Tuesday, June 18, 2013
It's been two years since I last posted about books. But what can I say -- I've been busy. We've all been busy. And we don't get to read often enough, am I right? (I'm assuming that we all enjoy reading. If not, I'm not sure why you're reading this blog right now. Weirdo.) Fortunately, I've become better at managing my schedule, and I've been setting aside time for personal projects and hobbies more and more often.
I've done a lot of reading in my life, but of course I don't have the time or space to share every single book I've read. However, I would like to reveal my favorite books (the best of all time, in my opinion) along with ones I'm working on now (I like to read a lot of books at once and take forever to finish them) and ones I haven't started yet (but are waiting to be devoured). Are any of your favorites on this list? Which ones did I miss? Agree or disagree? Feel free to tweet me!
Old favorites: The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Mr. Maybe by Jane Green, Good Things by Mia King, You're Not That Into Him Either by Ian Kerner, Life Lessons by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge, anything by Shauna Niequist (visit her lovely blog here), the Jessica Darling books by Megan McCafferty, anything by Max Lucado, Vintage LA by Jennifer Brandt Taylor.
Currently reading: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (my daily devotional), Beach Girls by Luanne Rice, the Bible (needed for aforementioned devotional), a collection of stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I adored The Great Gatsby before it was cool), Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham, Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Exceeding Customer Expectations by Kirk Kazanjian, Cracking the Boys' Club Code by Michael Johnson, The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf.
Up next: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I've yet to see the movie also), The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (haven't seen this movie either but the book is usually better anyway), For All the Wrong Reasons by Louise Bagshawe, Driving Loyalty by Kirk Kazanjian.
*Click here to see my favorite movies, too!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Outfit details: Necklace (similar), jeans (similar) - F21. Shirt - AT (they're having a 40% off sale today). Bangles, shoes - Target. Rope bracelet (similar) - Florida (years ago). Glasses - Warby P.
If this is your first time visiting The Loudmouth Lifestyle, you may assume that the blonde bombshell above is yours truly. However, this is not the case; that is my beautiful best friend, Malorie, who came to visit me in LA for the first time last month. If you've been reading for awhile, you may remember her from the post I wrote last fall, after she got married. Now, you can put a face to the name.
I only get to see her once a year, if that -- but when we get together, it's as if no time has passed. We've known each other since I moved down the street from her, in 1995, the summer before third grade. And, nearly twenty years later, we still laugh at the same things. Even before this blog, before Facebook, before MySpace and LiveJournal and Photobucket, Mal knew I would have my camera with me wherever we went. So, it was no surprise to her that I snapped and snapped the entire time she was in town, starting with day one!
We spent her first day here traipsing around my neighborhood of Glendale. It's a pretty city located about seven miles northeast of Hollywood. I live four blocks away from two malls, so we had plenty of fun walking, shopping and eating. We caught up on life and love as we grabbed lunch at Granville Cafe and gazed at cute journals in Barnes & Noble. We also popped into Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, and of course couldn't help but take pictures mimicking movie posters (a nerdy tradition of ours).
After committing carbicide with cheesecake and bread at The Cheesecake Factory, we went back to my place to put on sweaters and headed over to The Roost for a drink. Brandon met up with us and received Malorie's stamp of approval. Hooray!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Um, actually, after going through these photos, I realized there aren't that many from March. And I may have added some from June. But I don't feel like changing the title, so there's that.
Also, this is the most photo-heavy post that has ever been posted in the history of blog posts. Apologies in advance if your computer crashes. I'm pretty sure mine will, too. Don't worry, we're all in this together.
Oh, one last thing -- you're probably wondering what happened to my #365project. Well, it was kindof a fail, but seeing as I've taken hundreds of Instagram photos anyway, let's pretend it's still going strong. I may even bring back the hash tags, even though I'm no longer following any rules. But rules were meant to be broken, ya know?
On that note, here's what's been going on in this loud life...
I've been hanging out with a certain boy a lot, but you already knew that. I sent flowers to his work because I'm cute and charming. The photo of them was obviously ganked from his Instagram. (By the way, Brandon really only posts stuff about cars, or the injuries he suffers while working on said cars. He and my dad are gonna be BFFs.)
Anyway, our most recent adventure was to Santa Monica for my friend Anthony's play. He and his girl starred in Sleeping Beauty: A Rock Opera. It was so cute and fun! I really miss theatre. It's yet another creative thing to add to my list of hopes and dreams. After the show, we went to Pizza Antica and finished every slice. Delicious.
Besides the occasional cheat day, though, I have been eating pretty well. Lots of fruits and veggies, smoothies and juices, grilled fish and MorningStar products, with nuts and homemade popcorn for snacks. I'm trying to cut down on dairy, gluten, and alcohol as much as possible -- because they tend to make me feel like crap -- but it's hard when those are a few of my favorite things. Then again, I was able to give up chicken, beef and pork three years ago, so we'll see...
Of course, my biggest weakness is Starbucks, and I've even got Brandon drinking it now. But after receiving a Keurig for my birthday (thanks, mom!) I've been able to resist my favorite lattes more easily. In fact, I only get Starbies once a week or less now. I see it as a special treat. Besides, using the Keurig is so quick and easy, and it tastes good too!
And here are my other drinkable weaknesses, margaritas and beer. So many empty calories here, but so much deliciousness! I've been cutting down alcohol to one night per week now -- believe it or not, that's hard to do with all the cool breweries and gastropubs to explore in LA. I just hate when I feel all blown up like a balloon the next day, even after having just one! I no longer have the tolerance I did as a crazy kid. ;)
Because of the small changes I've been slowly making, I am seeing results! Oh, and water is another big thing. Having a cool water bottle helps. Who else is excited for Monsters University? I'm such a nerd.
I know I couldn't have come this far in my health if it weren't for my amazing trainer, Jeff. (Of course, I chose to go see him, so I guess I need to give myself some credit there!) Not only is Jeff awesome at the gym, but he is incredibly funny and has allowed me the opportunity to make stuff with his sketch comedy team, Funny Wurld!
The photo above is a #regram from Sir Doyle, another hilarious gym guy who is also part of the crew. It's a little behind-the-scenes peek at our first sketch, 'Silent But Deadly.' I can't wait to see it up on YouTube, and I'm interested to see what you guys think of my part. It's slightly inappropriate. Some of you may not approve. Oops.
You may also have qualms with the #selfies in which my cleavage is on display, but I can't help that I inherited my mama's curves. There was a short while in which I was ashamed and insecure; I even wore a less supportive bra so that my rack wouldn't look as good, but that phase quickly passed. In recent years, I decided to embrace the breasts once and for all. I have every right to carry my God-given goodies proudly.
Speaking of boobies, another pair came to visit me a few weeks ago when Malorie was in town! I was so very happy to see this lady. We have known each other for years and years, and we had an absolute blast. We did lots of eating, beaching, hiking and shopping -- and I have hundreds of photos to prove it! Stay tuned for an official post (or five). ♥
Another thing I got to do recently... Six Flags! Oh my gosh, so much fun. It was my first time. There were no lines. And I went on everything, except for Superman. Fuck that thing. It's like as big as the Eiffel Tower. Everything else was cool. Oh, I lost my sunnies on Scream. Ha, worth it! I also ate tons of horrible theme park food, also worth it.
And let's not forget about my whirlwind trip to Vegas! You know, the one in which we drove a convertible Audi A5, stayed at the Hooters Hotel, played slots at Paris, ate breakfast at The Henry and headed back to LA after only a few hours... whew. I still can't believe we did it.
Last but not least, I wanted to share photos from Justina Blakeney's Jungalow Sale! I only just started reading her blog a few weeks ago, thanks to my good friend Fenn, but I'm already hooked. Justina is so incredibly genuine and real, and her site is simply beautiful.
Meeting her precious family and seeing the outside of her adorable home was like unfolding the pages of her blog in real life. She was just as friendly and kind and humble as you'd hope her to be. I'd met other bloggers before, but this was my first time meeting a 'professional' one, who does it full-time. You never know what to expect, but I was not disappointed in the least and I was so happy I went, despite being hungover (not from Vegas -- that was a different weekend, thank God).
I had more stories to share, but these were the most important. I am trying to preserve my memories as much as possible. Time goes by so fast, and I feel like I'm constantly attempting to catch up.