In case it wasn’t clear from me posting this late in the day, it’s been another wild week. I’m extremely excited for the long weekend ahead, particularly because I don’t have a whole lot planned. It’s my first unscheduled weekend since April, so I’m pretty pumped. Here’s what else is on my mind:
- Help for Harvey Victims: The largest storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years continues to wreak havoc, devastating thousands of homes and displacing countless residents. As always, I urge you to donate anything you can to help the victims affected — particularly because Harvey’s on his way to Louisiana next. No matter which causes you care about, I think we can all agree this is one worth giving to.
- A USF Weekend: My good ol’ alma mater kicked off the college football season against San Jose State this past Saturday, and I had an absolute blast with about a hundred others at the tailgate and game. Bonus: We came back for a win, 42-22! Then on Sunday, we went wine tasting with a new friend, who we met while volunteering the weekend prior, and who happens to work for USF. Small world. Go Bulls!
- Wattle Creek Winery: That wine tasting I mentioned? Wouldn’t you know, it was right in SF’s own Ghirardelli Square. I generally avoid that tourist trap like the plague, but when I learned our new friend is a member — and I am too, via a sister winery — I just had to try their Sunday Funday promo. And, a Ghirardelli sundae after a few glasses of wine doesn’t hurt either.
- “Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift: Uh, duh. Seems like you can’t go more than an hour since its release Friday without hearing it, or uncovering all of the hidden meanings, or seeing all of the records it’s breaking. As for me? I’m guilty, guilty, guilty on all accounts. I don’t love every single lyric of this one, but damn, Taylor does it best when she’s pissed.
So, um. I move to San Fran in TEN DAYS. To say I’m ready would be a flat-out lie, so let’s just keep on procrastinating with these four finds:
- FALL.: That’s right, white girls can officially rejoice in a few days because the weather is changing and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back! I’m personally just excited to sweat a little bit less … call me crazy.
- New York Fashion Week: With the emergence of fall also comes NYFW — a shining, glittering beacon for all the aspiring Miranda Priestlys of the world. I’m not super in-tune with the trends, but this color palette has me admittedly giddy.
- Van Diemens: I can’t believe I’ve never publicly obsessed over this bar … it’s been a steadfast go-to for a solid year! My alumni group hosts events here, and it’s also where my going-away party will be Saturday night 😥
- “Here I Go Again” – Audra Mae: I heard a snippet of this cover during a Bravo promo, and I am totally hooked. It’s raw and real, and I can’t get her voice outta my head.
Now that our blood-sugar levels have reached extraordinary highs and those gorgeous bouquets are starting to look sad, it’s time for your weekly dose of random.
- These Shoes: My monthly picks from Shoedazzle are usually pretty cute, but this month’s Mulberry wedges just begged to be bought. Took them for a test run today, and they’re simply perfect.
- Advocating for USF: The Florida Senate has proposed cutting $128 million (or 60%) from my Alma Mater’s budget, and — whether it were USF or any other institution of higher learning — I find it appalling. Take action here.
- “Humpty Dance”: I wake up with a song in my head each day, so it’s no surprise that this was today’s. It’s been playing on constant loop, just rolling around the ol’ noggin … why not celebrate it?
- The Cast of “Greek”: The show ended last year, but its cast is doing well — Evan Chambers stars in “Are You There, Chelsea?,” Katherine is part of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros,* and Beaver was on “Glee” and Dale on “New Girl” this week! Just makes me wonder what Cappie and Casey are up to?
Hope you’re all surviving the VD Day hangover and haven’t succumbed to a chocolate-covered coma.
The extra sound effects absolutely make this song.
*Special thanks to my good friend, April, who pointed out this fun fact!