The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Riding the bus

Riding the bus to work has its pros and cons. Mostly pros. The bus is really convenient when a) your employer pays for your bus pass b) you live less than two miles from your work place and c) you don't want to pay upwards of $11 a day for parking.

At the distance I live from my work, it takes approximately the same amount of time to walk, bus or drive. Walking is a straight shot from here to there. The bus requires waiting for the bus and stopping every other block until I get to my stop. Driving requires morning city traffic and parking. 

My preference is walking though I will almost always take the bus home. I highly recommend the bus as a hugely economical option. Besides, it usually provides some entertainment value if not the least fodder for make believe stories about people you don't know. 

A mini-vaca

Last weekend I wrapped up editing my last wedding of the season. I had been waiting for this day to come for the last month or so. Not because I don't like editing photos. But because it can be very tiring working a regular full time office job and shooting and editing photos all summer long so when the end comes I'm totally ready. I had planned to take the next two weeks off of photography business work. I'm loving this time off so far. I get home from work and I don't have to do anything except play with Jack and maybe think about dinner and do a little housekeeping. ***Huge Sigh*** So far (in the 48 hours I have had "off") I have washed and dryed all of the laundry and acquired a huge mass of clothing to fold and hang. I have finished a chapter in the book I am reading. I watched last weeks episode of RHOM. I played with Jack's toys. I spent time with Matt. So far, so good. The wheels for wedding season 2014 are spinning though and I'm trying to hold myself back from planning. Brains need a break to function at top performance and my brain does a lot so I know it needs this break. I will be in such a better place if I let it rest for this next week and a half. Besides, everyone around me is sick or getting sick and I don't want to end up there as well. I've also got time to blog on my new wonderfully perfect blog.

Yours truly,
The Emerald Girl

Friday, October 18, 2013

City Walks

There's something about being in the city that really lights my fire and gets me going. I've lived one mile from this downtown area for 4 years now and it really never gets old. It's exciting. All of the time. I don't think suburbanites actually feel that way about where they live. I mean it's the suburbs, let's be real here. Though I hate wasting money on food, it's a GREAT excuse to get out of the office. Working 2 blocks from Nordstrom definitely has an upside. Hello Nordstrom Café. Yes, please! I phone in my order for a cup of tomato soup and half order of chicken parmesan salad, then take a quick, brisk walk to pick it up. It's one of my favorites. The soup and the salad. There's so many great places to eat. Where I used to work in suburbia, it was a 15 minute walk to the nearest restaurant and by restaurant I mean Starbucks. You can see some of the tree's leaves have begun to change and soon the streets will be lined with well lit trees as Christmas approaches!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gap: Tried & True

I've been shopping at the Gap for as long as I can remember. Throughout junior high and high school it was a staple for jeans and khakis. During college I had a few bad experiences. A handful of shirts that lost their shape and shrunk rather quickly. That along with a new found obsession for J.Crew and my closet suddenly didn't have even a hint of a reminder that I used to shop at Gap. Recently though I've had a hard time swallowing J.Crew's rising prices that don't coincide with a rise in quality. (Don't get my wrong here, I absolutely love the brand). With that in mind I thought I'd return to my roots. I didn't want to pay over $100 for a basic pair of pants. I see plenty of people day in and day out wearing cute outfits and when I inquire about who made what, I get a range that includes Target and Old Navy. I'm definitely not advocating shopping at Old Navy unless you're younger than 22 (except maybe some circumstances) but it made me think. I have got to get over myself and my extreme brand loyalty. It's ridiculous. All of this to say, I bought a pair of navy khakis from the Gap. I loved them. I washed them a few times. The shape was the same and they didn't shrink. I bought another pair in greenway . Then I bought a pair of navy cords. And then, I even went so far as to buy another pair of cords in Gap. I've been extremely pleased with these purchases and I am happy to have another brand that I can rely on for pants priced well under $100 a pair. The pants I'm wearing below are the navy cords. I heart them so much.

(Here I am with my little bear wearing matching navy vests)

Navy has quickly taken over my closet in the past few years and I only really noticed when a gal at work asked if it was my favorite color. It is not. Navy is the new black. An essential staple that you can just never have enough of.