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Wanna know the perfect combination of things to turn a crummy day around?

It involves a good husband walking in the door at 6:30 with a bouquet of blue hydrangeas and an ice cold Diet Coke in his arms.

He is, indeed, the best.

I am occasionally (read: always) late to the fashion party.  I resisted leggings when they first came out on the covers of People Magazine saying, “Ugh, passing fad… give it a few months”.  Did the same with skinny jeans saying “HIDEOUS! Not even coked-out LindsLo can pull off skin tight denim”.  And lo, I am a skinny jeans wearing sell-out today.

My name is Coco, and I wear skinny jeans. And leggings. Please pass the tissues, and here is my hand for slapping.

About two days ago, I started thinking about how it’s about time I own a “Boyfriend jacket”.  It has, after all, been in style for over 18 months now, meaning it’s about time I can join in the fad. It’s probably on it’s way out, which REALLY means I’m on track.  Anyway, I found one yesterday for a whopping $29 at Target, and that is how I roll, y’all.  Go cheap on the fads, splurge on the classics. Learn it, live by it.

Here it is in all its boyfriendy glory.

Let me just disclose that this photo is ugly.  It looks way cuter unbuttoned and with the sleeves slightly rolled up to show off the lining.  Maybe I’ll do a Polyvore day and show you a real outfit.  Although, I just realized I’m blogging about a boyfriend jacket and I have yet to adequately blog about my last two VERY eventful weekends, so the chances of a Polyvore post are slim to none.  Heh. Oh well!

Get your uber-cheap boyfriend jacket right here. And you’re welcome, as always 🙂

Um, excuse me, can we please discuss the awesomeness of this espresso machine?

My kitchen…. it longs for this appliance.

My heart can’t keep beating without it.

My wallet can’t afford it.  Aerobat??? Hint hint 🙂

Buy it here.

Last weekend, as previously mentioned, was my birthday, and in true Awesome-Parent form, my folks flew out from Indiana to join The Aerobat and I in the Wild Wild West for some gun-shootin’, cow-wranglin’ fun.  OK, really we shot no guns and wrangled no cows, but we had a good time nonetheless doing some decently Arizonan activities.

Quick back story on the awesomeness of my parents when it comes to birthdays:  I have spent more birthdays away from home than at home.  Since I was a little pup, my birthday has always fallen near the end of October (and it’s never changed, can you imagine that?) which means, FALL BREAK! Until you’re done with all your schooling and then all of a sudden, EVERY DAY IS VACATION, WOOOOOO!!!! But allllllllll those years of trying to build my brain into something worth all the money they spent on my education yielded birthdays that fell smack dab in the middle of a vacation.  When I was a baby, I am told I had a very tantrum-y birthday in Disney World (one that my embarrassed grandparents will never let me forget…. “Remember that one time in Disney when you THREW YOURSELF ONTO THE DIRTY GROUND IN EPCOT, SLAMMING YOUR GIANT-SUCKER-CLUTCHING HANDS INTO THE GROUND SCREAMING LIKE A HOOLIGAN? Yeah, that was fun. We had to go to Germany to get a beer or twelve to deal with your toddler-psychosis.”).  I have spent many-a-birthday at our family home in Fort Myers, Florida, too.  One year I was even studying abroad in Rome, and those awesome parents of mine? They crossed the Atlantic to watch me blow out 20 candles. So, this year was no different that they trekked far and wide to celebrate with their second-born child. And as our birthdays get less “Birthdayish” because we are getting old and developing varicose veins in our ankles, it’s great to know that parents are still around to make you feel uber-special.

Mom and Dad arrived Thursday and from the moment they arrived until the moment they departed I had them bustling their butts all over the Greater Phoenix area like nobody’s business.  For someone who has only lived here 2ish months, I make quite a tour guide, thankyouverymuch.  They got me an awesome Nike outfit which will appear in 99% of the photos you see below (I’m the one that looks like the cousin to a tennis ball) and I haven’t taken it off since.  They also were super awesome and put Stockton and I up for a night in their hotel (Lola too!) which was especially fun when Lola escaped into the open-air hallway and ran from us with an attitude of “Try and catch me now, Bitches – Caged bird gotsta FLY!” Then? THEN I got to stand on said open-air walkway in my bikini (which, yikes… let’s just say I’m not staying fit for any upcoming nuptials anymore) holding a very naughty long dog while pool-goers stared.

We hiked, ate, hiked again, saw some nasty wildlife, ate lots more, drank some mai-tais, hot-tubbed, drove far and wide, got lost and ran out of gas (almost – you’re a luck man, Aerobat), and had a bomb time.  Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure, and Mom and Dad? Thanks for the awesome birthday gift – your presence was my present 🙂

OH OH OH! And remember this?? This is what The Aerobat gave me for my birthday!! (In addition to one other really huge gift that I can’t talk about yet, no I’m not pregnant.)  He’s the awesomest. I need to blog about stuff I want more often!

I am still crafting my post from my weekend with my parents (which, by the way, happened to be my birthday weekend, yahoo!), but will have it posted shortly complete with photos of very hairy, 8-legged freak spiders. I KNOW I CAN’T WAIT, EITHER!!!

In the meantime, I should brag about how awesome I am at Christmas shopping.  I have finished 90% of my shopping, and am feeling, well, rather smug, quite frankly.  I love Christmas, and I love gift giving which makes this holiday akin to crack cocaine for me.  Except that it’s a Christian holiday, and I’m a Christian, and NO I’ve never done crack… I just bet Christmas would be better than crack, that’s all.  Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Santa says Ho Ho Ho… he’s a jolly pimp that’s flat out stoned on Christmas.  Thoughts?

While perusing the web for Christmas gifts that I can’t find in stores (because I am a MAJOR supporter of shopping locally, and if you aren’t shopping locally, at least shop in-stores and not online. This post is me breaking my own rules) I stumbled upon this line: Echo.  You may have seen it before, and I actually first found the line while shopping in the Nordstrom accessories department for scarves and gloves because I was in denial that it was 100 degrees out in October, and I found a pair of gloves that have touch sensors on the finger and thumb so you can use your gloved hands to use your iPhone. BRILLIANT!  In an attempt to find more colors/styles, I checked out their website, and it is all kinda of delightful goodness!!! Here are a few pictures of my favorite items.

The gloves that started it all

Isn’t it all so yummy??? Especially the home decor stuff – who knew!? So go buy some stuff!!

This dress (found here) is titled the “Blog Writer’s Dress”.  For reasons unknown to me, this is the new uniform for all of us unemployed writers who have to resort to .wordpress accounts to be heard (er…. read).

Part of me can appreciate this dress and envision it with some cute grey leggings and these new flats I just got ON SALE {la-tee-da} at Nordstrom.

The other part of me is screaming obscenities at the WTFness that is this frumpy muumuu.  Are all blog writers pregnant?? I mean, I get the whole Mommy Blogger conspiracy, but why the shapeless hospital gown, ModCloth, WHY!?!?!?

Clearly I’m torn. What are YOUR thoughts?

I LOVE this Kate Spade bracelet! I just found it while perusing the Piperlime website because, duh, it’s the last day of 15% off everything and I still haven’t purchased my riding boots for this season, and I think it’s positively delectable.

Bracelet reads: “This year I will read the classics, conquer the souffle, learn to cha-cha, take up the trumpet, fall head over heels”

To get yours (for 15% off!!), click here.

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