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Potential Birthday Present – Lara October 1, 2010

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I know it’s early, but I never really get myself anything and I think the last big purchase I’ve made for myself was my gym membership.  This year I’m going to be fancy.  Behold, my birthday present to myself:

To Me From Me

I have until December before my bank account will take the hit.  I can’t wait! :)

Fell Into the GAP – Cathy August 26, 2010

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I haven’t shopped at GAP for a solid decade or so. Now, I can’t love their tee shirts any more.

Soft. Loose. Cute. I’d only suggest sewing in their cuff one more fold up as it tends to stick out.

Happy Shopping. Cathy.

Monday Monday – Cathy August 23, 2010

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Hello new week! I’m Cathy, nice to meet you. I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t give me any coughs or sore throats like the previous two…

Hopefully Ricola free, this week is full of big and small celebrations. Mini celebration over getting my Minnie pants from J Crew in the mail today. Ginormous celebration for my anniversary. Huzzah!

And I can’t wait for these Essie nail polishes to come out next Wednesday.

Essie Fall Colors

By the way – since reading that book, I’ve been on a cleaning spree! With three garbage bags full of previously loved goods to get rid of, I’ve got an extra pep in my step today.

Ciao ciao,

Cathy

Fall Cleaning – Cathy August 20, 2010

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My new book that’s ushering me into fall is , When Organizing Isn’t Enough SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life.

First off, S.H.E.D. stands for:

Separate the treasures. Heave the trash. Embrace your identity. Drive yourself forward.

It’s about consciously changing your state of living and your state of mind. There are 4 case studies referred to throughout the book and exercises to help you along your path to self discovery. The first is naming your theme. A theme for your current phase of life and a theme for your future. My current theme is: New Beginnings. For starting this site, moving, working in LA, and so much more. My future theme is going to be: Engaged. This is for focusing my attention on all these things I started. To be in the moment and zero in on my main projects. I’m not too far in, but I like where it’s heading.

Cheers!

C.

Style Inspiration – Lara July 30, 2010

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adorable.

LOVE her look.

Impulses – Lara July 23, 2010

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I’ve come to realize that I am a girl of impulse.  I ride with my emotions and I don’t really hold anything back.  As much as I would like to say I keep things to myself, I know I do this with people I’m not comfortable with.  But once you know me, you will really KNOW me.

I just booked an appointment at a salon.  I always talk about chopping off all my hair, or highlighting it, or adding a body wave.  But I’m always too chicken sh*t to really follow though.  My hair is my security blanket.  Even when I just get a trim I feel semi-naked which is why borring old me has had the same length layered look (with semi change to bangs) but I am determined to come out of this appointment feeling changed.

And change always feels awkward at first, which I am sure is how I will feel after I get whatever done to me done to me.  But hopefully my stylist will be able to lead me to the path of hair nirvana.

bye bye boring hair.  I love you, but I’m not in love with you.

I will post a picture up of the after :) eeeee! im excited! cross your fingers for me and pray I don’t come out a monster

Tracy Anderson Workout – Cathy July 9, 2010

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I’ve been searching for a workout routine I could call a lifestyle change and I think Tracy Anderson is my answer. It’s all about targeting accessory muscles, adding lean definition, and not bulking up. The gym in New York is out of my locale and my budget, but the videos are perfect. The only one I’ve done so far is the Mat workout. It’s about one hour long, targets typical problem areas, has you workout standing, with a chair for support, on a mat, and with and without weights. It’s constantly changing and I like the dance/lounge music she uses. Her view on weights is a strong one. Women shouldn’t lift more than 3 pounds working out if they want to remain lean and long. She says that going over that bulks up any one muscle group beyond leaning into bulking. It’s fine for me because with the amount of repitition she uses I’m already feeling it.

I just ordered her workout series dvd and will report back. But if you want to try something at home first (to get a feel for her teaching style, and method) check out her youtube channel and the links below for free posted videos.

Ciao ciao,

Cathy

Coffee Crisp and Other Delights from Toronto – Cathy June 13, 2010

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4 days in Toronto.

17th floor room.

4 flights.

10 trips on The Rocket.

22 full size coffee crisps.

My trip in numbers.

Allan and I went to Toronto for a conference he was presenting at – he was absolutely in his element and spoke with great fervor. Everything else was planned around that, but we still had great fun and time to visit a few beautiful restaurants and sites.

We couldn’t go without visiting AGO – the Art Gallery of Ontario. Frank Gehry is a native Torontonian and has his hand in the mesmerizing architecture. Time constrained, we were only able to have brunch at Frank. It was truly an experience. The pancakes were the highlight with their buttery crispness encasing fluffy goodness. The poached egg appetizer laid on top of a bed of greens and Peameal bacon was the perfect compliment to the pancakes. Note to other non-Canadians, do not make a complete arse out of yourself by asking a Canadian server what Peameal is. (Peameal bacon = Canadian bacon, and it’s in everything!) The things you learn while traveling…


Other favorite things:

Fire on the East Side – Comfort food with a southern twist. The short ribs and duck confit quesadilla memories are making me drool.

Tim Hortons donuts.

AGO floating staircase – I really wish we had enough time to peruse the museum.

General Tso’s chicken in Chinatown.

Luminato festival. Free concerts, makeovers, art displays and other events around the entire city.

Toronto’s fabulous public transportation. LA is very jealous.

The design of the Ontario College of Art and Design. It’s a love it or hate it design, and where his conference was.

The walkability of the area and seeing so many dogs on our walk.

And coffee crisp of course! I swear they’re not all for me. They’re for my brother. He’s visiting in two weeks (super excited!). He’ll vouch for me then. And if you’re wondering what a coffee crisp is… It’s a snickers size kit kat that’s coffee flavored. Delish! I’ve got a few extra mini ones if you’re curious. Email me. =)

Safe travels!

Embracing Mistakes – Lara June 4, 2010

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Mistakes.  Life is full of them.  What’s really important though, is not dwelling on mistakes, but learning from them and growing from them.  Though this post may have a double entendre for me, the mistake I am more willing to publicly announce is my new haircut.  hahaha.  So I went to the regular spot I go to in Milpitas for a quick trim for my bangs and to get my eyebrows fixed (because let’s face it, my eyebrows were atrocious) but I digress.

The mistake was not going to this particular salon, but allowing someone else to work on my bangs, and not only that, but not speaking up about what I wanted. UGH. So it’s my own fault that I was left with short straight across bangs and not thick side swept bangs.  But after the first snip it was too late.  Oh well, I guess I’m going to have to rock the new look until it grows out.  And bangs grow fast so I guess the change will be good for me.

So here’s to embracing mistakes and making it a better part of you! Rawr!

:D

Meet Missy – Lara May 18, 2010

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I know I know, like Cathy said in her previous post, when it rains its pours and let me tell you ClosetCat readers, its been pouring lately in my life.  A little note – even in hard times, no scratch that, ESPECIALLY in hard times, its so much clearer the strength of family relationships and friendships.  Even in times of sorrow and hurt, my family manages to turn it into a positive growing experience.  I’ll just leave my personal life to that for now.

Anyways, I haven’t been blogging and for that my sincerest apologies.  I will dive in now and update you on the latest happenings in my life, the most recent being MY NEW LAPTOP!

Meet Missy, my new MSi Netbook!

Isn’t she pretty? :)  I won’t lie, it was a pretty spontaneous purchase.  Spontaneous meaning I was only at Fry’s Electronics because my car was in the shop across the street getting its tires changed and this happen to be on sale and the last one in stock.  It was one of those now or never type deals, and this time I chose now.

Now for a sneak peak at something new that will be entering one of my closets soon (also a pretty brown and just in time for the warm weather)

Marc by Marc Jacobs brown pinstripe shorts

The shorts feature a cute pinstripe detail as well as side button details.  When I saw these I knew I just had to snatch a pair for my ClosetCat readers.  And don’t worry, I got them at a steal of a price and will pass on the savings to you!  So remember to keep checking back at our store (www.ClosetCat.com) to see all our items up for sale!

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