Birthday On A Budget

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Growing up my birthday almost always fell over Spring Break.  So of course, I grew accustom to a week-long celebration.  Unfortunately as an adult, who is rationing vacation days, I had to come up with a plan that still gave me the same feeling only on a shortened time schedule.  I figured some sort of epic adventure would hold me over until my next vacation.  I planned to go skydiving and even purchased my voucher from LivingSocial (I’m all about a good deal), but when I called to set up my jump; they were booked!  After I stopped crying, I went back to the drawing board.

I sat down and started looking at different activities near Los Angeles that were still budget friendly Continue reading “Birthday On A Budget”

It’s a Real Nail Biter!

You can call me a pathological groomer, OCD, or perfectionist but it all translates into one particular action: nail biting. I come from a long line of nail offenders (Both my Mom and Grandma were known to gnaw away) and have had the habit since before I can remember.  I have tried everything: stopping cold turkey, keeping my fingernails painted, the stuff that tastes bad when you put it in your mouth, even fake nails  – but give me an edge on one of those things and I will go to town. My manicurist loved me, but talk about a strain on the pocket book! Continue reading “It’s a Real Nail Biter!”

Transformation Tuesdays

Every girl wants to look fabulous for their birthday, especially when they are entering their thirties.  I am no exception and mine is right around the corner.  There is one problem though, we are finally out of the holidays and now it’s Girl Scout cookie season.  Who can resist the taste of delectable thin mints after they have been in the freezer? Crispy, chocolatey, refreshing, melt in your mouth delicious thin mints. Cleary, I can’t!  So, I need to counter act it and step up my workout game.   Continue reading “Transformation Tuesdays”

Save or Splurge?

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Social media has taught us that if a picture isn’t taken, it didn’t happen – so a lady has to be camera at almost any given point (or have a go to photo filter).   Every girl has to have her bag of tricks to keep her looking fabulous. However, we can’t all afford the top of the line of EVERYTHING.  So where do we draw the line?  These are some of the things that are worth the dough and maybe you can do without:     Continue reading “Save or Splurge?”

Tips for the Solo Traveler

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Although it wasn’t the original plan, I just came back from going to China by MYSELF!  My childhood best friend and I were supposed to go and celebrate our 30th birthdays’ together, but alas, her work got in the way (ugh adult problems).  While I was initially disappointed, I quickly had to switch gears and look at this as an adventure (seeing as we didn’t have time for someone else to get a Visa expedited – I didn’t have much choice).  We were going with a tour group so I knew I would be ok.

China was my second trip overseas and the first without my family.  It was a lot of firsts and I learned a few things along the way. Here are my top 10 tips for you future solo travelers.    Continue reading “Tips for the Solo Traveler”

All or Nothing

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So it officially happened.  I hit the dreaded 3.0. and I must say, it wasn’t as terrible as I anticipated.  I only cried twice.  One of which was because I was so overwhelmed by love and gratitude; so I am calling that a win.  I have been writing about trying to keep myself healthy in mind, body and spirit and I filled my day with things that could help with that.  I went on a hike in the morning with my friends, got a mani/pedi (mandatory for birthdays and special occasions), finally went to the LACMA (see I am getting cultural), and then got taken to a beautiful dinner at a Top Chef restaurant.  This one day would have been great enough, but in true Suzanne fashion, I had a packed weekend as well!

That is something I realized about myself.  I don’t do grey very well (you don’t have to worry about my 50 shades any time soon).  I got from zero to 100 in a matter of moments then don’t slow down.  In a few short days, I finished the first section of my real estate school, had the first meetings for a reality show I am creating, shot a short film, zip lined, had two more birthday celebrations, went to a volunteer orientation for a new charity I want to work with, hit the gym, cleaned, grocery shopped, and celebrated another friend who turned thirty as well.  Now, I want a nap.

Now that I’m thirty – wow that’s still hard to say, I want to learn how to balance my life.  I love being busy, it’s good for me, but when I pack so much in I get a little overwhelmed and want to take a huge break and do nothing for awhile.  Unfortunately, this is life and you don’t get any timeouts.  I think that is what 30 will be for me, finding grey.  The all or nothing approach isn’t sustainable for a happy and balanced life.  And that’s really the goal isn’t it?

Xoxo-

Suzanne

The Luck of the Irish is NOT with me!

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This past week Los Angeles decided to not just stir from the “winter” months, but do a full on sprint to summer. Being the fair skinned Irish that I am, I was not prepared.  I went on my weekly hike to Griffith Park and decided to push myself a little more to do a longer course.  Since my birthday is coming up, any added workout is essential to not being flabby for thirty.  Unfortunately, I did not bring my sunscreen. The result? Scorched.

I felt a little warm on the hike, but thought I’d be alright.  My skin just kept cooking.  When I got home and saw the final damage, I knew I could not make that mistake again.  I had legitimate blisters forming and of course my Aloe was on low supply.  (A staple for any fair skinned beauty).  My mister saw me and immediately made me go to Target.  He said we couldn’t mess with me and the sun anymore and had me get extra sunscreen to keep in my bag at all times.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my Irish heritage. But as everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, the only green I want is Aloe Vera (Maybe I’ll take a Guinness too)!

xoxo-

Suzanne

Love for Life

I met this incredible woman in the bathroom at my friend’s wedding last weekend.  She complimented me on my dress so of course we became best friends! As we were chatting, she was changing her earrings and seemed rather anxious about making sure she got the new pair on.   She explained to me that she lost her husband two years ago.  The earrings were made from the diamonds from her wedding ring and her mom’s wedding ring (who had also passed away).   For big occasions, she likes to wear them so she feels her loved ones with her.  It moved me. I believe that is what marriage is actually about.  That you love someone so much you want them to be a part of every major thing in your life, even after they are gone.   I am looking forward to the day when I can pledge my love to someone and know it will be for life.  Call me optimistic, but I plan to be that 50% success rate.