Fashion’s Night Out

Last Thursday was Fashion’s Night Out in NYC, and a lot of other big cities in the world. Its a celebration of Fashion Week beginning and it is just a time to go out to all of your favorite stores and have a chance to meet some cool celebrities and fashionistas!

I went with a friend I’ve met and we had a blast! Our first stop was Bloomingdales, where Fashion Stylist and Reality Star, Rachel Zoe was launching her new collection.


As you can see, her stuff is GORGEOUS, but it also happens to be a little bit out of my price range 😦

While waiting in line to meet her, I was able to get a picture with Rodger– Her adorable husband, who, for those of you that watch the show know, is incredibly patient and sweet! He was a complete sweetheart.

Finally, we were able to get to meet Rachel. There were SO many people there that we were unable to get pictures with her, but I was able to snap this up close shot of her!

She was so chic and so nice! I love when celebrities are sweet and down-to-earth!

After Bloomingdales, we hit New York and Co., where the Real Houswives of New York were signing autographs and taking pictures.  We were some of the last people to get to meet them because it was so late, but I was able to take a picture with Kelly Killoren Bensimon, and I got a few close-ups or Ramona Singer and Countess Luann De Lesseps.


All in all we had a really fun night! It was very glamorous and I had a blast. I cannot wait to attend again next year!!

Life in the Big Apple

Soooo It has been quite a while since I have posted, and for that I am sorry. I know you all have been squirming in your seats just waiting for my next post.

WELL SQUIRM NO MORE!

And what better a subject for my much anticipated post than my move to the Big Apple a.k.a. the city that never sleeps a.k.a. NEWWWW YORKKK!!!

This is the view from my place! 

My humble abode…

Well, I don’t really have any pictures of the inside of my place yet, but I promise those will be coming soon.

It is currently my third week living in the city, and I still feel like I am going back to Auburn any day now. I’m not sure if it will really ever set in. This past weekend I took a trip to Central Park and walked around for an afternoon and it was quite refreshing to be completely surrounded by green. One of the biggest changes I’ve encountered might be going from the loveliest village on the plains to the concrete jungle. Of all the times I have visited the city, I have never been deep down into the heart of Central Park and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

That is all for now…But expect regular posts from now on. I am back on the blog wagon and I am not going to fall off anytime soon…

Birthday Shenanigans

So I KNOW I HAVE BEEN DELIQUENT ON POSTING!! I am so sorry….But as a birthday present I am posting!

Last night my fabulousssss friends surprised me with a get together of my closest peeps! It was so great and I was SO SURPRISED!

Here are some pics:

Walking in

Alex , Margs, Me and Jake

Barrett and Hayden,The best friends a girl could have! They planned the whole thing–How they pulled it off is beyond me!

Roomate/Best Friend/Sister/My other half–Me and Mary beth

Everyone! Thanks so much for coming–it was such a blast, I love you guys!

This was truly one of the best birthdays! I have amazing friends and family and I cannot believe I am finally 20! Gosh only one more year until the big 21! ahhh

This is me about 15 years ago…Wow how time has passed!

Grammy Letdown

What is there to say about the Grammys this year. Really, What is there to say? Nothing. It was the biggest letdown of the award show season thus far. From the fashion to the silly graphics. This was almost a total waste of time. Two things caught my eye:

Gwenyth Paltrow FABULOUS Shoes. MB first pointed them out, and then I ran across the on the internet and realized just how amazing they are.

Christian Louboutin Futura retro colorblock booties

AND

The jaw dropping performance of Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan.

This performance has me even more excited for The Avett Brothers concert in March! Ahhhh I cannot wait! And…Soon I WILL GO TO the Mumford & Sons concert! Keep me up to date if you see them touring in these parts anytime soon.

 

Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise

Sorry It’s been a while since my last post, but I’ve been so busy this past week! Well today, a lot of things have been happening and NY and making a decision and just overall wondering about my life have been on my mind. It kind of gets me stressed out sometimes. BUT while on my way to dinner with my family, I was listening to The Avett Brothers Mix, that Caitlyn so graciously made for me, and one of their songs just really spoke to me. I just felt so inspired after hearing it. Ever since she made this mix for me I’ve been pretty much obsessed with them, so I CANNOT wait for the concert in March!! ‘

The song is called “Head Full of Doubt, Heart Full of Promise”–Here are the lyrics and Im posting the video below it.

There’s a darkness upon me that’s flooded in light
In the fine print they tell me what’s wrong and what’s right
And it comes in black and it comes in white
And I’m frightened by those that don’t see it

When nothing is owed or deserved or expected
And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected
Decide what to be and go be it

There was a dream and one day I could see it
Like a bird in a cage I broke in and demanded that somebody free it
And there was a kid with a head full of doubt
So I’ll scream til I die and the last of those bad thoughts are finally out

There’s a darkness upon you that’s flooded in light
And in the fine print they tell you what’s wrong and what’s right
And it flies by day and it flies by night
And I’m frightened by those that don’t see it

There was a dream and one day I could see it
Like a bird in a cage I broke in and demanded that somebody free it
And there was a kid with a head full of doubt
So I’ll scream til I die and the last of those bad thoughts are finally out

Maybe, it will inspire you. I feel like it will apply to anyone with a dream. Let “the kid with the head full of doubt” stop feeding the negative and free yourself and actually follow what you want.

Strong Little Guy

I love this video. DON’T BE ALARMED IT IS NOT CRUEL. Just a little something to brighten your day!

Fishtail.

Soooo I watched a tutorial from B. Jones Style on how to do a fishtail braid. I have been wanting to master this braid for a while but I just couldn’t do it, until this video. I also tried out the beach waves one and it worked great! I got so many complement on it, and even though I was a little embarassed to say I watched a youtube video on .

I tried the braid out on Barrett and she loved it! It looked really cute and simple!

‘Cause you’re there for me toooooooo

Last day of my Friends rant. Man, you guys may not enjoy this, but I sure do. Today, I will continue on through the last, but certainly not least, 2 characters; Phoebe and Rachel

Rachel

Rachel might be one of the most popular characters of pop culture, ever. From her infamous hairstyle to her on-again off-again relationship with Ross, she can be recognized by someone who has never even seen an episode of Friends. Jennifer Anniston may be the one of the only characters from the show that went on to have a decent career after the show ended. She may be in the tabloids every week, but she is beloved by most women in America. Everyone tends to side with the jilted woman that we see a little of ourselves in.

Phoebe

Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you? Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fault. Oops, sorry It’s pretty difficult to look at this picture of Phoebe Buffay and not want to break into her eccentric lyrics. Flakey, Weird, Unique; these are all words that can describe Lisa Kudrow’s character. She may be all of those things, but that is what is so great about her. She is incredibly weird, but she is also the definition of a good friend with a big heart. I’ve always wondered a lot about Phoebe. It is never know how she came to be friends with the gang. Every other character is connected somehow, but not Phoebe. She is also the only character that had never had a romance with another Friend. Which I think is a pleasantry. Paul Rudd arrives in Season 9 to play her love interest and later husband. He plays the perfect match to her freakish ways. I wish I would see more of Lisa Kudrow today, but I feel like I might always retreat back to her Phoebe character.

Well that concludes my Friends Tribute. I thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing over my old Friends. Give me some feedback… what’s your favorite episode, who is your favorite character? I would love to hear it!

Sorry, I took a few days off from blogging over the weekend! But I am back to continue on with my Friends theme! I’ve been watching friends over the weekend and man, that show really never gets old!

Today, I am going to talk about Joey and Chandler

They lived together for the first 6 seasons and to me, they will always be remembered as goofy guys who play fooseball and have chicks and ducks as pets. Oh what I would do to have lived across the hall from these two. What a pair!!

Joey

If you are not a Joey fan, you are not my friend! When trying to determine my favorite character, Joey always comes to my mind first. He is one of the most lovable characters television has ever seen. The gang does a great job of taking care of Joey. In several episodes, Chandler and Ross even fight over the him as if they are a divorced couple fighting for custody of a child. And that’s exactly what Joey is, a hungry, womanizing child (if thats possible!) His naivety and sweet nature makes my heart melt, especially during his love sick-puppy phase with Rachel. Even though the spin off Joey was a complete miss, Joey Tribiani will always hold a place in my heart.

Chandler

Chandler Bing. There is so much to say about Chanandler Bong ( “The One with the Embryos” Reference). He is the most difficult to connect with in my opinion, but his sarcastic personality makes him a winner to me. He always knows the wrong thing to say and therefore making it hilarious. Him and Monica are so opposite and yet they work amazing together. When the show ended, I was so dissappointed, I really wanted to see Chandler attempt to raise TWINS! I mean can you imagine that? Matthew Perry is great as Chandler. One thing I always disagreed with in the show was how Chandler was portrayed as the guy who never gets the girl. He is so likable to me and I’m glad it was Monica who finally tied him down.

Check back tomorrow for the conclusion of my Friends tribute!

I’ll be there for you.

Last night I popped in Season 8 Disc 4 of Friends. The episode was “The One Where Rachel is Late”, it has to be one of my favorite episodes. Rachel is pregnant and her baby is due, so she attempts many options, including sex with Ross, to hurry the delivery. I hadn’t watched Friends in a while and I had almost forgotten how much I LOVE this show.

So it’s no secret to any of my friends of family that I , Mandy Reed, am a Friends Addict. I own every season (1-10) and have seen every episode, probably 30 times, at least. In high school I went to sleep every night watching the show.  When the show ended in 2004, I felt like I was losing some of my most faithful friends. I can always count on the Central Perk Gang to cheer me up when I’m feeling down.

There are so many things about those 6 quirky characters that make me happier everytime I watch it.  I have tried to pick who my favorite character is MANY times and every time I cannot decide. So I’ve decided to say what it is exactly that I love about each and every character. So look out for my next few post. I will do a few characters each day. Comment and let me know what you think– Who is your favorite Friend and why?

The Lovable Gellar Siblings:

Monica

At first Monica can come off as a shrill control-freak, but its her psychotic behavior that makes her one of the funniest characters of the decade. Her maternal character really balances out the group. I believe if it wasn’t for Monica, the group may not have been as lovable and together. In a special I watched on the casting of the show, I learned that Courtney Cox originally auditioned for the part of Rachel, but the producers thought she would play the part of Monica better. Thank God for those producers because I cannot imagine anyone else portraying Monica.

Ross

Ross is a nerd. No doubt about it, he is a full blown nerd. That gets a smokin’ hot chick (JEN ANNISTON!) Some might say that its unrealistic that the goofy, hair gelled paleontologist could ever score the beautiful Rachel, but I believe it. He is the perfect amount of awkward that makes him hilarious. He is so lovable as the dopey guy who just can’t get love right with Rachel, or anyone else for that matter. Even when he has a drunken one-night stand while Rachel and him were “on a break”, you still tend to side with him. He is just like a puppy, you wanna hate it for chewing your favorite shoes, but that cute little puppy makes you love him.

Check back tomorrow for more Friends!