Thursday, March 12, 2009

Things That Make Me Smile

I love pausing to reflect on what makes life so sweet.

I am not always as grateful as I should be, but I want to make it a good practice in my life, and
I think it's the perfect Friday blog topic.

So, here are 10 things, both personal and general, that have made me smile this week:

1) First and foremost: Friends, new and old.
In college and one's early 20s, things are so transitional that it's easy for relationships to be mercurial, sidelined, and more complex than necessary. Despite this, I've recently reconnected with MBM, JKB and LAB, and it makes my heart so glad. I've also been thankful to make some new friendships in the past year that become stronger and deeper each day: TAG and GAS, this means you! And my old standbys, who always encourage and support me and make me feel worthwhile, you are treasures!

2) Lilly Loving.
Wearing Lilly just feels right, especially in Spring. I can't imagine approaching warm weather without some shift dresses at hand. I loved meeting fellow enthusiasts and picking up some new LP items on Tuesday night, and am delighted to be part of the great cult of Lilly Lovers!

Here I am in Lilly last summer after brunching in Brooklyn with my dear (and much missed!) friend EP

3) Changing my Body.
A week and a half ago, I decided it was time for change. I joined Crunch and (I'm a little embarrased to admit this) Weight Watchers. I've been sick with a bad cold so I have yet to make it to the gym, but I stuck to my guns with the WW food plan (thanks to TAG for her daily support!!!), and today I discovered that I've lost 5.4 pounds in the last week. I feel better already.

4) This Blog!
I derive so much pleasure out of writing these posts, and have been fortunate to receive lots of support from friends as well as positive responses from readers. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and engage with this. I appreciate and welcome your comments!
And speaking of readers, today I passed the 500-reader milestone! It's a humble number, but for a rookie like me it's incredibly gratifying to see.

5) Zooey Deschanel's sunglass line for Oliver Peoples.
When you huff and puff on the lenses, red lips appear! They're silly, slightly tacky, and don't come cheaply, but they're just about making life fun and it's an approach we would all do well to embrace more.

6) The Snarky Longchamp Bag.
See above. TAG's baby sister has also posted about this! Great minds think alike!

7) Moschino's Meatpacking mini-dresses-as-hot-air-balloons Window Display.
Weird but also whimsically wonderful. Dresses + hot air balloons. What more could you ask for?

8) Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's imaginary friend, "Amy"

9) The Partners and Spade Drawathon.
My friend MVG and I both adore Kate Spade and were excited to hear that Kate's (possibly lecherous) husband Andy opened his own shop, so we checked it out on opening weekend and even spotted the man himself. This weekend, artist Jason Polan will be in-store to draw whatever you request in the revered medium of Sharpie and paper for $20 a pop.
All Aboard the H.M.S. Booze Cruise!

10) Bowling!
I have three standing dates in March to go bowling with friends. I love bowling but previously haven't much luck rounding up a gang, so I've been relegated to bowling on Wii Sports; let's just say, virtual is not the same as actual, because I've never bowled a 300 in real time!
Watch out, Bowlmor Lanes! Mama's ready to go!

Life is so good. And Spring is in the air. Happy Weekend!



Sunshine In The City said...

Love the bag, love the glasses & looking forward to seeing you tonight!!!

JGIWC said...

I love you and am so proud of you. You are so beautiful inside and out. I knew the blog would be an instant success!

Emma said...

I just found your blog via JGIWC. I love it!

.joy.and.alanna. said...

Do not be embarassed about joining Weight Watchers!! It works for so many people and if you start posting about it, you'll see what a huuuge percentage of the preppy blogging community loves it! I personally prefer to just count my calories, but I know that weight watchers works very well for people who aren't familiar with dieting (i have, unfortunately, been on a steady one for the past 8 years) look gorgeous in your pics, and congrats on your weight loss!

CJM said...

TO SITC and TAG: Can't wait for bowling tonight!

To Emma and JAA: Thanks so much for your encouragement and compliments! I'm grateful to have you as readers and hope you'll keep coming back. I look forward to catching myself up on your blogs, too, and becoming a loyal reader!