!!! Which do I get?
The very basic Kristin zip top tote in black???
The Audrey in gunmetal?
Or perhaps the Maggie in plum?
Here is the front runner...the textured metallic Claire. What do you think?
Maybe you hate all my choices and you sway me in another direction.
No matter what, I know you have GREAT taste and will help me make the right decision.
Next time: I promise to entertain you with a story about "THE TALK" my 5th grader and the girls in her class had with the school nurse.
Posted by Caffeine Court at 10:42 PM
There are certain advantages to having a stomach bug, one of which is the ability to surf the net all day long, in between trips to the loo.
Since I was feeling under the weather today, I had the chance to sign up for Google Wave, tend to my Farm, Cafe and Island on Facebook and read up on all the latest news on-line.
In my cyber travels, I happened upon this little gem. The Lingerie Football League. "True Fantasy Football."
Apparently most of the players have experience in other college level competitive sports such as volleyball, track and field, softball, or soccer. The most important thing though, is that they look good in the skimpy little uniforms. Take a look:
I am totally serious when I tell you that the ex-captain of my ladies tennis team would hike her tennis skirt up as short as these uniforms and assume a frog like position between points. NOT A GOOD LOOK. Oh and P.S. She does NOT look like these ladies.
Does this post have a point? Not really, but I'm going to come up with something.
OH!! Here's a good point. As I stated earlier. These ladies all competed in athletics at the college level. Now look at them.
So here's my point. If you have an athletic daughter, make sure she gets good grades and lines up a good job after college.
Seriously, after all the years of hard work, determination and personal sacrifice it takes to become a collegiate athlete, would you want your daughter playing for the Dallas Desire?
Posted by Caffeine Court at 8:54 AM
Posted by Caffeine Court at 9:45 PM
after I finished writing yesterday's post, I got to thinking. In order to win the approval of some of these social climbers I've mentioned, I would need to make some changes in my life.
I'd probably have to get a nicer car. I'd need to buy more furniture for my house and throw some big shindigs with a band and a caterer. I would need to go on ski vacations whenever we have a long weekend and step it up with my kids so that they are superstars on whatever sports team they play on. Rec sports aren't enough for these ladies, if your child isn't on the TRAVEL team, then they just aren't cutting it. I'd have to for girl's nights at nice restaurants and talk about my shoes, and my yoga classes and the which spa resorts are the best.
If I did all that my husband would kill me. But I guess I could push him a little harder, like these ladies do to their husbands, so that I can be provided with all the things, that according to THEM, I deserve.
My husband and children might get pushed over the edge, but all these ladies would like me...and isn't that what matters? Being liked by the "right people?"
But wait! If THESE ladies liked me, then what would I do abut the people I know who's philosophy in life is the exact opposite? Then THEY would judge the hell out of me. Some of them already do, simply because I play tennis twice a week and had a cleaning lady many moons ago.
You can't win. Unless....you are happy with who you are. Which is what I'm working on.
So yes, those who judge...I see you rolling your eyes, I pick up on your snide comments. I'm trying very hard to ignore it, because sometimes I have to sit next to you at a dinner party, or soccer game. We can suffer sitting side by side because we share the same friends, but let's be honest...it's as painful for me to listen to you, as it is for you to listen to me.
I am who I am. Maybe I'm not the same as you, but let's face the obvious. If we were all the same, life would be a bore.
So In order to make life more tolerable for all of us, I'll make you a deal. To you, Mrs. Snobby Social Climber...I'll try to appreciate your love for the finer things in life, I'll rejoice in all your children's achievements on the sports fields and I'll be happy for you when you get a new Range Rover. Maybe, from you, I can learn to be a bit more ambitious. Thank you for teaching me abut the power of perseverance and determination.
In return, I'd appreciate it if you would stop judging me because I don't do things exactly the way YOU do.
Just because you THINK you know what's going on it someone else's life, doesn't mean you DO know.
Yes, I lose my temper, at my kids sometimes. Yes, my house is not always spotless. I work hard, but I also take the time to blog and go on Facebook. Oh, and I am under pressure too. We all are.
Bottom line is, I am very thankful that I have two awesome daughters and a great husband, who LOVE me, and eachother. Who are happy and healthy and most importantly, are KIND to others.
So cut me a break and maybe, just maybe, you can learn something from someone as imperfect and different from you as me.
I am who I am and you are who you are.
We can either choose to take it.
Or leave it....
In my next post, I PROMISE to give specifics on some of the ladies I'm referring to...there are some DOOZIES!!! But I really shouldn't judge, should I? ;)
Posted by Caffeine Court at 9:08 AM
I can tell you this. I love my friends, but I don't always love their taste in friends. Unfortunately every once in awhile, I am forced to interact socially with some people I would love to avoid like the plague.
(This is good, I can feel the my angry juices starting to flow....I'd better keep going...)
Have I told you about my town? If I haven't, I'll give you a little background. I live in a town where 80% if the people are loaded...if they aren't loaded, alot of them want to appear to be loaded. We have alot of Wall Streeters and they live in huge homes, with lots of land, take amazing trips, work out at the nicest gyms and have tennis courts and pools in their yards...(in addition to their country club memberships.)
I live in the part of town that actually has a teeny tiny bit of diversity. My neighborhood is NOT full of investment bankers. I tend to hang out with people in my own tax bracket. It's weird, but it just kind of works out that way.
I LOVE where I live. It's gorgeous, close to NYC, and the beach, the schools are awesome and my taxes are low. I do my thing and don't spend my time kissing people's butts, trying to get into the right clubs or attending fundraisers every Saturday night. To some people, that makes me of no use to them. They prefer to hob nob with people they deem "worthy" of their time.
What really stinks is when I have to sit next to these losers and make conversation at a cocktail party or girl's night out.
To be continued...
Posted by Caffeine Court at 5:24 PM
The official drawing is complete and we have a winner...
Congratulations to Kel at CafeKel for winning the $25 Starbucks card!!
Kel correctly guessed that the three bloggers I have had actual conversations with are:
Mrs. K who is a fierce competitor and gave me some awesome tennis tips during my singles slump last spring.
Clemson Girl who couldn't stand just reading my blog and corresponding via Facebook and decided to take our relationship to the next level.
And the artist formerly known as Mommyvents who is now blogging under a new name which I am not authorized to disclose. I love her already and I'm so glad she lives 5 minutes from me. Maybe, just maybe, we'll actually get really crazy and meet for a cup of coffee one of these years.
Kel, shoot me an e-mail at: email@example.com give me your address and I'll get that card out to you next week, when I return from my brother in law's impending nuptials in Vermont.
Speaking of that...let's talk about my my brother in law. After 45 years of bachelorhood, he has met the woman of his dreams and is making it official.
He reads this blog, so if you have any advice for someone entering into marriage...have at it!
I'll catch you all next week....I'll be off line, nursing my very sick daughter back to health and then partying for 3 straight days in the Green Mountain State!
When I return, I'm going to do a little venting of my own. Have I ever told you about some of the snobby social climbers in my town? No??? Well get ready for an ear full next week.
I'm on fire baby!
Posted by Caffeine Court at 5:57 PM
I'm sitting up completely wired from too much candy and excitement, so I thought I'd share a few Halloween photos with you.
Apparently I'm not up with the times in my neighborhood, because lots of houses were offering beer, wine and vodka to the adults. Who knew? Apparently I didn't get the memo.
Anyway, don't forget to check out my previous post.
Guess the identities of the bloggers I've actually had a conversation with and you could win a $25 Starbucks Card!! For me, that's WAY better than candy OR vodka.
(oh and by the way, my daughters are the goth girls...the other gals are their bestest friends...)
Posted by Caffeine Court at 12:48 AM