Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday Hopes & Dreams

Hey Loves,

So I think it's safe to say that the holiday season is upon us!  And Black Friday is just two days away!!  EEK!  Who's ready??  Well I'm going to give you some Black Friday tips and tricks to stay sane!  Take it from a Jersey Girl (so you know that this is legit) who has seen more than her fair share of Black Friday FailWhales and Fantasies come true.  My first Black Friday Survival Tip is:

  •  Have A Game Plan-Just like in life if you don't know what you're looking for, you will wander aimlessly.  And let's be frank, while I get that not all that wander are lost...MOST are!  You need a plan people!  Here is my plan.  While I love me a deal, I also believe that Thanksgiving is a time to be with the ones you love.  Stores shouldn't be open on Thanksgiving.  It's just not right.  Thanksgiving is for eating with your family and drinking bubbly with your Lovies.  So I will be at the mall at midnight.  So here's my guide for making a plan.

  • Know What You Are Going To Buy.  I always buy things for myself on Black Friday.  No, not because I'm self-centered, but because usually I have all of my Christmas ideas for my loves in my head and will pick them up when the sales really increase so I can get more bang for my buck.  Ok, so I want this sweater from Gap.  Isn't it cute, cozy, and cuddly?  Yes, yes, yes. It's being fitted into a fabulous outfit I'm cooking up for an upcoming holiday trip.  I'm gonna do navy blue.
My second buy is going to be this top from Old Navy.  For the same holiday trip but Day 2.

So cute and versatile!  I can wear it by it's self with jeans for a casual day or with work pants for a festive but professional look.  (Also good for public school where you can't wear your beloved Santa Accessories...tears)

My third buy is going to be a leopard print scarf.  GASP! A Jersey Girl without a leopard scarf?  Be still my beating heart.  Just kidding!  I own one, but it's more of an outdoorsy scarf and I need a more drapey every day one.  You know?  I don't have a pic because I'm gonna find a cheap one somewhere.  Maybe Charming Charlie's?

My final buy will be emerald earrings!  Aren't they fab and festive?!!  I love love love emeralds and I realized I don't have any emeralds.  Why?  Oh because last Black Friday they sold out!!  NOT COOL MACY'S NOT COOL!  I'm still looking for a great pair/style/size.  

  • Have A Budget.  As a grad student who is working as a sub and saving every penny for her student teaching semester I have about a $100 budget for Black Friday.  I am going to leave the plastic at home on Friday!  By having a budget you will feel more in control of your shopping and life in general.  Take it from a reformed Spendthrift Suzie...budgets are the way to go folks!

  • Have A Time Table.  I know that I want to be out of the mall by 2 am because a) I need sleep b) I have a jam packed Friday!  c) I will waste money if I'm wandering around being overstimulated by sales.  Just not a great place for a recovering shopaholic.  

  • Have A Game Plan.  I know that I will first hit up the department store to get my earrings.  I will then head down to Gap followed by Old Navy.  I will then probably go look around for my scarf quickly but if I don't find anything I'll go home, sleep, try again in a few hours at an accessories store like Charming Charlie's.  

  • Pre-Shop.  I can't stress this enough.  People think I'm crazy for doing this but I do it!  On Wednesday, aka Thanksgiving Eve, I will go to the mall and walk around and get a feel for my size (cuts shopping time 60%), how the item looks (I can't stress how important this is.  Not everything I want looks cute on me.  And that my friends is why God invented dressing rooms.  This way I can know before hand if I want to use my budgeted cash on it or if I want to find something new to buy), and most importantly WHERE THE GOODIES ARE!  I think this is the most important.  Geography!  On Black Friday efficiency is your best friend.  Know where the desired sweater is.  Chances are that if you go to the mall on Wednesday the item will still be in the same place when you return 36 hours later.  On Game Day, you can find it quickly and since you have already tried it on you can just bounce straight to the ever growing check out line.  

  • Take Someone Else You Shops On Your Level.  This is probably the fourth most important survival guide (Budget, Plan, Pre-Shop in that order).  This is not Dane Cook's B&E.  Don't take someone who doesn't want to be there.  I love my mom but she is NOT my shopping spirit animal.  She is a great person to take a lovely leisurely Sunday shopping stroll with, not the girl you want in the trenches with you.  Take a friend, take your dad, take a sibling.  Know your people.  Side note, this is probably not the best time to introduce your Significant Other to the wildly combative warrior that is you on Black Friday.  You better be on a whole new level of commitment before you show him this side of your crazy.  I'm talking you've already shown him you sans makeup, you watching sports, you eating wings, you ugly crying because your jeans don't fit, you getting lost, a temper tantrum over something mundane, you during grad school, you in sweats, you with roots...ALL things that are you at your lowest.  Then maybe, after marriage, joint bank accounts, a few kids, and vacations you introduce him to Black Friday you.  Never before!  You're welcome for this little tidbit of advice.  Also, don't take anyone who utters the phrase, "I don't even know why people go Black Friday shopping.  I mean, the best deals aren't even on Black Friday..." This person isn't your Black Friday Significant Shopping Other.  This is a person who you maybe take with you to get your lamp rewired.  Not a shopping buddy.    

  • Shopping Outfit.  This is a very important (vain albeit) aspect of your Black Friday shopping experience.  I wear the same thing every year.  Mall outfits are hard because it's -5353646 degrees outside but 10000000 degrees inside.  Add that high temp to the 2000 people at the mall and you are walking into an inferno people.  I suggest this outfit.  Black turtle neck, down vest, jeans, and Uggs.  This way you stay warm but you have mobility.  This is a great combo.  No heels ladies, come on.  We need full foot function to turn on a dime, run, fight someone who stole your deal, wait patiently in line, and remember it is going to be late and you're going to be carrying a few extra lbs from that dalish dinner you just enjoyed--not a stellar heels combo.  

So I hope this helps you enjoy one of my favorite holidays of all time!  Also I want to thank Smartphones because now I can stand in line with my phone and Pin, Tweet, Text, Facebook all my friends and deals!  Curing boredom since 2009!  So happy hunting!  

Do you guys have any cool tricks or tips for surviving Black Friday??!!

Happy Shopping!


P.S.  Here's a video of me doing my Black Friday shopping!! (Okay, it's not really me, but I think we can all attest that she is my Black Friday spirit animal)  (gap sweater) (old navy top)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What the COMPS really feels like

Ok, yesterday was the Comps and they were not that bad!  I think the hardest part is writing 15 pages in 4 hours.  Not for those weak of heart.

When I first got there (at 7:55 time was 8:30...but we're SPEDs aka super Type A) I had to park in the visitor lot and therefore the most direct pathway was blocked with bushes.  Well, I was mad because I had to be up early (gross) and it was cold (double gross) so I sang "I came in like a wrecking ball" and walked through the Great Wall of Bushes.

I met my other Type A friend (ok, we're all Type A-ers) at the door and then a bunch of our other friends came.  The only problem?  The doors to the testing center were locked and our IDs didn't work.  FAIL WHALE.  So we finally ended up convincing some Christmas Angels (identities will remain a secret to protect the innocent) and getting into the school.  We then all sat together and studied and studied and studied and freaked out and the studied some more.

At 9 the testing festivities began and I contemplated running from the building multiple times.  I persevered though.  The sound of 40 Type A girls typing at full tilt frenzy was deafening and annoyed me multiple times. I think it should also be noted that I wore my The Best Is Yet To Come tee yesterday.   (I also completed the Spandex Week tradition with yoga pants and a pair of Ugg slippers that I got in 2006)  For all of you non-SPEDs Spandex Week is a week in which all SPEDs refuse to wear pants with zippers as a formal (or informal) protest of the Comps.  I wore a combo of leggins and yoga pants. I only wore zipper pants once because I had to go to work.  Returning to zipper pants was hard today.

After the test it was like a huge breath of fresh air.  No more stress, just relaxing holiday time!

*My hand did resemble Chandler's after he played PacMan for hours*  

This is how we felt after the Comps!  

Photo Source: (Chandler) (Anchorman)

So happy Sunday!!


This is the first Sunday in a month where I didn't do any school work!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US! Comps Edition

Hey Friends,

So this is Comps Week at TCNJ.  Wahhhhh.  Comps week is the week leading up to the SPED (Special Education) grad school exit exam.  Anyway, we've all been on edge and are about .00000453253 seconds away from a complete nervous breakdown 100% of the time.  Fun times!  So here is a list of reasons why YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US IF:

-If you are wearing pants with an actual zipper.  High fives all around for leggins and yoga pants!

-You haven't been brought to tears by the simplest things.  Guess what Autocorrect?  Maybe I DID mean to type Rhanks!  You don't know my life!  I don't need (sniffles) this kinda (tears.  Actual human tears) pressure in my life right now.  (Full on waterworks) I don't need you to criticize me, too.  (Rub LC worthy mascara tear from your eyes)

-Your hair is brushed, combed, straightened, curled, styled, etc.  Just NO!  Say it with me, "Messy bun.  Spray.  Repeat.  Every Day!"

-Your heel height is anything but flat.

-You eat less than 2,500 calories a day.  Bread.  Cheese.  Carbs.  Chocolate.  A constant rotation of these bad boys are now your diet.

-You don't drive around with an open box of Entenmann's chocolate chip cookies from Heaven, blaring Michael Buble's Christmas CD on full blasty blast, with your grad student friend (you can only hang out with these people now because they know your truth.  They also know that 9 am study dates are where it's at).  You roll your windows down to share Mr. Buble's heavenly, velvety angel voice because "Just because we're miserable doesn't mean the rest of the world should be denied the pleasure and joys of Christmas!"

-You're happy and/or smiling.  Don't come near us with your merriment.

-You're non-SPED friends have seen you lately.

-Finding out your desired sweater for today's leggin ensemble isn't dry doesn't make you cry.

-After said sweater incident occurs, you look through your bleary, teary eyes to see your mom's shirt hanging (dry) and you ask her to borrow it so you don't have to put on the enemy (pants with zippers) because let's face it, you've been through enough and it's not even 8 am yet.

- You don't use phrases like "I remember a time when I was happy.  It was fleeting, but I remember it."

-You aren't melodramatic...see above

-You listen, pay attention, participate, remember your supplies for class.  Not this week!  Attendance is your contribution.  Even if you are present but not all here.  That's acceptable.  Staring blankly at your professor also communicates multiple phrases including but not limited to:  I understand, yes, no, why am I here, what do you want from me, pink, classroom discourse, and any other answer that is desired of you.  Coherent sentences are optional this week.

-You have time to answer your texts.

-You process information at a normal speed without having to say "What?" three times.

-You haven't made any Post-Comp Night Out plans yet.

-You are caught up on any current television shows, magazines, movies, global happenings.

-You haven't had or are on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

-You know what a normal nights sleep is like sans nightmares about failing the Comps.

If you can truthfully attest to being able to do any of the aforementioned things, this week you most definitely CAN'T SIT WITH US!

SPED ladies hold on...T-4 days!  If you see any SPEDs i.e. TCNJ zombies, give us a hug.  We need it.

hugs and kisses,


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Why Grad School Is The Worst Boyfriend Ever

So grad school is...kicking my butt.  I'm 100% over it.  I'm not having a good time and I feel like the life is being sucked out of me.  Not fun.  Not even a little.  Not even at all.  Here's a list of the ways that Grad School is the worst boyfriend ever.

-You will leave your boyfriend's house (aka grad school) in tears at least once a week.  Not just little glistening ones, but full on waterworks.
-Your boyfriend (grad school) is difficult.  He's not very nice and he doesn't care.
-Your boyfriend (grad school) wants all of your attention.  You can't hang out with anyone else because all of your time is consumed with making them happy.
-Everyday you question why you two are together.
-You can't break up with him (grad school) because your cd's are in his truck (jk I just heart Dane Cook)!  You can't break up with him because you want him and he will be so attractive on your resume.
-You now owe him money. You wonder how you bought the $125,000 con and now realize that you owe him your life)
-He (grad school) keeps promising that next week he will be better.  He just has a lot on his syllabus (plate) this week.
-It doesn't get better next just realize you have a whole different relationship (more school work) problem to face.
-No one is sympathetic to your situation because you chose this misery.
-Your friends, when grad School permits you to see them, are tired of hearing you complain about him.  -You are emotionally exhausted from staying up late with your grad School boyfriend and figuring out all of his problems.
-Grad School has made you ugly so that no one else wants to hang out with you.  You never knew that your eyes could have such big bags under them.  You never knew that you would have crazy stress induced acne again.
-You have nightmares about your boyfriend (grad school) all the time.  Seriously what happened to dreams about being a princess and eating all the candy you want and not gaining weight?  Where did those dreams go?
-You personally identify and dress like Carrie Bradshaw circa the depressing Mexican Best Friend Honeymoon in Sex and the City Movie.  Not exactly the kind of SJP fashion statement you were going for?  But your boyfriend (aka grad school) likes your new tired chic look.
-Your boyfriend (aka grad school) will constantly compare you to your other grad school friends...right. in. front. of. you.  You will be judged in front of your peers publicly.  You will then be expected to take it and use it to make yourself better.  You will feel bad about yourself and you will resent grad school because it is comparing you to your friends.  And you love your friends!!!
-Your self-esteem will be hit--HARD.  Your boyfriend (aka grad school) will destroy your self-esteem by giving you a B because your super awesome college self is just a drop in the pail in the grad school world.
-Your boyfriend will keep you up at night with worrying for COMPS, papers, work, projects, failing, passing, time...and the list goes on and on and on.
-You will become dependent on things like chocolate to get you through the day.
-Your boyfriend (aka grad school) makes you understand what Beyonce's delicious break up lyrics really mean.  You personally identify with Irreplaceable now more than ever.
-You wonder when you will feel like you are doing something right again.
-You and your boyfriend (aka grad school) don't have fun anymore...ever.
-You wish you weren't attracted to the pretty glow that is Grad School's attractive face.
-When your not with your boyfriend (aka grad school) you feel guilty and begin doing grad work.

The BONUS!  You become so close with your fellow bad relationship friends (aka grad school friends) that you bond over the most inane things.  I.E. You all now easily identifiable with your identical Zombie stares and are collectively rocking tired chic!  High fives for yoga pants and messy buns!

All in all you realize that Grad School is something you love and want but you just weren't prepared for how all encompassing and life draining this would be.  You are now a Dementor of fun and everyone knows to steer clear of you.


Dementor of Fun, Erin

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thankful for...

Today I am thankful for Geno's!  That was dinner tonight.  No Daddy Daughter Date is complete without a drive through South Philly for some steaks and fries!!  I am thankful that I can enjoy my Philly fare and spend quality time with the padre.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful for the Gym

Today I am thankful for my gym.  I used to go to a different gym that didn't offer classes, was full of unmotivating people, it was just blah.  It was cheap so I didn't mind paying for the membership even though I rarely went.  I would just work out at home and go on long therapeutic runs.  But NOW I love my gym!  I'm motivated to go, I have a good schedule, it's not too crowded, it's not intimidating, it's just right!  They have everything I want/need/love in a gym.  My friends? Check!  Zumba?  Check!  Pilates?  Check!  Spinning?  Check!  Total Body Class?  Check!  Weights that are not being hogged by goonsquaders?  Check!  Ellipticals?  Check!  Magazines for when I'm just looking to do a hike?  Check!  FOAM ROLLERS?  Check!  *Ermergerd I lerve form rorlers!  I just couldn't be happier and I love going (most of the time...let's be serious if eating popcorn and M&Ms on your couch while watching Christmas movies made you lose weight I would love that more than a sweat sesh)  But all in all I'm thrilled with my new gym!  I'm also thankful for the ability to work out and the free time to work out.

Day 14 of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful for Direct Deposit.  Honestly, who isn't?  You go to bed and wake up and BOOM money in your account!  That's the only motivation I have to get out of bed sometimes.  I'll gladly wake up those paydays to check to see if my check cleared yet!  It's really not a hassle to go to the bank and deposit my moolah but it just is nice to see your bank account go up once in a while, right?

Thankful For...

Today I am thankful for popcorn and M&Ms with cinnamon on top.  I just love chocolate and salty mixed together!  It tastes even better if you use Christmas M&Ms...just saying :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 12 of Thanks

Hey y'all!

Today I am thankful for Feminists!  Thank God for Feminists!  I am a proud, lipstick wearing, hair dying, women's rights loving, feminist.  I'm blessed to live in a country where feminists can be free to make a meaningful difference in the world!  Sometimes people think of feminists as man hating, bra burning, marriage hating women.  Not true.  My definition of feminist is a woman who is autonomous, self-sufficient, and doesn't need anyone to help her succeed and flourish in life.  Feminists lift everyone up, men & women!  I was never leery to call myself a feminist and I think my parents knew they were in for a feminist baby girl when they took me to see Pocahontas and asked what my favorite part of the historically inaccurate film was.  I answered, "That Pocahontas saved John Smith."  Oh boy!  They knew I was gonna be super feminist even at age 5.  In 3rd grade I chose to read and do a book review on a book about women's suffragist historical fiction.  I'm not trying to make any converts to the fem squad (but you are more than welcome) but I think that women's rights are incredibly important.  I'm all about supporting diversity in the workplace, in government, in medicine, in education, in law enforcement, and in the military.  Women's rights are important for everyone!  

Feminist Month at 1969 Exhibit at the Constitution Center in Philly!

Here is a list of my favorite Thank A Feminist Ifs:


If you are female and ...
 ... you can vote, thank a feminist.
 ... you get paid as much as men doing the same job, thank a feminist.
 ... you went to college instead of being expected to quit after high school so your brothers could go because "You'll just get married anyway," thank a feminist.
 ... you can apply for any job, not just "women's work," thank a feminist.
 ... you can get or give birth control information without going to jail, thank a feminist.
 ... your doctor, lawyer, pastor, judge or legislator is a woman, thank a feminist.
 ... you play an organized sport, thank a feminist.
 ... you can wear slacks without being excommunicated from your church or run out of town, thank a feminist.
 ... your boss isn't allowed to pressure you to sleep with him, thank a feminist.
 ... you get raped and the trial isn't about your hemline or your previous boyfriends, thank a feminist.
 ... you start a small business and can get a loan using only your name and credit history, thank a feminist.
 ... you are on trial and are allowed to testify in your own defense, thank a feminist.
 ... you own property that is solely yours, thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to your own salary even if you are married or have a male relative, thank a feminist.
 ... you get custody of your children following divorce or separation, thank a feminist.
 ... you get a voice in the raising and care of your children instead of them being completely controlled by the husband/father, thank a feminist.
 ... your husband beats you and it is illegal and the police stop him instead of lecturing you on better wifely behavior, thank a feminist.
 ... you are granted a degree after attending college instead of a certificate of completion, thank a feminist.
 ... you can breast feed your baby discreetly in a public place and not be arrested, thank a feminist.
 ... you marry and your civil human rights do not disappear into your husband's rights, thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to refuse sex with a diseased husband [or just "husband"], thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to keep your medical records confidential from the men in your family, thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to read the books you want, thank a feminist.
 ... you can testify in court about crimes or wrongs your husband has committed, thank a feminist.
 ... you can choose to be a mother or not a mother in your own time not at the dictates of a husband or rapist, thank a feminist.
 ... you can look forward to a lifespan of 80 years instead of dying in your 20s from unlimited childbirth, thank a feminist.
 ... you can see yourself as a full, adult human being instead of a minor who needs to be controlled by a man, thank a feminist.

So hug a feminist today everyone!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thankful For Our Vets

Happy Veterans Day!

To start:  a 4th grade vignette.
ME:  Boys and girls do you know what holiday it is today?
ALL: Veterans' Day!
ME:  Why is it important to celebrate and remember Veterans' Day?
Student A: To remember all that have served.
ME:  Yes, very good.  It's important to be thankful for them.  Anyone else?
Student B:  Yes we celebrate because they gave us our freedom and everything we want to do we can do because of them.
ME:  Yes, you are right.
Student C:  We should all say thank you to Uncle Si.
Other Students: Laughing
ME:  Yes, Uncle Si did serve in our armed forced.
Student C:  Yes he served in the Vietnam War.  He fought.  He calls it 'Nam though.
ME:  Yes, he did fight in the Vietnam War and sometimes it is called 'Nam.

And who said Duck Dynasty isn't informative?   Love 4th grade!

Anyway, today I want to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service!  Thank you for all that you do for us and all that your service will bring us.  We are so thankful and grateful for all of your service and your sacrifices.  We love you more than you will ever know!

My family's personal military background is interesting.  My paternal grandfather was a Captain in the USAF.  He flew B52's and my first semester in college I read about one of his missions in a book!  I was super pumped and shared my excitement with the class.  (They weren't nearly as excited as I was but, that is usually the case)  Love you Grandpa Kitley!  We couldn't be prouder of you!  We know you are flying around Heaven in your plane.  My maternal grandfather was in the Navy.

Personally, I have been a Navy girlfriend and let me tell you, it is the hardest thing in the world.  We need to also remember all of those serving at home.  The wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, girlfriends, boyfriends, fianc├ęs, and fiancees, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, grandparents who are home and holding down the fort.  They are heroes, too.

I'm thankful for the military men and women who fight to give us our freedoms, liberties, and everyday little things that we often times take for granted.  Thank you!  We love you!  Welcome home!  We support you always and pray for your safe homecoming!

In high school I studied under a fabulous teacher who taught a class on the Vietnam Era.  She brought in Vietnam Veterans to speak to us about their lives and careers and what it was really like to be soldiers.  The class was brilliant and it opened our 21st century eyes to a different world.  A world where the boys in our senior class would be drafted to war.  A world where we didn't all love our military men and women.  I learned a lot from this class.  The most important thing I have learned is to thank a vet and welcome them home.  They are the reason we are able to walk around this country freely.  They are the reason we are able to enjoy millions of little freedoms and happinesses. hot are our military men??  I swoon.  :)  Who doesn't love Navy Dress Whites?

So, from my heart to all our veterans,  Happy Veterans' Day!  Thank you to all who have served.  All who are serving.  And all that will serve.  WE LOVE YOU!  We wouldn't be here without you.

Love Always,


10th Day of Thankfulness

I'm one day behind so today I'm going to be doubly thankful!  Today (Nov. 10) is Lilly Pulitzer's Birthday!!  I'm thankful for Lilly and her inspirational story, creative genius, and for dominating the fashion world as a woman in an era when men ruled the world.

Lilly was a Palm Beach Princess who was born to upper class socialites and a classmate of my idol, Jacqueline Kennedy.  She married Peter Pulitzer and had three children.  After her youngest child was born she began selling juice (from oranges/grapefruits from her husband's plantation) on a trendy avenue in Palm Beach.  She needed something to wear to hide the juice stains so she made simple little shifts.  Ladies were interested in buying her dresses so she began selling them.  The dresses took off and Lilly became a huge success!  Pretty preppy patterns came to fruition and celebrities and socialites starting wearing her things!  Lilly Pulitzer's brand went to the next level when Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing her gingham dress.  Since Jackie was the fashionista of the 20th century, every woman in the world wanted this dress.  Lilly then became an international fashion icon.  In the 1960s fashion world men ruled all.  Preppy wasn't as prevalent and it would be a few more years until Ralph Lauren would bring preppy style to the public sphere.  Lilly was it.  She was also the perfect antidote to  the burgeoning American fashion and beauty empire.  *History dork time* Post WWII, America was the wealthiest country in the world and we had an increase in power and the disposable income to invest in American fashion.  Also, the rest of the world's economies were not doing so well.  America was rich!  We had our boys coming home from Europe and we had the GI Bill.  Women, more and more who were working to make ends meet because of the war (and some who enjoyed working) had disposable incomes for the first time ever.  Women's dollars were now buying more than just dough, they were buying dresses!  Lilly's were what they wanted!  Lilly started her brand with a friend and after her divorce from Peter, she used it as a financial lifeline. Lilly also helped friends open satellite stores in trendy southern and northern beach towns.  These friends were often divorcees who needed the income.  Women from all over the world flocked to upscale retailers to scoop up their coveted Lillies!  In the '80's Lilly Pulitzer closed its doors for financial reasons.  In the early 90's the Lilly Pulitzer brand was revived and the flagship store opened in King of Prussia PA!  And Lilly was brought to a whole new generation of Lilly Lovers!  Lilly stayed on as creative director and gave birth to a new vision of modern, sophisticated, preppy happiness.

Every June there is a fabulous gathering of Lilly Lovers who meet up to shop the sales/steals/deals at the Oaks Convention Center.  I went last year for the first time and I was overwhelmed by how fabulous it is!  There is the iconic Lilly jeep, and a line out the door of Lilly crazed girls!  Everyone dresses in their Lilly finest and shopped til their little pink and green hearts were content.

So here's to Miss Lilly and her fabulous love of all things fun!  Lilly made clothes for women and girls who define their personal style as, "sophisticated and refined, yet at the same time, fun and flirtatious,".  And isn't that the best way to be?  I think yes!  So to quote Miss Pulitzer:

"Wear pink and make all the boys wink!"
"Life's a Party, Dress Like It!"

1. “I was a gypsy, living a carefree life of ponies and tennis.”
2. “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”
3. “Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.”
4. “It's always summer somewhere.”
5. “If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
6. “Being happy never goes out of style.”
7. “I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy ... fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks!”
8. “I didn't set out to be unusual or different. I just wanted to do things my way.”
9. “That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.”
10. “Jackie [Kennedy] wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy.”

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Photo Credit:

So Happy Lilly Pulitzer Birthday,

Lilly Pointe Shoe In Saratoga...I Died!

Close Up...Love That Pink and Green!

Lilly in Nashville<3

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 9 of Thanks


Today I am thankful to live so close to the best city in the world:  Philadelphia!  I love Philly so much!  Have you ever heard people say that they don't think they could live too far away from the beach?  The mall (this girl)?  Wegman's?  Well I can't live too far away from a city Philadelphia.  I just love Philly!  Philly has everything you could ever want and need in life.  I try to get to the city at least 3 times a month.  I live about 20 minutes away from the city and it's perfect.  I can take the train in, drive in, or if the parentals are feeling extra sweet that day they have been known to drive me in.  I just love the city.  I like the city for many reasons.

1.) Historical Reasons--Philly was the birth place of America!  Many famous historical faces are from Philly and I love walking around Old City and stating with certainty that "Ben Franklin walked here!" or "I'm fairly certain that this Starbucks was Betsy Ross' fav!"  Philly is a history dorks dream!  I've been on every tour, seen all the sights, and still can't get enough!

2.) Walkability--I love exercising and Philly is a great place to walk around to get some cardio while catching up with friends and wandering into one of the many incredible shops.  I like to just wander the city with my friends and just see where we end up.

3.) Sports!!  This could easily be my number one reason to love Philly but I reserved it for number 3.  The energy surrounding Philly sports is INSANE!  Literally the craziest thing you will ever be a part of in your life.  Some people say that we're rude (true...we boo the other team when they are announced), insane (see line above), and too devoted (not a bad thing).  Philly to me is home of the greatest phans in the world!  My favorite of all the Philly sports are the Phillies!  I'm a baseball girl.  I'm completely at home just eating my Chickie's and Pete's crab fries and then devouring (I've actually walked around the entire stadium to find one) a funnel cake.  (Pitcher's report on Valentine's Day just so you know :))  Our lives revolve around sports and we wouldn't have it any other way.

4.) The shopping--Ok, I could write an entire blog about Philly shopping but I won't...not today anyway.  So I'm just going to list my favorite places:

Tiffany's-American Classic
Zara-Kate Middleton wears this...nuff said.
Walnut Street shops-All of these places are fantastic!

5.) Nightlife-I am not the biggest fan of clubbing and drinking but I love hanging with my girls and from time to time we've been known to party it up.  Last night we went to Cuba Libre in Old City.  Mucho Fun!  The drinks were dalish---I'd recommend Red Sangria!  Salsa dancers came out to perform for the crowd and you could watch them from the upstairs balcony (what we did).  The decor is also fantastic!  It made me feel like I was in Havana in 1959.  Beautiful!  Some of my other favs:

  • G Lounge-Swanky Club, expensive, but you most likely will see an athlete or someone famous who is shooting in the city here.
  • Tavern 222-the best shots in the city.
  • El Vez-Best Mexican food in the city.
6.) Culture-So many great museums to see!  Parks to visit.  Ballet's to watch.  Shows to take in.  My favorites:
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Constitution Center
  • The Kimmel Center
  • Academy of Music
  • Wachovia Center (for the popular concerts)
  • The Barnes Foundation
  • Washington Square
  • Rittenhouse Square 
  • Love Park
7.) Food-Where do I even begin.  Okay, this isn't going to be all the best places because I can't spend forever on this one post.
  • El Vez
  • Geno's (cheesesteaks <3)
  • HipCityVeg-Vegan
  • La Fuente-pizza heaven
  • Serafina-pizza heaven if you wanna spend a little more money
  • Victor's Cafe-singing opera waiters, caviar...fancy shmancy
  • The Melting Pot
  • Reading Terminal Market
So to sum up, I love living near this city because it is the coolest place in the world!  You just never know what you're going to see/do/meet.  Just totally awesome!  I also love how the Philly culture influences our part of NJ.  I just think that you have a better handle on the real world the closer you are to a city.  



Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thankful for Reality Shows

Today I am thankful for reality TV.  Shallow?  Probably.  Cheesy?  Definitely!  Fabulous?  You Betcha!  Reality TV is a train wreck.  It is juicy and terrific, and terrible, and romantic, and delicious, and eye roll worthy and just bad.  Horrendous really, but it is sooooooooo good!  Reality TV holds a special place in my little pink sparkly heart because some of my favorite memories of hang time with my Mom-Mom include "late night" (i.e. 8 pm) Monday nights watching The Bachelor.  We would scrutinize all the girls, pick our favorites, mock the dates, (but secretly want them to end up with each other in true everlasting love), pray for the best candidate to be the acclaimed last one standing and win the coveted "Final Rose".  We would watch Chris Harrison MC the most dramatic rose ceremony ever rose after rose, week after week, year after year.  We would have long discussions about life, love, and just die laughing at the ridiculousness that is reality shows.  Reality shows are just the juicy best.  I can't tell you how many friends I have made through bonding over the sentence, "Did you watch last night?"  Just great stuff.  My mama always asks me, "What are you doing to your brain cells?  You're a smart girl, why are you watching this stuff?"  The answer?  I don't know.  I am addicted to it.  I lerve lerve lerve it!  It's juicy, sweet, gross, and something I can't stop salivating over.  Reality shows also let me de-stress...something I need a lot of lately.  Between finals, COMPS, life, and work stress I'm a wreck and a half and if reality shows let me blow off some steam and forget about my craziness for a little be it!  I embrace my inner reality fan girl dorkdom.  Also, reality show date nites are my absolute fav!  In high school my cheerleading squad would bond over Two-A-Days on MTV.  We'd all watch the Hoover Alabama boys and cheerleaders wrestle with high school dilemmas and relate to all of them.  A different group of friends and I would watch Laguna Beach and/or The Hills/City every Tuesday night armed with popcorn and chocolate.  Then, college came and my next door neighbor floormate and I would watch every teen pregnancy show and RHONJ episode together while munching on the greatest/most important thing I ever learned in college pop corn & m&ms.  Now that I am legal we have champagne and brownies while watching The Bachelor or Bachelorette sojourn through their quest for love.  Reality shows are a great medium for catching up, laughing, and secretly wanting to be a part of the drama yet simultaneously thankful that you are not.

 Last night one of my besties and I had a total NJ Fan Girl Nite.  We drove our big haired, red bottom shoed, Jersey Girl decked out selves up to Hoboken!  We went to dinner at Little Town NJ and then had dessert at Carlo's Bake Shop.  This isn't the first time I have gone to a Real Housewives of NJ event.  No sir.  I'm a crazed fan girl.  I went to a Blk Water Signing last year and totally embarrassed myself.  Good Times Erin!  I won't recount the details (if you so choose to read about them you can on the bloggy post from last September)  but it does involve me Cajun Voicing for Chris Manzo and having him walk away in sheer terror.  So that's a win.  Also, two year ago, my same friend Kate and I went to Rowan University to see Teresa Giudice and have her sign our copies of Fabulicious.  

Back to Little Town NJ.  We weren't sure how the food was going to be.  You know, kitschy reality show yields kitschy restaurant.  FALSE!  In case you don't know what Little Town NJ is, it is a Jersey themed restaurant (no not the big hair, sparkly dress, leopard print, boobs&Loubs kinda place) owned by the Manzo brothers.  The idea was to bring together and celebrate NJ's unique food culture.  The menu included veggies (we are the Garden State after all), seafood (Hello Jersey shore...the real kind not the show that I abhor.) and fresh meat.  The restaurant was beautiful!  I was blown away.  It's a bar vibe but a very upscale bar with little pictures of NJ landmarks on the immaculately painted walls.  It's super hot!  I loved it!  The service was insanely good!  I ordered one of the night's specials--a salmon burger with not one, but two ginormous onion rings, mixed greens, Jersey tomatoes, and an avocado spread.  The side was fries, and not just any fries--no I'm talking the greatest fries I've ever eaten.  They were thick cut, salty, seasoned, and just...wait I'm having a foodmoment...okay I'm back...delish!   (I'm not a fries girl but I managed to eat the whole plate no problemo)  Our food came out in less than 15 minutes.  You can't even get a water in most Jersey diners in under 8 minutes so this was a shocker!  The best part was when the check came (everything was pretty reasonably priced, too) and included were Salt Water Taffies.  I missed those little bad boys.  I would highly recommend Little Town NJ for dinner/lunch/late night.

Store Front
My Salmon Burger (p.s. it is great as a leftover)

Kate's Epic Mac & Cheese
Since we both have a penchant for sugary desserts we headed a few blocks over to Carlo's Bake Shop, home of the TLC famous Cake Boss.  No we didn't see Buddy & Co., but we did see the shop and more desserts than our little hearts could tolerate.  I was kind of disappointed by the slow service.  There were 6 people working standing behind the counters but only two people were actually taking orders, running to get the food, packaging it, and ringing up customers.  The others were just kind of staring at everyone.  Anyway, I ordered a Nutella Lindsor Torte and cupcakes for the famsquad and Kate ordered cupcakes and brownies for her famsquad.  The man serving me messed my order up though ( and because they package everything up before they show it to you) I didn't realize this until I got home later that night.  Anyway, the famsquad said the cupcakes were great so I guess all isn't lost.

My Treats and Me
Kate and Her Treats

Anyway, back to Reality, (oops there goes gravity...sorry I loved Eminem as a little kid) here are a list of my top reality show loves from yesteryear and today in no particular order:

The Bachelor/Bachelorette 
Dancing With The Stars
The Newlyweds
The Ashlee Simpson Show
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (I stopped watching 3 years ago when they went totally bonkers.  Not a fan anymore)
Say Yes To the Dress (Atlanta and Bridesmaids)
Real Housewives of NJ/OC/BH/DC
Laguna Beach
The Hills
The City
Teen Mom (2&3)
16 & Pregnant
Rock of Love (come on, you know it was great)
Eric & Jessie:  Game On
Girls Next Door
Kendra (season one)
Denise Richards It's Complicated
Cake Boss
Two A Days
Love or Money
Melissa & Tye
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making The Squad

All are disgustingly fabulous and addictive and I love them all.  Anyway, I am thankful for reality TV because it makes you feel a little more normal, appreciate what you have, and laugh your booty off.  It also lets you relax and just go completely coo coo for 30 to 60 minutes.  *Also I maybe had a soda last night at Little Town NJ.  I felt bad about cheating and I stopped drinking it about 4/5th of the way down.  Womp Womp*



Skinnies:  Jessica Simpson
Top: Old Navy
Necklace: LOFT
Shoes: Mr. Christian Louboutin
Ring: Macy's
Purse:  Kate Spade
Earings: Tiffany's
Bracelets: Lia Sophia
Kate at Little Town NJ 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day 7 of Thankfulness


Today I am thankful for days off.  Today is NJEA Teacher's convention so I don't have to work and my class tonight was cancelled so for the first day in a long time I'm off on a weekday!  I'm thankful for days off.  For resting.  For doing nothing.  For starting a new favorite obsession called Eric & Jessie:  Game On.  Have you ever seen it?  It's so funny!  I love Sydney.  I don't know if I'd say she's my spirit animal yet, but I like her juxtaposition to Jessie.  I digress.  So today's agenda:

1) Blood Work Fail (I had the wrong scrip...womp womp womp)
2) Panera Breakfast Date with Mamma
3) Get New Blood Work Scrip (scurrred)
4) Watch Eric & Jessie (6 episodes)
5) Watch Bethenny
6) Study For The Comps (buzzkill)
7) Lunchy Lunch
8) Zumba/Pilates/Zumba
9) Big Bang Theory Fam Date
10) Dinner
11) Sleep

I have nothing else to say because it's a sweats and no make up and pony tale kinda loungey day <3  Oh, I'm also thankful for Pink Sweat Pants.  They feel like chocolate tastes.  They make me so smiley and happy.



Day 6 of Thankfulness

Howdy y'all!

Today I am thankful for country music!  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a country girl Southern Belle through and through.  I love my country music, the South, jeans, boots, and Southern morals/values.  (I also heart Hush Puppies/gumbo/seafood/pralines/cutoffs/cowboys...reel it in Erin)  So while I'm a displaced Southern Belle I thought that since the CMAs are on tonight, I think that it fitting that I write about my thankfulness for country music.  I'm thankful for country music because these are the songs about my life.  I've been a country fan since I was a little girl.  I even rocked black sued cowboy boots, cut offs, and a Garth Brooks concert tee in preschool.  I even had Dolly Parton's Children's Book, Coat of Many Colors, and I rocked out to my Dolly tape when I got my first tape player.  Good parenting right there!  I always love country jams because you can always find a country song to fit your mood.  Can you do that in rap?  No, it's not relatable.  In my everyday life I don't pop champagne and drive a tricked out Caddy.  Pop songs are too manic.  They're either super happy or super sad.  Country music is real.  It's relatable and there's something for every mood I'm in.  When I'm having a pitty party for myself I play Martina McBride's Blessed or Jessica Andrews' Who I Am, Jerrod Neiman's Shinin On Me, Travis Tritt's It's A Great Day To Be Alive.  When I feel like I'm going on a date and being super cute I listen to TSwizzle's Fearless, Enchanted, Everything Has Changed.  When I'm feeling sassy I put on Sugarland's Down In Mississippi and Up To No Good, Toby Keith Whiskey Girl, Trace Adkins' Chrome, Dolly Parton's 9-5, JoDee Messina's Heads Caroilna Tails California, When I feel super GirlPower I jam to Sugarland's Settlin', Every Girl Like Me, When I'm going through a break up I have my own version of the Stages of Grief:

When You're Sad and Crying and Still Wearing Sweat Pants
Rascal Flatts-What Hurts the Most & These Days
Luke Bryan-Better Than My Heart
When You Are Pissed As Hell and Are Running Off Your "Post Break Up Weight"
Miranda Lambert-Mama's Broken Heart
Taylor Swift-Picture To Burn
The Band Perry-Done.
Travis Tritt-Here's A Quarter Call Someone Who Cares
When He Calls You Again
Faith Hill-Let Me Let Go
When You Regress
Randy Travis & Carrie Underwood-I Told You So
When You Are Wearing Your Hot Jeans Again and Going Out For Revenge
Carrie Underwood-Undo It/Before He Cheats/Wine After Whiskey/Songs Like This
Patty Loveless-Blame It On Your Heart
When You See Him Out
Jana Kramer-Why You Wanna
Dolly Parton-I Will Always Love You
Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels
When You're Happy Again
Carrie Underwood-Starts With Goodbye/Lessons Learned
Garth Brooks- Some of God's Greatest Gifts, Are Unanswered Prayers
Garth Brooks-The Dance

This also goes for happy first date flutterflies and googly eyes.

For That Great First Date/Early Relationship Stage:
Taylor Swift: Begin Again
When You Are Coming To The End of the Date and You're Like pretty pretty please kiss me goodnight
Lady Antebellum:  Just A Kiss
The Day After A Great Date
Trisha Yearwood:  Thinking About You
When You Just Know and You're Reflecting On All The Lil Things
Carrie Underwood:  That's Where It Is
When You're Happy And Planning For The Future
Miranda Lambert:  Makin' Plans
When You're Deliriously Happy
Lonestar:  Amazed
The Sweatpants and No Make Up Stage In Your Relationship
Sara Evans:  As If

Joe Nichols:  Gimme That Girl
Lady A:  Our Kinda Love
Sara Evans:  Perfect

Josh Gracin:  Nothing To Lose
The Forever Happy Stage:
Rascal Flatts: Bless The Broken Road
George Jones:  I Always Get Lucky With You *the most honest lovely sweet song*
Dustin Lynch:  Cowboys and Angels
Dixie Chicks:  Cowboy Take Me Away
Randy Travis:  Forever and Ever Amen
Keith Urban:  Raining on Sunday
Tim McGraw:  She's My Kinda Rain
Dolly Parton:  Somebody's Everything

Country music is where it is!  It need/crave/live off my country music!  This past summer I went to Nashville it was like country music overload.  I had a deliriously goofy grin on my face the whole time I was there.  I just loved it so much!  I know that some people don't like country music...I guess we can still be friends.  But just give it a try because there is something for every moment in your life.  I'm happiest when I'm at an outdoor country concert just singing my little heart out and dancing around like a fool.  I'm loving it!  It's just my heart<3  And who does't love country boys?  They are musical (so hot), manly (dying) gentlemanly (swoon) love their mamas (precious) are good pure souls (okay maybe I'm generalizing here...sorry I live in the North where the hot Southern gentlemen are as allusive as a rent controlled apartment).  Who doesn't love a cowboy??  This girl does!

And the song that is always appropriate, gets me dancing, makes me smiley, gets me jamming, lovin' life again:  The King Luke Bryan's Country Girl Shake It For Me

So enjoy life, rock on to your country jams, and love life!  I'm off to dance around to the concertparty that is the CMAs!



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fifth Day of Thankfulness

Happy Tuesday!

Is anyone else super thrilled that today is over?  I am!  I really have the craziest Tuesdays.  I have 2 classes, practicum, and today I had two meetings (one at Panera so that one was delightful!) a comp prep course (blah) a hygiene test (I'm not a Smelly Nelly we all have to take it as a requisite for graduation) and a mega printing sesh of all the things I had to read for the week.  I also had to vote, get gas, and get more things for practicum.  I'm super tired now but I think since it is Election Day I have to write how thankful I am that I get to vote!

I am thankful for voting and the ability to vote!  Voting is our American right and therefore our responsibility.  I am so proud that I live in a country where I as a woman am allowed to vote.  I vote for everything and anything I can.  I think this is a blessing and therefore I should take advantage of it and exercise this right.  Voting is something that a lot of people in America take for granted.  We have to remember that we are among a small percentage of countries where we have a say in our government and we need to show our appreciation of that right by continuing to vote.

Also, on a side note, I'm completely enthralled with the sweet little old ladies who run the voting polls.  They are just the picture of precious.  They are fabulous and I have been obsessed with them forever.  They always have Dunkin do they do that?  Magic that's how!  They are always up on the latest political topics and spunky.  It is hard to be perky and presh from 5:30 am to 8 pm.  I think I have it in my retired cheerleading captain self to maintain my perkiness for that long!

Happy Election Day!  I hope everyone voted!


Day 4 of Thankfulness

Gobble Gobble,

Yesterday was moy crazy!!  So much work to do!  Being an SPED major means you never have a day off.  EVER.  So my I heart Zumba post had to wait until today.  Forgive me?

I am thankful for Zumba for many reasons!  One being that I love to dance but ever since my dance studio closed I haven't really had the opportunity.  (Unless you count choreographing in your bedroom...which I totally do!)  Second I love Zumba because I go with one of my superfab oldest friend Dovey!  We met dancing and have continued our love affair of dance for 20 years now!  Third I love Zumba because it makes you happy.  You are either smiling because you look silly (me) or because you are having so much fun (me again).  It's just the best!  I love Zumba because it lets me shake my booty and burn major calories while doing so!  This is a win win in my book!!



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Three Days of Thankfulness


So today was a realxy kinda Sunday.  We continued our usual routine of church and brunch (apple and turkey panini turned out to be an excellent choice!).   Then, I tutored, wrote a paper about my communication style, and studied for my Comps.

NoSODAvember has been going bueno.  I did not have my usual soda with brunch today.  I opted for a cranberry/pineapple juice mixture.  Fab choice!  Very sugary though (duh Erin) so next week I may ask our waiter to cut it with water.

     Last night my bff Ra and I went to see Matt Nathanson in concert at the Electric Factory.  It was AMAZEBALLS!  This was my fourth MN concert (Cara's 8th...snaps for Ra).  I was thinking back and I think I have almost seen him as many times as I have seen Taylor Swift.  I've seen her six times.  Matt's concerts are fantastic because it is a combination of humor+amazing song writing+people watching.  If you've never been to a Matt Nathanson concert I highly suggest going.  He's hilarious!  Last night he told us his theory about how each of us has a teeny tiny Whitney Houston in us.  Some of us have '80s Whitney where we're all poppy, headband wearing, and jumping around, some of us are the Bobby Brown era Whitney (no explanation necessary) and a very small percentage of us, "3%" to quote MN have The Bodyguard Whitney.  (I'm an '80s Whitney for sure.  Give this girl some big hair and I Wanna Dance With Somebody any/every/all day) He pointed to an older gentlemen and idenitfied him as "the chosen one who embodies The Bodyguard Whitney.  We all LOLed.  Cara turned me on to Matt our freshmen year of college and I have been hooked ever since.  His lyrics are so honest, so true, and poetic.  He's not cheesy or commercially pop.  He's very original and was an English major in college.  He's a great writer and you should check him out if you already haven't.  He is so much more than Come on Get Higher.  Try to watch him live on Youtube because you will get to experience the humor, too!!  My favorite MN song is I Saw.  

     Today in the tradition of 30 Days of Thankfulness I am thankful for my friends.  I have so many amazing friends in my life and I'm so excited/blessed/amazed/fortunate/and grateful to have them all be a part of my life.  I know that I hit the jackpot!  I have some friends that I made when I was 3 and some that I made this year.  I just can't believe how much I have learned and grown because of having them in my life.  They listen to my crazy ideas, stories, tolerate my interrupting, laugh at my jokes (even the ones that aren't funny), analyze relationships over and over with me, give me hugs when I need them, give me tough love when I need it, make me laugh when I cry, and reel me in when I've gone off the deep end.  They give me the support, love, and laughter I need in my life.  I've always been taught to surround yourself with people that are better than you because then you will aspire to be a better person.  I think I have done just this.  My friends are great people.  They are everything to me and I wish them all the best in life and love.  A lot of my friends are going to be teachers and I know that the future of education is bright because of these lovely ladies.  I love love love my friends and wouldn't be one ounce as a happy as I am now if I didn't have them.

Laughter Is The Language Of Friendship

It Is One Of The Blessings Of Old Friends
That You Can Be Stupid With Them-Emerson

’ll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on,
Be your shelter,When you need someone to see you through-Reba McEntire

You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas, get there fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far'
They just show on up with their big old heart-Tim McGraw

But let one of those rocks give way then you slide back 
down look up and see who's around then-Tim McGraw

Just To See You Smile, I'd Do Anything That
You Wanted Me To-Tim McGraw

But It's Comforting To Know, That The Ones You 
Love Are Always In Your Heart, And If You're
Very Lucky, A Plane Ride Away-Sex And The City

I'll Be There For You When The Rain Starts To Pour

Sisters Before Misters

"Sometimes Me Think, What Is A Friend?
And Then Me Say 'A Friend Is Someone 
To Share The Last Cookie With'"-Cookie Monster

We Made A Deal Ages Ago,
Men, Babies, It Doesn't Matter,
We're Soul Mates-Sex And The City

Friendship Is Born At That Moment When One
Person Says To Another:  "What, you too?  I
Thought I Was The Only One!"-C.S. Lewis

I Do Not Wish To Treat Friendships 
Daintily, But With The Roughest Courage.-Emerson

Friendship Is Weird.  You Pick A Human
You've Met And You're Like, "Yup, I Like 
This One," And You Just Do
Stuff With Them.

If you are single there is always one thing you should
 take out with you on a Saturday night, 
your friends. -Sex And The City

No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, 
you'll never get through it without your friends.- Sex And The City

We make a great team. Why, we're like one of those classic, 
famous teams. He's like Mozart and I'm like Mozart's friend. No, I'm like 
Butch Cassidy, and Michael is like Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart, you're gonna get a bullet in your head, courtesy of Butch Cassidy.-Dwight, The Office

So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This
Way *clapclapclapclap* 

True Friendship Isn't About 
Being Inseparable.  It's About Being
Separated And Nothing Changes.

I'll Be There For You, Cause You're 
There For Me Too!

If A Friendship Lasts Longer Than 7 Years, 
Psychologists Say It Will Last A Lifetime (20 years as Besties!)

Best Friends:  They Know How Stupid You Are 
And Still Choose To Be Seen In Public With You

We Will Always Be Friends Until We're Old
And Senile...And Then We'll Be New Friends


Friendship Is When Locals Let You Take
Selfies At Landmarks-Me

....And In Streetcars

You And I Are More Than Friends.
We're Like a Really Small Gang

Friendship, For Example, Is A Real Gift. It's
Given With No Expectations And No Gratitude
Is Needed.  Not Between Real Friends.-Boy Meets World 

Friendship...It Isn't Something You Learn In School.
But If You Haven't Learned The Meaning Of Friendship,
You Really Haven't Learned Anything. -Muhammad Ali

Maybe Our Girlfriends Are Our Soul Mates,
And Maybe Boys Are Just People To Have Fun With
-Sex And The City

The Best Friendships Are Built On Sarcasm 
& Inappropriateness

It's Hard To Find People Who 
Will Love You No Matter What-Sex and The City

 Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself.
I Got Friends In Low Places-Garth Brooks

You're My Person-Grey's Anatomy

Friendships Don't Just Magically Last 
For Years, You Have To Invest In
Them-Sex And The City

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... 
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things 
which give value to survival. C. S. Lewis
If you find someone who makes you smile, 
who checks up on you often to see 
if you're okay, who watches out for you and wants the best for you, 
don't let them go. Keep them close and don't take them for granted.
 People like that are hard to find.-Unknown

Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into and
 sometimes it’s the one you make 
for yourself.-Sex And The City

Michael and I have a very special connection. He's like Batman, 
I'm like Robin.
 He's like The Lone Ranger and I'm like Tonto.-Dwight, The Office

Walking With A Friend In The Dark,
Is Better Than Walking Alone In 
The Light-Helen Keller

Sometimes Talking To Your Best Friend 
Is All The Therapy You Need.