Monday, January 27, 2014

oh, monday. we meet again.


jacket: c/o oasap / white tee: forever 21 / scarf: c/o ecoshag / jeans: aeropostle / boots: c/o dsw shoes 

i really do like mondays. i really do. 

i just told that to ryan this morning. there is something new and fresh after a weekend to recharge to be able to attack another insane week of life. but this morning we were both feeling it.

the weekend was so good, that we decided that we really could tack on another sunday to the weekend. too bad, the rest of life or the calendar didn't decide with us, so here we go...facing another monday.

but like i said, the weekend was a good one. ryan worked late friday night, so once he got back home, there wasn't much time left for partying. so he crashed in early while i immersed myself into the world of nora ephron through this book. (and btw while reading it, i could hear meg ryan's voice the entire time that i read it. influence of you've got mail? i would think YES.) kind me an old lady but it was a wonderful way to kick off the weekend - inspired to write and direct clever movies and apartment hunt and book my plane ticket to NYC like yesterday. 

m o r n i n g || Starbucks is a good place. husband meets with his clients and I tag along so I can happily drink my vanilla latte and read in a comfy chair. everybody's got to do their part, right?  #instagood #igdaily #bookaddict #coffeeaddict

then on saturday, ryan had to drive to a starbucks about an hour away to meet with one of his he asked if i'd like to keep him company. duh! so i brought along nora so that i could find a corner to curl up with my book ( i was going to say nora but thought that might just sound plain awkward) and my vanilla latte. so i did find my corner but ended up talking to a super nice girl name joy who sells face skin cream and got me thinking about the need to start on anti-wrinkle lotions and crap 'cause hey, we are facing the big 3-0 this year. and my sensitive skin is already whacked, so it def got the wheels turning. plus i made a brand new friend, which is always a pleasant person to come across in my opinion. after joy left, i did have some time left to breeze through a few conversations with nora and soak in her life in the big city. 

and then ryan wrapped up his meeting and we headed out the door for our drive back home. we had plans for dinner and a movie later that evening but we discovered that we were driving past an AMC (and we also discovered it's the biggest AMC we'd ever been to. even bigger than the one in Chicago. 24 theaters, yo) so heck yes, made the drastic (okay, not really) turn to see Catching Fire.

now ryan hasn't seen the movie so i was ecstatic! and he ended up really enjoying it and it took everything in me not to say, i told you so since i'd be begging him to go see especially since he wasn't the biggest fan of the first movie. but with how much he loved the sequel, he pretty much said it, you told me so and so i left it at that because it made me happy.

and since you don't really need a detailed play by play of our entire weekend, i'll condense it with this:

1. went out to dinner to Applebee's and could have literally inhaled three more servings of the potato twisters with the queso dip. forget the entree. i wanted more queso.
2. watched Captain Philips and didn't breathe for most of it. also annoyed ryan by imitating Tina Fey who imitated Barkhad Abdi at the Golden Globes: look at me! i'm da the captain now! i might have done it more than a hundred times that night - and might slipped with a few more on sunday afternoon.

I'm the captain now!

3. dessert run to Kroger and came back with PB creme pie. we ate almost half of it. so good.
4. still thinking about the queso dip so i looked up a copy-cat recipe on pinterst. BOOM.
5. sunday morning church. always love worshiping with such a refreshing community of people.
6. wore the above outfit to church but really it's a uniform for the week. and THAT triangle scarf from my talented friend tania of ecoshag might be my new fave scarf. i say might 'cause this other black one is competing for my favoritism.
7. ate my leftovers from Applebees. continuing obsession over that queso recipe.
8. binge-watch Netflix and caught up on Parenthood (oh, my goodness - joel and julia, just stop. i can't handle it anymore)
9. took 2 cat naps. blissful.
10. had a really good future conversation with Ryan. those are my favorites. the kinds where we snuggle, maybe hold hands and talk about the future and dream together. no the kind of conversations tapered by worry or frustration. just dream.

so monday, can you see why? i don't hate you. just wanted to delay you one more day. but here you are, so i guess i need to roll up my sleeves and put my big girl pants on, the ones that have bring it written all over it.

much love.
{happy monday, friend.}


  1. You are the cutest. I adore your booties!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend! I totally want to hit pause on the weekend because it was good one!

  3. CUTE outfit! you have inspired myself for when it comes cold again soon. White Shirt with leather jacket.

    I love moments talking future with my hubby too. Many times its before bed if he is awake and talkative loL!

  4. I love those booties! Sounds like you had a great weekend. ;)

  5. Love this post!!! Gorgeous outfit!

  6. Awww, this was the cutest recap. And I totally agree with you about the Monday thing. Favorite day of the week! On that note, Happy Monday!

    A Silver Snapshot

  7. well that sounds like a pretty darn good weekend and a pretty yummy one too! let me know what wknd works for you for coffeeeeee

  8. I don't even know why in the world I order a main entree when there is queso in the mix.

  9. Haha now I'm craving pie and queso! Sounds like you had a nice weekend!

    An Unblurred Lady

  10. Definitely an inspirational look! I'm loving the leather - such a great staple piece - and your scarf compliments it so well. You're right on point here! Very stylish

  11. You are so cute. I totally agree that Mondays are not the worst: it's kind of refreshing to know the whole week is still in front of us. It really, rather, presents so much opportunity! Like having a new year's day on a weekly basis.

    Also that jacket is amazing. And I'll take 3 pieces of that pb pie please!

    Now on

  12. I'm not too crazy about Mondays but I love your take on it...Btw: those boots you're wearing are so awesome. I need a pair! Have a great one, sweetie.

  13. I'll admit, Mondays usually aren't my favorite because it just means the end of the weekend, but I also love your take on it because Mondays really are a great excuse to have a fresh start. :)

    Sounds like a great weekend!

  14. Your excitement is leaking out of this post Ilene, seriously. I am so glad you had such a great time and I hope you have a wonderful week!

  15. Cute boots.

  16. sounds like the funnest weekend! ...reminds me of my old pre-baby ones, ha!

  17. I love Monday's too! It's my day off, so that's why...


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