Posts tagged Maureen Kelly

december 2006

~On Wednesday night we had our annual tarte holiday party hosted by Maureen. It was an amazing time as always, this year we had a wine & cheese tasting theme with a cheese expert. Alexis (cheese-aholic) was in heaven and showed off all her amazing cheese knowledge and everyone else learned a lot and enjoyed themselves. Maureen and her husband Scott cooked an amazing dinner that everyone couldn’t stop raving about, followed by desserts galore! We really need to make this party a monthly event instead ofjust once a year.-erica

12/07/06
~We’re celebrating here at tarte—seal the deal (our lip sealant & supergloss duo) won a Redbook MVP Beauty Award!! This morning Maureen and I attended the magazine’s Third Annual MVP Beauty Awards breakfast at the Bryant Park Grill in NYC. It was so pretty and festive (and the food was delish)! Not to mention, there were so many fun beauty, skincare and haircare companies that were honored! From Dr. Brandt to Oscar Blandi, there were a lot of beauty gurus in the house! If you check out the December issue of the mag you can see all of the winners!-candace
12/04/06
~This past Friday the tarte team had the amazing oppurtunity to be a part of a Habitat for Humanity build. Along with a donation we decided to actually go and help out. We joined the QVC beauty team up in Coatsville, PA where Habitat was is in the process of rebuilding a community and creating some amazing homes for very deserving families! There was a lot of painting, sanding, hammering and Maureen was even hanging drywall! We had a great day and hopefully we’ll continue to be apart of this great cause. -erica

october 2005

10/31/05 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

~For some reason every Halloween my mind shifts directly to Christmas, specifically decorating for Christmas. I love hanging the lights and setting up little statues on the front lawn. This year, I found a new addition to my decorations stash- an
8 foot inflatable snow globe! I know, I know- it’s a bit much, but it looks so awesome!-maria

~I think I might have mentioned that I am a cheerleader every.single.year. for Halloween. I didn’t fail this year either–Saturday I went to a very fun party and my cheering was a success! I’m going to another party tonight and will be wearing the same costume–will I ever retire this?? Probably not! Pictures to follow for sure later this week!-lallie

10/26/05

~I went on a major room cleaning kick this past weekend…I ended up donating so many old clothes and 15 pairs of shoes! Even better is I finally cashed in all the loose change I had stored around my room. I filled up a giant bucket full of change and took it to a Coinstar machine and I ended up making $81!! That’s enough to get some new shoes to replace the ones I donated… remember to save your pennies ladies because it’ll pay off!-erica

10/25/05

~For all of you who haven’t heard yet, this Friday at 11 am eastern time Maureen will host tarte’s second one-hour show on QVC! Live television is so thrilling and exciting (and admittedly a little scary) but we are all starting to get the hang of it- especially Maureen, she’s a natural now! I hope you all can tune in and watch! (ps-you can watch it live on qvc.com…perfect little break from work, hee hee)-maria

10/24/05

~Had the best weekend, mostly because it was Phil’s birthday and I love coming up with fun gift ideas. This year there was a “five senses” theme, so every gift revolved around a different sense (dinner out for taste, a wine & cheese class for smell-also sort of taste, but I figured wine has a “bouquet”, a winter coat for touch, and tickets to Avenue Q for sight and sound). I wrote a bunch of funny little poems, hid them, and he had to figure out what each gift was. He loved it and I think in the end his birthday was as fun for me as it was for him!-alexis

~Growing up we always had Chinese food on Sunday nights and last night I had the best Chinese dinner from this restaurant called
Baumgart’s in Englewood, NJ. SOOOO good!! It’s an old diner and is so cute inside. Plus, the food is amazing! I even have leftovers for lunch today. I might just have a new Sunday night tradtition.-lallie

10/21/05

~This might be ridiculous but I just heard that Barbie & Ken are contemplating a reconciliation after their split two years ago! I was always a Barbie & Ken fan so this is a good thing. I still can’t believe he cheated with Skipper! This is definitely something I will be following-hehe. So silly!-alexis

~A few years ago tarte participated in a charity event in North Carolina and I flew down to do a young girl’s makeup for the affair. Her name is
Sherilyn and she was in remission for leukemia and came back out last year, having to undergo lots and lots of treatments which eventually led to a bone marrow transplant. Now, she’s working very hard to get better but she can’t be outside and worst of all, she can’t have a real Christmas tree this year so I’m hoping to help raise some money so we can send her a nice artificial tree so she can have a wonderful Christmas!-lallie

10/20/05

~While Lallie may have the ‘mind and soul’ treat for the day, Leonie covered the ‘body’ treat of the day – she brought us in white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory! If there is one thing you need to know about us tarte girls, its that NOTHING makes us happier then cheesecake from The Factory!-maria

~Today Lallie has a special treat for us-she is going to be leading a yoga class at lunch! I haven’t done yoga since college, so I’m really looking forward to it. All of the tarte girls will be doing it. I could use a little zen and relaxation!-nicole

10/19/05

~I haven’t had any good Chinese food at a REALLY nice Chinese restaurant since I moved here. Thanks to the very kind and thoughtful tarte girls who surprised me last Friday with a celebration party for my marriage at Chin Chin I had the chance! I was so moved by their kindness. Even though I am very excited about the wedding at home (Hong Kong) in two weeks, I’m sure I going to miss them.-leonie

10/18/05

~This weekend I’m heading up to Binghamtonfor homecoming. I’m so excited for the beautiful autumn drive up Route 17. I can’t wait to see my friends, show Larry around campus, and have a relaxing weekend out of the City. Not to mention do some shopping and not pay hefty NYC prices!-nicole

10/17/05

~This re-imagined trailer for “The Shining” had me cracking up every time I thought about it this weekend. Whoever did this is amazing-love the musical cue, too. Just in time for Halloween!-alexis

~I went to the movies last night for the first time in months. I saw
The Aristocrats–so freaking funny but I had absolutely no idea what it was about when I went in. If you see it (highly recommended), go in with an open mind but be prepared to laugh your pants off!-lallie

10/14/05

~So my next challenge is bridesmaids dresses, and with 7 very different, very picky girls-the word “challenge” is definitely correct. Initially I was leaning towards greens, but I haven’t seen anything yet that really fits the green I have in my head. So now I’m leaning towards purple,a nice deep amethyst. It’s very tarte, too-how fitting!-alexis

~With all this rain I’ve been a clothes changing fool because I keep getting wet on the way to work. When I left work last night to go to yoga class I left my yoga pants here at the office. So…I had to buy a new pair at the studio. I’d actually been eyeing these pants called
Be Present for a while but just couldn’t bring myself to buy them and now I had a reason. I bought them in aqua and I LOVE them. Plus, they work for just kicking around on the weekends instead of jeans or sweats!-lallie

10/13/05

~I have always hated cold weather and rainy days. These two things are both occuring these days and has made my commuter life even harder. Thanks to one of my vendors from Korea who brought me a barley tea at HBA I can be in a little better spirits. This tea has brightend up many days and has definitely kept me warm. This kind of tea is my all time favorite!-leonie

10/12/05

~We are having some major rainy days here in NY and I know everyone hates them but I’ve always loved them. There’s something so soothing about rain and I can’t resist jumping in a few puddles, but something I can’t stand about the rain my are wet jeans! They are soaked and now I have to sit for the rest of the day at work waiting for them to dry out, I either need to start bringing an extra pair of pants on rainy days or invest in some cute rain boots! I think we know what option I’ll be going with…-erica

10/11/05

~One of the most fun things to do in the wedding process so far has been registering. It’s like making the longest, craziest Christmas list ever, except you actually have a chance to get some of the things on your list. You might remember that a few months ago I was desperately craving the pink Kitchenaid mixer . Well, I put it on one of our registries and lo and behold, a certain redheaded someone decided it would make a lovely engagement present. And it has!!! I already made apple cinnamon pancakes and I love just looking at it on the kitchen counter. Yay!!-alexis

~So this might seem silly to blog about but everyone I know (including me) seems to be getting sick with this fall bug. I went to my local health food store (my fave) and found this
immune support supplement. I’ve been taking it since Thursday and I can honestly say I haven’t gotten any sicker!! For those of you who feel a little under the weather, it’s worth trying.-lallie

10/6/05

~I had a great Rosh Hashanah. I spent it in Long Island with my grandmother. It was a nice bonding experience with her; she’s such a special lady! She also makes the best matzo ball soup of anyone I know. I tried to bring some back for Lallie (it’s her fave!) but it was all eaten! We talked, looked at family pictures, and relaxed. I told her I’d be back again next year to spend the holiday with her.-nicole

10/5/05

~Last week was a crazy yet exciting week! On top of the regular workload & HBA show, we managed to see houses and then bought one in Newtown, PA, unexpectedly. We visited the town this Saturday and found out it’s an amazing, cute and small town. We met an American couple who adopted their daughter from China 8 years ago , they told us there are at least 20-25 Chinese girls who were adopted from China in this town. We are so thrilled that we will be living in this town which is full of kind-heart people and can’t wait to move in!-leonie

10/4/05

~I am so excited because Rich (my bf) got a brand new puppy over the weekend! Her name is Rory and she is a lab/ pointer mix – and she is the cutest puppy I have ever seen! He adopted her from North Shore Animal League, which I think is awesome because there are so many great dogs, cats, puppies and kittens (including a lot of hurricane rescues) who need a good home. If you’re in the market for a new pet I highly suggest that you check it out! -maria

~This weekend I went to the Fall for Dance Festival at the
NY City Center. The Festival showcased 30 dance companies, 5 each night for 6 nights. It was such a great show – the dancers were sooo talented. And the best part – the tickets for every show – no matter where your seat was were $10 each. You can’t beat that! I highly recommend it for next year. I’m going to go more than one night!-heather

10/3/05

~Hey everyone-just wanted to tell you to check Maureen out on QVC’s Pink Ribbon Beauty show today (4-5PM EST)!! She’ll be selling our adorable Ladies Night kits (in 2 different colors) and 50% of the proceeds are going to the Young Survival Coalition. If you’re at work (like the rest of us tarte girls are) you can watch the show live on QVC.com! They think of everything.-alexis

~My brother’s band,
Washington Lane, was in a Battle of the Bands contest last night AND HE WON!! It was a unanimous decision on the judges part and they won $600 (and I think the opp to tour with the All American Rejects!). We’re still waiting on all the details but I’m so, so happy for him!-lallie

July 2005

7/29/05

~This week has been a crazy but really great one. Since Tuesday we’ve all been so busy and yesterday Maureen took the whole office out for a little Mexican fiesta and margaritas! It was such a nice treat. Go tarte!-lallie

7/28/05

~The whirl wind events of our QVC one hour debut are winding down. The whole day was so exciting, not only because we did so well but it was really fun to be behind the scenes of a tv show. Being backstage, seeing all the sets, meeting the host, prepping the models and hanging out in the green-room was so surreal. Plus a big big cheer for our gorgeous Lallie, who modeled like a pro!-erica

~So Maureen introduced all the pale girls in the office (including myself!) to my new favorite product-Comodynes tan towel. This easy to use little towel looks like a wet one and gave me a really natural looking tan in about 3 hours. It was so simple I thought it would be too good to be true! I highly recommend it for those fair skinned girls who burn up in the sun.-maria
7/25/05


~I had one of the best weekends of the summer. Had a bunch of my closest friends out to my parents house on Long Island and we just spent the whole weekend lying out, talking, playing games, and eating amazing food (courtesy of mom). The highlight was definitely playing “Celebrity” (sort of charades-like guessing game) on Saturday night. Truly, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen me pantomime Fozzie Bear or Anton Chekhov.-alexis

~This happens to me about once every three months–I get the travel itch and fantsize about going somewhere in Europe. Today I’m all about Santorini, the island in Greece. I’ve seen it on TV and read about it so much…beautiful! I hope my tax return gets here soon!-lallie

7/22/05

~Nice to have a break from the humidity! As a light breeze comes in from the window behind my monitor, I can’t help but daydream about chillin at the beach sipping a margarita. I think today I will daydream about being here -telly

7/21/05

~I can’t believe I’m a married woman! The wedding was great and we had such a fabulous time on the first part of our honeymoon. We went to the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MI. We had the best time!!! We ate, we drank, rode horses, played some golf, rode bikes, read books and danced the night away! Everyone treated us like royalty because we were on our honeymoon. I can’t wait for the second part of my honeymoon!! Details to follow for sure!-nicole

7/20/05

~A new yarn shop opened up in my town called, Purls of Yarn. I just picked up a class schedule and I can’t wait to get knitting again. They have refresher courses, which sound perfect for me and even Stitch n’ Bitch nights to just hang out. I need to drag some of my friends along so they can learn and stop making me knit things for them! -erica

~ This may sound weird to others, but I am actively planning our honeymoon instead of the wedding. We are down to two choices –
Australia where we can enjoy the sunshine and beaches in (brrr-cold) December or Japan where we (more specifically me) can shop like crazy and eat such good food! I wish we hadenough money and time to go to both places!-leonie

7/19/05

~I saw Wedding Crashers last night…shockingly good. Vince Vaughn is so funny–loved him in Old School too. It was such a great Monday night event and now I’m thinking I might have to convince my boyfriend that this is the new movie night!!-heather

~Well since I will always be a sorority girl at heart, I have to love these very chic looking accessories by
Tag and Tom. These two sorority sisters from Duke designed a line of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and belts all from bold colored pearls and ribbons (instead of clasps). What’s better- a portion of the proceeds from any pink jewelry sold goes to breast cancer research. See, sorority girls can do more then shop and talk about each other behind their backs!-maria

7/18/05

~So I made my official magazine debut this week! I’m featured in a story about people’s skin care routines in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Nothing too earth-shattering, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited, I’ve never seen myself in a mag before! I know, I’m such a dork. Also, the other 2 ladies mentioned in the article, Ji Baek & Lily Garfield, own boutiques that also sell tarte (Rescue Beauty Lounge & the Cos Bar)! Yay! Total tarte domination.-alexis

7/15/05

~Since I’ve been sick this week I’ve been on a major tea kick (I’m a tea addict but this week it’s been out of control). I’ve been drinking all sorts but my particular fave is called Provence Rooibus. It’s native to South Africa and comes from their red bush. All teas contain antioxidants but the red teas are particularly loaded. The only downfall, it’s decaf–but it hasn’t stopped me from drinking it all day! And I swear I feel better!!-lallie

7/14/05

~I’ve just about had it with this ‘Brangelina’ mess. Love Angelina: she’s great, she’s amazing and all that – and of course I love Brad: hot, and yea well that’s about it, but I am so tired of the drama. And not for nothing, but if any of its true I think he is a total (insert bad word here) for cheating on Jennifer Aniston. You want to be a dad so bad? Try being a good husband first, thanks.-maria

~Now that Maria is done ranting about celebs…One of my favorite websites to visit is PINK is the new BLOG, it’s a great place to catch up the latest celebrity gossip and hijinks. The pictures and captions are always so funny and it’s updated everyday!-erica

7/13/05

~I got to make the long journey out to QVC yesterday with Maureen and Maria. QVC is such an interesting place, it’s so funny to see someone on TV and then turn around and see them walking down the hallway. But the best part of the day was when all the meetings were over and we went to pig out at the Cheesecake Factory!-erica

~I am so excited that I’m moving in two weeks! We are moving to a much bigger apartment with tons more space which means I get to buy new furniture! I can’t wait to have a new couch to sit on–what a great excuse for shopping!-leonie

7/12/05

~I’m reading such a good book for my book club meeting on Thursday. It’s a new one called A Long Way Down =, by Nick Hornby. He’s the same guy who wrote About A Boy (one of my favorites!). I can’t put it down!-heather

7/11/05

~So the booze cruise got canceled because of the crazy tropical storm happening on Fri…sad! But it was just as well since my sinuses went crazy on Friday and I felt SO sick by the end of the day. Luckily I was better in time for Nicole’s wedding yesterday…which was SO nice! The food was amazing (the Thai cashew chicken, yum) and Nicole looked like a little china doll. Maria made fun of me for crying but I can’t help it-I’m such a dork when it comes to weddings. I’ll probably pass out at my own. Anyway, congratulations Nicole & Larry!-alexis

~I saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith over the weekend. Despite the tabloids and all the hoopla around the supposed scandal, it’s a really good movie. Highly entertaining and fun to see with a date. I went into it with low expectations but ended up enjoying it a lot! A definite “go-see”. -lallie

7/08/05

~Going on a booze cruise tonight on Long Island with my boyfriend’s family. Despite the dregs of the tropical storm that we’re getting in New York, I’m excited-last year’s was awesome. (Really, rain or shine, who can resist a well-mixed rum punch?)-alexis

~Since yesterday was chocolate day I decided to break out of my normal “I hate chocolate” mode (I know-shocking) and try some. Let me tell you all–I officially love
Lindt’s Pistachio Bar. No one in our office can believe it since I’m always so anti-chocolate but this one was good enough to make me a convert-for now at least!-lallie

7/07/05

~I took my mom to Manayunk this past weekend. It’s a cute little village in Philadelphia and has become my favorite place to go in my spare time. They have the best boutiques and restaurants. We had dinner at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant and I’ve started eating there everytime I visit Manayunk. I love their Chicken & Shrimp Christopher (an odd name but a wonderful dish with garlic, fresh herbs, onions and tomatoes)!-leonie

~Maria, being the good friend that she is, kindly informed me that today June 7th is Chocolate Day! So it’s ok for all of us to go out and eat some yummy chocolate, which is of course well deserved. Check out some other strange candy holidays
here.-erica

7/06/05

~I just heard that Cold Stone Creamery discontinued their cake batter ice cream – I’m beside myself. It was the best ice cream on the planet and if I’d known they were going to discontinue it, I would have stocked up with 20 “Gotta-Have-Its” in my freezer! Woe is me. Good thing their Sweet Cream flavor is pretty heavenly, I guess I can satisfy myself with that-for now.-heather

~I’ve been craving some authentic gelato for weeks and finally, this past weekend, the wait was over. My friend and I took our friend Patty to dinner for her birthday to this little Italian trattoria in Bronxville. The food and wine were soooo good, but it was all about the nutella gelato. Luckily there’s
Capogiro, a gelato maker who sells online and delivers straight to your door so my craving will never go unanswered for so long again! I order it for barbecues, dinner parties or just because-it’s the perfect summer treat!-maria

7/05/05

~Saw the best movie this weekend-anyone reading this has to go check it out immediately. It’s called Mad Hot Ballroom and it’s a documentary about 3 groups of fifth-graders in New York who compete in a ballroom dance competition. I can’t even do it justice verbally—just go to the site, check out the trailer and then go see it. So, so good.-alexis

~So I was back in Myrtle Beach this weekend and I found the best, best wedge sandals at
White House/Black Market. It’s sort of a hidden secret but I’ve been on a serious hunt for metallic wedges for the longest time and I walked right in and bought them. Now, I can’t stop wearing them!-lallie

june 2005

6/30/05

~Had drinks and dessert at Gramercy last night with Lex and Phil. Love Love Love! The city is so hot right now and it’s fabulous to cool off with a nice big mojito and their signature strawberry rhubarb cobbler….mmmmmm-maureen

~Last night Larry took me to one of my favorite restaurants in the city-Aqua Grill. Last week he took me to Hooters so he had to make up for it…hehehe…. For all of you fish and seafood lovers, you have to go there!!! We had the most amazing oysters, crab cake napoleons (a house specialty that you have to try), turbout with this amazing velvety fresh corn sauce with saffron , and Florida red snapper with a sesame vinaigrette and shitake mushrooms. For dessert we had the best deep dish peach cobbler I ever had. It had sweet strawberries in it and a crumb topping, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on and fresh strawberry sauce. YUM. I wish I could eat there every night!-nicole

6/29/05

~I had a mini getaway in Lake George this past weekend with Terrence and another couple. We spent the night in the Lake George Village and played mini golf & racing games. We had so much fun. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a nice weekend close by. We are planning on another getaway in Cape May for the upcoming long weekend. I hope the weather will be nice!-leonie

~I’m back from my two week vacation in Europe and I think I need another two weeks off to recover from it! Seven countries in 12 days was a bit much but I loved waking up in a new city everyday. I saw the most amazing sites, ate the best food, and shopped until I dropped.I can’t wait to plan another trip to go back to the places I loved like Lucerne, Lake Como, and Paris. I would love to retire on Lake Como.-Erica

6/28/05

~So the other night my boyfriend and I were driving back from Long Island and ended up listening to this radio show on WBAI 99.1 (in NY). It’s called Everything Old is New Again and they basically play old standards, show tunes, jazz, etc. We are now obsessed with the host of the show-he’s so knowledgable and just has the mellowest voice. In 2 weeks they’re doing a show of all Duets-we are totally submitting the song “Well Did You Evah?”(Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra, from the movie “High Society”) as our request.-alexis

~I seriously love restaurant week. I’m going to Blue Water Grill tonight with my old boss/friend from Showtime. I’m all over these specials! Can’t wait for the chocolate peanutbutter bar – i swear they knew I was coming!-heather

6/27/05

~It must be because it’s summer but lately I’ve been obsessed with sprucing up my back patio. We’ve been grilling out a lot lately and have a nice grill but it’s definitely time to get a new outdoor dining set. But they’re so expensive (other than a card table and cheap chairs) so I don’t know what I’m going to do! Maybe I’ll just start with some tiki torches.-lallie

~So I’m on the way to work when I get forced one of those free morning papers that I always try avoiding. But, I actually found an interesting bit of info I’d like to share. Boutique Overstock is just what it says; boutique clothes at a discount. They don’t have the most up to date stuff, but there are some really cute designer basics like jeans on here at a good price. Hope it helps!-maria

6/24/05

~It’s been quite a week-jam-packed with events, topped off with a big tarte meeting last night (that went rather well, I think!). I think I have earned some pampering for the weekend. I’ve been bemoaning the fact that there are no good manicure places in Brooklyn, but no more—they just put a Dashing Diva around the corner from me! I think the Spoiled Diva manicure (in Lolly Lilac) sounds about right. Happy weekend!!-alexis

~When I was at the beach with my mom we went shopping and this little boutique had the coolest jewelry. She bought an Energy Muse necklace and now I totally want one! Going back to the beach next weekend (yippee!) so I think I might have to get my own Energy Muse. Their story is really inspiring and my mom loves hers.-lallie

6/22/05

~So, my mom and my uncle’s whole family arrived last night after a six hour delay! I was completely exhausted when they came out of the gate. I really can’t believe the arrival area at JFK airport has no seating at all! Despite that, I am SO happy and excited to see them and have them here. It’s the first time in the past four years that I have so many family members visiting me at once.-leonie

~Last night Larry and I picked out wedding bands! Thin platinum for me and thick platinum for him. I had a dream that I missed my whole wedding! I can’t believe I’m getting married in two and a half weeks!-nicole

6/21/05

~I want to go to Europe- now, please! Seriously EVERYONE went to Europe this summer: my boyfriend’s brother just came back, Alisa just came back and now Erica is there and I’m becoming very jealous! I want to go to Poland and to Italy- definitely Calabria where my family is from and where they have the most gorgeous beaches. Buying a $1000 ticket is another story though-if only I could stop shopping!-maria

~I’m going to China Grill for restaurant week tonight – i’m so excited for the lobster mashed potatoes and I’m getting them whether they are on the prix-fixe menu or not! Last time I went with this group of girl friends, we closed down the restaurant because we were having so much fun. The manager had to ask us to leave so the waitstaff could go home!!-heather

6/20/05

~So the weekend was fun as anticipated, except I earned a special new record:the person who came closest to winning it all, and then choked at the last second. Twice I was 4-0 in bocce (against guys, no less!) and ended up losing the matches. And then I lost trivia by half a point!! (ME? Losing TRIVIA? The horror!) Still had an awesome time though. I am eagerly awaiting BBQ ’06 for my triumphant comeback.-alexis

~I’m proud to say that everything I said I was going to do this weekend got done! I overdid the yoga a bit though–two classes back to back Saturday and Sunday! Now I’m a bit sore but it was well worth it. Also painted my little nails with Lippmann Collection’s Whatever Lola Wants that instantly put me in a good mood! To my delight, this Monday isn’t so bad! Must have more weekends like this one.-lallie

6/17/05

~Despite the fact that I’m so overscheduled these days that it’s ridiculous, I’m excited about the weekend. Tonight I’m going to a beer garden in Queens for my friend’s birthday, tomorrow to a BBQ at my friend’s house on LI (where we will, as always, play poker, bocce, trivia, and other fun stuff) and Sunday to see both my AND my boyfriend’s families for Father’s Day and to celebrate my cousins’ graduations (from high school & Harvard, respectively, and yes, I know I’m braggy but it’s because I’m proud). Beer, bocce, and bbqs-sounds like a good weekend to me.-alexis

~Oh I’m so happy to be home this weekend! After being gone for two weekends in a row and being so busy this week my house is tornado like! Clothes, shoes, books- you name it-all over the place! I plan to relax, clean, study yoga and of course LAY OUT! You’d think that after reading five books on vacation that I’d be ready for a break-no such luck though. I’m reading such a good book that Heather so kindly lent me. Can’t wait to just be at home!-lallie

6/16/05

~This may seem unbelievable but I JUST got an air conditioning unit Monday! I’ve been sleeping like a baby for the first time in two weeks. That’s the closest to a complaint about the heat you’ll get out of me though, I love summer more than anything! Can’t wait to go to the beach on my summer fridays!-heather

~I can’t believe my wedding date is finally approaching after a year and a half year engagement! I am next, after Nicole! I’ve started getting nervous about the planning. Must push Terrence & myself to get things started. We need to pick a wedding song first though…Any ideas?-leonie

6/15/05

~Last night I went to Bloomies to do some shopping for my honeymoon. I wanted to get some sexy bikinis for our cruise to the Riviera. Mission Accomplished!!! I love the St. Johns collection this season, and at 40% off, I love it even more! I showed Larry what I got and he loves them. I think it’ll be a great honeymoon-can’t wait!-nicole

6/2/05

~On a whim this weekend I decided to go to a huge flea market up in Connecticut. I’m so glad I did because I scored some great deals on a few pieces of vintage bakelite jewelry and added to my collection of vintage cosmetics! My favorite thing that I got was an old Gloria Vanderbilt scented powder compact, it’s just like the one my Grandmother used to carry.-erica

~We had a house warming at a friend’s place this weekend. The American style barbecue was so nice. We also played “President & ***hole” & “Pictionary” get-together games. That was my first time to play that kind of game in America and I am totally loving them. They reminded me of when I used played games with my friends when I was younger. -leonie